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Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 21 Number 037
Scripture: Ezekiel 36:26
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” NKJV
Hello, my name is Charles Mhuru Pastor of True Believers Tabernacle in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. I grew up in Kadoma, Zimbabwe which is 150 km SW of Chinhoyi, on the road to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I was the first born of four children. My dad was a textile clothing buyer. Mom was a farm extra for hire when she was not busy with children.
Growing up we had no church access. And we didn’t even believe in the witch doctors. We had no religion! When I was 15 years old I was smoking, drinking and playing the part of a big man. Then came marijuana and my life changed overnight. I was addicted to the hi immediately. Every chance possible I was stoned.
Then I met some Rastafarian friends. They too were stoned all the time. We hung out together and let our hair grow. Along came a self-proclaimed Rastafarian Guru who offered to take us to a two-week retreat and meet the real spirits behind the Rastafarian movement and marijuana. Many had spoken about such retreats reporting visitations with demons.
I was excited but fear gripped me. What would I experience under a drug induced visitation with a demon. The night before we were leaving I switched on the TV to get my mind off what was about to happen to my life.
The 700 Club in the USA was on TV and they were discussing demon encounters while using Yoga, Telepathic Transfer, Meditation and Astro-Projections. They were describing events I never wanted to experience. That message was for me. I turned off the TV and cancelled my trip.
I continued drinking and using marijuana until one special night. That night I went to bed as usual and in the middle of the night I dreamed or as some say had a vision of a conversation that went like this:
Is this all there is to Life?
Where will you go when you die?
I knew it was God speaking to me.
It was for two years I would dream and have visions of my praying to God and receiving forgiveness and repentance.
Then the voice in the dreams and visions changed. It said, “Find a church”. I drove away from my home and just down the road there was a revival going on. I stopped and listened to the preacher. He was preaching from Romans 10:9 “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” I bolted forward to receive Jesus Christ.
I was born again but I didn’t go to church like God had spoken to me. Instead I invited anyone who would come to my house to teach me about The Father, The Holy Spirit and Jesus. I was growing in the Lord learning all I could my way.
Then I backslid into to smoking, drinking and playing the part of a big man with marijuana. For one and a half years I fell back into the traps of Satan. I knew better but could not control myself.
Then a friend of my brothers who had been praying for me stopped by and asked me to go to church with him. I don’t know why I went with him especially since I rejected the idea directly from God! But we went to church together. I was not even dressed properly wearing just a dingy old green shirt. As we entered, the church service was just beginning. The preacher was praying. He stopped in the middle of the prayer. He looked directly at me and said,” Young man, why are you running away from God? I looked away to see who he was talking to. He said again, “You, yes you in the green shirt. I mean you. Yesterday ended last night, this is a new day!” The Holy Spirit gripped me as he said those words. Then he said, “I want to see you after the service.” I nodded as if to say yes.
After the service we met, and I told him my whole story. Afterward he said, “come and fellowship with us.” One month later I was the head usher. Then a few months later he said, preach for me this Sunday.” I did. Then he said do it again next Sunday and handed me his Bible. He said, “this was my first preaching Bible, it is for you, as a mantle, now do the work of the Lord.”
Our church started a Bible school. I was all in. There I met Florence. We fit together for God’s purposes and were married. I resigned from my job and we entered full time into service for the Lord.
We started a church with five people. And each meeting it grew. When we had 150 people we began building our church building. The Lord opened doors that could not be open, and we have prospered as a church in a country of financial chaos. We continue to grow with those who love Jesus.
This Cross planted is symbol of our New Life in Jesus Christ. It is where our salvation begins. The Cross is a message of hope to everyone who will listen and hear.
This Cross planted Speaks to all who pass. Jesus is here with salvation for your taking. Come inside now and hear about life.
Prayer: Father thank You for how creatively You rescue those in need of a Savior, one soul at a time. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!