Januarie

Dag 1

CHANNELS OF BLESSING AND LOVE – A.B. Simpson

The power of the Holy Spirit makes us simple, sweet, exuberant, full-hearted, and enthusiastic for God. Our work and our words are the overflow of a life so deep and full that it brings its own witnesses. It makes others long for the blessing that shines in our faces and speaks in our voices and springs in our glad and buoyant steps. And it is not merely a river, but rivers. It runs wherever it can find a channel and blesses every life that it touches on its way. Is God thus using us, and has He thus filled us with the Holy Spirit until the fullness overflows?

It is not necessary that we should be always preaching, Indeed, sometimes we are looking too far off for the service that God expects of us. Just at hand we might often find the opening and the channel which would bring blessing to some heart that God had brought into our life, to prepare us for future blessing to a wider circle.

An anxious, earnest Christian woman was crying to God for service and wondering why she was tied up in her home and unable, like other women, to go out and reach a broader place. Her bright little girl was playing beside her and calling in vain to the preoccupied mother to help her with her little doll, which had lost a finger or a garment, and which to her was the central object of life.

Again and again she came to the mother with her little trouble, and the mother, fretted and worried with her own spiritual need, pushed her off, and, at length, rather harshly sent her away and told her not to bother her, as she was busy about higher things. Wearied and disappointed, the little one went off alone into a corner and sat down with her little broken doll and cried herself to sleep.

A little while afterward, that mother turned around and saw the little rosy cheeks covered with tears, and the little wrecked doll lying in her bosom, and then God spoke to her, and said, “My child, in seeking some higher service for Me, you have broken a little heart of Mine. You wanted to do something for Me. That little child was the messenger I sent, and that little service was the test I gave you. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in more, and he that is unfaithful in the least is unfit for the greater” (see Luke 16:10).

The mother learned her lesson. She picked up the little lamb in her arms and kissed her awake; then she asked God and her baby to forgive her. From that hour she began to pour out the love of Christ on every object that came in her way. As she became faithful to do the things nearest at hand, God widened her sphere of influence. The day came when, standing among her sisters, she led them on to higher service. She told the story of her experience to hundreds and thousands of her fellow workers. She learned that God does not need our great service, but simply that we should meet Him in the things that He brings to us, and that we should be channels of blessing and love.

Dag 2

SPIRITUAL-MINDEDNESS – C.E. Orr

“To be carnally-minded is death: but to be spiritually-minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6

We ought to tremble before these words! Can you read them and then pass on in a careless way, taking but little thought about yourself to know whether you are carnally or spiritually minded? You say that you cannot give a dictionary definition. We are not asking for Webster’s definition; we want you to give yours from your own experience.

It is in the mind, that thoughts are generated. The carnal mind generates carnal thoughts; while the spiritual mind generates spiritual thoughts. Carnal thoughts are thoughts about earthly things; spiritual thoughts are thoughts about heavenly things. Examine your thoughts. What are their trend? Are they mostly worldward? Do worldly thoughts crowd in on your mind — even when in the secret place you kneel to pray?

If they do, we say that we deeply sympathize with you — but we must tell you in the greatest kindness but seriousness, that you are fully to blame. It ought not to be that way. You can have it better. Our thoughts can be brought into captivity. Christ, by His grace, will help us to control them. You have been allowing your mind to dwell on temporal things. You do not have to do it. If you have for a long time been allowing your thoughts to dwell on the things of earth — and little grooves have been cut in the brain matter, like the grooves on a phonograph record, it will take some effort to change their course — but fear not, it can be done — and it must be done.

Colossians 3:2 states, “Set your mind on things above — and not on things on the earth.” That is a plain, comprehensive command. Why do we not all do just what we are here told to do? How can we hope to get on well in the spiritual life — and not do what the Bible says? Now let us not make excuses, nor treat this with indifference. There is too much at stake. Death and life are before us. For our mind to dwell on “things on the earth” — means death; but for it to dwell on “things above” — means life and peace. We can have whichever we will. In this sense, we are the framers of our destiny.

Colossians 3:3 says, “For you are dead.” That is why you set your mind on things above. People who are dead do not set their minds on things to which they are dead to. How can your mind be set on earthly things — and you be dead to earthly things and your life hid with Christ in God? This is a serious matter and we advise you to take it seriously.

Dag 3

SOEKERS WAT NOOIT VIND – Albert Theron

Koos du Plessis se “ou, ou liedjie” praat van “soekers wat nooit vind” nie. Volgens die Bybel is daar nie iets soos ware soekers wat nooit vind nie. Daar is wel baie in die Bybel oor halfhartige soekers wat teleurgesteld bly omdat hulle nooit by vervulling uitkom nie.

“Ja, as jy na die insig roep, na die verstand jou stem verhef, as jy daarna soek soos na silwer en dit naspeur soos verborge skatte, dan sal jy die vrees van die Here verstaan en die kennis van God vind.” Spreuke 2:3-5

Hier is een van die honderde beloftes in die Bybel dat soekers wel sal vind. Maar let op na die intensiteit van die soekers wat vind.

Ons leef in die era van halfhartige soekers. Te veel ander dinge wat ons aandag opeis en ons harte verdeel. Dit is hoekom ons dikwels heel tevrede is met afgewaterde motiveringsboodskappies wat paradeer as geestelike kos, selfs al verander dit absoluut niks in ons lewens nie. Dit is ook hoekom ons gou protesteer wanneer iemand vir ons ‘n bietjie vaste kos uit die Bybel wil gee. Want dit vereis dat ons self moet dink, bepeins, reflekteer en verteer. Maar daar is geen ander manier om geestelik volwasse te word nie. Hoe honger is jy vir die Woord van God? Dit sal bepaal of jy ‘n soeker gaan wees wat sal vind of nie.

Dag 4

THE BOND OF GOD’S COVENANT – Edmund Clowney

The tie that binds God’s people to their Lord binds them also to one another. The bond of Israel’s nationhood was not ethnic but religious. It was the covenant at Sinai that forged Israel into unique nationhood. Strangers and sojourners could be admitted to the assembly and people of God. They could gain an inheritance in Israel (Ex. 12:47-49; 23:9).

On the other hand, to reject God’s covenant was to be disinherited from Israel. Not only did God judge covenant-breakers with death; the Levites were commanded to execute God’s judgment upon their brethren (Ex. 32:26, 27). If a son in Israel blasphemed the name of God, his own father was to denounce him (Dt. 13:6-11). For apostasy a whole generation could perish in the wilderness, and all Israel be driven into exile. The promise of the prophet Hosea recognizes the justice of God’s disinheriting judgment. Those who once were the people of God have become Lo-ammi, ‘no people’ (Ho. 1:9). If they are again to be called Ammi, ‘my people’, it can be only by the mercy of divine re-adoption, not by the claim of ethnic nationhood.

For that reason, Paul can appeal to Hosea’s language to defend the inclusion of Gentiles among the people of God (Rom. 9:24-26). All were disinherited by sin; all were Lo-ammi. But by the grace of God in Christ, those who were no people have been made the people of God.

Dag 5

HOEKOM KAN MOTIVERINGSBOODSKAPPE NIE PERMANENTE VERANDERING BRING NIE? – Albert Theron

Motiveringsboodskappe is ‘n eksterne stimulus wat van buite af na binne verandering wil bring in ons lewens. Motiveringsboodskappe wil ons nuwe impetus gee deur ‘n positiewe lewensingesteldheid (postive mental attitude) wat kwansuis alle negatiewe omstandighede en selfs persoonlikheidsgebreke kan oorheers.

Motiveringsboodskappe neem egter tipies nooit die totale gevallenheid van die mens in ag nie en daarom werk dit nie met die kruis as basis nie. Dit probeer eerder karring aan jou siel om die menslike “masjien” reg te laat funksioneer. Ons probleem is egter dat ons diep aan die binnekant heeltemal stukkend is. Daarom kan net die evangelie ons plaas op die pad na herstel. Die kruisboodskap bring eerstens vergifnis van sondes, mits ons bereid is om te erken dat ons grootste probleem sonde is en die stráf van die sonde voor ‘n heilige God. Dit doen die motiveringsboodskap nooit nie. Sonde is ‘n taboe onderwerp in die motiveringsheelal, want dit is hopeloos te “negatief”.

Maar dan gaan die kruisboodskap verder en leer ons dat lewe en vreugde net uit die dood kan kom. Dit leer ons dat ons gesterf het “saam met Christus” (Gal. 2:20) en dat hierdie gesamentlike sterwe die basis is van álle ware en permanente verandering in ons lewens. Net hier sien ons die groot verskil tussen die motiveringsboodskap en die evangelie. Die positiwiteit van die evangelie is in totaliteit gebaseer op die kruisdood van Jesus. Lewe slegs uit die dood. Dit is die kern van die Christelike boodskap.

Motiveringsboodskappe is in die meeste gevalle net “window dressing”. Dit stof jou bietjie af en laat jou beter lyk van buite. Bo blink, maar onder…. Ongelukkig is die evangelie in baie kerke en denominasies vandag vervang met die motiveringsboodskap en daarom is baie mense se lewens lankal besig om fundamenteel te verkrummel, maar hulle gaan voort met die klug van normaliteit d.m.v. eksterne motivering. Totdat die wiele heeltemal afkom.

Die evangelie werk van binne af. Dit gee jou ‘n nuwe gees en begin dan jou siel stelselmatig herstel om van jou in alle aspekte ‘n heel mens te maak. Dit skei jou deur die kruis van die gevallenheid van die ou skepping en ontsluit dan vir jou die heerlikheid van die nuwe skepping in Christus. Net die evangelie kan ons gesonde, stabiele en volwasse mense maak. Moenie geflous word deur die populêre boodskappe van ons tyd nie. Moenie tevrede wees met enigiets minder as ware en diepgrondige verandering nie.

Dag 6

BURNING AND SHINING LIGHTS – J.R. Miller

“For seven days they celebrated with joy the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because the LORD had filled them with joy.” Ezra 6:21-22

The Lord is always doing things to make us joyful, if only we will accept the love he sends us in them, and rejoice. Christian life ought to be one of joy. Christ said he wished his disciples to have his joy in them, and wished their joy to be full. There are a great many reasons why we should be joyous Christians. The greatest is that we are saved from sin and are in God’s family. Our privileges, blessings, and hopes—are enough to fill our hearts with gladness.

We ought to show our joy in gratitude. Some people take all God gives them, accept all he does for them, and yet go through life grumbling and complaining all the time! Every little trial or care counts for more with them, than all the multitude of God’s goodnesses. There is never any sunshine in their faces, for they can always find something that is not satisfactory, to make a cloud of, and to give them excuse for being unhappy. This is a poor, miserable way to live. These people are neither joyful themselves, nor do they help to make the world brighter. We ought to be ashamed to live so unworthily and unbeautifully. God wants us to be burning and shining lights, and to scatter happiness and good cheer wherever we go. Instead of being croakers, he wants us to be sweet singers. It is a sin not to live cheerfully!

Dag 7

CHRIST IS IN THE BELIEVER – F.B. Meyer

Christ is in the believer. He indwells the heart by faith, as the sun indwells the lowliest flowers that unfurl their petals and bare their hearts to its beams. Not because we are good. Not because we are trying to be wholehearted in our consecration. Not because we keep Him by the tenacity of our love. But because we believe, and in believing, have thrown open all the doors and windows of our nature. And He has come in.

He probably came in so quietly that we failed to detect His entrance. There was no footfall along the passage. The chime of the golden bells at the foot of His priestly robe did not betray Him. He stole in on the wing of the morning, or like the noiselessness with which nature arises from her winter’s sleep and arrays herself in the robes which her Creator has prepared for her. But this is the way of Christ. He does not strive, nor cry, nor lift up nor cause His voice to be heard. His tread is so light that it does not break bruised reeds. His breath so soft that it can reillumine dying sparks. Do not be surprised, therefore, if you cannot tell the day or the hour when the Son of Man came to dwell within you. Only know that He has come. “Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.” (2 Cor. 13:5)

It is very wonderful. Yes; the heavens, even the Heavens of heavens, with all their light and glory, alone seem worthy of Him. But even there He is not more at home than He is with the humble and contrite spirit that simply trusts in Him. In His early life, He said that the Father dwelt in Him so really that the words He spoke and the works He did were not His own, but His Father’s. And He desires to be in us as His Father was in Him, so that the outgoings of our life may be channels through which He, hidden within, may pour Himself forth upon men.

It is not generally recognized. It is not; though that does not disprove it. We fail to recognize many things in ourselves and in nature around, which are nevertheless true. But there is a reason why many whose natures are certainly the temple of Christ, remain ignorant of the presence of the wonderful Tenant that sojourns within. He dwells so deep. Below the life of the body, which is as the curtain of the tent; below the life of the soul, where thought and feeling, judgment and imagination, hope and love go to and fro, ministering as white-stoled priests in the holy place; below the play of light and shade, resolution and will, memory and hope, the perpetual ebb and flow of the tides of self-consciousness, there, through the Holy Spirit Christ dwells.

Dag 8

KERK DISSIPEL OF JESUS DISSIPEL? – Albert Theron

“En Jesus sê vir die Jode wat in Hom geglo het: As julle in my woord bly, is julle waarlik my dissipels.” Johannes 8:31 (OAV)

“Toe sê Jesus vir die Jode wat in Hom glo: “As julle aan my woorde getrou bly, is julle waarlik my dissipels.” Johannes 8:31 (NAV)

Jesus maak dit baie duidelik in hierdie vers dat sý dissipels ‘n direkte verhouding het met sy Woord. So vroeg soos die Roomse institusionalisering van die kerk het die kerk dissipel al grootskaals begin toeneem en die Jesus dissipel het so skaars soos hoendertande geword.

‘n Kerk dissipel is eenvoudig iemand wat Sondag vir Sondag na preke kan luister en sy gewete daarmee sus dat hy nie nodig het om self die Bybel te lees, bestudeer en gehoorsaam nie. Sy verwantskap met die kerk gee vir hom die idee dat hy self outomaties ook ‘n intieme verwantskap met Jesus het sonder ‘n persoonlike liefde en waardering vir die Woord van Christus. Dit is ‘n baie ernstige, maar ongelukkig ook ‘n baie algemene misleiding.

Oor die hele spektrum van jarelange getroue lidmate van gemeentes tot die groeiende getal belydende Christene wat glad nie betrokke is by enige plaaslike gemeente nie is daar ‘n kultuur van kerk dissipelskap wat persoonlike verhouding met Jesus deur middel van ‘n diepgaande omgang met sy Woord opsioneel maak. So asof ek via ‘n pastoor of dominee se geloof en Bybelstudie (of die televisie predikers s’n) ‘n tipe van geestelike osmose met die Bybel kan beleef wat my eie verhouding met die Woord van Christus geheel en al oorbodig maak.

Ek wil jou dan reguit vra: Is jy ‘n kerk dissipel of ‘n Jesus dissipel? Miskien is jy al vir dekades lank ‘n kerk dissipel. God nooi selfs vir jou vandag uit om ‘n Jesus dissipel te word. Moet asseblief nie ‘n self-verdedigende houding inneem t.o.v. my vraag aan jou nie. Kies die pad van nederige erkenning. Dit is so verfrissend en vervullend om te beleef hoe die Heilige Gees ‘n mens leer uit die Bybel wanneer jy self erns begin maak met die Skrifte en dit ís God se uitgesproke en neergepende wil ook vir jou.

Jou daaglikse omgang met die Woord in kinderlike afhanklikheid sal jou vinniger by geestelike volwassenheid bring as dekades se tweedehandse kontak met Goddelike openbaring. So sal jy ook dan vind dat jou waardering van die lering wat jy in die gemeente ontvang vir jou baie meer betekenisvol en vervullend raak. Mits dit Skrifgetroue en Christus-gesentreerde lering is. Slegs d.m.v. jou nuutgevonde persoonlike avontuur in die Woord sal jy dit ook met tyd kan begin onderskei.

Dag 9

THE UNCLAIMED RICHES OF THE BELIEVER – A.T. Pierson

He says, to every believer who can receive it, “Stretch forth your withered hand!” and henceforth to find restored faculties for holy work; “Rise, take up your bed, you paralytic!” henceforth to find power to walk with God; “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity!” henceforth be erect and upright and no longer bowed down and bent into deformity by Satan.

The greatest difficulty today among us believers is that we have no true apprehension of the actual present fullness, the pleroma of divine power, wisdom, strength, victory, which is in God for us, and may be found in Christ, as the sphere of our full life and energy. There is the secret of all failure: we do not avail ourselves of this fullness of God. We do not practically believe our high calling, nor perceive the riches of the glory of God’s inheritance in the saints, and consequently the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe — the standard of which is the working of that omnipotence in Christ, when God raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenlies. Oh, the unclaimed riches of the believer in Christ Jesus!

Dag 10

DIE NUWE ERA IS HIER!
– Albert Theron

“Die Gees van die Here is op My, omdat Hy My gesalf het…om die aangename jaar van die Here aan te kondig.” Lukas 4:18-19

Jesus se koms na hierdie aarde was die begin van ‘n splinternuwe era. Heel aan die begin van Sy bediening kondig Hy aan dat die “aangename jaar van die Here” aangebreek het. Die jaar (lees “era”) van die guns van God op grond van Jesus se verlossingsverdienste was ingelui. Jesus kon dit aankondig selfs voor Hy na die kruis gegaan het, want Hy het reeds in Homself die nuwe era bedien aan mense.

Ek en jy leef twee duisend jaar plus in die nuwe era in. Die vraag is egter of ons dink en leef vanuit hierdie werklikheid. Baie van ons kan terugdink aan ‘n goue era in ons eie lewens toe alles vir ons waarskynlik aangenaam, vars en vreugdevol was. So leef ons dikwels in herinneringe van wat was óf dalk ‘n vae hoop van wat kan wees.

“Moenie sê nie: Hoe kom dit dat die vorige dae beter was as die teenswoordige? want nie uit wysheid vra jy hierna nie.” Prediker 7:10

God daag ons uit om ons bewussyn te verander en dit in lyn te kry met die werklikheid van die evangelie wat hier en nou waar is en rewolusionêre verandering in ons lewens kan bring mits ons dit glo en met oorgawe omhels. Ons kan nie ons gisters terugkry nie, maar ons môres kán gevorm word deur die heerlikheid en krag van die Goeie Nuus wat vandag en vir ewig waar is in Christus!

“En word nie aan hierdie wêreld gelykvormig nie, maar word verander deur die vernuwing van julle gemoed, sodat julle kan beproef wat die goeie en welgevallige en volmaakte wil van God is.” Romeine 12:2

Dag 11

A SPIRITUAL QUANTUM LEAP – Jared Wilson

I was raised in the church. When I was about six years old I walked the aisle one Sunday, made a decision, and thereafter got baptized. Then I did it all over again at twelve years of age, after those 1970s’ rapture movies scared the fire out of me. I was deathly afraid that if I wasn’t super-sure I’d asked Jesus into my heart, the antichrist was going to cut my head off. And this pinning of my hopes for security on how much I understood and how much I felt at the time of my decisions colored my Christian walk throughout my adolescence. I was a believer, but I was a timid, fearful, neurotic, clinging-to-life-insurance believer. It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties, was married and had kids, and therefore was able to see the weight of my sin take its toll on people around me—not until I crashed and burned into a deep depression in which I had no hope but the invisible God—that my life in Christ took a turn to wakefulness. In those days, the third chapter of Job made total sense to me. And in those days, at the end of my rope and the end of myself, as I was out of options and out of help and tempted to abandon what scrap of faith I had left, I could hear the Lord asking, “Do you want to try anything else?” and I was granted the grace to say to the God of my salvation, “To whom shall I go?” In that time the Spirit was very tender to my heart, despite being very rough with everything else in my life. And as I despaired of life itself, despaired of the failure of a husband and father I had become, I heard clear as day my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ say to me, “I love you.” It was a breakthrough unlike I’ve ever experienced. It was like a light switch came on. I was the prodigal son in the pigsty and had “come to myself” (see Luke 15:17).

What I experienced was not new birth but a Spiritual quantum leap in my sanctification, in which God brought the gospel to bear powerfully in the midst of my brokenness. I had experienced gospel wakefulness. I know it was not merely an emotional episode, because life did not immediately get better for me, and yet my spiritual senses were satisfied in Christ in such a way that the peace that passes understanding persisted inside of me. And even though I still sin (often), and even though I still experience emotional highs and lows, even though I am still subject to the ebb and flow of external circumstances, I am confident in Christ, at peace in Christ, worshipful in Christ, all in radically different ways than I was before gospel wakefulness. It is a lasting, enduring change, because it was not brought about by a dramatic worship service or some other temporary emotional impact but by my coming to the very end of myself and all hope and finding the saving arms of Christ the only unmovable object.

Dag 12

THE SUPREME AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE – J.C. Ryle

The first leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the absolute supremacy it assigns to Holy Scripture , as the only rule of faith and practice, the only test of truth, the only judge of controversy.

Its theory is that man is required to believe nothing, as necessary to salvation, which is not read in God’s Word written, or can be proved thereby. It totally denies that there is any other guide for man’s soul, coequal or co-ordinate with the Bible. It refuses to listen to such arguments as “the Church says so,”—“the Fathers say so,”—“primitive antiquity says so,”—“Catholic tradition says so,”—“the Councils say so,”—“the ancient liturgies say so,”—“the Prayer-book says so,”—“the universal conscience of mankind says so,”—“the verifying light within says so,”—unless it can be shown that what is said is in harmony with Scripture.

The supreme authority of the Bible, in one word, is one of the cornerstones of our system. Show us anything plainly written in that Book, and, however trying to flesh and blood, we will receive it, believe it, and submit to it. Show us anything, as religion, which is contrary to that Book, and, however specious, plausible, beautiful, and apparently desirable, we will not have it at any price. It may come before us endorsed by Fathers, schoolmen, and catholic writers; it may be commended by reason, philosophy, science, the inner light, the verifying faculty, the universal conscience of mankind. It signifies nothing. Give us rather a few plain texts. If the thing is not in the Bible, deducible from the Bible, or in manifest harmony with the Bible, we will have none of it. Like the forbidden fruit, we dare not touch it, lest we die. Our faith can find no resting-place except in the Bible, or in Bible arguments. Here is rock: all else is sand.

Dag 13

THE SUPREME AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE – J.C. Ryle

The first leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the absolute supremacy it assigns to Holy Scripture , as the only rule of faith and practice, the only test of truth, the only judge of controversy.

Its theory is that man is required to believe nothing, as necessary to salvation, which is not read in God’s Word written, or can be proved thereby. It totally denies that there is any other guide for man’s soul, coequal or co-ordinate with the Bible. It refuses to listen to such arguments as “the Church says so,”—“the Fathers say so,”—“primitive antiquity says so,”—“Catholic tradition says so,”—“the Councils say so,”—“the ancient liturgies say so,”—“the Prayer-book says so,”—“the universal conscience of mankind says so,”—“the verifying light within says so,”—unless it can be shown that what is said is in harmony with Scripture.

The supreme authority of the Bible, in one word, is one of the cornerstones of our system. Show us anything plainly written in that Book, and, however trying to flesh and blood, we will receive it, believe it, and submit to it. Show us anything, as religion, which is contrary to that Book, and, however specious, plausible, beautiful, and apparently desirable, we will not have it at any price. It may come before us endorsed by Fathers, schoolmen, and catholic writers; it may be commended by reason, philosophy, science, the inner light, the verifying faculty, the universal conscience of mankind. It signifies nothing. Give us rather a few plain texts. If the thing is not in the Bible, deducible from the Bible, or in manifest harmony with the Bible, we will have none of it. Like the forbidden fruit, we dare not touch it, lest we die. Our faith can find no resting-place except in the Bible, or in Bible arguments. Here is rock: all else is sand.

Dag 14

GEESTELIKE WEESKINDERS – Albert Theron

“Ek sal julle nie as wese agterlaat nie…” Johannes 14:18

Waarom is daar so baie gelowiges vandag wat soos geestelike weeskinders leef? Waarom word gelowiges heen en weer gedryf deur elke wind van lering (Efes. 4:14) in plaas daarvan om volwasse te word in Christus met vaste grond onder hulle voete?

Gelowiges wat weet dat Christus in hulle leef is nie gedurig op soek na nog ‘n manifestasie of ‘n nuwe lering of ‘n nuwe leier of ‘n uiterlike aanraking of nog ‘n ondervinding nie. Hulle bely eerder saam met Paulus: “… in Christus woon al die volheid van die Godheid liggaamlik; en ons het die volheid in Hom wat die Hoof is van alle owerheid en mag, en …”dat ek Hom mag ken en die krag van Sy opstanding.” Sien Kolossense 2: 9-10 en Filippense 3:10.

Alles wat ons ooit sal nodig hê is in Christus en Hy leef in ons. Miskien ís jy onvervuld en ontevrede met die peil van jou geestelike lewe, maar soek jou vervulling in Christus. Die volheid van die Gees word net in Hom gevind.

Dag 15

WE DARE NOT MOVE BY OURSELVES – Watchman Nee

The day must come when our strength to do good and our ability to serve God are broken. Then we will confess before God and man that we can do nothing. Henceforth, Christ will be able to manifest His power upon us. We all must be brought by God to the place where we see that we can do nothing in the church with our natural strength. Many people think that as long as their motive is correct, it is good enough. But this is not the case. When you say you are working, the Lord will ask, “By what are you working?” If you say that you are zealous, the Lord will ask, “From where does your zeal come?” If you say that you have power, the Lord will ask, “What is the source of your power?” The question is not what you are doing, but with what you are doing it. The problem is not whether or not the matter is good, but what is the source of the goodness.

We must learn to experience the cross. The purpose of the cross is to deal with us, so that we will not dare to move by ourselves. It is useless merely to talk about the message of the cross or to listen to the message of the cross. God requires those who have gone through the cross and have been dealt with by the cross. It is not enough that our message is correct. We have to ask, “How about ourselves? What kind of persons are we?” The apostle Paul said, “For I did not determine to know anything among you except Jesus Christ, and this One crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling; and my speech and my proclamation were not in persuasive words of wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:2-4). The first part of these verses refers to Paul’s message, and the last part refers to Paul’s person. We often think that when a person like Paul gets up to speak he must feel rich and full of his own resources. But Paul’s message was the cross, and he himself was in weakness, fear, and much trembling. Whenever we know the cross, we will be in weakness, fear, and much trembling. If we have been dealt with by the cross, we will not have any self-confidence, and we will not dare to boast. If we are proud, considering that we are quite capable, we know nothing of the cross.

Dag 16

STAAN LANGER STIL BY DIE KRUIS
– Albert Theron

Ons is almal geneig om eksklusief te wil fokus op die opstandingslewe in Christus en die voordele daarvan vir ons eie bestaan en omstandighede op aarde. Die hele spiritualiteit van die Nuwe Testament is egter gebou op die basis van die kruis van Jesus en wat op daardie kruis gebeur het. Daarom is dit krities belangrik vir ons om stil te gaan staan by die kruis en toe te laat dat die Heilige Gees vir ons wys wat alles gesterf het aan daardie kruis en wat ons moet dood reken op grond van daardie sterwe saam met Christus.

Daar is groot lesse wat God vir my en jou wil leer aan die voet van die kruis om ons voor te berei vir die opstandingskrag wat Hy in ons lewens wil realiseer. Paulus was ‘n man wat baie lank stil gaan staan het by die kruis en weer en weer terug gekeer het om die kruisgebeure vars te hou in sy bewussyn. Daar is geen ander oplossing vir die geestelike oppervlakkigheid van ons generasie nie.

Dink ‘n bietjie na oor die volgende kragtige stellings wat Paulus oor die kruis maak in sy brief aan die Galasiërs. Mag dit vir jou en my ‘n venster wees wat die groter geheel van die boodskap van die kruis in die Bybel vir ons ontsluit om sodoende ons lewens radikaal te transformeer.

“Ek is met Christus gekruisig, en ék leef nie meer nie, maar Christus leef in my. En wat ek nou in die vlees lewe, leef ek deur die geloof in die Seun van God wat my liefgehad het en Homself vir my oorgegee het.” Galasiërs 2:20

“O, Onverstandige Galásiërs, wie het julle betower om die waarheid nie gehoorsaam te wees nie, julle voor wie se oë Jesus Christus afgeskilder is as onder julle gekruisig?” Galasiërs 3:1

“Maar wat my betref, mag ek nooit roem nie, behalwe in die kruis van onse Here Jesus Christus, deur wie die wêreld vir my gekruisig is en ek vir die wêreld.” Galasiërs 6:14

Dag 17

INDIFFERENCE TO EARTHLY THINGS – William Gurnall

You cannot labor for heavenly possessions if your hands and heart are loaded down with earthly pursuits.

The Christian must practice the same indifference in keeping his earthly possessions as he did in getting them. God never signs the title of anything over to us, but merely gives us things to keep in trust. All will be left behind when He calls us home. If He sees fit to let us keep them until then, we bless and thank Him for His generosity; and if He takes them away sooner, we bless Him still.

God never intended, by His providence in bringing Moses to Pharaohs’ court, to leave him there in worldly pomp and grandeur. Acarnal heart would have reasoned that Moses could best help his people— slaves under Pharaoh—by using his position and power to influence the king, or perhaps even by aspiring to the throne. But when Moses renounced his place of privilege, his faith and self-denial were made more eminently conspicuous. It is for this obedient faith that Moses is given such honorable mention in the New Testament (Hebrews 11:24–25).

Sometimes God lavishes us with things, not so we can hang on to them, but so we will have something to let go of to show our love for Him. Was there anything better in the whole world Mary could have done with her precious oil than to anoint her Lord? What enterprise will pay more lasting dividends than to invest what you possess in the cause of Christ?

Christian, keep a loose grip on the material possessions you value most highly. Be ready at a moment’s notice to throw them overboard, rather than risk the shipwreck of your faith. You cannot labor for heavenly possessions if your hands and heart are loaded down with earthly pursuits. In the end, if you can save anything, it will be your soul, your interest in Christ and heaven. If you should lose all your worldly goods, you should still be able to say with Jacob, “I have enough [all things)” (Genesis 33:11).

Dag 18

‘N WOORDREWOLUSIE BEGIN BY JOU – Albert Theron

Dit is tyd vir ons om ‘n radikale breuk te maak met die middeleeue waar net die priesters die Bybel gehad het en dit met opset moeilik gemaak het sodat mense nie geestelik ingelig kon wees om uit die greep van die Rooms Katolieke kerk te ontsnap nie. Geen wonder dat dit die donker eeue genoem is nie. Het dit egter nog enigiets te doen met ons hier in die 21ste eeu?

‘n Paar eenvoudige vrae kan dalk help om ten minste vir jou as indiwidu lig te gee daaroor, ongeag wat in jou gemeente aangaan. Het jy al ooit werklik eienaarskap geneem van al 66 boeke van die Bybel? Glo jy dat God jou persoonlik kan, en wil, bedien uit elkeen van daardie boeke? Het jy al ten minste die Nuwe Testament selfs net een keer deurgelees? Het jy ‘n gunsteling boek of twee uit die Ou en Nuwe Testament? Lees jy ooit die Bybel vir jou familie? Bespreek jy die Bybel met jou gesin? Pas julle dit prakties toe as ‘n daaglikse realiteit in woord (gesprekke) en daad as ‘n spontane leefstyl sonder om te verval in vormgodsdiens of om mekaar te beskuldig van prekerigheid? Is jy oop en toeganklik vir ‘n radikale Woordkultuur onder gewone mense of is dit vir jou gerieflik en gemaklik om aan te hou glo dit is die domein van die “professionele mense”?

Wat is jou antwoord? Leef jý nog in die donker eeue? God sal jou beide die begeerte en vermoë gee om uit daardie historiese tronk te breek, want dit ís Sy wil vir jou! Hy wil hê jy moet in die krag van die Gees sy Woord liefhê, bedink, bespreek, en prakties toepas in jou gesin en gemeente elke dag van die week. Moenie wag vir ander mense nie. Begin jý die rewolusie in jou gesin en gemeente. God self sál jou toerus en bekragtig vir hierdie taak. Begin net te lees!

Dag 19

CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN – Alexander Whyte

Death is the great debater. Death does not bandy words. Death comes to us with overwhelming proofs of our fall in his hands. There is no brow-beating or perplexing of Death. Your smart replies and unanswerable arguments will not stagger Death. All your shafts are quenched like tow before the bosses of his buckler.

Now, Death made his first approach to this world in that hour of Adam and Eve’s first temptation. God’s own fatherly and forewarning words first uttered the dreadful name of Death. O, if Adam had only believed God about sin and death! O, if he had only stopped his ears against the father of lies! O, if he could only have foretasted guilt and remorse and agony of conscience as he was led up to the tree! O, if he could only at that fatal moment have foreseen that coming garden where the Son of God Himself lay among the dark olive-trees recoiling from sin and death in a sweat of blood! O, if he could only have seen spread out before him all the death-beds of all his children on the earth, and all the beds of their second death in hell! O Adam and Eve in Eden, and still under the tree of temptation, look before it is too late; look on through the endless ages at the unutterable woes that you are working! ‘Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.’

Dag 20

THE FATHER LOVES NOTHING AT ALL BUT THE SON – A.W. Tozer

To the question, “How can a holy God love an unholy sinner?” there is a full and satisfactory answer. The answer, of course, is found in the teachings of the Scripture. It has been stated for us by the German theologian Eckhart: “The Father loves nothing at all but the Son and such things as He finds in the Son.” This is a fair summation of the doctrine of the love of God as presented on the pages of Holy Writ. “The Father loves nothing at all but the Son.” All the love of God is gathered up in Christ. The Father loves the Son with all the love there is, which is to say with all of Himself, and He loves directly nothing but the Son. In the Son and through the Son all things came into being, including man. God loves men not for themselves but for the sake of the Son. His love for them is reflected from the face of Jesus Christ and falls upon them only as they are related to the Son. Man was made in God’s image and Christ is said to be “the image of the invisible God.” In some mysterious way is the race of mankind related to the Son, and for His sake God can lavish His love upon sinful men and still be just and holy in doing so.

A marginal problem, of no practical importance, is whether or not God continues to love sinners after they have forfeited their rights under the patient forbearance of God and have been consigned to their final place in hell. To believe that He does would be to conceive of Him as being eternally frustrated. Were He to continue forever to pour upon lost men an unrequited love, He could never be at rest. His wasted love would torture Him without end forever. The truth is that God loves only the Son “and such things as He finds in the Son.” When impenitent men have made their final decision against the Son and have walked out of His light for good they will no longer be objects of the love of God. God’s love is, like Himself, unchanging and eternal, but it touches only those who touch the Son. The soul that rejects the Son by a final irrevocable act forfeits forever the love of the Father.

Dag 21

DIE KRAG VAN GELOOF EN HOOP – Albert Theron

“En mag die God van die hoop julle vervul met alle blydskap en vrede deur die geloof, dat julle oorvloedig kan wees in die hoop deur die krag van die Heilige Gees!” Romeine 15:13

Hierdie vers in Romeine gee vir ons die sleutel tot ‘n oorwinnende lewe in Christus. Hoop is nie iets wat ek in myself kan opwek of wat ek deur positiewe denke uit dun lig kan produseer nie. Hoop is iets wat ek ontvang van Hom wat genoem word “die God van die hoop” wanneer my geloof in Jesus groei en sterker word. En op sy beurt kan geloof net sterker word wanneer ek die Woord ruimte gee in my binneste deur dit te lees en bepeins (Rom. 10:17).

Dit is net op hierdie punt in my lewe as ‘n dissipel wat die wonderlike siklus van heerlikheid as’t ware geaktiveer word deur die Vader self. Deur geloof vul die Vader my innerlike mens met blydskap en vrede en dit lei altyd tot ‘n oorvloedige en groeiende hoop deur “die krag van die Heilige Gees”. Hierdie heerlike hoop lei dan weer onvermydelik tot groter geloof en die hele proses begin van voor af. Ons eenheid met Christus is “die hoop van die heerlikheid” (Kol. 1:27) en hierdie heerlikheid neem toe soos wat ons geloof in ons identifikasie met Christus toeneem (2 Kor. 3:18b) en ons sien dat ons toekoms onlosmaaklik verbind is aan Syne! Om op te som: die openbaring van Christus lei tot geloof wat vrede en blydskap soos ‘n fontein in my binneste oopmaak en hierdie fontein se vars waters bring ‘n immer-groeiende hoop. G’n wonder dan dat die Bybel leer dat die regverdige se hele lewe op hierdie aarde gebaseer is op geloof nie (Rom. 1:17b)!

Dag 22

FAITH PUTS US OUT AND BRINGS GOD IN – A.B. Simpson

There are just two things that are almighty, God and faith. The man that believes God just comes into partnership with God and shares His all-sufficiency. We know that in the natural world the mightiest forces are those we do not see; not the mountains, but the principle that holds them together; not the worlds, but the law that moves them; not the things we touch, but the hidden forces that control them. And we are being taught by the progress of our age to believe in nature’s forces and to use them as levers to lift our loads and as motors to move our engines. So in the spiritual world faith is the power to attach ourselves to God.

There are two ways to do things — faith and works; one to do them yourself, the other to let God do them. Faith means that God does them. The power of faith is not how much can I do, but how much can God do? Faith saves us just because it puts us into God’s hands. It drops us into the salvation that He has already finished, and we have only to accept. Faith sanctifies us, not because it would have us do better, but it brings the power to do it. So faith heals, not by slowly building up the tissues and blood, but by putting a new electric fountain of vitality in your frame that makes an old man young, and although ready to drop into the grave keeps you by a second life. Faith brings the answers to your prayers, because it takes God’s prayers instead of yours, and then they must be answered, because they are His asking, claiming and commanding. Faith puts us out and brings God in, and our life becomes a supernatural one. Faith is, therefore, a practical force, the secret of all real power, and a secret which can be applied to everything in our life.

Dag 23

THE SATANIC WORK OF GLORIFYING MAN – Austin Sparks

You remember that Satan incited David to number Israel – a thing which even a carnal man like Joab could see through, for he said, “The Lord make His people a hundred times as many as they are: but, my lord the King, are they not all my lord’s servants? why does my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of guilt unto Israel?” (I Chron. 21:3). ‘The Lord has done very much, and will do more, but do not begin to count heads, to take account of how big your resources are and to glory in the greatness of your kingdom’.

Joab was a carnal man, but it seems that some carnal men sometimes see more than Christians do as to principles. But David set aside Divine wisdom and good human wisdom, and insisted on the numbering of Israel. You know the result. All came from Satan’s prompting of David to do something which would glorify man and make much of his resources and achievements. The Lord came out and smote it hip and thigh, and that Satanic work of glorifying man was undercut and man was deeply abased. David was a sorry picture when he came to the threshing floor of Ornan. Oh, that man is now humbled to the dust!

This has to be done before there can be any building of God’s house. Satan’s work to make much of man has to be completely undercut. The glory of man, and man’s desire for any kind of glory for himself, have to be abased. This is a house for the name of the Lord and for no other name in heaven, in earth, or in hell. “My glory”, says the Lord, “will I not give to another” (Isa. 42:8).

The Lord does that all the time. Oh, the horrible display of human flesh in the realm of Divine things! Oh, the reputations made in the realm of what is of God! Oh, the delight to have a place in the Church! Oh, how often this flesh is active for its own pleasure and gratification! The Lord is hitting it hard all the time, driving hard blows -to ensure that His house is on the right foundation, not on any thing that is of ourselves. It does come home to us.

Dag 24

VERVOLGING IS NIE OPSIONEEL VIR DISSIPELS VAN JESUS NIE – Albert Theron

“Salig is julle wanneer die mense julle beledig en vervolg en valslik allerhande kwaad teen julle spreek om My ontwil. Verbly en verheug julle omdat julle loon groot is in die hemele; want so het hulle die profete vervolg wat voor julle gewees het.” Mattheüs 5:11-12

Jesus maak dit van die begin van Sy bediening af baie duidelik dat belediging en vervolging wag op die wat Hom getrou volg en Sy Woord vreesloos spreek. Ons moet geensins verbaas wees of moedeloos word oor sulke vervolging nie. inteendeel, Jesus sê ons moet ons verbly, want dit wys vir ons dat ons op die regte pad is en aan die einde van hierdie pad wag daar groot heerlikheid en beloning.

Ons hoef nie te gaan soek vir vervolging nie, dit kom saam met die ongeveinsde spreek van die waarheid. Ons moet ook nie probeer om met opset aanstoot te gee nie. Ons opdrag is om die waarheid in liefde te spreek (Efes. 4:15), maar ook om lief te hê in waarheid (2 Johannes vers 1). Nie waarheid óf liefde nie, maar waarheid in liefde en liefhê in waarheid. Belediging en vervolging sal altyd sy verskyning maak op daai pad, maar ook groot vreugde en beloning.

Dag 25

CRUCIAL MOTIVATION FOR SCRIPTURE MEMORISATION – John Piper

If I offered you $1,000 for every verse you memorized in the next week, how many do you think you could memorize? Yet God says of his word in Psalm 19:10-11, “They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Thy servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” The real value of the word is far greater than $1,000 a verse. The question is, Do you believe this? Believing this will be the crucial motivation you need.

Nor is the task beneath you and only for children. The Lord Jesus memorized Scripture verbatim. We know he did, because when he was fasting in the wilderness there were no libraries or books, and with every temptation of the devil he quoted a passage of Scripture to defeat the devil (Matthew 4:4,7,10).

This is why we are calling the 52 passages prepared for all of us this year (one a week) “fighter verses.” Jesus defeated the devil’s temptations with the use of a memorized passage of Scripture. And in Ephesians 4:17, Paul called the word of God “the sword of the Spirit.” We cannot successfully overcome sin and Satan without the present treasure of precious words of God—”fighter verses.” You can do this.

When Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators, became a Christian in 1926, he was driving a truck for a lumberyard in Los Angeles. While driving, he would work on memorizing a verse a day. During the first three years of his Christian life he memorized his first thousand verses.If he can do that you can do 52 in a year.

Dag 26

VORMING EN VRUG
– Albert Theron

“My kinders, vir wie ek weer in barensnood is totdat Christus in julle ‘n gestalte verkry.” Galasiërs 4:19

“Maar die vrug van die Gees is liefde, blydskap, vrede, lankmoedigheid, vriendelikheid, goedheid, getrouheid, sagmoedigheid, selfbeheersing.” Galasiërs 5:22

Die vorming van Christus in ons in Galasiërs 4:19 stem ooreen met die vrug van die Gees in Galasiërs 5:22. Vrug is iets wat groei en vorm aanneem. Die vorming van Christus in ons is die “vrug van die Gees” wat groei in ons. Hierdie vrug is die bonatuurlike liefde met al sy “vertakkinge” wat hier in Gal. 5:22, in 1 Kor. 13, en op vele ander plekke in die Nuwe Testament in detail beskryf word sodat ons kan verstaan wat die Heilige Gees besig is om te doen in ons. Dit is die hele doel van die evangelie (1 Tim. 1:5); om die karakter van Christus ‘n werklikheid te maak in ons daaglikse lewe.

Dit is so maklik om hierdie punt te mis. Die manier wat God se heerlikheid bekend word op aarde is deur dissipels van Jesus wat soos Hy begin leef en optree. Dit kan nooit gebeur deur blote vasberadenheid en dissipline nie. Dit is Christus self wat deur die Gees in ons gevorm moet word soos wat ons wegkyk van onsself en Hom erken as die middelpunt van ons lewens. Hy is ons wysheid, geregtigheid, heiligmaking en verlossing (1 Kor. 1:30). Kortweg, Hy is ons alles en wanneer ons dit in geloof erken en omhels vind die wonderwerk van transformasie binne-in ons plaas met uiterlike effek in ons karakter en optrede. Dit was God se meesterplan van die begin af.

Dag 27

ALL FOR OTHERS – Andrew Murray

In the obedience of our Lord Jesus, as in all His fellowship with the Father, the essential element was-it was all for others. This Spirit flows through every member of the body; the more we know it, and yield to it, the more will our life be what God would make it. The highest form of prayer is intercession. The chief object for which God chose Abraham and Israel and us was to make us a blessing to the world. We are a royal priesthood-a priestly people. As long as prayer is only a means of personal improvement and happiness, we cannot know its full power. Let intercession be a real longing for the souls of those around us, a real bearing of the burden of their sin and need, a real pleading for the extension of God’s kingdom, real labor in prayer for definite purposes to be realized-let such intercession be what the morning watch is consecrated to, and see what new interest and attraction it will have.

Intercession! Oh to realize what it means! To take the name, and the righteousness, and the worthiness of Christ, to put them on, and in them to appear before God! ‘In Christ’s stead,’ now that He is no longer in the world, to beseech God, by name, for the individual men and needs, where His grace can do its work! In the faith of our own acceptance, and of the anointing with the Spirit to fit us for the work, to know that our prayer can avail to ‘save a soul from death,’ can bring down and dispense the blessing of heaven upon earth! To think that in the hour of the morning watch this work can be renewed and carried on day by day, each inner chamber maintaining its own separate communication with heaven, and helping together in bringing down its share of the blessing. It is in intercession, more than in the zeal that works in its own strength with little prayer, that the highest type of piety, the true Christlikeness is cultivated. It is in intercession that a believer rises to his true nobility in the power of imparting life and blessing. It is to intercession we must look for any large increase of the power of God in the Church and its work for men.

Dag 28

BEING IN CHRIST JESUS – Watchman Nee

We are dead in Christ Jesus. What do we do after we hear such a fact? We are persons with a will. After we believe in this fact, we should have some kind of expression. Therefore, we want to be baptized after we believe in the Lord and are saved. What is the meaning of baptism? Being baptized is being in Christ Jesus and being in His death (Rom. 6:3-4). In other words, God has put us into Christ, but we have to do something to show others that we are in Christ. Our baptism demonstrates to others the way we get into Christ. When we are baptized into the water, do we remain in the water? No, we come out of it quickly. Our coming out of the water signifies that we have been resurrected with Christ. Whoever comes out of the water testifies that he has resurrected. Hence, our baptism is a reenactment of the work that God accomplished for us in Christ. It is a performance to show others what God did for us in Christ. This is a spiritual performance.

When Christ was on the cross, God put us in Christ and terminated the old man in Adam. God had to terminate Adam; that account had to be settled and closed. We were men in Adam, and we could only be delivered from Adam through death. When we are joined to the death of Christ, we are terminated and delivered from Adam. This is the first aspect of God’s work. The second aspect of God’s work is to put Christ into us.

Dag 29

WANNEER VORMGODSDIENS GEHOORSAAMHEID VERVANG – Albert Theron

Om God se stem self te hoor in die Woord en dan te gehoorsaam in die krag van die Gees is van baie meer waarde as duisende halfhartige godsdiensaktiwiteite, selfs al doen jy dit vir dekades lank.

“Daarop sê Samuel: Het die HERE behae in brandoffers en slagoffers soos in gehoorsaamheid aan die stem van die HERE? Kyk, om gehoorsaam te wees is beter as slagoffer, om te luister beter as die vet van ramme.” 1 Samuel 15:22

Koning Saul het halfhartig gehoorsaam en toe nog boonop die fatale fout gemaak om eiesinnige godsdiens vir die Here aan te bied. Die Here is geensins beïndruk met enige van ons godsdiensaktiwiteite, hetsy persoonlik of in die gemeente, as dit nie vloei vanuit ‘n gehoorsame hart en in lyn met Sy spesifieke opdragte vir elke situasie nie. Ons God is ‘n lewende God wat ‘n persoonlike verhouding van kinderlike gehoorsaamheid met elkeen van ons eis.

As ons byvoorbeld net uit gewoonte ons gemeente se dienste bywoon en nie ingestel is om persoonlik die Here se stem te hoor en gehoorsaam nie is dit niks beter as om na ‘n Hindoe tempel gaan nie. Hoekom nie? Want dit is dan maar net ‘n ander vorm van godsdiens op hierdie aarde en dit het géén waarde in God se oë nie. Inteendeel, dit dien om ons te verblind vir ons eie geestelike doodsheid en die einde van daardie pad is rampspoedig. Mag ons almal sonder versuim ons rug keer op vormgodsdiens en met ons hele hart glo dat God met ons wil en kan praat in Sy Woord deur Sy Gees. Dit is God se uitgesproke wil vir elkeen van ons.

Dag 30

LOST OPPORTUNITIES REGAINED – Randy Alcorn

A young woman visiting a missionary in Eastern Europe asked her, “Isn’t it hard being so far away from your [grown] children and missing important events in their lives?”

“Sure,” she replied. “But in Heaven we’ll have all the time together we want. Right now there’s Kingdom work that needs to be done.” This woman deeply loves her family and misses them. She treasures time spent with them. But she also knows where her true home is and that life there will be real life. She knows that relationships in God’s Kingdom will be even better than the best we’ve known here.

I believe we’ll regain in Heaven whatever we passed up on Earth in order to faithfully serve God. Doesn’t that fit with Christ’s promise that those who weep now at their loss will one day laugh in light of their gain?

Consider the millions of Christians who’ve suffered and died in prison because of their faith, snatched away from their families, deprived of opportunities they craved with children and parents and spouses. Wouldn’t it be just like Jesus to reward them on the New Earth with opportunities to do the very things they missed—and far better things as well? Perhaps in some way, on the New Earth, the wives and children of the five missionaries killed in Ecuador in January 1956 by the Auca Indians will receive “comp time” with their loved ones.

Heaven offers more than comfort; it offers compensation. In the same way that the hungry will be filled in Heaven and those who weep will laugh, will those who suffer tragedy experience a compensating reward? Maybe my friend Greg, killed as a teenager in a terrible accident, will experience on the New Earth a greater form of the joy he’d have had on this earth had he not died so young. Maybe everything my mother missed because she died when my daughters were young will be hers in Heaven. She was a faithful servant of God and loved her granddaughters. Though I can’t prove it, I think God allowed her to watch them get married and become mothers. And one day she’ll do more than watch them. I think it’s likely that when they’re together on the New Earth, they’ll enjoy all the time they missed with each other. Maybe those who lost infants to miscarriage and disease and accidents will be given makeup time with them in the new world.

Dag 31

GEHOORSAAMHEID TROEF KENNIS IN ONS DAAGLIKSE LEWE – Albert Theron

Ons moet versigtig wees om nie gehoorsaamheid en kennis teenoor mekaar te stel nie, want ons kennis van die Woord is bedoel om groter gehoorsaamheid te bring en onwilligheid om te groei in kennis is op sigself ongehoorsaamheid. Maar dit is tog ook so dat ons soms so ‘n soeke het na kopkennis, of ‘n nuuskierigheid oor wat ons nie verstaan in die Bybel nie, dat ons nalaat om dit wat reeds vir ons duidelik is te gehoorsaam. In ons daaglikse lewe in die gesin en by die werk is daar baie situasies wat net kinderlike gehoorsaamheid in die krag van die Gees verg om groot deurbrake van God te bring. Moenie dat jou frustrasie oor dinge wat jy nog nie verstaan nie jou beroof van die oorvloedige geestelike lewe wat hier en nou in Christus beskikbaar is nie. Romeine 10 vers 8 sê die Woord is naby jou “in jou mond en in jou hart”. Christus leef in die ware dissipel. Hy is teenwoordig in elke situasie!

Gehoorsaam dit wat jy klaar verstaan in terme van God se wil vir ‘n situasie en vertrou die Here om jou met verloop van tyd insig te gee oor die res, soos wat jy geestelik groei. Kennis, insig en begrip is iets wat die Here bonatuurlik vir ons skenk soos wat ons getrou die Bybel lees en bestudeer en dit gehoorsaam wat ons reeds verstaan.

“Want die HERE gee wysheid, uit sy mond kom kennis en verstand.” Spreuke 2:6