Sunday, 20 April 2014

Kesha and Satanism



Another tragic celebrity. One wonders how parents can let their children follow someone so blatantly satanic. I can only image that the reason is that Satan has been reduced to a "mythical figure" even among who claim to be followers of Jesus. I suppose it is helpful that Kesha does not hide her satanism. We need to continue to pray for Kesha and her countless followers who are being led into satanism. 

Copyright © Chola Mukanga 2014

DNA of Sin

The DNA of sin is selfishness. Sin is about wanting my way, in my own way, and in my time.
PAUL DAVID TRIPP

From Paul David Tripp's A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You. He is absolutely spot on. It would seem the soundtrack to a sinful life is appropriately Frank Sinatra's "I Did It My Way", which ends with words :
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
Yes, it was my way

Interestingly, Mr Sinatra's song is the most popular song played at British funerals according to the Daily Telegraph. We believe that we are now our own saviours. The Bible's message is that we all need salvation! Salvation from God and his impending wrathful judgement on the world. We are all only trial and only God can save us from Himself! Not money, abilities or religion! And certainly not ourselves!

Copyright © Chola Mukanga 2013

Lessons for Life (Lesson 14)

One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger arrived at Job’s home with this news: “Your oxen were plowing, with the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided us. They stole all the animals and killed all the farmhands. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “The fire of God has fallen from heaven and burned up your sheep and all the shepherds. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, a third messenger arrived with this news: “Three bands of Chaldean raiders have stolen your camels and killed your servants. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: “Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” (Job 1:13-19 NLT)
Lesson:

Very often God preserves us not for our benefit but for the benefit of others. The key phrase in this narrative must not be missed. It is repeated four times : "I am the only one who escaped to tell you". God preserved the messengers through a difficult situation just for them to tell Job the news.

Application:

What difficult situation are you in right now or have you just come out of that God is / has preserved you in? And crucially, for whom is God preserving you? Don't waste it! Be a messenger for God!

Copyright © Chola Mukanga 2013

Friday, 18 April 2014

Lessons for Life (Lesson 13)

Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land. The Lord of hosts has sworn in my hearing: "Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant. For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath, and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah." (Isaiah 5:8-10)
Lesson 1: God is concerned about home ownership! 

Lesson 2: God is concerned about you being concerned about home ownership! 

Lesson 3: Not all all forms of home ownership glorifies God

Copyright © Chola Mukanga 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lessons for Life (Lesson 12)

For we know that all creation groans in unison with birthing pains up until now. And there is more; it’s not just creation—all of us are groaning together too. Though we have already tasted the firstfruits of the Spirit, we are longing for the total redemption of our bodies that comes when our adoption as children of God is complete— for we have been saved in this hope and for this future. But hope does not involve what we already have or see. For who goes around hoping for what he already has? But if we wait expectantly for things we have never seen, then we hope with true perseverance and eager anticipation.

ROMANS 8:22-25
Lesson:

All genuine followers of Jesus experience a holy dissatisfaction with life. We are not too easily satisfied with the condition of life around us. We are saddened that our lives are not being changed as they should be. What God has started remains tragically incompletely in every domain. We are grateful for being Christians and therefore we deeply groan inside of us for God to do more with us. We increasingly long that God uses us in a might way to change lives and remake our world. Our deep is constantly calling to deep.

Copyright © Chola Mukanga 2013