Monthly Archives: February 2020

Do You Ever Struggle With Doubt?

I am sure I am not the only one who often battles doubts and lack of faith. It baffles my mind to think that Christians struggle with doubt and lack of faith. Aren’t we, as Christians, supposed to have strong faith? Scripture reveals many of the heroes of faith struggled with doubt.

If you face doubts and waning faith, be encouraged, you are not alone. We all, at some point, ask many questions. Good thing, our God is bigger than our questions. In fact, He is pleased when we ask questions. He wants us to be honest with Him. Our healing and growth start when we acknowledge our struggles with doubt and lack of faith.

This song, “Lord, There Are Times” better explains my exact feelings when I am in doubt: Please prayerfully reflect on the words. Bring your questions, doubts and struggles to God. He is ready to answer and heal.

Lord, There are times

 Lord, there are times when I have to ask ‘Why?’

Times when catastrophe gives faith the lie.

Innocents suffer and evil holds say,

Grant me some answers, Lord, teach me your way.

Lord, there are times when I have to ask ‘Where?’

Times when it seems that you simply don’t care.

Though I call out, you seem distant, aloof,

Grant me some answers, Lord, show me some proof.

Lord, there are times when I have to ask ‘What?’

Times when your love is not easy to spot.

What is life’s purpose and what of me here?

Grant me some answers, Lord, make your will clear.

Lord, there are times when the questions run fast,

Times when I fear that my faith may not last.

Help me, support me, Lord, help me get through.

Lead me through darkness till light shines anew.

Pregnancy Cravings and the Spirit-Filled Life

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It was midnight, as I parked in front of the Safeway Grocery store. I was here to purchase a box or two of pancake mix. I’m grateful, the local store was open into the wee hours of the night. Why was I here?

The story begins when a couple of months earlier, my friend had introduced us to the pancakes at IHOP. Having recently arrived in the United States, my pregnant wife and I had never tasted the delicious stacks of IHOP pancake goodness. As soon as my wife tasted the syrup drenched pancakes, she was hooked. We became regulars at IHOP. As her pregnancy progressed, so did her desire for pancakes. However, our meager financial resources could not sustain this new habit. So, we resorted to purchasing pancaking mix and making our own pancakes at home.

Late into the night, one day, my almost 9 months pregnant wife asked for pancakes. I went into the kitchen, only to realize the pancake mix box was empty. I told my wife I would buy more pancake mix in the morning. A few moments later, with teeth clenched, she blurted, “I want pancakes, right now!” I could sense the seriousness of the situation. I know better not to mess with a pregnant woman. I complied and drove to the grocery store, a midnight.

Most pregnancies cause unreasonable or rather, uncommon cravings. That which is inside the woman’s body leads the woman to have an insatiable desire for something that she never used to crave. This common phenomenon can have a spiritual significance. Holiness, being spirit-filled, can lead to cravings for prayer, Bible reading, and spiritual experiences. The Holy Spirit, who indwells us, causes us to crave the eternal. We find ourselves hating the old lifestyle and all its vices. Suddenly, the things that used to matter have no meaning anymore. The spiritual exercise and ceremonies we used to despise become more meaningful.

Are you Spirit-filled today? What are you craving? Is it spiritual? Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Ask God for a desire for the holy, the sacred, and the eternal. Even during the darkest times of your life, you can seek the things which satisfy your spiritual hunger and thirst.

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Quotes by Me

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  • Until we understand the depth and seriousness of sin, we can never appreciate the generosity of God’s grace.
  • Worship is not just about the perfect articulation of descriptive Biblical phrases and theological terminology. Worship is the sincere expression of our adoration of God from a sincere, broken, contrite, and humble heart.
  • Church: image maintenance and outward appearance OR brokenness, a contrite heart, honesty and vulnerability. Which do you choose?
  • Learning is an act of humility. The heart of the arrogant, know-it-all has no room for learning.
  • Some people are eagerly awaiting your demise, keep them waiting!
  • Speak against every derogatory, condescending, ignorant or racist word said in your earshot. Shut them up so they know you don’t condone they ignorant prejudice.
  • What good is wealth when it’s not shared? Bless others with your wealth, and watch God multiply it. Don’t be stingy with God’s wealth.
  • Leverage your success to encourage, uplift, and open doors for the underprivileged.
  • Stay focused. Low and slow intentionality beats high sprint every time.
  • I am driven. I want to be successful at whatever I do. I do not tire or shy away from aiming for the highest in my faith, love, work, education, life. Aim high.
  • Growing up in #Zimbabwe, I learned the value of hard work, the importance of a good education, and the joys of a big, happy family. These are values which have shaped who I am.
  • What matters to me? Love for God; family, ministry/work, and everything else.

The Passing of a Legend

Early Wednesday morning, I received the news my uncle had been Promoted to Glory! My heart is aching. I cannot begin to describe the impact my uncle had on my life. He is the man who took me in when I needed a father and a mentor. He is the man who led our Salvation Army Highfield Temple Band, where I found solace, refuge and comfort during my dark, painful teenage years. His influence, wise advice, and encouragement have shaped who I am as a man, father and Christian leader. He will forever be in my heart. Though he is no longer with us, his legend will live forever! These words come to mind as I reflect on his life: Compassionate, empathetic, loving, caring, reliable, dependable, trustworthy, ethical, man of integrity.

 

Rest in Peace our bandmaster, mentor, leader, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, friend. Till we meet again. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

 

Please pray for me, my family, and all those who are hurting today. Many people are experiencing difficulties and untold heartbreaks. It’s incumbent upon us all as Christians to lift each other up, encourage and support each other. I need you, you need me, we all need each other. Send an encouraging note, phone call, letter, email, Social Media message/post to someone today. You will make their day.

Fresh Water is Life

Read: “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Proverbs 19:17

Reflect:

Many people in western cultures will find it challenging to fully grasp what it is like to be without such a basic need as clean water or understand the painful repercussions of having only dirty water to drink. Unfortunately, this experience has been all too real for me.

“You grandma is no more.” Those are painful words to hear. Grandma was a loving, caring, sweet, wise woman. Grandma loved to spoil her grandchildren. She made it her goal to dispense her wisdom to her grandchildren and she wanted to leave a legacy to us. I will forever cherish her wisdom.

A few days before grandma’s demise, mom had warned grandma to never drink the water from the tap but to only drink the purified water that was in the refrigerator. Grandma must have forgotten to heed this advice. One day, overcome by thirst, grandma had filled a glass of cold water from the tap. Moments later, grandma’s tummy started to hurt.  Over the following days, grandma got sicker and sicker. She lost all appetite and developed a terrible fever. Grandma had contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. One glass of clear looking tap water had led to her untimely death.

In developing countries, many people suffer and die from preventable waterborne diseases in areas where there is no immediate access to fresh, purified water. As Christians, we must act to save the lives of our brothers and sisters in the developing world. Yes, we can do something. What can we do? Following my grandma’s death, my wife and I have raised funds to build freshwater wells in Zimbabwe, our home country. I miss my grandma, but I am proud that my wife and I have built a well in my grandma’s village, providing dozens of families with access to clean water. You too can do something. You can support The Salvation Army’s work providing clean water to communities by freely giving to World Services through self-denial. A human being armed with love and compassion can accomplish much.

You may not think that you can change lives, but you can. As you consider the blessings you have freely received from God, choose to freely give and meet essential needs.

Apply: Many around the world lack access to essential needs like clean water, food, clothing, and safe shelter. This week, challenge yourself to a “no spend” week and instead give generously to Self-Denial.  

Pray: Dear Lord, give us a compassionate heart for missions. Thank you for the many blessings we have. May we hold loosely to the things that we own and be generous with all that we have. Amen.