United we Stand, Divided we Fall – Insight for the Day 21:10:2014

unitedArsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, the Australian Cricket team, the McLaren racing team, and the Chicago Bulls basketball team all have one common trait that has guaranteed them success over the years – TEAMWORK.

Every leader knows that if you can get people working as one unit, pursuing the same purpose and vision, success is generally guaranteed. I have observed countless times where coaches have used half-time intervals to encourage and motivate their players to work as a unit, so as to reduce and offset any deficit created during the initial period of play.

The importance of having a mindset of unity within a team and facilitating effective teamwork is highlighted in 1 Corinthians 1 verse 10:

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

As the Scripture points out, creating an atmosphere of unity is first initiated in our minds and thoughts before being manifested by our actions. Jesus understood the importance of fostering unity. Prior to His departure He prayed to God that we remain as one, as seen in John 17 verse 11:

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name you gave me – so that they may be one as we are one.


Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Unique Selling Point – Insight for the Day 20:10:2014

USPWhile surfing channels on telly to find something to watch, my fingers stopped when I got to a program called Celebrity Love Island.

After watching about five minutes of it, I began to ponder on what is currently allowed on television compared to what had been allowed in times past.

During the era of the late Mary Whitehouse – a famous activist against immorality on television – she would have kicked up a fuss over such a program, which is based on unmarried couples taking turns on dates to determine their compatibility.

The Word of God confirms that this concept is not acceptable, and it is just another example of how the enemy has subtly wielded his influence through the most effective form of communication over the years – the media.

I am not advocating mass demonstrations, but we should be aware and make a stand in our own little way. It can start from our places of work: by watching what we say, how we react and the issues we support. It took twelve people to influence the world through the impact of their characters, words and deeds – so can we!

What is that unique selling point that makes us stand out in the world? What do they see in our attitude that attracts and amazes them?

An example of a selling point is highlighted in Ephesians 4 verses 20 – 24:

You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

When our friends or those around us see positive changes, it will make them ponder their ways and by God’s grace, get them to renew their minds and change their attitudes to accept Christ in their lives.

This will filter to the marketplace, and eventually, to all areas where the Gospel will make a major impact. God give us the grace and wisdom to take a stand!


Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Trust Me- Insight for the Day 16:10:2014

trustThere is a famous fable about the chicken that was cooking a delicious meal, and it needed assistance to collect ingredients.

All the animals in the farm were asked to help, but all gave the same response: ‘We are busy.’ The chicken went through all the laborious tasks alone, and when the meal was ready it threw open another invitation. ‘Would you lovely animals like to join me in eating this delicious meal?’

Without any hesitation, each one of the animals replied, ‘YES PLEASE!’

It is amazing how easy it is to exhibit faithfulness during good times. A few challenges and difficulties can show how faithful we really are. The dangers of relying on unfaithful people – like those ‘busy’ animals that were only interested in lining their stomachs with the delicacies – can be seen in Proverbs 25 verse 19:

Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.

This principle is very important for the process of team selection and building. We need to select people who will be in for the long haul.

The football industry is not a good example of this, as we see players jumping ship when their clubs get relegated, since money is the main motivator.


Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Trial Run- Insight for the Day 15:10:2014

trialWhile praying at a meeting, I felt compassion for couples believing God for a child.

I asked Him why they had to go through the whole process of waiting. The response I got was very insightful. I was pointed to Hebrews, which is often called the ‘Hall of Faith’ because it lists men and women of faith who triumphed in their lifetime.

By faith these people offered sacrifices, obeyed and left one place for another, were taken away so they would not see death, passed through the Red Sea, marched around the walls of Jericho and so on. Hebrews 11 verses 39 – 40 sums it all by encouraging us:

And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

He further went on to say that without these people there would be no ‘Hall of Faith’. He takes people through all sorts of trials from marriage, financial, emotional, health and more so there will always be entries in the ‘Hall of Faith’ which can serve as a reference point of encouragement for our era.

Everyone’s trial is unique; what He takes you through may be different from what He takes someone else through. The assurance He gives us is that His grace shall be sufficient for each of us during the process!


Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Tremors- Insight for the Day 14:10:2014

tremorsAn interesting thought came to my mind a couple of weeks ago about the number of Christians who claim to be born again.

While I was thinking about this, a question popped into my mind.

Do those of us that claim to be born again really know God?

I think the answer to the question is crucial, because believing in God is not enough as confirmed in James 2 verse 19:

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder”

How do our actions confirm our belief in God? Do we truly fear and reverence God in spirit and in truth, or do we believe in Him like the demons do, but then just shudder and disobey Him?

We would gain immensely from emulating Abraham who believed and obeyed God, so that it can be credited to us as righteousness.


Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Total Quality Management – Insight for the Day 13:10:2014

qualityWork-life balance has become one of the main focuses of the business world.

Organisations are beginning to realise that the health and welfare of their staff is crucial to maintain productivity and reduce absenteeism due to sickness and fatigue.

On the way back from an event I began to ponder on this, and why we have to work long hours to achieve results. What is even more interesting is that as we climb the corporate ladder, the less work we seem to do in terms of being “hands on”, and the more work we seem to do in the area of “networking” with clients.

All in all, we spend too much time at work, sometimes to the detriment of our relationship with our families and loved ones.

A speaker at a conference highlighted one of the reasons why total reliance on overtime is not such a good concept. He pointed out that he used to work for one hour and earn $5. Now he works for an hour and could earn up to $5,000. The difference is not in the amount of time spent on the tasks, since both jobs were for an hour. The difference is in the value of the work being performed. If you produce value in the time you have, there will be no need to rely on overtime to complete the allotted tasks.

Please do not get me wrong, overtime is necessary at certain phases of our lives, but in the long run value creation is what guarantees an increase in our productivity and income.

Jesus spent thirty-three years on earth, which is about half our predicted lifespan. He achieved more in His short life than anyone would in a lifetime and at the end of it all, He could confirm the completion of His tasks in John 19 verse 30:

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”


Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

To Boast is to Roast – Insight for the Day 10:10:2014

boastOne of the most dangerous statements to make as a Christian is “I am self-made” in every aspect of my life”. Not acknowledging the hand of God in your life could be the wrong move because life will always throw you a “curve ball” which will require God being the master “batsman or hitter”. The dangerous thing about boasting in oneself is that it can come in a subtle form. How many times do we hear the following “credentials” on books and major events:

  1. Anointed man of God who attracts signs and wonders;
  2. Powerful man of God;
  3. Author of over 50 best selling books
  4. Oversees a church of over 30,000 members.

Alternatively when you watch some of the “promotions” to the events you hear statements like the following:

  1. When Pastor X prayed for me
  2. Send $50 and you will receive a “blessed handkerchief” that Pastor X has prayed over – expect your blessings and miracle

Question: Is the information above “optional” or “mandatory”?

In my humble opinion, these statements can boarder on the lines of boasting in self rather than the Lord. As a servant of God pointed out at a recent meeting – once you start believing in these accolade that is the first step on the path to destruction.

We should take a leaf from Apostle Paul who understood the dangers and chose to acknowledge God in all his ways – this is highlighted in 2 Corinthians v 7 – 10:

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Even when he introduced himself to the various congregations – he acknowledged his total reliance on God in his opening speech as highlighted in the examples below:

  1. “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ”
  2. “Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God”
  3. “Paul, an apostle (not from men not through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father”

Let us learn to boast in the Lord to prevent unnecessary roasting that comes from the thorn. Thank God that his grace is sufficient!


Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014