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SILENT HEAVENS

WRITTEN BY: Imani

I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought that my ears deceived me too. It felt like some of those times when you wish that time could fly so fast. That all clocks could strike thirteen. I wished my past could be carried away by a swift neck-breaking whirlwind. My head was so cramped and my eyes itchy with fatigue but still my afternoon didn’t seem to come to an end. The silence was deafening!!

What kind of life is this? Why can’t the long wait come to an end? It felt like the minute-hand on my watch had stood still and my calendar dates stuck on one long day. It felt like a heavy truck glued in the mud with no hope of ever moving even half an inch.

I raised my voice towards the heavens so loudly that I was afraid the whole world could hear me. My voice echoed across the thick green terrain. Hours later, the fierce looking clouds stared at me as if they would fall off the sky and run after me. What did I do wrong? I couldn’t get it. Still no sign. What do I do? I lay down with my head touching the ground because I couldn’t look up any more.

I sobbed in distress. My heart was heavy. I said my prayer a dozen more times but still nothing! Seconds had turned to minutes, minutes to hours and hours to many days. A year later I couldn’t see the sun rise or even set. My eyes didn’t even seem to trace the horizon of hope. Everything was dark. Darker than the deepest pit. Darker than the darkest coal on earth. I had to leave. With my hurting self, I just had to start moving.

My feet were feeble and very sore. Just as I rose up to walk, I heard a soft small voice like a flute so many meters away. It got clearer and I heard the best words ever! The serenity in my heart was incomprehensible.

“My son, why are you in despair? I am the Sovereign Lord and my thoughts are not like yours, neither are my ways. I never sleep nor slumber. How you perceive everything in your life is not the way I do. Some things in life are best learned in the darkest moments of your life and I need you to trust me more?  Did you know that the dry desert in your life draws you more to the river of life? In the silence is where my answer is. My desire is that you trust the miracle even when it’s not already there. I love you so much to let you go. I am with you.”

“Are you going through the darkest moments in your life and it feels like the heavens are silent? Praise Him with songs of thanksgiving! Desire Him more and allow Him to teach your heart to wait. If Abraham and Sarah didn’t wait, what would have become of their generation? Would Job receive the double portion of His wealth and riches either? May be through your waiting is when others will see God. It’s not easy but it’s worth it!”

Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”

PERSPECTIVE POWER: THROUGH GOD’S EYES

It was a stroll. An ‘eye’ stroll. A glimpse outside the window, four floors down! An empty field is what I saw…a man leaning on a bending tree too. Fast glance to my left, trees were swaying lazily, the rotation of windmills on the horizon stole my attention, and then I spotted a ‘Squishy’ lorry.  All in a matter of seconds!

I remember that dull afternoon and something in my mind unlocked. You know, in life what you choose to see matters. We had this analogy about the glass being half-full and half-empty and it all trickles down to the life’s ordeals and what we choose to learn from them. This reminds me of a few months back when I was in town and I passed by these two lovely ladies who were very excited to see each other. I could feel their excitement because of the way they embraced cordially and joy was engraved all over their faces. “Happy new year…” they both told one another!

As I walked past the ladies, I was already wondering how they would still be wishing one another a happy new year in April (already four months down the line). How? It seemed odd to me to still see a new year when it was already four months down. It became real to me that actually that’s the same way we view our life’s status quo time and again.

Have you ever recovered from an illness but all you remember is the pain and the turmoil you went through? It may not be an illness but may be God saved you from a serious accident but all you recall are the bruises and the injuries you had! It’s similar to when soldiers go to battle and only few of them survive. Would it be great for them to keep dwelling in the past? Would it be great to keep hearing their sad ordeals and how some of them broke their arms and legs during the war? With God it doesn’t work like that. Sometimes God sends us to the battle field so that later on we can be remnants to tell of the salvation story. Perspective!

They say in the ant’s house the dew is a flood. They also say that what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. What do you see? Our illusion detemines our vision.This reality has really compelled my heart to write about what we see. It is just to remind us to see through God’s eyes and not our own.  What do you see and what does God really want you to see? It’s crystal clear to me that our perspective in life is determined by the level of our faith. Why are you strong today even after such a hurting moment in the past? Why are you still standing even after the hard falls?

I’m not an exception either. As I write this I’m challenging myself to see through the eyes of the Most High too. Where He sees victory for me I’ll choose to see it too. Where God sees tranquility I won’t allow the fierce storm to steal my peace. I’ll choose to see a new beginning even after it all seems to be coming to an end. In the middle of the roughest week I’ll choose to see a fresh new morning… even when all is dark and quiet. It’s also during those times when the rain hits hard, that I’ll rejoice because my worries will be washed away:)

“Small things become big and big things become small when life is put into the right perspective”

"Life is all about how God sees it. Don’t be afraid of new beginnings. 
Don’t fear when defeat steals your joy. Look up and leave it to the Most High. 
Learn His perspective language!"

Reflections:

  • Numbers 13: 30-33,“Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.” But the men who had gone with him said, “We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us!” So they began to spread lies among the Israelites about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored is one that devours those who live there. All the people we saw there are very tall.  We saw Nephilim there. (The descendants of Anak are Nephilim.) We felt as small as grasshoppers, and that’s how we must have looked to them.”
  • Acts 3:6, “Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
  • 1 Samuel 17: 38-40, “Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.  Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.”

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WRITTEN BY: Imani

#TheAwakeningTour

Written by Phoenix

Let Music Preach KE will be touring various churches with the goal of ‘Awakening Christians’ to the realization of their true nature in Christ. The tours will also be in preparation of Bankrupt Concert.

On the focus of being awakened, let me go over a few things. Our first awakening is when we accept Christ in our lives; when we put on the helmet of salvation upon the realization that Jesus is the only way. Only in Him do we attain true life. Psalm 36:9 “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.”

Many Christians do not know the position that God has placed them.

Psalms 8:4-5 says: “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that you care for him? Yet you have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and you have crowned him with glory and honor.” Man has been placed above any other creature existing on the earth. God did not just call him into being. He used his hands to create and mould him. Man was then given the authority to dominate. You do have the power to dominate over curses, over sickness and over poverty. Without the knowledge of who you are, you will remain in the conditions of a slave when your father is the king. Living in ignorance leaves many complaining that they have been abandoned and that God does not care. This is far from the truth you only need to seek him.

When we live in sin, our flesh is alive and our Spirit is dead. A life of holiness and fellowship with the Holy Spirit keeps our inner man awakened at all times. The enemy can never catch you unawares. Isaiah 64:7 says : “And no one calls on Your name and awakens and bestirs himself to take and keep hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the [consuming] power of our iniquities.”

The supernatural realm excites me. It is however impossible to access it if you are not one with God. Acts 12:7 speaks of Peter’s extraordinary experience with an angel: “And suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared [standing beside him], and a light shone in the place where he was. And the angel gently smote Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, Get up quickly! And the chains fell off his hands.” Herod was afflicting the church because it pleased the Jews. He arrested Peter and was to present him to the Jews and the night before that happened, those with him were gathered together in prayer. An angel was sent to the rescue of Peter. Funny thing is that the guards were chained together to him but they never saw this coming. When Peter followed the angel’s instructions, he was led to freedom. You have to realize that God is always speaking. The difference is whether you are sensitive to hear His voice and whether you obey when He speaks.

My challenge to you comes from Zechariah 4:7 “And the angel who talked with me came again and awakened me, like a man who is wakened out of his sleep.” Will you be found asleep my friend? If you are still asleep, ask the Lord to awaken you and help you become whom He created you to be.