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It doesn’t depend

The main difference between happiness and joy, is that joy doesn’t depend on our circumstances. The only way anyone can experience true joy, is to know the true God, the creator of heaven and Earth – the One who created each of us in His image.

There’s a reason why there are more suicides today than ever before. It’s not surprising that depression has become a serious modern-day problem. People are trying to find something that will give them peace and joy, but never find it. We never find it because we keep looking in all the wrong places. We run after happiness, when what we need is joy!

Finding happiness only solves the problem temporarily. When we experience financial issues, our happiness takes a nose-dive. When relationships turn sour, our happiness glass is filled with disillusionment. And this all happens because we are trying to find contentment in temporary things. It’s time to look in a different place, for something more lasting.

Joy is eternal and is found in an eternal God. When we put our faith in Him, we have an “even if” attitude. Even if our circumstances aren’t fantastic, we know that God is still in control. Even if God doesn’t make a way out of a difficult spot, He is always there with us. Even if this life is tough, we know that there is an eternity with Him waiting for us.

And that is where joy is found. Remember, never to let anything fill you so with sorrow, as to forget the joy of Christ risen.

Have an amazing day.

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Only way to be Real

In a world that is expecting us to be something that we weren’t created to be, we will never find true peace. And we will never be content. But, there’s an “unless”. We will never find true joy in this world, unless we have a relationship with Father God. Our Father is the One who created us, as a potter uses clay. And in that “creation process”, He knew exactly what His plan was.

But then, sin grabbed hold of us and the enemy tried to thwart God’s plan with his lies and deception. But what we need to remember, is that Satan isn’t in control, God is! Despite what the world may think, God has never given away His authority. He is, and always will be the only One who reigns.

Because God created us with a plan for our lives, He is the only One in whom we need to put our trust. He is the only One who really knows who we are. And when we have a living relationship with Him, we begin to know who we are also! We don’t need to try and be who the world wants us to be. We just need to be real; and be who God created us to be.

So, if you’re tired of pretending and trying to please everyone, yet still feeling empty, start to be yourself. And the only way to do that is to know your Father, who created you.

Have an amazing day!

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Enough

Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.

When we look at the direction the world is moving in, a natural response is “Enough!” It seems as if society is hell-bent on self -destruction. The decisions that are being made by worldly authorities boggles the mind. And what is even crazier, is that the majority are eagerly following. It’s like a flock of sheep, running straight towards a cliff.

No matter what is happening around us. No matter what our circumstances might be. There is one thing we need to allow to echo in our minds: “His Grace is ENOUGH!” And his grace hasn’t  only been poured out for His followers, while he was hanging on the cross, it was also poured out for those who don’t know Him; for the very ones who despise Him.

So, there’s 2 points I quickly want to make. If you know Christ, then know that His grace is enough. Know that what He has done on the cross is more than we ever could deserve. And whatever we are going through here on Earth is nothing compared to the beauty that is waiting for us when we meet Him face to face. Let that be, what we focus on.

If you know Christ, then also know that He died for everyone. That includes the person who is bullying you at school, and the rude colleague. That includes the evil tyrants and the greedy politicians. That even includes every person sitting on death row. Just like them, we don’t deserve anything. But that’s what grace is. It seeps into the lowest places.

So we certainly need to stand up for what is right and speak out against bullies and tyrants and politicians, but we also need to pray for them. Pray that they will turn to God and accept His grace. Because, even though His grace is for everyone, we have to repent and accept it, before it can be applied to our lives. Let’s pray for our enemies. It’s the right thing to do.

Have an amazing day!

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His Love

God’s love will never leave you, and never disappoint you.

I’ve had a pretty ordinary last few weeks. An inflammation has set in my right knee, which has immobilised me for a while. Hobbling around on crutches is unbelievably frustrating, when  sport used to form an integral part of your life. Maybe “getting older” is also part of it. And there’s nothing we can do about that.

Although it might be frustrating, their is absolutely no place for self-pity when I know that my God loves me so much. He was there when I used to run around on the sports field, just as He is here with me, while I struggle to move from room to room. The fact that I’m impeded doesn’t mean He loves me any less.

And it certainly doesn’t mean that I love Him any less. Whatever earthly pain you might be going through, God is there with you in the eye of the storm. In fact, it’s during the stormy days, that we realise how good He is and how much we need Him. So, instead of having a pity-party, I choose to praise Him for His goodness.

Have a wonderful day, knowing that God loves you.

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What the world needs

Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy, into a friend!

Something I struggle with every single day, is to not have hatred in my heart towards people who hate me. The cancel culture we live in, loves to hate us because we want morals and principles in society. We are hated because our faith doesn’t fit in with the world’s agenda. So, how are we supposed to respond?

Should we remain quiet and let the world continue on a course of self-destruction? Of course not! We must speak up and act against injustices. We must challenge the world and make it known that there is a better way. But the only way it will have any impact, is to challenge them in love. That’s what Jesus would do!

Someone once said, “Share the Gospel, and if you must, use words. The Gospel is all about repentance, forgiveness, love and grace. It’s about allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives so that we are filled with more love, and emptied of hate. It’s more our example that will change the world, than empty words.

Father God, today, help me to stand up for what is right, but do it in love. Amen

Have an awesome day!

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You Can

The only 3 things we need to change the world are vision, passion and action!

Nobody can argue that the world is flying down a highway to hell. What is supposed to be common sense, has been replaced with craziness. Any form of morality has been dismissed for a loss of principles and values. We have become a society that is  steering ourselves on a road to self-destruction, while presenting our journey as one that is heading towards a brighter future.

How can it be possible that we think killing 73 000 000 babies every year through abortion is for the greater good? But we are told to consider the rights of women, yet not spare a thought for the innocent party in all of this… the unborn baby! Here’s a thought. If you think you are mature enough to have sex, then maybe you should act mature enough not to kill the consequence of your actions. Yet, the majority of the world remains silent!

Why is it perfectly okay to scream for the rights of people to do with their bodies as they please, yet it doesn’t apply when it comes to untested and unsafe vaccines? Governments across the world are forcing people to take something that is causing more harm, than the illness it is supposed to prevent. These mandates are destroying the lives of people across the globe. It is causing  segregation. Yet, the majority of the world remains silent!

Society is very cautious when it comes to handing down sentences to minors, when they have committed a serious crime. It is made very clear that they are too young to make informed decisions. And are therefore let off the hook. Yet, in the same breath, the same authorities find it completely plausible to give complete decision-making powers to  4 and 5 year olds to choose whether they want to identify as a boy or a girl. And the majority remains silent.

I can go on and on about the warped direction society is moving into. In spite of the seriousness of our situation, most of us just swim with the stream. We do whatever we are told, without choosing to believe that the majority doesn’t always get it right. In fact, history proves to us, time and time again, that the majority is often the cause of most of the atrocities that have happened. And still, we choose to allow society to think for us.

However many times someone tells you that you can’t change the world… know that YOU CAN! Every change that happened in history, happened because One person had enough passion to take action. And it was that passion and action that got others on board. And it is that passion and action that can make our world a better place. Don’t be part of the majority that remains silent. Be the difference you want to see in the world.

When we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, we have strong convictions. We cannot be silent and trade our convictions for complacency. Stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone. The truth will prevail!

Have a great day!

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Lean In

Each of us has an important decision to make today, and every day! We can either choose to compare ourselves to others and become despondent, or we can choose to live the life of purpose that God is calling us to live. It is impossible to do both, because God’s purpose for you, is specific.

We have all been down a different road. Our experiences are different, therefore our callings are different. Why then, do we insist on living a life of comparison? God never called you and me to be the same. He never gave us the same DNA and character. We are all uniquely created in His image.

When we compare, we either make ourselves feel bad because we don’t feel that we are as good as someone else, or we try to run others down so that we might feel superior to them.  It never ends well. But when we choose to focus on what we are called to do, instead of looking down on what others are doing, life becomes exciting.

When we have a purpose to wake us up in the morning, and a calling that keeps us up at night, our lives begin to shine. Spend time today, contemplating the gifts God has blessed you with. Spend time in prayer asking God what His call on your life is. Then, begin to live it.

Have a blessed day leaning in to what God has in store for you.

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First

We live in a world where love is confused with feelings. Society wants us to believe that love is all about “me” and that if I don’t get from the other person what I am looking for, then I need to walk away and cut them off.  The first thing we need to understand is that love is not a feeling, it’s an act of our will. We don’t love someone because of what we can get out of it! We love someone because of what we want to give them.

True love is never selfish; it’s always selfless! That is why the only One who can truly be described as “love”, Is God! And that’s why the only way we can truly love others, is when we have God in our life. If love were selfish, then there would be no way that God would love us, because there is nothing that God can get out of a relationship with us. If love were based on feelings, then there would be no way that God would love us, because we continue to break His heart!

But Scripture tells us that God loved us, even before we knew Him. Jesus was humiliated, suffered and died because He loves us. He didn’t enjoy the pain, but He did it anyway. That’s how we know what true love is. And what blows me away is that society blames God for not loving us. We become angry because bad things are happening, and the first thought that seeps out of our limited minds is, “If God is such a loving God, why does He allow bad things to happen?”

Well, love doesn’t guarantee that nothing sad will happen. But love does guarantee that when it does, Love will always be there for us. And when we accept God, who is Love, into our lives, we never again need to feel alone and afraid. And God is asking us to reflect that same love in a broken world. The church needs to be a place filled with love and compassion. That love should never be based on what that person can do for us, but what we can do for them.

Have an amazing day as you share that love… only using words when necessary.

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His Goodness

God reveals himself not only in the Bible, but also in the beauty of His creation.

I am sitting on the beach on a beautiful autumn day, watching the waves roll in and feeling the gentle breeze on my skin. God’s glory is in full display right in front of me and His presence is tangible. Looking out in the distance, it’s impossible not to believe that there is a Creator; One who created everything from nothing. And He is still creating beautiful things every day.

God is waiting for us to come to Him. He is waiting for us to trust Him with the mess that we so often make of our own lives. Just like the father of the prodigal son, Our Father is waiting and watching, with a heart of love and compassion. He is wanting, more than anything, to take the dead wood in our lives, and set our hearts on fire for Him. He has a plan to create beauty out of the ashes in our lives.

So why not take a moment to surround yourself in God’s creation, and see the beauty that He wants to create in your life?

Have a wonderful day!