Freely Bound

There’s not much really that makes me angry. These days.  There’s less things that make me anxious.  Even less that take away my peace. You would be surprised how little.  Not that I don’t care much about life and things.  I do.  But I have lived that life before.  Of worry and doubt and fear 😱. And episodes of crazy blinding rage.  I have. And then I encountered Jesus. Learnt from Him, that His yoke is easy, His burden light. That though it still be a burden,  it is much lighter. Infact, nothing in comparison to what I’ve had to drag along in the past.  That though it be a yoke,  it isn’t fast around me.  It is easy.  It is liberation. 

Then I learnt that,  my freedom, from the above mentioned things, must be deliberate.  Because I’m living this human experience.  And down here it is usual to worry.  To be angry and flip things over.  To let anxiety pull you down.  Especially for things you have absolutely no control over. It’s utter nonsense, but that’s what humans do around these parts. So I have to be deliberate. About learning from The Master, and making that exchange every day and hour, if need be. Lest I get caught up in the usual.

I’ll bare myself here. These past few days, about everything has been begging to take me back to that worrying, anxiety-filled, anger-laden life.  And really, it is the tiniest of things.  Those that minister to my being.  And honestly, it has been work! 😅 Whew! 

But I’m reading up yesterday morning, and I come across Pharaoh, and He sounds familiar. 

[Exodus 8:28 NLT] “All right, go ahead,” Pharaoh replied. “I will let you go into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord your God. But don’t go too far away. Now hurry and pray for me.”

😂 But Pharaoh is shameless! Ati pray for me? The thought of a whole small nation ‘of slaves’ leaving, after 430years in Egypt is just too much for him.  Separation issues? He allows them, to go and sacrifice, and worship, but the instruction is,  only, Not too far!
You’re free to go. . . But must come back next year, a time like this.  You can be happy in your marriage, but not on a daily. Surely, that is too much! You can make progress spiritually, but every so often you must fall.  I mean, not too far! You can walk out of that habit, but not forever! You can be all that you want to be. . . But not fully.  You can be the first to make progress in your family, but it shan’t be tremendous progress, because not too far. You can go, and worship, but just near here.  Little wonder you find yourself on a roller coaster! You’re up, then you’re down.  You’re almost there, but never really there. You’re gods, but die like mere men. [Psalm 82:6] You walk away,  but not too far!

I know you hear me. Pharaoh says you’re free,  but bound. You’re on a long leash. It looks like you’re free,  but really you aren’t. 

But blessed be God! Whose final verdict is EVERYTHING!

[Psalms 124:7 MSG] We’ve flown free from their fangs, free of their traps, free as a bird. Their grip is broken; we’re free as a bird in flight.

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Freely bound for who! God says,  be on your way, and worship me! Then, as if this was not enough,  He makes it public knowledge, that “if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free!” [John 8:36 AMP] No more rides! No more cycles.  You’re on an upward trend.  Like a bird in flight.  You perch on high too. 

This 👆 truth later, I am set for Living. On that upward trend.  In Him is liberty. Paul puts it this way, 
[Acts 17:28 NLT] For in Him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’

Short leash,  true,  but I wouldn’t have it any other way. No really.  Would you?

Shuffle On Out!

Happy September! 🙌🎉!

This past weekend I got an invite to travel and minister at the same time. It was much needed,  this getaway. For many reasons, but especially because every time I get to fellowship in a rural set up, I feel like I am home. 

Let me explain. . .
In 2006 I was fresh in highschool. Kangaru School – Embu. If you’ve been on that Meru highway, you’ve seen this school.  It is not what you would call rural.  At all.  Our Christian Union, among the strongest I have seen, however was nothing like the City church. Jesus is Lord. Alive and well. Powerful and Strong. Relentless and Brave. Holy and expecting. . . That we walk in holiness [Gen 17 :1] .There was no debate about it. It wasn’t said much.  But it was silently woven into every conversation, and therefore became the solid foundation of our faith. 
Every so often, the shiny things of life begin to cloud your judgement, hamper your visibility. Your focus on these principle values/qualities of God. Because, city setting. Et cetera. 
Therefore going back ‘home’  wherever it is that these solid truths rule, does a number on me. 
That was Nyeri, on Saturday, and Kitui on Sunday for me.  I’m so grateful for the Father’s love.  *sigh*

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So,  Sunday morning, we’re driving this lonely road past Kamburu etc dams, so beautiful. And I’m reading up on Leprosy.  (I know, I know! 😐 Just follow me. )
The nature of this wasting disease. Its consequences, especially in those days of old. Segregation, because of its contagious nature. 
(btw,  contrary to common folklore, it doesn’t cause parts to just fall off. Is a liiie! 😂)

It does,  however, waste away tissue ,  could shorten fingers etcetera because. . . Oh Come on! Google it! 😝

Later,  I’m at 2kings 7. These 4 lepers, (friendship of necessity, birds of a feather ) are chilling outside the city. There’s famine in the land.  They’re sooo hungry themselves. Their conversation excites me though.

2 Kings 7:3-4 [MSG] “It happened that four lepers were sitting just outside the city gate. They said to one another, “What are we doing sitting here at death’s door? If we enter the famine-struck city we’ll die; if we stay here we’ll die. So let’s take our chances in the camp of Aram and throw ourselves on their mercy. If they receive us we’ll live, if they kill us we’ll die. We’ve got nothing to lose.””

Whew! 
These ones knew themselves.  Like most of us.  They understood the situation.  Like most of us.  They even weighed the options, like most of us!
But unlike most of us, they made that move! See, when you’re pushed down to the bottom, you realise that the only way out,  is back up.  These four lepers were just hungry,  life threateningly.  Their leprosy was bad,  but their hunger was worse.  So they decided,  sitting at death’s door is no plot you guy,  we stay here,  we’ll die,  we go there, there’s high chances we’ll die, but we might live,  so why not. 

In other words,  if we will die,  it will most certainly not be while doing nothing.  So they shuffle on over, to the Aramean camp.  Before they arrive, the army hears their footsteps.  Only, it sounds in their ears like a great army, with chariots and horses.  So they leave everything, and flee.  The lepers have their day. Coz God’s got their back. He’s amplified their step of faith. They Eat, drink.  Have seconds,  dress up, take gold and other things. 

Reminds me of this one time [1Sam 30:8] God says to David,  “Pursue, you shall indeed overtake, and recover it all”
Hebrews 11:33 (MSG) tells us of men who took promises for themselves. Us.

Most of our lasting issues are not for the lack of solution, rather, the lack of action. 

We plan, strategise, think hard, even pray and inquire of God, He even confirms that if we move in on that resolution, that new life, walking out of that habit that is costing you the crown of life, that relationship, that business opportunity. . . We will overtake and recover all.  Zero loss guarantee. But then we allow ourselves to just dwell on that part,  that if we go out,  the Arameans will kill us!

You’re better off dying in motion than living in stagnation.  God would, that you make progress.  No wonder He leads us from one victory to another[2Cor 2:14]. Because stagnant victory is stale.  Move on out! Shuffle on over!

There is no excuse.  We might be hard pressed on every side, brother Paul says [2Cor 4:8-10] ,but we’re not crushed. . . True, we do not refuse that you are struck down, but you are not destroyed!
That to say, you might be down, ooooh but you’re never out .

There’s always some fight left in you.  Sometimes the only fight you have left is enough for just one thing.  Aaaah, but blessed be God! That’s more than enough!
Psalms 150:6 [NKjV] Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

So long as you’re not out, and not destroyed, there’s breath in you,  use it wisely.  The greatest tragedy, is to sit, and do absolutely nothing. And accept defeat.
Keep It Moving!