The Lord’s Release


“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the Lord ’s release.
Deuteronomy 15:1‭-‬2 NKJV

In the old Testament times, G-d gave a stipulation called The Lord’s Release. It was considered the pardoning (forgiving) of a neighbours debt after seven years. It’s amazing that the number seven is used because in Matthew 18, Peter asked Jesus if a neighbor should be forgiven seven times. Jesus then said,

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:21‭-‬22 NKJV

They were addressing forgiveness. The releasing of a neighbour, which in this case is an individual and not particularly the person living next to us. Immediately I asked myself, “Am I daily doing the Lord’s release”? Life after Jesus don’t require us to operate by the Law but it is still set as an example and pattern for us to follow, while walking in our freedom through the blood of Jesus. Therefore the Lord’s release is still applicable in our everyday living.

I remember being hurt by someone seven years ago and even in recent times found myself regurgitating the hurt. Wallowing in sorrow, although I thought I’d release the person. It made me realize that though we speak with our mouths and say we release, true release comes from the HEART. Over the seven year period, the many sins I would have committed may be difficult to number. What if G-d held me ransom?

It takes me back to the story in Matthew 18, about the king who pardoned the servant of his debt but the said servant dealt perfidiously with his fellow servant. The same fate he was excused from was what he placed his neighbour through. When the king heard, he got angry and in turn threw him into a place of torment. Sounds familiar? There is a place of torment that no one wishes to go – hell. We then need to walk circumspectly before the Lord.

It’s often said that forgiveness is not for others but for us. Each person has to sort out his salvation and thus forgiveness IS FOR US (emphasis added). We daily require forgiveness of the Lord, how then can be hoard the works of our “neighbour”?

Yes I know that there are some things which seem unpardonable. How dare you to this to me? Especially if TRUST was solid and was deeply betrayed. When those thoughts rear it’s head, think about Judas. He was a disciple, entrusted to Jesus, yet he betrayed him. Compassion was still felt for him by Christ. As difficult as it may be sometimes, may we remember Christ is our example and how he walked, so should we.

I admonish you to exercise the LORDS RELEASE. For your hearts sake. LET IT GO! If an injustice was done to you, allow the Lord to avenge but as for you, let your heart be pure before him.

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord ? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.
Psalms 24:3‭-‬4 NKJV

ARISE!

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Psalm 96


This morning as I asked the Lord what should I share, he took me to Psalms 96. I thought okay Lord, which verse should I expound upon? But in my reading I realize I just had to share the word and not my own. So together, let’s sing before the Lord and praise him

Shalom

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord , all the earth. Sing to the Lord , bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the Lord , O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.” Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord . For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with His truth.
Psalms 96:1‭-‬13 NKJV

Possessing The Land


For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.
Deuteronomy 15:6 NKJV

In our modernized world, the possession of land has now become a figure of speech. We don’t live as nomads or fight for land as a group of people. Wealth is now gained individually and by wise men, pass down to generations. Therefore we’ll look at the abovementioned verse figuratively because the principle surrounding it still stands.

It’s been recently stated that the church has become a place of the “feel good” gospel and the “get rich” schemes. Not much is mentioned about heaven or hell. Receiving blessings are the hot topics while there’s a neglect in mentioning the presence of curses. If you were to read the above verse individually, oh how the heart will rejoice. As the song says, “everything double double oh”. However, the word is never in isolation.

In my reading over the past couple weeks, there continued to be a reoccurring emphasis placed on blessings, which I’ve now termed as the WHEN and THEN. The previous verse to the main scripture says,

only if you carefully obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe with care all these commandments which I command you today.
Deuteronomy 15:5 NKJV

Time and time again, I saw, “if you obey or when you obey, THEN I will…. Meaning the blessings that we so freely accept comes with conditions. How often have we lived atrocious to the statutes of the Lord, yet boldly wish to access the blessings? Though they are there to receive, may we never forget that there are stipulations. Even the infamous Santa Clause (who don’t exist) have stipulations. We teach this to our children in the attempt to get good behaviour throughout the year. Once they abide by the rules, we lavish them with gifts ( they possess their land). As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. Are you naughty or nice according to scriptures? Are you in alignment for the true blessing G-d has for you?

More than the blessings, it should be our desire to obey. To chase after G-d more than the perks. So yes, let’s go in and possess the land (gain the blessings) WHEN we walk circumspect before the Lord.

ARISE!

The Mirror Effect Life (Edited)


This piece was written seven years ago and has been edited and updated – May 14th, 2019.

A mirror is a very important object in a woman’s life. The completion to our look, is a last view in the mirror. I think the only women who don’t rely on mirrors are those who made a decision (eg: spiritual – nuns) not to. Some men are also great lovers of the mirror. I call them “the pretty boy floyds” (lol). G-d spoke to me using one of my beloved (yes I love the mirror) and boy did it hit me hard. It was the best revelation I received since my rekindled walk with the Lord and oh how I was excited to share.

The week of June 10th – 16th, 2012 I was privileged to get a “random holiday” from the office. Initially my plan was to relax; watch movies, sleep and repeat this routine until it was time to organize for the next days work. However G-d had another plan. He decided to take me to “church”. While laying on my bed, I began to converse with the Lord, asking him what exactly he required of me. “G-d what do you what from me? What must I do for you?” The answer I got almost instantly was one word, “Reflection”. A bit confused, I started pondering on the answer. He continued to speak and ministered to my spirit about mirrors. By the end of our session, I was brought to tears, got up, sat in a corner of the room and cried out to the Lord to be just as he’d shown me. In the word it’s written that we are all blessed with particular gifts and talents which we use to execute work for the Kingdom. However, what the Lord revealed had nothing to do with these attributes. Rather what he wants to see is his reflection when he looks at us.

Revelation: Mirrors are usually used to see reflections. Mirrors which are not used and or never cleaned (purified) eventually gets dirty and almost opaque. Seeing things in them becomes impossible and they are no longer good for use

However a clean mirror usually gives a clear image of what is standing before it. When you look into a mirror, you see yourself inside the mirror looking back at you. When I look at you, I must see myself inside of you looking back at me. I must see my glory hitting me back in my face.That will please my heart. That is mainly what I require from you.

I was totally amazed by this revelation. All my years of using mirrors, it never showed to be so significant as then. G-d wants us to be clean mirrors here on earth, reflecting his glory so that others may see. It doesn’t matter your portfolio; singer, musician or even janitor, what you do should reflect G-d. It makes no sense singing out loud and proud or dancing the best routine and not reflecting G-d. His heart will not be satisfied but rather when he looks at us and sees himself. Maybe you are battling with your purpose. You long to know what G-d requires of you. I have no definite answer but what I can say is, just be a reflection of him. How do you do that? By spending time with him and studying his ways. Who knows! Maybe in doing so, the answer will come. It’s sometimes easier said than done, so what we should do is live it day-to-day. Each day ask him to examine and continue to cleanse you, so that when he looks down at you, he can see his reflection. Strive to live the “Mirror Effect” life.

Reminder: You are the head and not the tail. Above and not under.

ARISE!

The Uncanny Victory


Last week’s weekly nugget was “Walk in Victory“, something I anxiously set out to do. However, by the end of the week I felt defeated, deflated, neglected, rejected and more. Every facet of negativity seemed to rear it’s head and I was ready to throw in the towel. Where was my victory? Where was my “perfect” ending? There was more wrong than right happening. This pattern rolled over into this week. It’s not yet fully started but here I am having to face another challenge again. The “old man” attributes seems to be finding every nook and cranny to seep through.

As I sat and ponder on it, I realized that indirectly there was and is a victory. Not how I quite expected but bless the Lord anyhow. What’s the victory? Recognition of the issue at hand. I realised that a battle has been unleashed to attack my mind. Everything that transpired over the past couple of days were able to get me enraged. Anger, anger and more anger. Before I can fully deal with an issue, here came another one. Praying became harder, reading the word the same and frustration stood as a pillar. Even as I type, there is a trace of uneasiness in me due to it all.

Knowing what and where the battle is however gives me the victory. Though I’m still in a mental state of turmoil, I can now begin to push myself to prayer and know how to channel it accordingly. Circumstances, though not fully embraced are the thriving ground for greatness. If it wasn’t for these circumstances, I would not have known what needed fixing. That’s why I call it a victory. Things can only get better in Jesus name. This verse came to mind,

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
Job 13:15 NKJV

You may have embarked upon a journey of overcoming an obstacle in your life and things didn’t quite go as you planned. Be encouraged! Don’t give up. Pick yourself up and try again. Throwing in the towel is not an option but we shall overcome. Go back to the drawing board and work for that victory.

ARISE!

Stumble? Don’t Stop


The weekly nugget for this week said, “Walk in Victory” but what if there is a hiccup in the process? Do we give up or learn and continue walking?

When someone sets out on a project, there is usually much enthusiasm and anticipation for the end result. However, as we know and would have seen illustrated in many memes, the road to success is not the straight and smooth path we mentally construct. It’s rather sometimes the rockiest and one of the most unpleasant journeys embarked upon. This road claimed “lives”, desires and dreams. The intensity of the process causes self doubt at times and many cannot finish the race started.

Such is the Christian walk.

As I started this week with the mindset to win, never did I imagine that by Tuesday there would have been a major hurdle. The hurdle of the old man. You know, the old man that required you receiving salvation. The one which the word says, ‘old things are passed and away and behold all things become new’. Yes that one. There was absolutely no newsness but the old man reared its head in it’s full capacity.

After I flared up in anger to a situation and reflected on my response, I was sunken into a deep state. One close to depression. What was the purpose of praying? Why did I respond like that? Am I not changing? I’m sure G-d is mad at me. The enemy began to intensify the lies by saying, “Give up on this Christian walk girl. You are not worthy. Your prayers makes no sense because look at your behaviour“. Sobbing uncontrollably, I said,”I need help”. Then I heard the very word which also pierced me with guilt (not conviction), PRAY! While my mind said to me, your prayer makes not sense, my heart knew otherwise. More prayer was needed. There was no need or room for relenting but a sign that more prayer was needed.

WALK IN VICTORY.

I realized, the victory walk will have moments of failures but each failing moment should be a learning moment. Attack the issue with force; with much prayer, fasting and juicing of the word precisely for the matter and WALK IN VICTORY. DO NOT believe the lies reinforced by the enemy but counteract it with the WORD.

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
John 8:36 NKJV

Go back to the drawing board and correct the errors but never give up. Press towards the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus.

ARISE!

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Listen Linda Listen


My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart;
Proverbs 4:20‭-‬21 NKJV

As I read these words this morning, there was an emphasis added to the word “my”. I reread the verse and yet again, my heart continued to draw into said word. I realised there and then that the Holy Spirit was reinforcing something within me.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve been going through a challenging season in my life. Dealing with health issues, especially when we don’t have answers calls one to a different level of faith because our resolve is, only G-d can bring me through. During this time my faith and strength have been taking roller coaster rides. One day, I’m in high spirits and the other, passing through dungeons. In the lows of my mind, all the thoughts of negativity seems to rage. My mind becomes flooded, making it harder to pray and or read the word. It takes determination to still press in to the Lord and I thank him for his presence which continues to draw me nearer amidst the struggles. In this time, I’ve seen the vitality of the word, for it’s truly sharper than a two-edged sword.

As I read the abovementioned verses, the Lord began to reveal to me how much I’ve focused on the issue lately rather than his word. Again, because there are many unanswered questions, in my humanity, I’ve been formulating logics to the issue. Dwelling on the how’s, why’s and maybe’s BUT G-d spoke this morning saying (personalising it),

MY daughter, give attention to MY words. Listen to MY saying. DO NOT forsake them.

The word went on to say,

For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.
Proverbs 4:22 NKJV

I knew I was guilty of harping on the situation and surrounding circumstances, rather than declaring the word ONLY. Keeping them in my heart, mind, soul and mouth. How often do we do this? To incline is to lean towards or be drawn into something or a direction. If we are to incline to the word, we must then not lean to our own understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NKJV

As I challenge myself today, so too do I challenge you. Incline to the word of G-d. Though the storms may be raging, let your anchor be placed in the word. For indeed it gives life. When thoughts opposing the word comes, open your mouth and speak life. SPEAK THE WORD. Jesus defeated temptation by the word. Don’t accept the lies of the enemy but the truth from eternity and walk in your victory.

ARISE!!