Jou sondepatroon (3)

2018-10-23
Efesiërs 6:7 NLV

Dienaars: Dienaars is mal daaroor om benodig te word. Hulle is natuurlike versorgers wat jou kussing sal oppof selfs wanneer dit nie nodig is nie! Hulle onthou verjaarsdae en huweliksherdenkings en is dikwels die eerste een om van die tafel af op te staan om die skottelgoed te was. Hulle is die meeste op hulle gemak wanneer hulle iets het om te doen. Alhoewel hulle aangetrokke daartoe is om ander mense te help, spruit dit egter dikwels uit hulle eie behoeftigheid uit. Net onder hulle diensbaarheid loer daar soms ‘n swak selfbeeld uit wat gevoed moet word. Omdat dit nooit ten volle bevredig kan word nie, dreineer hulle op die ou einde ander mense. Marta is ‘n goeie illustrasie hiervan. Terwyl sy besig was om te bedien, het haar suster Maria by Jesus se voete gesit (sien Lukas 10:38-42). Aan die positiewe kant, demonstreer dienaars liefde in aksie en laat ander mense versorg voel. Aan die negatiewe kant, gebruik hulle dikwels hulle bediening om ander mense te manipuleer. Die probleem kom in wanneer jy hulle las wil verlig en hulle jou nie wil toelaat nie. Hulle ingebore vrees om nie benodig te word nie maak dit vir hulle onmoontlik om gesonde grense daar te stel. Wat is dus die antwoord? a) Maak seker dat jou eerste prioriteit is om God, nie mense nie, te dien. ‘Doen julle werk entoesiasties, asof julle dit vir die Here doen en nie vir mense nie.’ b) Verstaan dat jou beloning van God kom, nie van ander mense nie. ‘Julle weet mos dat die Here elke mens wat sy werk goed doen, sal beloon…’ (Efesiërs 6:8 NLV). c) Moenie kla nie. ‘Doen alles sonder kla of teëpraat. Dan sal julle as onberispelike kinders van God bo verdenking staan…’ (Filippense 2:14-15 NLV).

Sielskos: Jes 1-3; Joh 5:16-30; Ps 15; Spr 27:10-12

Hand it over

2018-10-20
Exodus 4:2 NIV

When God called Moses, Moses wasn’t too sure he wanted to step out of his comfort zone. He didn’t think he had what it takes to make a difference for God. The Bible says: ‘Moses answered: “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you?'” Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake’ (vv.1-3 NIV). God could show His power through something as ordinary as Moses’ staff. But for Moses, that was the thing that was keeping him upright, he could lean on it and it helped him progress forward. Moses’ staff represented his identity and security. It was the way he made his living as a shepherd, and the way he protected himself and his flock. So when God told him to throw it down, he was asking Moses to let go of who he was and what he had. When we have to throw down the things we’re leaning on and the things we’ve built our identity on, it can be a scary experience for those of us who like to be in control. But while we’re holding on to these things and using them to try to control the situation, God can’t use it. We may feel like we’re in control, but really the things we hold on to are actually controlling us. If we don’t throw it down, our staff will forever remain only a staff. But if we have the courage to surrender it to God, it can become the thing God uses to show people His miraculous power.

Exo 36-38; John 4:39-54; Ps 87; Prov 27:4-6

Waar jy gaan, daar is God

2018-10-09
Eksodus 3:5 NLV

Joodse geleerdes het gereeld gedebatteer oor die rede waarom God Homself aan Moses in die middel van die woestyn geopenbaar het. Hoekom nie by ‘n besige of godsdienstig betekenisvolle plek nie? Die konsensus was dat God wou wys dat geen plek op aarde, nie eens ‘n doringbos, van God se teenwoordigheid beroof is nie. Pastoor A.W. Tozer het geskryf: ‘God is bo, maar Hy is nie opgedruk nie. Hy is onder, maar Hy is nie afgedruk nie. Hy is buite, maar Hy is nie uitgesluit nie. Hy is binne, maar Hy is nie beperk nie.’ Die beste daarvan is: ‘Dis mos God wat julle gewillig maak om te doen waarvan Hy hou, en Hy gee julle ook die vermoë om dit te kán doen!’ (Filippense 2:13 NLV). Vandag woon God in jou, werk deur jou en gee aan jou die begeerte om dinge te doen wat Hom behaag. Hier is ‘n interessante gedagte: Omdat God binne-in jou woon, moet jy nêrens heen gaan waar Hy nie sal wil gaan nie, of jouself in situasies bevind waar Hy Hom nie sal wil bevind nie. Wanneer dit verkeerd voel om by ‘n sekere persoon of in ‘n sekere plek te wees, gee aandag daaraan. Dit mag dalk die Heilige Gees wees wat vir jou sê dat jy nie daar hoort nie en dat jy nie veronderstel is om dit te doen nie. Beteken dit dat God eng is? Nee; Hy wil net die beste vir jou hê, daarom beskerm Hy jou sodat jy niks oorkom nie. Die Bybel sê, “‘n Son en skild is die Here God… Hy sal die goeie nie weerhou van hulle wat doen wat reg is nie” (Psalm 84:12 NLV). Waar jy vandag ook al gaan, onthou dat God daar is!

Sielskos: Eks 7-9; Joh 1:14-28; Ps 92; Spr 26:1-3

Listening for God’s voice

2018-10-03
Isaiah 30:21 NCV

A counselor who was once an addict writes: “I was in treatment for chemical dependency and needed a job to get out. I looked for months, but nobody wanted to hire me. One day I was waiting for a bus when a little voice urged: ‘Look behind you.’ I was standing next to an attorney’s office. ‘Go talk to the head of the firm and tell him you need a job,’ were the words I heard. That’s crazy, I thought…but that ‘still, small voice’ urged me on, so I obeyed. When I talked to the attorney and told him what was happening in my life, he understood because someone in his family was also recovering from addiction. Then he looked at me and said, ‘It’s funny you came in today. I was thinking about creating a position for a legal secretary and hadn’t gotten around to advertising.’ Two weeks later I got the job, and it was better than any position I’d applied for. It paid more and made the best possible use of my skills.” The problem isn’t that God no longer speaks to us; it’s that we don’t recognize His voice. Don’t be so quick to dismiss the random thoughts that cross your mind (See 1 Corinthians 2:16). Generally speaking, God won’t send a thunderbolt from heaven to get your attention. More often He speaks through your thoughts, a family member, a friend, a teacher, a pastor, a change in your circumstances, the sudden discovery of the ‘perfect’ Scripture, the writing of a gifted author, or in the quietness when He fills your heart with perfect peace. So learn to listen to God’s voice.

Soul food: 1 Cor 10-11; Luke 24:13-24; Ps 68:1-18; Prov 25:13-16

Giving and receiving

2018-09-28
Luke 6:38 KJV

Many of us want to give to people we love and causes we believe in. But fear stops us. We’re afraid that if we give, we might not have enough left for ourselves. So instead of sowing, we hoard our seed and miss the harvest God promised us. Why? Because on some deeper level we wonder if God would actually bless someone like us. Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.” If a bank promised that kind of return on your investment you’d beat a path to their door, right? But banks can fail and bankers can’t always be trusted, whereas God has never broken a promise! Here’s an important Bible truth: When you open your hand to God, He opens His hand to you. And God has a bigger hand! But as well as learning how to give, you must learn how to receive. Jesus said, “Good measure… will be poured into your lap” (NIV). When God gives back to you, He often does it through people. All kinds of people! So don’t let pride or prejudice stop you from receiving from others, because God wants to give them a harvest on the seeds they sow into your life. Don’t circumvent the harvest – yours or theirs. Never hesitate to give to a true servant of God. “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper” (2 Chronicles 20:20 NKJV). When God moves you to sow a seed, it’s because He has a harvest for you to reap. Don’t miss it!

Soul food: Zech 12-14; Luke 23:26-34; Ps 52; Prov 24:32-34