Friday, 17 November 2017

Today Reminder (Oh Yes) – 17 November 2017

A reminder for today
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

I am probably the one who is the most happiest it is Friday. Although I will probably work all weekend I am just glad we get a small break. This week has been hectic, and I am so looking forward to December so that I can have a proper break. How weird is this week? In the beginning of the week it was so hot and on Wednesday it rained and yesterday and today it is cold, I mean quite cold. In all my years I have never seen this weird type of weather here in Pretoria. We are extremely grateful for the rain and I must say I would love it if it just rained for a few days on end. 

This time of the year is probably the most challenging time just before Christmas. Everything is coming to an end as the year reaches its final stage. It can be a happy and joyous time, but it can also be a challenging and difficult time. Some will be with family and friends and some will be on holiday and some might be alone. 

No matter the challenges or the situation we may face, the Lord will give us victory. Now, you might say that it is easy to say but hard to do. Let us look at victory in Jesus Christ for a moment. The obvious is that Jesus died on that cross and was raised back to life and in that victory, He took away all our sin. That is not all when we look at Jesus victory in our lives. 

The fact that forgiveness clears the burden of sin also clears the hold of the enemy on our lives. This opens a new path where we can be who God intended us to be and that is forgiven and renewed by His mercy and grace. Now you realise that there is nothing that condemns you anymore and nothing that can be used against you by the enemy. There is no more guilt and no more blame that can hinder your growth and your faith. You become a righteous being and your needs and desires changes from earthly to heavenly. Suddenly life nor death hold no more value in you and your goal becomes a heavenly and eternal goal that sets you apart from the rest.

Let me leave you with one last thought on victory. No matter your circumstance, your burdens, your past, your pain or your loss, Jesus knows it all and He knows exactly what you are going through. He will not let you be broken by your battles nor will He not give you the tools to overcome them. He is and was and is forever and this means that He is in all that you face, and He is in you holding, helping and guiding you. Let Him be who He is and let Him show you the way. 

Do not allow the lies of the enemy to confuse you, but instead let the truth of Jesus uplift you. Let us celebrate Him and His love in this season and let us show Him despite our battles, because the minute He takes over is the minute we see victory.

Lord, we give you our lives, our burdens and our challenges and we ask that you enter into our lives and hold us together and strengthen us so that we will overcome and succeed for your glory. Give us victory over our battles. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Today Reminder (Power) – 16 November 2017

A reminder for today
And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very centre and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18-19)

Yesterday my body just had enough. I was so tired after our leg workout and after my cardio session I was exhausted. It doesn’t help if you did not sleep well either and finally it all just hits you like waves. It just hits you one after the other. At a point you just feel you need power and instead of getting better the energy is just not there.

In our spiritual battles we get to the same point where the waves just keep coming and you feel the power leaving your body as the battles continues. We get tired from the challenges that comes up on our journey as the enemy tries anything to get to us. Over and above all that you must live a holy and righteous life and it all just starts to seem impossible at a stage.

This is when we get to the point where we realise the importance of a close relationship with our Lord. So that we may be enlightened and filled by the power of His Holy Spirit and cherish the hope and have a constant expectation for the riches of His inheritance. With this we may begin to know the greatness of His power so that we will be renewed in our battles and by His active and spiritual power that we may continue the battle and not give up.

You may feel powerless in some days but it when we are at our weakest that we show His power the best. It is when we have nothing left that we know all that we do is by His mercy and His grace and by His power. So that when we stand up in this battle we will understand the extent of who God is and that with Him we can do anything.

My prayer for you today is simple. I pray that the power of our Lord will fill you and renew you so that you will stand up despite your exhaustion and pain and defeat the enemy by withstanding his attempts to mislead you and bringing the truth of our Lord by the way you live. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Today Reminder (He lives in me) – 15 November 2017

A reminder for today
I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)

How are you, my friend? This week is a tough one with the exams and work that is taking its part out of me. Yesterday’s studying went much better as the Spirit of the Lord lifted me and gave me strength to be a better tutor to my son. So, today we are excited to write the exam and much more positive about it. It is raining here in Pretoria and what a blessing. When I finally got to my car I was soaking wet, but the wonder of this blessing is just amazing. I sat for a moment in front of the school and just watched the rain and once again I am in awe of God’s creation.

It is so important that we understand what it is that Jesus did for us. In His crucifixion and resurrection, He took away all that can keep us from Him. But we need to understand that when we accept Him as our saviour we die in the old self and is replaced by a new self that is now filled by Jesus Christ. Although I live my life is no longer a life that is wasted away by the material needs of the world, but rather one that has purpose and a destiny. Jesus died so that we can experience His resurrection and His grace as He takes away all our sin and all our worries and burdens.

You see it is like seeing for the first time. Suddenly you see with different eyes and the things that held value in your previous life now has no power over you anymore. You live to live a life that will glorify the Lord and take you on your journey to heaven. You realise that this world is fading away, but the promise we have in Jesus is eternal and will never fade. You start to understand that we do not need much to pass through this world and it is not what you have but what you do that is important.
You realise instead of needing things that you actually do not need you now have a need to help and give and spread the gospel. Your outlook on life changed and the way you see people are different. You start to act different and do different and soon you start to stand out, because you do not except the ways of the world but the way of the Lord. 

He gave His life for me, so I will gladly give mine for Him.

Lord, you are our God and saviour and with you we are made new. You took away that which was leading us into destruction and you changed it to give us purpose and hope. Let us be the very light that will guide those still in darkness to you so that they too can experience your gift. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.