I felt compelled by God to write this particular blog post for the purpose of raising awareness of the needs of my friend in Kisi Kenya who runs a childrens orphanage.
if you feel God is moving your heart to help him please give your money to pastor Cyprian ayema. you can find him on facebook through https://www.facebook.com/cyprianayema.onsongo
I woke up this morning to find I had picked a hole in the outside of my nose.
its hard to believe I did this while I was sleeping.
when I woke the hole had turned to a scab but there is still a few drops of blood oozing out the sides of it.
before this moment I wouldn’t have believed it was possible for a man to murder his wife while he was sleeping but I have proven through my experience that its possible to cause pain to yourself while you are sleeping so its possible that the same rule applies to causing pain to somebody else.
this morning I was moved by what paul says in ephesians 5:9 about the fruit of the light consisting of goodness righteousness and truth.
I have never wanted to be a liar but I have often found myself guilty of speaking lies.
I don’t always give to charity or put my coins in the offering bucket but I aim to be a good and righteous person even though I know I am flawed and capable of terrible depravity.
at the meeting dad went to today they talked about what james said on the tongue.
the tongue has the power of life and death within it and those who love it shall eat its fruit.
if our tongue speaks death it is not the fruit of light but the fruit of darkness.
for the purpose of understanding this text we must see darkness as being representative of evil.
in the past evil has been associated with skin color but this is a false connection that God never intended to be threaded together nor should any of HIs true followers or any of the authors of the most holy scriptures.
in HIm there is neither jew nor greek slave nor free.
the ultimate rainbow village or country is not in Johannesburg or san Francisco but on the other side of the pearly gates. ❤
paul reminds us that we should meditate on that which is beneficial to the future of our souls and the souls of those around us .
in philippians 4:8 he commends us …
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
I know I do not always think the best of people.
quite often I find myself assuming that my neighbours are plotting and scheming thinking up ways to do me in and rob me blind or kill me or hurt me if I ever get close enough to the fence for them to punch the lights out of me.
I can hear them insulting me sometimes as they puff their brains into a state of non existence huffing on their mary jane .
I do not let their evil talk bother me.
I know who God has called me to be.
I know my destiny lies in HIs kingdom .
the lies of the world do not define my identity only what He thinks and knows about who I am.
I don’t know what its like to be an orphan.
my mum and dad do.
it hurts more and its harder to deal with when you lose your parents earlier in life I have heard it said.
the more time you get to spend with them the more happy memories you have to look back on.
even those who have had unhappy childhoods and have been brutalized by their parents can if they think long and hard find something to thank God for in their parents lives even if it was just the fact that they are co responsible along with HIs divine hands for bringing them into the world.
for some of us all our parents ever gave us was clothing food a roof over our heads and an education.
for some of us our parents only ever gave us transportation.
some little children in Africa cannot afford access to medical care and clean drinking water.
consequently they die of starvation.
they die of preventable diseases.
sometimes this occurs because of female genital mutilation because of mens fear that a woman might become pregnant so they cut off her clitoris so she can no longer obtain a pleasurable experience from sexual relations and they sew up her labia .
this makes it hard for her to avoid urinating.
it is often hard for her to get to the toilet before the urine comes out her bladder.
in some cases it is not possible to fix this problem in a woman without the usage of nothing else but time spent in your war room on your hands and knees pouring out your pain to God and seeing HIm wonderfully miraculously answer your prayers.
in other cases He uses the hands and feet of skilled doctors and nurses to rescue a patients life and make her life less miserable and more joyful than it would be had not some generous donor intervened and enabled her to experience a more prosperous future.
some women kill their babies accidentally cos they are told to squat when they are pregnant.
consequently the baby is delivered to the world dead.
it is not good for society to force a woman into marriage.
it is also unhelpful to discourage a woman from pursuing a marriage relationship just because she has other options in life cos those options need not be exhausted by her choice of marriage.
a good partner will understand her and help her to flourish and live out Gods specific calling on her life.
it is sad tragic and horrendous that some muslim men use their religion as an excuse to beat up their wives and abuse them.
in some cases they may get so carried away that their partner ends up dead.
this also happens in Christian households but in our holy book we have no advocacy for a husband beating up his wife.
it is just the evil nature humans are born with that pushes them to do evil things and disobey God.
we do not however have to remain slaves to this evil nature.
God can dip us in HIs blood and change our nature into one more reflective of His heart.
if a man has more than one wife he is more likely to mistreat his wives.
it is almost impossible not to take sides and play favourites.
I find it impossible to watch a football game without choosing either Chelsea or arsenal.
I know there are other teams I am just picking examples of two teams being chosen to play against each other and the viewer finding it almost impossible to avoid taking sides.
this is the same when it comes to arguments.
note for husbands when your wife is arguing with her sister she is always right even when shes wrong.
she is wrong when you get home and nobody else is looking .
she is always wrong offline and never on facebook where everyone can see your comments and judge you accordingly.
a man must never insult his wife in front of other people and he must also be careful not to insult her at home when only God is watching the two of them.
it is easy to misunderstand what somebody is saying because we hear their tone of voice.
it serves no purpose to correct somebody for mispronouncing a word or using the wrong word .
we may inquire is this what you mean ? and give an example if we genuinely need to know why somebody is saying something or precisely what it is they are saying.
I hate the fact that its so easy for us to communicate on the internet these days because its just as easy to fall into love as it is to fall out of it.
because we don’t have to wait a long time to think of what to say in response like we did in the days where all we could use was a stone or a piece of paper to communicate our heart it is too easy for us to be careless with our words.
I fear our world is becoming more trivialized.
that is why those of us who love poetry find ourselves harking back to the ancient oracles , those orators or griots of old who regaled us with centuries long tales of our people, veritable walking compendiums of knowledge who were paid to pass on stories and create elaborate tales of how incredible a ruler was to puff up their pride and for the sake of posterity , for history’s sake, for the sake of all who would come after them so they would never be forgotten and wiped from the slates of our peoples collective memory.
there used to be a time where the king or queen might chop off your head if you were working as a jester and they didn’t take kindly to your insult.
this is also why you never see an ugly painting of a king or queen because the artists were wont to give a true depiction lest their neck be found swinging from a rope outside the courtly window on the nearest tree branch.
it is a shame to see writers being devalued in our society.
it is good to see that so many have come out of the woodwork in our day and age and declared themselves purveyors of culture .
it is true that the more commonplace what we do becomes the more it is seen as a commodity and the less worth is placed on it.
it brings me tears of sorrow to see some rappers who are from the boom bap school of thought denigrate trapper rappers and call them mumble rappers.
I have not heard every trap rapper in existence but most of them are not mumbling they are speaking clearly and coherently.
they just use a lot of repetition and they speak faster than the speed of a normal conversation so it seems as if your brain has to run faster to keep up with them.
it is not that a trapper is more skilled than a boom bapper or vice versa.
it is just a different type of skill.
a boom bap rapper will do clever things with his writing.
he will tend to use less adlibbing in his verses and he will tend to pay more attention to making his words rhyme.
he may also try to make more than one word rhyme in a sentence.
I used to think that when rappers are sharing their verses with the world that they are always talking from their point of view but my bud g t dyne musiq schooled me that this is not always so.
in his rap roar he gives the point of view of those from a European background as well as that of folks from an African American background.
sometimes rappers speak in code.
in Jamaica it used to be necessary to codify your language on a record cos you weren’t allowed to use naughty words on stage.
this used to be the case for most mainstream radio stations in America too be they Christian or secular.
we are living in a world where some Christian rappers think its ok to swear.
I think if youre swearing on a record you shouldn’t call yourself a Christian rapper.
theres a difference between cussing in an interview and not planning what you are going to say and intentionally crafting a lyric in the studio where you have a chance to edit your work before releasing it for all the world to hear.
I can hear my bud missy in my head reminding me to be joyful so I will endeavour to focus on the joy of the Lord .
this is after all where my strength lies.
without Christ working through me I am nothing but a figment of my own imagination.
sometimes when im at the shops I am seized by an item.
I cannot walk past it.
it screams the name of the person I should buy it for at me in a language inaudible to everyone else in the universe and completely unable to be comprehended by anyone but Jesus and i.
I berate myself for not being able to save money but I praise the Lord for having a generous government who looks after my financial needs .
I feel sorry for folks who live in countries unlike mine who do not get to benefit from the redistribution of other peoples tax dollars.
life is hard for some kids who live in London England right now because there is an increase in deaths occurring through knife crime.
we cannot be so scared of evils presence that we find ourselves unwilling to confront it.
when we feel overwhelmed by it shaking in our boots we must remind ourselves that God has more angels on HIs team so He is always able to beat the enemy to a pulp.
it is funny to think of God gulping us.
our souls can be tasty to God or disgusting.
in revelations it speaks of the church of laodicea being spewed out of Gods mouth cos it is lukewarm and compromising.
I never want to be like that church.
it is possible to be friends with people in the world without permitting the world to become a part of our personality and character.
the bible is talking about evil behaviour when it talks of acting like the world or being carnally or fleshly minded.
some talk of Christians as if they are too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good but actually you are of no earthly good unless you are heavenly minded.
I do believe that it is possible to have a charitable and generous heart and not follow Christ however those who are benevolent and fail to put HIm above self and accept HIm in their heart are storing up treasures for themselves in heaven with their good deeds and simultaneously robbing themselves of the opportunity to ever get any benefit out of those treasures.
I don’t think it is possible to do any good deed without the input of God in your life.
you may not acknowledge He is helping you or motivating you to do good but how else would you explain that little voice you hear telling you to pay attention to the orphans need instead of ignoring it?
do you think you are capable of thinking good thoughts all by your lonesome?
wrong my friend
you agree with those godly thoughts you do not originate them. they are manufactured in heaven as are your body parts.
whoever says their body parts are a mistake is calling God a maker of mistakes which is the complete opposite of what He is cos its impossible for HIm to ever slip up. He only knows how to make flawless and perfect. the reason we are flawed right now is because of the consequences of sin not a flux in HIs blueprint.
it broke my heart when my mission team in Ethiopia was allowed to share bible stories with the kids at the school run by the nuns in the order of mother Teresa but we were not allowed to mention Jesus.
we told the story of david and goliath instead.
it was only many decades later thanks to the genius of Elohim and timothy brindles album and book release unfolding that I was able to comprehend how all of the bible points to Jesus including this passage about giant slaying.
in genesis we see the prophecy of the seed of the woman crushing the head of the serpent.
david is related to the bloodline of Jesus.
when david is attacking goliath goliath is described as having serpent like features.
david beats goliath with Gods help and Jesus is the seed who will ultimately crush the serpents head under His foot just as david severed goliaths head from his neck with goliaths own sword.
Jesus is the stone the builders rejected who became the chief cornerstone.
when the Pharisees heard Jesus talk about the temple being destroyed and raised in three days they thought He was referring to the temple in Jerusalem but He was referring to His own body dying and being raised from the dead.
when He spoke in Matthews gospel of spending three days in the heart of the earth as Jonah did in the giant fish He was not speaking of chilling out in a hole underground but of going to hell and liberating the good souls that had perished before His death from Abrahams bosom.
this place is located near hell and it is now empty.
because this place is not actually hell the place where it is and hell is can be referred to as the abode of the damned or the departed souls.
although life is not actually hell for orphans who weep every night into their pillows or the dirty patch of earth where they are forced to sleep it can be something similar to eternal punishment.
they may blame themselves for the death of their parents just as many children who are the victim of divorce point the finger of fault at themselves like a needle piercing a voodoo doll with intent to bring harm to self.
I feel sorry for those children who are forced to kill or be killed who are rounded up and made to kill their parents or be shot on sight if they fail to obey.
I feel sorry for those young orphan girls who are forced to live as brides of guerrilla fighters who blasphemously adopt names like Lords resistance army.
it is true they are the Lords army but they are not an army of salvation.
they are an army of damnation.
I went to Uganda cos I was moved by a book beasts of no nation by uzodinma iweala a former child soldier.
I just learned it got turned into two movies 🙂
this book motivated me to help out orphans which I am no longer doing financially but I hope to reach them through my prayers.
God can use you to change the world.
don’t let the opportunity slide past your nose and miss out on your heavenly blessing ❤