Inspiration

Experience it

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“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him—”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬


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.(Tyndall Study Bible)


“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”Isaiah 65:17Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.”Revelation 21:1


For those who love him. Love in this context means the Greek word agape, which means “value and prize above all other things.” Put these words in that scripture above. In my opinion, it takes on more significance or better said understanding.


Love as I said before is an action it’s not just a feeling. When commanded to love we are called to action. We are to do something. Then as the scripture promises, many things will happen. 


My Question is why don’t more people subscribe to the principles taught in the Bible. The only thing I can think of is because it’s not tangible. We can’t touch and feel it. Further the results are not always instant. After taking the step of salvation, the two things I have experienced is Love and Peace. It has been priceless. Something I would not change for the world.


Read the promises of scripture again; these are events in the future and when you make a decision to love God. You will experience Love and Peace right know; the journey is incredible. If this is the result know, I can’t start imaging the rewards in the future. We can’t even rely on the description of fellow humans because nobody has been there yet. What we can experience is salvation, the first element and like I said its amazing. The later is going to be far greater. I can say this because I have experienced it first hand, have you? 


So my plea to you is, just Love God.


Lord, I pray for all to take this step, to Love You. Amen.”

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Way out

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“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬


In a culture filled with moral depravity and sin-inducing pressures, Paul encouraged the Corinthians about temptation. He said: (1) temptations happen to everyone, so don’t feel you’ve been singled out; (2) others have resisted temptation, and so can you; (3) any temptation can be resisted because God will show you a way to resist it. God will help you resist temptation by helping you (a) recognize those people and situations that give you trouble, (b) run from anything you know is wrong, (c) choose to do only what is right, (d) pray for God’s help, and (e) seek friends who love God and can offer help when you are tempted. Running from a tempting situation is your first step on the way to victory (see 2 Timothy 2:22). (Tyndall Study Bible ) 


Read this scripture carefully. The part that stands out to me is that God won’t allow temptation greater than you can handle. What’s more is He will show the way to overcome that temptation.


Just this week I experienced this. What I learned is that you have to set a process and standard that keeps you accountable. This will be different for each of us. Remember this; God knows everything, even the amount of hairs on your head. The big test here is obedience. God will reward that. You will only be fooling yourself if don’t keep your commitment. 


In sales, you can get into that position of fooling yourself very quickly. You can’t expect the result if you don’t make the calls. That’s cold calls. Do the hard yards and the results will follow.


As with most things in life, there is an easier way to do things. With most things, there is a handbook or a “how to” recorded somewhere. In the commentary above in the number section, there is a guideline on “how to”. Just follow that and pray for strength.


“Lord I am amazed how scriptures are revealed, talking to me. I thank you for the inspiration. Give me strength to overcome sin and daily challenges. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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What is your plan

#whatisyourplan


“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬


David’s hatred for his enemies came from his zeal for God. David regarded his enemies as God’s enemies, so his hatred was a desire for God’s righteous justice and not for personal vengeance. Is it all right to be angry at people who hate God? Yes, but we must remember that it is God who will deal with them, not us. If we truly love God, then we will be deeply hurt if someone hates him. David asked God to search his heart and mind and point out any wrong motives that may have been behind his strong words. But while we seek justice against evil, we must also pray that God’s enemies will turn to him before he judges them (see Matthew 5:44).


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 recognise 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.” (Tyndale Study Bible) 


In our Bible study group, we made a decision to invite people to Church or our meetings. As Christians, we can’t be passive and not spread the Good News of the Gospel. We are mandated by God to do that, spread the News and Love, as I said yesterday.  We have a circle of friends that are very far from going to Church or God. It will be a huge challenge. Many hours of prayer and convincing. That’s my challenge right there. I am accepting that challenge. I can assure you that it won’t be without the help of God. 


Just as God searches my heart for imperfections, I need Him to search their hearts and reveal to me, how I am going to convince them of a new life. In the commentary David refers to his enemies, in my situation they are our opportunities. God does not like it when people don’t love Him. However, it’s not our job to condemn those people. God will deal with those people in his way. We can assist Him in reaching those people. Be a witness of His love. It starts by fixing our hearts first. Our reward is everlasting life. 


As I said yesterday, love is action, not passive. Everything we want to achieve in our world is going to take action. It is not just going to happen. So what is my action plan in this case? Firstly I am going to write down their names. Formulate a strategy with Gods help. Then implement and work that plan. 


“Lord search all people heart and reveal the correct way to them. Amen.”

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Action

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“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬


If we ever are afraid of the future, eternity, or God’s judgment, we can remind ourselves of God’s love. We know that he loves us perfectly (Romans 8:38-39). We can resolve our fears first by focusing on his immeasurable love for us, and then by allowing him to love others through us. His love will quiet your fears and give you confidence. (Tyndale Study Bible)


38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39 


I am going start by saying this. Love is not a feeling which we might think it is. The word Love is a verb. So love is an action. We have to do Love it’s not passive. What the scripture is trying to tell us that we can rely on the Love of God in all situations. We need not fear any situation because we have the Love of God on our side. 


People do crazy things in this world today. Take these Isis people; they are sending people out into the world to kill innocent people. Innocent people that don’t share their vision. My question is, does killing people motivate people to join their cause. I don’t think so. Personally, I think if they were treating people with Love, their following would have a better result. Treating people with compassion and love, I believe, will get you better results.


When last have you been treated with genuine compassion? Can you remember how you felt? I can ask as well when last did you treat someone with genuine compassion and love.
I believe if we can base society on the principle of love, as the Bible explains, results in peace would be far greater in the world. The love that comes to mind is the love mothers have for their children. You even see that in nature. If we can treat people around us with that same compassion, I think the world will be a better place. 


Rely on His love.


“Lord, I pray that people love like You do, unconditionally. Amen.”

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We have a helper

#wehaveahelper


And the Holy Spirit helps us in our “weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭26‬ NLT)


As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to cope with problems. Even when you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you don’t need to be afraid to come before him. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you “in harmony with God’s own will.” Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that he will always do what is best.


“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.”(‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭16‬ NLT)


The word translated “Advocate” combines the ideas of comfort and counsel. The word could also be translated Comforter, Encourager, or Counselor. The Holy Spirit is a powerful person on our side, working for and with us.(Tyndale Study Bible)


We are often faced with tough decisions, sometimes even potentially sad ones. What we tend to do sometimes, even as believers, is to rely on our own ideas. In this aspect, we are therefore similar to unbelievers.


You see, Jesus died for our sins on the Cross. What followed was the release of the  Holy Spirit, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was resurrected. God promises us in the Bible that, that power is available to us all.


If you can get help, then why not take it? Why not grab it with both hands? The Holy Spirit through God will help and guide you. Just ask?


I am sure you have heard a voice in the back of your head guiding you and speaking to you. Well, that’s the Holy Spirit working on your behalf.


“I pray, Lord, that all will accept Your way. I give thanks for your Spirit and support. I pray for guidance and stress relief. In Jesus name. Amen”

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Command or offer

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.””‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬


How strange to equate success with obedience. For many, success is controlling others; for Joshua it meant being controlled by God. God told Joshua that to succeed he must obey the rules for living found in God’s law. Often we can’t see what the results or future benefits of following God will be. When we are not certain what to do, obedience to what God has revealed in the Scriptures is the only sure step we can take. Resolve to set aside time each day to read and think about God’s Word. Remind yourself of God’s words day and night. Act today on what you know God has said, and God will assure your success in carrying out his purposes. (Tyndale Study Bible)


In our daily challenges, many times it’s the lack of obedience, courage and determination that sets us up for failure. The obedience to do the hard and necessary stuff. As the Athletes descend on the Olympics, do you think they were obedient in all their preparation for this event? I can assure you a lot of hard work was put in to achieve the result. The training is not always pleasant. If you do the hard work, the result will follow. It’s the same in our daily lives. 
After spending 40 years in the wilderness on their way to the promised land, the Israelites arrive. Moses, who led them this, far never gets to see the area. He sends 12 scouts to go and have a look. Only two come back with a positive report, Joshua and Caleb, the rest only see the negatives. 


Every day we are faced with challenges. What’s hard is to identify the positive, because that is what we can work with. Pay attention to what scripture is saying, be strong and courageous. More important the Lord will be with you. Not always easy to trust and rely on God wholeheartedly. We can’t touch and feel Him; we need to rely on our Faith. Many fail at this, yet, many succeeded. So I say, listen to the advice here. 


The Old Testament is written in Latin and the name Joshua in Latin means Lord and saviour. The New Testament in Greek. The meaning of the name Jesus in Greek is? Yes, you guessed it, Saviour. Is this a coincidence, I don’t think so? Just as its no coincidence that we have God and the Bible to guide us daily. My challenge is to rely on them. Rely on the advice of Joshua and Jesus. Joshua and Jesus were set here, by God, to lead and advise. Just pay attention. 


“Lord open my heart so that I can head this advice. Amen.”

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Jesus

#Jesus


“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.” (‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭16‬ NLT)


Paul was eager to preach the gospel. Is our Christian service done in a spirit of eagerness? Or do we serve out of habit, a feeling of obligation, or perhaps even with a feeling of reluctant duty (much like a child who has to take a bath)? When we fully understand what Christ has done for us and what he offers to others, we will be motivated to share the Good News. Ask God to rekindle that fresh eager attitude that wants to obey him and to tell others about Christ.
Paul was not ashamed because his message was the Good News about Christ. It was a message of salvation, it had life-changing power, and it was for everyone. When you are tempted to be ashamed, remember what the Good News is all about. If you focus on God and on what God is doing in the world rather than on your own inadequacy, you won’t be ashamed or embarrassed.(Tyndale Study Bible)


God wants us to be like Paul when saved. Just like Jesus in His time on earth, Paul was unashamed of the Gospel. God wants us to be like that and tell our world about Him. If you find it difficult to tell people, then simply try to live your life like Jesus. It will make a huge difference. Be an example to others.


What I found worked for me was to team up with someone who has the confidence to share the message of the Good News. Take note of what works as well as what doesn’t, and then utilise it in your life. Something that comes to mind is cold calling, at first you will struggle with it, but eventually you will realise what works. Hereafter you have a platform to work from.


What inspires me is the message of Jesus. First it’s the promise of transformation and renewal, then of salvation, and finally the promise of heaven and eternal life.


“Lord, I pray that you give wisdom and courage to share the Good News of Jesus. I thank you for the ability to do so. In Jesus name. Amen”