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Life

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/

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.

What do you think? Do you like doing things differently than usual? I for one love doing things I know and keeping to things I know works. But after the few weeks I had with our kids doing sports almost everyday from right after school, till evening, man I am tired. Now, today the sporting season is almost done except for 1 or 2 games that’s left, it feels weird. Our momentum is fast paced and to come to almost standstill, feels unreal. It’s almost as if you don’t know what you have to do. 

You might not have these hectic sports going on in your home, but you know when your routine in the morning is changed just a little, it can feel if your running around like a headless chicken. Running in all directions with no direction. 

Doing something new can be scary. Doing something out of your comfort zone can keep you frozen in fear of what might go wrong. Change is not always nice.

I think our Spiritual lives are like that. God allows us to go through certain things to strech us, so that something new can be birthed and make a difference in someone else’s life. 

Jesus came to earth with a mission that was so radicaly different than what Israel thought the Messiah would do. But Jesus came to do something new. Something out of this world and the devil could not stop Him. Jesus came and reconciled man with God. The world looked for a earthly king, but God sent Jesus to be the King of kings. A King that rules over heaven and earth. 

Something New. Something out of the box. I want to challenge you en encourage you to let God help you to experience something new. 

Where things are new, there is refreshments. And if I look around me, people need refreshments in their hearts, spirit and mind. We need things to be new to grow, to revitalize and to blossom. 

So be ready for something new from God. Look to Him for that new heart, new spirit and new mind. He makes all things new !!!

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.   Isaiah 43:19 NLT

http://bible.com/116/isa.43.19.NLT

Hierdie afgelope tyd wonder ek baie oor wie ek is en waar ek kan verbeter. As jy deel is van n gesin met klein kinders kom jy baie vinnig agter waar jou tekort kominge is. So in jou agter kop praat jy met jouself en sê jy vir jouself ek moet werk aan hierdie plek en hierdie plek.

Maar om in jou agter kom net te dink is nie altyd genoeg nie. Wat ek agter gekom het wel werk, is wanneer jy jou besluite om te verbeter en te groei as persoon, met iemand deel, dan kan daardie persoon jou help om verder te gaan as net n gedagte.

Hierdie gedeelte in Daniel is vir my n wonderlike gedeelte. n Stukkie wat n mens baie maklik kan oorsien want dit behels nie vuur uit die hemel nie, of n tipe van n wonderwerk wat jou hoendervleis gee nie.

Daniel 6:4 NLT
http://bible.com/116/dan.6.4.NLT

Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.

Daniel het alles reg gedoen omdat hy n standaard gehandhaaf het. In die lewe waarin ons nou leef word die vraag gereeld gevra, "hoekom doen ons nie goed maar onder die tafel deur nie?" Daniel was in n hoë pos gewees en hy het dit reg gekry om n man van integriteit en karakter te wees. Hoekom sukkel so baie van ons om onder druk. Sodra iets in my lewe gebeur, en dit is nie volgens hoe ek daarvan hou nie, dan gooi ek my toys uit die kot uit.

Elke dag is daar werk wat ons moet doen aan onsself. Hierdie werk is nie altyd lekker nie want ons word geskaaf en gevorm. God wil graag die wereld uit ons hê en ons volmaak met Homself.

Ek dink my hart, na ek hierdie skrif gelees het, is maar net dat ek en jy soos Daniel onsself kan opbou om manne en vroue van karakter en integriteit sal wees.

Gebed:

Here, baie dankie dat ek my lewe in U hande kan plaas. Ek weet as mens het ek baie tekortkominge. Daarom rig ek my gedagtes en hart vandag na U en wil ek vra, Vader, help my om die persoon te wees wat U wil hê ek moet wees. Help my om my karakter te bou dat ek soos Daniel, kan bly staan wanneer die vyand my wil beskuldig. Dankie vir U liefde, genade en blydskap. Ek gee myself vandag vir U om te gebruik as instrument. In Jesus naam bid ek dit.

Amen….

Mag elkeen n wonderlike dag verder beleef en mag jy God se vrede en blydskap bonatuurlik ervaar.

Blessings

Come and See

Posted: 12/11/2015 in Uncategorized
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I am convinced that when we first step in the direction of God, God will reveal His power.
This morning I read in my quite time the following passage, and I would like to my heart with you.

How often do we wonder where our "Savior" is. We look around us and see the human, carnal struggle and wonder how are we going to be saved from this? Before I go further, quickly read this passage in John 1:43-51

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.”  Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.” “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied. As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.” “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.” Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!” Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.”  Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth. ”
John 1:43-51 NLT
http://bible.com/116/jhn.1.43-51.NLT

The first thought is, COME FOLLOW ME. Jesus gives us all the opportunity to follow Him. The devil wants us to follow other things and throws us with a lot of distractions, but there is only ONE who we can follow, which gives us the ability to SEE.

COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. I believe that we are saved for others. To share the good news with friends and family. But it is the Holy Spirit who draws them. I believe we must pray that God will draw people and that they will find the strength to stand up for themselves and to come and see. Where in our life’s choices, must we stand up and trust God to see Him? Are you discouraged? Flat on the ground? All God requires you to do is come and see. Nathaniel was negative when he heard the good news … "can anything good come out of Nazareth?" but when he ROSE and SAW Jesus, it changed his outlook on life. I want to encourage you today, ARISE FROM YOUR SITUATION, WALK AND SEE that Jesus wants to SHARE WITH YOU His heart for you.

Before you could even see, know, that Jesus ALREADY SAW YOU IN YOUR SITUATION. He knows where you are, He knows your heart and mind. He waits with an open heart, with arms wide open to receive you. Every day is a hug day. Jesus wants to hold you today.

When you BELIEVE the words of Jesus, you will SEE GREATER THINGS THAN BEFORE. We think we have seen great things, but in faith we come to God, and He SHOWS us His Glory. WE WILL EXPERIENCE THE GLORY. Keep on believing His promises to you. When you come and see, life as you know is, will change and it will be better, even in the storms, it will be better, because Jesus is with you there in the storm.

ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.

May you experience a wonderful day, and remember … You are precious !!!

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I write this knowing that in every season of our lives, we worry. When I look around, people worry about what to do when it is hot or cold. We worry about what will happen in every situation that is unfamiliar and with that worry we so many times speak negatively about the outcome. Worrying was never part of our design. We were made to trust in God.

Now I am the first to confess that I worry about people and many things. What I have realised is that by worrying about anything, I tend to want to take control of everything. I believe that God wants to take care of us, but we need to let go and give Him the opportunity to do it. When we are in control of everything, we will spend all of our time worrying. We want to do it all in our own strength.

When we worry, it places unnecessary stress on our souls. Our bodies start to feel the weight and ultimately, we begin to grow weak in our faith. Our faith is the thing that needs to be focused on God, so that worry won’t kill us. “Killing us softly”.

Worry is a silent killer that we daily invite into our lives. Who would you rather invite to stay with you? Life or death? 

Choose to invite God into your life today and give Him the worries of your heart. It is a constant battle and therefor we need to change our mindset to overcome the killer, called WORRY.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7 NLT

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own u Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Matthew 6:31-34 NLT

When we give everything over to God…. this is what will happen….
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 NLT

Enjoy a happy worry free life with Jesus…

I know I know, men don’t usually watch netball. But I must admit, it is quite a good, intense and very technical sport. My two daughters play the game and my wife is caoching the under 11 team. So I spent a lot of time next to the netball court, working and planning the next thing on the calender. Mostly working out of the boot of my kar (I can sit in the boot).

Looking and observing what goes on in the game, I see kids playing their hearts out and other kids that, well just wanna have fun. This makes me think. How many times do you see people involved in ministry with their whole heart and other people just want to sit around and have fun. But what I see in these netball games is that those that work hard and focus on the task at hand, grow and get better. While those that are there just to have fun, stay at the level they started at.

So to grow in your relationship with God, you need to put in the effort to get beter and closer. Netball is also a team sport. You have to work together to get the ball through the hoop. In our walk with God, we have brothers and sisters that can help us overcome the challenges the enemy throws at us. We need to support and love people around us to be victorious.

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Where ever you find yourself, answer the following question, “Do I want to put in the effort to grow?”

Until the next “practice”…..

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Well its been a while since I wrote a blog. Tonight as I sit here I think to myself, “Life has changed so much in just a few short months”. Different challenges awaits us everyday and everyday we must be ready to tackle them head on.  So maybe these challenges are here to help us focus on what is important and what is not. What ever challenge is in front of you, it can be overcome by doing one thing…. START.

Start and take the challenges that you face head on by praying about it, and then do what God tells you to do. But start. The Holy Spirit is so amazing that He will never leave you alone in this fight. He will be there every step of the way. We just need to recognise His leading and react not to the challenge, but to His voice. So many times we react to the problem and not to the voice we actually need to follow.

Start does not mean that there will always be action. Sometimes it means that we need to stop. Stop doing what WE want and START doing what pleases God.

There can only be a real START if you start at the beginning. In life there is no starting in the middle. No building was built from the second floor, but it all starts at the FOUNDATION.  Start at the begining and dont wish the time spent there, away. LEARN what God wants to teach you. Start in His presence. Start everything with Him. The Lord and Saviour of your life. Our FOUNDATION.

So this first blog of 2015, STARTS with this challenge…. Start somewhere, start at JESUS feet. (The Foundation)

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…