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This has been the question on my mind for a while now. Why should we care about the poor, the powerless, the broken and needy? I mean, look at the world…you try to help one person and a million others starve, because the powers that should, in fact, take responsibility for their welfare, cannot do the job anymore (some refuse to do their jobs in lieu of lining their own pockets). There is just a handful of people in the world that really care about others and those will never be able to save the world.

Over the past few months you may have noticed my absence from social media or perhaps not. My tiny organization is but a tiny speck in the world of charity. The reason for my absence is simple, I’ve taken stock of my responsibilities. This meant re-thinking all my commitments and yes, the motivation behind this was definitely a feeling of utter helplessness and hopelessness. I wondered why I should work my fingers to the bone for something that will barely make a dent in poverty. The tiny contribution my work brings cannot possibly make a difference.

Everything in the world is downside-up and no one bothers with another’s needs anymore. People simply DON’T CARE. They have too many worries of their own and all the sadness, pain and suffering they see around them has become just ‘part of the scene’. So why should I care, why should I waste my time and energy on such a thankless and, looking at the state of things, endless and worthless cause.

I seriously considered throwing in the towel…..yes I did. And many things happened over the past six months that actually MADE me want to give up. BAD things, things that caused me to reconsider EVERYTHING. Thanklessness, for instance, and donors’ horrid comments, the constant influx of requests from all over the world for help and help and more help. The silence on the donations side. And that was just the work. In my personal life things are equally awry. It seemed that BAD things do not come in three’s, after all, they come in STRINGS of three’s! It became tiring to always try and be a good person, looking at the bright side, smiling against all odds. I was starting to question the wisdom of my work.

On the heels of that, of course, came the question: am I actually doing what I am supposed to do?? Was this what God WANTED me to do? Did I understand that long ago message right or did I TOTALLY miss the point?

I struggled with all these questions day and night (literally) and finally it dawned on my poor, weary brain, ask somebody the answer. In my case that somebody would be God. The One I always turned to in good AND bad times. He set me on this path, so I intended to get the answer there and then. Oh, I’ve pondered the purpose of my life and work often in the past and every time He gave me the same answer: be faithful and serve.

I’ve been stalling the ‘confrontation’ with my Creator since the weekend. So, yesterday I finally asked God the BIG QUESTION: “What is my life purpose?” and I dared (yes, DARED!) God to answer me.

He did SO answer me, but before I tell you what He ‘said’ (God speaks to me through His Word, I do NOT hear voices!), I decided to look back on my week of Bible Study and the scripture that was highlighted in each and, to my surprise, discovered that He has been answering me all week, even before I popped the question! Obviously God does know our hearts.

Look at this:

Saturday, 13 May: 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak

Sunday, 14 May: Proverbs 31:30: “Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honours the LORD should be praised.”

Monday, 15 May: Psalms 118:24: “This is the day of the LORD’s victory, let us be happy, let us celebrate!”

Tuesday, 16 May: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7: “Love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up, and its faith, hope and patience never fail.”

Wednesday, 17 May: “Psalm 119:10: With all my heart I try to serve you; keep me from disobeying your commandments.”

Thursday, 18 May: “Proverbs 21:3: Do what is right and fair, that pleases the LORD more than bringing Him sacrifices.”

These are all the daily scriptures I receive from my Bible application, YouVersion, you can actually check them, I did not choose them randomly.

When I asked THE QUESTION yesterday, I did expect an answer, but not that it would come as soon as it did. For my general Bible reading I’ve selected the book of Habakkuk this week and poor Habakkuk was in a TERRIBLE position. His whole world was falling apart, because of those pesky Babylonians that infiltrated the country. I could identify with him. A lot of the things he went through and saw happening is, in fact, happening in our world and in our own country TODAY.  What he describes is exactly what I spoke of earlier in this post: the people were desperate, they were poor, sick, sad, afraid, hungry, etc and those of authority simply couldn’t care less, they just trampled over them all. He turned to the Lord and, much like me, and I suppose many of us in the world, turned to God and asked, why, why, why does He not stop all these horrors in the world? He could, if He wanted to. When will it all end?  God did answer Habakkuk and even told him to write down this message in stone:

Habakkuk 2:3-4: “Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in the coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed. And this is the message: ‘Those who are evil will not survive, but those who are righteous will live because they are faithful to God.” [Good News Bible]

It became clear to  me that all my efforts, and those of others who help the needy, and desperate, will not be in vain. Righteousness will triumph, as long as we remain faithful.

This morning, this came to me (don’t ask me how), I just thought of the book and the verse for some reason:

Ephesians 2:10:God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.” [Good News Bible]

Believe it or not, I Googled it, just to see what will happen. By the miracle of the internet I discovered the image below.

My answer then, remains the same as always: STAY FAITHFUL AND SERVE. It wasn’t a mystery after all.

We are all in this world together and, by our own choice, we can either DO SOMETHING or DO NOTHING to make it a better place. We can also say that it is futile, the world is lost already and that poverty and suffering is just part of life. You can say you refuse to waste our own energy, time and resources on somebody else. It is YOUR CHOICE.

Let me tell you something, to DO NOTHING, makes you more part of the evil in the world than you care to know. Ignorance will not save you. On judgment day, will you tell God that you didn’t know? You can try, but I don’t think He’ll fall for it. As human beings we are compelled to help others, as Christians we are commanded to do so. Claiming you don’t believe means NOTHING to me. You are part of the human race, no matter what you believe. And it is your responsibility to the species to reach out to those in peril.

So, are you with me? Are we going to stand firm against poverty and suffering against all odds?  I’ve chosen to speak up, to DO SOMETHING. My work, however insignificant, WILL continue, I will keep on trying to save the world one person at a time and through it all I will stand strong in faith in the Lord, whom I serve.

You see, I’ve received my answer from God. I’ve always known I am to lead a life of service. ‘Stay faitful and serve’, that’s what I will keep on doing.

* Scripture quotes: YouVersion Bible App

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“But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” [Deut. 8:3.]

‘In your life and my life, we know the power of words. Words can bless us and words can curse us. Words can lift us and words can cut us.’ 

I’ve heard somewhere that we, as modern human beings, have forgotten to listen to our instincts, because we don’t need it anymore. We don’t need to hunt for our food, sense danger in the woods, track our tribe by sense of smell or ‘feel’ our way along wastelands following the Southern Cross or the north star or whatever. 

The problem is, with our ‘sixth sense’, went our ability to listen to God’s spiritual voice.

We think that, in our day and age, when war, famine, death and destruction reigns in the world, that God is missing in action. Some even think He is dead or worse, never existed in the first place. Our problem is that the noise the world is making and our loss of our, almost psychic abilities, are making it impossible to hear His voice.

We should listen….in silence….for a while and we may be surprised at what we hear. And when you hear God’s voice, yes that little voice you like to call your ‘conscience’ is in fact God, do listen hard. God’s words are valuable, especially these days. Without His guidance, we will falter.

So take a breather from the busy world. Go sit somewhere in silence and open your heart and mind to His voice alone. You might be surprised at what you hear.

SOURCE:

http://bible.com/8/mat.4.4.AMPC

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How very strange that I found this in my inbox on this, the last day of, what many would agree, has been a terrible year. 

This has been a tumultous year for me personally and I do hope and pray that 2017 will be a gentler year. It seems as if I’ve been running around like a wound-up toy, trying to make sense of life and not getting anywhere. 

One thing this verse tells me, though, is that I must battle forth, hold on to hope and onto God and all will be well.

That is also my prayer for all of you. I do hope that 2017 will see me keeping more up to date with posts so that we can visit often and share our thoughts.

Have a blessed new year’s eve, friends and followers. Stay safe, keep the faith and be filled with excitement at the dawn of a brand new year, always remembering that, if you believe, you will be carried through every storm, guided through every darkness and handed the gift of everlasting light in the end.

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Ever thought YOU are not suitable to be a witness for God? Newsflash, friend, YOU have been given the responsibility to bear witness the moment you accepted Christ as your Saviour; being a devoted child of God COMPELS you to witness; no question about it. It is your duty and your calling to make sure that God’s Word travels to the ends of the earth so that no soul is left without knowledge of the Good News. The choice of their being saved is up to those who hear…just make sure YOU do what you’re supposed to; tell the world, support them if they decide to follow and encourage them to go forth and continue the work.

  • Jesus gave the ‘Great Commission’ to all His disciples. [3:72] He told them to go forth and see that every person hears about His work. When you follow Jesus, accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, YOU become a disciple, a follower, of His teachings.

Matthew 4:19: “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.” [1]

Matthew 28:19: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,..” [4]

Mark 13:10: “But before the end comes, the gospel must be preached to all peoples.” [1]

Acts 1:8: “But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for in Jerusalem, in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” [1]

  •  Jesus sends YOU as His labourer and witness. [3:72] Jesus asks the question in Isaiah 6:8: “Whom shall I send?…” [3:72] Are you willing to do what is needed? In the introduction I said that it is our responsibility as Christians, but Jesus, in His infinite kindness and generosity, still means to give us a choice…will you go? Or, will you stay? Are you going to keep the precious message of salvation to yourself? Or, are you going to make sure that every single person on earth (or at least every single person around you) hears it and can have an opportunity to respond to His voice?

Matthew 9:37-38: “So he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in.  Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.” [1]

John 20:21:“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you” [1]

2 Timothy 4:2: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” [4]

  • We are, as Christians, God’s representatives on earth. Jesus is not with us anymore and neither are the disciples; however, someone has to stand up for God and Christianity in this world today. Who better then, than those who’ve decided to accept Jesus into their lives? We know about Him, we study His Word; it is only fair that we share this wonderful news with everyone. There are many ministers preaching the gospel in church, but, as the world population increases (to over 7 billion) and with the problems we have these days, discourage and discontent also increase, they can simply not reach out to every single person anymore. More and more the responsibility to spread the gospel is falling to the ‘congregation’ or the ‘Christian in the street’.  Again the question arises: will you do the job? Jesus asked: ‘Whom can I send?’ Can He send you? Remember, we have a fight on our hands and the warriors are few…scripture warns about the coming of our adversary, the antichrist. We owe it to the people of the world to inform, warn, support and bring the solution in Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:20: “Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God himself were making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: let God change you from enemies into his friends!” [1]

1 John 4:1-3: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” [5]

PRAYER:

Lord, I’m begging You today to give us the strength and the wisdom to share Your message of hope with all on earth. Make us fearless in the face of your enemies and make us stand firm, despite being persecuted by those who declare their devotion to other gods. Your time is upon us, Lord, let our lamps be filled and let us share the oil, so that more can join in that final song of praise. Amen.

SOURCES:

  1. BIBLE.  2001. Good News Bible: Today’s English Version.  Cape Town: Bible Society of South Africa.
  2. IMAGE SOURCE. Happy Monday by Van Til. [Web:] The Masters Table.  [Date of Access:] 1 March 2016.
  3. LEE, John.   The Ultimate Topical Bible Guide: Bible Basics.  Switzerland: Aurora Production.  330p.
  4. OPEN BIBLE. d.  Topical Bible.  [Web:] Preach.  [Date of Access:] 1 March 2016.
  5. OPEN BIBLE. d.  Topical Bible.  [Web:] Representative.  [Date of Access:] 1 March 2016.

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He was lead like a lamb to the slaughter and did not complain; despite His innocence He died an unspeakable death and was buried among the sinful rich.

This was done so that you and I need not die in sin.

He became our mediator and God forgave our transgressions.

Will you turn your eyes upon Him today and allow Him to lead you back to your Father in heaven? The choice is yours – salvation or judgment. What will it be?

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