John 1:29 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
The world has been waiting SO long for this moment and John the Baptist has the privilege to introduce Jesus – Behold, here He is. (what a moment for John) What a highlight that day must have been..
Fast forward 16 months to Mat 11 – John is in prison because of King Herod, and King Herod’s wife demanded his head on a plate.
Ecclesiastes 3 (NKJV)
Everything Has Its Time
3 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to give up and a time to keep going
5 A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
8 A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.
Job het feitlik alles verloor wat vir hom belangrik was – Ons almal weet van die VERSKRIKLIKE dinge wat hom oorgekom het.
Maar Sy gedagtes oor ons is anders oor ons. You are doing better than you think you are.
2 Cor 4:17-18
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Please close your eyes.
2 Cor 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
You can open your eyes.
Are these new scriptures to you? NO. Have you heard these scriptures / principles before? YES.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing… and hearing and hearing the word of God.
Faith does not just look at facts – faith looks at situations that look like defeat and yet respond to what is heard from heaven and not what you are seeing.
Will your day be determined by what you see, or by what you are hearing from heaven?
Psa 16:11 – You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Increasingly today, people are being diagnosed by doctors with a condition called Anhedonia
Anhedonia is a recently identified issue where people suffer from over stimulation. It is suggested by some researchers that our ability to enjoy pleasurable activities can become exhausted, resulting in an inability to enjoy the little pleasures in life because of this overstimulation. The danger is that we can have drug like dependency in seeking more and more pleasure, resulting finally in an inability to enjoy those things that initially gave great pleasure.
We are a society that wants to be entertained. It takes more and more extreme things to grab our attention.
We hate boredom and being still… we fear being still…
And yet the Lord says in Psa 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.
Become weak?? NO