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13 June 2016

‘Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful!’ – Deuteronomy 8:18

PRAYER: Lord, thank You for the strength You give me for today and the bright hope You give me for tomorrow. I receive Your power that enables me to be successful. Amen.

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June 13, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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“Afterwards”

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Hebrews 12:11 – For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

How happy are tried Christians, afterwards. No calm more deep than that which succeeds a storm. Who has not rejoiced in clear shinings after rain? Victorious banquets are for well-exercised soldiers. After killing the lion we eat the honey; after climbing the Hill of Difficulty, we sit down in the arbour to rest; after traversing the Valley of Humiliation, after fighting with Apollyon, the shining one appears, with the healing branch from the tree of life. Our sorrows, like the passing keels of the vessels upon the sea, leave a silver line of holy light behind them “afterwards.” It is peace, sweet, deep peace, which follows the horrible turmoil which once reigned in our tormented, guilty souls. See, then, the happy estate of a Christian! He has his best things last, and he therefore in this world receives his worst things first. But even his worst things are “afterward” good things, harsh ploughings yielding joyful harvests. Even now he grows rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying, and becomes full by being emptied; if, then, his grievous afflictions yield him so much peaceable fruit in this life, what shall be the full vintage of joy “afterwards” in heaven? If his dark nights are as bright as the world’s days, what shall his days be? If even his starlight is more splendid than the sun, what must his sunlight be? If he can sing in a dungeon, how sweetly will he sing in heaven! If he can praise the Lord in the fires, how will he extol him before the eternal throne! If evil be good to him now, what will the overflowing goodness of God be to him then? Oh, blessed “afterward!” Who would not be a Christian? Who would not bear the present cross for the crown which cometh afterwards? But herein is work for patience, for the rest is not for today, nor the triumph for the present, but “afterward.” Wait, O soul, and let patience have her perfect work. – Logos Bible Software, Evening Reading May 18th

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May 18, 2016 at 10:20 pm

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God’s Peace

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John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our lives and restains these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict.

Jesus says He will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it from Him. If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace.

In Philippians 4: 6-7 Paul says: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Imagine never being anxious about anything. It seems almost impossible – we all have our worries whether at work, at home or at school. Paul’s advice is to turn your worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.

(NIV Life Application Study Bible, Tyndale House Publishers and Zondervan, 2005)

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March 13, 2008 at 8:30 am

This Present Darkness

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This Present Darkness – by Frank E. Peretti

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” – Ephesians 6:12

This gripping novel is set in the small town of Ashton and portrays the everyday struggle between the forces of Good and Evil.  When Hank Busche a local preacher and Marshall Hogan, a journalist uncover a New Age plot to subjugate the community and eventually the whole world, the battle lines are drawn.

Described as awesome, captivating, brilliant and memorable (Amazon.com) ,The Present Darkness  gives insight into the intensity of the spiritual warfare waged against God’s children and the tremendous power of prayer as a weapon and protection against evil.

Peretti vividly describes some of the demons we are up against, amongst others Complacency, Hate, Lust, Deception, Murder, Lawlessness, Jealousy, Fear, Greed, Anger, etc. Do you recognise some of these in the world around you, or, worse, at work in your life? (Also see Galatians 5:19-21) Most of us would be but too familiar with some of them.

As Christians, we should be aware of these things are happening, and that they (the evil spirits) are not mere fantasies – they are very real. We need to recognise that we are facing a powerful enemy whose goals are to destroy and defeat the church of Christ and to lead us away from Christ and back into sin.

However, don’t despair – have faith! We are assured of victory in Christ Jesus – in fact the ultimate victory has already been won! In John 16:33 Jesus says, “… take heart. I have [already] overcome the world.”

Until Jesus returns to this world, we have to engage and battle the forces of Darkness using the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and use His armour to protect us against evil. (1) The Belt of Truth (2) the Breastplate of Righteousness (3) as Footwear the Readiness to spread the Word of God (4) the Shield of Faith (5) the Helmet of Salvation and (6) the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Lastly, be alert and pray continuously – Ephesians 6:10-20.

This Present Darkness – by Frank E. Peretti (2003)
ISBN 1581345283

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December 29, 2007 at 6:02 am

Wie is hierdie God?

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Het iemand die artikel deur Chris Chameleon in Beeld (23/12/2007) onder die opskrif “Wie is hierdie God” gelees? Wat is julle kommentaar daarop? Ek herkou dit nog en is nie seker wat om daarvan te maak nie.

Sien artikel by: http://www.news24.com/Beeld/In-Diepte/0,,3-67_2243050,00.html

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December 26, 2007 at 5:34 pm

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