One Jesus and two kids

Remember that 2014 movie based on a true life story of a boy who died, went to heaven and was restored to life at the age of 4? It was titled Heaven is for Real.

In that movie, an effort was made by his parents to identify the face of Jesus from several pictures and paintings.

The little boy had tried to describe the Jesus he saw but it was when he saw the painting of Jesus by another child that he affirmed what Jesus looked like while he was in heaven. The painting was titled “The Prince of Peace”.

The amazing experience of Colton Burpo is corroborated by the equally amazing experience and artistic talent of Akiane Kramarik. At age 13 Akiane was already very successful financially and as an artist.

She is a lot older now and recently released a video of her journey to paint the impossible. You should watch it:

If you haven’t seen the movie Heaven is for Real, please search it out gather your family and watch it.



Lessons from the Book of Joshua

Joshua 24: … your father … 

In his final documented speech to the nation, Joshua as God’s spokesman, retraced the steps of the nation and not just that of the current generation. He went all the way to Terah and then to Abraham, the one to whom the promise was made and told the story all the way to the present. 

This impacts me in a number of ways.

First, by doing so, he made his particular audience realize that they were part of a legacy of the faith of their father Abraham and that the promises they saw fulfilled weren’t just made to them but were actually a product of a covenant with someone long dead and buried… but one very much alive. 

This gives a sense of grandeur to the whole deal of settling in the land of promise. It makes them realize that this is more than just finally escaping the desert alive rather it is a culmination of legacy. It made them feel they were a priviledged people for being part of something that great.

Secondly, it highlights the fact that whether we are alive on the earth to see it or not, God is faithful to keep his promises. There they were, finally in a land they’d heard of all their lives and grew up looking forward to claiming and it’s quite easy to think it was merely the dogged determination and the ambition of the people that was finding fulfillment. But in truth, this was the fulfillment of a promise that was at least 600 years old.

So my take home is that every time I seek to motivate people to move forward, I should take the time to help them look backwards to that which gave birth to all of the current activities so they would realize that they were part of something great … something great that is based on someone who’s great and can be counted on to keep His promises.

1Thessaloninas 5:24  Faithful [is] he that calleth you, who also will do [it]. 

Ladies First?

Q: Must my wife always come first … if I have to choose between wife and purpose.

A: Theoretically and rhetorically, we will magnify our purpose above everything and we will sound and look very spiritual. Is this really correct? 

I prefer to consult the word of God on everything as much as I have the understanding so let’s see where purpose and marriage were first mentioned in the Bible.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Man’s purpose involved dominion, not over the garden but over the whole planet. One physical man could not have done it by himself and God said, it is not good for the man to be all by himself. He cannot multiply all by himself. 1×1 is still 1. So in order to accomplish his purpose, man needed a suitable companion.

My point? Choosing a wife and fulfilling purpose are like hand in glove. They work together to make things work. One chases a thousand, two chase ten thousands. Whatever two of you shall agree on the earth, it shall be done. All it takes is Two, three is optional if you have it. Now before you say two means God and I, read the verse well; God is the one doing the heaven part. You need two human persons on the earth for the earth part.

Then, look at what happened because Adam temporarily lost control of his wife to the enemy. The messed up world you and I live in today is a derailment of the purpose of God for man to dominate the earth. 

Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope,

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

This is not definitely not what God intended. 

Even if you have come to full awareness of your “gloooorious” purpose in life and you have a crystal clear vision of this purpose, if you pick someone that is wrong for your life, that purpose will also be derailed. 

Bear in mind, no matter what you think is your purpose, you don’t marry purpose, you marry for suitable companionship. The suitable companionship will help fulfill purpose. Do not put the cart before the horse.

With all the foregoing, it makes sense, following the law of first mention, Purpose comes before everything, then the man identifies himself in line with his purpose, then chooses a suitable spouse, then they together fulfill their intertwined purpose.

If you’re already married, you have to realise that you are first a man before you are a man of God. God told me years back, “Of all the callings you will ever have in life, the calling to be a man came first. Therefore prepare yourself to be a good husband and father first before anything else.” So, if you’re not married yet, you have the chance to get it right before you wed.

In case you don’t believe God spoke to me, let’s look at the final authority.

1Tim 3:1 This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

1Tim 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

1Tim 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

1Tim 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

1Tim 3:5 ( For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

I would think it is obvious that God’s wisdom is that you put your house in order before trying to put your purpose on it. 

Identify your purpose and commit to it in all you do, including the selection of a spouse. Don’t select just any woman that suits your fancy and try to get her to comply or conform to your vision which she didn’t previously know neither should you now drop her in the name of “putting purpose first”. 

Put your wife first, with your purpose clear in your mind. In order words, select a woman for a companion who will, together with you, put God’s purpose for your lives first.

The caveat to this is that if God has called you to be celibate. In that case, you have no wife matter to even consider.

PS: Note that we are talking about wife, not girlfriend. They do not have the same weight of consideration in this matter.


Lessons from the Book of Joshua

​Joshua 24: … the seed of Terah …

Since it was God speaking and He mentioned Terah, Abraham’s father, it confirms to me that God had dealings with Terah much like He had with his son. 

Genesis 11:31-32  And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt [settled] there.  And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran. 

I’ve had course to study the maps and it was clear that a journey towards Canaan beginning from Ur could very well pass through Haran. 

Genesis 15:7  And He said unto [Abraham], I [am] the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 

God said He brought Abraham out from Ur but it was from Haran, Abraham must have started. It would mean that the initial directive to move to a place unknown was given to Terah who came upon Haran and decided to settle there. However, God who always works all things to His plan was actually calling Abraham through his father but Abraham didn’t hear God until after his father died and left him in charge.

Terah settled for less than what he potentially had access to. Who knows, maybe we could have been referring to Terah as the father of faith, the temporary holding place for the souls of dead saints before the cross of Christ would have been called the Bossom of Terah rather than the Bossom of Abraham and we would have been called the seed of Terah.

Anyway, it’s quite clear that God will accomplish what He set out to do. He invites us to partner with Him but should we drop the ball, His plan will not be stopped, He’ll simply call another to take our place.

1Kings 19:14-19  And Elijah said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, [even] I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.  And the LORD said unto him … yet I have left [me] seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.  So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who [was] plowing [with] twelve yoke [of oxen] before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. 

1Samuel 13:13-14  And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him [to be] captain over his people, because thou hast not kept [that] which the LORD commanded thee. 

1Samuel 15:26-29  And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.  And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.  And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, [that is] better than thou. 

1Sa 15:29  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he [is] not a man, that he should repent. 

My prayer, for myself and for you, is that God will not have a reason to replace us in His glorious eternal plan. 

Do not settle; I know I won’t.


Lessons from the Book of Joshua

Joshua 23:15-16 … The good land

Many years back, when I was posted to a region I’d never been and that most people in my life would avoid like a plague, I prayed and God said to me, “Anywhere you go with the promises I have made to you becomes your promised land”. Folks are fighting Israel for their land thinking it’s the land that makes them great but it’s the other way round; it’s the blessed people working the ground that make the land great. Baalam said, “I cannot curse those whom God has blessed” and David said of such blessed people, “Anything he lays his hands upon shall prosper”.

This was the story of Joseph in Egypt; he never let go of the promises of his God and he didn’t let go of the God of his promises and, therefore, he prospered in everything and in every place. “The passionate longing of all of creation is the manifestation of the Sons of God”. The earth, the land, the world is waiting for those who know what to do to make it blossom to step up and step in. It is those of us who walk in the consciousness of the promises that God has made concerning us in the scriptures that have access to the wisdom of God to bring out the best of anything.

Perhaps, the reason I am struggling is not because where I am is not good but because I am not good. It’s not because the land is not good for me but because I am not good for the land; I have not been good to the land; I have not be fair to the land; I have failed to help the land achieve its fullest productivity.  He said “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land but if you rebel, you shall be destroyed. These are the options, God has said so”. If you think and operate like this, you would realize quite quickly that God is everywhere and you can prosper everywhere but far beyond that, everywhere can be made to prosper once you get involved … once you get the divine aspect of your life involved.

The prosperity of your family is in your hands, the profitability of your place of employment is in your hands, the prosperity of your locality and your nation is completely up to you now. 

“Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”.

The blessing is literally everywhere you go. Numbers 23:8, Isaiah 1:9-10, Psalm 23:6

PS: I am still living in that much avoided region, God told me to stay and, till date, I have no reason to regret it. I am eating the good of the land. When He decides it’s time to move, I will follow Him.


Lessons from the Book of Joshua

Joshua 23:14b-16 … Mr. Nice God

How do I put this? The good God promised and He fulfilled. He promised good and also promised bad things. If you follow what He told you, you get the good stuff but if you don’t, you not only miss the good He promised but you get bad stuff He said were the consequences of not following what he told you. Joshua didn’t mince words when he told Israel this, there was too much at stake.

Sometimes, I see and hear people trying to defend God’s stand on things and trying to make him seem less rigid, more permissive, less offensive and more politically correct. But I think it’s a mistake that would lead us into a trap of our own words somewhere down the line. God does not have a stand, He is. God is never right or wrong, He simply is. We are the ones who must choose whether to stand with Him and live or stand against Him and be ultimately destroyed. We are the ones who either agree with Him and thus be right or contradict Him and become wrong. 

Unfortunately, once this authoritative, unflinching position of God is presented, we immediately think of Him as being callously judgmental, uncaring and mean; that’s our training in fear kicking in. Although, God said of Himself by Himself that He loves judgment and will punish evil, the bible never says “God is punishment or judgment” or any of those dark things we fear, rather the bible says categorically that “God is love” and says also “There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear.” We forget that as unflinching as He is in judgment, so He is in love.

Jeremiah 9:24  But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. 

1John 4:16-18  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

God is good, yes, but God is not a nice guy. He’s not doing good stuff just so we can like Him. He’s not afraid for His reputation. He simply will not deny himself. He’s faithful … period. He is faithful to do you good and fulfill His promises of good to you if you stand with him and walk with Him but, should you choose to be against Him, be prepared for the consequences … although I much doubt that we can ever imagine the severity of the consequences just as we can’t comprehend the dimensions of His love.

Romans 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 

2Corinthians 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. 

If you ever get the chance to speak with people, tell them the truth; there is too much at stake to be pursuing niceness and political correctness. You don’t have to be mean and unfriendly to tell even the bitter truth. Just say it as it is, prophesy as you have been commanded, step back and watch God work. 


Lessons from the book of Joshua

​Joshua 23:14a – All Aboard!

 … the way of all the earth …

This scripture could have easily read “the end of all the earth” but instead it says “the way”. Death has never been the end, it is merely the beginning of another phase in our journey of life. It’s like taking a bus or train to a major terminus so you can board another going on a much longer journey. Joshua knew this. As inevitable as death is to all of us, it is not the end of our existence.

Since this is so, it is not enough to have lived long and well, it is also important to leave well … to leave something behind that is worthy of emulation, commendation  and our intended destination. Since we know that we are going to meet someone who will assess and reward us for our time well spent here and a job well done, then we must live by the standards and syllabus of where and to whom we are going and not of where we are leaving behind.

2Corinthians 5:9-10 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad. 
2Peter 3:11-14  [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 

What will be in the history books concerning me? What will I be remembered for? Once I am gone, people would choose to make of my life what they would and interpret my actions one way or another but I can make that choice for myself today, while I still have the chance to influence my legacy by my own hands. 

Proverbs 10:7  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. 

The journey to eternity begins now; my next step matters.