Inspiration

Restore me

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. (‭Psalms‬ ‭51‬:‭12‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
Do you ever feel stagnant in your faith, as though you are just going through the motions? Has sin ever driven a wedge between you and God, making him seem distant? David felt this way. He had sinned with Bathsheba and had just been confronted by Nathan the prophet. In his prayer, he cried, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation.” God wants us to be close to him and to experience his full and complete life. But sin that remains unconfessed makes such intimacy impossible. Confess your sin to God. You may still have to face some earthly consequences, as David did, but God will give back the joy of your relationship with him. ( Tyndal Study Bible)

Reading this makes think of the old days as an athlete. I can name a couple of examples how you lose your joy. These are examples that are similar to David and our experience with losing salvation. It’s not meant literally. Restore me to the joy? Sin and bad habits keep you from the joy. In each thing or situation, it is different. Let me try to explain.
If you are an athlete, you should be sticking to your training regime, and the euphoria is amazing. The sense of accomplishment is even better. Then, for whatever, the reason you miss sessions, and the pressure builds, no euphoria, but rather frustration creeps in. If I don’t keep this regime, I am not going to achieve my goal – to win the race. Sin has the same effect as missing a session. It keeps you from being with God.
The same thing happens at work. If you are doing everything and performing, glory will be yours. Don’t do your bit, and the stress of not achieving will build. It can lead to self-destruction. We all have seen it many times. And then we want to blame all things except ourselves.
So this principle of doing the right thing and staying in the zone applies to all aspects of life. You don’t stay in the zone, the problems start. There no better example than in our relationships. You don’t do the right thing all the time; you lose the joy very quickly. Then trouble starts. In relationships, it’s a two-way street. Each party has a responsibility and function. The key is it does not just happen it takes effort commitment and discipline. The same as acquiring knowledge in the Bible.
God gave us salvation, as he gave us the union of marriage. To stay in his joy, we have to remain in conversation and union with Him. Sin will keep us from doing that. Just like the challenges of sin and the world will keep from each other in relationships.
Here are a few words that will keep us from God and each other. Sin, Guilt, Depression, Condemnation, Jealousy, Lust, Greed, Adultery, Lies, Deceit, Laziness. I am sure there is much more.
Know think of these words, Holy Humble and Pure. These will keep us in Joy and with God.
“Lord I pray for the last words. May these fill my soul. May joy fill my soul. And will that pour out to all around me? In Jesus name. Amen. “

Inspiration

True Love

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
These verses give an example of how to “give up our lives” for others—to help those in need. This is strikingly similar to James’s teaching (James 2:14-17). How clearly do your actions say you really love others? Are you as generous as you should be with your money, possessions, and time?
But in deed and in truth – In such acts as shall show that our professed love is sincere and real. Let us do the deed of love, whether anything is said about it or not.(Tyndal Study Bible)
Think of this: do you have one of those people at work or in your friend circle that gets under your skin. I’m sure you do. When last have you shown them a true act of love? I know the excuse is that you are too busy. “Why should I bother if someone else can do it?”
I am in sales. It’s easy to speak a result. Achieving it is an entirely different thing. You have to do the work. You are only going to get great results through action. One of the most basic principles in the Bible is Seedtime and Harvest. You reap what you sow! An action – no result without an action.
You see, what happens at home and in our relationships, we also sometimes have an attitude of unwillingness. “I have done enough.” Will there ever be enough? It could be that one little thing you do that will trigger something huge. It’s the little things in life that count, small acts of Love.
“Lord, make me love all people. Not just the selected. Let each of us love and touch somebody today. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

My soul thirsts

“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭63‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Hiding from his enemies in the barren wilderness of Judah, David was extremely lonely. He longed for a friend whom he could trust to heal his loneliness. No wonder he cried out, “O God, . . . My soul thirsts for You in this parched and weary land!” If you are lonely or thirsty for something to last in your life, remember David’s prayer. God alone can satisfy our deepest longings.(Tyndale Study Bible)

I have asked this before, have you called out to God at some or other point? I am sure you have. Something that seems common among all of us is that often we feel as though the more disciplined we are spiritually or want to be, the more we seem to fail. That is because of one reason: we are tempted more often because the enemy is aware of this, and the devil thus targets you by laying traps. He would like to steal your salvation, but he can’t.
The next challenge is the condemnation we feel because of our failures… We should never feel this way.

Let me use this as an example: divorce is on the increase. But why? The traditional family unit is the strength, and that’s why the enemy always seeks ways to destroy it. All these modern influences such as pornography, low moral values, lack of church in society, the internet, and much more. If couples and family armour themselves with the Word, they will be protected. This is the reason we should thirst for God.
Have you ever felt judged? Just remember God is a God of Grace… He forgives.
What works for me is to stay in the Word. Read and meditate on the Bible to quench your thirst daily.
Writing this cleanses me and keeps me accountable to do the right thing as often as possible as I can’t write these words and not act upon them. Don’t ever think I don’t fail. 
Don’t only seek His solution in life’s major aspects, but also in the daily, small things. He has a solution for all things and only He is the true fulfilment.
Seek Him in everything you do.

Inspiration

Comforting Promise

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭37‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
This verse contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, and even death. These sometimes cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s constant presence with us. God tells us how great his love is so that we will feel totally secure in him. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid. (Tyndal Study Bible)
I was listening to the radio, yes again. The commentator was telling a story about mission work in deepest Africa, back in the day. He said they went so deep into the Forest’s some of the communities they met, have never had any contact with the outside world. He made an observation. All these people knew there is more to this world. There is something out there. They described it as spirits. A higher power they said. They all had different ways of calling on those spirits. Chanting sacrifices and much more. We have all that and more through Jesus.
When they got told about Jesus, they could relate to this. Faith is believing something you can’t touch and feel. They have done that for many years before. Know it’s easier for us to understand because God inspired people to write His Word the Bible. We have access to it even on our mobile phones these days. It’s with us all the time.
“Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Wow, what a promise. Despite all I have done or who I am, Jesus loves us. 
The more I read this scripture, the more humbled I am. What I feel with that, is a deep sense of gratitude. I feel privileged.
“ Lord Jesus I thank You for all the feelings above. I am in debt to You. Show me, Lord, how I can reach and touch people who don’t know Your way. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

The wise save

The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get. Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭21‬:‭20-21‬ NLT)‬‬‬
This proverb is about saving for the future. Easy credit has many people living on the edge of bankruptcy. The desire to keep up appearances and to accumulate more pushes them to spend every penny they earn, and they stretch their credit to the limit. But anyone who spends all he has is spending more than he can afford. A wise person puts money aside for hard times. God approves of foresight and restraint. God’s people need to examine their lifestyles to see whether their spending is God-pleasing or merely self-pleasing. (Tyndal Study Bible)
I heard this said before. People buy cars with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know.
Yesterday I made the comment that the Bible is the business plan for your life. I was listening to Angus Buchan on the radio. He said all the years he used the Bible to guide him in all his endeavours, even when he wanted advice in his farming business. Just like I said yesterday its all in the Bible.
I have said this before all these worldly things only give a short reprieve. Yes, you know it that small feeling of good. Real spiritual peace is the only lasting good feeling. You find that in Jesus. I ask this question how much time do we spend with God. 80% of your day? No, I think not. I certainly don’t.
Think of the words of the commentator who are we trying to impress. Let’s impress God.
“Lord I pray that I impress you and not the world. To Your glory. In Jesus name. Amen” 

Inspiration

Divided

I hate those with divided loyalties, but I love your instructions. You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope. (‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭113-114‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Those with divided loyalties cannot make up their minds between good and evil. But when it comes to obeying God, there is no middle ground; you must take a stand. Either you are obeying him and doing what he wants, or you are not. Choose to obey God, and say with the psalm writer, “I love your instructions.” (Tyndal Study Bible)
I was chatting to a guy at the gym. We were talking about triathlon. Now here is a sport if you want to achieve you must be a 100% committed. It takes a serious commitment daily.
I was listening to a radio article about success and motivation. The commentator was saying that if you want to achieve in anything in life you need commitment. Then a clear-cut goal followed by a concise plan on how you are going to achieve that goal. Much the same as a training program or business plan. Then the critical part is to work that plan; it is pointless having it if you don’t work it.
Over the years I have made myself guilty of this. My real success only came when I worked that plan. It makes me think of my salvation; it takes commitment. Once you are committed, then you must have a goal. A spiritual goal. The Bible helps you with that. Once you have that goal, the Bible is your business plan. Remember then you have to work that plan. If you don’t, it’s pointless.
Just like I said upfront a 100% commitment. Just like the scripture says no divided loyalties. The Bible, God’s word is your guide and daily business plan. That comfort in knowing that it is there, just for you and everyone that makes that commitment to be saved.
“ Lord I thank You for Your plan. Help me work it daily to glorify You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Inspiration

For us

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭31‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
Do you ever think that because you aren’t good enough for God, he will not save you? Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you? Then these verses are especially for you. If God gave his Son for you, he isn’t going to hold back the gift of salvation! If Christ gave his life for you, he isn’t going to turn around and condemn you! He will not withhold anything you need to live for him. The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God’s redeeming grace—it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to you.(Tyndal Study Bible)
I have prayed for many down and out people over time. Often they become emotional when saved. When they come to the realization that God loves them no matter what they have done, they can’t believe it and are overcome with emotion.
Since I have got saved, I can’t believe that there are still people out there that doubt salvation. God’s promise of salvation is sure in the same way it’s sure he gave his Son Jesus to die for our sins. What a huge commitment. With that came the privilege that we can talk to God directly.
So my question is why do you think God won’t love you. His gift of salvation is for everyone because Jesus paid the price for everyone. God’s sacrifice of his Son for our sins is clear indication that he is for us. By us, I mean everyone in this world.
What’s more important we as believers should actively tell people about the promises of God. If we don’t who will? Who told you about the Good News? Read the words in bold again.
“ Lord I thank you for caring for me and the world. Thank you for being for me. I pray for courage to spread the Good News. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”

Inspiration

For us

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭31‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬
Do you ever think that because you aren’t good enough for God, he will not save you? Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you? Then these verses are especially for you. If God gave his Son for you, he isn’t going to hold back the gift of salvation! If Christ gave his life for you, he isn’t going to turn around and condemn you! He will not withhold anything you need to live for him. The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God’s redeeming grace—it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to you.(Tyndal Study Bible)
I have prayed for many down and out people over time. Often they become emotional when saved. When they come to the realization that God loves them no matter what they have done, they can’t believe it and are overcome with emotion.
Since I have got saved, I can’t believe that there are still people out there that doubt salvation. God’s promise of salvation is sure in the same way it’s sure he gave his Son Jesus to die for our sins. What a huge commitment. With that came the privilege that we can talk to God directly.
So my question is why do you think God won’t love you. His gift of salvation is for everyone because Jesus paid the price for everyone. God’s sacrifice of his Son for our sins is clear indication that he is for us. By us, I mean everyone in this world.
What’s more important we as believers should actively tell people about the promises of God. If we don’t who will? Who told you about the Good News? Read the words in bold again.
“ Lord I thank you for caring for me and the world. Thank you for being for me. I pray for courage to spread the Good News. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”

Inspiration

The gift of God

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬

The Roman church was a diverse community. It was made up of Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free people, rich and poor, strong and weak. So it was difficult for them to accept one another. Accepting means taking people into our homes as well as into our hearts, sharing meals and activities, and avoiding racial and economic discrimination. We must go out of our way to avoid favouritism. Consciously spend time greeting those you don’t normally talk to, minimise differences, and seek common ground for fellowship. In this way you are accepting others as Christ has accepted you, and God is given glory. (Tyndal Study Bible)

God invites everybody to his Kingdom. No matter what you have done, he forgives you. Even a murderer is forgiven by God. Who are we to judge people then? Or for that matter judge a situation. In fact who are we to judge anything in this world.
Everything thing in this world is just on loan to us. We come into this world with nothing, and we go out with nothing. Just like the commentator said yesterday we should use our talents to Glorify God. Sow the right seeds, and right fruit will be produced.
Not Judging and accepting people the way they are will make this world a better place. Start by caring and reaching out to others that are less fortunate, than yourself. When last have you opened your heart and home for people like that? Put out an arm of love to the ones that you don’t like. The closer you are to people you dislike the better. Each of us has a responsibility to make this world a better place. It’s not only there for the select few. Serve the ones noboby wants to serve and God will give you those that everyone one wants to serve. 
Jesus told his disciples he who serves most is the greatest of them all. Not where you stay or how much money you have. Which car do you drive?
“Just like You accepted me, Lord, I pray that I will accept and serves others. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Inspiration

Don’t be misled

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭7-8‬ NLT)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
It would certainly be a surprise if you planted corn and pumpkins came up. It’s a natural law to harvest what we plant. It’s true in other areas too. If you gossip about your friends, you will lose their friendship. Every action has results. If you plant to please your own desires, you’ll harvest a crop of sorrow and evil. If you plant to please God, you’ll harvest joy and everlasting life. What kind of seeds are you planting? (Tyndal Study Bible)
The first thing that comes to mind, so a person thinks so is he.
Don’t be misled. I am sure this happened to you before. Sinful thoughts, and what we think is that nobody knows. Yes, no other person knows, but the Bible says that God knows everything about you.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.(Hebrews 3:14)
Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.(Psalm 139:4)
So at the end of the day who are we fooling with those thoughts, because those thoughts will eventually turn into action.
Read that Scripture again. We can’t mislead God and yourself. Pure thoughts will bring pure results. What’s more important this lesson is even relevant to our daily tasks. What you sow you shall reap.
“Lord I pray for clear and pure thoughts. So the result will be pure. I thank You. In Jesus name. Amen.”