NEW: Insight for the Day 16:03:18: Let Me At Him

Discussion Points:

  1. Have you been really annoyed?
  2. Why were you annoyed?
    1. Did being annoyed solve the situation?

Case 16:03:2018

We all struggle with learning not to retaliate against those who offend us. When offence occurs, there is this feeling that wants to retaliate either in words or other forms which are not advisable. God sometimes goes extra lengths to prevent this from happening, as we can see in Ezekiel 3 v 24 – 26:

Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said; “Go, shut yourself inside your house. And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people. I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, though they are a rebellious house. But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, “This is what the Sovereign LORD says,” Whoever will listen let him listen, and whoever will refuse let him refuse, for they are a rebellious house.”

When you feel like retaliating, get on your knees and pray for God’s grace not to respond in the flesh.


Points to Ponder:

  1. We are advised to be quick to listen and slow to speak
  2. Pondering over an issue gives us time to calm down
  3. Bringing the power of the Holy Spirit into a situation brings the order and structure that we need

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NEW: Insight for the Day 12:03:18: A Few Good Men

Discussion Points:

  1. Have you been treated badly by those closest to you?
  2. How did you feel?
  3. How did you respond

Case 12:03:2018

On one occasion I had come to the end of my tether, as I felt I was trying hard to do good to my fellow-man without any result or changes. I spoke to a couple of Pastors and friends, and got the usual encouragement that consists of clichés like “It is well,” and “Pray about it”.

It was not until I read Galatians 6 v 9 that I got a release:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

It can be discouraging to continue to do good and yet receive no word of thanks and see no tangible results. Paul has challenged us by this scripture to keep on doing good, and to trust God for the results. In due time, we will reap a harvest of blessing.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Sowing goodness in people will always reap a harvest of blessing
  2. God determines the timing of the blessings
  3. It takes the grace of God to be patient during this period

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NEW: Insight for the Day 19:02:18: All I need is a little Respect

Discussion Points:

  1. How do you treat your Elders?
  2. How do you treat those younger than you
  3. How do you treat yourself?

Case 19:02:2018

In the culture I come from, respect is an automatic virtue which we adapt to as we grow up. It is so automatic that sometimes elders look down on younger people, and take them for granted. A friend of mine who is in his late thirties, and is married with 2 children, narrated how his Dad’s friend came to visit him in his house and demanded that he prostrate full length and not halfway.

In Timothy 4 v 12, his mentor Paul advises him how to relate to elders and gain their respect. This verse can also be used to explain how to gain the respect of those younger than us.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

We have to earn the respect of not just elders but of those younger than us by setting an example in our speech, life, love, faith and purity. Regardless of our age, let us live so others can see Christ in us.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Respect involves developing the character of humility
  2. Respect is to be earned and not forced upon people
  3. Respect comes out of love for those around us

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NEW: Insight for the Day 16:02:18: One Love

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you work as part of a team?
  2. Are you united in the objectives of the team?
  3. Are your motives different from the common objectives of the team

Case 16:02:2018

I was working on a project where at the onset; there was no unity amongst the team. This later became evident by the nature and tone of our meetings. Finally a mediator had to be brought in to facilitate a peace strategy amongst the team members, to put us on the right track.

Without unity, it is impossible to move forward, as most of the valuable time will be used in trying to push across different viewpoints without any agreement. Hence the need for a mediator sometimes to facilitate unity.

In Genesis 13 v 7 – 9, we see Abraham acting as a mediator between his herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen.

So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”

Jesus also emphasised the importance of unity in His final prayer before being betrayed and arrested. He asked that his followers be one in John 17 v 20 – 21:

My prayer is not for them alone, I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in   me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

As we all worship in unity and one love, may the power of God be manifest in every aspect of our lives.

 Points to Ponder:
  1. Our motives should align with the framework of God
  2. It takes humility to submit in a team
  3. Only the Love of God can keep a team together in unity

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NEW: Insight for the Day 15:02:18: The First Impressions

Discussion Points:

  1. Are you ashamed of Christ
  2. Do people know you are a Christian?
  3. How do people know you represent Christ?

Case 15:02:2018

“First impressions go a long way”.

The dictionary gives the meaning of impression as the following:

An especially marked influence or effect on the sense or the mind.

In other words, when people first meet us, they tend to form an impression of us based on the initial marked influence we have on them. It lays a foundational block upon which they begin to characterise or judge us.

In Acts 4 v 13, we see the impression that Peter and John made on the Sadducees at their initial meeting.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they

were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

In our day-to-day lives, do people really know we have been with Jesus? A changed life convinces people of Christ’s power. One of our greatest testimonies is the difference others see in your life and attitudes since you have believed in Christ.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Do you Words represent those of Christ?
  2. Do your actions represent those of Christ
  3. We are ambassadors of Christ and should represent him in all ways

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NEW: Insight for the Day 14:02:18: The Lord’s Choice

Discussion Points:

  1. How do you discern the instructions from God?
  2. Do you rely on the interpretation from God
  3. Do you rely on the guidance from the Holy Spirit?

Case 14:02:2018

It is interesting to study the spectrum of consequences as a result of offending God and man.

After reading 1 Samuel 2 v 24 – 26, these consequences should not be taken lightly, and we should try as much as possible to please God and not man. Just as God is a merciful God, he can also be a terrible God, as seen below:

No, my sons; it is not a good report that I hear spreading among the Lord’s people. If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who will intercede for him? His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death.

Frightening but true, hence the need to confirm what God wants from his Word, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, rather than relying on the fickleness of man.

Points to Ponder:

  1. The Bible Advocates that in the beginning was the Word
  2. The Word was with God, and the Word was God
  3. Hence; God should be the primary source of any interpretation of the Word

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NEW: Insight for the Day 13:02:18: LA Law

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you criticise people
  2. Have you ever been criticised
  3. How did you feel

Case 13:02:2018

If we are honest with ourselves; one of the areas in which we constantly need to renew our minds is in the area of judging our neighbours. We always seem to forget that we were ‘once in the world’ and only by the grace of God are we new creations in Christ. Judging people is not a good idea because most of the time we do not know the full story about the individual’s situation.

I find it even more amazing that we sometimes judge people doing the same thing we use to do when we were yet sinners. Judging others is a symptom of pride, and we need to constantly cloak ourselves with humility. Rather than judge people, we should learn to pray for them.

The Bible in Romans 2 v 21 – 23 gives us an insight into the issue above:

You, then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal. You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who brag about the law, do you dishonour God by breaking the law?


Points to Ponder:

  1. We are not perfect enough to judge others
  2. Commit imperfect people to Jesus who is perfect
  3. We were all sinners but for his love grace that set us free

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