Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Addo Elephant Park

After our 10 day holiday with my wife's family, we decided to tick off another item from my bucketlist and visit the Addo. This is a great park close to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We saw a whole host of animals, including buffalo, warthog, zebra, red hartebees, eland, jackal, and the mighty elephant.

What I did find strange is that we only saw two elephants. It is called an elephant park, but it seemed like they were nowhere to be found... Fortunately I know that there are plenty of them around. Fact is that these animals are like mice, almost impossible to hear when they walk. The bush is also very dense after all the rain, it would be easier to see them during winter.

All that said, it is much the same in our walk with the Lord. We look around and do our best. We jump from the one lookout point to the next, but we cannot find the answers. In the meantime, the answers might be very close, right next to us. It might be that we should just persist...

Matthew 6:33 AMP

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

Matthew 21:22 AMP

And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith  and  [really] believing, you will receive.

Friday, 21 December 2012


2 Timothy 2:20-26

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

In verse 20 the author writes about 4 different articles. In other translations he mentions kitchens, so I just made them spoons. Let's look at the 4 types: clay, wood, silver and gold. Clay is the fastest to make. It is moulded and baked until it is hard. Wood is carved from a solid block and can be ready in only a day or so. Silver and gold is firstly a very scarce resource. To prepare it in order to shape it, also takes long. Is has to be purified from all other material. Once it is made you will only use it in special instances. It is not meant for daily use.

Our lives work the same. We must get rid of all impurities. Once we are clean and ready, we will be used for holy work. It's not to say we won't be used until then, but as the author states, then only we will be ready for any noble work.

Something to strive for...

Monday, 17 December 2012


At least once a year we go on a family holiday. We either go somewhere with my family, my wife's, or both. The reason we do this is because we do no have enough time during the year to see any of them, so we have time to catch up. Also, as it is our annual break, it is a time of rest. My wife and I get to spend more time together than at any time during the rest of the year.

We do fun things together, talk, and we sleep a little bit extra. I do not know if it is because of the extreme year we have had, but this years break was particularly needed. We craved it for a few weeks until the day arrived.

Maybe you have also felt like this. Maybe you feel like that now. Know that rest is very important. Firstly, in the beginning, Genesis 2:4 By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Secondly, in Mat 6:31 Jesus talks about the wildflowers in the field and adds: What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with  getting, so you can respond to God's  giving . People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Jesus know and teaches us that we do not have to worry, as we will,find rest in God if we know Him.

What I am observing is that 2 things are important: physical rest and Godly rest. Both very important, but only one will add real value to your life

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Know, show, GO!

A famous person (to me, anyways) once said: The extend to which we succeed to aligning our paradigms, processes and programs with the revelation of Christ, will determine the extend to which we will become an expression of the glory of God.

Quite a mouth full, isn't it?!

In Mark 8:17 to 19 Jesus overheard the disciples and said, “Why are you fussing because you forgot bread? Don’t you see the point of all this? Don’t you get it at all? Remember the five loaves I broke for the five thousand? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”

In order for us to make a difference while on earth, we have to surrender our lives, serve the Lord and subdue.

Matthew 28:18-20 (also a famous scripture) - Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Romans 8:29 - For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

2 Cor 3:3 - You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Habakuk 2:14 - For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

Task Instruction Confirmation
KnowMatt 28:18-20 - ThereforRom 8:29 - Foreknew
ShowMatt 28:18-20  - Teaching2 Cor 3:3 - Show
GoMatt 28:18-20 - GoHab 2:14 - The whole earth

Our task is rather clear: Know the real God, intimately. Show, with your life, that He is alive. Go to all the earth to spread the word.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012


After all the talking about sin etc etc, it feels a bit somber. The fact of the matter is this:

John 6:40 in the Message says: This is my Fathers will - that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who He is and what He does and then aligns to Him will enter real life (eternal life).

The dictionary gives the following definitions to the word align:

verb (used with object)

1. to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.
2. to bring into a line or alignment.
3. to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.
4. to adjust (two or more components of an electronic circuit) to improve the response over a frequency band, as to align the tuned circuits of a radio receiver for proper tracking throughout its frequency range, or a television receiver for appropriate wide-band responses.

We should align (bring into cooperation or agreement) ourselves to Him and we will have rest, peace, this holidays and forever. He has done everything for us already. Now it is our turn.

Then we will see God's plan again:

1. God accepts Jesus and shows Him His heart - Matt 3:17
2. Angels come and serve - Mat 4:11 Jesus rests in Him.
3. The Holy Spirit leads Jesus - Mat4:1 It's all God's plan

God has a plan for us, He has a heart for us, even before our formation, and we will find rest in Him.

Monday, 10 December 2012


Yesterday I wrote an introduction to the 3 different types of sin. If you did not read it, please do so, it will give you some background on today's short message.

The first type of sin was described in Matthew 4:3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

As man we like to do things that are fun. We sometimes build our lives around it, or we live from the one experience to the next, forgetting to live in between. In Genesis 3:6 it is written: When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

A parallel between Jesus being tempted in the desert and Eve being tempted in the garden can be drawn. The 3 different types of sin were already established in this verse. The first, pleasure, both relate to food (here it is the fruit, in Matthew 4:3 it is bread). Although that is the case, there are plenty of other "fruits" that can be the pleasureful sin. I am sure you can think of a few. Also, a few that might have had an effect on you. I can...

Alas, though all of this is true, there is still hope for us:

John 6:40 in the Message says: This is my Fathers will - that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who He is and what He does and then aligns to Him will enter real life (eternal life).

We should align ourselves to Him and we will have rest, peace, this holidays and forever.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The end of the year

It is the end of the year and everything is slowing down in a sense. Today I was truly blessed with a sermon that cut open some truths I have never thought about. Especially during the festive season there are quite a few things that should keep track of in order to get the most out of our holidays.

When we look at scripture it is evident that all of us will have times in our life when all does not go according to plan. Times when we feel that we are provoked more then normal, or where we cannot break through. Jesus himself went through a time when he was in the desert for 40 days and being provoked by the devil... This is in Matthew 4:3, 6 and 8.

Verse 3: The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Verse 5 and 6: Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’

Verse 8: Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

In these 3 verses the devil comes and tempts Jesus in order for Him to sin. Jesus never fell for the temptation, but we often do. Also, in these 3 temptations lies all sin... Let's have a closer look:

Verse 3: Pleasure
Verse 6: Position
Verse 8: Possession

We often sin in order to gain pleasure. To have fun we do things we should not, or we hurt others, etc. For our own pleasure, we sin... We turn rocks into bread so that we can eat, drink and be happy, but it does not fall within the will of God at the time. More tomorrow.

We also sin because we are in a position of power, or to gain position. To gain the worlds eyes on us, to get attention from people. We increase our might over people.

Lastly, and I think this takes place most of the time, is to increase our possessions. We want more and more and will do a lot to get it. We gather up this, that and the other and won't let go. Some will even kill in order to get more, or to protect their earthly possessions...

It happens to all of us at some stage or the other. We put ourselves in the wrong place. Let's dwell on this during the coming week and seek God's will for us in every situation.

Monday, 3 December 2012

What a waste

Recently I have found myself in an odd space. I regard myself as a driven person who knows what he wants and how to get there, but I might have the end-of-the-year-syndrome...

It feels as if nothing get going quite as fast as I would like it to. Nothing works out quite as well. Worst of all, I do not always push as hard as I am used to, as if I am wasting time...

Reasons we might waste unnecessary time on:
1. You overload on administrative work.
2. You put off quick tasks that settles the small matters there and then.
3. You micromanage employees/tasks.
4. You let daily developments drive you and do not focus on the bigger picture
5. You don't have a clear social-media strategy - Facebook, twitter etc interferes with work
6. You try to reinvent the wheel by doing things that can be borrowed from others
7. You repeat the same things over and over.

Here are some ways to stop wasting time:
1. Stop random email checks - Have specific time for that (including the Internet)
2. Quit “winging-it” (Make a list of tasks - it takes 5 minutes - and start performing)
3. Don’t be an interruption magnet - focus on your own things and do the properly
4. End your silent procrastination - Any time spent on less important activities is a step backwards

But more that this, procrastination with family, loved ones and God is much worse. When you get to the point where you are just here on earth, but not REALLY living, red lights should have been flashing a long time ago.

This happened in 2 Kings 19:4 to Elijah: Then he went on alone into the wilderness, travelling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died."

He did not want to be here anymore. He was seriously procrastinating... In the desert, far away from everything. BUT:

Verse 5: Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, "Get up and eat!"

He had unfinished business. He could not decide by himself that he wanted to die. That is not for man to decide, but only God.

If you read the rest of the verse you will find that the Lord had a big task left for Elijah. Although he procrastinated, the Lord went to extreme measures to get him to do what was required. Me and you might not be that lucky. In sitting back and wasting time we might miss our entire goal here on earth, whatever that may be.

Don't take the chance, it is not worth it