Thursday, 21 August 2014

I want to be a missionary!


Jesus left His home so we could be with our Father for eternity.

Oh, to be like Jesus!



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Always Say A Prayer!


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Boy meets Girl

*Based on a true story*

Boy and Girl meet.
Boy likes Girl but Girl says No!
Boy insists then Girl explains the 'unequally yoked' dilemma.
Boy persists and starts stalking Girl's church and telling her about it.

This may appear as though Boy is interested in girl's church (or it could be the case) but knowledge is to realize anyone who is willing to change their beliefs to impress or get a girl is, more often than ever, going to drop any such interests once he gets what he wants. Wisdom is to be naive enough to continue praying for the brother not for them to bridge the unequally yoked gap so you could be together BUT for them to come to know Jesus, so much so that, they are willing to follow biblical truth in order to inherit the eternal crown. 



Convert and marry could work in rare cases but will have terrible consequences. I have heard some say 'I am only with him/her so I could point them to Christ' #DatingEvangelism! I totally understand and agree that Jesus said we must "Go ye therefore and teach all nations..." (Matthew 28:18-20) but no where in scripture does it say, while you are at it get a wife or husband for yourself. 


Monday, 18 August 2014

Missionary Zeal Revived!

The plant does not germinate, grow, or bring forth fruit for itself, but to “give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.” Isaiah 55:10.

 So no man is to live unto himself. The Christian is in the world as a representative of Christ, for the salvation of other souls.There can be no growth or fruitfulness in the life that is centered on self.

 If you have accepted Christ as a personal Saviour, you are to forget yourself, and try to help others. Talk of the love of Christ, tell of His goodness. Do every duty that presents itself. Carry the burden of souls upon your heart, and by every means in your power seek to save the lost. As you receive the Spirit of Christ—the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others—you will grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely. – {COL 67.3}




Sunday, 17 August 2014

His Mission, Our Mission!

According to Luke chapter four, Jesus Himself saw this passage as His mission statement:

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion-- to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations." ~ Isaiah 61:1-4.

Let us not forget the words of Jesus, I was hungry and you fed me, naked and you clothed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink, homeless and you took me in, sick and in prison and you visited me. We should begin to take better care of our Lord!



Saturday, 16 August 2014

To win as many as possible!

"Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible." 1 Corinthians 9:19

"We've got to go into all of the world;
We can't be happy until everyone's heard.
We've got a message that everyone needs to share.
Not many taking it 'cause many refuse
We need ambassadors to share the good news.
We've got a mission to take everybody there.

We've got the power since He gave the new birth;
We've got the water to take care of their thirst.
We've got the Spirit leading us in the fight.
The devil's prowling and he's leading astray.
Souls in darkness each and everyday.
We've got a mission to take 'em into the light.

We can't be happy standing and waiting, we just can't be satisfied.
The numbers growing of people who may not hear.
The night is falling, so we must hurry to the world while there's still light.
It's up to us to be winning them far and near."

The lyrics to this song always have a hit on me every time I hear it. My desire is for my life to be filled with Jesus, so much so that, mission work becomes a part of my life. True joy lies in winning souls for Jesus.

Oh, to be missionaries for Jesus!


Friday, 15 August 2014

To go on a Mission Trip

"...The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore The Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." ~ Matthew 9:37-38.

"If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul, 
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all."

"While the souls of men are dying,
And the Master calls for you,
Let none hear you idly saying,
'There is nothing I can do!'
Gladly take the task He gives you,
Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,
Here am I, O Lord, send me."

Oh Lord, my top wish is to go on a mission trip.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

God is not a Historian!

Hope for the backslider! 

Background: Last Sabbath I was asked to say something about my after baptismal life and my response was that, life got harder spiritually. Being Christian is a serious commitment, it hasn't been a smooth road for me, sometimes I often wish I hadn't received as much light as I have now. It gets tough! But as is with the rule of Mathematics; 'if it seems easy, you are probably doing something wrong.' The devil has no business with those who are already his, he doubles his efforts towards those in the other camp, those playing on the fence #LUKEWARM (as is the case with many of us). 

Here goes my recent backsliding experience, not that I am proud of it but I hope and pray it will be a lesson to those who might be going down the same route. Backsliding is your greatest enemy, it's not pretty. It's a stress. You get depressed for absolutely nothing. It sucks. It destroys you. It hurts. If you thought breaking up with your girlfriend or boyfriend is heartbreaking, trust me backsliding is worse. I have never had a boy breaking my heart but I always break my own heart every time I distance myself from Jesus. It feels like divorce. You know when you love someone so much but you have this urge to stay away from them while simultaneously breaking your own heart? Yes! that's exactly how backsliding feels like.

How it all starts... The moment one shifts their attention from others to self. You start noticing the things that you don't have. Your prayers seem to be taking longer than usual to get answered. You get discouraged. You start throwing tantrums at God - you loose interest in personal devotion and prayers get shorter and shorter until you cease praying at all. Because the mind lacks spiritual matters to meditate upon, you spend much time thinking of all those things that don't seem to be going as you would have hoped. The negative aspects of life seem more attractive for some awkward reason. You are led to ponder more on your past mistakes which eventually leads one to conclude they are beyond repair. 

You might be going through the same experience. You might be in a position to throw away Jesus. You might be considering giving up on yourself. The message I would love to share with you today is that - God is not a historian. He does not care about your past but is more interested in your potential. Not even God can change the past so why should you even worry about it? If you are struggling with backsliding please note that, coming out of the world is simple the challenge comes when we have to get the world out of us. Remember it took one day for the children of Israel to get out of Egypt but 40 painful years to get Egypt out of them. Hence the more pain you endure the more useful you become. 

Hang in there, Jesus will soon be here!


Friday, 8 August 2014

Youth Are You Preparing For Your Divorce?

'Unequally Yoked Together With Unbelievers'

Divorce here, Divorce there, Divorce everywhere! Marriage has lost it's sacredness, people now enter upon it as if it's a 'dating' relationship. Very few actually take time to consider the character of the one they wish to unite themselves with. Many are blinded by infatuation, they think life will always be roses, they are deceived into thinking that their future spouse will change once they are married. What saddens me the most is seeing people who were once strong in the faith compromise their beliefs in the name of marriage - because they fear no other guy/girl will love them the same way. 

Personal Experience: I know it's very hard to give up that guy that seems genuine, that you have everything in common with, that you know will sure be a good father and husband, that you know loves you sincerely, that has a tick on every point on your checklist except one thing - the issue of beliefs/faith. That person might appear ALL right but that one thing just makes them ALL wrong. God was not joking when He instructed us that we should not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). This is a command, which can not be put aside without serious consequences. 

Being unequally yoked together with an unbeliever does not only imply that the other party involved is not a professing Christian or follows a non-Christian religion or is an avowed atheist or agnostic. Of course these are unbelievers. However the criteria of being unequally yoked may refer to Christians professing different faiths, that is, people who go to different churches. Nevertheless it is not necessarily true that people who go to the same church can not be unequally yoked i.e it is possible for people to profess different faiths yet attending the same church and even holding membership in that church. The issue is about the truth one has received and how much they are striving to live up to it, it's about one's dedication to the Word of God, it's about the love one has for others and love for Jesus and their willingness to do whatever it takes to make it into heaven with as many people as they could reach out to. 

Once two individuals who wish to be united in marriage hold different faiths then their marriage will most likely be a battle field. There will arise conflicts as to which one is God's true church, which church will their children attend, whose beliefs will govern family worship, among others. This may also cause confusion in the minds of the children and lead them to reject all religion. Seeking to be united in such a union is a selfish act because the consequences will not only affect the two parties but will extent to the generations to come as well as the extended families. Such unions have a higher chance of ending in a divorce and DIVORCE is just a non-starter. Avoid being unequally yoked and say NO! to divorce. 

This post was inspired by Chapter 14 of the book 'Youth Are You Preparing For Your Divorce' by Colin D. Standish and Russell R. Standish. It's a book I would label as a MUST read pre- or during courtship. 

Side note: I am very picky when it comes to the books I read, so if I recommend a book, it must be a really REALLY good one. 

If you want a SOFT copy of the book just drop me an email at - avictoriouswomanoffaith@gmail.com and will forward it as soon as possible. It's FREE!!!


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

My 100th Blog Post!


Once you start blogging you can't stop, I can't believe I just reached my 100th blog post in a lil less than 8months *excited* To celebrate my initiation into the triple digits, I thought I would share some things a few people know about me that many probably thought they knew. 

So the first thing is... *drumroll*

I only found out the correct spelling of my name when I was in the 7th grade. Prior to that I thought my name was spelt as NOTHOKOZO (which is the mistake on my birth certificate) but I would still pronounce it as NONTOKOZO (which is the correct spelling). When this came to my attention it was rather too late to amend my birth certificate and would probably have costed my parents a fortune so the solution was that I use NOTHOKOZO only for my official documentations (passport, I.d, academic certificates, driver's license, etc) but use NONTOKOZO for everything else. 

Another interesting thing about my names is that I got one name translated from Ndebele to Shona. My first name is NONTOKOZO and my second is TAFADZWA and they both mean happiness (explains why I am ever smiling). I assume the reason could be that my dad is Ndebele and my mom Shona. 

I am neither fluent in Shona or Ndebele so I use NONTIE (a nickname I got from my first hostel prefect in my first year of high school) to avoid having to explain why I have a Ndebele name yet I can't speak the language. 

Oh yeah and one more thing, my childhood nickname that I actually liked was 'VERY NICE' I have no idea how that came about, I guess I was very nice to those people. 

A big SHOUT out to all the readers at - A Victorious Woman of Faith - our aim is for nothing less than for you to love Jesus more.

Stay blessed and remain in the Lord!


Monday, 4 August 2014

The Words Anybody Wants to Hear

Background: At our church, as is with all or most Seventh-day Adventist Churches, we have a children's story or sermon before the main sermon. This is usually done by the youths, mothers, fathers or the preacher for the day. These are mostly interactive to keep the children engaged and I always look forward to these stories, though in their most simplest form they always have a profound teaching.

With that in mind, last Sabbath the preacher asked the children to say out the words they think anyone would like to hear, atheist, Christian, Muslim etc and plenty of answers were given which didn't suffice except the one of simply saying 'Thank you.' When you receive something from someone it's quite easy to say thank you but on a more personal level sometimes we pray to God asking for something and when He gives us we forget to go back and thank Him. Even when He doesn't give us what we want instead of thanking Him for not giving us since He knows what's best for us, we turn around and start questioning His love for us.

Author's interjection: I got distracted before I could hear the moral of the story - by a friend who thought the words were 'I love you' so I was telling him that some people like me would prefer being shown the love than told about it - so another friend cared enough to share what he got from the story as stated below:

"Now the lesson I learnt from that personally was that, we should thank God no matter what we're going through, be it good or bad because He is the only one who knows the great plans He has for us - if we trust and believe in Him. We almost always never take time to thank God but instead we find it easier to go and complain to Him that we're not happy with A, B, C and we lose focus of the tiny important things he does for us. Examples of things we take for granted are food, clothes, shelter, health, gift of life etc. How much more happier would we be if we took time to be more positive and thankful to God for the things we deem little but are quite BIG in God's eyes." ~ TeeCee a.k.a Sanqa

Points to Ponder: Some of us are good at asking and never appreciating, we even attempt to bribe God by saying God if you give me this and that I will be a better Christian, I will start going to church and praying three times a day. We say all this as though we are doing God a favor. We forget that He owns everything including the life we are living, without His breath we are NOTHING but dust. Our being thankful to God does not help Him in anyway but helps us - it enables us to enjoy the peace which comes with contentment.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Was it really REALLY nailed to the cross?

I have often heard people saying the Law was nailed to the cross, but when people steal or murder they are jailed. We don't want to be lied to. We don't want our husbands or wives to have extra-marital affairs. We grill it in our young ones that they must obey the elderly and us as parents. Though we do have other gods (our money, shoes, cars, husbands, girlfriends, food, etc) none openly admits that they do. Why? Because we know these things to be wrong. But when we come to the 4th commandment (Exodus 20:8-11), the Sabbath commandment, the one which lies in the centre of the Decalogue, the only one with REMEMBER - we seem to forget. We come up with all excuses not to honor God. We claim the Law is no longer valid despite not having any scriptural reference. We would rather go with the majority, we would rather listen to our Pastors, Prophets, Priests, than God. Our beliefs are based on convenience rather than principle. We claim to honor God but it's all for our selfish motives. 

The truth is God will not lower His standards to accommodate us, He was serious when He said "...till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law..." (Matthew 5:17-20). The Sabbath instituted at creation (Genesis 2:1-3) as a memorial of God's marvelous work is part of God's holy law and weighs equally as 'thou shall not - kill, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness, covet...' (Exodus 20:13-17). If it's wrong to steal then it's also wrong not to keep holy the seventh-day Sabbath. 

To those who already accepted the Sabbath truth - keeping the Sabbath holy does not only mean going to church on Saturday, it implies doing no work, no buying or selling, no vain talk, all thoughts must be fully surrendered to God (as should be with every other day), we should look our best - modestly (the same way we would when we are going to meet the president or any other respectable person). We should do good on Sabbath - if there is a need for us to buy food to feed a hungry person, then we must, if there is a drowning cow in a river then we must do all we can to save that life. Jesus performed life changing miracles on Sabbath, we too must seek to save a soul, a soul for eternity. 

The Sabbath must be a delight. It is a free gift of rest from God. He wants us to rest from all our labours. Oh how great a God is our God, he knew we would be weary after a long week of toil so he gave us a day to rest in His fellowship, with our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. What a precious gift we all seem to be denying. We would rather continue in our stressful labours than honor God by resting. Oh Lord, please open our eyes that we may see - see the LOVE written all over your holy law. 

May we all seek to worship God in truth and in spirit!


Friday, 1 August 2014

Book Review: Think Big by Ben Carson

Think Big by Ben Carson
At first glance I thought this book was boring, I judged it by it's cover. I browsed through the first few pages and wasn't keen on actually reading it. I set it aside for a while until one day I got so bored I decided I would just read it and fall asleep. Lo and behold, once I got my full attention on it, I couldn't put it down. I read it in less than three days and my only regret was that of not reading it earlier. 

Key Lessons: Books are tools, use them. The key to success is through knowledge and knowledge is acquired through reading. I also learnt that reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. As long as one can read they are able to change their destiny. Knowledge is one thing that no one can take away from you, people can destroy your house, they can steal your cars, your money but if you have knowledge  and know how to use it, you have everything you need.

We will not all be rich and famous, but whatever we find ourselves to do we should do it to the best of our abilities. We should take the Lord at his word when he says "In ALL labour there is profit..." (Proverbs 14:23). If you are going to wash dishes, to scrub the floor, or cook, give it your all. This has helped me a lot in those moments when I just feel lazy to clean certain spots that I know my mom won't care to check. I often recite Colossians 3:23 which says "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men."

We should never settle for second best, as Ben Carson's mother would say to her children "you can do what they can do, but you can do it better" - the 'they' referring to the already successful people. 

Moral of the story: Read! Read! Read! - as long it's in line with Philippians 4:8 nothing is irrelevant for your life. Your brain has more than 4 billion cells, imagine how much you will have to read to fill it up. If you are a student, don't wait until test or exam week, don't just study to get by tests and exams, study for knowledge, study for understanding. In-depth learning is also key, when you start a new topic in class/lectures make sure you read as much as you can on it, go through the additional  materials, search the web, do group discussions, whatever it takes - if you stick to prescribed material don't expect to score higher than everyone else. Had I known this earlier I would have achieved more. As long as you have a brain and can read, you have all it takes to be a genius. 

I will end with this quotation - "We do not have to compare our achievements with those of others. We need only to ask ourselves one question: Have I given my best?" ~ Ben Carson.