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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”

THE BEAUTY OF A PROCESS IN A JOURNEY

We are in a journey to achieving a set goal either socially, spiritually, economically or academically (the list may continue). We work hard day and night researching, working and praying so that our goal becomes a reality one day and for most of us, very soon. It’s like we have already figured it all out.

However, we most times forget a very important thing, process. Let’s use the example of salvation. When we got saved, it was a start of a journey in Christ. A journey to perfection, to be like Christ. This journey is neither smooth nor simple. There are trials, temptations, afflictions and persecutions. Why do these things come? They are to mature us from being babes to mature sons in Christ. They all come in the journey to the ultimate goal of salvation. We have to be tested to remove anything that is imperfect. If everything was without a process, we would never grow up. Let’s use this very obvious example, after being brought into the world, we had to go through Primary school then high school, college, an internship and until you can be given a job and you have to deliver. That in itself is a process. Imagine without the process and you are given the books of accounts to balance in a bank, you would not. Many of us hate and try to avoid processes so that we can achieve our goal overnight.

I appreciate processes because they have helped me grow up, have greater responsibilities and also enabled me make right decisions. The best example of a process I’d refer to is in the story of Joseph the son of Jacob (Gen 30- 50)

Joseph was sold by his brothers to Egypt and God took him through tough stages to mature him up until he became second in command in a foreign land. If he had not gone through the processes, and his brothers appear before him as they did when they went to look for food in Egypt, due to bitterness, he would have done them harm. However, God had worked on his heart and removed everything that was not of Him and taught him such that when he saw his brothers, he was delighted instead. That is the benefit of a process.

Let us not be a MICROWAVE GENERATION that wants things created and used in a day. We have to wait and walk step by step until we are there. As long as we have a goal and we are in course, we cannot avoid processes that toughen and are a measuring tool as to whether we are ready for the next level, just as exams are used in school. The stages in the process are not pleasant but God strengthens us so that we can overcome and become victorious.

Let us get ready for it, it may be bitter but it’s fruits are so sweet.

(Gal 4:1-2) Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.

Let’s embrace the principle of being made by God to what He desires of us. We should not forget that God is the potter and we are the clay. He molds us to His ideal perfect vessel. Let’s allow God to make us, to take us through the process. In every aspect of our lives education, ministry, talent or career. Nothing will come in a silver plate. We have to be formed for it first before we receive it. Shalom

Will you allow the formation process to your destiny?

WRITTEN BY:JMusic

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

WRITTEN BY : PHOENIX

I love being challenged because it pushes me to move out of where I currently am into becoming a better version of myself; but challenges at times might make you feel worthless and unaccomplished. Someone else’s success might burst your bubble of ‘being the best’. It may show you that you are limited in some area and need to work harder for a new level or that you need help from another person to overcome your limitation.

At this pinnacle of revelation, is where the line is drawn. It is where you are built or broken. Your attitude to the revelation defines how you will proceed. For example; if you come to the realization that someone is better than you, you can choose to hate them or learn from them. Well, I can tell you one thing, your hatred will not benefit you nor will it harm the other party. It is better to find out what tactics they used to get to where they are and you can follow suit to be at par with them or become even better. I thank God for the people that He has placed in my life that I can look up to. Some are my friends while others are my mentors and they have been a crucial element in my growth.

Life is full of such situations where upon settling at a certain position, it no longer is enough. It no longer gives us the satisfaction or joy that we once derived from it. This is just an indication of the need for growth. Whether you are a CEO of a company or just an accountant, it is an indication that you need to move to a new level. If we never became hungry, would we eat? If we never yearned to be better, would we work towards it? No, I bet not. That’s why we need these little nudges in ourselves whenever it is time for us to move to a new dimension. Somebody performing better than you might be better just because he/she put more effort. Maybe they were up the whole night working while you were sleeping or completing an exciting action series season. The point here is that we have to have to be conscious about the effort we are putting into accomplishing a certain task.

We however have to remember that there is always help whenever we need it. Our father is always there waiting to come to our aid. I have come to a point in my life where my own strength is no longer enough to keep me going, and am in constant need for God to strengthen me for the next step that I have to take. I need strength for my next assignment; I need strength to go through tough times and emerge on the other end a victor and only God can supply me that kind of strength.

In my conclusion, I will share something interesting found in this portion of scripture…

Genesis 3:9-12

9  But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you?

10 He said, I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11 And He said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?

12 And the man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me—she gave me [fruit] from the tree, and I ate

We all know that God is omniscient-all knowing, and He does not change with time as human beings do. So even that far back in the garden of Eden, the Lord already knew where Adam was and what he had done yet He called out seeking Adam. Why? Well, you have to come to a realization that God takes very seriously our responses. Despite the fact that Adam had sinned, God’s focus was on his response. Adam however started playing the blame game leading to his curse out of disobedience. Yes there will be challenges along the way but how are you responding/reacting to them? How you react to any challenge that you face will determine how it will turn out in the end for you, whether you will overcome it or you will be overcome by it! David faced Goliath with an attitude of victory knowing full well that God would fight for him. Despite the crowd’s fear, David came out with courage not because he was the best ‘boy’ in Israel but because his eyes were open to realize that the fight belonged to God. You better leave the fight to Him who’s victory is assured.

Soulties … A Devotional Study

WRITTEN BY: Gichohi

Its 2A.m in the morning, I start having breathing complications and is so uncomfortable that I have to wake my folks to rush me to hospital. Minutes past three a.m, am in a hospital bed fighting for my life, with an excess of a wrong prescription. However by God’s grace I pull through and at six, am back to the house. My old man would hear nothing about me going outside the house let alone to school. I am not sure I can also handle the pain and the class so I stay indoors.

But in the midst of the pain shut up in my bones, I do something that may seem crazy,… I begin to have a craving, a just unending desire, to FELLOWSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Yes you had it right. I take my Bible books and begin to end my long research on Soulties.

It moves me to more brokenness, and I can’t keep it to myself, so I walk to social media on my page (@heartbeakfke), and begin sharing under the tag #Soulties. After am done, I get a couple of DMs, of people who wish to share the #Ties_Story with me. It can’t get any better than this. As I sit in my room looking how much God had honoured me with His presence, I am compelled to do this write-ups perhaps to reach out to one more person out there and to cause a change to their lives all glory to God.

Sorry, it may be a lengthy post, but worth a read.

A soul tie is an emotional bond or connection that unites you with someone else.You and I can become bound to aperson through your/my soul. Have you found yourself tormented by thoughts about a person, excessively wondering about them, checking on them, rehearsing times with them? If so, you have soul ties. Have you grieved over a severed relationship with someone you were once close to? If so, you probably have soul ties.

Soul ties are formed through close friendships, through vows,commitments and promises, and through physical intimacy. Not all soul ties are bad. God wants us to have healthy relationships that build us up, provide wisdom, and give godly counsel. God will strategically bring good relationships into our lives to form healthy soulties. “When David had finished speaking to Saul,the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own life” (1 Sam. 18:1 (AMP). In contrast, Satan always brings counterfeits into our lives to form unhealthy soul ties.

A few ways unhealthy soul ties can be formed include:
*Abusive relationships (physically, sexually, emotionally, verbally)
*Adulterous affairs
*Sex before marriage
*Obsessive entanglements with a person (giving them more authority in your life than you give to God)
*Controlling relationships.

This could be in addition to others. It brings me to a point of finding out what then are the indicators of a soulties. In a nutshell. I will share only four :

A. Feeling Confused:
When you are outside the will of God in a
particular relationship, you will experience confusion. Your feelings will tell you one thing; your spirit will tell you another. That’s where the confusion comes in. You need to remember that God is the author of peace Himself not confusion.

B. Feeling miserable:
When we persist in doing something that we know God is not in agreement with, we will experience a type of misery that doesn’t go away. You may feel uneasy inside, extreme anxiety, sorrow or pain. You may feel disgusted by what you’re doing, yet feel powerless to change your situation.

C. Tormented mind:
The mind of Christ is one that is at peace no matter what the circumstances. When Satan has invaded our souls through wrong soul ties, our minds will not be at rest. This is where your battle takes place. Is your mind constantly replaying images of the past and rehearsing previous conversations like a broken record? Do your thoughts produce fear or make you feel unclean?

D. Stagnation:                                                                                                                                                                              Lastly, If you feel like you have been dealing with a situation for far too long and nothing seems to help you get beyond it, remember this phrase: God will not advance your instructions beyond your last act of disobedience. If you don’t fully obey what God is telling you to do, you will never move beyond your current circumstances.

But thanks be to God, there is hope for everyone of us, I used to think this were only stories, I now know that, Soulties are real. That shirt he gave you that you cling on daily when you miss him, that bracelet you are not feeling like you ever want to let go, could be the physical link you have remaining.  Well David says that God, “RESTORES HIS SOUL”.  Its the same prayer I feel I need to make for myself today and all of us.

There are 4 Key steps to breaking soul ties:
1. Acknowledge
2. Confess and Repent
3. Forgive
4. Break and Remove
First, we need to acknowledge that there is a problem . Ask the Lord to show you who you have ungodly soul ties with. Make a list if you need to.
Secondly, we need to confessand repent of our sins . This may involve finding a Godly accountability partner that you can confess to and who can help you walk through the process. It maybe be a church counselor, pastor or elder or a family member.

Next, we need to find forgiveness. We need to accept God’s forgiveness, we need to forgive ourselves and lastly, we need to forgive our former partners or abusers . Remember, “ Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies. ”

Finally, you need to verbalize a prayer to break off the soul ties . You need to speak it out! Life and death are in the power of the tongue so when you speak out you are declaring with your mouth the power of Christ to break the ties to your past. You must also do an inventory and remove any mementoes, gifts or souvenirs from those past relationships

Hope this will help just one person, change just one person, and it is me and you for His work to advance.

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