A prayer for 2019

happy new yearDEAR GOD,

Thank you for being with me throughout 2018. Even though the year had some challenges, you did not leave me. You carried me through the uncertainty of deep water, many trials, and losses. I am happy to know how much I need your grace, your guidance, and your power.

In the year 2019, help me keep my focus on you. Please forgive me for spending too much time on other things and for running to other people for help before coming to you. Help me search you more, serve you more, and give thanks in everything. For I am sure, you will never leave me.

I give thanks for your powerful presence in my life. Your eyes are over me, your heart is towards me, and your ears are open to my prayers. Thank you for surrounding me with your favor and grace. My family and I are safe in your care.

I choose to keep you first in my heart and my life. Without you, I will inevitably fail. But with you in my life, I will succeed. You are my Father, my Dad, my Protector, and my Beautifier. I am a conqueror in 2019 in Jesus Mighty Name.

AMEN

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7 People in the Bible who struggled with depression

DepressionEvery day we find people who are stressed, lonely and depressed. We may not even understand the pain they might be going through. Sometimes we are the one sad or feeling alone.

Even though you might not find the word depression in the Bible, you will find similar words such as miserable, troubled, sad, despairing, and mourning. And there are many influential men and women in the Bible struggled with depression and hopelessness. Below are some stories to show us that we are not alone when it comes to battling depression and loneliness.

7 People in the bible who wished death due to depression

1. David
If you read the book of Psalms, you will notice that David battled loneliness, anguish, and fear of the enemies.

Psalm 38:4 – I am drowning in the flood of my sins; they are a burden too heavy to bear.

2. Elijah
After victories over the false prophets, Elijah ran away for fear of losing his life. And in the desert, he was lonely and felt defeated and worn out.

1 Kings 19:4 – (Elijah walked a whole day into the wilderness. He stopped and sat down in the shade of a tree and wished he would die. “It’s too much, Lord,” he prayed. “Take away my life; I might as well be dead!”)

3. Jonah
Jonah was sent by God to preach in Nineveh. But he fled away so that he could not teach. However, he was swallowed by a fish, and God gave him another chance. He preached the Good News, but instead of rejoicing, he became mad.

Jonah 4:3 – (Now then, Lord, let me die. I am better off dead than alive.)

4. Job
Job underwent hell on earth. He suffered loss, destruction, and physical illness. His suffering was too much that even his wife asked him to curse God. Though he trusted and had faith in God, he struggled with the pain.

Job 3:11 – (I wish I had died in my mother’s womb or died the moment I was born.)

5. Moses
Moses was always unhappy over the sins of the Israelite. Since he was the leader, he was grieved for they chaos and many sins. He even wished he could die in the wilderness.

Exodus 32:32 – (Please forgive their sin; but if you won’t, then remove my name from the book in which you have written the names of your people.)

6. Jeremiah
Jeremiah was a mighty prophet of God. However, he struggled with loneliness, insecurity and a feeling of defeat. The people continually rejected him that he wished he was not born.

Jeremiah 20:14 – (Curse the day I was born! Forget the day my mother gave me birth!)

7. Jesus Christ
Jesus was tortured by what was before Him. He knew that God had given Him a task to redeem the world. However, the mission was painful and of great suffering.

Mark 14: 34-36 (and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch.”
He went a little farther on, threw himself on the ground, and prayed that, if possible, he might not have to go through that time of suffering. “Father,” he prayed, “my Father! All things are possible for you. Take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want.”

Bottom-line
All the above stories have something in common. God came through and redeemed them all.

Psalms 34:18 – (The LORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope.)

We have a God who understands our pain, sorrow, and depression. Jesus is a healer, redeemer and a friend. Hence, do not hide your struggle or pain. Consult the bible and pray about it. All the above people overcome their troubles by consulting God.

It is also wise to consult a friend or a man of God. Therefore, if you are struggling with depression or your loved one has suicidal thoughts, it is essential to seek help. And if you believe in Jesus Christ, nothing is impossible with Him.

5 Ways to grow in faith by Muita Steve

Faith is necessary for all Christians. The scripture says it is through faith that followers of Christ will inherit the God’s Kingdom. Moreover, faith helps people seek God more, defeat any fear, and help followers struggling in life. A man/woman with a strong faith enjoys a good life. But how can someone develop that strong faith? Below are five ways on how to grow your faith.

5 Ways to grow in faith

1. Reading the Holy Bible
God gave us the Bible to grow in faith. No one can have faith without reading the Bible. The scripture says that you must believe in Jesus-Christ and He is the Messiah, He is a Son of God, and when you believe in Him, you have the life. You can only believe this when you read the Bible regularly.

2. Practicing the Word
The bible has rules and instructs in all areas such as money, relationship, lust and love, distress, anxiety, anger, and temptations. After reading the word, you must practice what it says. When you put all the instructions and commands into practice, your faith grows, and your life starts to change.

3. Have people of faith around you
If you want to grow in faith, you need to have characters with strong faith around you. It is believed that you are an average of 5 people you usually spend your life with. Therefore, think about the people you spend it with. If they do not have a strong faith like you, look for other friends.

4. Read good books
There are many books to read. If you want to grow in faith, choose the books you read. Apart from reading the bible, which is the book of Faith, some books can help you enhance in faith. The books will help you know how to pray, how to have quiet time with God, how to have faith in God, and how you to trust the Lord among many others.

5. Trust God all the time
When you read the Bible regularly, pray a lot, surround yourself with the right people, and read good books, you will grow in faith. Trust God all the time even when you are in pain. The bible says that God can use sufferings to help you have faith.

Why do we Pray – Steve Muita

Genesis 4:26 “At that time people began to worship the Lord.”

Revelation 22:21 “The good will of the Lord Jesus be with all of you. Amen!”

The first book of the bible tells us when people started to pray and the last verse of the last book in the bible finishes with a prayer. So, why do we pray? Below are 5 key reasons why we pray.

Reasons why we pray

  1. We love God – if you love someone, you desire to be together and communicate with him/her all the time. Hence, if you love God, you will desire to be near Him and communicate with Him always.

  2. We depend on God – God is the source of every good thing. He is our life. Colossians 3:4 “Christ is your life. When he appears, then you, too, will appear with him in glory.” It is through the prayers that we receive comfort, strength and all we need in life.

  3. Payers help us to fight temptation – Matthew 26:41 “Stay awake, and pray that you won’t be tempted. You want to do what’s right, but you’re weak.”

  4. Prayers help us to invite God into our lives – God gave us the earth and everything in it. But for us to succeed here on earth, we must invite Him. If we do not invite Him, Satan will take advantage of us like he did to Adam and Eve.

  5. God has commanded us to pray – Luke 18:1 “Jesus used this illustration with his disciples to show them that they need to pray all the time and never give up.”

Conclusion

Prayer is important in everything we do here on earth.  Actually we should deny ourselves food, drinks and sleep to pray more.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Never stop praying.”

Luke 6:12 “At that time Jesus went to a mountain to pray. He spent the whole night in prayer to God.”

Luke 21:36 “Be alert at all times. Pray so that you have the power to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand in front of the Son of Man.”

Colossians 4:2 “Keep praying. Pay attention when you offer prayers of thanksgiving.”

Make Yourself a Savior of Men – by Steve Muita

We are living in a society where everyone wants to be respected and to be honored. Today, most people are preoccupied with power, beauty, and success. We all expect to be treated superior and we do not have time for others or time to serve God. But do you know God created you to be a savior of men? Here are some of the reasons why we all need to be saviors of men.

5 Reasons Why you need to be a Savior of men
1. It is a command, an order and a mandate given to us by Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”)

2. We are all called to save men (Matthew 22:14 For many are invited, but few are chosen.”)

3. God demonstrated His love when we were all sinners (Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.)

4. By all means, we need to save men (1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.)

5. The entire world is thirsty and searching for water of life. John 5:14, Proverbs 23:29-35, Isaiah 5:11, Proverbs 7:25-27, Ecclesiastes 4:8

8 Tips on How to Study the Bible… Steve Muita

It is good to read the Bible. However, more significant to study the scripture. The word of God deserves respect, hence it should be understood and practiced every day. But, the Scripture is one of the most misinterpreted books. It is a book that most people find it so hard to understand. The main goal of reading and studying the bible is to understand the message of God.

If you struggle to read and study the Bible, here are some tips on how to study the bible.

8 Tips on How to Study the Bible

1. Plan your study – set time and place to study the Bible. Then develop a plan of what you would want to read every day.

2. Have a good study bible – there are many versions of the Bible. To be able to study well, have a good study Bible.

3. Have an attitude of prayer – before you start studying the Bible, have an attitude of prayer. This will help you understand what you read. Keep in mind that the bible feeds the spirit.

4. Pray – before you begin to study the Bible, pray. Ask God to give you understanding. Remember you are reading God’s word.

5. Start with the New Testament – even though the New Testament compliments the Old, it is good to start with the New Testament.

6. Begin with the book of John – the book of John is the easiest Gospel to read. It explains a lot about Jesus and His mission on earth. After reading the book of John, move to Mathew, Mark, and Luke. After the Gospels, read the letters from Romans to Jude.

7. Have a notebook – a notebook will keep you accountable.

8. Find a study group – studying the Bible with others is very important. You will learn and share different opinions as you study the bible.

6 Reasons why you should desire to Speak in Tongues

For several years, I did not think it is important to speak in tongues. Even though I have never mocked or undermined believers who are so deep in the Holy Spirit, I did not have a reason to desire to speak in tongues. I always believed God understands my mother tongue and that all.

However, I now have a clear understanding of the bible and I desire so much to be among the believers who speak in tongues. After a great sermon from my spiritual father, here are six reasons why you should desire to speak in tongues.

1. When you speak in tongues you speak to God and no one else
(1 Corinthians 14:2 – For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit)

2. Speaking in tongue is a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
(Acts 2:4 – All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them)

3. Speaking in tongues uplift your spirit.
(1 Corinthians 14:4 – Anyone who speaks in a tongue improves themselves)

4. Praying in tongues is praying in God perfect will
(Romans 8:26 – In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.)

5. Praying in tongues stimulate faith
(Jude 1:20 – But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit)

6. By speaking in tongues, you tame your tongue
(James 3:8-9 – but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.)