Does God really care?

When we encounter trials for example poverty , pain , hunger or general lack of some kind, and we pray and the Lord doesn’t answer immediately or as fast as we’d like, don’t we get this idea that God is somewhere in heaven having a feast and has no time for us?

This is true of our Leaders for example county reps, parliamentarians , presidents and cabinet secretaries, influential pastors etc. In fact, one minister in the Kibaki government told his permanent secretary when he took office that ” it is our time to eat”.

This is however not true of God. It is something we attribute to God because we wrongly conclude our leaders are a reflection of him and when truth be told, they are really a reflection of the devil who is called a thief by the Lord Jesus Christ it is written in scripture ” the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy but i have come that you may have life and have it abundantly”.

Would your mp , president or local government leader die for you on a cross or send his son to die for you and your village so that you can be saved? Wouldn’t he rather that you die on that cross you and your village so that he and his sons, wives, concubines and girlfriends can be saved? How did we get it so twisted. God isn’t absent from our problems but very present in fact he died for us.

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Prophets and prophecies on the 2017 Kenyan elections

Prophets and prophecies on the 2017 Kenyan elections

As I expected, Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of the presidential election of a heavily contested election. Mr Odinga is currently contesting the outcome of the election and his team has handed their complaints to the supreme court of Kenya. If I may just make prediction of my own, the courts will rubbish his appeal and declare the elections free and fair. I think all Kenyans are aware of this

I’ve seen prophets in YouTube declaring Uhuru Kenyatta as Gods choice. Indeed Mr. Kenyatta has been declared winner by the IEBC and the petition against his will be unceremoniously thrown away come Friday. You don’t need to be a prophet to predict that, just look at Kenya’s history. You also don’t need to have been a prophet to predict Uhurus win, just look at Kenya and indeed Africa’s history.

From the YouTube prophets i saw, i don’t doubt their sincerity but as to whether God spoke to them, i do not know, he clearly did not speak to me on this matter plus I also did not ask him, i was just an independent observer. I also just did not have a burden to pray for my country, but i have made several observations.

Firstly, the Kenyan prophets all prophesied Uhurus win, well at least 90% of those i sampled. My question is they predict election winners but how about sin? How about talking of election corruption, tribalism, covetousness, sexual immorality, drunkardness, unfaithfulness and other sins prevalent in Kenya. Is God so weak that he has to rig the election in favour of Uhuru. Isn’t God able to make him win by more than 90% free and fair. Will these prophets be confident enough to face the president and tell him Gods message like John the baptist told Herod and had his head cut off? Or will they praise him and ask for handouts?

What if God doesn’t show up?

What if God doesn’t show up?

Have you ever prayed for something and didn’t get an answer? Have you ever been in a desperate situation, waited upon God, fasted and prayed, read the bible, believed and prayed and still got no answer. Has your mother, son daughter or loved been very sick to the point of death and you prayed desperately to the Lord and they still died anyway? Have you had a job interview that you prayed about and still failed to get the job anyway? Are you broke and a Christian and the pastor says it’s because of your lack of faith or lack of tithing or both? Is it just me or have you also noticed how the wicked prosper whether its during elections like in my country Kenya and the righteous are persecuted? Does your pastor preach blessed are the rich and cursed are the poor, not exactly that way but you know what I mean.

So when you wait upon God and he doesn’t show up what do you do? Do you give up your faith? What is the standard procedure in such situations ? What does the manual tell us? When you are a righteous man and all your children die, your source of income is destroyed, your neighbours and friends turn against you and call you cursed, you become sick with an incurable disease, your wife turns against you and you just don’t know when it will end what do you do?

Do you curse God and die like Job’s wife suggested or do you say “Naked I came, naked I shall return, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh, may his name be praised?” Do you say as is written in the book of Zephaniah ” Though the fig tree bear no fruit, and the olive crop fails, though there are not cattle in the stalls yet will I praise the Lord?

When the accuser of the brethren stands before God to accuse you by saying ” Does this guy serve you for nothing?, take all he has and he will curse you to your face”. At the end of it all will the accuser be right?

Is spending time with God a waste of time?

 

Luke 10:38-42New International Version (NIV)

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a]Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

 

There are a lot of things in our daily life that we have to do. For example we have to eat, clean the house, go to work , go to school, do homework, wash dishes, clean the house, wash the dishes again , visit friends, chat on Facebook, go for parties, write budgets, call a friend, play computer games, apply for jobs, listen to music, watch movies on Netflix, catch up on the news on cnn, sleep and so on . The list is endless. We are so busy doing and thinking about so many things and yet only one thing is important as shown in the passage above.

Martha was probably preparing some food for the Lord Jesus and his 12 disciples. Preparing food for more than 12 people is not an easy task and she definitely required some help. Her sister Mary on the other hand was oblivious of the help her sister needed and was seated at Jesus’ feet,  staring into his deep blue eyes, captivated by every single word he spoke as he expounded on some eternal truth to the disciples.

Martha was perfectly justified to ask the Lord to intervene in telling her sister to help her in the kitchen as she probably had asked her several times as she was setting up the table but her pleas must have fallen on deaf ears. If you were the Lord at this moment , what would you say? Wouldn’t you tell Mary to get up and help her sister? However the Lords answer is remarkable. Being God, he has the ability to look into the hearts and minds of men and was able look into Martha’s heart and see that she was worried and upset about so many things, one of them being her sisters reluctance to help her. She may also have been worried about rent, other bills to pay, where her brother was etc.

In short, it may seem a waste of time starting your day with prayer and reading the bible. It may seem a waste of time taking a silent walk to meditate on God and the word of God. It may seem waste of time going for a fellowship or just taking half an hour off to talk to God when you could be working or watching a movie. From my personal experience, it’s no waste of time and it’s quite the reverse. It is really an honour and privilege to  converse with the Most High God, creator of heaven and earth. He has the best advice ever and his peace is out of this world.

Where do we go when we die?

Where do we go when we die?

Have you ever stopped to wonder what will happen to you when you die? Do you know that no matter how long you live you will be dead much longer? Do you know that everyone that has ever lived in the past died with the exception of Enoch and Elijah. The bible says that ‘Enoch walked with God until he was no more for the Lord had taken him’. Elijah was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire. It is my personal belief that these two will come back to earth to serve their appointment with death as it is written ‘for it is appointed for man to die once and then to face judgement’. Since we are all destined to die at one point or another, we need to examine ourselves in truth to see whether we are ready for our appointment.

When going on a journey to an unfamiliar area, it is prudent to make necessary arrangements before travelling. It’s good to know what kinds of hotels there are, their price, are the people friendly, is there adequate security and what is the general price of commodities. If these preparations are made for our earthly journeys, how much more should we prepare for the afterlife seeing that there is no coming back?

How can we prepare for a place we’ve never been to? We can only get information from someone who has died and come back / resurrected. Do you know any such people? A friend of mine recently told me of an old lady in her village who died and came back to life after two days. She awoke in the mortuary during the second day and scared the daylights out of the villagers when she returned. Needless to say, all the villagers including my friend scampered for safety fearing the old Lady was a ghost. It is only when the church elders were called to talk to the Lady that calm was restored. Apparently, God had sent the Lady back to earth to change her ways and put her life right with him. My friend now says hi to the Lady from a distance because of fear. How I wish she would take time to have a real long chat with her about the afterlife since we are all going there and witnesses of such places are not in plenty.

The bible in the new testament has extensively talked about the afterlife. The Lord Jesus talks quite a lot about the afterlife in the four gospels. Our bodies are merely vehicles for our souls and the world is merely a testing ground for eternity. There is a heaven and there is a hell. Though most would want to end up in heaven, hell has the lions share for it is written ‘wide is the road and broad is the path that leads to destruction and many walk in it’. Straight is the way and narrow is the path that leads to life and few find it. Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through him. Having this knowledge, I believe we can now make an informed decision about the afterlife before it’s too late. We cannot claim ignorance any longer.