Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Bears our burdens

Posted: October 20, 2017 in Inspiration
#bearsourburdens
“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.”
Advertisements

Your refuge

Posted: October 19, 2017 in Inspiration
#yourrefuge
“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.”

A new life

Posted: October 18, 2017 in Inspiration
#anewlife
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬
How have our old selves been crucified with Christ? Legally, God looks at us as if we had died with Christ. Because our sins died with him, we are no longer condemned (Colossians 2:13-15). Relationally, we have become one with Christ, and his experiences are ours. Our Christian life began when, in unity with him, we died to our old life (see Romans 6:5-11). In our daily life, we must regularly crucify sinful desires that keep us from following Christ. This, too, is a kind of dying with him (Luke 9:23-25).
And yet the focus of Christianity is not on dying but on living. Because we have been crucified with Christ, we have also been raised with him (Romans 6:5). Legally, we have been reconciled with God (2 Corinthians 5:19) and are free to grow into Christ’s likeness (Romans 8:29). And in our daily life, we have Christ’s resurrection power as we continue to fight sin (Ephesians 1:19-20). We are no longer alone, for Christ lives in us—he is our power for living and our hope for the future (Colossians 1:27). (Tyndal Study Bible)
Over the weekend, I commented that the peace you receive when you accept Jesus as your saviour is amazing. I have done and experienced many things in life. Seen many places and have had lots of possession. Nothing has rewarded me with the peace that I got when I accepted Jesus as my saviour. Just remember this gift is free when you accept Jesus.
Read the scripture and commentary carefully. It talks about dying, but the important thing is when we accept Jesus we are born again. We start a new life with Jesus. Just like a baby develops and grows we are to grow in Christ. We grow spiritually. We receive our spiritual food from the Bible and its teaching.
We regularly feed our bodies, with food, exercise and new clothes. What do you do to feed your spirit? Our spirit and soul are the most important part of our beings. What is it that troubles us? It’s normally things of the mind. That’s what keeps us awake at night.
Here is the solution, accept Jesus, you receive a second chance. The Bible God’s word becomes your spiritual food. Can you actually be without it?
“Lord. I thank you for a second chance. May You touch all people in this way. Amen.”

Patience

Posted: October 17, 2017 in Inspiration
#patience
“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.”

He is for us

Posted: October 16, 2017 in Inspiration
#heisforus
“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.”

Make it count

Posted: October 15, 2017 in Inspiration
#makeitcount
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬
We should be wise in our contacts with nonbelievers, making the most of our opportunities to tell them the Good News of salvation. What opportunities do you have?
When we tell others about Christ, it is important always to be gracious in what we say. No matter how much sense the message makes, we lose our effectiveness if we are not courteous. Just as we like to be respected, we must respect others if we want them to listen to what we have to say. (Tyndal Study Bible)
What are your aspirations? I remember growing up and hearing what an amazing man my father, Norman Lotz was. A couple of words come to mind when I think back to him. Disciplined, hard working, good with his hands, wise, humble, passionate and family values. In short an amazing father. Backed, I must say by my mother, Carina. One thing I can remember clearly is the only place where the carpet was worn to the core in their bedroom, was where he knelt to pray.
I am going to say this the advice above is brilliant. Even unbelievers can take heed of this wisdom. Because yes we all want people to say wow know that is a stand-up guy or girl. It gives us that warm feeling. Nobody intends to live in “isolation” So that’s why I make a comment in the heading “Make it count.” So unbeliever if you want to make a difference in your life, make the interactions count! Believers here is your opportunity to touch the lost out there. Make it count. We are to be a shining light and a disciple for God. The thing is believers don’t need to rely on their own understanding. We have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God the Bible to guide us. Need I say more.
“Lord, I thank you for Your instruction and wisdom. Amen.”

Guard your lips

Posted: October 13, 2017 in Inspiration
#guardyoulips
“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬
You have not mastered self-control if you do not control what you say. Words can cut and destroy. James recognised this truth when he stated, “The tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body” (James 3:6). If you want to be self-controlled, begin with your tongue. Stop and think before you react or speak. If you can control this small but powerful member, you can control the rest of your body. 
We have all heard the saying the tongue is mightier than the sword. Let me speak from experience.
In business, I had 300 people working for me. Many times in communication you say the wrong thing, and only after saying it you regret it. My thoughts go to losing your temper, and in that state, you say the wrong thing. Emotion is a very dangerous thing. One can’t just act on feelings. Calm down take the time to think about the situation and then speak. What worked for me was to write the important points down. Then stick to that agenda or points. It’s much the same as meetings in the workplace, critical to have a agenda. Meetings should be focussed and agenda driven.
How many times at home have you said something towards family and loved ones that you regret afterwards? Over the years, I realised that it was easy to lash out at loved ones. At home, there is lots of emotion and therefore easy to lash out. A while ago I made the comment in Bible Study that we should guard our tongues at home the same way we do it at work and other public inter action. Because of manners and courtesy we often don’t say the things we think. At home, we let rip. Not cool. It’s at home that we should show more patience and courtesy. There we are surrounded by loved ones. They deserve more than all others. Let me say that peace of God you receive when you get saved, helps. Try it.
God gave us the ability to choose. So don’t be like Adam and Eve and make the wrong choice. That ability to choose gives us the capacity to have Self-Control. Do and say the right thing.
“Lord, thank you for choice. Help us make the right decision to Glorify You, Lord. Stay in the Word and Your presence. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Inspired

Posted: October 12, 2017 in Inspiration
#inspired
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬
The Bible is not a collection of stories, fables, myths, or merely human ideas about God. It is not a human book. Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers, who wrote down his message for his people (2 Peter 1:20-21). This process is known as inspiration. The writers wrote from their own personal, historical, and cultural contexts. Although they used their own minds, talents, language, and style, they wrote what God wanted them to write. Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was in control of its writing. Its words are entirely authoritative for our faith and lives. The Bible is “inspired by God.” Read it, and use its teachings to guide your conduct.
The whole Bible is God’s inspired Word. Because it is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our lives. The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true. It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live. It is our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved. God wants to show you what is true and equip you to live for him. How much time do you spend in God’s Word? Read it regularly to discover God’s truth and to become confident in your life and faith. Develop a plan for reading the whole Bible, not just the familiar passages.
In our zeal for the truth of Scripture, we must never forget its purpose— to equip us to do good. We should not study God’s Word simply to increase our knowledge or to prepare us to win arguments. We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good. ( Tyndale Study Bible )
My question or challenge is showing me a modern-day book that has more wisdom and guidance in. Show me a book that sold more copies. The Bible is the Greatest book of all time. My next question is if it consisted of so many untruths, why does it sell so many copies? What book is a complete guide to living? I don’t know why the commentary justifies how and where it comes from.
From my personal perspective, it’s the only book that stood the test of time. It’s the only book that is relevant even today. Since the dark ages till know. Everything it teaches us is genuine and consistent. Me writing here as the average uneducated person? With a slim knowledge of the Bible. It is God inspired, that is where the wisdom and knowledge come from, take heed. Not from me all inspired by God. That is why I give God all the Glory.
” Lord, I thank you for inspiration and revelation, by your Word the Bible. Amen.”

No judgement

Posted: October 11, 2017 in Inspiration
#nojudgement
“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. (Tyndal Study Bible)
I was listening to a conversation the other day. The kids were saying that’s not right. All they were talking about on how you should treat a girl? The majority of them went to Christian school. So they have a very clear idea about what’s right and wrong. I am not saying that is the only place you can learn these values. But it is an excellent place to do.
I am continuously amazed how society does not want to acknowledge Christianity. At least I should say South African society. They banned it from schools, Yet it is the basis of all moral rules and the laws of the world, in some form or other. Is this not the cause of moral decay in our society today?
Think of the workplace Managers and Owners quickly say that there is no place for Christianity here, the work environment. I can’t start to tell you how wrong our society Managers and Owners are. Christianity is the basis of right and wrong. It’s the stuff we should adhere to every day. Take a careful look at the number of professional sportsmen that are Christian. The sports field is their workplace. Why should it be different for us?
Every day,  the more knowledge I collect from the Bible in my short walk as a Christian, I am astounded. Take some time and have a look for yourself. My point is we often look for guidance all over the place. I can assure you the direction is all there in the Bible. Consider the scripture above. Just make the right decision. In Bible study last evening these words surfaced.
Worse than being blind is having no vision for your life. Take a moment and consider, not a motivational workshop, we are studying the Bible. It is so motivational. Google and see what the Word of God has to say about Vision. I am so motivated for today, by what, the Bible the Word of God has to say.
“Lord, all the Glory to you. Can we be without you? I thank you, Lord, for Your Word the Bible. Amen.”

Just listen

Posted: October 10, 2017 in Inspiration
#justlisten
“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬
19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.
James 1:19 – 21MSG
James advises us to get rid of all that is wrong in our lives and “humbly accept” the salvation message we have received, because it alone can save us. ( Tyndale Study Bible)
Therefore laying aside – As a dirty garment. All the filthiness and superfluity of wickedness – For however specious or necessary it may appear to worldly wisdom, all wickedness is both vile, hateful, contemptible, and superfluous. Every reasonable end may be effectually answered without any kind or degree of it. Lay this, every known sin, aside, or all your hearing is vain. With meekness – Constant evenness and serenity of mind. Receive – Into your ears, your heart, your life. The word – Of the gospel. Ingrafted – In believers, by regeneration, James 1:18 and by habit, Hebrews 5:14. Which can save your souls – The hope of salvation nourishes meekness. ( John Wesley Commentary)
On a daily basis, we get dressed in fresh clothing. We discard the dirty garments get washed. If we don’t do that, we are quickly tarnished. We carry the stigma he does not wash. My Question is, do we tend to our spiritual or inner appearance? As n Christian, I only now know the answer.
In the world, it is so easy forgotten, why because we can hide our imperfections. You know what I mean; it is easy to hide how you feel and those evil thoughts. We can even mask depression, but we can’t mask dirty clothes.
Please bear in mind this is not what I am saying, it’s written. The Bible is such an amazing resource guide. Consider the scripture again read the Message version as well. Can you apply all the perfect instruction above? All things are possible through God.
Again I point out, why bother with anything else it’s all there in the Word of God. We don’t need anything else. Just follow his instruction.
“Lord I pray for Your instruction. Your words of wisdom, let them lay at my heart. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.