Forget About 2018 Being Your Year

Forget About 2018 Being Your Year

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Interesting right? Yeah, a friend of mine recently told me, ‘Aki topics zako tu‘ (Your topics are controversial). Well, they are not. They are just simple straightforward statements most of which are taken right from the scripture.

So you probably have in your mind that 2018 will be your year, maybe because your pastor keeps insisting that your script is going to change and that your life will change for the better. You are probably telling yourself, “This is my year now. God shall give me back the years that were eaten by moth and rust.” Well, it is not a bad thought to have.

It is not bad at all to think that 2018 will be your year. There is actually a very welcoming feeling when you open a new chapter in a book. I remember I felt so great when I first opened my new books in primary school. Every year, I would write on new and clean books and that felt amazing.

Every kid in that class felt the same and the first pages in their books were well-written neat scribbles of ink. The irony in all that was that not everyone maintained the flow. We never all became number one. There was a hierarchy from top to bottom.

These kids also had parents who assured them that “Next year in class 4 you will top the class.” Some did, some did not. Why? Well, welcome to this post.

From 2011 to 2017, every year was my year. I would spend in church every December because I knew God has a purpose for my life in the next year and I would not enter the same way I came in. God will wipe my tears, God will replenish my life, God will give me that Subaru N12, that amazing love of my life and that incredible job.

I so much believed in these words that they sounded like, ‘God MUST wipe my tears, God MUST replenish my life, God MUST give me that Subaru N12, that amazing love of my life and that incredible job.’ I mean even the pastor who is closer to God more than I am said so.

I believe that there was no way God will fail to bless me. The pastor would pray for prosperity in the next year, a change of script, an abundance of wealth and I would be among those who would firmly believe in that. It turned out that I had the roughest seven years of my life.

For the past seven years, I have been through fire and brimstone, through the valley of death, through faithlessness, pain and strife. I still believed that the next year will be different but each year brought trouble of its own. I will write about this in my next post.

Unlike many who do not work on their newly written resolutions, I strived to work on mine. I did my best to be the best in any talent or skills God has given to me. I couldn’t let my talents go to waste knowing that someone elsewhere would wish to have just a fraction of the talent I have.

I believed, I held my faith and as I heard the testimony of others I would tell myself, “Mine is coming soon.” The testimony of others made me believe that if it was their year and God really did it for them, God is also doing something about me too.

The voice of the pastor and the testimony of others made me believe that that year was going to be my year. In most churches, the message of next year being yours and being magnificent especially wealth wise is mostly preached.

People flock to churches to be told of how prosperous they will be. Many others flock to churches to end that addiction they have or to get prayers of prosperity and a year of abundance. If you are among them, forget about all that.

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It is not bad for a pastor to speak a word of blessing about an upcoming year and it is also not wrong for one to believe that their year will be better. It is absurd for one to go to church, to believe that God is just there to meet their wealth needs.

But who said blessings are only material? You can be poor and have good health, that is a great blessing. You can also be very poor but are able to walk, talk and are in sound mind. There are so many rich people who are willing to trade their disability for their riches if that were possible.

What have I learned from false beliefs? That in all these you will be told that you have to give for you to receive. Many give up so much during these festivities because they think that because they gave, they must get something back.

False teachers teach that you must get something after you give and therefore we do not give to help, we give to get something in return. I will do an article titled, “What is in for Me” on Thursday on the Kkrewbs blog.

It is sad we have people who give only during the festivities to flaunt and show people on social media how good they are. They show that they are so generous they visited a children’s home or a hospital. It is sad that people have to help and show, probably to give proof that they did this deed and they deserve the good things of the world.

Because 2018 is your year, you will write down new resolutions, you will now think of making good choices because this is the year of the Lord and in the Lord’s granary, there is so much in store for you. I really wish those teachers told you that aflliction is also a blessing in disguise.

I wish those teachers told people that even sickness can be a big blessing. I wish those teachers told you that yourself you are a blessing. I wish they told you that you should rejoice in everything for in that pain, in that trouble, there are lessons to be learned and you are being refined into a new being.

While I hoped that every year will be magnificent and that my wife, my house and my car would come, they never did, not in my own timing. More pain, more trouble, more worry fell on me and I thought that God was mean to me, that He never cared, he only blessed the evil while I, the one who serves Him dies in pain.

The problem with prosperity gospel is that it gives a man another perspective and definition of blessing. Prosperity gospel fuels the hearts desires and we all know that the heart is deceitful above all things. In turn, man becomes mean even to himself because He is clouded with the thought of acquiring the worldly.

We all know that it benefits no one to gain the whole world and lose their soul. I have learned that God will bless you (wealth-wise) when you are ready. I have learned that God needs you to learn and know the worth of His blessing so that you know how to carefully handle it.

All factors remaining constant, God blesses you daily. Every single day, no matter how good or bad God blesses you always. Prosperity gospel has made us too blind to see the simple blessings that God gives us. God doesn’t need a new page for Him to bless you, he doesn’t need to perfectly bless you on the 1st of January 2018.

Prosperity Gospel has also taught us that we should work for God so that He can bless us. False teachers usually say things like, “Mama Njoki amekuwa akikuja kanisa mapema sana, sasa angalia venye Mungu amembariki.” (Njoki’s mum has been coming to Church very early, look at how God has blessed her)

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We are tuned to think that God has to see our effort and that He works on a reward scheme that the best worker gets the fanciest things in life. Well, that’s not the case. We all have UNDESERVED grace. We do not deserve anything we have in life, it is not by our own sweat. Yes, you can be very ‘holy’ but very poor.

You do not need anyone to tell you that 2018 is your year. Every year is your year, every year has got smooth rides and pitfalls of its own. Actually, you should be more scared of success because to whom much is given much is expected.

2009 was your year and so was 2012, 2013 and 2016 – what have you done with them? Did you just sleep around and waste yourself, waiting for another year? A clean page? The year of our Lord?

If God blessed me abundantly in 2013, maybe you could not be reading this blog. Maybe I could be dead and my Subaru N12 (haha now you are asking what’s with this guy and Subaru N12? I love this ride) would be having another owner.

If God blessed me abundantly in 2013, I would have maybe let down so many people who were looking up to me, I would have lead tons of people astray and I would not be having such valuable knowledge and experience that I have now.

I listened to what people said about God and I never got to experience Him myself. I relied on other people’s definitions and experiences of God and I lost it. It was not until I read the word that created a clear distinction between my spirit and body.

I have learned a lot, indeed the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. I have a deeper meaning of what blessing means. I now know that God blesses me every single day and I need no clean page for God to bless me (wealth-wise).

I have learned not to look at God’s blessing only in terms of wealth. Every time I am happy, that’s a blessing. Every time I sleep sound, I am blessed, every time I fart comfortably in my living room, ooooh I feel blessed. But this doesn’t mean when things go south God has stopped blessing me. It means that He needs my attention and there are lessons to be learned.

When the scripture says that you should consider it pure joy when you undergo trials and temptations of all kinds it simply means that you should rejoice because God has your full attention. I was recently telling a friend that you rather have 100% of God and 0% of the world than have 100% of the world and 0% of God.

God will always put us in compromising situations. That’s the time to learn, that’s the time to listen to your spirit because He says it is not timid. Many take this time to rush to prosperity gospel that gives them a hope that God is indeed seeing their pain and will make their situation better.

Their faith shifts from God to their pastor and that’s why many rush to their pastors on everything (am not saying this is bad – I will write an article titled, “When your pastor replaces God” someday). The bad thing with prosperity Gospel is that it shifts your focus from God to earthly testimonies.

I have been a victim of prosperity gospel, most people are, and I had to be so that I could pen this article for you. I had to be so that I could study the word and experience God first hand. I love this verse

Ecclesiastes 9:11

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.

2018 is your year by default, do not command God telling Him about what you can. Ask what He wants from you. He says seek his kingdom and everything shall be added unto you. Remember that it is not about you. Remember that you do not have to give so that you receive. You give cheerfully expecting nothing in return.

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Do not have a fixed mindset that God WILL bless you in 2018, you are already blessed. Do not have a fixed mindset that you will acquire such and such next year. Things may not turn out the way you expected, it has happened to me several times. In all these I have strived to learn what needed to be learned.

Do not wait to start a clean slate in 2018. God is not limited by time, He only wants to use you but maybe you are clouding your mind with too many useless things that don’t add value to your life. You may have all that you wish to but you will always want more.

Let me leave you with this quote here:

“Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.” – Rabbi Hyman Schachtel

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Siloma Stephen

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I describe myself as simple yet complex, difficult to fathom and a hard nut to crack. I am made of unfailing love, one that sails my boat and oversees my flaws, one that binds me not on any law but nourishes my soul. I write from my soul, generally anything I feel I need to get off my chest most of which is based on my own life experiences, talents, and passions.

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I describe myself as simple yet complex, difficult to fathom and a hard nut to crack. I am made of unfailing love, one that sails my boat and oversees my flaws, one that binds me not on any law but nourishes my soul. I write from my soul, generally anything I feel I need to get off my chest most of which is based on my own life experiences, talents, and passions.

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Siloma Stephen

Siloma Stephen

I describe myself as simple yet complex, difficult to fathom and a hard nut to crack. I am made of unfailing love, one that sails my boat and oversees my flaws, one that binds me not on any law but nourishes my soul. I write from my soul, generally anything I feel I need to get off my chest most of which is based on my own life experiences, talents, and passions.

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