The Lover of my Soul

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Imagine this scenario. You are married to a person who seldom talks to you. He / she never greets you in the morning, but only barks out a list of things to be done. Your spouse never shares anything intimate with you, nor asks you for your opinion on anything. Throughout the day, all you hear are complaints and more instructions.  Yet, your spouse is never satisfied with what you have done and how you have done it.

I wonder how God feels.

Food for thought.

The labourers are few

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A well-known radio personality is currently in the cross fire after an ‘anti God’ statement he made on air. He is gay and in his opinion, any god that judges him for that, is not worth serving. South Africa exploded soon after. On social media the rating and raving is shocking to say the least. There are even petitions flying around calling for his dismissal.

For a few days now, I have been observing the social media storm, quietly from my side of the world. And here is my 2c. For what it is worth.

His sexual orientation is none of my business. In fact, it is none of anybody’s business. It is a matter between him and God. Does it mean I agree with him? No. It simply means that I refuse to tarnish the image of Jesus by judging him along with the rest of the so-called Christians who now call for his dismissal.

We live in a country with a wonderful constitution. When the president was found guilty of violating the constitution, the country erupted in anger. Yet, that same constitution grants every person freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of sexual preference. So why can’t he say what he want? It is his constitutional right after all. What’s good for the geese is good for the gander. If we want our constitution upheld, we must uphold it. All of us.

That man needs to experience the unconditional love of God. And he is certainly not experiencing any of it now. We, the disciples supposed to carry the image of Jesus out to the world, it throwing stones at him. Wasn’t it our Jesus who told the crowd that the one without sin can throw the first stone? Wasn’t it our Jesus that died for him too? Wasn’t it our God who carefully and fearfully knitted him together in his mother’s womb? Who gives us the right to judge, blame, accuse, and carry on like heathens? Do we really think we will win him over for the Kingdom of God that way?

Is this man on your prayer list? If not, why not?

Jesus said, the harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Judging Christians are many, but labourers, true labourers, willing to carry the cross of unconditional love even for sinners, are few. How sad. What have we become?

Fear vs Faith

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Mark 4:40 – But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

Fear is the opposite of faith. And we as Christians, are called to have faith. We should not be fearful.

Romans 8:15 – For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Easier said than done? Probably. Unless you know how.

We are human. Our nature is to worry. Our nature is not to trust God unconditionally. That takes a conscious decision and a lot of follow up work.

To stand in faith means to shut your mouth and swallow every negative confession that comes into your mind.  To stand in faith means to cling to God when everything in you wants to give up. To stand in faith means to be as stubborn as can be, choosing to belief the Word, rather than the lies of the world.

To stand in faith is hard work. It is a daily job. It never ends. If you overcome fear today, you can bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, fear will be waiting for you to wake up so that it can crowd your mind. Faith is to fill your mind with the Word of God so that you can drive out every ounce of fear, every minute of every day. Faith is to meditate on scripture so that you have the means with which to draw the Sword of the Word against the monster of fear.

Start today. Meditate on one verse a day. And when fear comes, pull out the Sword of the Word and resist it. Don’t ever verbalise fear. Instead, regardless of what you feel, verbalise faith. You will see that the more you do this, the easier it becomes. In the beginning it is very hard work. It gets easier, but it never ends. Our enemy will never stop harassing us with thoughts of fear. When the thought comes, subject it to the Word of God.

There are so many promises in the Word – pick one and start meditating on it still today. Kill the fear. Live in faith.