DETERMINATION

“Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar; we do not need to give you an answer concerning this. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he will deliver us out of your hand, o king. But even if he does not let it be known to you, o king, that we are not going to serve your god or worship the golden image that that you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18)

Champions succeed because they have a strong focus on the task ahead. One resolve they have in their mind is to succeed. They burn all the bridges behind them to eliminate the possibility of going back or abandoning the tasks they are committed to.

One of my professors told us in class one day that a human being starts to live when he or she finds something they can live for, suffer for and die. The calling of God in the life of an individual is one of those things. I answered a call from God to take care of the orphans in 2002 and eleven years down the road the call remains very fresh in my heart. I am so grateful to God for the honor to do that. To see children fed, clothed, housed, treated, go to school, go to church, get healed emotional and physically gives great joy in my heart. It gives me that fulfillment in life that nothing including money, great wealth, fame or anything can give me. I greatly enjoy what I do and I believe all who we work with including our sponsors who have been sponsoring these children for many years do as well. It calls for a single minded determination and faith in God to work with the orphaned, the destitute, the sick and the vulnerable kids in Kenya and all the others of the world.

Recently I came across a story of Julius Caesar arrival in England for conquest. When Julius Caesar landed his army in England he was so determined not to take chances or possibilities of retreat. To proof to his troops that their invasion meant either victory or death, he went ahead and burnt his ship before their eyes.  His mission and objective was not a wish, hope but a burning desire that was above anything else.

We see a difference in performance on people who have commitment in their life purpose. They serve with no reservation. It’s like they burn all the bridges behind, taken a secret oath to succeed and have resolved in their hearts and in their lives to succeed no matter the magnitude of the obstacles and setbacks that confront them on the way.

In Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego got in trouble with king Nebuchadnezzar. They refused to bow down to the idol gods for it was against their faith. They had faith and determination that Jehovah God of Israel would rescuer them from the fire. All the same they did not make any condition to God for their deliverance. Deliverance and martyrdom were all possible. One thing that they were determined not to do through was to bow in worship to an idol god made by hands of men. They were threatened with fire but they held on their faith in God. It took courage to address the fierce king Nebuchadnezzar and to defy his orders. Failure comes when people don’t stand firm in what they believe and have committed themselves to do. Are your bones burning with a cause you believe in?

Like Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Franklin Roosevelt do you have a dream that moves you and you and you are living for it? Jesus was so determined and committed to the mission of human race, salvation that he willingly suffered and died on the cross for our sins. He endured the cross and he finally said it is finished.

I was in America when the twin towers in New York were bombed by terrorist and I still remember the words of President George Bush, he said

 “I will not yield, I will not rest and I will not relent this struggle for freedom and security of the American people.”

Those were the great words of encouragement to a nation that was wounded by the enemy. As we serve the Lord let us always know that the battle belongs to him. Let us trust him to increase our faith and determination for there is nothing that can take the place of determination in life.

As a ministry we have found ourselves traveling on some paths which have not been traveled before. At times we meet obstacles, setbacks, doubts and moment of despair, fears but the Lord has been faithful and we have seen his victory. We are trusting God for the financial supply to complete the workshop to embark on vocational training for our kids. A house to exit the big boys from their mother’s house is also required. Trust God with us and keeps us in your prayers for the miracle to happen. Sometimes the Lord will let us travel in ways that are not marked and we have to mark it ourselves. We have a destiny and determination to finish the task well.  We have faith and trust in the Lord that he will walk with us as He leads the way and we follow.

The word of God in Isaiah 40:23 tell us that those who wait and trust in the Lord he shall renew their strength. They will walk and shall not be wearily, they will run and will not faint. He shall renew their strength they will fly up like eagles. Let us run with determination and perseverance for the Lord is with us. Amen.