Physician Heal Thyself – Insight for the Day 01:08:2014

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  1. Is it feasible to assess your own character and say that you really know yourself in terms of what you can or cannot do?
  2. Is it feasible to determine your reaction when you are faced with an unfamiliar situation?
  3. Is it possible for you to assess yourself whether you are a good or bad person?

Amazing that we sometimes look aghast and surprised as we hear stories upon stories of incidents that have involved our families, friends and third parties.

We find ourselves making statement that involve the following phrases

  • “If it was me I would……”
  • “How could they”

and any other judgmental phrase that we are allowed to compile.

1 Corinthians 4 v 3 – 5 gives us a stern warning about making judgment our potential reactions and leave the final assessment to God who knows in advance the state of your heart and your potential response:

I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.

He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

May the grace and mercy of God keep us in good standing in the blessed name of Jesus – Amen

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Pay Day – Insight for the Day 30:07:2014

pay day29th, 30th or the 31st are common days associated with the inflow of funds into our bank accounts. We look forward to these days to either increase or decrease our net worth as we seek to replace the money that we have spent ahead of time – in other words “credit”.

The inflow of funds is a reward for all the work that we have performed for our employers. Now for employees that have done exceptionally well, a term called “bonus” may be an additional reward for outstanding work depending on the feedback from your boss to the “powers that be”.

As mention earlier, pay day could be on any of these three days, but in the future – there will be one day “only” that is associated with the pay and bonus of everyone. That day is called “judgment day” as described in Revelation 20 v 11 – 15:

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life.

The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

May the Holy Spirit guide and prepare us for that eventful day.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Passion Fruit – Insight for the Day 30:07:2014

passionI heard a message yesterday by one of my spiritual mentors that reminded me of the saying

‘One man’s meat (fruit) is another man’s poison’.

Have you ever tried to convince people to believe in your vision to the point of frustration? Have you ever wondered why people’s reactions to certain events differ to yours?

The bad news is that our attitudes need to change if we react this way. The good news is that the Bible points out the reason why your passion is different from someone else’s. It is all about the diverse and different gifts that God has put in us as pointed out in 1 Corinthians 12 verses 4 – 6:

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

In my line of work we have clients that may not share our outlook on a solution, so we have been taught to ‘manage our client’s expectations’.

In other words, manage the client’s outlook and guide him rather than trying to forcibly convince him to run with your solution.

If you want someone to share your passion and run with it, you will have to understand and appreciate their gifts. Then you will be able to manage their expectations and understanding of your passion and guide them along the way.

On a final note, you can also take that opportunity to learn about a gift you may not possess, but which could be beneficial to you later on.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Pass me the Salt – Insight for the Day 29:07:2014

saltAt a church meeting, one of the participants questioned me as to why the numbers that attend are small compared to the number of individuals in the church.

He also pointed out that a couple of days ago; a large number attended a conference which had to do with finances. Where were they now?

My response was that God does not operate with numbers, as we see from the story of Gideon and the company of 12 men who turned the world upside-down with the principles and concept of the Bible.

On the way home I pondered on the issue raised, and the Holy Spirit directed me to Matthew 5 verse 13:

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.”

He further went on to point out that only a little amount of salt is spread over your food to make it tasty. This is the same way that God will use a few seasoned men to accomplish His mission.

With God it is not about numbers, but the impact that we make on society with the little we have. We need to do our bit and let God handle the rest.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Parent Trap – Insight for the Day 28:07:2014

trapAfter attending a talent show put on by the children’s church last weekend, I realised there is a massive communication gap between the younger and older generations.

It also explained why there is so much rebellion and frustration in homes, as we find it ever more difficult to understand where our children are coming from.

The reality hit me when I tried to give one of the younger children a ‘high five’, but instead got a ‘fist in the air’. Thankfully, his response did not mean ‘Let’s get ready to rumble’, but apparently, I should have reciprocated by knocking his fist down. I could go on, but I will save myself further embarrassment!

Times have changed, and we should not try to force our children to follow guidelines they do not understand. The same applied in Jesus’ day; His mother Mary could not understand it when He asked her why she was worried after he had been ‘lost’ for three days. After reading that statement, I began to envisage how my own parents would have reacted!

Further probing by Mary and Joseph may have limited their concerns, as we see in Luke 2 verses 45 – 49:

When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

I am not advocating the soft touch when relating to or disciplining our children.

But we should take the time to review and understand things from their perspective, so we can react according to the relevant information at hand.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Panic Room – Insight for the Day 25:07:2014

panicWe have all been faced with situations that have caused us to panic. During these times we are gripped with fear and most of the time we are not in control. The consequences of panicking can sometimes be a detrimental factor as highlighted by the definition of the word “panic”.

“a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons or animals”

In Exodus 14 v 10 v 12, we see the panic stricken children of Israel as the chariots of Pharaoh approached them:

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

Their irrational behavior preventing them from reacting based on the truth which was as Moses confirmed later that “the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever! The Lord shall fight for you and ye shall hold your peace.

In situations that have the potential to cause us to panic, May the knowledge of God’s promises grant us the peace that keeps us calm.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

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