He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land. (Psalm 68:6b)
Many that came to CYPSA have been saved out of their addiction bondage. They have came to know God's salvation. The wonder of their salvation is fresh in their hearts. In His mighty power He has broken their chains. Let us rejoice with all Heaven over every sinner that has returned to his heavenly Father. However, those that turn into rebellion against the works of their Creator, dwell in a dry and barren land. The springs of eternal life dry up in the rebellious and proud heart. Let the rebellious also return to their heavenly Father to that they might find life. He has chosen to make that which is nothing into something new, vessels to His honor; so that none can boast and His grace and mercy may be revealed to all.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them... Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light." (Ephesians 5:8-11 &14)
There is a choice we need to make within this life; either to befriend the Light or the stay in darkness. To befriend the Light, means that we need to come out of our darkness as we are and be confronted by the Light. As God's light shines in our lives, our hears and minds we start to see ourselves as we really are. We find that we were not so big, strong and important as we once thought. We see the filth within a thought, we notice the darkness within a wrongful attitude. However, it is as we bring our wrongs and sins (works of darkness) to Christ, and admit what He has shown us and plead for His saving grace, that He cleanses us through His Blood. However, God has nothing to say to the frivolous man who pursues pleasure and remains under the cover of darkness.
You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matt 5:43-45)
Within these words of Jesus, there is a route of escape from the entanglement of harboring grudges against slanderers. Grudges are like thorns to the inside. Grudges brings bondage and spiritual death. However, there is a way out, when faced with trials and tribulations. Just to return evil with good and to pray for those that persecute you. By doing these simple steps, you are gaining higher spiritual ground. To be of God's family, to be his sons and daughters. There is no higher calling than that!
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7)
A prodigal son that returns to his Father, causes great joy in Heaven. Maybe you have the desire to return to your Heavenly Father, but feel to ashamed. You might have committed your life to Him as a child, and somewhere lost your way in the pursuit of your own pleasure and friends. Today you find yourself in a pigsty. Your life is a mess. However, there is a way to return. A way have been prepared. Like the prodigal son say "I have sinned against Heaven and against You, I am not worthy...to be called Your son". As we confess our sin, the Blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin. This way that has been prepared, cost God the highest price in the Universe. He provided His own Son as an offering on your behalf.
There is this hope: those that repent, Heaven will accept and greatly rejoice.
All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever. (1 Pet 1:24-25)
Thought for Today: 10 July 2020
During this COVID-19 things are being turned upside down. Life is fragile. Every day there are about 10 000 new cases of people testing positive. With time life passes. Things that blossom today are tomorrow gone. However God's Word will remain. Through His words, He spoke and galaxies came to existence. His word is powerful. As we read from it, so does He create also within us something new. Let us dig into God's word and let it work within us. He promised us that His word will not return to Him empty. What a blessed thought!
I have shown you in every way, by labouring like this that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (Acts 20:35)
As the COVID-19 pandemic is escalating, we ponder on this portion of Scripture in this time of uncertainty. Within this portion, Paul gives his last instructions to the Ephesians as he would not see them again. He instructs the followers of Jesus to support the weak, - to look after the little lambs. (This instruction is so much different than the survival of the fittest, where everyone fights for himself and for positions.) Then Paul recalls the words of Jesus saying: it is more blessed to give than to receive. Our blessedness lies in the giving away of our time, our attention, our possessions, our finances to support and encourage His flock. Within God's kingdom the giving away of ourselves, to tend his lambs provides us with His blessing. He who has received a little child in His name, has received Himself.
If God so clothes the grass,which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith. (Luk 12:28)
Thought for Today: 8 July 2020
God cares for His own. What a blessed thought! All that He asks of us is to keep our relationship with Him right, He will do the rest. So many times we can get anxious about things in this life. Yet, He cares for us much more than we think. Trust Him!
And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." (Luke 12:15)
A Thought for Today: 7 July 2020
There is the story of an ambitious man that climbed a ladder, and when he had finally reached to top at the end of his life, he found that the ladder he had climbed had stood against the wrong wall.
Through these words of Jesus, He directs us to the right ladder. A life of abundant mercy and grace found only in Him. Whosoever has the Son has eternal life.
Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!" Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. (Matt 27:3-5)
Thought for today 6 July 2020
Judas realised his mistake. He felt sorry. Trying to rectify the matter he went to the chief priests and elders. That is what his carnal mind was telling him to do. Surely they could help him. So he thought. However, although in name being called priests, they were overcame by jealousy and Jesus' enemies. Judas stated to them that Jesus was innocent. He even brought back the money with him. Feeling condemned by God he was looking for help, to rectify the matter. But they were as guilty as he. The words from the priests, left Judas without hope. The things in life that he had clung to, he threw down in the temple and went his way to eternal damnation. He had sought council, but from the wrong group. They had knowledge, but no life within them. Peter on the other hand, returned to those who had life. He went to those who were friends of Jesus for help. They carried him through till he could rectify the matter with Jesus, the eternal great High Priest. Meeting with Jesus at the shores of Galilee, he found forgiveness. Peter found that the Blood of Jesus paid for his guilt. After being renewed, he was commanded to take care of His sheep.
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. (Prov 16:17)
Thought for Today: 5 July 2020
One can't really go lost on a highway. It is straight and leveled up. The highway of the righteous is to depart from evil. If you become aware of an evil in your life, - then depart from it. You don't need to give a few days notice to the enemy of your soul. You can depart right now. If one departs from something one turns ones back on it, and heads the other way. By continuing to turn your back on evil things, and heading the other way, you will be safe on the highway of righteousness, and thereby preserve your soul. If you struggle to turn your back on wrongful things, cry to God. Place Him before you. He is able to to help you. You can also phone our office during office hours should you feel the need to speak to someone.