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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.

Oproep tot ‘n tyd van vas en gebed vir die Verkiesing!


Die Oproep is vir almal wat deel wil wees (nie verpligtend nie).

Waarvoor vas en bid ons?

DIE 22ste APRIL 2009 STEM SUID AFRIKA
National Day of Prayer for elections
Tydens hierdie paar dae voor die verkiesing bid ons vir ons land, volk en nasie en spesifiek vir die verkiesing. Ons spreek God se wysheid, genesing, versoening en liefde uit oor ons land Suid Afrika.

NB! Die Here se vraag aan ons is:

KAN ‘n NASIE NA DIE HERE TERUGKEER?

Elkeen van ons moet bereid wees om ‘n verskil te maak in alles waarby ons betrokke is. Bid vir jou omgewing – werk, huis, woonbuurt, vriende, familie ens.

Gebed is een van die belangrikste elemente in die proses van transformasie.

Voorgestelde gebedstye:

  • Oggende (al is dit net vir 5 min.; indien moontlik 1 uur) Hand. 3:1
  • Middae (etenstye; 5 – 25 min.).
  • Aande (5 min. – 1 uur) Alleen of saam met jou familie.

Hou ‘n daaglikse dagboek van wat jy van die Here hoor en ervaar en leef dan in die seën daarvan.

Kom deel gerus met ons dit wat jy van die Here ontvang het.

Wie is Abba Vader?


Jesus het in die tyd van Sy diepste nood uitgeroep “Abba Vader” (Markus 14:36)!

In Johannes 17:23 lees ons:

Ek in hulle en U in My, sodat hulle volkome een kan wees; en dat die wêreld kan weet dat U My gestuur het, en hulle liefgehad het net soos U My liefgehad het.

Ek is oortuig daarvan dat ons ook in tye van nood kan uitroep “Abba Vader”!

Laat ons dan met vrymoedigheid na die troon van die genade gaan, sodat ons barmhartigheid kan verkry en genade vind om op die regte tyd gehelp te word.
(Hebreërs 4:16.)

Wees oor niks besorg nie, maar laat julle begeertes in alles deur gebed en smeking met danksegging bekend word by God. En die vrede van God, wat alle verstand te bowe gaan, sal julle harte en julle sinne bewaar in Christus Jesus. Verder, broeders, alles wat waar is, alles wat eerbaar is, alles wat regverdig is, alles wat rein is, alles wat lieflik is, alles wat loflik is—watter deug en watter lof daar ook mag wees, bedink dit. En wat julle geleer en ontvang en gehoor en in my gesien het, doen dit, en die God van vrede sal met julle wees.
(Filippense 4:6-9.)

Kom na My toe, almal wat vermoeid en belas is, en Ek sal julle rus gee.
(Matthéüs 11:28.)

Hierdie bevestiging het ons soms nodig om te weet dat ons aan Hom behoort, dat Hy ons baie lief het en ons volkome een is…

John Eldredge verduidelik dit ook baie mooi in A Christmas Devotion !

A recklessly extravagant consumer


Hierdie is die definisie van “prodigal” …

Die Afrikaanse titel “Die Verlore Seun” het baie minder inpak as die Engelse “The Prodigal Son”. Die storie wat Jesus vertel het handel oor baie meer as net die verlore seun dus is die Engelse titel meer beskrywend.

Steeds voel ek dat die storie oor baie meer as die verlore seun gaan. Die titel wat aan hierdie skrifgedeelte gegee is beperk die betekenis wat in hierin gevind word.

Die Vader van die twee seuns speel ‘n belangrike rol, die oudste seun en die dienskneg ook. Dus het ek die Boek “Return of the Prodigal Son” deur Henry Nouwen baie geniet. Hy het die persepsies en beelde verskuif van die een persoon na die volgende sodat die hele storie baie beter verstaan word. Die rol van ons as mens kan in die karakters van hierdie storie gevind word.

prodigal-son

Lees gerus die boek as jy hierdie storie beter wil verstaan…

Die Voorreg om te Lewe


Hierdie lewe is so ‘n wonderlike voorreg! Dit is die klein alledaagse dingetjies wat hierdie lewe so ‘n voorreg maak. Soos die reën wat laas nag geval het, die skoon lente reuk wat nou in die lug hang, die soet reuk van bloeisels wat die lug streel, die vreugde volle sang van die voëls, die vermoë om lief te hê en om te gee en om mense om jou te hê om hierdie lewe mee te deel…

Holy Father in heaven, glory and honour to your name.
Let Your path, way, manner and direction be established in my life.
Come form and shape my thoughts, dreams and desires,
as You build and found Yourself in me.

Thank you for Your love and peace,
and for redemption and salvation.
Be my Lord and Shepard,
for I desire to walk in your way.

Come and wash me clean,
with the water of Your word.
Forgive my sins and trespasses,
through the blood of Chris.

I give glory and honour to You,
my Father, God and King.
May Your ways be established in me,
as I desire more of You in my life.

I thank you Lord Jesus for this gift of life,
as You keep reminding me of it daily.
I pray this all in Your awesome Name,
Amen.

Wat Vereis Hierdie Liefdes Wandel…


Volharding en deursettingsvermoë van elkeen van ons!!!

In tye van nood, vernietiging, vrees, terugslae, teleurstellings, moedeloosheid, haat, woede, mislukkings en elke ander negatiewe omstandigheid moet jy net volhard en aanhou vasklou aan die liefde en redding van God ons hemelse Vader. Sonder Hom kan ons nie hierdie liefdes wandel vol hou nie.

Deur julle volharding moet julle jul lewe in besit neem.
(Lukas 21:19)

Volhard in liefde, goeie werke, hoop, gebed en geloof. Jesus het in Lukas 8:15 gesê dat ons met volharding goeie vrug moet dra. Paulus het in Romeine 2:7 gesê dat ons nie moet ophou om goed te doen nie, maak nie saak wat ons omstandighede is nie. Hy het ook in Efesiërs 6:18 gesê dat ons moet aanhou bid vir mekaar, sonder ophou. Paulus het ook baie gepraat van geloof, hoop en liefde:

…onophoudelik in gedagte hou die werk van julle geloof en die arbeid van julle liefde en die lydsaamheid van julle hoop op onse Here Jesus Christus, voor onse God en Vader.
(1 Tessalonisense 1:3)

Maar laat ons wat van die dag is, nugter wees, met die borswapen van geloof en liefde aan, en as helm die hoop op die saligheid.
(1 Tessalonisense 5:8)

En nou bly geloof, hoop, liefde—hierdie drie; maar die grootste hiervan is die liefde.
(1 Korintiërs 13:13)

Dit is duidelik dat ons iets het om na uit te sien, maar ook moet volhard eerstens in liefde dan hoop, dan geloof en dan goeie werke… Jakobus het gesê dat geloof sonder werke dood is en Johannes dat liefde sonder werke ‘n leun is…

Die broederliefde moet bly. Vergeet die gasvryheid nie, want daardeur het sommige, sonder om dit te weet, engele as gaste geherberg. Dink aan die gevangenes asof julle medegevangenes is, en aan die wat mishandel word, as mense wat self ook ‘n liggaam het. Laat die huwelik in alle opsigte eerbaar wees en die bed onbesmet; want God sal hoereerders en egbrekers oordeel. Julle gedrag moet vry van geldgierigheid wees. Wees tevrede met wat julle het, want Hy het gesê: Ek sal jou nooit begewe en jou nooit verlaat nie. Daarom kan ons met alle vrymoedigheid sê: Die Here is vir my ‘n Helper, en ek sal nie vrees nie; wat sal ‘n mens aan my doen?
(Hebrews 13:1-6)

Om waarlik lief te hê vereis volharding en toewyding. Om lief te hê soos Jesus liefgehad het, is ’n langtermyntoewyding.
(FF Bruce)

Hierdie lewe van liefde is dus nie maklik nie, maar as ons volhard daarin is ons lewens geskenk die teenwoordigheid en vrede van ons Hemelse Vader wat ons daagliks omhels…

The Desire to Love (3)


This whole aspect of love is pretty intense, wouldn’t you say? Everybody needs love, desire love and even when they believe they don’t need love it is their greatest desire. This goes even further, like the desire for peace and social justice is a desire that is of great importance right through every country and nation. Billions of money is spend on this and yet the impact of these noble efforts is lost in a world of war. It seems as if every person is so involved with an unknown battle that nothing else seems important or even noticeable…

The hindrance that you face when it comes to love is based on seclusion. All of the pain and fear you tend to hide from has driven you into a stronghold of seclusion… This lonely place has become your place of safety. The walls are high and thick and inside all the fear, rejection and pain are armed with weapons, ready to attack any love, acceptance or healing that dares to wander to close. War is the only thing you know when it comes to love and being tired of it you withdraw even more, building hedges with sharp edges and a moat all around this tower of yours. The only enemy that is left is your loneliness. You do what ever it takes to fight the loneliness without allowing any thing or anyone to come near you. Your whole being cries out for salvation, yet your spears and arrows destroys every saviour…

The only way to changes this is to accept Jesus’ love for you. You need to know, trust and believe that He loves you and only wants the best for you… ask the Holy Spirit to show and teach you about this love God has for your. The more you grow in this love, the more your armies are disarmed and salvation is allowed to come closer and closer…

Jesus said:

And I do not pray for these alone, but for those also who shall believe on Me through their word, that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. And I have given them the glory which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one, I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that those whom You have given Me, that they may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me, for You have loved Me before the foundation of the world.
(John 17:20-24)

With this knowledge we can and may desire more of His love in our lives!

With this love we have to learn to love others, for it is only when we love one another that love really grows and flow through us with powers of healing and restoration…

May you accept His love for you and keep growing in Love.