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Will He find fruit?

If Jesus visits you today, will He find fruit on you?

Joh 15:1-6  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If Jesus visits you today, will He find fruit on your branch?

The fruit that Jesus wants to find in each person, is the fruit of the Spirit and that we find in Gal 5:22-23

Gal 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. These things are the fruit that Jesus wants us to have in our lives.

Now you might say that you give and that shows loves. Or you might say that you have self control because you can control yourself in some areas of your life. But then we read scripture of Gal 5:16-21

Gal 5:16-21  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 

I read something in 2016 that said:

Dead works can even include worship, tithing, and deeds of kindness. Worship must be in spirit and truth or it is a dead work. Giving out of constraint, emotionalism, or because you are embarrassed to have the offering plate pass in front of you is a dead work. Deeds of kindness or ministry done out of obligation or to receive glory are also dead works. Any work which has no capacity to be made alive by the Spirit of God, is a dead work.

For example: Giving to the poor because you want to gain merit with God or because you want to receive or because you feel emotional about seeing someone begging for food. Giving to someone for these reasons, are dead works. When is it not dead works? When the Spirit of God have prompted you to do it. When you know for a fact, that God asked you to give money, food or clothes to the person or persons you have visited, seen begging or know off.

When Jesus visits you to find fruit, he wants to find fruit that is genuine. Love because you really love, not because you want to receive something back in return. That is from the flesh and called idolatry. You want more so you give.

Evaluate yourself today. Look at the things you do.
Are they because you expect something in return?

Look at the motives behind you deeds.

Do you really have self control, if you shows daily signs of being impatient?

If you really want to change, ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and help you.

As Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. The One guiding you with His Holy Spirit.

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Have your parent done wrong to you?

Have your parent done wrong to you?

There’s a lot of brokenness in this world of ours. The reason for that is because we all sin and are not without sin. Sometimes the brokenness or sin is in our own household. Sometimes it is our parents or us as parents, who has done something sinful or wrong towards our children. Sometimes parents make mistakes because they are human and also fall short of the glory of God. Parents are human and can make mistakes when they parent a child.

Today I want to talk to the parents and children. First to the parents. If you know that you have done wrong towards your children, in some choices that you made regarding their up bring, then you go and ask their forgiveness. I will never forget how a pastor taught me that he too had to ask his children forgiveness for some faults he made as a parent. After I heard this, I asked forgiveness from my children as well for poor choices I made regarding them in the past. It was the hardest thing to do because I had to take my pride and shuff it down. It’s not easy to ask forgiveness I know but God’s word asks it from us:

Mat 5:23  “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and remember there that another believer has something against you, 

Mat 5:24  leave your gift at the altar. First go away and make peace with that person. Then come back and offer your gift. 

Many parents don’t want to ask forgiveness or admit that they have made a mistake towards their children. Reason for this is because they think that this will diminish their authority as a parent. The thing is, our authority as parents come from the Lord and not from our performance, as K.Smith says from SATS. We gain authority in our workplace because of how we performed in lower position and then get promoted to a point where we are in authority positions. But as parent, this isn’t true. We receive the authority as parents from God over our children.

Now I get to the children. There are some times where our parents have done such a big thing against us, maybe abuse or maybe something worse, that forgiveness isn’t easy. I want to ask you that if your parent who have done something sinful against you and you struggle with forgiving then, along with taking it to the Lord, see a counselor. He or she will be able to help you work through this and along with Jesus Christ, will be able to bring you to a point where you are able to forgive.

A pastor once told me that holding on to that bad thing that person did to you in the past, only makes you unhappy. That person might have forgot about it years ago or if they have come to you to ask forgiveness, then it’s because what they have done to you are bothering them. But holding onto that unjustice that was done to you, makes you unhappy and binds you to depression, wrath, unforgiveness and unable to have relationships with others and with God. Get a counselor and work through that unjustice that your parent might have done towards you. It’s freeing.

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Deo Volente

Today’s topic is: Deo Volente. It’s a Latin word and here is how I was familiarize with it.

In our church, we have a lot of elderly people. When you have a conversation with one of them, they will always end a conversation about things that they want to do in the future, with the abbreviation: “DV.” I never asked them what it means because I didn’t want to look stupid, so I got home and Googled it. The abbreviation “DV” means “Deo Volente” and the meaning of these words are: If God permits.

Here in South Africa, you see a lot of businesses names are Deo Volente. The one time when we came back from a visit at my in-laws, along the way we passed a farm at their name bord shown the farm’s name as Deo Volente. You can Google Deo Volente and see how many businesses names are these words in SA.

Paul visited Ephesus when the following happened:

Act 18:19  And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews. 

Act 18:20  When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not; 

Act 18:21  But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus. 

I have read the KJV because the ESV, GW and LEB translation all leave out the words in verse 21 of Paul where he states that he needs to attend the feast in Jerusalem. This is the reason why I preach to so many people that other translations leave things out from the Bible and God warns us not to do this.

To come back to my point of today’s topic, Deo Volente, is that we read how Paul also states that he will come back to the people in Ephesus, if God wills. He knew, just like the elderly people in the congregation I find myself in, that whatever we plan, the last say is God’s. We can plan, we can sow but it will only come to light if God wills. He have the last say, whether you are a child of God or not. Everything happens if He wants it like that. Whether you or I like it or not, God is God. He is the only God and He is the the One who have the last say.

Live your life with this knowing. Make plans, dream, sow but knows that if anything succeed, it was God’s will. If it doesn’t come to light, it was also God’s will. We ask why something doesn’t happen the way we want it but we need to remember that God have a plan and everything happens according to that. We might not understand it but that’s where we need to trust Him.

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A flower here and a spice there

A flower here and some spice there. If you would like to listen to this article:

https://anchor.fm/trainersperspective/episodes/A-flower-here-and-a-spice-there-ers2at

Lila is sitting in front of her computer. Her eye caught a glance in the mirror in front of her, of her arm on her lap. She can see the skin on her arm has loosened and there are some wrinkles as well. She’s not that old but old enough to start seeing changes like this, on her body. Although she still feels like in her twenties, she isn’t anymore. Her mind plays games with her every day. “You are twenty-something,” but Lila knows that isn’t true, not anymore if she catches a glimpse like this or herself in the mirror.

Psa 103:15-16  Human life is as short-lived as grass. It blossoms like a flower in the field. When the wind blows over the flower, it disappears, and there is no longer any sign of it. 

This is what God’s Word says about our life. Upon reading the Matthew Henry commentary, he says:

As for man, his days are as grass, which grows out of the earth, rises but a little way above it, and soon withers and returns to it again. See Isa_40:6, Isa_40:7. Man, in his best estate, seems somewhat more than grass; he flourishes and looks gay; yet then he is but like a flower of the field, which, though distinguished a little from the grass, will wither with it.

Our life here on earth is shorter than we might think. It might feel long in certain seasons of our life. God’s Word says that the days of our years might be seventy or if by strength eighty years (Ps 90:10).

This amount of years might sound like a lot but think back to your parents. When you realized, they were 70 years old. You couldn’t believe how fast time has flown by. It still this way for each of our lives. We are like grass. We grow to the desired length and then we die. So what’s my point of today’s podcast?

Life is short. Let us live it to its full potential where we make a difference while we have the blessing of God to wake up on earth. Pick that flower from your garden and take it to someone. Create your unique meat or hot drink spice and take it to someone as a gift. Give that money note or change in your wallet, to the guy begging at the robot without judgment. You never know how that gift of yours, can make the biggest impact on that person’s life that day. It can save a life from suicide, a life from dying from hunger, and a life from feeling all alone in this world.

Doing good is such a blessing. It’s such a pleasure in life to be able to give to others, to share what you have, and to show love through giving. Be that someone who loves and cares and be that someone who takes their 70 or 80 years and double it by living it to the fullest every single day.

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You don’t leave your house unless ….

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This morning an elderly lady of my church, who I’ve seen in our local grocery shop this morning, reminded me of something. She said: “You don’t leave your house these days without pleading the blood of Jesus over you and your family.”

Psalm 91:1-10 reads in the Contemporary English Version.

Psa 91:1  Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful. Then you will say to the LORD, “You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you.” The Lord will keep you safe from secret traps and deadly diseases.  He will spread his wings over you and keep you secure. His faithfulness is like a shield or a city wall. You won’t need to worry about dangers at night or arrows during the day. And you won’t fear diseases that strike in the dark or sudden disaster at noon. You will not be harmed, though thousands fall all around you. And with your own eyes you will see the punishment of the wicked. The LORD Most High is your fortress. Run to him for safety, and no terrible disasters will strike you or your home. 

What this elderly lady was saying this morning, is one of two things. One, is that you start your day with God. In the New Testament, you will read how Jesus went up to the mountain to pray in the early morning hours. (Mark 1:35). Starting your day with God is of utmost importance. This is where you get guidance, comfort, and His promises. 

Two, is that God is your protection. In this time of the Covid-19, your protection is God and God alone. We have to wear masks to do our part in protecting ourselves and others around us. We do not tempt God (Luk 4:12), by putting yourself in harm’s way. We put our masks on and we trust that God will keep the virus away from us. 

But what if I do get the virus or a loved one?

Then you still trust God that He will help you or your loved one to recover. In everything and in every time, we trust God no matter what. 

I want to leave you with something. If you are a believer, a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ, remember that what’s going on now, is temporary. Your life here on earth is a small-time period in eternity. When you leave this life behind, you who have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour will step into the eternal life that God promises. Forever you will be with Him and His presence. What a marvelous thought! And if you haven’t accepted Jesus as of yet, it’s not too late. Then pray with me:

Jesus,

I want to accept you as my Lord and Saviour. I am a sinner and I need you being my Redeemer. Jesus, forgive me of my sin. Here I am Lord. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen. 

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I can’t seem to get over it

Luke 10:38-42  Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. (39)  And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. (40)  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” (41)  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, (42)  but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” 

If you are married or have a sibling that is male, you will notice how things do not bother them for long. It is as if it is, that when a bad thing happens to them, they get over it pretty fast. They don’t talk about it and they don’t seem depressed. But it seems that it’s more difficult for us as women.

We tend to think about it each and every day, for days on end. We walk around with lower lip hanging on our feet and we cry about it for weeks to come. The bad thing that has happened to us, take away our joy and it takes over our inner thought world because when we aren’t busy, we think about the pain that the person or situation has caused us. We can become so obsessive about it, that when we try to spend time with God, we aren’t able to concentrate. It also takes over our prayers. It’s all that we can talk about to the Lord.

When we look at Martha, she was busy tending to the people. Maybe she cooked for them or she serviced them but whatever it was, Martha was busy. All this busyness was taking over her time and her thoughts. The time and thoughts that were better to spend on Jesus, at His feet and listening to what He was saying.

This hurtful thing that this person have done towards you or this hard time that you are going through, is it taking over your thoughts? Is it the only thing playing over and over in your head? Have it taken over your conversation with God? Is it distracting you from hearing what the Lord wants to say to you, through His Word? If your answer is yes on any one of these, then you’re a Martha. You need to go and sit at the feet of Jesus. Go give this hard time or person that have hurt you, to Him. Ask Him to help This hurtful thing that this person has done towards you or this hard time that you are going through, is it taking over your thoughts? Is it the only thing playing over and over in your head? Has it taken over your conversation with God? Is it distracting you from hearing what the Lord wants to say to you, through His Word? If your answer is yes on any one of these, then you’re a Martha. You need to go and sit at the feet of Jesus. Go give this hard time or person that has hurt you, to Him. Ask Him to help you with this and if you need to forgive, ask Jesus to help you with that as well. Then you leave it there. You do not think about it more than you should.

Get quiet in your insides.

Hear what Jesus wants to say to you through His Word. Start enjoying the time with Him again. Leave it. Trust Him. Have peace again.

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How do I praise and worship God through difficult times?

Yesterday I’ve asked the Lord, how can one be happy in all circumstances? How can one praise and worship Him, even though it is hard? Even when things don’t go the way we want or even if we don’t get what we ask for?

When things get tough, I call on God and for help from Him and this is right, just as Psalm 50:15 says we must do. That we should cry out in the day of trouble, that He will help us and we should honor Him. But I’ve asked the Lord yesterday afternoon, how should I praise and worship Him, when things are hard, don’t go my way and I feel discouraged?

So last night when I drove from my last client and my heart always break for people who do not know our Lord God. I always want to tell people about Jesus because He is someone who is love, grace, and a friend. Yes, He is also someone who can become angry and discipline us so that we remain on the right path of God’s will (we must never forget it) but Jesus is also one who loves us unconditionally because He laid down His life on the cross for us. He gave His life to us so that one day we may receive eternal life because we believe in Him, that we may be saved (Rom 5: 8/1 John 4: 9 / John 3: 16-18) and because God loves us. This is where the Lord Jesus opened my eyes, in my car from my last client last night. That this should be enough reason for us to praise and worship God. Even in times when things are difficult, in times of drought, we don’t receive what we want and where we are in despair.

It was an eye-opener for me, something that made me think because we get so focused on what we don’t have, what we desire and on the difficult things in our life, that we easily forget that the BIGGEST thing we should be grateful for and that is that Jesus paid for our sins on the cross so that we do not have to go to hell one day because we believe in Him, what He has done for us, that He rose up and sits on the right hand of God the Father and intercedes for us every day as Mediator. Hallelujah!

Be happy with me today, for this reason, let us praise God for it and yes, things are difficult and circumstances but also know that you are not alone. God will not leave nor forsake you and will be there for you. You are not on this road which is called life on earth, alone, and when you and I get to Heaven one day, we will see God who has walked with us all this time here on earth. The One we never left.

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Coffee in Israel

I’m watching a South African television show which is all about coffee. The show’s presenter visit the posh coffee shops around South Africa. In tonight’s episode, the presenter was visiting a coffee shop where the owner of the shop is an Israeli. As the owner was telling us about his life as a soldier and mentioning Jerusalem, he said that Israelis like their coffee a lot. As I was thinking about how he mentioned Jerusalem, I was thinking about Jesus. If the Israelis like their coffee so much, I wonder whether Jesus also drank coffee?

Mat 4:2  And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. (ESV)

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (KJV)

Heb 4:14-15  Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (ESV)

We can see in all of the above scriptures that Jesus is flesh like us as well as God. In other words, He became hungry as well just like us. He too had to eat and drink, rest and sleep, dress and bathe. He became flesh and due to this, he can sympathize with our weaknesses, our temptations because He too was tempted.

Think about it. Jesus might also have had a coffee just like me and you drink coffee today. Although we don’t read that that Jesus drank coffee or ate, we know that He had to because He became hungry and was flesh while being God at the same time.

Jesus can sympathize with what you are going through. Just take that thing that you are struggling with, to Him and He will be able to help you with i