Inspiration

Dont ​be discouraged

#dontbediscouraged


“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬


God chose Israel through Abraham because he wanted to, not because the people deserved it (Deuteronomy 7:6-8; 9:4-6). Although God chose the Israelites to represent him to the world, they failed to do this; so God punished them and sent them into captivity. Now all believers are God’s chosen people, and all share the responsibility of representing him to the world. One day God will bring all his faithful people together. We need not fear because (1) God is with us (“I am with you”); (2) God has established a relationship with us (“I am your God”); and (3) God gives us assurance of his strength, help, and victory over sin and death. Are you aware of all the ways God has helped you? (Tyndal Study Bible)


It is critical for all that read this understands that we are all God’s chosen people. There is a differential between believers and none believers. Believers being God’s chosen people. Are you one of God”s chosen people? 


An important fact is God loves all people in the world. And I mean that anyone in the world, no matter how much you have sinned. Even murderers. To be chosen, all you have to do is repent and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You are immediately one of the chosen people. 


Many of us struggle with motivation, comfort, peace and recognition. Read Isaiah carefully, so many words of encouragement. * Don’t be afraid.* I am with you* Don’t be discouraged* I am your God* I will strengthen you.* I will help you * I will hold you up. 


I can imagine why we will struggle to head to these words because it does not seem tangible. No person is lecturing us; what we should be doing we can’t touch and feel these words. 


That is why the Bible speaks about faith because Christians are to walk by faith. The Bible speaks about faith the size of a mustard seed that’s all we need. Then these promises will become tangible. So if we walk by faith, all will be revealed. 


“Don’t be discouraged I am with you.” 


Lord, I pray for Faith. Thank you for all Your promises. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Inspiration

Happy it’s a choice

#happyitsachoice


“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬


All people like to be happy—to be exhilarated with joy, to feel good, and to be on top of everything. There’s nothing wrong with that. God wants joyous, excited, happy, and uplifted people. The problem lies in how happiness is generated. Some people think they’ll find it in a liquor bottle or a narcotic. But neither of those is the Christian’s source of joy.


Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Terrence, are you going to lecture me on the evils of alcohol?  One study I found http://www.alcohol.co.za/statistics.htm
Take the time and read the study. Knowledge is power. I am reading this book by John Bevere – Under Cover. I am in the second chapter. There are many revelations. It was a gift, and it’s speaking to me personally. I am going to say this nothing happens by accident.


I would like to share this with you. Ignorance causes deception. And deception is the greatest cause of sin and disobedience. It goes as far back as Adam and Eve; the Serpent deceived Eve.


The next question are you a hearer or doer of the word? How many times have we been to an impressive sermon or teaching, but we fail to apply it to our lives? I am speaking to myself here. A couple of months ago I went to a teaching by Dr Dave Martin; I bought his program and did nothing with it. ” Ignorance” So if you are not applying what you learnt you are robbed and deceived. Take every opportunity to learn.


Ignorance causes deception – all the encouragement and promise is in the Word. What we can’t be is a hearer of the word; we have to be doers. I go back to the question above; Wanna be happy? The answer is right there in Psalm 37;4 NLT – “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” 


So take delight in the Lord by empowering yourself with the word, the Bible. 
” Lord I pray for revelation. Let me delight in the Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Work

#work


“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NLT


Since the Creation, God has given us work to do. If we could regard our work as an act of worship or service to God, such an attitude would take some of the drudgery and boredom out of it. We could work without complaining or resentment if we treated our job problems as the cost of discipleship. (Tyndale study Bible)


The day Adam and Eve sinned is we were cursed and condemned to earn our fruits from the sweat of out brow. Yes, as far back as that we were condemned to work for a living. So in short if we want to get ahead in life we have to work. What comes to mind is have you ever met a successful person; yes you have. They all work extremely hard and diligently. Think of those successful Churches in the world all their leaders and Pastors are extremely hard working.


Ya, I know you are saying I have heard this all before. You hearing is one thing, doing is the important thing. So many of us know what to do but don’t just do it. This principle applies to all things in life, not only work. 
I ask you how are you going to get ahead in life? Ponder on that question I don’t think you need me to answer it.


I have entered a new phase in my life; firstly I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior; secondly, I have embarked on a new career. Both these are completely different to how and what I was before. To be successful at either, it takes hard work and diligence. The spiritual reward will come from hours spent in God’s Word the Bible. Doing nothing will not get a result. Rome was not built in one day. What to do at work I think we all know that we should just do it. 


“if we treated our job problems as the cost of discipleship.”


These words are a true revelation treat everything in life in this way. Success will follow.


“Lord I pray for diligence in everything I do. To glorify You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Choices

#choices


25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭25‬ – 27 NLT)


Lying to each other disrupts unity by creating conflicts and destroying trust. It tears down relationships and leads to open warfare in a church. 
The Bible doesn’t tell us that we shouldn’t feel angry, but it points out that it is important to handle our anger properly. If vented thoughtlessly, anger can hurt others and destroy relationships. If bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within. Paul tells us to deal with our anger immediately in a way that builds relationships rather than destroys them. If we nurse our anger, we will give the devil an opportunity to divide us. Are you angry with someone right now? What can you do to resolve your differences? Don’t let the day end before you begin to work on mending your relationship. (Tyndal Study Bible)


I think of this principle that Boxers apply. The moment you lose your temper in a boxing match you lost the fight. 


I can relate many stories of losing my temper, right at that moment you lose the respect of people around you. You can’t think straight, and you make the wrong decisions. How many times have we spoken about correct choices? Getting angry is certainly not the correct choice. 


Have you said this before? It’s not me he/she angered first. A couple of years ago I went through management training. The Title of the course was “Management through people skills.” The most important thing I learned during this program was, in any interaction or communication, you are 50% responsible for the other person’s behavior. So if the other party loses their temper, you are partly to blame for it. They are not alone in it; you have to take some responsibility. The correct choices and words come into play again.


It is just like the choice of telling lies. It is so easy to tell that little white lie. We think it smooths things over, but it actually does not. Just like scripture says it causes damage. When you are caught out lying the people affected are angry. There the circle starts again, by making the correct choices you can prevent all the bad. So don’t give a foothold to the devil.


“Lord I pray for correct choices. Holy Spirit guide me. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Who is the greatest

#whoisthegreatest


“and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. [45] For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:44-45 NLT


Just as James and John wanted to be the highest positions in Jesus’ Kingdom, we strive for that in the world. Jesus, however, told them that true greatness comes in serving others. The disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest among them and He answered clearly, it is he who serves most.


Businesses, organisations, people and institutions measure greatness by personal achievement. In Christ’s Kingdom, however, service is the way to get ahead. The desire to achieve will hinder. Instead, look for ways that you can minister to the needs of others, putting them before your own needs.


In verse 45 the writer refers to a ransom, the price paid to release a slave. Jesus paid a ransom for us, by His death on the cross all of us are freed from our slavery to sin. If you believe that Christ died for our sins. It’s not Jesus that saved us but His death on the cross that redeems us. We as humans don’t comprehend the significance all the time. That is why we as Christian are to spread the Good News. Jesus died for all our sins, no matter how small or big. It is our most important mandate, to win the lost.


Throughout the teachings in the Bible, Jesus uses his own example, to teach his disciples humility and lowliness of mind, and to check their ambitious views and desires. The most important one, to glorify God.


It reminds of those words again Holy, humble and pure. Humble been the one that in this context is the most important. So in a couple of words serve, be humble, and it will take you a long way in God’s kingdom.


Let me relate a true story; we have a Muslim manageress in our office. She encountered one of my Christian customers. One of his stand out character traits is humility. She commented that she finds it very attractive and motivating. If you dress with that trait, people will respect you. The funny thing is you won’t even notice it, because you are coming from the point of humility. Two things come to mind; it’s all there in the Bible, and secondly, it’s second nature to him because his whole family is the same.


“Lord, I thank you, for your values in Your word the Bible. I pray it impacts my life. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.”

Inspiration

Who is our role model

#whoisourrolemodel

“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17 NLT


“Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus” It brings me back to the question who is your role model. Yes, you know what I am asking? From a young age, we are influenced by many things not always the right thing. 


I made reference in an earlier blog, the success as a parent is measured by how your grandchildren turn out. In other words, we are all influenced by somebody in our lives. How many times have you heard this, he/she has the wrong friends. We have all failed in some respect. I have even now after being saved. 


If I read this scripture, I think just as our salvation; we made a choice that will impact our lives for good. In my life, it has been the most significant decision I have ever made. I have these words in my email signature, “Excellence as Faith is a choice.” We have a choice. 


I think of the times we honour our parents for what they have done for us. Take a moment and think of what God has done for us. Do you have time to honour him there is so much? In this scripture, Paul the writer is instructing us. Again I say we have a choice. Paul then says, if we behave as a representative of Jesus, we will honour God. Wow, that is powerful. It reminds of an athlete representing his country in a sport. The cameras are on him and almost always he is at his best behaviour. So God is the most important thing in our life’s, so how important is to behave and act in honour. As a Christian, you represent Christ at all times—wherever you go and whatever you say. What impression do you leave with people? Following from this what do we have to do to honour Christ. 


A while ago I wrote about being grateful, this will go a long way to being more Christ-like. 


Lord, I pray these will speak to our life’s. Let’s glorify You, God. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen

Inspiration

Again its a choice

#againitsachoice
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ NLT)


People often try to protect themselves from their fears by putting their faith in something they do or have: good deeds, skill or intelligence, money or possessions. But only God can save us from the one thing that we really need to fear—eternal condemnation. We believe in God by recognizing the insufficiency of our own efforts to find salvation and by asking him to do his work in us. When Jesus talks about unbelievers, he means those who reject or ignore him completely, not those who have momentary doubts. (Tyndale study Bible)


Read the scripture carefully – There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. Him being Jesus because God sent his only son to die for our sins. When you believe God promises eternal life. 


I can understand why we struggle to believe, firstly we can’t see God. Secondly, we humans like to rely on our understanding. Instead off relying on God for wisdom and power. 


As a young believer, you don’t experience the power of the Holy Spirit. It is set there to guide and strengthen you. It’s that power of the Holy Spirit that resurrected Jesus from the dead. Can you even imagine that, think what it can do for you. The Holy Spirit is around all the time; it’s that Spirit that guided you Church in the first place. Nothing happens by accident. 


So just like the commentator says true peace does not come from worldly things. Because nothing in this world is lasting, all worldly things perish. The only lasting peace is with God because he promises eternal life. 


” Lord I pray that you will touch all the world through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen.