Until Death do us Part! – Insight for the Day 23:10:2014

commitmentI am currently fasting with the rest of my church for the salvation of souls in London.

To say that I am struggling is an understatement, as my flesh constantly wants to be fed and sulks like a baby if it does not get its way!

The sermon delivered last Sunday challenged me about the level of commitment we must possess when working for God. How desperately do we want to be used by God? An important point highlighted was that affection for the things of God is a major driver and catalyst, which motivates our obedience and diligence.

During a fast, we need to understand the objective, and ask God for a ‘die hard’ level of grace to complete the given task. This is highlighted in Job 13 verses 14 – 15:

Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands? Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.

When you have a genuine affection for someone or something, it makes the tasks much easier to perform, and reduces the struggles. May God provide us with the grace to be affectionate, passionate and diligent for His things!

It is not surprising that most of us are willing to do anything for our loved ones during that passionate period of courting! No mountain is too high to climb and no distance too far to walk!

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Until That Day – Insight for the Day 22:10:2014

uniteI often wonder why we sometimes behave and react differently to other individuals who do not think, talk and act like us.

Surely, there is a common denominator that makes us all the same, regardless of colour, tribe or creed? In my opinion, this is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why there is so much war in the world – the fact that we do not see eye to eye, and often require a intermediary to settle disputes. Thank God for the Great Intermediary – Jesus.

I remember some inspiring lyrics from Bob Marley that reflects this notion:

Until the philosophy that holds one race superior than another;

Until the colour of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes;

Until the basic human rights is equally guaranteed to all without regards to race.

Until that day – the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship and the rule of international morality – shall remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued.

Until that day – there will be war and rumours of war.

That day, in my opinion, will be when Jesus returns. Prior to that, we have to remember that we are all the same, and we need to learn to live with one another regardless of our differences.

The common denominator that makes us the same is God’s breath of life, which was put in Adam prior to his mission to be fruitful and multiply as indicated in Genesis 1 verse 27:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

The gift of freewill given to us by God is the vehicle that man chose to go in a different direction.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

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