Once upon a time, Satan was having a garage sale.
There, standing in little groups were all of his bright, shiny trinkets.
Here were tools that make it easy to tear others down for use as stepping stones. And over there were some lenses for magnifying ones own importance, which, if you looked through them the other way, you could also use to belittle others, or even one's self.
Against the wall was the usual assortment of gardening implements guaranteed to help your pride grow by leaps and bounds: the rake of scorn, the shovel of jealousy for digging a pit for your neighbor, the tools of gossip and back biting, of selfishness and apathy. All of these were pleasing to the eye and came complete with fabulous promises and guarantees of prosperity.
Prices, of course, were steep; but not to worry! Free credit was extended to one and all.
"Take it home, use it, and you won't have to pay until later!" old Satan cried, as he hawked his wares.
The visitor, as he browsed, noticed two well worn, non-descript tools standing in one corner. Not being nearly as tempting as the other items, he found it curious that these two tools had price tags higher than any other.
When he asked why, Satan just laughed and said, "Well, that's because I use them so much. If they weren't so plain looking, people might see them for what they were."
Satan pointed to the two tools, saying, "You see, that one's Doubt and that one's Discouragement -- and those will work when nothing else will."
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
there will always be sunshine, after the rain....
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall;
But God's always ready, to answer your call....
He knows every heartache, sees every tear,
a word from His lips, can calm every fear...
Your sorrows may linger, throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish, dawn's early light...
The Savior is waiting, somewhere above,
to give you His grace, and send you His love...
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage
Die klein vissie swem, duidelik gestres, op en af in die middel van die
oseaan. Hy swem by die groot vis verby, en die ou kan sommer dadelik sien
daar's fout. Hy roep die klein vissie terug en vra hom waarna hy so ernstig
opsoek is. Die vissie sê toe dat hy dringend opsoek is na water, want hy't
iemand hoor sê dat 'n vis doodgaan sonder water.
Die groot vis, duidelik al 'n "old campaigner", antwoord: "Maar Vissie, jy
Swem nog jou hele lewe lank in die water.......!"
Wat 'n openbaring vir die klein vissie! Hy kon nie gou genoeg terugswem na
sy vriende toe om vir hulle die goeie nuus te gaan vertel nie!
As ons maar elke dag kan besef ons swem in die seën van God, swem in
voorspoed, swem in geluk en blydskap en swem in die liefde van ons almagtige
Dit is somtyds net nodig dat ons stop en dit raaksien! Somtyds is dit selfs
nodig dat ons so 'n tydjie afknyp om God te bedank daarvoor.
Wees jy nou die klein vissie en gaan vertel jou e-pos vriende waarmee God
jou VANDAG geseën het!
Ek het vandag 'n werk, kos, klere, gesondheid, 'n huis, 'n motor, familie, vriende en
ervaar liefde. Ja ek LEWE in GENADE.
Ek DANK U, My Vader Heer vir alles waarmee U my so ryklik geseën het
God has a plan for your life. But did you know that He doesn’t have legal entry
to grant you His will unless you invite Him to through prayer? God may show you things for your future, but until you pray them out, they won’t manifest.
When Daniel was held captive in Babylon, he found the writings of Jeremiah and discovered God’s promise that after seventy years of captivity, the children of Israel would be set free from Babylon to return to Jerusalem. Daniel counted the years and got excited when he found that it was now the time for freedom. So what did he do next? He prayed. Even though the 70-year promise was nigh, Daniel knew that prayer still had to be made for God to move. (See Daniel 9:1-19.) Matthew 9:36 says, When he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
How do you resolve the problem of having sheep with no shepherd? Does Jesus tell His disciples to become sheepherders? No. Jesus told them, The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So did Jesus tell them to become workers? Not even that. He says, Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (See Luke 10:2.)
Even though Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest, He doesn’t have legal entry to send workers Himself. He has to have an invitation. Someone must invite Him through prayer.
So if Jesus needs a prayer invitation to fulfill His plan, don’t you think He needs
one to fulfill our plans? If we have to pray out His plan for His harvest, shouldn’t we have to pray out His plan for us?
Every time you see the will of God declared in Scripture, notice from the time the will of God is declared to the time His will is manifested, prayer is always sandwiched in the middle.
So how do we pray out God’s promises? When God gives you a vision for your
future, the Holy Spirit deposits that vision into your spirit and then you pray it out in your heavenly language, giving God legal entry. We don’t know all we need to know, but God knows the end from the beginning; and during prayer, the Holy Spirit speaks mysteries, secrets and truths not obvious to our understanding. Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. God’s plan is not automatic. You must pray out His plan to make it a reality. All Scripture references are taken from the New International Version.
Ons almal is menslik, en almal kry seer. Ons het almal ons lesse om uit die lewe te leer.
Ons almal wil graag vergifnis hê, Maar dis soms so moeilik net om jammer te se.
Ons almal het stories, van trane en spyt, Ons almal het verhale van liefde en verwyt.
Niemand is perfek nie, en nie almal is mooi nie, Maar onthou, die lekkerste appels is nie altyd rooi nie.
Vergewe en vergeet, is soos bitter en soet. Die soet laat jou hart klop en die bitter vergiftig jou bloed.
Om kwaad te bly maak niemand dood behalwe jou nie. Dis nie die moeite werd om dinge teen mense te hou nie.
Leer om te lewe en ander te laat leef, Leer om na die goeie in die lewe te streef.
Daar’s net een van jou, en net een kort kans, Om op die ritme van jou geluk, in die lewe te dans.
Verlos jouself en begin diep binne rond delf. Maak stupid grappies en lag hardop vir jouself.
Daar’s beter dinge as rykdom en geld, Al bly jy in ‘n tent iewers in die veld.
Dis jou eie keuse maak of breek, Kyk bietjie wat jy in jou binneste wegsteek.
Tel op jou kop, hou jou transe vir ‘n ander dag, Dink terug aan goeie tye, en mis dit vir ‘n slag.
Dink aan al die dinge wat jy al behaal het, En buitendien is dit God wat jou lewe bepaal het.
Voel die verligting van vergifnis in jou are, Voel die speling van gevoel oor jou hart se snare
Lewe en laat leef, die res kan maar staak, Want dis meer as asem haal, wat in jou lewe saak maak…
‘n Mens lewe nie van brood en water alleen nie, En God het jou nie verniet aan die wêreld geleen nie!