During this covid Pandemic crisis we found ourselves in a new normal. Phrases like social distancing and sanitizing became the order of the day. Everything happens for a reason and for a season. The precious time spent in lockdown will one day be a far memory.
With that in mind, I chose to do something memorable with those lockdown hours. Apart from homeschooling and homemaking, I gave myself a target. I will write from the deposits of my spirit, inspiration and insights we need in our daily lives.
In the past few months, by the grace of God, I poured out as the spirit led. Spending hours in prayers and meditation to understand the mystery of Perfected Praise.
Why Perfected Praise?
Every year in the summer we hold a Perfected Praise Summit in our Church. For three days we spend time in the Presence of God, Praising and just ascribing to Him the honor that is due to His name. It is always such a refreshing moment.
However, I believe that it should not only be moments, there is a possibility of developing it to a lifestyle.
I reflected on my life and I realized it is a praise report. Through the pages of this book you will realize that praise should not only be experienced during a worship service. I can’t wait for you to read it!!
Perfected Praise Purview will lead you on a journey through realms and levels of Praise.
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When Jesus went to Jordan to be baptized, John was hestitant. But Jesus convinced him of the necessity and he complied.
Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is ﬁtting for us to fulﬁll all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him. (NASB) Matthew 3:13-15
The baptism of John signified repentance.Water baptism by immersion symbolizes our identity in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (NASB) Romans 6:3-4
It is our mandated obligation to make disciples all over the world through sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and baptizing them that believe.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit . . . Matthew 28:19 (NASB
In my few years of ministry, by the grace of God, I have not only led people to Christ but also had the opportunity to baptize them. I recently preached about Phillip and how He witnessed to the Ethiopian eunuch. When the Ethiopian saw a pool of water, He requested to be baptized. Phillip baptized him, and He was filled with great joy. Acts 8: 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more and went on his way rejoicing.
There is so much joy that comes from fulfilling all righteousness. I remember when I was baptized with nostalgia. I had faithfully attended discipleship classes for two years. Every time there was baptism, I was told I was too young to be baptized. In that span of two years, the church had conducted eight baptisms. These occurred after three months of vigorous discipleship classes. I attended each session with the hope that, eventually, I will be allowed to partake that essential practice in my new found faith. By the way, this happened when I was between the age of 9-10 years. By the time I turned 11years, the pastor in charge had made me a promise, ” If your parents consent to your baptism, we will not hold you off again, I promise.”
Ooh, the joy that filled my tender heart was unspeakable. I decided to fast and pray before asking my parents to consent. I wanted to be baptized so strongly with every fiber within. I skipped lunch for a whole week and attended lunch hour services to pray, precisely that God will soften my Mum and Dad’s hearts. I look back and am encouraged by how God answered those prayers. Every answered prayer increased my faith and passion for God. On Sunday after the discipleship classes, I made my request, and to my surprise, they agreed. My parents’ response was, ” if the pastors agree to baptize you this year, we have no objection.” I could not wait for Sunday to share my good news with the pastor, so the next day after school, I attended the evening service with the sole purpose of informing Him to write my name on the list.
Months went by, and eventually, the D day was here. My brother Patrick teased me a lot the previous night. The baptism was to happen in the Chania River in Thika. He talked of how if I harbored any sins, the hippos and crocodiles would feast on me. The fear and panic caused me to spend the night on my knees in prayers. I repented every known, and unknown sins sanctified myself by the blood of Jesus and surrendered fully to the will of God. In the morning, I was relaxed and calm as we headed to the river.
My turn came, and I confidently walked into the water, a big smile plastered my face, I was ready to partake in this essential practice in my faith. Something supernatural happened, I tend to attribute it to either the coldness of the water or the divine favor of God. I remember going into the water, and my eyes opened, and I witnessed a magnificent sighting. I saw angels dressed in white apparel and carrying silver, gold, and bronze packages. One by one they gave me the gifts, I counted nine gifts all wrapped, but I came to before I unwrapped any of them. When I came to, I was speaking in tongues, and my mum was helping me change in the changing tent. I tried speaking in ordinary language, but I could not stop myself. When she saw the concern written on my face, she held me and prayed with me in tongues, too, explaining to me that I have not only been baptized with water but with the holy spirit also.
Years later, As I serve the Lord it gives me so much joy to see new believers make that decision. Like that Ethiopian Eunuch as long as there is water nothing should hinder one from being baptized. We have held baptism in pools, streams, rivers and lakes.
As I write this my purpose is to ignite someone’s first love . The passion, the zeal, and the due dilligence we had when we first believed. The desire to follow and fulfill the precepts, the teachings and the statues of the kingdom. May that first love be reactivated in your life in Jesus name.
I attended a worship experience recently. What a great place to be since it was the last Sunday of the year. I was filled with gratitude and adoration for making it through. One thing was certain as I drove to the event, I needed a safe space to just let my father know that I am grateful for His faithfulness. As we worshipped, I felt the unmistakable, tangible, overwhelming presence of God fill the place. I don’t know whether the others felt it or not, but with tears streaming down my face, I whispered to Him my gratitude. I did not care about who else can feel him or what will people think about me. Needless to say, I had spent a chunk of my preparation time applying makeup that day. My daughter Patience, whose opinion I value on my makeup, was astonished at how good it looked. “Mum, today it’s professional; you look amazing!” She had commented. As with all praises and compliments, that approval had put a spring on my step for the day. (I know you understand that good feeling that adds to your confidence. )
But when His presence came down, I didn’t care for the makeup or the new outfit I had adorned. I had to choose between saving face or seeking His face. I chose the latter.
As we progress in pursuit of God this year, let us chose to seek His face. When Mary worshiped at the feet of Jesus. She did not worry about what the people in the room thought about her or even said concerning her. She wiped His feet with her tears. Broke an expensive alabaster box of perfume. She did not care about the cost. I am sure the box had a way to open and sparingly use the perfume in bits. But she broke it, meaning gave it all. That Worship touched the heart of Jesus.
Purpose with me this year to touch His heart. Imagine what an experience we would have if we gathered in one accord and with the unity of purpose. The purpose is to touch His heart, to seek His face. Where we break our ego, dignity, and titles. Where our seat of emotions is freely released to express hunger, a thirst, and a desire for Him alone. Where our prayers are not aimed at receiving financial, material, or social breakthroughs, but it is all about His will, ways, and purpose.
Like Moses, my heart cries show me your glory. I am amazed at His goodness and glory, but I want to know Him. Yes, it is about the Kingdom, but can we focus on the King?
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, hast thou established strength, Because of thine adversaries, That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
Understanding the power of praise will advance our levels and discipline of Praise.
Join us as we Praise through for our breakthroughs. Join us for the perfected praise summit as we learn about the power of praise and levels of praise.
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I imagined how Jesus lived everyday during his ministry with Judas.Jesus knew that his purpose will be fulfilled through Judas.
When calling the apostles Jesus didn’t postpone Judas appointment.Yet Jesus Knew
When assigning responsibility
Judas was an office bearer in Jesus ministry, The treasurer of His ministry was Judas.Yet Jesus Knew.
Judas motives and love of money was in display when a woman with expensive perfume worshipped at Jesus feet.He complained of the act and monetarized the worship to be worthy two hundred denari.Judas hid behind the mask of helping the poor.Yet Jesus Knew.
Judas was ensnared by what he loved most…Money.Thirty pieces of silver would increase the treasury, his ministry would increase.Simply by a kiss and the increase would happen.Yet Jesus Knew.
What do you do with the Judas of your life?
How did Jesus live with Judas in his life?
When I was a kid, I would sneak in the kitchen and put my little hands in the sugar jar, take a handful and then put it in the mouth. Later, my mom would ask me if I ate the sugar and I would say no, although my whole face is covered with sugar. She would then take the wooden spoon and discipline me. There were times I lied about things which are more serious than eating sugar but the punishment was the same, the wooden spoon ( mwiko).
In this blog today, we will take the context of God as the parent and us being the kids. In the bible God makes it clear that it doesn’t matter what sin you have committed; it is all equal in His eyes. That means, if you lie about eating sugar, in God’s eyes, it is all equal as someone who is a murderer.
As human beings, it is very easy for us to compare ourselves with other people and we might see that we are better than them which will lead us to judging people, which then will lead to pride. For me, if I lied about eating sugar, or skipped school and lied, my mom would discipline me for both with a wooden spoon. When you have committed a ‘big’ sin and another one has committed a ‘little’ sin, God will forgive both. It doesn’t matter whether you have gossiped, killed, sexual immorality, all these can be forgiven by God.
In our eyes, some sins are unforgivable, eg, killing. How does it make you feel that a killer is put in the same class as someone who stole a pencil?
My name is patience, Paynter. I am a Christian, a pastor’s kid ( pastor Lucy Paynter) and above all, I am a minister of God. I am a Sunday school teacher and I will focus this blog to reach many kids and younger people. I am a second-year biology major student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
In this blog, we will have open discussions on the questions you may have regarding your faith. What are some of the questions you have, do you have any doubts, let us share here and discuss them. The main reference and the answer to all the questions will be in the bible.
When I was a Sunday school teacher, I had a dream where I saw before my eyes a structure like a table that had the shape of Kenya, comprising very fertile soil that had terraces with many eggs lined up like in an incubator, waiting to hatch. One of the children in my Sunday school class was with me. A lady who stood next to me asked me, “Does this child know how to talk?” I responded in the negative. Pointing at the eggs she told me that even if the child doesn’t speak, she should be told all the prophecies about the revival God was saying would break out in Kenya because when they grow up they will remember.”
Around the year 2012, God had given a prophecy that Kenya will be the lighthouse of Africa and the springboard of revival to the whole world. God wanted the children to be informed of these great plans as they would also be involved in the revival that would run for the next 20 years. As represented by the incubated eggs, the children are the future of the church and God wants them to be molded in godly ways by their parents because there is no time to repeat to them when they are grown the things God taught their parents. The eggs also showed the revival that was about to hatch in kenya as prophesied. The bible fully supports this as in the scripture below:
13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.
(Mark 10:13-16 NIV Bible)
Our small church in the village in the 20s would hold missions in the church or attend conferences in other churches that would invite us to minister a whole week in which we would hold morning devotional prayers, go for door to door evangelism , hold open air crusades and hold revival services in the evening from seven to nine. As our church didn’t have many members, we always allowed the children to carry out various tasks and even sing in the services. We would also go with them for outside missions.
Later, God opened for us international doors of evangelism. The first one was in Rwanda but we had planned to leave behind the children because of the high cost of travel and other logistics like acquiring the passports. Amazingly, through revelations, God insisted that He wanted them onboard. We had no choice but to obey our master. We carried eight children, one of them barely a year old. God loves children and this became clear to us when we travelled in a bus that was half full from Nairobi to Kampala Uganda. The children played in the back cabin of the bus and it looked like we had hired the bus. We involved them in the Rwanda mission and they were really joyous.
While we were there the women marveled at our going with children to every service and they opened up to us that they never carried their children to church. In fact the only children in those services were from our side. They had always thought children a bother and therefore would always leave them at home. They promised to be taking children with them to church and for sure they kept their word because when our pastor visited the church later, she found many children in the church service. That’s when it dawned on us why God had wanted us to go with the children. Their presence would prove to the church that children are useful in the house of God.
15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?”
And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,
‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’?”
(Matthew 21:15-16 NIV Bible)
God wants children to be part and parcel of the church ministry. One time I had the mandate to program the leaders of church and fellowship service. Sometimes I would lack someone willing to conduct the service or prayers and I would end up taking double or multiple roles. One time God impressed upon me that any time an adult declined to lead in the service, I should call upon a child to do it. God always released His grace at such times and the child in question would do a good job and therefore get motivated.
Another time we went to Uganda for a mission and again God required we carry the children. We managed to get fare from Kenya to Uganda but were left with nothing for the return fare. The very last day of mission was on a Sunday and still we hadn’t garnered any money for bus fare back to Kenya. Then a miracle happened during the Sunday service! The Sunday school from Kenya was presenting and one by the name Vickie struggled to release herself from the aunt. She was at the age of crawling. The struggle was so fervent that the aunt surrendered and the child crawled to the altar. She stood up holding onto one of the other bigger children, cried for the microphone and as the others sang, she too mumbled only God knows what. This action excited the church so much that they started blessing the Sunday school group with lots of money that they threw to the altar. That’s the money we used for fare back to Kenya; provided by God through a child. I don’t want to imagine what would have happened had we left the children behind.
Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”
(Mark 9:36-37 NIV Bible)
In another instance, some children from a neighbor in our plot would visit my son in our house but sometimes I would send them away because they were violent and had vulgar language, of course picked from the mother who had a habit of insulting them. God warned me against sending them away and required I teach them that fighting and insulting are bad. When I did this, I would come from work and the children would run to me saying, “Mama Edmund, umuthi nii ndinarumana” ‘Edmund’s mother, I didn’t insult anybody at all today. The mother would also hear such testimonies from the children and she too stopped the insults and later got born again. We should receive all children especially our children’s friends, and if any has a wayward behavior, we should try to correct it as well as pray for them and their families.
Moreover, a child namely Victor was always last in academic performance in my son’s class. Their teacher employed a strategy where she marched the bright with the low performers. My son was marched with Victor. When my son told me this, I was struck by the name Victor and wondered how your name can pronounce victory yet you be last in performance. We prayed for Victor with my son because we realized his intellect had been stolen by the devil, the greatest thief of all thieves. After sometimes as my son continued supporting Victor in studies, Victor’s performance shot up to an extent that in one paper, he defeated my son who was always top of the class. The Lord had delivered him from intelligence snatchers. God cares about our children’s performance in school.
During this period of the Covid 19 pandemic, I dreamt having gone to my friend’s home and marveled at seeing her children’s complexion turned yellowish. I was shocked when she told me that since Covid 19 broke out, five months down the line, the children had remained indoors. I told her that is very wrong because they needed vitamin D for the strength of their bones. I advised her to be taking them for a walk outside every now and then. In other words, God is concerned with how we bring up our children; it should be healthy in all aspects.
God really cares for children and they are always in the deep of His heart. He expects us to not only love and hold them with tender care but also involve them in relevant events in the kingdom of God.
I love nature,there is something calming and assuring in the way the trees flow with winds,whistling and sometimes clapping. The flow of waters on the rocky streams,or sometimes just flowing quietly and smoothly. But what I love most is to lie or sit on a well manicured, green land under the shade of a tree and just relax.
Whenever I do this I reflect on Psalms 23:2
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalms 23:2 KJV
The Lord is concerned with our rest. In the midst of the busyness around us, He encourages us to take rest and reflect. I believe rest is a part of life that cannot be skipped or ignored. No wonder from the Genesis of the world rest was introduced on the seventh day.
Take time to rest from your busy schedules
Take time to rest from your worries and cares
Take time to rest from your pursuits and passions
A restful bliss brings rejuvenating energy and strength to go on. You may not have a budget to go for vacation but do something restful and relaxing often.
There are times in life when I have not practiced this concept of rest in life. Needless to say the results of continued work with no rest is a burnout and a rollercoaster of emotions that affect everything and everyone around me.
Enjoy some restful bliss moments and let me know how it turns out.
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
(John 2:1-5 NKJV Bible)
Jesus’s time to serve has come but this understanding has been understood by the mother only. Therefore, Jesus goes to the wedding to enjoy and then go home just like everybody else. However, His mother who has all along known the ministry to which Jesus is called knows that it’s the time for Jesus to start His work. She therefore goes right ahead and calls on the disciples to follow Jesus’s instructions.
When Jesus realizes the weight of the matter described by the mother, He executes it out rightly, and thus accomplishes His first miracle of turning water into wine; choice wine that was better than the one they had drunk, therefore solving a problem in people’s lives of inadequate refreshments in a wedding; which if not solved, could have blurred the mood of the day as well as cause embarrassment on the part of the host. He not only brought a solution to a societal problem but also brought glory to Himself and His disciples put their faith in Him.
In the same way, in the last three days I have been going to the Ministry of Lands because an elderly friend of mine require my assistance in pursuing a leasehold for her land. This friend of mine has had spinal problems and therefore I assist her here and there to pursue errands. Therefore, initially I thought it would be a smooth ride; we finish with the requirements, get the leasehold and go home!
Fortunately or unfortunately as it turned out, we did not have an easy time. The land officer was attending a land board in a different place and nobody knew when he would come. We therefore waited the whole day to no avail. In the evening, we were so frustrated that the zeal I had to help was drained; therefore I wasn’t willing to take my friend the following day unless we were sure the land officer would come. My friend had left behind her contacts so that they would call her when the officer came.
That night I heard in my spirit someone telling another or others, “Kai tutangithii twendie mugunda ucio?” ‘Why can’t we go and sell that land?’ These words brought me to full alertness. The situation in the country is such that there is so much corruption surrounding land; some people even acquiring counterfeit title deeds or leasehold and then selling peoples’ land. I therefore knew there were some rotten things the devil was planning. I prayed fervently until God assured me of victory and His mercies through a song He put in my spirit, ” Mtetezi wangu, yuaishi leo, mtetezi, wangu yu hai” That is, ‘My redeemer lives’ I thus called my friend and we agreed to go the following day without waiting for the call from the officers.
The next day wasn’t easy either. We waited from 9a.m.to 1 p.m. yet the officer hadn’t come. I then remembered a dream where I had seen the actual building where we were. In the dream, the building had been depicted as being so dirty with muddy waters on the stairs and I was to wash it clean. This made me realize the reason why God wanted me there. My business was to wash away the spiritual dirt that overshadowed the Ministry of Lands. People use stairs to go to the offices for services. In a government office, except for the legally set charges, the services should be offered free of charge as the officers are paid by the government. The process (stairs), of acquiring these services has; however, been marred by grand corruption: bribery, favoritism, delayed services etc.
I thus repented for all the frustration, oppression and even bloodshed that have ever been meted out on the innocent people by corrupt greedy officers who ask for bribes before they serve you and also relatives who, led by their selfishness, plan and execute annexing of their land with that of their brothers and sisters. The innocent souls cry to God day and night and this grieves the Holy Spirit thus making that institution appear dirty in the eyes of God.
After thorough prayer of repentance and deliverance, the officer came at 1p.m.and we were served promptly. In the third day, we waited in another section of the ministry and we were served in the evening 6pm. just because we refused to offer bribes.
I realized that whenever God takes us, there is both our business and God’s business to be carried out. If you don’t recognize this, you go through uncalled for trouble that makes you wonder why you are in the kingdom of God yet still struggling. We work in partnership with God. We should command the kingdom of God with its power to every place we go and as a result it will be easy for us.
In a nutshell my dear brethren, we carry the river of life that should go cleansing the dirty evil society we live in. We must manifest the healing, delivering and saving power of the kingdom of God to His creation. Just like Jesus, our main task is to go into the world to deliver God’s creation, as exemplified by the scripture below:
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
(Romans 8:18-22 NKJV Bible)
This will in turn bring glory to God and cause spiritual breakthrough in our lives.
In the depths of my heart I believe in the faithfulness of God. It is not easy to comprehend his ways and timing, but through it all I am convinced of His unconditional love for me.
The Prophet Isaiah wrote that our ways and His are far apart .
Isaiah 55:8-9New International Version
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
We align ourselves to fit in His plans and His ways by living a life of total surrender. Yielded and fully trusting. I guess that is where I am right now. I am not afraid, I am calm within me even though every other thing without is screaming worry and fear.
I feel the touch of His hand holding me and a whisper of his voice in my inner ear, saying, “you are mine ,I love you. “
I cannot fully explain it but as I lay in this hospital bed, I am calm and at peace from that assurance that I am not alone.
Maybe you are reading this, and there is a turmoil within or without you. I urge you to believe with me that God will not fail you.
Which Work do you do in the church? Is there some work you despise and think others should do it but not you? Before I got born again, I thought some work like cleaning the house was lowly and therefore I left it to my house help. I made a mistake of carrying the same attitude to the church upon getting saved.
There is this one Sunday when I found my lady pastor and her husband cleaning the altar seats as well as sweeping the earthen floor in our village church. I didn’t find anything wrong with them doing the work, though I wondered where they had been on Saturday for they should have done it then to avoid consuming time for church service. I dismissed them as disorganized and time unconscious. Of course I could see my lady pastor feeling embarrassed that they were cleaning as the church members sat waiting for them to finish and begin the service. Little did I know that the work of cleaning the house of God was mine. I had a bachelor degree and teaching in high school; so, I couldn’t imagine that such work can be done by people of my calibre.
After feeding on the Word of God and attending a seminar( actually, God spoke to me in a dream that I should attend that seminar for it was being hosted by a different church, and there we were taught about being faithful stewards even in tough times), I became alert about serving God. This commitment was also prompted further when I started experiencing dreams of the church and it’s compound being dirty. I started cleaning it every Saturday and any time I failed to clean, I would be shown in a dream the dirty compound and that would require I wake up early on Sunday and do it before service.
When I left that church after relocating to another town, I prayed to find out in what area I should serve in the church; and again, God impressed upon me in a dream that part of the work I should do there was cleaning the church. Of course there was a lady employed to do the work but God wanted me there. The take was that I would wash the church and in turn God would show me revelations, some pertaining to the church, others personal and others concerning other individuals. After washing for one year, God showed me in a dream that it was time to pursue my masters degree; a promise He had made to me some 6 years back. Thus, doing God’s work opens for us doors of blessings that the devil has closed for along time.
I later moved to the city and this time round I didn’t want to continue washing the church because I was doing my masters at the university, therefore I thought that I should be relieved of the task. So, I didn’t ask God about it. I then had a dream where I was told that I am tired of cleaning the altar. I ignored this for sometime but when other dreams persisted on the same I had to pray for the Grace of God that I accept the task. It was impressed upon me in a dream that I am the one who washes the church thoroughly, better than anyone else. Actually, my personality is such that I am conscious of even the finest dirt and I always go out of my way to clean it, even in contexts outside the church.
Any time I wasn’t available and someone else washed the altar, God would show me in a dream some places not attended, that were dusty, and sure enough, come Sunday, I would see traces of dust in various places, and of course feel embarrassed.
When churches were closed due to the novel Covid 19 epidemic, I too decided to take a leave in washing the church altar, but then I saw in a dream, the church altar having black ant soil on the edges of the carpet, and this impressed upon me that I had to continue washing.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
(Ephesians 4:11,12 NKJV Bible)
In short, there is a task that God wants to entrust a particular person with because God has endowed them with the right skill or God is pleased only when it’s done by that person. Some work is prestigious and can even make one a celebrity, but others are usually looked down upon but God expects us to attend them diligently without complaining.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
(2 Timothy 2:20 NKJV Bible)
This photo of Irene was taken on Saturday, the 16th of May, 2020, during the washing of a local church altar
I challenge you to find out what work God wants you to be doing and God will not only release His grace to do it but also bless you out of it. I completed my Masters in Linguistics but I continue washing the altar of God, and God loves it that way. Sanctify yourself for God’s work even when people don’t acknowledge you, because, more importantly, God will honor you. God bless you as you search out the service God wants you to render in His kingdom.
The bible addresses the issue of deceiving appearances. It’s actually ironical that the very highly informed scribes and Pharisees, who knew the law of God very closely and quoted it at every instance, are the same ones who attacked the Word of God(Jesus) ,when He was revealed as messiah. One then wonders how you can teach about the messiah and fail to recognize Him when he comes.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
( Matthew 23:27-28 NKJV)
In the book of Revelation 3:1-2, the Holy Spirit talks of a dead church:
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,
‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.
But in this article, I wish to talk of dead ministries. It’s possible to be born again and go about life as if everything is okay, yet there is a calling to God’s work you haven’t answered. Consequently, the kingdom of God suffers scarcity of workers.
Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
(Luke 10:2 NKJV)
Sadly, this is the case in these latter times, despite the fact that the Holy Spirit is being poured upon all flesh.
28 “And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
(Joel 2:28-29 NKJV)
Prophesy, visions and dreams should be for edifying the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit releases many gifts and ministries for His work. Despite this, no sooner do many people answer the call to serve God than their ministries die. This results from a number of factors, but here I will discuss only one.
Some ministries die because the said ministers are mislocated. There are many Christians that are members of big churches yet God wants them to be in a small upcoming church, so as to support it to full growth. I was a culprit in this kind of a situation.
Immediately I got born again, I was advised by a certain pastor to join a Pentecostal church so as to grow spiritually. He took me to a number of them and ordinarily, I chose one just because it had many members contrasted with the others. Nevertheless, for the three months I was a member there, I was totally feeling out of place. The pastor was greatly used by God with great teaching, the members praised and worshipped well, but I always felt I didn’t fit. I thus embarked on a prayer to God to show me where I should fellowship, or tell me my purpose for being there. I prayed for a time but God didn’t answer.
Then one Saturday, I told God that the next day, Sunday, I would not go to church, not unless He showed me where to go. That night, I had this dream. I saw so many graves lined up on a patch of land. The graves were cemented white with white crosses. They were beautiful to behold. But then a voice told me that I would end up like that if I continued to go to that church.
In the morning I decided to attend service in a small church deep in the village near there. The lady pastor there was a member of a home cell fellowship I had started to attend. One day, I visited her home and as we shared, I got surprised to realize that a dream I had before meeting her was exactly similar to the things she was telling me about her past life. Her house was similar to the house I had seen in the dream. In the dream, it had been impressed upon me that God had walked in a great way with this pastor and would use her in a great way in the future. As I listened to her talk now in real life, I marveled every now and then, just as I had marveled in the dream, at the things God had done in her life since she started pastoral work while in Form two.
As days passed by, I got more revelations that I should support this pastor and her church in every way, even financially. Later I realized I was to train on mission work under her, and this church was really favored in missions. We managed to hold whole week crusades and revivals in several places in Kenya, then in Rwanda and Uganda. After that, God opened international doors and the pastor went to preach in the USA, actually in seven states within a short period; February to July. God has now lead her to open a church in the USA that continues hosting many missions of the work of God, and for all this we give all the glory to God.
Contrary to this, the other church I had attended earlier was not gifted in mission work, meaning if I had continued going there, my missionary ministry would have died. Of course I believe that church has a different mandate that edifies the body of Christ because the body has different organs and parts that perform different tasks.
Brethren, ask for God’s leading as to where you should serve Him, with whom and how, for He is willing to show you. In the same note, don’t despise a humble beginning. The mega churches we have in the kingdom of God were once small churches but God used people to support them to such high heights. Don’t let your ministry( the work the Lord has called you to do in His kingdom) die, just because you aren’t where God wants you to be. The beautiful, white, cemented graves represent the many ministries that the Holy Spirit has released upon many Christians, but though the Christians appear okay, especially when they fellowship and feel blessed, they are carrying dead ministries inside them, just because they aren’t doing what God called them to do. God bless you as you embark on a self search of who you are in the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit through revelations and prophecy is always at hand to help.
I had a dream that I was standing outside our house and in front of me stood a huge monument; an image of a house help called Muthoni. She was dressed like a girl and everyone that passed stood shortly to look and wonder at this girl. Muthoni is my name. I then started to climb a structure against which the monument stood. I carried a wooden cross as I climbed. When I reached the top, the monument collapsed and poured as pieces of marble that had been used to mould it. I then flew freely in the air above so many people who had gathered in what looked like a crusade. I was preaching to them as they waved at me in the air so joyously.
This dream captures the state of captivity we grew up in and finally the power of deliverance released to me and my siblings when most of us got born again and sought the Lord.
There was actually an altar in our family, that of being employed as house helps, or doing wage labour that did not pay well. Not once or twice did my sisters and I accompany my mother for this wage labour. The adults in the 80s were receiving Ksh. 60 as daily pay, whereas us children got so little. During my first time, I got Ksh. 5, the second time Ksh. 1 and 50 cents and the third time I got Ksh. 4 and 50 cents.
My oldest sister dropped from school in Form two due to lack of school fees, and off she went to be employed as a house help; a status she held until she got married. All my other younger sisters, after completing standard eight, could not go to secondary school, again due to lack of school fees. They followed suit and got employment as house helps which continued until they got married.
I was lucky to go to a provincial government high school as I was performing well. However, every holiday I would engage in wage labour with my mother to raise school fees for the following term. My sisters also supported my mother with the little they earned where they were employed as house helps. Nevertheless, the fees balance still accumulated whereby when I opened school for first term Form Three, the deputy principal sent me away for fees and warned my mother not to take me back until all fees was paid. In fact, she advised my mother to take me to a day school, because in this school I was being sent home for fees every now and then. The day schools at that time weren’t performing well and thus my mother, who didn’t have a coin to take me there, dismissed that idea. It was thus obvious that my education had come to an end.
My aunt got me a job at Buruburu in Nairobi, with a monthly salary of Ksh. 700. I worked for three months up to April, but God is good because, the principal of my high school( God bless her), who had been away when the deputy sent me home for good, sent my cousin at the end of first term to tell me to go back to school and be paying little by little. That is the way I completed high school, but with a balance of Ksh. 9,000, which in 1995 was a huge balance.
I got a grade of B- in my exam result, which was good enough to earn me a temporary teaching job in a day secondary school. But I was ignorant of that fact and nobody gave me such a thought. My best friend in the village actually got such a job, but myself, who had even qualified to go to the university, continued working as a house girl.Of course this was the captivity of the devil. By the time I realized that my friend was working as a teacher, there was little time to apply as our university program was about to begin. I thus worked for two good years as a house help before going to the university, and thus managed to clear my high school debt as well as saved a little for my university education, of course with the help of my siblings and mother.
When I got born again, I had the above dream and realized it was a demonic altar that worked against our education and rendered us to hold menial jobs like house helps, with meagre salary. I prayed against this and the testimony now is that presently, none of my siblings, nieces and nephews are working as house helps, and all my siblings children complete secondary school education. I give all the glory to God for breaking this evil altar for us. The cross of Jesus on Calvary finished all the oppression of the devil and his demons, for all who believe and seek this deliverance. Whenever we pray, God hears and answers all our prayers. My brother, my sister, seek the Lord and you will be able to possess your blessings. The Holy Spirit can reveal to you the evil altars that speak against your life and that of your family, and through prayers and fasting you can break them and be free.
Below are the words of Jesus Christ that were prophesied by Prophet Isaiah, and Jesus later read these very words in the temple when he began his ministry here on earth.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
( Isaiah 61:1 NKJV Bible)
I thank you Lord Jesus for delivering me and my family, and I know you are doing greater things upon our lives.