10 Unrivaled Reasons why Christians Talk to GOD in the Morning

The morning prayer is one of the oldest traditions in religion. Although the Bible does not tell us where the practice of prayer began, I think I have an idea. Isaiah 8:17 says, “The LORD has hidden himself from His people, but I will trust Him and put my hope in Him.” When Adam and Eve fell, the whole creation fell. The scriptures say it well for it says, “All creation lost its purpose so that it could find it through Christ” (Romans 8:20). When sin entered the world, GOD was hidden from our eyes. We could not see Him; we could not smell him.

What do people do when they don’t see GOD? They worship Idols.

Romans 1:25 says that human beings exchanged the truth for a lie. Since God could not be seen, human beings channeled their spiritual desire to the worship of created beings. Here, we are talking about the worship of idols, e.g., carved objects, animals, the Sun, and the moon. 

Worship of Idols

Yet, out of the many that gave in to idol worship, some stuck to their Faith. Noah, for instance, was a righteous man in a world full of wickedness. Noah lived in a time when human beings had lost themselves to their desires, including the worship of idols. I believe that it was people such as Abel, Noah, and Abraham, who promoted the habit of praying. It was an eyewitness spying on Abraham and asking himself/herself, “Who is he talking to?” It was Noah’s wicked generation, spying on Noah and asking themselves, “Who told him there would be a flood?”

It was the unseen GOD who told Noah to prepare for a flood. It was the unseen GOD who told Abraham to leave his father’s house. GOD told Abraham to leave his community that worshipped the moon. 

When we pray we demonstrate Faith. Prayer is the most substantial act of Faith. Just like the people in the beginning (Abraham and Noah), we live in a world that questions the existence of GOD. Yet, when you close your eyes and pray to the Unseen GOD, you demonstrate the Faith that the men and women of long ago had. Indeed, praying in itself is an act of Faith. 

Why Pray in the Morning?

  1. Morning prayer is like a tithe: One of the commands that God gave the Israelites is that they would bring their first fruits to the temple. The Israelites were also to offer a tenth of their wages. When you pray in the morning, it is like you are tithing your time. You are taking a minute to honor GOD with a prayer (1/24).
As the Dawn breaks, O LORD, I give you praise

2. Protection: Today’s world is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Christ. When Jesus was on earth, he said, I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT).

When I read this scripture, I recall the wilderness experience in the book of Exodus. When the angel of the LORD wanted to leave the Israelites, Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). When we pray in the morning, we ask GOD’s presence to go with us. Prayer assures us that we have his protection and strength in this time of sorrow.

3. Favor: There were cultures where children would go to their parents for blessings before leaving the house. Remember that God is Abba Father. Why would you want to leave your home without your Father’s blessing? 

4. Strengthens our Faith. When you talk to someone every day,then it is hard for you to forget that person. What’s more, constant communication enhances the relationship. Psychologists say that one of the main reasons that relationships fail is because of a lack of communication. This fact also applies to your Christian faith. If you do not practice the discipline of praying regularly, you will likely develop a hardness of heart. The morning prayer will help keep your Faith alive. 

5. As the Plants depend on the Sun for food, do I rely on you, O LORD. Jesus always talked about spiritual food. He said that his spiritual food was to fulfill the will of the one who sent him (John 4:34). There are types of food. Sometimes we have bacon, eggs, and toasted bread with milk. Other times we have scones and a glass of orange juice. I believe that prayer is also a type of Spiritual food. When we eat this food in the morning, we profess our Faith. When we do that, Our Father in heaven covers us with the grace we need to go through the day. 

Indeed, morning prayer is a sign that we depend on GOD. Unlike those who have no use for GOD (Psalms 1:1), you understand that you need GOD to fulfill the plans you want.

6. We pray in the morning because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “My temple is a house of prayer.” (Matthew 21:13). Prayer, worship, and temple are interconnected. When we pray in the morning, we communicate that our bodies are GOD’s temple. 

7. Jesus and Abraham prayed a lot. If there is one thing that Jesus used to do was pray a lot. The Bible says that Jesus would leave the crowd and the disciples to pray. The Bible calls Jesus the Pioneer and the perfecter of our Faith (Hebrews 12:2).

The Jewish culture recognizes three main prayer times. The Jews were to pray in the morning, in the afternoon, and midday. It was Abraham, the Father of Faith, who had the habit of praying in the morning. Therefore, just like Jesus and Abraham, when we pray in the morning, we emulate their Faith. 

8. Talking to GOD in the morning proves that we are the disciples of GOD. Jesus said that it is in these things that the world will know that we are his disciples. Christians talk to GOD through prayer, just as Jesus often spoke to GOD through prayer. 

9. Trust in the Love of GOD: When we identify GOD as a Father, we become more trusting of Him. Genesis sin separated us from GOD. It’s like human beings evolved into beings who are blind to GOD. It is like we are lost, following the path of life, not aware of where we are going.

Yet, through Christ, we are no longer going through life aimlessly. We live a life of purpose. When we talk to GOD in the morning, we show that we trust in Him to lead us to the life that He desires for us. For God has said, “I alone know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). 

Life is not a bed of roses. Even King David lost his family once. The Bible in 1 Samuel 30 tells us of a time when David’s family was kidnapped. The Israelites were so angry with their king that they wanted to stone him. Instead of being mad at God, the Bible says that King David strengthened himself in the LORD (1 Samuel 30:6). David’s story is a sign of enduring Faith and complete trust. When we endure and trust in GOD, then GOD restores that which we lost. This is particularly important in this COVID-19 era.  You need to pray every morning as a sign of complete trust in the LORD.

10. Faithfulness: When Jesus was dead, the women who followed him in his ministry went to the tomb to put spices on his body. When they reached the tomb, they found that the stone was rolled away. The body of Christ was not there (Matthew 28:1). The women were following the body of the LORD.

When we pray every morning, we follow the body of our LORD. Yes! Jesus is risen in the flesh and Spirit. Yet, to the eyes of those who doubt him, he appears dead. To the world, most people are not aware that Christ is at the right hand of GOD. So when we take up the practice of praying, we separate ourselves from those who think Christ is dead. We detach ourselves from those who feel that God is far from us. Just like these women, when you choose to go and, in a sense, look for Christ through prayer, you will realize he is not dead. Christ is risen.

Morning Prayers of the Day

I believe that we should pray every day. The bible supports this by saying, pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). If you struggle with morning prayers, you can ask the Holy Spirit to remind you to pray every morning. Also, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to pray. For men don’t know how they ought to pray (Luke 18:1). 

Praying in the morning is not a LAW. It is a sign that we love GOD so much that we talk to Him daily. This practice is not a routine. Instead, it is daily conversations with GOD. 

Here are three-morning prayers to encourage you:

Morning Prayer 1:

LORD, I confess that I am a sinner. I acknowledge that on my own, I can do nothing. Even that act of kindness requires the guidance of your Spirit. So this morning, I ask for your protection and beg for your wisdom. I also ask you to bless the work of my hands. Keep me from evil that it may not grieve me. Keep me as the apple of your eye, and hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalms 17:8). In Jesus name, AMEN 

Morning Prayer 2

LORD, I bless your holy name. In the land of the living, I give you praise. Thank you for watching me through the night. Just as you were with me in the night, be with me in the day. For your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalms 23:4). May your favor be upon me as I go through this day. And may your wisdom never leave me. In Jesus name, Amen. 

Morning Prayer 3 

God, be with me today, for I trust in you. Everything that I desire. Whatever makes me anxious. All that I need. I leave in your hands. My blessings LORD, I get from you. In the shadow of your wings, I come for protection and forgiveness. For you are my portion and my cup, my hiding place forever. In Jesus name, Amen 

As I said, morning prayer is not a law. It is an act of love. These three prayers are just to encourage you to see the beauty of starting your morning in GOD.

Every one of us goes through personal battles. Therefore, I encourage you to look for that scripture that you like or inspires you. Incorporate that scripture in your morning prayer. You can do this each week using a different scripture. Not only will you feel strengthened and rejuvenated in Christ, but you will also feel more confident and assured as you go about your day. 

GOD bless you. 

How Do I Pursue the Dream without Killing the Soul?

Scripture 1: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8).

Scripture 2: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36KJV)

Dreams are very powerful to us. From the moment we are born, as we grow up, dreams are either implanted upon us or we develop one. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” your mother asked. “I want to be a musician.” Some of our dreams become our purpose. We work hard to pursue them. However, some have pursued them at the cost of killing the soul. 

How do We Kill the Soul?

Anxiety and depression have become the most common mental illnesses in the world. Even among entrepreneurs, depression has become an epidemic. 

Although the phrase in Mark 8:36 has been associated with the act of losing your soul to the devil, the phrase also covers the aspect of losing your soul in pursuit of a dream. 

One of the dreams covered in the scripture is wealth. We live in a time of the American Dream. The pursuit of this dream is associated with wealth. As we say,”money is everything.” The capitalist system does give money a power that we cannot avoid. In as much as we pursue things such as status, fame, or accomplishment in a certain field, money by the end of the day is a powerful motivator. 

We live in a world where money is the key to a good education, a good and comfortable house for our families, or that good looking car. However, the dream for wealth can kill the soul. In 1 Timothy 6:10, the scriptures state:

 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

They have “erred” in the faith, and have “pierced themselves with many sorrows.” In the pursuit of money, we have ended up dealing with bad divorces, alienation from our children and loved ones, lack of time in the word of God, lack of time in helping others, e.t.c.Instead, we find ourselves using terms such as “time is money.” Most of our time constitutes the endless pursuit of knowledge, skills, and opportunities to make wealth. 

To some of us, wealth is not the only dream we pursue. We pursue leadership, we pursue success in a certain sport, or success in a certain art. We have people who pursue their passion in something more than the monetary success that it brings. This is a good thing. In most cases, the pursuit of passion does bring financial breakthrough. Still, there is more about our dreams that we need to understand. We need to understand that God also has His dream for us. 

The Case of Joseph

Genesis 37 introduces us to a young man aged 17 called Joseph.Joseph had a dream. In the dream, he was in the field with his brothers tying up sheaves of wheat. As his sheave stood up straight, the sheaves of his brothers formed a circle and bowed to Joseph’s sheaf of wheat (Genesis 37:5-7). This dream meant that Joseph would become a leader. However, his brothers did not take kindly to this dream. The brothers were so bothered with Joseph’s dream that they sold him as a slave. 

Most of us with dreams are in a state of slavery. We are on an opposite path to what we wanted. Maybe you wanted to be a fashion designer, but ended up being a single mother. Life happened and since then you have never been able to pick up the dream. However, God never aborts a dream.

When Joseph went to work for an Egyptian official called Potiphar, he worked so well that Potiphar placed him in charge of the slaves (Genesis 39). When he was accused falsely and put in prison, he was such an outstanding prisoner that he was put in charge of his inmates (Genesis 39:19-21). In every environment that Joseph found himself in, he used it to forge his nature as a leader. Above all else the bible talks of God’s favor on Joseph. You see Joseph did not abandon the God of his father. He cleaved on to God and sought to fear him. When you cleave to GOD, then you can pursue your dream without killing your soul. 

The GOD of Dreams

Joseph was a man with dreams. He not only had dreams but also interpreted the dreams of others (Genesis 41). The dreams were a gift from God. Maybe Joseph did not understand the path that God had put him in the pursuit of this dream. At one point he is a slave. At another instance he is in prison.

It is not our place to understand the path. This may be difficult for us. Still, we should trust in the giver of the dream. We can rely on God to guide us in a path that will help us forge a character. This character is not only great for our dreams, but also for the purpose of God in our lives. 

The Case of David-The King of Israel 

The bible does not tell us whether David ever dreamt of becoming king. Still, it is clear that God chooses him because of his heart. God told prophet Samuel in the book of 1Samuel 16:7 

Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart.

God rejects the tall, handsome, arrogant King Saul in favour of David. David had a character that pleased God. First, he drew his courage from God. When he faced Goliath in the battle field, he tells Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:45: 

You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” 

Second, David loved God. God testifies of David that “He is a man after my own heart,” (1 Samuel 13:14). As a result of this nature, David not only gets to rule as king and win battles, but he also becomes a descendant to Christ. What greater honour can there be! 

The beauty of involving God in the dream is that He will not only help you achieve it, but also He adds more to the dream. Solomon was king.Yet, his desire was wisdom. God not only gives him wisdom, but also great wealth (1 Kings 3:5-7). Joseph dreamt of leadership. Not only did he lead, but God gave him two boys (they were called Manasseh and Ephraim) and made him a liberator for the children of Israel. You see, the secret to pursuing the dream without killing the soul is to trust in God. 

“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.

Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:5-9)

How Do I Pursue the Dream?

Here are seven key steps to consider as you try to figure out a purpose for your life or that dream that will give you purpose. It does not matter what age you are. Whether you are 17, 10, 3 years old or 93 years old. Moses was eighty years old when God called him (Exodus 7:7), Samuel was 3 years old (1 Samuel 3), and Abraham was 75 years (Genesis 12:4). God can give you a dream. Abraham was 100 years old when God answered his dream for a son (Genesis 17:1-22). Age means nothing to the “Ancient of Days (this is God’s name in Daniel 7:9-10)” So here are the 7 steps you need to consider. 

One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God, Psalm 62:11

Step 1: Is your Dream God’s Dream? 

Is your dream in line with God’s dream or is it contrary to his dream for your life. We live in a society where some people have “twisted” dreams. A man would say, “I want to sleep with a hundred women before I die.” We understand that God is Holy. This is an unholy dream. Your dream may be a good dream. Maybe, you want to be a doctor so that you may heal many. Being a doctor has always been your dream. But now, you are a high school dropout and a single parent. Remember that God is “All-Powerful.” Jesus healed many by the power of the Holy Spirit. If this dream is still in God’s mind and in your heart, you can still become a healer. 

Pray to God to confirm your dream. Also, commit your dream into His hand so that He will protect you and guide you in your path. If you feel that it is too late to pursue that dream then be honest about this concern. Abraham in humility told God, “Oh! If Ishmael would be in your eyes,” (Genesis 17:18 King James version). Abraham was 99 years old! But God is still “fixated” on the dream of giving him a descendant. Abraham hints at God to consider Ishmael. Abraham had already given up on the dream. But to an All-Powerful God, you can never really be too sure that it is too late. 

Abraham fell facedown. Then he laughed and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah give birth at the age of ninety?” And Abraham said to GOD, “O that Ishmael might live under your blessing!” But God replied, “Your wife Sarah will indeed bear you a son, and you are to name him Isaac.” (Genesis 17:17-19)

“When we understand that God is All-Powerful, we would not lose our souls in an endless pursuit. We would trust in His steadfast love for us. We would focus on what truly matters to Him, obedience to His word, as we trust in Him to guide our Path.” 

Step 2: Prayer. Pray over your dreams. Ask God to give you the strength, wisdom, resources, and support that you need to achieve this dream. “However, not my will but your will be done O LORD (Mark 14:36). 

Step 3: Trust in God. “For the LORD is not pleased when sinners perish. He would rather see them repent and live (Ezekiel 33:11).” Also, the bible states, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, never rely on what you think you know. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight,” (Proverbs 3:5-6). For you to avoid the depression, anxiety and stress that comes in the pursuit of a dream, you need to learn to be more trusting in God. David said this in the bible, “I am not concerned with matters too great for me. I have learnt to still and quieten my soul, as a child in its mother’s arms,” (Psalms 131:2). Be still in the hands of God. Trust in Him to help you along the journey to fulfilling your dream. 

Step 4: Focus on What Matters. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you,” (Matthew 6:33). The bible says that God is jealous after the soul. This is because the soul never dies. God wills that the soul that He created in His image should find rest in Him after we die. However, some of us have corrupted ourselves in the world. We have followed paths that have distorted our souls to the point that the Creator cannot recognize it. It is a soul lost in sin. This is why the scriptures insist that we focus on “godliness.” Focus on becoming what Christ would want you to be in accordance to the scriptures. That way, you not only save your soul but also get to see your dreams fulfilled. 

“for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save….. Luke 9:56”

Step 5: Pursue Knowledge and Insight We cannot just sit and wait for the god-fairy to wave a magic wand, we have to pursue knowledge. We have to work smart. The bible says in Daniel 1:7 “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.” God gave Daniel and his friends the opportunity to not only gain the knowledge that they needed as they served the king, but also understanding. Remember, He is the God of Noah. He is the God who gave Noah the knowledge to build the ark. 

Step 6: Courage and Faith The first command that Joshua the son of Nun gets in the book of Joshua is to be of “good courage.” It is not just “be of courage.” Sometimes, we confuse courage for arrogance. We become self-confident in our abilities, knowledge or character to succeed on our own. Do not allow yourself to be a “being of pride or arrogance.” Learn from David as he faces Goliath. He did not say,”I can do this!” instead he said, “In the name of the LORD.’ The Bible calls us to be different from the rest. This is what James meant when he said, “Do not just say, tomorrow I will do this. Do not boast of tomorrow. Say, tomorrow God willing” (James 4:13-15). Christianity is acknowledging that “good courage” is a courage that recognizes the LORD of Strength. It is by His might and favor that we conquer. To this good courage, add your faith in Christ. There is power in His name.

Isaiah 40:28-31

Step 7: There’s more 

As your pursue your dreams on earth, remember that you will not be on earth forever. By the end of the day, life ends. Jesus came so that we can have the hope of eternity. Therefore, as you thank God for your accomplishments and as you enjoy the success that you dreamt of, remember that the greatest success is being a part of the kingdom of God. Be faithful in your walk in the christian faith. Prepare yourself for the second coming of the LORD. We do this by:

  1. Studying His word 
  2. Being led by the Holy Spirit 
  3. Pray continually 
  4. Be a light to others

When Joseph (the 17 year old with dreams) was old and about to die, he told the Israelites about another dream. Joseph knew that one day God would liberate the children of Israel from Egypt. As a result, he left them with instructions to carry his body on the day that God would take them out of Egypt to Canaan (Joshua 24:32/Exodus 13:19)

Abraham also had a dream. Although God gave him the promised son, Isaac. Although he had lived all his life enjoying the protection and blessings of God, the bible says that he died in a tent in the land that God promised to give his descendants (Hebrews 11:10). Abraham died looking forward to a greater dream. The hope of a heavenly jerusalem. 

Always remember that God’s ultimate dream is to save your soul. His greatest dream is to guide you unto eternity. Keep that in mind as you plan your life and as you pursue your dreams. 

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.” Revelation 21:1

Dear GOD, Death is Trending Again

When the year started I witnessed an accident. I saw a young man riding on his motorcycle crash into a car. I was a bit far from the scene, but I saw his body thrust up and hit the road. He died on 1st January 2020 at about noon. 

Call me superstitious, but that accident was a bad sign. People are always happy when the year starts. We still hope for the best. Yet, I struggled to keep up my cheerful Spirit. Several months after the incident, the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the world. I witnessed one death. But now, I was witnessing multiple deaths. I felt depressed, and I whispered a prayer to GOD. 

I said, “Dear GOD, Death is trending again.”  

The Genesis of Death

Christianity teaches that the genesis of death is sin. The first man and woman, called Adam and Eve, disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. This disobedience led to GOD creating death. GOD said, “You shall have to work for your food, until the day you return to the ground, for out of the ground you were taken. You are dust, and to dust, you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). In the same book, GOD shortened the lives of human beings because of sin. The generation of Noah was a sinful generation. The Bible says that they were so corrupt that it grieved GOD. So GOD said, “They shall live 120 years and no longer” (Genesis 6:3). So GOD not only allowed death but also limited our life span. 

The book of Ecclesiastes seeks to capture the disillusionment created by birth and death. The Philosopher who wrote that book complained that life is repetitive. The sun rises and sets, the wind blows, all streams run to the sea, same old same old. The Philosopher said, “All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it.” So the Philosopher took on a project. In this project, he tried to enjoy himself as much as he could. Still, he got frustrated. The Philosopher went ahead and observed the lives of others. Yet, even those with wealth were not satisfied. By the end of the day, we die and leave everything here on Earth. All that we labored for, we leave behind. 

Ecclesiastes describes death as the great equalizer. The Philosopher said, “The fate of the fool is also the fate of the wise. So what have I gained from being wise? Even my wisdom is vanity, for there is no lasting remembrance for the wise, just as the fool. Alas, the wise man dies just like the fool” (Ecclesiastes 2:16). 

The Philosopher’s speech is also repeated in Psalms 49:10. This verse states, “For it is clear that wise men die, and the foolish and the senseless both perish and leave their wealth to others.” 

What can we conclude from these scriptures? What can we conclude from the Genesis of death and GOD shortening our lives? 

We can conclude this: GOD values character. GOD values good deeds. GOD values a good spirit more than the material accomplishments that we work so hard to get. GOD wants us to prioritize the spiritual and to value it more than we value the material. 

The Philosopher hints at this conclusion. He says, “God makes everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their hearts, yet so that man can’t find out the work that God has done from the beginning even to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11). 

GOD put the desire for eternity in our hearts. Yet, people can’t figure it out. Human societies have made so many accomplishments. People have stepped on the moon. There are all these powerful telescopes that have revealed so much to us. Also, we have made advancements in medicine. Yet, we haven’t figured out eternal life. 

JESUS is the Second Adam

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—[Romans 5:12 English Standard Version]. 

Human beings all over the world are connected. In Genesis, the first man is called Adam. In the Swahili language, a man is called “mwana-adam-u,” which translates as “son of Adam.” The Kiswahili language developed as a result of the interaction between Arabs and the Natives living in East Africa. This interaction also led to the term “bin-adam-u,” which also translates as “son of Adam.” In Arab, “bin” means “son of. 

We all have a common ancestry. Yet, the Bible says that just as sin entered the world through one man (Adam), eternal life and salvation came to the world through another man (Jesus Christ). 

Jesus Christ is called the “Second Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). Yet Jesus was not “made from dust” like our ancestor Adam. Jesus came from heaven. It was God’s will that Jesus should be formed through the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in Mary. You see, if Jesus was made the same way all babies are made, then he would have had the stain of sin that the first Adam had. 

We say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” If Jesus was made as a result of the union between man and woman, then He would have been a corrupted sacrifice, for Jesus was the sacrifice that took away the sin of the world (Hebrews 9:25). 

GOD is ALL POWERFUL. He made human beings and life itself. So, i don’t find it difficult to understand how Jesus formed in the womb of a virgin. 

I don’t have time to explain why Jesus had to come. But, I will summarize it in four points:

  1. Jesus is GOD’s gift to us/to the world (John 4:10) 
  2. Jesus conquered death and sin for us (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). 
  3. Jesus is a sign that GOD loves us/GOD loves His creation. 
  4. Jesus is a sign that we can overcome sin, and in doing so, conquer death. 

Just as the first Adam is a descendant of many, the second Adam has many descendants. The Bible calls Jesus the “first of the righteous generation” (Psalms 112:2/Psalms 14:5). Jesus is the Adam of all the righteous people, starting from Abel in Genesis to the last righteous human being who will be left standing towards the end of human time. 

Jesus resurrected from death. He resurrected both body and Spirit. In short, he resurrected as a full human being. After resurrecting, he ascended at the right hand of GOD. What happened to the second Adam (Jesus) is what GOD promises those who die believing in Him. GOD promises us resurrection (a new body) and eternal life with Him. 

©dodoardo

Coping with Death

Different cultures had different ways of coping with death. To the Muslim, the best way to escape the pain is to bury the body as fast as possible. In other cultures, the family of the dead would hold wakes where they would commemorate the life of the dead. 

A tribe in the Philippines blindfolds their dead. They dress the deceased person in the best clothes and put them on a chair outside their house. 

In my culture, we coped with death by adopting the belief that “life is a cycle, and it must move on.” What I mean is that when we buried grandparents, we would name children after the loved ones that we had lost. My name, for instance, is the name of my father’s mother. The firstborn and the second born are named after the parents of the husband. The children who come after them were named after the parents of the mother. This culture helped us move on. 

Unfortunately, we are in the era of globalization (everything’s the same). The Western way of burying scars the heart. We dress in black, buy a gloomy caskets and put the body in the ground. The trauma that comes from “lowering the casket and pouring the soil on the casket.” 

The process of burial imprints the reality that the loved one is truly gone. 

To make matters worse, we adopted the liberal practice of naming. People no longer name their children after their dead relatives. We give them fancy names like “Arya, Precious, or Dan,” This culture erosion made coping worse.

But whatever way you choose to cope, the reality is, they are gone.

GOD’s View of Death

GOD views death the same way we view birth. This means that death is the beginning of another journey in human life. It is a journey of the Spirit. 

For the physical comes first, then the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46). 

Jesus called death, “sleeping.” The first time he said to mourners that the dead person was sleeping, the mourners laughed at him. After they were done laughing, Jesus looked at the dead girl and said, “Talitha Koum,” which means “daughter, get up” (Mark 5:41). 

In another story, Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, falls sick. The sisters of Lazarus sent a message to Jesus, telling him, “The one whom you love is unwell” (John 11:3). On hearing this, Jesus delays at the place where he was. Lazarus ended up dying from his illness. But Jesus, being the son of GOD, knew that Lazarus was dead. So Jesus told his disciples, “Lazarus sleeps.” 

“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to wake him out of sleep (John 11:11). 

Four days after the death of Lazarus, Jesus comes. Lazarus’ sister rushed to Jesus and told him, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21). Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” But Lazarus’ sister-Mary thought Jesus meant the resurrection that will happen on the last day. Jesus clarified this to her by saying, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall not die” (John 11:25-26). 

Do you believe this? 

The Bible describes burying as planting. It says this:

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, but it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, then there is a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:43). 

My Comfort:-

I said to GOD, “You speak life, yet there is death outside. You speak hope where I see darkness.”

And GOD said, “It is easier for a human to shut the doors of a casket. Yet, the Messiah will come, and all people will wake from their sleep. But until then, let them sleep for now.”

It comforts me that death is not the end. When we resurrect, we resurrect to celebrate the second coming of Christ. We resurrect and join the gathering of the spirits of good people made perfect (Hebr 12:23). 

I will stand next to my beloved when they wake up from their sleep. They will ask me, ‘How long was I gone?’ And I will answer them, ‘It’s been fifty years without you.’ Then they will tell me, ‘I barely noticed, I was in a deep dream. How did you guys go on without me?’ ‘It was hard, but a day at a time, we managed it.’ 

Then I will tell my beloved, let us go to Zion-the city of GOD. I shall hold them by the hand, and we shall walk towards the light of the Son of GOD. We shall be with GOD forever. 

This comforts me. I hope it comforts you too. 

There was a time when there was no death. There was a time when there was no human being on Earth. Therefore, you can be sure a time will come when the dead will rise to life.

Thereby death is swallowed up in victory (the resurrection of Jesus Christ). Oh death, where is your victory? oh death. where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us victory through our LORD Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:55).

Fear Not; I am with You

Scripture: Therefore we shall not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake at the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult, there is a river whose streams make glad the city of GOD, the Holy Habitation of the Most High Psalms 46:2-4

Fear is a natural reaction of man. Psychologists say that fear is the outcome of human beings self-preservation response. Christians are not immune to fear. We get sick, we lose loved ones, we lose jobs or investments. We are all susceptible to these challenges whether we like it or not. These are personal fears. Yet, there is another fear that grips the mind of a human being. This is the fear of tomorrow.

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In the beginning, GOD gave human beings dominion over the Earth. He put us in charge with the hope that we would become co-creators. But, our actions appear to lean more on co-destroying. We have completely transformed Earth’s design. The planet’s biodiversity and scenic beauty is dying. Wherever we look, we see the reality of human power. We see weapons of mass destruction, guns and other technological innovations. We hear of more technological advancements. Rather than exalt GOD for the far we have come, we exalt ourselves.

At the night before Jesus was crucified, He told the soldiers who came with the high priests,

But this is your hour—when darkness reigns Luke 22:53

This scripture is true when you look at it from another dimension. We live in a time of human arrogance (Isaiah 2:17-18). Those who struggle with the faith risk marveling at human power and intelligence; yet forgetting the supremacy of GOD over all things.

We live in a time when most of us are accultured to unbelief. It is odd for one to say, ‘trust in GOD.’ To make matters worse, we see all these skyscrapers and technology instead of forests, mountains, valleys, or the vastness of the sea. As such we see the power of human, and forget the glory of God. This acculturation gets challenged when we face personal struggles and pressures. For example, when you get the doctors report that you have Cancer, or some terminal disease. Suffering reminds us of our limitations. Certain challenges humble us for they remind us that human is not all-powerful.

Yet, this is the best time to seek the truth about GOD through scripture with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is the time to ‘test the spirits of the one preaching (1 John 4:1-6). It is also a time to remember, in fear, that judgement begins in the house of GOD (a.k.a the church) (1 Peter 4:17).

Your Rod and Your Staff, they Comfort me (Psalms 23:4)

Jesus is the Good Shepherd

The bible states that faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:9). It is not something we tell ourselves every morning like a mantra. Faith is a spiritual gift that is birthed within our hearts. When we surrender our lives to GOD, we ask Him for His spirit to strengthen us. The Holy Spirit is an important ally in such a time. It is the Holy Spirit that triggers faith in us. The genesis of this faith is when we make the personal decision to believe in Jesus.

I need to repeat that: Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit. The flesh succumbs to fear. We fear tomorrow and we worry about the world. The Bible in the book of Isaiah prophesied this! Isaiah 7:9 says:

If your faith is not enduring! You will not endure!

An enduring faith is the works of God’s spirit in your heart.

I love what Psalms 23:4 says. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, your rod and your staff they comfort me. This statement reveals the strength of the faith of the writer. At times we feel as if we are walking in the valley of the shadow of death. But, for your heart to say, ‘but your rod and your staff they comfort me,’ that would take Holy Spirit faith.

Jesus has more power now than when He was on Earth. We all know what He did on earth. Demons saw him and went away yelling that He is the Son of GOD (Luke 4:41). It seems the only ones who do not understand the truth about Jesus are human beings. The devil uses our lack of knowledge to trick us. He has done this from the very beginning.

In Genesis, the serpent deceives the woman to eat of the tree of good and evil. Why didn’t he convince her to eat of the tree of life? (Genesis 2:17). Our lack of spiritual knowledge has always and continues to be the cause of our defeat. When Jesus was on earth, some villages saw his humanness and doubted his authority. This is a man who drove out demons and raised the dead. Yet, some said, ‘Are you not the son of Joseph and Mary?” (Matthew 13:55). These towns were unable to see the power of Christ. However, the truth is this:

And Jesus said to them, All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me (Matt 28:18)

There is more on our side than there is against us. There is GOD and there is Christ. When Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, panicked because the Syrian army was heading towards them, Elisha prayed to GOD to open his servant’s eyes that he may see. What did Gehazi see? He saw “the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:17-20). What of now when all authority belongs to Christ, the King of Kings? How ironic is it that at the time when Jesus is enthroned we lose our faith to the pressures of life.

We have Jesus enthroned. And the Holy Spirit is the spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9/Acts 16:6). When we become Christians, we work with the Holy Spirit to become better people. The evidence of this transformation is in the fruits that we bear. Fruits such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, patience, humility, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). I love what the scriptures say. The word says that there is no law against such things as these (Galatians 5:23). True Christians build bridges, not burn them. True Christians reflect the nature of Christ as they have the spirit of Christ within them. If you struggle with Christianity then it is about time you repented and asked the Holy Spirit for help.

GOD said to Jesus, “sit here at my right, until I put the nations as a footstool under your feet” (Psalms 110:1). GOD knows about the changes, rebelliousness, and irreligiousness affecting the world today. He knows the beginning and the end. But, to us, it may look like religion is at its end. If you feel that way, then this blog is for you. Look to Christ and see the glory in Revelation 1. Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, I have overcome the world” (John 14:1).

When we strengthen our faith to see this victory, then we become a people who can better impact the world. We become a people who are not afraid to speak out against oppression, inequality, injustice, and wars. In our personal lives and families, we become encouragers. Prayer warriors!

To some, it might look like GOD is missing. If you feel this way, then you should follow what Mary Magdalene and the women who were involved in the ministry did after the crucifixion (John 20:13-15). These women sought Jesus even after his death. When they went to cover his body with spices, they encountered an angel who told them that he is alive. You think Christ is dead? Then strive to obey the teachings in the New Testament, the teachings of the Scripture as the spirit of GOD leads you. Do not be amazed when you discover that He is risen! By following the body of the LORD, you might find that He has always been there with you even before you came to know him.

Have faith!

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Faith is walking with Jesus daily. It is choosing to honor him by being thankful and doing what is right. Faith is in Christ. This is not a new doctrine. It is the same doctrine that has been preached from old by the prophets and the disciples. We have lost ourselves to the marvel and the pleasures of the modern world. We may have forgotten the role of spirituality in the life of a human being. Yet, if you wish to discover the truth about Jesus, then the path is simple. He is a prayer away. One does not need to say much. Like the Blind Bartimaeus, it is a matter of saying, “I want to see again” (Mark 10:51).

Fear not, He is still with us.

God is not White|He is Simply GOD

For a long time the world had to contend with white pictures of Angels and a blond Christ. But is God white?

During the colonial era, the imperial powers preached Christ in the form of White. They showed the native people images of a White Jesus with white robes. All the angels were white; Mary was White, the Apostles were white. 

We know now that those images of Whiteness served the goals of imperialism. Those images promoted the psychology that White is God. We fall short in preaching the truth about God with the zealousness it deserves.

The truth is that we cannot confine God to a race. If God were confined to a race, He would not be God of all the world. 

We live in a world of evidence. This article aims to try and shed light on this issue using scriptures. 

So let’s get down to it. Is God White?

The All-white image of angels

The Day of Pentecost and the Day of Creation 

The book of Genesis speaks of a time when human beings spoke the same language. Genesis 11 begins with the phrase, “Now the whole world had one language and few words” (Genesis 11:1). The people of the old era wanted to build a “name for themselves” (verse 4). Their motive was arrogance and not the glory of God. So what did God do? He confused the languages (verse 7). 

When we go to the book of Acts chapter 2, we get a glimpse of God’s sovereignty over human languages. The Bible states that during the day of Pentecost, the disciples were together in one place. The Holy Spirit came over them, and they began to speak in other tongues. The Bible continues to say that in that town where the disciples were, there were Jews. Furthermore, there were devout men from every nation under heaven (Acts 2:5).  The spiritual tongues that the disciples spoke shocked the crowd. Each person in the crowd could hear the disciples speaking in their language.

“Are not all these disciples Galileans? And how is it that each of us can hear in his native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Potus, and Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and the visitors from Rome, both Jews and Proselytes, Cretans, and Arabians, we hear them telling in our languages, the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:7-11)

The Spirit of God knows all the languages in the world. When He descended on the Apostles, he gave them the power to speak with a voice that united all the races. The Bible says God is Spirit (John 4:24). If the Spirit of God can reach out to all races, then God is for all races.

Through Christ, all the races are unified. Christ broke down the wall of hostility that divided the Jews (believers) from the Gentiles (non-believers). (Ephesians 2:14).  

The Angels 

There are angels in the Bible that appear in the form of human beings. But, the Bible does not describe the colour of their skin. We have grown accustomed to the assumption that they looked like the Jews. In the book of Luke, for example, Gabriel appeared to Daniel. Daniel 9:20 says, “the man Gabriel.” 

However, it is evident in the Bible that there are types of angels. In Ezekiel 1, prophet Ezekiel sees the vision of God’s throne. The prophet described the angels that we now refer to as the Cherubims of Glory. What is the appearance of those angels? 

  1. The four living creatures had the appearance of men. But each of them had four faces, and each of them had four wings (Ezekiel 1:5). 
  2. The legs of the four living creatures were straight. The soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot (Ezekiel 1:6). 
  3. The four living creatures sparkled like burnished bronze (Ezekiel 1:7). 
  4. Under the wings on their four sides, the four creatures had human hands. 
  5. The four living creatures would move without turning (Ezekiel1). 
  6. Cherubims have eyes all over their body (Ezekiel 10:12). 

How great is God? The depth of His riches, knowledge, and wisdom is unsearchable (Psalms 92:5). Observe the birds. He made a variety of birds. Same for every family of animals and plants. He made them all in rich diversity. So how can we confine this God to one race? 

Even with the human race, God made a way for the different cultures to exist. He achieved this when he confused our languages in Genesis. But now through Christ, He calls for all those cultures to come to Him. This unity is the message that the book of Acts ministered to the Gentiles. When the apostles preached the Good News outside of Jerusalem, the word of God says 

“We too are His Children” (Acts 17:28). 

Aside from the Cherubims in Ezekiel 1, the Bible talks of other types of angels. We have the Seraphims in Isaiah 6. Each of the Seraphims had six wings. Two of the wings covered his face, and two covered his feet. 

Image of Cherubims of Glory

No colonial power came with images of Cherubims, Seraphims, and all the sons of God in heaven. Their minds could only think of ‘White angels.’ But now through the word, we can see that angels are also diverse. 

God in His Form 

No one has ever seen the Father, except the Son, who came from the bosom of the Father (John 1:18 and John 6:46). 

Few scriptures in the Bible reveal to us the God who sits on the HIGHEST throne. We have Ezekiel 1, for instance, that says:

And now above the sky, over their heads (over the cherubims of glory), there was the likeness of a throne, in the appearance of Sapphire. And seated on the throne was one who appeared like a human being. The figure seemed to be shining like bronze in the middle of a fire. It shone all over with a bright light that had in it all the colours of the rainbow (Ezekiel 1:26-27).

And at once, I was in Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven, with the one seated on the throne. And He who sat there appeared like Jasper and Carnelian, and round the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald (Revelation 4:2-3). 

Quick question:

What race looks like Jasper and Carnelian? 

What race shines like bronze in the middle of a fire? 

Bronze shade.

Salvation came from the Jews

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23-24). 

If you have ever found time to study the book of Romans, you will discover that the book has one central message. This message is that all races sinned. Even the Jews, the race that God delivered from Israel and saw God, sinned. 

When God chose Israel among the nations, He wanted them to be like firstborns among the nations (Exodus 4:22/Jeremiah 31:9). But even the Jews failed God. 

So as we proceed towards the end of the old testament, God complains. God says that all the trees in Lebanon are not enough for the fire needed for a sacrifice. All the cattle on the mountains are not enough sacrifice for the sins of Israel (Isaiah 40:16). God had had enough. It was time for Christ to come. 

The Bible says that as for his race, Jesus was a Jew. Yet as for His spirituality, He is the Son of God. I love that the Apostles never thought for once, to describe Christ’s physicality. The Apostles were men full of the Holy Spirit. So, I take it that it was God’s will that Christ’s physical characteristics remain a secret. 

Why? 

  1. Christ did not come to glorify the flesh. He came to glorify the Spirit. We live in a world that pays attention to looks and material things. People idolize good looking men like Chris Hemsworth or Idris Elba. But in the Old Testament, God made it clear that He is not a God who exalts the flesh. 

The Israelites liked King Saul. The scriptures say that when King Saul was declared King, the Israelites were proud of Him. Why did the Israelites like Saul? One of the reasons they liked him is because he had the physique of a king. But on the day that prophet Samuel introduces Saul to the Israelites as their King, he was hiding behind some lost luggage (1 Samuel 10:21-22). 

In the end, God rejected Saul as King. When God chose David, He said this to Samuel,

“Do not look at his appearance or the height of his stature, because I have rejected him (God is talking about Saul). For the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). 

We also see the nature of God as a God who values the Spirit over the flesh with Christ. We know from the prophecies of Christ that Jesus was not that handsome face you are likely to see in Hollywood’s films. The Bible prophecy of Christ says, 

“He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” Isaiah 53:2 

God cares nothing about physical characteristics. God’s delight is a heart that loves Him and chooses to follow Him. 

  1. By not describing the physical traits of Christ, the Holy Spirit created a space where each of us could identify with Christ. 

The apostles focused on the actions and character of the Son of God. He was a man who raised the dead. He was poor, he didn’t come from a family of privilege. Yet, he was a descendant of David, living and growing among them. The physical traits that we use to classify a race, e.g. color of eyes, color of skin, texture of hair. It was God’s will that they should be overlooked. This way Christ would be a Christ for everyone. That’s God’s will. Christ for all nations. 

There is a need to make this clear. The Jesus in heaven looks nothing like the Jesus that was on Earth. Revelation 1:13. It says: 

“And amid the lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed in a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast. His head and hair were white as white wool, white as snow. His eyes were like a flame or fire. His feet like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace. And his voice was like the voice of many waters.” 

Quick Question:

What race has eyes like a flame or fire? 

What race has skin like burnished bronze? 

What race has the voice of many waters? 

“Now, Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” (meaning, His Jewish family). He replied “My mothers and brothers are those who hear God’s word, and put it into practice (meaning, anyone who believes in Him). (Luke 8:19-21). 

Things are not always what they seem:-

Why did the Jews reject Jesus? One of the reasons they rejected him was because He was not a military King. Jesus did not come like King David. He did not come to deliver Israel from the hands of the Romans. Also, there was no way they could prove that he was a descendant of David. To them, Jesus was the Son of a carpenter and a woman called Mary. 

It was God’s will. 

It was God’s will that His Son should appear as the least among the people so that he could identify with many who feel the same. Yet, with God through Christ, we are no longer far, but near (Ephesians 2:13). No longer slaves but sons (Galatians 4:7). We are all God’s children. 

Shades of the Human Race

But why does that race do well and that race do poorly? 

In every family, there is always that one child who goes on and becomes a successful entrepreneur. There is also the other child who may not do well in life. Another child may even go on and do drugs. These are things that we have seen in our families. The children are from the same family, but their accomplishments in life are different. 

Every race and nation got the space to develop, make their mistakes, and build what they wanted to build. At the same time we have issues such as colonization, corruption, and oppression that interfere with that progress. 

Still, God does not favor one race over the other. Joshua met with an angel. The angel looked like a man. So Joshua thought that this man is not from my people, could he be from the enemies camp? He asked the angel whether he was on the side of Israel or the side of Canaan. To this question, the angel answered, “Neither! I am on the side of the Living God!” (Joshua 5:14)

God favors those who believe in Him and obey Him. When the Gospel was preached, Paul said, “For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone” Romans 11:32

Why is this Important? 

Race affects ministry. We exist in a world where the wounds of racism still exist. Yet, even God in the old testament had a history of healing people who were not from Israel (e.g. Naaman). God is love, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7-21). For how can we claim to love God who is unseen, yet we hate your brother or sister? That is a liar (1 John 4:20). 

Some territories adopted other religions because God and Christ were preached as White. But this White person was cruel to the people. How can you teach a loving God if you practice cruelty? 

We cannot complicate God by confining him to our social divisions. Also, we cannot define God based on race. He is simply God. And this God, no matter who you are! This God is your exceedingly great reward (Genesis 15:1). 

What more do you want to hear? 

“Glory to GOD! To whom ALL families in heaven and Earth are named!” (Ephesians 3:15). 

Have faith; God is the God of your people. God is your God too! Your exceedingly great reward. 

QUOTE: We build physical borders in our countries, we have unseen borders in our societies e.g. class system. But we cannot transfer those borders to the house of God. For God is above the wisdom of men. Jesus said, a Kingdom divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:24). In the house of God, we are a commonwealth (Ephesians 2:12). And this is the Good News. Glory be to the GOD of ALL.