Ready For Jacob Zuma?

James Preston 5 6:34 AM
The people of South Africa have made their mark. Voting is over, and now it is a case of awaiting the results. And we all have some idea of what those results will be. Personally, I barely slept last night, as I found myself worrying about far too much that is beyond my control.

What doesn't help was an email I received from a friend of mine. This friend had only good intentions. But alas, they have only sown doubt and worry into the hearts of all those that received and read this email in question.

This email was an article written by a British journalist based in South Africa. Writing for a leading UK Newspaper, he gave his opinion in full about Jacob Zuma, and the future of South Africa.

The article was poisonous.

Like a toxic substance injected into the bloodstream, the words and opinions given in this article permeate to the depths of those who care for this beloved nation; South Africa. It oozed negativity and pessimism about our beautiful land, and its future. And those who read even parts of it would surely be affected. I found myself in a state of depression for most of the day as I pondered on the future of this nation.

Then I realised what had happened... I had been poisoned.

Scripture tell us in Proverbs 18:21...

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits."

I love reading. Newspapers, internet, magazines, books, you name it. I love reading. Thus I love the power of the tongue. And in that power, is life or death. Unfortunately for me, I had eaten death, and not life. And it had saturated my soul.

When I realised what was happening, I repented. I asked the Holy Spirit to fill me, and as He did, like a fresh river of Living Water, He washed away the venom that was eating my soul. Immediately I felt better.

I was filled with HOPE.

As the results of South Africa's fourth democratic elections become apparent, South Africans need hope. Especially South Africans. Not despair.

We need to get used to Jacob Zuma becoming our next president. But is that so much a bad thing? He is the only ANC politician to speak out against Robert Mugabe. As president of the ANC, his number 1 priority is to reduce crime in South Africa. He has built strong relationships with his allies in Europe. At his final election rally in Johannesburg, rather than pressing his imminent rise to presidential power, he spoke of uniting the country in peace. Among much more...

Sure, he has his days. But compared to hundreds of dictators currently gripping onto their raped African countries, Jacob Zuma is not as bad as everyone makes him out to be.


South Africa! Detoxify yourselves of this poisonous drivel the media has fed you, and fill yourself with the only Hope. The One who gives rivers of Living Water. Jesus Christ. The only Hope for this nation!

Let us pray for our leaders. As Paul tells us to...

1 Timothy 2:1
– 4
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

If... no, when... When Jacob Zuma's heart is regenerated in the Light of Jesus Christ... this country will be forever changed.

And it is our duty to pray for that to happen. It is most certainly not beyond God's control!

We are the Church! The People of God! We shouldn't be influenced by the negativity of the world's media. We should be influencing them!

5 comments

Nice James! That was truly uplifting after a terrible day. Keep 'em coming. You truly are a blessing.
Your Friend and brother. Tim

Hey Tim!

Thanks for the comment, bro. I appreciate it. Glad the article could be encouraging to you. Sorry to hear you had a bad day! Keep your eyes fixed on the King, because nothing else matters!

James

Hey James...

I must agree. I read that same article, and had the same poisoned mind!

But after this weekend at Mighty Men Conference where hundreds of thousands of South African men came together for the sake of Jesus Christ, I cannot help but be filled with such an awesome hope for this country. We're all in the palm of God's hand, we just need to believe that He'll change this land!

I'm through with negativity and pessimism! Shot for a very good article.

Cheers my friend!

You are totally right James. At our prayer meeting last, we came up with the idea to rather pray for our president elect than spend time judging him. We have created a group on face book called "Pray for Zuma". We are busy putting together a website called: Pray4zuma.org. Our main goal is to start and keep praying for our president and our country. Anyone is welcome to join. Cheers. L. Badi

Hey Badi and Jaco!

Thanks for the comments. Yep! Jesus said "do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself". And not only does this apply to us financially, but to the future of where we live too! Why should we worry? We need only to seek His Kingdom first!

Badi, it is great to hear you are launching a project to pray for Zuma. That is exactly what this country needs! I pray God would use your initiative for great things, and eventually Jacob Zuma WILL be radically transformed by the power of Jesus Christ!

Let us know how it all goes!

Thanks again for getting in touch.

James

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