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Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually–regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” MATTHEW 28:19‭-‬20 AMP

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Vandag is vir julle `n Verlosser gebore…maar dis maar net die begin!

Toe sê die engel vir hulle: “Moenie bang wees nie, want kyk, ek bring vir julle ‘n goeie tyding van groot blydskap wat vir die hele volk bestem is. Vandag is daar vir julle in die stad van Dawid die Verlosser gebore, Christus die Here! LUKAS 2:10‭-‬11 AFR83
https://bible.com/bible/6/luk.2.10-11.AFR83

Wat ‘n blye dag gedenk ons nie. Die dag waarop Jesus Christus gebore is! Maar dit is maar net die begin van die verhaal…

“God het die wêreld so liefgehad dat Hy sy enigste Seun gegee het, sodat dié wat in Hom glo, nie verlore sal gaan nie maar die ewige lewe sal hê. JOHANNES 3:16 AFR83
https://bible.com/bible/6/jhn.3.16.AFR83

Jesus het gekom om in ons plek te kom sterf. Hy het gekom om die gebroke verhouding tussen die Vader en ons te kom herstel. En dit is die plan van die Vader wat uit sy liefde vir ons ontstaan het…

God het nie sy Seun na die wêreld toe gestuur om die wêreld te veroordeel nie, maar sodat die wêreld deur Hom gered kan word.
JOHANNES 3:17 AFR83
https://bible.com/bible/6/jhn.3.17.AFR83

Diw Vader wil ons nie veroordeel nie maar ons red!

Al wat ons moet doen is..

As jy met jou mond bely dat Jesus die Here is, en met jou hart glo dat God Hom uit die dood opgewek het, sal jy gered word. Met die hart glo ons, en ons word vrygespreek; en met die mond bely ons, en ons word gered.
ROMEINE 10:9‭-‬10 AFR83
https://bible.com/bible/6/rom.10.9-10.AFR83

Jesus het in ons plek kom sterwe. Hy is begrawe, maar nog belangriker, Hy het opgeataan en daardeur vir ons die ewige lewe verwerf!

Vandag staan jy weer voor ‘n keuse… Gaan jy vandag net saam met die wereld die dag en die dinge wat dit inhou en bring geniet of gaan jy vandag Jesus Christus as jou Verlosser en Saligmaker herdenk en aanneem?

Mag jy vandag, en so ook elke dag, die liefde en genade van God ervaar! Mag vandag vir jou en my ‘n ware Christusfees wees…

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Of mountain biking and life…

My wife and I recently started getting back into the fitness thing. We started to exercise again round about August of this year. We have been putting in fairly regular training sessions. We have been out and about on the mountain bikes as much as we can.

In November we entered the 947 Short ride. This was a road event where we completed a 40km route on the highway and the tar roads around Johannesburg. Since it was our first event things went very well with no problems. We both completed the event in fairly good times, and we were both well pleased with the way it turned out.

Then in the beginning of December we got a little braver. We decided to take on a mountain bike trail event. My wife was cautious and entered the 10km (that turned into a 13km) event whilst I was a bit more “brave” and entered the 20km (that turned into a 25km) event.
We did all the necessary preparations. We packed our energy jells, water, supplements and equipment and we set off to the venue where the event was taking place. The venue was “Kings Kloof” roughly between Krugersdorp and Magaliesburg.

On arriving at the event there were about 20 or so riders that was taking part in the event. This should have been a warning sign, but we missed that one… When it was time to go all the riders lined up on the starting line, we listened to the instructions, and then we were off…

Now, it all started well. The first few kilometers were rough and in the bush. To be expected since it was a mountain bike race. A trail mountain bike race, but I would only find out later that “trail” meant it was “bos paatjies” (foot paths) and not paths that was created for comfortable riding!

A few kilometers into the race things got a bit harder… The path was not as clearly marked, and it was not long before I ended up on the wrong path and had to do some serious “bundu bashing” and search for the original (right path) to continue the event.

Then my first huge uphill! This thing was almost a kilometer long at a very steep incline! Not somethings I practiced for or even expected! And the surface was loos rocks and pebbles, making it even more difficult to negotiate… I got of my bike and walked up the hill. As you can imagine, this took some time!

Then the downhill! A long rocky downhill with a lot of twists and turns. Very narrow… Also, not what I have practiced for or was expecting…

One thing that also dawned on me was the fact that I was all alone. There was no one in sight! After the first few kilometers, think it was about the first five or six, I was the only one around. I one saw another rider passing me, not sure where he came from because I was right at the back of the 20km pack, and then again, some people at the waterpoint. The rest of the time I was out in the wilderness, all on my own…

These types of scenes kept on repeating itself over and over as I went about my way…

It was a hard race! Probably the hardest mountain bike event I ever did! I was tired, lonely, got lost a few times, exhausted to the point of thinking about quitting! But I did not quite. I stayed on the path, sometimes making good time, riding, sometimes slow and steady walking, negotiating obstacles to the best of my abilities…

Finally, 26km later and 3 hours later I finally got to the end! Boy, was I relieved! Here I received a welcoming that made it all worth wile! The difficulties became a thing of the past! It was over! The race was completed! I reached the finish line!
Then I realized, this is exactly how life, especially Christian life is!

We have trained by reading our Bibles, attending church, bible study groups, seminaries, bible school, and all kinds of activities to prepare us for what lies ahead. Then you “get into it” and all of a sudden you realize that this is different that what you expected and prepared for! This is hard! There are challenges you did not prepare for. There are difficulties that breaks your speed, then things speed up to the point where it gets dangers and seems almost out of control! Some obstacles you encounter seems dangerous; some are very dangerous. You get lost! You take the wrong turns on the road where right and wrong seems almost the same. Then, once you realize the you are on the wrong path, it takes effort and time to find your way back to the right path… You feel isolated. You get to the point that you want to give up! You want to quit, take the easy way out. You just want it to stop because you are tired and weary! But you keep on! You keep your eyes and mind on the finish line. You keep on going because you know that even these difficulties will pass…

You will reach the end and God will be waiting there for you. Giving you a “welcoming party” and receiving you into haven! You will receive your reward, eternal life! You will have finished the race…

During this event one verse kept on popping into my head…

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – II Timothy 4:7 NKJV

This kept me going during the event. This keeps me going in live as well. Believe it, live it… Don’t quite no matter how hard it gets! Keep fighting the good fight! Stick it out to the end! Finish the race! Receive the reward!

I will be back for the mountain bike race in 2020, but this time I will be better prepared!

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Christo Pelser

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Why Some Believers Experience More Spiritual Warfare Than Others

– by Joseph Mattera

There are some believers who falsely believe that if they have a lot of faith they will not undergo any suffering, severe tests or satanic attacks. Nothing could be further from the truth! Actually, the opposite is true.

For example, in the book of Job chapters 1 and 2, God actually asks Satan if he considered His servant Job. Hence, God brought Job to Satan’s attention, not because Job was in sin, but because Job was the greatest servant of God on the earth at that time (read Job 1:6-12; 2:3-6).

Furthermore, Acts 19:15 illustrates how Paul the apostle was not only known in heaven, but also in hell! He had their attention! First Peter 5:8-9 teaches that Satan roams the earth seeking someone to devour, which also goes along with the Job narrative (Job 1:7). When we read the context of all these passages, especially in regards to the satanic focus on both Paul and Job, we can come to the conclusion that the devil’s main focus is to thwart, divert, distract and disarm the servants of God who are promoting the rule of God on the earth as it is in heaven. Heaven is the only realm in the universe where everything is perfectly aligned under King Jesus, since the devil was displaced from there (Rev. 12:7-12).

Consequently, when someone on earth wants to bring the influence of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, Satan erupts with fear and anger against them since he doesn’t want to be thrown out of another place!

This is why it seems as though a person following the will of God will sometimes have the most difficult tests, trials and resistance, as opposed to some saints who are casual seekers of God. Satan is no dummy, why should he attack a Christian who is a bad example to others and who is already deceived and in his grip? He will focus the most on those who are the biggest threats to his desire, to do a power grab from God over the earth realm!

Remember: God gave Adam a commission to have His rule over the whole earth (Gen. 1:28), and immediately after that the devil came and convinced both Adam and Eve to disobey God and abandon their posts as God’s vice regents over the earth (Gen. 3:1-8).

Since that time Satan has been jealously attempting to protect his control over the earthly realm he stole through subverting Adam, including its systems of government, commerce, media, the arts, science and education.

Those who attempt to bring God’s influence in these realms will most likely experience some of the highest levels of satanic resistance. The apostle Paul had a messenger from Satan follow him everywhere he went that caused riots and persecutions (2 Cor. 13:1-8), only because he was turning the present world system upside down (Acts 17:7).

So, if you are sold out for God, don’t be discouraged when you are attacked or allow yourself to be deceived into thinking that the only reason you are in intense spiritual warfare or tribulation is because you may have missed God. It may be the opposite. You are being targeted because you are hitting the divine bull’s eye! This is why Paul admonished believers to stand strong in the Lord: “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers and the rulers of darkness in high places” (Ephesians 6:10-13). Notice: Paul said “our struggle” meaning he was including himself in this struggle. Every time there was an open door for ministry he had many adversaries. This is a biblical principle (read 1 Corinthians 16:9).

Do not ever think that just because God is calling you to do something that it will be easy. Jesus did the will of God and He was crucified, and church history tells us Paul was beheaded! It’s not how many years we live, but what we do with the years we live that matters!

So, what do we do when we are in a time of spiritual warfare that Paul calls “the day of evil” in Ephesians 6:13? Paul tells us in this passage to be strong in the Lord and to stand firm; in other words, do not quit (Eph. 6:10-13).

The apostle Peter also tells us to resist the devil, standing firm in the faith (1 Pet. 5:9). Peter knows firsthand that faith in God is the key to standing firm in the midst of the day of evil because, when he denied Christ three times, Jesus prayed for him that his “faith” would not fail (Luke 22:31-32).

So, do not be afraid when you are in tribulation, because Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16:33)!