Clarity of vision

Part 2

For one to see,they have to purposely and deliberately open their eyes, otherwise their eyes would be of no use.How then do we open our eyes to see clearly our purpose in life?Allow me to use this analogy: A young lady decides to go shopping. While in an electric store, she stumbles upon a beautifully displayed appliance that she recognized having seen at her friend’s house.She remembered how it made her friend’s house look good and classy .Seeing how beautiful this appliance was,she decides to purchase it and take it home with her, keeping in mind she absolutely has no idea what the appliance’s function is or even how it is operated.At home,she tries to figure out what this appliance is for.She tries to press buttons on it to see what button does what.At the end of the day she is frustrated because upto now she has neither found out what comands the buttons give nor what she can use this beautiful appliance for. I know what you are thinking, why couldn’t she just have asked from the store what the appliance was for?Alternatively can’t she just read the manual?Two simple options that would have solved her problem.

But you see,most of us are like this lady.We just find oursleves leading lives without knowing which button in us commands what or even what our function in life is.The answer to truly seeing our vision lies in seeking our creator, that is, the maker of the ‘appliance’.We can never go wrong in seeking God to know our purpose, for He is the one who placed us in the world in the first place.We can go our own ways to try and figure it out but I assure you, it is frustrating. Supposing you are a fruit blender and you have no idea and all you are doing is trying to fit clothes in to function as a washing machine😟.I mean you’ll wear yourself out trying to do what you were not built to do.Let us seek God and draw closer and closer to him to know and understand what it is we were built for.

An electric appliance has to be connected to electricity for it to work.Connect yourself with the right people for you to live up to your vision.Some relationships pull you back from fully living up to your vision.Imagine trying to power an elctric cooker with a battery or worse still water (now that you heard electricity can be harnessed through water-dams)😟.May you realize the relationships/partnerships that are hindering you from stretching fully into your God-given vision in life and break lose from them.Abraham had to cut ties with Lot for him to make progress into his vision. Isaiah couldn’t see a vision until King Uziah died.Let go of the people drawing you away from your vision and begin to connect with people who will lead you closer to it.Paul had to connect with Ananias for the scales in his eyes to come off that he may see again.

After connecting with God to know and understand your vision and detaching from those who pull you back,now you have to live for the vision.Dedicate your life fully into the vision.This may not be easy at first but once you believe in the one who gave you the vision in the first place and believe in the vision itself, you are able to stand for it and push for it.Challenges will definitely come along the way but understanding the greatness of the vision helps you cruize through the challenges, emerging victorious in the end. The promise is that, that which God begins in us He shall see it to completion.Knowing that a vision is God-given and God-driven gives us peace that the vision will never fail no matter the challenges that will arise. This is why Paul confidently ,even though going through much affliction, says that he does not lose heart and that he fixes his eyes on what is unseen for in it there is an eternal crown of glory.

Desire and strive to have clarity of vision, on what your purpose is ,for in this lies so much power.They say,No one is you and that is your power, this power however becomes activated only when you get your vision right!

Bible references:

Genesis 13:1-14

Isaiah6:1-3

Acts 9:1-20

2Corinthians 4:16-18

THE FOUNTAIN.

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Clarity of vision

Part 1

Imagine walking and all of a sudden you realize you can no longer see;your sense of vision is gone.How would life become from there henceforth for you? Tough, right? The extends we go to ensure that our sense of vision is maintained/restored is remarkable. I mean, the long queue s at the eye clinics tell it all.So to this point we all agree that eyesight/vision ,and not just vision but undisturbed vision/clear vision/good vision is super important for our day to day progression of activities.Our bodies entirely rely on vision to know where and how to move, which directions to go.It is vision that tells our minds what is appeasing and what is not.It is vision that jogs our memory to retain/retrieve vital information from the brain.We cannot therefore underestimate the significance of vision.In this passage, I will refer to vision relative to two definitions: One,the sense of sight and two,the ability to imagine/see the future in wisdom.Covering both these definitions is seeing the will of God for our lives. The same way the body is left in a mess in absence of vision, reflects how our lives become a mess when we are not able to see the vision God has for our lives;the purpose for our creation and placement in the world.One thing I believe is that our creation was not aimless,it had to be for a purpose.Many of us live in struggle and pain for the one reason that we have no clarity of the vision for our lives. We live aimless and with no fulfillment.Don’t be mistaken however, living in your ambition doesn’t necessarily mean you are in line with God’s vision for you.Now, let us understand that a vision is God-given,selfless,brings a sense of fullfillment and in the end glorifys God.Ambition on the other hand is a desire of man, self-seeking, brings no sense of satisfaction,it constantly grows and it seeks self-gratification and amusement. Most of what our generation lives for is satisfying our ambitions as opposed to our God given visions,hence we end up in frustration and depression even after succeeding in our ambitions. So at what point do we begin to truly get clarity of our God given vision for our lives?When do we begin to have clarity of vision?When do we truely begin to see clearly the path and course our lives should be taking?I assure you the moment you begin to see clearly things about your life and the purpose of it from God’s perspective, some of the struggles you are having in life will become a tale of the past.The power that is in clarity of vision is unimaginable, no longer will we stumble in our course of life, we shall be able to spot people who are a fraud from a distance before they access our lives, we shall begin investing in the right businesses,relationships,partnerships etc. Look forward to the part 2 of this amazing series on ‘Clarity of vision’ that we may unfold the secrets that will take us to a higher level. Bible references: Matthew 6:22 [22]The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Taa ya mwili ni jicho; basi jicho lako likiwa safi, mwili wako wote utakuwa na nuru. Proverbs 29:18 [18]Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Pasipo maono, watu huacha kujizuia; Bali ana heri mtu yule aishikaye sheria.

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CALL HIM

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart…” (Jeremiah 29:11- 13) Many a times we get to face challenges in life. It is not a foreign situation where we get to a point in our struggles that we begin to question the presence of God in our lives. We begin to doubt his concern for us. It is no wonder a prophet as great as Jeremiah sets out to encourage God’s people, reminding us that God says He knows every plan for our lives. He is a God who knows the end before the beginning. Knowing the end and beginning automatically places him to know what happens in between, therefore at no point in time will God not know the course of our lives. In the darkest of moments God says, “I know the plans I have for you.” He does not just stop at knowing the plans, he also says that these plans he knows, are of good; plans to bring us a future and a hope. When you are pressed beyond measure, he says the plan is to prosper you. All you have to do is hang in there long enough to see the unveiling of the good plan. He says that he has no intention whatsoever to harm you, or to cause you grief, or to cause you pain. However, this does not mean that pain and grief and struggles will not come our way; this is the sole purpose of the devil’s existence. This is simply to say that when these do come our way, stay strong and hang on to the hope that God has a good plan for you. Furthermore, God through Jeremiah says, at this pressing time, do call upon me! How do we call upon God? Simply pray! He guarantees that when we pray he will listen to us. One might ask, I prayed and nothing amounted. But there is a catch here, it is not just about praying, your heart has to be in it too. The Lord who searches the deepest part of the heart can tell whether you sought him with your whole heart or not. What does this mean? It means completely and entirely trusting and believing that indeed when you call upon him, you know he listens; that you are sure that indeed his thoughts about you are good. You have to believe that this word is true for it to actualize, otherwise, it is as good as a poem; just a piece to stir emotions. I encourage you to seek God with all your heart trusting and believing that he has good plans for you, no matter the situation you are in. He will for sure come to your rescue when you do call him.

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From Him to me… 

Emotions stir and a lover loves, from the same stir a broken heart mourns. Two possibilities from the pot, bitter or sweet. From the same earth thorns sprout, the delight of daisies as well. A cheerful cloud of joy, yet the same sky withholds the fury of a storm. One or the other, a cluster of possibilities. 

My delight still is in the Lord the maker of heaven and earth. My stand of confidence, not in one or the other of the possibilities but in this, Hope. My hope is in Him, that the world and everything in it may fail but He remains, and I in Him. 

I see it in the king’s eyes, the confidence that his is not a possibility but a daily assurance of,  it is. A stamp of confirmation that indeed day after day he is a winner. He knows that his enemies were long gone, he knows they will never stand again. Oh David, the king who knew. 

Am I not a king? My head has a crown, yes He told me. The psalm that  quitens my heart to rest, the song that my soul delights in, it has made known to me a promise of an unfailing love. From Him to me, this stir of emotions has no heartbreak, this pot has no bitter and the cloud is forever cheerful. 

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SHARE IN THE LOVE

Could you possibly give up your life for someone who does not care about you, someone who does not even love you, just to save them from a painful experience? I do not think so! But look, here is someone who did that for us.

…But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.( Romans 5:8)

Don’ t miss out on this love today, simply believe in Christ to experience this unending love! Just as you are, come to Him so that His love would not be in vain.

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Romans 5: 8

IN AND OUT OF SEASON

A general feeling, that most of us can relate to, is at some point in your  childhood you may have felt like your parents were being unfair laying out restrictions and being ‘uncool’  in their demands and rules. The feeling of hopelessness as they dominate and you having no other option but to comply to their terms instructions, which more often than not, were not what you wanted. But the thing we did not realise then, was that it was these ‘uncool’ restrictions and rules that kept us safe. They could see how vulnerable we were in this cold world,  amidst all sorts of dangers,  and this was their way of intervening to keep us safe. We may have started out thinking that they were too much and probably had no love for us but truth be told they were our anchors in times of need. They constantly denied themselves pleasures of all sorts  for our sake. They could not sleep knowing we were unwell, they had to see us eat before they ate. God knows some of them walked in the same rugged clothes all year long hustling to get just enough to keep us comfortable. With time,  we learnt to listen to them, with time, it finally sank in our little minds that, “Oh! They actually mean well. They’re looking out for us; they love us.” And so we learnt to trust them. 

But how is it that we have never learnt to trust Him who is more than our earthly parents? He who cared enough for us so as to give His only son to go through unimaginable pain just to give us salvation from sin. He who picks us up countless times when we fall, and wipes off the mad and tears off our faces. He who says we are the apple of His eyes. That not even the depths of the seas nor heights above or any power or principalities would be able to separate us from His love and care. He who knows the plans He has for us, for He knew us even before the foundations of the earth were made, and these plans, He says, are of  good and hope. 

Times will be difficult i agree, but He promises He is working for our,  well, your  good and that He wouldn’t leave nor forsake you. He says that all the ends of the earth shall know that He is  your God. He takes pride in fighting for you. His countless chariots of fire surround you and charge agaist your enemies at His command. Why wouldn’t you choose to trust Him who has all your  concerns and best interests  at heart? In and out of season those who trust in God are unshakable, unbeatable, they mount on wings like eagles, they never grow weary, they never faint. Let this word guide you as you learn to trust in the Lord God Almighty in all your endeavours this year. 

But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in God. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes.  Its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.


JEREMIAH 17:7-8

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THE STORM NEVER SEEMS TO PASS? 

‘This is a different storm,’ she said to herself. Glaring blankly into the darkness as if stirring answers from it, ‘I will find a way’. 
She suddenly realised she had stopped walking. ‘I will find a… wa.. aa..aay,’ she stuttered amidst tears. Leaning against the electricity pole across the street, which even it seemed much of a better straw so far, the silent sobs now growing louder and louder. The little balance she gained from leaning against the pole betrayed her too, and there she was slowly coming to her fall. Helpless! 

For how long? For how long was she going to fight an unending war? For how long was she going to be on the losing end? This was exhausting, frustrating let alone tearing her from the inside out!She could do this no more.!

But you see, she had a better deal all along: Don’t be anxious about a thing but through prayer and supplication present your request to the Lord. (Philippians 4:6)

She had an assurance of credible help, she had to just say the word and let go.  She had to believe that the impossible was indeed possible through a possible impossibility. She had an easier task, to just say and believe, as do you. 

He is the master of the storm, trust Him to calm it. On your own, sure, you stand no chance but how about that better deal? Where all you have to do is just sit still in your vessel and let the master of the storm bring the sea to calmness. You’ve tried time and again your way, how about try this other way, His way? 

Luke 8:24; Jesus is the master to all our storms. 

Proverbs  16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Psalms  37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
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Grateful? 

The Lord is good and His mercies endure forever. By day and by night,  His spirit leads on level ground. He was, He is and forever will be. Blessed be His Holy name. 

I live because He lives. He is the great I am. He guards me like the apple of His eye. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, that’s His promise, and in His house will I dwell with gladness, joy and thanksgiving. 

He is God forever and ever. 

~The fountain 

WHAT YOU SAY

You know how they say, speech is silver while silence remains to be golden, well, I think depending on what you speak speech could climb up the ladder and just be as golden or go down to become a total metal wreck. How is that? Proverbs 18: 21, says: Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.


.In Numbers 13-14, the Israelites determined their own fate by the words of their own mouths. Even though God had shown them mighty wonders in Egypt, wonders that led to their freedom, He had been with them throughout their Exodus; fighting for them and giving them divine provisions, they forgot all this after hearing a scary report about the land they had been promised. Men’ s report was enough for them to forsake God’s promises in their lives, and what did they say? “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder…” (Numbers 14:2-3) What they did not know is, in their grumbling they were speaking over their own lives, the words of their mouth ensnared them.

 As sure as they had spoken, so did it come to pass. (Numbers 14: 28- 35) So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very things I heard you say…” To the account of their own words all those who grumbled against the LORD and His promises to them, all fell to their death in the desert and did not reach the promised land. Their children as they had said, were shepherds in the desert for 40 years, suffering for what they had spoken upon them.

My fellow brethren, whenever we pass through the valley of the shadow of death, in our hard and trying times, let us not let go of the promises God has made unto us. Knowing that He guards us like the apple of His eye, knowing that His promises are yes and amen, let us not resolve to speaking ill things upon our lives in that tough moment. Instead, let’s hold on to speaking life and great things upon our lives and upon our children’s lives.

Now that we know our tongues have power in our lives, giving preference to death or life according to how we design it, begin to design your tongue to speak good things over your life. The areas in your life that seem ‘dead’, begin to speak life upon them. Be it that your work seems not productive anymore, be it that your marriage seems to be failing, be it that your ministry seems to be in vain, whatever it is that you feel is losing a grip of ‘life’, your health, your home mounting in chaos, your family breaking apart, begin to declare restoration of life. Just like Ezekiel spoke life into the dry bones so will life be restored back in your respective circumstances, you just have to speak it!

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THE MAN OF WAR

Our lives today are like battle arenas! I am not talking of physical battles but of battles of the spirit, battles that wear us down in the spirit. Battles that cause us anxiety and depression, pain, abuse, loss, divorce, addictions, confusion, sickness and physical weary; battles that leave us drained, yoked in a prison world. Now it does not matter what kind of battle you are facing in your life today, the key to victory is knowing how to fight in the arena.

In this particular arena, life, I have come to know of only one constant strategy to victory: I like how KJV puts it, (Exodus 15:3), The LORD is a man of war: The LORD is His name! In all kinds of battle ground, starting all the way from Egypt, in the exodus, in the reign of all famous kings, in the new testament, the LORD remains to be a constant assurance of victory in all kinds of war.

1 Samuel 17, when David went to face Goliath he says, “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…Today, as you read this I have no idea what you are going through, what battles you are facing, but here is an encouragement for you, “Go in the name of the LORD and you shall gain victory. The very God who delivered David from Goliath (1Samuel 17:37), is the very same yesterday, today and forever and He shall fight all your battles this very day and you shall testify of His goodness.” Psalms 20: 7, the psalmist declares that ‘Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God’. Declare this as well, as you face the giants in the arena.

He gave the Israelites victory against all their enemies as they traversed the wilderness. He drove out the seven great nations that were larger and stronger than the Israelites and He delivered all of these nations into their hands to defeat them totally (Exodus 7). How can He then fail to fight for you as well? Keeping in mind that God did not give the Israelites victory because they were the most righteous, NO, Moses actually calls them ‘stiff- necked people’ (Exodus 9:6), so how much more for you who is accredited righteousness through Jesus Christ?

Proverbs 18: 10: The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run into it, and is safe. If you are tired of fighting losing battles call on the name of the LORD this day, He assures you of victory.

A prayer

LORD, I am weary from the battles and challenges I face today. This day, I acknowledge that you are my only source of victory and I raise my hands towards your throne as Moses did and I declare that you are the Lord my banner (Exodus 17:15). I am letting you grant me victory, let the name of the LORD be my salvation in this arena, in JESUS name I pray, Amen.

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