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Re-Branding Self

Longtime my Conquerors,

Many times i have been approached by individuals who are confused about life, the problems or challenges they face and have come to a point where they wonder whether their lives are worth living, a picture well painted in the book of Psalms:

“Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.”

Psalms 107:17-18

To be honest, i carry scars from similar thought patterns and experiences brought about by cycles of failed missions with no real explanation. Its one thing to fail when you did nothing about prospering but its a whole different story when you have put in the hours of effort to get nothing. I have certainly been in the shackles of bondage or what would seem like a dark hole that continues to swallow you but doesn’t eat you up so you can at least know its over. Yes i have and i believe that i have been translated from the overbearing pain of hopelessness and even suicide ideation at some point.

In this series of Re-Branding Self, i want to share some insights that i have discovered through my own transition over the past decade from hopelessness and dispair to peace and victorious living. May i mention that for me the process was not as clear cut and systematic as i will present it here. It was pure discovery and learning led by the Holy Spirit of God as i submitted and inquired on him everyday. All the same, I was not aware that this system actually existed or that i was on it myself until recently when i began to look back and reflect and put together points of how i had become a better person over the years. Like Paul, i do not claim to have mastered it or arrived as i am certain that as long as we are in this world, we can’t arrive. We have to keep learning and at our very best we can still do better and so life goes on.

Background to Re-Branding Self

Since 2009, I make interesting discoveries (soul) daily in my life (body) and in the word (spirit) and i can attest to some spiritual fruits gained along the way and physical rewards that followed too.

Therefore i have discovered that the brand self has 3 operational divisions which require team spirit to function. These are the Spirit, Soul and Body which make up a complete human being. For a detailed explanation of how this is so please click here

Protocol

Hierachy and protocol must be observed as with any organized entity. The Spirit being of God was first to exist. The spirit was and is as it existed with God. The soul was created before the body as scripture mentions that we were foreknown before we were formed in the womb. Of the three, God formed the body last and then after he breathed into it, it became a living soul.

Re-branding of Self: Spirit, Soul and Body Roles

1. Spirit- This is the Breath of God which is also in body form but unseen. This means it requires food and so has all the parts of the body but is not seen by anyone except when it manifests itself in spiritual fruits. These then benefit the soul’s existence in the body on the earth. The spirit must eat the word of God only to survive as it is of God. God is Holy and pure and nothing else is pure on this earth so to feed his spirit being requires the bread of life-the word of God. Being in a body however and having an earthly experience the spirit can be subjected to counterfeit foods (religions) which then mislead the soul into making wrong decisions which in turn affect existence in the earth negatively. We all know that eating wrong foods in the earth realm causes sickness or health challenges which can be life threatening. So it is with the spirit. If the spirit is not awakened by the right food (Word) the life of an individual is that of a dead being- nothing to right home about, nothing to show for their existence and if this goes on they begin to feel like there is nothing to live for. These are cases of people who are living but dead -the walking dead! Simply put, it means that the body did not come in contact with the spirit so there is no life. As it was in the beginning, the body was formed and breathed into by God forming a living soul. Life was the result of the spirit of God coming in contact with the body he had formed from earth.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 2:7

As it were, if the natural man has not received Christ for re-birth John 3:5-8, life is worthless, hopeless and going nowhere slowly because the spirit is either sickly or dead by starvation and or exposure to wrong foods. Unfortunately because of the abounding mercies of God, people usually mistake some permitted manifestations of ‘life’ (a bit of riches here, some success there, some peace here and there) as life. Most have found it difficult to change or even conceptualize change and confidently ward off persuasions of the gospel with statements like:

…if God can bless me in sin, what is the point of changing…

…if a prostitute can get married, then i can…

…if the wicked are still prospering, then it doesnt matter…

…if it was meant to be, then it will be or whatever i do is written in my book/destiny and i cant change it…

What they do not know is that they are already picking a side in doing so and that is lane of the body and it’s lusts. In some cases the individuals are aware of their predicament and they fight it. Sadly not all the battles for a better life are fought on the right front and so while others may get fruit from their endeavours, others see no fruit as they remain stuck in nothingness, emptiness and a never ending cycle of failure which may lead to self harm. In the mandate given to the man of the law-Moses for the people of God lies an instruction to choose life. In saying this God reveals to his people that there are two roads to take:- LIFE- the road of the law and obedience (to the spirit) or DEATH- the road of lawlessness and disobedience (obedience to the body and its lusts). This law is unfortunately not given to the spirit but to the soul. The spirit is God’s and is loaded with godliness which it can only exhibit once the soul chooses God and begins to make daily choices/decisions to feed the spirit with the word of its maker that it rightful requires. When word taken in through choice by senses of the soul meets word already in the spirit a climax is reached that brings inexplicable joy and peace in the innerman. That is revelation and the beginning of wisdom. That is the meeting of God and man! That is the building of faith and the rebranding of self!

Thus, interms of protocol, the SPIRIT being first to be in existence, being the imprint of the Creator in us takes precedence above all other members of the tripatite being and must be honored, respected and listened to only as it has been duly fed correctly by an act of obedience-LIFE. Is is only the spirit in man that knows the thoughts of man (1 Corinthians 2:11) and only the spirit of a man that will sustain his infirmity (Proverbs 18:14)

2. Soul (mind, thoughts, will, emotions). This the centre-piece of all decisions. The administration headquaters where whatever is decided goes even if it will affect the entire being. Firstly there is the mind. Many battles of the mind take place here and for most individuals it is a total gamble and gropping about in the dark through trial and error. If something seems to work, it becomes recorded as a template and copying mechanism to be used in other like events or occurences. The problem with this as you can imagine is that there are no principles, no regard for others and this kind of government supports the dog-eat-dog theory or survival of the fittest doctrine. Everyone faces their own life fights their own battles the way they want even if it will harm others on the way -after all its a jungle and infact a battle! Next in the soul are thoughts-another challenge to human existence. Sometimes they are uninvited and invasive, sometimes even unpleasant and unwanted and yet they have the ability to bombard an individual to the point of surrender and death as in the cases of worry/confusion/frustration/anxiety/stress/distress/depression and ultimately suicide if nothing is handled properly. As it were, most actions originate from thought and one is evidence of their thoughts. Then ofcourse God gave man the freedom to choose and called it WILL. This is were intents are housed, another facet of the soul. The will power is the highest level of freedom granted to man by the creator and owner of all things. Infact the idea that the soul is the decision centre rests on this very premise. God was merciful to freely give out information on what any decision made could mean, the consequences thereof and the ultimate endgame of choice. Lastly we have emotions in the soul. The interplay of mind decisions, thoughts and choices made everyday is the cook book of emotions. It also works the otherway. While emotions can be triggered by what goes on in the soul, the emotions themselves can inspire what decisions are made therein. As it were, feelings are triggered by what we see, hear, smell, touch and taste (5 senses) and when we reach decisions in the mind because of what we have sensed, a choice is made. Yet again feelings can set a pace of how we see, hear, smell, touch or taste things!

So in the terms of protocol, the soul comes after the spirit and is foreknown by the spirit and must submit to the spirit for instruction in running its affairs. It is the soul that was given a mandate to choose LIFE and life is in the Spirit. In seeking first the Kingdom of God and his righteouness, all other things are added to one (Matthew 6:33)

3. Body- The body is the shell that houses the soul and the spirit and is made of external parts e.g head, face, legs, hands, stomach, feet, fingers, toes, mouth internal organs and systems e.g heart, lungs, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, blood stream etc. The functioning of the physical body is well instructed mostly by science or earthly discovery. We discussed that decisions are made in the soul but the soul actually needs the body to have sent information obtained through the senses to make the decisions it does. Now it is certain parts of the body that carry these senses e.g eyes=sight; fingers=touch; ears= hearing; nose=smell and tongue=taste. As much as these senses are active, the instruction to choose LIFE necessitates the observance of protocol in making decisions and dealing with life and what challenges it brings on the table.The whole of creation is aware of these guiding principles (commandments) which is why there is such a heart-bell known as conscience. Sadly, continued dishonor and failure to head to the warning signs of the conscience sears it to a point where it begins to see those disobedient behaviours and mindsets as normal, acceptable and noble. The body is prone to an insubordinate attitude caused by the very fact that is is the one housing others. It is always scheming, screaming out loud and crying to be heard at all times and in all things. The body is made from earth, knows only the earth and its earthly ways and is the one that suffers the pressures brought upon the whole being by the earth. Its is afterall the body that fellow humans see, hurt or reject. It is the body that craves for comfort and entertainment through its senses. For this cause the body is outspoken to the soul on what should go and if the soul succumbs to its pressure and neglects to observe the rule of law i.e put the spirit first, then problems and conflict begin attracting all kinds of curses, punishments and consequences. The body cannot submit to either soul or spirit as it is territorial in nature BUT by a decision of the soul to choose LIFE (spirit), the body is automatically put to sleep and can’t do anything. It is only the soul that can empower the body

Thus, in the terms of protocol the body is last in line being the one to be made last of the three. The body must submit to the soul as the soul submits to the spirit and in this way the body honors the spirit of God in it (Romans 6:19)

Summary

In self- branding therefore, the idea is to go back onto the original rail and press towards the mark of our high calling. Our high calling as human beings is embedded in the mandate to worship the Most High God and him alone.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

This is our whole duty as man and is evidenced in our day to day choices. It thus becomes imperative to focus and work on dying to self and awaken to spirit deliberately and constantly. Although choosing Christ can be done on a particular day, Salvation is not a one day event and working it out becomes a lifestyle of killing the flesh and awakening the spirit. The more the inclination of the soul to the body dies, the more the Spirit takes its place to bring life and livelihood to its host. This is the only way the soul can be governed correctly leading to God-led choices and victory therein. It must be noted that all self- insipired decisions are bound to fail being birthed from the effects of earthbound senses. It may seem like body (death) made choices work but that is purely facilitated by the mercies of God by and by we should train ourselves not to take advantage of those mercies and remain lawless. We need a higher power to lead us in the way and if we do not make that all important decision of choosing God himself everything becomes tainted by the earth and inspired by the earth even though it may seem to work. This unfortunately doesn’t alter the word that has gone out of God’s mouth concerning those things and as such, punitive curses so installed before creation are always in-play causing havoc to unsuspecting individuals or those who know but are uninterested in keeping to the book.

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse.

(Romans 1:18-20)

While other individuals seek out these things, others simply work around life according to how they were raised or taught by their predecessors or how they themselves are interpreting the surroundings they find themselves in. Ofcourse they neither own themselves nor yet those surrounding they attempt to understand based on own self. Unfortunately as individuals form self-truth innocently or in full awareness of the fact, they continue to be governed by the laws of the creator set in place by him who owns everything.

As such, rebranding of self is infact the journey of returning to the first love-Christ who loved us first when we were yet sinners, reconciling every facet of our lives with him and giving him the pre-eminence in all things. All other forms or versions of peace and prosperity humanity experiences outside the blood of Christ are counterfeit and is bound to expire leaving its victims exposed. Therefore, it is not enough to be a christian and it will not change anything if one is not changing themselves according to the word of God. Like the Israelites, being a chosen people was not enough. Obedience to the Spirit is what holds tge relationship with God together.

Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses”

Psalms 107:17-19

And returning to him in repentance and humility brings restoration.

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Till Then

OneLove

Riseup Conqueror

Join me again in the part 2 as we begin a step by step process of Re-Branding Self.


Remember falling is not the problem but failing to riseUP is!!!!

Accused and Voiceless: Who will you speak to & who will speak for you? Part 2- Lessons From The Upright Man Job

Greetings Conquerors

In Part 1, we considered a man called Job in the subject of being falsely accused or judged. The spirit of accusation works subtly sometimes that the accusers may think they are representing God himself in his word when they are not. There are a number of lessons we can glean on in the book of Job concerning being accused, being voiceless and speaking out.

1. Accused doesn’t mean guilty:

Job was upright and God spoke for him. If it was a crime, Job would have been arrested. Perhaps he was even called a wizard that ate up his children and his sins where catching up with him. They probably speculated that his wealth had been obtained by evil means and now it was pay back time. In my mother tongue they say “akaromba”. Then others could have said “akaroyiwa” meaning he has been bewitched. Ofcourse there is the enemy camp…these are the haters and evil ones that may have been trying to bring job down spiritually for years. This was time to celebrate their weapons and victory. Job had fallen from grace right straight into the mud. But was this really the case? In all these scenarios people are quick to say God is not there and so someone becomes labeled as a hypocrite too. Once a hypocrite then a liar, a fake, an evil person, a hater, a schemer etc. If you know God and are confident in your relationship with him, what is left is to believe HIS report against the strife of words . God will speak for you even when you can’t hear it, perceive it or see him. Therrfore, stand in that and forget everything else! Like Abraham the father of faith, hope against hope (Romans 4:18-21).

2. Faith may fail but Trust in a relationship should hold it up

Job had faith in God but while in the mud faith may have been ‘failing’. In other words, what he knew about God and what was on the ground was not matching. I mean when you pray for something and an evil thing happens instead (e.g divine bealth versus sickness or loss). The children had all died, there was no bringing them back from the grave. Faith had failed because he had prayed and made offerings for their protection but he now had lost more than just children. However, he knew and understood that God was real, superior and faithful. He therefore also stood unshaken in his faith and remained confident in that when God had tried him he would come forth as pure gold (Job 23:10). God too was confident in his servant Job and so it was a two way bond. What strikes me is Job’s faith in God even in bad times. That to me is trust. Trust anchors faith in that faith believes that God is able and trust rests in that he will do it for me. Trusting God means that even the bad things that happen to one are not used to give Satan accorlades of victory but used to stand confidently and wait on the Lord knowing that he is not only able but will show up in his wisdom. Trust also understands his wisdom as his timetable and his way. Even when i can’t hear God or trace him, when the people around me don’t see God in my life or even believe that he was ever a part of it, trust means i remain assured of his not so visible or perceivable presence. He has been there, he remains there, and will always be there and that settles it.

3. Repentance

Job had so many questions for God in his pain amd agony. In that he was to be found guilty before the throne. There will always be some challenging situations that lead us into the space of being accused. For Job it was extensive loss (children and wealth) and serious sickness. In life i always hear people asking “why?”. Its easy to say “what did i ever do to deserve this”. As humans we have a tendency of placing a price on our works and faith so that possessions becomes a measure of one’s standing with God. As we can see from the Job project, God’s ways are certainly not our ways. The lesson we can take is that people will accuse us and sometimes they will have the grounds to do so. If we ourselves know the real truth, our spirit can testify with the Holy Spirit that it is well. It may not be well at that point but it should certainly get well in God’s wisdom and time. As it were, accusation is heartbreaking, heartrending and heartwrecking on top of the already smashed-by-God heart. Accusation adds salt to injury making matters worse. A broken heart is sometimes careless with words and that is why Job had to repent. God is God above, and he was man beneath. He had no business taking God into court and making careless utterences. When God finally arrived and spoke, he realised how impure he was as man to be in the presence of God. As man we have a tendency of ‘holifying’ ourselves in self-righteousness but at our best we are nothing but sinners. For that, we should approach the presence of God with a humble and repentant mind. Even when we think we have done nothing wrong, there is sin lurking somewhere even if its in the innerman!

I have been rebuked by the Holy spirit sometimes for being unrepentant. I remember situation in which i have been falsely accused. In each scenario a case eas presented against me that i could not argue out of. My accuser(s) actually offended me in their actions after it had been settled that i was at fault and i had agreed. Being close people to me, i obviously expected inquiry, dialogue and understanding as opposed to judgement, accusation and being shut out. So i started focusing on their wrongs and went through months of heartbrake, heartache, regret, disapointment and brokenness. I resented them and found i had to repent all the time because of these negative emotions that i couldn’t handle. God just watched me act all holy and wronged and plead with him for justice and restoration. In thw one case, oneday the Holy Spirit said i was “prideful and unapologetic”. I was shocked, resisted it at first but found it to be true. I was sad and cried in repentance. I was required to go and apologise. Swallowing my pride and going to apologise with a tail between my legs was the hardest thing. I was embarrased as i had to apologise in the face of other people. I had shamed Christendom by my actions. Well long story short, i did then humble myself and nothing beats the feeling of humility and obedience when you finally accomplish it against your flesh!

4. Intercession

In all of God’s word, intercession seems to be at his heart judging by the law and just the theme of love that sweeps all across scripture. God wants us to love each other and one of the ways we can do that is by intercession. After God had shown up, he instructed Job’s friends to go and make burnt offerings to Job and then Job would pray for them (Job 42:7-10). They had wronged God in the way they treated his ‘upright one’. After praying for his accusers, Jobs captivity was turned and his friends were saved from the wrath of God. So God is still interested in the welfare of our accusers and as much as in ours. Sometimes It is our prayer that will save them and God wants may want it that way. This is not to say that when you don’t pray for them they will suffer, infact when you don’t do so, you also suffer. Therefore intercession works both ways. Ps* this does not mean we pray for Satan. The spirit in the accusers must certainly be cast out.

5. Relationships

Finally we can learn something from the relationships in Jobs project

God and Satan:

God is superior and Satan is inferior. Satan knows his place as a created being and will never go beyond the bounds set by God. Satan believes in God and his power and he is aware of Gods hedges of protection. After doing his part, it remained God’s sovereign business to deliver Job, heal him amd restore him.

God and Job:

God is superior and Job is inferior. God speaks for Job and has faith in his ability to stand. Job knows his place as the created and by faith he fully submits himself wholly to God in goodtimes and in badtimes. He anchors his faith with trust that God will absolutely and undoubtedly in his love and ability to work things for his good, deliver him nomatter what. This was a solid relationship built over time. What is your relationship with God? Can he speak for you?

3. Job and his wife

Job has a faith and trust in God that his wife does not. If Job would listen to his wife, then he would have fallen. His wife is unable to trust Job in his faith journey but that does not stop Job because of what he knows he has with God. Relationship with God is therefore superior to any other.

4. Job and his friends

Jobs friends are the close to him. Three of them (Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar) are those people that break his heart further. Yes they are his fellow colleaugues in church but they do not know Job enough to see things from his own point of view. Their friendship lacks trust or even faith. Even if the faith was in God, they have gone against teaching by crucifying Job, judging him amd accusing him. The youngest of them (Elihu) stands on the greatness of God. He does not focus on Job but on the sovereignty of God. This is exemplary. As it were, age ain’t nothing but a number!

5. Job and Satan

Here there is absolutely no relationship. Satan just does what he wants and goes. Job has no thought of Satan and doesn’t look for him in his suffering. There is no time that Jobs takes to meditate on how to wage war against Satan or fight him back. Job does not see Satan as a player here but simply stands in God and on God and attributes his circumstance to he alone who orders his steps and who can change his situation.

Thus, accusers are a reality in life especially when there has never been bad intentions or actions on ones part to do wrong but things work out that way. If you encounter friends or relations like that of Job who will add salt to the injury, it remains to stand on the rock of salvation, refuse to be moved until HE speaks, intercede for the accusers while you also pray for yourself in a heart and mind of humility and repentance. Finally, it also goes without saying that as Christians we should refrain from being like Jobs three friends/wife and instead keep quiet if we have nothing positive to say or at least pray, praise and worship with those in difficult times.

Remember when accused, you can speak to God and God will speak for you. He may not speak on your timetable but you can rest assured that he got your back! Build that relationship now!


Accused and Voiceless: Who will you speak to & who will speak for you? Part 1- A Man Called Job

Dear Conquerors,

Have you ever been in a situation where you are accused and the evidence testifies against you but you are actually innocent? How do you get out of it? Who will hear you when everything stands tall against you? Who will speak for you? In a situation like this one becomes voicelesss not because they can’t speak but because they have lost the right to speak and if they do, they will not be heard. As Christians our only route is God. Unfortunately in these situations even God may seem silent and that doesn’t help matters on the ground. Amongst some of his most evil missions, the devil is known for being the accuser of the brethren. This can explain some of the wickedness people go through in relationships and cannot explain. The spirit of accusation will be at work to cause e.g conflict, pain, confusion, torment and bondage etc leading to relationship breakdown, scandal or even passion based crimes at any level or area of life.

A man called Job

I like the story of a man called Job in the bible. This guy had it all sorted for him. He was in such good books with God that the Almighty spoke for him. God himself testified of the goodness of Job and his intergrity (Job 1:8). One must think that with such a Man of God nothing could go wrong. I mean it will be difficult to imagine such a man in a mess or with no contacts in high places to get him out of any kind of situation.

However it so happened that one day God entered a conversation with Satan. It was a conversation that God himself started and he put this notable man of integrity on the spotlight, bragging about his untainted uprightness. Ofcourse Satan was provoked and spoke cunningly to provoke God into testing Job. It may not have been provocation though as God is above all and in all. It may actually have been his plan for Satan himself to dance into his divinely set plans. Satan is created by him so he knows everything. Anyways lets just say that Satan took the bait for his own shame but thought he had won. He is always doing that anyways, look at what he did with Jesus. I mean as the subtle snake he is, who would have thought he would kill Jesus who was supposed to die by divine rule? If he had wisdom, he would have stopped the death by all means because then now humanity has experienced salvation because of the blood. He was to be proven that nomatter what lengths he takes to put pressure on a soul to give up on God, a soul planted and rooted well in God like Job will not budge.

So the story goes that God obliged Satan and put down the so called hedge of protection within stipulated boundaries i.e on Gods terms. In his first attempt which wiped out Job’s wealth and his beloved children, Satan could see that he didn’t win and negotiated a further attempt with the owner of the person. In that next attempt, Job was struck with an incurable sickness. This Man of God never ceases to amaze me! He stayed oncourse. He relentlessly honoured and worshipped God in his many lamentations and exchanges with his friends. He refused to think anything else than God at the centre of his life and of it all. He never once prayed the enemy off as Christians of today do calling it spiritual warfare or waging wars with the enemy. He was not concerned with the enemy. His only concern and focus was God. That was Job, the man God spoke for.

Now his wife, his friends and all those people he used to help…the community, the society and everyone could not help. Friends in high places could not rescue, if anything they started judging and accusing him. His own wife started mocking him and asking him to curse God and die. Imagine that! His close friends could not help him. The least they could have done was speak for him, pray with him, exhort him amd encourage him but no. They depressed him all the more with their speeches of arrogance, quoting the word endlessly and inappropriately using it to accuse, judge and slay Job. They beat him down and tried to prove to him that if he was the Man of God that he said he was, God himself would not do such to him. They contended that these were the kind of things apportioned for the disobedient so Job was classified with the wicked. Who would speak for Job? Job was alone and voiceless in the midst of his companions. They spoke with one voice and he was on his own with another voice that no-one cared to hear. As it were, Job was accused and voiceless but he spoke to God.

This is the kind of situation i am talking about. Many people in this life have been accused falsely and had no-one to speak for them because all the evidence shouted against them. Some people have done time in jail, some have lost their loved ones in relationships gone sour because of negative voices so loud and evidence so apparent. In some worst case scenarios people have fallen victim to crimes of passion e.g murder or even scandal or divorce because of false accusations. There is an evil that happens in life where one can do something with good intentions and it turns out badly with all the evidence against them. Just to drive the point home for example, in a divorce setup involving a peace order, a parent can approach the home of the other parent where the children are living just to see their children and while the children will welcome it and be happy, he/she may end up in jail for violating the law. There are times in life when one can even neglect to do what is needful for reasons based on inability or ignorance or unavailability. I mean it’s not always that people fail to meet expectation because they do not want. Sadly accusation will always arise in such cases and one may find themself voiceless unless the other party is willing to inquire or listen and believe. I have personally hurt a few loved ones when i did some things with absolutely no evil intention but i ended up judged, accused and nailed because of it. This is where as a christian you can be called all sorts of names from liar, fake, hypocrite to hater, cruel and even possessed or evil etc. Who do you tell? Man and women of God are always falsely accused everywere and noone seems to care because most times there is that evidence that is put together and it speaks louder. Even if the evidence is there and is not necessarily put there, what does one do?

Sometimes people are framed, sometimes too they are put under pressure to take and replace and before they know it they fail to replace. There are times when people agree and then unfortunately the agreement is not honoured not because someone doesn’t want to honour it but because things fail. Unfortunately the agreement will raise a higher voice and one can be jailed or lose something else more valuable. Some people have lost houses because of agreements and then ofcourse the spouses and children will never understand why a family home was put on an agreement. Well at the time of agreement everything may have seemed so easy and in right order until an unanticipated and never thought of failure happened on one end leading to a failure on another end. Who do you tell? Who will hear you? Who will speak for you?


Join me again in Part 2 as we look at some lessons from Job in concluding this series.


OFFENSE: Peace of Mind vs Piece of Mind.

Dear Conquerors,

Welcome to this post where we will discuss the issue of Offenses. Offenses attract a lot of activity in the mind and according to the bible, they are inevitable therefore a key factor in our journey as Christians. Scripture records,

“Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”

(Matthew 18:7 KJV)

In this scripture, the punishment already awaits the offender but in real life the offended have been seen to suffer as a result of the offense just because of lack of this needful knowledge. Worsestill, this has often led to uncessesary and sometimes even costly actions. A Christian can become so offended that they will opt out of Christendom just so they can pull up their sleeves and deal with the offender personally. Simply put, when someone is offended, their rights to ‘Peace of Mind’ are threatened. I have noticed that there are 2 sides to the wonderful coin called peace of mind. On the one side, one experiences tranquility or total freedom and liberty in the innerman and ofcourse that manifests externally. On the other side one is driven by a lack of tranquility and liberty inside and that continues to press one to act in what is normally referred to as ‘giving piece of mind’. So its either you have the peace of mind or are giving piece of mind.

Peace of Mind

The Ndebele have a saying that goes, “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” while the English say, “no man is an island.” In essence to be- is to live with others and amongst people. Now to experience peace of mind, the relationships we build around us have to be healthy. Unfortunately we can always bump into individuals out there who will threaten our peace making our efforts to 100% peace unrealistic. We will from time to time come across people whose own selfish decisions and actions will infringe on our own rights to peace and tranquility. This however seems to hurt more when it happens at the mercy of our loved ones or people we trust although outsiders can treat us in equally hurtful ways. Sometimes our own pride issues set us up with offense because of entitlement. Entitlement is an evil force within that puts an expectation on others without their consent or agreement. Unfortunately that is putting trust in flesh and therein lies a curse (Jeremiah 17:5)! Peace of mind becomes not only the experience of peace itself but also the ability to maneuver ones way in the midst of hostility and still remain safe and tranquil internally. It will normally also extend to the ability to observe a storm and quiet it without causing havoc as it is impossible to avoid disturbance at one point or the other in life. Being a peace lover is the key ingredient to having peace of mind because then one can deliberately pursue it even in the face of opposition. As Christians following after Jesus Christ who himself is the Lamb of Peace, it should be in our nature to seek peace and pursue it.

Peace lovers are lovers of God and of mankind. They put on love even in the most difficult places or circumstances so that peace may prevail. Keeping your cool when threatened, offended or unsettled is not an easy thing hence the Psalmist wrote,

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3KJV)

Like Christ, revile not when reviled, threaten not in the face of offense and most importantly commit all to the righteous judgement of God.

Piece of Mind

Piece of mind is when a heart is broken and this leads to a broken mind (mind torn into pieces). In simple terms, when information is received that oppposes own self, it destabilises that place where notions of self are made. In other words that place is invaded or scattered by this new negative concept received. This becomes the beginning of an insult or offense which will graduate into disappointment then brokenness going on to anger sometimes even bitterness or unforgiveness etc as long as that incoming info is not dealt with properly or expelled. So when the heart is broken then the mind is broken and one is unable to make sense of their surroundings until they have put their heart together the best way they know how. They just want the pieces together or back in their place so they can function normally. To do this one either follows a wordly system or godly system. The wordly system is inspired by self protection, driven by pain and manifests itself in the need to settle the score with the offender (self pride). The thought pattern is like, “You have scattered my mind so let’s share the pieces so you know what it feels like“. My Pastor used to say that, “you will give piece of mind until you are left with no mind”. The problem is that when the mind is in pieces, one is not thinking straight but is instead consumed with the need to take back the control they feel has been stolen by the offender. When people give a piece of their mind, they usually override biblical teaching, superimpose themself over the situation and their offender mostly to satisfy their bruised ego. They fail to realise that the reason they have the urge to give (lose) part of their mind is because someone made up their mind to disrespect, dishonour and hurt them whether intentionally or unintentionally. Eitherway, the fact that you have to pursue your honour that has been seized (so to speak) by the offender means that:

1. They are still controlling you as you meditate back and forth on how they offended you

2. They don’t care, that’s why they have not come to apologise and now you have to go after them

3. They will likely counter attack you and make you feel worse off

4. Your heart will experience further breaking and that means more pieces in your already shattered mind

The thing is that if a person can offend and not be human enough to apologise, they have actually mastered the art of offense to levels where any attempt to settle the score will be met with fire. The subtility of their snakey attitude works in them so much that they will twist the whole thing against you and leave you feeling more devastated than you bargained for. This is a well thought out assignment of the enemy as seen in John 10:10 (to kill, steal and destroy). After registering an insult the mind is provoked into a hunger to gather more points or weapons to fight for one’s dignity. Meanwhile, operation derail the Christian is underway! While burning with desire to get even, the focus has been removed from Christ to the offense and the offender alike.

Divine Settlement

Now, the godly way of pursuing peace and settling matters is following God’s own way. This is inspired by divine protection, driven by love and manifests itself in the healing of the Holy Ghost and humility. Even Godlovers are not immune to offense and/or heartbreak and therefore will have their mind in pieces from time to time. Instead of giving off a piece or pieces, the godly way would be to pursue wholeness of heart by seeking the healing of God through the Holy Spirit our comforter.

Divine Peace

Divine peace is that which gives ‘peace of mind’. It is the kind of peace we get when we neglect to fight our own battles but surrender them to the God of armies in obedience to his word. Apart from an open invitation to bring our burdens to the throne (Matthew 11:28-29; Psalm 55:22), we also learn,

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

(Romans 12:19 KJV)

As such the work of settling the score becomes God’s own territory. He is the father of all spirits and creator of mankind. He would know better how to deal with his creation (the offender) to get the victory due to you. While you are consumed by the offense and are hard on it, he folds his arms and watches you make a fool of your self. Only when you have kicked, pratted, run out of energy and wasted time will he then speak. If you are ready to obey, then he can grab the bull by the horns and deal with the issue in his time, at his pace and how he wants it done. Still you have to submit to his rule. For Christians one of the most painful journeys to walk as far as offenses are concerned is the journey of forgiveness especially as the offender may seem to carry on with their life unmoved and seemingly unpunished sometimes for long too. Unfortunately, it is only through forgiveness that one can then walk out of prison and experience peace of mind. All aspects of this divine act in the face of offense (whether we are guilty or innocent) are unbearable but needful. Sometimes we offend God himself as we act prideful and unapologetic to God in those instances where we feel the negative emotions and feelings we harbour (and eventually convert into negative actions) are justified because we are the ones wronged. Sometimes we fall on the receiving end of offense because we first offended. Christians usually step on other people’s toes and try to justify their actions by magnifying the retaliative actions of offenders. In this way, they do not consider the speck in their own eyes but God requires it to be attended to first (Matthew 7:3). All prayer going out to God for vengeance when the speck is right there yields no fruits and amounts to wasted time in pride and disobedience.

So its either we get offended straight up because of what has nothing to do with us (innocent) or we get offended because we did something wrong ourselves to the offender (guilty). Moreover, our intentions may even been right and clean before God but not necessarily right or appreciated (by others) and therefore taken as offensive. In both scenarios, we could catch feelings, take it personal which then interferes with our ability to forgive. Thus, the heartbreak which leads to a pierced mind would either inspire us to give piece of mind or hold our peace and let God settle the score.

Lastly let us take a look at this inspiring scripture

¹ I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

Shut the mouth (exit point) of what is conceived by a scattered mind

2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

Hold your peace, It will hurt but…

3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,

Open your mouth only to the Lord, PRAY!

4 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

Talk about his power and meditate on his promises

5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

Life is too short!

6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

The worldy things are vanity,

7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Hope in God not Man! Release man to God who made him.

8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.

Repent…cleanup the innerman

9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

The Lord directs your paths

10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

Remember God is in charge and you are in his hands through it all, not man and his offense

11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

You are at the mercy of God. Submit to him and Be obedient

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

Ask God for justice

13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Let God heal you!

That said, I trust this post has been helpful and that you found the bible study eye-opening. Giving a piece of mind is scattered mind business. It is ego business and no place for the serious minded Christian. It is a total waste of Kingdom time and never makes things better but instead grants temporary satisfaction and an insatiable hunger to vindicate self and gain back lost pride. Unfortunately, the more own agenda is pursued inplace of God’s the more one sinks into opposition agenda. As such, it is not necessary to give a piece of mind and after all is said and done holding your peace (of mind) invites God himself to bring justice and reward you with double for your trouble and shame (Isaiah 61:7; Job 42:10; Zechariah 9:12).

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV)

That’s it for today till then, riseUPconqueror!!!!!!

Signing out,

Ester H.


Remember falling is not the problem, failling to riseUP is…