September 08, 2017

The Genesis

 I find it amazing that the first book of the bible is called Genesis – the book of beginnings - and that the same book opens up with the phrase “In the beginning……..” See, one of the reasons why I love God is that He just doesn’t do things haphazardly, everything He says and everything He does, is well orchestrated to fulfill a specific purpose. 



Atlanta Georgia is a city that has a special place in my heart. It is three hours ahead of Los Angeles. Two cities, within the borders of the same country but separated by a three-hour difference. See, all of us in planet earth enjoy twenty-four hours of a day. Whether in Rwanda or in Cambodia, we all have sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an hour, seven days in a week and twelve months in a year. Some start their day early, some start way much later but get this child of God, the person in Los Angeles is not by any means behind of schedule, neither is the person in Atlanta ahead of schedule of life. Like a relay race, the person on the sixth lane always looks like is ahead of the person in the first lane, but get this child of God, they all run the same distance.

When you look back at the people you were with in college, some who never looked like they had the edge to make it in life are now working good white collar jobs, some who used to come to you to help them with their assignments are the ones driving the latest cars on the streets, some of whom no girl wanted to date are now married to the most beautiful ones, some have offices on the fourteenth floor but when you look at yourself and you’re tempted to ask yourself “what’s wrong with me?” Well, here’s the good news. There’s nothing wrong with you.

See, we all without exception function under the principle of time and to each of us is allocated a time zone. The difference between “Here” and “There” is the “T” at the beginning and that “T“ represents “Time”. Sometimes the race of life seems like it has given some people a head start, but understand this, that it’s just a matter of time before you move from here to there, and God has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Job 8:7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

So celebrate what you have now, enjoy your time zone, give thanks for the level you are at and understand that it is just your beginning. God has promised that even though you might have started small and with nothing, your end shall be great. What seems like the end of the road for you is just the beginning for God. He is the God that places people in places that no eye has seen, places that no men can fathom.

Child of God, it’s just The Genesis.   
 
©MjeteTim 2017






July 13, 2017

The World Is Watching


The one thing that is common to all humanity is that no one likes trials, nobody enjoys hardships in life yet hardships and trials remain to be a part of our day-to-day life. Christians in particular face so many hardships in this journey called life and so the big question becomes why does a good God like Yahweh allow His children to go through all this menace?

Acts 28: 4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.

See, our lives resemble that of Paul. They have swum across the Mediterranean ocean and as Paul had promised them, everyone aboard that ship comes out safely to the shore. And when he had gathered sticks to set up a fire to keep the people warm, a snake strikes Paul and the same people he was trying to keep warm turn to him and they said among themselves, “No doubt this man is a murderer……...” Sounds like a familiar script yes?

Why does God save them from a ship wreck only for Him to allow this viper to strike Paul? Simple, the barbarians were watching. See, there are people around you who know you are saved and that you love God, people who have seen God save you before but when the enemy strikes with hardships and trials and persecutions and false accusations and auctioneers and being laid off from work, and losing a loved one and all that, they watch keenly to see how you will behave in such moments.

The God we worship is not a sadist, He doesn’t enjoy it when His children are going through trials, He is a loving father yet He allows His children to go through hardships, He allows the enemy to strike because the world is watching, your haters are watching, the barbarians are watching, your neighbors are watching, your boss is watching. 

 Acts 28:5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
So what is required of you, child of God when the viper strikes? Shake it off. Most often we allow words to get to us, and in the process we end up getting discouraged but tonight the Lord is saying to us friends, shake it off. Shake off negativity, shake off gossip, shake off hatred directed at you, shake off the envy. You don’t have to explain anything to anybody, you don’t need to justify yourself, you don’t need to vindicate yourself, just

Acts 28:6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
And when they expect you to die from the bite of the snake and you don’t die, when they expect you to fall but you keep standing, when they watch anxiously waiting for you to backslide due to the pressures of life but you keep loving on God, when they wait for you to compromise and you don’t, when they wait for you to give up on your dreams and quit but you don’t, child of God, they’ll change their mind about you.
Sometimes the things we go through in life is not really about us. It is about the barbarians who are watching and so tonight God is counting on you and me. In the midst of the fiery darts that the enemy throws our way, in the midst of the challenges, amidst the trials, the misfortunes, the hardships and the discouragements, God is counting on you and me to stand up and be counted.

Because Child of God, The World Is Watching!


©MjeteTim 2017

February 23, 2017

You Matter




Hebrews 10:35 [NKJV] Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

We live in a world where people define you by their own measure of who they think you are. They judge you by the standards themselves have come up with. There’s so much hypocrisy in the society today. You laugh with people who call themselves your friends but in their secret caves they form private chat groups and discuss you. People would rather believe rumors and define you by what they’ve heard from unreliable and malicious sources than just face you and talk to you about it.

We live in a world where people feel so in adequate of themselves so much more that the only way they can think of being seen as the good is to make you look bad. Humanity has become so insensitive and so selfish that the enemy has flooded their minds with the perception that the only way one can rise to the top is to step down on someone else. As it were brothers and sisters, we are living in the end times. A time where people proclaim their love for God yet secretly fight a sister’s (or a brother’s) ministry that has been given to her by the same God they profess their undying love for.

Sometimes in this walk of life children of God, if we’re not careful we end up demeaning ourselves based on the judgement of others, we condescend ourselves and our abilities, we look down upon ourselves as unworthy, and at times we are even tempted to throw in the towel and walk away, but hey! People talk okay? Even in Jesus’ time they did talk and scoffed at Him that He claimed to be God’s son. So you not the first one and I promise you, you never gonna be the last one.

Today the reminder dear reader is --do not throw away your confidence for it has a great reward-- And what is that confidence? It is being aware that you are not who people say you are because no man can claim credit for having created you. See, the air you breathe no man supplies, it is of God and to Him alone do you belong. You are God’s! You are who God says you are, He knows you better than anyone else would ever know, He sees your heart when everyone else is looking at your outward appearance. 

God is on your side, and when God is on your side, you have the majority. See yourself as God see you because,

Child of God, You Matter!


©MjeteTim 2017

January 01, 2017

The Roadmap!



It is January 1, 2017 and this article ~The Roadmap~ is the first for the year. I sat on my couch searching through my heart thinking of what I’ll write and it occurred to me just how many of us in this earth are at that same point. The point where the year has just begun and we are all trying to figure out how it’s gonna be. Will it turn out to be a good one or will it be just another bad memory that we would want to quickly forget? As I’m writing this ladies and gentlemen, one of my avid readers Emmanuel Swaka, a supporter of my writings and my blog just lost his brother and I cannot begin to imagine what he is going through right now.

See, I’ve always fancied life as a journey and daily we embark on this four letter word journey called ~life~ that we really know nothing about what tomorrow has in store for us. All we know is a today that we have and a yesterday that was. This, is what I consider the beauty of life, where we have to sometimes pause in this journey and stop trying to figure it all out and instead learn to trust in a higher power – God!

Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.


A lamp unto my feet ~ Friends, most often than not the Lord only shows us the just the next step we have to take and as a compass direction, we have to rely on Him to guide us to the next step and the next and the next.  Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” And that's what life is all about, trust.
Sometimes the Lord just says move, He doesn’t say where. Success is a topic written widely by so many people. Gurus have outlined key points to succeeding in life but if you ask me, the greatest of them all is obedience. Michael my Australian big brother recently sent me a powerful message that said “obedience to the first instruction will determine whether you get further instructions. 2. Your obedience to the first instruction will open the doors to the provisions for the next level.”

When we learn to trust God to light the single steps our feet make in this journey called life, He becomes a light unto our paths. He shows us the whole road-map to our destiny. So ladies and gentlemen, no-matter how the year kicks off for you, no-matter how tough it seems to be, regardless of whether it starts on the right foot or the left one, when you are running this race, and your sight starts to get blurry and when every muscle in you is aching and when you feel like you want to quit, DON’T! The one who started the good work in you, trust Him to bring it unto accomplishment.

Child of God, Jesus is the road-map!
©MjeteTim 2017




December 16, 2016

An Open Door


1 Corinthians 16:9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.


Daily we make intercession, praying for opportunities to open up in our lives, yet when God opens up a door, it is marred by lots of opposition from people all around us. All of a sudden, there’s someone at work fighting you because you got a promotion, as if from nowhere enemies just mushroom left, right and center. You become a target of ridicule, segregation, hatred, envy and gossip. And it is not funny sometimes how the same people who were “praying with you” for the miracle turn out to be the same people who begin to hate on you when the doors open up until you start to doub whether it was God who really answered those prayers.

See, I have said this before and I’ll say it again. In this walk of life, opportunities sometimes come wrapped up inside a challenge. The mistake we do is we look at the challenge and we walk away yet what we really need to do is unwrap the challenge and take the opportunity presented to us. Nothing worth its salt comes easy, life in nature was never designed to be a smooth ride. It is the ups and downs, the highs and lows that makes life what it is. Life, like the piano, it is the combination of the white and black keys that makes the melody sweeter.


Tonight, this is what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to us even as we wrap up this year. The Lord is going to open up doors in 2017. Great gates are about to open up; God is about to overflow His children with floodgates of opportunities but it is not going to be easy because adversaries are going to spring up as well. It is the reason David says in Psalms 23; You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. See, for every level of success God lifts you up, there is an equal higher level of opposition that hits you but as apostle Paul says, we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.


Life favors the bold, so let’s put on our seat belts and get onto this ride called life, let’s seize the moments, grab the opportunities that God is presenting to us and let’s embrace the challenges that comes with those opportunities. We were wired to succeed.

Child of God, behold, An Open Door!


©MjeteTim 2016

November 08, 2016

Nevertheless!





Luke 5:5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net.”
Dear beloved,
I read this passage and it got me thinking in a manner I have never done before. For some reason these words “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing” kept ringing in my head over and over again. I thought to myself, this is a familiar script, I have lived this script and I want to believe many if not all of us have found ourselves at such a place as Peter.
See, in this walk of life, there’s always that point where you have done all that was required of you, you have toiled hard to raise up your business, you have put in extra hours at your place of work, when the rest of the world was asleep, you were busy studying hard trying to raise up those grades, you have diligently made several job applications, you have been a good parent to your children, sacrificed a lot for them, working two, three jobs in-order to be where you have always wanted to be, yet when you look back, like Peter you feel like you there’s nothing to show off for the effort you’ve constantly put in. the night’s been wasted and you have caught nothing.
It is November, the ‘eleventh hour’ of the year. One more month and 2016 will be over and most often we find ourselves wondering when will this breakthrough manifest itself? When will God show up and do it? We’ve labored since January, we had high hopes of making a big catch in this sea of life but somewhat life happened yet it ain't over yet until God says so.
See, we serve a God who’s specialized in impossibilities, a God who’ll ask you to do something that makes no sense like launch into the deep in broad daylight when common sense should tell you fish is caught in the night. The walk of salvation is all about trust, and you have to understand that sometimes in life child of God, we don’t do it because we feel like. We do it because the Lord said “do it”. It doesn’t matter how many hours we’ve toiled and caught nothing, it matters how quick we’re ready to respond to the master when He says, “launch into the deep”. Faith is the audacity to say I have worked hard Lord, I have toiled all night and caught nothing but nevertheless at Your word I’ll let down the net.
Child of God, Nevertheless!
Yours Truly,
Tim!
©MjeteTim 2016

October 07, 2016

Take That Step!


Mark 5:25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 
26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 
27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 
28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”

For twelve years, for twelve long years guys, this woman hemorrhaged. She suffered a great deal, she grew worse by day. Her strength kept dwindling, her hopes like the dying flicker of an exhausted candle faded. She was ostracized and abandoned for no one wanted to relate with her. She was a stinking wretch and nobody wanted anything to do with her. Life was hard for her, it was hard living, it was hard waking up daily to a pool of blood, it was hard for her to fathom why she had to go through all this. It was difficult for her to get answers to the questions that flooded her mind.

Isn’t this the story of our lives sometimes? Life beats us down; we go through issues one after another. We work hard but there’s nothing to show for it at the end of the day. We lose our jobs, our loved ones’ abandon us at our very hour of need, our children drop out of school for lack of school fees, we wallow in debts, ambushed by bills left right and center, we face persecution from non-believers and believers as well, from strangers and family members in like manner, cancer creeps in and eats at us like the beetles devour the wood and like Job, the people we held onto dearly are the first to tell us “just curse God and die”

See, the easiest way out is to throw up our arms in frustration, give up and walk away. This woman with the issue of blood could as well have sat down, folded her arms, crossed her legs and do nothing. After all she would have been justified. She was bleeding and she couldn’t walk around leave alone going to the big crowd because it would have been embarrassing but no, this woman knew we were not called to go for the easy way, she understood that life is a decision and so like the man at the pool of Bethesda in John chapter five, we can either look for an excuse to justify our choices or like the four leprous men in II Kings chapter seven we can rise up to the occasion, defy the odds, refuse the status quo, get out of our comfort zones, conquer our fears and take the risks.

See, greatness is not in where you stand, but in what direction you are moving. In this walk of life children of God, sometimes we sail with the wind and sometimes against the wind, but sail we must sail. And yes sometimes we know not what awaits us but then again that’s the whole essence of faith. See, God uses a moving people, so make no excuse and fear not, the only thing you should fear is not starting. Take a leap of faith, enroll for that class, get into the gym, start that business, start that dieting program, read a book, compose those songs, just start where you are with the little you have and move a step forward assured that heaven is backing you up and God's got your back.

Child of God, Take That Step! Will You?

©MjeteTim 2016