Revelations 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Angel Michael and his angels overcame the devil not by prayer, not by fasting, not by missiles but by the word of their TESTIMONY. There is always power in testifying. At times what we need is not praying and fasting for many days for God to show up in our situations but testifying what the Lord has done in our lives. To be his witnesses in all the earth.
This year I decided to protest in the Rhodes University silent protest as a survivor. Moving out of my comfort zone where no one even knows I am a survivor of sexual violence is a big step for me because its that part of my life I would do anything to forget about. Just the thoughts made me not to sleep at night for a couple of weeks now. No matter how long ago it happened the pain just feels as fresh as yesterday. Yesterday when i collected my survivor t-shirt and listening to what other survivors had to say I realized as much as i want to forget about it its still part of me that i can never change, what i can change is who I am today and who I will be tomorrow. Today I look back and see where God took me from and made me to be the Michael I am today.
When people look at me they see different things good and bad, but when I look at myself I don’t see a friend, a brother, a mentor etc, what I see is someone that used to be broken, someone only the love of God could save and mold him to be who I am today. I see someone who God saved when I was drowning in my hurt and tears. I see someone who was suicidal but God chose him not because they was anything attractive about him. Someone who suffered rejection first hand but God chose him not because he is smart or not because he is perfect, he chose him not because he was not a sinner but he chose him when no one else wanted him. When he was in that state which I believe its the worst state I will ever be in this life. When everyone else rejected me, when everyone else ran away from me that’s when he chose to love and bless me with everything good and to teach me his ways.
On Friday I will wear my survivor t-shirt not because I am strong enough, not because I am brave I know it will probably break me down. I will still do it because it tells a story of my life, a story of how God’s mercy rewrote my life. Its a story of how God can take anyone from anywhere no matter how bad your situation is and give you a place of influence where your story will change lives. It is my hope that someone may be encouraged and motivated and be able to experience the love that I experienced as well. If I say I am saved the world has to know and understand from which life I was saved from not because I am proud of that life but because that’s what God did and that is what he does, he can do the same for each and every soul on this planet.
As a survivor God saved me and in Christ I am a new creation and my past is now a testimony. He replaced that old linen with his truth in my life.
2 Corinthians 5:17-Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Have a blessed day :)
I may not be a father and I may not know how it is like to be one, but what I do know is being a son and I know what sons expect from their fathers.
Being a father is more than just being the head of the family.
Its more than having authority in the house.
Its more than what a family can and can’t do for you,
Rather its about what you can do for them.
Its not about what your father’s did not do for you,
But what you can do for your children.
Its not about how you were raised,
Its about how you will raise your children.
Being a father is not part time,
Its about being there for your family all the time.
Being a father is about mentoring your children
Its about being a role model for your children.
Its about your children wanting to be like you.
Its about showing that kind of love,
The kind of love our FATHER in heaven shows us.
Being a father is about fighting for you family on your knees
Its never about taking a back seat.
Its about praying, teaching and leading your family closer to Christ
Being a father is about mentoring sons to be great fathers for the next generation. Building a generation that fears God is not in the hands of your sons but in your hands. They will be what you make them to be.
What makes a man a father is not sleeping with a woman but being there for the children after they are born (Michael)
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY :)
A thousand times I have failed, but I still press on towards the goal not because I don’t get discouraged. Its not because I am always strong. They are times I am weak and I feel like I will never win this race but God is my strength. I keep going because the thought of losing myself in bringing HIM Glory and praise keeps me going :)
Have a blessed day
Though the world forgets what he has done for us, never forget what Jesus did for us on the cross. For everything he did for you this week never forget to be thankful.
Have a blessed Thursday
God bless you all :)
Today as I was walking home in the rain, I was thinking how wonderful it will be when I get to my warm room and make a hot cup of coffee. They are good thoughts but they were short-lived when I started thinking, what if I didn’t have a home to go to, no warm room to get to? and i will be staying in the cold rain the whole night. It made me realize how sometimes as Christians take some things for granted and we busy getting comfortable in our warm comfort zones. It’s like we create our own world forgetting the world we live in is full of unbelievers as well.
Jesus left his magnificent throne, he left all the servants and angels, he left the Seraphims worshiping an empty throne for 33 years. He left the throne to go sleep in a manger, his first night in the world he came to save he shared the night with animals. The world he came to save couldn’t find a decent place for its King to be born, he knew it but still he came because he had you and me in mind. Bottom line is that he left the pleasures of heaven and sacrificed certain privileges just so that you and me could be saved. We as Christians sometimes we fail to sacrifice some of our pleasures for those who are not saved for example.
For example I have seen many of my friends drink alcohol. They may be nothing wrong with drinking but the act of getting drunk, some fellow Christians and non-believers may actually backslide because of your actions. Some people will just not be receptive to the word you share with them simply because they don’t understand why you drink and you Christian. Please don’t get me wrong it may be the wrong perception and you may not be sinning in any way but you may still cause harm to fellow brethren and to non-believers. Wouldn’t it be better if you could sacrifice drinking in this case? In deed it would be better if you would sacrifice the drinking habit simply because you are going to save fellow brethren. Its sacrificing some pleasures for the greater good. Jesus is the perfect example he sacrificed the throne to go sleep in a manger for the greater good. Why can’t we do the same for others as well?
Strive to do the greater good!!! Have a blessed day
God bless you all :)
Yes he died on the cross but he still lives.
RIP which means Rest In Peace….
To Jesus R.I.P means RISE IN POWER.
The cross was empty, they checked the grave and was empty as well.
They are empty because Jesus is Alive!!!
Seated at the right hand of the father.
I don’t serve a dead Jesus, the one I serve is ALIVE.
To those who know me personally will know how much I love Kim Walker Smith. As you listen to this song may the Jesus who is alive start working in you for he didn’t die in vain. He died so we will make it known Jesus is alive in us today.
Have a blessed week :)
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Someone asked me a few weeks ago if I could change my past and what I did before what would it be? I had many instances and incidents to mention and there I was thinking if I did that different I would have prevented causing grief to some people and myself. But after a few mins I realized no matter how much I want to change the past, I cant change it. What is done is done, what I can do is take responsibility for my past achievements and mistakes and focus on what I should do right for tomorrow. I cant change my yesterday but I can change my tomorrow.
Bottom line is God isn’t concerned about what you did in the past or what you wish you could have done differently but what you are doing about it and what you will do for tomorrow. We all did things we regret doing in the past but taking responsibility is the first step to move forward just as God did with us when we got saved. An example if a boy have a child before he is married, it is a mistake along the way he gets saved it doesn’t mean he is not supposed to take care and look after the child because he made a mistake and sinned before he was saved. He cant be like i am a new creature so i have nothing to do with my past. He has to take responsibility for that and still do good for his tomorrow. If you want to let go of your past the first step is taking responsibility where you need to. Take responsibility and shape your tomorrow, change your tomorrow so that it can be what God wants it to be like.
Have a blessed week. Lots of love.
God bless you all