Things to come

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭18‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
In short, this describes the trails and tribulations that we go through in this life on earth. Paul puts this clearly when he says:
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”
‭‭(2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Paul’s own testimony lists a seemingly unbearable litany of sufferings and persecutions he endured throughout his life, yet he viewed them as weightless and lasting for only a brief moment. To Paul the future glory he would experience with the Lord far outweighed any suffering he experienced in this world. Paul understood that the greater the suffering, the greater would be his eternal glory.
Paul can speak from first-hand about suffering. He was stoned, shipwrecked, and so many times left for dead: suffering was no stranger to him. (Tyndal Study Bible)
“Glory”: Looks forward to the resurrection of the body and the subsequent complete Christ-likeness which is the believer’s eternal glory.
We can easily see that this present suffering is minor compared to the great glory we will receive when Jesus recognises us as His when we stand before Him in heaven.
Have you ever been stoned, lashed, shipwrecked and left for dead? No, I have not, our trials and tribulations take on an entirely different colour. It immediately makes me think of Nelson Mandela. This guy went to prison for 26 years, for what he believed. Will you go to prison for your faith? Paul did as well apart from all the other stuff.
What’s the worst thing you ever suffered? Does it compare?
Know while we are in this world, we might suffer. God promises us Heaven and eternal life if we believe that Jesus is our saviour and shed His blood for our sins.
All I can add is pay close attention to the Promise that God makes in this scripture.
“ Lord I pray that you care for my worldly burdens. I thank you for the promise Glory. Amen”

He watches

But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. (‭Psalms‬ ‭33‬:‭18‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
This is not an ironclad guarantee that all believers will be delivered from death and starvation. Thousands of Christian believers have been beaten to death, whipped, fed to lions, or executed (Romans 8:35-36; Hebrews 11:32-40). God can (and often miraculously does) deliver his followers from pain and death; although sometimes, for purposes known only to him, he chooses not to. When faced with these harsh realities, we must focus on the wise judgments of God. The writer was pleading for God’s watchful care and protection. In times of crisis, we can place our hope in God.
Fear describe by the dictionary: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.
“drivers are threatening to quit their jobs in fear after a cabby’s murder.”
synonyms: terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress; More (Tyndal Study Bible)
I wonder if this word fear is meant literally. If one reads the dictionary explanation, it says that it is the belief someone or something is dangerous and that it could be dangerous or could cause pain. What I think is if we don’t rely on Gods unfailing love, we can be in danger.
Carefully read this verse again, “But the LORD watches over those who fear him” A promise God watches over you if you do the right thing. Sometimes while we are doing the right thing, we run out of patience and then go back to our old ways. We live In this instant world where things happen very fast. What I certainly have learnt being a Christian is patience. You can’t rush God.
The next thing that comes to mind, our mandate as Christians is to become fishers of men. We are to win souls for God’s Kingdom. We can’t just do that the day we are saved. We have to learn how and that does not happen over night. Even Jesus spent many hours and years learning. So just like in this process of learning one has to be patient.
Teach yourself to fear the Lord and rely on His unfailing love. Be patient; God was very patient waiting for you.
“Lord, I pray that I can rely on Your unfailing love. I give thanks for You saving me Lord. In Jesus name. Amen”

Above all else

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
To “seek the Kingdom of God above all else” means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly become most important to you if you don’t actively choose to give God first place in every area of your life.
In Mathew 22:34 onwards the crowds asked Jesus what is the greatest command of them all. Jesus replied: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.” This being the greatest commandment and the second equally as important: “ love your neighbour as yourself.” Everything in the law is based on these two commandments. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Personally, I believe this forms the basis of Christianity. Yes I know, I did say personally. I almost want to go as far and say, apply these principles and seeking God will become easy. In my case loving my neighbour only came after I started loving God. My attitude and approach changed dramatically towards people after being saved. So in my case, I daily have to seek God and his guidance to have a soft heart.
I was speaking to a colleague earlier, and he was asking, how do you stay in that zone? I explained that you need to build a relationship with God. Above all else, you have to seek Him first. I explained that if you don’t truly learn on how to rely on Him wholeheartedly, you will backslide. It’s a daily and hourly task to seek him first in everything. It’s very easy to lean on your own understanding. That is what we did all these years past. Be patient, and all will be revealed.
The one thing that I learnt very early in my walk with God. You should set Faith goals. Remember our mandate is to win souls for God’s Kingdom. What are you doing to achieve that? You can do anything; even look after old people, you will touch somebodies heart by your example. We all have different talents
So just Keep the Main thing – Seek God above all else.
“Lord I pray to put You first in everything I do. I thank you for grace. Amen”

Like who

No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭2‬:‭2‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
Hannah praised God for being a Rock—firm, strong, and unchanging. In our fast-paced world, friends come and go, and circumstances change. It’s difficult to find a solid foundation that will not change. Those who devote their lives to achievements, causes, or possessions have as their security that which is finite and changeable. The possessions that we work so hard to obtain will all pass away. But God is always present. Hope in him. He will never fail. (Tyndal Study Bible)
If one reads this scripture in conjunction with yesterday’s scripture, it is more clear that everything in this world can be void and temporary. The only thing that will never leave or forsake you is God.
Just like I said yesterday things in this world might be going well, yet there is still that void. The only way to successfully fill that void is with God. He brings spiritual fulfilment. With God on your side, you will never be the same again. The peace that comes with accepting Jesus as you saviour is permanent and fulfilling. You will become whole when you accept.
I pose this question what in this world is permanent, nothing? Even relationships fail you because of worldly influences. What I have learnt in the last while is, cement yourself in the Kingdom of God and all the remedies to cure the problems of the world will follow. That is God’s promise. Just be patient and obedient. It’s all there in the Bible, Gods Word.
“Lord I pray you make me Holy. Thank you for being able to rely on You. My rock. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Right thoughts

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
What we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions. Paul tells us to program our minds with thoughts that are true, honourable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. Do you have problems with impure thoughts and daydreams? Examine what you are putting into your mind through television, the Internet, books, conversations, movies, video games, and magazines. Replace harmful input with a wholesome material. Above all, read God’s Word and pray. Ask God to help you focus your mind on what is right and pure. It takes practice, but it can be done. (Tyndal Study Bible)
As I read this scripture, this thought comes to mind. You have a good life, you are doing well at work, got a nice house, financially stable, and and, yet you still feel a void. Something is missing. I am a Christian and should not feel like that! Well yes, you can feel that way.
It makes me think of that nice car you have. It’s a complete piece of engineering. The fuel tank is empty. So suddenly this piece of engineering can’t do its job. Why because it can’t run without fuel. The next thing is you can’t fill it with contaminated fuel; it will breakdown. So know this car, great piece of engineering can’t function and is worthless.
That feeling you have, void and empty. Please let me say I am currently right there and the Devil does not make it easier. What we tend to do is blame our circumstance, we want to lay blame with everybody and everything. I came out of a broken home; I don’t have money, there are thousands of excuses out there.
My opinion and advice from the Bible one should focus on what is going fill your tank and make you a whole person again. What do you have to do to be fulfilled? You see sin and wrong thoughts add to that void. The scripture prescribes what one should do. Then the commentator describes in detail, the repair. These methods describe how you fill your spiritual tank. And then just like the car, you will be complete and can function the way you should. We are an incredible creation, just as we need food to eat, we need spiritual food.
I feel I should say this that alcohol clouds one senses. One can’t think clearly where alcohol is involved. You can’t even drive your car. You can’t drive your car, but you want to drive your life. Alcohol clouds your sense.
“ Lord I pray these words touch me and many others out there today. I thank you for creating this platform. Thank you for all the blessings I have. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”


Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16‬:‭8‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Four elements of true thanksgiving are found in this song (psalm): (1) remembering what God has done, (2) telling others about it, (3) showing God’s glory to others, and (4) offering gifts of self, time, and resources. If you are truly thankful, your life will show it. (Tyndal Study Bible)
It makes me think of when we are in our darkest hour we call on God. When faced with danger or bad experience, we call on God. I was watching a movie, and the actor was faced with a challenge of finance and his friend said to him just have Faith. His friend was implying that he should rely on God. What struck me was that he was sceptical. As to say right that won’t happen to me.
Our destiny is not in our hands; we have to rely on God. All we have to do is make the right choices and live like the Book of Proverbs says.
In this movie, he comes across a case of money in a public bathroom and obviously thinks that this is a gift of God. What he does do however he takes it to the police and hands it to them. Why, because the money is not his. Know that’s the right thing to do.
What does happen though is the press find out about his plight and the fact that he handed the money back? They publish a story, and people’s hearts goes out to him. He receives thousand of letters and money donations. Why because he did the right thing.
This a classic example of doing the right thing. Watch this video clip
All one can do watching this is to give thanks. Remember what the young boy did. He was selfless gave up a prize possession and look at the result. If we are grateful will the small things and give thanks. Let our actions show the gratitude. And when we get the rewards tell the world.
“Lord I pray for a grateful approach. I give thanks to You God in everything I do. Guide me Lord to do the right thing. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Double standards

Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter. The LORD detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭20‬:‭22-23‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
“Dishonest scales” refers to the loaded scales a merchant might use in order to cheat customers. Dishonesty is a difficult sin to avoid. It is easy to cheat if we think no one else is looking. But dishonesty affects the very core of a person. It makes him untrustworthy and untrusting. It eventually makes him unable to know himself or relate to others. Don’t take dishonesty lightly. Even the smallest portion of dishonesty contains enough of the poison of deceit to kill your spiritual life. If there is any dishonesty in your life, tell God about it now. (Tyndal Study Bible)
I remember a presentation I was at a couple of years ago. It was about ethics in business. The presenter, Professor John Coetzee, posed the question: at what point would you start to steal in business? Poverty overcomes you, and your children are hungry; when do you start stealing? When do you tell a lie to further your cause? When do you tell a lie to profit from it?
It starts out with a little white lie. It’s a lie. A lie is a lie.  And just as the commentator says, the smallest amount of dishonesty will kill your spirit. Lying is a bad habit. We all know how quickly it takes to form a bad habit. I know it takes three weeks to break a bad habit.
I started training to compete in a triathlon. Wow is it difficult to get into the swing of things? There always seems to be a reason not to train. The important thing to note is we have choices. We can make the right choice and go training.
Just like we have a choice not to lie or not to apply double standards. We always have a choice. Remember: so a man thinks so is he. God knows your innermost thoughts. So yes, when you are considering taking that chance he knows.That little voice that is in the back of your mind, saying don’t do that. That is the Holy Spirit guiding you.
Remember Proverbs is a description of how we should live.  It’s not me giving advice it straight from the Bible.
“Lord I pray for Your instruction. May I live like the book of Proverbs says. Holy Spirit guide me daily. In Jesus name. Amen”