The Battle for Survival

I hope I find you well. So we are now getting ready for a new farming season at our lovely farm in Goromonzi. Good soils, good rains, a good labour force & good management and we are set for a bumper harvest next year! The question is, is this land ours for real? Well yes on paper it is but when we arrived here on earth the land was already there so we can’t exactly claim ownership now can we? That means we do not actually have the final say on what happens on that land! The same goes for the weather. It does not belong to us too and we have no control on how it affects our crop. Also, we can own the labour force by employment but I heard the wise one say, “you can take the donkey to the river to drink but you cannot force it to drink.” I guess you can employ someone but you can’t force them to work hard and can never know what sort of result they will produce until it’s in your hands! So what is it then??

It seems there is a myriad of factors that will affect the nature of our harvest next year. The seed can hit the ground, but poor rains and poor crop management can all lead to its failure to grow well or yield any fruit. Very soon the weeds can invade the entire farm and choke the entire crop to death. Sometimes it will be a case of poor timing and or even too much rain too late or too soon – all leading to crop failure. There is even the threat of livestock from neighbouring farms invading the crop, leading to loss again.

This whole scenario relates to our lives today. We are the seed that was sown on earth by our maker-The Almighty God but very often as ‘crops’ we find ourselves in uncontrollable bad weather that we can’t yield any fruit. Sometimes the heavens are literally shut over our lives that we can’t experience bounty at all. We find ourselves crying, ‘there is casting down’ when others are singing, ‘there is lifting up’ and that song needs to change. Moreover, many find themselves amongst weeds fighting for survival. Some have choked to death. The weeds come in different shapes and sizes, different colours too.

Furthermore, in our lives today, poor crop management can be likened to bad leadership and unfruitful relationships in our areas of influence. Sometimes the enemy uses fellow brothers and sisters to achieve his evil mission. Sour relationships, enmity, betrayal and backbiting etc can all lead to our defeat on the battlefronts of life. On the other hand the invasion by stray livestock speaks to me of disease and an attack on our livelihood. HIV, Cancer, BP and many other unusual health problems have emerged on mankind literally threatening to wipe out an entire generation. Friends these stumbling blocks are our enemies! Conceived by the enemy, born of the enemy , planted by the enemy, sent by the enemy, dispatched by the enemy with at least one (1) or all of three (3) goals – to kill, steal and destroy! Worsestill, some camouflage and are so like us but are not of us. They come into our lives with an agenda that unbeknown to us destroys us. Sometimes the agenda is not even know to them but the one who is in them furthers his evil agenda through them in different ways.

My question to you today is, What kind of seed are you? The seed that will rise up against all the devices of the enemy and glorify its sower or the one that will succumb to every negative force, bear no fruit and eventually just die? Fortunately we are not like plant seeds that depend on human management, the ground they are sown in and the weather conditions they find themselves in to bear fruit. Our creator, the All-Mighty and All-wise God equipped us with the ability to create the ground that we want for us to germinate and grow well. In the parable of the sower (mark 4:1-20) this is apparent. If we purge ourselves and prepare our ground well, as seeds we may grow to give glory to the one who made us in our entire being and fruitfulness.

Previously, I hinted that it is essential to know the enemy and to understand that you are in battle. Most people are often on the battle front without ever realising it. The following tell-tell signs should be your sounding horn for war:

NB*This list is not an end in itself and these are not the only tell-tell signs, it is definitely a good starting point.

  • you find yourself going round in circles – nothing seems to quite work out and you just do not understand why
  • your spirit-self is dead – you do not have an awareness of your spiritman, his origin and how he should be kept alive
  • you are in constant strife with your surroundings – nothing and no-one is good enough for you
  • you suspect that they are negative forces operating against you but do not know them
  • you have heard about Jesus but do not believe in him – you find the whole concept of Jesus confusing and irrelevant to the world you are living in
  • you have a dead conscience – you can do wrong knowingly and carry on with life as if nothing happened

Friends if any of these or all are consistent with your life, riseUP! Be the battle axe and lets fight the good fight of faith. It is called the good fight of faith because you have to rise up against every negative thing you can see that you do not like inorder to access every positive thing that you can not see that you desire. Sometimes too we have to be mature enough and discerning enough to accept that we cannot always get everything we want. Whether we like it or not we are in war. This life is a battle for survival. Sadly some people are the walking dead. Nothing is alive except for the fact that you are breathing. What good is life if everything around you is dying – your spirit, your finances, your relationships, your visions or ambitions etc. Arise and FIGHT for your life!

I hope this helped you. Don’t forget to share with your friends, otherwise remain focused till we meet again…

Thank you for checking in and dont forget to share 🙂

Till then,

Ester H.


falling is not the problem, failing to riseUP is!!!!

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