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A man of faith

Values by nature delineate boundaries of the sphere within which one chooses to live their life. They become a perimeter fence that marks out the sphere of play for your life.

Be clear about your values. It helps in making decisions because your values will tell what you will tolerate and what you will not accept. They become a grid through which your critical decisions are filtered.

One of my anchor values is:

Sola Fide– I live by faith in God and run my life on faith and trust.

More than 38 years ago I had an encounter that completely changed my life spiritually, socially and professionally. Very much everything I have done and become has been marked by that encounter. In a lecture room at St Augustine’s Mission, Penhalonga in Zimbabwe, I heard the Gospel clearly presented by Mr Miti. Grace called my name and by faith I was saved. Ever since that day my life has been marked by faith in God.

I remember one of my favorite teachers saying to me that this was just a fleeting childish zeal that would pass. But after these many years, that faith in God has kept me, led me and sustained me. I am a man of faith. The best way I can explain it is simply this:

Galatians 2:20 TPT

“My old identity has been co-crucified with Christ and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Christ lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!”  

The life that I now live from that day onwards is by faith in Christ. Or I can put it another way- the faith of Christ lives in me and gives me life. I live by faith alone. Sola Fide! I do not walk in fear. I am daring to explore new opportunities. I am not afraid of failure. 

I refuse to negotiate life on the basis of fear. I engage life on the basis of hope and faith.

Faith is the anchor of my soul.

Because my life is so marked by faith, I have chosen to live my life and run my life on faith and trust. I have faith for the future. I have faith for the present. I am an eternal optimist because I know that all things will eventually worked together for my good.

While some see the world as conspiring against them, I see life as being wired and framed by God to conspire for my good.

I choose to have faith in people! When you have faith in the Unchangeable as the anchor of your soul, you can afford to have faith in people.

I am convinced that not only do I have faith in God – but in a strange way God does have faith in me as well. he has entrusted me with the unsearchable riches of His grace!

Sola Fide– I live by faith in God and run my life on faith and trust.

Have faith!

Extending Grace

We continue surfacing my personal values. Your values determine how you relate with others. They also declare what people can expect in dealing with you. They are a commitment to external stakeholders of what to expect of you. Learn to articulate your values.

I was unworthy and undeserving when God reached His hand to me and rescued me. He has transformed my life by His grace. He forgave my sins, delivered me from iniquity and poverty. God has opened opportunities for me where I did not deserve.

Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God.

I can safely say: I am what I am because of the grace of God. I am not a product of my intelligence, my merit, my past or my environment. I am a product of God’s grace. Everything I have and am is a product of grace.

1 Cor 15:10 NKJV

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

Through the working of God, I have had people just extended grace towards me.

In places and situations I least expected God has brought people in my path who for no apparent reason extended me grace and met my needs or were just too good to me and mine. Indeed grace is the story of my life.

2 Cor 9:8 NKJV

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

I like to believe that I am a trophy of His grace. I cannot boast of my salvation, my assets or my prosperity. These are all products of grace.

Grace is – mercy, not merit. Grace is the opposite of karma, which is all about getting what you deserve.

Grace is getting what you don’t deserve, and not getting what you do deserve. 

Having been a beneficiary of God’s grace, I am known for extending grace to others. According to the measure of grace of Christ that I received, I relate to others on the basis of grace.

I intend to live my life with the full consciousness that grace was granted to me and so I have a moral obligation to extend grace to others.

“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.” (Paul Zahl)

I am a beneficiary of grace and so become a benefactor to others, of the same grace extended to me.

Sola Gratia – I am what I am by the Grace of God and I extend grace to others.

A man of the word and of his word

Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)

We are talking about personal values.

We must be values-driven and values-guided people. As champions we must have clearly thought through values which serve as decision-grids determining what we can and cannot do. If I am clear on my values, it is easier to make the tough call decisions when crunch time comes.

With no clearly articulated values, emerging champions struggle to make critical judgment calls and vacillate.

Today I discuss one of my key values: Sola Scriptura. This value emanates from the reformers who insisted that they base their belief system and lives on the Scriptures or the Word of God alone. 

For me to fulfill my life assignment I stand guided by the Word of God. I am not moved by people or popular literature.  I am anchored on the Word of God.

The principles that run my life are solidly anchored on the unshakeable Word of God. If your principles are based on the subjective and/or on relativism, then you are unstable in all your ways.

Anything that contradicts or violates the Word, is unacceptable in my life, ministry or business. I am a man of the Word. I am a man of the Book. My ultimate compass is the Word of God. It is my plumbline.

As a consequence of being a man of the Word, I am a man of my word. God is reliable and dependable because He watches over His Word to perform it. Since I am a partaker of the divine nature, I must and do choose to honor and keep my word.

People should be able to trust me and depend on me because my word is my bond.

I am a man of the Word and will relate with people as a man of my word.

The Lord helping me, I will live by the Word and stand by my word even if it hurts.

We live in a world where words are meaningless. Some go to great lengths to draw elaborate contracts which they have absolutely no intention to keep. They craft them with so many loopholes to give them a legal way of escape.

Being legally correct does not necessarily confer legitimacy.

Our values define us.

By faith I declare that I am a man of the Word and people can relate to me as a man of his word! I pray that God helps me to live by this value.

Can your word be depended on? What value are you focusing on in your life today that defines who you are?

For God and for his kingdom

For the next few days I will attempt to articulate my values as guardrails for my life.

Pro Deo Et Regnum Dei (For God and For God’s Kingdom)

Those who serve in the military commit themselves by oath to allegiance to country and to the flag. They are willing to die in defense of that loyalty. They are motivated by that sense of allegiance. The knights and warriors of old had a similar allegiance.

After due reflections I have come to the conclusion that I too am a soldier of the Cross. In 2 Tim 2:3-4 “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

I therefore resolve that I live, “For God and For His Kingdom.” Pro Deo Et Regnum Dei

Everything I do is motivated by a passion for God and for His Kingdom. From now henceforth my primary motivation and primary loyalty by virtue of covenant is to God and His Kingdom. So help me God!

Champion, what is your primary motivation? Where does your primary loyalty lie? You need to settle that question in terms of your value systems.