NEW: Insight for the Day 24:07:17: Do The Right Thing!

Discussion Points:

  1. How do you decide what is right and what is wrong?
  2. Have you ever felt right to eventually find out that you were wrong?
  3. What do you use as your benchmark for doing the right thing?

Case 24:07:2017

It will be terrible to get to heaven to find out that all we thought was right was actually wrong and not in line with God’s overall plan!

How do you know you are doing the right thing?

It is so easy to assume that we are righteous because we go to church, and that every decision we make is correct because it makes sense. Are we still confident when God’s answers and ways do not seem to make sense? In Matthew 1 verses 19 – 21, we see an example where God uses a virgin to bring His Son into the world. In my opinion, Joseph’s reaction was mild compared to what most of us would have done. Thank God for the intervention of the Holy Spirit:

“Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

When the Bible points out that His ways are not our ways, it reinforces the fact that God is sovereign and He decides what is right and wrong. David was a murderer – yet God declared that he was a man after His heart. Tamar was a prostitute – yet she was part of the Jesus’ genealogy. Job was presumably righteous but lost all his wealth and children, only to be restored later as a result of God’s mercy.

We need to ask ourselves how we would have reacted in the scenarios above, and we can safely conclude that God’s ultimate wisdom is required to do the right thing!

Points to Ponder:

  1. There is only one Truth.
  2. That Truth is in Christ
  3. It’s the only truth that totally sets you free

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NEW: Insight for the Day 17:07:17: Everybody make some noise

Discussion Points:

  1. Are you proud of Jesus?
  2. Are you willing to share what Jesus has done in your life?
  3. Do you lack the confidence to share the testimony of Jesus?

Case 17:07:2017

The scene was set; the two convicted men were paraded in front of the mob that consisted of two groups of people. Some were rooting for the first victim, while ‘the others’ were rooting for the second in a rather timid way. The general in charge of declaring judgment knew he had a hard task and was confused, particularly as his wife had warned him not to get involved because of a dream she had the previous night.

In my opinion, because of his status as a general, he had to save face and succumb to the wishes of the people by allowing them to choose who would be set free. ‘Who do you want to be set free?’ echoed the general and to his amazement the loudest cries were for victim one, the Al Capone of this era.

The cries for the second victim was not even heard, even though he was so innocent that the general could not find any reason to execute him. Hence he washed his hands off the matter after giving his judgment.

The Bible highlights the consequences of being ashamed of Jesus in Mark 8 verse 38:

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

How many times are we told to stand up for Jesus and proclaim the gospel with boldness? If we remain silent like ‘the others’ people will not be set free, and will be condemned to a life of misery.

 

Like those who shouted with such boldness that the general had no choice but to free ‘Al Capone’, let us raise our voices and proclaim the name of Jesus to set the captives free.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Jesus has done too much in our lives not to share with others?
  2. He has not given us a spirit of fear but a Spirit of boldness to accomplish all things
  3. Perfect love casts out every element of fear

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NEW: Insight for the Day 011:07:17: Exchange and Mart

Discussion Points:

  1. What is your greatest need?
  2. Who can provide this need?
  3. How far will you go to meet this need?

Case 11:07:2017

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. The truth of God is not a tradable commodity
  2. The truth of God is revelation regarding situations that happen in our life
  3. The truth of God gives us knowledge, understanding and wisdom to address the issues of life

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NEW: Insight for the Day 07:07:17: Fear Factor

Discussion Points:

  1. What is your greatest fear?
  2. Has it occurred? 
  3. What preventive measures have you adopted?

Case 07:07:2017

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 you may ask yourself what they are scared of, considering it is unknown? This raises the issue of how 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. The Word of God has the answers to all the ‘unknown’ and it provides  ‘known’ answers we need regarding every situation.
  2. Stay still and let the Word of God address your situation
  3. The perfect Love of God casts out every fear

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NEW: Insight for the Day 06:07:17: Fearless

Discussion Points:

  1. What is your perception of fear?
  2. Does fear affect the way you relate to situations?
  3. How do you cope with fear?

Case 06:07:2017

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 Proverbs 2v1–5:

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. Is fear really the ‘false evidence appearing real’
  2. The evidence of the Word says that ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and a discipline mindset’
  3. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom

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NEW: Insight for the Day 04:07:17: Fortune 100 Rich List

 

Discussion Points:

  1. Would you like to be a millionaire?
  2. What difference would it make?
  3. Do you think it will draw you closer to God?

Case 04:07:2017

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. Regardless how much we have; God should be our ultimate source
  2. Riches will vanish; but God will remain for ever 
  3. Riches are not the primary credentials required on judgement day

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NEW: Insight for the Day 26:06:17: Freaky Friday

 

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you find yourself judging people?
  2. Do you find your self making critical statements about people?
  3. How do you feel when people are critical and judgmental towards you?

Case 26:06:2017

Those of you with children (particularly girls) may have been subjected to watching a film called Freaky Friday. This would have been the case if you have Sky TV that came with one digi-box! It does not matter how many television sets you have in the house; you are limited to all watching one channel!

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 the kind of life they both  go through on a daily basis. By the end of the film, the respect they had for each other grew to a higher level.

On the way to church yesterday, a man got on the train looking very drunk and totally battered. He was in such a state; blood-shot eyes and a rough attire. I suddenly began to think about the film ‘Freaky Friday’ and a scary thought emerged concerning the man and myself  me going through the same process! It was at Camden Station that the scary thought was broken after the man got off the train.

Paul reminds us that if not for the grace of God, we could all easily have been that man on the train. This reminder can be found 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. If not for the mercy of God; where will we be?
  2. If not for the grace of God; where will we be?
  3. If not for the love of God; where will we be?

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