Inspiration

Be diffrent

#bedifferent


“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Paul warned Christians, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,” which is selfish and corrupting. Many Christians wisely decide that a large portion of the world’s behavior is off-limits for them. Our refusal to conform to this world, however, must go even deeper than just behavior and customs—it must be firmly planted in the values rooted in our mind: “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” It is possible to avoid most worldly customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn, and arrogant. Only when the Holy Spirit renews, reeducates, and redirects our mind are we truly transformed. (Tyndal Study Bible)


” It is possible to avoid most worldly customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn, and arrogant. Only when the Holy Spirit renews, reeducates, and redirects our mind are we truly transformed.”


When we are born again, we should remember that it’s precisely that, born again. Babies certainly don’t conform to the pattern of this world. Why then do we after we are born again.
Remember these words, “you are what you eat.”  Babies are born into this sinful world. Imagine if we never expose infants to the evils of the world. How will they turn out? Imagine if we never feed them sugar, will they ever crave sugar. Do you get where I am going with this?


When saved, we are still exposed to evils and temptations of the world. Because we have to live and operate in this world. What do you think should we do, to guard against all this evil. Paul gives some good advice,renewing off the mind. My question to you how do we do that? What works is to study the Word of God, the Bible, as much as possible. Let the Holy Spirit do its job in your heart. Ask God daily for guidance to lead you from temptation. Give you wisdom to resist the temptation of the world. 


“Lord I thank you for the Holy Spirit guidance. May I conform to Your pattern Lord. Amen.”

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Inspiration

Take that step

#takethatstep


If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭9 -10 NLT)


If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.   For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Tyndale Study Bible)


“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. (‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭32‬ NLT)


Anyone who acknowledges Jesus Christ (that is, publicly confesses faith in or declares allegiance to him) will be acknowledged by Christ before his Father in heaven. Jesus’ followers would face earthly courts of law where they would have to publicly claim to belong to Jesus Christ, usually at their peril (10:17-25). Genuine discipleship always involves acknowledging Jesus Christ, whether or not we face pressure and persecution.
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.(Tyndale Study Bible)


I remember it as yesterday my good friend Reid Corin invited me to a City Group Bible Conference on the 21/4/2012. On that day I made a note, NEVER LOOK BACK only AHEAD. The following day in Church I listened to a sermon about the return of the prodigal son. That’s the day I excepted Jesus as my savior.


Trust me I am far from perfect, but every day with the Wisdom and Strength of God, I improve. I have never done anything more rewarding in my life. I will never look back.
You see we arrive at crossroads in our lives continuously. The secret is to make the right choice. I invite you to make the right decision.


Pray this prayer with me.
“Dear Lord Jesus come into my heart, forgive me of my sin, wash me and cleanse me, set me free. Jesus thank you that you died for me. I believe that you have risen from the dead and that You are coming back for me. Fill me with your HOLY SPIRIT. Give me a passion for the lost, hunger  and boldness for the things of GOD. I am saved, I am born again, I am forgiven, and I am on my way to Heaven because I have JESUS in my heart. Amen.”

Inspiration

Are you a burden

#areyouaburden

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Paul was a tentmaker, and he supported himself with this trade. Paul did not work to become rich but to be free from being dependent on anyone. He supported himself and others who traveled with him (he also mentions this in some of his letters; see Philippians 4:11-13; 1 Thessalonians 2:9).
These words of Jesus are not recorded in the Gospels. Obviously, not all of Jesus’ words were written down (John 21:25); this saying may have been passed on orally through the apostles.(Tyndal Study Bible)


Two things stand out for me. Hard work and helping the weak. 


A colleague of mine, Pastor’s a Church in Brackenfell. I was asking about his workload. Because just like Paul he holds done a full-time job. I asked why, his answer, “I don’t want to be a burden to the Church.” We had this conversation before I read this scripture. On top of this, just like close friends in our Bible study group, he counsels three nights a week. Work, counselling, and Preaching is that hard work? Yes, it is. Well, you have heard this before, rather ask a busy person to do something. I have to say it’s not always about giving money; you can give of yourself as well, time, etc. Just as scripture describes, it’s better to give than receive. 


I asked him how do you stay sharp? He explained that his energy comes from the Bible. He spends every spare moment in the Word of God and Prayer. So consider my friend’s position he is giving more than he is receiving. So just like Paul was not accepting anything to live off, making his money working.  Not a burden to anyone. In the meantime ministering to all those Churches. Wow, know that is giving. Do you know more people that do this? How blessed they are to have the talent and wisdom to do this. 


So the question is do you, and I go out of our way to assist others. We can start by helping colleagues in the workplace. There are always some that are less fortunate than ourselves, in talent or finance. You don’t have to give financially; you can give your time and experience as well. Make a chance to touch others lives.


” Lord I pray for a sharing spirit. May I not be a burden on anyone. Amen.”

Inspiration

One thing

#onething


“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭27:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬


By the “house of the Lord” and “his Temple,” David could be referring to the Tabernacle in Gibeon, to the sanctuary he had built to house the Ark of the Covenant, or to the Temple that his son Solomon was to build. David probably had the Temple in mind because he made many of the plans for it (1 Chronicles 22). David may also have used the word Temple to refer to the presence of the Lord. David’s greatest desire was to live in God’s presence each day of his life. Sadly, this is not the greatest desire of many who claim to be believers. What do you most desire? Do you look forward to being in the presence of the Lord?


Referring to the Tabernacle and then the Temple is interesting to me. Today the house of the Lord is the Church. That far back there weren’t churches as we know it now. At this point, David was waiting on a Temple to be built. The Birth of the Modern Church. Today the Church is our sanctuary. What we must not forget is we individuals are the body of the Church. So in essence, we are temples of God. That is why our emphasis should be purity. (Tyndall Study Bible)


One thing David did not have at that time was the Holy Spirit. Yes, he had Godly encounters, the difference is we can have daily contact with God because of the Holy Spirit. Now my question is it easier to seek the Lord in the past or today? My view, easier today than before because Jesus, who represent us in Heaven.  


What is your greatest desire? The same as David’s? Daily as I am maturing as a believer that’s I all want to do. I want to be in the presence of God, where you experience true peace. 


God is a perfect God; He is Almighty and a loving God. He promises eternal life in heaven if you accept Jesus as your personal saviour. Know to me that sounds all too perfect. Think of this for a moment imagine if we seek Him in everything we do on daily basis. Even seek Him in our workplace. Can you imagine the peace and prosperity? My suggestion is to make every place in your world God’s sanctuary.


“Lord, I seek you daily. Make my workplace a sanctuary. I give thanks for all my blessing. Amen.”

Inspiration

He is alive

#Heisalive


“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Believing that God exists is only the beginning; even the demons believe that much (James 2:19-20). God will not settle for mere acknowledgment of his existence. He wants your faith to lead to a personal, dynamic relationship.
God gave us minds that should be developed and used. To ignore intellectual growth is to live a stunted and naive life. God wants our trust and faith, even while we ponder and wonder about so many matters mysterious to us. Even so, we do not believe in a void nor leap into the dark. Faith is reasonable though reason alone cannot explain the whole of it. So use your mind to think things through. But leave room for the unexplainable works of God.
Sometimes we wonder about the fate of those who haven’t heard of Christ and have not even had a Bible to read. God assures us that all who honestly seek him—who act in faith on the knowledge of God that they possess—will be rewarded. When you tell others the Good News, encourage them, to be honest, and diligent in their search for truth. Those who hear the Good News are responsible for what they have heard (see 2 Corinthians 6:1-2). ( Tyndale Study Bible )


I just presented a task in Bible School about who and what God is. It was absorbing and pleasing work. There is much proof that there is a God. Consider this, God created the earth and everything on it. If you Google this question God presence is everywhere. In his talk titled “Creation” Dr. Phil Krill (Doctor – www.gtfeducation.org/Graduate of Theological Foundations). Points out that the primary point of Creation was that GOD willed it. It is through His will that He created us. And take a moment and think how amazing we as humans are. 


For a moment lets concentrate on the universe, the size of it and in what space does it hang. Here is an extract from Wikipedia – The universe is about 13.8 billion years old, so any light we see has to have been travelling for 13.8 billion years or less – we call this the ‘observable universe.’ However, the distance to the edge of the observable universe is about 46 billion light years because the universe is expanding all of the time. Oct 5, 2015(Phys.org) Now my question is explain that to me. The smartest people on earth can’t even explain it. Just for the record one light year = 9.461 trillion kilometers. Put your mind around that. 


My point is certain things we just have to accept. Our minds are too small to grasp, the vastness. Just like the scripture says without faith and accepting certain things we will be in no mans land. God in the Bible, teaches us, faith the size of a mustard seed will move mountains for us. I certainly can’t understand all these things so I accept by Faith. 


What I do know is that as God willed creation, humans and he will’s the best for us. Just accept this by faith. How do I know this I read it in the Bible God’s word? The most powerful guide ever. Just believe.


Lord, I love Your instruction. Give me wisdom and determination to abide by your Word. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Pray about It

#prayaboutit


“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Paul distinguishes between freedom to sin and freedom to serve. Freedom or license to sin is no freedom at all, because it enslaves you to Satan, others, or your own sinful nature. Christians, by contrast, should not be slaves to sin, because they are free to do right and to glorify God through loving service to others. ( Tyndale Study Bible )


I want to stress that there is no licence or freedom to sin. Reading the commentary, I learnt in my time as a Christian that sin binds and holds you from the grace of God. It has the same effect as been bound by chains when you want to exercise. You see sin clogs the mind and cuts the line of communication with God. If you are honest with yourself, you will acknowledge it. Many times we sin, and that bad feeling you get from it, one thinks is enough. You feel bad, and you think you have paid the price for that sin. Sin is forgiven when you get saved, what you have to realize you will have to account for your actions. 


Sinning in the flesh and the world is easy. Why, because nobody is watching? Well, at least, you think they are not. The world might not see; God sees everything. Let me use this example. Fooling the unexpected innocent person is easy. Most of us have talents if you have skill in sales as I do. Convincing people of your innocence can be easy. I have done that in the past and am not proud of it. In his book “Undercover” John Bevere says. If you try and justify your actions, you are most probably wrong. He says don’t try doing that rather just say nothing and respect the authority of the person. Repent your sin and pray about your position. Prayer will give you strength and wisdom to deal with all challenges. All of us sit under some form of authority, and we must respect that. If it’s not our boss, it’s somebody else; ultimately we are under God’s authority. Remember all authority is from God.Romans 13:1-2 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”What I am saying, don’t think you are free to do as you like. Yes, we humans have choices. What we must remember is that we must live with is the consequences of that choice.Proverbs 28:13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.If authority around us are messing up, like Jacob Zuma, then as a true Christian we should pray for them. Pray for your boss if he is making mistakes. You will be amazed how vindicated you will feel. 


“Lord I thank you for the lesson. Thank you for the privileges of choice. Give me strength and wisdom to make right decisions. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Inspiration

Dont forget your mind

#dontforgetyourmind


“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Are you in shape both physically and spiritually? In our society, much emphasis is placed on physical fitness, but spiritual health (godliness) is even more important. Our physical health is susceptible to disease and injury, but faith can sustain us through any tragedy. To train ourselves to be godly, we must develop our faith by using our God-given abilities in the service of the church (see 4:14-16). Are you developing your spiritual muscles?(Tyndal Study Bible) 


Are you in shape? I am not talking about the outer appearance. And just like the scripture says it’s not only the physical shape we are in, it’s the spiritual as well. 


Think of this for a moment. How many people do you know that look good physically yet there many underlying issues with their health and fitness. No matter how you look it what you do physically, is what is important. How you train and what you eat is important. Not only how you look. Many out of shape people are the happiest. Not always, though. Spiritually they are failing.


So the same is for spiritual fitness. It is easier to look in shape spiritually. You can look like you in control, yet underlining there is a lot wrong. Like scripture asks are you training spiritually? The Bible is your handbook. Just apply what you read. Carefully listen to the promises, of the Bible, it takes care off today and the future. You implement the principles today it takes care of tomorrow. The right choices today will give you inner peace and greater promise in heaven. 
Can you turn your back on that?


“Lord I thank you for daily revelation. And thank you for all the promise. In Jesus name. Amen.”