I just had a dream in which my current self met a ten or eleven year old version me. Both of us were in awe at the sight of each other, as you can imagine. When I looked at the young me, I couldn’t help but laugh because I was so happy and amazed at how little I was and how much time changes everything. I stood there in front of him letting him size me up, his eyes darting from my head to toes and back with lots of questions in his head. With a big smile of pride and joy, I looked at him as if to ask, “Are you proud of what you’ll become?” Thinking about this, I realized two things, the first being that even though I desire so much to be given the opportunity the younger me had in my dream, even if just for a few second, to take a peak at how things will eventually turn out in a few years, at the back of my mind I sort of know how it’ll be. Zooming out a bit and putting one’s decisions, in all their entirety, and their inevitable outcomes, direct or otherwise, in perspective, one realizes that each single decision is a pivot towards or away the person one desires to become. “Life is the sum of all our choices.” so says Albert Camus, and don’t we know it. The second thing that became clear is that, for example each time I try forming new habits or try breaking old ones, putting myself in the shoes of a younger version of me who is looking at a future me makes things a bit easier because it becomes obvious the types of outcomes I wish to stay clear of, and the ones I wish to come in effect. Studies have shown that it is not only because we lack foresight that we continuously sacrifice the future for the present, but that the fact that what we feel when we think about our future selves is no different from what we feel when we think of a stranger is partly to be blamed. Basically, in your mind the you five years from now is not you, but someone entirely strange and unknown to you, so you do not particularly care about them. But when you realize that that person five years from is you, making hard choices, which often than not involves saving gratification for the future, suddenly becomes easier. I can’t say I know for sure what I’ll be like or where I’ll be, but what I do know is that I can, in ways small and large, with each choice I make, create the ‘me’ I’d be proud to meet in the future.
Piece by O’nesmo
Upon hearing carnal one might think it has to do with wicked thoughts but no, a carnal mind is one that denies the power of the word of God. Opposing what God has said by using logic is having a carnal mind and it is enmity with God. It is said in the word that God will keep in perfect peace he whose mind is stayed on him, when one is faced with diverse troubles and begins to doubt what the word says and doesn’t believe that the peace of God will garrison them ( they are denying the power of the word of God), that’s being carnal.
Not taking Gods word as the final word on all matters is being carnal because logic has taken the place of God’s word. God’s word is instruction based, He instructed Adam to say be fruitful and multiply. The word is for us to live by therefore denying its power is carnality and its enmity with God. When God says I have given you all things that pertain to life, He means just that. The choice is ours whether to live a life that is pleasing unto God or being carnal and an enemy of God.
A believer will only enjoy the promises of God when they take His word as final position position on all matters. It is not about what the world says but what God says. He gave us all things therefore there is no need of struggling. Its not that God isn’t answering instead its about you becoming aware of the things He has given to you.
Piece by Given
WHAT IS FORGIVENESS?
Forgiveness is a Compassionate feeling that supports a willingness to forgive( forgiven).
Forgiveness in Christianity is a manifestation of submission to Christ and fellow believers. … This is based on the belief that God forgives sins through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ in his death (1 John 2:2) and that, therefore, Christians should forgive others (Ephesians 4:32).
the Lord’s prayer “ forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us”. “for if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. but if you do not forgive others their sins, your father will not forgive your sins.”
Luke 11 NIV
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
WHAT IS HEALING?
Healing is a process tending to cure or restore to health.
Spiritual healing can be defined more than one way. Spiritual healing is about finding a connection to something greater than yourself, be it friendship, community, a sense of virtue or meaning, God, a higher power or some sense of higher truth, beauty or sacredness in life.
Healing takes time to occur it is a process in that you if you need healing you have to set your heart, mind free from every grudge and pain in your life , forgive us as we forgive those who sin against us” the only way you qualify to healing is to repent from the hatred ,pain and grudge ask God for forgiveness, that way you will begin to see yourself having a peace of mind, God starts moving and the Spirit will begin to dwell in you. I
have been hurt so many times even from the people I never expected but guess what in life everything is possible.
I got that pain I didn’t rush into a decision but I prayed to God for strength and guidance there after I begun to think why did that happen to me? How did I not seen this coming? Tried to think in all ways, well I couldn’t get the answer but had to ask forgiveness from God then I had to forgive because I got tired of the same pain everyday and night. All I wanted was to be healed.
after I repented, I asked God to help me to forgive and healing started taking place.. I thank God I was over it and everything was just as if it never happened, ‘works of grace’ I’m gracefully broken.
“get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
“be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
Paul here presents a two fold pattern, first explaining the new identity believers have in Christ and then bringing out the implications for their new way of life.
God always creates a new humanity from all over the world through the reconciliation work of the Messiah.
This means that all Christ’ followers must give up there former way of life and practice forgiveness in their daily living and integrity in their relationships. therefore, I urge us all to live as Christ’ followers and begin to see great things happening in us and through us.
Piece by Seph
At creations’ dawn, the magnificent Creator cast the
dazzling stars across the velvet of the sky. He set upon
the face of the earth “great light to rule the night,
and an even greater light to rule the day”, a crimson
sun at dawn and dusk, a luminous moon at night fall,
presenting to it a never fading fluorescence.
“And out of the ground, the Lord God made every
tree grow that is pleasant to the sight” (Gen 2:9),
beauty worth the guard of a Cherubim and a flaming
sword, such that meets the eye and sends chills down
Beauty so captivating,sends forth far beyond a
thousand words, yet meets no expression. No mind can
wrap around it, it is above all comprehension. Simple,
yet mesmerizingly stunning, unique in its form,yet fills
One glance is all you need,it sweeps you off your feet,
but never enough, so you feast your eyes,you keep
keen sight. Every picture ever painted holds no match,
Piccaso(RIP) could be have been my witness . Beauty
full of pleasure, yet has no measure. Eden testifies
Beauty holding no price, diamond, silver and gold
can not afford. No riches or treasures compare,not
scarlet, rubies nor pearls. Beauty worth only of itself,
beauty fit for the eye.
It is the radiant source of all energy, it compels of
the laws of nature to obedience, all known forces
pay tribute, it defines all ideologies. Beauty so
Beauty characterizing of all creation and existence,
as the heavens for height and the earth for depth.
See the plants of the field, the trees of the forest,
the wind in all directions, the birds of the air. See the
creatures of the land,the sand of the shore fish of
the sea, the sun and moon of the heavens, the stars
of the sky, the water of the springs and rivers, the
lilies of the valley, “yet I say to you, not even Solomon
in all his glory was arrayed like one of these”(Matt
Only earth holds such beauty, such that is beyond all
knowing, but fit for the eye . “The earth is the Lord’s,
and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein”(Psalm 24:1).
Growing up, I always thought that salvation testimonies that were powerful and worth telling were those that included drug addicts being set free, people having a physical encounter with Jesus etc… These are indeed powerful testimonies but now I have come to know that every salvation testimony is a miracle because salvation itself is a miracle..
I grew up in a Christian household, my dad was a pastor and my entire life was centered around the church. I always thought I was born born again😅😅… Even if I thought so, I always felt that there was something missing on the inside, there was a void that nothing could feel… To cut the long story short, I finally got born again in may 2013, I was just becoming a teenager and that moment was really significant for me.
I don’t have one of those testimonies of being a drug addict and all😅 but one thing is for sure, I knew I encountered Jesus the time I could feel unconditional love for the people that treated me so badly.. The time I began to see the fruits of the spirit evident in my life, I knew the Holy Spirit had transformed me, He still is actually 😅
Confessing Jesus as my Lord and personal savior was and is still the best decision I’ve ever made. I keep loving Him more each day.
My name is Mbaweme Songiso
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without defect before Him in love;
5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His desire.
Life is Spiritual and if we are to win in the physical we have first to win in the Spirit. God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. So our blessings are embedded in Jesus and now that we are born again we have become co- heirs with Christ. Those blessings are automatically ours.
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, this is something that causes my spirit to rejoice, before the earth he chose me, before all these things I was, i was in his loins. He structured my life in such a way that it is upward and forward only. I can only but succeed. That we would be holy and perfect and without defect before him in love This is God’s will for my life, so those who say no one is perfect, that isn’t true, I have been perfected in Christ… Christ has been made unto me perfection . He looks at me with the eyes of Love ( AGAPE).
He predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to Himself. I am legally entitled to everything my Father owns, He predestined it that way. He found me worthy of his love. Nothing is too good for me. I cannot think contrary to the word of God. I am what it says I am. I look at myself through the word.
I cannot live a substandard life because Daddy God owns all things and He tells me all things are mine. Good health is mine, perfect relationships are mine and wealth is mine. I gather gold as dust because cattle upon a thousand hills belong to Him ( God).
I love this portion of scripture because it explains God’s plan for me from the very beginning. Now that I know, i cannot live anyhow, i cannot speak anyhow… The word has revealed to me who I am.
What a Life.
Piece by Given Songiso
He took my fear and made me fearless
He gave me strength when I had none
And His love found me
Take a look at moi
I’m head over heels
Feeling so insane like I’m poppin’ pills
Romans 5:8 is what I’m banking on never broke
Like I pull up in a Wagon beam never low
Boy you ever shining
They wondering why we ever smiling
Te shisha Jack Daniel olo Diva
Love yansanga yalicila pali fyonse
Honey is water if compared to the
Sweetness of the love that He has for me
As for me
Nkalamilumba till I kiss the night
Then wake up in the morning do it
I was buried in deep I had no hope of being found
You never thought I’ll be here
When the storm is all gone
Take a look at me I’m looking fly and all strong
It’s not because of me but Jesus took the fall for me
His love love found me happiness
Oh you gotta know
His love found me happiness
I feel like party up all night
Love found me happiness
Oh you gotta know
His love found me happiness
So I’ma skrr skrr skrr
Nalifwile mulubembu anshibusha
Palibemba wamatipa anga busha
I have confidence
In the fact that He loves me
I never fear
His love surrounds me
All the all the more
Every time I think of you
I’m falling for you
All the more
Like a fat Kid at the mall
You the chef
Your food is love
I gotta eat more
Love yenu yabula impela
Naonga comene pali love that you have for me
As for me
Nkalamitemwa till I kiss the grave
Then wake up on the trumpet do it
There we go
God demonstrated His love towards us in this
We were still sinners but Christ died for us
We so glad that His love found us
1 PETER 1: 1-9.
IN my risen Lord I am born into” a living hope,” a hope not only vital,
but vitalizing, sending its mystic,
Vivifying influences through every highway and by-way of my soul.
In my risen Lord mine is ” an inheritance incorruptible.”
It is not exposed to the gnawing tooth of time.
Moth and rust can not impair the treasure.
It will not grow less as I grow old.
Its glories are as invulnerable as my Lord.
In my risen Lord mine is “an inheritance undefiled.”
There is no alloy in the fine gold.
The King will give me of His best.
“.. Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him.”
The holiest ideal proclaims my possibility, and foretells my ultimate attainment .
I am to awake ” in His likeness.”
And mine is ” an inheritance . . . that fadeth not away.”
It shall not be as the garlands offered
by men-green to-day and to-morrow Pale and yello .. Its leaf also shall not wither.”
It shall always retain its freshness, and shall offer me a
continually fresh delight.
And these are all mine in Him!
.. Thou, 0 Christ, art all I want.”
Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV)
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Piece by Pastor Shawa
It is wonderful to know that God does not measure and judge you based on your performance today. Instead, He looks at Jesus, and as Jesus is, that is how He sees you. His word declares that” love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as he is,so are we in this world. “
As new covenant believers,we do not have to fear the day of Judgement simply because all our sins have been completely judged at the cross. Jesus’ ministry on earth, healing, blessings, and abundance followed Him everywhere He went. Yet, that is not what the word says. What it says is,” as Jesus is ” ( notice the use of the present tense); in other words, as He is right now , so are we in this world.
What a powerful revelation! Just consider Jesus is today. The Bible tells us:
He[ God] raised Him [Jesus] from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet,and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:20- 23.
But instead of looking at Jesus, believers are misled by the devil into looking at themselves. For thousands of years,the devil’s strategy has not changed. He is a master at accusing you, pointing out all your flaws, weakness, mistakes and blemishes.
He will keep on reminding you of your past failures and use condemnation to perpetuate the cycle of defeat in your life.
As believers we should begin to be Christ- occupied instead.
Piece by Pt Sinkala(My Brother)