Bread of Life Devotional thought

Pastor John Sigudla

GOD’S TIMING ALWAYS IS INDEED A PERFECT TIMING.

Genesis 35:1-3

04/09/2017

God said to Jacob,“Now move on to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to worship me—the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother, Esau.” 2So Jacob told everyone in his household, “Destroy your idols, wash yourselves, and put on clean clothing. 3We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has stayed with me wherever I have gone.”

1. INTRODUCTION.

When Noah was in the boat, he never went out of the boat at his own time, hence God locked the door of the boat himself[1]. Some of the things that we need now are closed/LOCKED in by God for a purpose.

2. SOME SERIOUS OBSERVATIONS AND LESSONS FROM THESE SCRIPTURES.

2.1. God speaks…

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BREAD OF LIFE DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT

MAY WE PREPARE SOME GIFTS/PRESENTS

FOR OUR ENEMIES or for our loved ones?

GENESIS 32:13

Jacob stayed where he was for the night and prepared a present for Esau:

01/09/2017

1. INTRODUCTION.

War was looming between the two brothers and the very same brother who is preparing some gifts for Esau was the one who was on the wrong.

We live in this world with lot of mistakes and we were created very good according to Genesis chapter one, but we were not created perfect. So the element of perfection we do not have and we are always striving for perfection in our Christian Journey.

a) That is why we pray,

b) That is why we read the Word of God

c) That is why we go to Church always for God to speak to our inner lives.

d) That is why we are practicing humility.

e) That is why we ask for forgiveness time and again from our fellow brothers and sisters and the worldly people at large

f) That is why we do all the spiritual exercises since we want to be pure and holy before our loving God.

g) We almost all of us have some broken relationships.

h) We almost all of us have serious enemies around us.

2. MOST UNFORTUNATELY TIME IS NOT BRINGING ANY RESTORATION OF FRIENDSHIP.

2.1. It was now many years down the line when Jacob was away to his uncle Laban. His going away for so many years never resolved the standing problem back home.

2.2. He was now married with two wives and many children and animals that he worked for and some tricked his uncle to have the very strong animals.

2.3. He run away from his uncle while the uncle was not at home, he took everything that belonged to him and left without any Farewell.

2.4. Laban caught up with him on the road and he was nearly killed if it was not God who intervened during the night and spoke strong to Laban “Be Careful what you say to Jacob said God”

2.5. But now it was time for Jacob to face reality of what he did and his mother to steal Esau’s blessings day light from his blind father Isaac.

3. JACOB HAD A PLAN TO APPEASE HIS BROTHER.

3.1. Jacob prepared some presents for his brother Esau.

3.2. Gifts are acts of kindness and humility.

3.3. Gifts are able to turn the sad and bad situations to be normal.

3.4. Gifts can really bring a smile where there was a serious war.

3.5. Gifts can settle some serious hurts that happened in the past.

3.6. Gifts are able to appease a real serious death situation to normally.

3.7. Gifts (appreciation) makes the pastors to smile and forget the bad treatment the Church did to them

4. CONCLUSION.

May we try to practice this act of kindness and let us wait and see the good or excellent results thereafter. I am convinced that the world can be a better place for all of us to live in if we can practice this little gesture of appreciating one another in a very small way of saying to the next person,

“You are so important in my life”

“I need you in my life”

“You mean so much in my life”

“You are my hero or heroine in my life”

“You are so special in my life”

“May I buy you lunch or take you out on Saturday?”

“May I visit you?”

“May I have your bank details?”

Try this and see what is going to happen, let us swallow our prides and mend broken relationships.

God be with you and be highly blessed.

Shalom

John Sigudla

Senior Pastor

Sharon Baptist Church

From: John Sigudla [mailto:sigudlaj@gmail.com]
Sent: 01 September 2017 08:53 AM
To: ontihetse tlhomelang
Subject: BREAD OF LIFE DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT

Beloved in the Lord.

Let is eat and be full in our spiritual life.

Find attached today bread of life devotional thought.

Shalom

Sigudla John

Pastor

MAY WE PREPARE SOME GIFTS.docx

Casual Day is an annual event that takes place on the first Friday of September each year – this year it’s on Friday 1 September 2017.

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Casual Day is South Africa’s foremost fundraising campaign for persons with disabilities and is the flagship project of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities  (NCPD).

 

Why should you participate?

Be part of a group of thousands of South Africans who demonstrate that small actions can make a huge difference. We call it community spirit in action. Besides, it creates camaraderie in the office and brings light relief to the workplace.

When is Casual Day?

This year Casual Day takes place on Friday, 1 September 2017.

What is the theme for Casula Day this year ?

The theme this year is CELEBRATE DIVERSITY. Celebrate Diversity gives you the chance to show us who you really are, and what you celebrate most. Your national dress? Your favorite soccer team? Your fabulous stylish sense of fashion? The trick is to do it all with a splash of green, to remind us of summer grass, positive growth, hope and fun, and enjoying who we all are. Let’s celebrate our diversity!

You can also obtain stickers from:

  • Any Edcon Group store: Edgars, Jet, Boardmans, CNA, Red Square, JetMart or LEGIT
  • Game and Dion Wired stores.
  • Shoprite Checkers stores.
  • Toys R Us and Babies R Us Stores.
  • National and local participating beneficiary organizations.
  • The Casual Day National office, Edenvale, Gauteng.

 

 

 

Bread of life Devotional thought

By Vusimusi John Sigudla

Senior Pastor

Sharon Baptist Church

29/08/2017

24But the previous night God had appeared to Laban in a dream. “Be careful about what you say to Jacob!” he was told. Genesis 31: 24

1. INTRODUCTION.

Our God cares about what we say to other people. Your mouth was created for three main basic things on earth.

a) To praise God with all your voicethough your mouse, thanksgiving that comes from a pure and holy heart. Praising God with fear is all what we have been created for according to Ecclesiastes 12: 13[1]If going to church and witnessing about God is for certain Christians, I seriously have a problem, since the word of God says we need to fear God and keep his commandments. Fearing God and keeping his commandments is al what man has been created for. Why then should we not have enough time with our God?

Praising God is part of keeping the commandments of God since God cannot praise himself and worship himself. Verses that speaks about praise and worship God are more in the Bible than any verses you can think about. To be more precise, the Bible have 169 verses on praise and 69 verses on worship. All in all these 238 verses that praise God and worship God. Some of the praises and worship were done through gestures of which I have not brought those out such as when Mordecai. Daniel and the three Hebrew boys who refused to worship gods made by man. These are also gestures of praise and worship in the Bible by people.

Giving is also praise and worship to God. The whole Psalm 145 is the Psalm of praise.

b) To eat and Drink with our mouth.

Without the mouth, we couldn’t be able to eat and survive. Thus the mouth is created for eating and drinking food and juices that will sustain our bodies.

c) The mouth is made for speaking either Good or bad things, be careful what you say.

solving problems,

Expressing ourselves.

Preaching

Teaching

Asking for forgiveness

Talking to your enemies for an amicable[2] solution.

2. Hence God said to Laban ““Be careful about what you say to Jacob!”he was told. Genesis 31:24. This says to me;

Our God knows about our troubles.

Our God knows about our trouble makers.

Our God still is interested how we settle matters with our enemies.

Our God is the God of Peace

Our God doesn’t want us to leave problems unsolved, but the manner in which we solve these problems is what God is interested in.

Be careful about what you say to Jacob! With an acclamation mark. This was very serious with God and is still serious with our God how we solve differences with one another. Be careful what you say to Jacob.

3. CONCLUSION.

Let us look back and remember how we sorted some of the problems in our lives. Was it the right way? Or the wrong way? Yes they offended us, we might have also offended them.[3]

From: John Sigudla [mailto:sigudlaj@gmail.com]
Sent: 29 August 2017 02:38 PM
To: Fanyana Peter Mhlophe
Subject: Bread of life Devotional thought

Beloved in the Lord.

Be greeted in the name of the Lord.

Find attached our Bread of Life Devotional thought.

One prayer request for Sharon Baptist Church. We intent moving into our new building by the end of September. Please pray for our final touches on the building as we trust God for his financial provision of R15,000.00 for our flooring. The Lord has been gracious to us in many ways, hence we are asking you to pray more for us to be able to complete what the Lord has started and by the end of September we want to move into our new building respectively. We are indeed almost there with our project through God’s help and grace.

Be highly blessed.

John Sigudla

pastor of Sharon Baptist Church

Pampierstad

contact Number: 082-5575271

Church Treasurer: 079-5860512 Dineo Diphikwe

BECAREFUL FOR WHAT YOU SAY IN ALL THE SITUATIONS.docx

Overcoming Your Past By Understanding These 3 Key Truths

We believe who we once were is who we are and who we will always be. We are often at effect from our upbringing, never pausing to examine if our beliefs and habits are our own or handed down from our families or the culture we were raised in.

Your past does not define you. Overcoming your past does.

Isaiah 43:18 declares: Do not dwell on the past.

We all can be free from our past. God is in the business of making the darkness of your past into the Gold of your future. Freedom from your past, and overcoming it, is found in understanding 3 key truths.

Overcoming Your Past

1) The Power of God is stronger than your past.

By His Grace and Wisdom, you can learn from your past. Do you believe that? Do you believe that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead and placed Him at the right Hand of God far above all rule and authority and every name that is named in this age and the one to come is alive and at work in your life? Ephesians 1:19-21. That means that no matter what you have done in your past, if you are a follower of Jesus, there is nothing that the power at work within you cannot overcome.

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2) You have the power to decide to declare your future.

We all face struggles and temptations every day. Our past can exert a strong influence on us. We believe our very identity comes from it. If we are to be free from it, we must find our identity from somewhere else: In Luke 4:18, Jesus has returned to his hometown. The people He grew up with have a view of Him that is not in line with the identity of Messiah that God has just spoken over him. Likewise, you were one way in your past but because of your salvation, God has spoken a new destiny over you, and the people who knew you before will still simply see you as the way you were. If you look to you peers for your identity, you will never have anything solid to stand on. To where will we turn for our identity?

We must turn to same place Jesus himself did the Word of God. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for He has anointed to preach good news to the poor.” Jesus knew exactly who He was, where he was going and what He was called to do. His identity came from the Word of God. Can you say the same? Do you know who you are? Where do you find your identity? You must settle these things in your soul before you can truly be free.

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3) Live it out.

I have heard it said that we do not raise above the level of our own beliefs. I have also heard it said that we are at the mercy of how we think things really are. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” We always try to change our behavior, without changing our core beliefs. Inevitably we revert to the level of our beliefs. But by transforming our beliefs in line with the truth of God, we are EMPOWERED from the inside out to live out the life He is calling us to live.

Once the foundation is laid, you will have the power to live from that solid place. Once you stand on the truth that Jesus truly is Lord and authority over everything you have ever faced or will ever face, those things lose their power over you. Think of this as “removing the bad.” We then own who we are in God as declared in His Word. Think of that as “adding the good” from that healed and whole place, our lives can change, freed from our past, and move forward in power.

Pastor Billy Sigudla

A Wealth of Fatherly Affections

“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.”

-Psalm 36:5

Being the child of God gives us an open invitation into the endless affections our heavenly Father has for us. There is no end to the wealth of his love. There is no limit to how deeply and tangibly we can experience his heart. Through the sacrifice of Jesus we can live our lives totally and completely experiencing the love of the Creator and Sustainer of all.

Psalm 36:5 says, “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.”When you look across the horizon as far as your eye can see, picture the arms of your heavenly Father stretching even farther than the faintest speck of blue sky. When you see the clouds in their immensity and wonder, picture the enormity of your God’s faithful love toward you.

So great is the wealth of affections your heavenly Father has toward you that he would send his pure, blameless Son as payment for the sins that have kept you from experiencing his love. So great was his desire for you to know his heart that Jesus gave his life, creating a bridge across the vast chasm of sin that separated you and the Father.

1 John 4:10 says, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Most of us wander through life looking for any source of love we can find. We give ourselves to people, jobs, society, and wrongful expectations trying our hardest to satiate an insatiable need to be loved. Only in making time to receive God’s perfect, tangible, and transformative affections will our need to be loved finally be satisfied. Only when we look to the cross as a continual reminder that we are fully and forever loved will we stop searching for affections from a world that will only ever reject and disappoint us.

Your heavenly Father longs for you to experience the wealth of his affections today. He longs to guide you into a safe place of simply being loved by him. This broken and needy world has taught us to shield the wounded places of our hearts from any outside contact. We’re taught to just get over our wounds, pick ourselves up, and let our scars be signs of our inner strength. God wants to take your wounds and heal them with his perfect love. He wants to take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it into real, eternal good. He’s waiting right now to love you and make you whole. He’s waiting right now to satisfy the deep longing to be loved you’ve carried with you all your life.

Take time in guided prayer to truly encounter the love of your heavenly Father. Wait on his presence and open your heart to him in response to his love and faithfulness. He will shepherd you to green pastures and still waters if you make time and follow his leadership. May you experience the wealth of affections your heavenly Father has for you as you pray.

 

1. Meditate on the wealth of affections your heavenly Father has for you.

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.” Isaiah 49:15-16

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

“And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20

2. What wound are you carrying that God longs to heal with his love? What past experience has affected you for too long? What part of your heart have you kept shielded that God longs to speak to today?

3. Ask the Lord to guide you into a transformational encounter with his love. Ask him to help you receive all the love he has to give you today. Take time to wait on him and rest in his presence. Don’t leave this place of rest until you feel satisfied and renewed.

 

 

May Ephesians 1:3-10 stir your heart to pursue the depth of affections your heavenly Father has for you throughout your day today:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

 

Deep Sin & The Christian Soul

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5.19-21)

As I recently finished a Church Bible Study on the book of Galatians, those verses inevitably caused some discussion.

I mean, we’ve all to some degree engaged in most–if not all–of the items on that list at some point in our lives, right? Even if you’re a Christian.

So what does it mean to say “those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God”?

As we discussed it, we arrived at the answer many of us come to if you grew up in the Church: these scary statements only apply to those individuals who have these “works of the flesh” as a pattern of their life to such a degree one might be able to say that the sins have “dominion” over them. That answers it, right?

Not really. Because there are Christians who find themselves in seasons–days, weeks, months, decades, even–where these sins are their practice over time, seasons where these sins have a very real sense of dominion over them and their lives.

And, this isn’t theoretical or theological for me. To be honest, I myself am coming out just such a time.

. . . . . 

I wrote the above words a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I’ve only sunk deeper into the bewilderment of this season I’m coming out of. How does a Christian understand a period of time in which they’re given over so deeply into self-absorption, sin, and hurting of others? I’ve sat on this question, mulling it over, letting it ruminate within me to see what fruit it bore. I’ve wanted to figure out a nice, tidy answer to this post–for the sake of both others and myself.

And alas, I have been found wanting.

In the end, why do we/I ask such questions? Control? Minimizing our shame? Explaining our wrongs away? Emotionally masturbatory navel-gazing? Intellectualizing or theologizing sin so as to disconnect from the depth of pain that would come if we really saw ourselves and what we’ve done?

Probably all of the above (again, at least for me).

Ultimately, this walk with God isn’t that complicated. We’re called to love God and love others. We/I fail in that simple task repeatedly–even to dramatic, painful, extreme, and sustained degrees. And, yes, also to a million lesser, little degrees. In short: we’re terrible even at this grand, beautiful simplicity.

And that’s anticipated. Whenever God gives a law, he assumes failure, sin, and disobedience and provides a way to maintain relationship. This has always been the case with God, not just since all the Jesus stuff. Therefore even with the simple call to love God and love others, our failure is factored in.

But that’s just the divine perspective–how God might be thinking about the Christian who is in the fog of sin, failure, and weakness. To be frank, though: as beautiful as that idea is, it’s not exactly helpful to me in processing my own unique period of profound sin against God and others. For that, I turn to ground-level human stories of how people processed this as they related to God and themselves.

When you do, you see that over and over again people in the Scriptures just acknowledge and lament their sin, and ask God to move on their behalf. There’s no deep analysis of “why”, nor dissecting what was going on in the human heart, nor anxiety over what was theologically happening at the time.

It seems that those scary verses like the one from Galatians aren’t meant to guide your understanding while you’re in the midst of a season of profound soul-sickness, but to either prevent others from falling prey to such sickness or explain why others “died” in that sickness.

In other words, the identity of one joined to the life of God is not defined by whether or not they fail (even in big ways against others), but whether after that time of failure, chaos, and sin, they come back. If they at some point (even decades down the road) return to their senses, then I think we can say in hindsight they’ve belonged to God all along.

We see this throughout the history of God’s people. For example, Moses was no less God’s chosen and beloved deliverer of his people even as his anger and violence kept him from the Promised Land. Of course, the disciples themselves belonged no less to Jesus even as they denied him. Paul was no less joined to Christ even as he “did what he didn’t want to do and didn’t do what he wanted”.

But some of the other stories are deeply offensive. Abraham was no less chosen by God even as he distrusted God’s word and committed horrendous acts of sexual violence against an African slave-woman. Isaac was no less the son of promise even as he pimped out his wife to save his own skin. David was no less God’s own, even as he famously had an affair and killed the woman’s husband to hide it.

On one hand, I don’t like that. These men abused women and exerted their power and sexuality in a way that harmed others deeply and profoundly. On the other hand, what do I do when I act the same way? What do I do when find myself at that place where I have done what I never thought I’d do? How do I process it when I find myself having crossed lines and committed injustices that I find so deeply unacceptable and offensive in others?

This story of belonging to God even during horrendous acts of pain against others has to be offensive, because at some point, we will act in a way offensive to many of our own most deeply-held personal convictions and sensibilities.

I say that not to be dramatic, but I genuinely think that all humans, at some point in their lives, will find themselves at that place of sitting among the ruins of former beauty asking, “what on earth have I done? Did I really do this? Is this even real?”

And when that happens (not if), a precise theological understanding of our soul’s state during that season is not what will sustain us. All we can do is confess, lament, feel the pain deeply without intellectualizing it, and ask for God to move on our behalf, knowing he probably won’t do so right away; there’s a strange alchemy that needs to happen in the soul during such a time. And it’s never on our timetable. All we can do, it seems, is follow the example of Micah 7:

I will look to the Lord,
    I will wait for the God of my salvation;
    my God will hear me….
I must bear the indignation of the Lord,

    because I have sinned against him,
until he…executes judgment for me.
He will bring me out to the light;
    I shall see his vindication.

While that doesn’t answer all (or really any) of my questions, it’s enough to help me go to sleep tonight and continue walking tomorrow into increasing light, freedom, discipline, repentance, and wholeness. And I think, at least for now, that’s enough. And for that, I’m grateful.

Pastor Billy Sigudla