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Posted: 25/07/2017 in Uncategorized
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Recently one of our friends passed away after a 2 year fight with cancer. She fought with grace and love and never backed down or surrenderd to it, but in and through it all, she praised God for the strength she had and for the life she still had. So the day gets closer to our friends funeral. My thoughts are rushing and trying to figure out why.

Why is there death? Well I know the story of Adam and Eve and because of their sin (disobedience to God) death (sin) creeped in. Sin always leads to death.

But what is life? When I think about this question, these thoughts came rushing in. Life is to be in the presence of God. Life is to be free from worldly desires that keep building walls between you and God. You are not experiencing true life when you give in to sin. Ultimately you are giving your life away to death.

But like our friend, she lived to the full because she knew that her Saviour is Jesus and in everything she gave it all to be in His presence. So she might have died in the flesh, and we will miss her dearly, but she LIVES forever. Life forever.

So what is life? Life is being with God.

The good news is that you don’t have to die to be with God, you can live life here on earth with God and experience true life on earth. Like John 10:10 says… “life to the full”

Galatians 2:20 NLTMy old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal 2:20 NLT

In everything we do, we must live the way our Saviour teaches us through His Word. His word shows us life. Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth and the LIFE.

SO WHAT IS LIFE? It is when you have Jesus in your life and you surrender to His will and plan for you. Sometimes it doesn’t make any sense, but because He is LIFE, I think we can trust Him that He knows what He is doing.

Our friend has moved on from this world, but I know, SHE IS FULL OF LIFE, BECAUSE SHE IS IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ONE WHO IS LIFE.

Someone once said. “If you are born once, you die twice, but if you are born twice, you only die once.” It basically means that you will experience eternal death in hell if you don’t have the One Who is LIFE in your life. We need to be born again. Please read this verse (John 3:1-16) to help you understand more…

I want to encourage you, call on Jesus and surrender to Him, so that you also can have LIFE in abundance. If you have never surrendered to God, please follow this link and follow the steps on the website, so that you also can have ETERNAL LIFE by being part of a spiritual family of believers. https://www.ligenlewe.com/salvation/

Vrees is seker een van die grootste probleme wat ons ervaar. Hierdie vrees veroorsaak dat ons baie kere vries.

Meeste van julle ken die storie van King Arthur. Hy het koning geword omdat hy op ‘n dag ‘n swaard uit ‘n klip getrek het en ‘n baie goeie soldaat geword het. In kort. Wat ek hierdie week net weer besef het is dat God gee vir ons al die wapens wat ons nodig het, maar ons moet dit optel. Die wapens is beskikbaar, maar soms moet ons dit by die vyand af weg vat. Ons moet deur ons situasie gaan om die nodige geloof te hê vir die volgende deurbraak. Of ons moet deur een storm gaan sodat ons weet hoe om ons seile te span in die volgende storm.

God is die heeltyd by ons en ons moet dit nooit vergeet nie.

David Kills Goliath

1 Sam 17:32-51

32 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” 34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” 38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine. 41 Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, 42 sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. 43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. 44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. 45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!

47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. 51 Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.

Ons sien in hierdie gedeelte ‘n paar punte wat ons in vandag se lewe kan gebruik en ‘n verskil sien in ons lewe en deur die verandering van perspektief, die oorwinning kan behaal.

Dawid gooi vir Goliat dood. Hy staan oor sy liggaam en neem sy swaard en kap sy kop af. Dawid het nie daar gestaan en sy slingervel gevat en Goliat se kop geslaan tot hy sy kop af gehaal het nie, nee hy het die swaard geneem. Gebruik die wapen wat effektief is vir dit wat voor jou staan.

Go through Goliath to get your sword.

“God brings us to situations where we need to get through so that we can build up our artillery.”

Baie van ons kyk vandag na ons situasies en sien net die probleem raak. Ipv om die deurbraak te sien wat God gee. Elke deurbraak laat jou ontwikkel en jou geloof word gebou deur elke oorwinning. Maar omdat ons vrees toelaat in ons lewe en nie ons wapens wat ons het opneem nie, bly ons op een plek en ervaar ons nie die groei in ons lewe wat ons moet nie en veroorsaak dit dat ons frustreerd raak en as verlorenes optree.

Ons het hierdie week ‘n paar dinge geleer en ‘n paar daarvan verwys na die wapens wat ons het.

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  9. En die lys gaan aan… dis maar net ‘n paar wat hierdie week vir my uitgestaan het…

“What you have is what you need.”

Soms mis ons die deurbraak omdat ons gefokus is op die probleem en nie op God se voorsiening nie.

Die vermeerdering van die 5 broodjies en 2 vissies. Die dissipels het vas gekyk in wat hulle nie het nie. Maar Jesus het gekyk wat in hulle hande was. Dit wat jy het, kan oorwinnings behaal wanneer ons ons geloof en vertroue in God plaas.

We need to learn to be content.

Phip 4:10-13

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Go through Goliath to get your sword.

Hierdie swaard wat Dawid gevat het om die finale oorwinning te bring, het later weer ‘n rol gespeel in Dawid se lewe. Toe hy van Saul weggehardloop het, het hy op ‘n plek gekom waar hy gaan rus het en hy kom by die priester en vra vir brood en ‘n spies of ‘n swaard.

1 Sam 21:8-9

8 And David said to Ahimelech, “Is there not here on hand a spear or a sword? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.” 9 So the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, there it is, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it. For there is no other except that one here.” And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”

“Don’t allow your weaknesses to prevent you from using your weapons.”

“Ag Here ek kannie bid nie, ek verstaan nie lekker die bybel nie, ek praat nie goed voor mense nie, ag Here ek is nie mooi genoeg nie…”

Moenie jou swakhede krag gee oor jou lewe nie.

“Do I have what it takes? GOD says … Will you take what you have?” Get your sword.

Acts 3:2-7

2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

What can you give? Peter and John gave “Jesus” and brought healing to the man

What did the man give? He gave his attention. Expecting to receive something. Then God exceeded his expectation. He wanted money, but God gave him strong legs.

Some of you need to give Attention with Expectation to what God is telling you. Look at HIM!

Get your sword.

Efs 6:17

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Heb 4:12

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

The most important organ that we have is our heart. Yes all organs are important, but our hearts are life or death. Now, I will be the first one to tell you that I don’t know a lot about organs and especially hearts, but I can tell you that everything is circulated through the body with the blood that is pumped through the heart.

The Bible talks a lot about the heart and the biggest message that I hear is, that our spiritual “hearts” need to change. Before we accepted what Jesus did for us on the Cross, we were sinners and lost and without hope. Our hearts was following the desires of the flesh. But Jesus died on the cross and gave Himself as sacrifice to redeem us from darkness. Jesus reconciled Man to God. Jesus became our Mediator.

The past few months things has been tough and I was very frustrated with a lot of things. I really didn’t know why, but I would lash out because of the smallest thing. Then God started to work with me and I surrendered to His guidance. The Holy Spirit showed me that I need to change my heart. My heart was beginning to fade from the teachings of God’s Word. I wanted to do everything my way and saw the problem with everybody else around me. I would say… I lost my heart.

You see when our hearts are inline with Jesus, you will start to live life with the character that Jesus showed us. Jesus becomes our STANDARD.

In every part of our lives (in marriage, in friendships, in family, in our jobs ect.) we need to search our hearts, like David asked God to search his heart for any wrong. We need to take out the garbage from our hearts and fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit. Let the blood of Jesus “pump” through you to cleanse you.

So, I started to focus on changing my heart. I knew that the Holy Spirit was telling me that the heart is the issue. During this time I wrote a sermon and the phrase came out:

“If you DON’T change your heart, you will be a SPECTATOR of what God is doing around you and not a PARTAKER of what God wants to do through you!”  I did not want to be a spectator of what God was doing around us. I wanted to be in the middle of what God wanted to through me. So I started… do I still feel like throwing my toys out of the cot? Sure, but I started to focus… and I must say, the frustration is much less.

REMEMBER!!!!! God knows your heart. And He wants you to have a healthy heart. Not just in the flesh, but also in the spirit. So I want to encourage everybody reading this to change you heart and to be inline with God’s heart.

2 Chronicles 12:7 (NLT)   When the lord saw their change of heart, he gave this message to Shemaiah: “Since the people have humbled themselves, I will not completely destroy them and will soon give them some relief. I will not use Shishak to pour out my anger on Jerusalem.

Deuteronomy 10:16 (NLT)   Therefore, change your hearts and stop being stubborn.

Psalms 139:23 (NLT)   Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

How many times do we say, “I am so tired, I need more sleep…” While writing this I feel a need for more sleep. I keep on thinking of what I can do to get more rest. But before you get to the point of getting rest, something els happens. Somebody or something needs your attention. And all you can do is, take a deep breath and keep on going.

But there is just one problem. Burnout. If you just keep on keeping on, on your own strength, you will eventually run out of mental or fisical energy. Which will lead to burnout. That is exactly where the devil wants you. Burnout will lead to wipeout if you do not run to the only place where you can be restored and refreshed. Jesus Christ.

Destractions can lead to you not thinking straight. As I sit here in the baby room at church, I listen to the worship, but the kids run around shouting and frustration creeps in, and I find myself fighting to focus on the voice of God. I know God is speaking but the sounds on the outside is so loud, I feel lost. I have to fight and stay on course to find that something, that one change that can launch me to a place where I can find myself again in Christ. I know I am in Christ, I know I am more than a conqueror,  I know the scriptures on all the positive uplifting statements, but I feel as if everything is just going out of control. One day it is all good, the next day everything falls apart. This is how we feel when we are close to burnout.

No one likes being in this place. Our minds can play a big role in our outcome. This is a time where we need to rest and know that God is a good God. The band is singing a song: “In the presence of Jehovah God almighty, Prince of peace. Troubles vanish, hearts are mended, in the presence of the King. In your presence in your Holy Presence the weary can find perfect rest the broken hearted restored. In the presence of the the Lord.”

What a beautiful song for those that needs strength to fight burnout.
Everything is easy to say, but to do something about it, is another thing. We need to take courage and stand up and follow Jesus. We need to speak His word into our minds, so that it will stay in our hearts.

Romans 10:17 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.(Rom 10:17)

This is probably the longest time I’ve taken to write a blog. This is a few weeks later since I’ve sat in the babyroom listening to the worship. As I read this again, today I feel refreshed. Not close to burnout at all. What made the difference in this past few weeks. Well I can say that my faith is stronger and that I started to focus more on the Word of God. Faith can really boost your life when your faith is in God and when you not only have faith but actually believe what you have faith in. Belief is an action that leads to victory. I must be honest,  it is not easy, but when you push through the feelings and stick with your belief in God. He gave us the promise that He will never leave us nor fail us. Just knowing that brings hope.
Heb 11 says that the just shall live by faith and that we can only please God by our faith

So in this journey I have taken, I can tell you one thing…. God is a good God, even if things look gloomy. He is always GOOD. Take His hand and follow Him where ever He may lead you. Wake up and see that God want only what is best for you. He is GOOD.
Take it from me, it is worth it.

Blessings!!!

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This is my son, Reuben. He is a special boy with a lot of joy in his character. There is seldom a time when you will see him sad or down. When you feel sad or down, just take a look at him and he will make you smile. During our family holiday we were at a restaurant enjoying food and good company.  During that time he took a piece of lemon. Thinking that he will put it down after the first bite, he just went on taking bite after bite. Pulling his face everytime.

The thought came to me a few days later, when I was looking at the photo I have taken. The sourness of life. Most people are sour because they keep on taking the bite of Negativity. When you chew on bad things our first response is to spit it out. But why do we keep on chewing on the negative, when there is nothing nutritional or positive about it.
Paul says to the Philipians that they must chew (think) on everything that is true, worthy of reverence, that is just, good, pure and lovely. [fix your minds on them]. (Phil 4:8)

There is to many people that fill their mouths with negativity and still they don’t understand why their lives are so filled with junk.  To have a sourless life, keep your mouth filled with the WORD of God. Jesus came so that when you are tempted with the sourness of life, you will be able to  stand on the true foundation of life. GOD’S WORD – NAMED JESUS.

For Reuben, my son, to keep his face straight, he had to put the sourness away. He had to Remove the lemon from his mouth. Remove the world from your mouth and fill it with the WORD of God.

So be blessed,
Know Jesus and He will help you to be SOURLESS and enjoy the sweetnees that is JESUS…

Sadness

Posted: 14/04/2014 in Uncategorized
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Psalms 30:11 NLT
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.

Today I feel sadness like I never thought I would feel again. The only other time I felt this kind of sadness was when my granddad past away. Something I never thought I would feel again.
But why so sad. When I really think about it, it is all because of LOVE. Because of love we feel a deep emotion that can only be explained with love.
When you loose somebody to death or you are seperated from someone. That love that you feel, cause you to feel sadness.

In this time of Passover, I can only imagine, how Jesus must have felt on the cross. God turning His face away from Jesus knowing that the sin Jesus took on Himself to set the human race free from everlasting doom, must have been a great sadness that I know I won’t be able to bear. Because of the Fathers love for Jesus, He felt sadness like never before. Jesus knows how we feel when our emosions run wild and everything seems lost. Jesus knows… the Father knows…

This all began because of sin and the destruction it brought. But, because of the RESURRECTION of Jesus, sadness no longer need to rule your life. Because our Savior lives… we can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone.

John 15:11 NLT
I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

I want to encourage you, that if you feel sad because of whatever happend in your life, turn to Jesus and His Word for comfort. There are so many people looking for comfort in all the wrong places. Jesus is our JOY and our STRENGTH.

Let the Holy Spirit empower you with joy (Gal 5:22)

I am not saying that we are not aloud to have the emotion of sadness, BUT I do believe that we don’t have to live under the constant banner of sadness. We can have joy in our lives again.

What I have done, is this:
I made a choice to grieve, but that the grieve won’t determent my outcome. In other words, Jesus is my foundation and my JOY! For this is the day that the Lord has made. Remember Jesus KNOWS…

Matt 14:22-33

5 keysMat 14:22 Then He directed the disciples to get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent away the crowds. Mat 14:23 And after He had dismissed the multitudes, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was still there alone. Mat 14:24 But the boat was by this time out on the sea, many furlongs [a furlong is one-eighth of a mile] distant from the land, beaten and tossed by the waves, for the wind was against them.

Mat 14:25 And in the fourth watch [between 3:00–6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. Mat 14:26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright. Mat 14:27 But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid! [Exod. 3:14.]

Mat 14:28 And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. Mat 14:29 He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. Mat 14:30 But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Mat 14:31 Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

Mat 14:32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Mat 14:33 And those in the boat knelt and worshiped Him, saying, Truly You are the Son of God!

1. Pray like Jesus

Jesus had a great prayer life. He knew when to pray and most importantly, He knew that His power comes from spending time with the Father. Break through your storm by PRAYING.

2. Obey His Word

Peter said to Jesus that He must command him to come and he will come. One thing I have learned is that when Jesus speaks, we need to take note and do what He says. Every time Jesus said something, people was moved by faith and obedience. And miracles was released. Your faith can be like a mustard, but when we act on what God said, mountains will be moved.  Break through your storm by being OBEDIENT TO THE VOICE OF GOD.

3. Focus on WHERE Jesus is:

We have become so used to the time we are living in, that we forgot many tmes to look where Jesus is. Peter’s focus was on the Creator for most part his short journey on water. BUT when he lost sight of his Maker, he began to sink. Where is Jesus? We focus on the wind and the waves but when we sink, Jesus is just a call away. Right there to give you a hand and restore your “walking on water”. Peter walked back in the middle of the storm. Jesus only calmed the storm when they were safely in the boat. Break through your storm by FOCUSING on WHERE Jesus is. 

4. Seek His Presence:

The presence of God in every Christian’s life is so important. When They got into the boat, the storm became calm. Without a doubt, we need the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We need to make sure that Jesus is always part of our life. It is heart breaking to see so many Christian’s out there walking through the storms not knowing that they have kept Jesus out side their boat (life). to calm storms we need Jesus to be inside the boat.  Break through your storm by SEEKING His PRESENCE. 

5. Praise Him:

We see when Jesus gets in the boat the storms becomes quite. But then we see the disciples bowing before Jesus and Praising Him. Praise and Worship in the life of a Christian is vital. When we worship God, the devil can come with ideas and temptations, but the more we worship, the more God shows up. We need to look at ourselves, and praise God for everything He has given us.  Ps 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel.   Break through your storm by PRAISING Him for everything.

So I hope that when the storm comes, you will be prepared to rest in the knowing that Jesus will always show us the right way.  He is the Creator of everything.

Blessings!!!

Every where we go we see signs of benefits. If you eat this it will benefit you in this way.Top-Benefits-of-Forming-a-Nonprofit-Company If you buy this it will benefit your lifestyle and so we can go on and on about benefits. And make no mistake, it is nice to receive benefits. When you take out life insurance, everybody wants to now what the benefits are.

I’ve read a scripture in the Bible about false prophets in Jeremiah 23:25-32. Wow what a teaching and how God sees people that share prophecies that is not from God. Prophecies can be in different forms and different ways. It can be about the future, it can be about the past (how to deal with certain issues) or it can be the word of God spoken over someone or a situation. But it will always be beneficial.

But the verse that stuck with me is that last one, verse 32.

Jer 23:32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the LORD. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the LORD.

My aim for this blog is not to speak about people, but to focus on us the children of God. So I started to think on prophetic words in my life and how some benefit me in a good uplifting way and others, well, gives me an opportunity to grow in character. So, some words from God will be nice and others may not be so nice, it can be direct and to the point, BUT, it will always be a BENEFIT.

Lam 2:14 – The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The prophecies they gave you were false and misleading.

So it is interesting to see in Lamentations that the Word of God will also reveal your sin so that you can repent and ward off captivity.  God’s heart for us as humans is to be free and in relationship with Him. Not to be in captivity and bound by the lies of the devil. Without any Questions, Jesus was willing to give Himself so that we might be restored to relationship with God the Father.

So when you read Lamentations, do you really want ALL the benefits. I have realised that sin will always bring in division between Spirit an flesh, God and man. We need to open up our hearts and minds to the WORD OF GOD and receive the BENEFITS even if it’s nice or not.

May we all be open to accountability and stewardship of our lives, and may the Word of GOD ALWAYS benefit us so that we might be closer to HIM!!!

Blessings!!!

I was so blessed by Mike Hack (from OM) who ministered at our church and what he said about the Kingdom of God, that I started to think more on missions and my role in it. I am involved in our Bible school (Paarl Bible Training Centre). So I was scheduled to teach on Evangelism for our 3de year students. And this is an old teaching I did in the past at our Bible school. But it just became alive again after such a long time.

I want to share the stories of 4 different men from the bible to illustrate my point.

Attitude 1# – JONAH

We read how God call Jonah to do a missions trip to Nineveh. Jonah was not happy about the whole missions trip idea and tried to get out of the the whole trip by running away. He gets on a boat and goes the opposite direction. A storm comes and the boat and all the men on board, is filled with fear. Jonah knows it is because of him and confess, and asked that they should throw him overboard and the sea will calm down. They do it and it is not long when Jonah gets swallowed by a big fish that is prepared by God for this task of getting Jonah back on course. After 3 days Jonah is spit out and he goes to Nineveh. He does what God wanted in the first place and a whole city is saved because of their REPENTANCE. You would think Jonah would be glad because the missions trip was a success. NO Jonah hardened his heart against God because God forgave the “bad people”. He was so angry he walked away, but God still cared for Jonah.

How many times did God tell us to do something where we just don’t want to do it. We think of all the reasons we can’t go. But God has a plan and He wants US to be involved in saving souls for His Kingdom. When we actually go and God forgives and sets free, we can so easily judge the people and think “who do they think they are, they are so full of sin and God saves them?” But we forget that we were also sinners and unsaved. If we have this kind of attitude, we need to ask God to change our hearts and give us a hart for the lost.

Attitude 2# – PETER

Peter was an interesting man and he loved Jesus with his whole heart. He was impulsive and fired-up for the Kingdom of God. Jesus said to him that on this rock He will build His church, and the same person Jesus rebuked and said “get behind me Satan”. So Peter was all over the show. He was involved in all the mission trips and he was one of the strong people in the group

Then one night in Gethsemane, Jesus was arrested and Peter struck a guard and Jesus had to step in. He was filled with boldness when he was in the group. After that the Disciples scattered and Peter was found near a fire place alone and the people around him accused him of being part of Jesus’ group. He denied that he knew Jesus 3 times. (Matt 26). THEN his worst nightmare became true, the rooster crowed. HE WAS ALONE…   Peter was so saddened by this whole rooster thing, that it could have been very easy to walk the path Judas did. But Peter knew Jesus and kept cool, repented and when Jesus rose from the dead, He send a message to His disciples and to PETER.

Does it sound familiar. We are all active and filled with boldness when we are in a group and we are ready to take on the world and share the good news of Jesus and Him crucified. But when we are found alone the devil brings all kinds of distractions and temptations. We think we are not able and it is so easy to skip an opportunity to minister. When we are in that kind of situation, we need to remember that Jesus said He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Joshua 1:5)

How is your attitude? Do you only work well in groups or do you need to work on your 1-on-1 witnessing.

Attitude 3# – SAUL / PAUL

Saul was one of the church leaders and thought he knew everything. He had education behind him and a lot of theory. So he thought he was doing God a favour by hunting down the Christians. Saul’s mission trip took him over the borders and he could have felt, “wow, I am really moving around and people follow me. They know me everywhere.”   God had a plan for his life and He guided him to a road called Damascus.  God touched him there and his life was never the same. Today we have more than two thirds of the bible because of him. His attitude had to change, for God to change the face of the earth. God wants us involved.

Our attitudes can be the “element” that can bring people closer to God or push people away from God. Jentezen Franklin said it like this: “God took Saul and DE-MASKED him on the road of DAMASCUS.”  Your attitude can easily be like Saul’s; thinking that you know everything. Or you can change your attitude like PAUL did. Paul knew Jesus and did everything Jesus wanted, even if it meant going against everything he believed in. You can do the same. With the help of the Holy Spirit you can do a 180 degree turn in your attitude.

Attitude 4# – JUDAS

Judas was an intelligent man. He knew how to work with numbers. Jesus knew who he was and said to him like He did to all the other disciples … “FOLLOW ME”. Judas had opportunity, he was in the best fellowship group, he did all the mission trips with Jesus and he experienced how God use him. He was in the presence of Jesus and had everything going for him. But as we find out later in the bible, he is the one to accuse Jesus and hand Him over to the Jewish counsel. He sold Jesus for 30 silver coins. He tried to reverse his doing, but it backfired and he saw no hope, and hanged himself.

Unfortunately there is many Christians out there that walk like a Christian, talk like a Christian, but their HEARTS / Attitudes are far from God hand His Kingdom. People with this kind of attitude normally do missions out of personal gain, what they can get out of it.  And like Judas, they fall out of the boat. They give up and you never see them again. They did good while they were there in the team, but I have realised that we don’t need the bodies of people in finding the lost, we need people with a heart for the lost as Jesus did.

 

That is the 4 ATTITUDES in Evangelism. Where do you find yourself? Pray this following prayer with me:

Father, thank you that You are always there and that You will never leave me nor forsake me. I pray that You will conform my will to Yours. Break my heart from what breaks Yours. That I will live out Your LOVE in a lost and broken world. Let my Attitude be se same as Yours and that I will follow You where ever You may lead me. Here I am Lord Send me. Thank you in Jesus wonderful Name!!!

AMEN

The Faithful God

Posted: 11/05/2012 in Uncategorized
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1Co 1:9  God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. faithful-god-a_std_t_nv1

Everyday we see events playing off in front of us and we tend to see only what we want to see. We get so caught up in our own world that we in general don’t see what God is doing in and around us.

We have this thing where we only rely on our emotions and feelings. We as children of God often forget that His WORD is the foundation. In Jesus we have our being. We must learn to build our faith on what God says and what He wants. When we do this we can sing as the psalmist…. This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your Word has given me life. (Ps 119:50) Do you need life? do you need a change? Spend time in Gods Word, so that you can see the FAITHFUL God that I so dearly love.

Don’t be fooled by the enemy into thinking that you can stand alone. Don’t let him trick you into thinking it is better to walk away from God. For the enemy is NOT faithful. ONLY God is faithful and He will never leave you nor forsake you. When you think He doesn’t listen, He not just listens, but He also remembers you and what you said. God is faithful and He knows your heart and thoughts.

I believe with my whole heart that God directs the steps of man. He will not lead you to a place where you are alone… He is faithful, He is with you!

So what I want to say through all this is…. Don’t see God as Unfaithful… BUT, KNOW that God is faithful in every situation, even if we feel differently. Like Romans says… All things work out for good, for those that love God.

Know Him, Know Faithfulness.

Be Blessed!!!