NEW: Insight for the Day 03:04:17: Mission Impossible


Discussion Points:

  1. Have you ever doubted God?
  2. Has your belief system ever been challenged?
  3. Have you ever lost total faith in God?

Case 03:04:2017

 

Breaking News!

  1. Saddam Hussein has declared his ultimate love for Jesus Christ by giving his life in a crusade hosted by Osama Bin Laden;
  2. Tears of Joy as thousands of youths hand over their knives and guns after the demonstration of God’s power on the Grahame Park Estate in Colindale;
  3. Amazing scenes at the Nigeria 2007 elections as the losing parties all lift up hands in unity praying for the new leader;
  4. All Jews unite as they all accept that Jesus Christ was truly the Messiah who was sent to facilitate their salvation.

You think that you heard it all until you get home and your bride-to-be pays you a visit and informs you that she is pregnant. As the Senior Pastor of a thriving church this is surely a wind-up considering she still stays with her parents! Be honest everyone, do you believe that all this can happen? The good news is that this can happen as confirmed by the events described in Luke 1 v 34 – 37:

How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[c] the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

God is the Ultimate – if he says it will come to pass, you can take it to the Bank!

Points to Ponder:

  1. God does not do impossible
  2. His mandate is for us just to believe
  3. God cannot lie; if he says he will there prepare yourself.

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NEW: Insight for the Day 29:03:17: Murder she wrote


Discussion Points:

  1. What type of books do you read?
  2. What is the motive for reading these books?
  3. Do these books transform your character?

Case 29:03:2017

The title above is based on a popular television series in which a novelist continuously assumes the role of private investigator. Books are written to educate and enlighten us on events that go on around us. They can either be based on real-life events, or on fictional occurrences. The Bible, on the other hand, is based on the truth, but there is another dimension to this great book that we need to consider, else we risk classifying it as just a great story book – ‘its power of Jesus’

Even the Sanhedrin understood the impact of this power, and we see them commanding Peter and John in Acts 4 verse 18 not to mention the name of Jesus. This is reinforced in 1 Thessalonians 1 verses 4 – 5, where Paul explains the origin of the gospel to the people:

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. I now understand why Bible knowledge was just a subject in secondary school, and not a sermon! We need the power of the Holy Spirit behind every word that proceeds from this great book.

Points to Ponder:

  1. The Bible is an agent of transformation;
  2. It is a lamp unto our feet and a light upon every path we take;
  3. It is not just a book but a source of power and life.

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NEW: Insight for the Day 28:03:17: Mystic Meg


Discussion Points:

  1. Do you find yourself judging non Christians?
  2. What was the basis of your judgement?
  3. Have you ever made a mistake?

Case 28:03:2017

My judgmental attitude got hold of me as I watched a chat show on Ben TV yesterday. The topic was horoscopes, and viewers could send in their opinions. Someone pointed out that the practice was ungodly, and that only God knows our future. In response, one of the panelists who claimed to be a Christian said there was nothing wrong with it, citing the three wise men as examples of people in the Bible who had used astronomy as a tool in their quest to find where the baby Jesus lay.

On my way to drop my children at school my Counsellor, the Holy Spirit pointed out that the panelist had given her views according to her level of knowledge, and she needed to be exposed to the light that comes from the Word of God. He also reminded me that I would also have been in darkness, but for the grace and light that comes from God. As is His manner, He pointed me to a passage of Scripture in Ephesians 5 verses 8 -14:

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

May the Word of God be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.

Points to Ponder:

  1. God’s mercy and grace is what lifted us out of darkness
  2. We should pray for non-Christians and not condemn them.
  3. Jesus died on the cross for believers and non-believers

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NEW: Insight for the Day 27:03:17: Nothing Just Happens


Discussion Points:

  1. Are you involved in making decisions?
  2. Are your decisions based on a hunch?
  3. Are your decisions based on hearsay or on facts?

Case 27:03:2017

One of the best pieces of advice I received when I joined a consulting firm was from a senior partner. He pointed out that one should never assume anything. In other words, make enquiries and try to find the root causes and solution to a problem, rather than assume you have all the answers. Hence, we see enquiry after enquiry being made after major events to determine the root causes and, in some cases, to satisfy human curiosity.

It is a dangerous concept to assume anything, especially if there is a repeated pattern. If the generations of your family have always been in debt or involved in divorces, for example, there is a reason. You should try to find out the causes and uproot them.There was a repeated pattern in 2 Samuel 21 verse 1; a pattern of repeated famine. In order to find the root cause, David sought the face of the LORD:

During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.”

Nothing just happens, so it is dangerous to assume that we know the root cause of an event or situation. Following on from the advice of my senior partner, never assume, but make enquiries by seeking the face of the LORD God Almighty.

Points to Ponder:

  1. God knows the beginning from the end
  2. Seek information for decision-making from God who has all the information and answers
  3. Ask the Holy Spirit for discernment as you make decisions 

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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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