Redeeming time

Redeeming time

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Time is the common commodity/gift given to human being. Whether rich, or poor, young or old, white or black or brown, we all have 24 hours a day.  What we are and what we become depends on how we use our time.

What is time?

Time was created by God (Gen 1:14-15).  It is a gift from God. It is life. We cannot stop it but we can control it. We should always remember that we have a limitation of time on this world (see Job 14:5-7, Psm 39: 4, 90:12, Eccl 8:6). Time is a strange commodity-we can't save it, retrieve it, relive it, stretch it, borrow it, loan it, stop it or store it , but can only use it or lose it. We can't call time out in the game of life. To the Eternal God our time on earth is brief, but he has demands our stewardship not only of our tithe and talent but our time also. If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,000 that carried over no balance from day to day...Allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening cancelled whatever part of the amount you failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent every day, of course, and use it to your advantage! Well, you have such a bank, and its name is TIME! Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as lost whatever of this you failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balances, it allows no overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account with you. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow. God has given us enough time to carry out His plan for us. If we don’t have enough time it is not that God has not given us enough time, but that we need to redeem time.

Redeeming time

Deem means own thus redeem means to own it again. It means to re-own, re-control, repossess, or reclaim. The word “redeeming” in the Greek can mean “to buy up, ransom, or rescue from loss.” We need to rescue from loss the time that remains in our life. We can only redeem today and plan to redeem tomorrow, for yesterday is gone! We alone are responsible for using what God has given to each of us—time—to prepare for our spiritual vocation.

·         We are to take ownership of time and control it.

·         We need to convert time into opportunity to fulfill our purpose in life

·         We need to redesign our days to create value to our lives.

Redeeming the time is a Christian concept which, basically, means to convert time into value, to recover, to not waste.Can you imagine how we would grow if we treated time the way we treat money? Why do we budget our money to make sure that we do not waste it yet we do not do it with time.  What to do with time: invest it, manage it, and use it to add value to life.

 

 

 

AWAKENING LABOURERS

Hello, everyone!

My name is Immaculate Mokaya and I am 20 yrs old. I was born in Kenya and I currently reside in the U.S. My story of God's grace begins at the age of 16 when God sent a wonderful young lady to the church I attend. She began having Bible studies with the youth and it was during these studies that I began to understand God's immense love for me through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Prior to the Bible studies, I was unaware that I could walk closely with God through a personal relationship-and I had this void inside which I was trying to fill with worldly pleasures, but to no avail. As the Bible studies continued, I grew such a hunger for the Word of God and I would eventually be baptized in water & by the Holy Spirit. My life changed drastically! I no longer desired the things of the world. I abandoned many relationships & pleasures for the sake of Christ. Sin was no longer enjoyable for me & I longed for holiness! This is my story- a story of God's redemption, grace, love & mercy on a sinner who was afar off-that He brought near by His blood.
Through my blog entries, I will share testimonies of what Christ has done in my life, Bible studies on topics Christian young people struggle with, and whatever else the Holy Spirit desires me to share. All in all, my desire is to awaken laborers for the Kingdom of God. Matt 9:35-38.

Thank you for reading. God bless you!

Forgiveness is not a step but a journey

Forgiveness is not a step but a journey

Truth without love kills, but love without truth lies. A few days ago, I got a report about a relative who hurt me and I forgave him but I felt this anger in my heart.  I wondered why? I have been reading so much on forgiveness and I know that forgiveness is a journey. That is why I want to talk about it today. Forgiveness is a conscious journey requiring a thorough knowledge of the offense(s) and its effects, as well as the most essential pre-requisite, self-forgiveness.

Peter came to Jesus and said, "Master, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus replied, "No, not up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." Matthew 18:21-22

Forgiveness is a journey to hope. When we forgive, we are taking a journey towards healing the broken parts. That is how we become whole again. On this path, we must walk through the muddy shoals of hatred, frustration and anger then make our way through grief and loss to find the acceptance that is the hallmark of forgiveness. Did you know that the ability to forgive others is a gift from God? The Bible tells us that if we don’t forgive others, we cannot be forgiven. If we don’t forgive, we are blocking the ability for God to work in our lives. But when we choose to forgive, we are choosing God’s way and opening the door for Him to heal our hurts and restore our souls.

The road to healing and wholeness cannot be the same for everyone. Every person moves at his or her own pace, and there are different paths to the same destination. Some people find strength to forgive within themselves, others through the help of those around them. Some are able to forgive only when they recognize their own inadequacy and turn to a higher power. Still others are never really able to forgive at all.

Why is it so hard to forgive? Where did we learn unforgiveness? Look at babies and young children, they forgive so easily. The parents will upset them but they still come back to their parents with no resentment. Not to forgive is a habit we learn from the environment we live. If our parents are not so forgiving, that is what we do. The bible tell us, if we associate with the wise, we’ll become wise but those who walk with the fools will harm themselves (Proverb 13:20). This does not mean that we cannot learn to forgive. We can break generational curses through the blood of Jesus Christ. Put the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).  The other thing is that it’s hard to forgive those close to us because we have invested in the relationship. Take a close look at the hurt and examine yourself, doesn’t the person need mercy. You must have similar habits.

It's a struggle, but it's one I need to wage. In any case, forgiving is not something you just wake up one morning and decide to do. You have to work through your anger and your hatred as long as it's there. You try to live each day a little better than the one before. I do not have a reason to deny anyone forgiveness. Every morning I thank God for His mercies that are new each morning. Why? Because I know that I am not without fault and will need His mercy. If I was right, I would ask for justices. Thus I should treat others the way I would like to be treated. The other person may be weak and not wicked to have hurt me. He was dealing with his emotions, which I also have weakness with at some point. Let us ask God the give us the grace to forgive even when we do not feel like and experience the relief and joy you  were designed for in a safe setting with like minded people.  

Prayer and fasting

Prayer and fasting

Just hearing the word fasting, we feel overwhelmed. A fast is a conscious, intentional decision to abstain for a time from the pleasure of eating in order to gain vital spiritual benefits. Fasting is the most powerful spiritual discipline of all the Christian disciplines. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life and those around us. Fasting is one of the most neglected spiritual disciplines.

All the greatest saints in the Bible fasted. Moses, David, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Anna, Paul, Peter, and even Jesus Himself fasted. Have you ever said to yourself anything like, “I wish I had the faith of Joshua, who made the sun stand still.” We admire these believers, but we don’t realize why such spiritual power was manifested in their lives. It was because they committed themselves to high standards in the practice of their faith so that God could use them to fulfill His purposes. In accordance with this, prayer and fasting were a normal part of their lives.

Fasting should be a natural part of the life of a believer. In the same way that we practice the habits of reading the Bible and prayer, we should also practice the habit of fasting. Prayer and fasting are equal parts of a single ministry. In Matthew 6: 5– 6, Jesus said, “When you pray…” He didn’t say, “If you pray,” but “When you pray.” In the same passage, He said, “When you fast….” (v.16– 17). Just as prayer is not an option for the believer, fasting is not an option. It is a natural expectation of God for His people. Christ is saying to us, “If you love Me, you will pray and fast.” If you cannot overcome the power of your belly, how can you overcome the power of the devil? Fasting was the first act of Jesus.

When fasting you can ask for anything but you cannot demand. Fasting does not manipulate God; it changes us and transforms our prayer life. It is by the grace of God that we receive the benefits of fasting.

The power of fasting

1.     Fasting allows us to receive guidance, wisdom, instruction, and knowledge from God. For example Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. When Moses went up on Mt. Sinai, he was seeking God’s will for the Israelites. After the forty days fast God gave him the Ten Commandments.

 

2.     Fasting and prayer will give you power from God. Mark 9:14-29. Tells of the story where the disciples were not able to heal a boy with a mute spirit.  Vs 29, He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Christ was able to cast out any demon He was confronted with because He had spent forty days preparing Himself for ministry through prayer and fasting, and because He continued to pray and fast on a regular basis.

3.     Breakthrough in difficult situations. In the first chapter of Joel, we read, of a very depressing situation; everything had gone wrong and nothing was working for the Israelites. However, the Lord had the answer. He said, “Declare a holy fast.” Joel 2: 12– 13 tells us the result of going to God. After the fast, God blessed them. The common verse that we quote Joel 2:25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. Likewise, when things are tough, when you aren’t experiencing a breakthrough, or nothing seems to be happening in your life, God says, “Stop everything and consecrate yourself. Come to me.’