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Does God Respect Man?

By God’s Grace (kindness) and Mercy (compassion), we are respected. What do I mean by this? Sin came into the world through man and this caused God to turn His face away from man. Man was cursed (due to sin) and could only be delivered through the Sinless Sacrifice, causing God to give His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die in the place of man, and glory be to God, death could not keep its hold on Him! (Acts 2:24). This is indeed God’s Grace and Mercy.

What does respect mean?

Let’s break this word into two:

  1. Re – a prefix meaning ‘again and again’, repetition.
  2. Spect – to see; to observe; to look; to watch over.

Therefore, respect means:

  • To see someone in a positive Light
  • To show concern; to show pity
  • To turn back towards; to return
  • To help; to extend favor (to favorably look upon)

Why did God do this? Do we really deserve respect? The answer is no. Respect is the undeserved ‘favor’ that is portrayed by the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. The two words can be used interchangeably.

This is the main reason why destruction CANNOT and will not come upon us.

On A Light Note: Now I understand what scholars mean when they say, ‘Respect is earned and is also two – way’ As I respect God, He in turn respects (favors) me.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your Grace and Mercy over my life that has caused You to respect (favor) me. Thank You for seeing me in a positive Light. Thank You for showing concern over my life. Thank You for returning; turning back towards me. Thank You for helping me. Because of this, destruction shall NEVER come my way in Jesus Name, Amen!

Music Corner:

You ask, ‘What does it take to be respected (favored) by the Lord? All you need to do is to say this simple prayer: “Dear God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Now I surrender. Thank You for saving me!
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”

Salvation is A glorious epilogue to man’s existence! Being Swallowed up by the Love of Christ, the Word of God being my Favorite Place; I am no longer Faceless! Not a Foreigner in the Kingdom of God, but a Child of God!

If you prayed this prayer, feel free to contact me and I will guide you as Christ guides me. Follow  Nations Arise Revival Ministries for your Daily Devotions and grow to be more and more like Christ. God bless you.

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Spot On!

A Loophole To Academic Performance. Maturity Over Time.
School assembly had just ended with a prayer from the Senior Teacher, Mrs. Pendo. The pupils began to systematically stream out of the hall; girls first, followed by their male counterparts; from the pre-units all the way to the candidates. Being a school prefect, it was my duty to ensure that this order was kept, every pupil in their correct position.

Now, our school was very keen on detail; one of its positive attributes that has made me who I am today. Apart from the pupils being arranged according to their classes, they were also arranged according to height. Taabu happened to be the tallest girl among the Grade 7’s thus expected to be the last girl to exit, followed by the shortest Grade 7 boy, Kadogoo. The difference was usually so noticeable, considering the fact that the girls had already hit puberty, shooting up overnight, while the boys, who usually delay on this milestone, were still quite tiny and cheeky.

On this particular day, I noticed that Rehema, slightly shorter than Taabu, completed the queue, and being the disciplinarian I was, I quickly called to the two young ladies to switch positions before we could proceed with the exit. They hesitated a bit, but after locking eyes with the Senior Teacher who was overseeing this process, they had no choice but to obey. Taabu took a step back as she quickly fumbled with her pullover, to tie it on her waist; which was yet another No! No! at Lavington Primary School! Fear took over and her hands let go of the sweater, leaving her seriously stained yellow dress right in front of Kadogoo’s face! (She was quite tall, and Kadogoo ridiculously short; her waist line was at the same level as Kadogoo’s hairline). Spot on!

Have you ever wanted the earth to open up and swallow you like it did with Korah, all his supporters as well as their households in Numbers 16? That was my wish. Taabu was embarrassed beyond measure, as the boys pointed at her and jeered. Mrs. Pendo and I were speechless! The other girls quickly surrounded Taabu and guided her towards the washrooms. A day I remember with regret.

“And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained to Korah, and all their goods.” Numbers 16:32

Every day we have similar situations surrounding the girl child. The cost of living has risen in a way that parents are barely able to feed their children, let alone cater for their other needs, sanitary towels included. This magazine will not only give you a chance to be a blessing to the teenage girl, but also offer guidance to these girls on how to take care of themselves during this time of the month, as well as how to handle the changes taking place in their bodies, including emotional imbalances. Watch out for our next issue for more exciting stories and give-aways too!