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Lewe en dinge


Net wanneer jy begin dink dat die lewe nie rowwer of moeiliker kan word nie dan is daar ‘n paar gebeure wat jou heeltemal onderstebo vee. Dit was vir my in die vorm van finansies, verhoudings, werksomstandighede en studies.

Ons kan so maklik ons vertrou in mense en finansies plaas. Dit het my laat dink aan die Bybel wat sê dat ons nie moet vertrou op besittings, perde en struidwaens, mense wat jy ken en ook nie op jou kennis en verstand nie, maar slegs in die God wat alles gemaak het.

Jy moet met jou hele hart glo dat God jou altyd sal help, jy moenie dink dat jy self weet wat om te doen nie. Jy moet vir God vra om jou te lei in alles wat jy doen, dan sal Hy jou altyd lei. Jy moenie dink jy het die wysheid nie, jy moet die Here dien en jy moenie verkeerd doen nie. Dan sal jy heeltemal gesond bly en jy sal elke dag nuwe krag kry (Spreuke 3:5‭-‬8 ABA).

Party mense dink oorlogkarre help hulle om te wen, ander mense dink perde help hulle om te wen, maar ons weet dit is ons God die Here wat vir ons help (Psalms 20:8 ABA).

Mense wen nie ‘n oorlog omdat hulle perde het nie, mense word nie vry omdat hulle perde sterk is nie (Psalms 33:16‭-‬17 ABA).

Toe die God van Jakob gepraat het, kon die soldate op perde en oorlogkarre niks doen nie (Psalms 76:7 ABA).

Moses het gesê: “Wanneer julle gaan oorlog maak teen julle vyande en julle sien die perde en die oorlogkarre en manne wat meer is as julle, dan moet julle nie bang word vir hulle nie, want julle God die Here is by julle, julle God die Here wat julle uit die land Egipte gebring het (Deuteronomium 20:1 ABA).

Julle moet alles gebruik wat God vir julle gee om aan te hou oorlog maak teen die duiwel. Hy maak baie skelm planne teen julle (Efesiërs 6:11 ABA).

VERGEWIS JOUSELF NOU MET HOM, EN MAAK VREDE MET HOM


Dink julle ook ons verwaarloos ons geloof? Doen ons genoeg, of meer as genoeg om Hom werklik te ken of te leer ken. Ek dink dat ‘n doelbewuste soeke na wie God werklik is van kardinale belang is. Dit kan alleenlik gebeur met die hulp van die Heilige Gees wat moet kom en die verkeerde persepsies wat ons van God het vir ons moet uit te wys. Dan sal ons van hierdie verkeerde idees kan ontslae raak en meer bewus kan word van Sy goedheid en liefde. God se goedheid en liefde is diep verweef in Sy karakter en wese en ons sal dit alleenlik ken as ons Hom soek met ons hele hart (Jeremia 29:13).

kennis-wysheid

Die woord kennis in die Bybel beteken om begrip te hê, te verstaan en te erken, dus om dit waar te neem en ten volle bewus te wees daarvan.

Om reg te leef moet jy eers die Here liefhê. As jy die Heilige ken, verstaan jy soveel meer van ’n gelukkige lewe (Spreuke 9:10). Die probleem is dat baie mense God nie werklik ken nie en Hom daarom nie werklik kan vertrou en liefhê nie.

A.W. Pink het ‘n paar artiekels geskryf wat ook in ‘n pdf boekformaat beskikbaar is wat jy gerus hier kan aflaai: ‘The Attributes of God‘. Dit werk deur nege karakter eienskappe van God wat mens help om Hom beter te leer ken. Hy skryf:

“VERGEWIS JOUSELF NOU MET HOM, EN MAAK VREDE MET HOM: dan sal dit weer goed gaan met jou” (Job 22:21).

So spreek die HERE: Laat die wyse nie in sy wysheid roem nie, en laat die magtige nie in sy krag roem nie; laat die rykman nie ryk wees in sy rykdom nie; Maar as iemand wil spog, dan moet hy hieroor spog: dat hy My, die Here, ken en dat hy weet Ek doen wat Ek belowe het. “(Jer.9:23,24). ‘N Geestelike en reddende kennis van God is die grootste behoefte van elke menslike wese.

Die fondament van alle ware kennis van God moet ‘n duidelike geestelike vrees vir Sy volmaaktheid wees soos dit in die Heilige Skrif geopenbaar word. ‘N Onbekende God kan nie vertrou, gedien of aanbid word nie.

Daar is iets meer as ‘n teoretiese kennis van God nodig. God is slegs in die siel waarlik bekend, want ons gee onsself aan Hom, onderwerp aan Sy gesag en reguleer al die besonderhede van ons lewens deur Sy heilige wette en gebooie. “Dan sal ons weet as ons die Here op die pad van gehoorsaamheid volg ons Hom sal ken” (Hosea 6:3). “Iemand wat doen wat God wil hê, sal weet of die dinge wat Ek vir julle leer, van God kom en of dit van Myself kom.” (Johannes 7:17). “… maar die mense wat vir God ken, sal aanhou om nie verkeerde dinge te doen nie.” (Daniël 11:32). – A.W. Pink, 1930.

 

Ek het julle gemaak en Ek sal julle vashou


Ek het julle gemaak en Ek sal julle vashou

Be anxious for nothing


And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  (Luke 12:25).
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Luke 12:25).

Die woord van hulle getuienis


Waarmee is ons gedagtes gevul?
Is dit vol van die onsekerhede van more of gevul met die teleurstellings van gister?

Ek het gedurende die naweek ‘n paar getuienisse op vers’n dag gelees. Ek het weer net besef hoe belangrik dit is om mekaar te ondersteun en op te bou deur byvoorbeeld getuienisse.

En hulle het hom oorwin deur die bloed van die Lam en deur die woord van hulle getuienis, en hulle het tot die dood toe hulle lewe nie liefgehad nie. (OPENBARING 12:11 AFR53)

So ook moet ons vir mekaar bid en mekaar daagliks aan God opdra. Ons het Hom elke dag nodig, meer as wat ons besef.

Remember!!!


You know what, I need help to remember! Maybe you need to be reminded also.

I tend to forget that we are invited into God’s rest daily. He wants us to come to Him, find rest in Him and be secure in Him. I need to be reminded of that like David wrote in Psalm 27:

One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.
(Psalms 27:4-5)

The invitation goes like this:

Today, if you hear His voice, enter into His rest.

The only thing that disqualify you from entering into His rest is disobedience and unbelief. This means that we must trust and believe that God invited us, and then enter in. We cannot enter into His rest as long as any of these negative sinful things rule our lives. BUT God invites us to come to Him. When we are willing to let go of these lies and trust completely in His unfailing love for us, we enter into His rest…

Jesus said:

If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will also be. And if anyone serves Me, the Father will honour him.
(John 12:26)

All to often we come to the Lord with a wish-list or a list of requirements. We “claim in Jesus name” and “demand his promises” over us. When will we realize that God’s will is done in our lives when we move into his presence? When will we realize that God wants us to be in Him so that He can have His way, His will be done in us?
C.A.M.

…In him we live and move and have our being…
(Acts 17:28)

The best place to be is with Jesus Christ. We need to be conscious of His Presence every minute of every day. Let us make an effort to start each day with Jesus and ask Him to help us to follow Him this day…!

Blessings
Thomas Dreyer

Daily Quiet Time


What you put in is what you will get out…

You man, you woman… Pray to stay together – to be held together…

Niks kan ons beter troos nie as die helder wete dat ons, midde-in ons ellende, deur die God van Liefde vasgehou word – Johannes Calvyn.

Practice the presence of God – the Gifts of the Holy Spirit…

We sometimes need to remember that we are only dust…

For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
(Psalms 103:14).

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
(1 Corinthians 14:26).

I realised that we do not embrace our humanity. We want to be strong and powerful, but even David said that God remembers that we are only dust. You have to embrace your own humanity and then others… It is that we are frail and limited, not able to carry, performer and give what life demands from us daily. You may be offended and believe that you are able to do all of this, but are you?

Because Jesus experienced temptation when he suffered, he is able to help others when they are tempted.
(Hebrews 2:18).

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
(Mark 1:35).

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
(Matthew 6:6).

We have a God that knows and understands who we truly are. We want to be strong and live this daily living as overcomers, but we will fail if we forget our humanity.

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
(2 Corinthians 5:18).

The Letter to the Philippians gives us a glimpse of the frailty of humanity, the embrace thereof and the knowing that we are utterly depended on a God that knows and understands this even more than we do.

Are you willing to acknowledge your humanity in total dependence on God?
Will you become a vessel filled and overflowing with all of this becoming a carrier thereof? Mankind needs to know the truth – we are not as strong and invincible as we might think we are…

When I worried about many things, your assuring words soothed my soul.
(Psalms 94:19).

A song for going up to worship. O LORD, out of the depths I call to you. O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be open to my pleas for mercy. O LORD, who would be able to stand if you kept a record of sins? But with you there is forgiveness so that you can be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and with hope I wait for his word. My soul waits for the LORD more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, because with the LORD there is mercy and with him there is unlimited forgiveness. He will rescue Israel from all its sins.
(Psalms 130:1-8).

We need to come to the full knowledge and understanding of our humanity – that we are nothing with out God. The fact that we even have a breath is a gift from God for He breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life and man became a living soul.

Knowing that I am nothing and Jesus is my all in all – my source of life.

It is all about
RELATIONSHIP

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(John 1:1).

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
(Colossians 3:16).

Know the word of God, memorize verses and make it your own.

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
(James 1:21).

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:14-17).

Have I not written for you long ago excellent sayings of counsel and knowledge, to make you know for certain what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
(Proverbs 22:20-21).

Are we going to take hold of this life we have received, no matter what? The lives we live are tough and we face confrontations and challenges daily. Each and everyone that met with God will still have these confrontations and challenges, but it will seem different, because we look at it through different eyes. This new life is first a dying and secondly a resurrection. We succeed only when we die to live.

Jesus Said:

…If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
(Luke 9:23)

Taking up your cross is the process of dying; it is your walk towards death. Jesus’ words was that we have to die daily, not just carry a heavy load…

Our success lies in the way we die…

No matter what the circumstances are we must die daily to everything else and live for Him, our Lord God and King, our Life-giver. For true life is only found in Him. When we die to everything else the salvation we found in Him becomes our resurrection…

John the Baptist said:

He must increase, but I must decrease.
(John 3:30)

and Paul said:

…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death; if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.
(Philippians 3:10-11)

We have to begin each day with God, dying if need be. We have some good traditions and habits, but we also have bad traditions and habits. These bad things must be killed daily in order for us to follow Him. Killing these bad habits is hard and at times it feels like we are dying with it, but do not fear for HE is our resurrection!!!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t die easy. Dying is painful and tough. I cling to stuff that I should actually let go of, which only increase the intensity of the whole dying process. Dying to self does not come easy, but it is possible and together we can do it. It is important to know that you cannot do it alone, you need God first and also the support of family or friends that are willing to walk to death with you that you may “attain to the resurrection of the dead”

Met Erkenning ook aan Marlene Steyn.