Cast your cares on the Lord

Posted: November 18, 2017 in Inspiration
#castyourcaresonthelord
 
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭55:22‬ ‭NIV‬
God wants us to give our burdens to him, but often we continue to bear them ourselves even when we say we are trusting in him. Trust the same power from God that sustains you each day to carry your cares and burdens also. (Tyndale Study Bible)
What is the fundamental principle of the world? Seedtime and Harvest. You will reap what you sow.
Two things come to mind here. Have you ever wondered who looks after the birds and the bees? God of course. He looks after all His creation. So my question is why won’t He take care of you. Of course, he will take care of you, because He takes care of all.
The second thing is this. We know that God will take care of us because he takes care of all his creation. So why do we lean on our own understanding? You see soon as things are going well, we forget about God. We think we can do it on our own. You see, the Bible is very clear we should rely on God all of the time. In good times we should rely on His instruction for good living. That good living will stand us in good stead. You reap what you sow.
The one thing I learnt after taking the step of salvation is obedience. The more obedient you are. The more God blesses you. Please never think that you can get saved and believe that you don’t have to work.  The Bible commands us to work hard. You reap what you sow. So just like the Bible instructs us about, it instructs us what to do all the time. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.”
So I believe God asks us to do our bit then He will take care of us.
“Lord, I thank you for Your instruction. Amen.”
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Think of this

Posted: November 17, 2017 in Inspiration
#thinkofthis
 
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬
For centuries people sought a fountain of youth, a spring that promised to give eternal life and vitality. It was never found. But God’s wisdom offers us discretion, which is a “life-giving fountain,” allowing us to become happy, healthy, and alive forever. How? When we live by God’s Word, he washes away the deadly effects of sin (see Titus 3:4-8). And the hope of eternal life with him gives us a joyful perspective on our present life. The fountain of youth was only a dream, but the “life-giving fountain” is reality. The choice is yours. You can be enlightened by God’s wisdom, or you can be dragged down by the weight of your own foolishness. (Tyndal Study Bible) 
I don’t think you can be in physically great shape if you are not mentally on top of things. Where does your mental peace from?
The modern world is very clear on the fact, that stress kills. Many people die daily because of stress-related ailments. It is one of the triggers of cancer. Evidence of this is well documented. So let’s think of the opposite of gracious. I googled this and here are some of the words that describe this, rude, shabby, crude and cruel. My next question have you made yourself guilty of any of these words. I certainly have over time, yes before I got saved.
Pay careful attention to the words of scripture. I love the words, gracious, honeycomb, sweet and healing. What you say and think creates your state of mind. Kind words will create a kind heart. Harsh words will create a hardened heart. The same applies to the way it affects people. Kind words will create a kind response. It will create healthy living in the long run.
“Lord, I pray for kind words. Amen.”

Anger

Posted: November 16, 2017 in Inspiration
#anger
 
“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬
The event of our trials and difficulties is often better than at first we thought. Surely it is better to be patient in spirit, than to be proud and hasty. Be not soon angry, nor quick in resenting an affront. Be not long angry; though anger may come into the bosom of a wise man, it passes through it as a way-faring man; it dwells only in the bosom of fools. It is folly to cry out upon the badness of our times when we have more reason to cry out for the badness of our own hearts, and even in these times, we enjoy many mercies. It is folly to cry up the goodness of former times; as if former ages had not the like things to complain of that we have: this arises from discontent, and aptness to quarrel with God himself. ( Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary )
How many times have I overreacted and said the wrong thing? Plenty I can assure you. Quick to anger, has happened to us all. Am I alone in this instruction or advice?  I am sure not.
Consider this for a moment. Does one get angry by itself? No, it takes influence from others and mistakes that you make yourself. “Anger resided in the lap of fools.” Can anybody say that better? No, Solomon, the author of ‭‭Ecclesiastes, dating to 970 BC, was considered one of the wisest men that lived, did.
I am always intrigued; the world continuously strives for right living. We pursue many ideologies. The wisdom we should follow is all depicted many years ago in the Bible, the word of God. Just read and follow it. Even if you don’t believe follow its instruction. On Facebook, somebody made the comment that Christianity is not about Chruch attendance. My point is you go to school to learn and share wisdom from and with others. People that don’t spend time in Church don’t spend time in the Word of God. How are you ever going to become wise and understand right living? Enough of this.
I have highlighted Matthew’s comments that stand out to me. The point that stands out to me most is. If we anger, we get down on ourselves and think the world owes us. We have so much to be grateful for. Take time to think about it. Read the commentary again. Scripture only sixteen words long, but so much meaning.
“Lord, I thank you for Your wisdom. Amen.”

Good seed

Posted: November 15, 2017 in Inspiration
#goodseed
“A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:28‬ ‭NLT
Stop! Stop talking negatively about others. If you cannot say something good, then do not say anything. Only perverse and profane persons gossip and backbite. You should abhor the thought of committing rape or murder – but slander or talebearing is both. It violates a person’s reputation instead of his body, and it ruins his joy, peace, and friends. Stop!
 
Gossiping destroys families, churches, businesses, and friends. A froward man is evil, obnoxious, and unreasonable. He loves to cause division by spreading rumours, innuendos, secrets, or lies about others. If you hate such men, you are in good company, because God hates them.
 
What men call gossip, the Bible calls backbiting, evil surmising, talebearing, tattling, and whispering. Slander is the spreading of false information in order to defame. Both sins cause strife and trouble, and they divide close friends by telling private facts, forgiven sins, or outright lies about one or both friends.
 
Never use words to harm someone else unless clearly necessary. If you have a problem with someone, then either overlook it or take care of it with him alone. If you do not fear and hate gossip, remember that God views harmful words as murder.
 
If you catch a man badmouthing another, stop the sin by an angry response. You would use any means to stop a rape or murder, and this crime is related, so respond forcibly to verbal wickedness as well. Do not ever let a backbiter, talebearer, or whisperer get away with their crime in your presence. If you allow and listen to their divisive and perverse insinuations, you are guilty with them. If you clearly identify such a wicked person, get rid of him, because he will only bring you trouble.
 
Godly men never harm others by divisive words (Ps 15:3). Even if actions are suspicious, they believe and hope all things about that person to avoid thinking evil of them (I Cor 13:4-7). This is the most godly, peaceful, and successful way to live. By choosing to be a peacemaker, you are a true child of God (Mat 5:9; Jas 3:17-18). Purify your heart, and let it produce gracious words at all times to win the favor even of kings (Pr 22:11; Col 4:6). (www.letGodbetrue.com)
Just this last week I caught myself saying, that is an idiot.  Have you done that before? What’s more how many of us have a good thing to say about our bosses. Yes, we often just have bad to say. Why go there?
Is the Bible not amazing? All these valuable life lessons. The oldest principle in the Bible is you will reap what you sow. Say bad things and you will receive bad things. Say good things and you will receive good things. I can assure you this is true. Pay careful attention to the scripture and commentary, need I say more.
“Lord, I pray I say right things all the time. Let me be Your light. Amen.”

His example

Posted: November 14, 2017 in Inspiration
#hisexample
 
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT
Just as children imitate their parents, we should follow God’s example by imitating Christ. His great love for us led him to sacrifice himself so that we might live. Our love for others should be of the same kind—a love that goes beyond affection to self-sacrificing service. (Tyndale Study Bible)
In this world, we live there are leaders and icons who we try to emulate. We all strive for better. If not for a better golf handicap, it’s just to look better.
Think of advertising: most, if not all; adverts depict a perfect world. Products are advertised to create this perfect person or look. Investment companies promote the ideal investment. Nutrition- the best results. Everything in this world today is cutting edge. If you are not on top of your game, you are not going to win. Just look at the Springboks who were beaten by the Japanse in the last Rugby world cup. They thought they could just pitch up and win. Why did the Japanese beat them? They planned better and played with more direction, clearly on top of their game. Then what happened was that we never adapted.
You see, we don’t have to imitate the world to have inner peace and that result we strive for. All we have to do is follow God’s example. All we have to do is imitate Christ Jesus. His example was so cutting edge that He gave His life. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins. Cutting edge love, do we love that much?
Do this, and we will please the most important person – God. The heavenly rewards follow closely, just as the scripture says pleasing aroma to God.
“Lord I pray that you will give me the strength and wisdom to be like you. Forgive my shortcomings. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Knowing

Posted: November 13, 2017 in Inspiration
#knowing
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. (‭Psalms‬ ‭1‬:‭1-2 NLT)
 The writer begins this psalm extolling the joys of obeying God and refusing to listen to those who discredit or ridicule him. Our friends and associates can have a profound influence on us, often in very subtle ways. If we insist on friendships with those who mock what God considers important, we might sin by becoming indifferent to God’s will. This attitude is the same as mocking. Do your friends build up your faith, or do they tear it down? True friends should help you to draw closer to God, not hinder your relationship with him.
God doesn’t judge people on the basis of race, sex, or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in him and their response to his revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God’s will are blessed. God’s wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don’t trust and obey God have meaningless lives that blow away like dust.
Only two paths of life lie before us—God’s way of obedience or the way of rebellion and destruction. Be sure to choose God’s path because the path you choose determines how you will spend eternity.
 You can learn how to follow God by meditating on his Word. This means spending time reading and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you will live as God wants. Knowing and thinking about God’s Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what he says. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Knowing what to do is important in everything we do. Why do we go to school? If one does not know how, then you learn. Us older guys had to teach ourselves how to use computers. Was not easy.
A good habit is to hang out with motivated, successful people. It rubs off. There is an old saying. Mix with the barley then the pigs will eat you. We have choices make the right ones, even if it comes to friends.
Read the Word and spend time on it daily.
Knowing is changing.
“Lord, I pray for wisdom and energy to learn. Amen.”

Passion

Posted: November 12, 2017 in Inspiration
#passion
 
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Jesus said that loving God with all of ourselves is the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). This command, combined with the command to love your neighbour (Leviticus 19:18), encompasses all the other Old Testament laws.
 
The Hebrews were extremely successful at making religion an integral part of life. The reason for their success was that religious education was life-oriented, not information-oriented. They used the context of daily life to teach about God. The key to teaching your children to love God is stated simply and clearly in these verses. If you want your children to follow God, you must make God a part of your everyday experiences. You must teach your children diligently to see God in all aspects of life, not just those that are church-related. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Who do you think the writer (Moses) of Deuteronomy is referring to here when he speaks about your children. If you consider that the book is a collection of Moses sermons he preached just before they crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land. He is trying to impress on the Fathers of the nation to teach their children, the correct way. It was to direct offspring and their spiritual children, Gods people. All communities rely on their Fathers, the backbone of their society’s.
Everything we do in life has a right and a wrong way, even in our work environment. So just like Moses the Father of the Nation was impressing on his people to keep these commands, the right way, we are to make the correct choices every day.
We have all watched the Olympics. There are many people or should I say athletes that are doing the right thing. Would they even be there if they weren’t? Some better than others that’s why they achieve Gold. A few words come to mind, passion, guts and determination, together with hard work. These things together with the correct way or proper methods, result in Gold. I am going to pose these questions, and I am asking myself this too? Do you apply this passion in your work, personal and spiritual life? Do we approach the things of God with the same passion and determination?
Consider the result if you did.
“Lord, I pray for passion, for Your things. Amen.”

Accept

Posted: November 11, 2017 in Inspiration
#accept
 
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬
In these verses, Paul gives a summary of the Good News. God loves us, called us, and sent Christ to die for us. We can have eternal life through faith in him because he broke the power of death with his resurrection. We do not deserve to be saved, but God offers us salvation anyway. What we must do is believe in him and accept his offer. ( Tyndal Study Bible )
Why are we so significant. God loves us because he created us. God created us in his image. Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” He gave us the power of choice. So we get to we choose what direction we want to take in life. That in itself is a tremendous privilege.
Another major event was He sent his son Jesus, John 1:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” As I said, we are very special people. Listen to next two promises we shall not perish, but have eternal life. Wow, is that not amazing?
So here the thing, we are called to action just like always. We have to make a choice. As Timothy says, we must accept his invitation to the Holy Life. Then all these promises are realised. How amazing. All you have to do as an unbeliever is to accept Jesus as your saviour. I invite you to accept His invitation. ( Contact if you need assistance ) As believers, we should be telling people about the Good News. Inviting to accept Jesus as their saviour. Guide people to make the right choices.
As the scripture says, this is given us through Grace, what a privilege. The peace you receive when you accept this invitation is amazing. Try it I can vouch for it.
“Lord, I pray this invitation touches people. Through Your grace Lord. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Be bold

Posted: November 10, 2017 in Inspiration
#bebold
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NIV‬
Some Christians believe that faith is a personal matter that should be kept to oneself. It is true that we shouldn’t be boisterous or obnoxious in sharing our faith, but we should always be ready to give an answer, gently and respectfully, when asked about our faith, our lifestyle, or our Christian perspective. Can others see your hope in Christ? Are you prepared to tell them what Christ has done in your life? (Tyndal Study Bible)
The words Holy Humble and Pure come to mind. Before I got saved, I was a Righteous, self-centred, arrogant idiot. A fool in short. I have changed yes, yet don’t think that old does not surface from time to time.  Yes, we all fall short of the Glory of God.
Holy, Humble and pure, these are the words I strive to live by. Please note, I strive too. Nobody is perfect only God.
My second thought is we all are taught to conform to the world. From a young age, we taught in school and through society to adhere and comply with things of the world. Even at home, we are told certain things are just not done. I am not talking about breaking the law. Consider a particular situation like bedtime. Nothing says we can’t sleep during the day and wake at night. You get my point. What happens when we don’t conform to the world? Yes, people talk, they even have derogatory comments. You get my point.
From early days, Christians have been persecuted, even jailed and killed for their faith. Scripture says that you have to take a stance. We don’t need to be arrogant and boisterous about it. When called upon and required we should be able to testify our faith. Our behaviour and actions should also prove it. Scripture says we are to do this with gentleness and respect.
“Lord give the strength and conviction to testify of You. Amen.”

We have a mandate

Posted: November 9, 2017 in Inspiration
#wehaveamandate
 
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Christians sometimes speak of “the priesthood of all believers.” In Old Testament times, people did not approach God directly. A priest acted as the intermediary between God and sinful human beings. With Christ’s victory on the cross, that pattern changed. Now we can come directly into God’s presence without fear (Hebrews 4:16), and we are given the responsibility of bringing others to him also (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). When we are united with Christ as members of his body, we join in his priestly work of reconciling God and people.
 
People often base their self-concept on their accomplishments. But our relationship with Christ is far more important than our jobs, successes, wealth, or knowledge. We have been chosen by God as his very own, and we have been called to represent him to others. Remember that your value comes from being one of God’s children, not from what you can achieve. You have worth because of what God does, not because of what you do. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Please pay careful attention to what this scripture is saying. I am not sure if even I understand the importance of the promise and command.
Do you realise that as a believer you are part of the Royal Priesthood? As an unbeliever do you know that you are invited to join us? All you need to do is accept Jesus as your saviour. I invite you to consider it and accept the invitation. You will never be the same again.
The result of Joining the Priesthood is that we are mandated to spread the Good news. That’s the news that Jesus died for our sins. And just like the commentator says that gives us direct access to God. What a privilege. I would like to say at this point that God has you in high esteem that is why he entrusts you with His Mandate. Do Him proud. You have been chosen by God to be the light to the world.
Many of us spend time worrying about what people think. We concern ourselves with all the worldly things. It’s not about that, it’s about our relationship with God. If your relationship is good with God the rest will follow. I am not saying that you don’t have to work. You can’t just apply parts of what the Bible, it is very clear about working. Just like I said yesterday you instructed in the Bible to work hard. So you can’t just accept God and think it’s gonna just happen. You have to work at it. Work being the key. Read this Scripture.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Mathew 6:33)
Amen.