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Beyond the Limits

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)

If you want to experience a fresh reality of life, influenced by the power of God; you need to discover how to live beyond your limitations. There is a Living Resource in Jesus. He is the Christ – the Son of the Living God, mighty to deliver and faithful to strengthen the weary. I can almost hear: “Yeah, that’s easy for you to say. If you were in my situation you would see that it’s not that easy to change things.”

Changing things will not change things!

For most people there is a natural resistance against the unknown, even if it is wanted desperately. People do not like to be where they are… but they are afraid to risk what they have relied upon.

I want to let you know of the 3 things that will limit God’s power in your life and offer you the alternative that will not require you to change anything… God will do it for you! These might feel like baby steps, but they will benefit you and your awareness of God’s activity in your life. Sometimes our biggest hurdle is that we lean on ourselves when we think we are trusting God! So, let these sink in…

1. Fear limits God – So Let God Love You!

When we are afraid we start becoming anxious and reason things out. Fear of men, fear of rejection, fear of success, fear of failure, fear of losing friends, approval or your job, all kinds of fears come to the surface when life gets overwhelming. Let me remind you that love casts out ALL fear! The people who do not know the love of God, fall apart like a house of cards in a wind storm. They cannot handle the weight of adversity, because they cannot trust His care for them. To know God is to allow Him to love you, just as you are… warts and all. You can always tell the size of a man’s character by the size of the problem it takes to discourage him.

2. Unbelief limits God – So Let God Prove Himself!

Unfortunately we live in a culture of unbelief. The news, our friends and family, and even most churches; often speak and act out of unbelief. You may not doubt that God can do amazing things, but you might wonder why He would do anything for you… its about His willingness to do it. Recognize God is willing, because He likes you.

I can have the faith that God can heal, but at the same time not believe that He will do it right here, for me. That is how the leper felt when he asked Jesus if He was willing to heal him (Mk. 1:40-41). Jesus was willing!

I can know that God supplies all my needs, but still not walk in an assurance that He will do it when I’m in a tight spot. That is how the Apostle Paul felt when he was in need (2 Cor. 7:5-7) for when he arrived in Macedonia (Acts 20:1) he had a difficult time “with trouble all round – conflicts outside and anxiety within”. But God, who cheers the depressed, gave him comfort by the arrival of Titus. That encouragement and strength was what the Apostle Paul needed… supernatural grace to reign in life!

3. Disobedience limits God – So Let God Speak to You!

If God tells you to do something – do it, even if it might not look like the smartest thing to do. Who cares about what other people say when you have a word from God? You might need some wisdom in how or when to step up, hut remind yourself that you’re not alone. God can even bless a mistake made out of faith more than a mistake made by doing nothing! If you step across the line and stop over thinking what God should you, you will see His power begin moving in your life.

So get rid of fear and unbelief and be obedient to what He says and you will see greater miracles in your life. You will find yourself trusting in the One who makes the impossible possible… in the One who is always for you!

“And if God be for you who can be against you?” (Rom. 8:31)

Shocking Violence

The story you are about to read is not an unfamiliar part of the African Culture. There is a limited police force in the slums and often the practice of dealing with a thief is immediate and violent. I have seen with my own eyes violent mobs stoning young people who were caught stealing things from the market. I have come to feel such a burden for these pastors as their ministries are facing great challenges. This dear Brother Lucas Maina is one of our partnering pastors in Eldoret and I have written about him before. He is a faithful brother and our relationship was begun by his participation in one of our pastor’s conferences. The ripples of this event have touched our hearts deeply and I felt you would pray for their ministry to remain strong in the midst of this recent incident.

“Two of our pastors in Mombasa, Kenya were burnt beyond recognition as they were doing door to door evangelism.” (writes Pastor Lucas Maina)

We are very shocked today at the news that our two brothers were killed in Mombasa! Please pray for our nation, because our hearts are troubled. We have chosen to withdraw for a day or two to pray and seek the Lord! Two of our pastors in Mombasa, Kenya were burnt beyond recognition as they were doing door to door evangelism. It has affected us deeply. There is still an ongoing investigation, but the pastors were said to have gone to witness to a witch doctor and he accused them of being thieves! It has been reported to us that the witch doctor raised an alarm and called for a mob. Our two brothers were doused with gasoline and set a blaze. They are faithful brothers and one was a close friend, Pastor Jackson Kioko. The other is Pastor Juma of Nyali Baptist Church. Although Kenya police are still at work investigating the cause of why two clergymen were lynched - it is yet unknown. We have become very affected by this loss of two pastors in door to door evangelism.

We have been in touch with Pastor Jackson’s family. Just last week he called me and we shared much on soul winning, because we have similar mission works in Eldoret and Mombasa. Although we are independent ministries, we have much in common and we love each other as brothers. Our hearts are set on reaching and winning souls to Jesus!

It is not uncommon for us to see struggles and press on, even as the witch doctors practice in our region. We find the strength and wisdom to speak openly as God leads us. We have managed to reach 5 witch doctors in Langas area! Hundreds have been reached by the Gospel of the Kingdom and our church building is full of new believers. We give all the glory to Jesus! 

We thank the Lord for the prayers of the saints all over the world! Though we too have seen such violence, the Lord has been able to deliver us. One day on our mission a Muslim man open his dogs upon us. Again, we were threatened by a witch doctor after we removed some of her crafts. Once we were chased with a sharp panga (large knife) by a man believed to be a thief, who found us praying for his family. Realize it is not easy to reach out in the slums. We covet your prayers.

In the case of these two pastors, we do not understand. How can they be confused for thieves? We are told that the witch doctor shouted that they were thieves after they witnessed to him! How can two pastors with their Bibles and Gospel literature in their hands, be confused for thieves? The people who did this were ones who hated the Christian faith and had no understanding of the God who loves them so much! Please pray for our leaders, pray for their courage and the protection of their families as we press forward in the work of God. Thank you Pastor Ron, we love you and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Link to News Video (May 9, 2012): http://youtu.be/zSWuvRht4k4

Link to News Video (follow-up): http://youtu.be/J1zDnIkjosg

Link to News Video (Police Inquiry): http://youtu.be/Dct0Cwog5fE

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