Friday, 18 August 2017

Today Reminder (Proven) – 18 August 2017

A reminder for today
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)

It is a beautiful and chilly Friday here in South Africa as winter suddenly returns with a bang. The cold front that we face is here for a few days and it is predicted that we might still have another before we enter summer. Spring seems to be outsmarted by an undying winter. Today I want to stop at this point: Jesus is who He said He is and He is now and forever. Many disputes the existence of Jesus so let me go outside the bible and prove His existence for you.

First meet Tacitus—or more formally, Caius/Gaius (or Publius) Cornelius Tacitus (55/56–c. 118 C.E.)—was a Roman senator, orator and ethnographer, and arguably the best of Roman historians. Tacitus’s last major work, titled Annals, written c. 116–117 C.E., includes a biography of Nero. In 64 C.E., during a fire in Rome, Nero was suspected of secretly ordering the burning of a part of town where he wanted to carry out a building project, so he tried to shift the blame to Christians.
Tacitus presents four pieces of accurate knowledge about Jesus: (1) Christus, used by Tacitus to refer to Jesus, was one distinctive way by which some referred to him, even though Tacitus mistakenly took it for a personal name rather than an epithet or title; (2) this Christus was associated with the beginning of the movement of Christians, whose name originated from his; (3) he was executed by the Roman governor of Judea; and (4) the time of his death was during Pontius Pilate’s governorship of Judea, during the reign of Tiberius. (Many New Testament scholars date Jesus’ death to c. 29 C.E.; Pilate governed Judea in 26–36 C.E., while Tiberius was emperor 14–37 C.E.)

Now meet Josephus, a Jewish priest who grew up as an aristocrat in first-century Palestine and ended up living in Rome, supported by the patronage of three successive emperors. In the early days of the first Jewish Revolt against Rome (66–70 C.E.), Josephus was a commander in Galilee but soon surrendered and became a prisoner of war. He then prophesied that his conqueror, the Roman commander Vespasian, would become emperor, and when this actually happened, Vespasian freed him. “From then on Josephus lived in Rome under the protection of the Flavians and there composed his historical and apologetic writings”

These independent historical sources—one a non-Christian Roman and the other Jewish—confirm what we are told in the Gospels:

1. He existed as a man. The historian Josephus grew up in a priestly family in first-century Palestine and wrote only decades after Jesus’ death. Jesus’ known associates, such as Jesus’ brother James, were his contemporaries. The historical and cultural context was second nature to Josephus. “If any Jewish writer were ever in a position to know about the non-existence of Jesus, it would have been Josephus. His implicit affirmation of the existence of Jesus has been, and still is, the most significant obstacle for those who argue that the extra-Biblical evidence is not probative on this point,” Robert Van Voorst observes. And Tacitus was careful enough not to report real executions of nonexistent people. 

2. His personal name was Jesus, as Josephus informs us.

3. He was called Christos in Greek, which is a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah, both of which mean “anointed” or “(the) anointed one,” as Josephus states and Tacitus implies, unaware, by reporting, as Romans thought, that his name was Christus.

4. He had a brother named James (Jacob), as Josephus reports.

5. He won over both Jews and “Greeks” (i.e., Gentiles of Hellenistic culture), according to Josephus, although it is anachronistic to say that they were “many” at the end of his life. Large growth in the number of Jesus’ actual followers came only after his death.

6. Jewish leaders of the day expressed unfavorable opinions about him, at least according to some versions of the Testimonium Flavianum.

7. Pilate rendered the decision that he should be executed, as both Tacitus and Josephus state.

8. His execution was specifically by crucifixion, according to Josephus.

9. He was executed during Pontius Pilate’s governorship over Judea (26–36 C.E.), as Josephus implies and Tacitus states, adding that it was during Tiberius’s reign.

Case closed. Jesus definitely is who He is. He definitely existed and this also confirms the historical evidence we see in the gospels. Two historians made it clear that Jesus existed and confirms His death. We know the rest. Stand firm in your faith, my friend and do not let the enemy’s lies influence you.

Lord, thank you for another day give to us by your grace. Let us use this time and share your love and message with all around us. Let us bring glory to you and defeat the enemy in all his attempts to deceive us or those around us. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Today Reminder (Seek) – 17 August 2017

A reminder for today
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)

We are in the midst of a terrible update as I have told you before. We struggle to get all in place and the pressure is high on us delivering a perfect model for our customers. I find it hard at times to stay the course and sometimes I feel that I just need a break, but we have to carry on and see this through.
What is the hardest is how quick people are to see the bad and how slow they are to see the good and the blessings in their lives. We are almost genetically altered to focus on bad and terrible and miss good and nice. How often have you find it that people will remember the mistakes and wrongs you did despite the fact that your good outweighs your bad. People are inclined to get negative much easier than to remain positive about something. 

I am convinced that it is our faith that is weak and insufficient so that the little we have are trampled by the enemy and we accept his lies. You see the enemy wants to remove God from every situation so the moment things do not go your way you will rather listen to the lies of the enemy and get negative instead of remembering the almighty God that lives in you. 

I love this verse in Jude: Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.

The only one that we should concern us with is Jesus Christ. He is way and the truth and the life. He is the one that keeps us from falling and He is the one that makes us faultless. He is the giver and the redeemer. He is the creator and the game changer. He is the one that drives out negative thoughts and replaces them with righteous thoughts. He is the one that lead us and guides us and He is the one that will never leave you and never forsake you.

So, the answer to all negativity is simply Jesus Christ. In Him we have all we need and we will never fail, because when we bring Him into the equation it is for His glory and it is all about Him. Suddenly your whole perspective will change and your fears and worries will be replaced by peace, trust and faith.

Therefore, you have the opportunity to change all the negative minds around you by introducing Jesus as the way maker. 

Lord, we are so fortunate to have you in all that we do and to see you at work in our lives. Lead us through the last stages of this year and bless all that we do so that you will get all the glory for all that we do and that the world will see you are God and you alone. There is no one like you. In Jesus name.

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus. 


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Today Reminder (My will) – 16 August 2017

A reminder for today
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)

The word will is a verb and its meaning is expressing the future tense or expressing inevitable events. When we look at synonyms for the word will we find have a tendency to, are bound to, have a habit of or do. When we look at will in our own context it become something we want of something we will do. A decision we make and one we stick to. We often and when I say often I mean most of the time do our will. It becomes a habit and as the habit becomes every day tendencies we question when we find ourselves in a bit of a sour situation. 

You see we get so hooked by the world and our own needs and desires that we block out the voice and guidance of the Lord and we follow our needs instead. For example: We do not need a new car, but the new Ford is so nice and has so many new features we just have to have it. We then make a massive debt that seems fine in the beginning but after a while the burden of this debt becomes a huge problem and we realise it will still continue for few years. We followed our own desires and we ended up with something we did not need but willed into our lives. Do you see how easy it is to exchange God for a Ford? Yet we pray let your will be done, but the moment God tells us His will we turn away and follow our own needs and desires.

David knew about this all too well. In his life, he faced desires that was against God’s will and he allowed them to turn his heart and it made him fall. David writes here in that God must teach him to do God’s will and let the Holy Spirit lead him to a land where he will stand firm on the Word and foundation of the Lord. This is also our prayer today and we turn to the Lord and ask Him to teach us to do His will and follow His voice. 

David also says: Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. This how we must start our days. As we wake we must start by seeking and hearing the voice of our Lord and then place all our trust in Him. We must then allow the Lord to show us the way which we should walk and let Him be the guide that takes us through the day. That is why we must take each day one at a time.

Lord, teach us to hear your voice and let us follow your way. Lift up our souls to you and let us align our lives with your will. Show us the way and open our eyes and ears so that we will only hear your voice and dim out the noise of the world. Lord, let your will be done and let your kingdom come. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.