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This song has been on my mind for the longest time. After the year I’ve put in, all the things that have happened to me……I can just say….this is, to me, my story of 2014.

And to you, all my friends, family, followers….a blessed festive season. Thank you to all who so patiently stood by me throughout this horrific year, who supported me, who stayed calm in the face of the storms….WE SURVIVED IT!

Thanks be to God

 

 

 

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Jonah 2:8

Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” (Jonah 2:8 NIV84)

When we decide to cling to worthless idols instead of following God-given directives, our lives can be shortened or destroyed. A self-driven life forfeits what possibly could have been a great future for the rubble of temporary pleasures.

This principle is demonstrated over and over in the Bible:

Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of stew. 

Cain failed to conquer sin crouching at his door, killing Abel, and was “marked” for life. 

Achan and his entire family were stoned to death because Achan disobeyed the Lord by taking and hiding silver in his tent when the Hebrews attacked the city of Ai as they entered the Promised Land. 

Absalom shortened his life by rebelling against his father, King David, when he attempted to usurp the kingdom from David.

King Belshazzar, the last king of Babylon, had an untimely end to his kingdom. Daniel prophesied to King Belshazzar: “…you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription” (Daniel 5:23–24, NIV). 

Daniel continues: “’Here is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians’” (Daniel 5:26–28, NIV). That very night King Belshazzar was murdered.

Today, people do the very same thing—trading their futures and forfeiting the grace of God, both in this world and the world to come—by devoting their lives to gaining and making idols of money, pleasure, power, and position. 

We can see from the lives of these biblical characters that it is not worth it. This world in its present form is passing away, and SO ARE WE! Just look in the mirror in the morning!

A core principle for us to remember is: THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS WORLD, NO IDOL WORTH CLINGING TO, WORTH SACRIFICING BOTH OUR PRESENT AND ETERNAL FUTURES.

Today, ask yourself:

Have I made an idol of anything, causing me to forfeit the operation of God’s grace in my life? If I have, is it really worth it? 

Reflections: Will You Forfeit Your Future for Today?

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The past years have not been very kind to me or my family. It sometimes felt that God was forever absent from our lives, ignorant to our pleas.

When I look back (and still fretting about the future, too)…..I realize that I’ve been so wrong. I’ve been blinded by my own problems and sorrows….God DOES care….and with Him ANYthing is possible…anything at all.

We should leave all our cares in His hands, and He will help us get through it.

Faith….that is what we need now, what I need now.

So I pray: ”God, I’ve forgiven those that hurt me in the past few years with words that cannot be changed or made less painful. Please forgive them too, God, and help them to see the error of their ways in time before someone else gets hurt. I’m starting life with a clean slate…..no more guilt, no more, just hope and faith. Because tomorrow I will know that God has not forgotten His promise made in Mark 11:24 – I asked, Lord…in faith, and trust that I will be granted that single request..the only one important to me, because You promised to give it to me, if I trust You and believe in You. In Your hands I deliver my family and ALL the troubles we’ve had. Amen’

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Via @kingdomnomics

Reflections: Open My Eyes!

Open my eyes, Lord…and opened it He did!!

I regularly get a newsletter from Kingdomnomics and, more often than not, I would share it here, on my blog with my ”partners in blogging”. I don’t often have something to say….most of the times the message the people from Kingdomnonics comes across strongly enough without me having to voice an opinion. This time, however, it is very different.

You see, the past few years have been particularly difficult for me. You may remember I’ve hinted at it in earlier posts. It has nothing to do with the fact that there were loved ones lost, mistakes made (the fall-flat-on-your-face-serious-ones…that’s my forte), sickness conquered, accidents survived, heartache, disappointment….basically, I think, every normal human being on earth can tell the same story of his or her life. Life is not really such a blast after all…life (sorry) sucks royally!!

Throughout difficulties one tends to get up and battle forth, picking up the pieces of your life and feebly trying to glue it together with something akin to emotional superglue….only to feel it crumble to dust between your fingers anyway. The survivors, the ”gladiators” in life….are often ignored and called things like ”strong”, ”dependable”, ”a rock”, whatever….I’ve heard them all and sometimes I imagine myself wearing a superwoman outfit, but behind the mask I’m screaming. I remember a line from one of those tear-jerkers that people raved on and on about a few years back. Yes, that would be Titanic….made quite a spectacle of myself in the movie theatre that night (no wonder Ster Kinekor eyes me suspiciously whenever I turn up to purchase tickets)…..poor Jack, poor Rose….sniff-sniff. Anyway, I’m digressing (again)….in one scene, Rose says: ”It feels as if I’m standing in a room full of people, shouting at the top of my voice, but nobody hears me.” THAT’S how I feel.

One question prevailed the past few months….why? Why, God? Why, this? Why, don’t You…? Endless arguments, unanswered; endless, one-sided fights with God (some of those ending in threats, most in confused tears). Needless to say, I received NO answer.

So, today, I received this inspirational word from a favorite newsletter and, lo’ and behold….my eyes were opened.

It wasn’t that God never answered me, no, it was that I was looking BUT NOT SEEING!!

You see, there is a battle going on for our souls…sometimes, for most of us anyway, this is more a spiritual battle. Our warfare is not against the Taliban or criminals or drug lords or whatever, no, our warfare is against things that stop us from fulfilling the purpose God has for us on earth.

Sometimes it is little things like slipping on  a wet floor and falling down, sometimes it is worse like losing loads of money or feeling used by others, sometimes it is in the loss of loved ones and our own minds asking questions….strangling our thoughts with worry and care….that is my battle anyway.

I’m SO tired of worrying, of being the comforter and not the comfortee (new word?), so tired of having to SURVIVE…I just want to give up, move to a quiet place (that little cottage on the beach on Isle of Skye will do fine, thank you)….I just want some peace in my life. I often ask the question: why is life so difficult? Why does it seem that our life here is more hell on earth than anything else? Did we miss the final trumpet already? Why try, if in the end we die anyway?

But…….yes, I think I will never stop asking the questions, but at least I now SEE that there is a means to all this. And that we are never really alone in battle at all. We must look up, to the hills, like the servant, and we’ll see the Lord in all His might, prophets in tow, waiting to support us in battle. We need to understand that we CANNOT possibly do it all on our own. God is here, God will be at our right hand….we just have to reach out, touch His hand….

My late sister had a favorite hymn (not the one in the video below, though), but the words went something like this: ”Reach out, and touch the Lord, as He passes by; you will find He’s not to busy to hear your heart’s cry. He is passing by this moment, your need to supply.”

Let us (let me) then, reach out to the Lord, because He understands the battle, He understands that we are in the midst of hellish warfare….whatever the nature of it may be…..He, the Almighty, will be there, within reach to supply to our every need.

Please read the piece from Kingdomnomics.com below and make it your own AND DO listen to the video below and make it your prayer today.

[The song below has special meaning for me. In many ways I died 30 years ago on the evening of 6 September 1985…on the 10th of that month, part of my soul was buried in a small grave in West Park graveyard in Johannesburg. I didn’t cry…I was the strong one, you see….this song played when we drove home with my sister. I’ve always loved Jimmy Swaggart and left judgement of his deeds to a Higher Power…for me, Jim’s words were always inspiring. Despite the fact that, all that day I felt separated from everything I knew…I felt dead inside – this song’s lyrics broke through the shell that was growing around my heart and finally….I cried for that terrible, unnecessary, uncalled for loss….I cried for the tiny life that was never to fulfill its potential….I cried for a facsimile of a life that remained, but was irrevocably changed….forever.]

Read the inspirational word via @kingdomnomics below:

“’Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
(2 Kings 6:16–17 NIV) 

I know who goes before me

We are in a spiritual battle. Seemingly insurmountable circumstances perplex us, frighten us, and unsettle us. Life seems like a planned obstacle course intended to test us and strengthen our faith.

In today’s passage, Elisha’s servant was afraid when they were surrounded by the Syrian army. Elisha reminded him not to be afraid since “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Elisha asked the Lord to open the eyes of the servant so he could see this was the case.

The world we see is in tremendous conflict and turmoil. In many ways it is the outward manifestation of the unseen battles that are taking place in the spiritual world. 

The apostle Paul stated that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for tearing down everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. He also noted that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, authorities, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places.

Like Elisha’s servant, we need to have our spiritual eyes opened. Then we can have some understanding of the machinations of the evil one, who stalks around like a roaring lion to see whom he can devour. 

Our defense is to remember that he who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. We are covered by the blood of Christ. His name is like a high tower. The righteous run into it, and they are saved!

Today, ask yourself:
Am I aware that I am in a spiritual battle to derail me from fulfilling God’s purpose for my life? How will I practice the KingdomNomic principles of soak, sow, and flow so I can win the battle?

 

 

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