NEW: Insight for the Day 02:12:16: Shining Example

exampleDiscussion Points

  1. Are you a mentor to anyone?
  2. Are you a mentee to anyone?
  3. What are the negatives and positives in regards both relationships

Case 02:12:2016

There is a saying that goes ‘First Impressions go a long way‘. As Christians either at home or in the marketplace, we shall always be under the microscope. The most effective way to bring people to Christ is through our character. What we do and say are important lamp posts that will lead people to Christ.

In Philippians 2 verses 14 – 16, we are advised on how to be effective lamp posts that shine to the glory of God:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour for nothing.

One of the ways effective communication is carried out is through observation. As we communicate to the world, let our actions speak louder than our words.

Points to Ponder 

  1. We were all created in the image of Christ
  2. The Holy Spirit is our spiritual mentor that keeps us on track
  3. By his power; our words, thoughts and deeds will reflect his image

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NEW: Insight for the Day 01:12:16: Solution Provider

solutionDiscussion Points

  1. Have your ever complained bitterly before?
  2. What was the outcome of the complaint?
  3. On hindsight; could you have handled it in a better manner?

Case 01:12:2016

After one of those days where you complain about everything and pray that the sun, moon and stars will quickly come down so you can move into the next day – I settled down to pray. The Holy Spirit who has never let me down advised me of the following prayer:

“Train my lips to speak solutions and not problems”

As we know complaining does not achieve results unless you have a proposed solution. I remember one advice given to me by a Partner of the consulting firm I used to work in – “Always have a proposed solution to discuss when you bring the problem”.

The beauty of this suggestion which we sometimes fail to realise is that the solution does not have to come from you, hence the whole notion of the concept called ‘Research’

We are also advised in Proverbs 8 v 6 – 10 on the role of our lips in providing godly solutions and not ‘problems’!

Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;

Points to Ponder 

  1. Complaining keeps you stranded like the Children of Israel
  2. Crying out to God keeps you moving towards your solution
  3. God will always make a way when there seems to be no way

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NEW: Insight for the Day 30:11:16: Specs Savers

specs-saversDiscussion Points

  1. Have you ever made decisions with incomplete information?
  2. Was the outcome negative or positive?
  3. Would the outcome have been different if you had more information?

Case 30:11:2016

The LORD has been speaking to me a lot about perception, and how you see things to gain a greater advantage. In a book titled ‘How to make it in business without losing your life’ by Rob Parsons, he talks about Wayne Gresky, the greatest ice hockey player of all time.

A sports psychologist pointed out that he differs from other great players because he has 40 – 40 vision compared to other players, who have 25-25. In other words, he sees things other players do not see on the ice rink, which enables him negotiate outstanding moves and plays during matches.

What do you see and how do you see perceive things in life? The importance of having clear vision and perspective is seen in the beginning, in Genesis 1 verses 2 – 5:

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.

Light was needed to be able to grasp perspective and vision of the chaos that was on the earth at that stage. The LORD has been speaking to me a lot about perception, and how you see things to gain a greater advantage. Looking at things from a different angle – like Wayne Gresky – will enable you excel in all aspects of life because of your wider outlook on issues. It will also give you greater scope to make important decisions.

Points to Ponder 

  1. The Word of God is a light unto every path we take
  2. Seek God for the wisdom you need to make decisions
  3. God’s supply of information is unlimited

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NEW: Insight for the Day 29:11:16: Step by Step

stepDiscussion Points

  1. Is your life currently at a standstill?
  2. What steps are you going to take to move forward?
  3. How do you know you are taking the right steps?

Case 29:11:2016

There is a famous quote that says, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ The world has changed quite a lot over the last decade. There seem to be more tasks to carry out, which has led to the proliferation of Personal Digital Assistants (or PDAs) as we try to cram many tasks into a single day. The time management industry makes millions as they advise us on how to organise our lives to achieve maximum benefit.

In my opinion, the issue lies around the concept of short-term as opposed to long-term. We now live in a ‘microwave’ society that wants everything to have been done yesterday! Focusing on what really matters and taking the right steps to achieve it will eliminate a lot of clutter from our lives, and enable us complete the God-ordained tasks that have been assigned to us before the foundations of time.

How do we know the right steps to take? One answer lies in Jeremiah 10 verses 23 – 24:

I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice – not in your anger, less you reduce me to nothing.

Let us ask God to direct our steps and He will do so through the Holy Spirit, who has been appointed to be our Advisor and Counsellor and will provide a step by step solution.

Points to Ponder 

  1. All our steps are ordered by God
  2. Commit all your decisions unto the Lord
  3. God will provide the wisdom to negotiate each step

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NEW: Insight for the Day 28:11:16: The ’80/20′ Rule

8020Discussion Points

  1. Are you satisfied with the life you have?
  2. What would you say is missing in your life?
  3. Who have you approached to meet this need?

Case 28:11:2016

I woke up today in one of those moods where you wish everything was in a certain way.

• I wish my wife was this or that;
• I wish the children were this or that;
• I wish my boss was this or that;
• I wish the church would do this or that;
• I wish I could afford this or that;
• I wish I could eat now;
• I wish the house was big, small, large, tidy etc

So much wishful thinking that it took watching a church service conducted by the  The Potters House to snap me out of this ‘pity party’; truly a word at the right time. In this edition the speaker pointed out that in most cases – if we are true to ourselves – you will only achieve 80% satisfaction of what you really desire. The only one that can give you 100% is God and so we should seek him for everything.

 

He gave an example of wives always complaining about the 20% of what their husbands are not and forget to appreciate the remaining 80%. He further went on to point out that we should appreciate the 80% of all what we have and stop spending our energies trying to achieve the 20% to the detriment of losing the whole 100%. Some men leave their wives in search of the 20% and when they achieve the 20% elsewhere, they suddenly realise that they have the 20% but have lost the 80% they had earlier. A bit confusing – all these numbers but in reality that is the case. We should learn to appreciate what we have and God in his infinite wisdom will provide the rest.

Points to Ponder 

  1. Only God can give us 100%
  2. In God we truly live, breathe and have our existence
  3. Trust in Him and all your needs will be met

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NEW: Insight for the Day 24:11:16: The ‘A’ List

listDiscussion Points

  1. Are you a member of any club?
  2. Is it a general or exclusive club?
  3. What makes it unique?

Case 24:11:2016

The dream of every aspiring actor and actress in Hollywood is to be named as part of the  ‘A’ List. A name on this list regardless of what number you are guarantees you a 6 figure income and access to the ‘influential’ parties that will make or break your career. Staying on this list involves talking to the right people; attending the right award ceremonies; attending the right parties; acting in the right movies; and finally not offending the Hollywood movie moguls.

I do not know whether I would want to be on this list with so much ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. There is a list though that I would definitely want to be on which guarantees me everlasting life as highlighted in Revelation 22 v 14 – 15:

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”

So the choice is up to us as to which list we would prefer, the ‘list of death’ or the ‘list of life’. I pray that God enables us to make the right decision.

Points to Ponder 

  1. Jesus Christ invites everyone to receive salvation
  2. Knock and he will open the door; Seek and you will find him
  3. The most important list to be on is the ‘List of Jesus Christ’ 

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NEW: Insight for the Day 23:11:16: The Chosen One

chosenDiscussion Points

  1. Are you a good judge of character?
  2. What criteria do you use for your assessment?
  3. Has your judgement been totally wrong?

Case 23:11:2016

In yesterday’s tip we addressed the danger of incorrectly assessing a person’s character before we ask for and get divine insight from God.

During one of our conferences a speaker pointed out that rather than criticize Osama bin Laden we should pray that he accepts Christ, as the impact on his followers would be massive. If he gave his life to God, the number of souls that would potentially be saved cannot be underestimated.

 

The example that comes to mind can be seen in Acts 9 verses 13 – 16, where God highlights His methodology for appointing people to carry out his assignments, and confirms yet again that His ways are not ours in the assessment of man’s character:

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Ananias was relying on man’s report for his assessment, rather than the LORD’s. Whose report should you believe?

Points to Ponder 

  1. One’s character is determined within and not externally
  2. Only by discernment from God can one truly judge one’s character
  3. God has unlimited to assess while we have limited 

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