To be Like Him

One of the most exciting  mysteries of the story of creation is that when all creatures were created they each were according to their own/same kind YET on the sixth day God said – now let us make man according to our likeness.
“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” Genesis 2:7 NLT
Accordingly, humanity is unique among all God’s creations, having both a material body and an immaterial Spirit. Our Spirit resembles that of God, as He breathed Himself into us. Thus we are Like Him in Spirit, God is Spirit (John 4:20).
This Spirit sets us apart from all that was created, it enables us to commune with God in fellowship and with the rest of creation through dominion.
“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 NLT
What does this mean then? It means this likeness is reflected at three levels Mentally (think/mind), Socially (relate) and Morally (live).
We resemble God mentally because we can reason and choose. This is a reflection of God’s intellect and freedom.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13 NIV
We are created for fellowship. This reflects God’s triune nature and His love. In Eden, humanity’s primary relationship was with God.
“So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.”
1 John 2:24‭-‬25 
Our conscience or “moral compass”, is an indication that we are created in righteousness and perfect innocence, a reflection of God’s holiness. His Spirit in us guides us and is our moral compass.
“Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 NLT
God is revealed in these areas of our lives as we walk in His Likeness and he guides us in all truth. He enables us to be the reflection of His likeness in how we think, relate and live.
This is how the world needs to see His likeness in us – how we need to see ourselves – so we can all experience God in His very nature through us – His children.

His Image – My Image

My Lady,

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1: 27
This is one of the hardest Scriptures for us to process, especially as young women. This is because the world has socialised us to be so self-conscious, in fact we almost border on obsession on how we look. Whether it is the face, body, hair, somehow, we find that media sets a standard that we all strive to meet yet so difficult to attain. What this ignores is that we are in fact, in our very essence, made inthe image of God.
When we think of image, we think a reflection of something, or its representation or impression. It is what is physically perceived of another. The most interesting part is that, after God committed to creating man in His (triune) own image, he then gathers the dust to form men. He uses what is and creates something that isHis image,then breathes life into it.
This illustrates that our form, just as our spirit is inthe image of God– our bodies are the image of God – as it was in the coming of our Lord Jesus, the Word became flesh (John 1:1).

WE ARE THE IMAGE OF GOD.

“For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in bodily form.” Colossians 2: 9
We therefore need to understand that the reason the enemy uses how we see ourselves as a tool is because, this is the image that represents Him through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Some of us have been victims of words that have been spoken over our images whether it is the appearance, size or shape and can attest to the depth of these words and how they influenced what we do or not do. This even goes as far as things that are unrelated to our image like grades at school or participation in certain sports.  This is because when you have a negative self-image, it is difficult to build your confidence and therefore almost impossible to allow God to minister through us.
We tend not only to look down on ourselves but also on God’s capacity to use vessels such as us.  We therefore must obsess now about accepting the IMAGE we were created with despite all the influences we get outside ourselves. 
What you see in your reflection has everything God needs to lead you to your destiny. Your shape doesn’t confuse Him – He knows why He created you and that has not changed. Allow Him to define you and allow yourself to be a reflection of His image. Though Imperfect according to social standards, but perfect in His eyes – You are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139: 14-15)
Look out for the our conversation when we will be expanding on His Likeness, you don’t want to miss it…

To Be Woke…

To be woke implies a state of being awake to what is happening around you to the extent that little takes you by surprise.

Spiritual alertness relates to an awareness that transcends the obvious and opens up what may not be seen with the naked eye. It means being conscious of what you do and what is done around you. It means being alert to the work of the enemy that may distract you or derail you. It means being alert to who you are and where you are going.

There are no coincides but opportunities to do or not to do. Be awake to what you are exposed to and consciously choose how it affects you and your influence.

#Phaphama -Be woke

Mthande

One of the most foundational statements in the Bible is “God is Love”- it is foundational because it is the very reason for God’s redemption (John 3:16).

If God is love that means that love starts with Him and knowing Him leads to knowing love. So when He says we must love our neighbours as we love ourselves, He must know that when we love others sincerely we will come to ourselves.

Love God – Love others as yourself!

#Mthande

Zihloniphe

We all have been created by God – intricately and purposefully. We are His special creation – made in His image and likeness with delegated authority over all of the earth. This alone makes us royalty.

When we respect ourselves, it is not esteeming ourselves greater or better but it shows an appreciation of who we are in Christ. Our self-respect will not make us respect others less, because we understand that not respecting others will take away from us our own self-respect.

We respect ourselves by the choices we make, we respect ourselves by what we expose ourselves to, we respect ourselves by understanding that our every action can build or destroy. We respect ourselves when we choose to build – first ourselves and first others.

#Zihloniphe

Zingce

Somehow misunderstood, self preservation is a virtue of those who have come to understand that they have a mandate to fufill on earth.

Ukuzingca in IsiXhosa is normally a virtue that is associated with purity and self respect yet referring to one’s ability to keep themselves as a treasure. Like the Bible says, what you treasure you keep as sacred.

When you know who you are and your purpose you will not preserve yourself for the sake of it. You will understand that, part of being a treasure is having times of usefulness and you will be able to know those times.

What a great gift that with the earthen treasure we are we can achieve so much

#ZINGCE – you are God’s treasure – His masterpiece.

Zazi

The most profound statement from the Book of Exodus is found in Exodus 3: 14 – I AM who I AM.

The thing is, God is not confused about who He is; with all the roles He plays in our lives, He is still clear of who He is. And it is in the same spirit that we aught to know who we are.

We are born of God and have been empowered by Him – nothing should make us forget that. Do not let your past dictate what you know of yourself – after all, you are still standing.

#ZAZI ukuba ungubani – Know who YOU ARE!!!

Celebrating MyLady Ntle

Every woman is a catalyst for any little girl to become the same, to answer the question of what will be the consequences of her name.

Our Ntle is full of energy and verve, she holds her head high because of her open and honest approach to life, the way her humility and compassionate nature is a necessary thing. Her dignity and strength, her pure ESSENCE are the consequences to her name.
With each passing day you bloom with grace and finesse because you share your blessings of love with those around you. Your way of life helps us understand the full extent of your womanhood and love.

We celebrate you today MyLady – Ntle, for your impact driven life.

Inspiring Reflections

The UCT GSB hosts an annual conference for the Women in Business; the latest held on the 17th August 2018. It is always a privilege to attend events like these as one never leaves empty handed. The line-up of speakers is always outstanding and they speak on various topics under one theme.
The theme for this year was From Passion to Action. The theme was so relevant for us, we’re young and bursting with creativity and vibrancy. There’s always that one thing though… procrastination, self-doubt, whatever it is, always lurking in the background ensuring you don’t take that step of action forward.  With our Passion brimming from within –  we can’t contain it – we just need that push so that everything is in place to take the first step.
As one of the speakers present, Mimi Kalinda centred on the single most powerful weapon – your story. Your story is what sustains you – this story is your WHY. Why you do what you do, why this is your passion. She says through telling the story you let it inspire others so that they buy into your vision. Talk about who you are, what you bring in the room, what you’ve been through; speak it in an authentic manner. What is the impact and what you want your audience to do with your story (Call to action).
Now the issue comes when you struggle to get the platform to communicate your story because you are prejudged as you enter the room.
Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng ( Vice Chancellor – UCT) spoke intently on this and went to the heart of the matter that this is an even bigger struggle when you’re a woman and black, it doesn’t help either when you’re of a small frame(lol). The crux of it being if I don’t show you, you won’t give me the opportunity to tell you. Therefore she needed something that announces her presence before she even entered the room.
By her admission, this came from a place of insecurity (especially coming from a previously disadvantaged background) but she used this as an ally. To push herself to work harder, to achieve the unimaginable, it also helps her to be comfortable with who she is.
As a result owning the insecurity and being able to use it to her advantage and not use it as a crutch and an excuse to not achieve anything. Her being aware of “what it is”, the status quo, she works to qualify (2 Tim 2:15) and not be ashamed. She wanted to prove that she could do it and do it well.
She spoke about the beautiful burden of having been the “first” to achieve certain things in the country and took it upon herself to ensure she’s not the last, and used her opportunities to change the way things are. She did not wait or ask for people to support her initiatives; rather than complain about what other people must do, she got started because it was her passion.
So MyLady as Prof said it so eloquently, change makers take on the responsibility to do things; they do not hand over the responsibility to other people when they see what needs to be done. There’s no time for excuses; no “if only this was in place”. They make things happen – from Passion to Action.
We will be sharing some of Prof’s quotes in this women’s month and hope you’ll be inspired.