Disappointments – Hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5)


One drop of poison is all it takes to ruin a glass of pure water. A moment of temptation ruined a perfect world created by a perfect Father. Sin crept into this world like a thief in the night, unexpected, unexplained and most certainly unwelcome.

Disappointments are fruit of sin in a fallen world. the bible says in Romans 3:23 (NKJV) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Not one man is without sin or has never sinned. The only man, Jesus who was God manifested in the flesh (John 1:14) was without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The one important thing we need to remember with regards to disappointment is, not only have we all experienced this emotion at some point in our lives, we to have disappointed others.

Steps to receiving healing from disappointments:

  1. The first step to receiving healing from disappointment is; to acknowledge that it has happened.
  2. Ask God to forgive you and restore you.
  3. Forgive those who have disappointed you.
  4. Forgive yourself.
  5. Accept forgiveness from others.
  6. Allow yourself some time through the healing process, to work through the emotions, allowing God to change your heart and change your mind through the washing of water by the word (Ephesians 5:26).
  7. Do good to others when you are going through the healing process (Psalm 37:3).

Scriptures to study:

Jesus said that in this world that you will have many troubles but then He reassured His disciples by saying that He has already overcome this world (John 16:33). Now that is the good  news of the gospel. Jesus paid the price at the cross of Calvary. We no longer have to fear, although life will no always be easy.

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication , with thanksgiving , let your requests be known to God”.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”. 

James 1:2-4 (NKJV) “My Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing”.

Conclusion:

Don’t be too hard on others and don’t be too hard on yourselves. They say time heals all wounds. The correct answer is, God heals all wounds, it just takes time in order to produce patience and character (Romans 5:3-5), “God works all things together for His good and His glory” (Romans 8:28).

Written by Renani Van Der Westhuizen

 

 

 

​❤”Still He Walked


He could hear the crowds screaming “crucify” “crucify”… 
He could hear the hatred in their voices,

These were His chosen people. 

He loved them,

And they were going to crucify him.

He was beaten, bleeding and weakened…

His heart was broken,

But still He walked.
He could see the crowd as He came from the palace.

He knew each of the faces so well.

He had created them.

He knew every smile, every laugh, and every shed tear,

But now they were contorted with rage and anger

His heart broke,

But still He walked.
He searched the crowd for a loving face and He saw very few.

Then he turned His eyes to the only one that mattered

And He knew that He would never be alone.

He looked back at the crowd…

At the people who were spitting at Him

Throwing rocks at Him and mocking Him

And he knew that because of Him,

They would never be alone.

So for them, He walked.
The sounds of the hammer striking the spikes echoed through the crowd. 

The sounds of His cries echoed even louder,

The cheers of the crowd, as His hands and feet were nailed to the cross, 

Intensified with each blow.

Loudest of all was the still small voice 

Inside His Heart that whispered “I am with you, my Son”,

And God’s heart broke.

He had let His son walk.
Jesus could have asked God to end His suffering,

But instead He asked God to forgive.

Not to forgive Him, but to forgive the ones who were persecuting Him.

As He hung on that cross, dying an unimaginable death,

He looked out and saw, not only the faces in the crowd,

But also, the face of every person yet to be,

And His heart filled with love.

As His body was dying, His heart was alive. 

Alive with the limitless, unconditional love He feels for each of us.

That is why He walked.
When I forget how much My God loves me,

…I remember His walk.

When I wonder if I can be forgiven,

…I remember His walk.

When I need to be reminded of how to live like Christ,

…I think of His walk.

And to show Him how much I love Him,

…I wake up each morning, turn my eyes to Him,

…….And I walk. ❤
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love makes you vulnerable

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Scripture: Galatians 2:20

The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Message:

To love someone means that you expose yourself to hurt. And the deeper that love, the more intensely you will be hurt. Love demands sacrifice, and true love is always associated with hurt, because the more you love someone else,  the easier it will be for that  person to hurt you and the more you exposed to pain. The more you love someone, the greater will be the loss if you lose them.
True love makes a person incredibly vulnerable. For this reason, many say bluntly that they have already been hurt so much that they will never again expose themselves to love. But although love can expose us to pain, even though it hurts us, loving is always worth while.

His love for humanity cost God his son; His love for you and me cost Jesus his life. Yet it is impossible to imagine what our lives would have been like if God had not been willing to send his son to earth 🌍, if Jesus had not been willing to die on the cross ➕ so that we may live. God’s love exacted a heavy price from Him, but it buys life for us. For us, this love was worth the hurt over and over again. And because God is love,  his children may not live without love. We should not be afraid to expose ourselves to the hurt that true love could cause in our lives.
The only place where we will not hurt because we love, is in hell. By accepting the hurt that is part and parcel of loving, we will grow closer to God everyday, until we experience a little bit of heaven here on earth 🌍.

Prayer:

Lord,
Thank you for your love- that love that cost you so much, that love that I cannot grasp with my mind, that love that no-one and nothing can separate me from, that love that became visible when Jesus came to earth 🌍, that love love that cost the death of your son. Father I want to thank you thant you were prepared to love, even though it cost you so much. Thank you that I can also hear the whispering of your love in my own life. Make me prepared to love without calculating the cost of my love. Thank you that you give me people to love, even though I realise very well that that love makes me vulnerable – that I will hurt because I love. Grant me even more love, Lord, that I can share out lavishly amongst those around me. Make me reckless in my love for  others. Stop me from locking 🔐 up my love in a chest because I am selfish and scared of being hurt. I praise you who are love. Thank you that you came to turn the earth 🌍 into a small piece of heaven for me because I may love.

Amen

Dance a little, laugh a little & hope a little more!

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How often do we hear the phrase “there is someone out there worse off than you” and how true is this statement? Its so true if we really want to admit it. As we go through our difficult times in life, yes it might not be pleasant and a bit uncomfortable, we carry on as if our world is going to end but if we really think of the depth of that phrase. We are truly blessed, why do we have to live our lives in strive, be negative, be morbit, give those experiences more energy than it deserves.

Our Lord Jesus Christ life was taken so we shall not suffer. He gave us a clean slate. So why do we choose to carry on hindering ouselves , why are we not praising him in our storms and giving thanks? Yes we need to carry our cross but you carry it with a negative mind frame and let it weigh heavier or you can give thanks and let Jesus intervene and give you strength.

There is a blessings through the good and rough times, we need go just open up our hearts and eyes and count them.
Life is short, it really is. Do you Wang to have regrets when you in your 80 or years of age when you look back?

Let go of small little family fights, make the most from the time spent with family and friends, cherish every split second. Enjoy your marriage and husband/wife, enjoy every part of your children all through their life. Take as many photos and videos of all their achievements.

Don’t be afraid of having kids, getting married. We yearn for connects and desires in our hearts because God made us this way. There is nothing wrong with it. Society has shifted our view on these things making them seem unworthy, or useless to have.

These things are given to us by God to bring fulfillment into our lives to enjoy them.