August 9, 2020 by Kgalalelo
It is National Women’s Day in South Africa and we celebrate and honour the incredible women of all races who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956 to petition against carrying internal passes. These were used as a means of segregating populations during the Apartheid Era. A lot has changed since that day and we thank God for the inspiration He gave the women of South Africa to contribute in fighting against a system of oppression in the country.
We thank God for the evolution of the country because a lot has been accomplished so far, not only for the women but for the entire nation. There is still more to be done in transforming the consciousness of the nation towards gender-based violence though, which is also wreaking havoc in many parts of the country and the world and together we can bring about change with God’s help.
Fighting for a good course need not be violent nor should violence be used to oppress the weak. The women of 1956 marched in silence, not provoking the police or anyone and sang freedom songs when they reached the Union Buildings. There was so much power in the silent march and the message was brought across without many words. It’s been sixty-four years now from that day and we are still enjoying freedom in many areas of society today.
The intention of God right from the beginning was for humans to co-exist in peace. God never made anyone to be ruler over another and neither is man ruler over woman but “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28). We were meant to exercise power over the organisms of the earth without fear and not over each other.
The struggle for power has always been our greatest enemy, be it politically, economically, socially or culturally. The world is now routed in technology and even that is a source of power for the haves against the have-nots. I will always take us to Psalm 24:1-2 which says, The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters”.
God has blessed many of us with wisdom to bring things into being for the benefit of humanity and not only for personal gain nor as a means of dominating others through what we know or have. 1 Timothy 6:7 tells us, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out”. Genesis 3:19 also says, “for you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. We take nothing with us when we return to the ground from where we came from. We were made from the dust of the earth.
Let us thank God for His abundant grace for without Him, neither of the transformation we see today would have been possible. The freedom and daily provision that we enjoy on this day is all because of Him. When we acknowledge God’s goodness, we experience more of it. Yesterday I heard my cousin call her son with a different name than the one I know which is Ayinde. The name means “We gave praise and He came”.
When we give praise and thanksgiving to God, all that we ask for comes. Psalm 100:4 says “Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name”.
This is the core of our spirituality, to worship, praise, glorify God and give gratitude. The Psalms were written by David who knew how to praise God in everything. He was a man just like us who was attacked from all sides but guaranteed victory for his walk with God. He sang songs of praise for He knew that God always rescued him from the claws of his enemies.
Praise God today for your freedom. John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. Receive your freedom in every area in which you are struggling; freedom from every form of bodily or emotional pain, freedom from the prison of your mind and your physical being. Remember that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Wherever you find yourself in, God can set you free and you can walk away a free person. Receive freedom from bondage today and that depression that has been binding you all these years. You don’t have to remain depressed forever with God for His release is immediate. In God there is no rule book that says you have to suffer for months then you would have suffered enough.
He takes you out of the pit of hell instantly. Give praise to Him for today is the day of your salvation. Take heart and believe in the Word of God. He demonstrates His power in a way that no one can. He freed Peter from prison by sending His angel to break the chains that were binding him and He can do that for you too.
5 “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people” (Acts 12:5-11).
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Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka