Inspiration

Remember

#remember


“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭68:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬


God sets his people free and crushes his enemies. Salvation is freedom from sin and death. Those who refuse to turn to God will be crushed by sin and death. They will be trapped by the sin they loved and destroyed by the death they feared. How much better it will be for those who love God and fear the consequences of sin.(Tyndal Study Bible)


Sin is a word filled with burden and weight. It weighs heavy on our minds. It’s like we don’t want to hear the word. Because with it comes guilt and condemnation. We know God forgives our sin. When faced with sin, we struggle to forget our past transgressions. All those old things come flooding back. 


Remember what the Bible says. All sin leads to death. It could mean physical death or spiritual death. Either is not okay. 


Consider this drug dealer and addicts if they carry on with their habits end up dead. Their lifestyle certainly does not lead to a peaceful life. The opposite, a Pastor, certainly has a peaceful life. Yes, these are two extremes, but I am sure you get my point. 


Just like I said yesterday God is our refuge and will take care of our burdens. All we have to do is make the right choices. 


“Lord, thank you for taking care of me. Thank you for forgiving my sins. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Inspiration

Commitment

#commitment


“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:114‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Those with divided loyalties cannot make up their minds between good and evil. But when it comes to obeying God, there is no middle ground; you must take a stand. Either you are obeying him and doing what he wants or you are not. Choose to obey God, and say with the psalm writer, “I love your instructions.” (Tyndal Study Bible) 


These are the lessons for us in this great psalm. The Word of God is sufficient to make us wise, train us in righteousness, and equip us for every good work (2 Timothy 3:15–17). The Scriptures are a reflection of God’s nature, and from them we learn that we can trust His character and His plan and purposes for mankind, even when those plans include affliction and persecution. Blessed indeed are we if our delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law we meditate day and night (Psalm 1:2). (gotquestion.org)


When I read this scripture, what comes to mind is my scepticism. Which developed while I was in the world? In other words before being saved. One can’t believe that you can take refuge in something you can’t see.


The smarter we get, the more we think we can rely on our own understanding. There is a principle in nature that says, the strongest will survive, which I agree with. So yes all my life I have been training to be the strongest. If I was not in some aspects, I lied and winged my way through the challenge. That in itself is a talent used in the wrong way. I am not very proud of that. 


The fact is today I realise where the real power is, and where success is born. Honest, hard work with 100% commitment. This and everything above is instruction from God, through the Bible. What I am astounded at is the power that goes with this undertaking. You see I have done both, without God and today with God. I will choose the later every single time. The strength and peace that accompanies this decision, you will never want to be without. 


What I also learnt is that improving your wisdom, empowering yourself with knowledge is all important. There are many ways to do that. Just commit to doing it. 


“Lord, thank you for Your strength and protection. Amen.”

Inspiration

Not in your time

#notinyourtime


“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 any time, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return for many years.(Tyndale Study Bible)


I was listening to the radio the other day when the DJ’s began saying that Jesus was born 2000 years ago. It suddenly struck me that it was not such a long time ago. If we have to think of God’s time and how old the universe is, it’s not long at all.


What amazes me is how rapid technology has developed in the last while. Think of the past 50 years how things have moved. As Christians, we should have done more to embrace and use this technology to our advantage, just as the world has in the last while.


Let’s go back a whole century. What did you have to do to communicate and get a message to someone? It was a slow and hectic process. Today, I can post something, and if interesting enough, it will go viral and reach millions of people within a matter of days!


My concern is that we end up rushing everything because we are living in this fast-paced society. What helps with everyday aspects is to be patient in all our activities. My wife sometimes gets frustrated with me because I take too much time to complete certain tasks. People, however, tend to neglect and rush things rather than take the time to do a job perfectly, and with that completion, comes the reward of fulfilment in that task.


The business world is especially demanding, and patience is critical along with capitalising on opportunities. God has started a work in us which will be revealed in His time. And, as the writer says, we are not on the same clock as the Lord is. That does not mean we should not plan for the big things to come in all aspects of life. 


With God all things are possible.


“Lord I pray for patience. Amen.”

Inspiration

Are you

#areyou


“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Do you ever think that because you aren’t good enough for God, he will not save you? Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you? Then this verse is especially for you. If God gave his Son for you, he isn’t going to hold back the gift of salvation! If Christ gave his life for you, he isn’t going to turn around and condemn you! He will not withhold anything you need to live for him. The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God’s redeeming grace—it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to you. ( Tyndal Study Bible )


I have seen this many times. A person breaks down emotionally when they get saved. When you speak to them, they say two things. Firstly they can’t believe that God loves them. Secondly, they can’t believe that God accepted them to His kingdom. 


A friend of mine in my work environment suffers from depression and is currently considering taking medication for it. Something I noticed, people that suffer from depression are often lonely. Loneliness adds to depression. There are other factors as well. My thoughts have always been this. Something causes depression, so my advice is deal with that cause, whatever it may be. It’s different for all who suffer. 


My friend was saying to me, that certain things that happen daily aggravate his feeling of depression. So my point exactly, deal with that stuff or at least avoid them. 


Pay attention to the words in the scripture above. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” We, humans, are social creatures we need to belong somewhere. How many of us even in relationships are lonely? The point I am trying to make is. If God is for you, who can be against you? Remember God is for everybody in this world. All we have to do is take the step or make the choice. God created man with the ability to choose. So do the right thing. I speak from experience if you have a relationship with God you never need to be lonely again. Try it; I can assure you that God restores. He promises the best for you in scripture. Just do it. 


I need to add this, a while ago I made the comment that we look after our physical beings by correct eating and exercise. What are you doing for your soul? Are you taking care of your mental state? The most important aspect of you, your mind. 


“Lord I pray that people will understand Your goodness. I pray they make right choices. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Its your choice

#itsyourchoice


“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Do you ever think that because you aren’t good enough for God, he will not save you? Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you? Then this verse is especially for you. If God gave his Son for you, he isn’t going to hold back the gift of salvation! If Christ gave his life for you, he isn’t going to turn around and condemn you! He will not withhold anything you need to live for him. The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God’s redeeming grace—it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to you. ( Tyndal Study Bible )


I have seen this many times. A person breaks down emotionally when they get saved. When you speak to them, they say two things. Firstly they can’t believe that God loves them. Secondly, they can’t believe that God accepted them to His kingdom. 


A friend of mine in my work environment suffers from depression and is currently considering taking medication for it. Something I noticed, people that suffer from depression are often lonely. Loneliness adds to depression. There are other factors as well. My thoughts have always been this. Something causes depression, so my advice is deal with that cause, whatever it may be. It’s different for all who suffer. 


My friend was saying to me, that certain things that happen daily aggravate his feeling of depression. So my point exactly, deal with that stuff or at least avoid them. 
Pay attention to the words in the scripture above. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” We, humans, are social creatures we need to belong somewhere. How many of us even in relationships are lonely? The point I am trying to make is. If God is for you, who can be against you? Remember God is for everybody in this world. All we have to do is take the step or make the choice. God created man with the ability to choose. So do the right thing. I speak from experience if you have a relationship with God you never need to be lonely again. Try it; I can assure you that God restores. He promises the best for you in scripture. Just do it. 


I need to add this, a while ago I made the comment that we look after our physical beings by correct eating and exercise. What are you doing for your soul? Are you taking care of your mental state? The most important aspect of you, your mind. 


“Lord I pray that people will understand Your goodness. I pray they make right choices. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Accept

#accept


“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬


The Roman church was a diverse community. It was made up of Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free people, rich and poor, strong and weak. So it was difficult for them to accept one another. Accepting means taking people into our homes as well as into our hearts, sharing meals and activities, and avoiding racial and economic discrimination. We must go out of our way to avoid favoritism. Consciously spend time greeting those you don’t normally talk to, minimize differences, and seek common ground for fellowship. In this way you are accepting others as Christ has accepted you, and God is given glory. (Tyndal Study Bible)


Two things come to mind when reading this scripture and commentary.


Firstly, before being saved, I used to look down on people. I thought I was better than other people. Just because I have a touch more talent than the next person does not make me a better person. Better at business or sports does not automatically make me a better person. I ministered for a long time at a house with street people and drug addicts; some were infected with AIDS. Think of showing genuine affection to such people. A hug goes a long way, not easy when AIDS infects the person. Today I love unconditionally and can deal with all these challenges. Why because accepting Jesus in my life has softened my heart. I care today for all and everyone. It has been one of the most significant attitude changes I have ever experienced. I am a better person for it.


The next thing, I have done some horrible things in the past. Some of them society accepts today. That does not mean God accepts them. He will forgive yes but won’t accept. The Bible is very clear that sin leads to death. Good leads to riches in all areas of your life. You see God does not discriminate in any way. He forgives all no matter what you did. Can you believe that? I can’t believe that I have been given a second chance. I will always be immensely grateful, for it. It’s our job as members of the Body of Christ the Church to share that message with the world. With all of those that don’t believe, because it’s so amazing. That will also make you a better person. 


“Lord, may Your teaching influence me and others. Amen.”

Inspiration

Suprise

#suprise


“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬


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? (Tyndal Study Bible)


Have you heard the saying what goes up must come down? Yes, I am sure you have. You get what you give. You are what you eat. There are may of these sayings.


The most important one to me is “a man reaps what he sows.” If you don’t invest how can you expect a reward? If you expect plenty, then you must sow or invest plenty. Consider the commentary above. If you sow evil or bad, you can only expect evil or wrong in return. Yes if you talk bad about people behind their back, what do you expect in return. Do you expect them to treat you with love and affection?


Consider this, in the workplace who do you think the Bos notices? The guy that hides from work, nope, certainly not him. He seeks the one that always goes the extra mile. Not the man that hides. Think of the athlete that is preparing for a big event. Who is going to win Gold? Yes, the person trains the hardest and smartest. Not always easy. But very real.


So there are two things to consider here. How much you plant or sow. Then how do you take care of that seed? Watering and nurturing it, adding to its potential to produce.


So, in short, the person that correctly sows, rewards will be in heaven. What a privilege and honour.


The guide as to how, is all in the Bible, Gods Word.


“Lord, reveal Your wisdom to me and others. Amen.”