April 23, 2019

Look To The Cross



Over the last few days, I have been pondering over the story of Easter, the death, the crucifixion and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The last couple of days have been a party for some and for others it has been a moment of reflection. I stumbled upon this scripture and I immediately knew this is what God would want me to write to His children. It’s gonna be a short one this one, so walk with me.

Exodus 15: 23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore, the name of it was called Marah.
24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, what shall we drink?
25 And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet:

I love how it starts. And when they came to Marah……
See, it wasn’t a matter of if they will come to Marah or not, it was a matter of when they will come to Marah. I have said this repeatedly in my previous articles. Trouble in this life is inevitable and even the Bible itself acknowledges that fact. We live in a beautiful yet wicked world. Life has no guarantees that it won't throw trouble your way. We most often have no say over what life throws at us as we journey through it. And so, in this walk of life brothers and sisters, we all get to a point in life where we get to Marah. 
The place of bitter waters. the place where finances become a problem, getting a job is a prayer item day in day out, marriage ain't working, relationship's gone sour, finishing that college degree is a nightmare, chronic diseases lingering like they're a part of you. We all experience bitter episodes in life. Marah distinguishes not the rich from the poor, the homeless from the homeowners, the learned ones from the illiterate. Everybody gets to Marah in one way or another. The place where our faith is tested, a place where we feel like we want to throw in the towel and walk away.
What do you do when you get to the Marah stage of your life? Well, just as Moses threw the tree in the bitter waters and they became sweet, in the same manner our Father in heaven has taken up the old wooden rugged cross and placed it on His only begotten son. Jesus died a painful and a shameless death on the cross in-order to make our lives sweeter.

Here’s the thing child of God, there’s hope for us at Marah. The solution is not in grumbling and murmuring. The answer is looking up to the cross of Jesus on Mount Calvary, the cross that brings us redemption and gives us another shot at life. The promise of a bitter life episode turned sweet, the promise of a sweet eternal life is on that old rugged wooden cross. 
The catastrophe of life however, is when you experience the bitter moments in life yet you have no personal relationship with Jesus. It is not enough to hang a wooden cross on your neck, you have to have a personal relationship with the bearer of the cross. If you would like me to lead you to the Savior, please drop a comment below or send me an email [Mjete.Tim@gmail.com] and I'll be glad to do just that.

Child of God, Look to the cross!

 ©MjeteTim 2019

March 19, 2019

Behind The Scenes


The book of Esther was written in Persia (the current Iran) to address the people who had not returned to the Holy land after the exile in Babylon. It is a story of God’s redemptive power.

Esther a young beautiful Jewish girl is chosen to replace queen Vashti who had been banned from king Xerxes palace for disobeying the king. Xerxes was attracted to Esther and she found favor in the king’s eyes. How a poor, orphaned Jewish girl would rise to be queen in a foreign country remains to be a mystery. Meanwhile; Mordecai, Esther’s cousin who was sitting at the king’s gate, uncovered a conspiracy by Bigthana and Teresh to assassinate the king, he told Esther about it and Esther in turn told the king. This is recorded in the book of remembrance and nothing much is done about it.

Isn’t that the story of our lives sometimes? We work so hard yet the reward seems so insignificant. Mordecai could easily have become bitter with the government of the day. How do you uncover a plot to assassinate the king, how do you literally save the king’s life yet the only thing that is done is for the act to be recorded in the book of remembrance?

The intriguing thing about the book of Esther is that the name God, Jesus is not mentioned anywhere in the book yet we see so many great things happening in this book that can only be attributed to God. In as much as Mordecai is not rewarded immediately for saving the king’s life, God causes king Xerxes to be disturbed. While Haman is plotting to kill Mordecai and the Jews because he hated them, king Xerxes is reading the book of remembrance because he couldn't sleep. He lands at the place where it is recorded that Mordecai saved his life. “Was there anything done for this guy for saving the king’s life?” he asks his lieutenants. “Nothing was done for the man who saved the king’s life” they answer.

In a turn of events, Haman the same guy who hated Mordecai, is made to ride Mordecai in the king’s chariot around the city shouting “this is what is done to the man whom the king is well pleased with.” Later on, Haman is hanged on the same gallows he had prepared to annihilate Mordecai. See, when you do good to people, you might not receive an immediate reward like you’d wish for not because God is an unfair God but because He is setting you up for greater glory. Mordecai receives the kind of honor no one had ever received in Persia, the Jews are saved as a result, Haman his adversary is brought to naught later king Xerxes makes Mordecai second in command to him. Realize this brothers and sisters; God always looks at the bigger picture. It might delay, but the reward surely comes and when it comes, it comes in a big way.

Here’s the thing child of God, there are times in life when we will get to a point where we don’t feel God around us. We don’t see Him doing something, we don’t hear His name being mentioned anywhere yet like in the events that take place in the book of Esther, we can confidently tell God was right there with the Jews. 

Matthew 28:20 ……..And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."


Like the man or the woman behind the camera, we don't see them, yet their presence is crucial in the production of the movie. They see every tiny little detail through the eye of the lens, they're always there from the beginning to the very end. That's how God sometimes works in our lives.

In this walk of life, even when you can’t see God through your tribulations, even when you can’t see His name anywhere and you can’t hear his name being mentioned anywhere, when it feels like He's not listening, it is still safe to know that God is at work

Child of God, behind the scenes

 ©MjeteTim 2019

February 14, 2019

Don’t Settle



Genesis 11:31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.

Life is a journey that we embark on from the day we are born to the day we breathe our last. We take different paths and different time spans but the ultimate goal is to get to our destinies.
Terah sets out on a journey from Ur of the Chaldeans passing to go to Canaan, but when they came to Harran, they settled there. Isn’t that the story of our lives? In this walk of life, we set out on the journey of life but when we get to Harran of life, we settle.

So what makes us settle in the place where we were never meant to settle in the first place? 

1.  Painful Experiences:
Haran, Terah’s last-born son and the father of Lot died in the Ur of the Chaldeans. Could it be that when Terah got to Harran, it reminded him of his son? The pain of a father losing his son, gets to the place where had the same name as the name of his son, Terah had no more strength to move on, he abandoned the journey to Canaan, unpacked his bags and settled in Harran and the Bible records that Terah died in Harran. 

2.    Procrastination:
The action of delaying or avoiding a task that needs to be done. You have a goal to accomplish but you keep pushing it forward. Some of us keep losing weight every January; keep telling the gym, I am coming. Tomorrow! Procrastination is the enemy that will keep you in Harran, it robs today of the opportunity to do that which was to be done.  

3.      Distractions:
On our journey to our destinies, we get to Haran and we get distracted. Like Nehemiah in Nehemiah 4:1 [Read my article Winning The Battle] He was despised, he was ridiculed by Tobias and Sanballat, he was fought from all corners, but he kept his focus on the goal
Distraction will shift your focus from the goal. Despite and in spite of everything, child of God don’t be distracted 

4.      Weariness:
“I am tired” is a statement that is used so many times in life. Truth is, in the journey of life, we get tired because we are only human but here’s the good news, regardless of the weariness of your body and the heaviness of your  heart, the Lord is granting you strength to move forward because they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their  strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint [Isaiah 40:31] 

5.     Complacency:
Complacency is getting comfortable with where you are. I got married that’s it. I got my high school diploma that is it. I got a job that’s it. See, God didn’t call us to be complacent, every new day is an opportunity to get better, don’t get comfortable in Haran, get dissatisfied with your level of prayer, get dissatisfied with the distance you run in the morning, get dissatisfied with the number of books you read in a year. Getting comfortable will keep you in Harran. Get out of your comfort zone.

Like Terah, many at times we are aware of our assignments in life. We start the project with zeal and enthusiasm but along the way we get to Haran and instead of stopping over for a little while, instead of re-energizing and grasping some air, we choose to settle. Tonight child of God, there’s grace to move forward. Two things, resolve to move forward and rely on God.
God didn’t bring you from Ur of the Chaldeans for you to settle in Harran. It may be difficult but

Child of God, Don’t Settle! 


 ©MjeteTim 2019

January 03, 2019

Opportunity

      Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NKJV)

      I returned and saw under the sun that
      The race is not to the swift,
      Nor the battle to the strong,
      Nor bread to the wise,
      Nor riches to men of understanding,
      Nor favor to men of skill;
      But time and chance happen to them all.






One chilly morning in the winter of 2017, I was heading to work, as was my routine. I had, rather I have this habit of using my vacations to take up volunteer jobs working with charity organizations across different countries teaching kids and young adults as my way of giving back to the community. On this particular morning, I had opted to take a walk rather than ride with the organization’s van. Dressed in my favorite faded blue rugged jeans, red polo shirt, a black winter jacket and old school canvass sneakers, I wanted a few minutes to reflect (or so I thought). Little did I know that this walk was a way the universe was aligning itself to gift me back maybe as an answered prayer or just as a reward for giving up my social life and the pleasures of a vacation to go work in a camp.

 

I walked to the main gate and as I was going through the security check, my laptop bag almost fell down as one of the security guards was placing it on the side. Luckily, for me, a lady in front of me reached out and saved it. She turned her head to me handing me the bag and she smiled this lovely, welcoming smile. It was the sweetest thing I had ever seen in a very long time. There was this warmth in her blue eyes that melted my heart despite the chilly of the morning. God! She was beautiful. As I walked a few meters behind her, my entire system kept screaming in me, ‘reach out to her’, ‘talk to her’, ‘say something’. The whole universe really wanted me to pursue her and I didn’t. I chocked on guilt as I walked into the office knowing that I had let a rare opportunity slip through my fingers. I knew I had let down the entire creation.


See, not so many things are guaranteed in life. The race favors only the swift, battles favors only the strong, earning bread favors only the wise, riches only favors men of understanding and favor only favors men of skill. Sometimes it is easy to look at all these and wonder, so what happens to me? Here’s the good news. Life may not guarantee you everything; it may not guarantee you a CFO job on the fourteenth floor, it may not guarantee you money, nor fame nor a slot on the Forbes magazine or whatever else your heart may so desire, but it guarantees “time and chance”. ~ Opportunities ~

This article is not far from the last one I wrote. I’ll be honest with you guys, more than five times I tried  to change the subject and write about something else but something in my spirit couldn’t allow me, so I decided to follow the voice in me. The voice that whispered to me, “write, write to my children and tell them I’m opening up opportunities for them in 2019. Tell them to be sensitive and alert to the opportunities I’ll bring their way”. Time and chance doesn’t happen to the selected few, at least that’s not what the Bible records. It happens to THEM ALL because our God does not show partiality. So no matter who you are, where you come from or what level you are at in life, opportunities will open up for you this year. Time and chance will happen for you because He who has promised is faithful.

Child of God, the one thing life guarantees is an opportunity. Don’t miss out.

 ©MjeteTim 2019 

December 04, 2018

Another Chance


In a fellowship somewhere in Richmond, an elderly woman, let’s call her sister Mary, was struggling with her peanut butter business. She could not buy the necessary materials she needed to make the produce. A young man who was praying for an opportunity to do business saw a need in sister Mary’s life and so he drafted a business plan. He had everything figured out so well. Any business professional would tell you the young man was on the right path and that the plan was going to be a success.

He was happy about it because he was on the verge of seeing his dream come true. He had always dreamed of touching people’s lives in a positive way. He was going to invest his brains and the two thousand dollars he had saved over the past five months in a worthy cause. In his mind, he had foreseen sister Mary grow from making twenty tins of peanut butter a week to making hundreds. He was also happy that he now understood the angelic language of the soul, something he had always desired to do. The language that communicated without words yet his heart vividly fathomed every silent conversation. It was the voice that showed him the need in sister Mary’s life and gave him the grace to come up with an excellent business plan. He knew that voice so well.

Sister Mary looked discouraged; her eyes were full of fear and uncertainty. “I’m sorry, please find it in your heart to forgive me and reconsider your offer,” she pleaded with the young man at the park where they sat. There was silence between them. As the wind whispered and the orange leaves fell onto the ground, the young man thought of how sister Mary had rejected his proposal. She had instead opted to go for a bank loan, which now she wasn’t able to payback. “It was pride,” she said interrupting his thoughts. “I didn’t want to be perceived as a failure by receiving help from such a young person like you but now I’m desperate, I’m drowned in debt so bad that I’m contemplating selling one of my kidneys to salvage myself” she said tears in her blue eyes.
The boy was sad seeing sister Mary in such a state. He took her hands in his and made a prayer. He asked the God who had spoken to his heart in the heavenly language to make a way for sister Mary.

See, most often times in life, opportunities don’t come packaged in a way that is familiar to us and so we end up missing out on lifetime opportunities that would have made a significance in our lives because we made the mistake of judging the wrapper that the opportunity came wrapped in.

Psalm 68:19 (NKJV) Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah

God is in the business of daily loading us with benefits. It is not a once in a month kind of thing nor is it when he wakes up and feels like He should bless someone. He daily loads us with benefits. These benefits are the opportunities He presents to us. An opportunity to change our lives, an opportunity in terms of an answered prayer, networking opportunities or even an opportunity to be a blessing to someone else because God provides for His children through His children. With all the opportunities that life presents to us, like sister Mary, we miss them and we goof. We misjudge and sometimes we allow our pride to overshadow our judgement, but how gracious is our God, He never gives up on us.

The day after the young man had prayed together with sister Mary, her younger brother called her and asked her how she was doing. At the end of the conversation, sister Mary’s younger brother surprised her by saying he was sending her some money. The money he sent was enough to settle sister Mary’s loans and every other debt she had. She still had enough money to continue with the business.

See, we are on the last month of the year and along the way, we have made mistakes. We have missed opportunities that came our way. However, God is not just a God of second chances; He is the God of another chance. It don’t matter how bad we have goofed, it just matters that we be sensitive and discern the next opportunities God will bring our way. 

Don’t give up on yourself child of God, because another chance is in the offing, just don’t miss it. 

God bless you and see you in 2019. Shalom!


 ©MjeteTim 2018

November 02, 2018

Strength For The Journey


I’ve mentioned this in my previous articles but allow me my dear reader to say it again. Athletes look at life as a race but I'm a writer, and so it is natural for me to perceive life as a book moving from one chapter to another. But come to think of it, life is indeed a book, a book with different chapters, some sad ones, some exhilarating and some happy ones. 

Tonight however I want us to look at life as a journey, because it is one. We’re sojourners in this world after all aren’t we? If you've ever been on a journey which most of us have, then you'll agree with me that journeys can be frustrating at times. Just the thought of a long layover, or your luggage going to a different city, or your flight being delayed for hours is vexing beyond description. Nothing exasperates a traveler so much more than going round and round the same route and not getting to the destination. A journey that would have taken ELEVEN DAYS, took the children of Israel FORTY YEARS. They went round and round the same mountain for forty long years. Joshua 6: narrates the encounter of the children of Israel with the city of Jericho. For seven days, they went round and round the city and still the walls of Jericho stood in front of them “rudely” fortified. Don’t we all have such mountains and walls in our lives? Mountains and walls that stand before us, they look so sturdy and immovable?

I don’t know about you my reader but I know the pain of taking ten years to finish a degree that should have taken four years. It is not funny going through the circles of dating over and over and always coming out empty. It is not easy presenting the same prayer item day by day to believers. I know what it is like to work on a job year in year out without a promotion, without growth, without nothing. I’ve been there. Abraham Lincoln one of the most celebrated leaders America has ever had, and one of my favorite presidents was born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with the mountain of defeat throughout his life. Between the year 1832 and 1858, he lost eight elections, 

Abraham Lincoln’s life was marred with so many hurdles. Failure in business, a nervous breakdown, death of his mother, death of his fiancĂ©, bankruptcy among many other things. See, life has a way of throwing things at us, things we didn’t choose. You didn’t choose cancer, you didn’t choose to be sexually molested, you didn’t choose to be jobless, you didn’t go looking for infertility, you didn’t choose to be in an abusive relationship, you didn’t choose divorce, you didn’t choose agony, you didn't choose to drop out of college for lack of fees, you didn’t choose to have a bad boss, you didn’t choose to be homeless neither did you choose to be racially discriminated. 

All we ever wanted was just to sojourn through this journey called life and get to our destination but as life would have it, we at times find ourselves going round some mountains over and over again. Every mountain in life is difficult when you have to go round and round it without a breakthrough. Truth be told it is easy to get worn out  especially when things are not going as we expect them to but here’s the good news,

 Isaiah 40:29 (AMP) He gives strength to the weary, And to him who has no might He increases power. 

Hallelujah somebody!

 See, in as much as we face great mountains, we have a greater God. In this life child of God, we have to make a deliberate decision to keep pushing forward, we have to keep talking to ourselves and telling ourselves that despite how bad yesterday was, we will wake up tomorrow and work at it again, we have to learn to look up to God, the God whose strength is not limited, the only one who can give us the strength to face the mountains of life and the strength to jump over the hurdles that life throw in our way. The one way we draw strength is to immerse ourselves in the word of God, He is intentional in strengthening us and the more we sink in His word, and confess it, the more we find ourselves getting strength for this life. There are a number of scriptures in the bible that you and I can read and internalize and draw strength from. Here are some that keep me going

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song i will praise Him.  

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

2 Corinthians 12:10  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for i am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

2 Samuel 22:33 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.



Mountains will always be there in life but be encouraged, be calm, keep working hard daily and when strength faileth thee, look up unto God, He’s never disappointed no one and He’s not gonna start with you. 

So, child of God, receive strength, strength for the journey.

 ©MjeteTim 2018



October 15, 2018

Life Is A Process


Colossians 3:16 is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
You know what a man has been feeding on by what comes out of his mouth. Long before computers were invented, Apostle Paul understood the Garbage In – Garbage out concept. He understood that how we respond to life depends on what we have constantly been feeding on. Paul admonishes us to get to grow to a point where we read and re-read the word of God until it so richly dwells in us.


As I look through the Bible and the order in which the books of the Bible are arranged, I realize God is so intentional in how He does things. Nothing happens by chance.

                     i.      Genesis
The Bible opens up its account with the Genesis- The book of beginnings. In Genesis, we find the beginning of time, the beginning of life, the beginning of marriage, the beginning of worship, the beginning of human government, and the beginning of salvation. It is not a coincidence that the first book of the Bible is the book of beginnings. God ensured this was so because in this walk of life, we all have a genesis of some sort. We all begin somewhere. So here’s the thing child of God, you don’t have to be where everyone else is. It is okay to be where you are because we all have different paths in this life. Life is a relay race, we all run the same distance but we all are in our different lanes. Begin where you are; stop feeling the pressure to speed up life, God’s desire for mankind is we grow from one level of glory to another. Growth takes time and life is a process. The catastrophe of life is when we try to speed up life.
Job 8:7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
In a generation where everything is instant, instant coffee, instant shower, instant rags – to –riches, instant everything, God is calling on us to be patient, to begin with Him and to walk with Him every step of the way.


                    ii.      Exodus
Exodus is Greek word for departure. The book narrates of the Israelites' departure out of slavery in Egypt. Exodus exists because no-matter how bad it has been in Egypt, no-matter how long it has taken, no matter how sad it has been, there is always a day where enough is enough and God has to deliver His children from bondage. Exodus is God’s encouragement to us His children that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. A new day springs forth where we step out of the troubles of Egypt, kiss goodbye whatever has been oppressing us and head into the Promised Land.

                                   iii.            Leviticus
Leviticus gets its name from the tribe of Levi, from which God chose priests, singers, and those who assisted in worship. In this interesting book, Moses sets down many laws for the Israelites'. Some of these laws were designed especially for their Exodus experience, whereas others were included which would last as long as their nation endured. The children of Israel were instructed to teach their children these rules so they might be safe and have God's blessings. For every Exodus in our lives, we need Leviticus to govern us. We cannot make it without laws, rules and regulations. No society can survive in a lawlessness state. God has given us His law that we may abide with as we sojourn this earth. Leviticus exists not to bind us but to keep us in the right path

                                    iv.            Numbers
A census was conducted in this book. This is the place of accountability. Are we able to stand up and be counted? We all have this phase in our lives. A phase where in our wilderness, we’re expected to stand up for what we believe in. It is a phase where faith is tested, when we go out to survey the Promised Land, what report do we bring home? When you step out on the streets to look for a job, do we come back home complaining of how it is impossible to make it without a connection or do we come back with faith that we can make it?

See, I could go on and on but we get it don’t we? For those of you who are my avid readers know that I post one article at the beginning of every month. I started working on this article and when I was almost publishing it, I fell ill. It was so bad that I was in bed for a couple of days. I had the temptation to push myself to send it out “on time” then I realized there’s no stipulated “right time”. There’s no right time for you to get a PhD, no right time for you to get married or get a baby or become a millionaire or retire. 
While President Obama left office at the age of 56, Donald Trump took office at the age of 70. Everyone has his / her appointed time. Don’t let the pressures of life make you feel like you’re way behind, walk in the timing of God and take in a step at a time, a day at a time because it is a process. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the difference between “Here” and “There” is that “T” at the beginning. That T represents Time. It takes time my dear reader. All the good things worth coming your way take time because life is a process not an event.

Child of God, Life is a process.

©MjeteTim 2018