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Give God a chance

Posted: June 27, 2017 in Inspiration
“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
If no one has ever seen God, how can we ever know him? John in his Gospel said, “The unique One, who is himself, God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us” (John 1:18). Jesus is the complete expression of God in human form, and he has revealed God to us. When we love one another, the invisible God reveals himself to others through us, and his love is made complete. ( Life Applications Study Bible)
Some people simply enjoy being with others. They make friends with strangers easily and are always surrounded by friends. Other people are shy or reserved. They have a few friends but are frequently uncomfortable talking with people they don’t know or mingling in crowds. Shy people don’t need to become extroverts in order to love others. John isn’t telling us how many people to love, but how much to love the people we already know. Our job is to love faithfully the people God has given us to love, whether there are two or two hundred of them. If God sees that we are ready to love others, he will bring them to us. No matter how shy we are, we don’t need to be afraid of the love commandment. God provides us with the strength to do what he asks.
Just this morning I was in a meeting. We were discussing sales techniques. You see, it’s not always what you say, it’s the intensity you say it with. If you are trying to reach someone, you can’t be half dead yourself. You have been super enthusiastic about your message. You have a very short while to grab a client’s attention.
So think about selling the good news of God?in the same way. People are sceptical about it, so you have to be more precise and energetic. My experience has taught me that you really have to be on your game. You do however have an unfair advantage; you have God on your side. All you have to do is your part. Why does God give us that advantage? Because He loves us.
So just like the scripture says, because He loves us we are to love others. Doing that, God will live in you. Not only will you say the right thing, you will do the right thing as well. Just put your trust in God. With God and the power of the Holy Spirit you can love and reach others, even if you are shy.
Just as the commentator says above, you don’t need to change. You stay as you are. It takes all kinds to make our world. So there is a person out there you can love and influence. Don’t stress, God will bring them to you.
Give God a chance to live in you.
“Lord I pray to love others. I thank you for Your for the love. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Take it all

Posted: June 26, 2017 in Inspiration
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our “weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭26‬ NLT)
As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to cope with problems. Even when you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you don’t need to be afraid to come before him. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you “in harmony with God’s own will.” Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that he will always do what is best.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.”(‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭16‬ NLT)
The word translated “Advocate” combines the ideas of comfort and counsel. The word could also be translated Comforter, Encourager, or Counselor. The Holy Spirit is a powerful person on our side, working for and with us.(Tyndale Study Bible)
We are often faced with hard decisions, sometimes even potentially sad ones. What we tend to do sometimes, even as believers, is to rely on our own ideas. In this aspect, we are therefore similar to unbelievers.
You see, Jesus died for our sins on the Cross. What followed was the release of the  Holy Spirit, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was resurrected. God promises us in the Bible that, that power is available to us all.
If you can get help, then why not take it? Why not grab it with both hands? The Holy Spirit through God will help and guide you. Just ask?
I am sure you have heard a voice in the back of your head guiding you and speaking to you. Well, that’s the Holy Spirit working on your behalf.
“I pray, Lord, that all will accept Your way. I give thanks for your Spirit and support. I pray for guidance. In Jesus name. Amen”

The promise

Posted: June 24, 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 eager to preach the gospel. Is our Christian service done in a spirit of eagerness? Ordo we serve out of habit, a feeling of obligation, or perhaps even with a feeling of reluctant duty (much like a child who has to take a bath)? When we fully understand what Christ has done for us and what he offers to others, we will be motivated to share the Good News. Ask God to rekindle that fresh, eager attitude that wants to obey him and to tell others about Christ.
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.(Tyndale Study Bible)
God wants us to be like Him when we are saved. Just like Jesus in His time on earth, Paul was unashamed of the Gospel. God wants us to be like that and tell our world about Him. If you find it difficult to tell people, then try also to simply live your life like Jesus. It will make a huge difference. Be an example to others.
What I found worked for me was to team up with someone who has the confidence to share the message of the Good News. Take note of what works as well as what doesn’t, and then utilise it in your own life. Something that comes to mind is cold calling, at first you will struggle with it, but eventually, you will realise what works. Hereafter you have a platform to work from.
What inspires me is this message of Jesus. First it’s the promise of transformation and renewal, then of salvation, and finally the promise of heaven and eternal life.
“Lord, I pray that you give wisdom and courage to share the Good News of Jesus. I thank you for the ability to do so. In Jesus name. Amen”

Please the Spirit take action

Posted: June 23, 2017 in Inspiration
“Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬ NLT)
It would certainly be a surprise if you planted corn and pumpkins came up. It’s a natural law to harvest what we plant. It’s true in other areas, too. If you gossip about your friends, you will lose their friendship. Every action has results. If you plant to please your own desires, you’ll harvest a crop of sorrow and evil. If you plant to please God, you’ll harvest joy and everlasting life. What kind of seeds are you planting? (Life Applications Study Bible)
Have you caught yourself telling a white lie in self-preservation? We have all done this and even gone so far as to not tell the whole truth. We are so concerned about our own image that we do sinful things to gain recognition.
Keywords in the last while were, “Accept His Love”,”Don’t Pretend”, “Truly Transformed” and “Boast about Who”.
The oldest principle in the Bible is seed time and harvest, day and night, hot and cold.
You see, no matter what we do, the sun will rise tomorrow. No matter how good or bad the situation is, the sun will rise. God will provide for the birds. Have you watched the birds go to work in the morning for food?
Where I live in Cape Town, birds from the neighbouring Robben Island make the 7km flight to the Mainland to find food. Sitting on our balcony, some evenings we watch them return. Do you fly 14km daily for food? I am sure they are successful in their search, otherwise, why would they continue? We can take a “feather” out of their cap.
So in daily activities, do the correct thing that is to plant the seed, and the harvest will be plentiful. When at work, be smart don’t waste time. Do the right thing and be guaranteed a harvest.
Always place God first in all you do and everything else will follow. Just like the birds, we have to take action.
“Lord, I pray that I will please You first. I thank you for the promise of favour. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Who is the greatest

Posted: June 22, 2017 in Inspiration
As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭17-18 NLT)
When we do something well, we want to tell others and be recognised. But recognition is dangerous—it can lead to inflated pride. How much better it is to seek the praise of God rather than the praise of people. Then, when we receive praise, we will be free to give God the credit. What should you change about the way you live in order to receive God’s commendation? (Tyndale Study Bible)
It still amazes me scripture. More interesting is how God talks to us. “It’s just for me.”
I am on the eve of big things; this is just a reminder. Who does everything come from? I heard on the radio yesterday that HE knows the number of hairs on your head. He knows everything.
So yes humble yourself before God and give him all the Glory and recognition. Just like Paul says boost about God. Because He is responsible for everything.
It reminds me that “all things are possible with God.”
“Lord I pray that you will humble me and that I boost about You only. I thank you for the opportunity you presented. In Jesus name. Amen”

Honour everything

Posted: June 21, 2017 in Inspiration
Don’t just pretend to love others. Love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭9-10‬ NLT)
Most of us have learned how to be courteous to others—how to speak kindly, avoid hurting their feelings, and appear to take an interest in them. We may even be skilled in pretending to show compassion when we hear of others’ needs, or to become indignant when we learn of injustice. But God calls us to real and genuine love that goes far beyond being hypocritical and polite. Genuine love requires concentration and effort. It means helping others become better people. It demands our time, money, and personal involvement. No individual has the capacity to express love to a whole community, but the body of Christ in your town does. Look for people who need your love, and look for ways you and your fellow believers can love your community for Christ.
We can honour others in one of two ways. One involves ulterior motives. We honour our bosses so that they will reward us, our employees, so they will work harder, the wealthy, so they will contribute to our cause, the powerful, so they will use their power for us and not against us. God’s way involves love. As Christians, we honour people because they have been created in God’s image, because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and because they have a unique contribution to make to Christ’s church. Does God’s way of honouring others sound too difficult for your competitive nature? Why not try to outdo one another in showing honour? Put others first! ( Life Applications Study Bible)
You see at some stage we all pretend. I wonder why? Because in the end, the only one we really need to impress is ourselves and God.
A good habit takes about three weeks to learn. You break it in a couple of days. So just like I said before, it’s a call to action. Nothing in this world just happens. We need to make it happen. Take action.
So I simply say, Love everything even your job. The right person will notice, and rewards will follow. Again it’s that Biblical principle, all there in the Bible. Even those difficult situation you might find yourself in, approach it with care, and good results will follow.
In Bible school, we spent some time discussing obedience. What is interesting to me, everything in life has an element of action, and that takes obedience and commitment. That obedience is like planting a seed. After planting you have to nurture it, to achieve its full potential. Daily we should nurture our soul to achieve. Just read and understand the lesson from this scripture. Then apply it. Please remember I am only the messenger I mus listen and apply as much as you.
“Lord I pray that you will expose the love in us. So that we can love the world and influence it. I thank you for that love. In Jesus name.Amen.”

Restore

Posted: June 20, 2017 in Inspiration
“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
When we are suffering, we often feel as though our pain will never end. Peter gave these faithful Christians a broader perspective. In comparison with eternity, their suffering would last only “a little while.” Some of Peter’s readers would be strengthened and delivered in their own lifetimes. Others would be released from their suffering through death. All of God’s faithful followers are assured of an eternal life with Christ, where there will be no suffering (Revelation 21:4). (Life Applications study Bible)
I got home this evening to lovely aromas, a home cooked meal. We take these things for granted. Have you experienced suffering? I am sure you have. What form has your suffering taken? Have you ever gone to bed hungry? Have you ever lost a loved one?
Think of this for a bit. An aunt of mine in one year lost her husband, then her son and just 3 weeks ago her granddaughter. It’s insane, and they are a close family. You see God called all of us to share his Glory through Jesus. My aunt is a Christian, and she will suffer, but with faith in God he will restore, support and strengthen her. Most importantly, God loves all of us equally, saved or not. Trust me when I say this He will restore you. God will show you restoration and comfort, then, like I said yesterday, you must apply it.
God loves all, and I mean all of us. That is why when we accept His Son as our saviour, we are promised eternal life. That eternal life is going to be in heaven, can you believe that? Why because God loves us. The incredible peace that I have found in God is heaven already.
A couple of words come to mind as I write this. Love, compassion, care, learn, willingness, holy, humble and pure. There are many more if you apply your mind. Just like God delivers on His promise, we should each deliver on our promises, and that includes our promise to God.
Here is the thing. He will restore, support and strengthen you. From personal experience, I can vouch for that. My final question: who in the world will do that for you, only our God?
So if you have suffered a little, put your faith in the only person you can fully rely on, our Lord and his amazing son Jesus.
“Brothers and Sisters in Christ, as the Church the body of Christ let us touch and change the world, to the glory of God. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Veil removed

Posted: June 19, 2017 in Inspiration
“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
The glory that the Spirit imparts to the believer is more excellent and lasts longer than the glory that Moses experienced. By gazing at the nature of God with unveiled minds, we can be more like him. In the Good News, we see the truth about Christ, and it transforms us morally as we understand and apply it. Through learning about Christ’s life, we can understand how wonderful God is and what he is really like. As our knowledge deepens, the Holy Spirit helps us to change. Becoming Christlike is a progressive experience (see Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2). The more closely we follow Christ, the more we will be like him. ( Life Applications Study Bible)
“That veil removed” this comes with salvation. We were blind, and now we can see. Sin hides God’s glory and blinds us to the glory of God. God’s glory does not live in heaven but should live in us. When the veil is removed, we should reflect God’s glory that is contained in us.
With unveiled eyes, we should gaze at God, with open minds we can be more like Him. Then, in turn, reflect that, to the world. When we are transformed through salvation and truth about Jesus, it’s then we see how good God is.
How do we become more like Him? Through learning about Jesus. The Bible is key in learning. My thought is, “it’s not just about learning, it’s about applying.” Just like the commentator says, becoming Christ-like is progressive. Learn then apply.
The same applies to our daily lives. We have to be open to learning, not closed and veiled. Let that knowledge fill us and reflect in daily tasks. Keep on doing this until we are perfect in what we do. It all starts with an open mind and a willingness to improve. Complaining will never get a result. Reflecting and improving will. At the end of the day we have to make the correct choice. Something important here is faith, along with all the above have Faith in God.
Remove that veil, open yourself to new beginnings and let that reflect in your daily activity. Empower yourself with the knowledge to achieve that edge. Most importantly apply this diligently and then rely on Faith in God to produce fruit. Where does this message come from, the Bible God’s word a revelation?
All the inspiration right there in the Bible.
“Lord I thank you for your word. Please, Lord, help me reach out to those who need this revelation. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Give thanks

Posted: June 18, 2017 in Inspiration
“I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:4-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Paul thanked God for the Corinthian believers. During the Thanksgiving holiday, we focus on our blessings and express our gratitude to God for them. But thanks should be expressed every day. We can never say thank you enough to parents, friends, leaders, and especially to God. When thanksgiving becomes an integral part of your life, you will find that your  attitude toward life will change. You will become more positive, gracious, loving, and humble. Whom do you need to thank today? (Tyndale study Bible)
I learnt very early in my Christian walk that I take too many things for granted. As the saying goes, I was born with the silver spoon. There is nothing my heart desired that I did not have. Yet one thing I never had was inner peace. Spiritual peace. All the bad things I did was looking for that next fix or thrill. All of that meant nothing. The true excitement and thrill is with God. Yes, you will be saying what does he know. I am telling you that I know. I am still very blessed. Why? I was blessed with talent and have learnt from the mistakes I made in conjunction with the many life lessons in that time.
What stands out to me today as Paul says, we are to be grateful. I count my blessings daily, we are so fortunate. If you are grateful for the small things, you will be overwhelmed by the larger things. Just like I am overwhelmed by God’s grace.
When giving thanks becomes the centre of your life, you will become more positive and humble. It reminds me of the words Holy, Humble and Pure. Add grace and gratitude to these. Can you imagine the result and peace that it will bring?
“Lord I pray that you make me grateful so that I can be an example to others. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

For our sake

Posted: June 16, 2017 in Inspiration
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But God is not slow; he just is not on our timetable (Psalm 90:4). Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to him. We must not sit and wait for Christ to return, but we should realize that time is short and we have important work to do. Be ready to meet Christ anytime, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return for many years. (Life Applications Study Bible)
Do we have patients in this modern world? Everything has become instant. It makes me think of fast food and the modern drive-thru. Is it quality? Yes, it is terms of fast food standards. If we go to a sit-down restaurant and wait, meals are better. Quality and patience, I think they go hand in hand. My experience has been if you apply patience the result is better.
However what we tend to do, is be slow which borders on tardy. We put things off and don’t do them immediately, that’s not slow that’s tardy. This certainly is not the Lord’s intention here. God’s time is deffirent to our time. The scripture says He is patient for our sake.
It makes me think of my salvation. It took me 52 years before I met Jesus. I often feel that I lost so much time. You see its all in God’s time. Many a day I wonder what God’s plan is for me. What I have learnt is that we are to be patient and all will be revealed to us. I the meantime just keep on doing the right things. If you are wondering what they are it is all in the Bible?
For those who don’t know Him yet, He is giving you time to repent and accept Him. For the believer, we are to convince others about Jesus. The time might run out!
“Lord I thank you for patience. Thank you for waiting for me. In Jesus name. Amen”