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Children on white linen on Christmas day

In 2015 my brother in law who is a pastor, asked my husband and I whether we will join him and other congregation members of the church he preached in, to serve people in hospital. The only thing he said to us, was that we will be praying for people. I didn’t know what to expect. We visited a hospital in JHB South where we walked up three flights of stairs, just to enter the children’s ward. My brother in law, the pastor instructed us to pray for and over the children. So each of us walked down the hospital ward and enter one room after the next, where we prayed for the children and their parents if they were present.

There was one room where a very sick baby was laying on the hard, hospital bed on white linen. The baby had an IV line inserted in his arm and the white bandage contrasted with his soft, black skin. I felt so heartbroken for this baby who were sick in hospital, no parent or adult in his presence. All alone in hospital, on Christmas day. I laid my hands on this child and asked God to heal him, in Jesus Christ name. The baby had a smile on his face. Although he didn’t say a word, he responded to my voice. It was as if he understood me. After the prayer and time I spent with him, I gave him a Christmas present. Each patient we prayed for, received a present that day.

There are many people that says that they can’t muster up the strength to visit children homes, go to hospitals to pray for the sick or visit the poor but Jesus taught us to be the light of this world.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 

Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

When you sit in the comfort of your home, underneath that warm blanket of yours or that aircon, someone out there are wishing for that blanket you have or that aircon that keeps you cool. Someone out there are longing for someone to pray for them in their sick bed or a child who longs for that time that you spent with them, who have to fight for attention in the children’s home. If we do not go out and be the light, then we miss the opportunity to show Jesus Christ to people. We miss the opportunity to show the child in the children’s home, what love looks like. God who is love.

We miss the opportunity that Jesus work through us, when we lay our hands on the sick to pray for them and He heals them. We miss the opportunity to show someone who have less, Jesus Christ that provides to them, through you who are obedient and give what you can.

Be the light.

Be someone that Jesus use to show them who He is.

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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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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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Our struggles is not against humans

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Over the years that I have come to love Jesus, learning about who He is in the Bible and preaching Him to everyone, it has not been easy. There are many who took what I said and persecuted me, who opposed me for what I preached. Working with people who do not believe in Jesus and who choose not to believe. Because of my love for Jesus, I struggle to keep quiet about Him. I tell those who I work with, those I know and those who are in my life about God and His Word. Do you know why? Because there was no one in my teenage years who took the time to explain the things of God, to me. There was no one who told me about how God can help me and how God helps you. My motivation is this, to tell everyone about who God is, how God can help you and about the things of God. There’s only one truth and that is God’s Word. Many disagree with me and that’s okay because here’s why:

Eph 6:11-12  Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies. This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world. 

When I meet someone who are against what I preach, I always remember that it’s not the person who is against me but what is behind that person. It’s the thing or things I don’t see. It’s the spiritual forces of evil. They are opposing me, they are influencing that person who God tries to bring to faith in His Son, who is opposing what we as children of God, preach. There are many people who make the decision to not believe in the dark forces like demons and Satan and then there are others who are blind against them.

We as children of God, Christians, need the help of God when we talk to someone who don’t believe. We need to ask God to help us against the spiritual forces we can’t see and to pull that person towards His Son Jesus Christ. Without God’s help, we are nothing against it.

Remember, that when someone opposes the truth that you preach, it’s not the person but what’s behind that person. But what if that person tries to kill us? That person who either wants to physically kill our body or by killing us in a way where we lose our job, our income, our name? Then remember this:

Mat 10:28  Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 

People can kill what we have or our bodies but they can’t kill our soul. That part of us, only God can destroy in hell. But if you are a child of God, then you know that your stop after life in this world, will be with God in heaven. What a comfort and joy to know this.

Listen, it’s not easy to be disagreed with, to be disrespect or cursed for telling those who don’t believe in Jesus, about your Lord and Savior. About the only God there is, the One that made them. But remember this: I try to think about it this way. That God have sent you, His child to this person. To tell them about God. Think about how much He must love this person, that He have sent you to tell them about Him, so that they have the chance to repent and give their lives to Jesus. Take a moment and think about it. Do you remember when you didn’t believe? How there was someone who took you and told you about Jesus? Who invited you to church? Do you remember how God have sent someone along your way to do that for you?

It’s not easy, ever but remember how much He loves you. Hold fast to Jesus, hold fast to God’s promises even though you get opposition for what you preach, the truth which is Jesus Christ.

May God bless you dear child of God.

Amen

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A few questions answered

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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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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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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