Inspiration

It’s a choice

#itsachoice
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭9‬ NLT)


It is discouraging to continue to do right and receive no word of thanks or see no tangible results. But Paul challenged the Galatians, and he challenges us to keep on doing good and to trust God for the results. In due time, we will reap a harvest of blessing.(Tyndall study Bible)


I used to be a competitive triathlete (many years ago I must say). I learned a couple of lessons during this time.


Firstly, the training was hard. 4 hours a day in the week and then 7 hours a day on weekends. Taking all this into account, and then add the race day. Racing is very hard, have you ever run 10km in 32 minutes after a 1500 meter swim and 40km cycle? It hurts, and it would have been so easy to give up and then coast home. It is at this point while racing that you should never give up. Mentally and physically you have to be very strong and very determined to succeed and win. You prepare so well; it will go to waste if you give up during the final hurdle.


Secondly, the training takes you through winter, and there are no thanks at all. No encouragement from peers, because they are all snug at home or sleeping during those early morning sessions. The lesson is to keep at it because the reward will follow hard work. You will have your moment in the limelight.


The day you stop trying whatever you are doing is the day you fail.
In this race of life daily we have to do things at work and home that are tedious and hard work. We have to do them. Can you ever be over prepared? And what’s critical is never to give up in that final straight. Persist because the rewards will be great.


Like doing good – we are humans and want recognition, but that is worldly. God sees everything you do, and reward will follow in his time, not yours or mine. It is so humbling to do good and it good for your inner peace.


“Lord, I pray for opportunities to do good. I thank You for that, God. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Inspiration

Listen

#listen

“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. [23] Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. [24] The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.” Proverbs 23:22-24 NLT

I heard this once before, they way grandkids turn out is your measure of success as a parent. In other words, you instilled the correct values in your kids. 

Just a reminder that we have a Father in heaven and seated on his right is Jesus. Both He and your biological father gave you life, the latter on earth and God gave us eternal life. God sent the Holy Spirit to be our helper down here on earth. So are never alone. On top of that, the Bible is our handbook or guide in life. Remember, I said a couple of days ago when writing I am speaking to myself. 

In verse 22 the writer refers to our mother and father, remember they have been around longer than us. They will have advice. When you can’t do something. Do you go to Google of course you do? You seeking advice. There other avenues to get advice from as well, your heavenly Father and Bible.

Verse 23 refers to the truth in John 8:31-32 NLT
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. [32] And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The reference here is the Bible thats what Jesus is talking about. Know that truth and you will be free indeed. I often wonder why people denounce the teaching of the Bible and yet they have never read it. How can you have an opinion about something you know nothing of? As Christians, we have to enlighten people

Just as heaven rejoices at new salvation. God rejoices at our success, it’s not the measure of our works, in other words, good works, it is, however, the measure of our faith. Just as God is happy we will be happy if our children are wise and Godly. These are not only our direct offspring but also the people we touch in our worlds. 

So everyone that reads this has a responsibility to listen and to share this Good news. 

“Lord, I thank you for your teaching. I pray that the world will hear and listen. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Inspiration

Hear

#hear


“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬NLT)

The “word of God” is not simply a collection of words from God, a vehicle for communicating ideas; it is living, life-changing, and dynamic as it works in us. With the incisiveness of a surgeon’s knife, God’s Word reveals who we are and what we are not. It penetrates the core of our moral and spiritual life. It discerns what is within us, both good and evil. The demands of God’s Word require decisions. We must not only listen to the Word; we must also let it shape our lives.

Echoing the call to hear God’s voice the author gives a beautiful epigram on the power and penetration of God’s word. • alive and powerful: God’s word is an active, effective force. The word that created and governs the cosmos can deal powerfully with people. • the sharpest two-edged sword: God’s word is able to penetrate the darkest recesses of people’s lives, exposing their innermost thoughts and desires

Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (‭John‬ ‭8‬:‭31-32‬ESV) 

When I got saved it was by this verse John 8:32 – “and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” My understanding was that know the truth about myself and that would set me free, which is what happened. The more I studied the Bible the real truth I discovered was knowing the Word and that will set you free. Just there I realized that the Bible is living and alive, the further you dig, more is revealed. I can’t wait to get stuck in the word daily. 

Just as the writer says it cuts to the bone, every day more is revealed. It will expose all the evil. Just when think you have this thing called faith waxed there is a new revelation. That’s what I find so humbling. I must just warn we humans get lethargic about things. We must not forget to follow God’s word, enthusiastically and diligently. We must make God the centre of our life’s. 


“Lord I pray that Your Word will cut all the rotten from me. Let it expose me and make me a better person Lord. I thank you in Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Jesus the light

#jesusthelight

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”John 1:5 NLT

As I read this my thoughts are, I should remind you why I write these blogs. I am speaking to myself. Because just all I need inspiration as well.


Do you ever feel that your life is too complex for God to understand? It’s two weeks after Xmas. All the excitement of the season is past. Reality has sunk in again. How quickly does it arrive? Finances back to school and all challenges that go with that. Remember, God created the entire universe, and nothing is too difficult for him. God created you; he is alive today, and his love is bigger than any problem you may face. I have asked this before at what stage you call on God? We all forget about God when it’s good and when we face a challenge, then we run back to Him.


“The darkness can never extinguish it” means the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome God’s light. All the challenges we face is nothing because we have God’s light with us. We should be that shining light or example to the rest of our worlds so they can see God’s glory in us. When we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live. He removes the darkness of sin from our lives. 


What has always worked well for me is to approach everything with a grateful mindset? Rather be grateful for what you have. Count your blessings. One thing comes to mind we take health for granted, eat the wrong foods and never exercise. We have feed and nurture every aspect of or lives.


“Lord, I pray we trust Your light and direction completely. Let us be the light to our worlds. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Inspiration

Choices

#choices
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭24‬ NLT)


In order to accept Christ as Savior, we need to turn from our sins and willingly nail our sinful nature to the cross. This doesn’t mean, however, that we will never see traces of its evil desires again. As Christians we still have the capacity to sin, but we have been set free from sin’s power over us and no longer have to give in to it. We must daily commit our sinful tendencies to God’s control, daily crucify them, and moment by moment draw on the Spirit’s power to overcome them (see 2:20; 6:14). (Tyndal Study Bible)


Read this scripture carefully. Take time to think what it is saying. God’s Word is just incredible.


I told you before that there were things that I did wrong, and made bad choices. Becoming a Christian was a correct decision. The big thing, like I said before, is that everything in life is a call to action. We all have to take action and make the right decision. In short we have to do something. I took action and accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior it was a great adaption and today I am better for it.


God through His Son gave us the opportunity to nail our sins to the cross. That opportunity is available to us all. All we have to do is take action. It’s that simple. As believers, we should share this good news with unbelievers.
And just like the scripture says we won’t be perfect up front but you can crucify your daily challenges and trust God to cleanse you daily. All you have to do is trust God and his Son and take action. Accept Jesus as your savior.


“Lord I pray that you will help me touch people with your Word and that they will take the right action. I pray this all in Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Its all about grace

#itsallaboutgrace
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭20 – 21 NLT)


As a sinner, separated from God, you see his law from below, as a ladder to be climbed to get to God. Perhaps you have repeatedly tried to climb it, only to fall to the ground every time you have advanced one or two rungs. Or perhaps the sheer height of the ladder seems so overwhelming that you have never even started up. In either case, what relief you should feel to see Jesus offering with open arms to lift you above the ladder of the law, to take you directly to God! Once Jesus lifts you into God’s presence, you are free to obey—out of love, not necessity, and through God’s power, not your own. You know that if you stumble, you will not fall back to the ground. Instead, you will be caught and held in Christ’s loving arms. ( Tyndal Study Bible)


We are separated from God and his love by sin daily. Our guilt removes us from God. It’s the guilt in us that causes us to give up on God. It that same guilt that keeps people from going to Church. I just want to sort this out then I will go.


Firstly, some people don’t even get to having a relationship with God. They can’t believe after the things they have done that God loves them. God forgives all sin! He does not exclude some sin. It’s by God’s Grace and love that we walk in this world. It’s by his grace that Jesus died for our sin. It’s by His grace that we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in this life. All we have to do is believe.


Secondly, we should always be on fire for God. Have you heard the phrase, “the flame in him has died”? Again, sin and sinful behaviour prevent us speaking boldly about the Lord. Sometimes you may say something towards someone and then feel like you can’t claim and talk about God because of the wrong in you. This happens to me even though I try my hardest to be like Jesus. We, as humans, are weak. The way to be strong is to pray and stay in the Word.


It’s just like me writing these thoughts. I don’t do it on weekends. Why? Because Friday is social time. Is that correct? I am not sure. But if it’s worrying me then I should be disciplined enough to do it, even on weekends.


Read the scripture and the section that follows again. Don’t think that it’s a ladder. Trust God and Jesus to pick you up when you fail. In my experience, it even works in the workplace.


“Lord, make me trust you completely. I thank you for Grace and your Son Jesus. In Jesus name I pray this. Amen.”

Inspiration

Commit

#commit
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭3‬ NLT)


There are different ways to fail to commit whatever we do to the Lord. Some people commit their work only superficially. They say the project is being done for the Lord, but in reality, they are doing it for themselves. Others give God temporary control of their interests, only to take control back the moment things stop going the way they expect. Still others commit a task entirely to the Lord, but put forth no effort themselves, and then they wonder why they do not succeed. We must maintain a delicate balance: trusting God as if everything depended on him while working as if everything depended on us. Think of a particular effort in which you are involved right now. Have you committed it to the Lord?(Tends Study Bible)


This week has been amazing thus far. Listening to Rodney Howard-Brown has been eye-opening. He is a walking inspiration. 


Yes, you guessed it, when he was visiting us at Church. It’s late, and I was stuck, so I went back to old posts. This post presented itself soon as I opened the Library. This evening at Fellowship we were discussing this topic. Here is a word for somebody.


He mentioned something yesterday evening that struck me. He said that in America, 95% of Christians have never introduced or led any one to the Lord. They all just go to church and just take the blessing and don’t share it with anybody else.


I ask you: is that commitment to the Lord?
I would like to leave you with this thought: if they where on fire for God, would they change? I think so. You see as Christians we are mandated by God to spread the Good News.


A big lesson for me when I became a Christian was that everything you do should be to Glorify God. That’s why I find working hard so easy. You can’t submit a task to God and then not work hard at it. So just like you commit the task or event to God you have to commit to work on it. 


Everything we do takes a 200% commitment to be successful. In relationships, work, faith and absolutely everything else that comes to mind.Never give up. The day you fail is the day you give up. Lay everything before God.


“Lord, I pray for commitment to You. In Jesus name. Amen”