First John 4:18 says, “…because fear has torment….” Way back home in South Africa, I knew this family that had daughters who would go to the river to fetch water for the general use of the family. They had this strong belief that water should not be brought into the house once it was dark because when you do, you inadvertently bring evil spirits into the house.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. —Genesis 1:1-3
Agatha Amata’s story of success as a nationally syndicated talk show host is a study in persistence, perseverance and God’s favour. In this revealing and thought provoking interview with Iboro Tonye-Edet and Toni Kan, she traces the path she has trodden and speaks of what she has learnt from trusting God and learning to give back.
Samuel replied, “Has the Lord as much pleasure in your burnt offerings and sacrifices as in your obedience? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to him than in your offering the fat of rams to him.”
1 Samuel 15:22 [TLB]
Then Abram said, ‘Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!’ And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.’ –Genesis 15:3-4
When God asked him to get out of his country, his family and his father’s house, it was into the covenant of blessings. The Lord promised to make him a great nation and make his name great. Everyone who blessed him was to be blessed and everyone who cursed him was to be cursed. In him all the families of the earth were to be blessed.