Religion

The Anger Sins

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We are created to propagate love, but at times, we opt to dispense fury – anger is a manifestation of wrath. We get angry because of a myriad of things that take place all around us. And in today’s world, getting angry is almost commonplace. A day hardly goes by before one or two things make us mad. Thousands of hardworking, honest people are annoyed because their pension or savings have been cut down due to the avaricious dealings of big corporations. Others are outraged because they have been mistreated or even laid off from their occupation. Still others have lost a loved one. Many others are angry because of expensive, debilitating illness. One may perceive all these as logical reasons to spur fury.
The grand question that lingers in the minds of many Christians is: is getting angry a sin?
All through the bible, we find a handful of instances where men got angry. Cain, Esau, Jacob, Job, Moses, Levi, Balaam, Samson, Balak, Asa, David, Eliab, Jonah, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod, the inhabitants of Ephesus, the Pharisees, and the brother of the prodigal son all got angry at one point, the Bible reports. The Bible also records, in Exodus 32:10, and Psalms 7:11, the ire of God. The New Testament also records instances where Christ got angry (Mark 3:1-5, John 2:13-16, and Mathew 23:23-31.
So, is all the anger we experience today warranted, vindicated, or justifiable?
The book of proverbs perhaps provides us with proper guidance on that by calling those who can control their rage wise and those who cannot contain it fools (Proverbs 29:11). But does the bible imply that being a fool is being a sinner? Probably not. One thing is sure, though; getting angry is an enticement to commit sin. What people do after getting angry is what is of greater concern. If the will of our Heavenly Father is that we do not vent the anger in us, we need to assess the worth of the things that make us mad in the first place, and next, what the Lord wants us to do with the feelings of anger. Ephesians 4:26-27 elucidates what God wants: do not let the dusk come while you are still annoyed. We also have to be careful not to sin by nursing our grudges.
Could it be more clearer…..?

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Feed the hungry

It is that time of the year again. The country’s food silos are low on food reserve. The marginal areas are more than low of anything that can fill the stomach. More animals, both small and large stock are finding their way to people’s plates. The media, of course, is now generating more stories than ever and using hard but persuasive language to drive Kenyans into feeling compassion for the hungry. Nation media, for instance, has been airing a series of documentaries and news items dubbed horrendous names aimed at depicting the worst that is yet to happen. I don’t blame them; they want news.

I can bet that requests from Red Cross will follow with mantras such as ‘we are one’ – unless, of course, they do not want to get enormous contributions like the one that was there following the Westgate incidence. But this is even bigger. Unlike the terror attack that brought this country to its knees, however, the Turkana issue and other areas struck by hunger can be prevented. Modern day Samaritans should  not expect to get some man bitten by thieves and left for dead by some road side. Instead, they can and should chip in to situations such as this.

A donation a day will keep a child alive. It will also stop the countless streams of disturbing news clip that are currently employing extra journalists to document.  And we are all obligated to Disciple the hungered. Or don’t you know that the Lord will send you away on that great day when He calls the roll up yonder if you never gave Him food by feeding the hungry ? Sit back, but don’t relax till the hungry people in Turkana have some carbohydrates, proteins, and even vitamins on their plates.

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Prayer Warriors

True Christians define prayer as a way of having communion with the creator – God. Christians are able to experience a relationship with the creator. Prayer is as important to spiritual growth and knowing God as eating parallels a healthy body. The frequency and quality of our prayers, therefore, dictates the relationship we have with God. Prayer amounts to talking and listening to go God while enjoying His presence. Prayer takes many forms – for instance: confession, worship, intercessory, thanksgiving, petition, and waiting (sensing, silent, and listening of God). Many consider prayer to be an important part of their daily lives. However, most people who claim to consider prayer an important part of their lives miss the point of what sincere prayer actually is. Additionally, although many claim to pray, few acknowledge and depend on prayer as their lifeblood.

A prayer warrior is anyone who can commit to frequent and heartfelt prayers alone or in the company of others. Prayer warriors put the needs of other people before their own needs and can even pray for strangers. Actually, we all need to be prayer warriors for our petitions to be answered. However, most of us present wish lists before God that exhibit our selfishness and the uncaring attitudes we have towards others. This is Satan’s scheme to make Christians think that they are spending quality time in prayer. The world we are in desperately needs our prayers – prayers that are not selfish in nature. Our collective and incessant utterance of prayers can work miracles in any situation, but above all declares and spreads God’s glory.

The Bible is full of lessons, examples, and wise counsel concerning prayer. From Genesis to Revelation, instances, requests, and merits of prayer are presented in the most elaborate manner. Most, most of us still don’t pray the right way or don’t pray at all. The power of prayer is illustrated in Genesis 20:7 where Abraham had to pray to God so as Abimelech could continue living. God also shows that prayer is pertinent for us to receive forgiveness. In fact, some of our petitions to God never get answers because we sin and fail to turn back to God for forgiveness. God states that if people called by His name humble themselves, turn from sinful ways, and seek His face, He is ready to forgive them and bless their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). When what we do is according to the will of God, our prayers receive answers quicker than when we plunge ourselves in sin. A servant sent by God’s faithful servant, Abraham, had his prayer answered before he could even finish it (Genesis 24:45).

The New Testament elaborates what prayer warriors ought to consider and ensure in their supplications. For prayers to be acceptable before God, they have to be offered with fear, reverence, and a deep sense of man’s insignificance as mere creatures that have plunged into sin. In addition to that, prayer warriors ought to have earnest importunity and unhesitant submission to the will of God. Sincere hearts filled with faith are key whenever servants of God are drawing closers to Him in prayer (Hebrews 10:22). A person who does not offer prayers backed by faith in God does not qualify to the title “prayer warrior.” God truly hears and answers prayers (Mathew 7:7, 8). So long as we call unto God through Jesus Christ, our prayers will always receive a response (John 14:13, 14).