Identity – Lecrae

“I’m not the shoes I wear,

I’m not the clothes I buy,

I’m not the house I live in,

I’m not the car I drive,

I’m not the job I work,

You can’t define my worth,

By nothing on God’s green earth,

My identity is found in Christ..”

Artist: Lecrae

Song: Identity

Where do you find your identity?

Who do you say I am – Poem

How many different ways, could I possibly explain?

And paint the same picture, with words that are plain?

You’ve marvelled at the signs, and you’ve come back to see miracles,

But still don’t understand the simple message at the pinnacle.

First things first, I AM the bread of life,

Feast up on my words, and be forever satisfied,

The thing you’ve been chasing, is just a façade,

It won’t satisfy your thirst, like a mirage.

Do not be afraid, I’m the light of the world,

The darkness will flee, as my light is unfurled,

Showing you the pathway, even through the valley of death,

I’m still there, your every prayer I have heard.

I AM the good shepherd, through good times or strife,

For the sake of my sheep, I would lay down my life,

All because of love, I was battered and bruised,

Inspired by my love, for both Gentiles and Jews.

So come into my presence, for I’m the only door,

And leave behind your baggage, and wonder no more,

Salvation is promised, to all who will enter,

Life to the fullest, with me at the centre.

I AM the only way, the truth and the life,

All other pathways, will lead you to strife,

The world offers hope, that is built in the sand,

But mine to the end, is the rock that will stand,

I AM the resurrection, and I AM the life,

I speak into darkness; and give it  new life,

I raised up Lazarus, and set him free,

To show God’s power, ingrained in me,

I AM the true vine; the gardener’s the Father,

He prunes and perfects, for his glory, and honour,

I AM that I AM, before time began,

Of all you have heard, who do you say I am?

©2018, by Gome – original poem

Originally shared on Heirs Magazine

2 Timothy 1 – Short Poem

As I gaze at the weight, of the task at hand,

And wonder how I could be part of the plan,

I’m timid and weak, my words often fail,

Lord, why would you not, just choose someone else?


Someone with boldness, someone with faith,

Someone whose words, simply hold more weight,

Someone like Paul, who even in chains,

Still found a way, of proclaim your name,


But Father forgive me! Forgetful man,

It’s not for my actions, or things I’ve done,

It’s only by grace, and only your love,

Your purpose revealed, through Jesus the man,


Lord help us to stand, in this world full of sin,

As pressures to change, slowly weigh us in,

Clinging onto Christ, and his blood-drenched cross,

Your intimate love, at ultimate cost


©2018, by Gome

Image Credit: Tom & Jerry Online

Search me, O God!

“Our inner thoughts are a lamp from the Lord, and they search our hearts.” (Proverbs 20:27)

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23+24)

Food for thought

Father I Turn to You (by Jahaziel)

LYRICS: See, I remember back then back when I was lacking in understanding. Gospel rapping, but words and actions just weren’t matching. Knowledge I was lacking. Weak defence had me entangled and trapped in the sins I preached against. Guilt complex is my recompense. I’m sliding! Why don’t I just speak to my friends instead of hiding? Told the whole clan the old man died in baptism. Who was I kidding? Fact is that I was backsliden. Lacking vision with my candle hidden under covers. I’m only on evangelism when I’m with my brothers. Secret lovers with the devils old lies. Denied the most high. To scared to break the soul-tied, so I continued doing shows and tours. Hope nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors. Surrounded by so-called friends, which one should I call on? Trying to tell them I was alright, but I was all wrong.

Lord, hear me please? Renew a right spirit within me.

Lord clean my heart, make me whole, cover me.

Lord, don’t even leave, won’t you please have mercy on me?

Heal my mind, set me free, Father I turn to you.

See, I was blaming Satan and the world for my spiritual state of health till I checked out flesh in the mirror and spelt “S.E.L.F” as the prime suspect and culprit. Preaching from the highest pulpit but in the prayer room I’m claustrophobic. I know its deep, I know I’m weak, you know me forever gossiping but when its time for witnessing I’m slow to speak. When its time to pray, I go to sleep. Time to fast, I go and eat. Time to stand and praise, I’d rather hold a seat. Back row, act low, hoping nobody notice me cause it ain’t hard to see I’m not what I’m supposed to be. But I don’t want to hear no lecture cause all I’ve got is peer pressure messing with my head like a hair dresser – its stressing me out! Doubt and fear had me in Trafalgar Square nearly drowning in beer. Loud and clear I need to change, but I didn’t know how thinking “maybe they’d be safety in the marital vows.” Thought that I could make a fresh start, all I did was break a fresh heart. We’re like vampires when it gets dark. My problems need to be solved and I’d be just a fool to get another involved. I need to make a resolve. Either be HOT or be COLD. Revelation 3:16 has got to be told; “Lukewarmness is going to be puked from the Lord’s mouth.” I read the chapter and knew I had to choose now. My head bowed as mad tears fell to the ground thinking of days when I was proud to be called God’s child. Now its all wild! I’ve been living foul. I want to turn around and live a lifestyle to make Christ smile. For too long I’ve been missing my place, dissing His grace and every time I sin it’s like I spit in his face. Time for living by faith, time for giving Him praise, time to fall prostrate on my face no time to waste and sing:

Lord, hear me please? Renew a right spirit within me.

Lord clean my heart, make me whole, cover me.

Lord, don’t even leave, won’t you please have mercy on me?

Heal my mind, set me free, Father I turn to you.

When I prayed that prayer sincerely, its like the Lord just answered me back and he spoke to my heart and this is what he said to me:

He said “Turn to me and live eternally, I know you don’t deserve to be blessed but yet mercifully I’m putting your sin on my son up on the cross, I promise you my best you’ve just got to give me yours.”

My Testimony – New Life


Abstract: Find out the story of how I became a Christian (follower of Jesus), what that means for me now and how that affects my future.

I grew up in a calm, loving, Christian family as the youngest of 5 kids. I was brought up to believe in a God that loved me enough to die in my place even when I never knew I needed saving. As kids, we would attend Sunday school virtually every week where we’d learn more about God (who he was, his love, what that meant for us, etc).

As I grew slightly older, I became more aware of the fact that none of the things I did made me a Christian, not even my upbringing, family ties or even the fact that I went to church, read my bible and prayed every now and again.

It says in the bible “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9). That means ultimate forgiveness of passed, present and future wrongs.

One sunny afternoon (well, most afternoons are sunny in Zambia!), my bro and I were playing and generally messing around as usual. Our conversation rapidly became more serious as we started talking about God (I was 8 at the time). He asked if I was a Christian. Knowing all I did from Sunday school, I knew that I hadn’t taken a personal step of faith of asking Jesus into my life. I believed he existed and loved me, but had never asked him into my life. So I answered “no.”

Our conversation continued and I remember feeling a huge sense of guilt for not acknowledging God more in my life, especially given how much I knew already. I must have shed a wee tear as I prayed to ask him to forgive my wrong doing and asked him to come into my life. After praying this, there was an overwhelming sense of joy that filled my young heart that to this day I can’t explain other than it being something of God.

The bible makes no promises that being a Christian will make life easier. In fact, it promises quite the opposite. The road ahead will get tougher.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

As I’ve grown older, I have experienced several difficulties and trials but these have only served as evidence of the bible verse above. For example, the past 3 years, I’ve lost a cousin, my grandma and my uncle – very difficult and distressing times. It still breaks my heart whenever I think about it. The difficulty of being so far from home [Zambia], complication and expense of travel made things even tougher. I have no doubt that God placed the individuals he used into my life to help lighten the burden of broken-heartedness and I’m forever grateful (you know yourselves).

My journey is on the narrow road that leads to life and the current pleasures that are promised by the wide road are like a mirage in the desert, they look appealing to ease my current woes but vanish in an instant in the end. My understanding of the bible and love for God has grown tremendously.

People often refer to the bible as the “good news” of Jesus. But what exactly makes it so good? I always remember Dwayne Tryumf – a London based gospel rapper – once indicating that if it is in fact “good news,” then there must be some bad news that precedes it in order to make the ‘good’ news ‘good’, right? Well, that’s what I’d like to talk about briefly as I conclude because I believe it has huge implications on the choice of whether to believe in God or not.

The bible speaks of God creating all things perfect in the beginning including mankind (Genesis 1-2), but by chapter 3 we had turned our backs on him and in effect chosen to be our own gods and the rulers of our own destinies. This meant that the close relationship we once had with God was now cut off. This judgement was passed down to all descendants and generations that followed Adam and Eve (the first man and woman) and the ultimate punishment for this is death and separation from God forever.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

But God, because he loved us, showed us mercy and offered himself as a perfect sinless sacrifice to die in our place. He came into the world as a baby, Jesus (the reason we celebrate Christmas), and died the death that took away the Father’s anger towards us and was buried with it. But, as we celebrate at Easter, he rose from the dead three days later having defeated sin and death.

What This All Means? For my future, I live in expectancy and knowledge of a future life spent with God in heaven. But this is not some fluffy grey bearded god-like character that sits up in the clouds somewhere and is distant and always passing judgement, as he’s so often portrayed. He is a very personal and relational God. Christianity is not about being religious but all about a relationship.

My closing challenge to you, if you’re still with me, is to not simply take my word for it but look these claims up for yourself.

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).