Sunday, October 26, 2014

You Cannot Curse What God Has Blessed - You May Try But Won't Succeed

Numbers 23 NLT
Balaam Blesses Israel

1 Then Balaam said to King Balak, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven young bulls and seven rams for me to sacrifice.” 2 Balak followed his instructions, and the two of them sacrificed a young bull and a ram on each altar.

3 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stand here by your burnt offerings, and I will go to see if the Lord will respond to me. Then I will tell you whatever He reveals to me.” So Balaam went alone to the top of a bare hill, 4 and God met him there. Balaam said to Him, “I have prepared seven altars and have sacrificed a young bull and a ram on each altar.”

5 The Lord gave Balaam a message for King Balak. Then He said, “Go back to Balak and give him My message.”

6 So Balaam returned and found the king standing beside his burnt offerings with all the officials of Moab. 7 This was the message Balaam delivered:

“Balak summoned me to come from Aram;
the king of Moab brought me from the eastern hills.
‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me!
Come and announce Israel’s doom.’
8 But how can I curse those
whom God has not cursed?
How can I condemn those
whom the Lord has not condemned?
9 I see them from the cliff tops;
I watch them from the hills.
I see a people who live by themselves,
set apart from other nations.
10 Who can count Jacob’s descendants, as numerous as dust?
Who can count even a fourth of Israel’s people?
Let me die like the righteous;
let my life end like theirs.”

11 Then King Balak demanded of Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies. Instead, you have blessed them!”

12 But Balaam replied, “I will speak only the message that the Lord puts in my mouth.”

Balaam’s Second Message

13 Then King Balak told him, “Come with me to another place. There you will see another part of the nation of Israel, but not all of them. Curse at least that many!” 14 So Balak took Balaam to the plateau of Zophim on Pisgah Peak. He built seven altars there and offered a young bull and a ram on each altar.

15 Then Balaam said to the king, “Stand here by your burnt offerings while I go over there to meet the Lord.”

16 And the Lord met Balaam and gave him a message. Then He said, “Go back to Balak and give him my message.”

17 So Balaam returned and found the king standing beside his burnt offerings with all the officials of Moab. “What did the Lord say?” Balak asked eagerly.

18 This was the message Balaam delivered:

“Rise up, Balak, and listen!
Hear me, son of Zippor.
19 God is not a man, so He does not lie.
He is not human, so He does not change his mind.
Has He ever spoken and failed to act?
Has He ever promised and not carried it through?
20 Listen, I received a command to bless;
God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!
21 No misfortune is in His plan for Jacob;
no trouble is in store for Israel.
For the Lord their God is with them;
He has been proclaimed their king.
22 God brought them out of Egypt;
for them He is as strong as a wild ox.
23 No curse can touch Jacob;
no magic has any power against Israel.
For now it will be said of Jacob,
‘What wonders God has done for Israel!’
24 These people rise up like a lioness,
like a majestic lion rousing itself.
They refuse to rest
until they have feasted on prey,
drinking the blood of the slaughtered!”

25 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Fine, but if you won’t curse them, at least don’t bless them!”

26 But Balaam replied to Balak, “Didn’t I tell you that I can do only what the Lord tells me?”

Balaam’s Third Message

27 Then King Balak said to Balaam, “Come, I will take you to one more place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them from there.”

28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Mount Peor, overlooking the wasteland. 29 Balaam again told Balak, “Build me seven altars, and prepare seven young bulls and seven rams for me to sacrifice.” 30 So Balak did as Balaam ordered and offered a young bull and a ram on each altar.

Numbers 24 NLT

1 By now Balaam realized that the Lord was determined to bless Israel, so he did not resort to divination as before. Instead, he turned and looked out toward the wilderness, 2 where he saw the people of Israel camped, tribe by tribe. Then the Spirit of God came upon him, 3 and this is the message he delivered:

“This is the message of Balaam son of Beor,
the message of the man whose eyes see clearly,
4 the message of one who hears the words of God,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
who bows down with eyes wide open:
5 How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob;
how lovely are your homes, O Israel!
6 They spread before me like palm groves,
 like gardens by the riverside.
They are like tall trees planted by the Lord,
like cedars beside the waters.
7 Water will flow from their buckets;
their offspring have all they need.
Their king will be greater than Agag;
their kingdom will be exalted.
8 God brought them out of Egypt;
for them He is as strong as a wild ox.
He devours all the nations that oppose Him,
breaking their bones in pieces,
shooting them with arrows.
9 Like a lion, Israel crouches and lies down;
like a lioness, who dares to arouse her?
Blessed is everyone who blesses you, O Israel,
and cursed is everyone who curses you.”

10 King Balak flew into a rage against Balaam. He angrily clapped his hands and shouted, “I called you to curse my enemies! Instead, you have blessed them three times. 11 Now get out of here! Go back home! I promised to reward you richly, but the Lord has kept you from your reward.”

12 Balaam told Balak, “Don’t you remember what I told your messengers? I said, 13 ‘Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord.’ I told you that I could say only what the Lord says! 14 Now I am returning to my own people. But first let me tell you what the Israelites will do to your people in the future.”

Balaam’s Final Messages

15 This is the message Balaam delivered:

“This is the message of Balaam son of Beor,
the message of the man whose eyes see clearly,
16 the message of one who hears the words of God,
who has knowledge from the Most High,
who sees a vision from the Almighty,
who bows down with eyes wide open:
17 I see Him, but not here and now.
I perceive Him, but far in the distant future.
A star will rise from Jacob;
a scepter will emerge from Israel.
It will crush the heads of Moab’s people,
cracking the skulls of the people of Sheth.
18 Edom will be taken over,
and Seir, its enemy, will be conquered,
while Israel marches on in triumph.
19 A ruler will rise in Jacob
who will destroy the survivors of Ir.”

20 Then Balaam looked over toward the people of Amalek and delivered this message:

“Amalek was the greatest of nations,
but its destiny is destruction!”

21 Then he looked over toward the Kenites and delivered this message:

“Your home is secure;
your nest is set in the rocks.
22 But the Kenites will be destroyed
when Assyria takes you captive.”

23 Balaam concluded his messages by saying:

“Alas, who can survive
unless God has willed it?
24 Ships will come from the coasts of Cyprus;
they will oppress Assyria and afflict Eber,
but they, too, will be utterly destroyed.”

25 Then Balaam left and returned home, and Balak also went on his way.
 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Usishindane na Mungu Bure

Usishindane na Mungu bure
Kama huna zuri la kusema
Ni bora unyamaze kimya
Muda ukifika  Atakubariki tu
Muda ukifika Atakuinua tu

Usishindane na Mungu bure
Amua kunyenyekea
Amua leo kujifunza
Muda ukifika  Atakubariki tu
Muda ukifika Atakuinua tu

Usishindane na Mungu bure
Endelea Kumsifu
Endelea Kumtii
Muda ukifika  Atakubariki tu
Muda ukifika Atakuinua tu


- Shairi limeandikwa na Helena Majaga


Wiki hii nimekuwa mbinafsi kidogo, nimependelea waTanzania wenzangu na wote wanofahamu lugha ya Kiswahili. Kama ulikuwa unafuatilia wiki hii nimeweka nyimbo za tenzi za rohoni tu! Nilianza na “Mbele Naendelea,” nikaja na “Yesu Unipendaye,” halafu “Nataka Nimjue Yesu au Nataka Nimfahamu Yesu,” na pia “Ninaye Rafiki Naye.”

Sasa naomba nikamilishe shairi langu hapo juu na mwimbo wa Atosha Kisava usemao “ Kila Mtu Anasema Umwema.”

Na mimi nasema Umwema. Umwema Jehova Umwema.

 Mbarikiwe sana!

 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Called To Love God and People

Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
 
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NLT

There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1 KJV

Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My Will, but Thine, be done. Luke 22:42 KJV

If you love Me, keep My commandments. John 14:15 NKJV

John 15:18-21 NKJV

18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

 
The greatest commandments in the law basically say we are called to love God and people. When you love God and people, it will be easier to break away from a sinful daily life. And this new nature of loving God and people can be found when we have Jesus in our lives.

Jesus through The Holy Spirit of God is able to help us overcome the temptation of not loving God or people whenever we feel to do so. Because when we are in Jesus, He will give us that new nature that will give us desires to want to love God and people, and not desiring to sin anymore. But we have to yield to The Holy Spirit of God’s help when He offers to help, because He will not force us.

Thank to God for His grace, there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Meaning when you are in Jesus, and live godly, with the help of The Holy Spirit, you will automatically be able to heed to His instructions and guidance, and do the things of the Spirit like walking in love, live by faith, and et cetera.

When we decide to live godly we have to keep in mind that those who live godly do suffer persecution. Most of the time some of the people God has placed in your life and assigned you to love, and also He could show His love or reveal Himself to them through you, are the same people sometimes will be used by satan, the enemy of God, to persecute you. That’s why Jesus said in this world we will be persecuted, but be of good cheer, He have overcome them all. Because He overcame all the persecutions in His life here on earth, He will also help us overcoming them. Either by helping us forgive those who has wronged us by removing the grudges in our hearts, or by strengthen our faith in God; whatever how He will choose to help us overcome our persecutions so that we may persevere with what God has called us to do.

Even when it comes to the rest of tasks God assigns us daily, weekly, yearly, or our lifetime, to bring His purposes to pass in our lives; most of the time do come with many obstacles. And you must know that when we say yes to God for Him to use us we need to prepare to go through some kind of discouragement, resistance, suffering, or pain. Even Jesus pleaded to God The Father three times, at the garden of the gethsemane, when He asked Him three times if He is willing to take the cup away from Him, but not His will but The Father Will be done. By carrying on with the plans, Jesus taught us that for God to use us, it demands faith, obedience, and sacrifice in denying our self wills. And He also showed us that He loves God The Father and He also loves us.


I think it will be impossible to do like what Jesus did for us, if we do not love God and people. And two ways we can show we love God are through faith by trusting and through action by obeying Him and His Word. And two ways can motivate us to love our neighbors are by surrendering it all to God and trust all things will work out.


And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34 NIV

I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. John 10:11 NIV

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.1 John 4:20 NIV
 
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV
 
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me. Matthew 16:24 NLT

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, Who loved us. Romans 8:37 NLT

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV
 
Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.1 Peter 5:7 KJV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. John 15:13 NIV


You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:43-44 NIV

 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 KJV

 1Peter 2:20-24 NLT
20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.
21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in His steps.
22 He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.
23 He did not retaliate when He was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when He suffered.
He left His case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
24 He personally carried our sins
in His body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By His wounds
you are healed.

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ISAIAH 62 KJV

1 For Zion's sake will I not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.

3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,

7 And give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

8 The Lord hath sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:

9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.

10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.

12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Do Not Be Discouraged; This Too Shall Pass

Hey you old and new enemy…
If you think are discouraging me;
You are discouraging yourself.
Been there done that,
To me, you are just a rewind.
I am immune to your tricks
In Swahili you could also say
‘Nimekomazwa na matatizo’
You are my indication
That I'm moving forward-
That I'm getting closer -
To achieving my dreams.
Even the greatest fall several times,
But stood up again and again,
And never let you discouraged them.
In case you did not know-
They were mentioned to be the greatest,
Because they never gave up
On their greatest dreams.
After all, when God say 'Yes'
Nobody can say 'no'


- Poem by Helen Majaga