Specs Savers – Insight for the Day 01:09:2014

specsThe LORD has been speaking to me a lot about perception, and how you see things to gain a greater advantage.

In a book titled ‘How to make it in business without losing your life’ by Rob Parsons, he talks about Wayne Gresky, the greatest ice hockey player of all time.

A sports psychologist pointed out that he differs from other great players because he has 40 – 40 vision compared to other players, who have 25-25. In other words, he sees things other players do not see on the ice rink, which enables him negotiate outstanding moves and plays during matches.

What do you see and how do you see perceive things in life? The importance of having clear vision and perspective is seen in the beginning, in Genesis 1 verses 2 – 5:

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.

Light was needed to be able to grasp perspective and vision of the chaos that was on the earth at that stage.

Looking at things from a different angle – like Wayne Gresky – will enable you excel in all aspects of life because of your wider outlook on issues. It will also give you greater scope to make important decisions.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Solution Provider – Insight for the Day 29:08:2014

solutionAfter one of those days where you complain about everything and pray that the sun, moon and stars will quickly come down so you can move into the next day – I settled down to pray.

The Holy Spirit who has never let me down advised me of the following prayer:

“Train my lips to speak solutions and not problems”

As we know complaining does not achieve results unless you have a proposed solution. I remember one advice given to me by a Partner of the consulting firm I used to work in – “Always have a proposed solution to discuss when you bring the problem”.

The beauty of this suggestion which we sometimes fail to realize is that the solution does not have to come from you, hence the whole notion of the concept called “Research”

We are also advised in Proverbs 8 v 6 – 10 on the role of our lips in providing godly solutions and not “problems”!

Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Show me the Money – Insight for the Day 28:08:2014

showLittle did Cuba Gooding Jr. know how much this statement he made in the course of his Oscar-winning role in the film Jerry Maguire would impact our lives!

Money is the one of the most controversial issues facing the church in terms of scandals, lack of integrity and authenticity behind the claim that God demands specific amounts in the form of tithes or offerings.

A tithe pretty much speaks for itself – a tenth of your income. The amount to donate as an offering is not clear cut, as we sometimes see from the questionable formulae presented at some church meetings.

Should we be bothered?

My answer is two-fold. ‘Yes’, in terms of the ability to lead people astray, and ‘No’ based on the response given to my spirit by the Mighty Counselor.

If I gave out of my lack and the LORD guarantees me long life and prosperity, surely this is much better than not giving out of my abundance and facing a sickness that will wipe away the abundance?

In my opinion, offerings should be a form of worship to the Lord Almighty. So rather than trying to figure out the gymnastics of giving, we should give with a faithful heart. The next time we hear the Scripture below from Malachi 3 verses 8 – 12 quoted when it is time to give an offering, we should rejoice and thank God for all He has done in our lives –:

“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me, “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you? “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.

Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.

It is the heart behind the giving that the LORD treasures most!

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Shout to the Lord – Insight for the Day 27:08:2014

shoutThe scene was set; the two convicted men were paraded in front of the mob that consisted of two groups of people.

Some were rooting for the first victim, while ‘the others’ were rooting for the second in a rather timid way. The general in charge of declaring judgment knew he had a hard task and was confused, particularly as his wife had warned him not to get involved because of a dream she had the previous night.

In my opinion, because of his status as a general, he had to save face and succumb to the wishes of the people by allowing them to choose who would be set free.

‘Who do you want to be set free?’ echoed the general and to his amazement the loudest cries were for victim one, the Al Capone of this era. The cries for victim two were not even heard, even though he was so innocent that the general could not find any reason to execute him. Hence he washed his hands off the matter after giving his judgment.

The Bible highlights the consequences of being ashamed of Jesus in Mark 8 verse 38:

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

How many times are we told to stand up for Jesus and proclaim the gospel with boldness? If we remain silent like ‘the others’ people will not be set free, and will be condemned to a life of misery.

Like those who shouted with such boldness that the general had no choice but to free ‘Al Capone’, let us raise our voices and proclaim the name of Jesus to set the captives free.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Shock and Awe – Insight for the Day 26:08:2014

shockAs Christians we sometimes forget that, just as God is merciful, He can also be ‘terrible’ when His decrees are ignored. His acts can be so terrible that the opposition has no choice but to succumb.

In 2003, Saddam Hussein was advised by the United Nations to get rid of his country’s stockpile of WMD (or Weapons of Mass Destruction).

The advice was ignored and the full might of the United States Armed forces was unleashed, resulting in the term ‘shock and awe’.

Pharaoh was advised by Moses to set the Israelites free so they could worship God in the desert. Just as Saddam ignored advice and was subjected to a massive onslaught, Pharaoh ignored plenty of advice given by the LORD and experienced ‘shock and awe’ tactics of a different nature and level, and in the end he had no choice but to let the people go. Exodus 13 verses 14 – 16 gives us an insight into this nature of God:

“In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed every firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal.

This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’ And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the LORD brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”

LORD we ask for the grace to obey Your every decree, so we do not experience your ‘terrible’ nature.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Shining Example – Insight for the Day 22:08:2014

shiningThere is a saying that goes ‘First Impressions go a long way‘.

As Christians either at home or in the marketplace, we shall always be under the microscope. The most effective way to bring people to Christ is through our character. What we do and say are important lamp posts that will lead people to Christ.

In Philippians 2 verses 14 – 16, we are advised on how to be effective lamp posts that shine to the glory of God:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour for nothing.

One of the ways effective communication is carried out is through observation. As we communicate to the world, let our actions speak louder than our words.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014

Security Council – Insight for the Day 21:08:2014

securityThe security council of the United Nation is made up of the 5 most powerful nations in the world – namely United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom.

You would have thought that with these countries on board – evil will cease to spread it’s tentacles of violence, destruction and terror on a global basis.

This is not the case as countries are taking personal measures to ensure that they are insulated from the potential dangers that can arise. Countries are even ignoring the advice of the UN Security Councils as we can see “veto power” being used to overrule decisions made by the UN.

In the early 2006, Israel made a pre-emptive strike on Lebanon despite UN advice. The reason for what some may term a blatant disregard for authority can be linked to Israel’s motive for war – Israel are fighting for their survival as a nation while other nations may be fighting for “other precious commodities”.

In Psalm 91, we are advised of the most powerful Security Council that guarantees our survival for a very long time. Below is an subset of the security that you will receive:

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked

So let us shore up our defenses by dwelling in the secret place of the Most High

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2014