The Power of Understanding – Insight for the Day – 04:03:2015

understandingI recently watched one of my favourite ever films yesterday called “Crimson Tide”, starring Denzil Washington. One of the highlights of the film was when the Russian submarine launched some heat-seeking torpedoes at a submarine.

Rather than launch a counter-attack in quick retaliation, the commanding officer commanded the ship to steer the ship to a distance of 1000 ft away from the submarine.

This was carried out because the weapons department had a thorough understanding of the offensive weapons mechanism. At 1000 ft, it was ineffective and could cause no harm to the Alabama, and the American strategy was to avoid an all-out nuclear war which would lead to greater danger for both parties.

In life we sometimes launch offensive attacks without understanding the situation that lies before us, be it in our marriages, workplace, church or whatever environment in which we find ourselves. We need to adopt the same approach that the commander of the Alabama utilised, as confirmed by the Bible in Proverbs 16 v 22:

Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Value Added Tax – Insight for the Day – 03:03:2015

vatThe issue of adding value keeps coming to my mind since attending a seminar conducted for men.

The issue of value was brought again to my attention while watching a series on the life of Mohammed Ali on the UK History Channel.

In one of the interviews, Ali was asked if he missed boxing when he was stripped of the heavyweight title for refusing to go to war in Vietnam. His reply was:

“I do not miss boxing, boxing misses me”.

He was basically saying that he brings a lot of value and excitement to the boxing arena, and his absence had robbed the boxing world of value. On the way to work one day, I asked God about how I could add value to the work place and make a difference. The Lord told me that I could add value in the following ways:

  1. Show godly love
  2. Show the wisdom of God in all your endeavours
  3. Make a godly difference to those around you, so when you are not around, it is felt.

In conclusion, be like salt, which improves the taste of your food.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Fashion TV – Insight for the Day – 02:03:2015

fashionThe invitation comes through the door. You have been invited to the wedding of the year. Immediately your mind goes into shopping mode to fish out that “killer” dress that will be bought by cash or Mr Plastic.

The dress arrives; you survey to give the thumbs up or thumbs down. Upon approval, the day arrives and you are looking forward to the process of slipping into your latest addition to the “clothes” family.

The scenario above is not strange to most of us as we sometime spend outlandish sums of money updating our wardrobes every season. Advertisers are focusing on smaller segments of the population and

designing the right look for every age group. You can even buy designer clothes for babies, and I’m sure the babies appreciate it!

The Bible, however, speaks of a different kind of wardrobe, one that is usually overlooked by most believers. Yet it is far more important than the current style.

Ephesians 6 v 13 – 17:

Therefore, take up the full armour of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Let the “armour of God” always be the latest designer wear that remains in our wardrobe daily. Remember, Paul did not say, “Understand the full armour of God”. Neither did he say “Research each piece of Roman armour alluded to in the verses”. Paul asked us to PUT IT ON, so let us do this daily before we set out for the day.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Sheep Rearing – Insight for the Day – 26:02:2015

sjeepAnd Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.

Great multitudes followed him – from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

– Matthew 4 v 23 – 25

During a recent conference, the Guest Minister said, “We do not steal sheep, we grow grass”, in response to accusation that he was stealing congregation members. We can see this application from the scripture above, that the grass (godly value) Jesus is providing is in his teachings, preaching and healing methods. As a result he became famous and a great number of people followed him.

Relating this to our work and businesses, what will make us famous and cause a great multitude to be attracted to us is the grass we provide. Just ask the average Job Head Hunter what their criteria of selection is based upon. May God give us strategies to know what grass to provide.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Suffer Suffer for World – Insight for the Day – 25:02:2015

 

sufferOne thing we know as evident from the Bible is that we will all go through trials and temptations. In addition, to keep us from pride there will be that thorn in the flesh, as indicated in 2 Corinthians 12 v 7:

And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh.

Thorns, trials and temptations may vary, but God uses these to develop the fruits of the Spirit by allowing you to experience circumstances in which you’re tempted to express the exact opposite quality He is trying to develop in you.

For instance, God teaches us love by putting some unlovely people around us. He teaches us real joy in the midst of sorrow, when we turn to Him. He develops real peace within us, not by making things go the way we planned, but by allowing times of chaos and confusion. Anyone can be peaceful watching a beautiful sunset or relaxing on vacation. We learn real peace by choosing to trust God in circumstances in which we are tempted to worry or be afraid.

Likewise patience is developed in circumstances in which we’re forced to wait and tempted to get angry or have a short fuse. God uses the opposite situation of each fruit to allow us a choice. You can’t claim to be good if you’ve never been tempted to be bad. You can’t claim to be faithful if you’ve never had the opportunity to be unfaithful. Integrity is built by defeating the temptation to be dishonest; humility grows when we refuse to be prideful; and endurance develops each time you reject the temptation to give up. Every time you defeat a temptation, you become more like Jesus.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Interest Rate Policy – Insight for the Day – 24:02:2015

interestThis year has been declared as “The Year of Open Doors”. If you interview a sample of people as to which areas they are most expectant for the doors to be flung open, it is in the area of finance. An increase in wealth or finance can come through a job promotion or the establishment of a profitable business.

Let us focus on the term profitable business. Profit is normally defined as the excess of income over expenses and is the dream of everyone whether you are a Christian or not. The concept of charging a profit or interest is a fundamental building block of any business and as Christians we need to set the right example.

What level of interest or profit should we charge?

In my opinion, the answer lies in Proverbs 28 v 8 and can be defined as subjective:

He who by charging excessive interest and who by unjust efforts to get gain increases his material possession, gathers it for him [to spend] who is kind and generous to the poor.

An interesting statement, in light of the fact that some companies and businesses go bankrupt!

For the appropriate interest or profit rate policy for our businesses, we need to seek guidance from the God.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

It’s Good to Talk – Insight for the Day – 23:02:2015

talkI can confidently say that nearly everyone in the UK knows the famous British Telecom advert which advises us that “It’s Good to talk”. It may be good to talk, but about what exactly?

Personally, I enjoy talking. In any surrounding, I am quite keen to conjure any type of conversation, from jokes to serious matters, bar one topic – talking about the gospel to unbelievers. I still struggle, due to fear and pride. However, the Bible emphasises the importance of our roles as ambassadors to spread the good news, in 2 Corinthians 5 v 20:

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

This point is reinforced in Matthew 28 v 19 – 20:

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.

In my opinion, we should be advertising the fact that “It’s Good to Talk About Jesus.”

May God give us the grace to overcome fear and pride to talk about Jesus.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015