Rely on Him

Posted: July 25, 2017 in Inspiration
“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.” James 1:13-14 NLT
People who live for God often wonder why they still have temptations. Does God tempt them? God tests people, but he does not tempt them by trying to seduce them to sin. God allows Satan to tempt people, however, in order to refine their faith and to help them grow in their dependence on Christ. We can resist the temptation to sin by turning to God for strength and choosing to obey his Word.
It is easy to blame others and make excuses for evil thoughts and wrong actions. We use excuses such as: (1) It’s the other person’s fault; (2) I couldn’t help it; (3) everybody’s doing it; (4) it was just a mistake; (5) nobody’s perfect; (6) the devil made me do it; (7) I was pressured into it; (8) I didn’t know it was wrong; (9) God is tempting me. A person who makes excuses is trying to shift the blame from himself or herself to something or someone else. A Christian, on the other hand, accepts responsibility for his or her wrongs, confesses them, and asks God for forgiveness.(Tyndal Study Bible)
Temptation comes from our desires and choices. The world tempts us with those quick thrills and rewards. We must remember that it will be nothing lasting and permanent. Only God’s way is permanent and lasting.
Have you gone through those tough times, where temptation is around all the time? Continuously close to losing your temper, tempted to loose Faith in God. He, God just never seems to be around. What we forget He is always around. What we forget is to turn to him for strength. Our human default is to turn to our understanding. We Quickly forget about God and rely on the world.
Take time to think of this, God’s not out there to spite us. We spite ourselves by making wrong choices. Read the second chapter of the Tyndal commentary. Many excuses all we try to do is shift the blame, instead of taking it on the chin. The words Pity Party comes to mind. Haven’t we all had those? This is only happening to me!
The words refine my faith rings in my head. Yes, let us focus on relying on God strength and not our own. I think of those times when we are sort of money, who do we turn too? Our understanding or do we trust in God?
“Lord I pray for correct choices and faith in You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Approval of people

Posted: July 24, 2017 in Inspiration
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Do you spend your life trying to please everybody? Paul had to speak harshly to the Christians in Galatia because they were in serious danger. He did not apologize for his straightforward words, knowing that he could not serve Christ faithfully if he allowed the Galatian Christians to remain on the wrong track. Whose approval are you seeking—others’ or God’s? Pray for the courage to seek God’s approval above anyone else’s.
The tone and content of this letter make it clear that trying to win the approval of people was not Paul’s goal. Paul was probably criticized by the Judaizers for trying to please people by presenting only the part of the Good News pertaining to faith and grace, and not what they perceived to be the whole message including the law. • Being Christ’s servant requires fidelity to Christ, regardless of how people respond (cp. Acts 5:29; Eph 6:5-6; 1 Thes 2:3-6) (Tyndal study Bible)
A couple of Sunday’s ago our Pastor in his Sermon about Purity, said this. We sometimes do things behind closed doors, and we think nobody can see. So it’s Ok. What we don’t realise God sees everything. We can’t hide anything from him. He knows everything, he knows about every hair on our bodies. He knows our every thought.
I wonder how many people suffer from some addiction and they don’t even know they have. And these days how easy it is to access things, generally behind closed doors. The thing is, it’s between you and God. And yes, there is help out there for everything. If you just follow the principles of the Bible most of these things won’t happen.
Just like the scripture says, it is not about people – it’s about God. It’s between you and Him. We need to seek favour from God and not people.
What comes to mind is, it’s easy to seek approval from man. We do all sorts of things to get our ego’s caressed, and the approval is instant. We can feel it immediately. It’s like getting that result in the workplace; it feels good. Then what we do we seek more of that feeling. In some cases, we even become addicted to it.
This all is the way of the world. The true way is God’s way. We should seek His approval. Yes, I know it’s not as instant as the way of the world. In the long run, it will be more rewarding. In the Bible, God says He will reward obedience. Apart from the inner peace, you receive when you please God, you will be rewarded with many blessings. I am not even talking about the eternal life you receive when accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
“Lord I pray for Your recognition. May I please you in everything I do. In Jesus name.Amen.”

You may have peace

Posted: July 22, 2017 in Inspiration
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33
Jesus summed up all he had told them this night, tying together themes from 14:27-29; 16:1-4; and 16:9-11. With these words he told his disciples to take courage. In spite of the inevitable struggles they would face, they would not be alone. Jesus does not abandon us to our struggles either. If we remember that the ultimate victory has already been won, we can claim the peace of Christ in the most troublesome times.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world: “Such a saying as this is worthy to be carried from Rome to Jerusalem on one’s knees” (Martin Luther). Jesus’ final words did not chastise, but brought comfort. Jesus promised peace (14:27) and joy (16:20, 22).  Now he added that his disciples can discover peace even when surrounded by threats; they can be tranquil despite those who are hostile to their faith. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Have you ever wondered why the Bible was written? Well, it was inspired by God and it’s our handbook to life. The first part (Old Testament) includes the Ten Commandments engraved in stone. It’s God word to us.
So above in this scripture, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. This is the written word the Bible. So it is meant for us as well – Jesus’s instruction is to us. And Jesus is very clear here that if we follow His instructions, we will have peace in Him, Jesus. He talks about trials and sorrow in the world, yet if you trust in Him, you have overcome the world because He overcame the world for you.
Since I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and saviour, the peace that has overcome me is insane. I can’t keep myself from expressing gratitude for that peace. I have had everything in my life. Only now after excepting Jesus, have I peace. What’s an eternal life. Just like the commentator says, we can discover peace even if we are surrounded by the threats of life.
So consider this if you dress yourself with knowledge of the Bible and promise of Jesus, how easy will it be to overcome the daily challenges we face. Even those in the work place. Because the lessons off diligence and commitment are all there in the Bible. Just like I said yesterday – rely on God.
“ Lord make me stay in Your word. More of You. Peace and blessing will be there. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Just ask

Posted: July 21, 2017 in Inspiration
“I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath”
Psalm116:1-2
God is so responsive that you can always reach him. He bends down and listens to your voice. This writer’s love for the Lord had grown because he had experienced answers to his prayers. If you are discouraged, remember that God is near, listening carefully to every prayer and answering each prayer in order to give you his best.
This is an intensely personal “thank you” psalm to the Lord for saving the psalmist from death (116:3; 8). The occasion and author remain unknown, although the language used by Jonah in his prayer from the fish’s stomach is remarkably similar. While this appears to deal with physical death, the same song could be sung by those who have been saved from spiritual death.(Tyndale Study Bible)
The first thing that comes to my mind is, how many people say that, if there is a God, He won’t allow something? Why would there be all that sorrow? He should not allow you to sin either. There is much sin in this world by all. Why? Because we follow our own minds, we have choices. We can either make right or wrong choices. With all the correct teaching we still make the wrong choices. And that is what creates all the trouble and sorrow in the world, all those wrong choices.
This scripture is about praying and God responding to those prayers because He always listens. It makes we think of those people that in their darkest hour they call on God. And that hour is different for all. I think of myself we want to call on God when the chips are down. Then when the going gets good, we forget about Him. I have made myself guilty of this many times. The funny thing is God listens all the time. If we keep praying and be grate full imagine how much better it could be. There is no limit to God’s favour and grace. We put limits on God’s favour because of our disobedience and wrong choices.
If you read the rest of the Psalm, it’s a thank you to God saving the writer’s life. He goes on to pledge the rest of his life to God. Do we realise that salvation promises eternal life? Yes, we forget from time to time. Because we are so busy with worldly things. So, in essence, we should also pledge the rest of our life’s to God. Why wait to be close to death? Why wait on accepting salvation? Do it sooner than later then you can share in favour and blessing earlier.
Eternal life, yes that is available to all of us. No matter what the extent of your sin or bad choices. Just pray to God, because He listens to every single prayer you might have. And yes, miracles still happen.
In our work environment, we wait until we are in deep trouble before we ask for help. At that point, we sometimes don’t even have a choice. Why not pre empt a situation and ask for help sooner than later. Help and better skills can only make you better at what we do. Don’t be scared to ask for the Lord’s help.
“Lord I thank you for salvation and eternal life. Holy Spirit guide me to and in my daily prayers. For I know you hear. In Jesus name. Amen.”

The wise listen

Posted: July 19, 2017 in Inspiration
“Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
1. What it is that keeps a fool from being wise: His way is right in his own eyes; he thinks he is in the right in every thing he does, and therefore asks no advice, because he does not apprehend he needs it; he is confident he knows the way, and cannot miss it, and therefore never enquires the way. The rule he goes by is to do that which is right in his own eyes, to walk in the way of his heart.  He is a fool that is governed by his eye, and not by his conscience.
2. What it is that keeps a wise man from being a fool; he is willing to be advised, desires to have counsel given him, and hearkens to counsel, being diffident of his own judgment and having a value for the direction of those that are wise and good. He is wise (it is a sign he is so, and he is likely to continue so) whose ear is always open to good advice.(Mathew Henry)
Over time I have certainly made myself guilty of thinking that I am right and don’t need advice or teaching from others.
Let’s use a classic modern example: the power of social media. What is your position as far as that is concerned? Do you use it to promote your business and your faith? Yes, your faith. Do you put it out there.? Do you use it to reach non-believers? That is not my job I can hear you say. It’s the church’s responsibility. I don’t think so.
How many contacts on your mobile? Do all those people know what you stand for? We are mandated by Jesus to be Fisher of men. Do you use all the tools at your disposal to achieve that?
My question: have you done everything in your business or work environment to put yourself first? Pertaining to social media etc? Are you the smartest individual out there promoting yourself. If it is not promoting yourself is it empowering yourself with knowledge to do your job better.
I know I have a lot to do. Don’t think you are too old to learn. There so much knowledge out there. It makes me think of all the wisdom and skill in the Bible. Open your mind and heart to its teaching. It will have staggering results.
“ I pray that we will open our hearts and minds to Your teaching Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Strength

Posted: July 18, 2017 in Inspiration
“God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Some people think that belief in God is a crutch for weak people who cannot make it on their own. God is indeed a shield to protect us when we are too weak to face certain trials by ourselves, but he does not want us to remain weak. He strengthens, protects, and guides us in order to send us back into an evil world to fight for him. Then he continues to work with us because the strongest person on earth is infinitely weaker than God and needs his help. David was not a coward; he was a mighty warrior who, even with all his armies and weapons, knew that only God could ultimately protect and save him. (Tyndale Study Bible)
There are a couple of things that come to my mind. Firstly I certainly don’t think that God’s way is for the weak. What I do think is that it gives a boldness to reach out to people to care and pray for them. It takes courage to minister to strangers. It even takes more courage to minister to friends and family because they sometimes seem the most critical. Think of this a moment, would you go to a prison and minister to prisoners? No, it’s not that easy. The Bible equips us to deal with these challenges. One has to take time and study the Bible listen to teachings from our spiritual leaders. Remember that you are not going to know all that the Bible says over night, it’s gonna take time. One just has to be diligent.
Secondly, if you read the Bible, God gave many super human strength. That did not mean physical strength only. It included wisdom and tactical strength. Think of David Moses and Noah all had different strengths. They all achieved their desired goal. You see it’s not always about physical strength. Mental strength is absolutely vital. With that, you can achieve almost anything. It also brings an inner peace.
Think of modern society and its challenges. We need more mental strength to overcome the daily challenges. In this fast paced world today it’s not about the physical so much as it is the mental fitness. I have experienced recently all motivation and strengthening is in the Bible.
“Lord I thank you for life’s guide the Bible. I thank you for the strength it gives. Amen”

Good news

Posted: July 17, 2017 in Inspiration
“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Paul was not ashamed because his message was the Good News about Christ. It was a message of salvation, it had life-changing power, and it was for everyone. When you are tempted to be ashamed, remember what the Good News is all about. If you focus on God and on what God is doing in the world rather than on your own inadequacy, you won’t be ashamed or embarrassed.
Why did the message go to the Jews first? They had been God’s special people for more than 2,000 years, ever since God chose Abraham and promised great blessings to his descendants (Genesis 12:1-3). God did not choose the Jews because they deserved to be chosen (Deuteronomy 7:7-8; 9:4-6) but because he wanted to show his love and mercy to them, and through them, his Messiah would come into the world. God chose them, not to play favourites, but so that they would tell the world about his plan of salvation.
For centuries the Jews had been learning about God by obeying his laws, keeping his festivals, and living according to his moral principles. Often they would forget God’s promises and laws; often they would have to be disciplined, but still, they had a precious heritage of belief in the one true God. Of all the people on earth, the Jews should have been the most ready to welcome the Messiah and to understand his mission and message—and some of them did (see Luke 2:25, 36-38). Of course, the disciples and the great apostle Paul were faithful Jews who recognised in Jesus God’s most precious gift to the human race. (Tyndale study Bible)
Yes just like the Bible says, when God chose Abrahams he chose the Jewish nation to represent Him. It’s through that Nation Jesus was given to us. We might think that all Jews don’t recognise Jesus. You see that is not true. The disciples and the great apostle Paul recognised Jesus. God’s most precious gift to the world. That’s where Christianity started.
The important thing today is all we have to do is accept Jesus as our Lord and saviour. It’s not important what happened in the past. The important event is Jesus the Good news. There is nothing to be ashamed of.
I can’t stop talking about what a difference the Good News made in my life. As Christians, it would be a real shame if we don’t tell our world about the Good News. If you have forgotten that is our mandate. Very important is that this message is available to every person in this world. A big job for us to spread the Good news. Don’t think you can’t do anything you will be surprised what even the smallest little thing can mean.
It reminds me, the disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest amongst them? And Jesus answered he who serves most. All you have to do is serve, and you will be great.
“Lord I pray that I will serve unconditionally. I will not be ashamed. In Jesus Name. Amen.”

Guard your heart

Posted: July 15, 2017 in Inspiration
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NLT
Our hearts—our feelings of love and desire—dictate to a great extent how we live, because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon tells us to guard our hearts above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections push you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires: Don’t go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and don’t get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin.
Proverbs 4:23 instructs believers to, “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” When Solomon refers to guarding the heart, he really means the inner core of a person, the thoughts, feelings, desires, will, and choices that make that person who he/she is. The Bible tells us that our thoughts often dictate who we become (Proverbs 23:7; 27:19). The mind of a man reflects who he really is, not simply his actions or words. That is why God examines the heart of a man, not simply his outward appearance and what he appears to be (1 Samuel 16:7). (Tyndale Study Bible)
Just as there are many diseases and disorders that can affect the physical heart, there are many ailments of the spiritual heart that can impair growth and development as a believer. Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries due to accumulated cholesterol plaques and scarring in the artery walls. Hardening of the spiritual heart can also occur. Hardening of the heart occurs when we are presented with God’s truth, and we refuse to acknowledge or accept it.
So a man thinks so, is he! What a statement yet very true. I remember this, “I had an intense burning desire to become a Champion triathlete.” These words were written on small yellow cards, named affirmation cards. A reminder of what your goal is. I always wonder how many people in the world apply this principle to their daily spiritual and physical lives?
Over the years it’s apparent that you will live longer and have a better quality of life if you exercise and eat correctly. If you are in good shape physically, you will have a great quality of life.
The same applies to your spirit life. Above in the commentary, it gives you a clear instruction for perfect spiritual life. Here is a couple of them.
* Put boundaries on your desires
* Don’t go after everything you see.
* Keep your eyes fixed on goals
* Don’t get sidetracked
* Keep your mouth free of perversity.
* Keep corrupt talk from your lips
* Fix your gaze before you.
* Give careful thought to the path of your feet.
I remember, growing up we sought all sorts of activity for fulfilment. None of it was lasting. We thought that physical activity would give you inner peace. The only lasting peace is mental peace. Many things in this world will rob you of that. That is why Solomon says to guard your heart. My experience is that all the instructions to achieve that is in the Bible. Just take the time to study it.
“Lord I thank you for salvation and Your Word the Bible. I pray that all people will be touched the way I am. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

It’s up to you

Posted: July 13, 2017 in Inspiration
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭1-2  NLT)‬‬‬
Although God is all-powerful and all-knowing, he has chosen to let us help him change the world through our prayers. How this works is a mystery to us because of our limited understanding, but it is a reality. Paul based his instruction about prayer for everyone on his conviction that God’s invitation for salvation extends equally to all people. The word everyone captures the nature of the gospel. The world that God loves includes every person (John 3:16). He loves us as individuals whom he knows intimately (Psalm 139:13-18). Paul urges us to pray for “all people.” Our earnest prayers will have powerful results (James 5:16).
We should pray for those in authority around the world so that their societies will be conducive to the spread of the Good News. (Tyndale Study Bible)
What amazes me is how people are critical of others. Nobody in this world is perfect. We all think we righteous at times. We get this idea in our minds that everybody and everything around us is in the wrong. So how do we measure to God’s righteousness?
You see, our relationship is not what we do for God, but what He does for us. He knows our needs better than we know ourselves. So we don’t need to pray for ourselves, rather pray for others.
A solution might be right before your eyes. We can be so one dimensional that we may never see it. Keep praying for others.
We don’t earn our salvation; it’s a free gift from God. He gave his only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. So all we have to do is believe and declare that.
What do we do when a taxi driver does wrong? We want to swear at him. Think about this – they are kings in customer service. They will stop anywhere to please their customers. It’s how we see things.  Kindness and goodness is in us. How do you see things?
As God forgave our sins, we must be careful, because true forgiveness is key to our salvation. Forgiveness can separate us from the Grace of God. How much have we been forgiven? God’s forgiveness and grace is huge, we can’t comprehend it.
Have you in turn forgiven others.
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭14 – 15 NLT)‬‬‬
Add to this His Generosity; He gave His Son to die for our sins.
Pray for all, forget about yourself, Forgive and be generous. We should strive, but wow do we fall short of the GLORY of GOD. Remember God lives in us.
“Lord, my prayer is that I consider everybody above myself. I pray for blessing for all. May forgiveness and generosity prevail in my hearts. I pray this so in all peoples hearts. In Jesus name. AMEN”

Do you know

Posted: July 12, 2017 in Inspiration
This is what the LORD says—the LORD who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the LORD: Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭2-3‬ NLT)‬‬‬
God assured Jeremiah that he had only to ask God and God would answer (see also Psalm 145:18; Isaiah 58:9; Matthew 7:7). God is ready to answer our prayers, but we must ask for his assistance. Surely God could take care of our needs without our asking. But when we ask, we are acknowledging that he alone is God and that we cannot accomplish in our own strength all that is his domain to do. When we ask, we must humble ourselves, lay aside our willfulness and worry, and determine to obey him.(Tyndale Study Bible)
I have said this before a couple of time; what an amazing thing the Creation is. Anybody that thinks it just happened is, in my opinion, completely crazy. The smartest scientists in the world can’t get to the bottom of creation. Like I said before, they will discover in God’s time.
And let me be clear – there is only one God, no matter what people say. And what’s more, only one Jesus. So why not just go all the way? Accept Jesus as your saviour.
It reminds of people’s testimonies,  have you ever been in a situation that, maybe hit rock bottom and you have called out for God. Well I have, my question is why wait till then. The Bible says we can rely on God for everything. What we tend to do as Human’s is to rely on our own understanding. Don’t because we have no idea what God has planned for us. Have faith.
So just ask, as the scripture says, ask God and rely on Him for everything. When we ask, we acknowledge that we need Him.
“Lord, all glory to You. I pray that I have clear thoughts for only You. Help me with my daily struggles. May I rely on You for everything. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name. Amen”