God Speaks French

Not so long ago, I asked this question, “Which language would you describe as the language of love?”

The response was mostly “French.”

The reason for the question being that even though most of us do not understand or speak French, we esteem it as being romantic. In essence, “The language of love.” 

Much of the time it is the same with us and God….read Psalm 107.

We associate God’s nature, His character and His motives with the perfect expression of love. Though more than often it’s still “French” to us. 

My source confirms that the word love is mentioned 596 times in the English Standard Version. So it is safe to say that “love” is a big deal to God and should be a big deal to us. I want to go as far as saying that we cannot become Christ-like if we cannot understand this love.

Do you speak “French?”

2 Corinthians 5:14 says, “For the love of Christ controls us…”

That really means that I do not only speak the language, but more than that, I am rapped up in love like a straitjacket. I can do nothing, say nothing or accomplish anything that is not prescribed by love.

It’s one thing admitting that God is all about love. It’s another to know what that means.

Maybe it is time that we all start learning “French.”

#justathought

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Read Listen Pursue

Read what is written, listen to what is said and pursue what is discovered…

Yesterday I was having a conversation with a friend about “having an in-depth knowledge of the Bible.”

I realized how many times we seem to read but not realize, hear but not listen and discover but don’t pursue.

If we want to serve God’s purposes in our generation, we need to know what God is saying to us in our generation. No word means no action. What do we pursue if there’s no word to go by. Let’s turn a page and reevaluate the way we’ve been going about spending time in God’s Word.

Three ways that has deepened my understanding and knowledge of the Word:

  1. ME
  2. APPLY
  3. GOD

ME – Say whatever piece of scripture you’ve read, in your own words. Ask yourself what did this mean for the people then (Biblical times and context), then what does it mean to me today? The principle written in biblical times should remain the same as what it means for me today.

APPLY – What in that particular passage of scripture can I apply in my life, my daily walk? Are there specific commands to obey, examples to follow, promises to embrace or warnings to adhere to? Underlining the action words also helps to discover what you can apply.

GOD – Ask yourself what about God’s character, nature or power have I learned from these verses? Remember that the Bible is one big mirror that reflects to us the glory of God. To me that means it is the display of His character, nature and power. You should be discovering something new about God ever time you are reading His word.

Read what is written, listen to what is being said and pursue whatever you discover.

#justathought

 

Sweet Devotion

Hello there,
I trust that all is well! My family and I have been back in Nairobi for just over a month now. We were away visiting friends and family in South Africa over the festive season.
Since I’ve been back I have been sensing that the Lord wants to touch on something very specific in my life. Now, I do realize that this may be an area that affects most people and thus, the blog…

“There can be no devotion without self-control”

Yip.

I am convinced that we are living in a time where so many things are competing for our attention, affection and affirmation that devotion has become a rear commodity in our time and age.

devotion

noun
  1. love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person or activity.
    “his devotion to duty never wavered”
    synonyms:
    loyaltyfaithfulnessfidelity, trueness, staunchness, steadfastness, constancycommitmentadherenceallegiancededication,
    devoutness

Paul writes in various places in his epistles that we are to live our self-controlled lives. Not because being self-controlled (self-disciplined, sober-minded) is the goal within itself. The goal rather, is the devotion to those you love, and the purpose you sense that has been laid out for you.

Can we be people that witness to this in our lives?

There can be no devotion without self-control. Where are the appetites, ambitions and desires that are running rampant with you? Pulling you this way and that.

There cannot be a single-minded or wholehearted pursuit before these are identified, curbed or done away with.

Devotion is beautiful. Devotion is admirable. Devotion is eternal. Devotion is holy. Devotion compels us, steadies us and propels us.

I am trusting for a greater measure of devotion in my life. It seems that we so easily are persuaded though. To grab onto lesser temporal things that give us a moment’s thrill, but doesn’t ask us to sacrifice, be generous (with our time, talents and treasures) or to be true.

Who do you want to be?

Joe on a mission

Impersonation

I recently was confronted then convicted and now comforted.

The difference between impersonating Christ and becoming the personification (image) of Christ was laid at my feet. Am I just pretending to be someone or am I really becoming someone?

Like the definition shows above, the reason for pretending is either for entertainment or fraudulent purposes. Let’s just take a quick look at pretending for the sake of entertainment or fraud.

Pretending, in the first place is the personal acknowledgement that I am not really the person I am perceiving to be. It is a falsehood. Pretending for the sake of entertainment then refers to my desire to either please people or provide some means where I am valued and feel significant.

Pretending for the sake of committing fraud points to a lack of character and the presence of selfishness that will find any means necessary to get what it wants. 

Both these reasons for impersonation in this regard are bankrupt and God did not pay the ultimate price for us to give ourselves to it.

NO! He has called us with a much greater calling. A much richer destiny. He has given us the opportunity to take on the new self, the selfless self, made in His image. By His Spirit we become like Him from glory to glory. That is His will for us in Christ.

Let us throw off every remnant of the old self, the selfish self. The self that pretends to be new but really is not.

In the last couple of months here in Nairobi I have come to see over and over again that the new self that is founded in Christ will bring glory to Christ. The new self (Eph 4:24) will not only honor God with it’s mouth, but walk in a manner that confirms those words.

The new self should portray the exact personification or image of Christ in us. Let’s continue making disciples, raising leaders and planting churches like Jesus did.

Many blessings and regards

Joe and his family on a mission

 

Change the Campus – Change the World

I’m back and so excited!!!

A few weeks ago I embarked on a journey to a far off land in search of greater understanding…a greater sense of enlightenment so to speak.

I was on my way to the Philippines, more precisely, Manila. Every two years Every Nation Campus sets out to host a conference that will encourage the next generation of business, political, educational leaders and entertainment celebrities to embrace God’s call for their lives.

This was the first conference of its kind for me. The first conference solely focused on campus. There were two parts that can accurately describe our time in Manila. The first being the Unashamed Conference 2017 that lasted for three days. The second being the Campus Exposure program that lasted for 8 days.

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The Unashamed conference hosted 13000 students from 33 nations. I was blown away by the unshakable conviction and the intensity of the passion with which the conference delegates (mostly students) appreciated the preaching sessions and the times of worship.

It felt like everyone was one, willing and ready to move at the sound of The Call to change their campuses and so doing change the world.

Secondly, the Campus Exposure program. Here we were about 25 delegates from 20 nations, many being nations that are not open to the Gospel. We visited the different campuses and ministered the Gospel to the students by using the the God Test to great effect. This program was designed to show the delegates the nuts and bolts of how Campus ministry looks like. Being part of the Campus Exposure program opened my eyes to reaching our students. Not only the necessity of reaching the next generation but the way in which they cast vision and trust God for the whole nation.

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I have returned and my expectations were met. What I have learned and experience will greatly benefit our work here in Kenya.

Thank you to everyone that made it possible for me to go there and attend what has been the best conference yet.

and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

  • 2 Timothy 2:2

The next generation of faithful and able men and woman will not rise up by themselves. We are called to entrust to them all we’ve heard and experienced. How are you intentionally raising up the next generation world changer?

Blessing and Regards

Joe and his family on a mission

Home Sweet Home

Its been more than a month since my family and I have arrived in Kenya. Yet, we’re very well on our way to call Nairobi home.

About two weeks ago we moved into our new house and since then we’ve been unpacking and settling in. Weekly responsibilities are becoming more clear and building new relationships are at the daily forefront of our activities. Being established in a new community in a different culture may seem difficult. Yet, we’ve been thoroughly welcomed and seem to enjoy favour with our neighbours. It is really exciting and such an adventure to meet new people and experience their unique cultures.

I’ve been thinking about the book of Acts lately whilst my family and I were moving in and finding our feet during the last couple of weeks.

I was wondering about all the disciples and their families that “were scattered throughout the region.” We didn’t have to leave because of persecution like we read in Acts 8, but we have experienced, if only to a small extent, the “scattering” to a new place.

What an adventure it is to go for the sake of the King. What a privilege it is to start over for the sake of the King. What a joy to take your family with you, for the sake of the King!

From here on out I would like to keep to the “scattered” theme in Acts 8. These men and woman who started over in new towns and cities were also known for the fact that everywhere they went they preached the word of God. These are referred to the faceless ordinary men and woman who took the gospel out from Jerusalem into the rest of the world. Many of these are unknown to the records of history but held in high regard in the courts of the King. These were the ones that caused all of heaven to explode with joy as their message brought many into the Kingdom during the first century after the death of Christ.

What a legacy. What a witness. What a calling.

By God’s grace we will continue going. By God’s grace you do too.

Some prayer points.

We have met with one of the chaplains that has authority over the spiritual matters that impacts the university. We are really trusting to have strong relationships with all the chaplains (there are 4). These chaplains are instrumental to us having a continuous and effective ministry on campus.

We are also doing some corporate weekly outreaches on campus. These include prayer walking and engaging the student with mostly spiritual conversations, as a means to communicate the gospel. Please pray for the heart of the students to be prepared for these encounters.

For more prayer points please find the updated prayer points @ https://joeonamission.wordpress.com/band-of-beukes/hebrews-111/

Thank you for everyone’s ongoing passionate support, in every way.

Love and Regards

Joe and his family on a Mission

Man + Prayer = Action

This morning I woke up in Lusaka. We arrived here last night at about 19:00 after a long day spent on the road from Livingstone. Marius and Liomee Vosloo (Super Amazing Couple) received us and arranged for us to stay over at a local airbnb. We have been camping since our departure in South Africa (that’s about a week ago), so spending the night on a bed was glorious!!  
Whilst in Livingstone I once again became aware of the excitment that is brewing in my heart. As Iooked on at the statue of David Livingstone and pondered on his great exploits, I found my own resolve to risk great things for the Lord increase.

I am prepared to go  anywhere, provided it is forward.

– David Livingstone

We have met so may interesting people on our tavels. From other internationals to South Africans teaching all over the world. Our encounters have been refreshing and the conversations have been diverse and very stimulating.

No wonder God is so into ALL the different nations and its peoples….

Travels for today.

The next couple of days from tomorrow onwards we will be travelling through Malawi. Please continue in prayer concerning our journey. The Lord is SO faithful and has provided in many different ways. Financially through many generous gifts. Safe and unhindered travels and even new friendships to name but a few.

Travels remaining to Nairobi

Today we’ll reach the halfway mark of our journey and seeing that we have quite a long way still to go, I’ll say good buy with the following qoute.

If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road al all.

– David Livingstone 

 Let’s be willing to GO regardless of what is known or unknown, chartered or unchartered, all for the pursuit of God’s glory and worship throughout all the earth!

Regards and many blessings

Joe and his family on a Mission

Our family's thoughts and experiences en route to adventure, discovery and the honour of God.