GOD’S TIMING ALWAYS IS INDEED A PERFECT TIMING.
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.”
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. 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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MAY WE PREPARE SOME GIFTS/PRESENTS
FOR OUR ENEMIES or for our loved ones?
Jacob stayed where he was for the night and prepared a present for Esau:
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
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.
Sharon Baptist Church
From: John Sigudla [mailto:email@example.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.
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.
By Vusimusi John Sigudla
Sharon Baptist Church
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
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: 13If 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.
– Asking for forgiveness
– Talking to your enemies for an amicable 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.
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.
From: John Sigudla [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
pastor of Sharon Baptist Church
contact Number: 082-5575271
Church Treasurer: 079-5860512 Dineo Diphikwe
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.
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.
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
|“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.”