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.
When I went to the @CTMarathon I had the idea of running in the outdoors.The meeting people at the expo was revitalizing and humbling . Look fun was had . Imagine what it will be like tomorrow constantly checking my @Strava watch tomorrow #CTMarathon #CapetoCabot2021 #CTM2021
I am here for comrades Marathon qualifying race time 04:50 that’s all and celebrate running 🏃♂️
When I went to the @CTMarathon I had the idea of running in outdoorstired of the virtual races and look I came up with #CTMarathonJive #CTMarathonchallenge.Imagine what it will be like tomorrow constantly checking my @Strava watch tomorrow.#CTMarathon #CapetoCabot2021 #CTM2021
Thanks to @slowmagsa for making sure I am ready.
When I went to the @CTMarathon I had the idea of running in outdoorstired of the virtual races and look I came up with #CTMarathonJive #CTMarathonchallenge.Imagine what it will be like tomorrow constantly checking my @Strava watch tomorrow.#CTMarathon #CapetoCabot2021 #CTM2021
I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. – Matthew: 12:36-37
Our tongue is probably one of the most intricate weapons ever made. It can trigger some pretty amazing results at any given time. It can hurl insults from out of nowhere, it can pierce a heart from any distance, it can knock out a person’s self-esteem in a flash, and it can blow apart relationships at lightning speed. There is that old saying, “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is they do hurt. In fact, they can hurt a lot. Learn to walk away in the heat of the moment. Pray about the words that come out of your mouth. Remember that once your words are spoken, they cannot be taken back. The hurt inflicted by your tongue can last a lifetime, so be very careful about what you say. Like the verse above says: “on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter.” Only you can make the choice of using your tongue as a weapon or using it for good, as God wants us to.
Eos fell in love with the mortal man, Tithonus, and asked Zeus to make him immortal. Zeus granted the request—with a catch. Eos forgot to specify her request as wanting eternal youth for her beau. So Tithonus did live forever but kept aging until he was so old that he couldn’t move or think and just lay still, babbling in dementia forever.
Another character, Chiron, learned from Eos’s mistake and asked for eternal youth and immortality, but forgot to include in his request immunity from pain. He was shot with a poisoned arrow that couldn’t kill him, so he endured the perpetual agony of dying without escape in death.
On another occasion, Midas was granted his wish to be able to turn whatever he touched into pure gold, and Midas immediately went to work creating a vast treasure of golden objects. But then he became hungry and sat down to eat. His food grew rigid and his drink hardened into golden ice. Midas realized he was starving to death and also that he would never embrace his wife or daughter again.
The fictitious gods of the Greek pantheon were unbelievably capricious and vindictive. The true and living God of the Bible is the exact opposite.
Our God tells us what to ask for, and even when we ask amiss, he grants us only that which is good for us and for his glory. And that is why the longest and most comprehensive Psalm in the Bible is all about how we can love God’s law. Today we examine another stanza from Psalm 119 that tells us how to know what requests to make of God for answered prayers.
8 elements common to answered prayers…1. ANSWERED PRAYERS LEAD TO EDUCATION
Psalm 119:33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.
If you ask God to make you godly, to teach you truth, and to grant you knowledge about him and his will and his ways…do you think he will answer that prayer? Of course he will. So pray, and then pursue that knowledge.
But notice the point of knowledge—obedience. If you don’t apply what you are learning you are missing the point of reading your Bible.
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
So, get a Bible reading plan, read your Bible, every day, and learn what God has to say.ANSWERED PRAYERS LEAD TO ILLUMINATION
Psalm 119:34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
You can’t just read the Bible and hope to understand it, believe it, and apply it on your own. You need the help of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, …
I used to read the New Testament and scratch my head. I would read and have no idea what it meant. I fumbled clumsily from verse to verse, stubbing my toe on hidden gems, and bumping my head on obscured theological concepts. But when I got saved I perceived the meaning of Scripture like it was on display in a well-lit room. I started to understand it, find it precious, find it challenging, and find it enjoyable. The Holy Spirit had turned on the light.
Post tenebras lux, as the Reformers would say.
When you read your Bible, start by asking the Spirit to illuminate your mind.ANSWERED PRAYERS LEAD TO NAVIGATION
Psalm 119:35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
The Bible is a map and compass for navigating this life. It is like having a GPS navigation system as opposed to following your nose. Asking for wisdom is a request God always answers.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
So ask God for wisdom, read your Bible, get counsel from godly leaders and friends, and know that this is how God wants to guide you.ANSWERED PRAYERS TAKE DETERMINATION
Psalm 119:36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
Here the psalmist is praying that God will help him love God over his selfish desire for increasing his net worth. This is a great prayer. There is nothing wrong with riches per se, but to be selfish with your riches is a sin.
So, you can give all your money away, or you can ask God to change your heart so that you are not selfish.
A generous rich person is a great blessing in a church, to his/her friends and family, in the community, and in the kingdom. If you give it all away, you are just one more poor person we need to look after.
But it doesn’t help to try keeping the commandments of God if your heart isn’t in it. You need to be sincere. You need to mean
Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
Disapprobation means disapproval of bad morals. The point is that it doesn’t help to know what God wants, and even to want what God wants, but then to immerse yourself in what God hates.
You might say, “I know lust is wrong, I truly want to be pure in my thought life,” but then you watch movies with graphic scenes, you imbibe hours of lewd humor on sitcoms, and you marinate your mind in magazines that are plastered with air-brushed, scantily-clad women.
You can’t pursue God’s will without a commitment to avoid temptation.
If you want to become godly, ask God for what he wants to grant, that he helps you to turn your eyes away from worthless frivolity. ANSWERED PRAYERS PROVIDE VALIDATION
Psalm 119:38 Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.
One of the prayers God loves to answer is when you ask him simply to be true to his promises. We see Moses frequently praying to God simply that he keeps his covenant with Israel. Joshua based his confidence in the conquest of Canaan on the promises of God to grant victory. That’s why he marched around Jericho instead of attacking the walls.
When God keeps a promise it provides validation for your faith. God loves to validate your faith in him. So pray for God to keep his promises.
- ANSWERED PRAYERS MAY INVOLVE VINDICATION
Psalm 119:39 Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.
We all dread receiving reproach. We fear an accusation that might ruin our reputation. But here the psalmist prays that God would turn the reproach away through his rules.
An example of this is seen in the qualifications of an elder…
Titus 1:6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers [faithful] and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.
To be above reproach doesn’t mean that no accusations of wrongdoing will ever come your way. It just means that the accusations don’t stick. The reproach may come, but it is deflected by a good reputation and actions and character.
Pray that God uses his rules to keep you above reproach.ANSWERED PRAYERS REQUIRE SALVATION
Psalm 119:40 Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!
The ultimate request is for life. This is referring to life in abundance, including length of days on earth and eternal life in heaven.
It doesn’t help to know, understand and want God’s ways. It doesn’t help to have proof of God’s promises, and to enjoy the vindication of your reputation, but still not have real life.
You must be saved. And this is a request God loves to grant.
Rom 10:13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Asking God for these requests he promises to answer is a way of honoring him. He loves to answer them. So fill your prayers with requests God loves to answer, and you will know his blessing.
I can confirm that my dad Vusimusi John Sigudla is healed. I am happy as I saw him holding his #doctorateintheology my dad is a doctor #drvusimusijohnsigudla #ReverendJohnSigudla #ReverendDoctorVusimusiJohnSigudla and I can confirm he has healed my soul. I am healed we had a serious father son talk and I will for ever grateful for God to have given me the opportunity to sit down with one of the greatest #Theologians #TheologyGuru who even beat sickness🙏 . We had nice time together catching up and reminded me of all #ChristianPrinciples I need to abide by. I got a person lecture from his heart to me. I thank God for having save my dad from dying. I wouldn’t have got the massive valuable #BiblicalTeachings #lifecoaching like 🤧😭😢😥😓🥺😭😭😭I thank mom Elsie Sigudla for being patient with me. Guys 👦 go home and speak to your parents when you get chance no other one can give you life advices. I know I am selfish to spoil this moment of his celebration but I just could not let this opportunity to give a testimony of this great man alive. I am proud of my dad.🤧😷😭😭😭#JesusChristIsLord and he is coming back again . I wish someone reading here will also get an opportunity to turn their life for good😔 . Just remember we are #calledtoserve . I know who holds my future. Jesus is the true living God. I saw Jesus in my dad. I love you dad 👨 papa ❤ ke a go rata. A modimo a tswelle go godirisa.
#SCTM #SanlamCapeTownMarathon @ctmarathon I can’t wait to run a physical race @ctmarathon
Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. – 2 Timothy 3:12
I was mistaken to think that after accepting Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior and deciding to live a godly life that life was going to be easy. Doing what is right and being uncompromising can be unpopular. If you’re a new Believer and expect a trouble-free road ahead, you’re only fooling yourself. Be ready to be misinterpreted for doing good and standing up for what is right. Remember Jesus said, if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. (John 15:18) Apostle Paul himself faced persecution wherever he went, but also he knew that this was the price for following the Lord. So if you are facing persecution or judgment for following your faith, realize that Jesus did too, and you are following his path
You may not see it, but there is a battle going on. A war of two worlds, fighting for your heart. On one side, there’s Satan and his army, working tirelessly to fill your heart with fear and anxiety. Draining you of your hope and faith in the promises of God, and fueling fear with lies and worries.
But as children of the most High, we have no reason to fear. We can’t allow the anxiety that fills our hearts to rob us of a full and happy existence. Jesus came so we would have life, and have it abundantly.
Anxiety has no bearing in a place where the Lord dwells. Satan has no hold on you, and his schemes are no match for the Lord your God who loves you and fights for you daily.
Here are 5 Anxiety-Crushing Bible Verses That Will Stop Satan Dead in His Tracks
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?”
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet; The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
“Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears.”
My prayer today is that these verses would linger in our minds. Satan has no foothold where God’s children are speaking His Truths. Let us pray today, expectant. Knowing that God WILL move and He WILL answer.
God gave us the gift of a conscience to act as a moral compass, but if we ignore it, we may suffer shipwreck. When writing to Timothy, Paul charged the young man to keep the truths of the faith and a good conscience. Ignoring either piece of advice could have put Timothy in danger.
The conscience is an inner monitor that judges our actions as right or wrong, but it is fallen and in need of redemption. Depending on how it’s been programmed, our moral compass even has the potential to nudge us in the wrong direction.
Paul himself is an illustration of this. His formal education as a Pharisee had taught him that Christians were a threat to God and the Jewish faith. His conscience had been programmed to see killing them as service to the Lord. So he passionately hunted believers down without a twinge of guilt. Only after Christ met him on the way to Damascus was his inner sense of right and wrong transformed and his life’s course altered.
We need the truths of faith to shape our conscience so we can trust it to lead us in the right direction. Take a moment to ask the Lord if anything is clouding your internal signals, and trust in His promise to make your path straight (Pro3:5-6).
here are you from? Most of us have some place that feels like home—where we feel at ease and understood, no matter how long we’ve lived there or have been away. But from the time we trust in Christ, we become foreigners in this world. We might still have a place of comfort and loving relationships, but our citizenship is in heaven. Like a hungry traveler, we can appreciate a good meal, but there’s no place like home.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught His followers how to live, grow, and cope with difficulty. He shared the Beatitudes in the previous chapter and now speaks of practical matters, such as our prayer life and physical needs.
God knows what you need most each day.
In Matthew 6:9, Jesus refers to something obvious but full of significance: God is in heaven—while we, or at least our physical bodies, are not. This can feel like various things: an obstacle, a cause for legitimate lament, a comfort, a guiding force, or a source of hope. What is it for you today? Describe how this acknowledgement affects you when you pray.
Matthew 6:10 deepens the awareness that right now, heaven and earth are very different places. What would life be like if God’s kingdom and will were fully manifested here? How do you experience His kingdom already, in ways great or small?
When we were saved, God rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son (Col. 1:13). Through your birth in Christ, you dwell spiritually in God’s kingdom but are physically still in the world. This creates deep longing. Matthew 6:9-13 suggests Jesus sees our unbelonging as a defining characteristic of Christian life. Describe where your separation from the surrounding darkness is easy for you, and where it causes struggle. Take a moment to pray for grace and strength.
After establishing us as outsiders who seek the ways of heaven, the Lord’s Prayer makes several requests—Jesus’ recommendations for what we need on our sojourn here (Matt. 6:11-13). How do these help you understand your true needs and best focus for each day?
Christians dwell spiritually in God’s kingdom but remain physically in the world. This creates deep longing. CONTINUING THE STORY
Jesus gives advice on staying separate from the world.
Fasting, which is mentioned often in Scripture, was practiced by the Lord. (See Matt. 4:1-4.) It’s a powerful way to shift focus from the physical concerns of earthly life. It also carries spiritual rewards that we probably can’t imagine or understand until we try it (Matt. 6:18). Have you ever fasted as part of your prayer life? Consider whether God is calling you to this practice. If health or other concerns prevent fasting from food, ask Him to reveal another way of drawing near to Him.
Jesus encourages us to store up heavenly, not earthly, treasure (Matt. 6:19-21), and He makes a strong distinction: Serve God or worldly wealth (Matt. 6:24). Make a simple life assessment: Where is most of your treasure? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you correctly identify earthly and heavenly wealth.
The Word of the Lord is a lamp for your feet (Psalm 119:105).
Walking between two worlds means yearning for home, resisting distraction, and making hard choices. But if you stay clear-sighted, the heavenly light within you will be strong as you journey to God’s dwelling place (Matt. 6:22). Follow Jesus’ words and you might help others see through the darkness, too.
Consider further aspects of the passage.
Fasting carries spiritual rewards that we probably can’t imagine or understand until we try it.
Seeing the profound differences between this world and heaven is helpful. But let’s also remember that after completing His vast creation, God declared everything He made was good. And despite being corrupted by sin, the world can still be enjoyed in a way that glorifies God (1 Tim. 6:17). Some tangibles, such as the bread and wine or waters of baptism, are beautiful spiritual experiences that keep our minds on things above (Col. 3:2) and draw us deeply into heavenly life. Others are simple bodily necessities or delightful aspects of God’s creativity. We find wisdom when we enjoy such blessings as they arrive, without becoming engulfed in desire for them.
Since the start of the church, some people have been misled into thinking material things are inherently evil, but that’s not true. In Matthew 6:25-33, how do Jesus’ words model appreciation for material goods, without greed?
Jesus is fully man and fully God (Phil. 2:7-8; Col. 2:9). Theologians call this the hypostatic union because it’s the union of two substances, or hypostases: the human and the divine. In a sense, it means Jesus also walks between two worlds. How does this mystery of faith affect your relationship with Him? Hebrews 4:15 says Jesus can sympathize with our weaknesses, though He never sinned. What, then, can you share with Him, knowing He will understand?
Citizenship in God’s coming kingdom is cause for joy and hope. Keep your heart set on the road to your eternal home. It’s better than anything you could ask or think