October 2020 week 3

Wednesday

Perception vs Reality

When you meet someone and they ask you how you are doing the normal procedure is you immediately reflect on you overall feeling all things considered. If things are going our way we are more likely going to be happy than if things are not going our way.

Today’s message is about perception vs reality. Just like our natural senses can deceive us (illusion), likewise our emotions can very well mislead us. “Good” things happening in your life is not necessarily positive feedback. Neither are “bad” situations in your life negative feedback.

James 1 v 2 – 4: Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

 

We all generally prefer things to go our way, but like in the case of Israel, the Journey to Israel was just as important as the destination. As children of the most High God we ought to consistently dwell in fellowship with our God and rely less on our emotions.

 

Thought of the Day: Trust God or trust your emotions?

Thursday

Careful who you listen to

One of the most critical aspects about being a leader is knowing which advise to follow. In bible we hear stories about Kings seeking wisdom from prophets before going to war. Presidents and leaders of nations have advisors who help them to make day to day decisions. CEO of corporations are no different, by consulting with experts they try to maximise profits for the company. At an individual level it is my opinion that every man informally has their own advisor/s. It could be a friend, relative, colleague, role model or anyone whose opinion you give more weighting.

 

Psalm 1 v 1-2: Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers). But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.

 

I like to think we are to some extent the masters/kings of our own destiny. It is imperative therefore that we carefully chose the people we surround ourselves with and the people we listen to. Our number one advisor should be the Word of God and day and night we should be meditating on it.

 

Thought of the Day: Bad company corrupts good morals.

Friday

Jehovah gives life

It’s so amazing that out of nothing He created everything. Man needs raw materials to produce but not our God. By his Word worlds were formed and life was brought into existence.

 

Psalm 127 v 1: Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

 

Anything and everything we do will as Children of God will only come to fruition if God establishes our plans. It is my faith that if we make known our requests to God through prayer all that we labor for will not be in vain. It might be our health, our familes, our relationships or any situation in our lives that seems dead. The same God who breathed life into us can breathe life into any facet of our lives.

 

Thought of the Day : Find what needs to live again & don’t labor in vain?

Tuesday

The Love of Jesus

I’ve been separated from my son for over half a year and I was just thinking about how much I love him and how dear he is to me. I often fantasise about how I will feel and what I will do when I see him. As I was thinking about this I just stopped to realise that with all this love that I have for my son. I too am a son to the Most High God and he loves me more than words could ever say.

John 3 v 16: 16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([d]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

His love for us does not waiver. Today’s message is about us reflecting on God’s love for us and how much we show Him love. For you it might not be a son but whoever it is that you love the most, can you try to imagine how painful it feels to not get that love back. God gave us his only begotten Son that we might have life, there is no greater love. Therefore as we go through today and, everyday after let us act, speak and think in a manner that reflects our love for God

Thought of the Day: What shows that you love God?

Monday

How do you see yourself

How we see ourselves is of great importance. It affects our confidence, motivation, emotional state and many other aspects of life. If we rate ourselves more highly than we ought to its called narcissist and that is bad. A low self-esteem is not a good thing either. Unlike what the world does to judge a man based on his outward appearance. God looks at a man’s heart.

 

1 Samuel 16 v 7: But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

How we see ourselves is of great importance but what’s more important and what matters is how God sees us. Our circumstances (good/bad) are temporary, our accomplishments however great or small do not define us. God rejected a king Saul after he won a war and anointed a boy with herding experience. He called Gideon a might man of valour yet he was hidden. Today’s message is concern not yourself with how you rate yourself or how others rate you. What matters is what God thinks of you.

 

Thought of the Day: Whose opinion of you, matters the most?