God’s Ways – Sometimes Makes No Sense

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I am busy reading a great book by Dr. Larry Crabb entitled: When God’s Ways Make no Sense.

Often times, we question God, we question life and we don’t understand what God is doing in our lives or if He is even aware that we exist…following are some excerpts from this book.

Dr. Crabb notes that when life makes no sense to us, when God makes no sense to us we have 3 options available, namely:

  • Resist & Run
  • Distort & Deny
  • Tremble & Trust

“When His thoughts and ways seem to be taking us away from the life we want for ourselves, then we feel justified in resisting His input and running off to do whatever better fits our ideas of a good way to live. Like Jonah (Jonah chapters 1-4). This option is illustrated in the life of a prophet who was enraged at God’s plan.”    Dr. Larry Crabb  – When God’s Ways Make no Sense

“Arrange our understanding both of how God thinks about our lives and of how He lovingly moves into them so that it matches our perception of how a loving God should think and move.  Deny Scripture that contradicts what we want to believe about God. Revise our theology of God’s good news into principles for living that make obedience to God comfortable – comfortable obedience that we assume will bring satisfying blessings into our lives. Like Saul before he became the Apostle Paul.”  Dr. Larry Crabb  – When God’s Ways Make no Sense

“Sit under the Bible. Hear whatever God is saying. When we realize that God’s way of running the world and guiding our lives make no sense, tremble. Tremble before a God whose thoughts and ways are far above our thoughts and ways about what the truly good life is and how to live it.  Feel our confusion. own our doubts. Embrace our fears. Face our disappointment. Experience our anguish.  Then trust. Trust the Judge of the earth to do right, to always advance purposes we will one day gladly agree were good. Accept that no one can fully unravel the mystery of prayer. Like Habakkuk. Habakkuk’s story illustrates what it looks like o repsond well when God’s ways make no sense.”  Dr. Larry Crabb  – When God’s Ways Make no Sense

Dr. Paul Tripp adds to this when he remarks the 3 ways (principles) we should live by faith when life make no sense at all:

“1. We Are Being Strengthened

The author of Hebrews 11 says that Abraham was being tested, which is a word picture for metal being purified. God will send difficult, unexpected and unwanted trials into our lives to produce in us what could have never been produced otherwise. I refer to that as the theology of uncomfortable grace, and we need to preach it to ourselves and to others.

2. We Aren’t Supposed To Figure Life Out

Hebrews 11 also indicates that Abraham didn’t know that God would provide an animal for sacrifice. In other words, he didn’t obey because he knew the future. When God sends confusing trials into our lives or asks us to obey mystifying commands, he won’t always tell us why. I have counseled many Christians who complicate their suffering by trying to interpret what God has intentionally kept a divine secret.

3. We Need To Rely On Promises And Commands

Abraham was able to obey in faith because he rested in the promises of God and followed the clear commands. He knew that the Lord does not lie and that we can trust everything he does. When life doesn’t make any sense at all, these two things are enough for us to live by faith.

Contrary to what I thought, these past few years have been without a doubt the most productive ministry years of my life. Through suffering, God reminded me that he doesn’t need me to be healthy to use me. It may take many years for you to see the result of what God is doing when life makes no sense at all. Or he may never reveal the reasons why. But no matter what you’re experiencing, God’s promises and commands are enough. His grace is sufficient for you, and his power is made perfect in confusion and weakness.”  Dr. Paul Tripp 3 Ways To Live By Faith When Life Makes No Sense At All – Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Crabb remarks that a false Gospel is being preached today, a comfortable message, one in which God has to fall inline with our plans:

“God’s love compels Him to cooperate with the plan He’s come up with. In our thinking, that plan is obvious, simple, and fair.  if I do well, He’ll see to it that my life goes well. That’s the lie. That’s not God’s plan. When we believe it, and life does go well, we feel proud, justly rewarded for our good behavior. If life does not go well, even though we’ve lived well, we become disillusioned and disappointed with God.”   Dr. Larry Crabb  – When God’s Ways Make no Sense

Dr. Larry Crabb asks the 3 most important questions of the Christian life:

  1. Why must suffering play such a big role in the Christian life?
  2. Why must failure be such an ongoing part of the Christian life?
  3. How are we to respond to seemingly random suffering with no obvious purpose and to repeated failure that we try hard to resist but sometime can’t

“If I hear from God and feel no urge to resits and run, thinking that He’s asking too much, I haven’t heard from God. My view of the Gospel is shallow.

If I hear from God and am not tempted to distort what I hear into a call to a comfortable life, and if I’m not inclined to deny any real attention to passages that say otherwise, I haven’t heard from God. I am believing another gospel.

If I hear from God and see no reason to tremble at the cost required to trust God no matter what struggles come my way and what ongoing sin continues, I have not heard from God. I’ve heard a cheap gospel.”   Dr. Larry Crabb  – When God’s Ways Make no Sense

” When Christians, properly settled on the plan of salvation in Christ, hear the call of God on their lives, something deep in their souls is disrupted. When Christians hear God’s call , not simply to a specific ministry or to a moral lifestyle or to a theological study but to become a certain kind of person no one can ever fully become this side of heaven, a battle begins. The Journey finds its way onto a narrow road.”     Dr. Larry Crabb  – When God’s Ways Make no Sense

“When difficulties intrude and failure continues, we meet the incomprehensible God. Who is He? What is He up to?   Dr. Larry Crabb  – When God’s Ways Make no Sense

Many times, all we can do, all we are called to do is obey the Word of God, TRUST God and keep our eyes on Him. Whom better to rely on and trust in that the One who created everything, the One who sustains everything, the One who breathed life into us, than a failing man-made economy, unreliable people, a shiny world system that is really rotten to the core? Whom better to rely on that He who knows tomorrow, He who is all powerful and He who has all knowledge?

My prayer: Heavenly Father, please help us daily, by Your loving grace and Your Spirit, to get to know You, Your character and Your loving kindness…Amen

Stay blessed in Christ

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl

Laus Deo Ministries Int.

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God’s will

“He calls us to run hard after Him, His commands, and His glory. The decision to be in God’s will is not the choice between Memphis or Fargo or engineering or art; it’s the daily decision we face to seek God’s kingdom or ours, submit to His lordship or not, live according to His rules or our own.”
― Kevin DeYoungJust Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will

Stay blessed

 

Pr Paddick van Zyl

LDMI

Mark 11:23-24

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.  Mark 11:23-24 NKJV

A well known portion of Scripture but also a taken-out-of-context portion of Scripture in many instances.

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As Paul Tripp notes;

“Now, Christ is not actually meaning that you and I will be given the power of God just to displace mountains at will. If you’re in Vermont and the mountains bother you and you want it to be flat, don’t pray for that; that’s not what Jesus is saying. He’s giving us this “beyond categories example” of the power of God that He is willing, by grace, to unleash upon His people; that’s what that is about.” Paul Tripp – The Temple and the Tree Sermon 30 June 2017

Often, believers in Christ think that they can pray for ‘anything’ and God will simply obey and deliver on their request. However, the context is important here and the motive of our heart, since God knows our heart (Psalm 44:21, Luke 16:15 , Acts 15:8 ).

“Oh my, has that verse ever been distorted! Name it and (this is sad that you could finish that)… What we have done with this is just violence.

Listen, if you’re acknowledging God’s existence then you acknowledge His glory and honor; you acknowledge His plan; and in prayer, you’re asking things that are consistent with and inside of His will. And when you do that, He will deliver what you ask. He finds great delight in fulfilling the true needs of His people, needs that He has defined.
There’s a little phrase in here that we have to face – “and does not doubt.” Faith is acknowledging God’s existence; faith is acknowledging His power and His willingness to unleash His power for His people; faith also recognizes that belief is a battle, it’s a war. And I fight the doubt that so often greets me.

But faith also is not just this vertical acknowledgement of God; faith calls us to something that’s horizontal. He says this, “When you stand praying, forgive. If you have anything against anyone so that your Father who also is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

It’s impossible for faith just to be a vertical exercise because faith is not just something you think; faith is not just something you do with your mouth and prayer; faith is something you live with your life, and Jesus makes that connection–how inconsistent it would be to seek your Father’s forgiveness and live in unforgiveness of your neighbor.”  Paul Tripp – The Temple and the Tree Sermon 30 June 2017

Stay blessed in prayer,

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl – LDMI

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Regrets, Life and God

Sometimes, we get lost in the ‘every day’ of life, and the confusion of life itself. We often forget to look at the bigger picture and realize that the life we are busy living here on earth, right now, is but temporal, passing like a vapour and that our destiny is so much bigger and more glorious (if we are in Christ and trusting Christ as our Saviour and Redeemer), than this life or this earth…

 

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“As we grow older, we look back on life and have regrets. We’re discouraged by the passing of our dreams. We realize we’re not the person we once want to be.

Some people turn into cynics. Others become paralyzed. But the Bible teaches that this life is not our destination. It’s a preparation for a final destination. And that makes all the difference.

Lost in the Middle reveals that difficulties in life aren’t evidence of God’s inattention. In fact, they are signs of His grace, love, and faithfulness. God will take us where we don’t want to go to produce in us what we couldn’t achieve on our own. It’s called uncomfortable grace.

When you begin to accept the theology of uncomfortable grace, it changes everything about your life. Aging, regret, and disappointment are no longer paralyzing realities. You no longer have to be afraid of life. You can move forward with anticipation because God is with you.” Lost In The Middle – Paul Tripp

Have a look at this motivating video clip on Paul Tripp’s Lost In The Middle :

Video Clip – Lost In The Middle

 

Stay blessed, in trusting Christ

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl  – LDMI

 

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The Gospel Equation

Paul Tripp gave this remarkable Gospel Equation* in one of his sermons, which I would like to share with you:

D.P. + D.C. = E.Y.N.

Divine Power + Divine Compassion = Everything You Need.

Think about it for a moment. This sums up the ministry of Jesus, this is the character of our heavenly Father.

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“There’s another thing that Mark makes very clear, and it’s so sad in this moment that these people miss it. It’s this: that every miracle of Christ was meant to be declarative, every miracle of Christ was meant to be instructive, that every miracle was meant to teach his identity that they would begin to understand this is the Messiah that the prophets talked about, that the physical miracles would begin to point to them to a deeper disease that could only be healed by
this great physician.” *

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick van Zyl  – LDMI

Mercy and the Messiah July 18, 2010 Mark 6:53-56

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God knows us

Often, we think to ourselves: “Does God even care about me? Does God know who I am and where I am? Following a couple of thoughts from well-known authors on this subject;

He (God) knows (and cares) about every word on our lips and every thought in our minds. He knows us – indeed has known all about us from all eternity past! The omniscient, omnipresent God is our environment, inescapably so!   Jay E. Adams – A Theology of Christian Counseling: More Than Redemption

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God not only knows everything about you, but he knows everything about everything. He knows what the weather will be, how the stock market will ebb and flow, and every other miniscule detail of the universe that will impact your life.

You can’t predict the next five minutes. And not only that, you and I tend to live for the gratification of the here and now. How warped does that make our perspective? If the goal is to get immediate pleasure, we’re going to pass up on a better life tomorrow just to get instant (and lesser) pleasure today. Paul David Tripp – Defining your needs Aug 2014 

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God is all-powerful; you can barely control your hair in the morning! So, even if you were omniscient and knew what you needed, you wouldn’t have the power to provide it for yourself.

By giving God the responsibility of defining your needs, you’re placing your life in good hands. Not only does he know everything about you and everything about this world, but he’s able to control it and provide exactly what you need in the exact moment when you need it.

God is creator; he knows how you operate. God is omniscient; he knows exactly what today and tomorrow hold. God is omnipotent; he can control every microbe of the universe. And on top of all those things, God is good. “He will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) All you need is the evidence of the Cross to know that God will meet your needs, for his glory and your good.

Paul David Tripp – Defining your needs Aug 2014

Psalm 139 is such an amazing portion of Scripture to read, if ever you have doubted that God knows about you or who or where you are in this life or on this earth!

God is so glorious in his sovereignty that he orchestrates our individual lives for his glory and our good. That means he’s not just powerfully ruling over the grand moments, but intimately ruling over all the little details of our lives as well.

God is so glorious in his love that he will never ignore a seeking heart, even if it’s only of one person. He’ll listen to the cries of anyone who seeks him, and he’ll make a way for them to find him and know him.

God is glorious in his management of our time. He’ll control moments so we can experience eternally significant encounters, even when we would actually be satisfied with just our days to be easy and moderately successful. Paul David Tripp – No such thing as chance Sep 2017

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Never forget that God knows you! He cares about you and has a plan for your life, a plan and a purpose like no other…

Stay blessed in Christ,

Pr Paddick van Zyl – LDMI

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The Funeral

When we die and leave our body behind here on earth, a funeral or memorial is the natural process we engage in to say goodbye to the deceased loved one.

And do we ever really stand back and ask the question; “Just who is this funeral or memorial for, anyway?” Most people will without a doubt tell you that it is for the deceased loved one, of course…but is it really?

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The funeral, in actual fact, is there for the family and friends to obtain closure. Closure is extremely important whenever a relationship comes to an end, be it death, marriage, a job or anything we hold dear to our hearts.

The deceased loved one is not at the memorial or service being held for them (2nd Corinthians 5:8). We take this time to mourn and grieve and celebrate their life but also to gain finality of the chapter that has now come to an end.

So many people have made the mistake of allowing the person who is thinking of their death or that is close to death (due to illness) to dictate how, where, when they want the funeral service or even if there will be or should be a funeral or memorial at all. It is always important to take into consideration, the wishes of the deceased loved one as this is a way to honor them and ultimately to find closure for those left behind. This honoring of their wishes shows the love and commitment as well as the respect you had for them. However, they (the deceased) will not be attending their own funeral, but the family and friends will and that is why it is important to accommodate everyone that will be present and respect everyone’s wishes and always try to be as accommodating as is humanly possible. For instance – some want the coffin open during the service while some may be freaked out at this. Perhaps having the coffin open (for viewing) could be done up to a few minutes before the service starts and then closed for the remainder of the service.

But ultimately, when finalizing the memorial or funeral service, it should be borne in mind that is for those that are left behind here on earth who will continue with the tomorrows of their own life, as the well known adage goes; ‘life must go on’

And it is when ‘life goes on’ and everything turns back to normality that the memories remain and we treasure these memories forever. When closure has taken place, properly, and we have allowed ourselves to grieve and mourn, naturally, then we can face life again and perhaps even assist and help others who may be facing a funeral and do not know how to cope.

Stay blessed,

Paddick & Roelien Van Zyl – LDMI

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True Perspective

In our ever hurried world and daily living, we more often than not lose focus on what is important and blur our Christ perspective.

We allow things to get in the way of our true calling and stress and worry about things that will in the grand scheme of God’s plan for us not be important, though we make it the most important focal point in our life.

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I agree with Dr. Paul Tripp when he notes:

You see, you need nothing more then the surrounding creation, the withering of the grass, the fading of the flower, to understand the poor investment it is to let those things rise to levels of heart-controlling importance.
Here’s the struggle–the temporary begins to replace the eternal. The physical begins to replace the spiritual. And in the midst of that, we, who have been given this awesome gift of grace, lose our sense of what is important. And in losing our sense of what is important, we lose the exultation of knowing we’ve been lifted to a position that we could’ve never earned. And we lose the humiliation of knowing, in all of our good efforts, we stand with nothing before our Redeemer. *

Paul the Apostle said it like this in 2nd Corinthians chapter 4 verses 16-18

16-18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. **

In everything, we need to always keep an eternal perspective in mind – now is temporary and there is an eternity that is coming. And we will spend eternity with Christ in His glory or away from Christ and His glory – it is our choice!

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

Dsr. Paul Tripp – Humble Pride Sermon
** Bible Gateway – The Message Bible
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Consequences

How does our ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ impact our life and future? Do our actions have any bearing on our lives?

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I am currently busy writing my new E-Book, which, hopefully, should be available in 2-3 months time.

While studying the life of King David and his son Absalom, I once again realized that the things we do daily, the words we speak, the actions we take, the decisions and choices we make have a direct impact on our future and those around us.

My published E-Books can be found on Amazon

Stay blessed…

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl

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It is not about you

Perhaps all the fear of man, the pride of knowing, the seduction of acclaim, the quest for control, the depression in the face of hardship, the envy of the ministry of others, the bitterness against detractors, and the anxiety of failure are all about the same thing. Each of these struggles is about the temptation to make your ministry about you. From that first dark moment in the garden, this has been the struggle—to make it all about us.                  Paul David Tripp

 

The Wonder of Prayer

The wonder of prayer – James 5 verse 13 – 18

Prayer invites us again to embrace what God has said about Himself to believe it is actually true and to seek His help. There is no more radical act in the Christian faith than prayer.  To take your life, to take your struggle, to take your most precious things, to take your most difficult things, and to place them in the hands of someone you can’t see, and you can’t hear, you can’t touch, you can’t feel – is an act so radical it can hardly be described. – Dr. Paul Tripp

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Not only is prayer recognizing the sovereignty of God, it recognizes the grace and love of God, His presence, and power, you recognize His mercy. Prayer is power in action.

God is near, He is powerful. He hears. Why would we try in our own strength and limited power to fix a problem we are facing, to change circumstances? Why would we not run to God to do it for us, the One who controls life, the One who created everything, the One who knows us better than we know ourselves…why? Pride? Unbelief? Or perhaps our relationship with God is such that we do not fully trust Him with all of our situations.

Reach out today in prayer and He will receive you, His grace is too big, His mercy is too lofty, His compassion to great toward us, to leave us the way we are!

Stay blessed as you pray believing you will receive the answer …

 

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl   – LDMI

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Why do we pray?

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“17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”

19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.

21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”

And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”

29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”[b]”

Mark 9 17-29 NKJV

When asked by the disciples, why they could not cast the demonic spirit out of the boy Jesus’ answer was simple: they did not pray. They relied on their power. Their ability.

Prayer calls me to abandon my reliance on me, abandon my hope in me, abandon my delusions and strength and wisdom of myself. If I am sufficient, if I am strong, if I am able, then prayer doesn’t make any sense. Prayer by its very nature is an abandonment of self and a rest in the power of God. We pray because we are desperately aware that our only hope is the One who welcomes and receives and answers those prayers.

Stay humble and blessed in prayer…

Pr. Paddick

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Delayed Gratification

Delayed gratification – a fancy word for waiting until it happens. Why is it that we are so impatient? Why are we so hurried? What exactly does waiting accomplish in us?

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It confronts us. It reminds us on a very deep level that we are actually not in charge of anything! That God is in charge of everything. As soon as people or circumstances require us to wait, to stop, to pause, we are faced with the very real spiritual reality that we are not in the centre of the universe. It says loud and clear: “You are not the author of your life.” To wait for something brings about endurance: of patience, of faith, of character.

The 2nd chapter of Romans (verses 6 to 7), has a very clear message of why and how we ought to wait and the reward for those who wait:

 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:[a] eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;” NKJV

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Romans 8:25  NKJV

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Philippians 3:20 NKJV

“so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” Hebrews 9:28 NKJV

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” James 5:7  NKJV

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I like what Dr. Paul Tripp notes about waiting: “Waiting, by biblical definition is active. It is not just sitting around waiting for good things to come. His plan is as perfect as it could be. I am actively doing His kingdom work. Because I have to wait does not indict the goodness of God, it does not mean the kingdom does not exist. It is the plan.”*

Learn the precious value of slowing down and waiting.

Stay blessed,

 

Pr. Paddick

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  • Dr Paul Tripp – Sermon Audio (Eavesdropping on eternity), 09-03-2011 Sermon Audio

Our Identity

“Human beings are always assigning to themselves some kind of identity. There are only two places to look. Either you will be getting your identity vertically, from who you are in Christ, or you will be shopping for it horizontally in the situations, experiences, and relationships of your daily life.”
― Paul David TrippDangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

The Heart of the matter

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We are so drawn to the physical, so drawn to the outward, that we often are misled with what we see and gaze upon. We can fool others and are fooled by others and we even fool ourselves with what we present to the world that sees us. However, God sees things differently:

“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7 b

God knows the motives behind our actions. He knows everything. No use in pretending with God. We are to be transparent with our God.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 15:17 NKJV

When we finally learn to humble our hearts before God, to lay ourselves bare before Him who created us, when we realize that we live by grace alone, then we will begin to walk in the power of His anointing and by the power of His Spirit.

Stay blessed in humbling your heart,

Pr. Paddick

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Are you angry with God?

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In the book of 1st Samuel and especially in chapter 20, we find king Saul busy with a manhunt against David, the future anointed king of Israel, as appointed by God Himself.

And what we find in Saul, is his sin catching up with him, tripping him up. Saul goes as far as wanting to put his own son Jonathan to death because of his anger. It is interesting to note that Saul’s anger was first and foremost with and against God, vertical. His anger was not with man, David, but with God, aimed at God, because of God’s will and purpose and because he has such a consuming desire and hunger for power and is ruled by pride and arrogance, his anger flows horizontally toward anyone that opposes him or his plans. Even against his own son, and God’s anointed servant, David.

As Dr. Paul Tripp remarks: ” Those people that you blame for your anger, have never caused your anger. Those people are only ever the occasion for that anger. If you claim to believe in the sovereignty of God and you question your circumstances, your struggle is not with your circumstances. Your struggle is with your LORD.” *

Anger with God, toward God, will always result in anger toward our fellow human being and our circumstances. Are you angry with God today? Angry that your dream did not come to pass? Angry that you did not get what you deserved in life?

Because God is sovereign and knows us, knows the end from the beginning, He also knows what He has planned for us and what will harm us or take us away from His will and plan for us. God is perfect. We are not perfect. We are the ones that fight sin and self- will. God is a loving and caring heavenly Father.  God is also the One that specializes in restoring broken wings and dreams. He is the Master restorer of broken lives. Commit your life and will totally to Him, to His will and plan and watch the amazing miracle that will take place as He transforms your life to His glory and honor.

Stay blessed in trusting and loving God.

Pr. Paddick

 

*Sermon Dr. Paul Tripp – David & Jonathan – http://www.sermonaudio.com

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God is willing and able

The lyrics to the song: Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin is so awesome. It captures a little bit of who God is. Better than an earthly father. He is so full of grace and love, it blows our minds. And He is always able and always willing …that is who He is!

Good Good Father
Chris Tomlin  Written by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown
I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
‘Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
You are…

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Hope & reality

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Rejection of reality, denying that which stares you in the face, never ever leads to hope, BUT hope (faith) calls those things that do not exist as though they did… (Romans 4:16-18)

Faith helps, assists hope to get up on the ledge to see over the mountaintop to the future, through God’s word to rejoice and take hold of what God has promised.

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Broken relationship

What is the definition of sin?

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“It is not a matter of an abstract keeping of a set of rules. Sin is always first about breaking relationship before it is breaking rules. Sin is about loving something more than I love God. Sin is not first about something that I do it is first about what rules my heart and because my heart is ruled by something other than God that I willingly go beyond God’s boundaries.”  Dr Paul Tripp

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Proper Value

A price tag usually determines the value of an item, what it’s worth. The price tag on every human being is the blood of Jesus Christ. The highest possible value.

Value people for who they are, created by God in His image, and not because of what they are in life or have become or for what their monetary worth represents.
God sees the astronaut, the scientist and the beggar on the sidewalk as having the exact same value. Just because of their disposition in life, they are not valued less or differently by God, yet as our fellow humans, we have a tendency to ‘devalue’ those not on par with what we have.

Luke 16:15 NKJV
‘And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.’

We ought to value the gifts and talents of others and celebrate their uniqueness, thereby honoring God and bringing glory to Him by employing and sharing our unique gifting
One way of making someone feel valuable is by being ‘genuinely’ interested in them as an individual and listening to them. There is a fine line between ‘interest’ and flattery.

Luke 12:7 NLV
‘God knows how many hairs you have on your head. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many small birds.’

Luke 12 24 NLV
‘Look at the birds. They do not plant seeds. They do not gather grain. They have no grain buildings for keeping grain. Yet God feeds them. Are you not worth more than the birds?’

Each and every human being is important and valuable to God. Never forget your worth.

Stay blessed in Christ

Pr. Paddick

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Jumping & trusting

 

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Often, we think that only great faith gets things done. Only great faith, like that of Paul; the Apostle, or even the great generals of God’s army (Wigglesworth, John G. Lake etc.) are what will work to accomplish results. However, Jesus said that a mustard seed of faith is all that is needed (Matthew 17:20).

 

A mustard seed is so tiny, yet it brings forth a giant tree.

All that God requires of us is a tiny bit of faith. We have to grow our faith in Him and His written Word, but simply a little bit of faith…

And for those who say: “But I can’t see God. How must I trust?” Imagine for a moment that the building you are in is on fire. Blazing flames. Smoke. Sure death is starring you in the face. You have two choices: you can stay and die in the flames, in agony. You can jump out of the window where a team of firemen men is ready and waiting to catch you in the large fire net.

Even if you can’t see the firemen, they are shouting to you to jump. They can see you. You can t see them because of the smoke. when you jump, taking that first step into thin air, they are able to track where you will land and move the net to catch you. It is the same with trusting God and trusting in God and His Word.

God sees us. He knows where we are at. We can not see Him physically. All we need to do is take a leap of faith and jump into His saving arms. He will never let go. He is a loving heavenly Father.

 

Remembering this: weak faith is still faith. Little faith is still faith.

Stay blessed in your faith…

 

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl

 

To Strangle

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Anguish, concern, doubt, fear, uneasiness, distress, anxiety, torment, perplexity, fret, agonize … these are but a few synonyms for being worried. In our technologically advanced life, it is the one thing that we can’t seem to get away from perhaps just like our forefathers of many, many years back.

The origin of the word is rather interesting:

“Old English wyrgan ‘strangle’, of West Germanic origin. In Middle English the original sense of the verb gave rise to the meaning ‘seize by the throat and tear’, later figuratively ‘harass’, whence ‘cause anxiety to’ (early 19th century, the date also of the noun).” *

Yet God gives us the reassurance that He is in control and He knows what is happening in our lives and He knows how to get us what we need and prayed for…

1 Peter 5:7  New King James Version (NKJV)

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Matthew 6: 25- 34 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Trust in Him. He will see you through…

Stay blessed

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

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A Vapor

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James 4:14 NKJV
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Psalm 39:5 NKJV
Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor

Life is brief, short a vapour. No one can outrun or outsmart death. We all have a date with death, when our life, here on earth, will end and we will enter into eternity.

Eternity is but a heartbeat away. We should live every day as if our last, making the most

of every moment, every opportunity presented us to live for God.

Hebrews 9:27-28 NKJV

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

For the believer who has placed their trust in Christ, death is but a passing from one realm to another, better, realm where God is.

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Expiry Date

 

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God in His wisdom, created everything with an expiry date. A date or time when something or someone’s time is up. We all have been allotted a certain amount of days (Acts 17:26, Job 14:5, Psalms 139:16) on this earth, no less no more.

 

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You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalms 139:16 NLT

The amazing thing about an expiry date is this – your present circumstance, that problem that bashes you over the head each time you think about it, it has an end. It will expire. It will not continue forever. Another amazing thing is this – God’s power and His miracles are not subject to an expiry date. His power continues forever.

 

God has miracles with your name on them, with no expiry date. It is yours for the asking and yours for the taking (faith and trust are required).

The word of God is filled with examples of ordinary people that faced insurmountable problem and obstacles, and they trusted God and were delivered. Their situation had an expiry date.

 

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Whatever you may be facing today. The problem that stares you in the face. The trauma that is breathing down your neck. But God knows. He already has the answer and the miracle(s) ready for dispatch. Trust Him. Ask, believe and receive.

Stay blessed

 

Pr Paddick

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Thanatophobia

What is the ultimate fear for most people?

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 Death and dying. The term Thanatophobia refers to

the abnormal fear of dying.

 People fear to die for many reasons but mainly:

* Fear of not having done what you wanted needed to do

 * Not being accepted by God

 * Being unsure of what awaits them on the other side of life on earth

 There are also some that don’t want to die since they crave power and the many possibilities that immortality brings.

The website http://www.verywell.com gives interesting statistics, done through research, as to the reasons why people fear death and who fears to die:

*Females have been shown to be more fearful of dying than males

*Age does not diminish the fear of death:

 ‘While some researchers will argue that young people fear death more than the elderly, one study conducted among dying people in Taiwan and published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management showed that the fear of death actually did not decrease with increased age. In addition, the same study showed that a patient’s fear of death decreased after they were admitted to hospice care, which possibly resulted from the education and holistic emotional/spiritual support patients receive from members of the hospice team, such as a hospice case manager nurse.’ 1

According to  research 2 that was done, people fear death because of pain and suffering they may experience, fear of the unknown and non-existence, fear of loss of control and eternal punishment and the fear of not knowing what will become of loved ones left behind.

These are all very real, very valid concerns for those facing death.

The Bible, God’s written word, offers us answers to all of the above concerns.

If an individual has accepted God’s plan of salvation they need not fear death or dying since God promises if we invite Jesus into our lives we will be saved (Rom 10:9-10). The following scriptures reassure us that God will not leave us abandoned and that we have hope in Christ (Rom 6:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14,17; Heb 2:14-15; John 11:25-26; Psalm 116:15). God promises amazing things for those who put their trust in Christ, God’s plan for the salvation of mankind (1 Cor 2:9-10)

The word of God also reminds us that when we are assured, by faith, that God loves us, we will not experience fear (1 John 4:18).  Fear of death and dying comes as a result of being unsure of what will happen to us when we die. Fear being the opposite of faith means that when we feed our faith and not our fear we will be at peace and be assured that when we die, in Christ, we will be received into an everlasting heavenly kingdom prepared for us where there is no pain, sorrow, death or any evil present.

Assurance of  salvation is key. Make sure today, that you are in right standing with Jesus.

Stay blessed in hope and in peace.

Pr Paddick Van Zyl

LDMI

 

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Cheating

Cheaters

 

The lyrics to the song I’m not the Only One by Sam Smith had me thinking on the subject of infidelity and cheating. An amazing song:

‘You and me, we made a vow For better or for worse I can’t believe you let me down But the proof’s in a way it hurts

For months on end I’ve had my doubts Denying every tear I wish this would be over now But I know that I still need you here

You say I’m crazy ‘Cause you don’t think I know what you’ve done But when you call me baby I know I’m not the only one’ – Sam Smith

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Relationships are difficult! Whether it is between colleagues, friends, and spouses, it is a challenging part of our lives .

Different personalities, temperaments and emotional baggage and scars, all make up who we are. Add all of this to a relationship with another individual and it makes an interesting and colorful smorgasbord.

 

While there are numerous factors that come into play when infidelity occurs in a relationship, the following are of importance and should be addressed by both parties:

 

*Was this an honest mistake or has it happened before?

*Why I am not ‘happy’ or satisfied in my relationship?

  • What need(s) in me or my partner are not being met?

*Will I be able to trust my partner again?

 

There are so many angles to look at when it comes to relationships and this ranges from psychological to sociological to theological. It is a minefield really. An aspect that is often overlooked or downplayed is that of ‘soul ties’. A psychology term for this may be ‘co-dependence’1.

However, the Bible refers to something that is very important and a link to why some partners in relationships find it difficult to leave. The ‘knitting together’ or ‘binding’ together of two souls. The Bible mentions that we are tri-part beings: spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

When a sexual connection takes place between two individuals their souls get connected or ‘tied’ together, so to speak (Ephesians 5:31 & 1 Corinthians 6:16). A soul tie2 is very real and in the correct context very powerful (unity) however in the incorrect context very destructive.

Is the statement – ‘Cheaters never change’, true? And why do they have a need to cheat? Do cheaters ever have remorse or experience regret for what they have done?

Often, we find one of two things that develop once a partner is suspected of or has been found out for cheating. Either the non-guilty partner stops caring altogether – their self-image, their health, and their appearance, or they get back at their cheating partner by cheating themselves (payback or revenge) or going all out by living a carefree and frivolous lifestyle of indulgence which is a coping mechanism for the pain they are suffering.

Another, often overlooked, aspect that plays a major role in relationships, especially marriages, is the ‘parent’ versus ‘lover’ issue. Many couples get married and are in love and are best friends. Then this changes the moment they become parents. Parenthood is a stressful and challenging time for any couple. But just because two people become parents does not mean they stop being lovers or best friends.

Once the children leave home, many couples do not know how to communicate anymore with one another, since they stopped being lovers and friends. Many see divorce as an only alternative or cheating as a viable option to engage in new friendships and romantic relationships, which they once had and enjoyed with their spouse.

Danger signs include:

*When looking at your spouse /partner and all you see is a parent

*Not spending time together as lovers

It usually goes something like this: two people fall in love and get married. They date and spent time with one another. They decide to start a family and after the child is born things change. It is hectic to raise a child and ‘do’ marriage’ and the interest in one another dwindles. Careers, school, family…it begins to take its toll on the relationship. Both partners long for intimacy and affection from each other but it is not forthcoming.

A sympathetic ear or an ‘understanding’ touch from a friend or colleague is all that is normally needed to get one of the partners looking at other options and questioning if marriage is really the answer, after all. Things deteriorate to such a point that cheating is the only ‘answer’ that seems logical. Another marriage, another broken family has evolved. The one aspect of life, of marriage, of relationships that people forget is this: even though you get married, even though you have a family and children you will always be an individual that needs love and affection which if not met in a committed relationship will, eventually, get met somewhere else. It is a question of balance: balancing a family and a relationship with your spouse. Because once the children re grown up and leave home there will be only you and your spouse/partner and eventually your partner/spouse will one day come to the end of their life which will leave you all alone.

 

As much care and dedication and love should be awarded to your relationship with your spouse as you do your children and family and even career. Balance. Priorities.

 

If cracks start appearing in a relationship, stop everything and seek help immediately. Trust your intuition and act on it. It is never too late to make changes and save a relationship.

 

Stay blessed

 

Pr Paddick Van Zyl

 

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Let Difficulties Know Who You Are

 

 

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Difficulties

“Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realise your hidden potential and power, let difficulties know that you too are difficult” Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

I think this quote by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is so powerful and true.

Think for a moment of the humble tree. It starts out as a sapling, then over time grows and becomes bigger until it reaches its full potential. It spreads out its roots to anchor itself deep into the earth. If it gave up spreading roots at the slightest obstacle or if the soil was slightly too hard to penetrate, it would soon die or stay a sapling.

Because the tree’s roots go in search of new ground and deeper nutrients, it grows tall and strong enabling itself to withstand strong winds and hail storms.

We are no different. We need to grow daily, seek new possibilities and use our talents and gifts for others. We should in the words of Kalam- ‘let our difficulties and problems know that we too are difficult’

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick

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God’s Grace

 

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How amazing and awesome the grace and mercy of God? His mercy and love are so enormous and unsearchable that we will never ever understand this on this side of life and perhaps all eternity is needed just for us to eventually comprehend His love and grace toward us…

God will always, yes always, give everyone an equal opportunity and chance to choose Him, His love, and His plan. even when it may seem too late in our view, God says :”My Grace is sufficient” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Don’t play Russian roulette with God’s grace.

Stay blessed in Christ

Pr Paddick

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Hurting Neighbour

Do We Care Enough?

 

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I read about a tragic domestic violence death wherein a seemingly happily married couple lost their lives. A relationship was brutally halted from reaching its full and intended purpose. The possibilities of two lives that may have had more living and growing left, now no longer exist. What a tragedy and one that may have been prevented.

Some said they always seemed so happy and content. The perfect couple.
Too often we assume that couples/married partners are happy and in a perfect relationship. We live in a society that has almost mastered the art of hiding feelings, concealing problems. Is it the pace of life or have we just become insensitive to others’ needs around us or even those of our own family and households?

Perhaps more family tragedies can be prevented if we paid closer attention to warning signs. Like the human body  that will more often than not give a warning sign when something is wrong internally, likewise, a relationship has telltale signs that cracks are starting to form that may lead to serious and fatal damage.

Never ignore warning signs. They are there for a reason. And never be ashamed or afraid to seek help. It is not a sign of weakness but rather of strength and courage.

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick Van Zyl

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The Passage of Grief

 

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“Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith… It is the price of love.”

Unknown Author

There are so many golden nuggets to be gleaned from this one quote.

  • Grief is something we will all have to face at one time or another in our lives
  • Grief is pretty much an ongoing ’emotional’ aspect
  • It changes us
  • Most important – grief should never be a dwelling place, a place in life where we get stuck and where we end up moving in. It is a journey designed to change and empower but also teach us
  • Grief should never be viewed as a weakness, frailty or disability
  • Grief strengthens our faith in that we can be assured of our loved one being much better off if they had faith to believe God’s Word for salvation
  • Grief gives us a future hope of heaven

When God designed us, He also designed grief as part of the process we would go through to heal. Always remember – everyone grieves and mourns in their own unique way and there are no prescribed processes or ways of grieving.

Stay blessed.

Pr Paddick Van Zyl

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The Work of Grief

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“Grief can destroy you –or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn’t allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it’s over and you’re alone, you begin to see that it wasn’t just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can’t get off your knees for a long time, you’re driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.”
Dean Koontz, Odd Hours
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The Heart of Intuition

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs

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To Lose A Loved One

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“When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.”
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany   

 

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The Great Impression

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The great impression. It almost sounds like the Great Depression of the 1930’s. The question is: why do we try to impress other people?  What is it that makes us do this on a daily basis, for some, or as a habit, for others?

From a psychology point of view, it comes down to self-worth, being recognized as an individual, seeking approval.

From a biblical and theological view, one can argue that it is mankind’s sin nature that would make us strive for perfection with and towards God.

It is a very real issue and dilemma in daily life. So often one can see the effort some people go through to be perfect, to impress others, to be nice in order to fit in. And our modern day society does not provide any comfort either, in fact, it actually encourages the need to impress others, especially in the urban environment.

Technology has vastly improved our time management but greatly affected and degraded our human relationships too. Walk into any restaurant and see people busy on their phones instead of just enjoying the company of the person(s) they are dining with.

And the problem with trying to impress another individual or group of individuals is this – eventually, you grow tired and ‘slip up’ and people see right through your motives. The same goes for trying to be perfect in everything.

The wise King Solomon, under inspiration of the Spirit of God, penned these words in Proverbs 16 verses 2:

“All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.” 1

King David also affirmed the fact that God knows our hearts better than anyone else does when he wrote in the book of Psalms, chapter 44 and verse 21:

“Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.” 2

And very early in the Old Testament God Himself declares to the prophet Samuel these words as found in the 1st book of Samuel, chapter 16 and verse 7:

‘But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” ‘3

From the quoted Scripture it is clear that God who created us also knows us and sees right through our motives. A scary truth.

Would it not rather be more beneficial, less stressful and more enjoyable to simply be yourself, with all the hang-ups, all the faults, all the scars? Being true to yourself and how and whom God made you is what life is all about. Not impressing on others, not showing how good or how smart or how beautiful you are.

True humility never boasts. True humility never impresses others.

 

Be true to God, yourself and others… this is the essence of a happy and fulfilled life!

 

Stay blessed

 

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl

 

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Self Rejection

 

Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.

Stay blessed
Pr. Paddick van Zyl
LDMI

Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

“To be quick to listen means that we do not say the first thing or everything we think (slow to speak), even if we are right, even if we are preachers or evangelists. Nor do we give immediate voice or vent even to the strongest emotions that pulsate within our chests (slow to anger), no matter how strongly we feel them. If you don’t mind, take a moment and reread those last two sentences.”

Stay blessed
Pr. Paddick van Zyl
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Regrets

“Regret still tells the story in the first-person present, as if we are still in the moment. It happened years ago, but we who listen get the idea from you that it happened recently. Regret can also keep secrets. We put the lid on it and tell no one in order to preserve our image. It gradually eats away at us. But godly grief will eventually turn our sinful secrets into testimonies of grace.”

Give your regrets to Jesus and see what He does…
Stay blessed
Pr. Paddick van Zyl

The soul

 

“The mind can descend far lower than the body, for in it there are bottomless pits. The flesh can bear only a certain number of wounds and no more, but the soul can bleed in ten thousand ways, and die over and over again each hour.”

Jesus overcame all for us… so we can have victory…
Stay blessed in Christ
Pr. Paddick van Zyl