Opposition Leader – Insight for the Day 24:07:2014

oppositionIf your pastor did something wrong, would you have the courage to confront him or would you just accept the fact that he is the LORD’s anointed and should not be touched?

On the other hand, should we discuss the issue with others and by so doing, engage in the art of backstabbing?

In my opinion there are two main reasons why an individual may not confront a pastor or senior official in the church, namely fear and ‘man-pleasing’, so as to curry favour or supposedly remain in the good books of the man of God.

This type of action only hinders the character development of an individual, as he may be unaware of the error in his actions. We only need to look at the spate of incidents involving senior officials in the church, which prompts the question:

Was there no one bold and sincere enough to confront based on the truth?

In confronting, we need to adopt the approach that Paul used with Peter in Galatians 2 verses 11 – 14:

When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.

Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.

The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?”

The Bible tells us in countless ways that only the truth will set us free. Let us adopt the boldness shown by Paul in confronting with love and truth when we see wrong being done.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Open Heart Surgery – Insight for the Day 23:07:2014

heartThe important role that evangelism plays is highlighted by the various methods that are currently being adopted to attract people to the kingdom of God. Evangelism as a tool is necessary so people can learn how to have a relationship with Jesus.

Just like the marketing of a “product” – church programs are designed to meet the needs of the different people that consist in the church market place. This has led to a plethora of programs – some that are led by the Holy Spirit and some with ulterior motives.

In my opinion, the ultimate objective of every vehicle of evangelism should be to open the people’s hearts so they heed to the Word of God. This is possible via prayers hence the need to saturate all programs with heart-led prayers as seen in Acts 16 v 13 – 14:

On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.

Evangelism should be viewed as a tool which should be wielded in the power of God which is activated by prayers so that the hearts of the people are prepared to heed to the Word of God and apply it to their daily lives.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

One Wish – Insight for the Day 22:07:2014

wishMotive and purpose play a very important part in our decision making process.

Discovering our purpose is so crucial that it has made Rick Warren a best selling author with his book entitled “The Purpose Driven Life”.

Motive, on the other hand, is defined in Chambers Dictionary as a consideration or emotion that excites to action.

What we say, what we desire, how we live, how we react, why we live, is all down to our purpose and motive. These actions can be motivated by self–centeredness or God–centeredness, depending on the state of mind.

As Christians, it is very important to re-align our purpose and motive to be centred around God so that we not only please Him, but so that we are fruitful.

King Solomon’s purpose and motive meets this requirement as we can see in 1 King 3 verses 9 -13:

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,

I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for – both riches and honour – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.”

If you were to be granted a wish from God, will it be God-centred or self-centred?

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Nothing Just Happens – Insight for the Day 18:07:2014

nothing just happensOne of the best pieces of advice I received when I joined a consulting firm was from a senior partner.

He pointed out that one should never assume anything. In other words, make enquiries and try to find the root causes of and solution to a problem, rather than assume you have all the answers. Hence, we see enquiry after enquiry being made after major events to determine the root causes and, in some cases, to satisfy human curiosity.

It is a dangerous concept to assume anything, especially if there is a repeated pattern. If the generations of your family have always been in debt or involved in divorces, for example, there is a reason. You should try to find out the causes and uproot them.

There was a repeated pattern in 2 Samuel 21 verse 1; a pattern of repeated famine. In order to find the root cause, David sought the face of the LORD:

During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.”

Nothing just happens, so it is dangerous to assume that we know the root cause of an event or situation. Following on from the advice of my senior partner, never assume, but make enquiries by seeking the face of the LORD God Almighty

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Not what I Say but what I Do – Insight for the Day 17:07:2014

telling offHow many times have we told our children not to do something, only for us to turn around and do the same thing?

‘Stop shouting’, ‘Remember to say your prayers’, ‘Don’t talk with your mouth full’ are examples of such things. Children are unique creatures in that they imitate what they see others do, especially their parents.

So, when you tell your children to tell someone on the phone that you are not in, the message they will deliver is ‘Mummy told us to tell you that she is not in.’ As far they are concerned, Mummy is saying she is not in, but we know she is!

Children are more into the ‘doing’, rather than the ‘saying’. The importance of leading by example for our children to imitate is illustrated in John 5 verses 19 – 21:

Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

No Smoking Policy – Insight for the Day 16:07:2014

no smokingDuring a lunch break, I walked into a retail store to buy some stamps for a colleague.

At the stand, there was a captivating statement in big bold letters on the package of a product. The statement read – SMOKING KILLS!

Back in the day, I did my fair share of polluting the environment, and I began to wonder why we use our money to purchase a ‘killer’ product. No one wants to die, but why purchase a product that will aid and abet that process?

Romans 7 verses 21 – 25 gives us possible insight into why sin – just like smoking – can be addictive and lead us to death. We know it is bad, yet we sometimes blatantly commit the sinful act:

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

As we can see, the power of addiction and bondage should not be underestimated. Even when warning signs are given to us through notices, the Word of God and so on, we still tend to ignore them.

Please LORD, give us the grace to avoid the pitfalls of death in our lives by obeying your Word.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Mystic Meg – Insight for the Day 15:07:2014

nysticMy judgmental attitude got hold of me as I watched a chat show on Ben TV yesterday.

The topic was horoscopes, and viewers could send in their opinions. Someone pointed out that the practice was ungodly, and that only God knows our future.

In response, one of the panelists who claimed to be a Christian said there was nothing wrong with it, citing the three wise men as examples of people in the Bible who had used astronomy as a tool in their quest to find where the baby Jesus lay.

On my way to drop my children at school my Counsellor, the Holy Spirit pointed out that the panelist had given her views according to her level of knowledge, and she needed to be exposed to the light that comes from the Word of God.

He also reminded me that I would also have been in darkness, but for the grace and light that comes from God. As is His manner, He pointed me to a passage of Scripture in Ephesians 5 verses 8 -14:

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

May the Word of God be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014