NEW: Insight for the Day 12:09:17: Solid as a Rock

Discussion Points:

  1. Have you ever been under severe pressure?
  2. What was your initial response?
  3. Who did your turn to for assistance?

Case 12:09:2017

A man must set his life upon a solid and firm be to withstand external pressure from society. Psalm 15 gives us some pointers on how to achieve a solid foundation in Christ.

  • Blameless walk
  • Righteous living
  • Speaks truth from the heart
  • No slander on the tongue
  • Does neighbour no wrong
  • Casts no slur on fellow-man
  • Despises a vile man
  • Honours those who fear the Lord
  • Keeps his oath even when it hurts
  • Lends his money without usury
  • Does not accept bribe against the innocent

The final words of this scripture guarantee that:

He who does these things will never be shaken.

Points to Ponder:

  1. The Lord is a strong tower
  2. The righteous run into him and are saved
  3. In his presence is peace and stability

©Insight for the Day 2017

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NEW: Insight for the Day 08:09:17: Spiritual Advantage

Discussion Points:

  1. Are you a Christian?
  2. Are your key stakeholders Christians?
  3. What would you say sets you apart from them?

Case 08:09:2017

One of the main objectives of successful organizations is to gain a competitive advantage over its competitors. In other words, what is that one or many things that sets your organization apart from the rest to make it appealing. What is the difference in your products or services that attracts people to purchase what you have to offer.

One day as I drove to work, I began to ponder on what sets us apart as Christians considering majority of the work we should be doing is being accomplished by non-Christians. Below is a list of some of these activities as highlighted in Matthew 25 v 35 – 39:

Feed the hungry; Accommodate the homeless; Visit those in Prison; Donate clothes to the naked; Protect the oppressed.

If the world is doing all these chores, what is that one thing that sets us apart from the world? In my opinion – that one thing can be seen in Matthew 7 v 21:

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

By obeying God’s will, we gain insight and a spiritual advantage into the things that will make the world amazed at us as can be seen later in Matthew 7 v 28 – 29:

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Points to Ponder:

  1. By the way we love people is how we will be identified with Christ
  2. By the giftings and fruits of the Holy Spirit can we exhibit the love of Christ
  3. That advantage we have over others is through the manifestation of the goodness of Christ on those around us

©Insight for the Day 2017

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NEW: Insight for the Day 04:09:17: Heads or Tails

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
  2. Do you believe in heaven and hell?
  3. Do you know what happens when we die?

Case 04:09:2017

I had a period of deep pondering over the facts of life. I heard the story of an 11-year-old girl who had led a plumber to Christ by asking him the question, “When you die, are you going to heaven or hell?” He responded by saying he did not really know. This was the cue for the girl, as she explained the difference between heaven and hell and led him to Christ.

It is so easy to underestimate the influence of children in our lives, but the story about this 11-year-old, and Jesus’ own attitude towards children in Matthew 19 v 13 – 14, confirm the need to respect their opinions and not under-estimate what we can learn from them.

Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

Children have a rare boldness which we can learn from and adopt when it comes to witnessing for Christ. In our relationship with our children, let us raise them to know the awesome power of God and let us not under-estimate how much we feel they know about God.

As the little girl implied from her response, the final destination for humans is heaven or hell. Let us pray for the boldness and simplicity of children in our witnessing, to save our loved ones from going to the wrong destination.

Points to Ponder:

  1. There is a heaven where God resides
  2. Jesus Christ is the only way to the Almighty God
  3. Seek the power of the Holy Spirit to reconcile unto God

©Insight for the Day 2017

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NEW: Insight for the Day 30:08:17: Free at Last; Free at Last

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you struggle with temptation?
  2. Do you hide or admit it is an issue?
  3. How do you deal with temptation?

Case 30:08:2017

For those of you who are not too spiritual to go to the movies, you may remember a crucial scene in ‘A Few Good Men’ starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Here’s a quote from the scene:

Colonel Jessep: You want answers?
Lieutenant Kaffee: I think I’m entitled.
Colonel Jessep: YOU WANT ANSWERS?
Lieutenant Kaffee: I WANT THE TRUTH!
Colonel Jessep: YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

What is the truth? The Bible says in John 8 v 32:
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The outcome of the film demonstrates this, as Colonel Jessep did not know the truth, and he was sent to military jail. As Christians, we have to put off the facade and be honest about issues we are facing in our lives. I am not talking about struggles like no job, no money, which are transparent, in that everyone can see them. I am referring to issues with which we struggle internally on a daily basis.

I once attended a men’s fellowship where a Pastor confessed he used to snort cocaine before every service. How he used to pray and plead with God to help him find a lost vial of cocaine he had thrown away. How many people would even mention that they have prayed to God to do something they should not be doing? He was truthful to himself, and God set him free.

The internal struggles that no one sees are the hardest to be delivered from. The fact that you go to a deliverance service does not mean you have been set free instantly. If you liked pizza before you were saved or attended a deliverance service, you will surely carry on liking it after you are saved or delivered.

Let me be real here. As a man, the truth is you may walk into an office and see an attractive lady and – ‘Wow!’ Something in you says you should go and talk to her; something else says no, and you maybe start praying in defensive tongues. The question is: what are you praying about? The lady may be a Christian that God has sent to you, or she may be someone that God wants you to minister to, and not to avoid at all costs.

The fact is that the lady is ‘wow!’, beautiful, well-built and everything you can think of. The truth is you get on your knees and tell God you are attracted to her, and you need His help to break any root that would cause any unholy relationship to occur. This is deliverance, and once delivered you can go on to either minister to her, or to other lady with the ‘wham!’ appeal without any danger. The reason is that you have addressed the root cause of the situation going on in your life.

My prayer is that when we are told, ‘I want the truth‘,we are able to speak the truth, and it will set us free.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Only the truth of God can set us free
  2. Only the power of God can make us free
  3. Whom the Lord sets free is free indeed

©Insight for the Day 2017

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NEW: Insight for the Day 29:08:17: Do I Stay or Do I Go?

Discussion Points:

  1. Are you married?
  2. How is your relationship with your in-laws?
  3. Is it affecting your marriage relationship?

Case 29:08:2017

While reading the most famous scriptures quoted at weddings, counselling sessions and basically almost anything to do with marriage, I got stuck on Ephesians 5 verse 31 which said:

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

In my analytical mind, I asked myself why the Bible talks about a man leaving his mother and father, and not a woman leaving her mother and father. I wondered if this could explain why conflict so often occurs between wives and mothers who still live with their sons, in terms of the fact that he has not left his mother completely to be joined to his wife?

Could this also explain why men find it much easier and stress-free in the scenario where the wife’s mother comes to live with the couple, because the Bible does not say a wife should leave her mother and father? Interesting food for thought.

Points to Ponder:

  1. What God has put together, let no one asunder?
  2. The guidance of the Holy Spirit is what makes relationships work
  3. The power of the love of Christ upon all relationships keeps them at peace

©Insight for the Day 2017

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NEW: Insight for the Day 25:08:17: Damage Control

Discussion Points:

  1. Have your ever been involved in a heated argument?
  2. What was the eventual outcome?
  3. Did the outcome make you feel good or bad?

Case 25:08:2017

As men, ego plays a very important part of our make-up. That is why we have to pray to God for the grace not to let it affect our relationships. We have to learn to fight some battles and leave some alone. The battles we should be fighting are those that affect our God-given destiny. The ones we should avoid are the ones that are irrelevant in God’s scheme for our life. In other words we need to learn the art of ‘Damage Control’.

In the following Scripture, we see how Isaac adopted this art by ignoring the aggressive attitudes of the Philistines: Genesis 26 v 19 – 22:

Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. But the herdsmen of Gerar quarrelled with Isaac’s herdsmen and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. Then they dug another well, but they quarrelled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarrelled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land”.

Isaac must have asked himself, in the whole scheme of things, how a well would affect his destiny. He just moved on to build another well. This takes a lot of humility and patience, and we can see that his humility and patience paid off in Genesis 26 v 27 – 29, as Abimelech acknowledges:

Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away”. They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you, so we said, There ought to be a sworn agreement between us – between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you that you will do us no harm, just as we did not molest you but always treated you well and sent you away in peace. And now you are blessed by the Lord”.

May the peace of God guide us in fighting our battles.

Points to Ponder:

  1. Be quick to listen and slow to speak
  2. Focus first on understanding the situation before responded
  3. Ask the Holy Spirit for the confirmation on the approach to adopt to resolve the issue

©Insight for the Day 2017

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NEW: Insight for the Day 24:08:17: The Youth of Today

Discussion Points:

  1. Do you have children?
  2. Do you have difficulty relating to them?
  3. What have you done to rectify the situation?

Case 24:08:2017

I had been in discussion with a youth pastor who is the father of four children, two of whom have reached that age where the slightest confrontation will bring that common phrase used by teenagers, ‘I am 16 and old enough to live on my own’. In most cases they come back like prodigal sons or daughters, but based on recent statistics, the risk of them never coming back is increasing with each new day.

The government does not help with policies ‘protecting’ the children, and some countries like the US actually give them the right to divorce their parents. As we say in Nigeria, ‘God forbid bad thing!’

The youth pastor raised a very important point about the youths of today — “there is so much anger and rebellion inside their spirit that as parents we need to ask ourselves where it all came from”

The Bible in Colossians 3 v 21 gives us one of the reasons:

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

To be frank, many parents do not sit down to listen and understand their children. The society in which we find ourselves raising our kids has changed dramatically. It has become the norm for kids to carry contraceptives, mobile phones and even knives to school. This puts a lot of pressure on them, and leads to confusion over whether to follow Christ, or the world. Instead of constantly forcing a ‘Do not spare the rod’ theology down their throats, we should offer them love and understanding.

Children grow up so fast nowadays, that by the time they reach their teenage years they want to bond with their friends more than their family. Love, understand and enjoy your children before it is too late. I am not advocating not disciplining your children, but try to listen and understand what they have to go through on a daily basis.

Points to Ponder:

  1. The Word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto every path we take
  2. Our role is to take this light to all the areas of darkness in the World
  3. Just as salt impacts the taste of food; we are to impact the lives of others with the Word of God

©Insight for the Day 2017

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