Today marks the first anniversary of my writing the Devotion column.
As we look ahead to the future, I am thankful to every stakeholder for walking with me in the past year.
Your invaluable input is the reason why this column is there.
As is my custom, I recognise all intercessors whose prayers are the force behind this column.
It is my prayer that you walk a prosperous life of faith in the days and years ahead.
What I write here is not a mere academic exercise or a theological thesis, but words of life.
While it is advisable to test and prove all things, it is equally advisable to hold on to that which is good and true.
I write what I live. The Word of God is alive. Hebrews 4:12 says: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The word “quick” means living. There is life in the Word of God.
We are in receipt of testimonies of people that have surrendered their lives to Christ after reading this column.
Others have found jobs, got married, received spiritual and physical healing and many other forms of breakthroughs. I can testify to the truth of the Bible as in 1 John 1:1-4:
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
Your faith walk rests on your perception. Faith is the agent that brings your perception or vision into reality. You can choose to have your life directed by the past.
Many people and nations are held by history, but I advise you to be held by the future. You may be divorced, fired from work, orphaned or widowed. What you have to do is to travel in spirit time to tomorrow and make it what you want.
Live it that way so that tomorrow becomes today, then yesterday. Many people bring yesterday to tomorrow, then today. Interpretation of life makes the difference.
You can live a miserable or joyful life based on how you interpret it. Perceive life correctly from a right viewpoint.
Do not live a defeated and condemned life. My personal opinion of the church in Zimbabwe is that it has come of age and is maturing fast.
Many times when the church and nation has been called for prayer, 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”, has been used.
Scripture has to be handled with care and put into perspective. To some quarters this verse has been loaded on the church as a group of endless sinners who have never experienced the joy of a forgiven life.
While it is true that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God, it is worthy to note that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
From a defeatist viewpoint, before and during your prayer you are already convinced that God will not hear and answer you and indeed why should He answer you?
If you read just one verse further, 2 Chronicles 7:15, God clearly states that His eyes will be open and ears attentive to hear you. Please do not condemn yourself.
I like the demand that David puts in Psalm 6:5: “For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks.” Indeed, God has to bless you in this present life. Do not self-defeat and condemn yourself. Do not complicate things.
God is not that far, He is inside you. Please do not bring to naught Christ’s work on the cross and His resurrection. Enjoy life in this present age, of course with fear of the Lord.
All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible
Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi is presiding pastor at New Gate Chapel