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Major Themes LXXXVIII – Believe


JOHN 20:1-31 NKJV
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Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there,  and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and  looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father,  to  My God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”  Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Prayer of the Day – November 2nd


Jesus in Pray
Jesus in Pray (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I adore you, Holy Father! There is no limit to your power or to your love. You are greatly to be loved! There is none like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders. Accept the homage of my soul and life, through Jesus Christ.

Daily Prayers: A Classic Collection.

Sunday School Discussion Guide – October 20th


TEXT: Matthew 7:13-29 (NKJV)
    • Do not live in the world’s way (vs. 13,14)

The two ways (vv. 13-14). These are, of course, the way to heaven and the way to hell. The broad way is the easy way; it is the popular way. But we must not judge spiritual profession by statistics; the majority is not always right. The fact that “everybody does it” is no proof that what they are doing is right. Quite the contrary is true: God’s people have always been a remnant, a small minority in this world. The reason is not difficult to discover: The way of life is narrow, lonely, and costly. We can walk on the broad way and keep our “baggage” of sin and worldliness. But if we enter the narrow way, we must give up those things. Here, then, is the first test: Did your profession of faith in Christ cost you anything? If not, then it was not a true profession. Many people who “trust” Jesus Christ never leave the broad road with its appetites and associations. They have an easy Christianity that makes no demands on them. Yet Jesus said that the narrow way was hard. We cannot walk on two roads, in two different directions, at the same time.

• Yuck, bad fruit reveals how one lives (vs. 15-20)

The two trees (vv. 15-20). These show that true faith in Christ changes the life and produces fruit for God’s glory. Everything in nature reproduces after its kind, and this is also true in the spiritual realm. Good fruit comes from a good tree, but bad fruit comes from a bad tree. The tree that produces rotten fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “Wherefore, by their fruits you shall know them” (Matt. 7:20). The second test is this: Did my decision for Christ change my life? False prophets who teach false doctrine can produce only a false righteousness (see Acts 20:29). Their fruit (the results of their ministry) is false and cannot last. The prophets themselves are false; the closer we get to them, the more we see the falsity of their lives and doctrines. They magnify themselves, not Jesus Christ; and their purpose is to exploit people, not to edify them. The person who believes false doctrine, or who follows a false prophet, will never experience a changed life. Unfortunately, some people do not realize this until it is too late.

The basis for judging (vv. 13-20). Since there are false prophets in the world, we must be careful of deception. But the greatest danger is self-deception. The scribes and Pharisees had fooled themselves into believing that they were righteous and others were sinful. It is possible for people to know the right language, believe intellectually the right doctrines, obey the right rules, and still not be saved. Jesus used two pictures to help us judge ourselves and others.

  • Live in a love relationship with God, not for spiritual works (vs. 21-23)

From picturing two ways and two trees, our Lord closed His message by picturing two builders and their houses. The two ways illustrate the start of the life of faith; the two trees illustrate the growth and results of the life of faith here and now; and the two houses illustrate the end of this life of faith, when God shall call everything to judgment. There are false prophets at the gate that leads to the broad way, making it easy for people to enter. But at the end of the way, there is destruction. The final test is not what we think of ourselves, or what others may think. The final test is: What will God say?

How can we prepare for this judgment? By doing God’s will. Obedience to His will is the* test of true faith in Christ. The test is not words, not saying “Lord, Lord,” and not obeying His commands. How easy it is to learn a religious vocabulary, and even memorize Bible verses and religious songs, and yet not obey God’s will. When a person is truly born again, he has the Spirit of God living within (Rom. 8:9); and the Spirit enables him to know and do the Father’s will. God’s love in his heart (Rom. 5:5) motivates him to obey God and serve others. Words are not a substitute for obedience, and neither are religious works. Preaching, casting out demons, and performing miracles can be divinely inspired, but they give no assurance of salvation. It is likely that even Judas participated in some or all of these activities, and yet he was not a true believer. In the last days, Satan will use “lying wonders” to deceive people (2 Thes. 2:7-12).

  • Wisdom living is in hearing and following Jesus (vs. 24-27)

We are to hear God’s words and do them (see James 1:22-25). We must not stop with only hearing (or studying) His words. Our hearing must result in doing. This is what it means to build on the rock foundation. We should not confuse this symbol with the “rock” in 1 Corinthians 3:9ff. Paul founded the local church in Corinth on Jesus Christ when he preached the Gospel and won people to Christ. This is the only foundation for a local church. The foundation in this parable is obedience to God’s Word—obedience that is an evidence of true faith (James 2:14ff). The two men in this story had much in common. Both had desires to build a house. Both built houses that looked good and sturdy. But when the judgment came (the storm), one of the houses collapsed. What was the difference? Not the mere external looks, to be sure. The difference was in the foundation: The successful builder “dug deep” (Luke 6:48) and set his house on a solid foundation.

A false profession will last until judgment comes. Sometimes this judgment is in the form of the trials of life. Like the person who received the seed of God’s Word into a shallow heart (Matt. 13:4-9), the commitment fails when the testing comes. Many people have professed faith in Christ, only to deny their faith when life becomes spiritually costly and difficult. But the judgment illustrated here probably refers to the final judgment before God. We must not read into this parable all the doctrine that we are taught in the Epistles; for the Lord was illustrating one main point: profession will ultimately be tested before God. Those who have trusted Christ, and have proved their faith by their obedience will have nothing to fear. Their house is founded on the Rock, and it will stand. But those who have professed to trust Christ, yet who have not obeyed God’s will, will be condemned. How shall we test our profession of faith? By popularity? No, for there are many on the broad road to destruction. And there are many who are depending on words, saying “Lord, Lord”—but this is no assurance of salvation. Even religious activities in a church organization are no assurance. How then shall we judge ourselves and others who profess Christ as Saviour?

The two ways tell us to examine the cost of our profession. Have we paid a price to profess faith in Christ? The two trees tell us to investigate whether our lives have really changed. Are there godly fruits from our lives? And the two houses remind us that true faith in Christ will last, not only in the storms of life, but also in the final judgment.

  • Live under Jesus’ authority (vs. 28, 29)

The congregation was astonished at this sermon. Why? Because Jesus spoke with divine authority. The scribes and Pharisees spoke “from authorities,” always quoting the various rabbis and experts of the Law. Jesus needed no human teacher to add authority to His words; for He spoke as the Son of God. We cannot lightly dismiss this sermon, for it is God who gave it to us! We must either bow before Him and submit to His authority, or we will be condemned.

Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) – New Testament – The Bible Exposition Commentary – New Testament, Volume 1.

Sunday School Discussion Guide-Oct 6th


We’ll be in the same passage for two weeks:

Matthew 7:13-29 (NKJV)
13  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
14  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15  “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16  You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
17  Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20  Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

21  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
24  “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
25  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
28  And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
29  for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

• Do not live in the world’s way (vs. 13,14)

The two ways (vv. 13-14). These are, of course, the way to heaven and the way to hell. The broad way is the easy way; it is the popular way. But we must not judge spiritual profession by statistics; the majority is not always right. The fact that “everybody does it” is no proof that what they are doing is right.

Quite the contrary is true: God’s people have always been a remnant, a small minority in this world. The reason is not difficult to discover: The way of life is narrow, lonely, and costly. We can walk on the broad way and keep our “baggage” of sin and worldliness. But if we enter the narrow way, we must give up those things.

Here, then, is the first test: Did your profession of faith in Christ cost you anything? If not, then it was not a true profession. Many people who “trust” Jesus Christ never leave the broad road with its appetites and associations. They have an easy Christianity that makes no demands on them. Yet Jesus said that the narrow way was hard. We cannot walk on two roads, in two different directions, at the same time.

• Yuck, bad fruit reveals how one lives (vs. 15-20)

The two trees (vv. 15-20). These show that true faith in Christ changes the life and produces fruit for God’s glory. Everything in nature reproduces after its kind, and this is also true in the spiritual realm. Good fruit comes from a good tree, but bad fruit comes from a bad tree. The tree that produces rotten fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “Wherefore, by their fruits you shall know them” (Matt. 7:20). The second test is this: Did my decision for Christ change my life? False prophets who teach false doctrine can produce only a false righteousness (see Acts 20:29). Their fruit (the results of their ministry) is false and cannot last. The prophets themselves are false; the closer we get to them, the more we see the falsity of their lives and doctrines. They magnify themselves, not Jesus Christ; and their purpose is to exploit people, not to edify them. The person who believes false doctrine, or who follows a false prophet, will never experience a changed life. Unfortunately, some people do not realize this until it is too late.

The basis for judging (vv. 13-20). Since there are false prophets in the world, we must be careful of deception. But the greatest danger is self-deception. The scribes and Pharisees had fooled themselves into believing that they were righteous and others were sinful. It is possible for people to know the right language, believe intellectually the right doctrines, obey the right rules, and still not be saved. Jesus used two pictures to help us judge ourselves and others.

Missionary Stanley Moodly on Leadership


Background

My parents were pastors of a village church in a poor farming community.  We virtually lived a hand to mouth existence.  Being under the apartheid system had its stepchildren of poverty, lack, poor living conditions, harsh laws, maltreatment etc.   it was a far-fetched dream to even dream about being successful under those sub-human conditions.  When I started working after leaving school the color of my skin worked against me.  Promotion was impossible!  Working conditions were terrible and the salary was laughable.  You had to simply exist under those conditions – there was no way out…any protest, even the slightest complaint against the Apartheid system would mean torture, imprisonment and even death.  Against that backdrop we had to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to an oppressed people who regarded the Christian God as a ‘White God.’  This made evangelising tough!  The Hindus maintained that they would rather stick to their religion when we discriminated even in our churches.  Blacks were not allowed to sit next to whites and therefore had a separate section.  One prominent black politician asked:  “Would there be different sections in heaven? Thus our journey to where we are today in politics and religion literally took blood, sweat and tears.  

Strong Leaders are needed today:

Across the spectrum of time, there has always been a lone voice, which boomed through the corridors of history.  Perhaps, it was the commanding voice of a Moses who demanded: “Let my people go!’ or the inspiring voice of a Martin Luther King who declared: “I have a dream!” or it could have been the empowering voice of a Winston Churchill who resurrected his countrymen to patriotic passion by declaring: “Never give up!”  Or it could have been the triumphant voice of a Nelson Mandela who raised his fists after his release with the slogan: “Amandla Awethu – Power to the People!” 

 

We thank God for leaders in the spiritual and secular fields who have rescued the various societies of the world from disaster, economic crisis, slavery etc.  However, as history proves that peace times and war, famine and plenty, revivals and backslidings are a never ending cycle.  As the Book of Ecclesiastes states there is a time for everything.  At this point in time there is a global recession, a worldwide warzone, and political and social upheaval. 

The African Issue:

Africa is once again retreating into the ‘dark ages’ from which it was emerging.  Civil wars, strife, ethnic bloodshed and overthrowing of governments have become an accepted everyday phenomenon.  It is so common that people no more react but merely watch the news in an unassuming manner.

Even after its emergence from a horrific past South Africa has now slid back into lawlessness.  Crime is rampant!  ‘Reverse apartheid’ is the new catchphrase.  An evening stroll on the beach is now a thing of the past.  One is not even safe in their own home let alone in their own neighborhood. Crime has now caught South Africa in a vice-like grip.  People are not safe at parks, travelling to work etc.  Robbery has become a new fad.  Even congregations in churches have been robbed by gangs of gun toting criminals.  Drugs have taken our country by storm.  Tic in the Cape and sugars in Kwa-zulu Natal are destroying homes and families. Petty theft by drug users, especially young kids is rife.  South Africa is at the top spot in crime and drugs.  This has placed a huge and tough responsibility on the church and especially its leadership?  What will tomorrow bring? is the cry of the masses.  Corruption in government and the open breaking of the law by high profile political leaders with apparent immunity from the law is a trend that is crippling the economy and destabilizing our country.              

Thus whenever a dark period descends upon any nation there arises an urgency for a ‘leader of caliber’ to lead it into the light.  When people cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel…they panic!  Weak leaders, as well as ordinary people grope in the dark with indecision written all over their frightened faces.  The danger signs would be flashing bright and clear but the pathway to choose would remain hazy to the ordinary leader.  This brings us to a paradox – leaders with blurred vision can only lead when things are going well.  When there is a momentum – these leaders just simply ride the crest of the wave.  They simply go with the flow.  And when the wave hurtles downwards they go with it.  The end result is more often than not – disastrous! The Light of Jesus needs to shine once again on our land.  Church Leaders have their work cut out for them!

When the challenges are the greatest, when morale is at its lowest, when the stakes are the highest, when a sweeping disaster is at its widest – when everything seems to be going terribly wrong and when last ditched, futile attempts are hastily engineered by the ‘powers that be’ to provide some relief and when the crisis looms ominously, threatening livelihood…and lives, it is at this pinnacle of hopelessness that bold, accurate and confident leadership is much needed.  God is never early or never late!  He is always on time.  It is the leaders who are led by the Holy Spirit who have to take up the cross and proclaim the salvation and deliverance that is obtainable only through the Blood of Jesus Christ! 

 

It is an accepted norm that people don’t naturally lead themselves.  Most of them are simpletons trying to make ends meet and would rather spend all their time with families and friends in a secure environment.  They dare not venture into something that demands their leisure-time, their extra-effort and their treasured-talents for fear of losing their ‘comfortable’ lifestyles.  Most of them may not be wealthy but they are content living within the confines of a known situation or a familiar environment.  They don’t want the pattern of their existence to be interrupted.  They leave the decision making and activity programmes to the ‘politicians we voted for’ or to the Church Leadership   ‘After all, it’s their responsibility to find answers and get the job done!’ 

Thus, soberly speaking, from historical consensus, it is the job of leaders to motivate and make their people ready for decisive action.  People want answers and need their confidence to be boosted when things are going wrong.  I always maintain that, the nation’s darkest hour can be the leader’s finest hour.  The greater the problem, the greater the demands and equally, the greater the rewards.  Leaders are revered and honoured the most when they have led people successfully through a crisis situation.  These are the ones who take the initiative. They are not scared to take a stand and courageously announce their convictions.  They are not intimidated by intimidation;      

 

There is a dire need to give the people values.  How shall we motivate the men and women to be willing to sacrifice and volunteer so that others may have it better?  How shall they adopt the values of commitment, persistence and patience and to stay with it until the goal is realized?  How shall they develop a healthy love for the land and desire to protect it from destructive processes instead of providing the necessary service to protect its citizens and its land?  Irresponsible governments have actually facilitated the exploitation of its people and its resources. 

On the other hand, of concern especially to the Church is the most devastating experiences at grassroots level when we witness our youth wasting away because they are unemployed, even after they have completed secondary and tertiary education.  Drugs, alcohol, crime and abuse are the step-children of unemployment.   How can the youth be motivated to live a meaningful life, except through Christ?  The AIDS epidemic has reached catastrophic levels.  Governments actually under-report and the vast number of victims who have died and are dying from this dreaded disease.  Treatment and counseling, as well as healthy diets and of course knowledge are sorely needed.  Some regions of Africa don’t even have anti-retrovirals and much misinformation is being dispensed to the ignorant masses who don’t know what the cause of AIDS really is and that there is absolutely no cure as yet!   

Only the church can make a difference!  Jesus Christ is the only answer to the scourges that are trampling the livelihood and prosperity of Africa underfoot.  It has been proven, especially in South Africa that wherever the Gospel has taken root, ignorance is dispelled and prosperity sets in.  However, the mechanics of setting up church structures and evangelism especially in the rural needs hard-work, passion and finances.  Dilapidated and outdated structures are used to house worshippers.  Some tribes even meet under trees; the larger the congregation the larger the tree they search for.  However, the thunderstorms and more so, the lightning are a threat to the health, welfare and the lives of the congregants.  Funding would elicit laborers and the necessary resources to ensure a smooth flow of the living Gospel into the dying territories of Africa.

In our local church we have a racial mix of Whites, Coloreds, Blacks and Indians.  We have seen the handiwork of God in building a people that is not conditioned by class, creed, culture or color.  Our church is a melting pot where people of the various ethnic dialects and cultures worship the only true God in Spirit and in Truth.  Nothing else matters except to give honor, and glory and power to the only true God Who was manifested in the flesh through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Recognition of Great Leadership:

How do we recognise great leadership?  The evidence of great leadership is the ability to take something that’s going bad or going off the rails…and firstly, stop it, secondly, turn it around in the right direction.  A good leader will stop negative momentum; he will bring it to a grinding halt, a dead stop!  Then he will start cranking and building up a positive momentum.  Anybody, anywhere can lead a organisation when it is doing well but it will take a leader with tenacity to reconstruct an organisation that is slowly winding down and…dying.   

 

When we turn a blind eye to reality and assume that nothing can go wrong – it is then we must apply Murphy’s Law – ‘that whatever can go wrong will go wrong!’  Leaders must not live in a dream world and make assumptions that because they have a few bases covered therefore they are immune to disasters that may arrive with different hats.  The economy may crumble; longstanding, bona-fide customers may change suppliers; staff may resign or pass away; new laws may be enacted to your detriment; the demand might fade and maybe someone else comes up with the gem of an idea that completely overshadows yours.  

The reality check is that leadership faces too much hindering junk in the world today – false ideas, unfounded prejudices, obsolete conventions and old-fashioned barriers which divide those who should see eye to eye and work side by side.  When we honestly examine ourselves, are we not encumbered with unattractive stuff?  At this juncture are grudges spilled over from embittering experiences, the skeletons of old beliefs from which the flesh has gone, leftovers of our unrefined selves – the components of ourselves which we have not known how to use or which we have not been willing to let others use. 

We need a flaming fire to burn up this unpleasant litter.  The need for the hour is for change in temperature among leaders who claim to be aligned with truth and reconciliation.   Our hearts need to be heated with the fire of moral uprightness so that we would reach a purging stage of intolerance of things that should not have been and for caring deeply for everything that advances the reign of solid and true leadership in our nations.

If it is not driven by a strong, quality leadership, the greatest kingdom in the world will eventually crumble.  Weak leadership is plagued by an outlook of compromise and an unwillingness to face reality.  They remain ridiculously silent in the wake of atrocities.  If its vision is hazy, its judgment flawed and its determination frail, all of the advantages of location, of self-sufficiency in provisions like food and raw materials under-girded  by efficient industrial production, military might and range and value of its citizens will ultimately ruin a nation.   The nation then evolves into a ‘lame-duck’ power.  The same can happen in church.  When leaders don’t stand up for the truth and do not announce the urgency of the hour then we are doomed.  Even Queen Esther is a prime example of a leader who did not remain silent but stood up for the salvation of her people – the Jews.  Her moot:  “If I perish, I perish!”  still echoes today against men who shiver and shake when faced with a crisis situation; leaders who compromise the truth for handouts from the ‘powers that be.’  They will embrace homosexuality, abortion etc without the faintest protest – why?  Because they want favor of man.       

Some leaders have the tendency of saying silver-tongued ‘sweet nothings’ and voicing important-sounding formulas and fake emotions to gain approval.  This is practiced without relation to the underlying facts and becoming more evident today than ever before.  Today’s leaders are greatly influenced by the media, subjected by their big-business sponsors and hindered by their ungodly quest to satisfy self.  True Leadership, however, will not be hemmed in by such things.   It does not confuse popularity with perception.  Although global threatening troubles loom ominously on the near horizon, our leaders debate, confined by the supposed need to cater to a multitude of special interest groups.

 

Perhaps one of the most difficult things in life is to face reality.  Facing reality is one thing that people don’t want to do.  Alternatively, some face reality too late!  99% of leaders face reality too late  – when the leader is the last person to see the real picture it is tragic.  He should be the first to know – Reality causes us to deal with issues.  

 

A hesitant leadership style

Is ‘a miss as good as a mile’

It creates insecurity

And failure becomes formality

 

The onus is upon a leader

To lead by conviction, no matter

The storm that is raging

Or negative criticism prevailing

 

A firm conviction, a steadfast belief

Is like an anchor of relief

When you know, that you know

Your actions you sow, will grow

Into a foundation of hope and success

  And will uphold the correct process

 

Neither be swayed by popular opinion

Nor be crushed by negative dominion

Stand up for the right in every situation  

And God will bring a blessing to the nation

 

Integrity escalates Belief

To get others to believe in you does not happen overnight.  It demands a great deal of effort which would of course consume a great deal of time.  Trust comes when the people identify the integrity of the leader.  When someone trusts you, they can depend on you with their life.  This brings us to another pivotal point.  What constitutes a ‘good leader?’  

Some might argue that it is the charming personality; others might say that it is the impact of the speechmaking; yet others may suggest that it is the person’s success in business and so forth…However, research throughout the world indicates that the number one priority for any leader is integrity!  People want to be assured by a trustworthy leader.  Especially when the times are tough, when the days are dark, when instability sets in, when hope dwindles and faith dissipates – people need the re-assurance that their leader is a person of integrity. 

They want to hear the truth of the situation.  Although the bare facts may be a hard pill to swallow – they would rather hear the bad news straight-off than being placated temporarily by false hopes and diluted half-truths.  When the people can trust a leader they will then believe in his belief-system.  They will walk the extra mile with him.  They will support him through thick and thin!  Building up strong relationships based on truth and loyalty from both sides will have a formidable impact on the progress of any nation.  When people believe in their leaders they will go to any lengths to please him.  So every leader must learn to believe in himself and above all this belief will be bolstered by incorporating integrity as a lifestyle!             

Self-belief or confidence comes from knowing that you are your greatest resource.  By believing in you, you recognize that can handle whatever obstacle confronts you.  You know that if you don’t have the information, skills, or knowledge that you need, you have the internal know-how to figure out what you need to do to get it.  You understand that you are competent. You also give yourself the credit you deserve.

Not only do you recognize that you are capable, but you get that you are a decent, desirable person. What that means is that you know that you are lovable, equipped with basic social skills, and know how to put yourself together to walk into any situation.  You understand that you may feel increased anxiety or apprehension about walking into a situation, but that at your core you know you can handle it. You know that if someone doesn’t include you in a plan, want to hang out with you, or is upset with you that the situation is distressing but that it does not lead directly to a negative doubt label about you.

You too, must NEVER GIVE UP!

Positive affirmations will give you holding-on power.

  1. Do not allow yourself to feel defeated.

As we have already discussed, get rid of the negativity by asserting positive things in your life, smell and taste the victory.  Don’t let anything or anyone intimidate you.  Stand firm in your convictions.  When the waves of defeat seem overwhelming stand firm like a rock and the mighty wave will disintegrate into droplets of water.

  1. Force yourself to be tough-minded and believe that you are.

In spite of the odds stacked against you, don’t let your mind play tricks on you like suggesting:  “You are no good!”  “You cannot make it!”  “You haven’t got the mental capacity to handle the situation.”  Think positive, have a change of mindset, a paradigm shift into winning concepts that will invoke healthy thoughts and expect healthy results.

  1. Feel confident that there are resources you can use to support yourself.

    

Use whatever you can, wherever you are, whenever     you have to, to elicit the best in any situation.  Let confidence ooze from your inner being as you utilize the resources that you have – be it people or things, or influence or finances, or opportunities or whatever that can be used to save the day.

    

  1. You are strong…believe it.

 

Let you belief in yourself show itself in your strength and capability to take on the best and the worst!  Be unflinching, be courageous, be determined to succeed, be resolute in your belief system.  Remember that nothing can be stronger than your strength in yourself.  The key to the door of victory resides in your strength that lies in you.  Let     

 

    5. Strive for victory. Turn your worst times into your    best.

 

Keep on pressing forward.  Don’t relent.  Always move forward.  Don’t allow yourself to be distracted or waylaid by issues and concerns.  Take the worst time and transform it into the best time.  Always focus on the trophy of achievement.  Keep focused – be prepared – stay on track – don’t bend under pressure – victory doesn’t go to people who half-heartedly hope for it – it only comes to people who pursue it, fight for it, dream it and make things happen!

 

    6. If you are truly dedicated, you will eventually win.

 

Those who persevere will always get what they deserve.  Those who keep knocking on the doors will eventually be allowed in.  Those who persist with their goal, resist every dampening effort, insist on going all the way, desist criticism in bad taste, will eventually exist in a state of unwavering determination and dedication until the victory is won.   

 

Just remember it’s all about your attitude…Stanley Moodley

About Jesus…


Much is debated about Jesus, especially this time of the year.  Here is the bottom line: Christ rose from the dead, descended into the depths, took captivity captive, then ascended to sit on the right hand of Yahweh’s Throne on high.  The rest is small stuff…do not sweat the small stuff!