I need you, you, you – Insight for the Day 18:12:2014

i need youMovie goers amongst you may remember the rendition of the song by Wilson Pickett in the Blues Brothers movie, “I need you, you, you. I need you, you, you”. During the Second World War, the famous poster was released of Uncle Sam with the pointed finger, saying, “Your country needs you”.

No man is an island, especially undergoing the Christian walk. Men generally think they can handle anything that comes their way, and we are reluctant to share our thoughts or “issues” with one another. In my opinion, this is a great mistake because after a while the pressure of carrying all the burdens by yourself will get to you and spill out to other areas of your life.

Men need to encourage one another, and the Bible supports this fact in Luke 22 v 31 – 32, where Jesus was advising Peter:

Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthened your brothers.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Help!! – Insight for the Day 17:12:2014

helpWe all know that the first port of call should be DIAL – GOD when we are in trouble. Even the unbeliever calls on the name of Jesus Christ when real trouble comes his way. A relationship with God should not be on a help basis only but on a daily basis.

Another issue that needs to be looked at in our relationship with God is our motive when we call upon His name. We see an example in Psalm 9 v 13 – 14:

O LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, that I may declare your praises in the gates of the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in your salvation.

All of us want God to help us when we are in trouble, but often for different reasons. Some want God’s help so that they will be successful and other people will like them. Others want God’s help so that they will be comfortable and feel good about themselves. David, however, wanted help from God so that justice would be restored to Israel and so that he could show others God’s power.

When we call to God for help, we need to consider our motives. Is it to save ourselves pain and embarrassment or to bring God glory and honour?

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Just the Two of Us – Insight for the Day 16:12:2014

 

two of usThe above title may lead you to think this is about husband and wife, but that is not the case.

It is about promoting unity amongst men in the church. Last year, I attended a Men’s Breakfast Meeting where the speaker gave practical tips on how to nourish good relationships which are beneficial to the men in the body of Christ.

The backbone to his message was based on three important facts:

We need relationship with one another to prosper. Men tend to compete against one another. Relationship with someone else will birth the dream in that person. For example, in order to improve his golf game, the speaker associated with a man in church whose handicap was of a professional standard – what a bargain, when you consider the cost of golf lessons!

Secondly, to start his business, he associated with businessmen in the church who had a good track record and were prospering.

Thirdly, to improve his spiritual life, he made himself accountable to a spiritual father.

The same principle applies in every aspect of our lives. We all have strength and weaknesses, and by promoting unity in diverse relationships, we improve our strengths by helping others who are weaker, and hedge our weaknesses by associating with people who are stronger.

This is nicely stated in Ecclesiastes 4 v 9 – 10:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.

Let us learn these concepts of unity and relationships by networking amongst ourselves. This we can only achieve by being more transparent with one another.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Instrument Check – Insight for the Day 15:12:2014

instrumentOne of the most important exercises a pilot performs before take off is the final instrument check to make sure that the plane is fully functional. These instruments serve as indicators to warn the pilot of any potential malfunction.

In the same way, God uses us a tool to expand his kingdom so we need to ensure we are free from sin so we can operate with maximum efficiency.

When sin reigns in your body, it causes the body to obey evil desires. The Bible points out the importance of allowing the body to be used as instruments of righteousness in Romans 6 v 12 – 14:

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.

For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

School Run – Insight for the Day 12:12:2014

school runThe litmus test of your patience and character development takes place between 0700 and 0900, Monday to Friday, as many parents engage in their version of cross-town driving called the “school run”.

This process is surely a leveller, as it does not depend on who you are and what you have. As long as your children are under the age which determines whether they go to school on their own, you will be a participant in this journey.

It is so demanding that you will rarely find a taxi driver who will engage in this gauntlet, regardless of the amount and strategy of your compensation package.

On the way back from a successful journey, i.e. I actually got there on time; the Holy Spirit queried me on why I was making the school run such a big deal. He pointed out that at least I have children to take on a school run and I should praise and thank God for his kindness and provision. This word touched me right down to my inner soul. I reflected on how we complain about nearly everything: below are a few examples:

You are in a one-room apartment, sharing with others – give thanks, some are homeless;

You are driving a 20-year-old car that still works – give thanks, some have to take the bus;

You take the bus daily – give thanks, some have to walk to work;

You walk to work daily – give thanks, some cannot walk at all.

A preacher preaches a message which you consider boring – give thanks, some do not have the liberty to preach or hear the powerful Word of God.

I conclude with a song I was taught in my primary school, which sums up why we need to give thanks to God for whatever situation we find ourselves:

Some have food but cannot eat Some can eat but have no food We have food and we can eat Glory to the provider – Amen.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

I Can’t Give You Everything – Insight for the Day 11:12:2014

everythingOne certainty that I have discovered over the years is that man will disappoint in all areas of our lives.

Best friends betray, husband and wife fall out, children rebel, employers are unfair to employees, employees sue employers, hearts are broken through bad relationships, pastors run away with church funds. I could go on and on.

As a result, you bear a major risk if you put your ultimate trust in man. Humans cannot provide what the Almighty God can provide, such as:

  1. Unfailing Love
  2. Everlasting Peace
  3. Cloak of Righteousness
  4. Amazing Grace
  5. Rock and Refuge
  6. Help and Comfort.

The Bible reinforces the fact that God is the ultimate source of everything, in Romans 11 v 36:

For everything comes from God alone. Everything lies by His power,

and everything is for His glory.

Some may trust in horses and chariots but by His grace we shall trust in the name of our Lord.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Never Gonna Give You Up – Insight for the Day 10:12:2014

 

never give upI was watching a TV programme that was emphasising the alarming rate of divorce in the church. Later in the evening, a pastor gave a testimony of his life when he was young.

His father was a pastor, and when he was 16 he backslid tremendously. He used drugs, became a womaniser, and did all sort of evil things.

He pointed out that his father was not just a pastor but also a prominent figure in the society while he was committing all these atrocities.

However, one day his father came to meet him at the building site where he was working as a contractor, and put his arms around him, gave him some money and said, “I don’t approve of all you are doing, but you are still my son and I love you”. This brought tears to his eyes and he suddenly came to his senses.

The pastor pointed out that his father’s love and the fact that he never gave up on him is what brought him back to Christ. This same principle

should be applied to marriages as well. It is the only way that we are going to reduce or eliminate the rate of divorce in Christian marriages.

The Bible emphasises this concept of love and never giving up on one another in one of the most famous scriptures on marriage – Ephesians 5 v 25:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Like the father did with his wayward son, husbands and wives should learn to love and never give up on one another, as the blemishes are being removed by the powerful Word of God.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014