JE, UNAJUA HIYO NDOA UNAYOTAKA KUINGIA INAKUPELEKA WAPI?

June 16, 2017

Na: Patrick Sanga

Mtumishi, ninachohitaji sasa ni mume tu, umri unazidi kwenda na nimeomba ila sioni nikijibiwa, waliojitokeza kutaka kunioa hawamaanishi na sasa nimechoka kusubiri. Hivyo kuanzia sasa mwanaume yoyote atakayekuja haijalishi ameokoka au hajaokoka na hata akiwa mpagani nitakubali kuolewa naye ili na mimi niwe na mume. Hivi ndivyo dada Agnes (siyo jina lake halisi) alivyonieleza baada ya kunipigia simu.

Kimsingi kila ninapotafakari changamoto zilizoko kwenye ndoa, hususani ndoa ambazo zilifungwa bila wahusika kumpa Mungu nafasi awaongoze kupata wenza sahihi, huwa napata mzigo wa kuwaombea vijana (kiume/kike), Mungu awape uvumilivu na kuwaongoza ili wasiingie kwenye ndoa kinyume na mapenzi yake juu yao.

Najua hata sasa wapo vijana wengi wanaopitia changamoto inayofanana na ile ya Agnes. Vijana ambao wamekuwa wakiwaza kukubali kuoa au kuolewa na mtu yoyote atakayekuja bila kujali kwamba mwenza husika ni wa mapenzi ya Mungu au la, na zaidi bila kujua ndoa wanayotaka kuingia itawapeleka wapi.

Hoja ya dada Agnes ilinifanya nitafakari kwa upana sana juu ya pito lake, kisha nikamshauri mambo kadhaa ya kufikiri kabla ya kuchukua uamuzi wake alioukusudia. Ujumbe huu unakuja ili kusaidia kubadilisha mtazamo wako na kukuongoza katika njia ya Bwana unapokutana na changamoto ya aina hii, tafadhali jifunze na kuzingatia mambo yafuatayo;

Huhitaji kuoa yoyote au kuolewa na yoyote – ukisoma Biblia yako vizuri utagundua kwamba mbele za Mungu wewe ni mtu wa thamani na upo duniani kwa kusudi maalum ufalme wake. Hii ina maanisha hauhitaji kupata mwenza yoyote, bali unahitaji kupata mwenza sahihi kwako kati ya wengi waliopo, naam, mwenza ambaye ni wa mapenzi ya Mungu kwako (Zaburi 8:4-6, Yeremia 29:11)

Kinadharia mtu yoyote anaweza kuwa mwenza wako, lakini kinafasi na utumishi wa kusudi la Mungu uliloitiwa, si kila mtu anafaa kuwa mume wako au mke wako, yuko mmoja aliyewazidi wote, ndiye aliyekusudiwa kwa ajili ya nafasi hiyo. Naam kwa Mungu, suala la nani atakuwa mwenza wako wa maisha ni kipaumbele, yeye hutaka kuona unampa nafasi akuongoze kumpata mwenza ambaye kwa huyo mtalitumikia vema kusudi lake (Warumi 8:27, Mithali 19:14, Zaburi 32:8).

Ndoa ni wito unaoleta wajibu na changamoto – kuingia kwenye ndoa ni kuingia kwenye majukumu ambayo yanahitaji uwe na mwenza sahihi mtakayesaidiana naye katika kuyakabili na kuyatatua. Ndoa inafungua milango ya majukumu na changamoto mbalimbali ambazo zinaongeza zile ulizokuwa nazo kabla ya kuoa au kuolewa (Mwanzo 2:20).

Baadhi ya majukumu na changamoto utakazokutana nazo ni za kifamilia, kiuchumi, kimakazi, kihuduma, kikazi, kijamii, kimahusiano na watu wengine nk, naam changamoto ambazo kama huna mwenza sahihi mwenye uwezo wa  kukuvumilia na kuchukuliana nawe katika mapungufu yako, changamoto hizo zitawafikisheni pabaya.

Shetani hupambana kuhakikisha watu wanaoana kinyume na mapenzi ya Mungu – Ndoa inayofungwa katika mapenzi ya Mungu ni pigo kwenye ufalme wa giza maana kupitia ndoa za aina hiyo makusudi ya Mungu hutimilizwa endapo wanandoa hao watasimama kwenye njia ya Bwana. Shetani kwa kujua hilo hupambana kuhakikisha watu wanaoana kinyume na mapenzi ya Mungu kwenye maisha yao.

Sasa jiulize unapofika mahali ukasema yoyote atakayekuja nitamkubali, unajuaje kwamba huyo atakayekuja ni wazo la ufalme wa giza au la? Kumbuka haji kama mbwa mbwitu bali atakuja akiwa amevaa vazi la kondoo. Naam usitafute mwenza wa maisha kwa akili zako au usiwaze kutaka kuoa au kuolewa na yeyote atakayekuja maana itakugharimu sana.

Ndoa hiyo itakupeleka wapi – Kumbuka ndoa ni wito unaokutaka kuwaacha baba na mama yako na kisha kuanzisha maisha mapya (Mwanzo 2:24). Sasa jiulize hiyo ndoa unayotaka kuingia itakupeleka wapi? Je ni maisha ya furaha au majuto? Usisahau kwamba ni mke au mume mmoja tu na hakuna fursa ya kuoa au kuolewa tena hadi kifo kiwatenganishe (Soma biblia vizuri huku ukimuuliza Roho Mtakatifu pale usipoelewa, usidanganywe na wale wanaotafsiri maandiko kwa matakwa yao binafsi).

Tafadhali jiulize, kwenye hiyo ndoa unayotaka kuingia utaishi kwa amani au la? Je unajua mtaishi na huyo mtu kwa muda gani? Je unajua kwamba ndoa inaweza kukuondoa kabisa kwa Mungu hata kukufanya uache huduma/wokovu wako na kuishia pabaya? Je unajua kwamba ndoa ni wito wa mapungufu? Je utaweza kuyabeba mapungufu ya mtu ambaye unataka kufunga naye ndoa bila kujua ni wa mapenzi ya Mungu au la? Wewe unayafahamu mapungufu yako binafsi, je unafikiri huyo mwenza wako ataweza kuchukuliana na mapungufu yako kama si wa mapenzi ya Mungu kwako?

Ni maombi yangu, ujumbe huu ukufikirishe kutafuta uongozi wa Mungu kuhusu mwenza sahihi kwako na si kuamua unavyotaka. Suala sio kuitwa mke au mume wa fulani, ni heri kuchelewa kuoa au kuolewa, kuliko kuingia kwenye ndoa ambayo itakuwa ni tanzi na maumivu kwako. Kumbuka wewe ni thamani, usikubali kuoa yeyote au kuolewa na mwanaume yoyote bali yule wa mapenzi ya Mungu kwako (Asomaye na afahahamu).

 ‘Utukufu na Heshima vina wewe Yesu, Wastahili BWANA’

AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE TIMES

May 27, 2017

By: Patrick Sanga

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s written ‘Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at AN HOUR YOU DO NOT EXPECT’ (Mathew 24:42-44)

Mathew 24 in general tells us about the signs of the end times and second coming of Jesus. Relating what was prophesized and what is happening in our times, it is obvious that we are at the close of the age and thus it is a wakeup call for the church to be prepared for their master. Now in regard to preparation, an understanding of the times is a key factor and we will look at it from the following three important areas.

  • Don’t underestimate whatever happens to the nation of Israel

The bible in Mathew 24:32-33 says “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS, you know that he is near, at the very gates”.

If you read different verses in the bible regarding Israel in connection to end times you will realize that when Jesus said ‘when you see all these things’ in one side he referred to the earlier predicted signs and on the other hand he meant things that will be happening to the Israel as a fig tree. That is, we should be very much concerned on what is happening in Israel because it is connected to the future events and thus foretelling our destiny as well.

The advancing international efforts and decisions towards seeking peace solution in the region, the tension in regard to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and Israel security in general reminds us of what has been prophesized and thus  signifying that, the second coming of Jesus is very near. Therefore, if you real want to have a clear understanding of times according to the Bible prophecies, don’t underestimate whatever happens to Israel. This is because whatever happens there tells us something and it has a crucial meaning to the church on earth, and thus we must be prepared.

  • Thinking in terms of time and purpose

The bible in Ecclesiastes 3:1 says ‘For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven’. Also in Ecclesiastes 3:11 it says ‘He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does (GNB).

This implies that we are called to think in terms of time and an understanding of the times will help us to do the right thing at the right time. We should learn to have an inquisitive mind in whatever we want to do. This include meditating and praying for every matter while questioning our self about its times in mind. Indeed we should learn how to interpret what is carried in each season and ensure it is done efficiently, because each season contains a package of things which need to be accomplished during that particular season. 

In another way, there is a distance to be covered in every season, if you fail to finish it, you will not be in position to know the next route and its distance as well. Consider the input – processing – output syndrome of production cycle, each cycle represent a season. In the input stage there are things that should be done for the second and third stage to take place as well.

Remember what God did during the six days of creation, whatever was done in each day was connected to the future.  Yes, everything is beautiful/perfect and produces the intended results if it is done in its proper time. Thus for us to reap and enjoy the beauty/benefit of every matter we must learn to think in terms of time and purpose, like the children of Issachar (1Chronicles 12:32).

  • Making the best use of time

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul alerted the saints, writing “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). Paul was arguing them to use their time carefully because time is fasting running out, and this truth should help us make better use of it to serve God’s purpose as each of us is called.

If you read Psalm 90:10 it says ‘The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away’. It is obvious that our time on earth is very short and therefore we should live as God would have us live by making the best use of our time.

Having knowledge that we will have to give an account to the One who gives us time, we should then have a clear understanding of the seasons and times we are in. We should have knowledge of what do seasons and times demands us to do and on the other hand we should always ask our ourselves, what is that should be done today in connection to our destiny and God’s will in our life. Having such knowledge, the Psalmist once said “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12)”.

Brethren, having seen the three above important things, Please, don’t allow the pleasures of this world to take control of your life because we are warned that we should not conform to the pattern of this world, for the world is passing away along with its desires (1John 2:17). Don’t let them pull you in different directions and thus get swallowed up by them. It’s my payer that, may this sermon motivate you to invest your time in doing right things and give value to every minute that you have thus preparing yourself for the Lord’s return.

Glory to Jesus, may his grace be with you.

FAHAMU UMUHIMU WA NAFASI YA MTU AU WATU WENGINE KWENYE MAISHA YAKO KIBIBLIA (Sehemu ya mwisho)

May 13, 2017

Na: Patrick Sanga

Mada: Maisha ya Musa kama mfano wa kusisitiza umuhimu wa watu wengine kwenye maisha yako

Katika sehemu ya pili niliandika kuhusu makundi muhimu kuyaombea kama watu ambao wameunganishwa kwenye maisha yako. Ili kusoma sehemu hiyo tafadhali bonyeza link hii https://sanga.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/fahamu-umuhimu-wa-nafasi-ya-mtu-au-watu-wengine-kwenye-maisha-yako-kibiblia-sehemu-ya-pili/ Ndani ya Biblia kumejaa fafanuzi (mifano) nyingi zinazoeleza dhana hii kwa upana hivyo ni jukumu lako kujifunza ili kuongeza ufahamu wako. Katika sehemu hii ya mwisho nitakuonyesha mfano mmoja tu wa maisha ya Musa ili kukujengea msingi mzuri wa somo hili na kufuatilia mifano mingine. Naam fuatana nami sasa tuendelee;

Katika viongozi wa kiroho waliopata changamoto kubwa za wale waliwaongoza, hakika  Musa ni mmoja wao. Siku moja, Mungu alimwambia Musa … Mimi nimewaona watu hawa, na tazama, ni watu wenye shingo ngumu basi sasa NIACHE, ili hasira zangu ziwake juu yao, niwaangamize, nami nitakufanya wewe uwe taifa kuu (Kutoka 32:9-10). Mpenzi msomaji, umeona namna Mungu alivyokuwa amefikia mahali pa kukasirika hata kukukusudia kuangamiza taifa zima, kwa sababu ya uovu na uasi wao?   

Pamoja na kusudio hilo umeshawahi kujiuliza kwa nini hakuwaangamiza moja kwa moja hadi atake ushauri au kibali kutoka kwa Musa? Hiki ndicho nilichokisisitiza katika sehemu ya kwanza ya somo hili, kwamba wapo watu ambao wameunganishwa kwenye kusudi la maisha yako na hivyo wanahusika kwa namana moja au nyingine na maisha yako.  Kitendo cha Mungu kumwambia Musa SASA NIACHE NIWAANGAMIZE, ina maana asingeangamiza hadi kwa ridhaa ya Musa, naam Musa ndiye alikuwa na uamuzi wa kukubali au kukataa.

 

Je unajua Musa alimjibuje Mungu? Biblia inasema hivi  ‘Musa akamsihi sana Bwana, Mungu wake, na kusema, Bwana, kwa nini hasira zako kuwaka juu ya watu wako uliowaleta kutoka nchi ya Misri kwa uweza mkuu, na kwa mkono wenye nguvu? Kwa nini Wamisri kunena, wakisema, Amewatoa kwa kuwatenda uovu, ili apate kuwaua milimani, na kuwaondoa watoke juu ya uso wa nchi? GEUKA KATIKA HASIRA YAKO KALI, UGHAIRI UOVU HUU ULIO NAO JUU YA WATU WAKO. Mkumbuke Ibrahimu, na Isaka, na Israeli, watumishi wako, ambao uliwaapia kwa nafsi yako, na kuwaambia, Nitazidisha kizazi chenu mfano wa nyota za mbinguni; tena nchi hii yote niliyoinena nitakipa kizazi chenu nao watairithi milele. Na Bwana AKAUGHAIRI ule uovu aliosema ya kwamba atawatenda watu wake’ (Kutoka 32:11-14).

Je umeona ushauri wa Musa kwa Mungu kiasi cha kugeuza nia ya BWANA kwa watu wake? Ushauri huu wa Musa kwa Mungu unatufanya tujue kwamba kwa hakika Musa alikuwa ni kiongozi wa kipekee sana. Kupitia mfano huu yafuatayo ni mambo ambayo natamani ujifunze;

  • Musa alijua kwamba yeye ndiye aliyepewa jukumu la kuwatoa wana wa Israeli, Misri na kuwaingiza kanani, sio wakafie jangwani. Naam na hata kama ingebidi kufa sio kufia katika zamu yake. Hii ni kwa sababu katika ulimwengu wa roho, Musa alikuwa Mlinzi wa wana wa Israeli na kwamba kama kiongozi wao alikuwa anawajibika kwa lolote linalohusua uwepo wao na maisha yao.
  • Musa alikuwa na jitihada binafsi ya kumuomba Mungu hata akaweza kupata ufunuo wa kumshauri Mungu vema. Hivyo hata viongozi wetu leo wanahitaji maombi yako sana ili Mungu anaposema nao kuhusu wewe wajue namna ya kutoa ushauri sahihi. Nasikitika kwamba watu wengi leo wamerudi nyuma na wengine kufa kiroho na kimwili pia, kwa sababu vioingozi au wale waliounganishwa nao hawako kwenye nafasi zao.
  • Viongozi wa kiroho, kutoka kwenye nafasi ya kuwa walinzi, ni washauri wa Mungu katika mambo yahusuyo wale waliounganishwa kwao, lakini pia ni washauri wa mwanadamu katika mambo yahusuyo mawazo ya Mungu juu yao. Ndiyo maana unahitajika kuwaombea viongozi wako wa kiroho au yeyote aliyeunganishwa kwenye maisha yako, wapate mafunuo sahihi kuhusu maisha yako na hivyo kukushauri ipasavyo.
  • Viongozi wa kiroho wanaweza kuleta laana au Baraka kwenye maisha yako. Je unamkumbuka Haruni ndugu yake Musa aliyekuwa kuhani wa wana wa Israeli. Kuhani huyu ki-nafasi ndiyo chanzo cha ghadhabu hii kubwa aliyokuwa nayo Mungu. Biblia inaeleza kwamba Hata watu walipoona ya kuwa Musa amekawia kushuka katika mlima, wakakusanyana wakamwendea Haruni, wakamwambia, Haya! Katufanyizie miungu itakayokwenda mbele yetu, kwa maana Musa huyo aliyetutoa katika nchi ya Misri hatujui yaliyompata. Haruni akawaambia, Zivunjeni pete za dhahabu zilizo katika masikio ya wake zenu, na wana wenu, na binti zenu, mkaniletee’ (Kutoa 32:1-2). Je, ni kwa nini Haruni alikubali haraka ombi lao, asiwaambie mnipe muda niulize kwa Mungu kuhusu huyu Musa aliyechelewa huko Mlimani au hata asiwaambie nipeni walu siku tatu niende huko Mlimani nijue kinachoendelea bali akawakubalia katika wazo lao ovu? Kama kuhani alikuwa na nafasi muhimu ya kuzuia laana na mabaya yasiwajie wana wa Israeli, lakini kwa sababu alikubali wazo lao, alileta laana juu yao bila wao kujua na ndio maana Musa alimwambia akisema ‘…Watu hawa wamekufanyani hata ukaleta dhambi hii kuu juu yao?’ (Kutoka 32:21).

Ndio maana nasisitiza, jifunze kuwaombea wale wote ambao wameunganishwa na kusudi la maisha yako ili wawajibike ipasavyo kwenye nafasi zao huku wakilenga kuyatenda na kutii mapenzi ya Mungu ili usije ukaingia kwenye laana kwa sababu yao kama ambavyo viongozi au watumishi mbalimbali walivyoleta laana kwenye familia zao, jamaa zao na hata taifa kwa kushindwa kuyatii na kutenda mapenzi ya Mungu.

Mwisho, inawezekana wewe ni sehemu ya wale ambao unahusika kwa namna moja au nyingine na maisha ya wengine. Ujumbe huu ukusaidie kujua kwamba, licha ya kuwa wale ambao unahusika kwao, wana wajibu wa kukuombea, nafasi yako ni tofauti sana na yao na hivyo una wajibika kukaa vizuri kwenye nafasi yako, kuwa na muda wa kutosha wa kuhoji na kusikia kutoka kwa Mungu na kufanyia kazi kwa nidhamu yale ambayo Mungu anakuonyesha kuhusu wale ambao wapo chini ya sauti au mamlaka yako kiroho (Isaya 42:20).

Naam ningweza kuandika na mifano mingine kadhaa juu ya jambo hili, naamini mfano huu umetoa mwanga uliokusudiwa juu ya jambo hili. Kumbuka lengo la somo hili ilikuwa ni kukuonyesha umuhimu wa nafasi ya mtu au watu wengine kwenye maisha yako ili ujue namana ya kuhusiana nao na zaidi ujifunze kuwaombea kwenye maeneo mbalimbali kama nilivyofundisha kuanzia sehemu ya kwanza. Naam, hakikisha unadumu katika kuwaombea watu hao muhimu kwenye maisha yako (Waefeso 6:18-19)

Utukufu na heshima vina wewe Yesu, Wastahili BWANA.

FAHAMU UMUHIMU WA NAFASI YA MTU AU WATU WENGINE KWENYE MAISHA YAKO KIBIBLIA (Sehemu ya pili)

April 20, 2017

Na: Patrick Sanga

Mada: Makundi muhimu kuyaombea kama watu ambao wameunganishwa kwenye maisha yako

Katika sehemu ya kwanza ya ujumbe huu naliandika kuhusu mambo ya msingi kuwaombea wale ambao wameunganishwa kwenye kusdi la maisha yako. Ili kusoma sehemu hiyo ya kwanza tafadhali bonyeza link hiihttps://sanga.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/fahamu-umuhimu-wa-nafasi-ya-mtu-au-watu-wengine-kwenye-maisha-yako-kibiblia-sehemu-ya-kwanza/ . Katika sehemu hii ya pili nitakuonyesha baadhi ya makundi muhimu kuyaombea kama watu ambao wameunganishwa kwenye maisha yako. Naam fuatana nami sasa tuendelee;

Viongozi wa kiroho – Katika Waebrania 13:17 imeandikwa Watiini wenye KUWAONGOZA, na kuwanyenyekea; maana wao wanakesha kwa ajili ya roho zenu, kama watu watakaotoa hesabu, ili kwamba wafanye hivyo kwa furaha wala si kwa kuugua; maana isingewafaa ninyi’. Je umeliona neno wenye ‘kuwaongoza’, hii ina maana hili ni kundi muhimu sana kulitii na zaidi kuliombea, kwa kuwa viongozi hawa wanahusika si tu na maisha yako ya sasa bali na yale ya baadae (future/destiny) yako.

Unapaswa kuwaombea viongozi hawa wafanye wajibu wao kwa uaminfu, wakidumu kukuombea na kukufundisha mafundisho sahihi ya neno la Mungu ili ufanikiwe hapa duniani na kisha kuurithi uzima wa milele, ukikumbuka kwamba mtu anapokufa ndipo anaanza maisha mapya ya umilele. Ndio maana mzee Samweli (Nabii)  katika 1Samweli 12:23 anasema ‘Walakini mimi, hasha! Nisimtende Bwana dhambi kwa kuacha kuwaombea ninyi; lakini nitawaelimisha katika njia iliyo njema, na kunyoka’.

Viongozi wa Taasisi/Serikali/watumishi wenzako – Baada ya kifo cha Musa, Mungu alimwambia hivi Joshua Uwe hodari na moyo wa ushujaa, maana ni wewe utakayewarithisha watu hawa nchi hii niliyowaapia baba zao ya kwamba nitawapa’ (Joshua 1:6). Naam, ni vizuri ukafahamu kwamba viongozi wa Serikali, Taasisi au Kampuni unayofanyia kazi wanahusika na mafanikio yako kwa namna mbalimbali. Hata kama huwapendi, elewa kwamba kibiblia Mungu ndio kawaweka au karidhia wao wawe kwenye hizo nafasi. Hivyo ni jukumu lako kuwaombea ili waweze kutekeleza majukumu yao ipasavyo, kwa sababu kufanikiwa au kufeli kwao kutakugusa na wewe.

Pia wafanyakazi au watumishi wenzako kwa namna moja au nyingine ni watu muhimu sana kwako hata kama umewazidi cheo, elimu, uwezo nk. Jambo muhimu ni kwamba maadam ni watu unafanya nao kazi Ofisi au kampuni moja unapaswa kuwaombea kwa kuwa Mungu anaweza kutumia mtu yoyote hata ambaye hukumtegemea kukupeleka kwenye hatua nyingine ya mafanikio.

 Mwenza wako wa maisha – Biblia katika Waefeso 5:22,25 Biblia inasema Enyi wake, watiini waume zenu kama kumtii Bwana wetu. Enyi waume, wapendeni wake zenu, kama Kristo naye alivyolipenda Kanisa, akajitoa kwa ajili yake’.  Ikiwa una mweza (mume au mke), basi elewa kwamba kibiblia mwenza wako ana nafasi kubwa sana katika kuamua aina au hatma ya maisha yako kiroho, kiuchumi, kihuduma, kimwili na wito wa kusudi la Mungu kwako. Hakikisha unaomba sana kwa ajili ya mwenza wako, ili akae vizuri kwenye nafasi yake na kufanya wajibu wake ipasavyo.

Kibiblia zipo nafasi ambazo kila mmoja amepewa, ambapo mke ametwa kuwa mlinzi, msaidizi, mjenzi, mshauri na mleta kibali kwa mumewe huku pamoja na nafasi nyingine mume ameitwa kuwa kichwa cha mkewe. Naam unamuhitaji mwenza wako ili msaidiane katika kulea watoto, kujenga familia yenu na kumtumika Mungu wenu kwa pamoja. Umeshawahi kufikiri maisha bila mwenza wako au watoto/walezi yatakuwaje? Mara nyingi thamani ya mtu huwa inaonekana akishafariki, naam ujumbe huu ukusaidie kuona thamani yake aangali hai.

Familia, ndugu, walezi wako – watoto, ndugu zako au wazazi/walezi wako ni kundi jingine muhimu sana ambalo hunabudi kuliombea ipasavyo ili kufanikiwa pia katika maisha yako. Ukisoma Biblia utaona namna ambavyo ndugu, jamaa, watoto au walezi walivyohusika ama kujenga au kuharibu maisha ya wale ambao walihusiana nao kwa namna moja au nyingine.

Watoto, ndugu, wazazi, walezi na jamaa zako kibiblia kuna mambo ambayo wamewekewa ya kukusaidia wewe kuvuka hatua moja kwenda nyingine na ndio maana ni muhimu sana kuwaombea ili wafanyike malango yaw ewe kupenya kufikia kusudi la Mungu kwenye maisha yako.

Kumbuka licha ya kwamba watoto umezaa wewe, ni wa Mungu kwa kusudi lake, hivyo unapaswa kuwalea kwa namna ambayo wataenda katika njia sahihi kwenye maisha yao. Haijalishi kwa jinsi ya kibinadamu tabia au mwendndo wao si mzuri usikate tamaa, dumu kuwaombea maana Mungu ana kazi ya kufanya duniani kupitia wao. (Rejea pia Mithali 13:24, Mithali 22:6, Mithali 19:18, Mithali 29:17, Waefeso 6:1-4).

Kanisa la Kristo duniani (Waamini wenzako) – kanisa linapaswa katambua kwamba sisi tu viungo katika mwili wa Kristo, na kila kiungo (mtu) kina umuhimu kwa nafasi yake. Biblia katika 1Wakorinto 12:12-30 imeeleza kwa upana sana kuhusu dhana hii, hata hivyo kwenye mstari wa ishirini na tano imeandikwa ili kusiwe na faraka katika mwili, bali viungo vitunzane kila kiungo na mwenziwe’.

Ndio, ili mwili uweze kufanya kazi ipasavyo sharti na viungo vitunzane. Kanisa hatupaswi kugombana, kuchafuana nk bali tudumu kuombeana, kuchukuliana na kuonyana ili kila kiungo kikae katika utaratibu unaofaa na kufanya kazi yake ipasavyo.

Maadui na Marafiki zako – Biblia katika Mathayo 5:43-44 inasema Mmesikia kwamba imenenwa, Umpende jirani yako, na, Umchukie adui yako; lakini mimi nawaambia, Wapendeni adui zenu, waombeeni wanaowaudhi’. Licha ya kwamba kwa mtazamo wa kibinadamu maadui ni wabaya lakini kwa mtazamo wa neno la Mungu, maadui ni kundi muhimu na hivyo unapaswa kuliombea kwa sababu maadui wanakusaidia kumjua Mungu kupitia changamoto (hila) zao kwako.

Hata hivyo ni kweli kwamba wapo maadui ambao uwepo wao ni changamoto kwako katika kutimiza kusudi la Mungu jukumu lako sio kuwaombea wafe maana kisasi ni cha BWANA, bali omba Mungu akuokoe na hila (mabaya) zao zote, na zaidi wafike mahali pa kumjua Mungu wako kwa sababu mosi, Mungu hafurahii kifo cha mwenye dhambi na pili mtu ambaye ni adui wako leo, kesho anaweza kuwa wa msaada mkubwa kwako katika kulitumika kusudi la Mungu kwenye maisha yako.   

Kuhusu marafiki, kumbuka hawa ndio watu wako wa karibu zaidi kwa kila jambo na changamoto unazopitia, basi hakikisha unawaombea ili urafiki wenu udumu kuwa wa kweli kama ilivyokuwa kwa Yonathani na Daudi, na zaidi mwombe Mungu akusaidie kupata marafiki ambao ni sahihi kwa ajili yako kwa kila ngazi ya maisha yako.

Mpenzi msomaji haya ni baadhi ya makundi muhimu sana kuyajua na kuyombea pia. Ndio, ni lazima ujifunze kuwaombea watu hawa wawe na utiifu katika yale ambayo Mungu ameweka moyoni mwao wayatende kwa ajili yako ukijua kwamba kutii kwao ndiko kufanikiwa kwako na kutokutii kwao ni kufeli kwako. Kutokuwaombea kunatoa nafasi kwa Shetani kupenya na kuwafanya hao watu wasahau kabisa wajibu wao kukuhusu wewe na zaidi hata baadhi yao wageuke na kuwa adui zako. Kumbuka hawa na watu ambao BWANA amewaweka wawe fursa ya kufanikiwa kwako.

Tutaendelea na sehemu ya tatu …

Utukufu na heshima vina wewe Yesu, Wastahili BWANA.

AN UNDERSTANDING OF GOD’S WAYS IN OUR LIFE

April 2, 2017

By: Patrick Sanga

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Shalom, in this month allow me to share with you this vital message regarding an understanding of God’s ways in our life since knowing God is a very important aspect of our Christian life. For us to know him, we must have an understanding of his ways, for we can’t afford living without them because they are not only necessary but also mandatory for a successful life.

Reading from Exodus 33:13 the Bible says ‘Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people’. Despite Moses having favor in the Lord but he still he wanted to know God’s ways in his life, for he realized he can’t lead his people without a proper understanding of Gods ways.

Reading through the Bible I came to realize that there are some important truths that you need to understand in regard to God’s ways and here is the summary of it;

Truth 1 – Believers must understand that it is the will of God for them to walk according to his ways. If you read Psalm 81:13 it says ‘Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!’ Therefore for us to walk according to his ways demands us to have an understanding of his ways in our life.

 

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You need to understand that apart from God’s ways there are man’s ways and other (Satan) ways. God’s ways are meant to lead a person to a proper destiny according to God’s will of creation and other ways are meant to lead one away from God’s will of creation and that is why it is necessary to walk in God’s ways not yours.

Truth 2 – Believers needs to know (understand) and to be taught God’s ways, so as to serve God’s purpose in their life.  In the book of Psalm 25:4-5 it is written ‘Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the daylong’. Serving God’s purpose (Romans 8:28) in your life demands a clear understanding of his ways, and that is why the Psalmist waited all the daylong for God to show him his ways.

In Psalm 32:8 it is written I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you’. This proves that God has prepared or has ways of doing or achieving things or purposes in life and he is willing to lead every person who seeks him unto his ways. Therefore, primarily is not which path you follow but whom (Master) you follow and believe. Remember only God can teach and lead you to the straight/level path and thus we should not only be eager to know his ways, but we should let him instruct us.

 Truth 3 – Believers need to know that there is the will of the enemy (Satan) as well in regard to their life. In psalms it is written ‘Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence (Psalm 27:11-12). This means that a believer must have a good knowledge of God’s ways in his life, because failure to that he will fall in the will (ways) of the enemy.

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 Isaiah 55:7-8 says ‘Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD’. Hallelujah brethren, still we have a another chance, let us forsake whatever we realize is contrary to God’s will in our life, let us surrender our life to him and let him be Lord and leader of our life.

Truth 4 – Believers must understand that, lacking an understanding of God’s ways is grieving God. In the book of Psalms 95:10-11 it is written ‘For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.” Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest.’  How astonishing this statement is, that for forty years God was grieved by the Israelites, to the extent of not letting them enter the Promised Land. How many times even today we grieve the Holy Spirit just because of lacking an understanding of God’s ways in our life.

 In all aspects of life make sure that you seek and search for God’s ways in daily basis so as not to grieve him and live against his will. Remember his ways are not our ways; his thoughts are not ours, for He is God and we are human beings. Develop a discipline of seeking God for direction and guidance in whatever you are doing and going through. There is always God’s way of doing something/overcoming a situation and that is why this message comes in to guide you.

Finally reading from Psalm 103:7 the Bible says ‘He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel’. Moses had time for God’s revelation/direction through prayers (Refer Exodus 3:13) and thus dwelling in the house of God (Psalm 27:4). The Bible teaches us that there are ways and acts of God. Acts are just outcomes of a certain process; refer the input processing output syndrome. We should not be satisfied or glad because of God’s acts in our life but we should be hungry of understanding the path or process behind those outcomes.

An understanding of God’s ways in and for our life is mandatory, we can’t afford living without his ways otherwise we will end up with shame and agony like what happened to our fore fathers. Often teach you heart and mind to search for God’s ways in your life so as to save his purpose. It is true there might be a number of ways to face a challenge or achieve a purpose, but remember God’s ways are different from any other ways, his ways are truth and life.

May God’s grace be with you, glory to Jesus.