Friday, 30 September 2011

You are special

When you woke up this morning, did you realize how uniquely special you are.
Not only that you have a unique finger print, unique tongue print and a unique personality specially designed for God’s purpose, but that you are special in every way to God. He loves you more than you realize.

Here are a few things that make you special:

Genesis 1:27 - So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

A baby acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.

Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born.

The stomach’s digestive acids are strong enough to dissolve zinc. Fortunately for us, the cells in the stomach lining renew so quickly that the acids don’t have time to dissolve it. You get a new stomach lining every three to four days.

The lungs contain over 300,000 million capillaries (tiny blood vessels). If they were laid end to end, they would stretch 2400km (1500 miles).

 Human bone is as strong as granite in supporting weight. A block of bone the size of a matchbox can support 9 tonnes – that is four times as much as concrete can support.

The focusing muscles of the eyes move around 100,000 times a day. To give your leg muscles the same workout, you would need to walk 80km (50 miles) every day

In 30 minutes, the average body gives off enough heat (combined) to bring a half gallon of water to boil.

Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour (approx. 289 km an hour)

The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.

The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels. 

The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court.

Scientists have counted over 500 different liver functions. 

Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.

Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins.

You use 200 muscles to take one step.

Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute.

Every day an adult body produces 300 billion new cells.

So smile, because you are more that you think.

Friday 30 September 2011

Luke 6:43-45


"A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thorn bushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

What kind of tree are you? God placed us here for one specific purpose and that is to glorify His name, to worship Him, and show His love to this around us. Does your tree produce fruit and what kind of fruit do you have. The Holy Spirit was send by Jesus to assist and guide us, let the Holy Spirit inspire you today to produce life changing fruit. Let the glory of God shine out in everything you do.

Matthew 10:39

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.”
To God be all the glory

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Thursday 29 September 2011

My prayer for you for today is that the Lord will carry you in His hands through all the challenges that await you. That you will triumph above all expectations and that His glory will shine through your life.

Luke 6:20-22

"God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh.
What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.”

This day will be a beautiful day.

Do you feel that you are being challenged above your limits? Are you tired? Jesus was tempted for forty days in the desert and in that time He said that you must not test the Lord our God.
For forty days He was constantly challenged by the enemy and why did He succeed. Jesus placed His trust in our God almighty. He only did what God wanted and what God told Him to do. God wants you to make a difference today where you are. In your place of work place your trust in God and let Him guide you.

Luke 4:


1 Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,2 where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.
  3 Then the devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread."
  4 But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People do not live by bread alone.'"
  5 Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.6 "I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them," the devil said, "because they are mine to give to anyone I please.7 I will give it all to you if you will worship me."
  8 Jesus replied, "The Scriptures say,

'You must worship the LORD your God
  and serve only him.'"

  9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, "If you are the Son of God, jump off!10 For the Scriptures say,

'He will order his angels to protect and guard you.
11 And they will hold you up with their hands
  so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.'"

  12 Jesus responded, "The Scriptures also say, 'You must not test the LORD your God.'"
  13 When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.
To God be all the glory

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Wednesday 28 September 2011

My prayer for you for today is that God will take away all your fear and open your heart for His presence.

Psalm 34:4-7

I prayed to the LORD, and He answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened;
He saved me from all my troubles.
For the angel of the LORD is a guard;
He surrounds and defends all who fear Him.

Why do we fear? The enemy attack us on a daily basis and try to take away our blessing in God. He robs us from our time and trust that we should put in God and once he pulls us away and we do not trust God completely anymore we become vulnerable. Then fear sets in, and the enemy is provided with a foothold in our life.
This must never happen. Why do we continuously try and do things by ourselves? God has made it so clear in scripture that He will protect us and He will take away all our fear.

Don’t be fooled by this world and those around you, but stand firm in Jesus so that you will not slip but instead that you will stand and fight. Be different. Jesus didn’t come to this world to fit in. No, He came here to be different. To change things, to help others, to show people the kingdom of God. To set us free. You do not need to be like everyone else on their way to destruction, but you must be on your way to eternal life.

Let God guide you and show you the way.

To God be all the glory.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Tuesday power verse

My prayer for us for today is that we will turn to Jesus and seek Him in every moment.

Psalm 1:1-3
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.

Have a nice day

Monday, 26 September 2011

Monday power verse

My prayer for you for today is that you will be patient and obedient to God so that His plan in your life will find a solid foundation.

Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the LORD to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the LORD.

Monday 26 September 2011

Luke 1

76 "And you, my little son,
  will be called the prophet of the Most High,
  because you will prepare the way for the Lord.
77 You will tell his people how to find salvation
  through forgiveness of their sins.
78 Because of God's tender mercy,
  the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
  and to guide us to the path of peace."

Psalm 39


1 I said to myself, "I will watch what I do
  and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue
  when the ungodly are around me."
2 But as I stood there in silence—
  not even speaking of good things—
  the turmoil within me grew worse.
3 The more I thought about it,
  the hotter I got,
  igniting a fire of words:
4 "LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
  Remind me that my days are numbered—
  how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
  My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
  at best, each of us is but a breath."    Interlude

6 We are merely moving shadows,
  and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
  not knowing who will spend it.
7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
  My only hope is in you.
8 Rescue me from my rebellion.
  Do not let fools mock me.
9 I am silent before you; I won't say a word,
  for my punishment is from you.
10 But please stop striking me!
  I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.
11 When you discipline us for our sins,
  you consume like a moth what is precious to us.
  Each of us is but a breath.    Interlude

12 Hear my prayer, O LORD!
  Listen to my cries for help!
  Don't ignore my tears.
For I am your guest—
  a traveler passing through,
  as my ancestors were before me.
13 Leave me alone so I can smile again
  before I am gone and exist no more.

You are so important to God. He send the light of the world to save us from the powers of darkness. Life is so short and we have so little time. Our lives is merely a breath, and we have so little time to allow God to use us to accomplish His plan. Let the light of Jesus shine through you today to clear away the darkness around us. Let this light shine bright enough to let others long for it.

To God be all the glory.

Friday, 23 September 2011


46 Mary responded,

"Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
47   How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
  and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
49 For the Mighty One is holy,
  and he has done great things for me.
50 He shows mercy from generation to generation
  to all who fear him.
51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
  He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
52 He has brought down princes from their thrones
  and exalted the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
  and sent the rich away with empty hands.
54 He has helped his servant Israel
  and remembered to be merciful.
55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,
  to Abraham and his children forever."

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Today reminder 22 September

My prayer for you today is that you will truly see your purpose in God’s kingdom and that you will know how important you are and that you will grow and fulfil the important role that you play in God’s plan.

Luke 1:38
Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true." And then the angel left her.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Mark 15:21-22

A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus' cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus). And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means "Place of the Skull").

Who was Simon of Cyrene? We do not know for certain, but we can make some pretty good guesses. Mark tells us that he was the father of Alexander and Rufus. (Mark 15:21, Acts 13:1.) And since the gospel of Mark was directed to the Romans, it is evident that the sons were well known in the church at Rome.

But how unexpected the honor was! When Simon left home he had no idea that he was going to play such an important part in history! And perhaps as you read this the Lord will honor you and ask you to shoulder a burden. Maybe right now He's saying, "I want you in Burma, Africa, India, Mexico. Or maybe in a voice that is soft and low He is saying, "I need you in the Sunday school. I need you to do regular church visitation. I need your money."

If He is saying these things we should answer, "Yes, Lord," and feel honoured in doing so!
Now we often hear that a cross is something that we voluntarily pick up; but this is not always so. The text tells us that Simon was compelled to carry it. Please remember that real Christians are obedient Christians and that if we are to obey, we must pick up the burdens Jesus hands us and be thankful to carry them!

I do not know what kind of cross the Lord may present to you. But whatever it is, carry it! The cross-bearer carries something that Jesus cannot carry in order to enable Jesus to do what the cross-bearer cannot do!
The task Simon was asked to complete was not a very spectacular one. His job was simply to carry a cross a few hundred feet; tradition tells us that Jesus Himself had already carried the cross most of the distance. Although the job looked insignificant at the moment, it turned out to be extremely important!

It is easy enough to get people to assume big crosses with publicity attached to them, crosses that the multitude can see. But it is very difficult to get them to assume the little crosses that are unnoticed by the crowd. Yet, frequently it is the little cross that does the most good!

Teaching a Sunday school class is not always an easy thing. To some teachers it is a very heavy cross. To work on a lesson for a class with its quota of rowdies is not always easy. Many a teacher goes home and weeps over the happenings of the day. And yet it so happens that here and there a screaming toddler, a paper-throwing junior hears something from or sees something in the teacher that brings about a great change.

Do not despise the seemingly little things! Simon's burden was not unusually heavy. His task was not drawn out. But it was very necessary! And his name is written large in history as a result.

You may be asked to assume a cross for the simple reason that no one else will carry it. Simon was not chosen because he was pious, strong or faithful. He was chosen because no one else could be had!
And when he picked up the cross, without doubt he was met with jeers and boos. One can imagine the abuse that was heaped on him as he stood to his feet with the cross over his shoulder.

Then I think somebody must have gone right up to him and snarled, "Now you're defiled. You can't partake of the Passover. You are the most ignorant ignoramus I ever met!" His ears must have tingled with the abuse. But I do not think he really minded. For I think the Master must have put a wearied arm around him for support, and I think He must have whispered some wonderful words of cheer into Simon's ears!

Jesus had instituted the Lord's Supper the night before. But on this gloriously terrible day He continued a custom that He has never stopped. This wonderful custom is that He always walks with the one who is carrying a cross!
Are you weary of your burden? Look at Jesus by your side. He is carrying the heaviest end of the loadãthe end with the rough edges. And if He isn't, it is because you will not let Him!

Are you weary of the scorn of the crowd? Look at Jesus, more of the scorn is being heaped on Him than on you!
Are you weary of your tired, aching and diseased faltering body? Look at Jesus. He was so weary He fell. And His body was covered with wounds, spittle and blood!

When Simon took hold of the cross, Jesus was so faint that He had fallen to the ground. But now that He had Simon to lean on, He gathered strength. In the crowd that day there was a large number of women who were weeping and lamenting over Jesus. Presently Jesus spoke to them: "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Luke 23:28-31.
This was a very remarkable prophecy concerning what was to come. I wonder if Jesus would have had the strength to utter these words without the help of Simon? Perhaps not! Carrying a wooden cross a short distance may have seemed insignificant to Simon, and yet it enabled Jesus Christ to preach!
What you are doing for the Master may seem very trivial and insignificant, but it enables Him to carry on His work, for we are yokefellows with Him. Listen to what Jesus had to say on this matter, "And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward." Matthew 10:42.

That day Simon had to give up taking the Passover because he had carried the cross and thus defiled himself. But whenever we give up something for Jesus Christ, we always receive far more in return. Remember the Master said, "And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life." Matthew 19:29.

Simon of Cyrene gave up the Passover, but in its place he received the "peace that passeth understanding." It was an excellent bargain!

Mark tells us that Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus, but he does not tell us anything about Alexander and Rufus. Why? It just was not necessary! We believe these two sons were well known and loved by the readers of Mark's gospel in Rome! They were pillars in the Church! Indeed, it is thought by some that Rufus traveled with Peter and Andrew on evangelistic trips. We do know that he was well known to Paul, for at the conclusion of his Epistle to the Romans he wrote, "Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine" (16:13). It seems that the whole family was saved!
But now let us indulge our imaginations, move the clock ahead some thirty years from the time Simon carried the cross, and go into an obscure part of the city of Rome. Nero has been on the throne since A.D. 54. Because of him many Christians have been put to death. Peter has been crucified. Paul has been beheaded. Others have been burned to death, some of them as flaming torches.

But the Christians, the brave Christians, continued to worship. Let us slip into one of their meetings. A letter of Paul's is read, prayer is offered, communion is taken, a song is sung. Then a leader asks volunteers to rise and tell how they met Christ.

Timothy gets to his feet and tells how he found the Nazarene through the preaching of Paul in Lystra in A.D. 48.
Then John Mark stands up. He tells how he saw the arrest of Jesus and how he had to flee home naked. Then he tells how he found Him as his personal Savior.

"But Father didn't come back for a long time, and when he did I noticed something had happened to him. There was a new light in his eyes. His worries and anxieties were gone. But I also noticed blood on his gown, and so I asked him what it was. "Then he told us the story of the cross. At first we could not believe that it was actually the Messiah. But we saw the change in Father and learned about the Resurrection, and so we knew that it was true.

"And that is how our entire family became followers of the Lord Jesus Christ!" Simon of Cyrene bore the cross patiently, and as a result his sons, Alexander and Rufus, became Christians. And perhaps even Paul heard the gospel first through their mother.

Bearing one's cross pays!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Psalm 34

Psalm 34


1 I will praise the LORD at all times.
  I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the LORD;
  let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the LORD's greatness;
  let us exalt his name together.

4 I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me.
  He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
  no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened;
  he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the LORD is a guard;
  he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good.
  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
9 Fear the LORD, you his godly people,
  for those who fear him will have all they need.
10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
  but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.

11 Come, my children, and listen to me,
  and I will teach you to fear the LORD.
12 Does anyone want to live a life
  that is long and prosperous?
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
  and your lips from telling lies!
14 Turn away from evil and do good.
  Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

15 The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right;
  his ears are open to their cries for help.
16 But the LORD turns his face against those who do evil;
  he will erase their memory from the earth.
17 The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help.
  He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
  he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

19 The righteous person faces many troubles,
  but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.
20 For the LORD protects the bones of the righteous;
  not one of them is broken!

21 Calamity will surely overtake the wicked,
  and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22 But the LORD will redeem those who serve him.
  No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Monday 19 September 2011

Mark 10

14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

42 So Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Mark 11

22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, "Have faith in God.23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, 'May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours.25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too."

Jesus calls us into childlike faith and commitment. He wants you to belief in Him like a child, with all your heart and without any doubt. Like children we must also take our place in the back taking away any feelings of importance but rather become more like servants. It is in this serving that we can truly display the love of God, because God has send His only son to become a servant to the world. We must put ourselves last. Jesus mentions that with faith we will be able to move mountains. He says that if you believe that you received it, it will be yours. 

For the glory of God is displayed in our lives through the many amazing things that God provides for us. In every moment and in everything is God’s will and blessing. 

Let us give glory to God by becoming like children in humbling ourselves before God and truly believing in Him and just have faith.

To God be all the glory.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Mark 7:14-15

Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. "All of you listen," he said,"and try to understand. It's not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart."

Jesus stated here that we are defiled but what comes out of our heart and further on He makes it quite clear that this is the impurities of our thoughts.  I feel that the Holy Spirit says that this goes hand in hand with what we say and do and what we say to other people.

Therefore I urge you today so speak only uplifting things over everybody you see and meet no matter how hard and difficult.
Our primary function is to bring honour and glory to God and this is clearly seen in the way we treat those around us.
Let God guide in speaking life over every person you meet.

To God be all the glory.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Tuesday 13 September

My prayer for you today is that God fills you with His love and that His love will overflow in all that you do. You are amazingly created, and in Him you will find endless power.

Mark 4:39-40
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Silence! Be still!" Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 
Then he asked them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

Monday, 12 September 2011

Monday 12 September power verse

Psalm 27
A Psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
  so why should I be afraid?
The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
  so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me,
  when my enemies and foes attack me,
  they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
  my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
  I will remain confident.

4 The one thing I ask of the LORD
  the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
  delighting in the LORD's perfections
  and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
  he will hide me in his sanctuary.
  He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high
  above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
  singing and praising the LORD with music.

7 Hear me as I pray, O LORD.
  Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me."
  And my heart responds, "LORD, I am coming."
9 Do not turn your back on me.
  Do not reject your servant in anger.
  You have always been my helper.
Don't leave me now; don't abandon me,
  O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
  the LORD will hold me close.

11 Teach me how to live, O LORD.
  Lead me along the right path,
  for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands.
  For they accuse me of things I've never done;
  with every breath they threaten me with violence.
13 Yet I am confident I will see the LORD's goodness
  while I am here in the land of the living.

14 Wait patiently for the LORD.
  Be brave and courageous.
  Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

Monday 12 September 2011

Power and obedience

Mark 1
9 One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River.10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove.11 And a voice from heaven said, "You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy."
16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.17 Jesus called out to them, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!"18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.

Mark 2

Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)
13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him.14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple," Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.
  15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus' followers.)16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, "Why does he eat with such scum?"
  17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."

Before Jesus began His ministry He was baptised and the Holy Spirit descended on Him. We need the Holy Spirit to be our guide and voice. He is send by God to be our help. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide, let Him open your heart, eyes and ears for the will of God.

When Jesus called His disciples they followed. They did not wait to make sure and then first had to take care of other stuff, they followed Him.

Put down the sorrows, problems and worries of this world. They are robbing you from the blessing of Jesus. Open your heart and follow Jesus. Let the Holy Spirit fill your body and give you strength so that we can make a change.

Let us plant the seed and watch the Holy Spirit transform people’s lives.

Come Lord Jesus come, come and change my life and fill me with the Holy Spirit.

To God be all the glory.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Wednesday 07 September

Mark 1

4 This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.5 All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.6 His clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey.
  7 John announced: "Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I'm not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals.8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!"

9 One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River.10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove.11 And a voice from heaven said, "You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy."
 The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness,13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.
  14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God's Good News.15 "The time promised by God has come at last!" he announced. "The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"

There are a few things that stands out that I wish to share with you this morning. To begin I would like to look at John the Baptist. He preached in the wild and wore clothes of camel hair with a leather belt. What a sight this must have been and yet he baptised many people and he was the messenger that prepared the way for Jesus. If you think about this are you not more equipped to spread the good news and be God’s messenger. We are indirectly preparing the way for the return of Jesus. And in this section Jesus made it very clear: "The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"

Then I would like to focus your attention on God. How great is the God that we worship and do we remember who He is?  John said: "Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I'm not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!"

He is not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of His sandals. This is the messenger chosen by God. Yet we personalize Jesus into who we need Him to be.

This is what Isaiah wrote about God:

Isaiah 2

12 For the LORD of Heaven's Armies has a day of reckoning.
He will punish the proud and mighty and bring down everything that is exalted.
13 He will cut down the tall cedars of Lebanon and all the mighty oaks of Bashan.
14 He will level all the high mountains and all the lofty hills.
15 He will break down every high tower and every fortified wall.
16 He will destroy all the great trading ships and every magnificent vessel.
17 Human pride will be humbled, and human arrogance will be brought down.
Only the LORD will be exalted on that day of judgment.

18 Idols will completely disappear. 19 When the LORD rises to shake the earth, His enemies will crawl into holes in the ground. They will hide in caves in the rocks from the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty.
20 On that day of judgment they will abandon the gold and silver idols they made for themselves to worship.
They will leave their gods to the rodents and bats, 21 while they crawl away into caverns and hide among the jagged rocks in the cliffs. They will try to escape the terror of the LORD
  and the glory of his majesty as he rises to shake the earth. 22 Don't put your trust in mere humans.
  They are as frail as breath.  What good are they?

God is big, He is bigger and greater than we can ever imagine. This is the God that looks over you today. Place your trust in Him and let Him guide your every step.
We are here to worship and glorify His great glory.

To God be all the glory.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Monday 05 September 2011

Matthew 25

14 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
  16 "The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more.17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master's money.
  19 "After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, 'Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.'
  21 "The master was full of praise. 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!'
  22 "The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, 'Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.'
  23 "The master said, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!'
  24 "Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, 'Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn't plant and gathering crops you didn't cultivate.25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.'
  26 "But the master replied, 'You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn't plant and gathered crops I didn't cultivate,27 why didn't you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.'
  28 "Then he ordered, 'Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

When I read this parable this section just stood out: ”To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”
With a little research it became clear that the kingdom of heaven is much like a business. I a business the employees work hard so that the company can make a good profit. This also has a direct effect on the employees, because in a performance based environment good work is rewarded by a good increase or a good bonus structure which provides financial compensation to the employee and even maybe a prize.
With God’s kingdom there is a strong resemblance to a business. We are each given the abilities and the desires to do God’s work:

Philippians 2:13
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

We as employees of the kingdom of God (Believers) must work hard to produce a great profit for Him. We must spread His gospel and tell people of Jesus. And this does not mean you must go on a mission to far off country, no this starts right there where you are now.
Jesus ends His time on earth with these words:

Matthew 28
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Let us make a profit for God in our lives.
To God be the glory