Build each other

Posted: August 7, 2017 in Inspiration
“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”
Jude‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
To “keep yourselves safe in God’s love” means to live close to God and his people, not listening to false teachers who would try to pull you away from him (John 15:9-10).
Bringing people to Jesus saves them from God’s judgment. We can do this through compassion and kindness. We are to hate the sin, but we must witness to and love the sinner. Unbelievers, no matter how successful they seem by worldly standards, are lost and in need of salvation. We should not take witnessing lightly—it is a matter of life and death.
In trying to find common ground with those to whom we witness, we must be careful not to fall into the quicksand of compromise. When reaching out to others, we must be sure that our own footing is safe and secure. Be careful not to become so much like non-Christians that no one can tell who you are or what you believe. Influence them for Christ—don’t allow them to influence you to sin! (Tyndall Study Bible)
The foundation of our Faith is based, on these greatest commandments: “Love the Lord with all your heart.”  Second to this spoken by Jesus in Mathew 22:36-40 is, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”
Yes, I can hear you say, How can I love the Taxi driver? Just there is the true test. We are to be the example and shining light. That driver must think wow that guy is different. True Love, is the key. I can tell from my experiences not always easy. The goal is to improve daily and build good habits.
Here is the Question, how can you build somebody without love? In my opinion, love is the most critical ingredient here. You can never reach out to people without love. If you read the scripture carefully, you will hear that we are mandated to build each other. We are to be there for others when they are in need. So we need to love unconditionally to achieve this.
It gets me back to that shining light. We as individuals have to stand out. We have to be different so that people can take note and pay attention to use. That difference is not the same for all. It’s different for every individual. The challenge, of course, is, how do we as individuals improve all the time? Continuous improvement, so that we can touch people out there.
“Lord I pray you give me people to touch. May I improve daily to fulfil my mandate. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Plans for you

Posted: August 5, 2017 in Inspiration
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬
We’re all encouraged by a leader who stirs us to move ahead, someone who believes we can do the task he has given and who will be with us all the way. God is that kind of leader. He knows the future, and his plans for us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides our agenda and goes with us as we fulfill his mission, we can have boundless hope. This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship, but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion. (Tyndal Study Bible)
From a young age, we seek recognition. It starts with our parents followed with our teachers and leaders at the schools we attend. We always want approval and recognition from our friends and peers.
What amazed me is when I joined the Church I noticed how little credit is passed on. I wondered about it for a long time. I realised that Christians are not to seek recognition in the world. All our reward is from God. And it’s not always instant and tangible. Because it can come in the form of inner peace.
In the Church when you have done your bit unconditionally then recognition follows. Take our Head Pastor, he built the Church from 6 people in his house to 3000 members and 1000 persons in attendance on a Sunday morning. His recognition before God must be enormous. I know what you are saying that’s not so difficult. Why don’t you have a go at it?
We become discouraged quickly. Read the scripture above. For I know the plans I have for you. Plans for good not for disaster. To you the believer and nonbeliever my advice is. Never stop been committed to what you are doing, you never know when your breakthrough is going to be. It is true in everything you do. It does not only count for work.
So be 100 % committed the rest of this year, 2017 because this could be the year God has chosen for you.
Plans for good!
“Lord I pray for Faith in your plans. I pray that we never give up. In Jesus name. Amen.

With all your heart

Posted: August 3, 2017 in Inspiration
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭NLT‬
When we have an important decision to make, we sometimes feel that we can’t trust anyone—not even God. But God knows what is best for us. He is a better judge of what we want than even we are! We must trust him completely in every choice we make. We should not omit careful thinking or belittle our God-given ability to reason, but we should not trust our own ideas to the exclusion of all others. We must not be wise in our own eyes. We should always be willing to listen to and corrected by God’s Word and wise counsellors. Bring your decisions to God in prayer; use the Bible as your guide, and then follow God’s leading. He will direct your paths by both guidings and protecting you. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Sitting below the Milkwood tree. Cool, breeze blowing off the ocean. It is 35 Celsius out there. Back from the hustle and bustle of the beach. How blessed can you be? Spent the morning on the beach with family. I am having a tough time getting into the Word. I am so overwhelmed by the moment.
I am on leave, and it’s month end at work. You know what happens things go wrong. Or shall I rather say we faced with challenges. What’s the first thing we do? We lean on our own understanding. Yes, we have down this a hundred times, month end. As young a Christian, I learnt to rely on God rather than my understanding. Yes, I know that sounds out there, not quite real. The Scripture says trust in the Lord with all your heart not just a part of it.  Easier said than done I can assure you. I can assure you it works, just have faith.
Take note what the commentator says above. “Bring your decisions to God in prayer.” Yes, you are saying how do I take my daily challenge to God, when they pop up. The thing is during your daily prayers you should ask for guidance and wisdom to deal with challenges. Here comes that word again Faith. That’s what we should have and rely on, rather than our understanding. I would like to add that there is nothing wrong with short prayers right at the moment.
Faith is the cornerstone in all.
“Lord, I pray for your understanding, then faith to rely on you. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Be strong

Posted: August 2, 2017 in Inspiration
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:58‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Paul says that because of the resurrection, nothing we do is useless. Sometimes we become apathetic about serving the Lord or hesitate to do good because we don’t see any results. Knowing that Christ has won the ultimate victory should affect the way we live right now. Don’t let discouragement over an apparent lack of results keep you from doing the work of the Lord enthusiastically as you have an opportunity, knowing that your work will have eternal results. (Tyndal Study Bible)
In the world today, everything is instant. We all seek instant gratification. We all have deadlines to meet. If we meet, these deadlines gratification will follow. These are instant. With God, it’s not always the same. The reward does not follow immediately. In some cases it does, but mostly it takes time. God wishes to test your obedience and perseverance.
Firstly we are reminded by the commentator that walking with God promises lasting results, eternal life in heaven. So everything we do is rewarded. I know it’s not something you can touch and feel.
Secondly, we are rewarded in the form of Blessings. Which comes in different forms, sometimes it’s not money it’s just inner peace. Sitting outside on the patio, a glorious morning, and meditating on God’s word,  what a blessing. My daughter passed her final year of school, a blessing. Know teaching English in China. Some people in the world don’t get the opportunity of going to school. We just take it for granted. So many blessings, take the time to consider them.
One of the richest Blessings is God’s word, the Bible. All we need for daily inspiration. Read the scripture again.
* Be strong and immovable
* Work enthusiastically.
* Nothing you do is useless.
All this we must do for the Lord. Remember what scripture said a couple of days ago, “work willingly as to Glorify God.” (Col 3;23) Nothing we do will go unseen.
“Work enthusiastically for the Lord.”
“Lord my prayer is for me to be for You only. Amen.”

I am your God

Posted: August 1, 2017 in Inspiration
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬
God chose Israel through Abraham because he wanted to, not because the people deserved it (Deuteronomy 7:6-8; 9:4-6). Although God chose the Israelites to represent him to the world, they failed to do this; so God punished them and sent them into captivity. Now all believers are God’s chosen people, and all share the responsibility of representing him to the world. One day God will bring all his faithful people together. We need not fear because (1) God is with us (“I am with you”); (2) God has established a relationship with us (“I am your God”); and (3) God gives us assurance of his strength, help, and victory over sin and death. Are you aware of all the ways God has helped you? (Tyndal Study Bible)
It is critical for all that read this understands that we are all God’s chosen people. There is a differential between believers and none believers. Believers being God’s chosen people. Are you one of God”s chosen people?
An important fact is God loves all people in the world. And I mean that anyone in the world, no matter how much you have sinned. Even murderers. To be chosen, all you have to do is repent and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You are immediately one of the chosen people.
Many of us struggle with motivation, comfort, peace and recognition.
Read Isaiah carefully, so many words of encouragement.
* Don’t be afraid.
* I am with you
* Don’t be discouraged
* I am your God
* I will strengthen you.
* I will help you
* I will hold you up.
I can imagine why we will struggle to head to these words because it does not seem tangible. No person is lecturing us; what we should be doing we can’t touch and feel these words.
That is why the Bible speaks about faith because Christians are to walk by faith. The Bible speaks about faith the size of a mustard seed that’s all we need. Then these promises will become tangible. So if we walk by faith, all will be revealed.
“Don’t be discouraged I am with you.”
“Lord, I pray for Faith. Thank you for all Your promises. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Make disciples of men

Posted: July 31, 2017 in Inspiration
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
(‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:19‬ ‭NLT)‬‬
“If you abide in My word,” Jesus said, “then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31)
Jesus’ words affirm the reality of the Trinity. Some people accuse theologians of making up the concept of the Trinity and reading it into Scripture. As we see here, the concept comes directly from Jesus himself. He did not say baptize them in the names but in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The word Trinity does not occur in Scripture, but it well describes the three-in-one nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Tyndal Study Bible)
The disciples were to baptize people because baptism unites believers with Jesus Christ in their death to sin and their resurrection to new life. Baptism symbolizes submission to Christ, a willingness to live God’s way, and identification with God’s covenant people.
I spent the day on the beach a while ago. I am not the sort of person that can just lie in the Sun, so I spent most of my time walking up and down the beach. We were where, they launch Ski boats from the beach, so it was interesting watching that the boats come and go.
While I was doing this, my mind went to the Birth of Jesus, such a significant event. Celebrated all over the world. The question came to mind; how many on that beach understands the significance of this event. The birth of Jesus, He was born to save us. How many on the beach know about Jesus, or has a relationship with Him?
Once we are saved and abide by His word, we are His disciples. In Mathew, Jesus sent his disciples out into the world to save and Baptize nations. When saved we are disciples and are mandated to reach the lost. When last, have you led someone to the Lord? I encourage us, the body of believers to go out there and lead someone to the Lord. So let us expand that Body of believers. Just let me say I failed at this responsibility.
Just do what Jesus mandated us to do. Go out and baptize the nations.
“Lord I pray for confidence and wisdom to reach the unsaved. In Jesus name. Amen”

Wanna be happy?

Posted: July 30, 2017 in Inspiration
“Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the LORD.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭144:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬
All people like to be happy—to be exhilarated with joy, to feel good, and to be on top of everything. There’s nothing wrong with that. God wants joyous, excited, happy, and uplifted people. The problem lies in how happiness is generated. Some people think they’ll find it in a liquor bottle or a narcotic. But neither of those is the Christian’s source of joy.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Terrence, are you going to lecture me on the evils of alcohol?  One study I found http://www.alcohol.co.za/statistics.htm
Take the time and read the study. Knowledge is power. I am reading this book by John Bevere – Under Cover. I am in the second chapter. There are many revelations. It was a gift, and it’s speaking to me personally. I am going to say this nothing happens by accident.
I would like to share this with you. Ignorance causes deception. And deception is the greatest cause of sin and disobedience. It goes as far back as Adam and Eve; the Serpent deceived Eve.
The next question are you a hearer or doer of the word? How many times have we been to an impressive sermon or teaching, but we fail to apply it to our lives? I am speaking to myself here. A couple of months ago I went to a teaching by Dr Dave Martin; I bought his program and did nothing with it. ” Ignorance” So if you are not applying what you learnt you are robbed and deceived. Take every opportunity to learn.
Ignorance causes deception – all the encouragement and promise is in the Word. What we can’t be is a hearer of the word; we have to be doers. I go back to the question above; Wanna be happy? The answer is right there in Psalm 37;4 NLT – “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
So take delight in the Lord by empowering yourself with the word, the Bible.
” Lord I pray for revelation. Let me delight in the Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Work willingly

Posted: July 29, 2017 in Inspiration
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NLT
Since the Creation, God has given us work to do. If we could regard our work as an act of worship or service to God, such an attitude would take some of the drudgery and boredom out of it. We could work without complaining or resentment if we treated our job problems as the cost of discipleship. (Tyndale study Bible)
The day Adam and Eve sinned is we were cursed and condemned to earn our fruits from the sweat of our brow. Yes, as far back as that we were condemned to work for a living. So in short if we want to get ahead in life we have to work. What comes to mind is have you ever met a successful person; yes you have. They all work extremely hard and diligently. Think of those successful Churches in the world all their leaders and Pastors are extremely hard working.
Ya, I know you are saying I have heard this all before. You, hearing is one thing, doing is the important thing. So many of us know what to do but don’t just do it. This principle applies to all things in life, not only work.
I ask you how are you going to get ahead in life? Ponder on that question I don’t think you need me to answer it.
I have entered a new phase in my life; firstly I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior; secondly, I have embarked on a new career. Both these are completely different to how and what I was before. To be successful at either, it takes hard work and diligence. The spiritual reward will come from hours spent in God’s Word the Bible. Doing nothing will not get a result. Rome was not built in one day. What to do at work I think we all know that we should just do it.
“if we treated our job problems as the cost of discipleship.”
These words are a true revelation treat everything in life in this way. Success will follow.
“Lord I pray for diligence in everything I do. To glorify You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Why am I discouraged?

Posted: July 28, 2017 in Inspiration
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you— even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Depression is one of the most common emotional ailments. One antidote for depression is to meditate on the record of God’s goodness to his people. This will take your mind off the present situation and give hope that it will improve. It will focus your thoughts on God’s ability to help you rather than on your inability to help yourself. When you feel depressed, take advantage of this psalm’s antidepressant. Read the Bible’s accounts of God’s goodness, and meditate on them.(Tyndale Study Bible)
Reading this Scripture, I am immediately reminded about off a watch. Can you remember the first watches you had to wind them daily? Then followed the automatic wind watch, which wound itself by the movement of your arm. Then watches got batteries, all you need to do is change the battery from time to time. I was looking at the iWatch in the iStore; it can do almost anything, technology, wow.
I am not an expert on depression but what I do know it’s on the increase daily. Early days it was not as rife as its know. I think if you consider the fast pace of the world today it adds to the problem. Together with the information overload, we exposed to. The amount and the pace we are to make decisions at, it’s crazy.
So just like the Psalmist asks why so sad? It’s because we don’t spend enough time winding our watches, in other words, time for ourselves. Our Spiritual health? Even the modern watch battery needs replacing. The Human body has not evolved like the watch has. It still the same as 100 years ago. Back then there was far more time to wind your watch. In essence, in this fast paced world, we should take far more time for ourselves. Not always possible. The new buzz words are quality time; yes make every moment count. We are continuously forced to produce more. Are we taking more winding and replacing battery time?
Just as the scripture says above we should put our hope in God, he is the healer of all things. The Psalmist makes reference the Mount Hermon the source of the Jordaan river, with all its life-giving qualities. You see God is our Jordaan river, all we need to do is have faith. As the commentator says above meditate on Gods word and His goodness, the results will follow.
“Lord I pray for time to spend in Your Word and with You. Thank you for grace and blessing. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Build each other

Posted: July 26, 2017 in Inspiration
“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”
Jude‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
To “keep yourselves safe in God’s love” means to live close to God and his people, not listening to false teachers who would try to pull you away from him (John 15:9-10).
Bringing people to Jesus saves them from God’s judgment. We can do this through compassion and kindness. We are to hate the sin, but we must witness to and love the sinner. Unbelievers, no matter how successful they seem by worldly standards, are lost and in need of salvation. We should not take witnessing lightly—it is a matter of life and death.
In trying to find common ground with those to whom we witness, we must be careful not to fall into the quicksand of compromise. When reaching out to others, we must be sure that our own footing is safe and secure. Be careful not to become so much like non-Christians that no one can tell who you are or what you believe. Influence them for Christ—don’t allow them to influence you to sin! (Tyndall Study Bible)
The foundation of our Faith is based, on these greatest commandments: “Love the Lord with all your heart.”  Second to this spoken by Jesus in Mathew 22:36-40 is, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”
Yes, I can hear you say, How can I love the Taxi driver? Just there is the true test. We are to be the example and shining light. That driver must think wow that guy is different. True Love, is the key. I can tell from my experiences not always easy. The goal is to improve daily and build good habits.
Here is the Question, how can you build somebody without love? In my opinion, love is the most critical ingredient here. You can never reach out to people without love. If you read the scripture carefully, you will hear that we are mandated to build each other. We are to be there for others when they are in need. So we need to love unconditionally to achieve this.
It gets me back to that shining light. We as individuals have to stand out. We have to be different so that people can take note and pay attention to use. That difference is not the same for all. It’s different for every individual. The challenge, of course, is, how do we as individuals improve all the time? Continuous improvement, so that we can touch people out there.
“Lord I pray you give me people to touch. May I improve daily to fulfil my mandate. In Jesus name. Amen.”