Inspiration

Share

#share


“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Since these Jewish Christians, because of their witness to the Messiah, no longer worshipped with other Jews, they should consider praise and acts of service their sacrifices—ones they could offer anywhere, anytime. This must have reminded them of the prophet Hosea’s words, “Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises” (Hosea 14:2). A “sacrifice of praise” today would include thanking Christ for his sacrifice on the cross and telling others about it. Acts of kindness and sharing is especially pleasing to God, even when they go unnoticed by others. (Tyndal Study Bible)


In this case, where the grammar of one language (Greek) doesn’t fit well with another language (English). In English, “do good” and “share” are action verbs, but in Greek they are nouns. The verb in this statement is “not forget.” Perhaps a better way to translate this is: But do not forget about good works and fellowship, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. The point is not to forget fellowship.
Obviously, when we are sharing what we have with others we are demonstrating fellowship, but unfortunately, the translations leave much out. If I told you not to neglect friendship, you would know that I’m encouraging you to bolster your friendships. It could be through kind deeds, or just sitting down and talking with someone. I think this is what the Hebrews writer is after as well. Fellowship with another person doesn’t just happen and effort has to be expended to keep the state of fellowship going. Just because we have it, we should not ignore the relationship.(La Vista Church of Christ)


Have you heard the comment survival of the fittest? The first thing we think of when things are terrible is ourselves. Because that forms part of our survival instinct, which is natural. So to unlearn that habit is going to be hard. We have a duty as Christian to always think of others. We are to be an example to society. 


Sharing here does not always mean money. It means sharing of your time, serving and sharing your wisdom. I think of a good friend of mine. He is a unbeliever or I should say, he believes but has never taken that step of salvation. He spends hours in community service. At least 3 – 4 hours a day. Not during working hours after hours. My question is are we better than him just because we believe. I think not. Remember who Jesus said is be the greatest, he who serves most. Salvation is the an essential element, yet that’s no all. Just like my friend you have to do your bit. 


“Lord let me reach out to others in all ways possible. In Jesus name. Amen”

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Inspiration

Keep quiet

#keepquiet


“Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬


This proverb highlights several benefits of keeping quiet: (1) It is the best policy if you have nothing worthwhile to say; (2) it allows you the opportunity to listen and learn, and (3) it gives you something in common with those who are wiser. Make sure you pause to think and to listen so that when you do speak, you will have something important to say. (Tyndal Study Bible)


Have you experienced this before, when you catch yourself doing something completely needless? There is no benefit from doing or saying that or it. Saying something worthless, you are criticising or making a derogatory comment. Just this morning I caught myself criticising a colleague’s behaviour. I can sit here know and say why waste your energy? There is nothing to gain from it. 


Take time and consider the commentator. Think of the three points he makes. If nothing worthwhile to say keep quiet, silence gives you a chance to listen and learn and it gives you something in common with wise people. Is this not a better aspiration? 


Have you heard the saying Quiet confidence? Here is what Wiki how has to say.1. Be at ease with yourself.2. Be smooth.3. Don’t talk to everyone around you.4. Smile!5. Voluntarily take some alone time.6. Pay attention in class.7. Change up your normal routine occasionally. 8. Wear jewellery (If allowed) in class that you like, no matter how odd or different it may seem.
The interesting thing is we don’t need Wiki how all we need is to pay heed what the Bible says. And the Bible was there first. 


“Lord I thank you for your word. Amen.”

Inspiration

Be good

#dogood


“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭27-28‬ NLT)


The Jews despised the Romans because they oppressed God’s people, but Jesus told these people to love their enemies, which subsequently turned many away from Christ. Jesus wasn’t talking about having affection for enemies, but rather about an act of the will. You can’t “fall into” this kind of love—it takes conscious effort. Loving our enemies means acting in their best interests. We can pray for them, and we can think of ways to help them. Jesus loves the entire world and those who dwell therein, even though the world is in rebellion against God. Jesus tells us to follow His example by loving our enemies. Grant your enemies the same respect and love as you desire for them to have for yourself.(Tyndal Study Bible)


Love is an action and verb, not a feeling. As the author writes, it’s an act of will and not merely a feeling.


To resolve or achieve anything in this world requires an act of conscious willpower alteration and renewing. A few weeks ago I went to a business sermon with guest speaker, Dr Dave Martin. He made the statement:”the rest of my life is going to be the best of my life”. He heavily stressed the fact that if we do the same act, continuously we are going to get the same result. So if you want a better or different result, then you have to do things better or differently. You achieve that by learning new skills or gaining more knowledge. There are many ways to learn. Apply your mind to these things. Every day that you learn or are taught a new skill, you improve. By talking to your “enemies”, you will also be able to learn far more.


A key element is an act of will. You have to make a conscious decision, no matter what it is. It takes willpower. “Do something.”


“Lord thank you for love. Amen.”

Inspiration

Trust

#trust


For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ NLT)


Those who were trying to be saved by keeping the Old Testament law were soon tied up in rules and ceremonies. But now, through the Holy Spirit, God provides freedom from sin and condemnation (Romans 8:1). When we trust Christ to save us, he removes our heavy burden of trying to please him and our guilt for failing to do so. By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for him. “Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”


But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)


When Moses came down Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face was radiant from being in God’s presence (Exodus 34:29-35). Moses had to put on a veil to keep the people from being terrified by the brightness of his face. Paul adds that this veil kept them from seeing the radiance fade away. This veil illustrates the fading of the old system and the veiling of the people’s minds because of their pride, hardness of heart, and refusal to repent. The veil kept them from understanding references to Christ in the Scriptures. When anyone becomes a Christian, the veil is taken away (3:16), giving eternal life and freedom from bondage. That person can then be like a mirror reflecting God’s glory. (Tyndal Study Bible)


The amazing thing about salvation is that we are free from sin. We carry the burdens of the world and our daily struggles before we are born again. Set free from all those sins and burdens when we accept Jesus as our saviour. At the same time, Jesus died for our sin; and was resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit. At His death, the Holy Spirit was set upon the earth. That is the Spirit that Paul is talking about that will guide us. That is the Spirit that creates the freedom. That is the voice that tells us to make the right, choices. Sure, we can ignore it as many of us do. Wrong decisions cause guilt and condemnation. Then human nature sets in; we feel we should blame someone, instead of taking responsibility for our action. Often this involves our loved one, those closest to us. 


From time to time, one should read more than just the particular scripture. I included the scripture before. Paul is explaining as unbelievers we live with a veil covering us from the Glory of God. Only if we accept Jesus as our saviour, the veil is lifted. Then we are free from sin with the Holy Spirit guiding us. The burdens of the world removed. Set free. 


The most significant result of my salvation, I learnt to “Love” again. Jesus gave me a heart of flesh removed the stony parts. I do everything with far more compassion and love than before. Not perfect but making huge strides on a daily basis. 


“Lord thank you for removing my veil. The freedom is incredible. Give me the courage to share this with others. In Jesus name. Amen.”



Inspiration

Will HE

#willHe

“When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


“When people’s lives please the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them.” NLT


“When God approves of your life,    even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.” MSG


We want other people to like us, and sometimes we will do almost anything to win their approval. But God tells us to put our energy into pleasing him instead. Our effort to be peacemakers will usually make us more attractive to those around us, even our enemies. But even if it doesn’t, we haven’t lost anything. We are still pleasing God, the only one who actually matters.(Tyndal Study Bible)


Inspirational words of this scripture. Two things come to mind this very special day. Ascension day. It is always time to reflect on days like these. One considers your position and blessing; there much to be grateful for. The second thing is all this hatred and strive in our country. 


Let me stress I am not condoning the misdoing of current leadership. That is for law and process to deal with. The Bible is very clear on this. The wages of sin is death. All in God’s time. Focus on the scripture, if we please God, even our enemies will shake our hands. Won’t we achieve more with that approach rather than an approach of malice?


Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.


Jesus died for our sin and gave the world a second chance. All we need to do is accept it. Need I say more. Accept Jesus, change your ways to please God, and the promise is there. All things are possible through Christ Jesus that strengthens me. Even your enemies will love you. 
Will this fix our current position?


“Lord I pray to please You. I thank you for giving me a second chance. I pray the world see this revelation. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Trust the Bible

#trustthebible


“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


The knowledge of the Scriptures affects our attitude toward the present and the future. The more we know about what God has done in years past, the greater the confidence we have about what he will do in the days ahead. We should read our Bibles diligently to increase our trust that God’s will is best for us. (Tyndal Study Bible)


Wisdom was the topic yesterday and the Bible is our Google for that wisdom. And yes we can use Google to explore the Bible. The source of information is still the Bible. For Google to be, useful things had to be recorded, just as the Bible is written and recorded. 


Take note what Scripture above is saying. It documents principles and guidelines for our learning. It’s a source of reference for our comfort. Apply it and it will create hope. 


Consider this; we have to fill our brain and hearts with the correct information. Think of the information that our kids and we have access to in Google. Have you considered the evils there? I am sure you are all aware. As fast and efficient Google can be we have to be as fast to teach the pitfalls. We can’t just ignore it. We all have a responsibility to educate and guard against those evils and pitfalls. So just as scripture teaches the correct way, we have the responsibility to teach and guide those we touch, the proper way to information and wisdom.


The commentator makes a point the more we know about God and His ways, the better we will understand the future. It will be easier to make the right choices. It will be like a snowball, the more useful information out of the Bible, the more healthy choices and favour. 


Guard against the wrong trust the Bible.


” Lord I pray for right information Your Word the Bible. Amen.”

Inspiration

Wisdom

#wisdom


“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom.And in all your getting, get understanding.”Proverbs 4:7 NKJV


David taught Solomon as a young boy that seeking God’s wisdom was the most important choice he could make. Solomon learned the lesson well. When God appeared to Solomon to fulfil any request, Solomon chose wisdom above all else. We should also make God’s wisdom our first choice. We don’t have to wait for God to appear to us. We can boldly ask him for wisdom today through prayer. James 1:5 assures us that God will grant our request.


“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”James 1:5 NKJV


The wisdom that we need has three distinct characteristics:
(1) It is practical. The wisdom from God relates to life even during the most trying times. It is not a wisdom isolated from suffering and trials. This wisdom is the tool by which trials are overcome. An intelligent person may have profound ideas, but a wise person puts profound ideas into action. Intelligence will allow someone to describe several reasons why the car broke down. The wise person chooses the most likely reason and proceeds to take action.
(2) It is divine. God’s wisdom goes beyond common sense. Common sense does not lead us to choose joy in the middle of trials. This wisdom begins with respect for God, leads to living by God’s direction, and results in the ability to tell right from wrong. It is a wisdom that James will describe at length in chapter 3.
(3) It is Christlike. Asking for wisdom is ultimately asking to be like Christ. The Bible identifies Christ as the “wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24; 2:1-7). ( Tyndal Study Bible )


“Wisdom is the principal thing;” These words above are incredible. I think of daily life”s, what do we do to empower ourselves wisdom? I am 59 and many days feel I it know it all. That is so far from the truth. Think off this for a moment. 


I was listening to radio interview; the commentators were talking about Warren Buffet. We all know his claim to fame is his immense wealth and extraordinary business brain. An interesting comment was that Warren made most of his money after the age of 60. He is currently 85 years old. This past weekend he hosted a conference with 35000 people in attendance. At 85 wow. So my question is, do you think he stopped empowering himself after 60 with wisdom. I don’t believe. 


Everyday opportunities present themselves to empower ourselves with knowledge. In this fast paced world we live in we don’t take the time to enable ourselves, with wisdom. Apart from business what our biggest challenges are life and relationships. The Bible God’s Word is filled with wisdom in this area. All we need to do is take the time to study it. 


“Lord I thank you for Your wisdom. Amen.”