Situational Relief


God often employs the difficulties of life to get our straying attention – to focus on Him. He did this in the Old and New Testament and He will continue to do so since we so easily drift off and go our own way …

God wants our heart. He is a jealous God. Our situational relief is not on His agenda but our growing in holiness, our desire to seek Him, seek His face is what is of importance.

Pr. Paddick Van Zyl

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The notion or belief that when we die we become ‘worm food’ is totally silly. God created everything for a reason and with a purpose. Water has a purpose. Even parasites and maggots have been created for a very important purpose. In the same manner that fire has a purpose, so does every human being. Eternity is real. Eternity starts when we take our last breath on this earth.

Dr Paul Tripp notes that we have to live life with an eternity view in mind –

I wish I could say, for me and for you, that God is always in our thoughts, but He’s not. And even though, in His glorious grace, He has embedded Himself and his creation so He is always visible. I think of it this way: You can’t get up in the morning without bumping into God; we still miss Him!
How can you fry an egg without seeing the glory of God? How can you hear the sounds of birds without thinking of the glory of God? How can you see a sunset without the glory of God, the change of the seasons without the glory of God, the endless variety of human beings without seeing the glory of God? But we can be so blind! Dr Paul Tripp


For life to make sense at all it has to be lived from the vantage point of the Cross. We will never understand life or God’s grace, His love, His nature and character unless we view it from the vantage point of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

God created us for fellowship with Himself and with one another. We are ‘community wired’ beings. And God’s original plan was for us to not die physically (and spiritually) however sin caused just that – death of the body and spiritual death or separation from God’s presence. And that is why Christ came to us. That is why Christ gave His life on the cross…

Dr Paul Tripp speaks of eternity amnesia when he notes –

And eternity amnesia means: That I lose sight of God’s plan; I lose sight of all the hope of glory; I lose sight of the fact that this is not a destination, but this is meant to be a preparation for a final destination, and I find myself ruled and controlled by the desires, the pressures, the experiences, the relationships of this moment. I’m living in that moment as if I have no past; I am living in this moment as if I have no future; my heart is shaped and controlled and my behavior formed right here and now. That’s it.

This is a God of eternity who is drawing the heart of my child to the glory that can only be found in Him. So he would live for something bigger than this moment of pleasure that gripped his heart.

Earth-bound treasure that shrinks this moment to the physical people and physical experiences this moment; here’s what earth-bound treasure does: It makes it all horizontal; it loses the verticality of life; it makes it all present; it loses the eternal nature of life. It makes it all human; it misses the spiritual nature of life; it does all of that.  Dr Paul Tripp

Let us always keep eternity in mind, even in our busy life or those mundane moments. When life pressures us, when dark depression knocks on the door, when we are overjoyed…let us remember that eternity is awaiting.

Stay blessed in Christ our Lord and Redeemer.

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

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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.


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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Does God Need Us?

Why did God create us? What was His purpose?  David Needham explains why when he writes:

“In His infinite knowledge God is aware not only of the magnificent glory of every facet of His being, but also of the endless dimensions of His own creativity. Having all of it seen, delighted in, and shared only within the Godhead perhaps was not enough. Somehow He chose to need us! He chose to want us…” David C. Needham

“He (God) is a person. He has chosen to need us, not simply for service, but to love and be loved. To share a closeness of relationship that will take an eternity to fulfill…”  David C. Needham

1 Corinthians 13:12

Stay blessed in His love and grace.

Pr. Paddick

Close to His Majesty – David C. Needham p.117;120 – Multnomah Press


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


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


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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