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“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Often the best way to influence someone is to pray for him or her. Paul’s prayer for the Philippians was that they would be unified in love. Their love was to result in greater knowledge of Christ and deeper understanding (moral discernment). Their love was not based on feelings but on what Christ had done for them. As you grow in Christ’s love, your heart and mind must grow together. Are your love and insight growing?
Paul prayed that the Philippian believers would have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, vital and trivial. We ought to pray for moral discernment so we can maintain our Christian morals and values. Hebrews 5:14 emphasises the need for discernment.
“The day of Christ’s return” refers to the time when God will judge the world through Jesus Christ. We should live each day as though he might return at any moment. (Tyndall Study Bible)


I was listening to a sermon of Joyce Meyer the other day. She made a comment that stood out for me. The second thing I want to comment on is choices, yes I have commented on it before, why because it is that important. I would just like to say all the time I spend writing this; it is self-talk. It teaches me to make the right choices. 


On a daily basis, we are bombarded with message and teachings. Think of how many messages you get from the different platforms. Joyce’s comment or question was. With all these messages how much time are we spending in conversation with God, Prayer? I know that I make myself guilty from time to time. You spend time in the Word, and you think it’s enough. Both are essential. The one can’t do without the other. Don’t neglect your prayer life. “Choices.” Just like the scripture says the more time we spend in God’s presence, the better we will discern between right and wrong. 


The stage is set. Life is a continuous road of choices. Remember that little voice that says nope this wrong. That is the Holy Spirit speaking to you. Yes, the Holy Spirit is there to guide us. Consider this; I am amazed that people still make wrong choices in life. Advice can be sought everywhere. People, the internet and most importantly the Bible, God’s word for us. Scripture is clear in Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”All you need to do is make the “Choice,” consult with these resources. I believe there is a solution to every challenge we are confronted with daily. All we need to do is find it. “Choices.” 


Spend time in the Word of God, the Bible, pray and you will find all the solution you need. 
“Lord, I thank you for the Bible Your Word and the Holy Spirit that guides us. Amen.” 

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Light or dark

#lightordark


“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”‭‭John‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬


“The darkness can never extinguish it” means the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome God’s light. Jesus Christ is the Creator of life, and his life brings light to humankind. In his light, we see ourselves as we really are (sinners in need of a Savior). When we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live. He removes the darkness of sin from our lives. In what ways have you allowed the light of Christ to shine into your life? Let Christ guide your life, and you’ll never need to stumble in darkness. (Tyndall Study Bible)


Again I have to say; unbeliever consider this advice. What I said yesterday goes hand in hand with the comment today. My next question is where does your light come from or do you life in darkness. And let the evils of the world overcome you? Because the darkness of the world will kill you, if you allow. 


Here’s the option, choice again. Accept Jesus as personal saviour and you will receive the light. Just like the scripture says darkness can never overcome light. Your life will be changed forever. I can hear you sceptics sniggering. I am going to say this; there is not a car or toy, travel and worldly experience that I have not had. And what I experienced there comes nowhere close to the experience of the Peace of God. This is what you receive when accepting Jesus as your saviour. 


Believer’s we are God agents and we are to be His light in the world we live. Share that light we received. Kindle that light in others so that they too can shine brightly. Fuel their spirit so that they too can share the light. Let’s share the light to all our worlds. It starts somewhere. Make the right choice.


“Lord, let me be the light to this dying world. With the power through the Holy Spirit vested in me, let me touch all people. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

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Act wisely

#actwisely


“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬


We should be wise in our contacts with nonbelievers, making the most of our opportunities to tell them the Good News of salvation. What opportunities do you have?
When we tell others about Christ, it is important always to be gracious in what we say. No matter how much sense the message makes, we lose our effectiveness if we are not courteous. Just as we like to be respected, we must respect others if we want them to listen to what we have to say. (Tyndal Study Bible)


What are your aspirations? I remember growing up and hearing what an amazing my father, Norman Lotz was. A couple of words come to mind when I think back to him. Disciplined, hard working, good with his hands, wise, humble, passionate and family values. In short an amazing father. Backed I must say by my mother, Carina. One thing I can remember clearly is the only place where the carpet was worn to the core in their bedroom, was where he knelt to pray. 


I am going to say this the advice above is brilliant. Even unbelievers can take heed of this wisdom. Because yes we all want people to say wow know that is a stand-up guy or girl. It gives us that warm feeling. Nobody intends to live in “isolation” So that’s why I make the comment in the heading “Make it count.” So unbeliever if you want to make a difference in your life, make the interactions count! Believers here is your opportunity to touch the lost out there. Make it count. We are to be a shining light and a disciple for God. The thing is believers don’t need to rely on their own understanding. We have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God the Bible to guide us. Need I say more. 


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

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Don’t say it

#don’tsayit


“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬


You have not mastered self-control if you do not control what you say. Words can cut and destroy. James recognised this truth when he stated, “The tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body” (James 3:6). If you want to be self-controlled, begin with your tongue. Stop and think before you react or speak. If you can control this small but powerful member, you can control the rest of your body. (See the chart.)


We have all heard the saying the tongue is mightier than the sword. Let me speak from experience. 


In business, I had 300 people working for me. Many times in communication you say the wrong thing and only after saying it you regret it. My thoughts go to losing your temper, and in that state, you say the wrong thing. Emotion is a very dangerous thing. One can’t just act on feelings. Calm down take the time to think about the situation and then speak. What worked for me was to write the important points down. Then stick to that agenda or points. It’s much the same as meetings in the workplace, critical to have a agenda. Meetings should be focussed and agenda driven. 


How many time at home have you said something towards family and loved ones that you regret afterwards? Over the years, I realised that it was easy to lash out at loved ones. At home, there is lots of emotion and therefore easy to lash out. A while ago I made the comment in Bible Study that we should guard our tongues at home the same way we do it at work and other public inter action. Because of manners and courtesy we often don’t say the things we think. At home, we let rip. Not cool. It’s at home that we should show more patience and courtesy. There we are surrounded by loved ones. They deserve more than all others. Let me say that peace of God you receive when you get saved, helps. Try it. 

God gave us the ability to choose. So don’t be like Adam and Eve and make the wrong choice. That ability to choose gives us the capacity to have Self-Control. Do and say the right thing. 


“Lord, thank you for choice. Help us make the right decision to Glorify You Lord. Stay in the Word and Your presence. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

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The only book

#theonlybook

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬


The Bible is not a collection of stories, fables, myths, or merely human ideas about God. It is not a human book. Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers, who wrote down his message for his people (2 Peter 1:20-21). This process is known as inspiration. The writers wrote from their own personal, historical, and cultural contexts. Although they used their own minds, talents, language, and style, they wrote what God wanted them to write. Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was in control of its writing. Its words are entirely authoritative for our faith and lives. The Bible is “inspired by God.” Read it, and use its teachings to guide your conduct.


The whole Bible is God’s inspired Word. Because it is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our lives. The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true. It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live. It is our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved. God wants to show you what is true and equip you to live for him. How much time do you spend in God’s Word? Read it regularly to discover God’s truth and to become confident in your life and faith. Develop a plan for reading the whole Bible, not just the familiar passages.


In our zeal for the truth of Scripture, we must never forget its purpose— to equip us to do good. We should not study God’s Word simply to increase our knowledge or to prepare us to win arguments. We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good. ( Tyndale Study Bible )


My question or challenge is showing me a modern-day book that has more wisdom and guidance in. Show me a book that sold more copies. The Bible is the Greatest book of all time. My next question is if it consisted of so many untruths, why does it sell so many copies? What book is a complete guide to living? I don’t know why the commentary justifies how and where it comes from.


From my personal perspective, it’s the only book that stood the test of time. It’s the only book that is relevant even today. Since the dark ages till know. Everything it teaches us is genuine and consistent. Me writing here as the average uneducated person? With a slim knowledge of the Bible. It is God inspired, that is where the wisdom and knowledge come from, take head. Not from me all inspired by God. That is why I give God all the Glory. 


” Lord, I thank you for inspiration and revelation, by your Word the Bible. Amen.”

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What are you going to do

#whatareyougoingtodo


“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬


How have our old selves been crucified with Christ? Legally, God looks at us as if we had died with Christ. Because our sins died with him, we are no longer condemned (Colossians 2:13-15). Relationally, we have become one with Christ, and his experiences are ours. Our Christian life began when, in unity with him, we died to our old life (see Romans 6:5-11). In our daily life, we must regularly crucify sinful desires that keep us from following Christ. This, too, is a kind of dying with him (Luke 9:23-25).
And yet the focus of Christianity is not on dying but on living. Because we have been crucified with Christ, we have also been raised with him (Romans 6:5). Legally, we have been reconciled with God (2 Corinthians 5:19) and are free to grow into Christ’s likeness (Romans 8:29). And in our daily life, we have Christ’s resurrection power as we continue to fight sin (Ephesians 1:19-20). We are no longer alone, for Christ lives in us—he is our power for living and our hope for the future (Colossians 1:27).


Over the weekend, I made a comment that peace you receive when you accept Jesus as your personal saviour is amazing. I have done and experienced many things in life. Seen many places and have had lots of possession. Nothing has rewarded me with the peace that I got when I accepted Jesus as my saviour. Just remember this gift is free when you accept Jesus. 
Read the scripture and commentary carefully. It talks about dying, but the important thing is when we accept Jesus we are born again. We start a new life with Jesus. Just like a baby develops and grows we are to grow in Christ. We grow spiritually. We receive our spiritual food from the Bible and its teaching. 


We regularly feed our bodies, with food, exercise and new clothes. What do you do to feed your spirit? Our spirit and soul are the most important part of our beings. What is it that troubles us? It’s normally things of the mind. That’s what keeps us awake at night. 


Here is the solution, accept Jesus, you receive a second chance. The Bible God’s word becomes your spiritual food. Can you actually be without it? 


“Lord. I thank you for a second chance. May You touch all people in this way. Amen.”

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Are you

#areyou
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”‭‭John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬
People often try to protect themselves from their fears by putting their faith in something they do or have: good deeds, skill or intelligence, money or possessions. But only God can save us from the one thing that we really need to fear—eternal condemnation. We believe in God by recognizing the insufficiency of our own efforts to find salvation and by asking him to do his work in us. When Jesus talks about unbelievers, he means those who reject or ignore him completely, not those who have momentary doubts. (Tyndal Study Bible) 
I was listening to a conversation the other day. The kids were saying that’s not right. All they were talking about on how you should treat a girl? The majority of them went to Christian school. So they have a very clear idea about what’s right and wrong. I am not saying that is the only place you can learn these values. But it is an excellent place to do. 
I am continuously amazed how society does not want to acknowledge Christianity. At least I should say South African society. They banned it from schools, Yet it is the basis of all moral rules and the laws of the world, in some form or other. Is this not the cause of moral decay in our society today? 
Think of the workplace Managers and Owners quickly say that there is no place for Christianity here, the work environment. I can’t start to tell you how wrong our society Managers and Owners are. Christianity is the basis of right and wrong. It’s the stuff we should adhere to every day. Take a careful look at the amount of professional sportsmen that are Christian. The sports field is their workplace. Why should it be different for us? 
Every day,  the more knowledge I collect from the Bible in my short walk as a Christian, I am astounded. Take some time and have a look for yourself. My point is we often look for guidance all over the place. I can assure you the direction is all there in the Bible. Consider the scripture above. Just make the right decision. In Bible study last evening these words surfaced. 
Worse than being blind is having no vision for your life. Take a moment and consider, not a motivational workshop, we are studying the Bible. It is so motivational. Google and see what the Word of God has to say about Vision. I am so motivated for today, by what, the Bible the Word of God has to say. 
“Lord, all the Glory to you. Can we be without you? I thank you, Lord,, for Your Word the Bible. Amen.”