We are the Lord’s and He is…ours?

Many people in this Brexit climate forget that we are the Lord’s is ours!

Many people of so-called “foreign origin” are reporting experiences of insult, of hate crimes, xenophobia since the referendum and Brexit won. However, I put it to you brothers and sisters that this is not because of Brexit. Closet racists were there all along, but could not openly practice racism because of fear.  What Brexit does is empowered them, giving them the courage and the platform to crawl out of the woodwork. They felt embolden to speak because mistakenly they believe the referendum was about booting out foreigners or immigrants. If they follow the campaign of Nigel Farage they could easily come to that conclusion and did. However, for a long while sections of the Conservative party believe, that the EU have too much power over the British parliament. Advocating the British parliament, elected by the people of Britain, should be in charge of the country’s affairs, and not bureaucrats in Brussels that are answerable to no one.

Two things however, firstly there is not one nation of the world that has not been immigrants at one point or another in their history. Secondly, when they say go home ask them where to? Ask where they are from, where they originate, how they got here, or exist before they settled here? If the argument ensued like the one that took place on the tram in Manchester, we saw on the news last evening, three men telling another to go back to Africa. Just remind them that Britain invaded and placed the Union Jack on every continent of the world. They invaded many countries, pillaged and steal their wealth, many of the jewels now on display in the tower of London were stolen. The biggest of the Crown Jewels were taken from India. They took many people into slavery. Tell them Britain was built off the blood sweat and tears of foreigners they put into slavery, our ancestors laboured in chains, many of our ancestors, mothers and sisters were raped, producing mix-ethnicity children.

However, your best bet is to walk away from trouble. Fair is in the air, but for the people of God, We may be swimming against the tide, strong currents swaying us to and fro, many may be against us. The Israelite spies report that the Canaanites they spotted are of such enormous size that “we seemed like grasshoppers.” But were they not placing too much emphasis on physical size of the people? Was the Philistines not placing too much confidence in the physical strength and size of Goliath? Yet small, youth full David and a stone curt him down to size. When the people of Israel quake and fear at Goliath size, he is too big, he is a giant, no man can stand up to him. David thought, let me at him, he is so big I CAN’T MISS HIM! Saints we are the Lord’s and He is ours! Now we belong to Jesus, and Jesus belongs to us. We are safe whatever may betide us – safe in the Hollow of God’s hands. Brexit should hold no fear for us, not even XENOPHOBIA.

We are Warriors!

We are Christian Warriors

The gospel message calls willing hearts to be warriors for Christ

These warriors are not made through hate and cynicism

They are not made with the rhetoric of negativity and division

They have within them, a deep heartfelt desire, and a dream to be counted!

They crave the opportunity to develop and display their skills as humans.

 

I declare I am a Christian but I am a staunch fighter too,

Like Christ my leader, I am in battle daily against powerful forces.

I am fighting for the poor and against poverty in our world,

Christ fought to give hope to the hopeless, and freedom for those in captivity

My leader fought and died so that many may live free, no longer bound by the chains of inequality, and fears. He asked all, whosoever will, me to take up his cross and follow him. I follow him with hope and much aspirations and for His cause, I die daily.

It is through Christ that all the families of the earth, Abraham seed are blessed.

We must fight for the honour, hope and prosperity of our families, as he did.

My leader loves peace, preached peace, fought for peace, but is a fierce enemy.

Our enemies should be on alert, they should be aware; we will not back down, nor be intimidated by hate preachers! In Christ, we are bold and brave fighter followers, and are fierce defenders of peace, and we will fight for what we believe to be right in love. Nevertheless, do not be mistaken, our weapons of war are not carnal, but spiritual! Yet our brothers and sisters who turn against us are not our true enemies. We cannot hate them, or we lose the plot! If we hate our brothers, Satan wins, that is what he always wanted! Satan divides and separate in order to conquer, because when divided we are weakest, united we are strong we must unite and stand up against him. Keep the eyes, open, be on the alert against hate and stand up in love.

We must use our powerful spiritual weapons, of love, truth, justice and peace. We will live and act according to Christ special code; it is love for our enemies, and a hand of friendship to our neighbours. Because the enemy, who fight against us, daily persecute us, and say all manner of things against us represented in human form, is an experience-fighting foe.

However, our leader Christ is vastly more experience, he never lost a battle! The code we live by is in a word, it is call love, we love our enemies not just our friends! Love is our weapon of war, our spiritual weapon to fight. We must be prepared to do all things through Christ, anything for the beauty and power of love. We will love them, hug them, and even kiss them for the sake of Christ in love. One of us will put hundreds of haters to flight, we are more than conquerors, yes it is love that defeats our enemies.

 

WE CAN BE HEROES

Real confidence is built on vulnerability, when we feel exposed to the elements, to hurt and pain. When we are not taken advantage of, in our fragility and susceptibility. Then someone appears and something happens that adds meaning to our lives, and gives us hope of a better more prosperous future. Christ arose! Once trust is established, we can look for and find the champion hidden inside our inner being. It is then that we in turn must resolve to be tender and kind with the vulnerable that we will inevitably meet. Christ blood and its redemptive effect make a difference! Being gentle, loving and affectionate with those who happen on our path and who appear upon our journey through lives uncertainties and treacherous road. The word of Christ eased troubled hearts and minds.

Make today the conscious determined decision to reach out to the young, because the future is theirs to grapple with. The impending, the imminent, the up and coming belongs to the youth of today, not to us, as life goes forward not backward. The new born is a signal of the continuity of the human race, of life beckoning and longing for itself.  Though we must be tolerant and compassionate with the aged, because they have seen it, lived it, experienced it, until they impart the baton to the hopefuls. Should we not be sympathetic with the struggling, the tolerant and the weak and to those who are ignored and wronged by society? Like the Jewish aristocracy and elite we pass the poor on the opposite side of the road, yet we are pious, who often boast about the love we have for God, forgetting how much we fail him daily. Rather our pride should be in the love God has for us, because he never fails. Our joy should not be in what we get out of life, but in what we give, especially to those in need. In Christ, we can be heroes!

A SEED OF DREAM

DID YOU KNOW THAT GOD PLANT A SEED OF DREAM IN EVERY HUMAN BEING?

 Every human being were created with potential to be something or to accomplish something. Whatever that is, it is never self-evident at birth, nor through our early teen, but start to take shape as young adults, at a certain point in our lives. Until then our lives are packed with success and failures, trials and errors, disappointment and pains. It is at point when we start to dream that we realise, that we can accomplish something great. However, our human ideas flow from the Holy Spirit of opportunities that cannot run dry and absolutely unlimited.

The seed for who and what we will become, our unlimited potential flows from God, and all we have to do is tap into that well of opportunities. God is all-sufficient, he plat the seed in man so he have unlimited dreams. He alone is totally efficient and His creative power is on display throughout the universe. He install the seed of dream in us, and He can help us succeed. Through Christ, we are daily reminded and the belief enforced that every individual counts, no matter his or her status in life. So now that you know or are reminded of that, does it make you think different, about who or what you are in the world?

Listen to what Paul said, “I am convinced of this, that the one who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah, Jesus” (Phil 1:6). Or this from the late (IPhone) Steve Jobs, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste time living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the result of other peoples thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you want to become. Everything else is secondary”.

THIS IS THE SEASON FOR YOUR INNOVATIVE REALITY

People are afraid of change, you come with an idea and it does not rest well, because it signals change. Change if a challenge, even a threat to many. We get so fixed in out ways, the way we have always done it, any move to the right or left encounter stern opposition even violent resistance.  Change can and will take place if it is done with tact and sensibility. People may not ask the question openly, but at the back of their minds, they are asking, “what’s in it for me”? However, they need to know that without change there is no opportunity for innovation to flourish, for creativity to materialise, and little incentive for improvement on what is.

The status quo is the comfort zone for a small minority, to who the vision of change is frightening. True innovators know the way to bring people around to their way of thinking. It is about letting people know they are a part of the process, they will not be denied or left behind. It must be sold to them, and they must buy into the project, it must be seen as coming from them, not forced upon them. So that those who wish to initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.  When it is effectively marketed, when people see it as improving their lot, the season arrives for our innovative reality.

THE VEHICLE OF YOUR CREATIVE SELF

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We must never forget the power of inspired leadership, in private or public environments. Moses, one of the most admired leaders of biblical times, set the standards for those in both private and public affairs of the nation. However, Jethro saw that handling such vast amount of business was hard on him and killing him his health. Therefore, he advised that Moses share leadership responsibilities among the people spread it in such a way that the pressure would be eased on him. Jesus recognised that spiritual leadership needs enlightenment from above in order to full the task he set His church.

So the Holy Spirit distribute spiritual gifts among the members so we the church understand spirituality not as some kind of political dogma or ideology but as the domain of God. His church therefore needs that awareness that we cannot perform effectively in a role unless we got the gift. It is then not about where we want to serve, but about where God wants me! It then where we experience and establish values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, with those we serve. The gifted in the right roles in the church develops intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention on people rather than process. The church is not like the political arena, where they talk themselves into office. Neither is it about discussing people, putting down someone, so we may appear better than they are! Let us talk about the plans, the programs, the training ideas that will improve the church! 

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

― Henry Thomas Buckle

WHAT INSPIRE OUR IMMAGINATION?

We often view people in certain roles private or public as lacking imagination. It is not so much that we always think that they are losers, sometimes doing a lousy job, but at the back of it. It is because we think that if placed in the role with the same challenges, with a little imagination would accomplish great feats. Humans are like that, our ego tells us, we can do better, and we are a better choice for the business. It is not so much that we are smug, and sure of ourselves, it could be that being out of the situation,  “out of the box” gives us a better handle to view things from a different perspective. It is not until we are in the role that we will admit to failure, the task is bigger than I am.

We prove that it is easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk. Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”.  The mind is the most powerful tool we have, sometimes it plays tricks on us, but it is curious, and when it works properly, it creates many interesting things; it’s innovative power is marvellous to behold. The mind imagines many silly things, but the most tremendous invention comes also through the mind. Mind power can send rocket spacecraft to the moon and back, the same can create a weapon with such terrible destructive force that, he can never imagine using it. Carl Sagan puts it this way, “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere”.

THE POWER OF DREAMS

What Power our Dreams?

Not all have the same dreams, and for most people something happened in our lives that inspire our dreams. Maybe a team player in the premier league, what he did with the ball impresses us, we say. I can do that”. Or a family member that went to university, and he gave you the inspiration to follow in his footsteps. Maybe you were inspired by Dr Martin Luther Kings, “ I have a dream” speech, that makes you want to dream and be successful too. Walt Disney, creator of the greatest entertainment network, which includes team parks and animation feature movies, one said, “if you can dream it, you can do it”. I don’t know of many who would want to argue with this. His productions are his credentials and open to scrutiny, he had dreams and he fulfilled those dreams.

However many dreams remains unfilled, dead in the water, never got off the ground, remains just that – dreams. However it could be any of a number of reasons why we never accomplish our dreams either because of lack of resourcefulness, lack of funds or lack of opportunities to make it happen, when we asked we were not given the stage on which to shine. Your heroes could be your parents, a much-admired schoolteacher, sports or film star or someone in politics or other public figures. You view them as successful role models and you want to be as successful as they are. Whoever or whatever it is that inspires you, who made it happen, Walt Disney says you can, so dream big.

God Wants us to be all that we can be (cont…)

Those who have faced down difficulties in the past will be reassured that if God did it before, He will do it again. Many have experience to fall back on, that can help us see the positive, and present possibilities. The substantial negative energies that grow in frustration and utilised in worrying, can be redirected and become our strength. We can turn negative into positive, effective, unbeatable determination. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Phil 4: 13). Nothing in this world is more powerful than a positive “Holy Spirit” push. We appreciate a smile a world of optimism and comfort from our friends, they can even inspire hope. But no one can inspire the ‘we can do it, if we put our backs into it’ kind of strength we get through Christ when things get difficult. TBC…

GOD WANTS US TO BE ALL THAT US CAN BE (Cont…)

We sometimes look back in wonder how we got through, the situation that prevents us from seeing the light we now stand in, that even shades the great dreams and hope of accomplishing our hearts desire. “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all” (Eccl 9: 11). Whatever we conceive our goals to be how it got started, we aspire and we make use of our opportunities. Many young people aspire to play in the premier league or play for England at Wembley stadium. Many to finish college have a profession in a particular field; walk shoulder to shoulder with big names in the business environment, or a niche job in the city. Many will want to aim towards a career in politics, the noble teaching profession or even starting their own business. Whatever it is we aim for, the path is never easy, and fraught with many disappointment and dangers along the way.

 This can make or break us and our success or failure really depends on how we handle those tough situations. Many give up on their dreams as soon as a they are faced with difficult decisions. “No matter what you’re going through, He’ll fix it up for you” is one that can help us, reaffirm our commitments, and to trust God to see us through. “The darkest hour of the night is just before dawn” aims to lift our spirit when things get difficult in our lives. Alternatively “there’s a light at the end of the tunnel” a cliché that encourages hope and perseverance. It may seem very hard even to think let alone to hope to get through it but we can do it and if we just keep on working towards it and we’ll find that the positive side of things will materialise. TBC…