Posted on

What hope do we have for the future?

You can either read the article or listen to the article as a podcast episode. Just click on the link to listen to this article.

https://anchor.fm/trainersperspective/episodes/What-hope-do-we-have-for-the-future-ep8soo

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.

Posted on

$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.

Podcast link: https://anchor.fm/a-trainers-perspective

Posted on

‘n Rede om met God te praat

Psalms 55:23  Werp jou sorg op die HERE, en Hy sal jou onderhou; Hy sal nooit die regverdige laat wankel nie.

Spreuke 12:25  Bekommernis in die hart van ‘n mens druk dit neer, maar ‘n vriendelike woord vrolik dit op.
Spreuke 15:13  ‘n Vrolike hart maak die aangesig bly, maar by verdriet van die hart is die gees neerslagtig.

Weet jy dat daar ‘n ander rede ook is, hoekom jy by die Here moet sit en Hom moet vertel van jou hartseer, pyn en bekommernisse? Want daardie goed wat so jou hart neerslagtig maak, het nodig om uit te kom. Dis soos wanneer jy met ‘n vriend praat by die vuur van ‘n braai, ‘n vriendin oor ‘n koppie tee of glas milkshake of by ‘n sielkundige/berader/pastoor. Dis nie net om raad te kry oor jou situasie nie, maar ook om daardie gif wat verdriet/bekommernis/neerslagtigheid vanuit jou binneste te kry.


God weet dat daardie gif jou siek sal maak. Kyk hoe tas bekommernis jou fisiese liggaam aan deur siek te word of jy kan dalk nie eens uit jou bed op staan nie of jy sien nie meer kans vir die lewe nie. Want daardie gif kom nie uit nie, jy bottel dit op. Praat met God oor jou sorge, werp dit op Hom en Hy sal jou onderhou, jou dra. En onthou, as jy nogsteeds voel jy moet met iemand praat nadat jy met God gepraat het (of jy wil jou lewe neem), kry iemand en sê aan hulle hoe jy voel.

As u ‘n berader benodig, kontak ons asseblief dan kan ons u verwys na iemand. Epos orderentries@marleenswart.org vir inligting oor beraders.

Posted on

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.

Posted on

God soek eerste plek in jou lewe

Exo 20:5  Jy mag jou voor hulle nie neerbuig en hulle nie dien nie; want Ek, die HERE jou God, is ‘n jaloerse God wat die misdaad van die vaders besoek aan die kinders, aan die derde en aan die vierde geslag van die wat My haat; 

God wil nie Sy eer deel met ander dinge nie. Dis nie “jy” wat jouself uit die gemors gekry het nie. Dis nie medisynes wat jou gesond maak nie. Dis nie geld wat jou sekuriteit is, nie. Dis God wat in alles vir jou sorg, jou gesond maak, jou uit die gemors haal en red. Soos wat Ps 50:15 sê:

“Roep My aan in die dag van benoudheid, Ek sal jou uithelp en jy moet My eer.”

Jos 24:14-17  Vrees dan nou die HERE en dien Hom in opregtheid en waarheid, en verwyder die gode wat julle vaders gedien het oorkant die Eufraat en in Egipte, en dien die HERE.  Maar as dit verkeerd is in julle oë om die HERE te dien, kies dan vir julle vandag wie julle wil dien: òf die gode wat julle vaders daar oorkant die Eufraat gedien het, òf die gode van die Amoriete in wie se land julle woon; maar ek en my huis, ons sal die HERE dien. Toe antwoord die volk en sê: Dit is ver van ons, dat ons die HERE sou verlaat om ander gode te dien; want die HERE onse God, dit is Hy wat ons en ons vaders uit Egipteland uit die slawehuis laat optrek het, en wat voor ons oë hierdie groot tekens gedoen het en ons bewaar het op die hele pad wat ons gegaan en onder al die volke waar ons dwarsdeur getrek het; 

Posted on

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.