Encouragement

A visitation from Jesus part 2

The Bible says in Job 10:12 the following: your visitation has PRESERVED my spirit. So as you see from this scripture,  a visitation from the Lord has a purpose and that is the preservation of your spirit. It is something to be desired and asked for. Most of the time we don’t have because we don’t ask (James 4:3). Sometimes we don’t ask because we don’t know if we should ask. Rarely will the Lord sovereignly pay us a visit but most of the time He wants us to ask Him to. The purpose of my sharing is to encourage you that this is your inheritance in Christ. He said that a little while from now, the world will not see me but you WILL see me( Not might but will). John 14:19. As many are reading this and running with it, I pray that you will be one of them. In Jesus name I pray and believe.

Encouragement

A visitation from Jesus!

One night I went to bed and had a dream and I saw myself kneeling in a certain house. Then while kneeling I looked up and I saw the Lord Jesus as a watchman upon like what you see when you visit those historic fort sites which have on the wall a place where the watchman stands watching. And the Lord Jesus seemed like He was looking toward the east. When I saw Him, I lifted my hands and waived them to get his attention and I said:”Lord, Lord”. What happened next was Him in person walking into my room. I got to see what love looks like but also I understood what the fear of God is. He is both wonderful and fearful ( His presence imparts to you a reverence for Him even though He is not scary looking.  It was at night but there was not even a speck of darkness that you could see. The entire room lit up. I cried ” Lord, Lord” and was trying to find where to hide. He looked at me and I suppose he could see that I was afraid to talk to him and he motioned with his hand something like He will see me later. He was wearing a long white robe and after He did what I just mentioned, He turned and went up through the roof. As He was going up my eyes caught a writing in cursive letters that was printed on the bottom of His robe. This is what it said: ” I love you very much”. This message was not just for me but also for you my dear reader. When the love of Jesus becomes personal to you then all things will be possible because faith that makes all things possible works by love( Galatians 5:6)

Encouragement

Seven milestones of discipleship

Ephesians 4:15 says this: But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in ALL THINGS, which is the head even Christ.

You will have to go through 7 mile markers or milestones of growth to become like your Lord even Jesus. From the time you give your life to Him and you are born again to attaining to the full stature that belongs to Christ. They are the following:

1. Salvation

2. Reading and growing in the knowledge of the Bible.

3. Water Baptism.

4. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit and with Fire.

5. Spiritual Warfare.

6. Intercession.

7. Fullness (It is enough for a student to be like his teacher and a servant to be like his Lord)

Which stage of growth are you in?

Pitana

Encouragement

But Money answers all things!

 

Hello friends,

Money is the only competitor God has. The bible says that you cannot serve two masters, you will either love one and hate the other and then it says you CAN NOT serve  God and money. If we are ignorant of it and how to properly handle it, we will be ruled by it. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. That is why you see in the school system there is no course that teach you how to budget money, how to spend it properly, how to keep money under your feet. Reason why most wealthy people are drop outs. That is why a person can make a $ 150,000 and yet every month has to rely on a credit card to survive. Teach a child in the way he should go and when he grows up he will not depart from it and the next verse says the rich rules over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender. If you will teach your children biblical finances of not robbing God in tithes and offerings and teach them the value of giving and teach them to be dangerous and cheerful givers, you are setting them up to be ruled by God and not money and they will never depart from it. God loves a cheerful giver. Nothing makes you look like God as much as when you are a sacrificial giver. God gave sacrificially. He gave to the world Jesus, His only begotten son and as if that was not enough, He turned and gave to His children (those who receive Jesus as their savior) His Spirit. He is constantly giving.Solomon loved the Lord and gave 1000 offerings. Giving reveals your heart, that is why Jesus in Matthew 6, placed giving before prayer and fasting. To pray is to pour out your heart to God. Therefore, if where your treasure is, is where your heart will be; if your pocket book cannot produce receipts that your heart is in the kingdom of God , it doesn’t matter how much you pray and try to convince God that you love Him, He can see that your heart is  not with Him and He will say that you honor Him with your lips but your heart is far from Him. The bible  says that: ” Honor the Lord with your substance”.  It is very plain from  scripture that Satan is not the other master, money is. Ecclesiastes 10:19 the last part of it says:”But money answers all things”. Friends, it is not so much what we think but what the scripture says; and here the  bible is saying: But, but , but money answers all things(Selah).  To be continued….

Encouragement

Facts of faith part 2

Hello friends,

I wanted to continue our subject on faith. Hebrews 11:2 says: By it (Faith) the elders obtained a good report.  The report card at the end of our life will be based on our faith, whether we kept the faith or not. Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have KEPT the faith. Faith is so huge in God’s eyes that He said that it is impossible to please Him without it. That gets every bit of my attention, how about you. I can not give God rest until He teaches me everything about it and gives me the grace to live by faith. In the book of Isaiah 62:7 we are admonished to give God no rest. The bible says that the just shall LIVE by faith. Jesus was very displeased when He found no faith and also marveled when He found great faith. Another fact about faith is found in Hebrews 11: 3 which says that through faith we understand.  Understanding comes by means of faith. No faith no understanding. In Matthew 13:19 Jesus said something so great that when ANYONE (no respecter of person) hears the word of the kingdom and UNDERSTAND it not then the wicked one comes and snatches it away. Do you see why in the book of Jude we are told to contend earnestly(with everything in us) for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints? Because God knows that no faith means no understanding which means it doesn’t matter how much word gets sown in your heart, if you don’t undersatnd it; satan will steal it and you will never produce fruit. Beloved i hope that i encouraged you to dig deep into this subject because frankly i don’t think you have a choice not to; unless of course if you will be happy with a bad report at the end of your time. Father, you said to us in your word to take deep roots downward that we may bear fruit upward; we want to  bear fruits of faith O God and we have come today before your throne of Grace to obtain mercy and find grace for this time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus.

Encouragement

All things!

Hello friends

I invite you today to be like a child for a moment as we look into God’s word. The faith of a child believes the word of God because it is the Word and because we know that it is impossible for God to lie(Hebrews 6:18). The bible says also that let God be true but let every man be a liar (Romans 3:4). All things means all things isn’t it. The bible says that the Spirit of truth, when He comes, He will lead you into all truth(John 16:13) and in another passage it says that the Helper, the Holy Spirit, He will teach you all things. (John 14:26)  Now I beg of you, pause for a moment and think about those words. Have a selah moment. Has the Spirit of truth come to you? If not, take this minute and ask Him to come. This scripture like the rest of God’s word changed my life, it removed every limitation I placed on God and myself. He can teach me all things??? There is no limit of what i can ask him, what i can learn from him. That is heaven on earth. I think sometimes we read the bible too fast and we don’t stop to think about some statements that it makes. Let us look at another one. The bible says that you have an anointing from the Holy one and you know all things.(1 John 2:20)  Now if i told that to my children, they would just believe it. And the bible said that blessed is she that believed because there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.(Luke 1:45) The proof of true faith is that there is a performance of those things that we believed when God said them. I pray this day that the Lord will give all us faith that of a child which is not crowded with doctrines and commandments of men; faith that sings that old hymn which says: “God said it, I believe and that settles it for me.” With this I can assure you that your knowledge of God himself and his word will grow exponentially, when you decide to keep it simple as a little child. Father give us the grace to believe your word in Jesus name. Amen.

Pitana

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Frequently asked questions-part 1

As we travel, there are 2 main questions we get asked almost everywhere we go. One of those is that of our children’s education.

People want to know what we do for the education of our children since we travel a lot. Our answer is, “we homeschool.’ To some people that’s a foreign concept; they have never heard of it. But in North America, homeschooling is becoming  more and more common.

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Although, we travel a lot, our journey of homeschooling began long before we ever knew we would become missionaries. Before we had our first born, the Lord laid it on our hearts to teach our children. Deutoronomy 6:7 spoke to us a lot and we desired to teach our children about our God throughout the day. Back then, we only knew one family that had ever homeschooled and most of their children were out of high school.

After learning some of the things that are taught in schools that are contrary to our faith, we could not justify allowing such input in our children. We knew that we will one day stand before the One who entrusted us with the children and give an account as to how we cared for them; so, we had no peace in placing them in the care of others for a majority of the day, week after week, and year after year.

Though we barely knew any one that had done so, we made a decision to homeschool. We have since met many families; attended conferences etc and found out that homeschooling has been around and legal for many years. We continue to learn and grow in this area but it has greatly enriched our family and we thank God for this opportunity.

A common assumption is that we homeschool because we are missionaries but the fact is, that we are missionaries because we homeschool. And travelling has added many benefits to our classroom.

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In Ontario where we are now, christian parents are in great distress. The government has announced that starting September, it is introducing unbiblical sex education to primary grade levels.

Our encouragement is to consider homeschooling. Don’t just push it aside, research it. Find homeschoolers, shadow them and observe. Pray and then make a decision that you know you can live with.

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Running the race!

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Hello friends,

I am thinking this morning how personal our walk with God is. In Hebrew, the twelve chapter we are admonished to run our race looking unto Jesus who both authored and perfected our faith. It is hard to both look at Jesus and look at other things as well. I am hoping to talk today though about the weight and especially the sin that so easily beset us because this verse is the prerequisite of running our race. The weight of course is anything that drags us so we are not fit to run but what is more on my heart is the sin. Sin means missing the mark. To hit the mark means not to sin and that is why God designed our walk to be so personal because He wants us to hit the mark. If Satan will not keep a person from running their race, he will bring distractions to delay them or get them out of the race. The bible says that if you have faith, have it to yourself before God(Romans 14:22), if you have wisdom, have it to yourself(Proverbs 9:1). Faith itself means steadfastness, to be unyielding, not turning to the right or to the  left, not looking back like Lot’s wife. Paul said it this way: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus(Philippians 3:14). As we have traveled in many places, I have been amazed to see how people are not focused on running their race and finish their course. They are distracted by trying to discern whether Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn and many others who may not have good search results on Google, whether they are servants of God. Friends, can’t you see that this is a distraction, don’t you have enough on your plate. The bible says in Romans that every servant stands or falls before his Master(Romans 14:4). We are encouraged also to study to be quiet (1 Thessalonians 4:11) Peter had just received his own calling and commission from Jesus and yet he still wanted to know what John was to do. To this Jesus answered and said:” What is that to thee, follow thou me”John 21:22. In the natural it takes a great deal of focus to run and obtain the prize, my prayer today is that you will not be distracted from first knowing  your calling and running your race as to obtain the prize . Father, give us the grace to stay focused to the task you have given us and to not give in to manifold distractions set in our path. In Jesus name I pray and believe. Amen.

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But what saith the scripture!

Hello friends,

I just want to share a quick story which I think has a huge lesson in it. There was preacher who really loved the word of God and one time Jesus(the resurrected Christ) appeared to him and was talking to him about something. Now this is what the preacher answered: Jesus, even though I see you face to face, I will not accept what you are saying unless you give me scripture to prove it. Jesus did not get angry and say how dare you question my theology but actually smiled and told him that even though in the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses every word is to be established(2 Cor. 13:1), He was going to give him 4 of them to prove his point and He did.  The bible says that let God be true and every man be a liar (Romans 3:4) and also that therefore I esteem thy precepts right concerning everything (Psalm 119:128). Would you like to be a noble man or woman? The bible says that the people of Berea were more nobles because they searched the scriptures to see if the things preached were so (Acts 17:11). We are also admonished to speak as the oracles of God 1 Peter 4:11). We have got to  read the bible until our vocabulary is so influenced by the word, until we become walking, talking bibles. People who open their mouth and the scriptures leap out. John the baptist of whom it was said that there was none greater than him among those that are born of women, looking at Jesus (the word) said I MUST decrease and He must increase. Friends,we must esteem highly what the bible says over the doctrines and traditions men. If God’s people will read the word as they ought all the controversies will disappear. BUT what saith the scripture: Should I dance to the Lord? should i speak in tongues? should I prophesy? should I homeschool ?  and the list goes on. Let me encourage you to search the scriptures and all the doubts will be no more. Father we are in need of you, come to our help we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pitana

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My article in AR Magazine

For those of you who don’t get Above Rubies Magazine or who have not yet received your copy, here is a copy of my article in the latest issue:

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A MOTHER DESPERATE FOR GOD
I hear comments such as “You have good children.”
            “I thank God,” I respond. It is the honest truth. You see, I have a husband who loves me and looks to me to be his helper. Me? I have nothing in my upbringing that qualifies me to be a good and godly wife (I grew up in a broken Muslim home and every relative I knew, had a broken home too). So, I cleave to the Rock that is higher than I.
            Then there are four, soon to be five, lovely children who call me “Mama.” They expect me to nurture and train them. But who am I that I should undertake such a task? I, myself, have never known the love of a mother. From infancy, my older brother, younger twin brothers and I, were brought up by a single father.  Raised in a small African country, Rwanda in East Africa, this was not common. Single mothers yes, but I had never met single fathers. With the help of servants, we carried on and my father did his best to care for us.
But now, here I am, called to be a Mother… How do you become what you have never seen modeled? I thank God for the living Word! God has not left any aspect of our lives, including mothering, out of His Word. He has given us instructions for all areas of life (2 Timothy 3:16). So we can confidently say, “when my father and mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” Psalm 27: 10.  So where does  a mother such as I look and where do I turn for help? Time and time again, I turn to the One who created the mother of all living!!
            It is written, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). This is absolutely true. Without God, I cannot grow the little one in my womb. Once the baby is born, I cannot make it nurse or sleep. How could you explain to me that I could take a child who has only been in diapers and somehow get it in his brain that he can use the potty, without the help of God? Or a child who has never spoken before, that I could teach them to talk or walk, etc. There are many day to day routines in our mothering, that we can easily overlook the hand of God at work in our homes.
            At the end of the day, when I see our children fed, bathed, clothed, and tucked in bed, I thank my God because I know I could not have done it without Him. Some may laugh saying, “You couldn’t even  make a meal?” No, I could not, not without Him giving me strength and guiding me how. Having been brought up with servants, house keeping, cooking etc was not an area I was trained in. And to my shock, in this country in which I got married in, Canada, servants are hard to come by to say the very least… You can imagine what life has been like for me as a homemaker. Haah!! There is much for me to learn.
            So, I look at my little ones and I am filled with awe. I have not forgotten where I have come from and who I am without Jesus. It is only Him who has made them the wonderful children they are. Oh how I have cleaved to His Word, “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children” (Isaiah 54:13). This has been my constant prayer: from infancy to toddler, and every new season we step into. Every new change in our lives; in homeschooling; and in every travel to a new city or new country (we travel a lot as missionaries). I trust Him to teach them and prepare them for what’s ahead. Does that mean, I don’t teach my children and do my part in raising them? No, It simply means that I know I am limited to what I can do. But I thank God that with Him, nothing is impossible.
              So how do you do it? How do you raise all these children? How do you travel with them? These are among some of the questions I get. The honest truth is that I am just a woman desperate for God because I know, “Except the Lord build a house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1).
May God help us mothers to cry out to Him constantly for it is “Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit,’ saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). What a Wonderful God we serve! What a Redeemer! What a faithful God! To Him be all the glory.
NADIA MUTANA

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