Pride

Posted: December 4, 2017 in Inspiration
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭11‬:‭2‬ NLT)
“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭18‬ NLT)
“Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭12‬ NLT)
Proud people take little account of their weaknesses and do not anticipate stumbling blocks. They think they are above the frailties of common people. In this state of mind they are easily tripped up. Ironically, proud people seldom realize that pride is their problem, although everyone around them is well aware of it. Ask someone you trust whether self-satisfaction has blinded you to warning signs. He or she may help you avoid a fall.(Tyndal Study Bible)
Here’s the thing: those three verses describe exactly who I used to be. I am not correct yet, but daily I improve. Just like the Tyndal writer says, self-satisfaction blinds you. I thought I was better than everyone. Nobody is better than the next person.
I have seen how pride has made people do the wrong things to survive, sometimes even illegal things. You see, pride makes you say bad things about other people to make yourself look good. I think of cars, listen to this: “people buy cars with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know.” You see what it can do, why else would they do that? Believe me; the warning signs are there, but we are blind to it.
Sometimes we don’t even recognise the “pride” problem. Firstly, we have to acknowledge the problem and only after that can we fix it by taking action.
Confess your sins, ask forgiveness and practice humility. And remember, with God all things are possible.
“Lord, open my eyes to these issues. Amen.”
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Strong Lions

Posted: December 3, 2017 in Inspiration
#stronglions
 
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭34‬:‭10‬ NLT)
At first we may question David’s statement because we seem to lack many good things. This is not a blanket promise that all Christians will have everything they want. Instead, this is David’s praise for God’s goodness—all those who call upon God in their need will be answered, sometimes in unexpected ways.
 
Remember, God knows what we need, and our deepest needs are spiritual. Even though many Christians face unbearable poverty and hardship, they still have enough spiritual nourishment to live for God. David was saying that if you have God, you have all you really need. God is enough.
 
If you feel you don’t have everything you need, ask: (1) Is this really a need? (2) Is this really good for me? (3) Is this the best time for me to have what I desire? Even if you answer yes to all three questions, God may allow you to go without to help you grow more dependent on him. He may want you to learn that you need him more than having your immediate desires met. (Tyndal Study Bible)
This scripture and commentary make me think of a talk I heard a couple of years ago. It was about teamwork. In the wild, a lion hunting on its own has a success rate of 15 – 19%. When they hunt as a pride or team, it increases to 30%.
Three things are interesting to me: Firstly, not a great success rate alone. Secondly, the concept of a team and, thirdly, they only kill what they need. You see, the interesting thing here is that if they fail and give up, they starve and eventually die. So what happens? They never give up! God provides because it’s all His design. God did not just make it a walk in the park for lions – it’s tough for them too. Just like life for us…
So firstly never give up, because giving up is the only real failure.
Secondly, teamwork is of vital importance, first helping others to gain success and then yourself.
Lastly, the writer poses the question about need. Here I am speaking to myself, do you need that or is it just there to satisfy your greed or to impress others?
Just like God provides for the birds and the bees, He will provide for us. Trust in Him and have faith.
“Dear Lord, I pray that you will provide for our needs. And if we have more to help others in there need in all things, not just material, but spiritual as well. I pray for Your touch. I give thanks to all provision. In Jesus Mighty name. Amen”

Humble yourself

Posted: December 2, 2017 in Inspiration
#humbleyourself
The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭34‬ NLT)
“In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
Both young and old can benefit from Peter’s instructions. Pride often keeps older people from trying to understand young people and keeps young people from listening to those who are older. Peter told both young and old to be humble and to serve each other. Young men should follow the leadership of older men, who should lead by example. Respect those who are older than you, listen to those younger than you, and be humble enough to admit that you can learn from others.
“But He gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.”” (Jas 4:6 NLT)
The cure for evil desires is humility (see Proverbs 16:18, 19; 1 Peter 5:5, 6). Pride makes us self-centred and leads us to conclude that we deserve all we can see, touch, or imagine. It creates greedy appetites for far more than we need. We can be released from our self-centered desires by humbling ourselves before God, realizing that all we really need is his approval. When the Holy Spirit fills us, we see that this world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer. (Tyndale Study Bible)
All the world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer. Powerful, don’t you think.?
I was at a birthday party last Friday evening, and my observation there was, and please understand it was only an observation, not a judgment, one can see humility and lack thereof from a mile away. There are many people dressed to the hilt trying to attract attention to themselves, some with lots of clothes and some with very little. All that just for a moment of worldly glory and nothing permanent. What are we as society chasing?
I can’t help to comment on some people’s behaviour. Why do that? Nobody will respect you if behaving indecently. How many times have you thought “what an idiot” at a party or other event? That’s what I love about the old days – chivalry, gentlemanly and ladylike behaviour. Everybody seemed to move and operate with grace.
So we had a good example, but did we learn from our elders? We are first to be an example for others and especially those younger than us. Then, in turn, we should respect our elders and leaders. A lot seems to go wrong with all of this. My observation over time is to lead by example and be humble. No questions will be asked of you. What follows humility is unselfishness.
Unselfish and humble, what a person!
“Lord I pray for these attributes. Amen.”

Forgive

Posted: December 1, 2017 in Inspiration
#forgive
 
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
The key to forgiving others is remembering how much God has forgiven you. Is it difficult for you to forgive someone who has wronged you a little when God has forgiven you so much? Realizing God’s infinite love and forgiveness can help you love and forgive others. Let God worry about the wrongs you’ve suffered. Don’t quench your life in bitter feuding; live renewed in love and joy. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Driving to work, I notice a homeless person up from his sleep. It’s 5.45 am, the thought that comes to mind is, he is as “good” as I am. The early bird catches the worm. He has his trolley and is rushing somewhere. I wonder where is he going? His place of work? Well, I have an office to go to, he does not. I am blessed with a special talent, what is his talent? We have so much to be grateful for. The Bible is very clear about the use of your talents (Mathew 25:14-30) Firstly are you using them and secondly to its full potential? Well, I believe he is as good because he is making an effort.
Why am I writing about a street person? Well as I was meditating this scripture I realized there no one in this world better than the next person. I was in conversation with some people yesterday and we were discussing a colleague, his/her faults. As I was listening, I thought to myself that no one making those comments is perfect and faultless. That includes me. So who are we to judge?
Reading this scripture, I realize that rather forgiving loving and reaching out to that person would help more. You should forgive. I don’t mean that you have to condone their behaviour and actions. Very different concepts. You can forgive and love. You don’t have to accept bad choices; you can forgive, however.
So are we as good as the homeless guy, maybe he has forgiven all? Forgiving releases you and moves you closer to God.
God forgave me!
“ Lord I pray for Your forgiveness. May I forgive those I need to forgive. Guide me Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name. Amen”

Test

Posted: November 30, 2017 in Inspiration

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Trust without wavering

Posted: November 30, 2017 in Inspiration
#trustwithoutwavering
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Our society confuses love and lust. Unlike lust, God’s kind of love is directed outward toward others, not inward toward ourselves. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations. It is impossible to have this love unless God helps us set aside our own natural desires so that we can love and not expect anything in return. Thus, the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to others.(Tyndale Study Bible)
Reading this commentary remind me of the words out of my Bible school notes. I copied them below. The scripture is very powerful, or I should say, it is very correct.
In the Garden of Eden, the essence of the temptation was, put your physical needs first, and put what God wants you to do, second. In other words, interpret the Word of God in the light of your physical needs. God wanted them to interpret their physical needs in the light of His Word to them. In a sense, the temptation was, “your needs first, God’s Word second.”
When Jesus was tempted to turn stones into bread, the temptation was, “You have been fasting for forty days. Use Your supernatural powers to put the physical need first, and the Word and will of God second. The response was, “Word first, needs second.”
Remember temptation is not sin. How we respond to temptation is either victory or sin. Our response to temptation today should also be the application of those two words – “God first”. (Calvary Academics)
The fundamental principle of Christianity is love. Love the Lord with all your heart and secondly love your neighbour as yourself. Will there ever be strife if we apply this instruction? You see there is always the temptation to put oneself first. We think we are more important than the next person or in a conflict we believe we are right. Is that important? No, it’s not if one Loves unconditionally and puts God first then, I think the conflict won’t exist.
I am sure every person asks this question at some stage in one life? What is the most important thing in this world? From my experience, I can say this with conviction, Love. Take the head of the commentator’s words Love not lust. Not the love of things, but of people, unconditionally.
Remember when we started, Humility and haughtiness. So here it is. Be Humble, Love unconditionally and put God first.
“Lord I thank you for these words. A reminder who is the most important. Amen.”

Enjoy without complaining

Posted: November 29, 2017 in Inspiration
#enjoywithoutcomplaining
 
“Do everything without complaining and arguing,”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Our lives should be characterised by moral purity, patience, and peacefulness so that we will shine “like bright lights” in a dark and depraved world. A transformed life is an effective witness to the power of God’s Word. Are you shining brightly, or are you clouded by complaining and arguing? Don’t let dissensions snuff out your light. Shine out for God. Your role is to shine until Jesus returns and bathes the world in his radiant glory. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Wow, do I still make myself guilty of this. I am much better at the complaining, but still far from perfect. What I still struggle with is complaining. Continuously there is something that gets to me. In the work environment, that is very easy. The challenge is to rise the occasion.
After salvation, the peace I received, made me better with complaining. What happened I realised how much I have to be grateful for. I blessed with everything I have become and all I have. It’s that transformed life the commentator is talking about.
“Our lives should be characterized by moral purity, patience, and peacefulness so that we will shine “like bright lights” in a dark and depraved world.” Can you say it better than that, nope I don’t think so. One’s silence in arguments is many times stronger than arguing.
Turmoil and dissension will always snuff out your energy and light. So just like I said before rise to the occasion, and show your strength.
“Lord I pray for peace, keep me from the challenges of the world. I thank you for Your Word. Amen.”

Share without pretending

Posted: November 27, 2017 in Inspiration
#sharewithoutpretending
 
“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬
In describing the mature Christian, Paul says that one of the marks is the ability to “speak the truth in love.” This sounds so simple, but it seems so hard for us to do. Some of us are fairly good at speaking the truth, but we forget to be loving. Some of us are good at being loving, but we don’t have it in us to level with others if the truth is painful. The instruction here is to do both: Speak the truth, but do it in a loving manner. Think of the trouble we would spare ourselves if we followed this practice, especially in the church! When you have a problem with another believer, don’t go to someone else with it. Go directly to that person, and speak the truth in love.
 
Some Christians fear that any mistake will destroy their witness for the Lord. They see their own weaknesses, and they know that many non-Christians seem to have stronger character than they do. How can we grow more and more like Christ? The answer is that Christ forms us into a body—into a group of individuals who are united in their purpose and in their love for one another and for the Lord. If an individual stumbles, the rest of the group is there to pick that person up and help him or her walk with God again. If a person sins, he or she can find restoration through the church (Galatians 6:1) even as the rest of the body continues to witness to God’s truth. As part of Christ’s body, do you reflect part of Christ’s character and carry out your special role in his work? (Tyndal Study Bible)
Remember when we started, these verses are about love or rather how we should love. The first comment was around humbleness. Consider this headline. Sharing or unselfishness. The key point Paul is making is how we share.
Remember sharing is not only money. It is your time, your ear or advice. How we do this is important. Paul says everything out of love. He realises that sometimes we fail as Christians or a mistake or the fear of making a mistake. Everything we do daily, we need to empower ourselves to do. How, its by following instruction of the Bible? In the second verse of the commentary, he advises us how. The strategy is to become strong in character, and unwavering in your faith. The Church, the Body Christ, is a vital part of that process.
“Lord, I pray I head Paul’s advice. Actions with love. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Answer without arguing

Posted: November 26, 2017 in Inspiration
#answerwithoutarguing
“Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Like Prov. 15:17 said, Better is a dish of vegetables where love is than a fattened ox served with hatred.
This scripture is saying that peace in a family is more important than the food and drink. Our homes should be a place of peace to get away from the troubles of the world, not a battle ground. (Bible-Study.org)
Profound words. This thought comes to mind; anything worthwhile should be established on a solid foundation. Let me explain.
Anything new we start with zealous and as time passes, with the influences of the world, we lose perspective and focus. Think of a new idea or process at work. It starts with a bang and then over time that resistance to change or lack of commitment has a negative impact. One has to work that plan diligently. Further down the line have a look from the outside in, to see if you should not make changes to the scheme. Commitment to that process will make things work.
Over the years my observation has been. It’s the lack of commitment that is the key element to failure. The same is true in our relationships and home life. Have you ever said this, bugger that I am not doing that? It could be for various reasons. Is that commitment? No, it’s not. Don’t think I am perfect on the contrary; I am speaking to myself right here. We have all heard these words before it takes commitment to make your marriage work.
Consider athletes if there lacks commitment to training it leads to failure in the end. Do you think the All Blacks win Rugby matches without commitment? Certainly not.
Commitment to the Word of God is as necessary. The point I am trying to make is will there be the conflict if we are committed to the instruction of the Word of God. Again, I don’t think so. It all starts and ends with God.
“Lord, I pray for Your instruction. Amen.”

Pray without ceasing

Posted: November 25, 2017 in Inspiration
#praywithoutceasing
 
“So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Sometimes we wonder how to pray for missionaries and other leaders we have never met. Paul had never met the Colossians, but he faithfully prayed for them. His prayers teach us how to pray for others, whether we know them or not. We can request that they (1) understand God’s will, (2) gain spiritual wisdom, (3) honor and please God, (4) produce every kind of good fruit, (5) learn to know God better and better, (6) be strengthened with God’s glorious power, (7) have great endurance and patience, (8) be filled with joy, and (9) give thanks always. All believers have these same basic needs. When you don’t know how to pray for someone, use Paul’s prayer pattern for the Colossians.(Tyndall Study Bible)
Remember when I started this it was ten Bible verses that guide you how to love. Remember the words we have begun with, Humble and Haughtiness.
In MATTHEW 18:15-35, The Parable of Forgiveness Peter asked Jesus how many time you should forgive someone that sins against you. In those days the rule was seven times. The teaching of Jesus was that your forgiveness of your brother should be unlimited. The real meaning is “seven times itself, seventy times,” which would be an infinite number per day.
Many of us have a past or did something in the past that will follow you for life. It can be various things an addiction or in some cases time spent in Jail. Financial ruin through the wrong decision. Remember what we said before, you only fail when you give up. So the trick is never to give up.
Forgiveness is essential amongst us, however? God paid the price for our sins by sacrificing his son Jesus. He forgave us, because of his unconditional love for us. That is why the Bible speaks of a forgiving spirit. We need to have a forgiving spirit, to expect forgiveness. Remember these words aren’t mine, God and His Word, the Bible, inspire these words.
Read the Scripture; we have Prayer ourselves and Prayer from others to guide and give us strength in this walk. We should not lean on our understanding but rely solely on the power and guidance from God.
God gave us the Holy Spirit to assist us. It’s through Prayer that we will receive answers. Don’t forget to pray for others where you see fault or where guidance is necessary. The essence of this scripture is that Paul is saying never give up Praying for others. There is the “Love,” just there.
“Lord, may I Love others so that I can forgive and Pray for them. In Jesus name, Amen.”