Suffering

#suffering
“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
When we are suffering, we often feel as though our pain will never end. Peter gave these faithful Christians a broader perspective. In comparison with eternity, their suffering would last only “a little while.” Some of Peter’s readers would be strengthened and delivered in their own lifetimes. Others would be released from their suffering through death. All of God’s faithful followers are assured of an eternal life with Christ, where there will be no suffering (Revelation 21:4).
I got home this evening to lovely aromas, a home cooked meal. We take these things for granted. Have you experienced suffering? I am sure you have. What form has your suffering taken? Have you ever gone to bed hungry? Have you ever lost a loved one?
Think of this for a bit. An aunt of mine in one year lost her husband, then her son and just 3 weeks ago her granddaughter. It’s insane and they are a close family. You see God called all of us to share his Glory through Jesus. My aunt is a Christian and she will suffer, but with faith in God he will restore, support and strengthen her. Most importantly, God loves all of us equally, saved or not. Trust me when I say this He will restore you. God will show you restoration and comfort, then, like I said yesterday, you must apply it.
God loves all and I mean all of us. That is why when we accept His Son as our savior, we are promised eternal life. That eternal life is going to be in heaven, can you believe that? Why because God loves us. The incredible peace that I have found in God is heaven already.
A couple of words come to mind as I write this. Love, compassion, care, learn, willingness, holy, humble and pure. There are many more if you apply your mind. Just like God delivers on His promise, we should each deliver on our promises, and that includes our promise to God.
Here is the thing. He will restore, support and strengthen you. From personal experience I can vouch for that. My final question: who in the world will do that for you, only our God?
So if you have suffered a little, put your faith in the only person you can fully rely on, our Lord and his amazing son Jesus.
“Brothers and Sisters in Christ, as the Church the body off Christ let us touch and change the world, to the glory off God. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”
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Removed

#removed
“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
The glory that the Spirit imparts to the believer is more excellent and lasts longer than the glory that Moses experienced. By gazing at the nature of God with unveiled minds, we can be more like him. In the Good News, we see the truth about Christ, and it transforms us morally as we understand and apply it. Through learning about Christ’s life, we can understand how wonderful God is and what he is really like. As our knowledge deepens, the Holy Spirit helps us to change. Becoming Christlike is a progressive experience (see Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2). The more closely we follow Christ, the more we will be like him.
“That veil removed” this comes with salvation. We where blind and now we can see. Sin hides God’s glory and blinds us to the glory of God. God’s glory does not live in heaven, but should live in us. When the veil is removed we should reflect God’s glory that is contained in us.
With unveiled eyes we should gaze at God, with open minds we can be more like Him. Then in turn reflect that, to the world. When we are transformed through salvation and truth about Jesus, it’s then we see how good God is.
How do we become more like Him? Through learning about Jesus. The Bible is key in learning. My thought is, “it’s not just about learning, it’s about applying.” Just like the commentator says, becoming Christ-like is progressive. Learn then apply.
The same applies in our daily lives. We have to be open to learn, not closed and veiled. Let that knowledge fill us and reflect in daily tasks. Keep on doing this until we are perfect in what we do. It all starts with an open mind and a willingness to improve. Complaining will never get a result. Reflecting and improving will. At the end of the day we have to make the correct choice.
Remove that veil, open yourself to new beginnings and let that reflect in your daily activity. Empower yourself with knowledge to achieve that edge. Most importantly apply this diligently. Where does this message come from, the Bible God’s word. What a revelation.
All the inspiration right there in the Bible.
“Lord I thank you for your word. Please Lord help me reach out to those who need this revelation. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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For your sake

#foryoursake
“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 anytime, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return for many years.
Do we have patients in this modern world. Everything has become instant. It makes me think of fast food and the modern drive thru. Is it quality? Yes it is terms of fast food standards. Yet if we go to a sit down restaurant and wait, meals are better. Quality and patience, I think they go hand in hand. My experience has been if you apply patience the result is generally better.
However what we tend to do, is be slow which borders on tardy. We put things off and don’t do them immediately, that’s not slow that’s tardy. This certainly is not the Lord’s intention here. God’s time is completely different to our time. The scripture says He is patient for our sake.
It makes me think of my salvation. It took me 52 years before I met Jesus. I often feel that I lost so much time. You see its all in God’s time. Many a day I wonder what God’s plan is for me. What I have learnt is that we are to be patient and all will be revealed to us. I the meantime just keep on doing the right things.
For those who don’t know Him yet, He is giving you time to repent and accept Him. For the believer we are to convince others about Jesus. The time might run out!
“Lord I thank you for patience. Thank you for waiting for me. In Jesus name. Amen”
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The offer

#theoffer
 
‘For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through Christ Jesus.” (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ NLT)
 In these verses Paul gives a brief summary of the Good News. God loves us, chose us, and sent Christ to die for us. We can have eternal life through faith in him because he broke the power of death with his resurrection. We do not deserve to be saved, but God offers us salvation anyway. What we must do is believe in him and accept his offer. (Tyndale Study Bible)
 As I ponder this scripture, I realize that it is as simple as just to believe and accept His offer.
 As humans, we over complicate things, when it is usually actually simple. The Bible is a big book with its own complexity. Yet salvation is very simple. Believe and accept His offer.
God broke the power of death by His resurrection.
With believing comes the promise of eternal life. I attended a funeral yesterday and was thinking of the gift of eternal life. Do we deserve it? No we don’t. But it’s God’s promise and all we have to do is believe.
On my way to the funeral I was listening to a radio article about people’s testimony. It suddenly dawned on me that I live in a privileged environment. There are people out there with much larger problems. Yet, God’s grace is available to all. Please hear me when I say this: God’s grace is available to all.
 The offer stands.
 ‘Lord I pray that people accept Your Grace. Amen.”
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Heaven

#heaven
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.””
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1), and we will live with him forever. Until then, his Holy Spirit comforts and guides us. Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us gives us hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship, and to avoid giving in to temptation. This world is not all there is. The best is yet to come.
In our wildest imagination, we can not come up with the wonderful things the Lord has stored up for us.
Isaiah 64:4 “For since the beginning of the world [men] have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, [what] he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”
These words from Isaiah refer to the wisdom God has prepared for believers. God’s truth is not discoverable by eye or ear (objective empirical evidence), nor is it discovered by the mind (subjective, rational conclusions).
This scripture also shows the harmony of the Old Testament with the New Testament.
Does any of us actually understand what heaven will be like? No – all we can do is consider what is written and promised by God.
I would like to use an example. When I got saved, the peace that overcame me was incredible. That peace has stayed with me. When I spend time in God’s word and presence it’s the same.
Many people in this world do different things to find that peace. Yoga, meditation, exotic destinations and many more. Do you know what I am talking about? You see, you don’t have to do any of that, all you have to do is accept God’s salvation. The rest is described in the Bible. All you are seeking is right there.
To crown it all, when you do accept that salvation the promise of heaven is part of that. It is described as better than anything you ever have experienced. Believe you me I have done and experienced some amazing things in my life. I can’t imagine what heaven is going to be like.
One must be a fool not to enroll to this program.
“Lord I thank you for showing me the way. I pray that the world will see what You do. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Know my heart

#knowmyheart
 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
David asked God to search for sin and point it out, even to the level of testing his thoughts. This is exploratory surgery for sin. How are we to recognize sin unless God points it out? Then, when God shows us, we can repent and be forgiven. Make this verse your prayer. If you ask the Lord to search your heart and your thoughts and to reveal your sin, you will be continuing “along the path of everlasting life.”
Right here guys is the moment of truth. Sin, I ask what are my thoughts. Yes I am going to stay with myself today. Because I am always speaking to myself. So here is the question? If you ask the Lord to search your heart and your thoughts and to reveal your sin, you will be continuing “along the path of everlasting life.”
The Bible speaks about revelation. New things are revealed to me every day. It normally happens at that point when you think you know it all. Yep surprise her is a new wisdom. How stupid was I?
You see for a very long time I thought, that sin is, what you did. I never thought it is what you think about. Yes I heard the words in scripture: “so man think so is he” What I reckoned I was smart enough to hide it from the world it would be okay. Nobody knows. Little did I know God knows. For a while I really thought I can fool God. You can’t fool God. Like scripture says he knows everything about us, to the last hair on heads.
It makes me think of those words again Holy, humble and pure.
“Lord I pray for pure thoughts. I pray for purity in everything. Forgive me for the wrongs. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Prayer

#prayer
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
‭‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Christ has made it possible for us to go directly to God for forgiveness. But confessing our sins to each other still has an important place in the life of the church. (1) If we have sinned against an individual, we must ask him or her to forgive us. (2) If our sin has affected the church, we must confess it publicly. (3) If we need loving support as we struggle with a sin, we should confess that sin to those who are able to provide that support. (4) If, after confessing a private sin to God, we still don’t feel his forgiveness, we may wish to confess that sin to a fellow believer for assurance of God’s pardon. In Christ’s Kingdom, every believer is a priest to other believers (1 Peter 2:9).
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
I was at a prayer meeting on Monday and wow what an event. What impacted me was this, Pastor Hennie was explaining that when we pray. We should ignore the influence from our brain. Because it can effect connecting with the Holy Spirit. In my short walk with God I have learnt how to connect with the Spirit and talk to God. After spending time with Pastor Hennie that went to another level. I learnt this, open your eyes and see what you want to pray about. Make a connection with that person or subject. Let it come from your belly. Athletes will tell you power is in the core. Practice that you feel that prayer coming from there. I always prayed from my brain. The 3rd thing that I learnt, in the beginning when you are new at it, stand and move around, make that prayer come from deep down, your belly, feel it. You won’t be able to rely on that strength from your core siting down.
Another thing I learnt is yes God says where there is more than one in my name,He will be present. Remember this in world and in the Spirit world there are power in numbers. So yes as much as you can pray together. I have say that again there is power in numbers.
One thing that happens as a young believer is the doubt in yourself, I can’t do that. I can’t lead that prayer. I you think that you will believe that. At some stage you will be forced by circumstance to lead prayer. Practice makes perfect. So why not do it sooner than later.
Read that second piece of scripture in conjunction with the words in bold. You see just there is you mandate.
“Lord I pray that You give me the boldness to pray with others. I pray that you will work in all believers to pray for others. In Jesus name. Amen”
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