NEW: Insight for the Day 08:03:17: Pay Day

Discussion Points:

  1. What is your purpose in life?
  2. What legacy do you want to leave behind here on Earth 
  3. What do you want God to say about you on that eventful day?

Case 08:03:2017

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 day.

Points to Ponder:

  1. We live here on Earth for an assigned period and an assigned purpose
  2. God has put eternity in our hearts; so our spirits never die. 
  3. Our spirits will change location on that eventful day; our prayers are that the location will be in God’s presence forever

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NEW: Insight for the Day 07:03:17: Prayer School

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you struggle with prayer?
  2. Do you know the function of prayer?
  3. Have you experienced the result of prayer?

Case 07:03:2017

 

Discipleship Journal published an article highlighting that our prayers as leaders must be strategic. If pointed out that prayer can be of three kinds:

  1. Logistical prayer – We pray logistically when we ask God for the small things: “Lord, help the microphones to work today as I teach.”
  2. Tactical prayer – We pray tactically when we pray for more meaningful things, but still not for the ultimate: “Lord. Help me to say something meaningful today to my people.”
  3. Strategic prayer – We pray strategically when we pray for the ultimate purposes of God: “Lord, may You be glorified today and may You raise up disciples from this meeting.”

We see an example of this observation in 2 Kings 3 v 17 – 18, in Elisha’s response to the people of Israel, Judah and Moab when ran out of water (v 9):

For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD; he will also hand Moab over to you.

Every thing is easy for God to do; we just need to connect to him with the right prayer requests.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Prayer is inviting God into your situation
  2. Prayer is fuel for the angels to manifest God’s promises
  3. Prayer is the most effective tool for warfare against the enemy

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NEW: Insight for the Day 05:03:17: President for Life

presidentyDiscussion Points:

  1. Are you in a leadership position?
  2. Are you willing to step down if required?
  3. How will that make you feel?

Case 05:03:2017

If only the subject of the title could be true. We have seen numerous examples of dictators that assume leadership positions and confer themselves with this title. No position in life is permanent as the world is not a stagnant environment – people must move on to better things. The mark of a great leader is to hand over a favourable position to his incumbent. Your leadership tenure should be for an appointed time and period and not for eternity – not possible physically anyway! The only person that is a true ‘President for Life’ is Jesus Christ as highlighted in Ephesians 1 v 20

Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Leadership is about caring for people
  2. Leadership is about serving people
  3. Leadership is a position and not something for you to keep as a personal item

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NEW: Insight for the Day 03:03:17: Public Opinion Poll

opinionDiscussion Points:

  1. Do you care about people’s view of your image?
  2. Are you a person that likes to please everybody?
  3. Does  the opinion of others affect you?

Case 03:03:2017

It is amazing at the amount of opinion polls that are held today to obtain people’s view on nearly every issue from ‘Should Charles marry Camilla’ to ‘Should the FIFA golden ball trophy be taken away from Zidane’. We have all heard the expression ‘there is always one’ – in other words there will always be an awkward, difficult, negative person that you have to work with on a team. I have recently joined a new project and straight away the ‘public opinion poll’ machinery went into action as they began to give me their opinions about a particular member of the team.

Later in the day, I began to ponder on their comments and asked myself why the statement – ‘there is always one’ can’t mean someone who is not ready to compromise a ‘status quo’ of holiness, godliness, moral standing and a positive character trait. One thing is certain in life – you can not satisfy all of the people all of the time.

So what do we do? – The answer is simple as highlighted in John 3 v 16 – focus on what God thinks about his children. It is his opinion that counts and not that of “people”.

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”

People’s opinions are like a wave that goes up and down – remember what they said about Jesus! One day they shouted “Son of David” and the next they shouted “Crucify Him”

Points to Ponder:

  1. We were all created in the image of Christ
  2. The Lord said that we are fearfully and wonderfully made
  3. We are the apple of God’s hence precious in his sight

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NEW: Insight for the Day 02:03:17: Insider Information

insiderDiscussion Points:

  1. Do you use the internet to source information
  2. Are you overwhelmed at the amount of information that exists
  3. How do you differentiate between the truth and lies

Case 02:03:2017

During the Falkland war, it was suggested that the Americans assisted the British Troops with a lot of intelligence which outlined the strategic positioning of the Argentine fleet. This was achieved through the aid of their Global Positioning Satellites a.k.a. GPS

This technology which was barely available years ago can be downloaded via the click of the button on the internet and the software integrated into a Personal Digital Assistance (P.D.A). I particular like the word “Personal’ because it can be aligned with the words intimacy, care and friendliness.

This was what the American were to the British as the competitive advantage provided via the GPS ensured that the initial “fighter plan re-fuelling” disadvantages the British troops had because of the long distance from the UK to the island was eliminated. The revelation of enemy location facilitated effective decision-making and the effective mobilisation of British troops.

The advantages of ‘inside revelation‘ a.k.a. revelation is highlighted in Amos 3 v 7:

“Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets”

A relationship with God will ensure that the right co-ordinates are keyed into your personal G.P.S for effective decision-making and action.

Points to Ponder:

  1. The Lord does not hide things from the righteous
  2. He is always steps ahead of us so he knows all that needs to be known
  3. A relationship with the Holy Spirit gives you all the information that you need

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NEW: Insight for the Day 01:03:17: Revelation T.V

revelationDiscussion Points:

  1. Have you ever made bad decisions?
  2. Did you seek counsel before the decision was made?
  3. What were the consequences of the decision made?

Case 01:03:2017

You get in the car and punch the co-ordinates of your journey into the GPS navigator. One of the options on the menu gives you the ability to choose from the fastest or shortest routes, and also warns of impending road blocks, accidents, and road works. God has His own guiding system in the form of the Holy Spirit and angels, and sometimes, through dreams. Evidence of its use is seen in Matthew 2 verses 12 – 15:

And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

As we know from that famous Scripture, He is our Shepherd, and will lead us through the valley of the shadow of death. His rod and staff will comfort us. Goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives. God is that good Shepherd, so anytime we want guidance – just key the co-ordinates into God and His guidance system will kick into operation.

Points to Ponder:

  1. God advocates asking Him for Wisdom
  2. He gives us unlimited source of freedom liberally
  3. The fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom

 

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NEW: Insight for the Day 28:02:17: Security Council

security-councilDiscussion Points:

  1. Is the world a safer place to dwell in?
  2. What are the key threats to our safety?
  3. Who do we rely on for our safety?

Case 28:02:2017

The security council of the United Nation is made up of the 5 most powerful nations in the world, namely,  United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom. You would have thought that with these countries on board – evil will cease to spread it’s tentacles of violence, destruction and terror on a global basis.

This is not the case as countries are taking personal measures to ensure that they are insulated from the potential dangers that can arise. Countries are even ignoring the advice of the UN Security Councils as we can see ‘veto power’ being used to overrule decisions made by the UN.

In the early 2006, Israel made a pre-emptive strike on Lebanon despite UN advice. The reason for what some may term a blatant disregard for authority can be linked to Israel’s motive for war – Israel are fighting for their survival as a nation while other nations may be fighting for ‘other precious commodities’.

In Psalm 91, we are advised of the most powerful Security Council that guarantees our survival for a very long time. Below is a subset of the security that you will receive:

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked

So let us shore up our defenses by dwelling in the secret place of the Most High

Points to Ponder:

  1. The Lord advocates that he is our Shepherd and he will guide us through the valley of shadow and death
  2. He decrees that no weapons formed against us will prosper
  3. He is our light and salvation of whom shall we fear

 

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