On the winning side... - Do you believe that God will do everything in His power to save us from the evil plans of the enemy? Even if it looks like evil is prevailing in our day and age, even if we are faced with painful or difficult circumstances – as children of God, we have HOPE! Jesus victoriously defeated the devil, and is now inviting us to join His winning side. God, our Lord, is right next to us, fighting with us against our enemies, fighting to save us (Paraphrased Deuteronomy 20:4).
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A life of worship... - I was challenged this week to take a deeper look into how our lives (our actions and reactions, the joys and sorrow – the things that flows from our hearts) reflect and worship God. How often do we go through the motion of “worshipping” God with our lips while our hearts are far away from Him? Worship reveals the true condition of our hearts. It reveals who is truly King and Lord over our lives. It reveals who or what holds the highest priority in our lives. Our thoughts, words and actions flow from the condition of our hearts...
To be close to God... The most important relationship we have is with our Heavenly Father – this is where our life and existence flow from (Job 33:4). If we want to cultivate an intimate relationship with God, our hearts and flesh (our entire beings) need to cry out to be in His presence (Psalm 121:1-2). How do we achieve being in God’s presence – seeking Him above all else?
Soos ‘n mier... - Salomo waarsku ons om nie lui te wees nie, maar om soos ‘n miertjie te wees – sonder iemand wat hulle aanpor, oppas, regeer of lei werk hulle kliphard om genoeg te hê om van te leef – hulle is slim en fluks in alles wat hulle doen...
God is our provider… YHWH JIREH, Hebrew for “THE LORD WILL PROVIDE” means “God sees”. The provision of God can be understood to mean: “God sees the future and knows the past and present – He therefore sees and knows our needs even before they become apparent to us and He then makes provision for what will be needed..."
Faith in God… Do you know God? How would you rate the intimacy of your relationship with Him? Do you know His will for your life? Mark 11:22 (AMP): Jesus replied, “Have faith in God [constantly]…"
Victorious living... - Living victoriously implies having conquered in battle or contest; having overcome an enemy. What battle are you currently fighting? What lies or attacks from the enemy are making you feel defeated, not good enough, hopeless, unhappy or fearful? What is keeping you from living a victorious life? 1 John 5:4 (AMP): “For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world – our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God]".
Guarding our hearts... - What is the condition of your heart? Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) reads: "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it". We are so diligent and intentional when it comes to protecting our material belongings. Security is top of mind when it comes to our homes, cars, businesses, and valuables... But what about our spiritual and inner wellbeing?
Walking, Standing, Sitting with GOD… - What does it mean to live a blessed life? Who or what influences you most? What makes you happy? The word “blessed” implies happiness (’esher) or contentment – “to be fortunate, prosperous, and favoured by God”. David reminds us in Psalm 1 that true happiness is found only in having a covenant relationship with God, and in the willingness to live under the authority of God’s Word.
Ons loof U almagtige naam! - Genesis 1:31 (OV): “Toe sien God alles wat Hy gemaak het, en dit was baie goed...”