Brace[s] UP!

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NO!

That’s not me as a young lad.

Though I think I might have had some similarities with him and certainly I wished it was me with those braces.

Growing up, I had always admired those who had braces. It seemed a cool thing and something of a utopiarian concept, the self actualization of boyhood, at least for me. I didn’t know though at first that having braces was actually a treatment for teeth disorders. That those who wore them were actually patients! They don’t have it “all together” and their “smile” is distorted so they seek to smile better. They also seek to CHEW better!

Now I grasp that things aren’t always what they seem. I also grasp that sometimes we beautify corrective measures forgetting why the corrective measures actually exist.

Teeth are for chewing. Period.

We chew that which is solid so that we can break it down into smaller pieces, making it easier to assimilate nutrition for our bodies. That’s the ONLY reason why we have teeth. Any other reason we use our teeth for becomes complementary and luxirious.

Can YOU live on a liquid diet for a life and survive? Personally I’m a sucker for ALL things milk so I think I will survive😁

Zocdoc Answers however does say it is not recommended to do so because liquid, because it contains water, is not as dense with calories and solid food as a result, it is often difficult to get enough calories, or the right profile of vitamins and micronutrients, from liquids.

Liquids vs Solids got me thinking about this passage:

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of MILK, and not of strong MEAT. For every one that useth MILK is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong MEAT belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil – Hebrews 5:12-14 KJV

Clearly we are NOT to be drinking milk only for a lifetime, there should come a time for meat. This means our teeth should develop and remain at a position fit to chew meat. This speaks of growth into maturity.
Braces are put to both improve facial features of a person and also remove speaking, biting/chewing problems that may arise from incoherent teeth. There are different types of braces but they all work with one simple principle: APPLYING STEADY AND CONSISTENT PRESSURE ON TEETH EVENTUALLY MOVING THEM INTO STRAIGHTER POSITION.

Jesus saith unto them, My meat
is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work – John 4:34 KJV

We ALL have meat to chew. We ALL have assignments that are specific to us. We ALL have a specific reason why were born on Earth. This means that the right question is NOT if we have a CALLING/PURPOSE/DESTINY or not, the right question really is ARE you in the right state to execute your assignment? Are your teeth in right condition to chew your meat?

It maybe time that you need to visit your Doctor [Jehovha] to help realign your teeth for the meat that you are supposed to chew. He may give you braces to align your teeth as they may have been in a bad condition. The working of braces takes time to reach their goal of results, constantly applying pressure to get your teeth to the right place. In all this patience is required of you, to allow the process to bring the desired result to make your teeth excellent for the task to chew your meat!

You might have been going through a prolonged period of realignment or you might be going through it right now or you are still to go through it. Or you might not even know that you need realignment. Always remember that our Heavenly Father is constantly working in us to bring us to the place of excellence so that we excute our purposes well. 

Whatever your current situation, God is working in you through Holy Spirit so that you become the best you were made to be, to be like His Son, Jesus!

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing – James 1:4 KJV

Be encouraged!

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Hineni.

In June this year, I had the priviledge of meeting a team of missionaries from an organisation called YWAM[Youth With A Mission] who were on their DTS[Discipleship Training School].
The least I can write about each and every one of them as I interacted with them for about 3 weeks,is that they are special and they impressed upon my spirit the reality of the simplicity in life. I forever cherish that experience.

During their stay, we visited a local zoo, where we managed to take a peek at wild animals. Amongst them was a pair of white lions that I took a picture of: Leo(male) and Lola(female).

I kept that picture and didn’t think I would use it until now as I was introspecting about the season I’m in.


The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion” – Proverbs 28:1 KJV
I had previously ONLY read that scripture in the context that we should be bold as lions are but had never considered the reason why they are actually bold!

Lions are not bold because they are fierce but it’s because they have inately grasped that they are better adapted in their environment than the other animals in the animal kingdom, this overtime has shaped their identity in grasping that they are top predators. Hence they instinctively move with that reasoning that they can attack any prey they desire to eat.

What makes a lion bold is that it understands that it is “righteous”(a right standing in the order of the animal kingdom). Wickedness is simply put as a wrong thinking in line with your identity(study Acts 8:13-22 KJV)

When you don’t grasp who you are, you naturally run away from your position of authority, you can ask Adam and Eve.

The word ‘Hineni’ means ‘Here I am’ in a spiritual sense, which is what Abraham says and means to God to indicate his readiness when he is called on in Genesis 22:1[2] (הִנֵּֽנִי‎ hinnênî).
Can you boldly say HERE I AM when God calls you? When he requires you to step up from your hiding?

Just like Lola the white lion could come up close to the fence and indirectly say “Here I Am” when we called his name, after the tour guide told us her name, is because she understood that she is “righteous” and thus can face us humans.

It might be, just maybe, the reason why we hide from presenting ourselves boldly to God’s continual call is that we haven’t grasped who we really are in Him.

May you be bold especially in this season to say to God HERE I AM as He calls you!

You are loved dearly by Him and there is NO reason for you to shy away because of your inferiorities, you are accepted in the beloved!

Boldly say HINENI.

¶Vertical^^^^

Imagine a reality without direction.

Directionless.

Where what’s pointed at is relative to the point pointed from and all of it is irrelevant. The case of existence being the product of our varied point of views.

North is up South whereas East is left of West. What’s the worst that could be? Does a sense of direction make any human superior? Do we have anything that’s certain, can we prophesy our arrival definitively?

Man has long been in search, in search for ascension. A direction upward elusive to downward. The consequent pleasure of a movement towards somewhere far from origin.

Vertical is the paralled to horizontal yet so dissimilar in being. Why is it that we don’t have eyes on top of our heads? Does that mean anything at all?

The higher you go the cooler it becomes 😎 Is it any wonder that he/she who exists higher than us is cooler than us? 

We long to exist vertical. Transcendent of horizontal, dissecting the horizon painting a clear skyline with our aerial landscapes scoped out from our imaginations.

The call for you and me is to master the vertical as automatically the horizontal becomes gullible. Dwell in the lust for that which is celestial for that which is earthly is forbidden from infinity.

You were made for more and that more is ONLY found in the vertical. Desire an elusion to heaven for that’s really where you belong. Down here is merely your playground, heaven is your citizenry.

Be vertical as horizontal submits to you.

Locus of Focus.

An orbirtal is an imaginary space that an electron spends 90% of it’s time moving around. That’s what we get from Chemistry.
Life is like chemistry also, there is a lot of geography that we have to manouvre, spiritually and physically. By default we will be found almost 100% on Earth. It’s no secret, there is a place that we are supposed to be found in.

What is the place that you and I are supposed to be found with certainty?

Is it home? At work? At the mosque? At church? At the pub? On the TV? On the internet? Where is it?

The answer is simple….

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring – Acts 17:28 KJV

As a human being, there was a designated place that the Creator made for you. That place is called His Presence. This is not about being Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Atheist or Christian, NO. It’s about being human. You were optimised to stay in a place called His Presence and it ought to be a continual reside. Whenever you are out of that place, your whole existence is out of sync.

Check these people and how they fell out….

1) And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves FROM the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden – Genesis 3:8 KJV

2) And Cain went out FROM the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden – Genesis 4:16 KJV
3) But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish FROM the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD – Jonah 1:3 KJV

Adam, Eve, Cain and Jonah had ONE thing in common, fleeing the very place they were designed to reside in, His Presence.

The consequences of a life outside His Presence is chaotic. In the present, it’s a life of aimless living with no specific focus for there would be no clarity. It’s a life of survival not living. In eternity, a life outside His Presence is Hell, a reality of a place designed for those who rebeled against from that place in the origin of life.

No matter where you are now, how far you are, the great news is you can return back to your Creator’s cradle for you.

Take time to locate where you are and if you are outside, decide NOW to return in His Presence.

There still remains a place etched for you.

Go back to your locus of focus: His Presence!

Hide and Grind.

It is true that what you can grasp is to a degree dependent to what you have been exposed to, forming the background that defines your context.

I’m from Zimbabwe, a landlocked country on the southern region of the African continent. Landlocked countries have no essential need for Navies. The impact of that is huge, the same with someone who comes from and has had experience growing up in a country that is not landlocked.

The beauty of our age however is that our backgrounds have been made rather insignificant to what we can now grasp, simply by the advent of technology and precisely the Internet and Google.

And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you” – 1 Thessalonians 4:11 KJV
Submarines have fascinated me ever since i was young, mostly because i only got to see them on movies and never in real life. So even though they fascinated me i didnt know much about them until recently when i decided to research about them.
¶Russian Typhoon Class are among the biggest submarines ever built and only 1 is in operation as we speak, they are native to the Russians. Their size is breathtaking and the technologies they employ is simply sophisticated. They are armed with mechanisms that are impressive to say the least. Yet in all that, they are such endowed just so as to work efficiently under the water, with minimal or little recognition.

I find the disparity between their working environment and ours in this age intriguing. We have been pressured to expose our work publicly, every step of the way. We now even crave public attention on all levels even on some things that require only privacy.
We now struggle to live private lives for we desire to always expose our “work”.

It seems we are losing the virtue of minding our own business and working quietly to let our fruit come out publicly. We have become so visible that being invisible is no longer an aspiration. Yet it seems that, a few years back, being invisible was more desirable than being public.

Our progress is now measured by how visible and active we are on the measurements that we have established. We also have unconsciously devised equations that equate success to public spotlight. Is it wonder that we are now pretentious on many levels?

The submarine,if it was a person, would love each moment it had to go underwater, where it would function optimally.

Water is life!
Water is symbolic of the Word of God!
Water is the strength of the fish!

There are seasons where you need to dip your head down in the water of the Word and stay in there. Your time whilst under is nothing compared to the progress you will achieve when it’s over.

It’s important to have seasons where you retract and be out of the radar. Use that time to refresh in Him, His Word and your progress is simultaneous with your seeming passivity as you hide yourself.

Take time to Hide and as you do, your engines will grind faster.

Hide and Grind.

Draw The Line!

You have known the course and you expect it to turn on the next left turn into the right cul de sac. It’s too familiar now.

The sun sets where it should because you have been staring at it for ages, since you started seeing. Never have you viewed it from a different angle, the standpoint that Mom showed you is the one that is safe, so you don’t want to be care free.

You wake up, play your favorite morning song, you spread your bed, head out to the bathroom, brush your teeth and wash your face then go and break the fast. It’s rather too slow a routine that you fear the fast paced for death lurks in it. The habits that you formed 10 years ago are still the same ones you practice now. If only you had formed them willingly then that would have been commendable. It’s only that living enforced itself into the pattern that you  now weave. I hope your fabric is original. There is still worlds to experience, yet you are comfortable in your own little one.

You know where your inner man is drawing you unto but the outer man is pressing you to stay inside. You realise the pit that you have dug, the danger that you have befriended yet the power to get up seems far fetched.

I know, I can relate with you. 

There is a solution however. Stretch forth that finger and point it out as a pencil or rather as a pen for what you now intend to write should be indelible.

Draw the line! It’s the right time to do it.

Get rid of all that you know you should for it is not profitable towards the journey that you require to fly. Resolve to live above the line of those things that don’t profit you.

You are made for more.

Choose to be greater than, not equal or less than your Destiny!

Edelweiss.

​There is a flower known to botanists, one of the same genus with our summer plant called ‘Life-Everlasting”, a Gnaphalium like that, which grows on the most inaccessible cliffs of the Tyrolese mountains, where the chamois dare hardly venture, and which the hunter, tempted by its beauty and by his love (for it is immensely valued by the Swiss maidens), climbs the cliffs to gather and is sometimes found dead at the foot, with the flower in his hand. It is called by botanists the Gnaphalium Leontopodium, but by the Swiss Edelweiss, which signifies noble purity!

These were the words of Ralph Waldo Emmerson, as he prefaced Berthold Auerbach’s book, Edelweiss. It sounds the tale of a daring pursuit, the tenacity to please, not anyone but the reality of victory, which finds an intense demand in our deepest hearts. It has long been our portion to motion towards the mountains, the better strides towards high peaks. Somehow we seem unsatisfied with walking, we would rather run till we can fly until we touch utopia. Ascension seems more attractive than descending. Could it be that there is a flower that promises life eternal for those who grab it in the high altitudes? Is there a mountaineer secret only reserved for those that do actually reach the top? It seems mountaineers know something about it for despite the many documentaries published of the many that have died whilst hiking; nothing seems to quench this upward craving. The deaths have never stopped life moving and those who are still alive live to someday still climb where death seems to reside. Could it be that it’s not the climbing as much as it is about the top? The merry cherry on top bringing non-stop enticing, the icing on the cake of life is better not being butter but fresh cream, for it is sweeter and lighter. As life gets bitter and burdens get heavier, indeed being sweet and light is something we all want. 
If the climax of life is a mountain flower then we are all florists, in the business of the logistics of trading them. That means we are all involuntary learners of the cycles of nature, striving to be able to get the best. The mixture of sadness and gladness is a cocktail that we all have tasted; we are all passive smokers, inhaling the toxins of the processing of our mechanisms.  We desire to be free from our addiction to slavery yet freedom is a costly reality. Beauty will cost us our ugliness being revealed first. There is no place for looking pretty whilst going up, no room to make an appearance of that which is not true. Reaching for the top exerts pressure on our spirits, souls and bodies and confinement in uncomfortable places that we have to coexist with. It takes all of us, a demand we are obligated to pay daily.

We are all in a fight and we have to keep fighting. There was never a promise of exemption from war within and without and am not sure which one is worse. It’s not whether or not we will have to fight, it’s how prepared are we? We are meant for the frontlines of our armies, charging against the odds of survival. 

So it might not be a mountain that you have to climb, up the Alps might never ever be your task but you will always have to reach for something that is not within your reach. It’s what keeps us moving upward towards higher altitudes that will demand better attitudes of us. Forget the comfort of the shore, walk in the sea and see the benefit of forgetting those things behind you to reach for those before you for the clouds that only need your touch for them to release the rain to water your garden! 

Bliss is a reality for those who dare kiss the sun, trusting that which is hard to do is doable and that for as long as they breathe, they will try again!

Through weakness, sickness, disease, death, disappointment, hurt, financial constraints and all hard places that we might be forced to travel, keep struggling forward. Climb all the way up to the top and pick up your edelweiss and let it be a reminder of how consistent you have been despite the obstacles. Don’t give up! 

Above the snake line.


Late last year, as has become my habit, I took some time out to go up a certain mountain. I use this time to seek solititude, introspection and quality time with God. 

As I went up the mountain to camp for the night, thoughts of the effects of going up any altitude dawned on me. As I progressed in the night, Holy Spirit began tutoring me on the realities of living on higher altitudes in the spiritual realm and what that meant in the physical realm.

The next morning, I descended the mountain with a deep appreciation of what it means to live above the snake line.

The snake line is basically a specific altitude where snakes can’t exist simply because of limited oxygen supply. This means that there is a certain altitude that when you exist above it, snakes won’t be your problem.There are a lot of articles I have read on the subject of the snake line and I would encourage you to take time to do research on this reality.

Looking up a biblical parallel to what I was learning the book of Timothy gave a clear insight on it…..

This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader,[a]he desires an honorable position.” 2 So a church leader must be a man whose life is ABOVE REPROACH. He must be faithful to his wife.[b] He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach – 1 Timothy 3:1-2 NLT

In the above passage Paul highlights how important living above reproach is paramount to the position of leadership. He also gives the essentials required as qualification for one desiring to lead God’s people. We can draw parallels from this passage and apply it to any domain of leadership simply because that passage summarises credibility! Any office is a vantage point that allows you to view reality from atop view. In essence being a leader gives you that privilege with the demand that you be responsible to maintain it. 

Simply put, REPROACH means anything deserving negative criticism. It also goes hand in hand with the old adage “There is no smoke without a fire”. A life above reproach means there is NO trace of reason for suspicion and skepticism discounting your credibility. It means a life that is credible and integrated with the principles proclaimed in public. In that light, you can view the causatives that bring reproach as the snakes of life. These include all the little foxes, that spoil the vines”[Song of Solomon 2:15 KJV], the private bears that we have to slay before public victory.

Living above reproach is synonymous with living above the snake line. It’s a constant dwelling of pursuing a life that pleases God. In pleasing Him, you begin to realise that your energies are renewed and sustained to only engage in that which is needful. It is a process of continually desiring to live in the presence of God where we will soar to live above that which tries to hinder us from pursuing Him.

At which altitude is your life pegged at?

Desire to live above reproach, above “snakes” that will either poison or harm your influence. An aerial view is not only far clearer but it lets you deal with realities with better energies as you decide wisely which battles to fight and the ones not worth it, as they only seek to waste your energy.

Dare climb up the higher altitudes and exist in a position that gives you clearer views and excellent mechanisms to handle life. It’s a process as you decide daily to live above the easy reach of the that which seeks to usurp your energies meant to be directed towards realising your destiny.

Live above the snake line!

I.M.E [In My Element]

There are 118 confirmed elements that are known to exist in our world. Each is unique and distinct from the next.

The very existence of an individual different element is nature’s way of tutoring us to be the same.

We were created distinct and different and assimilar. That’s the original and intended framework.

I have come to realise that iam supposed to be ME. Not anything else but ME. I have been tasked by my DNA to exude ME.

It’s the same for you.

Existing in your element is simply a reality of synchronization between Heaven and Earth in a human.

Are you the Earthly expression of the record kept of you in Heaven? Are you dispensing the same agenda written of you in the library of Heaven.

The Lord Jesus was clear of the element He was made to be and he could output it by defining his role here on Earth…

“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. TO THIS END WAS I BORN, AND FOR THIS CAUSE CAME I INTO THE WORLD, THAT I SHOULD BEAR WITNESS UNTO THE TRUTH.Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” – John 18:37 KJV

Existing in your element clarifies your purpose and defines your destiny!

The Lord Jesus could only state explicitly with simplicity why He was here on Earth because He understood His distinctness and what He was.

Are you living in your element,are you YOU? This has everything to do with your gifts, talents, masteries; that which is accounted to you.

Dare to be able to say I’M E[In My Element]!

You dropped your cigarette!

“You dropped your cigarette on the roadway”, I said as I pointed him to it.

As I walked away, my mind ran across my spirit to try interpret what was now rushing up in me. 

Was that needful? Was I supposed to tell him so? What would have Jesus done in this situation? As I pondered obliviously on these questions, I found myself introspecting more than anything else.

My father used to smoke. I remember when at times, he would send us to go buy cigarettes from nearby shops. I reckon there is a lot you could say about such parenting. That’s however not the issue here, he liked a certain type of cigarette which was rich in menthol. It probably is the reason why I also like anything minty till now. Obviously when coming back, the kid in me, would put the cigarette in my mouth,just to taste the menthol, without lighting it up of course!

My dad was a “clean” smoker, after a smoke, he would take endearmints to freshen up his breath. This went on for years,until he suddenly quit smoking. When I asked him why he quit, he only said, he felt it was time to do so. I recall talking to my sister about it and she said that she had prayed and even fasted for him to quit. So talk about coincidences happening when we pray?!

Everyone has a “cigarette” that they smoke. It is that habit that we build up and have been mastering over a period of time. Life in itself is a habitual habit. Humans are creatures of habit, the habits we create and habits we pick up. Habits are neutral, we give them their positive or negative.

As I continued to ponder on the dropped cigarette and how I told the guy that he had lost his cigarette,i began also to focus on the heart of why we stick to habits.

Naturally humans crave to be systemic, it creates a subconscious safe-net of existence. It then reveals that actually, it’s really not about the habits we keep as much as it is about the underlying need that we desire to be met.

“All things were made by him; and without him was NOT ANY THING made that was made” – John 1:3 KJV

Everything that exist in nature and even from synthesis,was created by God. This means that EVERYTHING that exists on Earth finds its source back to God. In essence then, God created everything that we have in existence now. The departure from his creation is when what we create as a by-product from His provision becomes the point of perversion to lead us away from Him. The latter is the birthing of idolatry and for both the good and bad habits from repeated cycles based on the created, we displace God from His central place in our lives.

It’s not about the cigarette, alcohol, food, music,money, sex, pornography, stealing and any other vice of bad or good habit that exist. It has always been about what does that habit seek to replace!

I have been on this rediscovering phase. Striving to pinpoint why I like certain things, why I do things a certain way etc. I have discovered that behind everything there is always something! Things aren’t always what they seem! Strive not to be “surfacy”in life, always seek to see the deeper things.

Needless to point out, as I continued to ponder on this incident, I wrestled with whether I was right to inform him that he had lost his “bad habit”or I should have kept quiet. We are either helping people continue their habits or helping them stop them, regardless of whether it’s a good or bad habit. Just check where you stand in line with what you stand on.

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of UNBELIEF, in DEPARTING from the living God. But EXHORT one another DAILY, while it is called TODAY; lest any of you be HARDENED through the DECEITFULNESS of sin” – Hebrews 3:12-13 KJV

As a disciple of Jesus, the exhortation is that you encourage others to stay in and follow Him in every way away from anything that seeks to take away attention to a God who loves us!

We can put an end to all that keeps us away from Him by first turning back to Him consistently.