Where Has All the Time Gone! – Insight for the Day 31:10:2014

timeWe are at the end of October, and we are probably wondering why the year seems to be going so fast.

If we were asked to recollect what we have accomplished this year, most of us will struggle. As I wrote this, I asked myself – where has all the time gone and why can’t I account for most of it? I should be able to account for at least fifty percent of that time.

While my brain was trying to get an accurate day by day account like a computer memory chip, the Holy Spirit pointed me to the following Scripture in Luke 4 verse 18 – 20a:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” And He closed the book.

The reason why an accurate account could be given of Jesus’ activities was that they were in line with His overall mission on earth. Every task could be assigned to the categories highlighted in His mission statement, as can be seen in the above Scripture.

We need to adopt the same policy by drafting a mission statement that encompasses all our activities, so that at any point in the year we can give an accurate account of our lives.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Where Eagles Dare! – Insight for the Day 30:10:2014

eaglesOne cannot underestimate the revenue the pharmaceutical industry generates from meeting the needs of people trying to combat tiredness.

In an attempt to maximise the twenty-four hours God’s grace guarantees us each day, people work flat out, sustaining themselves on these products. Coffee manufacturing firms are also big players, as the caffeine can provide a short-term solution that keeps us from visiting ‘dreamland’.

How do we combat ‘spiritual tiredness’?

The good news is that God’s solution in Isaiah 40 verses 28 – 31 provides both a physical and spiritual remedy:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Tiredness indicates that we need to take a well deserved break to recharge those tired cells. We should not seek to resist the process, as it will always come to pass.

Perhaps I could sell this solution to the pharmaceutical industry to reduce their development costs!

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

What do you desire? – Insight for the Day 29:10:2014

blameThe blame culture started in the Garden of Eden, when Mr. Adam refused to accept responsibility for creating an environment which facilitated the disobedience of Mrs. Eve.

The third party involved in the events which transpired was the crafty creature called Mr. Satan, also known as ‘The Devil’. He has been bombarding us with his subtle strategies since that infamous day.

An American hit show called The Flip Wilson Show had a character called Geraldine who was always saying “the devil made me do it”. Man’s refusal to take responsibility is a topic that can be discussed until the LORD comes.

If we are going to survive the onslaught of the enemy, we have to recognise and accept our faults, and commit them to the Lord.

You cannot be tempted by something you do not like. The areas we are most likely to be tempted are in the areas of our addictions, or to put in slightly milder terms, our desires. This is highlighted in James 1 verses 13 – 15:

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

War College – Insight for the Day 28:10:2014

war collegeOn the 11th January 1879, a 5,000 strong British Army under the leadership of Lord Chelmsford invaded Zulu-land to keep the region unified under British Rule.

If only one had read the scripture to him that says “it is not by might or power but by the spirit says the Lord”. His confidence in the British war machine was so strong that he showed little respect for the fighting qualities of the Zulu. He was known to have quoted the following:

“If I am called upon to conduct operations against them,’ he wrote in July 1878, ‘I shall strive to be in a position to show them how hopelessly inferior they are to us in fighting power, although’ numerically stronger”

This dangerous mixture of self-confidence and contempt for their foes infected the whole British force. But their misjudgement came to rebound on them badly as the culmination of Chelmsford’s incompetence was a blood-soaked field littered with thousands of corpses. Of the original 1,750 defenders – 1,000 British and 750 black auxiliaries – 1,350 had been killed.

Please note that the Zulu commander did not even attend any of the top notch “war colleges” yet caused so much havoc that the British public was dumbstruck by the news that ‘spear-wielding savages’ had defeated the well equipped British Army.

The story above is a reminder that as Christians, the effective weapons that guarantee victory are not flesh and blood but weapons of a more spiritual nature as highlighted in 2 Corinthians 10 v 3 – 6:

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Walking Tall – Insight for the Day 27:10:2014

walking tallHere we go again, you are upset and agent “flesh” loves every minute of it. He knows that this is the opportunity to inflict total damage to your walk in Christ. The silent voice of the Holy Spirit calmly tells you to pray but because you are so mad, you ignore and allow the aggressive voice of the flesh to commence “collateral damage”.

In advance of your arrival to work, the enemy has sent his own version of the SAS to plant “fleshly mines” in the form of anger, seductive secretary, and an obnoxious colleague to inflict more damage. As you get in the car, the calm voice advises you to shore up your defence by praying with him. Again this advice is ignored as you drive yourself to the impeding danger in the form of the “welcome committee” of the enemy.

You arrive at work to find the seductive secretary so attractive that you can’t think straight as you make numerous errors while trying to balance the company accounts. To make matters worse the boss hears some conflicting information about your performance and issues you with an ultimatum to get your act together. Now because secret agent “anger” has been placed in the office – you lash out at your boss and storm out of the office to go home.

It doesn’t get better as you arrive home and the enemy has done advanced research to manipulate those closest to you as to which buttons to press to take you over the edge. At this stage, you can’t hear the calm voice anymore and begin to contemplate on whether there is a God.

The answer is that there is a God who has sent his Holy Spirit as that calm voice and he has advised us in Galatians 5 v 16 – 18 and v 22 – 25 on the most effective strategy to combat the enemy during our daily walk!

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Vision Impossible – Insight for the Day 24:10:2014

 

visionAs a leader, it can be frustrating when those you are leading do not plug into what you believe to be a godly vision.

It is even more disheartening when you are 100% sure, but the main resistance comes from those you believe should understand and run with the vision. I am not suggesting that everyone is supposed to catch the vision, but Acts 7 verses 25 – 29 prompts leaders to ask the following questions:

  1. Have we communicated the vision accurately?
  2. Do the people really understand the vision, and how they are supposed to complement it?

Moses thought that his own people would realise that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’ “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.”

Later in Acts 7 verses 33 – 34, the burning bush experience with God facilitates a greater understanding of the vision that God had for the children of Israel and Moses’ role in leading them out of Egypt.

“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals; the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.

For people to run with a vision, they need to have greater knowledge, understanding and wisdom of it, and of what their roles are.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Until Death do us Part! – Insight for the Day 23:10:2014

commitmentI am currently fasting with the rest of my church for the salvation of souls in London.

To say that I am struggling is an understatement, as my flesh constantly wants to be fed and sulks like a baby if it does not get its way!

The sermon delivered last Sunday challenged me about the level of commitment we must possess when working for God. How desperately do we want to be used by God? An important point highlighted was that affection for the things of God is a major driver and catalyst, which motivates our obedience and diligence.

During a fast, we need to understand the objective, and ask God for a ‘die hard’ level of grace to complete the given task. This is highlighted in Job 13 verses 14 – 15:

Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands? Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.

When you have a genuine affection for someone or something, it makes the tasks much easier to perform, and reduces the struggles. May God provide us with the grace to be affectionate, passionate and diligent for His things!

It is not surprising that most of us are willing to do anything for our loved ones during that passionate period of courting! No mountain is too high to climb and no distance too far to walk!

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014