Turn it over to God

2019-01-15
Psalm 55:22 NIV

Sometimes the best thing to do is – turn the situation over to God. “Yes, but what about all those go-getters who rise with the sun, skip breakfast, and break records while I’m just ‘giving it to God’?” you ask. Good question. Look at Jesus; He didn’t get started until He was thirty. What about all those “wasted” years? He left them to God. And how did He react to those who heard His message, shrugged, and walked away? He left them to God. And what about those nitpicking Pharisees who gave Him so much grief? He left them to God as well. In The Finishing Touch, Charles Swindoll describes a time in his ministry when he felt driven and drained by never-ending demands. He writes: “If folks weren’t changing, I felt responsible. If some drifted, somehow I was at fault. If there wasn’t continual growth, I acted as if I needed to make it happen. If a sermon failed to ring with clarity and power, I struggled all of Monday and half of Tuesday. Talk about wasted energy! Time has helped; so has age. Virtually all of the things that once stole my joy and assaulted my motivation – I just leave to God. Don’t I care? Of course I care. But those cares are now placed in the hands of One who can handle them. What once bothered me, I’ve learned to give over to Him who doesn’t mind being bothered. Whereas criticism used to cripple me for days, I now do my best to sift, shift, and sail. I learn what I can – and turn the rest over to God.”

Soul food: Isa 45-48; Luke 3:1-10; Ps 79; Prov 2:9-10

Moenie jou passie verloor nie

2018-11-29
Hebreërs 12:2 DB

Betreffende Jesus, sê die Bybel: ‘… Hy het dit alles verdra omdat Hy geweet het dat daar soveel blydskap daarna vir Hom wag… Hou Hom gedurig in gedagte… As julle sy voorbeeld volg, sal julle nooit moedeloos word en tou opgooi nie’ (verse 2-3 DB). Dis jou visie wat jou passie voed. Het jy al ooit agtergekom hoe God dikwels die ergste sondaars in sy grootste dienaars transformeer? Dis omdat hulle passievol is en sodra daardie passie geharnas en herlei word, word hulle effektief in sy koninkryk. Nou verstaan jy hoekom die Vyand so hard probeer om jou te vernietig. Hy weet dat daar geen keer aan jou sal wees sodra jy jou passie met God se plan in lyn gebring het nie. Passie is geestelike energie. In plaas daarvan om te probeer om jou passie te onderdruk, laat God dit herlei. Jesus het vir die kerk in die eindtyd gesê, ‘…Ek weet dat jy nie koud of warm is nie. Ek sou wat wou gee as jy maar net koud of warm was’ (Openbaring 3:15 NLV). Met wie praat Hy? Belydende Christene wat lewe, trou, kinders kry, karre koop, beleggings maak en al die dinge van hulle moderne eweknieë doen, maar dit sonder passie doen. Hulle gaan net deur die bewegings. Die Bybel sê, ‘Beproef en sien…’ (Psalm 34:9 NLV). Met ander woorde, neem posisie in en swaai die kolf! Wat daarvan as jy mis? Jy sal verseker mis as jy nie die kolf swaai nie! Jou instink vir selfbehoud kan jou van die enigste kans wat jy dalk in die lewe kry, beroof. As jy dus vandag lê, staan weer op. As jy misluk, probeer weer. Vra God om die vure van passie weer binne jou aan die brand te blaas.

Sielskos: Gen 20-23; Joh 14:1-14; Ps 118:10-18; Spr 31:10-13

Don’t lose your passion


Hebrews 12:2 MSG

Concerning Jesus, the Bible says: “Because he never lost sight of where he was headed…he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever…When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again” (vv. 2-3 TM). It’s your vision that fuels your passion. Ever notice how God often transforms the worst of sinners into His greatest servants? That’s because they’re passionate, and once that passion is harnessed and redirected they become effective in His kingdom. Now you understand why the Enemy has tried so hard to destroy you. He knows once you line up your passion with God’s plan, there will be no stopping you. Passion is spiritual energy; without it you’re as limp as a wet noodle and as bland as hospital food. So instead of trying to stifle your passion, let God redirect it. Jesus told the end-age church, “You are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!” (Revelation 3:15 NLT). Who is He speaking to? Professing Christians who live, marry, have children, buy cars, accumulate stocks, and do all the things their modern-day counterparts do, but without passion. They were simply going through the motions! The Bible says, “Taste and see” (Psalm 34:8); in other words, step up to the plate and swing the bat! So what if you miss? The fact is you’ll miss for sure if you don’t swing! Your instinct for self-preservation can rob you of the only chance you may ever get at life. So if you’re down today, get back up. If you failed, try again. Ask God to rekindle the fires of passion within you.

Soul food: Gen 20-23; John 14:1-14; Ps 118:10-18; Prov 31:10-13

Verskyn jou naam in die Boek?

2018-10-17
Openbaring 21:27 DB

Een nag in 1912, het die Titanic, die grootste pasassierstoomskip in die wêreld wat deur baie mense as onsinkbaar geag is, ‘n ysberg getref en gesink. Baie mense is dood. Na die ramp was die toneel buite die White Star Line kantore in Liverpool een van angs en rou soos vriende en familie van die mense aanboord die gebou toegeswerm het. Aan beide kante van die hoofingang is plakkate opgesit. Een plakkaat is genoem ‘GERED’; die ander een het gesê, ‘VERLORE.’ Van tyd tot tyd het ‘n verteenwoordiger van die besigheid met ‘n stuk papier uitgeloop wat die naam van nog ‘n pasassier bevat het. Wanneer hy die papier opgehou het, het ‘n doodse stilte oor die skare geswiep soos die geliefdes van die vermiste mense gewag het om te sien op watter kant hy die naam sou opskryf. Die dag wat Jesus gekruisig is, het God uit die hemel afgekyk, ‘GERED’ op die kruis geskryf en begin om name in die Lam se boek van die lewe op te skryf. Die boodskap van die kruis het nie verander nie. Jy hoef nie ‘n geleerde te wees om dit te verstaan nie. Die meeste mense wat na Christus toe kom, weet inderwaarheid nie veel oor die Bybel nie. Al wat hulle weet, is dat hulle ‘n Redder nodig het en dat God vir hulle lief is. Al wat jy moet doen om die ewige lewe te verkry, is om jou van sonde te bekeer en jou vertroue in Jesus te plaas. Die oomblik wat jy dit doen, skryf God jou naam in die Lam se boek en word jy ‘n lid van sy familie, met ‘n gewaarborgde plek in die hemel. Dit kan vandag met jou gebeur.

Sielskos: Eks 28-29; Joh 4:1-12; Ps 89:38-52; Spr 26:23-26

Is your name in the Book?


Revelation 21:27 NCV

One night in 1912, Titanic, the largest passenger steamship in the world and considered by many to be unsinkable, struck an iceberg and sank in the icy Atlantic. Many people died. Following the disaster the scene outside the White Star Line office in Liverpool was one of anxiety and grief as friends and relatives of those on board the ill-fated vessel thronged the building. On both sides of the main entrance notices were posted. One said, “KNOWN TO BE SAVED”; the other said, “KNOWN TO BE LOST.” From time to time a company official walked out with a piece of paper which contained the name of another passenger. When he held it up, a deathly stillness swept over the crowd as loved ones of the missing waited to see which side he would write the name on. The day Jesus was crucified, God looked down from heaven, wrote “KNOWN TO BE SAVED” on the cross, and started writing names in “The Lamb’s Book of Life.” And the message of the cross hasn’t changed. You don’t have to be a scholar to understand it. In fact, most people who come to Christ don’t know a lot about the Bible. All they know is they need a Savior, and God loves them. All you have to do to receive eternal life is repent of your sin and put your trust in Jesus. The instant you do that, God writes your name “in the Lamb’s book of life” and you become a member of His family, guaranteed a place in heaven. And it can happen for you today.

Soul food: Exo 28-29; John 4:1-12; Ps 89:38-52; Prov 26:23-26