Inspiration

Only one name

#onlyonename“

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.””Acts 4:12


Many people react negatively to the fact that there is no other name than that of Jesus to call on for salvation. Yet this is not something the church decided; it is the specific teaching of Jesus himself (John 14:6). If God designated Jesus to be the Savior of the world, no one else can be his equal. Christians are to be open-minded on many issues, but not on how we are saved from sin. No other religious teacher could die for our sins; no other religious teacher came to earth as God’s only Son; no other religious teacher rose from the dead. Our focus should be on Jesus, whom God provided as the way to have an eternal relationship with himself. There is no other name or way!


I am amazed by this and that’s why I believe. Yes, there are many that react negatively. I am always astounded that many religions recognize God, yet they don’t recognize Jesus.

If you read the whole of Acts 4 its about Peter and John preaching to the people about Jesus’s resurrection through the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter and John where locked up and accused of false testimony. That evening when they where locked up they had convinced a number of people – 5000 in all.


The following day they came before the Council. The people of the council were too scared to do anything because they would have a riot on their hands. They had healed a cripple man with the power of the Holy Spirit. Because that is what they where telling the people and they believed it. Resurrection power which is available to all believers through Jesus. The Council released Peter and John because they healed a cripple man of forty years and everybody saw that.


The Council warned them that they should stop telling this story. Peter and John reacted, and said they won’t take instruction from them. Their instruction comes from God alone. When they where released they got together with other believers and prayed. And so the Good News of Jesus was spread.


Take the time to read the whole off Acts 4 its an amazing account.


“Lord like you did then touch unbelievers through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Inspiration

Trust

#trust


“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”Mathew 6:34


Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.(Tyndale Study Bible)


As a young Christian this is most probably the most difficult thing to grasp and rely on. All our life, prior to salvation, we have relied on our own understanding. It was always me, myself and I. I remember attending motivational programs and courses to improve myself. Why? Because we worry about tomorrow.


Just like the commentator says, good planning is good, yet we have to ask God for His guidance. Then we have to trust and ask for improvements as the days go by. If we asked God for guidance we can rely on Him to execute our day perfectly and diligently. I must just stress here that relying on God’s understanding does not mean that we should do nothing. The most important principle in the Bible applies here. Seed time and harvest. You reap what you sow. You will get out what you put in. You apply this diligently you wont need to worry about tomorrow.


Rely on God’s understanding, not on the worldly influences.


“Lord I pray that I can rely on your understanding completely. Give me the courage to rely on You. In Jesus name I pray.Amen.”

Inspiration

Are you stupid

#areyoustupid


“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬


If you don’t want to learn, years of schooling will teach you very little. But if you want to be taught, there is no end to what you can learn. This includes being willing to accept discipline and correction and to learn from the wisdom of others. A person who refuses constructive criticism has a problem with pride. Such a person is unlikely to learn very much. (Tyndal Study Bible)


I don’t need to say this because we know at this stage the word love is not a noun but a verb. Love is an action, not just a feeling. Love that is lasting and worth it is an action. Everything in life starts with a first step. It goes as far back to when you were a baby. You had to take your first step in the process of walking.  


I think back to my school days. I failed at school in grade 9. Why because I had no desire to study, and did nothing about it. Choice? I was sent to Boarding School. With all that happened, I realised that if I did not start studying, I am going to be in trouble. Passed Grade 12 comfortably and then went to Unversity. Something I never could imagine in Grade 9. 
What happened? I made the choice to study. Took that step. Made that decision to change. Just like the verse above it gives you a choice. Make the right one. 


I work in sales. Apart from the actual sale, there is a lot that has to happen in the background. “Prospecting” it’s a swear word. There is not a single individual on our team that does not know what to do to be successful. Many of them don’t do it, why? It’s about choice because everything is about choice.  They just choose not to do it. Do you think they achieve success? Nope, they just plod along. 


My question is will you lead others to God, by accident? I dont think so.  It takes a clear and concise plan to achieve that goal. Like I said everything is about choice. I can hear you say, I am not ready for that. So what is your plan to prepare yourself for  God’s work? 


“Lord guide me to right choice. Strengthen my will to make the right decision daily. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Inspiration

True love

#truelove“

An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”Proverbs 27:5-6

Who would prefer a friend’s wounds to an enemy’s kisses? Anyone who considers the source. A friend who has your best interests at heart may have to give you unpleasant advice at times, but you know it is for your own good. An enemy, by contrast, may whisper sweet words and happily send you on your way to ruin. We tend to hear what we want to hear, even if an enemy is the only one who will say it. A friend’s advice, no matter how painful, is much more valuable. (Tyndall Study Bible)


We all are human none off us actually want to hear bad or criticism about themselves. We would like to hear what we want to hear. Generally the good things that caress your ego.We all have egos in some way or form. And don’t for one moment think you are perfect. I certainly am not. I fall horribly short. Yet I strive to be a better person all the time.


As believer we have a Friend in God. He speaks to us daily by means of the Holy Spirit and the Bible. And many a day I can say that is not what I wanted to hear on that day. How many times have you said this? It seems so appropriate at this stage. That is God’s way of speaking to us.


Have you had that little voice in the back of your head say, “now that is not right”? You guessed it, it’s the Holy Spirit speaking. Please just remember sincerity is key in all off this.


So listen to your friends or family, the Holy Spirit and God through his word.

“Lord I thank you for friends that care. I thank you for Your word the Bible. Amen.”

Inspiration

Power

#power

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NLT)


These who are not “flesh-and-blood enemies” are demons over whom the devil has control. They are not mere fantasies—they are very real. We face a powerful army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, these beings become our enemies, and they try every device to turn us away from him and back to sin. Although we are assured of victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ returns, because Satan is constantly battling against all who are on the Lord’s side. We need supernatural power to defeat Satan, and God has provided this by giving us his Holy Spirit within us and his armor surrounding us. If you feel discouraged, remember Jesus’ words to Peter: “Upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (Matthew 16:18). (Tyndale Study Bible)


My experiences in life echo these words from Paul to the Ephesians. We always think our enemies are flesh-and-blood, but they not. The first that comes to mind is the images on TV. Are the things that we see on television these days appropriate by Godly standard? The images the internet allows are even scarier. What’s more is that these things are so easily accessible to our kids. The discipline required is of the highest magnitude.


Marriage is one of the oldest institutions. The devil and dark world attacks that first, because together we are stronger than when we are alone. The family unit is so strong and will be attacked all the time. The devil won’t bother with weak. He will come at the strong. Why? Because the victory will be sweeter, and it gives him an opportunity to show off. An amazing couple may fail and we think we should bail earlier because if they could not succeed, how can we?What we do have however, just as scripture says, is the power of the Holy Spirit. And that power is supernatural, just allow it.


How many have been faced with situation and you know it’s wrong, yet still get drawn into it? Then you are hooked. It’s at that moment you need to call on the power of the Holy Spirit. Do a 180 degree turn, no matter how tough. The devil’s voice will say just go with it this once and then I can turn. Going with it is going to make the situation worse.


How to overcome that temptation is to call on the Holy Spirit through prayer. Get quiet before God and call for His help. Just like I said a couple of days ago, rely on His power.


“Lord, I pray that you will give power through the Holy Spirit to overcome all these attacks from the devil. God you know where I need help. Let me be strong to overcome those temptations. In Jesus name. Amen”

Inspiration

God’s creation

#Godscreation


“Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬


This general observation—that fear of the Lord leads to riches, honor, and long life—would have been especiallyapplicable to an obedient Israelite living in Solomon’s God-fearing kingdom. Nevertheless, some have been martyrs at a young age, and some have forfeited all their wealth for the sake of God’s Kingdom. The book of Proverbs describes life the way it should be. It does not dwell on the exceptions. (For more on this concept, see the note on 3:16-17.) (Tyndal Study Bible)


I while ago I had to present a project on God. In preparation, I did lots of research. I discovered a couple of things.


In science today, there is a debate as to how creation started. I believe the Bible description of creation. Hawking’s who is most probably the most respected scientist in this field said this. He, “Hawking had previously appeared to accept the role of God in the creation of the universe. Writing in his bestseller A Brief History Of Time in 1988, he said: “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God.” All the bright guys acknowledge God’s hand in creation. 


My point is, God created us. All our talents and character traits are by His design. I can hear you say all the bad things, did he create that as well? Nope, certainly not. You see He gave us the power of choice. Dailly we are faced with many options. The trick is to take the right ones, and just like God’s word says it will lead to riches. 


People’s wrong choices started as far back as Adam and Eve. If you read scripture, it is clear that was not God’s intention for humanity. He even sent His son Jesus to redeem us. One can see it as a second chance. No matter what we have done, we can be saved. At the same time, he released the Holy Spirit to guide us daily. That little voice that says that’s not right. 


He, God has given us all the tools to help us, the Bible, his Son Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Prayer. We can talk to Him directly. All we need to do is make the right choices. You might think that the commentary above does not apply to you and me. I can assure you it applies to everyone. Follow the advice in Proverbs; you will receive the great reward.


“Lord I thank you for Your guidance and instruction. Amen.”

Inspiration

In all things

#inallthings


“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭NIV‬‬


These verses contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, and even death. These sometimes cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s constant presence with us. God tells us how great his love is so that we will feel totally secure in him. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid.(Tyndal Study Bible)


As I am meditating on this word, the world news is playing in the The background. The world is a mess, just listen to the news. Why is there such a passion for reporting on all the wrong? 

My next question is or comment is, most people reporting are seeking fame for themselves. Are they doing this reporting to make a difference in the world? Maybe you can explain to me how they are if they are. 


My consideration is this. Can you imagine the world, if all these platforms and people are using their position to spread the Good News of God and his Son Jesus? Can you imagine how much better the world would be? It is my passion to spread the Good News to all.
Pay careful consideration to Paul’s word above. “In all things.” God promise’s, all things. Read further this promise is based on Love. God gave us this power because he loved us. God’s instruction to us is, we should love Him with all our heart. Secondly, we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Will all this strive in the world exist if we love our neighbours as yourself? I don’t think so. Many will say Terrence: ” that is a pipe dream.” Well, I will say this, everything starts with a first step. You have to start somewhere. 


Unbelievers have to accept Jesus as personal saviour. God sent His only Son to die for our sins. Believers have to go out there and spread the Good News of the Gospel. I believe that God’s way is the only way. 


Read again. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
What a promise. In all things, we will be winners with God. Why, because He love us. 


“Lord, thank you for loving me and giving me a chance. Amen.”