NEW: Insight for the Day 28:08:15: Pay Day

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Discussion Points

  1. How do we feel when we are not rewarded for all our efforts?
  2. How do we feel when we are unfairly rewarded?
  3. How do we feel when we are rewarded in excess of our expectations?

Case 28:08:15:

29th, 30th or the 31st are common days associated with the inflow of funds into our bank accounts. We look forward to these days to either increase or decrease our net worth as we seek to replace the money that we have spent ahead of time – in other words “credit”.

 

The inflow of funds is a reward for all the work that we have performed for our employers. Now for employees that have done exceptionally well, a term called “bonus” may be an additional reward for outstanding work depending on the feedback from your boss to the “powers that be”.

As mention earlier, pay-day could be on any of these three days, but in the future – there will be one day “only” that is associated with the pay and bonus of everyone. That day is called “judgment day” as described in Revelation 20 v 11 – 15:

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

May the Holy Spirit guide and prepare us for that eventful

Points to Ponder

  1. The Bible advocates that what we sow is what will be reaped
  2. An account of our words, thoughts and deeds will be presented to us on God’s judgment day
  3. The only book that matters in life for our names to be on is the book of life

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 27:08:15: Nothing Just Happens

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Discussion Points

  1. Do you find yourself jumping to conclusions in your decision-making?
  2. Do you find yourself making assumptions based on limited information
  3. Do you ponder over the information at hand prior to making decisions?

Case 27:08:15:

One of the best pieces of advice I received when I joined a consulting firm was from a senior partner. He pointed out that one should never assume anything. In other words, make enquiries and try to find the root causes of and solution to a problem, rather than assume you have all the answers. Hence, we see enquiry after enquiry being made after major events to determine the root causes and, in some cases, to satisfy human curiosity.

It is a dangerous concept to assume anything, especially if there is a repeated pattern. If the generations of your family have always been in debt or involved in divorces, for example, there is a reason. You should try to find out the causes and uproot them. There was a repeated pattern in 2 Samuel 21 verse 1; a pattern of repeated famine. In order to find the root cause, David sought the face of the LORD:

During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.”

Nothing just happens, so it is dangerous to assume that we know the root cause of an event or situation. Following on from the advice of my senior partner, never assume, but make enquiries by seeking the face of the LORD God Almighty.

Points to Ponder

  1. Pause and take a step to get a larger perspective of the situation at hand
  2. Based your decision-making on the gathering of facts and not fallacies
  3. Ponder over the information at hand prior to making your decisions

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 26:08:15: Mystic Meg

mysticDiscussion Points

  1. Do you find yourself judging and condemning people for the very thing you use to do?
  2. How do you feel when you are corrected for doing the wrong thing?
  3. How do you know that a word, thought or deed is wrong?

Case 26:08:15:

My judgmental attitude got hold of me as I watched a chat show on Ben TV yesterday. The topic was horoscopes, and viewers could send in their opinions. Someone pointed out that the practice was ungodly, and that only God knows our future.

In response, one of the panelists who claimed to be a Christian said there was nothing wrong with it, citing the three wise men as examples of people in the Bible who had used astronomy as a tool in their quest to find where the baby Jesus lay.

On my way to drop my children at school my Counsellor, the Holy Spirit pointed out that the panelist had given her views according to her level of knowledge, and she needed to be exposed to the light that comes from the Word of God. He also reminded me that I would also have been in darkness, but for the grace and light that comes from God. As is His manner, He pointed me to a passage of Scripture in Ephesians 5 verses 8 -14:

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

May the Word of God be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.

Points to Ponder

  1. We were once lost in that we were involved in ungodly practices
  2. We were once blind in that we did not see the error of our ways
  3. The light that comes from the grace of God found us and opened our eyes to see truth and righteousness

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 21:08:15: Murder She Wrote

 

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Discussion Points

  1. What is the best book that you have read?
  2. What is the best film that you have watched?
  3. Why was the book or film the best?

Case 21:08:15:

The title above is based on a popular television series in which a novelist continuously assumes the role of private investigator.

Books are written to educate and enlighten us on events that go on around us. They can either be based on real-life events, or on fictional occurrences. The Bible, on the other hand, is based on the truth, but there is another dimension to this great book that we need to consider, else we risk classifying it as just a great story book.

Even the Sanhedrin understood the impact of this power, and we see them commanding Peter and John in Acts 4 verse 18 not to mention the name of Jesus. This is reinforced in 1 Thessalonians 1 verses 4 – 5, where Paul explains the origin of the gospel to the people:

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.

I now understand why Bible knowledge was just a subject in secondary school, and not a sermon! We need the power of the Holy Spirit behind every word that proceeds from this great book.

Points to Ponder

  1. It is the power that comes from reading the Word of God that convicts and transforms
  2. The quality and not the quantity of the Word is what convinces people
  3. The power of truth is what has a lasting impact on our lives

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 20:08:15: Mission Impossible

 

missionDiscussion Points

  1. Do you believe in miracles?
  2. Have you ever doubted the promises of God?
  3. How do you respond when your hear the unexpected

Case 20:08:15:

Breaking News!

  1. Saddam Hussein has declared his ultimate love for Jesus Christ by giving his life in a crusade hosted by Osama Bin Laden;
  2. Tears of Joy as thousands of youths hand over their knives and guns after the demonstration of God’s power on the Grahame Park Estate in Colindale;
  3. Amazing scenes at the Nigeria 2007 elections as the losing parties all lift up hands in unity praying for the new leader;
  4. All Jews unite as they all accept that Jesus Christ was truly the Messiah who was sent to facilitate their salvation.

You think that you heard it all until you get home and your bride-to-be pays you a visit and informs you that she is pregnant. As the Senior Pastor of a thriving church this is surely a wind-up considering she still stays with her parents!

Be honest everyone, do you believe that all this can happen? The good news is that this can happen as confirmed by the events described in Luke 1 v 34 – 37:

How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[c] the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

God is the Ultimate – if he says it will come to pass, you can take it to the Bank!

Points to Ponder

  1. The fact that we are still alive is a miracle
  2. There are miracles all around us, big and small
  3. Miracles confirm that with God, all things are possible

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 19:08:15: Mind Your Language

 

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Discussion Points

  1. How many languages can you speak?
  2. Do people find it difficult to understand when you speak?
  3. Do you take the time to speak with clarity and understanding?

Case 19:08:15:

One of the most controversial issues surrounding the church is the speaking of tongues. In my opinion the issue lies around the question:

What you are talking about?

Messages upon messages highlight the fact that “speaking in tongues” is a heavenly language that is facilitated by the assistance of the Holy Spirit but like all languages – surely interpretation is required?

We are encouraged that speaking in tongue edifies the individual but prophesying or interpretation edifies the church and is greater because there is clarity and understanding of the delivered message.

After reading some scriptures on this topic, I became quite worried about the amount of years I have been speaking in tongue edifying myself and how it would be nice to extend this to the body of Christ. Thank God for his grace and understanding as he steered me to 1 Corinthians 14 v 8 – 13 on how to acquire the gift of interpretation.

Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me. So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.

As the scripture points out – let us pray earnestly for the gift of interpretation which is available for all so that apart from edifying ourselves – we can extend this benefit to the body of Christ

Points to Ponder

  1. In communicating, quality is more important than quantity
  2. Listen to understand first and then respond
  3. Be quick to listen and understand; slow to speak and interpret with clarity

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 18:08:15: Mind the Gap

 

mind the gapDiscussion Points

  1. Do you manage your expectations in life?
  2. Do you monitor the realities of life?
  3. How do you manage the gaps between your expectation and realities

Case 18:08:15:

The dictionary defines a gap as “An opening in a structure or surface; a cleft or breach”.

In most cases, gaps represent any exposure that makes us vulnerable to impending attack from the enemy. Hence the reason we are advised not to create any ‘gaps’ or ‘openings’ in the armour of God.

Managers of football teams and military commanders understand the need to eliminate gaps in their strategies, hence the constant change of team formations in terms of attack and defence. The impact of presenting such an exposure can be seen in Joshua 8 verses 16 -19:

All the men of Ai were called to pursue them, and they pursued Joshua and were lured away from the city. Not a man remained in Ai or Bethel who did not go after Israel. They left the city open and went in pursuit of Israel. Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Hold out toward Ai the javelin that is in your hand, for into your hand I will deliver the city.” So Joshua held out his javelin toward Ai. As soon as he did this, the men in the ambush rose quickly from their position and rushed forward. They entered the city and captured it and quickly set it on fire.

We need to not only ‘mind the gap’; we need to reduce the gaps in our defences to prevent the enemy from getting a stronghold in our lives.

Points to Ponder

  1. Expectations are what you expect in life
  2. Realities outline the possibilities in life
  3. We need a strategy to manage the gaps between expectations and realities

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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