NEW: Insight for the Day 26:11:15: Boyz II Men


Discussion Points

  1. What was your experience as a child?
  2. Did you find it difficult transitioning from a child to an adult?
  3. How did the transition impact your words, thoughts and deeds?

Case 26:11:2015

A strict ceremony most Jewish boys have to go through is the bar mitzvah, which marks their passage from being a boy to a man. Different cultures have various ways of celebrating this phase in a boy’s life. In Swaziland, I hear that a lion has to be killed with bare hands to confirm their new status as a man.

Regardless of the details of the ceremony, the passage comes with changes in the way a man conducts his affairs. I hear that during the bar mitzvah, elders give advice on different subjects, ranging from the money management to how to treat others, preparing him for what he will face in future.

The Bible confirms the importance of this phase and what it entails in 1 Corinthians 13 verses 11 – 12:

When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. There is a time in our lives when we need to grow up and move from drinking milk to eating meat. We have the added advantage of having the Holy Spirit with us every step of the way.

Points to Ponder

  1. As children, we tend to rely completely on our parents or those that have been giving authority over us.
  2. A major milestone is our transition from being children to becoming adults which involves a process
  3. As adults, we now take total responsibility for our words, thoughts and deeds

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NEW: Insight for the Day 24:11:15: Arise and Shine


Discussion Points

  1. How would you rate your prayer life?
  2. How would you rate your life of fasting?
  3. How do you feel after praying and fasting?

Case 24:11:2015

As the pastor announces yet another period of prayer and fasting, a couple of sad faces begin to form – including yours truly! The subject is not on the bestselling shelf of my little library!

I know that the LORD encourages that certain things only go out by prayer and fasting, but we need to move to the next level after carrying out such spiritual exercises. Some churches will earn ‘Oscars’ for the amount of prayer and fasting they undertake, but can they truly reflect what is highlighted in 1 Corinthians 4 verse 20?

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

Do not get me wrong, prayer and fasting is good and necessary. But so is acting to reflect that God has already guaranteed the victory. Our daily lives need to reflect God’s power working within us and we must live the kingdom of God, not just talk about it. Praying and fasting is part of the process of achieving this goal.

Points to Ponder

  1. Prayer is the life-line for any Christian in terms of communication with God?
  2. Fasting is a tool used to subdue our carnality so we can get closer to God?
  3. We have been advised that after a period of strengthening through prayer and fasting, we shall rise like eagles 

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NEW: Insight for the Day 23:11:15: Anointed for the New Year

new year

Discussion Points

  1. Did you set goals for the year 2015?
  2. Have you accomplished most of your goals?
  3. Have you started setting goals for 2016?

Case 23:11:2015


Regardless of religion, New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated events throughout the world. It is a time for reflection – depending on your state – as the clock strikes twelve and we hug and kiss each other, thanking God for ushering us into the New Year.

Resolutions are made, only to be broken within the first couple of weeks. Health clubs and gyms are ‘wise as serpents’ as they insert twelve-month minimum membership clauses into joining contracts. They know that the volume of applications increases in January, only for them to get cancellation requests weeks later as the reality of the commitment and dedication required sets in.

As we reflect on the past and coming years, let us remind ourselves of the dedication, commitment and enablement that comes from God alone as we derive our resolutions, mission statements or life statements. Luke 4 verse 18 – 19 gives us the perfect template:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

This template will enable us have something to reflect on at the end of the year. It will give us purpose and meaning as we live, remembering that each day the LORD gives us is a gift, and that we must redeem the time and maximize every moment.

Points to Ponder

  1. Setting goals in line with our purpose gives us direction for the year ahead
  2. Like Jesus, our purpose should be chartered with direction from God
  3. During our reflection time, goals and purpose help us align thoughts with God’s will for our lives

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NEW: Insight for the Day 19:11:15: You forgot my title


Discussion Points

  1. Do you have an assigned title in your line of profession?
  2. How are you addressed at work?
  3. Are you concerned over whether you are addressed with your title or not?

Case 19:11:2015

Bishop, Pastor, Deacon, Director, Engineer, Apostle, Lawyer, and Architect, to name a few, are titles given to individuals based on their profession. From country to country, there are differences in determining whether certain titles are legitimate or self-imposed. The dictionary defines ‘title’ as follows:

A formal appellation attached to the name of a person or family by virtue of office, rank, hereditary privilege, noble birth, or attainment or used as a mark of respect.

Question: Is this the case with most of the titles defined in society; can they be associated with respect?


I leave the answer to you, but will contribute my bit by highlighting that the word “title” is a descriptive word that does not define the character of the individual to which it is attached. The Bible, in Matthew 7 verse 16, gives us an insight into why a title is not sufficient to describe an individual:

“You will fully recognise them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?”

We should focus on developing our character to define who we are, and not lose sleep about whether we are addressed by our titles or not.

Points to Ponder

  1. A ‘title’ does not define who you are.
  2. A ‘title’ does not determine your character.
  3. The only ‘title’ we should strive for is that based on servant leadership.

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NEW: Insight for the Day 18:11:15: Where there’s a will….


Discussion Points

  1. Are you satisfied with your purpose in life?
  2. How do you know your true purpose in life?
  3. What rewards are you expecting from fulfilling your purpose in life?

Case 18:11:2015

We all know the phrase that says, ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way.’ In other words, if we are motivated enough we will find a way to achieve any task. Money, promotion, status, recognition, titles, tangible and intangible rewards are some of the things that incentives us and give us the willpower to accomplish even the most difficult tasks.

In writing about this, I began to think that some of the tasks we accomplish may not necessarily be God’s will for us, despite the reward and recognition that we gain. So, how do we know the will of God?

1 Thessalonians 4 verses 3 – 8 confirms that our starting point is God’s words as laid out in Scripture, concept upon concept and principle upon principle. Rest assured, obedience to the Word of God is the starting point as we seek His perfect will for our lives:

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honourable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

Where there’s God’s will, there is God’s way!

Points to Ponder

  1. A purpose without Christ can not provide any kind of fulfilment
  2. In Christ, we should live, breathe and have our existence
  3. Eternal life is the one of the key rewards guaranteed if we follow Christ

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NEW: Insight for the Day 17:11:15: War College

war college

Discussion Points

  1. Are you currently facing a major challenge or battle?
  2. What actions have you carried out to address the issue at hand?
  3. Who have you contacted for assistance?

Case 17:11:2015

On the 11th January 1879, a 5,000 strong British Army under the leadership of Lord Chelmsford invaded Zululand to keep the region unified under British Rule. If only one had read the scripture to him which highlights that “it is not by might or power but by the spirit says the Lord”. His confidence in the British war machine was so strong that he showed little respect for the fighting qualities of the Zulu. He was known to quote the following:

“If I am called upon to conduct operations against them,’ he wrote in July 1878, ‘I shall strive to be in a position to show them how hopelessly inferior they are to us in fighting power, although’ numerically stronger”.

This dangerous mixture of self-confidence and contempt for their foes infected the whole British force. But their misjudgment came to rebound on them badly as the culmination of Chelmsford’s incompetence was a blood soaked field littered with thousands of corpses. Of the original 1,750 defenders – 1,000 British and 750 black auxiliaries – 1,350 had been killed.

Please note that the Zulu commander did not even attend any of the top-notch “war colleges” yet caused so much havoc that the British public was dumbstruck by the news that, ‘spear-wielding savages’ had defeated the well equipped British Army.

The story above is a reminder that as Christians, the effective weapons that guarantee victory are not flesh and blood but weapons of a more spiritual nature as highlighted in 2 Corinthians 10 v 3 – 6:

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.


Points to Ponder

  1. Jesus advised as that as his followers; we will face persecution
  2. The Lord is our strong tower so we need to run to him for our safety
  3. If the Lord is for us; who can be against us as the victory has already been guaranteed.

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NEW: Insight for the Day 16:11:15: Vision Impossible


Discussion Points

  1. Do you have a vision you would like accomplished
  2. Have you communicated the vision to the key people?
  3. Do the key people understand what is entailed in terms of implementation?

Case 16:11:2015

As a leader, it can be frustrating when those you are leading do not plug into what you believe to be a godly vision.

It is even more disheartening when you are 100% sure, but the main resistance comes from those you believe should understand and run with the vision. I am not suggesting that everyone is supposed to catch the vision, but Acts 7 verses 25 – 29 prompts leaders to remember this advice.

Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’ “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.”

Later in Acts 7 verses 33 – 34, the burning bush experience with God facilitates a greater understanding of the vision that God had for the children of Israel and Moses’ role in leading them out of Egypt.

“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals; the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.

For people to run with a vision, they need to have greater knowledge, understanding and wisdom of it, and of what their roles are.

Points to Ponder

  1. A vision is a divinely inspired picture that God places upon our hearts
  2. A key task is communicating this picture to the key people who will help you along the way
  3. The people have to understand the vision and agree to run with it to be successful

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