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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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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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In your opinion, which one is it?

Today’s our podcast name is: In your opinion, which one is it.

I’m reading scripture first and then I want to discuss it and ask, please contact us through our website with your opinion on this topic and scripture.

Act 20:35  In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 

I’m going to give you two scenarios.

One.

You have a family member who are well into their 80’s or 90’s of age. This family member come to visit you and you feel it in your heart to bless them with a small gift, to show them that you love them. You know that this family member have been retired for many years already and you remember how this family member used to gift you as a child. Nowadays they don’t anymore but you understand why because they do not have that much anymore due to retirement and they are old. It’s now your turn to gift them, to love them and you feel blessed that you still can because they are still present in your life.

Scenario number two.

You are able to give to others, those who are in need and those who are in your family and friends circle. The reason why you are able to give to others, is because you are financially well off. God is blessing you with enough and thus you can give.

This is the two scenarios.

My question to you today is:

Are we more blessed to give because we have enough financially or are we more blessed to give because we can give to those who are still present in our lives?

I’ve discussed this question with my family two days ago and my husband says that he feels that this scripture applies to both of these two scenarios. I agree with him. We are more blessed to give (than to receive) when we have enough to be able to give and when those people we give to, are still present and we can still enjoy their company.

But I want you to take today’s scripture, read it by yourself and meditate about it. If you want, drop us an email through our website which is in the description of the podcast. But if not, think about what this scripture means to you and whether you agree with us or not.

I’m ending this podcast with the scripture again:

Act 20:35  In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 

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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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What a hero looks like

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A few weeks back, my children and I watched a locally filmed movie. The film was about a thirteen-year-old girl, who gave her own life to save that of her six-year-old brother. It was a sad story, seeing how the film ended with how the father found his daughter, who froze to death. If you are interested in watching the film, it’s called Racheltjie de Beer and I will leave a link in the description of the podcast episode.

After watching the film, we have discussed it and the lesson that was learned was what heroism look like. It is someone who give their own life, to save someone else. 

Joh 19:16  So then he handed him over to them in order that he could be crucified. So they took Jesus, 

Joh 19:17  and carrying for himself the cross, he went out to the place called The Place of a Skull (which is called Golgotha in Aramaic), 

Joh 19:18  where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, and Jesus in the middle. 

Joh 19:28  After this, Jesus, knowing that now at last everything was completed, in order that the scripture would be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.” 

Joh 19:29  A jar full of sour wine was standing there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a branch of hyssop and brought it to his mouth. 

Joh 19:30  Then when he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed,” and bowing his head, he gave up his spirit. 

Jesus was crucified for our sin so that we don’t have to pay the price ourselves. Then He resurrected from the dead after three days (John 20) and now sits on the Right hand of God, the Father. 

Jesus is a hero. What He has done on the cross for us, is heroism because He has given His life for us. If Jesus didn’t do that, do you know that we all then would have paid the price for the sin we do, ourselves? 

Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

What happens when we sin?

Isa 59:2  But your wrongs have separated you from your God, and your sins have made him hide his face so that he doesn’t hear you. 

Sin separates us from God. We need Jesus, who has laid down His life for us, our sin, as an atonement. In the Old Testament, Leviticus 8 and 16 to be precise, shows us the atonement for sin was the blood of animals. The word atonement in Hebrew is kâphar and it means: cover-up. The blood of the animals covered up our sin, that was why they had to be offered for our sins. But with the New Testament, the atonement for our sin is Jesus Christ. He has shed His blood on the cross for our sin. 

Why is this necessary? Why can’t I just not take the offer that Jesus did and see what happens? Why can’t I pay for my own sin?

To understand what happens to us if we do not take up the new testament, faith and believe in Jesus Christ of what He did for us on the cross, is to go over to the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation was written by John who was given the revelation of what is to come. 

Rev 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 

So what does it say about those who do not believe? Who wants to pay the price themselves?

Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. 

Here’s the full passage:

Rev 20:11  Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 

Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 

Rev 20:14  Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 

Rev 20:15  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. 

Jesus Christ, the hero who gave His life for us, is the One you need to accept in faith. He is the One who you need to follow, invite into your life, live according to His commandments, have faith in Him so that you do not pay the price for your own sin. Paying the price for your own sin means to pay it in eternity, in hell. 

When I grew up, we heard a lot about hell, Satan, God and Jesus. These days you do not hear it as much, it’s not preached as much and I want to preach it because hearing about hell and what will happen one day, might just be what you need to hear. 

Look up to Jesus, in order to see what a real hero looks like and please consider giving your life to Him. If you had in the past but lost faith in Him for whatever reason, He is still waiting for you to come back to Him again. Do not miss the opportunity now because it might be too late tomorrow. 

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Roaring lion

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Thoughts are something that travels through our minds, each and every day. Thoughts like:

“I am not going to make it. I can’t do this anymore.”

“It hasn’t happened yet. This thing that I have prayed or hoped for years. It’s not going to happen.”

“There’s so much unemployement in our country since the Covid started. I don’t think I will ever find a job.”

Today I want to teach you something about our enemy. God says in His Word:

1 Pet 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (NKJV)

The devil is someone who walk around, trying to find the ones which have prayed about something for so long, asking God to help them and achieve something in their lives. Then the devil come and plants a seed of disbelief into your thoughts. That part that says: “It’s not going to happen,” or “I don’t think I will ever find a job,” or “I can’t do this anymore.”

You see, when the devil see that you are struggling, he will come like a roaring lion that wants to devour those beliefs of yours. That trust you have put in God to help you. Satan comes and tear that dream, that hope and that faith of yours into pieces like a lion tears it’s prey apart. He doesn’t want you to belief that you are going to find that job, nor does he want you to keep on hoping for that thing you have prayed about years ago. As children of God, we need to start recognizing the signs that shows us that Satan is starting to plant seeds of disbelief in our thoughts and hearts. When you start to hear yourself talking negative things or even thinking them, then stop. This is what God’s word says in verse 9 of 1 Pet 5.

Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

What should we do?

Resist the devil. In other words, when we are made to recognize the lies that are implanted in our thoughts by the Holy Spirit, we need to resist those thoughts. God one day gave me an instruction. He told me to memorise His Word.

Joshua 1:8 ESV / 665 helpful votes

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

The reason why God gave me the instruction to memorise His Word, is because when the devil come with his seeds of disbelief, those lies of his, that I can kill it with the Word of God. Let’s say you are in a situation where you are worried about where your next meal will come from because you are unemployed. Then remember what God says:

Genesis 22:13-14             

Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”

This is where God provided an offering for Abraham in the place of his son. God have provided to Abraham, just like Abraham walked in faith to the place where the offering needed to happen. You do the same. You ask God to help you with your next meal and then you stand firm in your faith. A know of an elderly woman who are a devouted believer in Christ Jesus and child of God. She I retired, a ripe age of in her 80’s and son who still works, live with her. Her son helps her with daily tasks but there are months where she doesn’t know how she will be able to pay all the medical bills nor her other obligations. Then she take the medical bill in her hands and while she prays, she puts the bill down in front of her, in front of God and she asks Him to help her with this medical bills. She told me that there was times when the medical aid have paid the full sum of the outstanding amount and other times people will bring food to her, thus she has less that she have to spend on food and more to pay on the bills. God provides, each and every time. Maybe not in the way that we might hope of think but in His unique way.

Start to be vigilant, look out for the lies and disbeliefs that Satan plants in your thoughts. You will find another job. Pray, ask God’s help and go out and seek for it.

You will get through this. Pray, ask God’s help and go out and seek councelling to help you get through this but also belief that God gives you the strength to endure this situation and every single day you need to go through it.

Also, surround yourself with people who are believers of Jesus Christ, that can support you and open your Bible every single day, so that what you read, can demolish the roaring lion.

Thank you for listening to today’s podcast and I thank God for His help with this episode. Without Him and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I will not be able to bring you this content and His Word to you.

God bless.

Marleen

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Do you remember?

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When I grew up, which was in the 90’s, I grew up with a different kind of school routine. In the mornings the school would either unite together in the school’s hall or on the school grounds. There we will hear about upcoming things for the day and week and the school’s principal will also read out of the Bible and pray. After that we would adjourn to our different classes, a.k.a. our next period on our class timetable. In Grade 1-3 you only had one teacher for the whole of your day. You did not change class. So what happened was that the first half an hour of your day, was a period where your teacher will teach a class that consist of Bible teaching. After that, then only the rest of the day come with other subjects.

In the higher grades, you might not have Bible class in the beginning on your day but later on in another timeslot, depending on how your timetable was programmed for you and your class. But you had a Bible class scheduled on your school timetable.

The reason why this was implemented, was because of what God says in His Word:

Deu 6:5 – 9

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 

These days our kids do not have a Bible class in their timetable anymore. This has to do due to respect towards other belief systems which was implemented in the law set rules of basically the whole world. It is as if the Christian belief system is oppressed. The more rules that are set out to oppress any thing like the Christian belief system, the more chaotic this world will become. The thing about God’s Word, it is there to lead us as humans, on the right path. It’s to guide us not to behave in a way that are ungodly, but I know there are many who choose to live against it or to take only a few things out of context out of God’s Word to suit the lifestyles they lead. If I offend someone by what I am saying, the thing is, the truth hurts. God’s Word is truth and whether we like it or not.

Jesus said, or should I state, He asked:

Luk 18:7  And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 

Luk 18:8  I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” 

This have been rolling through my head for days on end now. “Will he find faith on earth?”

Will Jesus find faith on earth when He comes again? The thing is if we continue the way we are now, where we do not teach others about God and His Word, will there be faith when Jesus comes? If we do not gather around God’s Word with our family in the evenings, our children will not know Jesus. They will not know how to live their lives and thus they will do whatever the world prescribe, which is ungodly.

Will Jesus find faith when He comes again?

Let us, who are children of God, bring up our children in the Word of God. If we don’t, nowhere else our children will be fed the bread of life. Let’s be responsible and be the salt and light of the world. Let us share the Gospel of Jesus to people. Yes, I have came across many who have pushed me away because of my faith and because of my love for Jesus but keep going. Choose Jesus, choose to tell people no matter what. God says

Do[f] not be afraid of those who kill the body[g] but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.[h]

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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.