Silence is Power

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[The teachers of the law and the Pharisees] were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing [Jesus]. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger. When they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. — John 8:6–8

In a vocal world it is often times not easy to keep quiet…but there is great power in silence…

Stay blessed in Christ

Pr. Paddick

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The Green Grass

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Proverbs 14:30

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”

Galatians 6:4

“Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else.”

To envy is to desire and want what is not yours… be thankful for what you have.

Stay blessed

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The Passage

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2 Corinthians 5  AMP

For we know that if the earthly tent [our physical body] which is our house is torn down [through death], we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our [immortal, eternal] celestial dwelling, 

For while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened [often weighed down, oppressed], not that we want to be unclothed [separated by death from the body], but to be clothed, so that what is mortal [the body] will be swallowed up by life [after the resurrection].

So then, being always filled with good courage and confident hope, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]— we are [as I was saying] of good courage andconfident hope, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth] or away from home [and with Him], it is our [constant] ambition to be pleasing to Him. 

Stay blessed in this earthly, temporal body

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Diet – So much more than food

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Matthew 15:11-20 English Standard Version (ESV)

11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

Often we tend to think that our words; actions and our attitude does not matter; does not hurt other people, when in fact they do…

Stay blessed in caring for others

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Life is a Miracle

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What a thought provoking quote…

And when we read God’s word we find awesome verses about God’s amazing power:

“God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. He wraps the rain in his thick clouds, and the clouds don’t burst with the weight. He covers the face of the moon, shrouding it with his clouds. He created the horizon when he separated the waters: he set the boundary between day and night. The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at his rebuke. By his power the sea grew calm. By his skill he crushed the great sea monster. His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent. These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?” Job 26:7-14

“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”  Psalm 147:4-5

“But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding, he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.” Jeremiah 10:12-13

Stay blessed in the knowledge that the same God that created this earth, also created you and loves you with an eternal love…

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The Essence of Forgiveness

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1 Corinthians 13 ESV

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.”

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Real Love

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)

“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.”

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Life is ever changing

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James 4:13-14 NKJV

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow [h]we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. 

Many people refuse to adapt to life that is ever changing and they pay the price for this eventually. We ought to learn to be pliable in life…and in God’s hand.

Stay blessed

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God has a mandate for every person

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Mandate: “an official order or commission to do something.”

Paul the Apostle’s life will attest to this. Once a persecutor of Christ’s flock, he became instrumental in the writing of most of the New Testament and planting churches.

Philippians 3 : 4-10

Stay blessed knowing God won’t let go of what is in the palm of His hand…

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Becoming Quiet

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Romans 8:14 NIV

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”

Idaiah 30:21 ESV

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”

1 Kings 19:11-12 NKJV

11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lordbut the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lordwas not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [e]a still small voice.”

Stay blessed in becoming quiet,

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Your Journey

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Psalm 139:2,3,16  NKJV

“2You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”

God is sovereign and He is in control of our lives …

Stay blessed in doing God’s will

Pr. Paddick

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Consider this…

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This is so true… many times we complain about things we never got but fail to look at what we have instead : health, food,shelter,employment…

In this Christmas season, reflect on the goodness and kindness of God.

Stay blessed in considering others less fortunate

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Wisdom

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God’s word is filled with wisdom and has much to say about listening and gaining wisdom and instruction:

Proverbs 19:20 ESV

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”

Proverbs 12:15 ESV

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”

Proverbs 17:28 ESV

“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”

Proverbs 5:1 ESV

“My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge…”

Ecclesiastes 3:7 ESV

“A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;”

Proverbs 20:12 ESV

“The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lordhas made them both.”

Stay blessed in listening more and speaking less..

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God knows how…

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King David can testify to this…

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James 4:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Do Not Boast About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow [a]we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 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. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 

Stay blessed knowing that God has your address and number…

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The Way you Look

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Psalm 139  Message Translation :

13-16“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.

17-22 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
    God, I’ll never comprehend them!

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Ecclesiastes 3   AKJV

1″To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”

 

Stay blessed in God’s plan and purpose for you. It is perfect and well thought through…

 

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Speech is Prayer

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1 Kings 8:39

“then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men,”

1 Chronicles 28:9

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.”

Psalm 139:2-23

“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.”

Matthew 9:4

“And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?”

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At times, when we can not pray, when we do not know what to pray, when our heart is overwhelmed with fear, God knows our every thought and responds to our silent speech to Him…

Stay trusting, stay praying.

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The Battlefield

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Life, for the most part, is a battlefield with wars being waged and many casualties…

By being kind we can ease the pain and suffering for some. Trying to see life from another’s perspective often helps in understading them and the circumstances they face, a little better.

Stay blessed in being kinder

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True Confidence

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We have all noticed it at sometime or another, the individual that comes across as being confident by being loud and in your face… are they really confident or trying to hide their fear of rejection and their insecurities?

True confidence does not need to be announced. It wears itself like a tailor made garment … it is secure and friendly not arrogant or boastful.

True confidence is beautiful to behold…

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

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Comparison

The following words as penned by Theodore Roosevelt hold a lot of truth:

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Psalm 73 is such an accurate description of why not to compare yourself with others (read the entire Psalm):

“2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.[a]
They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.”   Psalm 73 :2-5 NIV 

 

“Despite our human intelligence, we are very much like our friends in the wild; the world we live in is a survival of the fittest. But to this I say, let the fittest survive! Survival is overrated. We’re alive; we die. How long we survive for is of little significance. Our true significance lies not in the endless comparing of ourselves to one another, trying to see who is the fittest, using scales of evaluation and meaning that differ in the heart and mind of every individual; no – it lies in our deeds alone with the time we have.”
― A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar

Stay blessed,

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

Laus Deo Ministries Int.

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Consistency

Proverbs 21:5 TLB

Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.

Galatians 6:9 TLB

And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.

Proverbs 12:27  TLB

27 A lazy man won’t even dress the game he gets while hunting, but the diligent man makes good use of everything he finds.

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Three power verses to consider around the subject of diligence and consistency. There is tremendous power in being consistent. There is also great power in what you do daily.

It is amazing to see the Grand Canyon and to think it was due to water streams that over many years, consistently, carved their way through the mighty rocks…

Patience & consistency are powerful twins!

Stay blessed in Christ and in being consistent,

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

Laus Deo Ministries Int.

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Being kind

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Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

1 Cor 13:4

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Kindness is beautiful…

Stay blessed in Christ

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

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The Character Test

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We can see the above in everyday life and God’s Word also warns against pride which so often comes to the forefront when position or power gets assigned to people:

Daniel 5:20

1 Timothy 3:6

1 John 2:16

A God focused character is a humble charachter…

Stay blessed in humility and love

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Incremental Changes

The goal is to make incremental changes by admitting that:

a) not everything is going to be exactly how you want it, and that’s okay, b) certain changes will have to be implemented, so practice those changes, and c) recognize that life is worth living. In the balance between states that afflict those suffering from psychological disorders—complete control and lack of control—an emotionally salient mindset can be achieved.

Nick Hobson Uplift connect

Life is constantly changing…

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Broken as you are

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“One of the first things that strikes us about the men and women in Scripture is that they were disappointingly non- heroic. We do not find splendid moral examples. We do not find impeccably virtuous models. That always comes as a shock to newcomers to Scripture: Abraham lied; Jacob cheated; Moses murdered and complained; David committed adultery; Peter blasphemed.”
Eugene H. Peterson, Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best

God finds us and saves us where we are – broken and needy. So many people have this idea that that will only be ‘acceptable’ to God or can only be saved by God once they have their act together and are nice people. That is a fallacy. Come to Jesus as your are, right now. tomorrow may be too late…

Stay blessed in neediness (needing Christ)

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The Side of the Mountain

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“To live only for some future goals is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow. But of course, without the top you can’t have the sides. It’s the top that defines the sides.”8”
Eugene H. Peterson, The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way

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Feelings

“My feelings are important for many things. They are essential and valuable. They keep me aware of much that is true and real. But they tell me next to nothing about God or my relation to God. My security comes from who God is, not from how I feel. Discipleship is a decision to live by what I know about God, not by what I feel about Him or my neighbors.”
― Eugene H. Peterson

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Stay blessed

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A living offering

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Eugene H. Peterson, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language

 

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Grace explained

I rather like this explenation of God’s grace by Eugene H. Peterson:

“The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t be complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us.”

Peace and grace be yours
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Lead by example

“How can I lead people into the quiet place beside the still waters if I am in perpetual motion? How can I persuade a person to live by faith and not by works if I have to juggle my schedule constantly to make everything fit into place?”

“Real life, the real world, is a vast theater of salvation, directed by our wise and totally involved God.” Eugene H. Peterson, The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way

Stay blessed in leading by example
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Why the Funeral?

They are simply sad occasions…weeping, somber, cold events. However, a funeral is an important part of life. (Ecclesiastes 6:10 – 7:29)

  • It does bring closure to the loved ones
  • It is an opportunity to reflect
  • At a funeral we may learn from the deceased’s life – life lessons
  • It reminds us that we should be making sure that we are right with God since we too will die and have a funeral someday
  • It keeps life and the problems we face in perspective – this life is not all there is and there is an eternity awaiting us all

“Funerals tell us, powerfully that we are all going to die”  Ryan Kelly

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Many years back, churches used to have cemeteries on the church property, which is no longer the case. There was a reason for this – it reminded the living congregants that they should make sure they have accepted God’s free gift of salvation since they too, will die. It served as a reminder for the living, a powerful reminder that life is indeed fleeting and we should focus on what God has called us to accomplish in and by His grace.

Stay blessed in Christ and be ready for His return

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

Laus Deo Ministries Int

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Pride

Why is pride a problem? Because it has to do with an independant spirit. It is what caused Lucifer, the archangel, to fall from glory and lose his position.

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Pride will affect your prayer life  since you don’t ask God for what you need thinking you can do it all by yourself or thinking you don’t need God’s help or aynone else for that matter
What causes pride in our lives?

Having an ungrateful heart (Proverbs 16)

Being disatisfied in life and being discontent

A lack of the fear of God

A lack of accountability

How do we guard against pride?

Seek accountability with others

Remind yourself that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (Prov 3:36;  James 4:6 1; 1 Peter 5:5)

Stay humble – “Humility follows God like a shadow”  Barry Edwards

Everything we have is from God. There is nothing we can do or accomplish apart from God and His grace in and over and through our lives. The very next breath you are about to take is a gift from God. Be thankful. Be humble.

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Stay blessed in humility in Christ

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MBA

What would an MBA for life look like?

M – Motive

B – Balance

A – Attitude

Three crucial elements of a successful life.

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In everything we do in life, there is always a motive behind it. When our motives are right, there will be Balance. Without balance, we will sooner than later topple. Balance should be present in every area of our lives – spiritual, physical, mental, relationships, work etc. etc.

We should also be careful that our attitude is in harmony with our motives as this will bring about balance.

The word of God has so much to say about each of these elements. Looking at the life of King David, Moses, Jesus, and even Paul and James, we find that living a humble. consecrated, repentant life before God will cause us to walk and live in His grace and anointing and will bring about MBA…

Stay blessed in bringing glory to God through your daily life. It is in the little things, not the big things…

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