Lasting peace

#lasting peace
As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭24-25‬ NLT)‬‬‬
Quoting Isaiah 40:6-8, Peter reminds believers that everything in this life—possessions, accomplishments, people—will eventually fade away and disappear. Only God’s will, word, and work are permanent. We must stop grasping the temporary and begin focusing our time, money, and energy on the permanent: the Word of God and our eternal life in Christ. (Tyndal Study Bible)
People are compared here to grass and flowers that wither away. We are mortal, but God’s Word is eternal and unfailing. Public opinion changes and is unreliable, but God’s Word is constant. Only in God’s eternal Word will we find lasting solutions to our problems and needs.
Have you look yourself in the mirror lately and said wow I am getting old, I am sure that has happened to you all.
I don’t need to tell you this. Everything in this world gets old. Even those favourite pair of jeans of yours. Just like the grass withers we and our possessions withers. Fashion comes to mind. Everything eventually changes nothing stays the same. I am in the car business look how that has changed. Yes, some fundamentals are the same, but on the face of it, things have changed immensely.
Think of trends and habits people follow. Kids don’t play Cowboys and Crooks anymore. Everyone is taking Selfies. Will that stay forever, no it won’t?
The only thing that has never changed is God. The Bible God’s Word has never changed. Jesus died for our sin’s and promised that when we believe in him, we will have eternal life. It’s that Good news when we receive it that gives as lasting peace. This lasting peace and news are available to all, no matter who you are. What is more no matter what you have done.
This lasting peace will stay permanent if we remain in God’s Word. It’s there to fend off that sin that crosses or paths daily.
“Lord Jesus I thank you for the promise of eternal life. I thank you for Your word. Let me stay in Your word. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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It’s been revealed

#itsbeenrevealed
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, (‭Titus‬ ‭2‬:‭11-12‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Paul brings out two aspects of Christian living that must be stressed today. “We should live in this evil world . . . while we look forward with hope.” Both aspects of living and looking forward are essential to our Christian sanity in this present evil age. The living is made bearable because we live for God—seeking to build his Kingdom with whatever gifts he has given us. And it is that very Kingdom to which we are looking forward. As we live and look forward, we anticipate three great benefits of Christ’s return: (1) Christ’s personal presence—we look forward to being with him. (2) Redemption from our sinful nature—we long for the end of the battle with sin and our perfection in Christ. (3) Restoration of creation—we anticipate the complete rule of grace when the image of God will be fully realised in people and when the created order will be restored. (Tyndal Study Bible)
As the scripture says, the Grace and favour of God have been revealed to us.
I got a message of thanks from Mark thanking me for these words I send. Mark, I want to tell you all the Glory to God, it’s through His inspiration. What’s more each of us can touch somebody every day. Everyone can share what you have experienced, your story or testimony, it’s that easy.We are God’s voice and example. You never know what the effect will be.
Know the strange thing I have never dealt with anybody that has never heard of God. You see Jesus has died and been revealed. I have been to prison and seen what happens there. Everybody in their darkest hour calls on God. Know the question is what our darkest hour is? The next question I have why wait for your darkest hour and then call on God.
Apart from calling on God, we should be grateful for our situation and blessings. I was driving to work this morning, at 6 o’clock, turning the corner close to my office I noticed two people laying down and huddled in plastic. It was very cold and wet in Cape Town. As I was writing this, huddled in bed under a warm duvet, with a cup of hot Horlicks. How grateful I should be, daily I have all the comforts. Close your eyes and ponder for a minute how grateful we should be.
So why should we be instructed by the word to do the right thing? We know what is right. Accept that wisdom and devoted yourself to God. Its all in the Bible.
“ Lord I thank you for loving me. I thank you for your word and inspiration. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Love

#love
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭9-10‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
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. (Tyndal Study Bible)
“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.
Paul’s prayer for the Philippines is the same prayer we, as believers, should have for young believers.
Have you experienced this, the world and daily activities are frustrating you? And then there’s a brother that says the wrong thing or behaves incorrectly. What is your reaction to this, frustration and irritation? It most probably even goes as far as anger and aggression. The dilemma, in this position, is you close up, you are not interested in anything or anyone. You certainly not interested in learning about anything. What’s more, you are certainly not coming from the point of love.
As soon as you close off or close up, there is no room for learning. Because to learn you must have an open mind. The Company I am with is busy adopting a new Sales process. Now think of this for a moment. I have been in sales for 30 years, and I am good at it. The only way I can improve is by opening my mind. If I think I know it all, I will never learn and improve. In Sales, it’s about improving and achieving a better result. In life, it’s about “growing in knowledge and understanding” so that we will live innocent lives.
How is this achieved easier, by the overflow of love? None of the negative above will stay if we overflow with love. How do we achieve this daily? Lead a healthy prayer life for yourself and others. Pray all the time. You see you can’t have bad thoughts when you are praying. Prayer affirms the good you want for yourself and others. It will also affirm your gratitude.
Stay in love and Prayer.
“ Lord I give thanks for these words. May Love and Prayer rule my days. May Your love touch all people. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Be the light

#bethelight
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NLT)‬‬‬
Do you ever feel that your life is too complex for God to understand? Remember, God created the entire universe, and nothing is too difficult for him. God created you; he is alive today, and his love is bigger than any problem you may face.
“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. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Just like darkness can never overcome light. So evil can never overcome right. Good will always overcome evil. Why do I think? Apart from being a promise from God.
This is the way I see it. Who wakes up in the morning and aspires to be bad? Yeah, there are some, but they are in the minority. We all strive to be good or good at it. Think of your circle of friends, colleagues and distant friends; none aspire to be bad. They all want good for themselves and family.
The Bible teaches us that the more good you do, the more you receive. Do you want people to say as they stand at your funeral know that was a bad man? Nope, that’s not what you want.
You see salvation promises us a renewal of our being and mind. It kills the darkness of sin. It creates an eternal light that lives’s in us. Nobody can take that light from us, nor extinguish it. What a revelation. This light, energy or renewal, we should not just leave for our spiritual life but all facets of our life’s. My first thought goes to those broken homes and broken relationships. Take on this renewal and light. God can fix everything. You see this light and good will overcome all that bad.
With God all things are possible. You are the light, and it shines in the dark.
“Lord I thank you for Your light. May I be the light to touch people. Make me humble Lord. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”
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Live wisely

#livewisely
“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians‬ ‭4:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
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)
Just like I said the other day if you do or say nothing, nobody can form an opinion about you.
That’s the dilemma we are mandated to be shepherds and fisher of men. We need to say something. We are to be the example and light to people. We are to spread the good news of the gospel. Now, how are we going to achieve that without speaking and doing?
When I read this scripture, I think about how as a young Christian everyone eyes are on you. They ready to pounce soon as you make a mistake. Do we as Christians make mistakes and succumb to our old habits of course we do. I certainly do. There were a couple of times just this week; I faced challenges.
Know you see that’s exactly what the scripture is referring to. Live wisely and let your actions and conversations be gracious and attractive. Is moaning, bickering and arguing attractive? Nope. Is negative talk gracious? Nope.
All of us yearn to be recognised. We seek solace in all the wrong things. The attraction at parties because you have money. These things are short lived. Think of those famous people that do that? They tend to die lonely and at a young age.
Can you imagine being popular for all the right reasons? How much more value will that add to people’s lives.
“Lord I Pray that you make say and do the right things to make me popular for You God. I thank you for loving me. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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It’s what you say

#itswhatyousay
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭3‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
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. (Tyndal Study Bible)
As I was pondering this scripture, this question came to mind. How do people judge or box us? How do they make up their mind who and what we are? If we never say or do anything, then they can’t form an opinion. Can we go through life not saying or doing anything? No, you can’t.
Know I have said this before I am in Sales. On the Sales floor, we meet people daily. We have had around 45s to a minute to create an impression. People would rather deal with people they like and impress them. How do you do that? Yes by communicating and this is done, by the way, you look, behave and speak. Body language and what you say in those opening seconded’s are key.
Who more important to impress upon than your loved ones, family and friends? Then the rest of the world, you touch.
Fantastic again the “Bible” as a guide to our daily life.
Guard your mouth around everyone. The fruits from that will be plenty full. And your surroundings will be happy. Just like in sales rather try to impress upon people than say the wrongs things. Think before you speak.
Be God’s shepherd in what you say and do.
“Lord I pray for smart words to Glorify you. In Jesus name. Amen”
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God uses it

#Godusesit
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭16-17‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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. (Tyndal Study Bible)
As I read these words above, I ponder things. I want you to tell me or show me a greater book than the Bible. Has any book impacted people’s life’s more than the Bible?
Every single lesson that I have learnt in my life is described correctly in the Bible.
One my biggest successes in life were my achievements as a triathlete. At the time I started out the current SA Champ, Tim Stewart challenged me. He posed the question “What do you hope to achieve in this sport?” I answered, “ to stay in shape and maybe a bit more.” He told me was that if I don’t commit 100%, I won’t amount too much as a triathlete.
It motivated me to seek advice. I realise today; it’s all in the Bible. I need not have looked further. But back then I never knew the Bible and God, I looked elsewhere. I stumbled upon, SMI – Success Motivational International – their program – Becoming a Champion.
You can imagine the rest, and yes in my book became a Champion Triathlete.
A couple of weeks ago, I met the MD of SMI in South Africa. How bizarre. So I go on to tell him my story. What impact the program has played in my life. I also told him that I have recently met God. I explained what an impact that made on my life. He smiled and explained to me that the Founder of SMI – Paul J Meyer – is a huge Christian and based many of his teachings on the Biblical principles.
As I write this, I have goose-flesh. So please don’t tell me, the biggest sceptic of them all. God does not have a plan for each of us. What’s crazy, I am only know discovering His plan for me. I am still not 100% sure what that may be. God will reveal it in His time. What amazes me, there are just too many coincidences.
So don’t even try to tell me what’s written in Bible is not true. What has happened to me is not true? All I say to all out there open your eyes. He, God the Son and the Holy Spirit is with us daily. Open your eyes and see.
“ Lord I give thanks for this revelation, I know there is much more. I pray that I with You can impact others. I pray this Jesus glorious name. Amen.”
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