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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/

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

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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…

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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…

The love

Posted: 06/04/2014 in Uncategorized
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So many times we run to things around us to feel loved and for a while we might feel satisfaction, but is that really love we feel. How many times have I seen girls running to guys just to feel loved and in the process get hurt. For just a while their feelings of exceptance and pleasure felt like love.

I want to let people know that, to find love with other people, they need first to know what real love is.
Jesus said that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for friends. That is what Jesus did. He layed down His life for all humanity so that we can be overcomers through His love. Overcomers. Isn’t that a great hope for now and the future?

When we look for love, we need to start with Jesus. In Him and through Him we will know what it is to love.

LOVE = LAYING DOWN YOUR OWN LIFE.

What does it mean to lay down your life?
1. It means that you put other people first.
2. Having compasion for people out side your comfort zone.
3. It means that you have only one WILL to please. Not yours, but Gods’.

I think that when we seek love and we can remember this statement of Jesus, we will live with a love that will reach people and touch them in such a way that they wil want to know JESUS and His love.

That must be our main focus when looking for love… to HONOUR JESUS.

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Life in God’s Word

Posted: 18/04/2012 in Uncategorized
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BybelSo many times we see and hear of people having fun in the Word of God, and then on the other side we have people that struggle in spending time with God’s Word. So what makes the Word of God so interesting on the one side and on the other side it is just effort?

The EFFORT side:

When you have an relationship with Jesus that is based on effort, or works, bible reading will always by an effort. Everything you do in Gods Kingdom will be an effort. You will start to think that God will reward you when you just do “Christian” things. Everyday will be more and more effort to read and pray. Everything born out of effort, will take effort to sustain. But everything in life born out of relationship, will be an GIFT from God. You can turn from anywhere you are right now, Jesus is waiting with open arms just behind you. For you were never alone.

The FUN side:

The fun side of bible reading and praying is born out of a love relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). When you have an relationship with your wife or husband, you want to talk and have fun with each other. You want to spend TIME in each others presence. To be away from each other for a long period of time, is frustrating and lonely. It is the same with you relationship with Jesus. In you relationship with HIM, we read the bible with an attitude of: Lord I want to Know more, See more and Feel more of You. Open the eyes of my heart Lord… I want to know YOU!!!

Reading the Word of God gives you life and the opportunity to Grow in Maturity. Be the son and daughter God created you to be. Don’t lose heart, but start by reading only one or two verses in the bible, so that you can come into a habit of reading and praying. FOR THIS WILL GIVE YOU LIFE, to KNOW Jesus in a relationship!

So, use the time that you have, to read and talk to God your FATHER with an open heart and rest in His presence!!! Draw near to HIM and He WILL draw near to you!