NEW: Insight for the Day 03:05:16: White Lie

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Discussion Points

  1. Have you ever told a lie?
  2. Was the statement used to protect someone?
  3. Was the statement used to harm someone?

Case 03:05:2016

In my quest for knowledge I looked up the definition for a “white lie” in the dictionary and the results are detailed below:

  1. A minor, polite, or harmless lie; fib;
  2. An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth
  3. An untruth told to spare feelings or from politeness,as in She asked if I liked her dress, and of course I told a white lie. This term uses white in the sense of “harmless;
  4. An unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite).

The word of interest in the various definitions is “harmless”. When did a lie become harmless? Interestingly enough – the same dictionary defines a “lie” as the following:

  1. A false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood;
  2. An inaccurate or false statement;
  3. To speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive;
  4. Something intended or serving to convey a false impression.

From the definition above, a lie is far from being “harmless”. If we make reference to our “spiritual dictionary” – we see that the consequences of lying is far from “harmless” as highlighted in Revelation 21 v 8:

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Points to Ponder

  1. Only the truth and not lies sets us free
  2. Lying is the language of the enemy
  3. The truth has the backing of the Almighty God; lying is backed by the enemy

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NEW: Insight for the Day 02:05:16: Where has all the time gone?

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Discussion Points

  1. Do you keep a journal?
  2. How often do you make an entry?
  3. Do you review the contents periodically?

Case 02:05:2016

We are at the beginning of May, and we are probably wondering why the year seems to be going so fast. If we were asked to recollect what we have accomplished this year, most of us will struggle. As I wrote this, I asked myself – where has all the time gone and why can’t I account for most of it? I should be able to account for at least fifty percent of that time.

While my brain was trying to get an accurate day by day account like a computer memory chip, the Holy Spirit pointed me to the following Scripture in Luke 4 verse 18 – 20:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” And He closed the book.

The reason why an accurate account could be given of Jesus’ activities was that they were in line with His overall mission on earth. Every task could be assigned to the

Points to Ponder

  1. We are advised by God to make the best use of our times because the days are evil
  2. Accountability enables us to use our time for God and not for the idle works of the enemy
  3. Having a mission statement facilitates the effective usage of the gift of time given to us by God

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NEW: Insight for the Day 01:04:16: What do you Desire?

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Discussion Points

  1. Name three of your favourite things?
  2. Do you have any of them?
  3. What length are you prepared to go to have them?

Case 01:04:2016

The blame culture started in the Garden of Eden, when Mr. Adam refused to accept responsibility for creating an environment which facilitated the disobedience of Mrs. Eve. The third-party involved in the events which transpired was the crafty creature called Mr. Satan, also known as ‘The Devil’. He has been bombarding us with his subtle strategies since that infamous day.

An American hit show called The Flip Wilson Show had a character called Geraldine who was always saying “the devil made me do it”. Man’s refusal to take responsibility is a topic that can be discussed until the LORD comes. If we are going to survive the onslaught of the enemy, we have to recognise and accept our faults, and commit them to the Lord.

You cannot be tempted by something you do not like. The areas we are most likely to be tempted are in the areas of our addictions, or to put in slightly milder terms, our desires. This is highlighted in James 1 verses 13 – 15:

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. 

Points to Ponder

  1. Is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit amongst your favourite things?
  2. We are advised to desire things of the Spirit which are beneficial to our development?
  3. Desires of the flesh can never be satisfied so be totally filled with things of the Spirit

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NEW: Insight for the Day 31:03:16: Walking Tall

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Discussion Points

  1. Do you know your main enemy?
  2. Do you have a strategy to combat the attacks?
  3. Is your strategy of God or of man

Case 31:03:2016

Here we go again, you are upset and agent “flesh” loves every minute of it. He knows that this is the opportunity to inflict total damage to your walk in Christ. The silent voice of the Holy Spirit calmly tells you to pray but because you are so mad, you ignore and allow the aggressive voice of “flesh” to commence “collateral damage”.

In advance of your arrival to work, the enemy has sent his own version of the SAS to plant “mines” in the form of anger, seductive secretary, and an obnoxious colleague to inflict more damage. As you get in the car, the calm voice advises you to shore up your defence by praying with him. Again this advice is ignored as you drive yourself to the impeding danger in the form of the “welcoming committee” of the enemy.

You arrive at work to find the seductive secretary so attractive that you can’t think straight as you make numerous errors while trying to balance the company accounts. To make matters worse the boss hears some conflicting information about your performance and issues you with an ultimatum to get your act together. Now because secret agent “anger” has been placed in the office; you lash out at your boss and storm out of the office to go home.

It doesn’t get better as you arrive home and the enemy has done advanced research to manipulate those closest to you as to which buttons to press to take you over the edge. At this stage, you can’t hear the calm voice anymore and begin to contemplate on whether there is a God.

The answer is that there is a God who has sent his Holy Spirit as that calm voice and he has advised us in Galatians 5 v 16 – 18 and v 22 – 25 on the most effective strategy to combat the enemy during our daily walk!

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit

Points to Ponder

  1. Spirit Led solutions are of a permanent nature and not temporary
  2. The fruits of the Holy Spirit never get rotten
  3. We are under no condemnation if we walk in the Spirit

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NEW: Insight for the Day 30:03:16: Unique Selling Point

uspDiscussion Points

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. How do you manage them both?

Case 30:03:2016

While 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 please give us the grace and wisdom to take a stand!

 Points to Ponder

  1. The only thoughts we have should be based on the Mind of Christ
  2. The only Jesus people will hear is through our words
  3. The only Jesus people will see is through our actions

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NEW: Insight for the Day 24:03:16: Trial Run

trialDiscussion Points

  1. Are you going through a trial?
  2. Do you feel like giving up?
  3. What has kept you in staying the course?

Case 24:03:2016

While 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!

 Points to Ponder

  1. The Almighty God is our firm foundation
  2. He has given us the stand-by in the shape of the Holy Spirit
  3. His truth sets us free and his love conquers all

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NEW: Insight for the Day 23:03:16: Tremors

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Discussion Points

  1. Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
  2. Do you trust Jesus Christ with all your heart?
  3. Have you truly surrender your life to Jesus Christ?

Case 23:03:2016

The questions above raise an interesting though regarding our faith. Are we portraying a faith supported by lip service or immediate action? The number of Christians; including ‘yours truly’ who claim to be born again leads me to ask further question:

 

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.

Points to Ponder

  1. Faith involves Belief
  2. Belief involves Action
  3. Action involves Results and we give all the glory to God

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