Just come

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Inspiration
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28‬ NLT)
A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull. A person may be carrying heavy burdens of (1) sin, (2) excessive demands of religious leaders (23:4; Acts 15:10), (3) oppression and persecution, or (4) weariness in the search for God.
Jesus frees people from all these burdens. The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labor. A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose.
“This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ NLT)
The right path for living is “the old, godly way” and has been marked out by God. But the people refused to take God’s path, going their own way instead. We face the same decision today—going God’s old but true way, or following a new path of our own choosing. Don’t be misled. The only way to find peace and “rest for your souls” is to walk on God’s path.(Life Applications Study Bible)
This is your invitation.
Read the passages carefully. This invitation is from Jesus Himself to all of us, and all of us that have accepted it should share it with our worlds. Just as I said last week, this is where true peace can be found, just accept it.
It will give your daily tasks meaning and that you do it to glorify God so that people may see and desire what you have. The selfless peace that you achieve through accepting you can now share.
If at any time you are not sure which path to choose, it’s the old way. You don’t need rocket science to figure it out. You don’t need to try to reinvent the wheel. It’s all here in the Good Old Book, the Bible.
“Dear Lord, will you reveal the Old truths to all people, Amen.”

Honour

Posted: June 13, 2017 in Inspiration
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭10‬ NLT)
War and destruction are inevitable, but so is God’s final victory. At that time, all will stand quietly before the all-powerful Lord. How proper, then, for us to be still now, reverently honouring him and his power and majesty. Take time each day to be still and to honour God. (Life Applications Study Bible)
You see, we all have to account for our actions. So why not everyday honour God and His teaching.
Every day in the workplace we have to account for our actions. Not a day goes by where this isn’t the case. Some people have kids and don’t account for them and then start doing bizarre things to reduce their guilt. They even go as far as drugs and seeking wrong teachings. Have you been depressed and felt completely lost in your situation? The word “despair” comes to mind. You feel like curling up and disappear. The solution is right there all in the Bible. Maybe difficult to acknowledge or see.  What you need to do is spend time in the Word so that God and Holy Spirit can talk to you. The solution will present itself.
One day we will all be accountable before God. Honour God today and your future is guaranteed. If you do it now and it will make it easier in the future.
Honour God and seek his teachings and principles.
“Dear Lord. I honour and thank You for what you have taught me. I pray that You will reach out and touch those in need for Your guidance. In Jesus name. Amen.”

The Offer

Posted: June 12, 2017 in Inspiration
‘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 realise that it is as simple as that, 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 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 the other day 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. 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.”

Righteousness

Posted: June 10, 2017 in Inspiration
“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.””
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
The Good News shows us both how righteous God is in his plan for us to be saved, and also how we may be made fit for eternal life. By trusting Christ, our relationship with God is made right. “From start to finish,” God declares us to be righteous by faith and faith alone. Paul then quotes from Habakkuk 2:4 to show that as we trust God, we are saved; we have life both now and forever.
““Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.”
‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“Righteousness of God” is better translated: “righteousness from God.” A major theme of the book, appearing over 30 times in one form or another, righteousness is the state or condition of perfectly conforming to God’s perfect law and holy character. Man falls woefully short of the divine standard of moral perfection, but the gospel reveals that on the basis of faith, and faith alone, God will impute His righteousness to ungodly sinners. (Tyndal Study Bible)
The power is in God’s word. How will you ever get to learn about these truths if we don’t spend time in his word? If we spend time in the word and in His company, it will be revealed.
What I love is when I start unpacking the scripture how much is revealed.
What stands out to me is the bold commentary, righteousness does not mean, we have a ticket to condemn others. It is rather a state before God. That state of righteousness is achieved through faith. Faith alone will make us right before God.
To make our faith stronger, we must use it. Each time we depend on our faith, it becomes stronger. This (faith to faith) above just means that trials come and we must have faith to overcome each trial; as we do, our faith grows. Fools rely on their own understanding. The just means, as we have said before, just as if we had never sinned. Faith is believing in our hearts in things we cannot see with our physical eyes.
“Lord I thank you for the revelation again. I am truly amazed and blessed. I pray these words touch people’s hearts. In Jesus name. Amen.”

The Foundation

Posted: June 9, 2017 in Inspiration
“For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the LORD fills the earth.”
Psalms‬ 33:4-5‬ NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
All God’s words are true and trustworthy—they can be trusted. The Bible is reliable because, unlike people, God does not lie, forget, change his words, or leave his promises unfulfilled. We can trust the Bible because it contains the words of a holy, trustworthy, and unchangeable God. (Tyndal Study Bible)
I once heard a Pastor was preaching about building the Church – the Body of Christ. He spoke at length about the foundation. Everything in life has to have a solid foundation. Think about it. An accountant needs a foundation. They study for many years at university to cement that foundation.
We are, as individuals as well as a collective, the Church. We form the body of Christ. It is, therefore, critical that we, as individuals, have a good foundation. We have to cement ourselves in the body of Christ – the Church. Furthermore, we have to empower ourselves with knowledge, just like the accountant. Where does that knowledge come from? Yes, the Word of God – the Bible.
God puts the Bible, His word equal with him.
“Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.””
John‬ 8:31-32‬ NLT‬‬
John 8:32 –  my favourite scripture. Read it in context. It means that we must know that God’s Word is the truth, know it, and that truth will set you free. Wow! What powerful words! I say this; right in that scripture is your and my foundation, it’s all in God’s Word, the ultimate truth.
All we need is God’s Word to lay that foundation.
“Lord, I pray that your word is revealed to all. Make it our foundation. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Heaven

Posted: June 8, 2017 in Inspiration
“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. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Does any of us 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 much 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 enrol 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.”

Temptation

Posted: June 7, 2017 in Inspiration
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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). (Tyndal 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. So I decided to keep a journal to record the sin I struggle with. Remember what I said yesterday: 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 “a to e” section, there is a guideline on “how to”. It’s all in the Bible. Just follow that and pray for strength.
“Lord I am amazed daily how these scriptures follow, talking to just me. I thank you for the inspiration. Give me the strength to overcome sin and daily challenges. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Know my heart

Posted: June 6, 2017 in Inspiration
“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.” (Tyndal Study Bible)
Right here is the moment of truth. Sin, I ask what my thoughts are. 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 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 figured it is what you think about. Yes, I heard the words in scripture: “so man thinks 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 thought I could 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.”

Pray for others

Posted: June 5, 2017 in Inspiration
“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). (Tyndal Study Bible)
“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,  The Pastor 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 the Pastor 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 sitting 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 the world and the Spirit world there is power in numbers. So yes as much as you can pray together. I have to say that again there is power in numbers.
One thing that happens as a young believer is a 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 a 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 your 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”

Love has no fear

Posted: June 3, 2017 in Inspiration
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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.(Tyndal Study Bible)
In the sermon a while ago, Pastor Hennie van der Merwe was explaining that we need to have the Fire of God in us. We as individuals have to invade others space and lives.
He explained that people want and wait to see a supernatural event. People like to rely on others to make that happen. His point was that we should rather let God work in us. So that people can see the supernatural power of God in us. He has a unique way of preaching in that he is thunderous. He says that’s the way we should be for God, loud and unashamed for God.
If we are filled with God’s power, boldness and love, we will be unafraid of the tests of the world.
“Such love has no fear” perfect love expels all fear. The love John is speaking about here is the perfect love of God. He loves us perfectly. Just rely on that love and all fear will be expelled. Just like Pastor Hennie was saying – we should stand out. Key in the commentary to me is, allowing him to love others through us, what amazing words.
Trust in God and let the Love work.
“Lord I thank you for Your Love. Use me to love. In Jesus name. Amen”