Inspiration

Patience

“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (‭2 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭9‬ NLT)

God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But God is not slow; he just is not on our timetable (Psalm 90:4). Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to him. We must not sit and wait for Christ to return, but we should realize that time is short and we have important work to do. Be ready to meet Christ any time, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return for many years.(Tyndale Study Bible)

I was listening to the radio the other day when the DJ’s began saying that Jesus was born 2000 years ago. It suddenly struck me that it was not such a long time ago. If we have to think of God’s time and how old the universe is, it’s not long at all.

What amazes me is how rapid technology has developed in the last while. Think of the past 50 years how things have moved. As Christians, we should have done more to embrace and use this technology to our advantage, just as the world has in the last while.

Let’s go back a whole century. What did you have to do to communicate and get a message to someone? It was a slow and hectic process. Today, I can post something, and if interesting enough, it will go viral and reach millions of people within a matter of days!

My concern is that we end up rushing everything because we are living in this fast-paced society. What helps with everyday aspects is to be patient in all our activities. My partner sometimes gets concerned for me because I take too much time to complete certain tasks. People, however, tend to neglect and rush things rather than take the time to do a job perfectly, and with that completion, comes the reward of fulfilment in that task.

The business world is especially demanding, and patience is critical along with capitalising on opportunities. God has started a work in us which will be revealed in His time. And, as the writer says, we are not on the same clock as the Lord is. That does not mean we should not plan for the big things to come in all aspects of life. 

With God all things are possible.

“Lord I pray for patience. Amen.”

Inspiration

He is for us

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31 NIV

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 this verse is 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 seen this many times. A person breaks down emotionally when they get saved. When you speak to them, they say two things. Firstly they can’t believe that God loves them. Secondly, they can’t believe that God accepted them into His kingdom.

A friend of mine in my work environment suffers from depression and is currently considering taking medication for it. I noticed that people who suffer from depression are often lonely. Loneliness adds to depression. There are other factors as well. My thoughts have always been this. Something causes depression, so my advice is to deal with that cause, whatever it may be. It’s different for all who suffer.

My friend was saying to me, that certain things that happen daily aggravate his feeling of depression. So my point exactly, deal with that stuff or at least avoid them.

Pay attention to the words in the scripture above. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” We, humans, are social creatures we need to belong somewhere. How many of us even in relationships are lonely? The point I am trying to make is If God is for you, who can be against you? Remember God is for everybody in this world. All we have to do is take the step or make the choice. God created man with the ability to choose. So do the right thing. I speak from experience if you have a relationship with God you never need to be lonely again. Try it; I can assure you that God restores. He promises the best for you in scripture. Just do it.

I need to add this: I made the comment that we look after our physical beings by correct eating and exercise. What are you doing for your soul? Are you taking care of your mental state? The most important aspect of you is your mind.

“Lord I pray that people will understand Your goodness. I pray they make the right choices. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Make it count

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Colossians 4:5-6 NIV

We should be wise in our contacts with nonbelievers, making the most of our opportunities to tell them the Good News of salvation. What opportunities do you have?

When we tell others about Christ, it is important always to be gracious in what we say. No matter how much sense the message makes, we lose our effectiveness if we are not courteous. Just as we like to be respected, we must respect others if we want them to listen to what we have to say. (Tyndal Study Bible)

What are your aspirations? I remember growing up and hearing what an amazing man my father, Norman Lotz was. A couple of words come to mind when I think back to him. Disciplined, hard-working, good with his hands, wise, humble, passionate and has family values. In short an amazing father. Backed, I must say by my mother, Carina. One thing I can remember clearly is the only place where the carpet was worn to the core in their bedroom, was where he knelt to pray. 

I am going to say this the advice above is brilliant. Even unbelievers can take heed of this wisdom. Because yes we all want people to say wow know that is a stand-up guy or girl. It gives us that warm feeling. Nobody intends to live in “isolation” So that’s why I comment in the heading “Make it count.” So unbeliever if you want to make a difference in your life, make the interactions count! Believers here is your opportunity to touch the lost out there. Make it count. We are to be shining a light and a disciple for God. The thing is believers don’t need to rely on their own understanding. We have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God the Bible to guide us. Need I say more? 

“Lord, I thank you for Your instruction and wisdom. Amen.”

Inspiration

Watch what you say

“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”

Proverbs 13:3 NIV

You have not mastered self-control if you do not control what you say. Words can cut and destroy. James recognised this truth when he stated, “The tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body” (James 3:6). If you want to be self-controlled, begin with your tongue. Stop and think before you react or speak. If you can control this small but powerful member, you can control the rest of your body. 

We have all heard the saying the tongue is mightier than the sword. Let me speak from experience. 

In business, I had 300 people working for me. Many times in communication you say the wrong thing, and only after saying it you regret it. My thoughts go to losing your temper, and in that state, you say the wrong thing. Emotion is a very dangerous thing. One can’t just act on feelings. Calm down take the time to think about the situation and then speak. What worked for me was to write the important points down. Then stick to that agenda or points. It’s much the same as meetings in the workplace, critical to have an agenda. Meetings should be focused and agenda-driven. 

How many times at home have you said something towards family and loved ones that you regret afterwards? Over the years, I realised that it was easy to lash out at loved ones. At home, there is lots of emotion and therefore easy to lash out. A while ago I commented in Bible Study that we should guard our tongues at home the same way we do it at work and other public interactions. Because of manners and courtesy we often don’t say the things we think. At home, we let rip. Not cool. It’s at home that we should show more patience and courtesy. There we are surrounded by loved ones. They deserve more than all others. Let me say that the peace of God you receive when you get saved, helps. Try it. 

God gave us the ability to choose. So don’t be like Adam and Eve and make the wrong choice. That ability to choose gives us the capacity to have Self-Control. Do and say the right thing. 

“Lord, thank you for your choice. Help us make the right decision to Glorify You, Lord. Stay in the Word and Your presence. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”

Inspiration

Inspired

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Bible is not a collection of stories, fables, myths, or merely human ideas about God. It is not a human book. Through the Holy Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers, who wrote down his message for his people (2 Peter 1:20-21). This process is known as inspiration. The writers wrote from their own personal, historical, and cultural contexts. Although they used their own minds, talents, language, and style, they wrote what God wanted them to write. Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was in control of its writing. Its words are entirely authoritative for our faith and lives. The Bible is “inspired by God.” Read it, and use its teachings to guide your conduct.

The whole Bible is God’s inspired Word. Because it is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our lives. The Bible is our standard for testing everything else that claims to be true. It is our safeguard against false teaching and our source of guidance for how we should live. It is our only source of knowledge about how we can be saved. God wants to show you what is true and equip you to live for him. How much time do you spend in God’s Word? Read it regularly to discover God’s truth and to become confident in your life and faith. Develop a plan for reading the whole Bible, not just the familiar passages.

In our zeal for the truth of Scripture, we must never forget its purpose— to equip us to do good. We should not study God’s Word simply to increase our knowledge or to prepare us to win arguments. We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good. ( Tyndale Study Bible )

My question or challenge is showing me a modern-day book that has more wisdom and guidance in. Show me a book that sold more copies. The Bible is the Greatest book of all time. My next question is if it consisted of so many untruths, why does it sell so many copies? What book is a complete guide to living? I don’t know why the commentary justifies how and where it comes from.

From my personal perspective, it’s the only book that stood the test of time. It’s the only book that is relevant even today. Since the dark ages till know. Everything it teaches us is genuine and consistent. Me writing here as the average uneducated person? With a slim knowledge of the Bible. It is God inspired, that is where the wisdom and knowledge come from, take heed. Not from me all inspired by God. That is why I give God all the Glory. 

” Lord, I thank you for inspiration and revelation, by your Word the Bible. Amen.”

Inspiration

No Judgement

“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”

John 3:18 NLT

People often try to protect themselves from their fears by putting their faith in something they do or have: good deeds, skill or intelligence, money or possessions. But only God can save us from the one thing that we really need to fear—eternal condemnation. We believe in God by recognizing the insufficiency of our own efforts to find salvation and by asking him to do his work in us. When Jesus talks about unbelievers, he means those who reject or ignore him completely, not those who have momentary doubts. (Tyndal Study Bible)

I was listening to a conversation the other day. The kids were saying that’s not right. All they were talking about on how you should treat a girl. The majority of them went to a Christian school. So they have a very clear idea about what’s right and wrong. I am not saying that is the only place you can learn these values. But it is an excellent place to do. 

I am continuously amazed how society does not want to acknowledge Christianity. At least I should say South African society. They banned it from schools, Yet it is the basis of all moral rules and the laws of the world, in some form or other. Is this not the cause of moral decay in our society today? 

Think of the workplace Managers and Owners quickly say that there is no place for Christianity here, in the work environment. I can’t start to tell you how wrong our society’s Managers and Owners are. Christianity is the basis of right and wrong. It’s the stuff we should adhere to every day. Take a careful look at the number of professional sportsmen that are Christian. The sports field is their workplace. Why should it be different for us? 

Every day,  the more knowledge I collect from the Bible in my walk as a Christian, I am astounded. Take some time and have a look for yourself. My point is we often look for guidance all over the place. I can assure you the direction is all there in the Bible. Consider the scripture above. Just make the right decision. 

Worse than being blind is having no vision for your life. Take a moment and consider, not a motivational workshop, we are studying the Bible. It is so motivational. Google and see what the Word of God has to say about Vision. I am so motivated for today, by what, the Bible the Word of God has to say. 

“Lord, all the Glory to you. Can we be without you? I thank you, Lord, for Your W

Inspiration

Gentle answers

“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”

Proverbs 15:1 NLT

Have you ever tried to argue in a whisper? It is equally hard to argue with someone who insists on answering softly or gently. On the other hand, a rising voice and harsh words almost always trigger an angry response. To turn away wrath and seek peace, choose quiet, gentle words. (Tyndal Study Bible)

A couple of years ago with my company, we enrolled in a Management through People skills programme. The question is can you teach an old dog new tricks? I firmly believe you can. All you need is the desire to learn. Well, I can hear you say, there is a challenge right there. 

I think there is a difference between successful people and others. Some people never amount to much. Nothing said here is something you did not hear at some time or other. The difference I believe is the appetite for successful people to learn. They seem to have an open mind about things. You see failure is when you give up trying.  So take the time and read the scripture again. You have to make a choice here and follow the advice of scripture. It’s up to you. 

Let me explain what we learnt in that training. Interacting with another person, you are 50% responsible for their behaviour. In other words, if you lose your temper with them. There is a 50 % chance that they will also lose their temper. Not a win-win situation. So follow the advice of scripture and your communication will be far better. It takes a choice, and the result will be better with that choice. 

We were discussing humility and meekness at Bible school. Peace follows these traits around. You know why this comes to mind. Gentle answers, remind me about humility and meekness, and that’s the better way, and peace will follow you around. Are the teachings of the Bible not amazing?

All you have to ask yourself do you want to learn? It’s up to you. 

“Lord I thank you for daily teaching. All the glory to You Lord. Amen.” 

Inspiration

Scripture dictates

“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”

James 1:21 NLT

19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

James 1:19 – 21MSG

James advises us to get rid of all that is wrong in our lives and “humbly accept” the salvation message we have received because it alone can save us. ( Tyndale Study Bible)

Therefore laying aside – As a dirty garment. All the filthiness and superfluity of wickedness – For however specious or necessary it may appear to worldly wisdom, all wickedness is both vile, hateful, contemptible, and superfluous. Every reasonable end may be effectually answered without any kind or degree of it. Lay this, every known sin, aside, or all your hearing is vain. With meekness – Constant evenness and serenity of mind. Receive – Into your ears, your heart, your life. The word – Of the gospel. Ingrafted – In believers, by regeneration, James 1:18 and by habit, Hebrews 5:14. Which can save your souls – The hope of salvation nourishes meekness. ( John Wesley Commentary)

Daily, we dress in fresh clothing; we discard dirty garments to get washed. If we don’t do that, you will be tarnished quickly. “He does not wash.” So as we look after our physical appearance, do we tend to our spiritual or inner appearance? After accepting Jesus as my Lord and saviour, I understand the concept of spiritual cleansing. 

Dirt and evil are so easily forgotten because we can hide our imperfections. You know what I mean; hiding how you feel and those evil thoughts is easy. We can even mask depression, but we can’t conceal dirty clothes. 

This is not what I am saying; scripture dictates. The Bible is such a fantastic resource guide. Consider the scripture again and read the Message version as well. Can you apply all the perfect instructions above? All things are possible through God. 

I ask, why bother with anything else? It’s all there in the Word of God. We don’t need anything else. Just follow his instruction. 

“Lord, I pray for Your instruction. Your words of wisdom, let them lay at my heart. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Inspiration

Choose and accept

15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honour and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.1 Timothy 1:15-17 NLT
Here Paul summarizes the Good News: Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and no sinner is beyond his saving power. Jesus didn’t come merely to show us how to live better lives or challenge us to be better people. He came to offer us salvation that leads to eternal life. Have you accepted his offer?Paul was not nearly as interested in creating an image as he was in being an example. He did not hesitate to share his past, because he knew his failures would allow others to have hope. At times we hesitate to share our past struggles with others because we are afraid it will tarnish our image. Paul demonstrated that lowering our guard can be an important step in communicating the gospel. People will not believe the gospel is important if they can’t see that it is crucial in your life. How has Christ shown patience with you? Did he stay with you when you doubted and rebelled? Did he remain faithful when you ignored his prior claim on your life? Did he love you when you disregarded his Word and his church? Remember that his patience is unlimited for those who love him. Don’t be afraid to let others know what Christ has done for you.( Tyndal Study Bible)

As I was meditating on this, I read further. When Jesus gave up his life for our sins, there was another significant event. The Holy Spirit was released over the earth. The significance of this is that it’s available to us all: salvation and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Some don’t understand, especially unbelievers. First is that no matter what we have done or our position, God loves us. He loved us so much that He gave His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. I am trying to understand why people don’t realise this importance. Think of this for a moment. The world’s calendar is designed around the birth of Jesus. Before Christ and 2022, after Christ Jesus. Has anyone made more of an impact in this world? Many important things have happened in the world, but none are as significant as the birth of Christ. 

Secondly, when we accept this, we receive the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us. No matter what we have done or where we find ourselves. The Holy Spirit is there to guide us daily. Remember, just as success, nothing in life comes easy. We have to work at it. Seek God’s wisdom through the Word (Bible) and pray for Holy Spirit to guide us daily. 

We might not think so, but all the promises of God are at our disposal. It is up to us. Carefully reread the scripture and commentary. 

“Lord, give me the wisdom to make the right choices. Holy Spirit, guide me. Amen.”

Inspiration

Honour Jesus and yourself

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Colossians 3:17 MSG

“Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus” means bringing honour to Christ in every aspect and activity of daily living. As a Christian, you represent Christ at all times—wherever you go and whatever you say. What impression do people have of Christ when they see or talk with you? What changes would you make in your life in order to honour Christ? (Tyndal Study Bible)

These are such powerful words. Can people see the Christ in you? What impression do people have of Jesus when they talk to you? Flip, I fail horribly.

The sermon in Church last Sunday was about the Hole in your soul. And if you glorify and walk with God, you can make your soul whole again. How many times have you complained about your circumstance at work? You feel sorry for yourself. If we perform as one at work without friction and complaints, the job will get done much better. Yes, I hear you asking or saying we can not achieve if things are wrong. We can pray about it. Pray for rectification of the situation. As Christians, we know that with prayer, all things are possible. 

Consider this for a moment if we do and say all things to Glorify God, will we have any problems at work or in our private lives? Nope, I don’t think so. If you are not a believer and you are reading this, why don’t you do all things to glorify yourself, at least? If we take a stance of gratitude and peace, it will go a long way toward being more Jesus-like. It will also go a long way in Glorifying Him. When we accept Jesus as our saviour, we are born again(become a new person) and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to assist us in sanctification. Sanctification is an ongoing process. It’s like that process of being perfect. 

Consider the last question in the commentary. What change will you make to honour Jesus?

“Lord guide me to Glorify You. In Jesus name, Amen.”