Friday, 26 September 2014

When do you want to settle down?

A friend sincerely asked me that question yesterday and I thought to myself, that question is a lil delayed because I wanted to settle down the moment I got my first boyfriend. Yes, that's when I WANTED to but now I know better and I praise God for that. 

It's very easy yea fun, to draw up a plan of when you want to get married, the particulars of your future hubby or wife, the number of children you want to have, etc. However the truth is, God's will, will always prevail, so why not just save yourself the hustle and let him order and provide? The reason many out there are not happily single is because they put themselves in God's place, they set deadlines on when they should be married, on when they should have their first child, they have totally ignored the part God plays in their life. Now when things don't work out the way they would have hoped, they blame God, they throw tantrums at him. I mean is it really God's fault though? God never said ask for anything and I will give you, the bible says "and this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us" ~ {1 John 5:14}. Yes, there is a 'his will' part in that verse, that many of us ignore.

So my response to that question was - "Here is the honest truth, I don't know. I used to stress about it a lot until I realized it's one aspect of my life I have no control over. If it's God's will for me to marry, then it will happen at His own timing. If not, then I'm content with that too. I have learnt to live in the present, I only know my future to the extent that God revealed, what he hasn't doesn't bother me at all."

Moral of the story: Don't plan ahead of God. If you have no control over it, then you have no right to worry and stress about it. Leave to thy God to order and provide. Trust Him!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Homeschoolers are NOT socialized?

Last Sabbath, there was a mini discussion on homeschooling at church. Many argued against it because they fear their children won't be able to fit well in society after being homeschooled. My question remains, when you send your child to school, are you doing so, because you want them to be socialized or to gain an education? But that's besides the point... 

Anyway my point here is, I started pre-school when I was four turning five, went to a public school for a good seven years of junior school and another six years of high school at a private school then went off to a secular university for three years. With the theory of sending your child to school to be socialized, I should now be a super social being, huh? I mean after all those years, right? 

Surprisingly enough, I am a serious ochlophobe - I don't do well in crowds. Worst still, if there are a lot of unfamiliar faces, I literally shut down. I am a very bad communicator, as a result I don't have many friends. I am one of those people who often let calls go to voice mail, I hate having to run out of things to say when someone calls. I suck at making friends but I do have friends and I admit no effort of mine was put in (well, at least, consciously). In church I always put my bag to keep the seat next to me empty (to avoid sitting next to someone I don't know) and make sure a friend sits on the other side. When I get an email, it takes me a while to reply because I hate being a conversation killer, so if I know I don't have anything to carry the conversation on, I don't reply until I do. I could go on, but I'm sure you get my point...

If you are going to argue against homeschooling then your reason shouldn't be that your child won't be socialized. The few friends that I actually have are mostly from church with one or two from high school. None from junior school. So much for being socialized, right?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


Choices are everywhere in this world:

Should I wear white socks, black socks, one of each?
Should I use a pencil or a pen?
Should I practice violin or piano first?
Should I eat an apple or a banana?
Should I use the computer or scratch paper?
Should I run or walk? 

But those choices are trivial compared to the choice constantly presenting itself,

...GOD or Satan? 

Is it really a very hard choice?  We see the results plainly enough; we know where each path leads. So why then do we so often find ourselves excusing a short run down the wrong path just to make sure they haven't changed? We have experience with each; the straight and narrow way is the only one that brings happiness.

So should choosing God be hard?
No! It should be the easiest and happiest thing we have ever done!

But we are in a battle, and it is always a challenge to not give up.
That's why I am so thankful for the help Jesus promises us.

*post exacted from an unknown author*

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

So excited!

I'm not sure if I mentioned this before but prior to this year, my relationship with my parents was non-existent. When we spoke it was either we are greeting or they are sending me. If I had anything important to tell them I would email or send a text message (in rare cases). Yes, it was that bad and the worst thing is that it had become the norm. Saddening reality! 

Testimony: However, God always has a way to fix things around! After being a stay at home daughter for a few months now, everything has changed. My mom and I are best buddies, we talk about everything and anything. We call each other when she is at work, we have chill time after work, she has replaced google and YouTube as my teacher in the kitchen. I make sure she has baked goodies to look forward to everyday. My dad and I are like brother and sister, that's exactly how we relate to each other. These might seem like little things but they make a big difference in one's life. I have never doubted that my parents loved me but this experience has deepened the love. 

Background: Earlier this year, the plan was I go back to Law School for my postgraduate but things happened so that plan failed. I wept until my tears ran dry, I was so sad to leave my Cape Town friends and family. I had all these suicidal thoughts going on in my mind. I threw tantrums at God until I gave up and fully surrendered to God and sought for his will to be done. Only then did His will start to unveil before my eyes. Everything started to go in place. I learnt that truly, "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose." 

Moral of the story: If you are going through a dark patch in your life, if you are unsure of what your tomorrow holds, if things aren't going as you would have hoped, don't worry, don't stress, don't throw tantrums at God. He is one being that will never disappoint you no matter what. He always has your best interest at heart. Just surrender to Him and He will show you great things. You might think something is good for you but God knows what's best for you. Trust Him!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Sweetness to the Soul

Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~{Proverbs 16:24}

In it's literal sense, honey is not only sweet but has a healing property to it. In like manner, our words are so powerful that they can sweeten the lives of other people as well as to heal the broken hearted. The bible says, death and life are in the power of the tongue thus the words we speak may have an effect for good or for ill on the hearer. Though we generally talk a lot as human beings, to the extent that by the end of the day we won't remember how many words we said, we will surely remember the kind of words we spoke. God never intended that any hurtful speech comes out of our mouths, but the devil well knows that if he can get us to speak ill of/about each other, he can easily win us over to his side. 

Moral of the story: Imagine a world where every person you meet would sweeten your soul, they would speak words that would bring healing to your bones. How good and peaceful? That world begins with YOU!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Union with Christ

Our growth in grace, our joy, our usefulness,—all depend upon our union with Christ. It is by communion with Him, daily, hourly,—by abiding in Him,—that we are to grow in grace. He is not only the Author, but the Finisher of our faith. It is Christ first and last and always. He is to be with us, not only at the beginning and the end of our course, but at every step of the way. David says, “I have set the Lord ALWAYS before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalm 16:8. – {SC 69.1}

* SC - Steps to Christ by Ellen G.White

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Children's Story

One of the many reasons I love being a Seventh-day Adventist is that, the church is family oriented. Every Sabbath before the main sermon we have a sermonette for the little ones and these almost always carry profound teachings.

The past Sabbath, a story was told of a very rich and wealthy man. He had everything that one could ever dream of and more. A mansion by the sea side, fancy cars, a speed boat, a private jet, a helicopter, among other things. This man lived with his only son and a servant who had faithfully served their family for a long time. One day the father and his son went for a picnic and the father realizing that he was very old and about to die told his son that, when he dies, the boy was supposed to choose only ONE thing from his father's possessions and give the rest to the servant who had been so faithful. Time passed and the father died. The boy deeply troubled with the thoughts of what he would pick, went out for a walk. While he was at it, he met an old man who noticed his sorrow and asked him what was wrong. The boy narrated the whole story to him and the old man told the boy to come back to him after a week. Likewise, the boy went back to the old man and he was advised to pick the servant. The boy did not argue or oppose and when time came for him to announce his decision he told everyone that he was choosing the servant. Despite the pressure and questions he got from the people around him, he did not change his mind. 

Moral of the story: We need to always give careful thought before making any decisions. There are times when choosing just ONE thing will result in us gaining everything. In this case, the boy chose the servant who was going to be given everything hence he ended up retaining all that his father possessed. Another lesson is that, all that glitters is not gold - He could have easily chosen one of the fancy cars but after driving around town and once the gas finished, it would become worthless. He could have chosen money but once all spent, he would be left with nothing. Another lesson was that, when confronted with difficult situations we must seek counsel of godly older folk who might have gone through what we are struggling with. We must also learn to be patient, the little boy could have demanded for a now now response from the old man, but he was patient enough to wait for a week. Last but not least, we must not yield to external pressure, if we know something to be right then we must stand by it, no matter what mom or dad, pastor or elder, friend or relative, say/think/do. 

Now to bring it back home, in our own lives we might be faced with situations that demand us to make very difficult decisions. Having to choose our good jobs over our faith or family/friends over biblical principles, among others. After weighing the possible consequences, these can be very hard decisions to make, but the advice I want to leave for you today is that, no matter how much you are likely to loose, if you choose Jesus you have gained ALL that you need in this life and life to come. Though things might turn out shady, joy will always come in the morning. Once the test is over and God blesses, He blesses abundantly. Trust God! 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thankful Thursday

In this struggling economy, where companies are closing daily and hundreds yea thousands of people are graduating yearly. Getting a job is almost impossible, worse still if you don't have connections. Almost giving up yet continuing in prayer, hoping with a tiny bit of faith that God will eventually come through, has been the case with our family for the past few months. My mom spoke to all the business people she knew, sent out CVs everywhere, signed up with an employment agent, burnt a lot of fueling going from one place to the another. 

All seemed to be in vain until last week when a job interview invitation popped-up. That was no guarantee but we continued in prayer for God's will to be done. Lo and behold earlier this week, a job offer was made but with a condition that during the probationary period their employees MIGHT be required to work on SATURDAY! *what a slam in the face* Hurt but not surprised we all were, as we pondered on the next step. I certainly had no input so I excused myself from the discussion but continued in prayer.  I went on with a heavy heart until I realized that, if the job is really from God, He alone can make a way, where there seems to be no way. 

As we continue in prayer, I would like to wish my older brother ALL THE BEST in his new job. Be the Joseph, be the Daniel, in whatever you find your hands to do. Remembering always that 'your labour is not in vain in the Lord' (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Side-note: I'm so sad that I won't have anyone to poke/annoy and nag to drive me around anymore. No more yelling your name from the other side of the house only to say hie when you answer. Thanks for making the greater part of my stay at home year worth it.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Guest Post: Living for the ‘Godience’

Miss Vee
I am super excited to share this post written by a young lady and dear friend Varaidzo Pauline Danana. Such thought-provoking truth! I really hope and pray y'all will be revived spiritually :)

Firstly I would like to draw your attention to two points:

1. God is Love - I believe that with every fiber of my being. He says in 1 John 3:16 ‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us’, this verse reminds me of John 3:16. God hated sin to death and He loved the sinner to death. He did this because He longs to be with us.
2. The word ‘Godience’ (as you might have guessed or maybe not) is derived from a combination of two words GOD and AUDIENCE. It means that we ought to live our lives for God. I got this from a sermon “Because of those who sat” by David Asscherick. I will share some lessons I got from the sermon which will help us understand the term 'Godience.'

• We are accountable to God alone, but we do not often live this way. We frequently make decisions that are based on a deeper motivation, and that motivation, at times, is that we care more about what others think of us than what God thinks.
• Can you say ‘I am a slave of Jesus’ with a straight face? Paul could comfortably say that in Galatians 1:10 (NIV) ‘Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men I would not be a servant of Christ’. (The NKJV uses the word ‘Bondservant’). It is either we are slaves of Jesus or we are slaves of what others think of us.
• We are deeply concerned about what others think of us, but we do not want anyone to know it. 

Personal Experience: I am currently doing a Marketing course and I now understand why people do not like Salespersons. I strongly question some of the marketing methods that we are taught because they are contradictory to what the Bible teaches. Most Sales persons will say anything to close a sale, and they can put you under unnecessary pressure so you purchase a product quickly before you start thinking otherwise (Free advice!). As I study the marketing environment I have realized that people are no longer themselves anymore. They now dress like famous worldly celebrities. They also walk and talk like them, (I will not discuss hairdos, ladies and GENTS!), not because it is the most awesome thing you can do for yourself, but because of peer pressure, caring about what others think of them.

Forced to Change: Before the age of seventeen I was never self conscious. I would just dress anyhow, walk normally and do things without looking around to see what was ‘cool’ at that time. It was after I was sent to a ‘mixed’ High School when I noticed that the ladies put make-up (although it was not allowed!), fold their socks in a certain way, dress, walk and talk in a certain way. I couldn’t believe it! I told myself I would never do that and I was going to do things my way like I always did. Lo and behold, within a year, I was no different from them, simply because I wanted to belong.

Biblical Examples: Peer pressure is not something new to this day, Mark 6:17-29 gives us an account when King Herod was pressured by his wife and daughter to kill John the Baptist against his conscience. This goes out to illustrate that, living for others does not only imply our wanting to be like famous celebrities, it also means going against our conscience in the hope to please our parents, spouses or children.

Moral of the story: God is looking for people who will STAND and live for Him amidst peer pressure or forced submission. People who will say in His presence and even among hundreds of thousands of people “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up” (Daniel 3:17-18). Whether that pressure comes from mom or dad, uncle or aunt, pastor or elder, we must always remember the counsel given in Acts 5:29 “We ought to obey God rather than men."

In conclusion, let us consider the first point I mentioned earlier - God is love; do we love Him? What are we willing to do for Him and His love for us? What are you willing to do for others for HIS sake? John 14:15 says ‘If you love me keep my commandments’. Are we willing to obey Him even if it means standing alone? We will need to love and get to know Him first because obedience without love is impossible and worthless. We will either be slaves of our friends and families or slaves of Jesus. The HUGE difference is that when you are Jesus’ slave, you are FREE. God bless!

Thank you Vee for such encouraging truth. May our good and most gracious Father continue to bless and guide us as we journey Heavenward!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Random Ramblings: What happened to arranged marriages?

Picture of me back in 2011
when I was on my wna-be Indian tip!

I am one of those people who are fascinated by the Indian culture (well specific aspects of it). I'm a big fan of Indian clothes. I used to be a major groupie of Indian-wedding-themed movies. One thing that stood out for me was their arranged marriage tradition. I just adored the fact that young ladies never had to go through the dating dilemmas, heart breaks, infatuation or true love confusion, etc. For them the principle behind arranged marriages is that, your parents know you very well and will make the decision based on experience and not emotions. This in a way reduces the risks of divorce since both families are heavily involved prior to marriage. 

I used to think this tradition was custom-made for the Indian culture until recently when, after reading about the marriage of Isaac, the son of Abraham (ref: Genesis 24), I was led into researching more on how marriage happened in bible times. I found out that; "In ancient times marriage engagements were generally made by the parents, and this was the custom among those who worshipped God. None were required to marry those whom they could not love; but in the bestowal of their affections the youth were guided by the judgement of their experienced, God-fearing parents. It was regarded as a dishonor to parents, and even a crime, to pursue a course contrary to this." ~ {Patriarchs and Prophets page 171.2 by Ellen G. White.}

Myth Bursting: an arranged marriage is not synonym of a forced marriage. It's not a case where you meet your spouse on your wedding. Its not entered upon to secure financial stability or strengthen friendship bonds of the families involved, as portrayed in some of these Indian movies. It's a way of upholding emotional purity prior to marriage. It raises back the standard of love from being a mere feeling to being a principle. 

Side note: I could have used the term courtship but I prefer arranged marriage, the concept can't easily be mistaken or misused as is with courtship and arranged marriage sounds more serious and straight to the point (in my head, that is). If you think of it, Adam and Eve also had an arranged marriage! (well, at least that's what I want to call it), so make sure God arranges your marriage and don't forget the devil is also fighting to arrange it as well. 

Remain in The Lord! 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Charmed to compromise!

This battle is real...

It's as if the devil has a plan B for every temptation one overcomes. He will not easily give up. He will strive to bring a new thing to charm you until you yield to his demands. He will use your family, your friends, your circle of influence, what you listen to or watch, to convince you that his way is the right way. As one preacher once said, "if you don't want the fruit of sin, then don't go to the devil's orchard." It's true the devil is roaring like a lion looking for those he may devour but sometimes we place ourselves within his reach. We do exactly what the bible forbids hoping God will come through and turn a curse into a blessing. Yes, the bible does say nothing is impossible with God, but the same bible also says 'thou shalt not tempt the Lord your God.' The devil will use the same lie he used on Eve - you shall not surely die - though sincerely deceived the word of God will remain. He will not excuse us on the account that we were lied to, so if we know something to be true then we must strive to live by it at all costs. With the minor temptations we face on a daily basis *** be it to skip devotion and prayer, or to drink with your meals (I struggle with this at almost every meal time), or to just add an egg to better the texture when baking (if you are vegan), or to wear that one short skirt you have left in your modest closet or to tolerant that seemingly nice guy who is not of the same faith hoping he will finally see the light or you will eventually get over that phase, or just say that one white lie to save a friend from trouble, to mention a few *** we ought to always have Christ in mind. We must think of His blood, His pain, His agony and weigh if what we are doing or how we are living our lives, is worth the sacrifice on the cross. 

The devil's charms are only but for a moment but the promises of God are for eternity. The CHOICE is yours! 

Friday, 5 September 2014

When Mercy is Rejected...

As I was on my book-worming venture, I came across this thought-provoking passage from the book 'The Great Controversy' by Ellen G. White. 

"We cannot know how much we owe to Christ for the peace and protection which we enjoy. It is the restraining power of God that prevents mankind from passing fully under the control of Satan. The disobedient and unthankful have great reason for gratitude for God’s mercy and long-suffering in holding in check the cruel, malignant power of the evil one. BUT when men PASS THE LIMITS of divine forbearance, that RESTRAINT IS REMOVED. God does not stand toward the sinner as an executioner of the sentence against transgression; but He leaves the rejectors of His mercy to themselves, to reap that which they have sown. Every ray of light rejected, every warning despised or unheeded, every passion indulged, every transgression of the law of God, is a seed sown which yields its unfailing harvest. The Spirit of God, PERSISTENTLY RESISTED, is at last withdrawn from the sinner, and then there is left no power to control the evil passions of the soul, and no protection from the malice and enmity of Satan." - {GC 36.1}

In closing - "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." - {Isaiah 55: 6-7}

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Testimony: How I changed to modesty?

Miss Nandi :)
Nandi Vuyiseka is sharing with us today. I met her through my 'modest queen' friend - Pinky Sibindi who she mentions later on in this post. The key lessons I got from her experience are that, the moment you accept light revealed to you and strive to live by it, God will not only provide the means but He will be with you all the way. I hope and pray all my sisters (and brothers) out there will be blessed and encouraged through this testimony. 
This was back in 2013, mid-October. I’m not sure of the exact day but somewhere around that time the Lord spoke to me through a video I saw on Youtube. For a long time I had been a Christian and I did not see anything wrong with wearing pants to church as I believed “the Lord was only interested in your heart and not in your clothes." I would often quote the Scripture on Joel 2:13 “Render your heart and not your garments”.

I gave my life to Christ in March 2011 and became a born again Christian. Throughout that time I still continued with my normal way of dressing as I did not see anything wrong with it. I started serving at church as an usher and would sometimes wear pants and those tight pencil skirts as part of the “usher’s uniform”. I was sharing a flat with one of the Seventh Day Adventist member - Pinky. I would see her and her friends always in skirts and observed their lifestyle and I would often tease her saying she looked like a house wife in those skirts. I would be like “Well, it’s good that you want to honor God in that way but as for me, I’m cool with the way I dress. After all God is interested in your heart and not your clothes, isn’t it?

Then one day I was watching some sermons on Youtube and I came across one where this lady, a Prophetess, was sharing a recent message from the Lord on modesty and how Christ feels about the way we dress as women. I felt like the Lord was speaking specifically to me. I knew I had to change the way I dress but was rebellious.The lady was in her mid-30’s but she looked like she was in her 40’s because of the way she was dressed. She had a polo-neck and a blouse on top of that. I was like “Lord, I hear you but I’m just not ready for that. I’m still young I don’t want to look like I’m old for my  age. What are my friends going to think of me. I’m sorry but I cannot do it now, maybe when I’m married.”

The following day as I was preparing for class, I felt the Lord was done speaking to me about being modest in my apparel and I just couldn’t understand why he would not drop the subject. I thought I had told him I wasn’t ready for that. I put on my jeans but something strange happened that day. I could not leave my room in those jeans. For the first time in my life I felt naked. I changed to another pair of jeans but still, I felt naked. I cried and decided to put on one of my long skirts and then I felt this surge of peace come over me. The Lord clearly explained why he did not want me to wear pants and immodest apparel anymore. He said anytime you wear something that reveals the form or shape of your body, you are causing men to lust after you. He explained how men, more especially godly men, have to struggle with lust every time an immodestly dressed woman passes by. Job 31:1 talks about how Job made a covenant with his eyes not to look at women lustfully. He told me that this was every man’s prayer and that as a woman of God I wasn’t helping them at all in their struggle with lust if I continued with the way I dressed. I just could not stop crying after this realization and I repented before God. 

Moral of the story: Ladies, I know most of you might be thinking that, you are not to blame for men’s sinful minds. That it’s your  body and that men need to respect us and our bodies and not think sexual thoughts every time they see a girl pass by. Remember what the Bible says in Mark 9:42. If you call yourself a Christian I believe and the bible confirms that, it’s only fair that you protect your brothers in Christ by the way you dress and vice versa. If we cause each other to sin we are as guilty as they are in the eyes of God and for that we will be held accountable on the day of judgement. If you struggle with modesty in general like I did, I suggest you pray about it and God will help you. God is faithful and will not give you a cross that you cannot bear. Let us honour God with our bodies. He will reward us for that. Stay blessed.

Thank you very much Nandi for sharing your story with us. Remain in the Lord!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Bashed for Jesus... And still going!

My cousin and I have been indirectly trying to minister to one lady from an Apostolic Church, the ones that wear all white and worship under the sun, even when the sun is scotching - that just spells out dedication to their Lord. 

In our attempt, we first wanted to understand what she believes so we know which approach to take but that led to us being bashed before we even started.

Lady told us that they don't read bibles or at least they are not encouraged to. Just like how God revealed His word to prophets of old - Moses, Daniel, Jeremiah, etc He is doing the same now to their modern day prophet. This God reveals the very same things that are written in the bible, the stories of Jonah, Job, Jesus, etc so hey, this defeats the point of reading the bible for yourself right? It even makes void a verse I once came across which says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness..." (1 Timothy 3:16). Their Sabbath is on Thursday so they observe it by not eating certain foods and sleeping on the floor. The list goes on and on and on but my point here is, these people have been veiled from ever discovering biblical truth for themselves. When we attempted to tell her what the bible says her response was "I have been going to this church even before my father died, he never stopped me so one can." No matter what we said, or how we said it, it did not make a difference to her. 

Imagine the hurt, the pain, the discouragement. I begged God to make me His witness, to open up doors for me to labour in His vineyard but sure didn't expect this as a first encounter. 

Moral of the story: evangelism will not always be smooth but always bare in mind the verse which says "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58). 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Going down on your knees AND staying there!

The Lord's Will, will always prevail...

It's good to plan ahead, it's excellent to have plan B, C and even D. It's comforting to have an idea of what your tomorrow holds. It's less stressing to have an almost uniform daily routine. The problem with this type of lifestyle is that, we get too big for God, we cease to depend on Him for anything. We take credit for all our successes, our possessions, our wealth and FORGET the part God played in all that. We get so comfortable in our lives, our sins and forget that we are mere strangers and pilgrims in this world. When a problem befalls us, we run to mom or dad, uncle or aunt, pastor or elder - if at all, we go to God as a last resort. Some may even use the none biblical saying "God helps those who help themselves" in defense, BUT sometimes human effort may entail going down on your knees and staying there until something happens. When things are going as we would have hoped, we might think we are on top of the game, we are doing things right, no one has anything on us, but the truth of the matter is, it's only through God (YES! just God NOT 'men of God' or 'prophet so and so') and His enduring mercies.

Author's interjection: My heart breaks when I see God's people esteeming mere mortals, a human being, an ordinary somebody (in the name of a 'prophet' or 'man of God') above the God who these 'prophets' are meant to be mouth-pieces of. Sometimes I wonder if this verse is only in my bible and maybe a few others - "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1). 

Disclaimer: I am not in anyway implying that ALL these 'daily-forming' modern day prophets are false neither am I saying I don't believe in modern day prophets. My point is, if a prophet (a mouth-piece of God by definition) focuses more on prosperity, miracles or healing than they do on the word of God, then surely there is great risk in believing in such a spirit. YES! he might be a prophet, his prophecies may have come true, his spirit may have healed so many BUT the questions which matter most are, after all had been said and done, were you revived spiritually? Were you encouraged to live according to every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God? Were you empowered through Christ to go and sin no more? Was the name of God (and NOT the prophet) glorified? When in need, do you run to GOD first or to the prophet?