Inspiration

Dress yourself

Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭11‬ NLT)
In the Christian life, we battle against “rulers and authorities” (the powerful evil forces of fallen angels headed by the devil, who is a vicious fighter, see 1 Peter 5:8). To withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of his armour. Paul is not only giving this counsel to the church, the body of Christ, but to all individuals within the church. The whole body needs to be armed. As you do battle against the “mighty powers in this dark world,” fight in the strength of the church, whose power comes from the Holy Spirit… (Tyndal Study Bible)
Reading this scripture, I immediately thought of work. Do we rely on God’s strength with our daily challenges?
Every day we are faced with various challenges. Our days have many small events and things that challenge us to deliver a good service. Think of third parties not delivering on their promises. All these things have an effect on our behaviour. We can even lose our temper. Go around complaining about the smallest things. Is this the correct way to glorify God?
Yes, I struggle daily. The right way would be to dress ourselves with God’s armour. I have used these words before, Pure, Holy and Humble. Know this sounds more like Gods armour. Take careful consideration of all God’s armour that will protect you from the devil’s attacks. Will it be necessary to complain?
Think of this, do you apply the work ethic to glorify God? Do you work diligently to Glorify God?
“God I pray that you dress me with your armour, so I can do and be everything to Glorify You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

You can be

The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ NLT)
We, like John the Baptist, are not the source of God’s light; we merely reflect that light. Jesus Christ is the true Light; he helps us see our way to God and shows us how to walk along that way. But Christ has chosen to reflect his light through his followers to an unbelieving world, perhaps because unbelievers are not able to bear the full blazing glory of his light firsthand. The word witness indicates our role as reflectors of Christ’s light. We are never to present ourselves as the light to others, but are always to point them to Christ, the Light. (Tyndal Study Bible)
The world cannot recognise the true light even when it encounters its Creator. The world lives in rebellion, loving darkness more than light.
I am sure you will know what I am talking about when I say. That guy just radiates energy. You meet somebody, and they just stand out from the crowd. Then there’s that person that keeps to themselves, but there is just something about them, there is energy. Then you meet someone who says a lot but means nothing. You know that person?
Now the amazing thing when I started going to Church I met so many of these shining people. The ones that don’t say much but stand out. Who would you rather be? I had a chat with client this afternoon, and they made the comment that other believers always try to claim these good traits and behaviours. What these believers don’t realise, it’s been captured in the Bible for many years before and practised for many years. All solutions are just there in the Bible.
I think of work again. We all strive to be recognised and followed; it’s a basic human need. Reflect on this “Be that light the scripture is talking about, better still, reflect that light.” Be that person, and do your work as an example of God. Do this all to the Glory of God. How many people would aspire to be like you? Many I say.
” Lord I pray that I am your light. Fix my faults that I will be Holy, Pure and Humble. I thank you, Jesus. In Jesus, I pray. Amen”

Inspiration

Everyone

But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’ (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭2‬:‭21‬ NLT)
The “great and glorious day of the Lord” (Acts 2:20) denotes the whole Christian age. Even Moses yearned for the Lord to put his Spirit on everyone (Numbers 11:29). At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was released throughout the entire world—to men, women, sons, daughters, Jews, Gentiles. Now everyone can receive the Spirit. This was a revolutionary thought for first-century Jews. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Please if you are an unbeliever read this carefully! Everyone that calls on the name off the Lord. What will the promise be? You will be saved! You see God promises eternal life. Do we understand that, eternal life? Many times in this world we think of things that don’t seem real. That is why there are so many sceptics in this world. I was the biggest of them all. 
I want to tell you call on his name, then be obedient, or a better word, diligent in your new-found faith. Because the world teaches us to be diligent and obedient to our daily chores, including work. The common thing amongst the most successful people in this world is hard work. Salvation promises the riches of heaven and blessings on earth. 
So what is the moral of the story? 
Call on God, work hard, and Heaven will be yours. Wow
“ Lord I thank you for opening my eyes. Thank you for being my saviour. I pray for guidance to touch people In Your way. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Inspiration

Don’t pretend

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)
Paul warned Christians: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world” that are usually selfish and often corrupting. Wise Christians decide that much worldly behavior is off-limits for them. Our refusal to conform to this world’s values, however, must go even deeper than just behavior and customs; it must be firmly planted in our mind: “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” It is possible to avoid most worldly customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn, and arrogant. Only when the Holy Spirit renews, reeducates, and redirects our mind are we truly transformed (see 8:5). (Tyndale Study Bible)
“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Just today I was faced with a situation that challenged all that old habits I had. Arrogance is the first one that comes to mind. What was your most common worldly characteristic?
If we are truly renewed as Christians and walk by faith, then these worldly things should not influence us.
As I said before, we can’t pretend to love. Instead, we should truly love. LOVE unconditionally, let me stress “unconditionally!” If you walk with love, these worldly traits won’t follow you.
Paul intends for us to firmly plant our minds with this behaviour. It must be an intense desire to us to live and walk this lifestyle 
Don’t pretend, be truly transformed.
“Lord, I pray that you renew our minds always. I thank you for Your grace. In Jesus name. Amen”

Inspiration

Joy

“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭16‬:‭11‬ NLT)
Peter quoted from Psalm 16:8-11—a psalm written by David. He explained that David was not writing about himself because David died and was buried (2:29). Instead, he was writing as a prophet (2:30) who spoke of the Messiah who would be resurrected. The emphasis here is that Jesus’ body was not left to rot in the grave but was, in fact, resurrected and glorified. (Tyndal Study Bible)
If you have time, read the whole Psalm. It’s amazing. Summarized so well in the last verse.
David says that God will show him the way of life. And off course He will show us, granting us the joy of His presence and guidance.  The whole psalm speaks of God and how He looks out for us. We can rely on Him all the time.
The promise of heaven and eternal life – God won’t ever leave or forsake us. How long is eternal? The answer is forever. How grateful we should be.
If we believe, He won’t leave us to rot in hell. We will rise to Heaven.
Can you imagine?
“Lord, I pray thanks for You being there for me. Eternally. Amen”

Inspiration

Willing

So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. (‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭28‬ NLT)
The word perfect means “mature or complete,” not “flawless.” Paul wanted to see each believer mature spiritually. Like Paul, we must work wholeheartedly like an athlete, but we should not strive in our own strength alone. We have the power of God’s Spirit working in us. We can learn and grow daily, motivated by love and not by fear or pride, knowing that God gives the energy to become mature.
Christ’s message is for everyone; so everywhere Paul and Timothy went, they brought the Good News to all who would listen. An effective presentation of the Good News includes warning and teaching. The warning is that without Christ, people are doomed to eternal separation from God. The teaching is that salvation is available through faith in Christ. As Christ works in you, tell others about him, warning and teaching them in love. Who do you know who needs to hear this message? (Tyndal Study Bible)
Yesterday I spoke about wisdom. I have made myself guilty of foolish speech, in the past. Yes, I do feel guilty about it. One’s temper is a terrible thing; the devil works in cunning ways. So just like the commentator says  perfect means, “mature and complete” but not “flawless.”
None of us is perfect.
This does not mean that we must not share the Good news off the Gospel. As believers, we are tasked to spread the Good News.  We can rely on strength and wisdom from God to spread the Gospel.
Just like the commentator says Jesus’s message is for everyone, we are tasked to share it. We are to follow Paul and Timothy’s example. We must not forget to share the consequences that if you don’t accept Jesus as you saviour, you have no eternal life.
I heard an interesting comment by Angus Buchanan that God does not use the good and talented but the willing to do his work. Last evening I was at a presentation on how to improve your Sale Skills. The presenter made the comment that he can’t change individuals if they aren’t willing to change. Again I say “God can only use the willing.”
“Lord, I pray you make me willing to serve you and spread the Good News. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Prove it

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. (‭James‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ NLT)
Have you ever known anyone who claimed to be wise but who acted foolishly? True wisdom can be measured by the depth of a person’s character. Just as you can identify a tree by the type of fruit it produces, you can evaluate your wisdom by the way you act. Foolishness leads to disorder, but wisdom leads to peace and goodness. Are you tempted to escalate the conflict, pass on the gossip, or fan the fire of discord? Careful, winsome speech and wise, loving words are the seeds of peace. God loves peacemakers (Matthew 5:9) (Tyndal Study Bible)
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭9‬ NLT)
What a question, have you ever seen a wise man act foolishly? No, that just never happens.
I love this example of a fruit bearing tree. Think about it, the better the food and care the better the fruit. Reflect on the fruit farmers. They spend hours of research and attention to ensure a decent crop.
Know think of ourselves what do we do to ensure a great result? You the wisdom is all in the Bible, all we need to do is study and apply it. It’s that simple. A thing that I strive for is to surround myself with people who can influence me in the correct way.
“Lord I pray for more of your wisdom. I thank you for the Bible. May I have the wisdom to influence people. In Jesus name. Amen”

Inspiration

Actions

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honoured throughout the world.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭10‬ NLT)
War and destruction are inevitable, but so is God’s final victory. At that time, all will stand quietly before the all-powerful Lord. How proper, then, for us to be still now, reverently honouring him and his power and majesty. Take time each day to be still and to honour God. (Tyndale Study Bible)
You see, we all have to account for our actions.
Everyday in the workplace we have to account our actions. Not a day goes by where this isn’t the case. Some people have kids and don’t account for them and then start doing bizarre things to reduce their guilt. They even go as far as drugs and seeking wrong teachings. It’s all in the Bible. The Bible is very clear everything we do should to the glory of God. I am amazed at the lack of commitment of people in the workplace. I see it every day. Have you wondered why there are so many broken homes? It’s that lack of commitment and all the outside influences. Success in everything takes single-minded dedication and commitment. 
The same applies to our faith. The Scripture above asks us to honour God. Do you take the time and spend it in God’s presence?
One day we will all be accountable. Honor God today and your future is guaranteed. If you do it now and it will make it easier in the future. Honor God and seek his teachings and principles.
“Dear Lord. I honour and thank You for what you have taught me. I pray that You will reach out and touch those in need for Your guidance. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

The Old way

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28‬ NLT)
A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull. A person may be carrying heavy burdens of (1) sin, (2) excessive demands of religious leaders (23:4; Acts 15:10), (3) oppression and persecution, or (4) weariness in the search for God.
Jesus frees people from all these burdens. The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, not the end of all labour. A relationship with God changes meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose. 
“This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ NLT)
The right path for living is “the old, godly way” and has been marked out by God. But the people refused to take God’s path, going their own way instead. We face the same decision today—going God’s old but true way, or following a new path of our own choosing. Don’t be misled. The only way to find peace and “rest for your souls” is to walk on God’s path.(Tyndale Study Bible)
This is your invitation.
Read the passages carefully. This invitation is from Jesus Himself to all of us, and all of us that have accepted it should share it with our worlds. Just as I said last week, this is where true peace is for everyone that wants it can be found.
This will also give your daily tasks meaning and that you do it to glorify God so that people may see and desire what you have. The selfless peace that you achieve through accepting you can now share.
If at any time you are not sure which path to choose, it’s the old way. You don’t need rocket science to figure it out. You don’t need to try to reinvent the wheel. It’s all here in the Good Old Book, the Bible.
“Dear Lord, will you reveal the Old truths to all people, Amen.”

Inspiration

Peace and prosperity

Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭14‬ NLT)
The readers were familiar with the ceremonial cleansing ritual that prepared them for worship, and they knew that they had to be holy or clean in order to enter the Temple. Sin always blocks our vision of God; so if we want to see God, we must renounce sin and obey him (see Psalm 24:3, 4). Holiness is coupled with living in peace. A right relationship with God leads to right relationships with fellow believers. Although we will not always feel loving toward all other believers, we must pursue peace as we become more Christlike. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Just as I said before, peace is the key. If you were to ask anybody what they desire, they would almost always answer “happiness”. It will never be achieved if you have not found peace, which we heard is achieved by believing and having faith.
Again, what amazes me is how these scriptures follow.
Once you have tasted peace, you will endeavour to live a Holy life as the scriptures describe. Why? Because sin followed by guilt and condemnation keeps us from God. In other words, the more you sin, the less at peace you are. Do your best to lead a sinless, holy life to be more at peace. The more we strive for this, the more at peace we will be.
Next, you will notice how your attitude towards people changes. You will care for all individuals. Have you heard this: peace and prosperity? The one follows the other. Not always the prosperity of the world, but the riches of heaven. Do we need more?
“Dear Lord, I thank you for the peace in me. I pray that you will keep me from the influences of the world. Guide me and give me strength. In Jesus name. Amen”