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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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

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.

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl

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