Love Letter Wadada Wadada – Insight for the Day – 06:05:2015

love letterThis was the title of a best selling hit by Yellow Man. Isn’t it amazing during those dating days when you received a letter from your loved one, how you would read it over and over again.

Some of us would find a special place to sit and read it, and go over every word in sheer delight at the expression of love by your lover. We would treasure the letter and keep it for a long time.

So why do we struggle with reading the Bible over and over and over again?

I have been told that the Bible is a love letter from God expressing his genuine love for us.

We should pray for the grace to find that special place to read this love letter again and again and again.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

What’s Life Got To Do With It – Insight for the Day – 05:05:2015

lifeThe alarm goes off at 5.30 when you are just about to shift gears to another level to enjoy a peaceful journey in a place called Dreamland (as long as it is not a nightmare – when the changing of gear becomes the halting of your brakes).

The snooze button does not really help as it will continue to ring at certain intervals, and then you are forced to wake up. You jump in the shower, dress up and drive to work.

Get to work, perform your duties, leave work and go back home. Eat, play with the kids, jump into bed, sleep, wake up and begin the circle again.

As Solomon asked, “What is the meaning of all this?”

Our life should have purpose and we should live with purpose of mind. All the activities we carry out daily should be done with purpose. Living with purpose is the only way to live. We need to reflect on our daily life and discover what life has got to do with it. The word “It” is what we should discover.

“It” is that one and only thing we should be living for, and that is the glory of God.

There is a phrase in Acts 13 v 36 that exemplifies the fulfilment of purpose in a life:

David served God’s purpose in his generation.

May God give us revelation about our purpose in life. May he reveal our “It”.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Arrested Development – Insight for the Day – 01:05:2015

 

characterI heard once a quote from a Bishop in a men’s conference. He said that when situations come into your life, it is the balance between your feelings and character that will guarantee your victory.

This balance comes due to the fact that we know what the Bible says about certain situations but we do the opposite. When the situation comes, if your feelings supersede your character you are most likely to fail. On the other hand, if your character supersedes your feelings you are most likely to succeed.

For example, I know that as a married man, having an affair with another woman is bad. It is not my feelings that will save me because sometimes my feelings are geared towards her “form, beauty and other things”. It is only my character which is being developed through God’s process that will give me the victory. Hence we need to learn not to falter in times of trouble. When you go to heaven, God is only interested in your character.

Proverbs 24 v 10:

If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength.

Your strength is developed from the character development process, as your feelings will in most cases disappoint.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Selah – Insight for the Day – 30:04:2015

selahSelah in the Bible means, “to pause and calmly think about it”. We all have to make numerous decisions during the course of the week, sometimes under pressure and sometimes under normal conditions.

While on a project, my manager gave me some very valuable advice. “Sleep over every critical decision” to enable you to clear the clutter that has gathered in your mind over a busy day.

The Bible also gives us its perspective from two verses in Proverbs 14 v 8 and 15:

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.

Most choices and decisions cannot be reversed and in most cases we will have to live with the consequences for the rest of our lives.

Our lives are the sum total of our choices and decisions, so we need to take this exercise with utmost care seeking guidance from the original decision-maker for our lives – the Almighty God.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Hedge Funds – Insight for the Day – 29:04:2015

 

hedge fundsHedge Funds are vehicles designed by so-called “financial gurus” to enhance the value of money that people have to invest.

It has also been designed to protect the value of the invested money against any fluctuation by diversifying the funds into different industrial sectors, the theory being if one sector has a bad patch, another sector will compensate.

The recent spates of events from WorldCom to Enron have put this theory to the test as some hedge funds have been wiped off the face of the earth. I am not advocating that people should not invest in Hedge Funds as some are doing very well but in my opinion, our focus should be more on things which are not perishable. It is all about balance.

I came across another scripture which echoes this cry in 1 Peter 1 v 3 – 5:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

It seems the best hedge fund to have is the inheritance (funds) of God, which is kept (hedged) in heaven. The value of the inheritance (funds) does not perish, spoil, fade – or in other words, lose its value.

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Do you know who I am (2) – Insight for the Day – 28:04:2015

do you know 1The post of Pastor, Deacon or Overseer bears a lot of responsibility. This is why an individual has to be anointed by the Holy Spirit. In addition there is a personal responsibility to ensure that character development is top of the agenda.

Some teenagers in Ghana were interviewed on what they would like to be when they grow up. The majority of them said they would like to be Pastors, and further investigation revealed that their motive was mainly monetary.

The whole essence has been lost when money becomes the main motive for doing the work of God.

1 Timothy 3 v 1 – 12 gives us the following guidelines for the right CV for a prospective Pastor:

Must be above reproach, Husband of one wife, Temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospital, Able to be taught, Not given to drunkenness, Not violent but gentle, Not quarrelsome, Not a Lover of Money, Manage his own family well, See that his children obey him with proper respect, Must not be a recent convert, Must have a good reputation, Not pursuing dishonest gains, They must be tested and if there is nothing against them, let them serve.

In the corporate world, this principle is clearly understood. In the company I work for, one of the screening tests for Senior Manager, Directors and Partners involves testing your character. If you are going to lead a multi-million dollar company, you need to have the character to implement the right decisions, as the future of the company depends on the decisions you make on its behalf.

Senior Members of the church also have a responsibility in leading converts to Christ, and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, it can and will be accomplished.

On a final note the question should not be “Do you know who I am?” but “Do you know who I am in Christ?”

 

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Chaos Theory – Insight for the Day – 27:04:2015

chaosGenesis1v 2-3:

The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.

In other words, the earth was in chaos.

The Webster dictionary defines chaos as the confused, unorganised condition or mass of matter before the creation of distinct and orderly forms.

The description above is similar to the state of certain areas in our lives e.g. marriages, finances, careers, ministry, etc. The question is what are we doing about it. The scriptures above point out that the earth was also in a state of chaos and God’s solution was to send the Holy Spirit to hover and brood over the face of chaotic earth.

Once this mission was completed, God said, “Let there be light”. Light represents knowledge, which implies that in order to bring order into chaotic areas, knowledge was essential.

Whatever area is chaotic in your life right now, hover and brood over the situation. This process of what I called research, may take a day, week or months but the important thing is that you have started a process of hovering and brooding. Only then can you apply the light (knowledge) to your findings to facilitate the implementation of order and structure into your life.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015