September 8, 2019 by Kgalalelo
With the scourge of everything that has been happening in South Africa recently, that is, violence after violence, I heard the voice of the Lord say to me, instead of wearing black as a sign of mourning, choose white and call forth the light because at this point in time, South Africa and the entire continent of Africa needs illumination.
We need the light of God to illuminate the minds and the hearts of people.
The spate of crimes against humanity that has enveloped the country, making headline news, necessitates that we all take a pause and bow on our knees and seek the face of God. Agony has encased us, from the north to the south, the east to the west and only the Creator of this very universe Saves. Light is what He brought forth in the beginning (Genesis 1:3) and the light of God is what we need to invoke at present.
God fills the interspaces of the universe. We know Him to be omnipresent, that is, He is present everywhere; in every corner of the universe, in our hearts, in the plants, the trees, the animals, our institutions, the governments, throughout the planet; He is infinite and boundless.
He is here and there; wherever you look, God is all around us. People often say that God has been taken out of the schools and institutions, however, there’s nowhere that God is not; we might not talk about Him or even pray or meditate, yet, it doesn’t mean that He has left or He can be pushed out. He looks and sees all that we do, the harm we cause to the environment, animals, each other, etc. He sees all of it because of His omnipresence.
We are the ones who forgets about God, through our actions or non-actions, thoughts and words. We stay away from Him and teach our children and the community the same. God is not only found in the places of worship, but everywhere, because wherever you are, when you begin to call upon Him, you are uniting with Him right there. He guarantees His availability through scripture when He declares, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5).
This is because it is impossible for God to leave since He is the one who created the universe and all living things in it. The Bible says about man particularly, that “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).
Further, we learn that “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them”. He also created the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, the animals in the wilderness, the mountains and all vegetation.
He created everything to its detail and placed man in the Garden of Eden to look after all other living things created. Is there hope for this planet? Yes! because God is right here with us. We only have to call upon Him, He who never left us and gave us free will which He doesn’t violate.
When we come to Him, He hears and 1 John 5:15 says “And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him”.
We know God to be omniscient, that is, all-knowing. He knows everything that is happening in the universe right at this moment and our role in it. We have caused things to happen that are contrary to God’s Will for our lives. Right from the beginning, His Will was that we should live on this earth and rule over all living things He has created, to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28).
He has called us to prosper and enjoy what He has created, however, man defied God and we are where we are because of rebellion and we continue to rebel despite the fact that we are already saved through Jesus. We do not hear the call of God. Messengers have been sent throughout eons to preach the good news, however, only a few listens.
Jesus says in Matthews 9:37, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” because people continue to be restless, distressed and dispirited. There are several people who are doing their part, nevertheless, we all have to join hands and help change the consciousness of the world; and how do we do it?, by calling forth the light of God in the hearts of man, by recognising that the light has always been here, if we turn to it, we all will be saved.
Currently, millions of people are turning the other way and not towards the light and as a result, do things in the dark. The darkness has overcome the people and the light switch is only a moment away. If we all turn the light switch on, the entire universe would be healed.
“If you believe and I believe and we together pray,
the Holy Spirit must come down and Africa will be saved”.
The is a common song that we sing in various occasions, however, if we all believe, not only Africa would be saved but the entire planet because of the ripple effect that our words, thoughts and deeds have.
In Deuteronomy 30:19, God says, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live”. God simplifies things for us by helping us choose the best option. In Ezekiel 18:23 He says “Do I take pleasure in the death of the wicked? Declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? The fact that God created life indicates that He doesn’t want any of us to perish.
When you read the last chapter of Revelations, you will notice that it’s the Bible in reverse. It takes us back to Genesis, the Garden of Eden, meaning that the Garden is all that is for us or that was meant to be for us. The Lord Jesus Christ revealed to John through an angel the life to come and this was the life that was in the beginning.
John says in Revelations 22:3-4, “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants, shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever”.
Verse 17 declares further, “And let him who hears says, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelations 22:17).
We also know God to be omnipotent, that is, all powerful and if He has all the power, shouldn’t we all turn from our wicked ways and worship Him? In Revelation 5:13, John reveals the following, “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
Jesus teaches us in Matthew 10:26-28, saying, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is also able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.
People are not afraid of God anymore and lack the conscience, dignity and the wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong.
We need to revisit the album of the late Sammy Malete, who died in 1996 from the horrific car accident, His Sesotho song titled, “Thapelo” meaning prayer is personal and every soul needs to embrace it, and make it his or her own be it in the continent or anywhere in the planet. The song has a stanza that says, “Tsoalo la ka le shoele, le tsotse Morena ka letsoho la hao”, and interpreted in English it means, my conscience has died, please wake it oh Lord with your hand.
We need to develop the fear of the Lord in our hearts, that way, we won’t have the desire to harm one another. The bible says in Job 28:28 “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is, wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding”.
We need to repent of all our iniquity, collectively and individually and be the people that God has created us to be.
In the midst of the continent's suffering from misconduct whichever way it has showed up, we need to cry unto God for healing and that God may open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings upon the continent and the world at large because what occurs on this side of the world is not unique, but every continent experiences transgression in every form or another, every single day.
Innocent people die and are killed by others, in other parts we experience hurricanes that have aggravating results, poverty is still rife in some parts of the world, health care systems are deteriorating in other parts or non-existent. The whole of humanity is in trouble; however, we can take part in being the bringers of the light in the world that is riddled with darkness.
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus
Lord we bring the entire continent of Africa and every other part of the world to the throne of grace
Father we pray for healing of broken hearts,
strength for the weary,
power for the powerless,
filling of hearts for those whose hearts are empty,
genuine love for each other, that we may truly love each other as we love ourselves,
respect for each other and for life,
peace in the world,
Unity and sincere care for each other
We praise and thank you for your faithfulness because we know that you hear us, for you are omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent
You say in your word, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
We lift this country, continent and the entire world up to heaven in prayer and give thanks for healing and restoration of lives and thank you Father for purging wickedness in the hearts of your people and filling hearts with Your light. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ (2004). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House Publishers. he Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible, BSB Copyright ©2016, 2018 by Bible Hub Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
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