To be Noble you need to Seek God – Part 5 of 8


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Noble definition

* Having or showing qualities of high moral character, such as courage, generosity, or honor.

* Characterized by high moral qualities; magnanimous.

* A person belonging to a privileged social or political class whose status is usually indicated by a title conferred by sovereign authority or descent.

* A person holding the title of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron, or a feminine equivalent.

10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
Acts 17:10-12 | NIV

Ever wanted to be a noblemen / lady?

God want you to be noble.

What will it take to be noble?

It is the 3 E’s:

* Eagerness – To learn more about God

* Examine – Scriptures

* Everyday – It is a priority in your life.

They wanted to see if what Paul taught was in the Bible and true.

Then they believed and were obedient to the scriptures.

Do you want to be noble and study (Not just read) the Bible everyday?

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God seeks men … when men are Seeking God – Part 4 of 8

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

John 4:23-24 | NIV

God definition

The supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe.

How do you distinguish between : True vs. False Worshippers?

There is a qualification:

1. In spirit – The part of a human associated with the mind, will, and feelings. A pervasive or essential attitude, quality, or principle. An attitude marked by enthusiasm, energy, or courage. Temperament or disposition. From the heart, the inner self. The vital principle or animating force within living things. So we need to worship God in the right spirit. It’s like hanging out with someone. Is it a pleasant or bad experience? We also need God’s Spirit to worship through him. What is your attitude about seeking God? Is it positive? How serious are you about it? What priority does it fill in your life?

2. In truth – The quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factual. Something that is true as opposed to false. The Bible is truth. How well do you know the truth? Do you know God’s saving plan, he’s will for your life?

Amazing that God seeks us out. He wants a relationship with us.

Do you worship God in spirit and truth?

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To an Unknown God …. start by Seeking God – Part 3 of 8

“So Paul, standing in the center of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I observe [with every turn I make throughout the city] that you are very religious and devout in all respects. Now as I was going along and carefully looking at your objects of worship, I came to an altar with this inscription: ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you already worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who created the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, because it is He who gives to all [people] life and breath and all things. And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands and territories. This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grasp for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’” – ACTS‬ ‭17:22-28‬ ‭AMP‬‬
On an altar in Athens: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD

How well do you know God?

An Atheist believes that Nothing is a God, did you know that?

The belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs. It makes perfect sense.

Do you believe that your life is an accident or on purpose?

Why did God determine the times that you should live (year) and their lands (where you should live – the country where you reside say South Africa)?

* So you will seek Him?
* Will you perhaps reach out for Him and find Him?

Wow so God planned the perfect time and place for you to live so you can find him.

It is not an accident that you are reading this!

God orchestrated this that you might find Him.

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Do you worry … or do you Seek God? – Part 2 of 8

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Don’t we all love that song, “Don’t worry, be happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

It just don’t have a nice vibe, but the words is so applicable to our daily lives and also has a spiritual significance.

Worry definition:

  • To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled.
  • To cause to feel anxious, distressed, or troubled.

So what do we normally worry about?

  • Money.
  • Our jobs.
  • Our kids.
  • Retirement.
  • Not being happy.
  • Not having peace.
  • Not having a purpose in life.
  • Not leaving a legacy.

Let’s look at what the most famous person in the world said. Healed people, created food, walked on water, brought people back from the dead, his words was recorded are written down although He wrote none, compassion, dying, rising from the dead, called God by men, forgiving sins & called the Messiah (Saviour). Let’s hear what He has to say.

““Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right–the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – ‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭6:25-34‬ ‭AMP‬‬

What do you learn from this? …

Have you ever see a bird worrying? We think it frivolous. I think that is what we are like when we worry.

Have you ever thought that you are a infidel by worrying?

Do you believe that God cares about you. Can’t a God who is all powerful take take of you because He loves you. They say worry is practical athiesm.

So if we should not worry, what should we do?

Seek first His kingdom not yours. That might be the reason we worry. That is not all, we should seek His righteousness, meaning being right with God.

So what is the solution for us not to worry; put our trust in God and make His family our first priority.
Ready to let go of the following disorders?

Difficulty swallowing, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Fast heartbeat, Fatigue, Headaches, Inability to concentrate, Irritabilit, Muscle aches, Muscle tension, Nausea, Nervous energy, Rapid breathing, Shortness of breath, Sweating, Trembling and twitching, Suppression of the immune system, Digestive disorders, Muscle tension, Short-term memory loss, Premature coronary artery disease, Heart attack, detramental appetite, bad  lifestyle habits, damaged relationships, divorce, murder, suicide, sleeplessness, bad job performance, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety.

Do you seek relief in harmful lifestyle habits such as overeating, cigarette smoking, or using alcohol and drugs.

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Seeking happiness, peace, love, fulfillment,…. or Seeking God – Part 1 of 8

What is the purpose of life?

Who is God?

What is love?

How will I find happiness, peace and fulfillment?

Questions that we all ponder about in life, don’t we!

Let’s look at a definition, shall we?

Seeking’s definition:

  • The act of searching for something; “a quest for ???”
  • Earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something.

What is your quest in life? What are you looking to achieve in life?
Lets look at a verse or two in the most famoust book of all times, 6 billion copies sold, over 40 authors, 168 000 is distribted per day. Have you read the block buster?

“How blessed and favored by God are those whose way is blameless [those with personal integrity, the upright, the guileless], Who walk in the law [and who are guided by the precepts and revealed will] of the LORD. Blessed and favored by God are those who keep His testimonies, And who [consistently] seek Him and long for Him with all their heart.” – ‭PSALM‬ ‭119:1-2‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Blessed mean superlative happy. Now substitute blessed with “superlatively happy” is “your name”. Has a good ring to it doesn’t it!!!!

Ok now that we have established where happiness comes from. Let’s establish the conditions for it.

Mmmm. A blameless life!!! Wowww who of us can claim that one?

Ok second who walks in His laws / testimonies. Ok so obviously there is my law and then there is God’s. Does yours make you happy??? Why are you reading this anyway?

And the last but not the least; seek Him with all, your heart. What do you really love? Soccer, nature, holidays, …? I guess it is like falling in love with that first love of your life. You just can’t get enough of that person!!! Does it say half ur heart? No all of it!!! No 95% or high averagers allowed, only 100% candidates. Real commitment hey? Are you up for it?

Remember happiness is the byproduct not the end goal. 😉 😉

So, is that the way you study your Bible? With all your heart? Some say it is God’s love letter to us. Sounds a bit cheesy? There may be some truth in that! Be one of the famous 6 billion who has a bible and has read it!

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Happy reading!!!

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Bearing – The fruit of The Kingdom

What is the fruit of the kingdom ?

It can be great relationships at depicted in Acts 2:42 where they were devoted to the apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and to prayer.

It can be great personal attributes as listed in Gal 5:21-22, love, joy, peace, patience.

But I really think it meant combining the last two in the fruit of people knowing Christ and becoming disciple’s that are the real fruit.

Jesus said in His own words that He came to seek and save what was lost Luk 19:10.

Paul wrote that God the Father wants all people to come to the knowledge of the truth and to be saved 1 Tim 2:4.

So to sum up what Solomon said, the wisest guy that ever lived on the earth except Jesus who is God in the flesh, Prov 11:30 talks about the fruit of the righteous is a tree of light and he who wins souls is wise.

Am I bearing the fruit of the Kingdom? Am I about my Fathers business, like Jesus said.

What would Jesus say about my farm and my fellow workers? Do we produce the crop that Jesus expects to get?

Soek God – Eerste Beginsels


1. Soek God – Waar kom Geluk vandaan ? – 1 van 8 | Francois Van der Merwe’s Blog – Skakel

2. Soek God – Waaroor komkommer jy ? Deel 2 van 8 – Skakel

3. Soek God – God skep jou adres – Deel 3 van 8 – Skakel

4. Soek God – In Gees en Waarheid – Deel 4 van 8 – Skakel

5. Soek God – ‘n Edelmoedige Karakter – Deel 5 van 8 – Skakel

6. Soek God – God het ‘n plan – Deel 6 van 8 – Skakel

7. Soek God – Die gehoorsaamheid aan die Evangelie – Deel 7 van 8 – Skakel

8. Soek God – En Jy sal Hom Vind – Deel 8 van 8 – Skakel

First Principles – Seeking God

Dissipelskap = Dissipels volg Jesus – Deel 2 van 6

Verse vir Vandag

“Later, nadat Johannes gearresteer is, het Jesus na Galilea toe gegaan om God se Goeie Nuus aan te kondig. Hy het gesê: “Die tyd het aangebreek. God se koningsheerskappy gaan nou enige oomblik begin! Kom tot inkeer en glo die Goeie Nuus!” Op ’n dag terwyl Jesus langs die See van Galilea loop, sien Hy hoe Simon en sy broer Andreas hulle visnette in die see uitgooi, want hulle was vissers van beroep. Jesus het na hulle geroep: “Kom, word my dissipels, en Ek sal julle vissers van mense maak!” En hulle het dadelik hulle nette gelos en saam met Hom gegaan.” – MARKUS‬ ‭1:14-18‬ ‭

Praktiese Toepassing

  1. Die beroep van die eerste dissipels.
  2. Kom volg Jesus. (Christus)
  3. Vissers van mense – Jesus gee hierdie dissipels ‘n nuwe doelwit vir hulle lewe, dat hulle vissers van mense kan wees.
  4. Hulle het nie verskonings gemaak nie maar volg Hom onmiddellik.

Gebed vir Vandag

Goeiemore Here, wat ‘n voorreg om U te volg. Here dat U my waardig geag het dat ek mense kan help om U versoen te word met U.

Dissipelskap Here vir my is soos ‘n huwelik, dit het sy “up’s en down’s”.

Here dit is soos ‘n verhouding waaraan ek elke dag moet aandag gee. Dit is soos om ‘n tweede werk te he, gin wonder die Bybel se dat ons onself moet verloën nie.

Help ons Here om te sien dat ons U volg en nie mense nie. Partykeer as ons ons hart vir mense verloor kan ons krieties raak.

Ek weet Here daar kan altyd ander dinge wees wat belangriker vir ons lan word as om U te volg, maar help ons dat ons nie mislei word deur satan nie want dit kan soo maklik gebeur.

Ek dink net Here wat is ek bereid om op te gee om my familie en vriende in die hemel te sien?

Help my om elke dag my vriende en familie op die hart te dra.

Amen

Besluite vir Vandag

  • Wil ek Jesus volg? Jesus beroep jou vandag net soos hy sy dissipels beroep het om Hom te volg.
  • Is ek al ‘n visser van mense? Wil ek graag een wees?
  • Is ek bereid om van vandag af mense vir Jesus te wen, d.i. dissipels te maak?
  • Wat is daar in jou pad wat jou gaan weerhou om dissipels te maak?

Dissipelskap = Dissipels maak Dissipels – Deel 1 van 6

Verse vir Vandag

“Jesus kom toe nader en sê vir hulle: “Aan My is alle mag gegee in die hemel en op die aarde. Gaan dan na al die nasies toe en maak die mense my dissipels: doop hulle in die Naam van die Vader en die Seun en die Heilige Gees, en leer hulle om alles te onderhou wat Ek julle beveel het. En onthou: Ek is by julle al die dae tot die voleinding van die wêreld.”” – MATTEUS‬ ‭28:18-20‬ ‭AFR83‬‬

Praktiese Toepassing

  1. Wat wil Jesus he moet ons almal word?
  2. Watter term is meer gewild – “Dissipel” of “Christen”? Die woord “Christen” kom drie keer in die Bybel voor in die nuwe testament. Dit is die naam wat die heidene die dissipels gegee het, sewe jaar nadat die eerste kerk begin is (Hand 11:19-26). Die woord “Dissipel” kom 270 keer voor in die nuwe testament.
  3. Gered = Christen = Dissipel
  4. Jesus het gekom om dissipels te maak. Alleenlik dissipels wat gedoop is sal gered word.

Gebed vir Vandag

Here ek weet dat U laaste woorde aan ons voordat U opgevaar het baie belangrik was en is.

Here as alle mag en krag aan U gegee is deur die Vader dan is dit tog woorde wat ek ter harte moet neem.

Dis ongelooflik Here dat U wil he ons moet almal dissipels wees van U wat op die ou end beteken dat ons studente van U moet wees of ‘n ander woord is ‘n volgeling.

Here ek verstaan nadat ek ‘n dissipel van U geword het moet ek gedoop word in die naam van die Vader, Seun en die Heilige Gees. Here ek het altyd gewonder hoekom ek gedoop moet word; maar dit is vir die vergifnis van my sonde en om die Heilige Gees te ontvang. (Hand 2:38)

En verder verwag U ons om die mense wat ons dissipels gemaak het en gedoop het om hulle te leer om alles te onderhou wat U ons beveel het.

Shoe Here dis ‘n mondvol. Ek weet ek kan dit alleenlik doen deur U krag wat U vir my gee.

Here ek weet dat ek voorheen godsdienstig was en myself ‘n Christen genoem het, maar ek was nie ‘n dissipel nie. Ek was baie teleurgesteld dat niemand my by die kerk voorheen gewys het dat as ek myself ‘n Christen wil noem ek ‘n dissipel moet wees nie.

Dankie Here dat U altyd saam met my is as ek gehoorsaam aan U is en gaan dissipels maak.

Here ek het voorheen gedink dit is net die dominie wat na mense moet uitreik maar ek sien dat dit vir almal bedoel is. Help my om dit in my daaglikse lewe toe te pas.

Amen

Besluite vir Vandag

  • Wil ek Jesus volg deur ‘n dissipel te word? Indien ek ‘n dissipel is, met wie bestudeer ek die Bybel tans om ‘n dissipel te word? ‘n Dissipel maak tog dissipels, nie waar nie.
  • Gaan ek my laat doop vir die vergifnis van my sonde en om die Heilige Gees te ontvang? As ek ‘n dissipel is wie is die volgende persoon wat ek gaan doop?
  • Wie kan my leer om te onderhou wat Jesus beveel het, wie is waarlik ‘n dissipel? As ek ‘n dissipel is, wie is ek besig om tans te leer om die woord te onderhou soos Jesus beveel het? Wat is ek besig om hulle te leer?

Die Woorde van God – Wie is die Regter in jou lewe? – Deel 9 van 9

Verse vir Vandag

“En as iemand na my woorde luister en hom nie daaraan steur nie, veroordeel Ek hom nie, want Ek het nie gekom om die wêreld te veroordeel nie, maar om die wêreld te red. Wie My verwerp en nie my woorde aanneem nie, het reeds iets wat hom veroordeel: die woorde wat Ek gespreek het, sal hom op die laaste dag veroordeel.” – JOHANNES‬ ‭12:47-48‬ ‭AFR83‬‬

Praktiese Toepassing

  1. Jesus het nie aarde toe gekom om ons te veroordeel nie maar om ons te red
  2. Hoekom moet ons gemotiveerd wees om die Bybel te bestudeer? Die Bybel gaan ons oordeel op die laaste dag.
  3. Hulle se as ek 15 minute spandeer op ‘n dag om Bybel te lees en bid is dit 1 uit 96 ste van my dag. Dan spandeer en net oor die 3 dae per jaar aan God. Ek dink nie dit is ‘n aanvaarbare statistiek nie. As die ewige lewe regtig belangrik vir ons is sal ons meer en meer tyd daaraan wil spandeer nie minder en minder nie. Ek dink ‘n aanvaarbare tyd is ten minste ‘n uur. Ek dink maar daaraan as ons met ons vriende kuier is dit partykeer 5 of 6 ure want ons geniet dit. Spandeer so tyd met God dat hy dit daadwerklik sal geniet.

Gebed vir Vandag

Here naand. Ek dank U dat ek U woorde kan he wat ewige lewe gee. Dankie dat U vir ons ‘n gids gegee het waarvolgens ons lewe kan orden. Here dit is letterlik ‘n geestelike gids om U beter te leer ken en te groei in ons verhouding met U.

Help my om I woorde aandagtig te lees en toe te pas want dit gaan my op die laaste dag oordeel of veroordeel.

Here dit is so goed as wat ek die oplossing het vir kanker maar ek volg nie die handleiding nie.

Here ek weet dat ek voorheen die Bybel gelees het vir 5 min maksimum maar nooit uitgegaan het om dit te bestudeer en regtig uit te vind wat daarin staan.

Here ek weet dat om my Bybel in die oggend te lees is die beste tyd van die dag om met U te begin, dan kan ek toepas wat ek geleer het deur die dag.

Here dankie vir U liefdesbrief vir ons waarde gee, vertroos, bemoedig, vrede gee, in die waarheid onderrig, help om dwaling te bestry, verkeerdhede reg te stel en die regte lewenswyse te kweek.

Amen

Besluite vir Vandag

  • As ek voor ‘n regter gaan staan oor ‘n saak in my lewe gaan ek seer sekerlik my voorberei vir die saak. Hoe voorbereid is ek met my saak met die Here? Indien ek nie voorbereid is nie wat gaan ek daaromtrent doen? Soos die ingilse se “Talk is cheap”
  • Steur ek my aan Jesus se woorde?
  • Weet ek op watter punte ek gaan geoordeel word? Hoe vaar ek sover daarin as ek myself ‘n punt uit 10 uit moet gee. Ek weet mens kan nie werklik ‘n punt toedien aan ‘n verhouding nie maar ek weet of my vrou gelukkig is met my of nie? (glimlag) Dieselfde met God, sal Hy gelukkig met jou wees?
  • Hulle se as jy jou lewe wil verander dan moet jy iets aanpas in jou daaglikse roetiene. Wat het jy nodig om aan te pas in jou daaglikse roetine? Dalk ‘n uur vroër gaan slaap sodat jy ‘n uur vroer kan opstaan om met God tyd te spandeer?
  • As iets belangrik genoeg vir jou is sal jy dit laat maak gebeur, kom wat wil. Waaroor is jy passievol voor in die lewe? Is jou verhouding met God no. 1? Enigeiets wat ‘n hoër prioriteit geniet as God is jou afgod. Kou aan daai ene.