Day 13: Do you know your Bible? - 19 February 2019

By Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Two Canadian universities recently conducted an interesting research study. They wanted to determine if short stair climbing sessions throughout the day could improve your heart health and overall fitness.

For the study, a group of adults, who mostly sit in front of a computer or in an office throughout the day, were divided into two groups. The first group climbed three sets of stairs three times a week. The second group of people did no exercise.

After six weeks, the two groups' fitness levels were tested. The first group was not only fitter, but also stronger than the group that did no exercise. The conclusion was that people working in office buildings or living in apartment buildings can effectively improve their fitness levels by simply climbing a few stairs in the mornings, over lunch or even at night - rather than using the lift.

If we want our faith to grow, we too need to exercise it. I often get asked by believers, who admit to not knowing their Bibles well, what they can do to change it. My point of departure usually is that if we understand the power of God’s Word, it becomes easier for us to make it a priority.

In Romans 10:17 we read: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” In Ephesians 4:12 we read: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword . . . and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” And in Psalm 119:105 we read, “Your word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path.” The Word strengthens our faith, helps us with discernment, and fills us with wisdom.

Also in Ephesians 6: 11-12, we read that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the evil forces in the air. Our knowledge of God's Word and His promises is our weapon in our fight against the enemy. The better our knowledge, the sharper our sword that we enter the war zone with.

 

Just as we can incorporate climbing stairs into our daily routine to effectively improve our fitness, we can begin to memorize God's promises by incorporating the process into our daily routine. Write down the promise and put it up in your room or car, carry it with you or download some Bible app onto your smartphone. Read the Word and memorize it. In doing this, we discover the One at the center of our faith.

Let’s make God’s Word a priority in our lives. Soon we may experience that our faith is not only stronger, but we suddenly have more wisdom and discernment as we hear the Holy Spirit's voice clearer in our spirit. God wants to talk to us. Let’s take the time to listen! God bless.

Father God, thank you for your Word. Please guide me through your Holy Spirit to understand what I read as soon as I open the Bible. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Day 12: Do you believe He is still in control? - 18 February 2019

By Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Three news events during the past few days shocked me. . .

Former Springbok rugby player, Gysie Pienaar's 39-year-old daughter, René O’Ehley, died in a car crash on Friday. She left behind her husband, as well as her 12-year old daughter and 8-year-old son. Last week, Nina de Villiers, a 3-year-old girl from Durbanville, one of twins, died after falling on her bicycle's lever, which stabbed a hole in her heart. And in Durban, a newborn baby was rescued from a storm water pipe after her mother tried to get rid of her. The child miraculously survived.

How do you make sense of these painful events? How do you process a pain that tears your apart inside? Or how do you cope with rejection from the one who was supposed to love and protect you unconditionally?

One thing I can say with full conviction from writing stories of people testifying of God’s goodness for the past 10 years is that God is really able to bring forth something beautiful from the worst circumstances. Do we always understand why things happen? Not necessarily. Is it easy to cope with the hurt in the mean time? Not always. But... one thing we can do is to trust God, knowing that He is able to work things together for good in the future.

In Isaiah 55: 8-9, God says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways . . . As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In 1 Peter 5: 7 we read: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” And In Romans 8:28 we read: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God . . .”

What is the thing that tears you apart? Loneliness? A divorce? Rejection from someone who was supposed to love you? Financial loss? The loss of a loved one? May I encourage you, instead of trying to find answers; deliberately choose to put your faith in God? May we praise and worship Him in the midst of our storms, knowing that He carries our anxiety and burdens and that He is able to work all things together for those who love Him. God bless!

Father God, thank you for being my resting place. Please heal my hurt as I choose to put my faith in You. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Dag 13: Ken jy jou Bybel? - 19 Februarie 2019

Deur Benescke Janse van Rensburg

’n Interessante navorsingstudie is onlangs deur twee Kanadese universiteite uitgevoer. Hulle wou bepaal of kort sessies van trappe klim deur die loop van die dag jou hartgesondheid en fiksheid kan verbeter. 

’n Groep volwassenes, wat meestal deur die loop van die dag voor ’n rekenaar of in ’n kantoor sit, is vir die navorsingstudie in twee groepe verdeel. Die eerste groep het drie keer per dag drie stelle trappe vinnig geklim. Die tweede groep mense het niks geoefen nie. 

Ná ses weke is die twee groepe se fiksheidsvlakkegetoets. Die eerste groep, was nie net fikser nie, maar ook sterker as die groep wat nie geoefen het nie. Die slotsom was dat mense wat inkantoorgeboue werk of in woonstelgeboue woon effektief hul fiksheidsvlakke kan verbeter deur bloot soggens, oor middagete of saans ’n paar trappe te klim – eerder as om net die hyser te gebruik. 

Ons geloofslewe moet ook geoefen word as ons wil beleef hoe ons geloof versterk. Op ’n gereëlde basis, kry ek gelowiges wat aan my erken dat hulle nie hul Bybels ken nie. Die vraag is dan hoe hulle dit kan verander. My uitgangspunt is gewoonlik dat indien ons die krag van God se Woord verstaan, dit vir ons makliker word om dit ’n prioriteit te maak. 

In Romeine 10:17 lees ons dat ons geloof versterk word wanneer ons die Woord van God lees – heel moontlik omdat ons God se karakter hierdeur ontdek. In Hebreërs 4:12 lees ons dat die Woord van God lewend en kragtig is: “Dit is skerper as enige swaard met twee snykante en dring deur selfs tot die skeiding van siel en gees en van gewrigte en murg.” En in Psalm 119:105 lees ons: “U woord is die lamp wat my die weg wys, die lig op my pad.” Die Woord versterk dus ons geloof, help ons met onderskeiding en vul ons met wysheid. 

Ook in Efesiërs 6:11-12 lees ons dat ons stryd nie teen vlees en bloed is nie, maar teen die bose magte in die lug. Ons kennis van God se Woord en sy beloftes, is ons wapen waarmee ons teen die vyand veg. Hoe beter ons kennis, hoe skerper is ons swaard. Hoe minder, hoe stomper is die swaard waarmee ons die oorlogsone instap.

Net soos ons trappeklim in ons dagroetine kan inbou om effektief fikser te word, kan ons daagliksbegin om God se beloftes een vir een te memoriseer om geestelik fikser kan word. Plak dit op teen jou kas of in jou motor, dra dit saam in jou broeksak of laai ’n Bybel-toep op jou slimfoon af. Lees die Woord en memoriseer dit. Hierdeur ontdek ons die Een waarrondom ons geloof draai. 

Kom ons doen moeite om God se Woord in ons harte te plaas. Kort voor lank mag ons ervaar hoe ons geloof nie net sterker is nie, maar hoe ons ook meer wysheid en onderskeiding het en hoe onsskielik die Heilige Gees se stem heelwat duideliker in ons gees sal begin ervaar. God wil met ons elkeen praat. Kom ons doen moeite om te luister! Sterkte. 

Vader God, baie dankie vir  u Woord. Lei my asseblief deur u Heilige Gees om te verstaan wat ek lees sodra ek die Bybel oopmaak. Ek vra dit in die Naam van Jesus Christus. Amen. 

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Dag 12: Glo jy dat Hy steeds in beheer is? - 18 Februarie 2019

Deur Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Drie nuusgebeure oor die afgelope paar dae het my geskok en diep laat dink. . .

Die voormalige Springbokrugbyspeler, Gysie Pienaar se 39-jarige dogter, René O’Ehley is Vrydag in ’n motorbotsing oorlede. Buiten vir haar man, laat sy ook haar 12-jarige dogter en 8-jarige seun agter. Verlede week het die 3-jarige Nina de Villiers, een van ’n tweeling van Durbanville, in ’n fratsongeluk op haar fietsie se hefboom geval. Nadat dit ’n gaatjie in haar hartjie gemaak het, is sy ure later in die hospitaal oorlede. En in Durban is ’n pasgebore baba uit ’n stormwaterpyp gered. Die ma het die dogtertjie in die pyp afgespoel om van haar ontslae te raak. Die kind het wonderbaarlik oorleef.

Hoe maak ’n mens sin uit hierdie gebeure? Hoe verwerk ’n mens daardie seer wat jou binneste uitmekaar skeur? Of verwerping van die een wat veronderstel was om jou die liefste in die wêreld te hê en jou te beskerm, maar haar rug op jou gekeer het?

Vir meer as 10 jaar lank, skryf ek al stories van mense. Getuienisse oor God se goedheid. Een ding wat ek met volle oortuiging kan sê, is dat God werklik in staat is om uit die seerste seer iets mooi na vore te bring. Verstaan ’n mens altyd waarom sekere dinge jou pad kruis? Nee. Is dit maklik om die seer te verwerk? Gewoonlik nie. Tog, ons aanbid ’n God wat in staat is om die onmoontlike moontlik te maak en die toekoms goed te laat uitdraai.

In Jesaja 55:8-9 sê God: “My gedagtes is nie julle gedagtes nie, en julle optrede nie soos Myne nie . . . soos die hemel hoër is as die aarde, so is my optrede verhewe bo julle optrede en my gedagtes bo julle gedagtes.” In 1 Petrus 5:7 lees ons: “Werp al julle bekommernisse op Hom, want Hy sorg vir julle.” En in Romeine 8:28 lees ons: “Ons weet dat God alles ten goede laat meewerk vir dié wat Hom lief het . . .”

Wat is die ding wat jou binneste uitmekaar skeur? Eensaamheid? Die verlies van ’n geliefde? ’n Egskeiding? Verwerping van iemand wat veronderstel was om jou lief te hê? ’n Finansiële verlies? Mag ek jou aanmoedig om in stede daarvan om antwoorde te probeer vind op die hordes vrae wat jy het, eerder doelbewus te kies om jou geloof in God te plaas? Mag ons Hom loof en prys in ons storms omdat ons weet dat Hy ons laste dra en in staat is om alles ten goede kan laat meewerk vir die wat Hom liefhet. Dit is wie Hy is en wat Hy kan doen. Sterkte.

Vader God, baie dankie dat ek in U kan rus. Neem asseblief my seer in U hande en versterk my deur u Heilige Gees om my geloof in U te plaas met die wete dat U alles ten goed kan laat uitwerk. Ek vra dit in die Naam van Jesus Christus. Amen.

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