The Spiritual Building

Jude 1:20
But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

I. BEFORE BUILDING.

1. Count the cost (Luke 14:28).

2. Prepare fit matter (2 Chronicles 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 3:12).

3. Prepare skilful and faithful builders.Some build a wall, but daub it with untempered mortar, which the shower and hailstones throw down again (Ezekiel 13:11). Some flattering builders there be that gild rotten posts and mud walls, and by flatteries cause people to err (Jeremiah 23.). Some that square their work by a false rule; not the Word, but some profounder school-learning.

II. IN BUILDING.

1. Lay a good foundation, both for matter and manner.

(1) The matter is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).

(2) Then the manner of laying this foundation sure is to dig deep, as you know the foundation of a great house had need to be. Lay it in humility and godly sorrow, called in Hebrews 6:1 the foundation of repentance, because it can never be laid without a deep sense of sorrow for sin, giving us a clear sight what need we have of Christ.

2. The foundation thus laid. Lay all the materials skilfully upon the same foundation; for building is an artificial coupling of all materials by square upon the same foundation. So here —

(1) There is use of many materials. In every mean house there must be somewhat of everything, some stone, timber, lime, lead, glass, iron, and in this building must be some degrees of all graces — some faith, hope, love, knowledge, and the rest. Faith as gates of brass, and door to let us in unto Christ and His Church for salvation; knowledge as windows to lighten the house, or else all would be dark; hope as the glass or casements to look out unto things believed, specially the life to come; love as the cement to knit all together; patience as the pillars, bearing all the weight of the house, etc.

(2) These and the rest of the graces muse be laid together (2 Peter 1:5).

(3) By line and square of the Word (Exodus 25:40).

(4) All upon the same foundation — Christ.

3. Build up to the laying of the roof and ridge tiles, still striving to perfection (Hebrews 6:1; Ephesians 2:21).

III. AFTER BUILDING.

1. As the Jews, having built an house, must dedicate it to the Lord, so do thou thine. Especially the temple and tabernacle were solemnly set apart for His service and sacrifices. Do thou also offer in this thy house the daily sacrifice of prayer, praise, alms which smell sweet (Philippians 4:18). Let it be the house of prayer, a spiritual house, to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5). Yea, offer thy soul and body a reasonable sacrifice, living and holy (Romans 12:1), which is the right dedication of thy house.

2. Furnish thy house with needful utensils.

(T. Taylor, D. D.)

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Something to recall – A date with My Father

I didn’t know how I would start in this topic, I have many key points to touch on but my beginning is kinda off. I wrote this so that I may remember what God spoke and before the Lord, you should know it is worth it to document what you hear is being said by The Spirit of God.

A few weeks back, I had purposed to withdraw myself from “my life.” This is now becoming a custom. Every October of the year, I have to look for a way to just go far off from my home to seek after God, not that I can not hear Him in my house, rather I seek to grow intimately with Him and to be acquitted with His blessed Spirit in a quieter and more serene place unlike my home.

For this reason, I do not seek any appraisal from any man for sharing this. I only seek that His name to be praised even the more for sacred times as such.

My date with God was for three days, An Esther’s kinda fast Read Esther 4:15-17. She called for this fast that she may find favor before the king on behalf of her people who were to be killed because of the command Haman gave out.

To be honest, I didn’t have any huge decision I was to make as Esther concerning her people but I just wanted to sit at God’s presence as I hear what His heart and mind echos out.

I packed my bags from Wednesday to leave early Thursday morning only to be delayed till a Friday morning Journey. I entered the crowded country bus station and manouvered to get a seat that was the only one remaining and off we took.

Now, I’ve been having occurences where my head ached when I go to new places and this has occurred several times – this is not the usual head ache that you would encounter normally. This has been a battle I’ve been facing in my Spirit. Many books have talked about Spiritual attacks and how to overcome them. You can look some of them in the internet. I never focused much on reading many myself but I choose to dwell on the weapons of spiritual warfare as compared to the attacks as I am well aware of some if not most of them. (I say this because many people go through spiritual battles and they dont understand what they face)

Day 1

(started at 4pm when I checked in the centre)

I arrived at a good time and that is when I started my devotion. In my mind, I kept praying that the preacher who will preach that evening would be gentle just as a teacher would but God had ordained an evangelist for the evening’s sermon. He was as radical as an american black preacher you know. I did not have the strength to keep on shouting Amen! To His word but my spirit listened quietly.

This day I remember was a day to pray for others as the Spirit of The Lord gave me ability. I recall waking up at 6:42am and just going before the Lord until 12pm. This is something I call friendship.

Oh! How I want to remain before Him and continually abide in His shelter. My friends! This is the most valuable thing God can grant. The fragnance of prayers is beautiful before Him.

My day ended with a sermon from yet another Teacher of The word. This time, The preacher was gentle. The sermons have to this day kept me going.

Before I write concerning Day 2, I would like to share my insight concerning prayer. This is what I learned. I found it pretty hard staying prayerful most nights or waking up on the wee hours to pray but one thing The Lord richly graced me with was His presence all throughout the day. I learned that I was not called to watch during the night hours but during the morning and some times during the early hours of the night. Ask The Holy spirit to guide you in the time that is suitable for you that you may not tire your body. Also, if The spirit of The Lord wakes you up at a time that is unusual heed to His voice and wake up and pray on whatever area He presents.

Day 2

(A day of listening)

I woke up at 6am sharp and I hurriedly brushed my teeth in order that I may keep time to go before God in praise. I remember having nothing that I prayed specifically for. I was in total surrender seated to hear God. He never spoke, my hope was upon His word, I waited.

I recall pacing up and down in the garden area when this phrase came to my mind, “look at the birds in the sky.” I began searching where in the book of Matthew Jesus spoke this words and why.

Matthew 6:26 KJV
[26]Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

I’ve had many days when I was worried sick of what to expect, money and more money issues. This verse gave me hope and assurance on all the 101 problems and expectations I still have.

My spirit became encouraged to seek to hear His voice concerning more. His Spirit gave me utterance this day to bless Him for what He had done.

Day 3

(A day of Praise)

My day started out with aches I can not expresss in my stomach, I felt very nauseous. Very weak. Dizzy. (I know medically speaking that I had subjected my body in anguish as I lacked water or the strength needful) I bless The Lord again who sustains not only my spirit but this dead body we all have. (I came to know later when i got home that i had had food poisoning, this was the food i ate before getting to the prayer centre)

The trials never ceased there, right after I prayed I went straight to bed. My sleep was then again turmoiled with sins I had arrogantly committed before I was firm in faith. I woke up at 2am deeply distressed with this dream. Previously, when I was in communion with my Lord, I remember asking Him to speak in whatever way He can, that this night won’t be like the others but He must reveal Himself to me. This quickly reminded me of who God is in my life, my saviour. The song, “I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me, my Lord!” Kept on playing in the back of my mind. I believe God was reminding me of His place in my salvation and that He is still working even though silent sometimes.

With all this, I woke up with praise and glorified Him for His love and the blood that was shed on my behalf for my purity and sanctification.

Some of the scriptures God put in my heart during this time were:

  • Isaiah 43
  • Matthew 6:25-34

A Book that I was led in reading was:

  • Becoming a prayer warrior by Elizabeth Alves

Conclusion

This has been by far my hardest fast, I’ve had experiences within my body that have never ever been before but with this said, I thank The good Lord for His faithfulness.

God, I have a problem. I dont trust you enough.

God, what is wrong with me?

Why is everything feeling so heavy..

Praying, Praising, Reading your Word, attending a church service, commiting to you…

I am weary, I am faint, my interest seem fixed on my will. God, my life is empty. I have nothing in me that is joyful of salvation.

My Lord, my eyes are glancing at you while all my gaze is on this world. I seem distressed, cast down is my soul, my head cannot lift itself.

Lord, my heart is weary, my flesh is dominating me, my spirit feels abandoned. Lord, I am lost, lead me to the cross where your blood poured out.

Where you said, it is finished and you washed me clean, stating I have risen with Christ, the old is gone the new has come. I am yours, my body, my soul, my life. Revive the joy of my salvation.

But before this, My heart cries out to confess, I am guilty, I am a sinner, I am proud. Humble me in Love. Forgive me Jesus. I repent of my sins, the many wrong and perverted thoughts that consciously crowd my mind, the words that come out of my heart and mouth, my attitude towards things, people., the actions that are contrary to your Word and teachings. Rid me of all these. I am sorry.

I seek no praise but yours, no higher power but yours, I need no other god but you Jesus. For in you, all fullness dwells of the Godhead.

Jesus, lover of my soul, draw me close to you, fill me, let my cup overflow with you. You have shown me a glimpse of so much ahead, what lacks is only my attention.

I give you all my attention, I choose to gaze more on things that are above. Give me a spirit of obedience to listen and heed to the instructions you give me.

Pray with me, for a spirit of prayer.

Forgiveness I deserve not

Hebrews 4:16
[16]Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

I need mercy,

Story time,
So, I had this dream last night and it was very vivid and real, someone wanted me dead and had carried a knife to stab me to death. Now, I dont recall much of why I seemed to have angered this young lady so bad. I felt all her pain and rage towards me. It was as though, she was mad on something I had done long ago. I tried talking to people who knew her but no one was interested in helping or advocating. They couldn’t do as much because they did not understand. I remember approaching this lady and just telling her to forgive me of all wrong I had done. In a moment, this girl cheered up, hugged me and lifted me up, suddenly my heart was at ease.

I’ve been pondering on this dream all day today, it was very abrupt though it felt so real it ended immediately after she forgave me.

Just writing this right now clarifies everything, God is trying to tell me of the sin that He despised and all the feelings he has on sin. The assurance He has for me, as Paul wrote in Colossians 2. That He died for my sins and that I can come before Him ask for forgiveness and He is merciful steadfast ready to accept me, to love me.

Action taken; prayer
Dear Lord, Thank you for the many ways you speak. This has been hard to understand but you who giveth knowledge, wisdom and understanding you’ve made it all clear now. I have done so many wrongs and you have had to practically show me. This has caused you to feel the pain that you already nailed at the cross, my Lord, I confess my sins before thee, please forgive me of my sins. Wash me clean by the blood of Jesus Christ, make me whole again, I am yours and not my own. Deprive me of any selfish ambitions that clings so close. Help me guard my mouth and my body. In Jesus Name. Amen!

All I need, is God

Somehow we tend to be carried away by our wants in life. We incline ourselves more on the ability of us having the power to dictate our lives. We suffer ourselves because we see that our circumstances are bigger and our resources are nothing. We lean more on the negative.

“Oh, I dont really see this coming through.” or “Oh, I cant see myself affording this.” or “Things are hard nowadays, you just have to have someone in the ‘government/influential’ to help with this.”

Its is however written in the bible that we shall lack no good thing 1. That we shall not want 2 and that we should be content with what we have 3.

We look at a situation and forget that God really is there, all present, Emmanuel 4 and all knowing. We forget about Him being all sufficient 5. Thinking the situation is bigger than trusting Him or His word.

I have been in this kinda mess where I really did not feel the love Christ talked about mostly and its cost me. Bible verses to encourage you and assure you of His love and presence.

But today, God touched me and once again I felt His embrace. He wiped away my tears and reminded me, how He loves me, John 3:16. He forgave me and made me whole again 8.

Though I feel broken at times, God has promised that I will sing for joy 6. That it will not be like this always 7. His comforter is right here with me. To encourage me of all what The Lord said, that He knew me before I was born. He had a greater purpose for me than all I can imagine 8 and 9.

This is my God, and I am not ashamed to say: I will serve Him, with or without.

Love, Jesus.

Bible references,

1.Psalms 34:10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

2.Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

3.Philipians 4:10-14 10I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.14Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles

4.Psalms 135:6, Isaiah 42:5, Psalms 33:6 Scripture on God being all knowing.

5.Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of need.

6.Isaiah 43:2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

7.Psalms 59:16 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

8.Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

9.Ephesians 1:4-14

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. 5Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)6 He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.7 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people – free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!8 He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need,9 letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ,10a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.11 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living,12 part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.13 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free – signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit.14 This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

Life spent kneeling

Last night I took a journey to Israel across the sea,

I did not go by boat or plane, I traveled on my knees,

I saw so many people with scars and wounds within,

But God told me that I should go – that there was oil to pour from Him,

I replied, “Lord, I cannot go and work with such as these.”

He answered quicky, ” yes you can, by traveling on your knees.”

He said, ” you pray and I will meet their needs, call and I will hear,

Be concerned about the fate of those far and near.”

And so I tried, knelt in prayer, gave up some hours of ease,

I felt the Lord right by my side, while traveling on my knees,

As I prayed on, I saw them helped and the badly wounded healed,

I saw God’s workers strength renewed while laboring on the field,

I said, “Yes Lord, I have a job_my desire thy will to please_come what may.”

“I can go and heed thy call by traveling on my knees”

Sandra Goodwin

Gallery

Photography

So, lately I’ve been really loving some epic pictures and they seem to just wow my heart.

These photographers have a way that they just capture the right moment and they transform everthing to look blissful, emotional and an auspicious art.

I wish I could just pack their bags and make every one of them come to Nairobi, Kenya. I need a shoot. 😭😭. ASAP.

How they me cry and have aww moments just loving their work.

To start with,

Portrait Amazing takes good close ups and has a great way of making them look so divine.

Drew Buckler by far has caught my eyes and heart in his amazing potraits and his way of transforming his pictures. He continues to have good taste if I should say.

Nathan Blaine, Can I just say I love him, I am in love with his work, if I put it right.

Caliallstaring, I lack words to say. We appreciate you being on earth. Your work just gets my heart beating.

Wmportraits, I am honored to like your pictures aha! Your portraits kill me. Cheers!

Luizclas, you end every nerve in my life.

Christoph Gellert, Germany seems like a walking distance from here when I immerse myself in your work.

Andre Nguyen, your work is a master piece.

For many others that I have not mentioned but are the most amazing people I would love and be graced to work with are;

The lights of beauty, Portrait Vision, Gallery of beautiful photo, MoodyGram portraiture, Vscoportrait, World of Portraits, Landh_photo, Ruslan Nurakhmedov, Andrews.

My list does not end there, For the love of Kenya and the people thereof; Nesh Maina and Joshua, I can not wait to work with you.

To name just afew, my list is endless, but first, lets take a moment and let all of these sink in as we appreciate these guys.

Love and Light

Patricia Green