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  • Chapter 1 Creation, the Fall and the search for a Saviour

    We shall start at the beginning, before we touch on any other topics since the foundation of all life starts with Genesis. This is where our story begins; the story of man. The Bible calls itself ‘the Word of God’ and if we believe that God exists we must believe the full truth and not just the bits we like! So we go back to Genesis 1, the story of creation. God began to create the heavens and the earth and looked for relation in creation but found none. Then He said:

    Genesis 1v26-31’Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness and let them rule….over all the earth….28God blessed them and said to them ‘Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it, rule….31 God saw all that he had made and it was very good…

    As we study these verses we look for what can we say about God and what  we can say about man. God is the the creator and man is creation, think about the difference; think about who you are.

    Secondly what does God look like? If we are made in His image, He must look like us; face, ears to hear, eyes to see, mouth to speak and communicate etc. God made us in His image. Then He gives us the first commandments: be fruitful and take control over nature and rule! You are born the be a leader since He has commanded us to rule, take control, not to sit down and not just let things happen. Take action over what is in front of you. He blessed man (very important to understand the word blessing = empowered to prosper) and He said it was very good! God made us very good! Know that you are created very good!

    Now we go to the next part as He gives a second commandment  and a promise in Genesis 2v15:

    The Lord took man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man: you are free to eat from any tree in the garden 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for when you eat of it you will surely die.

    The commandment is clear, you are to eat of every fruit in the garden except the fruit from the tree of good and evil. The promise He gives is death!

    The story continues in chapter three with the tree of good and evil and the tempter in the form of a snake who speaks to them in a deceiving way Genesis3v1-13

    Genesis3v1 ….Did God really say ‘you must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ 2 the woman said to the serpent: ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden 3 but God did say ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden and you must not touch it or you will surely die’ 4 You will not surely die…

    Most crafty sowing doubt about the truth God had given and changing it in a lie. God, the creator gave them a commandment not to eat from that one tree but here is a created being who comes to man and distorts what God says. What will she do; believe her Creator or this created being, the serpent? It all comes down to believing truth, what God has said or the created being?

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    She takes the fruit and eats it and gives it to Adam who eats as well and suddenly their eyes are open. Immediately fear has come in, fear for God as He comes down for fellowship and calls: Adam where are you?

    Three consequences have come forth out of the disobedience of one man; Separation, curse and death.  Man separates himself out of fear and later on they are driven out of God’s presence (v23)

    God turns the blessing He gave when they were created and turns it in a curse for man and woman.

    Thirdly, the promise will become true, death will come to man (v19).

    This is our heritage, the fallen world where we live and you cannot deny it when you look around you; man has been driven out of God’s presence and lives without God not knowing what they are doing, thinking to be wise in there own eyes. Romans1v21-31 In the last verse it says what God had promised to disobedient man : such things deserve death. Death is all around us and each one of us will die. The curse during our life-time is clearly activated, man lives with difficulties, poverty, suffering, all these are consequenses of the disobediance of one man.

    This is our story, the story of humanity, cursed, separated from God followed by death. The evil increases on the earth as Adam’s son Cain kills Abel and men increase on the earth. Till the time of Noah and the wickedness is so great that God is sorry He ever created man. Genesis6v5/6

    The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth and his heart was filled with pain.

    Only one man still walked with God; Noah! So God made a plan to wipe out mankind except the one who still was blameless in Gods sight. The first great destruction came upon the earth as a judgement of men’s evil. A second destruction of the earth will be coming but God made a plan, that whoever would be believe his plan would be saved as Noah was the only saved one.

    Let’s unfold His plan of salvation for mankind, for us and see how we can live again in God’s presence, reverse the curse for his blessing and cross over from death to life!

    Abraham

    God’s plan starts to come into action when He calls Abraham. He wants a people from whom the Saviour of world will be born, it will be a people who God will instruct and so He needs an obedient people. The first principle of our salvation lies in Abraham: believing.

    In Genesis 12v1 the Lord calls Abraham away from his land and family to move to a promised land

    v2’I will make you a great nation and I will bless you, I will make your name great and you will be a blessing 3 I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse and all people on earth will be blessed through you.

    v4 so Abram left as the Lord told him’

    God approached man for the first time with the idea of the unfolding plan of salvation. He spoke to Abram and he obeyed God, he believed God and went on his way. Again the word which is coming back is obedience, doing what the Creator says, following His instructions and the consequences will be blessings. But the keyword follows in chapter 15v6 ‘Abraham believed the Lord and He credited it to him as righteousness.’

    This takes it another step, Abraham was considered ‘righteous’ in Gods eyes, why? Because he was such a good man? It had nothing to do about being good, it had to do with ‘believing’ Gods promise!

    The first key to our salvation is believing!

    Your salvation doesn’t depend on your good behaviour, this will only be the fruit of your believing God and His promises.

    In John 3v14-17 Jesus himself explains salvation for all man:

    ‘Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up 15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life…

    The story goes as follows: When the people of Israel were in the desert on the way from Egypt to the Promised Land they complained and murmured. God became angry with them and sent snakes, they were bitten and many of them died. They ran to Moses to go to God and stand in the gap for them. God told Moses to make a snake of bronze on a pole and lift it up. The people had to simply look at it and they would be healed! Jesus explained in the same way He would be lifted up, on a cross and when people look at Him and believe they will be saved. Very simple, but for many people unbelievable, too easy. Maybe the people of Israel said the same thing, how can this work, we need a doctor, we need medicine, we need a hospital to be healed while Moses told them just look at the snake of bronze and you will be healed. We have a disease too called sin and it’s killing us. We need help and we cry out to be saved as we are dying. Jesus explained, look at me crucified and you will be saved. So that’s all? Yes that’s all since your works should follow out of your salvation but your works will not save you.

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    This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

    Your part of becoming right with God is believing Him, who has provided a way to be saved, only through Jesus Christ. Abraham has introduced us to the matter of faith which made him righteous before God.

    Abraham was tested on his faith. He was promised a son in his old age and Isaac was born. One day God spoke to take his only son Isaac to mount Moriah and sacrifice him to God. Was Abraham to give back his promised son? Abraham obeyed and went together with Isaac carrying the firewood for the sacrifice. As he laid him on the altar and was about to kill him and angel interfered and provided a lamb as sacrifice. This was a prophetic action of God sending his son to be sacrificed.

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    God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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    …God will credit righteousness for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead 25 He was delivered over to death for our sin and was raised to life for our justification.

    Moses

    As through Abraham we have been introduced to faith which is our part, through Moses we are introduced to another part of salvation which is the Blood. Life is in the blood Leviticus 17v11

    ‘for the life of a creature is in the blood and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.

    Abraham had a son Isaac and Isaac had twin, Esau and Jacob, Jacob had 12 sons and during a famine in the land the tribe went to Egypt where Joseph had become second ruler. In Egypt the tribes had grown so much that after several hundred years they became a threat to the Egyptians. The Israelites were taken into slavery and they suffered in a land not their own. They grew in number and so pharao had a plan to kill all new borns. A cry went up among the Israelites and God heard their prayer and had a plan of salvation. One new born was Moses, his mum hid him till he became too big and then made a basket to float in the river Nile. On the day the Princess was bathing on the shores of the Nile she pushed the basket in front of her. She heard a baby cry, picked it up and took it in to raise it as her own son. But Moses was different, raised in the palace but born a slave. One day he found out and seeing the horrors of his people by accident he killed and Egyptian guard. He ran away in the desert where he lives for 40 years.

    One day God called Moses in the desert to go back to Pharao, God had chosen Moses to deliver his people and lead them to the Land, promised to Abraham many years ago.

    Coming back to the palace Pharao hardened his heart and made it only more difficult for the Israelites. God send 10 plagues, ten punishments to Egypt to make Pharao change his heart. After the nineth plague God told Moses this last plague will be worse then the previous ones. A cry will go up all through Egypt as the Angel of death will move through Egypt and kill every first born. But as for the Israelites,they must follow God’s instruction: they must choose a one year old lamb without defect, prepare it and take the blood of this lamb. Paint the doorposts of each house and at the night of this Passover, they must eat the lamb and the angel will pass through but when the blood is on the doorposts it will pass by.

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    On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn both men and animals and I will bring judgement on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. v13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are and when I see the blood I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

    God introduces the blood of another life creature as a protection from judgement. It delivers the people of Israel from slavery and so they are on their way to the promised land. They are free!

    On the way, in the desert God leads them and introduces the sacrifice for cleansing of sin. Once a year the High Priest has to present the blood of a sacrifice in the Most Holy Place before God as cleansing of the sin of all the people of Israel. This is to bring reconciliation between God and man.

    When the lamb was sacrificed, the people of Israel were present, the lamb was a substitute for their lives, as they deserved death, but the lamb took it for them.

    Leviticus16v34 This is to be a lasting ordinance; for your Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.

    Hebrews9v22 the law require that nearly everything is cleansed with blood and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

    Here with Moses God had introduces the need of a blood sacrifice for the cleansing of sin so the people were able to come close to God. The restoration of man’s relationship with God was on the way. But it really was a foreshadow of what was to come.

    After Moses God send his prophets, the spokesmen of God who prophesied about the coming saviour.

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    He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him and by his wounds we are healed. v6 We all are like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquities of us all.

    v7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth, he was led like a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is silent so he did not open his mouth.

    500 Years before the Jesus the Saviour came into this world it had been prophesied.

    Another prophesy had been the coming of one preparing the way for the Saviour, his name was John the Baptist, he preached repentance and then one day Jesus appeared:

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    the next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said:”Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’

    John recognised him and introduced him to the world, the Saviour has come and his name is Jesus.

    Jesus began to preach his message and walked out his destiny to the cross.

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    I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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    Whoever hears my Word and believes Him who has sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life.

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    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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    I told you that you would die in your sins if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.

    The promised Saviour has come, Gods plan to save the world and to restore men to God. To get to know Him you should study the four Gospels and see what He said, as faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God.

    By believing Him you are justified, made right with God, reconciled, brough back into His presence and the curse has been reversed into blessings and your receive eternal life.

    In the beginning through one man’s sin, Adam, we were cursed, separated and  condemned to death.

    Through one man, Jesus Christ we have been justified, reconciled to God and receive eternal life,

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    Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled to him shall we be saved through his life!

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    For just as through the disobedience of one man, the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one man the many will be made righteous.

    To finish of and make it clear, how do you get saved and receive life:

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    If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

  • Destiny, the story of Jonah

    Many stories in the Bible show the lives of people from the beginning to the end. Through this we learn how to do things right in life, be successful in what we do and finish well. The parable in Matthew 25 where Jesus speaks about the gifts given to each one of us according to our ability it is clear that they are given to be used. We are expected to find our gifts and use them for the Kingdom, for eternity. Gifts are beyond ourselves, bigger than we are and are not given for selfish purposes. On the day of accountability we show God what we have done with our lives and he will tell us: ‘well done, good and faithful servant, come into the Kingdom and join your Master’s celebration, five talents I gave you, five more you receive!

    God has created us, prepared us for a work on this earth, as it says in Jeremiah 29v11 ‘for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper, plans to give you a hope and a future’. We have a responsibility to work out our lives and we will certainly be called to account for it. He knows the beginning and He knows the end, He prepared our lives for us to fill in.

    One man in the Bible who got to know God, heard His voice and was called to step into destiny, was Jonah. God called him and said ‘I have seen the wickedness in the people of Nineveh and you have a gift of preaching so I am sending you to tell them to turn away from their wicked ways and turn to Me! If they will not they will certainly be destroyed for ever!

    God had a plan for a people who were ready for a message of redemption but Jonah didn’t agree. Jonah had many thoughts about those people and came to the conlusion that he didn’t like them and he decided not to go. Instead he went 180 degrees in the other direction, running away from the place God wanted him to be. He made a deal with a ship’s crew and went sailing…the wrong thing to do when you are supposed to be on a God mission! As they sailed away, a storm blew up which lasted for days. They tried to make the ship lighter by throwing stuff overboard and were distressed as the ship got damaged. They realised that Jonah was not around. Where was he? They found him asleep in the bottom of the ship. Jonah was ignoring the problems which were all around him and could cost him his life. Many times deep inside we know when we are wrong and so did Jonah. He told them,” I know that this storm is about me as I disobeyed God!” We think when difficulties come they are from the devil, but here we clearly see, God, the Creator of all, the beginning and the end, had set him up and sent a storm. Why? For Jonah to have a change of mind, because of this he chose to get back on track in the plan of God. God wanted His plan for Jonah and for the people of Nineveh to come to pass! But He needs to work on Jonah to come to his senses. Jonah tells the crew to throw him overboard and the storm will be over. It shows that Jonah knows it is about him but the crew are afraid to kill him and they refuse. The storm gets worse till they have no other option, they either all drown or listen to Jonah and throw him over board. The moment he’s tossed into the sea the storm indeed stops, and the pagan crew acknowledge the one true God! Meanwhile, as he sinks down Jonah thinks that this is the end, that he will drown here, however God is the one who has life and death in His hands! Jonah is not yet repentant so now a big fish comes to take him to the very bottom of the sea, he goes deeper and his life becomes even more difficult, though he is still alive! He is getting a second chance to complete his destiny.

    There in the darkness of the depths of the sea, after three days Jonah comes to his senses, he says “When I was close to death I remembered my Lord and cried out!” This could be any one of us, in the depth of our difficulties we remember that God is the only one who can get us out of the mess and so we start to pray and cry out! God loves it when we turn to Him and understand what’s happening. He is not going to kill you, you have to learn your lessons in life, so you will end well! He helps us and lets situations come over us so that we will get back to God!

    The moment Jonah did this, the fish vomited him out on the beach, back on track! He goes to Nineveh as God told him to, preaches repentance and the people of that city have their eyes opened! You see, Jonah had a gift of preaching and as the people responded and turned back to God, the city was saved!

    God is a God of second chances, He is determined to get his people on track but we must learn obedience and not be selfish, just doing our own thing. For each one of us the day of accountability will come! And we all want to hear : ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’

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  • COVENANT  RELATIONSHIP

    2Samuel23v5….Did He not make a covenant relationship with me, arranged and well secured, to bring to fruition my salvation and bring to pass all the desires of my heart….

    What is this covenant relationship and what does it mean to you? below we touch a tip of how it works and how God meant it for us as a security of our relationship with Him.

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    A covenant is an agreement between two people for example: marriage.                                                                                                   To be succesful in your marriage you will have to use three keys: commitment, trust and communication.

    Your relationship with God works the same and will be suucesful when you commit 100% to God or surrender all your life. Secondly when you trust Him fully and when you communicate or pray on a regular basis; talking and listening, a two way communication.

    God had provided all of this for us already and its called “covenant relationship”. As people created by our creator, He wants us to come into this covenant out of free will. The Bible is full of covenant and we speak of old and new covenant. In fact,  it is the reason why we have the Bible, to call us into relationship with our Creator.

    David was dying and looked back over his life and said in 2 Samuel 23v5

    “Did he not make an everlasting covenant with me, arranged and well secured, and bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire of my heart. He knew God and experienced a covenant relationship, he had lived it.

    To understand the importance of knowing you covenant their is a story about Dawid and Jonathan, two very good friends who loved one another and made a covenant. (1Sam 18v1-4) to show their covenant they exchanged their robes, belt and sword, meaning: your enemies are my enemies, your need is my need, all what is mine is yours. Jesus died on the cross for you to exchange your punishment for sin into life, life in to the full! The outworking of this covenant we find in 2Samuel 9, Jonathan had died in battle and David is now King. He remembers his covenant with Jonanthan and asks his servant “are their still any descendant from Jonathan alive” as most had died in battle. Then it was discovered that still one son was alive, Mephiboseth, but he was a cripple and lived in a cage in the desert. David called him and he was afraid to come out to the palace. David said ‘from now on you live in my palace, what is mine is yours, eat at my table all the days of your life’. And so it is with us when we get into covenant with God, He calls us out of the cave in the desert into the palace and He says you will live with me all the days of your life.

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    What does this mean: protection, provision and guidance for your life. He gives you a new life, you become a son of the King and live in the Kingdom. In the ark of the covenant were three objects: a pot of mana: provision. The staff of Aaron: guidance. The tablets with ten commandments: rules which will protect you.

     Four verses explaining Covenant (their are many but here a summary):

    -Genesis17v7

    I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for generations to come to be your God and the God of you descendants after you.

    -Jeremiah 32v 40/41

    I will make an everlasting covenant with them, I will never stop doing good to them and I will inspire them to fear me so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.

    Galatians 3v14

    He redeemed us in order that the blessings given to Abraham might come to the gentiles through Christ Jesus so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.

    -1Peter2v9/10

    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

    Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God, once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.

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    *INTERCESSION

    2 Corintians4v7 ……. we have this treasure in jars of clay…….

    We are like jars or vases, some beautiful, some rough, made of sand, some coarse, some fine……….or we are like flowers, cut from their roots and will die off soon….we need to be connected to our root source, our God the Great Creator…..to be able to bear fruit, much fruit….

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    ….I looked for for a man who would stand before me in the gap, on behalf of those people so I would not have to destroy them….

    A destroyed vase has no use anymore, those vases are people around us who need to be interceded for, so they will be saved and destruction will be averted…Who will stand in the gap? are you willing………

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  • Faith: ….. Can these bones live! Prophesy!….


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    ….Faith: Ezechiel 37 v1-10 …..

    Speak the Word of the God in your future and you will live! What is impossible for man is possible for God, just believe! Do not look at the circumstances or the situation around you, do not look back at the past but look up to God, He is in control if you let Him! He takes you from a desert situation and puts you feet on a rock, in a palace, a place of blessing. He can turn around your life for ever and it’s his desire to do it! Know His Word, His promises for your life. When you speak to it as this is your responsibility. God said to Ezechiel, ‘can these bones live?’ Ezechiel said ‘only you know Lord’ Then God said ‘Speak to it, speak the Word of the Lord’! read on in Ezechiel 37v1-10

     

    Proverbs: the Wisdom which gives us life

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    Here at the boys centre all the children are at home as December is a holiday month and the schools are closed. We always spend time together; we work on a Christmas drama, play volley and soccer and we study a bible book. This year we’re reading through Proverbs as it is spiritual but as much practical advice. So I just would like to share some proverbs which are lifegiving, touching our hearts and as the writer says: tie them around your neck, never to forget them so you will have life. They will give guidance, protection and even a long life but if you don’t take them to heart you are stupid! (that’s what the writer says, sorry) Romans 12v2 says ‘Do not be conformed to this world but be tranformed by the renewing of your mind’. Proverbs helps us as I believe it is God-breathed and with the help of the Holy Spirit the book will make a difference in your life.

    First observance is the big emphasis on the greatest commandment, Proverbs3v5 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and never rely on what you think you know’. God is above all, He is the great creator (prov3v19/20), the one we should run to at all times. He knows the end from the beginning, our lives are in His hand and the plan and purpose for our lived are with Him.

    Proverbs3v6 ‘Remember the Lord in everything you do and He will show you the way’.

    Before you start the day, before you start any work or project, commit it to the Lord and He will make a way. Very clear, almost to easy and that’s why many don’t believe it. But take it as it says Remember God in all you do!

    Proverbs16v3 ‘ask the lord to bless your plans and you will be succesful in carrying them out’

    Proverbs 8v35/36 says ‘those who find me find life and the Lord will be pleased with them but those who do not find me hurt themselves; anyone who hates me loves death’

    Proverbs19v23’obey the Lord and you will live a long life, content and safe from harm’

    Proverbs22v4 ‘obey the Lord, be humble and you will get riches, honour and a long life’

    And so first God and the rest will follow. Secondly it speaks of many life issues with clear understanding of the outcome: the difference between the the fruit of the wicked and the righteous.

    Prov 12v3 ‘wickedness does not give security but the righteous stand firm’

    Prov10v24 ‘the righteous get what they want, but the wicked will get what they fear most’

    Prov11v8 ‘the righteous are protected from trouble it comes to the wicked instead’

    Prov11v28 ‘those who depend on their wealth will fall like the leaves of autumn but the righteous will prosper like the leaves of summer’

    The book speaks of the importance of discipling your children to bring them on the path of righteousness, so they will do well in life.

    We cannot just let our children do what they like to do, watch what they like to watch as their lives are being shaped instead teach them the Word of God, teach them the Truth and they will have life!

    Prov19v18 ‘discipline your children while they are young enough to learn, if you don’t you are helping them to destroy themselves.

    Prov3v1’don’t forget what I teach you my son, always remember what I tell you to do, my teachings will give you a long and prosperous life.

    Prov4v20 ‘pay attention to what I say my son, listen to my words, never let them get away from you, remember them and keep them in your heart: They wil give life and health to anyone who understands them. But be carefull how you think: your life is shaped by your thoughts.

    Proverbs is such a wonderful book and I could quote lots of verses but I hope this will give you an appetite to start reading it. It has 31 chapters, a chapter for every day of the month.

    May the Holy Spirit lead you through it and truly speak to your heart and life will come to you! enjoy and grow in wisdom!

  • ‘Camp Destiny’ /


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    From now on we will publish our monthly teaching to encourage all of you who are following what we are doing!

    This time we have been speaking at Camp Destiny. With the discipleship school we spent a week at the Msika River seeking God on the topic Destiny;  finding the place and purpose God has for us. (Above a slideshow Camp Destiny)

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     Jeremiah 29v11 says ‘I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper, not to harm, to give you a hope and a future’

    Jeremiah1v5 says ‘before you were formed in your mothers womb I knew you’

    God has designed our lives already before we came into being, and the first step for us to think about our future is to go to our Maker and acknowledge him, we need Jesus as He has washed away the old before we can step into the new. John 5v24 says ‘if you believe in me you have crossed over from death to life. Later on in Matthew 25 he give a parable of a master who goes away but gives out talents, each to their ability. Later on He returns to get an account of what they did with their talents.

    So not only does he give us our lives as a gift but He want us to give account of what we did with it. Read the parable, the outcome is shocking for those who don’t do anything valuable with their lives. We can waste our lives, spend our lives or invest our lives…

    So we have to step into life and seek the Creator for advice. If you have a product and you don’t know how it works you go to the manufacturer or to the manual to find out how it works. Most people just live, without wondering how they really should live. But God desires us to live to the full. If you have a beautiful Ferrari and it stays in the garage or you only use it to do shopping it will be wasted. Many lives are just wasted away so in camp destiny we try to work out living in fulness by studying the manual and speaking to the Maker: read your Bible and pray!

    An amazing story is Joshua and the people of Israel crossing over into the Promised Land. It has great significance for us as we are standing on one side of life, wanting to step into the life He has for us. So read chapter one as God gives advice on moving into the Promised Land successfully.

    First of all we notice that it says in verse two ‘Moses is dead’, the old is gone now, the old generation had died off and the new generation is about to cross over. We cannot hold onto the old even if it feels safe, we have to let go and look to what’s ahead of us. The challenge starts: get ready to cross!

    Now He gives us a series of promises which are  valuable to understand: No one will be able to stand against you, all the days of your life as I was with Moses I will be with you, I will never leave you nor forsake you! So if God is for you who can be against you, if He has your life in his hands, nobody will be able to snatch you away. He comforts us before we cross over when He says: Be strong and courageous! He repeats this four times, so He knows it will be a scary experience for us but His comfort should be enough.

    Now some warnings: Be careful to obey, do not turn right nor left so that you may be successful where ever you go! Focus on the Creator and his manual, the Word of God. He designed you and knows what’s right . He knows as well how quickly we wander off or listen to the council of those who do not know!Instead,  listen to the Holy Spirit, open your heart and follow him and you will get in the right place.

    In verse eight He actually says : do not let the Word depart from you, meditate on it day and night then you will be prosperous and successful! How often do we hear advice on how to become rich and successful. But God is the one who made us and has the keys of life and death in his hands. Many people are too lazy to read the Bible or don’t know where to begin. But as you eat three times a day so you grow,  so read the Word three times a day, or at least morning and evening so the Holy Spirit can speak and lead you. Together with prayer added you will grow and become prosperous and successful in whatever the Lord has brought you to.

    In verse 9 He says it again: Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!

    Many people fear the future and need help, therefore it is very important to have a  friend in the Lord, standing next to you who will help you, encourage you and pray with you! If your heart is willing to serve him and are willing to follow his leading without conditions you will come into your destiny, Be blessed in seeking! Destiny is only once and far too precious to lose it!

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  1. You are doing a good work brother.
    May God bless you.

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