1 April 2018 – The writing in the clouds celebrated

Every year, I celebrate the day that the Lord wrote to me in the clouds in 2013. Many people see this as April Fool’s Day and I used to as well.  But since 2013, it has a whole new meaning to me.

2 April 2018 – God is in control

We live in societies where we have been cultivated to be in control. And because we like the control, we tend to make self-centered decisions.  Or is it the other way around?  We are cultivated to be self-centered and therefore seek to be in control.

As a born again Christian, I have learned a long time ago, to surrender whatever control I thought I may have had or may want to have. I make a mess of it anyway.

This morning Bradley Kirsten of Cape Pulpit was saying this God is in control. I got such a kick out of hearing that because God is the best Manager any person could ever ask for. He runs everything more efficiently than any person ever can.  He does not make mistakes and it will all work together for those who love Him and are called for His purpose.

Also on this day I had worked through two teachings: David Asscherick and Ellen G White and in both I noted their comments on smoking. As an ex-smoker, it is my prayer and mission to help smokers quit.  I am still researching this, but hope soon to actively start encouraging smokers to a healthier, smoke-free lifestyle.

4 April 2018 – Trust God

Johann Els of Radio Pulpit said this morning that we are to trust God, even when life is seemingly unfair. I was thinking of the unfair treatment at work and was glad for his encouragement. Persecution does not always come in the form of burning stakes, beheadings and crucifixions.  Persecution is also when Christians stand for Christ and receive unfair treatment for it.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:11 – “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

5 April 2018 – A new thing, bloom where you are planted, stand strong

Today’s morning devotion – in Afrikaans – by Johann Els on Radio Pulpit was about renewing our vision and a new beginning with God’s promises in our hearts. Johann also specifically used the words: bloom where you are planted.  The saying “bloom where you are planted” is very dear to me, as it is the same words used by Pastor Peter in November 2017 when God showed me that my time to bloom has come.  Every time I hear it, it reminds me of what God is doing in my life and of His promises.

Johann quoted 2 Timothy 1:6 – “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,” Paul reminds Timothy to renew his vision of God’s calling on his life.

To me it was also a reminder of God’s plan for my life as a late bloomer: to make a sound in this world that will never be duplicated again. (See my 2012 Stradivarius testimony).

Johann also quoted Isaiah 43:18, 19 – “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

I knew some serious changes were coming in my life. I knew for one, that I was going to lose my job as my colleagues were endeavoring to get rid of me. I also knew that my life is in God’s very capable hands and that no matter what comes He will do a new thing for me and make a way where there is none.

As Christians God’s work in our lives is ongoing. He is the Vine Dresser and we are the branches. He trims us and cuts off the parts that stop us from bearing much fruit.  It hurts, but it is a necessary, ongoing process.

Further on Radio Pulpit Wynand and Janine were talking about Ephesians 6 and saying that God will not try a person above their ability and that He will make a way. They read the piece of the armor of God.

After that Liesl Krause Wiid said that we are to spend time in God’s Word. I have been neglecting my Bible study and knew that it was making me weak.

When I arrived at work, I was given a Victimisation Questionnaire to complete. I wrote the manager an e-mail informing her that I was not going to complete the form as I knew that my complaints would just be swept under the carpet, as always.  At one point she took the box in which the questionnaires were put and started slamming it hard onto the counter a few times in an attempt to intimidate me, grumbling and swearing under her breath.  I ignored her.

Later that evening Johann Els on Radio Pulpit said: Let go and let God.  It was a tough day and I was tired.  I prayed and asked God to handle the situation.  I handed all of it to Him.

6 April 2018 – Do God’s will, be strong, a warning

As I was getting ready for work, I listened to Radio Pulpit and I would pick up snippets of what the Lord was pointing out to me.

Firstly, to be faithful in following His instructions. To be strong in the Lord.  Wynand and Janine were saying that “someone will take a pot shot at you, it’s not your boss, your colleague, but the devil”.   Though I agree that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against evil principalities, it is still the choice of people (flesh and blood) to avail themselves for the evil work of satan.

At work a client wanted to rent a five-ton chain block. Normally I would give the chain blocks as their certificates should be in order at head office. However, on this day I felt Holy Spirit press it upon my heart very urgently to not rent out the specific chain block that I have booked out.  I insisted that the client wait for me to check whether the asset was certified up to date.  It turned out that the certificate had expired.  Had I given it to the client and had something gone wrong, it would have caused serious injury or death for which I would have been responsible.  But thankfully, Holy Spirit warned me and I issued another chain block.

9 April 2018 – Wait on the Lord, I am strong, an overcomer

On Radio Pulpit Wynand Rossouw’s devotion was about waiting on the Lord. God is not holding out on us to see how much we can handle.  God’s timing is perfect.  Have a listen and take courage!

I also picked up what Angus Buchan said: when I am weak, I am strong.

After that Mandisa’s Overcomer was played. The lyrics say: “stay in the fight till the final round”.  I so badly wanted to resign, due to the humiliation and ill-treatment at work, but after hearing this song, I was reminded to stay in the persecution until the persecution ends.  Stay obedient and overcome.

12, 13 April 2018 – This is war, the Rat Race

Johann Els was talking of an Afrikaans song with lyrics “Voorwaarts Christen Stryders, voorwaarts om te stry” and then he played the same song as sung by Rudi Muller. It reminded me that we are at war.  It is good against evil.  The Kingdom of Light against the kingdom of darkness.  It is Christ against satan.

And as with any warfare, the tactics change all the time. The burning hay balls catapulted in amongst the enemy has made space for ballistic missiles, nuclear warheads and chemical warfare, to name just a few. In the same way, satan has implemented his new methods of warfare.  His tactics are subliminal, in most cases unnoticed and most Christians do not have the discernment to see how full-blown attacks are launched on them.  They allow mind-numbing activities such as TV, movies, magazines, social media and a myriad of other dangerous activities into their daily lives.  These desensitize their spirits with its occultism, blasphemy, sex outside of marriage, abuse of narcotics and alcohol, smoking, violence, foul language, disrespect, idolatry and a long list of other Godless behaviors.  Sin has become so prevalent and abundant that it has become socially acceptable.  The majority do it, so that makes it right.  Right?  Wrong!!  God does not operate on democracy standards.  His Kingdom is a Theocracy.  He is God, He makes the rules: He made this planet and everything in and on it, therefore He is the boss.  If you do not like Him being the boss and making the rules, you are welcome to go create your own planet that you can live and reign on.  But until then, God is God and He makes the rules.  His rules are of such a nature that it protects everyone.  But the moment His rules are broken, people get hurt.  And that is what we see all over the world:  people in pain, because God’s laws, His character, His nature is not reflected through people.

God is love.

The best way for Christians to win this war is to love God and to reflect His love to the world. To be holy as He is holy as He teaches us in His Word.  Our love for Him should make us WANT to stay away from things that dishonor Him. Such as movies or books that blaspheme His name, or dishonor the marriage bed or His character in any way.

If we, the Christians, say we love God, then we must want to stay away from anything that honours satan. As simple as that.  No compromises!

This is war.

You can either be on the one side, or the other, but not in the middle. In the middle is most dangerous as it is where the crossfire is at and many Christians are caught up in it.

Also, on these two days, two different people spoke of The Rat Race on Radio Pulpit.

I Googled the definition of the rat race and this is what came up: “a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power.” I couldn’t agree more. What we put ourselves through to ‘make a living’ often without ‘having a life’.  Most people are barely getting by and the stress levels are exponentially high.

How does the rat race affect our Christianity? Are we as effective as we should be or are we worn out from this ceaseless running in the race for worldly success?

Is it possible to get out of the rat race? And if so, what would it take?

I believe that the rat race is another one of satan’s designs to distract Christians from their callings. Personally, I have found that decluttering and simplifying is one step toward overcoming the rat race. I avoid TV and the marketing schemes that convince people that you must have the best and the branded.  I have my dinner by candlelight and spend time in the Word of God.

Our true value is found in the Bible, NOT in the ads on satellite or in magazines or other media.

Sometimes it is hard to make the sacrifices of cutting out certain bad elements in our lives, but sacrifice is what is required for change to take place. We can not do the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome.  For different outcomes, we need different approaches.

14, 15 April 2018 – Be faithful in the small things

At our Pathfinders, Lynn gave each one a bar of Chomp chocolate and spoke of the Chomp advertisement that used to be on TV when we were kids. It is of a daddy hippopotamus and his son, trying to stretch his mouth big enough to get the chomp in. Just earlier in the week, my sister sent me this video clip about the Chomp Hippo.

What I got out of it is that we have to always give our best and keep trying and always, as Lynn pointed out, be faithful in the small things.
Many times the Lord reminds me of this verse: Matthew 25:23 – “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
I can not expect the Lord to trust me with anything big if I can not honour Him with all the small things He gives me.
The 15th’s sermon on Radio Pulpit was about being faithful in the small things.  Again I experienced the Lord showing me to remain faithful in the little things and He will put me in charge of big things.

19 April 2018 – Speak life, heart of stone for a heart of flesh

This morning, I was listening to the devotion by Wynand Rossouw on Radio Pulpit and he was suddenly very out of breath. He had suffered a heart attack not too long ago while running a marathon and I was not sure if his being out of breath was because he had to dash to get to the studio or if it was his heart beating irregularly. I suspected that it was the latter, I felt very concerned for him and I prayed that God would calm his heart.

Straight after my prayer, I could hear suddenly how his breathing returned to normal. I marveled at how wonderful our God is. Here am I, little insignificant me, saying a prayer for my brother in Christ and God heard it.  Perhaps Wynand and others also said a quick prayer.  But that God heard, is a fact.  What a wonderful God.  No other religion or belief can claim that their gods respond, but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Christians – He responds!  YHWH is His name!

The devotion for this morning, in Afrikaans, was from Mark 11:12, 14 where Jesus cursed the fig tree for not bearing fruit. Also Mark 4:39 where Jesus commanded the storm and sea to calm down and be still.  Also of Jairus’ daughter who was raised by Jesus.

Jesus confronted the problems using words. Through Christ, we also have the authority to speak life over dead or deadly situations.

Wynand also mentioned a heart of stone being replaced with a heart of flesh.

20 April 2018 – Hold on to Jesus

I was listening to Radio Pulpit very early in the morning. I am not sure who the speaker was, but he said that people will wait and look to see how you break, but God is with you.

“The cup of affliction is bitter, but hold on to Jesus.”

2 May 2018 – Losing your job, God provides

At 06:50 on Radio Pulpit, Wynand Rossouw was talking about losing your job and not to be anxious. He mentioned Matthew 6:33 and also said that one should consider offering your services for free as it may open other doors.

About half an hour later, Gustav Gouws was talking about God’s provision and he quoted Philippians 4:6 – do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

I knew God was preparing me for the loss of my job. Daily at work, I was under immense pressure.  My work was being scrutinised – no one else’s was.  My pc and mails would be checked to look for mistakes.  It was horrid working under such circumstances and I prayed that the end would come, soon.

At 06:50 on Radio Pulpit, Wynand Rossouw was talking about losing your job and not to be anxious. He mentioned Matthew 6:33 and also said that one should consider offering your services for free as it may open other doors.

About half an hour later, Gustav Gouws was talking about God’s provision and he quoted Phillippians 4:6 – do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

I knew God was preparing me for the loss of my job. Daily at work, I was under immense pressure. My work was being scrutinized – no one else’s was.  My pc and emails would be checked to look for mistakes.  It was horrid working under such circumstances and I prayed that the end would come, soon.

8, 9 May 2018 – Do not repay evil with evil

This morning, someone on Radio Pulpit said that we are not to repay evil with evil. I can not remember who said it and I did not jot it down.
The very next morning, Wynand Rossouw said the exact same.
I was getting angry about my work situation, but God always kept reminding me to be faithful in the small things and not to repay evil with evil. After all, vengeance is His.

11 May 2018 – Cast all your burdens

The devotion by Wynand Rossouw this morning was that we cast all our burdens unto Jesus. Be anxious for nothing.  1 Peter 5:7 – casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
With my difficult work situation, I was getting anxious quite often and I wondered how long I still had to endure before I could have peace. It amazes me what hearing scripture does to a person’s mindset.  That is why it is important to meditate on the Word of God, daily.
A little later, Wynand was speaking to Angus Buchan and Wynand again mentioned the heart of stone for a heart of flesh.

12 May 2018 – My ways are not your ways

Janine van Niekerk of Radio Pulpit was talking to a man named Aaron who reminded us of God’s words: My ways are not your ways.
Often we jump the gun and think we know how things will turn out. But just as often they turn out differently.  No matter the outcome of a situation, God’s way is always the better way.

21 May 2018 – Habakkuk 3:17

Janine and Wynand mentioned Habakkuk 3:17 today. My do-not-worry-when-you-lose-your-job-verse.
Every time I heard that verse, I felt like the time was coming closer.
Ten years earlier, I was in a similar position and on the 16th of June 2008 I resigned from my position without consulting God in my decision.  This time around I relied fully on Him for instruction.  There were many parallels that I picked up from ten years earlier and in May of 2018 I thought:  it would not surprise me if they dismissed me on 16 June 2018.  The same day as I resigned ten years earlier.  However 16 June was a weekend and we do not work on weekends, but I somehow knew it would be close to this date.

22, 23, 24 May 2018 – Marrying the wrong person

There was a man who showed interest in me and he wanted to get serious, very quickly. It was nice to receive attention, but I was very skeptical and I asked God if it was a good idea, or not.
For several days, related messages would pop up and I considered it as God’s way of saying “Bad idea”.
Firstly, on the 22nd Janine was talking about how Samson picked a wrong wife in Delilah.
Then the scenario for the day was about a girl’s hand being asked in marriage, but in her heart she wondered if her fiancé was the man God had chosen for her.
I knew that this man, who wanted to get involved with me, was not the man God had chosen for me and I acted accordingly.
Some people say that God has given us the ability to think for ourselves to choose life partners and I fully agree with that. However, it can not be said for everyone.  I know that God has chosen my husband for me and He will present me to my husband at His ordained time.
My grandmother once told me that God had shown – I think she said – her uncle that my grandfather was her husband, even before she met him.
I consider Mary, the mother of Jesus and how she was betrothed to Joseph. It was all God’s planning.  Rebeccah for Isaac, Ruth for Boas, Eve for Adam.
And me for my husband.
On the 23rd Fanie Coetzer’s insert on Radio Pulpit was ironically enough, also about Samson and how he married the wrong wife and how it brought about many problems for him, despite being chosen by God.  On the 24th Fanie continued his section on Samson and he pointed out how Samson blatantly missed God’s will through his wrong decisions.  Even as a chosen Judge for the nation of Israel.
It was a warning to me to make the right choices, in everything I do. Especially in choosing a husband and keeping my calling in mind.
Later that evening Focus on the Family was talking about marriage and divorce.
By now I got the picture and so I patiently keep waiting for my husband and I know God will put it in his heart at the right time.
Though life gets very lonely and it saddens me many times, I keep praying for my husband. He is probably the most prayed for man on this planet as I have been praying for him since I was a little girl!  And my prayers have increased over the last few years.

24 May 2018 – Rejoice!

Rejoice! This was Johann Els’ message in his devotion this morning on Radio Pulpit. And be thankful in everything.  My friend, aunt Marie sent the same message from 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 18.

Shortly after that Janine van Niekerk on Radio Pulpit also said: Rejoice!

Nehemiah 8:10 teaches us: “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” When we fail to rejoice in the Lord, we are weak and vulnerable. Therefore rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!

25 May 2018 – Peace, be still

At times I would get terribly anxious again, to the point where I feel I am falling apart. The storms rage around me and I feel like I am going to sink.

Then the Lord comes, faithful as He is and He calms my heart. When Jesus was on the boat and the storm was raging and the disciples were fearful, His heart was calm despite the storm.

There are three scenarios: 1)  our hearts could rage along with the storm around us or 2) we could have calm seas, while our hearts rage inside despite calm weather or 3)  our hearts could be calm amidst stormy seas.  To have a calm heart in a stormy sea is evidence of utter faith in God who never loses control.  To be fearful is to have weak faith.  Jesus said in Matthew 8:26 – “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

It is only human to become afraid because we live in safety-conscious societies, however, I am convinced that God wants us to be fearless, like king David who was only a boy when he defeated fearful enemies like a bear, a lion and a giant.

27 May 2018 – Geocaching with the Pathfinders, seek God wholeheartedly

On this morning our Pathfinders set out for a GeoCaching experience which was presented by Pastor Peter. He read us a piece from Jeremiah 29:11 and then pointed out the verse that so many people miss, one of my favorite verses as it ties in beautifully with Matthew 6:33:  verse 13 – You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Peter brought that verse into what Geocaching is about: seeking.  And seeking God wholeheartedly.

For those who do not know, GeoCaching is similar to a treasure hunt. GeoStores are put in specific places, either openly or hidden and the location thereof is noted on a website. So GeoCachers will search for certain stores on the internet and then they will set out physically to look for the store. Some stores are hidden, other’s are in the open, some are puzzles that have to be solved.

It was a fun day and we managed to get all the Caches we were looking for. The last one took an hour and twenty minutes to open.  Sometimes it takes us a while to figure things out and when we do, we are surprised at how simple it actually was, but how our inability to see the solution at the start, had caused us to take much longer to get to where we wanted to be.

It was God’s instruction for me to join Pathfinders and as with anything He does in my life, I asked Him what exactly the purpose of GeoCaching was. I could understand the fitness honour that I had to do and first aid, but I failed to see the purpose of GeoCaching.

So upon my asking, God said to me: in the same way these caches are hidden, I want you to hide Bibles for a time that they will be needed but none will be available.

My arrangement with the Lord is that He always give me two or more witnesses so that I know I am hearing Him right. As His word says:  in the mouth of two or three witnesses a case shall be so.

The first witness was one morning, just as I had woken up. I literally just opened my eyes when God reminded me of a little shepherd boy in Qumran, who threw a stone into a cave, looking for his sheep.  He heard a pot break and that was the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Because early Christians had preserved Bibles, we now have Bibles to read.

The second witness was a reminder God had given me of a secular movie I once saw, called The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. I decided to rent the movie again and refresh my memory on what it was about.

The movie is about the world having been destroyed by a big, worldwide flash and some people having survived. Those who hid in safe places.  The man Eli carries a Bible with him, the only remaining Bible in the world.  He also mentioned at one point that the war was started over this Book – the Bible.

As I watched it, I had chills all over. The story tied in with the New World Order’s plans as carved out in the Georgia Guide Stones:  to reduce the world population by 90+%.  And the Denver International Airport.

It has been indicated in the past, that often the bad guys – those who seek to rule the world, at the cost of millions of lives – would portray their intentions in movies and TV shows. Many say these are conspiracy theories and hogwash, others believe they are real plans that will be executed.

I believe, from all God has shown me, that there is much truth in what is put out there. And also that God will allow to a certain extent, their plans to succeed just as He allowed the Romans in the time of Jesus. Ultimately God is in control and He will use whoever He deems fit, to achieve His end result.

In this movie, a game of chess is incorporated. As previously mentioned, it is one of the Illuminati, Mason symbols.

World destruction as portrayed in this movie.


29 May 2018 – God’s plans, Joshua … again

On this day, a listener called in on Radio Pulpit saying that the work that God has started in us, will be completed by Him and they quoted Jeremiah 29:11.
My friend from church, aunt Marie, sent the same message on this day – Philippians 1:3 – 6 that the work that God has started in us, will be completed.
Just a few days earlier, my Malawian friend Donnex sent a message about God finishing what He started.
Also on Radio Pulpit, Dawie from Manne van die Woord spoke over the radio and he too said that God is not finished yet and he too quoted Jeremiah 29:11. I am not sure if he also quoted Joshua 1:9, but it did come up again that morning.  Be strong and very courageous.

30 May 2018 – Joshua, claim the territory! My times are in Your hands

In this day’s devotion, Johann Els of Radio Pulpit was talking about Joshua and how he had to claim the territory. How God opened new doors of opportunity for Joshua and the Israelites.
I believe that God is raising up Pioneers for the work He will be giving us in the time to come. Like Joshua was a pioneer at leading the Israelites into Canaan, so God is raising up Pioneers to lead the Christians onto new territory in the times to come.
A little later that morning, the reading on Radio Pulpit was Psalm 31:15 – My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! This is the kind of faith, we as Christians should have.  Like the Psalmist, our times are in God’s hands and we WILL be rescued from our enemies.  Jesus is coming back for us and He will put an end to all evil.

31 May 2018 – Search Me with all your heart

I was listening to Ellen G White’s narration on Steps to Christ when I again picked up Jeremiah 29: 11. God has good plans for us.  To prosper us, to give us a hope and a future.  Our hope lies in Jesus’ return, in defeat over evil and death.  In the blessed assurance of eternity with Him in peace and joy with no pain, sorrow or hurt.

But to get to Jeremiah 29:11 and 12, we have to Jeremiah 11:13 first: search Me (God) with all your heart.

Do Christians truly seek God first and wholeheartedly? Do we consult Him in our daily activities?  In our decisions on which job to take, who to marry, how to bring up our children?  In resolving conflict and in our giving of time, money and other resources?

Are we TRULY seeking Him WHOLEHEARTEDLY as He asks of us to do?

I believe not, because we are being taught that God’s love is unconditional. He loves us no matter what.  Therefore, we are saved, no matter what.  So we can do as we please, we are saved.  I believe this to be false doctrine.

Romans 8:38, 39 tells us: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The above verse applies to those who ARE in Christ. When we stand in a living, loving relationship with Jesus Christ, then the devil can come at us with anything, albeit positive or negative, now or in the future, big or small and we will remain standing, safely in the grip of the God who made us and redeemed us.

I was listening to Ellen G White’s narration on Steps to Christ when I again picked up Jeremiah 29: 11. God has good plans for us.  To prosper us, to give us a hope and a future.  Our hope lies in Jesus’ return, in defeat over evil and death.  In the blessed assurance of eternity with Him in peace and joy with no pain, sorrow or hurt.

But to get to Jeremiah 29:11 and 12, we have to Jeremiah 11:13 first: search Me (God) with all your heart.

Do Christians truly seek God first and wholeheartedly? Do we consult Him in our daily activities?  In our decisions on which job to take, who to marry, how to bring up our children?  In resolving conflict and in our giving of time, money and other resources?

Are we TRULY seeking Him WHOLEHEARTEDLY as He asks of us to do?

I believe not, because we are being taught that God’s love is unconditional. He loves us no matter what. Therefore, we are saved, no matter what.  So we can do as we please, we are saved.  I believe this to be a false doctrine.

Romans 8:38, 39 tells us: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The above verse applies to those who ARE in Christ. When we stand in a living, loving relationship with Jesus Christ, then the devil can come at us with anything, albeit positive or negative, now or in the future, big or small and we will remain standing, safely in the grip of the God who made us and redeemed us.  Nothing will be able to tear us from Him – IF we are in Christ.

However, those who are so-called Christians by title, but do not stand in a relationship with Jesus and who do not bear the fruit of their salvation and their love for Him – those will easily be plucked away from Him. Their separation from God is only a step away.

God’s salvation does have conditions. There is the “whosoever” of John 3:16. If you are not a fruit-bearing “whosoever” then you are not saved.  There is the “seek ye first” of Matthew 6:33.  Before all the other things will be added, we first have to seek God wholeheartedly.  That is a condition.

Yet Christians in this day, want all the good things, without meeting God’s conditions.

Many Christians seek physical healing, but they do not meet the conditions for such healing to be performed. For example, a smoker wants to be healed but refuses to quit smoking. A cancer patient wants to be healed, yet neglects to forgive someone who trespassed against them.

I look around me and I get the feeling that too many Christians do not FULLY understand how to WHOLEHEARTEDLY seek God. Seeking Him in this way may mean we have to distance ourselves from many comforts and I believe it is that, which blocks Christians from truly understanding exactly how freeing it is to serve God ALL OUT!

I know it is not always easy. Sometimes I become despondent. I try my level best to succeed at what I do and I often fail.  Not necessarily on the part of incompetence from my side, but on the side of circumstances outside of my control.  But when things go awry, I am reminded to seek God wholeheartedly and in that I find comfort and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, each time I survive a setback, that I am wrapped even closer into the arms of Jesus.  Nothing, but nothing can rip me away from Him.

God never loses control and the best we can ever do is to seek and trust Him wholeheartedly. It is one way to dish out a few punches to the enemy.

3, 6 June 2018 – Bloom where you are planted

On Radio Pulpit Searching the Scriptures insert by Braam Klopper was playing. Their theme for the day was “Bloom where you are planted”.
Again on the 6th during Sibongile’s show, Derek Prince mentioned the saying “Bloom where you are planted”.
As mentioned before, this saying is very dear to me and whenever I hear it, I consider it to be God’s way of reminding me that my blooming time has come. At times this saying would pop up a few times a day or week and it would often be when I feel overwhelmed and defeated.  God knows just how to cheer me up.

3, 5 June 2018 – A friend

On this day I was working at the flea market and I went to the DJ’s caravan. There I met Freddie. We have spoken only a few times in the past on FaceBook but then had no contact for several years.

Two days later, I was listening to Radio Pulpit and I heard Wynand reading Freddie’s comment on the week’s scenario.

I contacted Freddie and eventually, we had a cup of coffee. I am glad for our friendship. Freddie has a very laid back approach to life and when I hit panic mode, he always has a way of discharging my stress levels.  He is wise and applies much wisdom (and humor) to life.  Over the years, I have drifted away from many of my friends, because of my Christianity and making friends with like-minded, like-spirited people, only ads value to our lives.

5, 6 June 2018 – Look to/focus on Jesus

I had sent my aunt Joy a message on Whatsapp telling her how my life was going at that point. They have been through very, very, very rough seas and God has carried them all the way.

In her voice note, she encouraged me with these words: don’t look to the left or the right – look to Jesus.

The next day, at 09:30 on Radio Pulpit – I did not note who the presenter was – but the person said almost the exact same words as my aunt: do not look to the left or the right – focus on Jesus.

Upon typing this for my website, I decided to search the Scriptures to see if there is a verse like this. I recall similar verses about going to the left or right – not specifically looking – and I know there are some verses on trusting and focusing, but I could not find a verse that says:  do not look to the left or the right – look to/focus on Jesus.

I marvel at how God uses two different people to convey the very same message to me.

When God uses a variety of people to give me the same message, I see it as an important message from God. Not only that, the Holy Spirit within me, points out certain words to me and those are the ones I write in my diary.

I hear and think thousands of words per day, however, I do not write them all down. Only the ones the Holy Spirit points out. Therefore it is no coincidence when the same words pop up from time to time.  I believe the Lord uses people and His Word, to convey messages.  When I backtrack through my diary, I see clear patterns of messages God is giving me.

This message, to focus on Jesus, made me think of Peter who climbed out the boat to walk on the water with Jesus. He did very well until he took his eyes off Jesus to look to the left and the right. When he did, he saw the big waves caused by the strong wind and fear entered in.  When fear entered, Peter lost the authority in faith that allowed him to walk on the water and he started to sink.  He called to Jesus to save him and they obviously had to walk how many ever steps back to the boat, on the water to get into the boat again.

As with the disciples, there are Christians who will remain in the boat and there are Christians who will climb out of the boat to walk on water. God purposed it that way.  Peter was a leader and John the Beloved was a leader.  Yet John remained in the boat and Peter didn’t.

Each Christian has their own calling and no one person’s calling is higher than another’s. Peter was the rock on whom Christ built the church and John was the disciple who received the great Revelation on the Isle of Patmos. Whether you stay in the boat or not, your part in the body of Christ will have an everlasting effect.

Whether you are a water-walker or not, God has a purpose and a plan for you, whether it is big or small.

I am a water-walker.

And to my fellow water-walkers, I want to say this: there will come a time when you will climb out of the boat to walk on the water and forever remember these words: KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON JESUS.  DO NOT LOOK TO THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT.  Because if you do, you will sink.  More than ever, our focus must be on Jesus.

And quite frankly, I believe that the disciples in the boat certainly had their eyes on Jesus and the scenario taking place. Their perspective was a bit different to Peter’s as they had a firm, floating foundation under their feet.  Peter, more than anyone, should have kept his eyes on Jesus.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, keep your eyes on Jesus, keep your eyes on Jesus!

Especially if you take high risks for the sake of Christianity.

11 June 2018 – Habakkuk 3:17

On this day, I had already received the notice of my third hearing at work. The hearing date was 14 June. I had a suspicion that the end was very near and on this morning the Lord confirmed it for me through Radio Pulpit when the theme for the day was … you guessed it:  Habakkuk 3:17.

To a large extent, I was relieved that the end was nearing. The stress of unfair treatment was taking its toll on me and I was growing weary.

13 June 2018 – Be still, listen, Joshua

Fanie Coetzer’s insert for the day on Radio Pulpit encouraged Christians to be still and to listen to God’s word.

An hour later Gustav Gouws quoted Isaiah 50:4 which speaks of listening like a student. He then said we are to hold our ear at the Lord’s mouth so He may tell us what He has to say.

In the afternoon Dwayne van Rensburg read a message from a listener: Be still and know I am God.

I experienced the Lord telling me that we have to empty ourselves of all other opinions: our opinions, Google’s opinion, the opinions of others for Him to pour out His Opinion into our hearts.

When we are so full of all kinds of opinions, then there is no room for God’s Opinion.

At this time, some congregants had left our church due to doctrinal differences. In December 2017 the Lord had shown me that this will happen specifically in my church.  And on this day, the Lord showed me that if we were to become very still and empty our hearts of all man-made teachings, He will be able to pour out His truth into the hearts of our congregants.  In doing so, we will achieve unity in the church.

This did not happen.

All over, I see Christians not fully surrendering to the Holy Spirit and therefore we have much division in the body of Christ. Jesus said He is coming for His Bride.  One Bride.  Not many.  Just One.  This Bride consists of Christians all over the world.  Those in relationship with Christ. After all, that is what marriage is about:  relationship.

The Bible teaches in Romans 8:16 that “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,”. My take on this is:  if then there is one Spirit who testifies with my spirit and that very same one Spirit who testifies with your spirit, then your spirit and my spirit should testify in harmony and accordance to the one Spirit.

When the spirits of individuals are totally surrendered to the Holy Spirit, then there should – in fact, can not – be any differences in the church. One Spirit who testifies through every Christian should bring about unity in the Body of Christ.

For a long time, it is my prayer that God will pour out HIS truth into the hearts of ALL Christians across the world. His truth about love, grace, mercy, the Sabbath, baptism, worship and every other aspect that divides Christians amongst themselves.

And I pray that day comes fast.

Also on this day, Wynand and Janine quoted Joshua 1:7 – 9 – Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success[a] wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Also, Janine said: God is your source.

I felt this was God’s encouragement for my hearing the next day.

14 June 2018 – Third and final hearing, I am free, open doors

As I was listening to Radio Pulpit this morning, the word “rest” and “free” or “freedom” came up several times. I did not note it all at the time, as I was mentally not rigged for it.  My focus was on what lay ahead.

During my hearing, I was very calm. I listened to the lies and I did not fight too hard.  I wanted the end to come.  I was tired from months of discrimination and wicked treatment.  The relief I felt upon hearing that I was dismissed, was immense.

I had done as the Lord instructed me: I stayed in the persecution until the persecution ended.  I remained civil toward my colleagues, despite their wickedness.  I portrayed Jesus to the very end and I know it frustrated them more than anything else.

That evening Johann Els said on Radio Pulpit that if something is God’s will, it will work. No one can close the door that God opens.

A song by Joe Niemand played and some of the lyrics are “I am free”, but in Afrikaans “ek is vry”.

I do feel as though my dismissal came for God to use me elsewhere. Why I had to be dismissed, is still unclear to me. I would have rather wanted to resign.  However, I suspected the dismissal was for me to reveal the unfair treatment at my workplace.

15, 18 June 2018 – King David, Deuteronomy 28:7

During this week, king David’s name popped up several times. As well as Psalms he had written.  On the 15th I did not note who spoke of King David or where the source was, I just wrote his name.  In the afternoon Charl du Toit on Radio Pulpit quoted Psalm 2, a Psalm of David, stating that David was a man after God’s own heart.

Johann Els quoted James 3:16 – “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” That verse hit the nail right on the head of what goes on in many companies throughout South Africa, as well as our government and the lives of many individuals.

After that Salie Smuts quoted Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

He also quoted Deuteronomy 28:1-8 which includes the part where God says your enemies will come at you from one direction and flee in many.

Ayanda quoted several pages from Isaiah 52. This speaks of peace and victory.

On the 18th on Radio Pulpit, Joyce Meyer was talking about David and Goliath in her insert. After that, there was an interview with an author who also spoke of David & Goliath and in the evening Rhonda Gunn’s song, God is God played again.  The lyrics appear in January of this year.  The lyrics contain a part of David’s Psalm 91.  The lyrics are:

A thousand may rise and ten thousand may fall

But I am convinced I’ll remain in this call

And go tell the world, that through it all

God is God.

19 June 2018 – God fights for you, peace

On this day, Janine van Niekerk of Radio Pulpit quoted 2 Chronicles 20:17 – You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”
All my life, I have fought battles. My battles, other’s battles.  But never has anyone fought my battle for me.  I am not sure if I would know how to surrender this battle to God.  Yet I know I must.
Joyce Meyer spoke of peace. Peace is the opposite of war and fighting.  I feel God is telling me to be at peace, the battle may be mine, but the war belongs to God and He has already won!

19 – 23 June 2018 – Keep God’s Word

The Word for Today – in Afrikaans – is mailed to me daily. For the purpose of this site, I print screened the English version. The following few days’ messages were about Keeping God’s Word. It highlighted the benefits of daily scripture reading,

20 June 2018 – God is with you, your Deliverer

Another verse that Janine quoted over Radio Pulpit, which Holy Spirit pointed out to me, was Jeremiah 1:19 – “They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.”

24 June 2018 – God is your Personal Provider

On this day, the message from Word for Today is that God is our personal provider. Being unemployed has its concerns and God has made very sure over the weeks that followed, that I would be reminded Who actually takes care of me.

25 June 2018 – A friend that sticks closer than a brother

Today’s theme on Radio Pulpit was about a friend that sticks closer than a brother. 26 June is my best friend Marusharne’s birthday.  We have been friends for 18 years, through thick and thin.
My friends, especially her, have been HUGE pillars in my life and we should honour them for it.
God also reminded me that I am to be a good friend to my friends. I am to be a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

27 June 2018 – Faithfulness vs fame

When serving others and being good at it, it becomes very easy for the focus to move from serving God to serving ourselves. The outsider focused lifestyle becomes insider focused. Furthermore, if God calls us to serve Him by serving others, we must never see our callings as inferior to that of other people.

Nor should we try to fulfill a calling that is not ours as we will not be equipped to do so and it will most likely not succeed if God is not the driving force behind it.

Our focus should remain on the task at hand: winning souls to the Kingdom of Light.

Again Colossians 3:17 came up: And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”

30 June 2018 – Focus and purpose

Over the next weeks and months, I have been praying and asking God what I should do next.
The piece that appears today from Word for Today was fourteen questions to help get clarity on God’s calling for our lives.

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