Joy

Posted: February 22, 2017 in Inspiration
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭16‬:‭11‬ NLT)
Peter quoted from Psalm 16:8-11—a psalm written by David. He explained that David was not writing about himself because David died and was buried (2:29). Instead, he was writing as a prophet (2:30) who spoke of the Messiah who would be resurrected. The emphasis here is that Jesus’ body was not left to rot in the grave but was, in fact, resurrected and glorified. (Tyndal Study Bible)
If you have time, read the whole Psalm. It’s amazing. Summarized so well in the last verse.
David says that God will show him the way of life. And off course He will show us, granting us the joy of His presence and guidance.  The whole psalm speaks of God and how He looks out for us. We can rely on Him all the time.
The promise of heaven and eternal life – God won’t ever leave or forsake us. How long is eternal? The answer is forever. How grateful we should be.
If we believe, He won’t leave us to rot in hell. We will rise to Heaven.
Can you imagine?
“Lord, I pray thanks for You being there for me. Eternally. Amen”

Willing

Posted: February 21, 2017 in Inspiration
So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. (‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭28‬ NLT)
The word perfect means “mature or complete,” not “flawless.” Paul wanted to see each believer mature spiritually. Like Paul, we must work wholeheartedly like an athlete, but we should not strive in our own strength alone. We have the power of God’s Spirit working in us. We can learn and grow daily, motivated by love and not by fear or pride, knowing that God gives the energy to become mature.
 
Christ’s message is for everyone; so everywhere Paul and Timothy went, they brought the Good News to all who would listen. An effective presentation of the Good News includes warning and teaching. The warning is that without Christ, people are doomed to eternal separation from God. The teaching is that salvation is available through faith in Christ. As Christ works in you, tell others about him, warning and teaching them in love. Who do you know who needs to hear this message? (Tyndal Study Bible)
Yesterday I spoke about wisdom. I have made myself guilty of foolish speech, in the past. Yes, I do feel guilty about it. One’s temper is a terrible thing; the devil works in cunning ways. So just like the commentator says  perfect means, “mature and complete” but not “flawless.”
None of us is perfect.
This does not mean that we must not share the Good news off the Gospel. As believers, we are tasked to spread the Good News.  We can rely on strength and wisdom from God to spread the Gospel.
Just like the commentator says Jesus’s message is for everyone, we are tasked to share it. We are to follow Paul and Timothy’s example. We must not forget to share the consequences that if you don’t accept Jesus as you saviour, you have no eternal life.
I heard an interesting comment by Angus Buchanan that God does not use the good and talented but the willing to do his work. Last evening I was at a presentation on how to improve your Sale Skills. The presenter made the comment that he can’t change individuals if they aren’t willing to change. Again I say “God can only use the willing.”
“Lord, I pray you make me willing to serve you and spread the Good News. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Prove it

Posted: February 20, 2017 in Inspiration
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. (‭James‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ NLT)
Have you ever known anyone who claimed to be wise but who acted foolishly? True wisdom can be measured by the depth of a person’s character. Just as you can identify a tree by the type of fruit it produces, you can evaluate your wisdom by the way you act. Foolishness leads to disorder, but wisdom leads to peace and goodness. Are you tempted to escalate the conflict, pass on the gossip, or fan the fire of discord? Careful, winsome speech and wise, loving words are the seeds of peace. God loves peacemakers (Matthew 5:9) (Tyndal Study Bible)
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭9‬ NLT)
What a question, have you ever seen a wise man act foolishly? No, that just never happens.
I love this example of a fruit bearing tree. Think about it, the better the food and care the better the fruit. Reflect on the fruit farmers. They spend hours of research and attention to ensure a decent crop.
Know think of ourselves what do we do to ensure a great result? You the wisdom is all in the Bible, all we need to do is study and apply it. It’s that simple. A thing that I strive for is to surround myself with people who can influence me in the correct way.
“Lord I pray for more of your wisdom. I thank you for the Bible. May I have the wisdom to influence people. In Jesus name. Amen”

Actions

Posted: February 17, 2017 in Inspiration
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honoured throughout the world.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭10‬ NLT)
War and destruction are inevitable, but so is God’s final victory. At that time, all will stand quietly before the all-powerful Lord. How proper, then, for us to be still now, reverently honouring him and his power and majesty. Take time each day to be still and to honour God. (Tyndale Study Bible)
You see, we all have to account for our actions.
Everyday in the workplace we have to account our actions. Not a day goes by where this isn’t the case. Some people have kids and don’t account for them and then start doing bizarre things to reduce their guilt. They even go as far as drugs and seeking wrong teachings. It’s all in the Bible. The Bible is very clear everything we do should to the glory of God. I am amazed at the lack of commitment of people in the workplace. I see it every day. Have you wondered why there are so many broken homes? It’s that lack of commitment and all the outside influences. Success in everything takes single-minded dedication and commitment.
The same applies to our faith. The Scripture above asks us to honour God. Do you take the time and spend it in God’s presence?
One day we will all be accountable. Honor God today and your future is guaranteed. If you do it now and it will make it easier in the future. Honor God and seek his teachings and principles.
“Dear Lord. I honour and thank You for what you have taught me. I pray that You will reach out and touch those in need for Your guidance. In Jesus name. Amen.”

The old way

Posted: February 16, 2017 in Inspiration
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28‬ NLT)
A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull. A person may be carrying heavy burdens of (1) sin, (2) excessive demands of religious leaders (23:4; Acts 15:10), (3) oppression and persecution, or (4) weariness in the search for God.
 
Jesus frees people from all these burdens. The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labour. A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose.
“This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ NLT)
The right path for living is “the old, godly way” and has been marked out by God. But the people refused to take God’s path, going their own way instead. We face the same decision today—going God’s old but true way, or following a new path of our own choosing. Don’t be misled. The only way to find peace and “rest for your souls” is to walk on God’s path.(Tyndale Study Bible)
This is your invitation.
Read the passages carefully. This invitation is from Jesus Himself to all of us, and all of us that have accepted it should share it with our worlds. Just as I said last week, this is where true peace is for everyone that wants it can be found.
This will also give your daily tasks meaning and that you do it to glorify God so that people may see and desire what you have. The selfless peace that you achieve through accepting you can now share.
If at any time you are not sure which path to choose, it’s the old way. You don’t need rocket science to figure it out. You don’t need to try to reinvent the wheel. It’s all here in the Good Old Book, the Bible.
“Dear Lord, will you reveal the Old truths to all people, Amen.”

Peace and Prosperity

Posted: February 15, 2017 in Inspiration
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭14‬ NLT)
 
The readers were familiar with the ceremonial cleansing ritual that prepared them for worship, and they knew that they had to be holy or clean in order to enter the Temple. Sin always blocks our vision of God; so if we want to see God, we must renounce sin and obey him (see Psalm 24:3, 4). Holiness is coupled with living in peace. A right relationship with God leads to right relationships with fellow believers. Although we will not always feel loving toward all other believers, we must pursue peace as we become more Christlike. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Just as I said before, peace is the key. If you were to ask anybody what they desire, they would almost always answer “happiness”. It will never be achieved if you have not found peace, which we heard is achieved by believing and having faith.
Again, what amazes me is how these scriptures follow.
Once you have tasted peace, you will endeavour to live a Holy life as the scriptures describe. Why? Because sin followed by guilt and condemnation keeps us from God. In other words, the more you sin, the less at peace you are. Do your best to lead a sinless, holy life to be more at peace. The more we strive for this, the more at peace we will be.
Next, you will notice how your attitude towards people changes. You will care for all individuals. Have you heard this: peace and prosperity? The one follows the other. Not always the prosperity of the world, but the riches of heaven. Do we need more?
“Dear Lord, I thank you for the peace in me. I pray that you will keep me from the influences of the world. Guide me and give me strength. In Jesus name. Amen”

The full Blessing

Posted: February 14, 2017 in Inspiration
I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. (‭Psalms‬ ‭130‬:‭5‬ NLT)
That God “decided in advance to adopt us” is another way of saying that salvation is God’s work and not our own doing. In his infinite love, God has adopted us as his own children. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, he has brought us into his family and made us heirs along with Jesus (Romans 8:17). In Roman law, adopted children had the same rights and privileges as biological children, even if they had been slaves. Paul uses this term to show how strong our relationship to God is. Have you entered into this loving relationship with God? For more on the meaning of adoption, see Galatians 4:5-7.
God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. (‭Galatians‬ ‭4‬:‭5-7‬ NLT)
You see if we read carefully you will realise that God loves us all. Through the blood of Jesus, we are bought free from the slavery of sin. So everyone has been adopted, we all have the same right as the next person. The writer uses the example that an adopted child has the same rights as a biological child. All we need to do is accept.
We accept this like I said yesterday you have the right to rely on God. Put all your trust and faith in God. Your understanding and wisdom will come from the Bible.
I was listening to the teaching off Pastor Att, our Senior Pastor at  CRC. His message title “The Fullness of the Blessing” I will post the link. He quoted 100 scriptures from the Bible that speak about the Blessing of God.
I am sure you know many people who are very blessed that are not Christian. What those people don’t  understand, they are only partially blessed. Just like I said yesterday they are most probably good people as well. So I ask myself again, why not just accept God and experience the “Full Blessing of God.” We are at the end of the day his adopted children all we need to do is accept. Know the first thing we think off when speaking about blessing is money. That is just one part of it. The Blessing counts for all things in life. It includes all the things we face daily. Marriage, Depression, Health, Inner Peace, Relationships, Homelife, Family, it includes everything you can think off.
So why accept partial blessing. Embraces God and receive the “Full Blessing of God.”
“Lord, I pray for those that don’t understand your full blessing. May their eye be opened. I thank you for all my blessing. In Jesus name. Amen”

Its so easy

Posted: February 13, 2017 in Inspiration
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NLT)
To speak of Jesus’ blood was an important first-century way of speaking of Christ’s death. His death points to two wonderful truths—redemption and forgiveness. Redemption was the price paid to gain freedom for a slave. Through his death, Jesus paid the price to release us from slavery to sin. Forgiveness was granted in Old Testament times on the basis of the shedding of animals’ blood. Now we are forgiven on the basis of the shedding of Jesus’ blood—he died as the perfect and final sacrifice
 
God showered his kindness on us—this is also called God’s “grace.” This is his voluntary and loving favor given to those he saves. We can’t earn salvation, nor do we deserve it. No religious, intellectual, or moral effort can gain it, because it comes only from God’s mercy and love. Without God’s grace, no person can be saved. To receive it, we must acknowledge that we cannot save ourselves, that only God can save us, and that our only way to receive this loving favour is through faith in Christ. (Tyndal Study Bible)
It’s so easy. All we need to do is declare that Jesus died for our sins – the ultimate sacrifice by God. Do this, and you are a Christian. We will receive a couple of things Eternal life and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Why is there so much resistance to this? My answer is simply because it is that easy.
Think of this for a minute: all people are generally good or want to be good. Yes, we all fail, but we  do try to be and do good. How many people do you know that you would say “now that’s a good man”? Most the people I know you can say that about. I am sure it’s the same for you. Now my question is why don’t people just accept Jesus as their saviour? Because really what do they have to lose? Most people are doing the right things anyway or at least trying to. So taking this step of faith will guarantee eternal life. They are following good principles anyway so just tweak them a touch, to fall in line with Biblical principles because there is not much difference. There is so much to gain from doing this. The ultimate is eternal life. My experience is that the peace you receive is incredible. Not easy to explain, the trick is to experience it first hand.
So I ask you why the resistance? You have nothing to lose.
“Lord, I pray that you will help me break the resistance to change in people. God show them the rewards. Holy Spirit work in them. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”

Action

Posted: February 11, 2017 in Inspiration
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (‭John‬ ‭10‬:‭10‬ NLT)
In contrast to the thief who takes life, Jesus gives life. The life he gives right now is abundantly rich and full. It is eternal, yet it begins immediately. Life in Christ is lived on a higher plane because of his overflowing forgiveness, love, and guidance. Have you taken Christ’s offer of life? (Tyndal Study Bible)
You know how God speaks to us, yes if you are a believer you will know? The Holy Spirit is an amazing thing. He talks to us through the Word, the Bible and the Holy Spirit. All we need to do is take the time and listen.
Just like the scripture says the thief and the devil will steal, kill and destroy. God gives the opposite; he gives eternal life and peace. This is not necessary meant literally. The devil will attack from all directions and trough every person and method possible.
I have a friend his daughter is behaving strangely. Her behaviour is causing dissension in the house, especially between his wife and himself. You see what I have learnt in the last while is, everything in life takes action. If we leave things as they are, they will stay that way.  So if my friend wants a different result, things would have to change. It’s easy to say we should change. It takes action and is not always easy. My advice would be for myself, him and everybody else, take action.
All the answers are in the Bible. Firstly he is the head of the house, as the Bible says, so he has to take control and implement the change. Secondly I invited him and his family to Church, God will deliver the teachings to fix the challenge. Thirdly my suggestion is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Just like the scripture says you will then get a rich and satisfying life.
I have high regard for my friend Leadership Qualities; he is a true leader. All he needs to do is take those qualities and apply them at home. Most times in life the solution to our challenges are right in front of us.
The solutions to all our challenges in life is in the Bible, right in our hands, just have Faith.
“Lord I pray for all that have worldly struggles. Show them the solutions in Your Word. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”

A Blessing

Posted: February 10, 2017 in Inspiration
But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! (‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ NLT)
It is not shameful to suffer for being a Christian. When Peter and John were persecuted for preaching the Good News, they rejoiced because such persecution was a mark of God’s approval of their work (Acts 5:41). Don’t seek out suffering, and don’t try to avoid it. Instead, keep on doing what is right whether or not it brings suffering.
Have you ever thought of persecution as a blessing, as something worth rejoicing about? This beating suffered by Peter and John was the first time any of the apostles had been physically abused for their faith. These men knew how Jesus had suffered, and they praised God that he had allowed them to be persecuted like their Lord. If you are mocked or persecuted for your faith, it isn’t because you’re doing something wrong, but because God has counted you “worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.” ( Tyndal Study Bible)
I have a good friend. Yes, I do have friends. What’s more, apart from my blood family I have brothers and sisters in Christ. In a meeting with Dr  Rodney, the bond amongst Christians is unbelievable. Why was I wondering? We are singing off the same song sheet the Bible. In other words, we are on the same page.
I am sure you have felt persecution before, I certainly have. Back in the time of Peter and John people were jailed, beaten and even killed for their faith.  That happens today still, just recently in the news. What I do know is when people persecute or criticise you, there is something bothering them. They feel threatened by your faith. The Holy Spirit is doing a work in them, and they don’t like it. Listen to this “Judge you based on what’s going on in their own hearts”
You see this friend of mine has been to Church with me but has not committed. God works mysteriously, though. Many of his other friends are being saved recently. I pray for him everyday. God is getting closer and closer. The other day they went away for the weekend, and there was a Pastor in their company the whole weekend. Amazing, like I said God works in mysterious ways. I know God has his number.  The day will come. Continuously remind your friends of the fact that God has their number.
I know we all don’t have the same confidence as the next person. Please remember this although you might feel persecuted, declare your faith boldly. Tell people about the Good News. Remember God will take note of your efforts. And remember practice makes perfect.
“God I pray, for all that feel persecuted. Let them rather dress with the Holy Spirit and declare You boldly. In Jesus name, I pray