Weak steps – when the valley is dark and the promised land seems afar

The ground is shaking beneath me, I stumble towards my destination with apace only for the ground to crumble underneath my tired feet. I question my ability to succeed and wonder if maybe it’s time to bid farewell, for the dream appears out of reach now. I stare at the firmament and buck up the courage to ask my self honestly, are my feet really tired or are they nervous? Perhaps my feet are twitching because change is happening, is it change that I am afraid of?

This flexuous journey has smothered my feet with aging scars, but I must continue. Too far have I came to return, my eyes are on the abode, I am not alone. Yet I’m nervous of the unknown… It all appeared so simple in the beginning, but I had no idea all the pain that laid within. Each weak step barely supported this heavy soul, but I still I will carry on.

Sometimes it seems the journey to the promised land takes much longer than we hoped. The Israelites took 40 years for a 2 week journey because murmuring held them back. God is not searching for eloquent speakers, he is just looking for willing hearts.

My own journey with God right now I sense God has brought me to the red sea. The red sea is a place God brings you when it seems there is no possible way, a place where a great miracle can happen. It is here that the impossible way is made possible and you walk through the ground once covered with hopelessness.

Take one step today towards the promised land, tomorrow take another. The steps may be weak at first but they are strengthened with time. You cannot fail if you do not quit, no matter how many times you have fallen. When you walk through the valley, no that you are not alone and that multitudes have walked this journey before you.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and staff they comfort me.

Psalm 37:23 the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in his way.

Love and God bless

DMZ

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Loved…full stop.

So many in the world believe that love is earned through merited points of “I did this and that”. Boxes that are ticked in order to gain someone’s love earned with time. It is true that “falling in love” takes time and effort in a relationship, but falling in love is a different love that Jesus speaks of. Falling in love is built by intimacy, commitment, trust and faithfulness, areas that are important for our relationship with God as well as with the love of our life. Yet Jesus tells us to love our neighbour, I am sure we don’t express love in the same way with them as with our partner.

To first understand the love that we are called to express, we need to grasp the love God has for us. God is love, therefore as this is who he is love never runs out. God loves all he has made yet hates the sin that’s tarnished the glory of his creation. How can God hate if he is love? Copy the following link to answer that question. https://www.google.pt/amp/s/www.compellingtruth.org/amp/does-God-hate.html

God loves us unconditionally simply because we are his creation. There’s no ifs and buts about it, he loves us full stop. This commitment of love can never be broken because God is the full expression of love. Many questions arise when speaking of God’s love, we will talk about these in other posts. However, one of these questions would be, if God loves us why does he allow such evil to exist? This, as a human being is one of the hardest theological questions to deal with because it is hard to understand how an all powerful loving God could allow such evil.

All we need to know for the foundation is that God loves us far more than we can imagine. Freedom was given to mankind because love must allow choice for love to be authentic. We are not AI robots, we have free will and God in his love has given us an opportunity to choose. Love and hate are the 2 most powerful forces in the world, forget the nuclear bombs, it is hate that causes the button to be pushed in the first place.

You are loved full stop. And let’s add a ! Because sometimes all you need to hear is this to get you through today. No boxes need to be ticked, all God desires is that you believe in his love shown through Jesus.

1 John 4:7-8 beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love, does not know God, because God is love.

Next post: immersed in a flood of mercy

Love and God bless

DMZ

Do we need saving? Goodnews#2

The world is full of good people despite what the media portrays of the world. Many have accomplished great things without God, do they still need saving? Of course, it’s easy to notice the addict or gangster needing saving, but the good person who helps the poor? Or the parent that adopts orphans? Surely they can get to heaven.

It is difficult to grasp salvation through Christ when a person doesn’t think they need to be saved. The grand stumbling block of faith is the belief that we are not in need of a saviour. The rich trust that money can buy what they need and that maybe future AI technology can grant them a longer life. Some of those who do good think that these good things can reserve a place in heaven. By human standards then of course it could, but by God’s standards, that’s a whole new level.

Our good deeds compared to God is like a sheep compared to snow. The sheep look white until they are in the snow, then we see that even the sheep need to be cleaned. Of course, doing good things is commended by God and he would love all people to play a part in doing the right thing. The difference is that we can’t rely on these good things as a ticket to heaven.

The problem? 😕 One sin consciously committed, that is, we know what we are doing, blocks the entrance to heaven. Every person therefore needs a saviour whether they admit this or not.

The remedy? Jesus said that to believe in him (in his death for the sins of the world and ressurrection) then they will be saved. This is the remedy. Carry on doing the right thing, but even better is the right thing by believing in Christ.

Jesus said in John 14:1 do not let your hearts be troubled, you believe in God; believe also in me

Romans 3:23 for all fall short of the glory of God

Next: loved…full stop.

God bless

DMZ

The mission #goodnews#1

Mankind has been endowed by their maker with great responsibility. We are called to be a part of the great co-mission of Christ to share the good news of salvation found through him. This good news of Christ was established by the crucifixion for the sins of mankind and sealed through the ressurrection.

The number one block for not sharing this good news is fear. This fear is stemmed by our own experiences and expectations of how people will respond. How will someone who has never heard about Jesus react when I tell them about salvation? How will someone who has heard about him react? Western education teaches much about Jesus, but you will rarely hear the education system speak of him being the way of salvation. Is this only the duty of the missionaries? To share the good news? Or is this something every believer is a part off? For this gospel will be preached through out the whole earth Matthew 24:14 and who will be telling it? you will be my witnesses, when you receive the spirit Acts 1:8. Those who know Jesus they are the witnesses.

I am guilty of not sharing the good news because of fear, but I want that to end from now on. I love people as God does and desire all to know the truth of salvation and repent and be saved. For God desires all to repent and be saved 2 Peter 3:9

In Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus speaks about the great commission to his disciples before ascending to heaven. We are a part of this grand mission.

There is a way to Heaven through Christ my friends.

Love and God bless

Image: Google images – making disciples

More to come…

DMZ

Freedom

What image do you have when you think of freedom? A bird flying; someone throwing cash in the air and dancing in the midst of it, a grave stone perhaps? A calender where every day is free or a phone without an alarm clock set? Think about these things, many see freedom as an external state or eternal one, but not many see freedom as an internal reality.

When God talks about freedom, he speaks about freedom on the inside. You can have a free schedule but still have a cluttered mind; you can be independent but still cling to comfort and struggle with insecurities; you can be free from addictions but still hold onto the memories created through the addiction. Many remedies are out there for defeating addictions, but none of them tackle the root issue as this is a place where only God can get to.

Freedom through the eyes of God begins inside and transfers outwards. When the Lord set me free from drugs after many years of struggle, he took the desire out of my heart and this enabled me to make the outward choices to create lasting change. He took the desire because I desired to stop, this was the first step for acknowledging my issue, the second step was surrendering this to God. God longs to set many free, but he will not barge his way in, he will see if your heart desires it and if you will ask then God will act.

Freedom is when you are at peace while surrounded with a temptation that you used to struggle with. Freedom is knowing that in every situation God is with you. Freedom is realising that your worth is not based upon material things or success, but knowing that your worth rests in the unending love of God.

Some of the most miserable people in the world are those who externally have everything, yet are internally falling apart.

Some of the happiest are those that appear to have nothing, yet they are so rich in faith that they appear to express a joy that the world cannot explain.

Trust in Christ, be free on the inside, know your worth and know that being free depends on nothing more that you understanding what true freedom is and where this can be found.

John 8:36 Those the son sets free are free indeed

#youareloved

#youarefree

Image: Google images

God bless

DMZ

On that day

I remember that day so clearly, I was about to leave the house but was captured by the TV

My plans changed in an instant, as did all those caught up in this incident

I had no idea this was live television, what I was seeing was more like hellavision

Those towers burning in flames, ignited by hijacked planes.

Tears rolled from my eyes, tears of seeing mass genocide right there in plain sight

On that day was the begging of change on earth, the war on terror had just gave birth.

6 hours I stared at that screen thinking this cant be real, this cant be real! I saw people scream while many fled on their feet to escape this ordeal.

Words could not be uttered, no, not even one word. There was nothing to describe in that moment what’s just happened in the world.

On that day, many lives were lost in the wreckage, they kissed their loved ones good bye for the last time, how could they ever forget this.

We ask ourselves, could this have been avoided? If only we knew something was going on, maybe we would have prevented the first one!

For that day, we stay silent in remembrance, we show our respect and love for those whose life ended.

Recovery is no easy road to take for those who grieve, 17 years have passed, but for them its still so near

Prayers be spoken for all those that lost, banners be raised for all those lives stopped, peace be in those hearts who still feel and healing be on the land… our appeal

Lord, we pray this day for those who remember their loved one. We ask for your peace and love to be upon them. Guide them, protect them and embrace them. You are a God of love, this hatred did not come from you. We remember that despite this tragedy miracles still happened, so many still made it through. Help America Lord and bring peace to grieving hearts. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen

Image: google images – 9 11

God bless

DMZ

When I was a child

When I was a child I lived without a care in the world.

There was no challenge to get out of bed, no need for an alarm.

Life was a mystery as I lived to create my history.

When I was a child my excitement was watching the rug rats or playing games.

I used to look at all the tall people and think, “wow, I hope I am that tall one day!”

I was not afraid to dream, everyday was a gift and I loved it.

I never worried about tomorrow, it didn’t even cross my mind.

I lived in the moment, that was the beauty of being a child.

Life wasn’t easy in foster care, but I learned how to handle it

I had many questions, but still I kept my candle lit.

When I was a child, the simplest things used to bring me joy

I loved playing out with friends and I was over the moon when I had a new toy.

Sometimes I ask myself, when did it all change?

What made all these simple moments burn up in flames?

I went through trauma as a child, yet still enjoyed life.

Some never go through such things and still chose the dark side.

When I was a child, I looked forward to being older

Yet now I’m grown, and I have lived some history, I have seen the world getting colder

They say its global warming, but many hearts have grown cold

Maybe that’s because we forget the simple joys of life when we get old

When I was a child, I lived life like there was no tomorrow

Now I have grown up, I vow to do the same despite the sorrow!

God bless

DMZ

Release date

You break every chain that binds and remove every stain that defiles, grace defined with this endless love for your child.

My heart is blithe, content with this precious life.

You carve my being into a masterpiece and remove every chain for my release.

I stayed so long in the prison of my ungratefulness, I would still be there if it wasn’t for your gracefulness

Those chains were wrapped tightly round my being, squeezing the life out of me and had me crying out “who has the key!?”

You turned up and said “son, its me, its me, let me set you free”. I replied, “please do it, but what’s the fee?”

You smiled, and said, “the fee was paid a long time ago my child”.

My humbled heart considered the cost, no money purchased my freedom… but that rugged cross.

The corrupted guards stared as I walked by them to freedom, a higher authority has spoken, I looked ahead and saw multitudes who believed him, now the liars words have been broken.

I was told I would remain stuck in my guilt and shame, I had no idea that all I needed to know was that powerful name.

I am free indeed, free to be, everything I was created for. The chains removed, you made me new the day I left that prison dorm.

John 8:36 Those the son sets free are free indeed

Image: google images – prison cell

God bless

Dmz

The dreamer

The passion of a dreamer never fades

Like a well watered garden, the beauty remains

People scoff at the dreamer, “it can never be, you’re crazy!”

The dreamer smiles with a new motivation to not be lazy

Every set back they use for a set up for sweet victory

“If I can achieve the impossible”, they say… “then I can make history”

The dreamer knows how to utter powerful prayers

They never stumble when doubt arises, they always take care

When expectations are not met, they don’t hold onto regret

“If I can dream it I can do it” they say, “I’m not finished yet”

A true dreamer will not have roots in selfish pursuits

They will not step on other peoples toes, “humility is necessary” that’s the way dreamers go

To dream is to believe, Martin Luther had a dream

He worked hard for his dream to be achieved

A dreamer will never give up, no matter how bumpy the road gets

A dreamer will learn every step and always keep their heart in check

The dreamer will never stop, always hope and keep the faith

The dreamer holds on when the world shakes… never will they be afraid, never will they forget

Image: Google images – martin luther king

God bless

Dmz

Please don’t…

Please don’t whisper me a secret, I cant promise I will keep it. My mouth runs wild sometimes, I try to tame it, cram the words deep down to contain it, but if I come out and say it, then forgive me for not obeying.

Please don’t whisper me a secret, if you don’t intend others to hear it. Its not that you cant trust me to adhere it, its just excitement makes it hard to conceal it.

Please don’t whisper me a secret, I don’t want to ruin your surprise. Its an honour that you trust me to confide, but that aside, I don’t trust my enquiring mind.

Please… you know what I am going to utter, my words are sometimes like butter, slipping and flowing like rain down a gutter. Yet if you choose some secret to uncover, well… I will muster all my strength to not share with another.