So, stop looking for peace where it cannot be found,
Come to the cross and fall to the ground; And cry out to him.
He will listen to your cries and wipe away your tears,
He is the God who knows all your deepest secrets,
All your insecurities and the things you try to hide,
But despite it all, He has always been and will always be on your side.
And with him by your side, you are not hopeless
He is your power, you are filled with greatness.
This is a shorter version of a poem that i wrote. I wrote this poem some years back to let some of my non christian friends and also Christian one’s know that they were loved by God. If you like it, send it to someone who you think needs to hear it.
Ethiopia is celebrating it’s New Year September 11th, 2020 መስከረም ፩ As such, the Ethiopian New Year starts in September, or Meskerem in the local language, not in January. The Ethiopian New Year holiday is known as “Enkutatash” which means the ‘gift of jewels’ as stated in legends.Sep 11, 2020 Enkutatash (Ge’ez: እንቁጣጣሽ) is a public holiday in coincidence of New Year in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It occurs on Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar, which is 11 September (or, during a leap year, 12 September) according to the Gregorian calendar.
Here in Ethiopia, the fields are now filled with bright yellow flowers(which we call ‘adey abeba‘ in our local language), indicating the end of summer(keremt) or the rainy season and the beginning of winter(bega) or the sunny season.
Starting from today, it’s 2013 in Ethiopia and not 2020. Ethiopia is seven years younger than the rest of the world. And though it’s a little different from the rest of the world, Enqutatash is Ethiopians’ favorite holiday.
Wishing my fellow Ethiopians a Happy Ethiopian New year.
There is this person that my dad always tells me about. She frequents the church that we are a member of. She looked like a poor woman from the way she was dressed and the way she carried herself. But she always sang loudly and prayed nonstop. She gave thanks to the Lord and praised him. She was thankful and She was a happy woman. She was happy because her happiness didn’t emanate from the world or it’s pleasures but from the holy spirit.
“9 And my soul will have joy in the Lord; it will be glad in his salvation.” (Psalms 35:9)
Have you ever noticed that people who are thankful are also happy? I have. There is another person that comes to my mind whenever I think about thankfulness and that’s my uncle. You see my uncle got into a horrible traffic accident about two years ago to end up with a terrible aftermath. But it didn’t turn him from God, in fact it made him seek him even more. He always says that after the accident, It was God that gave him the strength to move on. When he was about to give up, God told him that there was still hope and helped him through a lot. Whenever our family gets together to pray, he is the one with the most hallelujahs not because he has everything figured out, but because he is thankful.
There are blessings that God holds back just because we are not thankful. But God also works miracles if we are thankful. Remember the miracle that happened when Paul and Silas were in prison:
(Acts of the Apostles Chap. 16)
23 And when they had given them a great number of blows, they put them in prison, giving orders to the keeper of the prison to keep them safely:
24 And he, having such orders, put them into the inner prison with chains on their feet.
25 But about the middle of the night, Paul and Silas were making prayers and songs to God in the hearing of the prisoners;
26 And suddenly there was an earth-shock, so that the base of the prison was moved: and all the doors came open, and everyone’s chains came off.
Maybe you don’t have the perfect job but you should be thankful you at least have a job. Maybe you aren’t in a perfectly healthy condition but you should still be thankful you’re alive. Maybe you don’t have a great relationship with your parents, but be thankful you can still talk and work things out with them. And if you are feeling sad, depressed or bad just know that you are able to feel all those feelings because you’re alive and those feelings will eventually be changed by great feelings if you stick with God and trust in him. If we really look at our situations more closely, there are a dozen to be grateful and thankful for.
“I will be blessing the Lord at all times; his praise will be ever in my mouth.” (Psalms 34:1)
Today and for years to come, I choose to be thankful.
For the past three years, I haven’t had time to read the bible as often as I do now, primarily because I’m a medical student and I don’t have the time although I do admit that I’ve been lazy or somehow ignorant to the word of God. But these past few months I’ve had the time that I needed so much to reconnect with God and read his word regularly. So I’m going to share with you what I’ve personally learned from reading the Book of Acts.
We are chosen by God to spread the gospel to as many people as we can:
(Acts of the Apostles Chap. 1)
6 So, when they were together, they said to him, Lord, will you at this time give back the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said to them, It is not for you to have knowledge of the time and the order of events which the Father has kept in his control.
8 But you will have power, when the Holy Spirit has come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
From what we can understand from the above part of the bible, Jesus told the Apostles that it is not in their power to understand all things. There are certain things that only God knows about and we should respect that. If we believe in the goodness of God and trust his plans, we should also accept the fact that there are things that we with our human brain know nothing about. The other thing that Jesus told them in this chapter is that the Holy spirit would give them power so they would be witnesses to the rest of the world. Jesus gave the Apostles clear and certain signs that he was living to the point of allowing them to check for themselves if what they were witnessing was real. This all happened so that they would tell the world about The resurrection. So from this, I have learned that God didn’t choose me apart from the rest of the world because I was perfect but because he trusted me enough to spread the gospel. So as a Christian I have come to realize that my most important obligation is spreading the gospel.
God still works miracles: when I was reading the Book of the apostles, I was reminded of all the miracles that God had done in my life. If we, as the bible says had a faith even as a grain of mustard seed, there would be miracles that would turn even hard-hearted people to him. The apostles knew that the name of Jesus had power and showed unbelievers what only he could do.
(Acts of the Apostles Chap. 3)
2 And a certain man who from birth had had no power in his legs, was taken there every day, and put down at the door of the Temple which is named Beautiful, requesting money from those who went into the Temple;
3 He then, seeing Peter and John going into the Temple, made a request to them.
4 And Peter, looking at him, with John, said, Keep your eyes on us.
5 And he gave attention to them, hoping to get something from them.
6 But Peter said, I have no silver or gold, but what I have, that I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up on your feet.
The gift that we can give to the world as Christians is not money, for it is fleeting but Jesus. If we introduce them to Jesus through the miracles that he is doing in our lives, God could change them and use them for his purpose.
God uses the most unexpected people for his purpose:
(Acts of the Apostles Chap. 9)
3 And while he was journeying, he came near Damascus; and suddenly he saw a light from heaven shining round him;
4 And he went down on the earth, and a voice said to him, Saul, Saul, why are you attacking me so cruelly?
5 And he said, Who are you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus, whom you are attacking:
6 But get up, and go into the town, and it will be made clear to you what you have to do.
God told Ananias that Saul was a special vessel that he was going to use. I mean think about it; of all the people that God could choose, He chose a young man who took his own people to prison and watched as they were killed unjustly. Even Paul calls himself the chief of sinners but God took this rebel and made a God fearing devoted man of God out of him and only God can do that. So, sometimes we might think that some people are just fit to live in sin because we think they can’t ever be healed but that’s just our own human perspective. God can make somebody out of a nobody so please don’t ever hesitate to share the word of God even with the people you think will never change.
The apostles went through a lot to spread the gospel but what about now? Some like Stephen and James were killed while the others such us Paul were imprisoned, some were stoned. Apostles gave their everything to God because they lived for him. Christianity today is really heart breaking. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the christians from the non Christians. We were called to live like Jesus, but we look so much like the word. Our lifestyle has to change.
“In the year 1729, I began not only to read, but to study, the Bible, as the one, the only standard of truth, and the only model of pure religion. Hence I saw, in a clearer and clearer light, the indispensable necessity of having “the mind which was in Christ,” and of “walking as Christ also walked;” even of having, not some part only, but all the mind which was in him; and of walking as he walked, not only in many or in most respects, but in all things. And this was the light, wherein at this time I generally considered religion, as an uniform following of Christ, an entire inward and outward conformity to our Master.” John wesley
The book of Acts teaches us to live the life that we were meant to live as Christians. May God help us live the life that we were called to live. God bless you all.😊