Inspiration

Its a choice

#itsachoice


“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬


These verses give an example of how to “give up our lives” for others—to help those in need. This is strikingly similar to James’s teaching (James 2:14-17). How clearly do your actions say you really love others? Are you as generous as you should be with your money, possessions, and time? (Tyndale Study Bible)


Here goes, you might not like this. What is the definition of wealth?Here a couple of thoughts captured on the internet. 


Seeking true wealth may mean seeking deeper relationships, more personal growth, or ways to create more meaning in life. Achieving true wealth means possessing the ability to enjoy the small, ordinary pleasures of life. Each precious, present moment can be enjoyed. (Neha Kariyaniya)


Someone once asked Warren Buffett how he would describe the difference between getting rich and being wealthy?” His answer was short and to the point: “People seeking riches never have enough. Wealth is a state of mind. Wealthy people always have enough.”


To be wealthy is to be in life and to appreciate all aspects of it. It’s to be self-aware, live with purpose, and be committed not only to one’s own happiness but to helping others find theirs. True wealth is an inner condition of being.


A list of true wealth assets would likely include family, friends, education, talents, experience, connection to the community, self-esteem, the ability to help others, and good health (with some luck and good sense). All of these wealth assets contribute to an overall personal sense of wellbeing. It also includes the ability to earn more money. (Judith Mcgee)


Not a single comment above is about self, quite the contrary, it all about selflessness. That is why I posed the question about wealth. Yes, we live in a society that is self-centered. It’s all supposed be about money. That is so far from reality. Again just pay attention to the comments above. The wealthy reach out and influence others. Just like Jesus did.
Scripture says there is no greater way to show your love than to lay done your life. Jesus did the ultimate thing he died for our sins. It, the Bible says, we need to reach out to our brothers and sisters. Read again and take note who reaches out to people? And what’s more, we don’t need to read this on the internet, its all in the Bible. 


” Lord I pray for wealth, especially spiritual wealth, to reach people. Amen.”

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Inspiration

Consider your world

#consideryourworld


“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:37‬ ‭NIV


A forgiving spirit demonstrates that a person has received God’s forgiveness. Jesus used the picture of measuring grain in a basket to ensure the full amount. If we are critical rather than compassionate, we will also receive criticism. If we treat others generously, graciously, and compassionately, however, these qualities will come back to us in full measure. We are to love others, not judge them. (Tyndale Study Bible)


One of the important principles in the Bible is seed time and harvest. Through time it’s about you reap what you sow. 


Two things come to mind when I read this Scripture. 


Consider your world, nothing around you just happens. The lawn does not mow itself. You don’t achieve success at work by sitting around. You don’t have a great marriage by accident. Your kids don’t turn out great by accident. There are thousands of examples I can refer to you. Every single thing above needs a clear and concise plan and takes effort and commitment. If you want to succeed in anything, it takes work and dedication. Nothing in our worlds just happens. Yes, we receive blessings daily. It comes from good that we have done at some stage. I am sure you get my point. Think of this for a moment, are you going just become a good knowledgeable Christian? A Spiritual father to many? No, it’s going to take hours of interaction and time in God’s word. It is the only way you will learn and develop skill. Work at it. 


Secondly, if you read the scripture above you will notice an underlying element. That is the element of “Love”. Apart from the Bible that says so, will you do the things above if you love unconditionally? I don’t think so. Something I noticed over the years, that we are quick to criticise, and we are always trying to justify our position. I learnt that soon as you are trying to defend, you are most probably wrong. If you right just move on. 


None of us are perfect so who gives us the right to judge. A forgiving nature is far more valuable. 


” Lord I pray that you fill my heart with love. So that I can care rather than condemn. Amen”

Inspiration

Declare

#declare


“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Have you ever been asked, “How do I become a Christian?” These verses give you the beautiful answer: Salvation is as close as your own lips and heart. People think it must be a complicated process, but it is not. If we believe in our heart and say with our mouth that Christ is the risen Lord, we will be saved. (Tyndal Study Bible)


One of my inspirations is to explain how Scripture works in our daily lives. The Bible is a complicated book. It has many pages with many teachings. To grasp all of it teaching and principle takes many hours of study and meditation. You won’t be able to do it overnight. It takes time and dedication. 


I should just point out the Bible does say that if you are not saved, you will not go to Heaven and receive eternal life. I hate mentioning that you will find yourself in hell if you don’t believe. At the beginning of time, Adam and Eve committed sin and through time God tried to redeem us, back to Him. God created us and gave us the power of choice. Adam and Eve made the wrong choice. From that day man was bound by sin. God sent his Son Jesus to redeem us. Jesus died on Cross to achieve that goal. The same time, Jesus died, the Holy Spirit was released over the earth, to sanctify us. The power of that Spirit was responsible for Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. Sanctification means making Holy. The power of that Spirit helps us to be better people. 


Yes, this all sounds unreal to some of us. A little out there one might say. That is so far from the truth. I am probably the biggest sceptic in the world. However, the day I made the commitment to accept Jesus as my personal saviour, the inner peace I received has been unreal. Much the same us story above. It’s not a story but an accurate account of events. Secondly, when you accept Jesus, you receive eternal life and a passport to Heaven. Also something we can’t relate too. It is a promise direct from God.


So read the scripture carefully again and follow the commentary. All this can be yours, just declare it and believe. 


If you need help, message me.


“Lord, I pray that these words touch people’s hearts. G

Inspiration

Its a choice

#itsachoice


“Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬ NLT)


It would certainly be a surprise if you planted corn and pumpkins came up. It’s a natural law to harvest what we plant. It’s true in other areas, too. If you gossip about your friends, you will lose their friendship. Every action has results. If you plant to please your own desires, you’ll harvest a crop of sorrow and evil. If you plant to please God, you’ll harvest joy and everlasting life. What kind of seeds are you planting? (Tyndal Study Bible)


Have you caught yourself telling a white lie in self-preservation? We have all done this and even gone so far as not to tell the whole truth. We are so concerned about our image that we do sinful things to gain recognition.


Keywords in the last while were, “Accept His Love”, “Don’t Pretend”, “Truly Transformed” and “Boast about Who”.


The oldest principle in the Bible is seed time and harvest, day and night, hot and cold.
You see, no matter what we do, the sun will rise tomorrow. No matter how good or bad the situation is, the sun will rise. God will provide for the birds. Have you watched the birds go to work in the morning for food? Where I live in Cape Town, birds from the neighbouring Robben Island make the 7km flight to the Mainland to find food. Sitting on our balcony, some evenings we watch them return. Do you fly 14km daily for food? I am sure they are successful in their search, otherwise, why would they continue? We can take a “feather” out of their cap.

So in daily activities, do the correct thing that is to plant the seed, and the harvest will be plentiful. When at work, be smart don’t waste time. Do the right thing and be guaranteed a harvest.


Always place God first in all you do and everything else will follow. Just like the birds, we have to do take action


“Lord, I pray that I will please You first. I thank you for the promise of favour. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Forgive

#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 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 is this world better than the next person. I was in conversation with some people yesterday and we where discussing a colleague,his/her faults. As I was listening I thought to myself that not one making those comments is perfect and faultless. That includes myself. 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 behavior 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” 

Inspiration

Love your enemies

#loveyourenemies


“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭44‬ NLT)


By commanding us to refrain from retaliation, Jesus keeps us from taking the law into our own hands. By loving and praying for our enemies, we can overcome evil with good.
The Pharisees interpreted Leviticus 19:18 (“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD”) as a teaching that they should love only those who love in return, and interpreted Psalms 139:19-22 and 140:9-11 as them having to despise the enemies who opposed them. However, Jesus says we are to love our enemies too.
If you love your enemies and treat them with the love of God, you will truly reflect the love of Jesus and thus acknowledge to God, yourself and others that He is Lord of your life. This is possible only for those who surrender themselves entirely to God, because only he can deliver people from worldly selfishness. We must trust the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us mirror God’s love to those whom we may not feel love for(Tyndal Study Bible)


Share, help and care for others. I work in an environment where sharing is not part of one’s daily routine. Sales is a dog-eat-dog environment. We are all chasing the same bone – which is merely a reflection of life itself.


One cannot assume that one’s colleagues will just hand out sales to anyone else. The opponent is not going to give up and just let another salesman win the battle. I am sure you have heard the expression, “win or lose gracefully.” It is a very admirable trait in people, especially considering how difficult it is to lose gracefully. I struggle with it a lot of the time. The key is to strive for the quality, as grace is available to all.

Can you image applying the “love your enemies” principle? You will certainly stand out. “Now that is a good man,” people will say. How many times can you honestly say people have said that about you? It’s these qualities and principles that count. The life lessons and principles I learn from the Bible have contributed to my most outstanding achievements as a Christian thus far. I can’t stop wanting to tell people about them. Trust me; I fall short of the GLORY of God. But I never stop trying. The real failure is when one stops trying.

I heard the most amazing words the other day – “success is what you do with your current circumstances.”
“Lord, I pray to have your love.  May I follow your example. In Jesus name. Amen.” 

Inspiration

Give thanks

#givethanks


“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands—be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful—often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.


We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This approach is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realising his presence within us, and determining to obey him fully. Then we will find it natural to pray frequent, spontaneous, short prayers. A prayerful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times. (Tyndale Study Bible)


I was in a pub over the weekend. Yes, a bar, I observed something. Many of the patrons were obviously having a couple too many drinks. I stood wondering what motivates them. They are chasing fun or having fun. The thing is nothing they were doing is lasting. And the following day they are going to have a hangover. So the fun is only for a couple of hours. 


All people want fun and enjoyment in their lives. Trying to find it in a bar is not lasting. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with drinking. It is the consequence overindulgence that’s the problem. 


This particular pub is referred to as a “local.” Regular customers meet. It feels like home. The point I am trying to make is that there are other places to meet with friends and acquaintances. Church, Bible study, Social groups and events. There are much more. The results from them will be more lasting than what happens in pubs. 


If you want a result, it takes action. Consider the verse above, rejoice pray and be thankful. Dress yourself with these traits and you will see people in a different light. You will find that you are more at peace and don’t need to seek fun in dodgy places. 


Yes, I can hear you saying its not the same. How will you know if you have not tried the above? I can hear you thinking what will people say. I can tell you, the joy that you receive from God and the promises above are far more lasting and rewarding. We have not even spoken of the promise of eternal life. 


Just as the commentator says even your prayer life does not have to be one-dimensional. 


Lord, I pray these touch people’s, heart. Amen.