This morning as I was sitting by my window trying to catch those warm rays of the early morning Zimbabwean sun; the Believers Voice of Victory Magazine by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland in hand, all as part of my morning devotions, I had a thought.
Actually, I had a revelation.
Because let’s face it, all good inspirations come from the Maker of the universe, Jehovah God Himself. Abounding in love and mercy and giving us counsel throughout the day, yes that guy. And yes I just had a praise pause. I’m radically in love with God and I can’t help but brag about Him.
The article I was reading by Kenneth was about families.
How family is the first institution ordained by God and how God blessed them as a united entity and gave them the mandate to subdue the earth. Families are meant to be a blessing to their extended members, communities and world. The Copelands are one such family and God is using them mightily…..yet.
Yes…there’s a but. Kenneth is a divorcee. This man who has been divorced is the same one God is ministering to families through.
I don’t know about you, but this gives me hope.
This shows me that God can take our weaknesses and make them our greatest strengths when we surrender them to Him. This man’s story inspires me and is a true ministration of God’s love and open-minded nature. It is not about you and me but it is about God and because He says He is no respecter of persons I know He can use anyone.
Too often we measure people by their situations
But listen. we are all spiritual beings and all this physical stuff is simply a decoration and our circumstances merely lessons for our soul. Start seeing beyond this physical reality, don’t look at a behaviour pattern, income and so on…learn to see the person. I mean the being underneath.
Coming back to my original train of thought I’ve realized that the ministers who I connect with are those with imperfect lives such as my own. Anyone who covers up their mess or who actually is perfect isn’t someone I relate with, that’s me.
You see, when Joyce Meyer teaches me to forgive, I know that as a victim of sexual, emotional and mental abuse, she knows what she’s talking about, and having dealt with similar ordeals in my life I know that if she did it so can I.
When the Bismarks talk about persistent prayer in spite of growing weary, I receive that well because they’ve been praying for their son for almost 26 years, I haven’t even been around that long.
When the Jakes and the Dollars talk about overcoming poverty, I know that they’re for real.
You see when someone who doesn’t know the pain of your ordeal tries to tell you what to do, it sounds officious…it lacks empathy.
Let me tell you a secret.
Your imperfect circumstances will minister to someone else going through that same valley. What you see as a problem and an eyesore is the very thing God is going to perfect. You see when God takes your inadequacy and blends it with His power; He turns it into something amazing.
As children of God, we are called to minister through our lives in a messy world with our own messes. Don’t be bitter about it, don’t despise it. You are a spirit, greater than this physical body and mere physical circumstances.
Child of God rises up!
You are here on a mission, stop getting caught up in trivial issues that cannot take away the power of the spirit of God within you. You are clay in the hands of your Maker. And no, you are not called to suffer, you are called for victorious living. However, that only comes when there is something to overcome.
There’s something about listening to an imperfect person preaching…
Something that makes you realise its nothing other than the grace of God inside that person speaking…..and that right there is powerful!
Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant Galatians 1vs10
Valerie Tendai Chatindo is a biochemist, businesswoman and writer.
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