Inspiration

The way

#theway


“Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭19‬:‭20-21NLT)


Those who fear the Lord receive “protection from harm” because of their healthy habits, their beneficial lifestyle, and sometimes through God’s direct intervention. Nevertheless the fear of the Lord does not always protect us from trouble in this life: Evil things still happen to people who love God. This verse is not a universal promise but a general guideline. It describes what would happen if this world were sinless, and what will happen in the new earth, when faithful believers will be under God’s protection forever.(Tyndale  Study Bible)


I was watching a movie the other day and I heard the most profound answer to a question asked: “What do you want from this?” and the answer was, “all I want to do is help.” What if we all go through life with that attitude?


It is amazing to me that this wisdom is around us daily, all we need is an open mind and we won’t even have to look far.


Just like me writing this – God reveals this truth to me. I am so blessed to be utilised by Him. So clearly this message is for somebody; is that you? Open your mind to the wisdom around you. “Stay in the Word.”


Please read this scripture – “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (‭John‬ ‭8‬:‭31-32 ESV)


We can make all the plans we want, but God’s plan for you and I will eventually prevail.
“Lord, I pray that You will reveal Your wisdom to all. May I act on them. I thank You in Jesus name. Amen.”

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Inspiration

Nobody is perfect

#nobodyisperfect


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”‭‭I Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


The term “born again” refers to spiritual birth (regeneration)—the Holy Spirit’s act of bringing believers into God’s family. Jesus used this concept of new birth when he explained salvation to Nicodemus (see John 3). This term is an excellent metaphor of new life from God. You cannot be a Christian without a fresh beginning based on the salvation Christ brings. To be born again is a magnificent gift from God.
Do you need encouragement? Peter’s words offer joy and hope in times of trouble, and he bases his confidence on what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. We live with the incredible expectation of eternal life (1:3). Our hope is not only for the future; eternal life begins when we trust Christ and join God’s family. God will help us remain faithful to our faith through whatever difficult times we must face. The “last day” is the judgement day of Christ described in Romans 14:10 and Revelation 20:11-15. No matter what trials or persecution you may face, your soul cannot be harmed if you have accepted Christ’s gift of salvation. You will receive the promised rewards. ( Tyndal Study Bible )


I am going to ask this question have ever done something wrong and then thought if only I had a second chance, I would not do that again? My next question is, are you perfect and never done anything wrong? Nope, I don’t think so. 


I was speaking to a friend the other day. He said he was close to taking the step to salvation and a someone told him it’s all a little airy fairy. Well, I can confirm that it’s the opposite, it takes courage.  Most times in life we are concerned what our peers and family are going to think.  Well, I can tell from experience after making the decision to accept Jesus as my personal saviour, born again, the challenges are immense it’s not for the faint hearted. It might not be easy but the benefits by far outweigh the negatives. The inner peace that overcomes you is incredible. 


“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. ”  Philippians 4:7


If you accept Jesus, you are part of the Church the Body of Christ, and this blessing is available to you. Pay attention to what the commentator is saying, nothing and nobody can affect you if you accept Jesus. Paul in, Philippians, the preceding verses says, you should leave all your troubles in Prayer before God. Then the promise in verse seven will follow. 


Apart from that peace, you receive the Power of the Holy Spirit and access to God’s word the Bible. There is no better motivational and life guidance handbook, ever. Will you read it, most probably not, if you are unsaved? I invite you to take the time to read the Bible. I can also recommend spending time in the presence of believers. If you have a question, about these events and how it affects you, fire away. I can assure you; the positive outweighs the negative. Just try it. Jesus is the only way. 


Take that step = believer lead someone to Christ, unbeliever, accept Jesus as your saviour. 


” Lord, I pray the Holy Spirit touch the unbeliever. As believers may we cross paths with unbelievers. Give us the wisdom to touch their lives. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

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Are you tempted

#areyoutempted


“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


Temptation comes from evil desires inside us, not from God. It begins with an evil thought and becomes sin when we dwell on the thought and allow it to become an action. Like a snowball rolling downhill, sin grows more destructive the more we let it have its way. The best time to stop a temptation is before it is too strong or moving too fast to control. See 1 Corinthians 10:13; or more about escaping temptation.


“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


In a culture filled with moral depravity and sin-inducing pressures, Paul encouraged the Corinthians about temptation. He said: (1) temptations happen to everyone, so don’t feel you’ve been singled out; (2) others have resisted temptation, and so can you; (3) any temptation can be resisted because God will show you a way to resist it. God will help you resist temptation by helping you (a) recognize those people and situations that give you trouble, (b) run from anything you know is wrong, (c) choose to do only what is right, (d) pray for God’s help, and (e) seek friends who love God and can offer help when you are tempted. Running from a tempting situation is your first step on the way to victory (Tyndal Study Bible)


Temptation do you struggle with something on a day to day basis. I certainly do. One thing comes to mind immediately, aggression. Do you get upset with the taxi driver? Do you get angry with peers? 


Salvation is filled with choices. Just like Adam and Eve had a choice. They made the wrong choice. Since that day, we are born into sin. Just like they had a choice we have the option to take the step of salvation. You take that step the peace of God will overcome you. The Holy Spirit will guide you. To overcome the sins and temptations of this world we have to allow God and the Holy Spirit to do Their work. We have the choice. Just like James says we will be Blessed if we endure the temptation. Paul confirms that God will never make our challenges more than that what we can handle. 


So in short make, the right choice and God will take care of the rest. 


” Lord I thank you for guidance and direction through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Accept

#accept


” Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”‭‭John‬ ‭14:21‬ ‭NLT


Sometimes people wish they knew the future so they could prepare for it. God has chosen not to give us this knowledge. He alone knows what will happen, but he tells us all we need to know to prepare for the future. When we live by his standards, he will not leave us; he will come to us, he will be in us, and he will show himself to us. God knows what will happen and because he will be with us through it all, we need not fear. We don’t have to know the future to have faith in God; we have to have faith in God to be secure about the future.

Jesus said that his followers show their love for him by obeying him. Love is more than lovely words; it is commitment and conduct. If you love Christ, then prove it by obeying what he says in his Word. (Tyndale Study Bible) 


Have you ever met somebody that claims to be an atheist? Funny to me even the Devil acknowledges that there is a God. Far more mystical and powerful than us humans. When you question them about right and wrong, they refer to a moral obligation. That moral obligation is the Holy Spirit at work in the life of the believer. What they, the unbeliever, don’t understand, that it’s the Holy Spirit working in them. I always wonder how one can believe in nothing? 
At law school, I was taught that those moral principles, in the Bible, were written into law over time. Think about society today, prostitution for example. In early times, there were no laws against it. Then laws were draughted against it. Today because of moral degradation, those laws are abolished in some countries.


You see, all these things change, morals and laws. What does not alter is the commands and principles in the Bible. Which God established thousands of years ago still applies today. Never modified by man. Take a moment to read the scripture again. Ponder on it for a moment. If you obey them, the commands, we are promised the Love of God. When we obey them, we express or love towards Jesus. The challenge is we have to obey them all. Not just those that suit us. I consider my position. I still fail daily in obedience to the commands. I improve on a daily basis. I am accountable to only God and nobody else. 


But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.Revelation 3:16 NLT


Read this carefully, do you think God is going to shower us with his Love and blessing if we obey halfheartedly. Personally, I believe that we are going to left out in the cold. Consider your position? If you obey, these commands Jesus promises, that He will reveal himself to you. Wow, what a privilege. I want more of that.  


“Lord, I pray for Peace, I pray for obedience and Your love. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Love

#love


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬


The fruit of the Spirit is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits that are found in the nature of Christ. They are the by-products of Christ’s control—we can’t obtain them by trying to get them without his help. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our lives to his (see John 15:4-5). We must know him, love him, remember him, and imitate him. As a result, we will fulfill the intended purpose of the law—to love God and our neighbors. Which of these qualities do you want the Spirit to produce in you?
Because the God, who sent the law, also sent the Spirit, the by-products of the Spirit-filled life are in perfect harmony with the intent of God’s law. A person who exhibits the fruit of the Spirit fulfills the law far better than an individual who observes the rituals but has a little love in his or her heart. (Tyndale Study Bible)


The DOCTRINE of the “TRINITY” means that within the being and activity of the one God there are three distinct persons. Why am I mentioning this? Within God, there are three separate beings. God the Father, the Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Each with their function. The Father Created, the Son Redeems, and the Holy Spirit Sanctifies. They are and act as One. 


This scripture refers to the Holy Spirit. More particular the fruits of the Spirit. Before we carry on, what are the fruits of your labor? Your wages or salary. What are the fruits of relationships? Bear this in mind that no fruit comes without work. Sanctification is the process of being made Holy. So then we can say that part of this process is in the words of the scripture. It describes the values of the process. Let’s look at them for a moment.


“Love”– a strong feeling of affection. High interest and pleasure in something. Feel deep affection or sexual love for (someone).“Joy”– a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. “Peace”– freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.   Tranquility, calm, calmness, restfulness, peace and quiet,“Forbearance”– patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.“Kindness”– the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.“Goodness”– the quality of being good.“Faithfulness”– the quality of being faithful; fidelity.“Gentleness”–  is the quality of being kind and careful, having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character.“Self-control”– the ability to control oneself, in particular, one’s emotions and desires, especially in stressful situations.


Do you think we can be perfect in these words? I think one should pay heed to what the commentator has to say. We must know, love, remember and imitate Him. He is referring to Jesus. The writer is referring to these words. Too much to absorb, in my book. All I can say I fall horribly short of God’s glory. Pay attention to the scripture it says there are no rules against these things. I would like to thank God for the Bible that can teach and remind us daily. Our blueprint for life. 


Lord, I pray for perfection in You. Holy Spirit guide me daily in these words and principles. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Receive

#receive


“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of life with Christ. But you must continue to follow his leadership by being rooted, built up, and strengthened in the faith. Christ wants to guide you and help you with your daily problems. You can live for Christ by (1) committing your life and submitting your will to him (Romans 12:1-2); (2) seeking to learn from him, his life, and his teachings (Colossians 3:16); and (3) recognizing the Holy Spirit’s power in you (Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22). 
Paul uses the illustration of our being rooted in Christ. Just as plants draw nourishment from the soil through their roots, so we draw our life-giving strength from Christ. The more we draw our strength from him, the less we will be fooled by those who falsely claim to have life’s answers. If Christ is our strength, we will be free from human regulations. (Tyndal Study Bible)


Paul’s comparison to the plant is spot on. An excellent example that we need nourishment. Not only physical nourishment, food, but also mental nourishment. The Bible and its wisdom is an incredible source of mental stimulation. 


As I ponder this scripture I wonder, my thoughts go back to Abraham. Do you remember the story of Abraham how God tested him? He had to offer his son as an offering. Can you imagine what he went through Sarah only birthed the child at the age of 90. Right at the death God presented him with a lamb. He tested Abraham obedience. 


Another thing comes to mind Abraham never had the Bible as a point of reference. How then do we fail with all these tools at our disposal? We have access to the Bible and can study as much as we want.
“rooted and built up in him, overflowing with thankfulness.” These are just two captions of the scripture above. I am not Abraham bur strive to win favour from God. I spend many hours in the Word of God. That in itself does not make me perfect. I have many shortcomings one which is patients. When criticised, I don’t take the time and ponder my response. If a response is necessary? Remember what John Bevere said, in his book “Undercover,”  never justify your actions, if you do you are most probably wrong. I pay heed of this scripture; I should come from a point of thankfulness, rather than defend and justify. 


As the Scripture says, we received Christ, the Bible and the Holy Spirit. All we need is faith like Abraham and realize the Lord will provide. Just look what he has done for us already. The key is Faith.


“Lord. Strengthen my Faith in you. Make us rely on You wholeheartedly.  Amen.”

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Believe it works

#believeitworks


“O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32‬:‭17‬ NLT)


Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭18‬:‭14‬ NLT)


“Is anything too hard for the LORD?” The obvious answer is, “Of course not!” This question reveals much about God. Make it a habit to insert your specific needs into the question. “Is this day in my life too hard for the Lord?” “Is this habit I’m trying to break too hard for him?” “Is the communication problem I’m having too hard for him?” Asking the question this way reminds you that God is personally involved in your life and nudges you to ask for his power to help you. (Tyndall Study Bible)


This is such a difficult concept to grasp for the nonbeliever. I am a sceptic; surely this does not work. Well, let me tell you how wrong I was. The results are outstanding if you believe.
The Bible speaks about faith the size of a mustard seed. Have you seen a mustard seed, it is tiny? Its says if you have Faith the size of a mustard seed you will achieve everything.


Well just think about the story of Abraham and Sarah. She was 90 + years old and gave birth to a son. Would you even consider that these days? Yep, it is a miracle.


Remember I spoke of the Holy Spirit a couple of days ago. If you believe, that Spirit will dwell in you. It’s that spirit that resurrected Jesus from the dead. That’s available to all of us if you believe.


I can tell you this works in all aspects of daily life. So nothing is too hard if you believe. Try, it works.


“Lord, I thank you for the Holy Spirit. May it touch thousands today. In Jesus name. Amen.”