Psalm 38:16

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Ek vertrou op U, Here, U sal antwoord , Here my God – Bybel vir die Lewe


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May 25, 2016 at 6:54 am

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Soeke na God

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22 Mei 2016

God het ons as mens geskape met ‘n ‘ingeboude’ rusteloosheid in ons siel; met ‘n onkeerbare smagting na Hom; ‘n leemte in ons harte wat net in God rus kan vind. 

Handelinge 17:27 – “God het ons gemaak om Hom te soek, al sou ons ook moet rond tas om Hom te vind. Hy is nie vêr van enigeen van ons af nie, want deur Hom lewe ons, beweek ons en bestaan ons.”

Psalm 63:2 “Ek soek U, o God, my God, ek dors na U; ek smag na U soos in ‘n dot en droë land, ‘n land sonder water.”

Verblydend is dat God nooit vêr is nie – soms moet ons net opkyk om Hom te sien, soms is die skadu wat ons oor ons lewens sien, Sy skadu wat ons beskerm en Sy arms wat Hy om ons hou.

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May 22, 2016 at 11:46 am

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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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16 Mei 2016: Berei jouself voor om die seën van God in oorvloed te ontvang

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2 Konings 3: 16-17.

Gaan lees die storie – die Moabiete rebelleer teen Israel en die drie konings van Israel, Juda en Edom trek op teen die vyandige mag. Skaars was hulle sewe dae oppad toe raak die water op en is daar vir mens en dier nie ‘n druppel om te drink nie.

Die drie konings laat toe vir Elisa haal om deur hom God te raadpleeg.

Elisa vra toe vir ‘n lierspeler en terwyl dié op die instrument speel kom God en praat met hulle deur Elisa. God gee opdrag dat die vallei waar hulle was vol slote gegrawe word want, sê die Here, Hy sal dit opvul met water sodat almal meer as genoeg sal hê om te drink – en dit sonder dat die Israeliete enige teken van wind of reën sal sien. Dit is maar ‘n geringe saak vir God. Hy sal dan boonop sommer ook die Moabiete oorgee in die hand van Israel.

Elisa maak hier bekend dat God Israel ryklik sal seën deur nie net vir hulle van water te voorsien nie, maar hulle ook te verseker van ‘n oorwinning  oor die Moabiete.

Die vraag vandag is wat doen ek en jy in ons lewens om onsself, soos die Israeliete, voor te berei vir die oorvloed van seën wat God oor ons wil uitstort? Hoe maak ons onsself gereed om Sy seën in oorvloed te ontvang?

Gebed: God maak my reg en gereed om U seën in oorvloed te ontvang – die seën wat U so graag oor my wil uitstort.

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May 17, 2016 at 12:15 am

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27 January 2014

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. [Philippians 4:8-9]

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January 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm

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22 January 2014

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Boldly come unto the King of kings, from whom no sincere petitioner ever was dismissed unheard. Whenever there is a heart big with sorrow, wherever there is an eye suffused with tears, wherever there is a lip quivering with agony, wherever there is a deep groan, or a penitential sigh, the ear of Jehovah is wide open. He puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when the volume is opened at last, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up therefrom.

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January 22, 2014 at 11:14 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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