The Gift and the Giver – Insight for the Day 22:09:2014

 

giftIn my opinion there is a fine line between honoring and worshipping our leaders. This is more apparent in the African culture as we are brought up to respect and “fear” our elders.

Hence when we make introduction or acknowledge the presence of a speaker, it is sometimes with a lot of awe coupled with some fear and trembling” to the detriment of sometimes neglecting the “The Giver” of the gift.

This fine line can also present a hindrance when circumstances warrant the confrontation of a leader who has not done the right thing.

There are perfect examples of organizations that have since “bit the dust” as the fear of confrontation has been a stumbling block to performing due diligence on their operations.

Revelation 19 v 9 – 10, highlights a similar scenario and the response given by the one who possessed the gift:

Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ “And he added, “These are the true words of God.” At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Giver of everything is God and we pray for the grace not to forget to acknowledge him in all things.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

The Chosen One – Insight for the Day 19:09:2014

chosenIn yesterday’s tip we addressed the danger of incorrectly assessing a person’s character before we ask for and get divine insight from God.

During one of our conferences a speaker pointed out that rather than criticize Osama bin Laden we should pray that he accepts Christ, as the impact on his followers would be massive. If he gave his life to God, the number of souls that would potentially be saved cannot be underestimated.

The example that comes to mind can be seen in Acts 9 verses 13 – 16, where God highlights His methodology for appointing people to carry out his assignments, and confirms yet again that His ways are not ours in the assessment of man’s character:

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Ananias was relying on man’s report for his assessment, rather than the LORD’s.

Whose report should you believe?

 

chosenShalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

The Bold and the Beautiful – Insight for the Day 18:09:2014

boldOne can only be amazed on one hand, and sad on the other at the utter boldness with which terrorists carry out their deadly missions.

Death is not a discouraging factor, since they believe they have been promised riches of another kind in a ‘paradise’ defined by their leaders. This makes them ready to do anything to sway the policies of countries that do not share their beliefs.

Year after year, innocent people are subjected to periods of mourning as their loved ones fall victim to terrorist attacks whose perpetrators seek to force realignment with their beliefs.

As Christians, we have a faith which gives every individual the freedom to choose to worship and glorify a beautiful God. That freedom of choice is currently being challenged by government policies that will restrict the teaching of the gospel. Do we sit down and keep quiet, or should we let the government know our convictions, as Peter made clear to the rulers and elders of the land in Acts 4 verses 16 – 20:

“What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

As our Pastor pointed out, we need to stand up and be counted by adopting strategies that our God will lay on a gold platter when we seek His counsel.

Whatever happens, remember He is in control, and we should allow ‘the Grandmaster’ to move all the pieces of the puzzle into the right place by yielding to His instructions.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

The Animal Kingdom – Insight for the Day 17:09:2014

animalHow many of you watch programs about the behavior of animals. Such amazing insight and confirmation of why God uses animals to explain principles and concepts.

I attended a service where “the animal kingdom” was used to give us detailed insight into the art of spiritual warfare. The case study was taken from Matthew 10 v 16:

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Highlighted below are the characteristics of each animal which facilitates a greater understanding of the art of spiritual warfare:

Wolves:

  1. Skillful and Cunning
  2. Move Silently
  3. Look for sheep when they are eating grass (or most vulnerable or likened to a Christian that is too focused on the blessing of God and not being aware of the environment around him)

Dove:

  1. Pure in Heart
  2. No Hidden Agenda
  3. Gentle
  4. Innocent and Sincere
  5. Tender and Simple

Serpent:

  1. Does not expose himself unnecessarily
  2. Only exposes himself when required – (do not share your testimony/information with everyone)
  3. Very Patient
  4. Tough Minded
  5. Focused
  6. Identifies and isolates a goal
  7. Extremely aware of his situation and circumstances

 

May God give us the heart of a dove but the mindset of a serpent.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

The Accuser – Insight for the Day 16:09:2014

accuserOne of the greatest cop-out phrases used by individuals is ‘It was the devil‘. This blame culture started in the Garden of Eden.

If my theology serves me right, only God is omnipresent, and so the devil lacks the ability to be everywhere at once. It is so convenient to blame what we cannot see or seemingly confront.

I heard a conversation yesterday where all manner of accusations was levelled against the enemy. I was amazed that the individual could not see it was not the devil’s fault, but that errors were due to lack of commitment and a failure to take ownership for the decisions made.

On the flip side, the Bible labels the devil – and not us – as ‘The accuser of all brethren‘. As a result we should be careful how involved we get in the accusing business, as we blame everything on the devil and risk reflecting his characteristics.

This is nowhere highlighted more than in Jude verses 8 – 10:

In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals – these are the very things that destroy them.

Even the angels’ equivalent of a five-star general did not utter an accusing word at the enemy!

We need to understand situations before passing comments. It is not always the devil; we need to weigh our actions in respect to the Word of God.

Finally, seek the insight and revelation you need from God about all situations that occur in your life, and avoid the shot-gun approach.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

The “A” Team – Insight for the Day 15:09:2014

a teamThe dream of every aspiring actor and actress in Hollywood is to be named on the “A” List. A name on this list regardless of what number you are guarantees you a 6 figure income and access to the “influential” parties that will make or break your career.

Staying on this list involves talking to the right people; attending the right award ceremonies; attending the right parties; acting in the right movies; and finally not offending the Hollywood movie moguls.

I do not know whether I would want to be on this list with so much “dos” and “don’ts”. There is a list though that I would definitely want to be on which guarantees me everlasting life as highlighted in Revelation 22 v 14 – 15:

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

So the choice is up to us as to which list we would prefer, the “list of death” or the “list of life”. I pray that God enables us to make the right decision.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

The 80/20 Rule – Insight for the Day 11:09:2014

80:20I woke up today in one of those moods where you wish everything was in a certain way.

  • I wish my wife was this or that;
  • I wish the children were this or that;
  • I wish my boss was this or that;
  • I wish the church would do this or that;
  • I wish I could afford this or that;
  • I wish I could eat now;
  • I wish the house was big, small, large, tidy etc. etc

So much wishful thinking that it took watching an edition of the Potters House to snap me out of this pity party – truly a word at the right time.

In this edition the speaker pointed out that in most cases – if we are true to ourselves – you will only achieve 80% satisfaction of what you really desire. The only one that can give you 100% is God and so we should seek him for everything.

He gave an example of wives always complaining about the 20% of what their husbands are not and forget to appreciate the remaining 80%.

He further went on to point out that we should appreciate the 80% of all what we have and stop spending our energies trying to achieve the 20% to the detriment of losing the whole 100%.

Some men leave their wives in search of the 20% and when they achieve the 20% elsewhere, they suddenly realize that they have the 20% but have lost the 80% they had earlier.

A bit confusing – all these numbers but in reality that is the case. We should learn to appreciate what we have and God in his infinite wisdom will provide the rest.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014