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Neurons and growth factors

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This week I learned that when you exercise, your body creates a growth factor called BRAINDERIVED NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR or in short, BDNF. This growth factor then moves to your brain and in the brain, it creates new neurons. Neurons in your brain are responsible for brain health. This means that it helps for the possible prevention of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and neurons are also responsible for sending messages to different parts of your body. In other words, they use electrical impulses and chemical signals to transmit information between different areas of the brain, and between the brain and the rest of the nervous system, according to the National Institution of Neurological Disorders and stroke. 

Isn’t it wonderful how our bodies were created by God? How God brought everything into consideration when He has created us. 

Gen 1:26-27 says: And God said, “Let us make humankind in our image and according to our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of heaven, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every moving thing that moves upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the likeness of God he created him, male and female he created them. 

Psa 139:14  I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it well. 

We are wonderfully made. Wonderful is God’s works. There is no denying the fact that God exists. It just comes down to the fact whether we acknowledge Him and accept Him in our lives. But just looking at how our bodies were made, no human-made another one. No human makes a new baby in a woman’s womb. Two opposite-sex partners have sex and then the sperm of the male travels to the egg in the female. These two meet and an embryo are formed which is life. A new life that forms into a baby human. God is the potter, we are the clay. He forms that embryo and then He forms it into a baby. He also has the might to either let the woman become pregnant or not. 

God makes us wonderfully. Just looking at how important movement is which creates new growth factors, move to the brain and create new neurons for us to have brain health. How wonderful is that! No human thought about it or created it. How wonderful, Father God. 

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A topic that will challenge you

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Father God, we come to you today in the Name of Jesus Christ. I ask you to please protect me and this listener, our families, our career, the company we work at, our marriage, our children, our home, our yard under the blood of Jesus Christ. We thank you God, in Jesus Christ Name we pray. Amen.

My husband has a caller identity app on his cellphone which shows you the company’s name that is calling you. He called me over and showed me the one call he had missed on his cellphone. The caller identity app showed it as: The Satanic Temple. We were both shocked to see this because we love Jesus Christ and our lives have been given to Him. He is our Lord and Saviour. But this made me think. Why did this religion group called? Why are they reaching out?

In Luke 17:20-21 it stands: The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, “People can’t observe the coming of the kingdom of God. They can’t say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ You see, the kingdom of God is within you.” 

So what or whom is this Kingdom of God?

Joh 14:16-17  I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever. That helper is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it doesn’t see or know him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you. 

The Kingdom of God is the Holy Spirit, is Jesus Christ.

Gal 4:6-7  Because you are God’s children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into us to call out, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer slaves but God’s children. Since you are God’s children, God has also made you heirs. 

The reason why this religious group of the Satanic Temple might have called, is to proclaim what they believe in. Just like any other religion group out there, they proclaim what they believe in. We as children of God, what we do and what we talk, is it proclaiming Jesus Christ? Are we putting the Kingdom of God first? Our motives for what we do, is it to promote the Kingdom of God? Because this is exactly what other religion groups do. They stand up for what they believe in. They go out and proclaim what they believe in. Why are we so afraid as Christians to proclaim Jesus? Because we have come to a point where we love our lives, more than Jesus Christ. We have come to the point where we love our work more than Jesus Christ. We are afraid to talk about Jesus Christ at work because we are afraid of persecution and losing our job.

Are we true to ourselves as Christians?

Are how you live or what you do for the Kingdom of God or to hold onto what you have or to build your own empire?

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A few questions answered

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If you have a question with regards to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Christianity, faith, please contact us through our website www.marleenswart.org, and we will try to answer them here on the podcast.

Our first question for today is:

Can you become a Christian, by attending a church sermon or service?

Pastor/Evangelist preach and Holy Spirit do the conviction.

Holy Spirit convicts:

Joh 16:8-9  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and concerning righteousness and concerning judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me, 

When Holy Spirit convicts person who attends sermon or service of his/her sin, then that person will repent and give their live to Jesus

Act 3:19  Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, Act 3:20  that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 

And when you do that, you are a child of God.

Gal 3:26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 

Next question:

But how do we know who is genuine Christians?

Mat 7:15-20  “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits: they do not gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, do they? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit, nor a bad tree to produce good fruit. Every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. As a result, you will recognize them by their fruits. 

And what is these fruits the Bible talks about, on how we can recognize a true Christian by?

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. 

Do we know when Jesus Christ will return? Will it be 2030?

No

Mat 24:36  “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Mat 24:44  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 

We do not know when Jesus will return. The Bible says that only God, the Father knows. And that we need to be prepared because Jesus will come unexpectedly

Mat 24:37  For just as the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 

Mat 24:38  For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark. 

Mat 24:39  And they did not know anything until the deluge came and swept them all away. So also the coming of the Son of Man will be. 

Last question for today:

Christians always say that they will pray for you. Why don’t they help you? I don’t need prayer, I need help.

For me, when I say that I will pray for someone else, is because I can’t offer them help in that present moment. I might not have the means to help them in that moment. What I as Christian can offer, is a prayer and my support. The Word of God teaches us as children of God, as Christians, to pray for one another:

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

Job 42:10 And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

I too sometimes want people to help me when I confide in them but I need to understand, that my help comes from God.

Psalm 121:1 I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

If that person (Christian) who I have confide in, offers me help, then I know that the help that person offer me, is something that the Lord have put onto that person’s heart. But I have to testify. That my help most of the time come from others who do not know about my problem or situation. Help comes when I least expects it from others. By means of someone who sends us food or other times is provision by God by blessing me with a new client. Don’t trust man, trust God.

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What hope do we have for the future?

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When you open up any news site, the first thing you will see is anything related to the Covid virus. Then this will follow with events where a country needs a leader or other people who stand up against the current ruling party and the president. Further down the news feed, you will find stories of people who was murdered, robbed and kidnappings. You then leave the news site to go to work. Along the way someone gives you the middle finger before you arive at work. Your day at work is pretty good but you get a call at home after work, of someone you know who was the victim of the Covid virus.

What hope do we have for the future, when the world looks this bleak?

When I was thinking about this topic at hand for today’s podcast, I remember what I used to do and what I do when I look an aswer to a specific topic at hand. Researching the Bible for answers. Quick question: When you are looking for an answer to a specific problem at hand, do you consult man or God? Man can be in the form of Googling the answer to your problem because those articles was written by man but what you read in the Bible, was given to us by God. So what can we hope for the future, when we consult the Word of God?

There’s quite a few things we can stand firm upon, which will give us hope for the future.

  1. God will always be there.

Someone told me that in the past when they were going through a time where there was an operation that they had to go through, that they were scared. This person told me that all that he/she could do through this time where he/she was so scared, was to ask God: Please help me. Please carry me through this and God did. The operation was a success, the person recovered from the operation and God kept this person save when they had to walk outside as part of the recovering exercise.

God states in His Word:

Deu 31:6  Be strong and be courageous; you should not be afraid, and you should not be in dread from their presence, for Yahweh your God is the one going with you; he will not leave you alone and he will not forsake you.” 

  • God hears our prayers and help

Many pray about something for a while or for years and after a while or years, they ask why God haven’t helped them with their problem or in their distress. This is a valid question but sometimes I do think God helps us, maybe not in the way that we want it. We want God to help us with certain problem in our way. We keep on praying for it and praying for it but a small voice (or feeling) inside you, keeps on telling you that you should do this. We want God to remove that problem from our life but we do not listen to His guidance, the guidance on the Holy Spirit which is that “knowing” inside of you. That thing you know you should go and do but instead of being obedient, you keep on doing what you want to. God’s Word says:

Psa 34:17  They cry out and Yahweh hears and delivers them from all of their troubles. 

There were many times in my life where I prayed for something but I knew that it was not God’s will. We sometimes wonder why God doesn’t heal us or that person we love. We sometimes wonder why bad things happen to those who love God and we wonder about this, that and tomorrow. This can take away the joy from your life. Rather that pondering and keep on wondering, why not ask God for His help, stand up in prayer and continue with your day. Tomorrow you come back, ask Him again and repeat. DO not stress about it for the whole of your day. It will take away your joy.

  • Our current condition, is not our eternity

The world in it’s current condition, is not our eternity. It’s not going to look like this forever, not in it’s current state and not for us as individuals.

Firstly, the world will be made new. We read about this in Revelation.

Rev 21:1  Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 

The first heaven and the first earth (world as we know it now), will pass away. Will go away. A new earth and heaven, there will be.

For the second part, we find the following in God’s Word:

Joh 14:1  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 

Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 

Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 

Earth is not our final destination as believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus says that He went away to prepare a place for you and me, where our Father and His is. In heaven and this place of God the Father have many rooms. There are thus enough place for anyone and everyone who have faith in Jesus.

Although the world in it’s current condition looks bleak and we go through difficulties, remember these three things. You are not alone, God will help and this is not your eternity as believer in Jesus Christ. Hold on to these things. This will pull you through the difficult times, the Word of God which is Jesus.

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$23

Do you remember the days where your parents gave you an allowance every month? Our daughter currently has $23 (+/-R423) in her savings account which is money that we gave her as an allowance over a span of a few months. She likes to save her money and when she saw how much money she had in her account; she was surprised. She was under the impression that she had a lot less. When our daughter left the room, I remember the days where a few rand (dollars or whatever currency you grew up with), was like “wow.” It felt as if I had a lot of money and with that money, I could do whatever I wanted.

Php 4:6  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

Eph 5:20  giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

I know that the Word of God tells us to be thankful in everything for everything. When I see how happy our child is, about that few Rands, it teaches me to be thankful for what I have. Sometimes we complain that we do not have enough money for ourselves. It’s mortgage, food, utilities bills, school fees, petrol, diesel, car repayments and chocolate bar, massage, haircut, etc. Do you hear the last things that I have mentioned? Chocolate bar, massage, haircut. Those last-mentioned things are like the pocket money our daughter have in her savings account. It’s the little bit of money you have that you spent on yourself, for whatever you desire. But still we complain. Still we want more.

Where are the days where we all were content with the R400 ($23)?

Why are we not happy with the little we do have for ourselves?

My husband and I work for the Lord and the Lord Jesus Christ give us secondhand clothes through others. We then take these clothes and do an outreach to the car guards here in South Africa. When you hear how they scrape a little bit of money together as a team to have something to eat that morning or how the supervisor’s wife have cancer or how some of them live with other people because they are too poor to afford their own home. Then you realize how you take what you have, for granted. How you are not grateful anymore for what God gives you.

Challenge:

Take 5 minutes today, after a long day’s work, and think about what you have in your life.

A dry place to stay in, even if it is only a room. You do not have to sleep on the street.

A home, a mortgage to pay.

Maybe your health is suffering, and your body is full of aches and pains, but you are still alive. Able to spend time with friends or loved ones.

You had a job today that pay a salary, or you may be a housewife who had a long tiring day with house chores and kids. But you have a home to get to at night, lay in a bed and listen to this podcast.

It is easy to get distracted with what we do not have, instead of what we do have. Let us be thankful today and go to God, thanking Him for what we have. Food, home, somewhere to sleep, someone who takes care of us, love and His love for us.

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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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It’s Biblical

Act 14:27  And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. 

Col 4:3  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 

Rev 3:7-8  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 

You’ve heard it before. People preaching and testify that God have opened a door (for them). This is biblical true as we can see in the above scriptures. Everything is in God’s control. He opens and closes doors.

* Above scriptures out of KJV (King James Version) translation of Bible.

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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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Out of love towards his grandparents

Someone have complimented my sister’s son on his beautiful manners towards our parents, his grandparents. I told this person that the obedience towards his grandparents, is out of love. He loves them so dearly.

1 Samuel 15:22  And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.

When I said this to the person who complimented my sister’s son, I told this person how this make us think. How our obedience should also be out of love towards God.

When you face a situation again where you know you need to make a decision to either do it the way that God wants you to or the way you want to, then choose God’s way because you love Him. Choose to live your daily life according to His Word because you love Him. Not out of obligation, fear or gaining merit but because you WANT to due to love towards Him, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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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