NEW: Insight for the Day 26:04:18: See No Evil; Hear No Evil


Discussion Points:

  1. Do you struggle with accepting correction?
  2. Do you find it difficult to confront with the truth?
  3. Do you find yourself pleasing people to avoid conflict?

Case 26:04:2018

Man-pleasing is a negative concept, and can be detrimental to achieving the purpose God has for our lives. It is human nature to be appreciated, but the question is by whom and to what extent? The danger of relying on the appreciation of man is that it becomes difficult to confront individuals over wrongs when required in order not to upset them or cause friction in the relationships.

The Bible stresses the need to be bold and to confront when necessary; to prevent us from straying off the godly path he has predestined for us all. We should not give excuses or plead ignorance when it comes to confrontation, as we can see in Proverbs 24 v 11 – 12:

If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou safest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his work?

More light is shone on this issue in verse 24 – 25:

To show partiality in judging is not good; Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent” – people will curse him and nations denounce him, But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.

Finally in verse 26, we are encouraged that:

An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.

God will not accept our excuses when we fail to confront others over negative issues. We should not bend the truth to

Points to Ponder:
  1. Always confront with the Truth
  2. Only the Truth sets us Free
  3. The Truth will always come out in the end

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NEW: Insight for the Day 25:04:18: Show me the Love

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you struggle with giving?
  2. What is the motive behind your giving
  3. How do you feel when you give and get nothing in response

Case 25:04:2018

We need to learn the lesson of genuine love that comes from God in terms of giving and receiving. The world tells us that there is always an ulterior motive for giving, hence phrases like, ‘There is no such thing as a free lunch’.

The danger of adhering to such thoughts is that when God shows his love through people, you may not be able to recognise and receive it. In the past, I have rejected gifts from my mum, advising her to spend the money on herself, thinking I was helping her. What if God was using her to show his love, and I was hindering the process?

Culture can sometimes be a hindrance, as seen in the Nigerian society where we are warned to be careful about taking things from certain family members, especially food items. This sometime causes us to have a biased approach when it comes to receiving goods.

“God is love and perfect love conquereth all fear.”

In order to show and receive genuine love, we need the Spirit of the Lord upon us. We also need to be careful where we draw our perceptions. The Bible advises us on all areas ranging from health, to protection, love, joy, finances. All we need to know is in the Word of God.

Points to Ponder: 

  1. God is Love
  2. His love is unconditional
  3. He loves so much that he gave up his only Son

©Insight for the Day 2018

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NEW: Insight for the Day 10:04:18: Which church do you belong to?

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you believe in the concept of church?
  2. Are you a member of a church?
  3. Are you an attendee of a church?

Case 10:04:2018

Even people who claim to believe in God say they do not have to go to church, and they can read the Bible and pray at home. They even go to the extent of saying that the church is full of imperfection and corruption, etc. My response to these claims is the question “then what type of people do you think exists outside the church”

The church is where the family of God gathers to worship, and being a member in the family of God is neither inconsequential nor something to be ignored. The church is so significant that Jesus died on the cross for it. As believers we need a church family for the following reasons.

  1. A church family identifies you as a genuine believer – I can’t claim to be following Christ if I’m not committed to any specific group of disciples.
  2. A church family moves you out of self-centred isolation – The local church is the classroom for learning how to get along in God’s family with people of diverse characters and attitudes.
  3. A church family helps you develop spiritual muscle – You will never grow to maturity just by attending worship services and being a passive spectator. Participation in the full life of a local church builds spiritual muscle. 
  1. The Body of Christ needs you – God has a unique role for you to play in his family. This is called your ministry, where you will discover, develop, and use your gifts.
  2. You will share in Christ’s mission in the world – The church is God’s instrument on earth to fulfil His purpose.
  3. A church family will help keep you from backsliding – None of us is immune to temptation, hence God has assigned us as individuals the responsibility of keeping each other on track.

The difference between being a church attendee and a church member is commitment. Make a commitment today to be more involved in your local church.

Points to Ponder: 

  1. Jesus died on the cross for us as individuals
  2. Jesus died on the Cross for the church known as the gathering of individuals
  3. A Christian cannot exist in isolation hence the mandate for the church

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NEW: Insight for the Day 09:04:18: Boiling Point

Discussion Points:

  1. Have you been deeply offended?
  2. How did you respond?
  3. What was the outcome of your response?

Case 09:04:2018

Various situations in our lives can cause us to reach that specific point that with a little nudge sends us into an uncontrollable spin to disaster if we do not come to our senses on time. Husbands have to love rebellious wives, wives have to submit to selfish husbands, children have to honour mothers and fathers who are not there for them, employees have to submit to wicked employers, congregation members have to submit to manipulative pastors, pastors have to teach rebellious congregations, etc.

Each of the scenarios above can take you to the boiling point, and if not for the grace of God, can cause you to erupt. The question is how should you respond during such scenarios? A scripture which addresses a possible solution as advocated by the Word of God is quoted below in Colossians 3 v 23:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward, it is the Lord Christ you are serving.

It is all about perspective. I read somewhere that you should look at disappointment as a seed, release it to God, and expect the harvest via a reward from Him. If your employer treats you badly, rather than complain, release a seed by praying for him, and let God bring in the harvest.

So husbands, continue to sow seeds of love; wives, continue to sow seeds of submission as unto the Lord, and your reward will surely come in God’s time. Do not lose heart and sink to the level of the one causing the offence. This will only steal your joy and peace.

Points to Ponder: 

  1. The bible advocates that we pursue peace at all costs
  2. Anger rests in the bosom of fools
  3. The prudent overlook offences

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NEW: Insight for the Day 23:03:18/1: Do You Really Know The Truth?

Discussion Points:

  1. What is the Truth?
  2. Where is the Truth?
  3. How do we know the Truth?

Case 23:03:2018

One of the most popular verses in the Bible is John 8 v 32:

Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

This scripture should really help us look at things from a different perspective. Consider the scenarios below:

Scenario A:

You are upset by someone whom you think you know their character. But the question is, do you really know this person? If you do, then you will not get upset because you already know in advance what to expect from the person. The person still has character traits that God is working on – so do we all!

You should devise strategies on how to handle the situation before it comes. The reason we get frustrated and upset is because we really do not know the truth about that person. In consultancy; we are taught a strategy called ‘Managing your client’s expectation’. In other words, try to anticipate the demands of the client so you can devise strategies in advance to avoid any surprises. As the Americans will say, ‘to avoid any curve balls’.

Scenario B:

You attend a meeting you are not prepared for, and you are asked to present your findings. Rather than speak the truth and admit you do not know, you continue to lecture people who are better prepared than you, and then get frustrated when your findings are not appreciated. The fact is you do not know the truth of the issues at hand, so my advice is to keep quiet, and ask for the grace to schedule another meeting.

We can apply this principle to every area of our lives:

  1. Do you know the truth about yourself?
  2. Do you know the truth about your wife?
  3. Do you know the truth about your children?
  4. Do you know the truth about your career, finances, health?

The starting point to being free is to admit you do not know the truth about a situation, ask God for the truth, walk in the truth and be set free.

 Points to Ponder:
  1. Gather the truth regarding the situation you may be in
  2. Always present the truth to people regarding situations
  3. Always present the solution to a situation based on the truth

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NEW: Insight for the Day 23:03:18: Nothing but the Truth

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you have a mentor who guides you in certain aspects of your life?
  2. Do you have a mentee who you give guidance to?
  3. How do you respond to the feedback given to you from them both? 

Case 22:03:2018

 I recently found myself in a situation where I had to give an honest appraisal of the performance of a colleague of mine. There were a lot of positives but there were also negatives. For some reason, call it fear or man-pleasing,  I failed to communicate to her  some of the negatives, laying emphasis only on the positives. From an appraisal point of view, this was wrong as it did not give her development points for the future.

The Bible’s point of view that gives us an insight into the importance of relating the truth, and nothing but the truth is seen in Proverbs 10 v 20:

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

A lot of poor advice is worth less than a little good advice. It is easy to get opinions from people who will tell us only what they think will please us, but such advice is not helpful. Instead we should look for those who will speak the truth, even when it hurts. Think about the people to whom you go for advice. What do you expect to hear from them?

Points to Ponder:

  1. The truth may be bitter but it sets you free
  2. The truth is always victorious
  3. The truth always prevails

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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

©Insight for the Day 2018

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