Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Work hard

Posted: August 18, 2017 in Inspiration
“Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.””
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:10 NLT
Some people in the Thessalonian church were falsely teaching that because Christ would return any day, people should set aside their responsibilities, quit work, do no future planning, and just wait for the Lord. But their lack of activity only led them into sin. They became a burden to the church which was supporting them; they wasted time that could have been used for helping others, and they became meddlers (3:11). These church members may have thought that they were more spiritual by not working, but Paul tells them to be responsible and get back to work. Being ready for Christ means obeying him in every area of life. Because we know that Christ is coming, we must live in such a way that our faith and our daily practice will please him when he arrives.
Thess. 3:8–10 worked. The particular issue related to working diligently to earn one’s living. Though Paul had the “right” as an apostle to receive support, he chose rather to earn his own living to set an example (cf. 1 Cor.)
Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
As far back as Genesis, it is our command to work. We shall earn our keep by the sweat of our brow; written in Genesis 3. The Lord rewards good works. You reap what you sow. Sead and harvest time is one of the oldest principles in the Bible?
This scripture makes me think. How few people in this world today don’t have to work. Have you ever witnessed the lazy person getting a promotion over the hard worker? Nope, I thought so. How many times have you been in conversation and someone comments know he/she is a hard worker. My question wich person do you want to be? What do you want people to say about you? In my previous life, I would want people to say he is hard working. Today it’s not important, it’s what God thinks.
Two things come to mind writing this. Firstly there is much work to be done in this world. How many people can we reach and feed today? Carefully think about it, is the work in the world ever finished? Nope, I don’t believe. Secondly, as Christian, we are to Glorify God. Are we going to do that being lazy? Nope.
At the end of the day who do, you want to impress, people or God?
So work to the best of your ability. Do everything this way.
“Lord all the glory to you. Give me the perseverance to Glorify you. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Own understanding

Posted: August 17, 2017 in Inspiration
“for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭NLT‬
Because the false teachers believed that the physical world was evil, they thought that God himself could not have created it. If Christ were God, they reasoned, he would be in charge only of the spiritual world. But Paul explained that all the thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities of both the spiritual and physical worlds were created by and are under the authority of Christ himself. This includes not only the government but also the spiritual world that the heretics were so concerned about. Christ has no equal and no rival. He is the Lord of all. (Tyndal Study Bible)
My first thought is accountability. In some way, we are all accountable in some way or form. Even as a street person you are accountable to yourself to find food and shelter.
I was watching the movie “Everest” last evening. When you are in such extreme conditions, and you try to look out for somebody else it can cost you your life. It is a true story, and people lost their lives on the mountain worrying about others. There is a moral question right here at what stage do you leave others to save yourself. The question is why God would create that situation?
It gets to that question of right choices again.
The important thing to realize is that everything on this earth is by God’s hand. On the mountain, the most qualified person was faced with these moral questions. He was equipped to make that decision, yet he looked after a fellow climber and eventually cost him his life.
That is exactly why some people would think no, but God would not do that. He is not in charge of that. Man was created with choice. God is in charge of everything in this world, but not of the choices we make. He, God does guide us, it’s called the Holy Spirit. That little voice in the back of our head that says, this is wrong. We just can’t accept the way He, God does things from time to time. I wonder how many climbers in the future would benefit from the lesson of the mistake those climbers made in 1995. The tricks is to learn from our mistakes and other’s mistakes.
Everything on this earth is By God; we just don’t understand it sometimes. All will be revealed in His time. Lean not on your own understanding.
“Lord, I pray for understanding. My faith is in You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Seek Him

Posted: August 16, 2017 in Inspiration
“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
According to God’s wise plan, his people were to have hope and a future; consequently, they could call upon him in confidence. Although the exiles were in a difficult place and time, they did not need to despair because they had God’s presence, the privilege of prayer, and God’s grace. God can be sought and found when we seek him wholeheartedly. Neither strange lands, sorrows, frustration, nor physical problems can break our communion with God.
Through Jeremiah, the Lord reminded the exiled people that if they would look for him wholeheartedly, they would find him. The Exile taught the Israelites to reject false gods and give their wholehearted devotion to the Lord (Deut 6:4-6). It also gave them a new commitment to the revealed word of God.(Tyndal Study Bible)
As we grow as Christians more and more is revealed to us. Have you ever been in the company of a person and you are amazed at their Biblical knowledge. He/she never gathered that overnight it took years. Think of our Pastors in Church they don’t know all that stuff overnight. They study and practice for years.
The closer you move to God, knowledge is acquired, revelation takes place. It becomes harder to fulfil His wish. God has a way to test our obedience. It’s just like he left the Israelites in exile for 40 years. A trip that should take 11 days turned a nightmare of 40 years. Then they were given the promised land, a land of milk and honey. It’s because eventually, they sought Him God, wholeheartedly.
God’s wish was that His people, the Israelites, would seek Him wholeheartedly. Today His chosen people are all of us, the whole world, not only the Israelites. So if we seek God sincerely, the land of milk and honey is available to all of us.
So yes we will suffer trials and tribulations, but if we seek God, wholeheartedly we will overcome these tests quickly. So my question is what is keeping us from total devotion to God? Don’t think that you are exempt from these tests. Our obedience goes through daily tests. Seek the answer’s daily in the Bible.
I would just like to emphasise that we all are God’s chosen people.
” Lord I pray to seek You wholeheartedly. Give me strength and wisdom to overcome my tests. In Jesus name. Amen.”

God sees everything

Posted: August 15, 2017 in Inspiration
“For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬
This passage of Scripture speaks directly to me. The rest of Proverbs 5 is a warning against promiscuous women and warning not to be lead astray. It warns of the consequence of your actions. The commentary below talks about marriage the promise or covenant between husband and wife. Which is second to the covenant between you and God.
In contrast to much of what we read, see, and hear today, this passage urges couples to look to each other for lifelong satisfaction and companionship. Many temptations entice husbands and wives to leave when marriage becomes dull in order to find excitement and pleasures elsewhere. But God designed marriage and sanctified it, and only within this covenant relationship can we find real love and fulfilment. Don’t let God’s best for you be wasted on the illusion of greener pastures somewhere else. Instead, rejoice with your spouse as you give yourselves to God and each other. (Tyndal Study Bible.)
Even if a man keeps an illicit relationship secret from his family and society, nothing is hidden from the Lord. Adultery is a sin against God (Gen 39:8-9). Wow these words cut to the bone.
Unfaithful and cheating, that’s what adultery is, no matter what you do in life you can’t behave in this manner. Genesis 39 is the story of Joseph being enticed by the King’s wife and eventually being locked up for doing nothing. Then how God looks after Joseph in jail. Take note of the scripture below.
‘The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.” Genesis 39:23
My question to myself is in what areas of my life am I still cheating and being unfaithful? At work, time with my family or time with my God? Can you ask yourself that question as well? The Bible reminds us that if we are faithful over little, we will be ruler over much.
God knows our heart we can’t cheat Him.
“Lord I know You know my heart. Give me the wisdom and awareness to make the right choices. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Evil forces

Posted: August 14, 2017 in Inspiration

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

These who are not “flesh-and-blood enemies” are demons over whom the devil has control. They are not mere fantasies—they are very real. We face a powerful army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, these beings become our enemies, and they try every device to turn us away from him and back to sin. Although we are assured of victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ returns, because Satan is constantly battling against all who are on the Lord’s side. We need supernatural power to defeat Satan, and God has provided this by giving us his Holy Spirit within us and his armour surrounding us. If you feel discouraged, remember Jesus’ words to Peter: “Upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (Matthew 16:18). (Tyndal Study Bible)

What’s happens when an athlete does not practice? He eventually becomes just like the rest of us, unfit to win the race.

The same applies if you don’t practice being a Christian. The world does not only consist of Christian; there are many religions people follow. So if you don’t sharpen yourself daily for Jesus, what are you going to become, a Muslim or just a unbeliever with no values.

Look at the world we live in today. Drugs, Alcohol, Pornography and deteriorating values in society. It scares me to think that we have to raise kids in this environment. The Bible warns us against these dark evil forces in the world. Please don’t believe they don’t affect you. How many of us have been affected by drugs and Alcohol directly or indirectly? I am sure the answer is yes, those evil forces at work.

You can never justify drugs. Are the people developing them are doing it for your good? Nope never, how can that be, with the destruction it causes.

So yes just as scripture says we have a daily fight against these evil forces. Sometimes you can’t even see them. To overcome this, we have to empower ourselves with Word and the Holy Spirit. Yes, we have to practice it. Otherwise, we will lose our strength and touch. The Bible explains we have to dress in the armour of God. ( Ephesians 6:11-18) Take the time and read this section.

I would like to say there is power in numbers so surround yourself with believers so that we can beat these evils.

” Lord I pray for strength for all people. I know with You we can change this world. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Lets shine

Posted: August 13, 2017 in Inspiration
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Can you hide a city that is sitting on top of a hill? Its light at night can be seen for miles. If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. We hide our light by (1) being quiet when we should speak, (2) going along with the crowd, (3) denying the light, (4) letting sin dim our light, (5) not explaining our light to others, or (6) ignoring the needs of others. Be a beacon of truth—don’t shut your light off from the rest of the world. ( Tyndal Study Bible)
How amazing has this year progressed? Every piece of scripture is about doing something. You see most things in life take action. You won’t achieve anything by sitting around and doing nothing.
During conversations on occasions, I found wanting to quote scripture during a conversation. We were debating a point. The scripture would have sealed the point. Two things happened my confidence dwindled, and I forgot the exact Scripture and numbers. My confidence most probably because I did not know the scripture well enough. So what is the plan of action in my case? Firstly, we all have our devices on hand, so use them. Secondly, build the confidence to be bold for Jesus. Be sure to increase knowledge to be more confident.
Carefully read the six comments above. It is so hard to add to these wise words.
I will say this; I am Born again, I prefer my new life over my old life. I can hear you saying, “actually I don’t believe you.” Well, the thing is I had every worldly possession you can think off, yet I never had peace. Born again and with Jesus in my life, I have inner peace. That is priceless. We all have the ability to reach and touch others lives, do you know how valuable that can be? You can even save a life, or save a relationship. So my prayer is that God gives me the confidence to be His light. Each of us can do our part. It’s not the big things it’s the small stuff that counts.
“Lord I Pray for confidence so that I can be that light you command me. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Trusted with little

Posted: August 12, 2017 in Inspiration
‘Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.’ Luke 16:10 NIV (2011 Edition)
I received this from a dear Friend and thought I must share it.
Jesus said: ‘Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?’ (vv. 10-12 NIV 2011 Edition).
God won’t promote you beyond your current level of competence and commitment. Indeed, He’ll keep bringing you back to these two things until you get them right. As you walk with Him, He’ll increase your faith by testing you in settings that require only a little faith. And if you pass, He’ll expose you to circumstances that require more faith. Each time you prove your willingness to trust Him at a higher level, He will reveal a little more of Himself and entrust to you a greater measure of blessing. That’s how it works. Every small step of faith leads to a deeper, richer and more rewarding relationship with Him.
When Michelangelo was painting the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, he spent endless hours lying on the scaffolding perfecting the details. It was a miserable job. A student, curious about why the renowned sculptor took such pains with details that could only be seen from a distance, asked, ‘Who will know whether or not it’s perfect?’. The master artist replied, ‘I will!’. And so will your Master – Jesus! What you’re doing today matters. It’s the determining factor in what God will call you to do tomorrow. So be trustworthy in little things. (UCB word for today.)
Don’t think this test is just about money; it’s your diligence at work and your spare time at home. Glorify God in everything you do. Let your actions shine for Him. Be that example; I know you can.
Remember God won’t promote you beyond you current competence, so it’s important to keep learning.
“Lord I pray for strength so that You can trust me. I am patient. You show the way. In Jesus name. Amen.”

He will supply

Posted: August 11, 2017 in Inspiration
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬
We can trust that God will always meet our needs. Whatever we need on earth he will always supply, even if it is the courage to face death as Paul did. Whatever we need in heaven he will supply. We must remember, however, the difference between our wants and our needs. Most people want to feel good and avoid discomfort or pain. We may not get all that we want. By trusting in Christ, our attitudes and appetites can change from wanting everything to accepting his provision and power to live for him. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Wants and needs? Yes, there is a big difference. Just yesterday we saw how easy it is for us to forget and disobey.
I must just add here. You can only disobey if you know about it. As a believer, you are not expected to know the whole Bible instantly. It will be revealed to you in time. That is why it’s important to study the Bible.
Let me tell you what my test is? God is watching and what am I doing with my blessings. He is testing my obedience on a daily basis. Not only with finances, with other things as well. One thing comes to mind, Prayer. How often do you neglect that? I have been guilty in the past. It’s obedience in everything that counts.
Take note what Paul is telling the Philippians. The God that took care of him will take care of them. The riches of heaven are promised us through the blood of Jesus, will be awarded us. Again I will say God will provide or needs. All we need is faith. Please remember that you can’t just sit and wait for those rewards, you have to seek them.
Lord, I thank you for my blessing. All the Glory to You. Amen.”

Give unconditionally

Posted: August 9, 2017 in Inspiration
Pansy
“But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬
When Jesus says not to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, he is teaching that our motives for giving to God and to others must be pure. It is easy to give with mixed motives, to do something for someone if it will benefit us in return. But believers should avoid all scheming and give for the pleasure of giving and as a response to God’s love. Why do you give?
It’s easier to do what’s right when we gain recognition and praise. To be sure our motives are not selfish, we should do our good deeds quietly or in secret, with no thought of reward. Jesus says we should check our motives in three areas: generosity (6:4), prayer (6:6), and fasting (6:18). Those acts should not be self-centered but God-centered, done not to make us look good but to make God look good. The reward God promises is not material, and it is never given to those who seek it. Doing something only for ourselves is not a loving sacrifice. With your next good deed, ask, would I still do this if no one would ever know I did it? (Tyndal Study Bible)
“It’s easier to do what’s right when we gain recognition and praise. “
Seek rather praise from God than man.
Wow, how powerful is God’s word? First, “Plans for good, Love others then Give unconditionally.” All three these scripture promise a reward.
Obviously, you have to do something, to achieve that reward. It so hard to comment when it’s so apply put in the above commentary.
I am going to say this; I was on the beach a while ago scouting for Pansy shells. They are very rare, and you seldom find them. They are incredibly beautiful. We were very blessed to find three.
I realized that the ocean only offers a couple of these a day. Otherwise, it would be easy to find. Now here is the thing. If we weren’t out there scouting or looking for them, we would not have found any. Two things come to mind. We were sitting around doing nothing then decided to go out there and scout. The second a friend explained which is the best areas to search for them. So first we had to seize the opportunity to look and then empower ourselves with knowledge where.
So here is the thing, Plans for good, Love others and give unconditionally. Seek every chance to do this and further, take every opportunity to empower yourself with knowledge.
Don’t let those opportunities slip.
“Lord I thank you for the opportunity, all the Glory to you. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Love others

Posted: August 8, 2017 in Inspiration
“If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬
‭‭
In chapter 12, Paul gave evidence of the Corinthians’ lack of love in the utilization of spiritual gifts; Chapter 13 defines real love, and Chapter 14 shows how love works. Love is more important than all the spiritual gifts exercised in the church body. Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice, and miracle-working power produce very little without love. Love makes our actions and gifts useful. Although people have different gifts, love is available to everyone. (Tyndal Study Bible)
What a fitting way to start the day, what is God plan for us. The key element in everything we do is “Love.”
The Bible commands us to Love the Lord our God with all our heart. Second, and as important to Love our neighbours as we Love ourselves. These two commands aren’t so easy to achieve. I know before I was born again, it was not part of my makeup.
What I do remember was when you receive something from someone with an evil heart, it’s like you don’t want it. Has that ever happened to you.? It’s like someone doing something for you with a bad heart. You want to say don’t bother. Yes, you know what I am talking off.
The Bible is very clear you can do many good things, but if you don’t do it with love, it means nothing. You will receive no recognition from God. I remember leading a Bible study group for street people and drug addicts, some infected with HIV. I would normally have done that but without compassion. I had no time for losers like that. God put them in my path because only when I started loving without condition, did the results follow. All the Glory to God.
Just as the scripture says without Love, we are nothing. We can apply this principle to our daily tasks as well. Results will follow: I can assure you.
“Lord I pray to love others unconditionally. In Jesus name. Amen.”