Redeemed From the Curse of the Law — IT IS FINISHED!!!

Galatians 3:13-14 “ Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Dear blessed children of God, Psalm 107:2 […]

Redeemed From the Curse of the Law — IT IS FINISHED!!!

coram deo – under the gaze of god

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Coram Deo– I live in the presence, under the authority, and to the glory of God. I walk in integrity and live by principle.

Coram Deo is the concept of living in the presence of, before the face of, under the authority of God, and to the honor and glory of God. To live in the presence of God is to understand that whatever I am doing and wherever I am doing it, I am acting under the gaze of God. There is no place so remote that I can escape His penetrating gaze.

To live all of life coram Deo is to live a life of integrity. It is a life of wholeness that finds its unity and coherency in the fear of God.

A fragmented life is a life of disintegration. It is marked by inconsistency, disharmony, confusion, conflict, contradiction, andchaos.

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Question 1. Which domain of influence am I called to?

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You need to identify the domain or sphere of influence that you are called to. This is the first broad boundary for your assignment.

This question helps you identify what you are authorized to do and limited to in your assignment. The basic God-given assignment acts as border lines that define the jurisdiction of your calling. Which mountain of influence am I called to? Many have erred and pursued rabbit trails that resulted in them losing their Kingdom effectiveness. It is imperative to get to clarity on which mountain(s) you will serve God.This may not necessarily be the sam as your profession or your current job. These may simply be stepping stops to where you are called.

In some cases a person can be called to a number of domains of influence at the same time. For example at this point of my life I am actively involved in the…

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IN THIS WORLD BUT NOT OF IT

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.                                                                                 Matt 5:14-16 NKJV

My life has been a series of ups and downs. Beginnings and endings. My struggles have not crushed me but have given me a better outlook on life. The level of corruption in Zimbabwe has reached alarming levels they say it’s impossible to get anything without paying a bribe. Be it a job, drivers’ license or better still a tender award. I have had a number of attempts with getting a driver’s license and the instructors have always asked for the token so I can get it. They say I won’t get it without paying. I haven’t paid and I have no driver’s license. My faith in God dissuades me from paying a bribe for a license. I will ‘lose’ money by the many attempts I might do in addition to the ones I have already taken. In the Bible, a story is told of Daniel and the three Hebrew boys who refused to defile themselves by eating food that was dedicated to idols (Daniel 1). They purposed in their heart to trade short term benefits for the benefits that come from exalting the God of the heavens YAHWEH who they served. They refused to be corrupted by the ungodly cultures of Babylon where they had been taken to exile. They made a stand for God and God made a stand for them. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Christians are ambassadors of God. We live according to the rules of heaven and not the rules of this world. Living for Christ is intentional as the devil is always waiting to ensnare us and to corrupt the godliness that is inside us. Our lives should represent God. Christians should be different from unbelievers. Their lives should be a message to the lost world that we serve an amazing God. What gospel has been your life preaching? Have we become more like the world and less like Christ? If only the Church in Zimbabwe would resemble Christ, Zimbabwe would be a land flowing with milk and honey. If only we could bear fruit that befits repentance, being living epistles to a lost world. If only we could trade our worldly role models for Jesus the author and perfector of our lives. Who left the splendor of heaven so we could be reconciled to our God and Father. God is waiting for the Church in Zimbabwe to once again look at Him as the source of their being. A Church so hungry for God’s presence that filth cannot exist. No corruption. No sexual immorality. No hatred. When the Church in Zimbabwe humbles itself and leaves all its wickedness then God is going to heal Zimbabwe. For a nation that professes to be 80% Christian that should be easy. Why don’t we take stock of our achievements. Did God aid us or we used satan’s advice to achieve what God’s had originally planned for us? How many Ishmaels’ are hanging around our houses? The bread that we got from turning stones into bread after a whisper from the devil. The promotion that you got for sleeping with your boss. The child you got out of wedlock to test your fertility. The driver’s license that you paid a bribe for. The upmarket flat that you are living in for being in an adulterous relationship with someone’s husband. The car that you got from your sugar daddy and lied to your “not so learned” parents that you actually saved bits of your USD$250 salary until you hit a whopping $5000 in less than a year. We are in this world but not of IT

JULY 2015

The month of July has come and gone. Zimbabwe hopes the month of August will be a better month I guess. Vendors were finally ejected from the streets of Harare by municipal police. Was is it the right call to eject them? Hameno. Every day I wonder where the thousands that had filled the pavements of virtually every street in the Harare CBD have gone. How they are now surviving considering their source of livelihood was milked dry. I actually wonder where their next meal, next rental fee, school fees is coming from now. My interaction with some of them revealed to me how a whole family was into CBD vending with the father , mother and children stationed at different corners of the street all united in the quest for survival . It’s interesting how some rejoiced when these men, women and children were ejected from the streets. Talk about defending the defenseless. Who will stand up for the rights of the poor? No one cares about where they will get their next meal. They were disturbing our peace some said when all they were doing was labouring for their next meal. They were said to be a menace by many a people. Then the Supreme Court released a blockbuster. Employers had not known that they had the right to fire employees only on three months’ notice with no pension or retrenchment package. This prompted many companies to fire employees that were hanging on to ailing companies that could not afford the retrenchment cost. Media reports that up to 6000 employees have been fired to date, adding to the already huge unemployment quota. Workers unions and the government alike are working flat out they say to amend the law to protect the employee. Talk about defending the not so poor (the vendors have no government support). Employees have powerful unions and ministers standing for their cause while the vendor wallows in poverty wondering where their next meal will come from. Some schools of thought actually applaud the Court ruling as it actually increase the chance of the jobless to get jobs as it has reduced the cost of employment for the employer. Employers are no longer scared of hiring and firing as the law gives them that liberty with no packages for fired workers. The last week of July had the media awash with the killing of Cecil the Lion by an American dentist. The 13 year old lion is said to have been a major tourist attraction and was subject to some Western study thus its possession of a GPS tracker. The Zimbabweans on social media seemed unmoved by the lion’s death preferring rather their economic problems be the centre of the media’s attention rather than a lion which was known only by the few blacks who have had the priviledge to tour Hwange National Park. The attention the lion got from the Western media reminds me of the legacy that Cecil John Rhodes left us i.e the sight of a white farmer in rural Chipinge driving his/her pick-up truck in the rain with their dog in front and their drenched worker sitting in the back. They seem to care more for the lion than for the lives of the many struggling to get their next meal. To put the lid on July the Minister of Finance presented a fiscal review that among other things banned the import of second hand clothes, increased surtax on the famous Ex-Jap vehicles and removed rebate on groceries that he felt were available locally. My opinion these measures will hit the poor hardest i.e. the vendor who sold the second hand clothes, the poor that cannot afford to buy brand new clothes from Edgars and obviously the majority in the middle class that do not earn enough to be able to buy a brand new vehicle which should cost not less than USD$ 15 000. To me the month of July marks three years since I left college with an Engineering degree but with no job in sight. Last year I married the love of my life without the formal job. A bit of vending, buying and selling is what has kept me through my ‘jobless’ years. If it had not been for the Lord who was on my side the world would have swallowed me up whole. I am what I am by the grace of God. God is in control and his grace is sufficient for me and you. Blessed is the man who trusts in God whose trust is God, not the government not any man. Nothing is impossible with God.