Proof of Life …

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      Do you need proof that God exists?

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      Do you need proof that God exists,
      … that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are real?

Then simply ask yourself …
      Why is it that we, mankind,
      … are still here on earth today?
      How is it that we ourselves,
      … some happening or great force,
      has not annihilated or destroyed the earth
      … and all mankind with it?

This world and mankind have experienced disastrous wars,
… natural calamities and man made destruction,
Yet. man is still here and man is still developing!

Why?
The answer is very simple, God’s Grace …

      For I am the Lord, I do not change;
      Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
      Mal 3:6

God created us in His image and likeness,
… and He has not and will not change His mind,
and the quicker we receive all of His mercy and love,
… the quicker we will live in the fullness of His grace,

      But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love
      with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses,
      made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
      and raised us up together, and made us sit together
      in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
      that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches
      of His grace
in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
      For by grace you have been saved through faith,
      and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

      not of works, lest anyone should boast.
      Eph 2:4-9

 

A Conqueror

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                                    A Conqueror is not born.
                                    A Conqueror is made!

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      Do you want to see God’s promises,
      … fulfilled in every area of your life?
      A conqueror, living a victorious and full life.

What does – being a conqueror mean?

You are not a conqueror,
… because God said you’re a conqueror.
You don’t become a conqueror,
… because God overcomes your challenges,
… or because God takes care of your problems for you.
But,
a conqueror is someone who himself takes the initiative!

      You become a conqueror because you step out,
      … because you stand against those adverse circumstances,
      … because you are doing something to overcome those challenges.

      However, you are not doing it in your own strength,
      … but you rely on God to be your strength,
      … you rely on God to do what He promised to do,
      helping you to face the challenge, standing in His strength,
      so that He can make you to be,
      … the conqueror that you are, in Him!

      Yet in all these things we are more than
      conquerors through Him who loved us.
      Rom 8:37

 

Seeing what God sees

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           We have to start believing God’s Word,
           even if we cannot ‘see’ God’s Word manifest (yet)!

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When it comes to knowing and understanding God,
… our problem is that we always look at things from our perspective,
… instead of seeing things the way God sees them.
In fact the one verse that we so easily quote,
… is probably the one we least understand.

      Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
      the evidence of things not seen.
      Heb. 11:1

When we have a need that requires God’s provision or intervention,
… we look at His promises and what His Word says,
then ‘step out in faith’ based on Hebrews 11:1,
… but have we really understood and stepped out in faith?

Are we really seeing what God sees for our lives?

      Take for instance a child at a swimming pool,
      … to the child the pool looks inviting,
      … and he does not see any danger at all!
      However an adult knows the true depth and sees the danger!

Similarly, when God looks at our lives and circumstances,
… He does not see things the way we see it,
but He sees what He has purposed and promised.
Therefore, if we want to live what God purposed and promised in His Word,
we need to start seeing things the way God sees them,
and start believing what God made available to us through Jesus!

God’s promises are not just words in a book,
… but they are pictures of what God has made available for us,
And, when we start seeing what God sees, and take hold of that in faith,
that is when faith becomes the substance
and the evidence of things not seen!

      But without faith it is impossible to please Him,
      for he who comes to God must believe that He is,
      and that He is a rewarder
of those who diligently seek Him.
      Heb. 11:6

 

Only say …

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Through the social media networks and web based search engines,
… information gathering has become a rather simple task.

      However, how much of that information can be trusted,
      … and on what do you base your decision making,
      particularly when it comes to decisions about life.

What do you decide, to say and do?

Jesus gave us the perfect example in His life on earth,
… not only as a youth seeking the scriptures for God’s will,
but when it came to taking a decision,
… specifically about what to say and what to do,
Jesus told what the secret of His success was …

      I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge;
      and My judgment is righteous,
      because I do not seek My own will
      but the will of the Father who sent Me.
      1 John 5:30

      Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly,
      I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself,
      but what He sees the Father do;
      for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
      1 John 5:19

Like Jesus, we also should only say and only do,
… what we hear and see the Father do!

      But remember
      It is not what you think God should say or do for you,
      and …
      It is not about what you desire or want God to do,
      but …
      It is about seeking the will of the Father,
      … what He says and tells you to do,
      … so that He can do His will in your life and circumstances!

 

The Verdict

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                                           Who is responsible?
                                             What is the verdict?

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There are many who believe and even say that,
God is responsible for everything that’s happening on earth,
… that He is responsible for not stopping wars,
… that He is responsible for people getting sick,
… and even for allowing sickness to teach us!
Whilst others believe that God’s only intention is to bless!

      Therefore seeing that it is time to get this sorted out,
      … particularly considering man’s plight,
      … and the need to get man out of his dilemma,
      God initiated proceedings and called for a Court decision!

Who is responsible for what happens on earth?

      Is God responsible and does He have the right to decide,
      … is it God’s choice what happens on earth?
      Or …
      Is man responsible and does he have the right to decide,
      … is it man’s choice what happens on earth?

After numerous complaints about all the wrongs on earth,
… and insinuations that it’s all God’s doing and holding Him accountable,
God took the stand, and referring to the Book of Deuteronomy, Ch. 30,
showed that His only desire and intention is to bless man,
and that no evil should befall man at all!
However God also said, that for this to happen, there is a condition,
a responsibility that needs to be taken by man,
and concluded by saying …

      I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you,
      that I have set before YOU life and death, blessing and cursing;
      therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
      Deut 30:19

God said, all of heaven, and all of earth are His witnesses,
… that He has set life and blessing before man,
but the decision for or against that is man’s responsibility,
… and therefore if man does not choose to take what God has offered,
then He is not responsible if things go wrong in man’s life!
 

Faith Hope Love

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      And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
      but the greatest of these is love.
      1 Cor 13:13

Why is it that love is the greatest?
… why not faith or hope?
Because real love sets the standard!

      Love is NOT about me, that’s desire, greed, obsession!
      … but LOVE is about value and valuing!
      Love is about a value you want to share with others,
      … a value you see in others,
      because you see a value in yourself!

Only when you recognise the value of self and of others,
… because you value God who is love,
that is when HOPE becomes real, become possible,
that hope of good for self and for others!
and that is when faith becomes real, becomes alive,
… because you are stepping out on something that is real, LOVE!

      When love, the value of self and others becomes real to you,
      … that is when you connect to Love Himself,
      and Love will work through you touching the lives of others,
      … because Love has touched your life!

      He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
      1 John 4:8
      And we have known and believed the love that God has for us.
      God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God,
      and God in him.
      1 John 4:16

 

Blessed of God

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      Do you want God to bless what you are doing,
      … or what you are plannng to do?

It is easy to take a scripture,
… and then ask God to bless what you are doing,
particularly a well known scripture such as,

      Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
      Mark 16:15

Of course God wants to bless what we do,
… and especially when we are reaching out to others.
But so often it seems that that is just not happening!
Why not?

Although God has said that He wants to bless us,
… He has also set some conditions for that to be so,

      Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey
      the VOICE of the Lord your God, to observe
      carefully all His commandments which I command you today …
      And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you,
      because you obey the VOICE of the Lord your God:
      Deut 28:1-2

      God wants to be personally involved in where you go
      … and in what you do!
      Therefore, if you want God to bless what you are doing,
      … or what you are planning to do,
      then make sure you are doing what He wants you to do!

Jesus, in Mark 16:15 gave His disciples some clear instructions,
… as to what He wanted them to do,
and only as they went and did exactly what He had told them,
… could He go with them and bless what they did!

      And they went out and preached everywhere,
      the Lord working with them and confirming the word
      through the accompanying signs. Amen.
     Mark 16:20

 

New Year – 2017

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      What do you see when you look at the new year?

Do you see,
      … a world full of problems and pressure,
      … peoples in need, refugees, wars and tyranny,
      … financial systems and social structures failing,
      and mankind seemingly the sole cause of it all!

What does God see when He looks at the year 2017?
      When He looks at this earth that He created,
      God sees man, that special creation He put on this earth,
      … that special creation that He enabled,
      … that special creation in whom He put so much potential,
      … that special creation that He blessed and empowered!
      That special creation – YOU
      … to whom He gave this earth,
      and through whom He wants to work to change this world!

Are you ready?
… to see the possibilities and potential God sees in you!

      Are you ready?
      … to take up that challenge,
      … to see and do what God sees in you?
      Are you ready for a New Year?
      … to live and do what God put in you?

God is … Happy New Year!

 
      Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
      for I have put my trust in you.
      Show me the way I should go,
      for to you I lift up my soul.
      Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

 

The Love Triangle

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His love for us, expressed to us, alive in us!

God’s love for us,
… expressed in His action towards us,
by providing a way for us, into His love.

      For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
      that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
      John 3:16

Jesus’ love for us,
… expressed in His action on our behalf,
by doing what we could not do,
… to deserve God’s love for us!

      By this we know love,
      because He laid down His life for us.
      1 John 3:16

And our love for God,
… expressed in our actions towards others,

      A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another;
      as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
      John 13:34

The love triangle complete …
      I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one,
      and that the world may know that You have sent Me,
      and have loved them as You have loved Me.
      John 17:23

and perfected in us …
      Love has been perfected among us in this:
      that we may have boldness in the day of judgment;
      because as He is, so are we in this world.
      1 John 4:17

 

Bothering God?

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      Are you bothering God with your ‘prayers’?
      Is it possible to ‘bother’ God with our prayers?

God is full of compassion and doesn’t get bothered,
however that does not mean that we can’t displease Him,
… by asking Him to do things He’s not about to do,
… by asking Him for things that we should be doing,
and by not inquiring of Him about His plans for our lives!

      We are quick to say that God is God and Jesus is Lord,
      yet when we pray we ask God to do things He has already done,
      … instead of making Him Lord of whatever problem or need there is!

Let’s look at a very simple example – let’s go fishing,
Of course you should pray, but what should you pray?
Should you tell God that you have faith in Him, and in His promises,
… that according to His Word He said He will bless you,
… that He will bless the works of your hands (Dt. 28:8)
and in faith ask Him to fill your net with a multitude of fish! Amen!

      But guess what, like the disciples in John 21,
      … you will probably fish all night and catch nothing!
      Why?
      Because you asked God to do something He never said He would do,
      … and furthermore, you never made Him Lord of your project!

What will make God truly Lord in what you are asking or doing?
Quite simply ask Him to do what you can’t do yourself,
… and ask Him to tell you what you don’t know!

      God is not about to fish for you,
      but will do what you can’t do and tell you what you don’t know!
      He will tell you where to throw your net, where the fish is,
      Just like Jesus did in John 21:6 … ‘on the right side!’

Stop bothering God with what you should know and do yourself.
Ask Him what you don’t know,
… where you should go, what you should do,
so He can be truly LORD in your life!