August 17, 2019
I was challenged this week to take a deeper look into how our lives (our actions and reactions, the joys and sorrow – the things that flows from our hearts) reflect and worship God.
How often do we go through the motion of “worshipping” God with our lips while our hearts are far away from Him? Worship reveals the true condition of our hearts. It reveals who is truly King and Lord over our lives. It reveals who or what holds the highest priority in our lives. Our thoughts, words and actions flow from the condition of our hearts.
Hebrews 13:15-16 (AMP): “Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name. Do not neglect to do good, to contribute [to the needy of the church as an expression of fellowship], for such sacrifices are always pleasing to God”.
August 10, 2019
A relationship is defined as: “The way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected or associated”. The ingredients for a strong relationship include fundamental building blocks like trust, respect, honesty, loyalty, patience and love. None of these are achieved without knowing each other – coming back to the time we spend together.
The most important relationship we have is with our Heavenly Father – this where our life and existence flow from. If we want to cultivate an intimate relationship with God, our hearts and flesh (our entire beings) need to cry out to be in His presence. How do we achieve being in God’s presence – seeking Him above all else?
Psalm 84:2 (NIV): “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God”.
August 5, 2019
Salomo waarsku ons om nie lui te wees nie, maar om soos ‘n miertjie te wees – sonder iemand wat hulle aanpor, oppas, regeer of lei werk hulle kliphard om genoeg te hê om van te leef – hulle is slim en fluks in alles wat hulle doen!
Spreuke 6:6-11 (NLV): “Jou luiaard, gaan leer by die mier. Kyk wat hy doen. Leer wat wysheid is by hom. Hy het nie ’n leier, of ’n opsigter, of iemand wat agter hom staan nie. Hy kry reeds in die somer sy kosvoorraad reg. In die oestyd maak hy kos bymekaar. Jou luiaard, hoe lank gaan jy nog lê en slaap? Wanneer gaan jy eendag opstaan uit jou slaap? Nog ’n bietjie verder slaap, nog ’n bietjie lê en sluimer, nog ’n bietjie hande gevou lê om uit te rus. Skielik oorval die armoede jou soos ’n struikrower. ’n Tekort aan kos oorrompel jou soos ’n gewapende dief”.
August 3, 2019
YHWH JIREH, Hebrew for “THE LORD WILL PROVIDE” means “God sees”. The provision of God can be understood to mean: “God sees the future and knows the past and present – He therefore sees and knows our needs even before they become apparent to us and He then makes provision for what will be needed”. Still, we sometimes get discouraged and start to doubt God’s very nature as our PROVIDER – especially when it feels like we are asking God to fill a need, or for a positive outcome for a desperate situation or for that miracle we’ve been praying for, for years…
Genesis 22:13-14 (AMP): Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering (ascending sacrifice) instead of his son. So Abraham named that place, “The Lord Will Provide”. And it is said to this day, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be seen and provided”.
July 27, 2019
Do you know God? How would you rate the intimacy of your relationship with Him? Do you know His will for your life?
Mark 11:22-24 (AMP): Jesus replied, “Have faith in God [constantly]. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will]. For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you”.
July 20, 2019
Living victoriously implies having conquered in battle or contest; having overcome an enemy. What battle are you currently fighting? What lies or attacks from the enemy are making you feel defeated, not good enough, hopeless, unhappy or fearful? What is keeping you from living a victorious life?
1 John 5:4 (AMP): “For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world – our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God].”
July 12, 2019
What is the condition of your heart? We are so diligent and intentional when it comes to protecting our material belongings. Security is top of mind when it comes to our homes, cars, businesses, and valuables... But what about our spiritual and inner wellbeing?
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV): "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it".
July 5, 2019
What does it mean to live a blessed life? Who or what influences you most? What makes you happy?
Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV): “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night”.
July 1, 2019
Die Here het die skepping asemrowend mooi gemaak vir ons om te geniet en om Sy hand en hart van liefde en genade in alles raak te sien... Kom ons loof en prys Hom vir Sy almagtige grootheid en goedheid!
Genesis 1:31 (OV): “Toe sien God alles wat Hy gemaak het, en dit was baie goed...”