Inspiration

Gift of God

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬

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.

God invites everybody to his Kingdom. No matter what you have done he forgives you. Even a murderer is forgiven by God. Who are we to judge people then? Or for that matter judge a situation. In fact who are we to judge anything in this world.

Everything thing in this world is just on loan to us. We come in to this world with nothing and we go out with nothing. Just like the commentator said yesterday we should use our talents to Glorify God. Sow the right seeds, and right fruit will be produced.

Not Judging and accepting people the way they are will make this world a better place. Start by caring and reaching out to others that are less fortunate, than yourself. When last have you opened your heart and home for people like that. Put out an arm of love to the ones that you don’t like. The closer you are to people you dislike the better. Each of us have a responsibility to make this world a better place. It’s not only there for the select few.

Jesus told his disciples he who serves most is the greatest of them all. Not where you stay or how much money you have. Which car you drive?

“Just like You accepted me Lord I pray that I will accept and serves others. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

#GiftofGod

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Inspiration

Don’t be misled

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭7-8‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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?

The first thing that comes to mind so a person thinks so is he.

Don’t be misled. I am sure this happened to you before. Sinful thoughts, and what we think is that nobody knows. Yes no other person knows, but the Bible says that God knows everything about you.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.(Hebrews 3:14)

Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.(Psalm 139:4)

So at the end of the day who are we fooling with those thoughts. Because those thoughts will eventually turn into action.

Read that Scripture again. We cant mislead God and yourself. Pure thoughts will bring pure results. Whats more important this lesson is even relevant to our daily tasks. What you sow you shall reap.

“Lord I pray for clear and pure thoughts. So the result will pure. I thank You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

#dontbemisled

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Lasting peace

As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭24-25‬ NLT)‬‬‬

Quoting Isaiah 40:6-8, Peter reminds believers that everything in this life—possessions, accomplishments, people—will eventually fade away and disappear. Only God’s will, word, and work are permanent. We must stop grasping the temporary and begin focusing our time, money, and energy on the permanent: the Word of God and our eternal life in Christ.

People are compared here to grass and flowers that wither away. We are mortal, but God’s Word is eternal and unfailing. Public opinion changes and is unreliable, but God’s Word is constant. Only in God’s eternal Word will we find lasting solutions to our problems and needs.

Have you look yourself in the mirror lately and said wow I am getting old, I am sure that has happened to all of us.

I don’t need to tell you this. Everything in this world gets old. Even those favorite pair of jeans of yours. Just like the grass withers we and our possessions withers. Fashion comes to mind. Everything eventually changes nothing stays the same. I am in the car business look how that has changed. Yes there are some fundamentals that have stayed the same, but on the face of it, things have changed immensely.

Think of trends and habits people follow. Kids don’t play Cowboy’s and Crooks any more. Everyone is taking Selfies. Will that stay for ever, no it won’t?

The only thing that has never changed is God. The Bible God’s word has never changed. Jesus died for our sin’s and promised that when we believe in him, we will have eternal life. It s that Good news when we receive it that gives as lasting peace. This lasting peace and news is available to all, no matter who you are. What is more no matter what you have done.

This lasting peace will stay permanent if we stay in God’s word. It’s there to fend of that sin that crosses or paths daily.

“Lord Jesus I thank you for the promise of eternal life. I thank you for Your word. Let me stay in Your word. In Jesus name. Amen.” 

 
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It”s been revealed

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, (‭Titus‬ ‭2‬:‭11-12‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Paul brings out two aspects of Christian living that must be stressed today. “We should live in this evil world . . . while we look forward with hope.” Both aspects of living and looking forward are essential to our Christian sanity in this present evil age. The living is made bearable because we live for God—seeking to build his Kingdom with whatever gifts he has given us. And it is that very Kingdom to which we are looking forward. As we live and look forward, we anticipate three great benefits of Christ’s return: (1) Christ’s personal presence—we look forward to being with him. (2) Redemption from our sinful nature—we long for the end of the battle with sin and our perfection in Christ. (3) Restoration of creation—we anticipate the complete rule of grace when the image of God will be fully realized in people and when the created order will be restored.

As the scripture says the Grace and favor of God has been revealed to us.

I got a message of thanks from Mark thanking me for these words I send. Mark I want to tell you all the Glory to God, it’s through His inspiration. What’s more each of us can touch somebody everyday.Every one can share what you have experienced,your story or testimony, it’s that easy.We are God’s voice and example. You never know what the effect will be.

Know the strange thing I have never dealt with anybody that has never heard of God. You see Jesus has died and been revealed.I have been to prison and seen what happens there. Everybody in their darkest hour calls on God. Know the question is what is our darkest hour? The next question I have why wait for your darkest hour and then call on God.

Apart from calling on God,we should be grateful for our situation and blessings.I was driving to work this morning, at 6 o’clock,turning the corner close to my office I noticed two people laying down and huddled in plastic. It is very cold and wet in Cape town. As I am writing this,huddled in bed under a warm duvet, with a cup of hot Horlicks. How grateful I should be, daily I have all the comforts. Close your eyes and ponder for a minute how grateful we should be.

So why should we be instructed by the word to do the right thing. We actually know what is right. Accept that wisdom and devoted yourself to God. Its all in the Bible.

“ Lord I thank you for loving me. I thank you for your word and inspiration. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Love

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭9-10‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬

Often the best way to influence someone is to pray for him or her. Paul’s prayer for the Philippians was that they would be unified in love. Their love was to result in greater knowledge of Christ and deeper understanding (moral discernment). Their love was not based on feelings but on what Christ had done for them. As you grow in Christ’s love, your heart and mind must grow together. Are your love and insight growing?

Paul prayed that the Philippian believers would have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, vital and trivial. We ought to pray for moral discernment so we can maintain our Christian morals and values. Hebrews 5:14 emphasizes the need for discernment.

“The day of Christ’s return” refers to the time when God will judge the world through Jesus Christ. We should live each day as though he might return at any moment.

Paul’s prayer for the Philippines is the same prayer we, as believers, should have for young believers.

Have you experienced this, the world and daily activities are frustrating you? And then there’s a brother that says the wrong thing, or behaves incorrectly. What is your reaction to this, frustration and irritation? It most probably even goes as far as anger and aggression. The dilemma, in this position is, you close up, you not really interested in anything or any one. You certainly not interested in learning about anything. What’s more you are certainly not coming from a point of love.

 
As soon as you close off or close up there is no room for learning. Because to learn you must have an open your mind. The Company I am with is busy adopting a new Sales process. Now think of this for a moment. I have been in sales for 30 years and I am good at it. The only way I can improve is by opening my mind. If I think I know it all, I will never learn and improve. In Sales it’s about improving and achieving a better result. In life it’s about “growing in knowledge and understanding” so that we will live blameless life’s.


How is this achieved easier, by the overflow of love. None of the negative above will stay if we overflow with love. How do we achieve this daily. Lead a healthy prayer life for yourself and others. Pray all the time. You see you can’t have bad thoughts when you praying. Prayer affirms the good you want for yourself and others. It will also affirm your gratitude.

Stay in love and Prayer.

“ Lord I give thanks for these words. May Love and Prayer rule my days. May Your love touch all people. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NLT)‬‬‬

Do you ever feel that your life is too complex for God to understand? Remember, God created the entire universe, and nothing is too difficult for him. God created you; he is alive today, and his love is bigger than any problem you may face.

“The darkness can never extinguish it” means the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome God’s light. Jesus Christ is the Creator of life, and his life brings light to humankind. In his light, we see ourselves as we really are (sinners in need of a Savior). When we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live. He removes the darkness of sin from our lives. In what ways have you allowed the light of Christ to shine into your life? Let Christ guide your life, and you’ll never need to stumble in darkness.

Just like darkness can never overcome light. So bad can never over good. Good will always overcome bad. Why do I think? Apart from being a promise from God.

This is the way I see it. Who wakes up in the morning and aspires to be bad. Yeah there are some but they are in the minority. We all strive to be good or good at it. Think of your circle of friends, colleagues and distant friends, none aspire to be bad. They all want good for themselves and family.

The Bible teaches us that the more good you do the more you receive. Do you want people too say as they stand at you funeral know that was a bad man. Nope that’s not what you want.

You see salvation promises us a renewal of our being and mind. It kills the darkness of sin. It creates an eternal light that live’s in us. You see nobody can take that light from us, nor extinguish it.

What a revelation. This light, energy and renew we should not just leave for our spiritual life but for all facets of our life’s. My first thought goes to those broken homes and broken relationships. Take on this renewal and light. God can fix everything. You see this light and good will overcome all that bad.

With God all things are possible. You are the light and it shines in the dark.

“Lord I thank you for Your light. May I be the light to touch people. Make me humble Lord. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

 
#bethelight
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Live wisely

“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians‬ ‭4:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
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. 
Just like I said on Friday if you do or say nothing, nobody can form an opinion about you. 


That’s the dilemma we have though we are mandated to be shepherds and fisher of men. We are to be to be the example and light to people. We are to spread the good news of the gospel. Know how are we going to achieve that without speaking and doing? 


When I read this scripture I think about is how as a young Christian every one eyes are on you. They ready to pounce as soon as you make a mistake. Do we as Christians make mistakes and succumb to our old habits off course we do. I certainly do. There where a couple of times just this week. I was challenged. 
Know you see that’s exactly what the scripture is referring to. Live wisely and let your actions and conversations be gracious and attractive. Is moaning, bickering and arguing attractive? Nope. Is negative talk gracious? Nope.


All of us yearn to be recognized. We seek solace in all the wrong things. Popular because you have money and are the party attraction. These things are short lived. Think of some of those famous people that do that? They tend to die lonely and at a young age. 


Can you imagine being popular for all the right reasons. How much more value will that add to people’s lives.
“Lord I Pray that you make say and do the right things to make me popular for You God. I thank you for loving me. In Jesus name. Amen.”