Singleness

In a world that defines your happiness by a significant other, singleness is often seen as a cursed disease by many. Strange enough, the reality of the world today consists of single people hoping to be married and married people wishing to be single. And if you dare to look beyond the two way glass of illusions, you will find truly happy couples and truly happy single people. When it comes to singleness, some have chosen celibacy for the sake of their purpose and others have embraced singleness temporarily until their purpose aligns them to their future partner. It’s no use finding a life partner only to have found purpose afterwards and it doesn’t harmonize with your spouse. That leads to a miserable and unbearable marriage, filled with arguments derived from consistencies.

One should not rush into marriage or into a relationship, the world out there isn’t a bed of roses. So do your best to avoid the thorns. The tragedy of our era is that people don’t know how to love, they haven’t been taught how to and not many are searching for the syllabus. Love is not easy and many have conformed to an easy form of lust that instills selfishness in the hearts of individuals. This is the reason why abuse is so prominent today, gender violence and femicide is rampant in a culture that doesn’t know how to love. According to statssa.gov.za, 25326 divorces were recorded in South Africa in 2016, 44.4% of those divorces occurred in marriages that didn’t even last 10 years.

Marriage cannot be used as an escape from singleness, if we don’t prepare the foundation of relationships effectively, we might revisit it again with much more pain than we had at first…

It is staggering how many single parents there are in South Africa, 80% of single parents are mothers according to singlemotherguide.com. It is sad that we live in a time where fathers seem to be absent, and children grow up feeling unloved. As much as we may seem to ignore its impact, a child without a father or a mother can grow up with many side effects in their psychology. Rejection is one of the first attacks on a child’s mind and that is only the beginning.

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Many relations have unfortunately ended because of abuse and marital unfaithfulness. At the romance period, everything may seem lovey-dovey but once things become clearer in a relationship, individals tend to show who they really are. I have spoken to many women who have been abused and betrayed, resulting in divorce. It breaks my heart how good godly women were dealt with such a dirty card in life but unfortunately that is the world we live in. There are good men out there but there are also the narcissistic kind that controls and manipulates for the sake of sadistic pleasure.

So with all this statistics thrown around, what am I saying? I’m in no way discouraging marriages and relationships, but I am warning people to think clearly before embarking on one. Don’t enter into a relationship without godly guidance and direction. Don’t be quick to rush into someones arms, neither be quick to kiss them. For very soon, souls begin to entangle with each other to the point that the knot is extremely difficult to untie. Weigh the odds, calculate the costs and never involve yourself with someone you don’t want to be with. Sometimes your gut might warn you of red flags, heed the warnings! Don’t be led by your emotions, because even that will change one day.

Singleness is something you don’t want to get back to. Once it is gone, to adjust your life back to it will be extremely difficult and painful. So when you make your transition, make sure that you choose someone who is godly and consistent. Don’t chase after someone who has good looks or knows how to play the game. A player can easily play you and a good looking guy can easily hurt you. I’m not saying they shouldn’t be attractive, but they should have godly substance. You want your marriage to be extravangant, not your wedding…

So think and pray, rationalize and prepare before entering a relationship, and you won’t face the time unnecessary pain. A marriage is about God, not yourself. It’s two godly individuals chasing after God with a common purpose.

Babylon Rising

Now I know that the Bible says that Babylon is fallen in Revelations 18.

Revelation 18:1-3 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’
She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.

For all the nations have drunk
the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”

 

But in order for Babylon to fall, it must rise. And the time of its ascension is now, right before our eyes. As I said before, we must go to the origin of something to find out whether it is good or evil. Babylon began from the tower of Babel. Yes, it all began when they decided to build a tower to the sky and make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:1-4). Why? Because they feared the flood might strike again even though God promised with the sign of a rainbow that he will never destroy the earth again with a flood (Genesis 9:11-15).

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The beginning of Babylon sought to have a sense of independance from God. To be sustained apart from Him, much like todays world. Everyone is chasing something to replace God. Unfortunately, those people get into a trap because nothing can replace the Creator. Nothing in all creation can replace the Most High.

Then we fast forward to the time in Daniel 2 when King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a statue. Daniel not only told him the dream but also the interpretation. The statue had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay mixed. The interpretation was that the head of gold was Babylon which would only last until the next kingdom (represented by silver) would come and rule the land. The interpretation was that there were three kingdoms that would take over the Israelites land.

But here’s the strange thing that occurred, in Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered that a giant statue of pure gold be made and set up in the sight of all the people. When they made all times of music, everyone had to bow down and worship the image. What was the image? The image of pure gold represented the everlasting kigdom of Babylon! King Nebuchadnezzar completely ignored the warning that came via a dream which stated that his kingdom would soon end. Rather he ordered everyone to worship the illusion that the kingdom would last forever. Nebuchadnezzars actions were a purposeful disregard of Gods words!

This is the Babylon Rising! It is a direct attack on Gods word and His Holy Scriptures. Everything that is evil in this world is not a random shot in the dark but an intentional blasphemy against the Most High. Slowly but surely, lawlessness is spreading like wildfire and the church are accepting it with open arms. There are many things that the church are allowing in that is a direct attack against the scriptures. The modern day church is so ignorant of the bible that they dont even see the attack. Without knowledge, people perish and this is what is making the church so vulnerable to the seductive attacks of the world.

Be on your guard, do not be led astray by the imagery of Babylon. Do not be a part of them rather be apart from them.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
Be separate from the world, stick to the Word. Know the truth, spend time in the truth. Do not be led astray, our redemption is nearer now more than ever. Now is not the time to give up our faith rather it is the time to hold on to Jesus even more. Christ is coming soon. Remember the statue! A rock not made from human hands struck the statue and an everlasting Kingdom shall remain. The Kingdom of Christ is coming, now’s the time to choose a side. You can’t afford to sit on the fence. You can’t afford to be partakers of evil. Come out of Babylon and be separate!

The Story of Jesus

Throughout the old testament, we find that the story of Jesus is portrayed multiple times for our perusal. We find many people who were a type of Christ to give ignorant people a clue of what was to come…

God provided a sacrifice when he tested Abraham.

Genesis 22:13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Joseph was a type of Christ. He had a great inheritance waiting for him. He was royalty. However, he was thrown in a pit, sold as a slave, fled temptation only to be falsely accused, jailed and forgotten. All this, just so that he could save Egypt and the surrounding countries from the impending despair of a seven year famine.

Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Esther was placed strategically to save a nation.

Esther 4:14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

 

Then Jesus arrived on the scene. He saved His people, fought for their freedom, loved them, helped the poor and His life transformed them. He resisted temptation when it paid a visit. He became a sacrifice for the people who rejected Him, He lived and died for them.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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But the question is: Does the story of Jesus end there?

Or do we continue to live it? Does it still ring out in our lives? Just like every story in the Bible that proclaimed Jesus, our story must do the same.

Are we resisting temptation? Are we loving others? Are we laying down our lives for the sake of Christ? Do we sacrifice our lives for the sake of Christ? Do we help the poor? Are we there for the abandoned and the forgotten? Do we tell others the Truth? Do we reach out to the lost? Are we rescuing others from the fire that is being heated more every day as the end draws near? Are we the continuation of the story of Jesus?

You have a choice whether His story rings out in every move you make. Others are reading yor story, make sure He’s the main character…

Should Women Wear Pants?

I have recently been added to a group chat on Facebook and they have been posting warnings about women who wear trousers, claiming that any women who wore trousers will go to hell. Intrigued by the comments, I asked them where does it say this in the Bible?

Someone commented with a scripture, Deuteronomy 22:5 which says the following:

There shall not be an article (keli) of a man upon a woman, and a man shall not put on a wrapper of (simlat) a woman, because everyone doing (who does) these (things) is an abomination of (unto) the Lord your God.

Apart from the fact that ‘trousers’ is not mentioned here, trousers never even exist back then. So where do these people come from with their crazy teachings? Is this legalism or truth? I knew a girl who was in the engineering trade who disbelieved in women wearing pants. However, when it was time for practicals in a workshop, she wore overalls pants with a t-shirt. Her excuse was that it was for work which makes it okay. It’s like a Seventh Day Adventist working on the Sabbath because he had to respect authority. Can you really have double standards?

As in all my blog post, if you want to find out if something is either good or bad, find out the origin.

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So where did pants come from? Who invented it? Well, it was invented by the Amazon people, where men and women wore it for battle. this was around the 10th century BC. Also, the whole reason why they even invented trousers was for horseback riding. 

After many years of robes, dresses and skirts, trousers made a comeback in the 1400’s for horseback riding. Only high class individuals used them and it became a fashion afterwards. It is said that women only began to start wearing pants recently because it was against the constitutional law to do so. Eventually, they became a norm. One must understand that pants is not exactly unisex but are made differently for each gender. For example, they made Feminalia pants for women which were skinny and tight around the calves while the ones made for men were much broader.

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So in conclusion, trousers is not mens clothing. if that’s the case, then so will be every t-shirt, every belt that goes around a skirt, every hat, every shirt or blouse. The difference between these clothing items is that they are made feminine or masculine. it’s all in the shape of the clothing. If you look at the picture below, you will find that there is not much difference between the two besides the shape and design.

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A women should avoid wearing skinny jeans, not only does it restrict blood flow in your legs but it also does not show chastity. A godly women does not wear tight clothing to show her body shape to men. She dresses in a modest way that pleases God. Men should avoid wearing skinny jeans! Before you judge women about wearing pants, make sure you are living right. Women shouldn’t wear mens clothing such as formal trousers apart from the ones designed for women. I would rather have a woman walk into my church with jeans on than for her to swing by with a short skirt and a crop top that displays the worlds standards for women. A women should dress according to scripture and not according to worldly fashions.

The Search For Love

Open the search engine and type it in

Surf through every link

Skim through every textbook

Research every archive

Browse in every library

Open every treasure chest

Inspect every attic

Break beyond the atmosphere

Gaze at every star

Exam the Milky way

Scrutinize every galaxy

The Sun mourns its absence

The moon wails its truancy

Where is love?

 

Dive into the deepest sea

Hunt the darkest jungle

Discover the treacherous caves

Climb the highest mountains

Descend the lowest mountains

Mine the stubborn ground

Until it is successfully found

Pursue every hurricane

Rummage the inside of every volcano

Interrogate every earthquake

Question the tsunami

Investigate every avalanche

Study the drought

Where can love be found?

 

Can such a question be posed at humanity?

Will mankind be able to answer?

Do they keep it locked up in casket?

Or carry it around in a basket?

No one questions its absence?

Has hearts been emptied out?

To create space for selfishness?

It cannot be sold, can it?

If it could, would they ban it?

Did they adopt a replacement?

Or has a clone been made?

Are we happy with the prop?

It’s placed here and there

To make life easy to bear

 

I hope you find true love, I really do.

But first, take in this clue

You must disown you

To make something new