Harare City Center Church Crusade (23 November to 6 December)
Theme: Discover Jesus
Song: More About Jesus
Speaker: Pastor Timuri
Day One: Samson compared to the modern day Christian based on Judges 16:19
1. Samson was regarded as a strong man in Israel. He was very popular that he could get any woman he wanted but he chose a Philistine (Delilah) who he could express his weakness to.
~ In like manner many Christians today are regarded as the spiritual giants/ prayers warriors, they have people running to them for prayers when they are in trouble, that they find it hard to share their own struggles with their fellow brethren. Hence they seek relief else where. They maintain an appearance of strength yet are weak inside.
2. Delilah was aware of Samson's strength so she knew for her to have a way around him, he had to be sleeping.
~ Likewise the devil understands the power of an active church hence his first attack is to get the Christian to slumber, to play church, to have a form of godliness but denying the power thereafter.
3. Delilah made Samson feel comfortable in his sins (by making him lie on her laps) to the extent that, though he knew Delilah attempted to kill him, he did not flee for his life.
~ In like manner, many Christians today know the things that are bad for them, things that will make them miss heaven, yet no attempt to reform is made.
4. Delilah's laps are anywhere you go to, to find rest or relief that is not to Jesus.
5. The saddest thing about most Christians is that, they are not connected to God and they don't know it.
6. The devil will suggest to you, trick you and then laugh at you.
Conclusion: What led to Samson's death is not the falling of the house but the place which he chose to go to, to find rest or relief, that is, Delilah's laps.
Key Lessons: In times of great distress, troubles, trials and temptations, instead of running to our modern day Delilah's laps (our pastors, elders, parents, spouses, alcohol, cigarettes, food, chocolate, shopping, etc) we should remember and respond to the call made by Jesus in Matthew 11:28 - "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Remain in the Lord!
Monday, 24 November 2014
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Click HERE to read the introduction to this series - book review of 'Enemy at the Gate' by Joe Crews.
Previously on this series... Chapter One: Flirting with the Enemy! We learnt that if you don't want the fruit of sin then don't go to the devil's orchard!
Chapter Two: Reaching the Mind
✨ If he is to alienate us from God, Satan must somehow gain control of our minds where all the life functions are centered.
✨ Satan understands and uses the avenue of the senses to communicate his message to the brain.
✨ Although the devil can't keep you from choosing to be saved if you want to be, he can make an indirect attack upon your will through your emotions.
✨ The greatest enemy of your will is your dependence upon feelings.
Author's interjection: This chapter really spoke to me, it made me think of all those times when I would say 'I don't feel like going to church' or 'I am not in the mood to study my bible or pray.' I realized true Christianity is not based on feelings but on principle. Following my feelings led me into making some decisions that when looking back to them today, I always ask myself 'what I was thinking?' Yes, God forgives and people change but scars will remain. Analogy - when you get hurt, the pain disappears, the wound heals but you carry the scars for a few years or even the rest of your life. Remember this analogy each time you are tempted to follow your feelings instead of principle.
Moral of the Chapter: Satan always makes the path of sin attractive. right and wrong can never be tested by what it LOOKS like, FEELS like or TASTES like. Satan spoke flattering words which appealed to Eve's ego and vanity. What she HEARD and SAW influenced her FEELINGS to such a degree that she became blinded to right and wrong.
Next of this series... Chapter Three - Getting rid of the Enmity!
Thursday, 6 November 2014
I am currently reading a super interesting book - 'Enemy at the Gate' by Joe Crews. In this book, the author examines the dangers of Christians drawing near to worldly attractions and explains where and how to draw the line and close the gates of your mind to everything that would lead you away from Christ. It's a typical present-truth book that I believe is a MUST READ for anyone eagerly awaiting the second advent of Christ. By that I mean YOU and me!
I decided to start a series were I will be sharing key lessons from each chapter every Thursday for the next nine weeks (a chapter per week). The aim is to encourage each other spiritually as we journey heavenward - Amen!
Chapter 1: Flirting with the Enemy
✨Something is wrong when saints and sinners enjoy the same brand of entertainment and laugh at the same jokes.
✨ Spots of worldliness here and there cannot be part of true religion. A clean separation is required.
✨ The great controversy between Christ and Satan is not being fought on some far away galactic battlefield millions of light-years from planet earth, it is taking place this very moment in the arena of your heart and mind.
Moral of the Chapter: We must not put ourselves on the enemy’s ground. We are only here as probationers. We must not act as though there were no tempting devil. There are temptations that come to us, and we cannot accept them and give them a place in the mind unless we peril our souls. We want to know that our feet are in safe paths. If you don't want the fruit of sin, then don't go to the devil's orchard!
Next on this Series... Chapter 2 - Reaching the Mind!
Remain in the Lord!
Monday, 3 November 2014
I have often heard people saying;
'I was born Christian' or 'I was born *insert your denomination here*' or specifically in the case of my fellow Seventh Day Adventists (SDAs), when asked how or when they joined the fold, they say 'I was born in the church' or 'I was born Adventist.'
The danger in this is that, many of us who had the privilege of belonging to a good Christian home, have now become lukewarm. Going to church has become a routine. Since we grew up hearing about Joseph, Daniel and the three Hebrew boys, we now think we know it all. When someone rebukes us in love, it comes out as judging and we are quick to take offense. We refuse to be corrected! We refuse to be wrong! We believe, since this Christian thing has been in our families long enough, no one knows it better than us right?
However my perception totally changed recently after listening to a sermon were the preacher said this statement "God does not have grandchildren" meaning no one is born Christian but rather we convert to Christianity. God gave all of us the choice to either serve him or serve him not (Deuteronomy 30:19), so whether or not you were born into a Christian/Adventist family, you have to make that choice some time in your life. We are not saved on someone else's merits, even if that person is mom or dad, pastor or elder.
Moral of the Story: Just because you grew up memorizing verses and singing scripture songs, doesn't make you a better Christian today. To God, your good past does not cover up your current wrongs. What you do with what you know reveals your character and God will hold you accountable for all the light you have received.
Remember you are God's child and NOT his grandchild!