Goodnight Neyi Zimu
Today 10/12/19, it was the official renaming of the New Germiston Theatre. Executive mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni and ANC Ekurhuleni regional chairperson Mzwandile Masina and the speaker of Council Alderman Patricia Khumalo have laid wreaths at the tree of remembrance to commemorate the lives of councillors who passed away while serving the city. At the funeral of the late Dumi Masilela the Ekurhuleni Municipality had made a commitment a year and half to Name the new Germiston Theatre in honour of the late actor.
The Rhythm City Star, who was killed in August 2017,was born and raise in the East Rand Ekurhuleni.
I had an opportunity to attend this event as I was representing Pastor Thembi Hlophe and made sure I pass my message of condolences to Dumi’s mom and family.
It felt like a memorial service the mood was very sad.
I also met his fellow actors buddies an actor that many identify as Suffocate from Rhythm City also met Clement Maosa actor Zamokuhle Seakamela in the SABC1 soap opera, Skeem Saam, who was with Dumi Masilela’s mom at the time,
The popular gospel star and pastor succumbed to his illness last night on Wednesday 04 December 2019 at Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital.
Pastor Neyi Zimu had previously undergone chemotherapy at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital to treat mycosis
Speaking to the Sowetan, his wife, Dr Nelisiwe Zimu, said the disease had progressed quickly and they had to move forward with more intense treatments.
Before he could live his dream as Gospel Super Star for 10 years, Zimu was a sound engineer at the SABC. He then left his full-time job to pursue his passion and never looked back as he became self-employed and dedicating his time to music.
As I continue to pen this tribute to the Late Prophet Neyi Zimu born as Moses Gcinumuzi. He was raised in a small farm located in Sebokeng which is in the south of Johannesburg in 1970 .
As a child, he aspired to be a lawyer and a professional football player. Nevertheless, he started singing at six years and his musical career started in high school when he was discovered by a late friend.
Sharing the word of God through singing gave him great joy. He enjoyed reading the Bible, praying, and engaging in fellowship with other gospel artists, which has inspired and guided him in his everyday life. In One of his interview with the SABC, the songwriter said as a young child he had a vision of himself performing gospel and realizing his achievements as gospel singer was truly a dream come true.
His break through into the gospel industry started with the founding of Family Factory and Joyous Celebration, two Christian acts which have been at the forefront of establishing gospel music in South Africa.
On-going solo, the father of three said Joyous Celebration and Family Factory were large ensembles which threatened to swallow what he wanted to achieve.
Alongside esteemed pastor Benjamin Dube, Zimu collaborated and released projects with Joyous Celebration over a span of 23 years. He went solo in 2007 with his first album, Ena ke Nako.
This was followed up by several bestselling albums, including I Trust in you, The Waiting are Over, Friends in Praise and more recently, Friends in Praise Volume 2 and Best of Neyi Zimu which was released in 2019 but His Career highlights should not not be limited to the above but also his recognition for performing the powerful a hit songs namely Jehova retshepile wena, lamb of God and Nathela Ft. Neyi Zimu & Omega Khunou who towards the end of the late Zimu’s life was performing all the events that he was billed to perform.
While Zimu was fighting cancer.
In total, Zimu had nine albums which also featured legendary gospel artists, such as Rebecca Malope, Wendy Mseleku, Sibongile Khumalo, Vuyo Mokoena and Sipho Ngwenya last but not least Omega Khunou.
Devout pastor at All Nations Revival Ministries
In 2006, Zimu founded All Nations Revival Ministries in Midrand. As the lead pastor, he held regular sermons and spearheaded revival church projects which included charity causes, counselling, leading the worship team and mentoring young people.
He said being a pastor gave him a sense of belonging and the ability to be level-headed as his popularity grew.
Before his passing, fans in the Vaal were in the process of hosting a prayer session this coming Sunday
Open-ended questions are often just the thing to get family and friends talking, and we’ve seen first-hand how great conversations lead to deeper connection. We saw during the last moments of Pastor Neyi Zimu, all the concerts he was supposed to perform there was a time set ,dedicated for Pastor Neyi Zimu’s prayers that were lead by omega Khunou who would perform all Zimu’s hit songs as he was very sick in the Hospital. I saw how even the twitter family connected in prayer praying for his speedy healing. I want to believe Zimu is resting in heaven from all the pains he was in all this time.
Allow me to open my Soweto Marathon 42 km Experience with an opening paragraph of Charles Dickinson novel tale of two cities, mind you I already shared my photos and a video above for the race: It was the best of time, It was the worst of time, it was the age of wisdom, it was age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredibility.
Within a month after I participated in the Sanlam Cape town Marathon 42 Km, time was upon me to challenge the Soweto marathon, I have never two marathons which are this close before in my entire life for obvious reasons being I take six months to prepare for a 42 km marathon now when its two consecutive months it was a bit stain for me.
I had taken a break for the whole month after the Cape Town Marathon. I even forgot about the people’s marathon as Soweto Marathon is affectionately known. Primarily because the people from Soweto and whole over the country gather on this day and line up from the start at the FNB Stadium the whole 42 km passing through the historic Vilakazi street where South Africa Struggle heroes used to sat i.e. the late Former President Nelson Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu back to the Stadium as the finish line supporting the participants or contenders of the Race.
Only a week left I got a call from my brother Musa Sigudla who has also joined Eskom Athletics Club that in a weeks time we will be challenging Soweto Marathon,it downed to I have to start training preparing for the race however I was not fazed since I was fit after my previous marathon.
I thereby started training right away there by formulating an emergency running plan that was obviously different form my normally three days 20 km per day run to five days straight 20 km per day run. I had never done it before but my fitness level was promising and I was very convenient and especially after the whole month rest.
I went on with scheduled training untilthe big day Sunday the 3rd November 2019 time 05:30 .
As I started the marathon by seeding platform met new faces contenders of the same race that came from different provinces and different clubs of the country even elite runners from Africa and the rest of the world where available most likely at seeding A .we eventually got time extension of 15 minutes due to technical reasons. It gave us time to socialize and sharing all different aspects pertaining our origin to the training programs we follow and other wise the mood was very high as the organizers played different hit song which one of the most played was the famous Club Controller until before the race officially started the national Anthem was sung.
The start after the gun was not so much exciting as it was over crowded and I ended up waking the first kilometer however as time went by I managed to start running with my average pace 5 until 21 km and I had an injury. As I rested I realized a differently able person supporting the runners having South African Flag. There and there I stopped further two members of the Eskom Athletics club we stopped for total of 14 minutes socializing with this young man and taking pictures and finding out how is his over all state of health that he shared with us and he had the feeling of importance as we appreciated his affords and we where his guests. The pictures can explain further as his face was filled with excitement and hope as he now feels like he was belonging to the Eskom guardians Family. We even went as much as hoe the late former President Mandela made it possible to open ways for even disabled people to now get grants to make the state of living affordable.
I continued with my race after I changed my running shoes it took me another 14 minutes to change my running timing chip from the shoes I was using of the brand Nike to another shoes which are lighter and the brand was Adidas I had conquered a lot of hills with the former pair of shoes hence I got and injury and I could only run an average pace of 11 as I was nursing the injury. And the other challenge was the sun was very hot but the water spots that are set up every 5km made the heat bearable. Again at the end of Vilakazi street I had to continue running on hill tops tha made my Average pace to increase to 11 km I even met one radio station the christian radio station radio pulpit and happen to know the presenter Pastor Jack Motswetla who I stopped to greet and even afforded me time to share words of encouragement with fellow runners and the radio air ways.i continued with a much renewed spirit as I got a chance to fellowship.
As I continued with my race I got encouragement from the crowd now shouting Eskom you can make it, you are almost there. I went back to the average pace of 9 until the end of my race.
However when I got to the last five km I met my brother who was also running at his practiced pace and joined me up to the finish line.As we entered the FNB Stadium to reach the finish line I started a video to record and capture the finishing moments as they are extremely fun as I anticipated the crowd to shout Eskom again of which they did. As I approach the finish line the crowd shouted Eskom well done and I appreciated them by shouting back thank you South Africa.as we continue to run towards the last steps into the finish line the SABC commentator also started cheering us up on the speaker and said we have backwards runners wow as we came to the cross still shouting thank you to the crowd and the feeling was exhilarating, I never had such fun as I was with my little brother who was equally excited.
To share few live tweets I participated in whist running the race,
This brings me to the end of my experience thanks for reading this my experience of the 2019 Soweto marathon 42 km.
I really enjoyed it! First the race was flat followed by a down hill then and up hill then going through the historic Vilakazi street where the struggle icon former South African President Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu resided in the township. Lots of entertainment – brass bands/samba bands/metal even the people of Soweto where out in numbers to offer support to the runners !! Such a well organized event to Enjoy!
#Sowetomarathon2019 we ready
This race It was special before the race I got a good luck from athletics executive :
Wishing all participants at the
a good race at the #PeoplesRace today
and have #FunDay as
described this iconic event on
The race started at 05:30 https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190833340737294336/photo/1
As I was running my Soweto Marathon 42km, I saw a paralytic by the name Siphiwe xaba by the side of the road supporting the participants I stopped the Eskom Gijimas bus to appreciate him and we took pictures with him, he did appreciate even Eskom on twitter did appreciate our efforts see https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1190880781348089856
#sowetomarathon2019 was a wonder , look how I enjoyed running with my brother this was our first marathon together and he has officially joined
is a brand to be reckoned with. I am happy to be a guardian. https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190986565926957056
I just went back and thought how challenging
so at least there are some who have installed smart metres.
I then posted the video of my finish on twitter and it is now trending it can be viewd on this link https://twitter.com/billysigudla1/status/1191191951082688512This is a finish in style,I recorded it live on twitter,what fun race we are
brand was in good hands during #SowetoMarathon
people kept on rooting for Eskom U even heard other clubs jealous,I enjoyed the people’s race
time for work
Thanks for taking time to read this post.
Siphiwe Billy Sigudla
I attended the Umusa National Tour Bloemfontein Version at the Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium, 10 Rhodes Avenue Oranjesig Bloemfontein, Free State. on Tuesday 24th of September 2019.
The anointed concert started at 15:00pm to the enjoyment of the huge audience that had been waiting for this amazing gospel music extravaganza. The Umusa National Tour concerts always offer magnificent praise and worship platform for everyone and the audience in this concert was expectant to derive such praise and or more to which this time around it included healing ministry by minister Lebo Sekgobela.
It was impressive to hear pieces composed by Lebo Sekgobela and the new gospel group worshippers unleashed which formed under her new artist search worshippers unleashed.
I cannot imagine combining something as complex as Hymns and worship same powerful hymns and current and praise songs, much less actually performing it, so this aspect of the concert was particularly awe-inspiring. The concert turned into a service as minister Lebo Sekgobelas was led by the holy spirit to deliver prophetic words to a few concert attendants which lead to a healing ministry after he requested those who were in need of prayers to come forward and she ministered to them as the holy spirit had covered the whole Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium at this point.
The main performance was by Minister Lebo Sekgobela and the worshippers unleashed which performed few songs that they are busy recording in studio for their much anticipated debut album.
Members of worshippers unleashed are Norma Ntatiso, Neo Tshabalala, Nompumelelo Mtsweni and Nonhlanhla Matlenga.
Minister Lebo Sekgobela opened the concert at 3:00 PM and gave the stage to worshippers unleashed who worshipped to later give way to Minister Lebo to continue to worshipping her combination of various songs from her current Album Hymns sand Worship and also from her previous albums and the hit song Lion Of Juda took centre stage as it is an anointed number until 10:00 PM. Minister Lebo performed songs from all of her records randomly.
Allow me to share a few posts from social media:
This was another of many tours dubbed Umusa National Tour since the project inception in 2016 which I managed to follow it closely documenting it’s progress in a form of reviews as part of the last show recently being: Umusa National Tour, was held on Friday, the 5th July 2019, in Secunda at Graceland Secunda. I am waiting in great anticipation for Minister Lebo Sekgobela to announced the date of the concert. I know few dates of the shows that Minister Lebo will be part of the lineup that is a total different set up altogether as Umusa National Tour project it is all her event more like one womanshow. I remember last year 2018 one session of her ministry tours In Witbank dubbed Emalahleni Total praise Minister Lebo Sekgobela had included other artists which it was fine but that meant I did not get to receive all the time focusing on her anointed ministry as the time tends to be too short to focus to other artists.
I normally summarize the experience of every race I attend from arriving at the location to pulling out of the lot. I have a good report regarding this particular race since I was running Under Eskom Athletics Club better known to fans as Eskom Gijimas,
I so wish this IAAF accredited Gold Marathon can achieve the Platinum status.
I was over whelmed by how highly the fans praised Eskom as I was wearing an Eskom Athletics club running kit. I am an employee of Eskom under National Operation Section and National Control Department which fall under System Operator business unit under Transmission division
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2 km Race was held at Cape Town Start: Beach Road, corner of Granger Bay and Beach Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Finish: Vlei Road, Cape Town Stadium precinct, Green Point
Cut off time – Duration is 6 hours 30 minutes
On date: Sunday, 15th Sep 2019
Qualifying race for 2020 Old Mutual Two Oceans, Comrades Ultra-Marathons and several IAAF accredited marathons around the world
It was a good race I am glad I attended the race. I received a good feedback regarding Eskom as a brand as they kept on saying many good things about it from both fellow competitors and spectators who kept on shouting Eskom keep on moving especially after my 25 km run,I even forgot about the time ,reduced my pace & relaxed and greeted with a Sanlam hand shaker that I received from one elderly woman the well wishers. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
I feel good to be an Eskomite ,I will include my race time then share all important or more exclusive tweets rather that shares the overall experience of the event
The marathon was well organised and I find it easy to fit in even the organizers are friendly let me share few of the social media presentation from the event:
In conclusion let me share this :
Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLeboMahikeng. Taba keo. I can’t wait to see you.
The Gospel Show that I attended last night on Friday 05 July 2019,The Umusa National Tour and Hymns and Worship Tour Secunda version performance pieces by Lebo Sekgobela and the discovered group Worshipers unleashed which was discovered by Minister Lebo Sekgobela which performed the songs of the debut Album they are recording the songs are composed by the group members themselves. The performance was held in Graceland Casino Arena. Worshipers unleashed got officially Launched in this event . Worshipers unleashed performance via Lebo”s Instagram :Worshipers unleashed performance
The was activities at Secunda and Mbalenhle local kasi/location prior to the show Concert flyers were distributed for Minister Lebo Sekgobela’s fans to get further information and also interact with their star, also for the audience to pick up as they entered. The Graceland Arena, and all the lights except the stage lights were dimmed. One performer talked briefly to the audience before a piece, but it was only to give background information for that piece. Aside from this, the lights got placed on towards the end of the show.
Follow @sekgobelalebo on her twitteraccount as all major performances are available
See you on next tour
Billy Sigudla Site editor
Family. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. Are you ready? I hope you have your tickets ready.
24 DAYS and counting. Secunda, are you ready? #UmusaNationalTour
Official countdown. We kick off the Umusa National Tour at Grace land Casino @GracelandCasino in Secunda. Durban and Cape Town, I haven’t forgotten about you. Ngiyeza.
I am feeling fulfilled after preparing for four months and completed the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon “Africa’s biggest running event & the world’s most beautiful marathon”
For the OMTOM 2019 PROVISIONAL RESULTS, go here: https://bit.ly/2GUFvSh
Ps Billy Sigudla
Ever since the days of camp meetings, Christians have thrived on intense periods of Bible teaching, worship, and prayer.Conferences aren’t just for pastors or church leaders, either. There are Christian conferences for moms, dads, women, men, Sunday School teachers, families, new Christians, old Christians, and medium Christians. Basically, there’s a Christian conference for anyone who is interested in deepening their relationship with Christ.
The Rhema Men’s Conference 2019
Nothing can separate us from Crazy Love of God
Look at the line up of the dynamic team that spoke at
The Rhema Mens Camp 2019 Pastor Lyndon Petersen
Pastor Molefe Tlhone
Pastor Gift Mululasi
Pastor Neville Van Wyk
Pastor Benjamin Peter
Our Host – Wayne Duval
The Rhema Men’s Camp 2019 Highlights :
Extract from one of our speakers @lynpetersen , #crazyloveofGod
The War Cry men having fun #crazyloveofGod
Men’s lives being touched by God #crazyloveofGod
Many first-time Bible readers are surprised to learn that the New Testament begins with a genealogy (Matthew 1:1-16), Jesus’ family tree. Those same readers are even more surprised when Rahab shows up on the list.
Most of us know about her. She is almost always mentioned by in the Bible as “Rahab the harlot.” But that’s not all. Rahab was also a Canaanite-who were the hated enemies of Israel. Her most exemplary deed was telling a lie. Think about that. A Harlot, a Canaanite and a liar. You wouldn’t think she would have much chance of making the list, but there she is.
You can read about Rahab in Joshua 2 and Joshua 6….
It’s a great story with many lessons, but we mustn’t miss the point that Rahab was a harlot. That was her “trade.” The men hid there because people would be accustomed to seeing strangers come and go at all hours of the night. We also can’t deny the fact that Rahab told a bald-faced lie. Is there anything good we can say about her? Yes! She was a woman of faith. You don’t have to take my word for it. Hebrews 11:31 says, “By faith Rahab …” She was a believer!
Many people are intimidated by Jesus Christ. They hook him up with a lot of religious paraphernalia-big sanctuaries, stained glass, beautiful choir, pipe organs, formal prayers, and all the rest. When they look at the trappings, it’s all very intimidating to them. To many in the world today, Jesus seems too good to be true.
This genealogy is in the Bible to let us know that he had a background a lot like yours and mine. He called himself “the friend of sinners,” and he said he didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. He said, “The Son of man has come to seek and to save that which is lost.” (Luke 19:10)
The same grace that Rahab experienced is now available to you. I invite you in Jesus’ name to come and be forgiven. He’s already made the first move. The next step is up to you.
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
God loves to bless us, and He wants to bless us. Isn’t that a great thing to know? Jesus said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32 NKJV).
However, we throw the word blessing around a lot. We might say, “You’re such a blessing” or “Wasn’t that a blessing”? Sometimes we even use it to end a conversation that has gone too long, as in, “Okay, I’ve got to go. God bless you!”
Even our secular culture may try to hijack the word, but non-Christians really have no idea of what it means. It’s something that only the child of God can experience, because blessing is a spiritual word.
It’s worth noting that Jesus loved to bless people. Even the beautiful Beatitudes, part of His Sermon on the Mount, begin with the word blessed.
We sometimes describe these statements of Jesus as the “be happy attitudes” because another way to translate blessed is “happy,” which comes from the Greek word makários.
God wants you to be blessed and happy. In the opening chapter of Genesis, we read that God created man in His own image. And the next verse begins, “Then God blessed them . . .” (Genesis 1:28 NKJV).
This blessing that God gives to us is something He wants us to experience. It’s also independent of our circumstances.
You might be going through a time of struggle, but you still can be happy. It isn’t about where you are geographically; it’s about where you are spiritually. It isn’t about what you have; it’s about the One you know.
What do you expect when you read the Bible? Is it something to cross off your to-do list, or are you expecting to hear from the Lord? Sermons, Sunday school lessons, Bible studies, and personal quiet time in Scripture are all means the Lord uses to strengthen, comfort, and encourage us in our walk with Him. But God’s Word can have influence only on a believer who’s ready to receive and respond to its message.
To get the most out of our time in God’s Word, we first need to prepare our heart. That means We come ready to listen with a prayerful, humble attitude. Today’s passage tells the story of young Samuel’s encounter with God. The priest Eli instructed the boy to say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9). This is valuable advice for us as well. Before you open your Bible, consider praying those simple words; then ask God to help you understand His message and apply it to your life.
God’s Word is an amazing gift. It comforts the mourner, strengthens the weary, convicts the sinner, gives peace to the repentant, and brings joy to those who read and obey it. Let Him speak into your life today.
When the ancient Israelites camped by Mount Sinai in Exodus 32, Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. Days turned into weeks, and the people grew restless. So they asked Aaron—the man in charge while Moses was gone—to create a new deity for them to worship. Aaron gave instructions to collect the jewelry they had brought out of Egypt, and once it had been melted and formed into a golden calf, he built an altar where the people could worship it.
It was a brash move, given the miracles God had already performed for the people. Yet how many times have we similarly lost patience when waiting on God? We might not build an actual idol or a physical altar, but there are many times when we choose to turn elsewhere for comfort and answers. These modern idols can take many forms, and some that are even neutral or positive become harmful when put on a pedestal.
God’s ultimate plan for us is to become like Jesus in every way. The Bible says, “As He is, so are we in this world.” Even right now, you can speak and act like Jesus, and have the Jesus kind of results in your life, simply by keeping your eyes on Him. As you do so, the Holy Spirit will produce the transformations in you!
Romans 4:25 – Jesus was raised from the dead, showing that we are truly justified before God.
“who was delivered up because of our offences, and was raised up because of our being declared righteous.” (Romans 4:25 ⁷)
Romans 8:3 – There was no sin in Jesus’ flesh. His was just the “likeness” of sinful flesh.
“For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh;” (Romans 8:3 )
No one could kill Jesus without His permission. Many tried but they failed. Jesus willingly laid down His life at the cross.
Jesus is masterful at whatever He does. Jesus’ work was to remove our sins so that we can enter the presence of a holy God, and we know that He has done a perfect work. The salvation He purchased for us lasts forever!
1 John 5:13 – It is not about the amount of faith you have. It is about the trustworthiness of the person you are having faith in. Jesus is one hundred percent trustworthy.
Eternal life is not about living eternally. Those in Hell also live forever.
Our spirit lives forever because it is God-breathed. The spirit has to live somewhere.
Eternal life is about the quality of life. When we are born again, we receive the “zoe” life of God—the same quality of life that He lives by.
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13 )
John 10:10 – Jesus came to give us eternal life—the abundant quality of life that God lives by.
“The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 )
Man had a choice whether to eat from the tree of life or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Eating from the tree of life won’t make you licentious—it will cause you to have more moral excellence than eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
God’s ultimate plan for us is to become like Jesus in every way. The Bible says, “As He is, so are we in this world.” Even right now, you can speak and act like Jesus, and have the Jesus kind of results in your life, simply by keeping your eyes on Him. As you do so, the Holy Spirit will produce the transformations
We are transformed by the Holy Spirit into the Lord’s image as we behold Jesus
Romans 5:1-2 – We can enjoy the favor of God now, and we can look forward to the “glory of God” in the future.
“Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; through whom we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2 WEB)
Romans 8:30 – God does not just want to save us. He also justified us and will glorify us.
We are waiting for the Rapture so that we can have our glorified bodies.
The Rapture is the catching away of the saints—in the twinkling of an eye, we will be caught up to be with Jesus and forever be with the Lord.
“Whom he predestined, those he also called. Whom he called, those he also justified. Whom he justified, those he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30 WEB)
The resurrection life is not like the life of Lazarus. Lazarus was resuscitated from the dead to eventually die again. But Jesus was raised from the dead, never to die again.
Jesus’ glorified body is the type of body we will receive in the future.
Jesus is God’s pattern man—the one that shows us what we will be like in the future.
Jesus’ glorified body can be touched and felt, and yet it transcends all matter, time, and space.
Matthew 8:17 – Jesus did not leave the work of redemption to someone else. He did it Himself.
The things that Jesus does has an eternal efficacy.
“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:17 KJV)
Romans 8:28 – We are not just guessing, but we know this as a truth.
The words “work together” come from the Greek word “synergei”, like the English word “synergy”.
Not all things that happen to us are good, but everything will work together for our good!
Even this COVID-19 pandemic that didn’t come from God is working together for your good.
Joseph was sold into Egypt as a slave. That was a bad thing that did not come from God, but God used that occurrence to turn things around for Joseph’s good by turning him into the prime minister of Egypt.
Every believer is one who loves God.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 WEB)
Ephesians 1:18 – Pray this so that you will know the hope of your calling. You are born with a destiny and if you do not fulfill it, it is a loss to Heaven.
“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” (Ephesians 1:18 ）
Galatians 1:15 – Even though Paul missed his calling initially, becoming a persecutor of the church, the Lord eventually brought him back to the right path to fulfill the calling on his life.
“But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me through his grace,” (Galatians 1:15 )
When you have little, material things will seem like much to you, but when you have much, those material things will seem like little. Your heart is too big to be satisfied with material things. Your heart was created to know Jesus.
Romans 8:28-29 – God has foreknowledge. He already knew who would accept Jesus as Lord by their own free choice. He makes sure that whoever will ever believe in Jesus has the chance to hear and to believe in Jesus, without overriding their free choice. This is how predestination of believers works.
God does not predestine some to be saved and some to be lost.
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:28-29 )
Luke 23:34 – Everyone can receive Jesus as Lord and be saved, no matter how badly they have sinned.
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots.” (Luke 23:34 WEB)
1 Timothy 1:16 – If Paul, a ‘chief of sinners’, a persecutor of the church, can be saved, anyone can be saved.
“However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first, Jesus Christ might display all his patience, for an example of those who were going to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:16 )
When you are famous, you always have a dilemma: to live to please the many, or to live and please the One (God).
If Joseph was not sold as a slave into Egypt, he would not have the opportunity to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, and to move from the prison to the palace. All things—even the bad things, worked together for his good.
Genesis 50:20-21 – Joseph used all his power to forgive and provide for his brothers.
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is today, to save many people alive. Now therefore don’t be afraid. I will nourish you and your little ones.” He comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.” (Genesis 50:20-21 )
In His first coming, Jesus came like a humble and lowly servant, but in His second coming, He will return as a glorious King.
The ultimate result we can have is to be like Jesus in every way. We will speak and act like Jesus, and have the Jesus kind of results.
Luke 21:28 – The Christian posture is not to look towards the grave, but to look forward to Jesus’ return.
In a twinkling of an eye, our bodies will be transformed and we will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air.
“But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.”” (Luke 21:28 )
Philippians 1:21 – Those who are in Heaven now are in much more happiness and peace than we are.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21 )
When the Rapture happens, you will look back on your life and realize that all the futile pursuits in life were a waste of time. Worldly pursuits will not make one happy.
If your children do not like to watch Rock Kidz, bribe them to watch it. One day, they will hear or see something and experience a revelation that makes them want to do it on their own.
You have been delivered from Egypt. Do not leave your children behind.
1 John 4:17 – As Jesus is, so are we, in THIS world. Not next time in Heaven. Right now.
“In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17 )
Ephesians 5:30 – “Flesh and bones” tells us of the physical aspect.
“because we are members of his body, of his flesh and bones.” (Ephesians 5:30 )
2 Corinthians 3:18 – We are transformed into the same image as Jesus, not by our efforts, but just by beholding Jesus (having a hazon vision). The Holy Spirit transforms us as we behold Jesus.
When Peter beheld Jesus, he could also walk on water like Jesus.
When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, began to sink.
The only power we have is to keep our eyes on Jesus.
Even though Peter took his eyes off Jesus, Jesus’ eyes were always on Peter. Jesus took Peter by the hand and rescued him.
The only thing you need to do is to take your eyes off yourself and fix your eyes on Jesus. Keep the Son in your eyes.
As He is, so are you in this world!
“But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 )
No matter what condition you have in your body, declare, “Lord Jesus, as You are free from [the name of the condition] in Heaven, so am I, free from it in this world. Amen!”
It doesn’t really matter what people say about you. What really matters is what God says about you. It doesn’t matter what people think about you. What really matters is what God thinks about you.
It doesn’t matter how people see you. What matters the most is how you see yourself. Take back the power of your vision and see yourself as the VICTOR, not the victim.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”PSALM 34:18
What do you with your broken heart? What happens when you’re stuck and afraid and unsure of what to do next?
It’s interesting how we so quickly want to fix things when they break — especially when it’s something as personal and intimate as our hearts. But I think, sometimes, in our deep desire to fix all that is broken, we forget what opportunity it might bring to increase our faith.
And to be honest, I don’t know how to patch up a heart but it might not be about patching up anything at all. Because I don’t think hearts don’t get broken [by] accident. I think hearts get broken because God is so sure that something trapped inside needed to get out so that something so much better can pour in.
But it’s also not something we can ignore. Pain demands that we pay attention to it. How do you tangibly bring life back to your lifeless heart?
Choose what you KNOW over what you FEEL.
Memorizing what Truth says in Scripture can be one of the best ways to combat the enemy’s sneaky ways and how he twists heartbreak to become so divisive and personal.
When you begin to say, “I feel lonely…” or, “I feel depressed,” remember that feelings are fleeting but truth is unchanging. Identify when you begin to feel the weight of a lie that says something like, “You’re unlovable,” or “You’re going to die alone,” and replace it with what you KNOW.
When you diligently work to memorize what TRUTH says, you’ll be armored up to stand against the lies that heartbreak can sometimes let seep in. Heartbreak can be a vulnerable place to be and while it’s good to be vulnerable with the Lord, you have to put on the armor of God or you’re also going to be open to attacks from the enemy. The enemy tries to play on our weakness but God can display His power through it (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
Don’t just mope around expecting time to heal your heart. Time doesn’t heal your heart, Jesus does.
In the midst of this season of healing and finding purpose in the pain, don’t overlook the importance of standing on the Rock of Truth when you feel like you’ve been shaken to the core:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. ~ Ephesians 6:10-11.
Dear God, thank you that you have equipped me with your Truth to fight the storm of feelings in my broken heart. I know that you are my Healer and my Comforter. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Have you ever wondered whether you’re truly saved? Since many people wrestle with this question, it’s important to understand exactly what God says about our salvation. After all, His Word—not our feelings—is the anchor that steadies us when doubts enter our mind.
Questions about our salvation usually surface when we feel overwhelmed by the guilt of our sin. We wonder how someone who struggles with temptation the way we do could possibly be saved. Or sometimes we worry that we haven’t surrendered enough of our life or obeyed sufficiently.
Let me assure you that salvation is not dependent upon any work you do. It is God’s gift to you—by grace, through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). You didn’t earn it, and you don’t have to do anything to keep it. God is the one who secures your salvation; once you’re saved, nothing can separate you from His love, which you received through your union with Christ.
When doubts arise about your eternal well-being, remember what God has promised in Scripture: He chose you before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4); the Holy Spirit gave you new life (Titus 3:5); and our Savior Jesus Christ paid the full penalty for your sin (1 Peter 2:24). No one can condemn you—not even yourself.
It is unnecessary to try and live by society’s standards –
God’s standard is the only one to live by!
We live in a time where so much information is easily accessed. If there is a project, a hobby, a sport, a meal or any special occasion, you can find help and inspiration in the blink of an eye.
The problem comes when these resources are no longer a source of encouragement. Instead they become an endangering entrapment. The gerbil wheel of comparison speeds us on a journey that leads to condemnation. Romans 8:1 tells us that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Yet we wonder, “why doesn’t my house look like that, why doesn’t my body look like hers, why isn’t my make-up flawless, why don’t my meals plate properly, why aren’t my relationships thriving?” Do any of these comparisons matter?
In James 1:22-25 we have the comparison that does matter. The difference between being just a hearer of the word and a doer of the word. Looking at your natural face in a mirror and then walking away, forgetting who you are, this is just hearing the word. Now looking intently in the mirror, allowing the Lord, through scripture, to renew your mind, illuminate shadows, mold and shape you to be more like Christ, this is being a hearer and a doer of the word. This is the comparison that matters, that encourages and endures.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
James 1: 22-25
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me make time everyday to look intently in the mirror. Let me see life through your eyes, and help me to not compare my life to society’s standards but compare it to Your standards. Change me and mold me to look more like your child every day. Amen
Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!—Deuteronomy 30:19
Sometimes Christians raise the subject of a generational curse, something that’s on a family and can only be broken through prayer.
I don’t think the Bible teaches that, however. Instead, sometimes a family has a cycle of sin that is passed on from generation to generation. Certain people have brought, in effect, a curse upon their lives. And I don’t mean that in any mystical way.
So if there’s a so-called curse on your life, it’s because you’ve disobeyed God. If you’re living a sinful life, then you’ll experience the repercussions of that—a curse, if you will. You choose whether your life will be blessed or cursed.
God said to the Israelites, Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life (Deuteronomy 30:19–20 NLT).
If you want to live a blessed and happy life, then you need to love God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. Live it. Put it into practice. And watch what the Lord will do.