Thursday, 14 December 2017

Today Reminder (One man) – 14 December 2017

A reminder for today
 Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die. But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7-8)

I often think about this: How willing will you give your life for someone you do not like or someone that wronged you in the past? It is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life for anyone for that matter. I think about the soldiers going into extreme circumstances to willingly give their lives for other. Or a fire fighter running into a burning building to save lives or a police officer facing death at every corner. There are many that we know who does it, but will we do it for a bad person like a terrorist or a murderer or a sinner. 

Sin came into this world through one man (Adam) and death through sin. Many died by one man’s trespass but so much more benefited from God’s grace in the gift of one man (Jesus Christ). Adam brought destruction, but Jesus brought salvation.

So, the choice remains and is simple. Whose footsteps do we follow? Do we follow destruction in the footsteps of Adam or do we follow salvation in the footsteps of Jesus? There are many that are stuck in the footsteps of Adam due to unforgiveness or just denying the fact that God exists. 

Jesus came into the world destroying sin and in that destroying death. You see in Jesus our bodies may die, but we will live on in heaven. I can feel my bodies in not what it used to be. Injuries takes longer to heal, or they just stay. My body aches and pains each week from our workouts and it did not used to be like that when I was younger. It should be clear that death is inevitable, but death has no meaning anymore, because Jesus saved us from it.

I will follow only one and that is Jesus Christ. Only one man loved me so much that He died and paid my debt for me. Only one man defeated death and broke sin’s hold. There is only one God and Jesus Christ is His son. 

Lord, what wonderful message your gospel is. Guide us through this day so that we will share it freely. In Jesus name.     

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Today Reminder (Another day) – 13 December 2017

A reminder for today
Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed). Through Him we also have access by faith into this [remarkable state of] grace in which we [firmly and safely and securely] stand. Let us rejoice in our hope and the confident assurance of [experiencing and enjoying] the glory of [our great] God [the manifestation of His excellence and power]. (Romans 5:1-2)

After spending time with my Lord and God and a good night’s rest plus a strenuous workout, I feel a lot better today. It is another day given to me by His mercy and grace. I realised yesterday that even if we struggle the way we do we still have more than most in Africa. We have so much to be grateful for and I think we need to sit back and just rejoice in the blessing we have and the gift we have in Jesus. 

You see it is Christmas and what is Christmas all about? It is all about Jesus and what we have in Him. It is for Him and for His glory. We cannot celebrate Christmas if it is only for the gifts. It is much more than that. We need to be bold and we need to tell all how we have been justified by our faith. How we have been acquitted of our sin and now stand blameless before our Lord and God. We have to live in such a way that the peace we have with God is clear and visible in us. It is so important that we rejoice in in our hope and have joy in our faith. You see God is not visible when we live like the rest of the world. The Lord is visible when we stand up in our hardships and trust Him completely as I am trusting Him. 

Without Jesus our lives are a buttonless pit that will never be completely happy. Material things can not create happiness that last. Maybe in the moment yes, but in the end, it is just another thing we have. Our true joy is waking up another day and understanding the mercy and grace we receive freely from our Lord and God. True joy is that we know there is no more condemnation for us and that the grave will not hold us. Our joy is in the knowledge that our lives will not be the end of us, but we will live in eternity with our creator through the promise we have in Jesus Christ.

Lord, thank you for taking away our material trust and replacing it with trust in you. Thank you for breaking me down so that I will once more celebrate Christmas for the true and wonderful reason that is in you. Lord, thank you that I know I have nothing to fear and that you will free us from our burdens and all will be well in the end. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Today Reminder (Loyalty) – 12 December 2017

A reminder for today
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Saviour] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

I am struggling to write today, because my mind is clouded, and I am not hearing the Holy Spirit. You see the company I work for said that if we deliver this product in less than three months so that the business can start to sell, they will give us an incentive. Now, they do not want to pay it, or they have all kinds of excuses to postpone it. So, I am a little upset or rather angry at them for deceiving us. 

Now you can imagine what is going through my mind at this stage and I am seriously considering another job. It is Christmas and I my Christmas spirit is seriously dampened. What do I do? I am at a loss for words when I stepped into my Lord’s presence today. I am miserable and upset and I am looking up at Him with questions in my eyes like “why” and “how”. 

The Lord reminded me again that His grace is enough and that He died to free me. He reminded me that I will go through difficult times because He is my saviour. He reminded me that the enemy does not want us to celebrate Christmas for the real meaning, He wants us to turn away from God. He reminded me that when we are at our lowest we will see His highest. He reminded me that even in all my anger and despair He will come through and He will save us. He reminded me that we will not perish, but instead we will have eternal life.

Lord, calm our minds and hearts and do not let the enemy take away our joy, because our joy is in you and no matter the difficulty we face, we will have more in you than we ever need. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.