NEW: Insight for the Day 29:07:15: Hide and Seek

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Discussion Points

  1. Do we monitor our conduct in terms of words, thoughts and deeds in the privacy of our homes?
  2. Do we extend this to life outside the home?
  3. Do we expose private information on the various social media outlets?

Case 29:07:15:

In the film Enemy of the State, Will Smith’s character tried to outrun the CIA, but to no avail. Technology provided the means to capture every word, thought and deed implemented by Mr. Smith. I have been told that providing information on the internet is an open license to others to tour our private lives.

Why are we bothered if we are doing the right thing and have nothing to hide? What we should be bothered about is not being monitored by man, but by God. His technology far outweighs any gadgets employed by the CIA, FBI or any other secret service organization.

In Psalm 139 verses 8 – 12, the Bible makes clear the omnipresent capabilities of our Mighty God;

If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.

The scope of God’s surveillance is wide and penetrates any physical barrier. In conclusion, we ought to remember that famous phrase, ‘You can run, but you can’t hide!’

 

Points to Ponder

  1. We are accountable for every word, thought and deed in our life time
  2. Third parties will judge us based on our thoughts, words and deeds
  3. God is the ultimate judge for our words, thoughts and deeds

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 28:07:15: Handover Procedures

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Discussion Points

  1. Do we care about the fate of our neighbours
  2. Do we create time or are we too busy to witness to our neighbours
  3. Do we invite God into our busy schedules?

Case 28:07:15:

On my way to church last Sunday, I began to ponder as I saw the masses of people veering in different directions to accomplish their tasks for the day.

To believe that some of these people will not go to heaven because they have not accepted Jesus as their personal Saviour became alarmingly worrying. I began to question why our main focus as Christians tends to be our own personal issues, which clutter our minds and act as a major detriment to our witnessing capabilities. The Holy Spirit interrupted my session of ‘deep thought’ by reminding me of a process at work called The Handover Process.

For example, this could involve transferring the responsibility for an IT computer system to the client on completion, thereby allowing you to focus your resources on other projects. In other words, we should release all our personal issues onto our major client – God – and focus on witnessing and sharing the Gospel.

It was amazing how the sermon for that day later confirmed the importance of witnessing. God’s ‘handover procedure’ is highlighted in 1 Peter 5 verse 7:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Hand over all your concerns to God to release the capacity to witness the Gospel, and to reduce the tendency to be focus on self.

 Points to Ponder

  1. To love includes loving and showing concern for our neighbours
  2. Investing our time in loving our neighbours generates the greatest return
  3. God has the capacity to bear all our burdens

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 24:07:15: Freaky Friday

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Discussion Points

  1. Do we find ourselves judging others?
  2. Do we find ourselves criticising others?
  3. Do we find it difficult to express God’s love to others?

Case 24:07:15:

Those of you with children (particularly girls) may have been subjected to watching a film called Freaky Friday. That would have been the case if you have Sky TV and one digibox. It does not matter the number of televisions you own – you can only watch one channel at a time!

The film is about a mother and daughter who exchange identities through an out-of-body experience. As a result, each begins to learn and experience what the other goes through on a daily basis. By the end of the film, the respect they had for each other had grown.

On the way to church yesterday, a man got on the train looking drunk and badly battered. He was in such a state, with bloodshot eyes and rough attire. As I began to think about the film ‘Freaky Friday’ a scary thought emerged, about me and this guy going through the same process! It was at Camden Station that the scary thought was broken, when the man got off the train.

Paul reminds us that if not for the grace of God, we could all easily be that man on the train. This reminder is in 1 Timothy 1 verses 12 – 14:

 

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 

This grace is what enables us to love everyone, regardless of their situation.

 

Points to Ponder

  1. Love Never Fails
  2. Love Conquers All
  3. Nothing should separate us from the love of God

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 23:07:15: Fortune 100 Rich List

rich listDiscussion Points

  1. Does money truly satisfy?
  2. Does money truly solve all problems?
  3. Does money truly give us everlasting peace and safety?

Case 23:07:15:

To be honest, I have been amongst those who have queued up to read the “much awaited” names of the 100 richest people in the world. A secret thought passes through your mind that you will be content with even being No 100 when you consider the amount of wealth on display.

You think that if you could just have 0.0001 % of the wealth of Rich List No 100 – then you are sorted. Mortgage paid off, kids to the best private schools, 10% to the church (and even more!), donation to charities “etcetera, etcetera, etcetera” – if I may borrow the phrase of the King of Saigon in the film “The King and I!

Michael Douglas in the film “Wall Street” advised the business school students that “greed is good” but he should have read what the Bible says about riches in Proverbs 11 v 4 – 5:

“Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death”

In God we must trust and not riches!

 

Points to Ponder

  1. Money may satisfy in the short-term but trust in God for the longer term
  2. Money is a short-term solution to our problems – God is the longer term solution
  3. Some trust in chariots, some trust in horses but our ultimate trust should be in God

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 22:07:15: Fearless

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Discussion Points

  1. Do we fear man more than God?
  2. Is our fear driven by respect or motive?
  3. Do we understand the fear of God

Case 22:07:15:

Reading Psalm 5 this morning kept me pondering over the subject of reverential fear of God. How do we truly have godly respect and fear for the Almighty God? When we look at the way we respect and fear people from the Pastors in our church to world dignitaries like the Presidents, Kings and Queens – why do we sometimes struggle to fear God in an unlimited measure?

Could it be that we truly lack the understanding of godly fear or do we fear people because we are forced to or is it driven by motive? I truly do not know the full answers to these questions but I feel it is a subject that as Christians we need to get to grips with because to fear God is much more than saying with our mouths – “I truly fear God”.

Also when we consider some of our actions when dealing with God comparable to people we often wonder – who is truly God in our lives? In my search for true knowledge, understanding and wisdom on this subject, I took my initial lecture from Proverbs2v1–5:

My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.

 

Points to Ponder

  1. The fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom
  2. Departing from evil is the start of understanding
  3. Only the fear of God can give us wisdom and understanding

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 21:07:15: Fear Factor

fearDiscussion Points

  1. How do we respond to change?
  2. Do we resist or embrace change?
  3. Do we have a plan for managing the changes that occur in our lives?

Case 21:07:15:

At a discussion forum on the topic of Change Management, a participant pointed out that people resist change because of the ‘fear of the unknown’. This phrase is a very interesting one, and one may raise the following question; What exactly are we scared since it is unknown? This raises the need to know to get from the ‘unknown’ to the ‘known‘, so we are not fearful.

Successful companies constantly plan and implement diverse scenario analysis to make provision for possible changes that may occur in the future, to reduce the ‘fear factor’. As a result of this exercise, the companies are equipped with information to reduce the risk of the unknown.

God has also assured us that fear does not come from Him in 2 Timothy 1 verse 7:

He has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and a sound mind.

 

God is not caught unawares. If we are confused or unsure of any situation, let us seek the required information from the Word of God. As that famous Scripture says in John 8 verse 32:

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Points to Ponder

  1. Changes will occur throughout our lifetime
  2. The only constant is God who never changes
  3. Embrace change with the love of God as your support system

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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NEW: Insight for the Day 20:07:15: Exchange and Mart

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Discussion Points

  1. What do we understand by the truth?
  2. Do we speak or compromise with the truth?
  3. Do we speak the truth or dodge the truth under pressure?

 

Case 20:07:15:

Trading by barter primarily involves the exchange of products and/or services. It is normally based on people’s different preferences, as they exchange one item for another that appears to be of more benefit. The success of an effective barter trade can be measured by the degree of satisfaction of both parties.

The Bible gives an example of a barter trade that is not beneficial to the body of Christ in Romans 1 verse 25:

They exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is ever praised; Amen. 

What do we do with the product called the “truth of God” in our daily lives? Do we exchange it for selfish personal beliefs, negative attitudes, pride, unwholesome values and sinful lifestyles, or do we exchange it for righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost?

The exchanges we make in life have to be made in the light of the best standards found in the Word of God. This is what provides satisfaction and contentment.

Points to Ponder

  1. There is only one truth and it is in God
  2. Only the truth in God sets us free
  3. The truth hurts but only for a while. Jesus spoke the truth all the ways to the cross.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

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