Friday, 10 January 2014

True Disciples

 There are quite a few people who claim to be connected to the spirit and word of God, but how many of them truly live that life? Is church a place where people go to learn how to be a benefit to humanity or a place where they selfishly slave away for their own salvation?

Pastor Jeremiah Steepak did a test on his congregation, one that would teach them a lesson they would never forget. The pastor dressed as a homeless man and went to the very same church he ran. As he walked around the church that morning, only three people said hello to him. The pastor asked for people to give him money to buy food, and all of them said, “no.”

When the pastor tried to sit near the front of the church, the ushers told him to sit in the back. Apparently, they believed that God didn’t want to see homeless people, only those with clean clothing.

The pastor says that he said hello to the people in the back, and they only looked at him with cold, icy stares. It happened to be the first day that the new pastor would be preaching at the church and he was introduced to the congregation at the end of the morning announcements.

“We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek,” one of the deacons announced.

As the congregation clapped with excitement, people were wondering why the homeless man was walking toward the front of the church. When he got to the front, he gave them the first words of his very first sermon:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

When the pastor told his congregation what he’d just experienced, some of them cried. Nearly everyone felt some sense of shame for the way they treated the homeless man who asked for money for food.

He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?”

*culled from

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

God cares

I have been privileged to see God’s mighty hand upon my life, family and friends but more importantly, His loving kindness to even the minutest part of my life
One evening (about three years ago), I was in desperate need of water. I had just finished the last available meal in my house and needed to drink water. It was a period of my life when I was at my lowest point….I had no money, no food or even friends to run to. I thought of asking my neighbours but I had already asked for too much from them (or so I thought), so I just lay on the floor and tears just started streaming down my face uncontrollably. I pulled myself together and said a little prayer, that God would make a way for me and surprise me if truly he cared for me.
I dressed up and went out from my room and sat somewhere (in front of a locked shop) close to my house. After about ten minutes, a young man came and sat beside me carrying with him two sachets of very chilled water. He said hello and sat beside me (apparently, he was sitting there before), he took one sachet of water and offered me the other. I thanked him, drank the water (all of it) and after a while, left for my room in tears but this time, it was tears of joy.
 That moment, I knew beyond reasonable doubt that God truly does care for us.  Yes, he cares about EVERY LITTLE DETAIL OF OUR LIVES.
He cares for the littlest issues of our lives and is committed to providing all our needs.

Philippians 4:19
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus

It’s never too small or too much of a need for Him to be concerned, if only you’d BELIEVE and ASK.

Philippians 4:6

 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done

 Its a new year and am sure we all have made plans to thrive in every area of our lives. Let us therefore put God first in all that we do this year for

The horses are prepared for battle but the victory belongs to The Lord (Proverbs 21:31)
 He took care of me,He will take care of you