Today I sat under the ministry of a powerful man of God. A powerful prophetic servant of God who I know from so many years back. I sat under the ministry of Pastor Qhubekani Thokozani Nyathi of Praise and Worship Centre Plumtree as he ministered as a guest speaker at the Harvest House Plumtree revival. The man of God spoke about the essence of courting favour (soliciting kindness). Herewith are the principles as espoused by the man of God.

  1. BY SOAKING YOURSELF IN GOD’S PRESENCE. Esther 2v12, 17. Esther spent a year undergoing a cosmetic immersion in all sorts of fragrances before being ready to approach the presence of king Xerxes. When she emerged from that she found favour with the king and became queen. There is thus need for a habitual fellowship with God to court His favour.
  2. BY PURSUING WISDOM LIKE SOLOMON. PROVERBS 8V35. Solomon sought wisdom from God and all was given to him. From the pivot of wisdom came great riches, great favour, great attraction (more than 500 concubines). Wisdom is the key to all factors surrounding us. Obtaining wisdom unlocks the keys.
  3. BY LIVING UPRIGHTLY LIKE NOAH.GENESIS 6V8-9. Noah lived an upright life in a corrupt society and he was favoured for survival by God. An upright life draws God’s attention and security.
  4. BY MAINTAINING A SWEET SPIRIT LIKE JOSEPH.ACTS 7V 9-10. Joseph had a sweet spirit. He was sold by the patriarchs into slavery but he did not hold it against them. The household matriarch seduced him and when he refused she framed him for rape. Confined to prison on false allegations he served with diligence and eventually found favour into being Egypt’s Premier.
  5. BY HAVING AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT LIKE DANIEL. DANIEL 5V12-13. Daniel had an excellent spirit, he had academic excellence and that took him to the King’s administration. In Mark v 22-23 the princess excelled in dancing and courted the king’s favour to such an extent that the king was prepared to forgo half of his kingdom. One has to thrive for excellence in all their spheres of activity to court attention and favour. This includes studying , training and striving for the best.
  6. BY HAVING A SERVANT HEART LIKE JESUS. PHILLIPIANS 2V5-11. Jesus had all privileges and rights in Heaven but He discounted all those for the greater salvation of many. David was taking bread and cheese to his brother when the opportunity to take on Goliath arose. Mark all those who serve others with their time and resources and you will see that in due course God will lift them up.
  7. BY GRABBING YOUR KAIROS MOMENT LIKE DAVID.  THE Wikipedia defines kairos as ‘an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (supreme moment).  The opportune moments come in the succession of time (CHRONOS). David was at the right place at the right time to achieve his kairos moment that took him to the throne. He did not see terror and shivering before Goliath but all he saw was an opportunity to be used of God to restore Israel’s lost integrity at the same time gaining immense wealth, a princess for a wife and tax-free life 1st Samuel 17 vs. 25. In the fear that was being suffered by the whole nation, David saw a favoured opportunity to advance the cause of a living God and he took it without hesitation and the rest is history.  A story is told how some use the crowing of a cock as an alarm (CHRONOS) but one man in Portugal saw an opportunity to start a worldwide chicken franchise (NANDOS). To him, a crowing cock was not a time gauge but his kairos moment. We need to know and seize our opportune appointment moments.

I thank God for this word. I know in the succession of time (Chronos) my divine opportunity (kairos) awaits.


My pain (2)

There is an issue in the affairs of man that brings me pain. In the short life I have lived I have come across this development so many times I am tempted to believe that maybe it is written into our DNA. I have tried to ferret the cause but all I am left holding are suppositions that clear no fog. Why are we averse to the truth even when it is the safest way forward?

Why do we find it easy to forgive people who lie to us than to accept those who tell the truth about what they have done, what they are and what pains them? Why do we take frankness as a weakness when we are more weak when taken advantage of by those who lie to us?

Why is telling the truth taken for gullibility? Do we seek to be lied to so that we have little holds over each other? Why is a person who stands out to confess their sins called a wimp and yet a serial liar is admired for the adroit skills that he maintains as not to be caught?

Why are we punished for telling the truth and rewarded for keeping silent when it would have helped to speak? We seem more comfortable living with lepers who do not tell us about their leprosy but are ready to seclude (and possibly stone) those who warn us to keep a distance. Is it because we have an affinity for pain or we cannot accept those who try to toe the moral line?

Are we afraid of ourselves to the extent that we are comfortable living with those whose bridles we control? Are we afraid that the truth will shatter the glasses we live in and we will be exposed as pathetic liars who live cuckoo land lives?

The unique issue with the truth is that it cannot be anything beside that. Yet a lie can be coined to suit the moment. A lie can be sweetened, cosmetically enhanced, watered down and packaged to suit the moment but the truth is always that.

Is it the fear of us or the fear of the truth or our affinity to being gullible to glib lies or omitted truths that makes us see cowardice and yellow liver in those who tell the truth?

The affairs of men are an infinite puzzlement to me and I cannot for a moment understand our affinity to the negative when pain could be avoided by embracing those who courageously tell the truth. This is my pain.

Let this cup pass my father

Faced with the ultimate understanding of the weight upon Him, the Lord made this declaration. In it was the acknowledgement that the cost of the situation was taxing His handling capacities. On Him lay the fate of nations; He was the determinant factor to what our state of relations with God was going to be.

The price was also beyond Him, it taxed His deity to the extent that He had to let the Father know. The Father had to understand that as much as the Son had come on His own volition, the weight of what He had to undergo in order to salvage the world was overwhelming  Him to the point that the ultimate decision had to come from the Father and hence ‘—- not my will—‘.

The cup of course was not taken away. The agony was not deferred or cancelled. The good book states that He was in agony of pain to the extent of sweating drops that were like blood (Luke 22v44). The pain could not be taken away because it was part of the course that was to birth universal redemption. The cup could not be taken away because a lot hanged (no pun intended) on the cup running its course. The cup was the cost of keeping a promise.

The consolation seen is the angel dispatched from the heavens to strengthen Him (v43). There was no postponement, no alteration of the terms and no reduction of the cup’s volume, no promise to delay or rethink. The strength was to boost the resolve and refocus Him at the business at hand, that is the Cross and for sure, He arose from there and walked the path of the cup and the rest is history.

Many cups portend us this day, cups that call to our deeper recesses and drain our innermost being. Many cups stand at our doors to breakthroughs. At times we have run away from handling the taxing tasks, pain, sacrifices in the hope of short-circuiting our way to achievement only to discover that we fooled none but ourselves.

Many of us commit to promises but refuse to drink the cup when the time to deliver comes. A commitment will only come to fruition when one puts their hand on the plough and they till the land to produce the promise. This calls for agony, sweat, labour, pain, sacrifice, determination and courage. When the Saviour went through all these, all His abilities and senses were taxed beyond His ability to bear but the strength that kept Him going was the result of His suffering (salvation for mankind)

What cups face you today? What sweat runs down your face today? What pain wears you down today? Whatever it is, do not drop the cup or spill the contents, you are a step closer to fulfilling the pledge. One more painful step, one more painful trudge, one more taxing resolve and the breakthrough will flow. Hold on.

As the sun rises tomorrow, face the cup, recall the promise, defy your screaming nerves and press on toward the agreed goal and say ‘— yet I want your will to be done, not mine—‘Luke 22v42b.