Thursday, 21 September 2017

Today Reminder (Courage) – 21 September 2017

A reminder for today
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9)

It is hurricanes and tsunami’s and there are earthquakes shaking the world. There is a potential nuclear war as North Korea continues with their nuclear tests and the world is in turmoil with strikes happening here in South Afrika. Then there is the doomsday prophets telling us that the end of the world is at our doorstep and above all we are told that global warming is about to melt the icecaps and the world will be flooded. What do we do when we are faced with these kinds of things?
I always take my Bible and I look for what Jesus told us. Jesus said that only God knows when the end of the world will come. He gave us a number of clues to what to lookout for and what to expect in the end days: 

Jesus said in Matthews 24 that many will come in His name claiming to be him. He also said that you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. Jesus also said that you should not be troubled for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet at that time. In Luke, we see the same message but this time it focusses on the one that will come claiming to be Jesus. Notice that this warning is mentioned three times in three of the fist testament books. Jesus makes it clear that there are things that will have to happen before He returns and the coming antichrist is one of them. You can refer to my previous blogs on the antichrist for more info on him. 

So, it is important to remember that these commotions (wars, rumours of wars and events) must happen first so that the antichrist can come. These things will intensify and get worse but Jesus made it very clear that we should fear not. Just as He told Joshua to be strong and courageous and not to be afraid, because the Lord our God is with us.

Now, do not let your life be influenced by the world and its desires, but let your focus and desire be in God for the return of the Lord will be as unexpected as a thief in the night. 

Lord, thank you for all that you do for us and all that we have in you. Thank you that we know we have no need for fear for you are with us and your strength is our strength. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Today Reminder (Take that) – 20 September 2017

A reminder for today
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (Exodus 3:14)

I love it when discoveries proof evolutionists wrong. For example: Dr. Mary Schweitzer and her team caught the world’s attention with a Science paper in 2005 that described intact blood vessels and red blood cells in a T. rex bone. But in fact, secular scientists have been reporting them for decades in sometimes seldom-read technical literature. Now, they find Collagen in these dinosaur bones. Collagen is what keeps the bones intact and holds them together. So surely if these bones are millions of years old we will not find collagen. So, hard science confirms bone collagen could have lasted, even at warmer temperatures, for the 4,300 or so years since Noah’s Flood, but should not have lasted a million years. The fun thing is that these soft tissue is found all over the world in dinosaur bones. Soft tissue and proteins in dinosaur fossils may be the most significant paleo discovery of the 21st century. Their presence argues strongly against the millions-of-years label that’s applied to them.

The problem remains that everyone looks at the same evidence, but it is our view that differs. We look at it from a bible perspective and it makes sense, but the evolutionist looks at it from their background and they are baffled by these finds. You see when your mistake becomes transparent with evidence you will continue to seek an argument that justifies your mistake. Instead of accepting that you are wrong your arrogance makes you argue. This is classical atheism.

I thought I’ll share this with you so that you can know that our God is the only living God. He made it all and He made you. I love this verse from Exodus where Moses askes God who should he say sent him. God replied that He is “I AM”. He is God and there is no other. He is what He says He is and He is what we know He is. He is the only God and He is a living God. 

We are worshipping a living all powerful God. There is no more fear and no more worries left, there is only God and it is all about Him. Therefore, you can walk with confidence and determination, because your strength is His strength and your joy is His joy.

Lord, thank you again for giving us more and more evidence that you are who you are. Fill us with your Spirit and guide us through this day. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Today Reminder (Why do I believe) – 19 September 2017

A reminder for today
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me. (Deuteronomy 5:6-7)

Why do I believe in God? Now there is a question every atheist asks. Well to tell you the truth it is not because there are approximately 11 million species of life on earth, including humans. And they all did not appear by chance. It surely is not because Hoyle said in his book The Intelligent Universe: "As biochemists discover more and more about the awesome complexity of life, it is apparent that its chances of originating by accident are so minute that they can be completely ruled out. Life cannot have arisen by chance."

It is not because Dr. Robert Jastrow, founder of NASA's Institute for Space Studies, says that the Big Bang theory offers scientific evidence for a biblical view of how the universe began. This respected scientist says that "science has proven that the universe exploded into being in a certain moment." He further explains that this sudden explosion points to a truth found in the very first sentence of the Bible: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

It is also not because evidence for the existence of God, says Christian writer C.S. Lewis, is that people everywhere in the world believe in some idea of right and wrong. People argue with one another every day: "That's my seat. I had it first! Suppose I did the same to you! How would you like it? Come on, you promised. … "

These daily arguments show that there must be some law or rule of fair play or morality built into us. Lewis says this moral law cannot simply be about what a group of people decides is right for them. It is more like a mathematical table. We would never say the math table could be made differently if we had simply wanted to make it differently. Two plus two will always equal four. And just as there are math "laws" that can never change, the same is true of moral law.

Yes, there is Somebody behind the universe. He has put a moral law within us, and he is intensely interested in right conduct—in fair play, unselfishness, courage, good faith, honesty and truthfulness.

It is also not because Jesus Christ became human and saved us all from sin. Jesus was who he said he was. But some might argue, "So what? Talk is cheap!" Anyone can make claims. Others have claimed deity. But when it comes to Jesus of Nazareth, his words are backed up by evidence. He said, "If I don't do the things my Father does, well and good; don't believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes. Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you'll see that not only are we doing the same thing; we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him" (John 10:38, The Message).

The greatest evidence to Christ's claims of deity is his resurrection from the dead. Five times, he predicted he would die. He also predicted how he would die and that three days later he would rise from the dead and appear to his disciples.

For evidence of his resurrection, you must turn to the historical record. There are 10 different recorded sightings of the living Christ after his death by crucifixion. In one of his appearances, he was seen by a group of 500 people (1 Corinthians 15:6).

For those who still say the Resurrection was made up, I have a question: What was it that changed a group of frightened, cowardly disciples into men of courage and conviction? What turned them into people who were willing to be tortured and killed because they believed Jesus was God? I believe that only the real bodily resurrection of Christ could have produced such a radical change.

But it surely is that there is the evidence for the Resurrection that is very personal. If Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he is alive today, ready to invade and change those who invite him into their lives. In fact, millions now living claim their lives have been revolutionized by Jesus Christ. He has done in them what he said he would do.

"Believe in Jesus and be saved" isn't simply a nice religious saying. It is a life-changing reality. It is evidence that God is alive and living in those who choose to accept him as Lord and Saviour.

Jesus came into my life and changed it completely. The impact He has on me and the way I do things now. His calm voice and clear guidance that I follow and His amazing grace that impacts me and my life on a daily basis. This is why I believe without question. Jesus Christ is so real to me and I see His work every day. There is no other. It is all because of this personal relationship I have with a living God. To me He has always been here and He will always be. So, my believe is all based on the fact that He is who He is, but the evidence is nice to have.

Lord, you are my evidence. You are my God and I see you every day everywhere I go. I can shout out of your glory and I can tell of your love and grace each day. I am nothing without you and you have changed my very existence. I love you with all of me. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.