Monthly Archives: December 2013

Eternity Value. Finally.

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For years I have been wresting with this question: “What in my day-to-day doing, has eternity value?” Every time I had to face the sore truth of the answer: “Very little”. If you have been following this blog for a long time, you will remember the posts where I was lamenting this problem. At times I stopped blogging for long periods – it was in those times that I wrestled with God and myself, never finding the one thing I was looking for. Eternity Value. I wanted to know I was adding value to life in such a way that it would count for something in eternity. I wanted more than just a day-job. I wanted more than just church on Sundays. I knew the WHAT but I couldn’t find the HOW (I am a business analyst…. I deal with the WHAT daily and fight about the HOW even more – if it doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry.

Here are some of the posts I wrote on this issue – in case you want to back track a bit before you continue reading.
https://broomformybrain.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/the-epitaph/
https://broomformybrain.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/you-and-me-can-make-a-difference/
https://broomformybrain.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/hit-the-brakes-hit-the-brakes/

2013 was quite a year. It was a roller-coaster of emotions for me. Though I lacked nothing physically, I was not content at all. I was constantly seeking, constantly wrestling, constantly searching for something I could not define. I am extremely grateful that my husband stood by me through all of this. As I look back now, I can see the hand of God in all of this. I became more and more restless as the year progressed. I questioned everything more and more as the year progressed. Today I realise that God was moving me out of my comfort zone – I just didn’t know it at the time.

So here I am at the start of 2014. The start of a totally new way of living. For the first time in my entire life, I am really going to add eternity value to life. I finally found what I was searching for. It’s so exciting that it takes my breath away at times. I cannot stop child abuse in our country, but I can protect the one girl God entrusted to us. I cannot give every person in South Africa a second chance at life, but I can home-school her and give her a chance at life. I cannot touch and empower every woman in South Africa, but I can touch and empower some women around Hartbeespoort with the community project I am launching next year.

I am looking forward to a year filled with things that have eternity value. I cannot describe in words what it feels like. The best part of it all? My husband will be in this with me, boots and all (pardon the pun for those who know…. lol).

I am blessed. All the bad decisions I made in my life do not matter to me anymore. God has taken it all, and worked it together for my good, to finally bring me to the purpose He called me for! What a testimony!

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

My you too find a deeper sense of life in 2014!

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God’s Promise in Jeremiah 29:11

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In my previous blog I spoke about mixing the Word of God with faith, so that the promises of God could be fulfilled in your life. One lady asked me for resources to start studying the promises of God, so I decided to start blogging about the promises of God. The promises of God have only recently become alive in my life. For years I had the wrong idea about this! I saw God as this mean being who frequently gave us bad circumstances to ‘test’ our spiritual growth. And the majority of people are still stuck in that mindset! I frequently hear people making remarks that it pleased God to bring hardship into their lives and that they will suffer in silence out of respect for God. What utter nonsense! Somewhere, some preacher smoked his socks and started preaching this rubbish and children of God all over the world are still believing this false teaching today!

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

God thinks about you! He dreams about giving you a better future than your current circumstances. He wants to give you a future with an ‘expected end’. What is this? Let me give you The Message translation to make it easier.

Jeremiah 29:11 – I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Wow! God WANTS to give you the future YOU hope for! He doesn’t want to make your life miserable. God doesn’t want you to suffer. God doesn’t want you to live in poverty. God doesn’t only bless some people and not others!

Romans 2:11 – For there is no respect of persons with God.

God does not have favourites! You are as important to God as the successful preacher converting millions!

So why are we suffering then? It’s our own doing. There are certain spiritual principles in place that cannot be bypassed. Principles such as “As a man soweth, so shall he reapeth”. And there are many more. We suffer because of our own bad decisions. We suffer because of our lack of insight and wisdom when we make decisions. We suffer because we do not draw near to God and wait on Him for guidance before we make decisions. We suffer because we want to be self-sufficient. We suffer because we do not give God the first place in our lives, in our finances, in our relationships. We seek the hand of God but not the face of God.

If you want to see the promises fulfilled, start building a relationship with God. That is the most important thing. Only when the relationship is in place, will the promises come into fulfillment. When you spend time drawing near to God, you will learn many things you never knew. You will find the reasons for your mess. You will learn to change the way your think. You will learn to change the way you speak. Then God will take whatever mess you are in and turn it around.

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Memorise the three scriptures above so that you will always remember:

  • God has good plans for your life;
  • God has no favourites – He think about you too;
  • God will make it all work out in the end!

Mix the Word with Faith

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As you all know by now, I am on a faith journey. I know there must be more than what I have seen thus far in my life. And I am steadfast in my pursuit of ‘more’. I am filling my mind with the Word every moment I have. In my car I am listening to teachings that builds my faith. When I read, I read something that builds my faith. I am not allowing anything else into my mind right now. And the results are amazing – but the results is not what I want to write about today. I want to write about faith!

I found this interesting passage of scripture in Hebrews 4:1-3
King James Version: Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached,as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Let me make it easier for you with The Message translation: For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith. 

Did you see that? You have to mix God’s promises with faith before you will receive a single thing! Pleading unto God daily will not help you! You have to have faith! And you have to know the Word of God so that You know the promises! Only when you know the Word, can you mix it with faith and voila!

Do you know the promises in the Word? When last did you memorise a scripture? Can you quote the promises in the Word? If your answer is no, I have bad news for you – you don’t have any ammunition to shoot with.

If you want to receive, start studying the promises. Once you know the promises, start mixing them with faith and proclaim them over your life.