Noise Pollution – Insight for the Day – 21:05:2015

noiseThe impact of noise can be seen from the amount of complaints made by residents living in the vicinity of the major airports. Heathrow Airport in London has been subjected to its fair share of resident complaints over the years.

If we make reference to the dictionary, it gives us a definition which relates to why these residents are making such a big shout about noise:

  1. Electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
  2. Incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks.

In the corporate world, the impact of noise can explain why senior executives go away to remote venues to plan and strategize on the way forward for the organisation. They have understood that to make critical decisions, “irrelevant information or meaningless facts” cannot be tolerated or they will not survive in the “jungle world” of business.

In Luke 1 v 80, we see John being led into the wilderness where he dwelt until he was ready to appear publicly to Israel to carry out his pre-destined assignment.

And the spirit grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

Noise is a detriment to making quality and effective decisions that will impact our lives. Taking time out to eliminate noise should form part of our daily living to ensure that we make quality and effective decisions. The only sounds we want to hear during these times are the wise words of the Holy Spirit.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Antique RoadShow – Insight for the Day – 20:05:2015

 

antiqueAn interesting comment on one of the antique programs got me thinking about how we perceive others and ourselves.

In this particular episode, the host was addressing the concerns of a speculator on how some items were under-valued by the valuation experts.

One speculator believed his items were worth more than what was quoted on the show. This episode highlights the danger of deriving our self-worth from other people.

As humans, we are sometimes quick to judge and assess others and these views are always subject to changes because of our nature. Just like the speculator refused to accept the valuation of others, we too should only accept the worth and value that God places on us. For example:

  1. God says that we are wonderfully and fearfully made
  2. We are the head and not the tail
  3. We have been set free by the blood of the lamb and as a result we are made righteous by the standard
  4. For nothing is impossible with God.
Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

The Power of Prayer – Insight for the Day – 19:05:2015

prayerWith all the troubles going on in the world, it is so easy to pass judgement on our leaders. Rather than criticise David Cameron and Barack Obama, it would be of more value to pray for God to surround them with godly counsel. Remember the heart of man is with God, he directs it like a channel of river.

The Bible encourages us to pray for our leaders in 1 Timothy 2 v 1 – 4:

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

The Perfect Plan – Insight for the Day – 18:05:2015

perfect planMen: we all propose to act right, speak right and have nice thoughts. We get in the car or on the train on our journey to work or business. We begin to hum, sing or whistle songs of praise until – “Wham!”. Someone cuts you up in traffic; someone pushes you out of the way to get on a crowded train.

You finally calm down and make your way to work and – “Wham!” A Jennifer Lopez look-alike walks by your desk and asks for direction to the canteen, and the urge to go beyond just describing the route and accompany her there is lurking in the recesses of your mind. Something in you says, “Go for it”, but something else says “Flee”. You cave in and take her to the canteen, and for the next couple of hours you are not thinking figures derived from Profit and Loss and Balance sheets, but figures of a different kind.

You get over this and it’s time to go home, everything is going fine until you turn the key in the lock of your house and – “Wham!” Bills, wife, children etc, throw you into another bout of pressure.

The perfect plan was to act right, speak right and have nice thoughts but

this does not always happen. It is all part of the character development program developing our ability to act right, speak right and think right. The Bible gives us an insight into our desire to implement The Perfect Plan in Romans 7 v 14 – 20.

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not wan to do–this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

Thank God for his grace as expressed in v 24 – 25:

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Decree 419 – Insight for the Day – 15:05:2015

419The numbers above are associated with a scam perpetuated on the shores of Africa. Some years ago, the three numbers were assigned a travel visa to other destinations abroad, as people all over the world became subjected to the vast array of scams in the crime portfolio of these numbers.
I have had a few of the infamous “419” letters sent to me, and I am surprised and utterly amazed at the ease at which one can identify that they are fraudulent:

So why do people still fall for the scams considering the obvious format and structure of these letters?

Last year a scheme infiltrated the church body which was a mirror of the pyramid money-making scheme that was implemented in Russia, where the initial contributors are the main benefactors and those who join later bear the majority of the risk. One break in the chain caused the whole pyramid structure to crash.

If church members were told to donate the same amounts that were requested from the two schemes mentioned above, I can assure you that it would not be done with “the thirty two molars and premolars” in view, and serious questions would be asked.

Why are questions not asked over schemes which guarantee you quick riches?

In Proverbs 13 v 11, we find some advice on the negative results of getting involved in “get rich quick” schemes, and in being greedy:

Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Most good financial advisors recognise this principle, as they advocate the policy called “Pay yourself First”, where you pay yourself 10% of your income on a regular basis as a saving vehicle which accrues over a long period.

Shalom – Love Never Fails

©Insight for the Day 2015

Chaos Theory – Insight for the Day – 14:05:2015

chaos

Genesis 1v 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

Chaos Theory – Insight for the Day – 14:05:2015

chaos

Genesis 1v 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