Faith

My faith is that Jesus Christ is the son of God Jehovah, the Creator of heaven and earth. This is what I believe in. God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us. No-one on earth has such love as to take their one and only child and offer him/her as a sacrifice. Yet our heavenly Father did that for us. Because of this, I believe in love. Love for God and humanity. I frequently quote from the book of Proverbs:

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Bind them around your neck and write them on the tablet of your heart”, and the love as described in 1 Corinthians 13.

By God’s strength, my faith has helped me to triumph over personal trauma, trials, and tribulations. My attitude is one of humbly walking in my calling and purpose as God continues healing and perfecting me in the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is not easy as I also sin and falter, but by His grace I am able to stand up, clean up my mistakes and continue the walk with Christ. I remind myself that my Heavenly Father loves me so much that He will never remind me of my sins. I do not have to walk in condemnation as I strive to live a Godly life.

What are your beliefs? How do you live your life when trials and tribulations challenge you? Who do you go to? How do you exercise your faith? Do you sometimes feel hopeless or faithless as you walk in your life journey? Please share some of your faith challenge moments with us in order to encourage others. How did you conquer these?

I would like to share more of my trials and tribulations, so be sure to check back and have a look at my blog. Let us share so we may encourage others in faith.

Please share your story with us so we may encourage others in faith.

I believe the more we share, the bigger the difference we can make in other people’s lives.

Some of our shared stories

  1. Dr Snowy Khoza is a Mom to me and my young family including my other two siblings. We all call her Mom and my kids call her granny. She loves and raised us up like her own biological children. With all other children she says are her God-given children we are too many to count.

    My personal experience is that at some point in life I wanted nothing to do with mom-Snowy because I thought she was too strict by telling me about taking our education seriously and forcing us to go to church all the time. Sometimes we are wrongly influenced by people we are supposed to look up to, until we meet GOD. GOD is indeed the Saviour and our Lord is merciful. Once I repented and accepted GOD as my Lord and Saviour, I began seeing that this good woman – mom-Snowy whom I made out to be my enemy for no reason whatsoever, was indeed a woman of God. I realised that she is the only MOM I ever had because all she ever wanted was the best for all of us her children. Being a Woman of God that she is, when I asked her to forgive me for giving her hard time and being rebellious, she said there was nothing to forgive because she prayed for me to come back to her and that she was always in my life by prayer despite my naughty ways. Now as I write this note, I’m happily married to my beautiful wife and we are blessed with three children. MOM motivated us and encouraged us to marry before the children were born so we do not live in sin. She said “You can’t live in sin my son – you need to do right by her”. I didn’t even have a cent to pay for lobolo at that point in time but MOM paid everything and we made an arrangement for me to pay her back since lobolo is the responsibility of a man wanting to get married. And I also wanted to be a proud man knowing that I paid my own lobolo to my wife’s family. All other things for the marriage MOM helped us – for example she bought us a home and renovated it to our taste. She also built us a hair-saloon where both my wife and I work. We are blessed for we have committed clients who love our work on their hair. All we do, we do with love as MOM taught us. We serve our clients passionately and treat them with respect. We are doing well and are able to maintain our life-style and take our children to school. I will forever be grateful to God for giving us a MOM like her.

    To young people respect your parents. Listen to their guidance as God gave you parents to raise you up. Take your education seriously and serve your communities with love and respect. I was blessed to have a MOM like Mom-Snowy who patiently raised us even when we were rebellious. She took me back, showed me the way of Christ and today I share my journey to encourage others to respect their parents and return home to them as their parents will forgive them. I was indeed like a prodical son in the Bible and I thank God for His mercies over me. Once more thank you Mom-Snowy may Jehovah Jireh continue to bless you abundantly in Jesus name. I love you truly my mommy!

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  2. Dear Dr Khoza
    Thank you for creating this platform to share our journies of courage, resilience and hope. After reading Peter Berthold’s share, I remembered how idolatry nearly destroyed my career and relationships. I worshipped and put all my faith in my bosses hoping to be promoted and recognized by them. I worked overtime and went extra miles for them only to be dismissed, ‘restructured’ thus demoted or moved to another department and with some laid off. In relationships I was disappointed by my best friends who encouraged me to do wrong things or gossiped about me. At some stage I was dumped by my partner whom I was about to marry because the family did not believe in inter-racial relationships/marriages. All these challenges, I brought to myself, because, I idolized my bosses and friends. I wanted to please anyone around but God. I wanted to be seen as a great person, hard worker and good friend by them but God.

    When the whole world – work and friends came tumbling down and I was unemployed, my best friends decreased in number but God. I then realized that I walked far away from my Lord God. Instead of worshipping God, I worshipped people. Instead of praising God, I was a praise singer for other people. Instead of spending time with God, I wasted my whole life with people whom I allowed to use me as their stepping stones. When I tumbled, only God came to my rescue.

    What I am thankful for today, is that, God Almighty shone His face upon me. I went straight to cry to Him. I told Him I was sorry for ignoring Him when all was well with me and my life. As I struggled to express myself, He told me He knows my heart and that He forgives me. He wiped away my tears and I continued to live a righteous life. I dedicated my being completely to Him. I will never again idolize anyone in my life. Thank you Jesus for the blood that cleansed me.
    Today, I am blessed. I have a flourishing business, started a Foundation to bring God’s knowledge to people, and that partner’s family and friends repented from racialism and I am pleased to say our church has blessed our proposed marriage. We getting married in December God-willing. We both have committed to serve God alone for the rest of our lives. No one is above God. Idolatry is a sin!

    Thank you Mr Berthold for reminding me! To God be the glory!

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  3. FAITH AS SMALL AS A MUSTARD SEED

    I believe that we are all God’s children. God loves us equally and unconditionally no matter how small our faith is. I am not a ‘born again’ Christian, I however am a Christian who knows that Jesus Christ is the son of God. I go to a mainstream church that believes in Jesus Christ and pray to God too. Generally on my own faith and no matter how small my faith may be perceived to be, my belief is that without God’s mercies, life could have been a rollercoaster. I have in my life been confronted by extreme life challenges – poverty, loss of loved ones, betrayal and health conditions. I have had four close calls to death – three major operations and pneumonia but here I am today fully healed by my Healer God. Also by the GRACE OF GOD, I have seen my daughter grow into a woman of virtue and I have enjoyed long thirty five years of a blissful marriage. My husband, daughter and siblings remain my pillars of hope. All these are a blessing from God alone.

    When no one else is there to help you out of a situation, know that there is only one ear on call for you – and that is God’s ear. He will never judge you nor forsake you. My prayers are not as eloquent as my friend Snowy’s, but I believe that God hears my prayers too. I believe that it does not matter how short my conversations with my GOD are, I always receive a fair share of my blessings. Today, I enjoy a healthy life and I have grown spiritually. I remain in faith and continue to receive GOD’s promises in my life.

    So have faith in GOD no matter how small it is. The Bible says even a faith of a mustard seed size can move mountains. As I said we are all GOD’s children. He loves us as we are with our small faith. He awaits patiently for us to grow in faith. So start small and keep growing in faith in GOD!

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