Maak dit ‘n persoonlike groei ervaring

2019-10-15
Efesiërs 4:15 NLV

Voor jy iemand oor ‘n kwessie konfronteer, stop eers en ondersoek jou beweegredes. Is jou doel om hulle te help, of te verneder? Jesus het mense opgehef en herstel en jy moet dieselfde doen. Vra jouself af, sou jy dinge anders benader het as jy nie so persoonlik betrokke was nie? Konfronteer jy hierdie persoon om jouself beter te laat lyk? Om iemand anders te verneder om jouself op te hef, is die laagste vorm van ego-bevrediging. Die digter Kahlil Gibran het gesê: ‘Om te verkleineer, moet jy klein wees.’ Moenie dit doen nie! Dis ‘n teken van onsekerheid. Onthou jy Nehemia se reaksie op diegene wat hom wou ontmoedig om Jerusalem se mure te herbou? ‘…Ek is met ‘n groot taak besig, ek kan nie nou daarmee ophou en julle ontmoet nie’ (Nehemia 6:3 NLV). Moenie toelaat dat jou kritici jou spoed breek nie. Moenie meer klem op die opinies van ‘n kritikus as op die aanmoedigings van ‘n vriend plaas nie. Voor jy iemand anders se lewe onder die mikroskoop plaas, moet jy eers stop en jou eie lewe ondersoek. Stoei jy met dieselfde kwessie, of een wat net so erg is? Het jy sukses behaal in dieselfde area waar jy iemand anders van mislukking beskuldig? Met ander woorde, het jy die reg om aangehoor te word, verdien? Paulus skryf: ‘Nee, terwyl ons mekaar liefhet, sal ons by die waarheid bly en so in alle opsigte groei om soos Christus te wees…’ Kan dit wees dat die situasie waarin jy jou tans bevind, ‘n geleentheid is om jou eie volwassenheid aan te meet en om dit ‘n geestelike groei ervaring te maak?

Sielskos: 2 Pet 1-3; Joh 4:27-38; Ps 87; Spr 24:1-4

Gentle correcting


Galatians 6:1 NCV

When we notice an issue that someone has, sometimes we feel like we need to speak to them about it. But before we do, we need to stop and examine our motives. Are we trying to help them or humiliate them? Are we confronting this person to make ourselves look better? Jesus lifted up and restored people, and that’s what we should be doing too. We shouldn’t be trying to make people look bad in front of others, trying to make ourselves look holy, or shifting the focus to someone else because we don’t want people to look at what we are doing wrong. Before we put somebody else’s life under the microscope, let’s stop and examine our own. Are we struggling with the same issue, or one just as bad? Jesus said: ‘Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? How can you say to your friend, “Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye”? Look at yourself! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend’s eye’ (Matthew 7:3-5 NCV). But if we are confident that we should be speaking to someone about something they’re doing, let’s ensure we are doing it with kindness, grace, gentleness, and love. In Galatians we are told, ‘if someone in your group does something wrong, you who are spiritual should go to that person and gently help make him right again.’ We shouldn’t be judgmental or harsh. We should be ‘speaking the truth in love’ (Ephesians 4:15 NCV).

2 Pet 1-3; John 4:27-38; Ps 87; Prov 24:1-4

A moveable altar

2019-09-07
Exodus 27:8 NCV

The altar in the tabernacle was a place where sacrifices were offered in worship to God. And He knew exactly how it was to be built: ‘Make the altar out of boards and leave the inside hollow.’ A stone or metal structure would have been heavy to transport, whereas a hollow wooden altar could be carried on poles and travel along with the Israelites. The image of a moveable altar is a reminder that while we should be part of a local church, we are not restricted to worshipping God in a particular location. We can do it anywhere. The Bible tells us to ‘continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise’ (Hebrews 13:15 NIV). Wherever we are we can worship Him. And that doesn’t necessarily mean we have to sing; we can worship Him by making sure the attitude of our heart, no matter what we are doing, is positive and that we are focused on Him. Whether we are at home, at work, in the supermarket, at the gym, or in the classroom, our everyday activities can become ‘spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’ (1 Peter 2:5 NIV). By sharing a word of encouragement, giving our time and money to help someone in need, or making a decision based on integrity instead of what will make us popular, we are honouring God. Jesus said, ‘Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’ (Matthew 5:16 NIV). When others see that we are willing to do the right and godly things in a world that often does the opposite, they will see God in us. His glory will shine through our worship.

Ezek 40:10-42:20; Matt 24:15-25; Ps 78:17-31; Prov 20:15-19

Hoe om weer op te staan (2)

2019-05-02
1 Konings 19:11 NLV

Toe Elia sy laagste punt bereik het, het God vir hom twee dinge gesê: 1) ‘Kom buitekant toe en gaan staan voor My op die berg.’ Hy het Elia gehelp om op te hou om oor homself en sy probleme te dink en te begin dink aan God. Wanneer God jou oor het, kan Hy daarin praat. Wanneer Hy jou hart het, kan Hy dit bedien. Dis hoekom Skriflesing so belangrik is. As die lewe jou aftrek en jy gereed is om weer op te staan, staan op God se Woord, eis sy beloftes op, vra vir sy hulp en praat met Hom. 2) ‘Jy moet ook Elisa… salf om jou as my profeet op te volg’ (vers 16 NLV). Neem die fokus van jouself af en soek iemand om te bedien. Jy is nie die enigste een in die wêreld wat probleme het nie; daar is mense wat dit erger as jy het. Hulle het iemand soos jy nodig om saam met hulle te stap en hulle te laat weet dat jy begrip het vir hoe hulle voel. Hulle het iemand soos jy nodig om hulle te bemoedig. As jy wil hê dat die mis van depressie moet lig, moet jy ophou in die spieël kyk en by die venster begin uitkyk. Daar is vir die beroemde psigiater, Karl Menninger gevra: ‘Watse raad sal jy vir iemand gee wat depressie en ongelukkigheid ervaar?’ Hy het geantwoord: ‘Sluit die deur agter jou. Stap na die oorkant van die straat toe. Kry iemand wat ‘n behoefte het en doen iets om hulle te help.’ Dis so eenvoudig en tog hou ons aan om dit mis te loop! Die waarheid is dat jy jouself help wanneer jy ander mense help.

Sielskos: Num 22-24; Mark 4:1-12; Ps 37:25-31; Spr 11:5-6

Thoughts

2019-04-27
Philippians 4:8 NLT

Our minds are powerful things. What we think about can change our attitude, behaviour, relationships, and faith. It can influence every aspect of our lives. That’s why Paul encouraged those in the church in Philippi to ‘Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise’ (vv.8-9 NLT). When we take control of our minds, and fill them with positive and helpful thoughts, we’ll be more prepared to avoid temptation and sin. Peter warns us to ‘prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control’ (1 Peter 1:13 NLT). When our minds are filled with God’s truth, we’ll be able to recognise the lies of the enemy. When our minds are filled with loving thoughts, we’ll respond to others with love and grace. When our minds are focused on the things that are right, there’ll be less space to dwell on the negative and sinful things. Peter also said: ‘Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour’ (1 Peter 5:8 NLT). When we’re not in control of what’s going on in our mind, we’re more vulnerable to the enemy tempting us, and we’re less fixed on God’s truth. David prayed: ‘May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer’ (Psalm 19:14 NLT). He was asking God to help Him ensure that his words and thoughts were good. And we can ask God to do the same for us.

Num 11-13; Mark 2:18-28; Ps 2; Prov 10:30-32