NEW: Insight for the Day 20:10:17: Spiritual KPI’s

Discussion Points:

  1. How is your walk with God?
  2. Is it a struggle?
  3. How do you know where you are in terms of spiritual maturity?

Case 20:10:2017

  1. Teaching others than just being taught
  2. Developing depth of understanding rather than struggling with the basics
  3. Self-evaluation rather than self-criticism
  4. Seeking unity rather than promoting disunity
  5. Desiring spiritual challenges rather than disunity
  6. Desiring spiritual challenges rather than desiring entertainment
  7. Careful study and observation rather than opinions and self hearted efforts
  8. Active faith rather than cautious apathy and doubt
  9. Confidence rather than fear
  10. Feelings and experiences evaluated in the light of God’s Word rather than experiences evaluated according to feelings.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Ask God daily for what you need to do for a closer walk
  2. Walking with the Holy Spirit eliminates all struggles
  3. The Holy Spirit reveals to us the areas where we need to improve

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NEW: Insight for the Day 13:10:17: Trust Factor

Discussion Points:

  1. What is your idea of trust?
  2. Would you consider yourself ta trustful person?
  3. Whom is your primary trust in?

Case 13:10:2017

I attended an accountability group meeting and the issue of trust was one of the discussion points. Two participants strongly pointed out that they lost confidence in sharing their issues because the last time they told senior members of their church, they were judged, condemned and their issues were related to the whole church. As a result they left the church, trying to find a church that would relate to them.

They expressed that they felt more confident with this new group because the leader took time to open up himself by expressing ‘truthfully’ what he has been through and the issues he faces daily. The revelation was so deep that when I consider what I have been through, it was minor compared to the leader. Please note I am not trying to belittle anyone’s experience but what this person had been through was deep and scary.

As men we all have issues, whether you are a Pope, Bishop, Pastor, General Overseer or even if you are so anointed with oil that the cup overflows and you fry an egg on it – WE ALL HAVE ISSUES! It is by God’s grace and the blood of Jesus that guarantees us the right standing.

As people we have to begin to trust ourselves and make ourselves accountable to survive the onslaught of the enemy. Remember no man is an island. The Bible confirms the issue of trust, accountability and the burdens we carry in Ephesians 6 v 1 – 5:

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Some may trust in horses, chariots but our primary trust should be in the Lord
  2. The grace to trust others come from God
  3. Trust involves faith and faith comes from hearing God through his Word

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NEW: Insight for the Day 06:10:17: I need you, you, you!

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you feel neglected?
  2. Do you a support network in terms of family and friends?
  3. Who do you turn to in times of need?

Case 06:10:2017

Movie goers amongst you may remember the rendition of the song by Wilson Pickett in the Blues Brothers movie, ‘I need you, you, you. I need you, you, you’. During the Second World War, the famous poster was released of Uncle Sam with the pointed finger, saying, ‘Your country needs you’.

No man is an island, especially when undergoing the Christian walk. Men generally think they can handle anything that comes their way, and we are reluctant to share our thoughts or ‘issues’ with one another. In my opinion, this is a great mistake because after a while the pressure of carrying all the burdens by yourself will get to you and spill out to other areas of your life.

Men need to encourage one another, and the Bible supports this fact in Luke 22 v 31 – 32, where Jesus was advising Peter:

Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthened your brothers.

 Points to Ponder:
  1. We were not created by God in isolation
  2. God mandated that it is not good that man to be alone
  3. Relationships amongst us all brings balance and diversity to our lives

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NEW: Insight for the Day 03:10:17: Just the Two of Us

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you have a mentor?
  2. Do you have a mentee?
  3. How do you improve yourself and others in the aspects of life?

Case 03:10:2017

The above title may lead you to think this is about husband and wife, but that is not the case. It is about promoting unity amongst men in the church. Last year, I attended a Men’s Breakfast Meeting where the speaker gave practical tips on how to nourish good relationships which are beneficial to the men in the body of Christ. The backbone to his message was based on two important facts:

  1. We need relationship with one another to prosper. Men tend to compete against one another.
  2. Relationship with someone else will birth the dream in that person.

For example, in order to improve his golf game, the speaker associated with a man in church whose handicap was of a professional standard – what a bargain, when you consider the cost of golf lessons!

Secondly, to start his business, he associated with businessmen in the church who had a good track record and were prospering.

Thirdly, to improve his spiritual life, he made himself accountable to a spiritual father.

The same principle applies in every aspect of our lives. We all have strength and weaknesses, and by promoting unity in diverse relationships, we improve our strengths by helping others who are weaker, and hedge our weaknesses by associating with people who are stronger.

This is nicely stated in Ecclesiastes 4 v 9 – 10:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.

Let us learn these concepts of unity and relationships by networking amongst ourselves. This we can only achieve by being more transparent with one another.

Points to Ponder:

  1. We were all created to facilitate relationship
  2. Isolation from one another does not help us to grow
  3. The relationship between the Holy Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is the template set before us on the principles of relationships

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NEW: Insight for the Day 02:10:17: School Run

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you find yourself complaining a lot?
  2. Do you take God for granted?
  3. Are you grateful for what God has done in your life?

Case 02:10:2017

The litmus test of your patience and character development takes place between 0700 and 0900, Monday to Friday, as many parents engage in their version of cross-town driving called the ‘school run’.

This process is surely a leveller, as it does not depend on who you are and what you have. As long as your children are under the age which determines whether they go to school on their own, you will be a participant in this journey. It is so demanding that you will rarely find a taxi driver who will engage in this gauntlet, regardless of the amount and strategy of your compensation package.

On the way back from a successful journey, i.e. I actually got there on time; the Holy Spirit queried me on why I was making the school run such a big deal. He pointed out that at least I have children to take on a school run and I should praise and thank God for his kindness and provision. This word touched me right down to my inner soul. I reflected on how we complain about nearly everything: below are a few examples:

You are in a one-room apartment, sharing with others – give thanks, some are homeless; You are driving a 20-year-old car that still works – give thanks, some have to take the bus; You take the bus daily – give thanks, some have to walk to work; You walk to work daily – give thanks, some cannot walk at all. A preacher preaches a message which you consider boring – give thanks, some do not have the liberty to preach or hear the powerful Word of God.

I conclude with a song I was taught in my primary school, which sums up why we need to give thanks to God for whatever situation we find ourselves:

Some have food but cannot eat; Some can eat but have no food, We have food and we can eat, Glory to the provider – Amen.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Giving thanks shows respect and gratitude to the mighty God
  2. In all things we need to be grateful for what we have and where we have
  3. Let us always enter his presence with thanksgiving in our hearts

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NEW: Insight for the Day 29:09:17: Never Gonna Give You Up

Discussion Points:

  1. Are you married?
  2. Are you divorced?
  3. Are you struggling with forgiveness?

Case 29:09:2017

I was watching a TV programme that was emphasising the alarming rate of divorce in the church. Later in the evening, a pastor gave a testimony of his life when he was young. His father was a pastor, and when he was 16 he backslid tremendously. He used drugs, became a womaniser, and did all sort of evil things. He pointed out that his father was not just a pastor but also a prominent figure in the society while he was committing all these atrocities.

However, one day his father came to meet him at the building site where he was working as a contractor, and put his arms around him, gave him some money and said, “I don’t approve of all you are doing, but you are still my son and I love you”. This brought tears to his eyes and he suddenly came to his senses.

The pastor pointed out that his father’s love and the fact that he never gave up on him is what brought him back to Christ. This same principle should be applied to marriages as well. It is the only way that we are going to reduce or eliminate the rate of divorce in Christian marriages. The Bible emphasises this concept of love and never giving up on one another in one of the most famous scriptures on marriage – Ephesians 5 v 25:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Like the father did with his wayward son, husbands and wives should learn to love and never give up on one another, as the blemishes are being removed by the powerful Word of God.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Only God can provide the love required in a marriage relationship
  2. Only God can provide the power to submit in a marriage relationship
  3. Let the Holy Spirit be the only third party in a marriage relationship

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NEW: Insight for the Day 26:09:17: Where have all the Fathers Gone?

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you still have a father?
  2. Are you a father?
  3. How wold you consider your relationship with your father and/or son?

Case 26:09:2017

One of the most widely discussed reasons for the demise of fatherhood is the lack of real fathers in society. Blame is associated with absent fathers, brutal fathers, ungodly fathers etc. A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with someone close to me about his relationship with his father, how he was abandoned when he was young, yet now his father constantly requests funds from him to support him in his old age. He kept on blaming his father for what he terms his misfortunes.

One wonders who his father blames, and where the cycle stops?

It should start with us; we have to understand that the attack on fathers has been a strategy of the enemy for thousands of years. Most fathers went through one thing or another, and how we choose to react is up to us, not our fathers. The cycle of blame should stop, and positive action through the guidance of the Word of God will ensure we make the right choices.

The Bible has guaranteed reconciliation in Malachi 4 v 5 – 6:

See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.

Points to Ponder:

  1. The Almighty God is the perfect template for being a father
  2. We need to seek him for the grace to be good fathers
  3. He has the power to change our hearts to be godly fathers

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