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

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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

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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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Sowing

Galatians 6:7 NLT

‘Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.’

Sowing the Word of God into your heart and life will bring a harvest of the Word when you need it most…keep planting His Word

Pr.’s Paddick & Roelien LDMI

Pr Paddick van Zyl

A Tough Enemy

Many famous and many ordinary, everyday people have succumbed and fallen as a result of this great enemy – it’s name? Pride

Not only is pride a sin, pride will hinder one from acknowledging sin in their life, from acknowledging that they, we all, need a Savior.

Because of pride – many have walked away from accepting God’s free gift of salvation, His grace.

It is worse than cancer, or even cyanide. Pride kills.

The cure to this vile enemy? Jesus Christ and becoming humble in Him.

Take your pride to Him, He is the only healer and way maker and the one to intercede for us, between us and God.

Sincere, Christ-like humility is truly beautiful…

Stay blessed in His humbleness and grace

Pr Paddick

Pr Paddick van Zyl

Wisdom and Happiness

Wisdom and happiness go together…

God gave Solomon wisdom- knowledge to order affairs, to invest, to be creative, to manage…

“The queen of Sheba was breathless with amazement at Solomon’s wealth, wisdom and organization. Not only did she marvel at the lavish manner of the temple ceremonies but she observed that even insignificant aspects of Solomon’s household and public affairs were in such order that his wives and servants were happy (1 Kings 10:4-8).” *

An outsider saw that Solomon’s household and all his affairs were successfully managed. They key? God’s wisdom.

Proverbs: 4:7 Wisdom is the principle, chief, main thing. Get wisdom (paraphrased)

Why is wisdom important? Since our own understanding is so limited we need help- wisdom from God.

May the wisdom of God and the mind of Christ be your portion….

Christ Blessings

Paddick

*Source- New Spirit-Filled Life Bible Jack W Hayford, Thomas Nelson Pub 2002, p.457 notes

2 Parents

Do Children Need Two Parents?

‘How do people around the globe answer this question? For most nations, 90+% believe children should have two parents. The lowest is Sweden at 47% while next two lowest are the United State (63%) and Canada (65%). Egyptians are most likely to believe this at 99%.’

SOURCE: The World Family Map, 2014: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-Being Outcomes, The World Family Map, 2014

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The Judge Is Serious

Hebrews 13:4 NLT

4 Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.

God is very serious when it comes to the marriage union. So serious that He Himself will judge those who commit adultery and the sexually immoral…in order to protect what He has made and blessed!

Since Christ is the groom and we, the church, the bride and God is a jealous God, it makes sense that God is very protective over the marriage.

Marriage is honorable and good, since God is the Creator of the marriage.

Let us make sure we keep our marriage unions pure, clean and holy to bring glory and honor unto our Father…

Stay blessed in Christ

Pr’s Paddich & Roelien LDMI

Time and the Blue Print

Time…

The Father’s timing is always spot on… Looking back, you will always see how God timed everything just right for you and His plan and purpose.

Trust Him, trust His timing for your situation today. He has the blue print, the agenda and all the details.

Psalm 31 14-16 YLT

14And I on Thee — I have trusted, O Jehovah, I have said, ‘Thou [art] my God.’

15In Thy hand [are] my times, Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from my pursuers.

16Cause Thy face to shine on Thy servant, Save me in Thy kindness.

Stay blessed in Christ our Redeemer

Paddick

Relationship

“Our purpose (in relationship) is to get what we want but God’s purpose is to give us what we really need. We think things are going well only if we are getting along with others. But God says that it is also when we are not getting along with others that he is accomplishing his purpose.

God has designed our relationship to function as both a diagnosis and a cure.”
― Paul David Tripp