NEW: Insight for the Day 16:01:17: Empty Barrel

emptyDiscussion Points

  1. Have you ever attended a meeting unprepared?
  2. In the meeting; did you keep quiet or give the wrong answers?
  3. How did this make you feel?

Case 16:01:2017

At work a few years ago, there was a period when I could not get myself assigned a project. When one finally came along, I had to leverage some knowledge from a senior manager to prepare for the role. To appear suitable for the job, instead of making clear that I was deficient in a particular subject, I gave a round of inaccurate answers thinking he would not notice the difference – WRONG!

In a polite and professional way, he pointed out that one of the things he disliked most was people trying to give a false impression of what they know. He pointed out that he would have preferred it if I had admitted my ignorance, so he could assist me in my area of weakness.

That lesson sticks in my mind to this day. We sometimes think we have managed to talk our way out of situations, just because people do not say anything. Rather than give excuses to make ourselves look good, we need to humble ourselves and ask what we can do to improve the situation, as highlighted in Luke 3 verses 7 – 14:

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” Tax collectors also came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely – be content with your pay.”

Points to Ponder 

  1. Silence is Golden because often the best choice is to keep quiet?
  2. In the long run; only the truth makes us free and adds godly value?
  3. We are advice in the time of chaos; not to sin and lay still and ponder the situations on our beds

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NEW: Insight for the Day 12:01:17: Error Log

errorDiscussion Points

  1. Have you ever been falsely accused?
  2. How did you respond?
  3. Was there any element of truth in the accusation?

Case 12:01:2017

Majority of projects compile what is called an ‘Error Log’ during the testing phase as a mechanism to monitor the performance of the system during the implementation phase. The log monitors the behaviour of the system under various tests so that decisions can be carried out on potential adjustments that are discovered during the different scenarios.

In Daniel 6 v 3 – 5, we see the attempt of the governors and satraps of Babylon to compile a type of “error log” against Daniel to undermine him in the presence of King Darius.

“Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”

We are advised that the enemy prowls like a lion every single day in his role to find fault in us but praise be to God that we are under no condemnation because of the blood of Jesus. Like Daniel, let us live a faithful life in the strength of Jesus Christ so that an ‘error log’ is not compiled and used against us.

Points to Ponder 

  1. In the long-term, the truth will always prevail
  2. The truth can not be suppressed
  3. Trust in God and he will always have you under his wing of protection

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NEW: Insight for the Day 11:01:17: Fancy Dress

fancyDiscussion Points

  1. Do you spend time dressing up to attend events?
  2. As a result, did it cause you to arrive late?
  3. How did it make you feel?

Case 11:01:2017

Every parent knows that look on their children as they give you the invitation to yet another ‘party of the year’. As far as children are concerned, every party they are invited to is important and the logistics behind them must be adhered to with military precision.

When it comes to a fancy dress party, the logistical arrangement is of a different kind as you assume the role of an apprentice mini cab driver scouting the streets of London for the ‘right’ costume. Based on experience you also pray that no one else wears the same costume at the party or else…… Let me put it in a humorous way – ‘Carry some additional clothing’!

The importance of putting on the ‘right’ costume or dress for the ‘right’ occasion cannot be more overemphasized than in Ephesians 6 v 13 – 18 where we are advised that these elements of clothing have to be worn at all times:

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Out of interest, this is not a fancy dress but a ‘survival dress’.

Points to Ponder 

  1. ‘The armour of God’ is the most important ‘dress’ we should put on daily
  2. ‘Designer clothes’ can not save us from the onslaught of the enemy
  3. Shakespeare may have implied ‘the clothes makes the man’ but the Bible advocates ‘the armour of God’ saves the man.

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NEW: Insight for the Day 10:01:17: Football “FOCUS’

focusDiscussion Points

  1. Do you find yourself procrastinating?
  2. Do you find it hard to concentrate?
  3. How do you currently handle distractions?

Case 10:01:2017

Walking with God can be very interesting and confusing sometimes, the Word of God in many forms advocates that we need to worship God with all our body, soul and mind – in other words ‘Total Focus’. This can only be achieved by the grace of God as distractions will always present an obstacle in achieving this state of mind. Interestingly enough, the dictionary defines distraction as the following:

“that which distracts, divides the attention, prevents concentration”.

Prepare your heart for this scenario:

You are 100% sure that God has told you to be under the tutelage of a leader. The leader and his leadership team do not show any sign of support. This is rather confusing because you are thinking – but God you told me to be under his leadership and I am not getting any support but resistance – What do you do?

A similar scenario was presented in 2 Kings 2 v 2 – 5 where on three occasions the focus of Elisha kept him on track to become the successor of Elijah.

The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today? Yes, I know,” he replied, but do not speak of it. Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the LORD has sent me to the Jordan. And he replied, As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.

As the words of a famous advert advocates “Just Believe.”

Surely good things will come to those who wait.

Points to Ponder 

  1. Focus primarily on Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of our faith
  2. Through the Holy Spirit, he will provide the grace to focus
  3. God will always confirm his purpose in a multiple of ways so ‘Just Believe’

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NEW: Insight for the Day 09:01:17: French Cuisine

fastDiscussion Points

  1. Have you ever fasted?
  2. What did you fast from?
  3. Did you find it a struggle?

Case 09:01:2017

When I was in the University, there were times when we reverted to a system of eating called 100, 010 or 001. This means that you had food only once a day either during breakfast, lunch or dinner. This system was sometimes adopted not out of choice but necessity due to lack of funds.

This reminiscent was brought about by my trying to understand why I struggled in the discipline of fasting. The Holy Spirit brought to my attention that I needed to understand the motive behind fasting. The system in the University which in a way can be compared to a “partial fast” was adhered to because of the lack of funds. I need to ask myself – “Is not this the fast that I have chosen” – in other words – “What is the motive behind the fast”.

These were comforting words as I began my research into the motives behind fasting and digested the case study in Matthew 17 v 19 – 21:

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Other motives that can be attributed to the discipline of fasting are:

  1. Demonstrate the mastery of man over appetite – which led to the downfall of man in the Garden of Eden;
  2. Humbles the soul before God;
  3. Crucifies the appetite so as to give entire time to prayer;
  4. Prayer needs fasting for its development and growth;
  5. Facilitates the demonstration of power over demons.

Points to Ponder 

  1. It is important to have a godly motive for fasting
  2. A lack of motive results is the conduction of a diet or hunger strike
  3. A true godly fast can be achieved in the power of the Holy Spirit

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NEW: Insight for the Day 06:01:17: Greater is He

rageDiscussion Points

  1. Have you ever felt hatred towards anyone?
  2. What was the impact on your feelings?
  3. What do you think was the impact on the third-party?

Case 05:01:2017

  • You are taking the children to school and suddenly, another driver cuts in front of you, and your thoughts towards him are certainly not of love, goodness or kindness!
  • In a discussion with your wife she suddenly says something which, in your mind, means that the sun and moon will definitely go down and rise again before you settle that argument!
  • You drive past a young girl still in secondary school, who is smoking away, oblivious to the effect on the ozone layer. You begin to wish that her parents were in the same room with you, forgetting that at some point in the past you were in her position, possibly smoking something much stronger.

 

If we are created in God’s image, why do we still experience rebellion, rage, hatred and other negative emotions? As I was still trying to get over the brother who did a ‘Michael Schumacher F1’ move on me, I began to ponder – surely we are not created to have these feelings towards one another?

My train of thought was politely interrupted by the Holy Spirit, who pointed me in the direction of 1 John 4 verse 4:

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

The reason why we get these feelings is because our spirit – which is greater – needs to come to the surface so we can act accordingly. Our spirit needs to conquer our fleshy feelings. Fasting helps in this regard, since it kills the flesh and feeds our spirit, coupled with the renewal of our minds with the Word of God.

Points to Ponder 

  1. Jesus advocates that forgiveness releases you and makes you free
  2. By love is how the world will know that we are of christ
  3. Love conquers all and never fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 05:01:17: Guess What?

guessDiscussion Points

  1. Have your ever made a wrong decision?
  2. What were the consequences?
  3. How did you rectify the situation?

Case 05:01:2017

One thing certain in life is that we have to make decisions on a daily basis. We are presented daily with information from various sources, and the decisions we make based on this information can have both short and long-term consequences. Irrational and emotional reactions to information can be detrimental, especially if we do not validate its source, accuracy and authenticity.

  • How many times have we reacted to situations without getting the whole picture? Mrs. A was supposed to have said something about Mrs. B, as narrated by Mrs. C. Mrs. B gets all emotional and responds negatively to Mrs. A without confirming the validity of the claim.
  • Company A begins construction of a building without approval and confirmation of the scope from its stakeholders, on the assumption that ‘we always get confirmation and approval’ from this company.

Basing your decisions on hearsay is a dangerous concept and should be discouraged. The Bible gives us some sound advice in Proverbs 18 verses 15 and 17:

 

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out. The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.

Points to Ponder 

  1. Seek God for the information to discern any situation
  2. Be quick to listen and slow to give a response
  3. Learn to ‘ponder’ before responding like Mary did when she was informed that she was carrying a child out-of-wedlock

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