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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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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

 

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

Behold the Lamb of God

Victory. Triumph. Conquer.

These are some of the words that come to mind when Passover (Easter) comes around every year.

This celebration should and must remind the world of the greatest war ever to be fought. The war that Jesus won. The Victorious King. The Triumphant Son of God. The Conquering Christ! 

The Cross. The Grave and The Resurrection.

These were essentially the battle plan. The strategy of heaven defeating death, shame and disgrace.

Romans 6:5

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Romans 6:11-13

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

The measure in which we aspire to present ourselves to God as instruments of righteousness, will testify to our conviction of Passover. 

God’s grace is sufficient to empower us to become these instruments of glory that God can enjoy and use according to His desire and purpose. Our part is but to choose what we’ll become.

Who will you become?


Our family is on a journey of becoming. And what a great adventure it is walking in rhythm to the heart pounding, gut wrenching, supernatural and love-compelling mission of God.

Day in and day out we seemingly disappear as the greatness of His riches are displayed whilst sending us out to the nations!

We wouldn’t want it any other way.

He prepares. He equips. He provides and He sends. He assists. He empowers. He encourages. He disciplines. He fathers. HE REMAINS.

We trust that the power of His resurrection will be evident in and through our testimony to the glory of His name among all the nations!

Enjoy Passover and be encouraged that the same power that conquered the grave lives in every heart that acknowledges and receives Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Joe and his family on a mission

Flight Number ET846

So today is the 1st of February and my family and I are still in South Africa.

Yip, we didn’t board our Ethiopian Airlines flight last night, but wait! Let me take you a week and half back to a phone call that adjusted our next couple of weeks.

The phone rang and I saw one of our leaders’ name displayed on my phone. It is always great speaking with him and I do have a lot of respect for his leadership. He asked how we were doing and I replied. In the end we were speaking about the right timing in which things should happen.

For us that meant extending our stay here in South Africa with a couple of weeks until mid April. The main reason being that our necessary funds are not yet on target, and so we’ve been encouraged to make sure we reach that goal before we depart. Currently that is our main focus apart from serving locally where we can.

We rest in God’s timing concerning our departure to Kenya. We know that He has brought certain leadership into our lives to instruct, guide and impart to us in every season that which He desires.

We are SUPER exited to get everything in order so that we can run into everything that God has prepared for us in Nairobi. We also acknowledge that this is a marathon and not a sprint.

“Building slow is building fast.” – Steve Murrell

Until we leave we will be staying in Wellington. We have been really privileged that God has blessed us with two vehicles (we’ve already sold ours ;->) to use during our extended time here in the Boland valley. Thank you SO much for everyone that has made their homes and cars available to us!

Please trust with us as we keep placing our faith in God’s character and nature to supply all that we need to accomplish mighty endeavours in the nations. For more information on what we are still trusting for please visit our Hebrews 11:1 page.

Regards

Joe and his family on a Mission