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    Faking the grain

    Faking the grain

    Faking the Grain



    Summary: Out of the weakness of human flesh, God brings some of His greatest blessings.

    Read Hebrews 11:32-34 KJV

     

    INTRODUCTION -- FAKING THE GRAIN

    In the New England regions, there is a type of wood known as the Tulip Poplar. It is sometimes referred to as Whitewood. This wood has a very unique capability in that it can imitate other woods that are far more valuable.

    Some dealers have mistakenly identified pieces of furniture as high-value cherry only to find out later that a very talented finisher had properly “faked the grain” as it once was referred to.

    This Whitewood grain can be taken by a master craftsman and be turned into a wood that imitates a perfect Mahogany. It can ever serve as a very highly passable Birch, Walnut, Cedar, Hazel, and even a straight-grained Maple. All of which is very expensive. When the grain is “faked” a lesser wood becomes far more valuable in appearance. Because of this change, much more can be served by this particular piece of wood.

    -When I read about this practice among makers of hand-crafted furniture, I immediately thought about what happens to a man whose life comes under the hands of the Master Craftsman, Jesus Christ.

    -Something far less valuable is suddenly redeemed into a highly-prized child of God.

    WEAKNESS THAT BECOMES STRENGTH

    -There are numerous examples in the Word of God where one will find that weakness can become strength when it is placed in the hands of God.

    1 Corinthians 2:1-4 (KJV) [1] And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with Excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. [2] For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. [3] And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. [4] And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

    Read: 2 Corinthians 3:5, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (KJV). Paul speaks here of a thorn in the flesh and a messenger of Satan to torment Him.



    -It is the paradox of Christ likeness to have our weak places become the point of incredible strength.

    Another way that these skilled furniture masters work is to take some paste filler and fill in all of the pores and defects of the wood so that a smooth finish can be applied. This filler is then stained and covered over and it has caused many an expert to think that the wood was much more valuable than it was.

    -I have known many, many people (just as you have) over the years whose lives were scarred by sin, (And often imitate the Christian walk, but lack the fruit of being a child of God) They say all the right stuff, all the right move but their hearts are far removed from God. Their lives were filled with the defects of terrible choices and dented by the uncaring hands of the world. They have managed to find their way to an old-fashioned place of prayer and then God was able to change the situation and “fake the grain” making them into so much more than they were. -That is the power of the Gospel.

    Romans 1:16-17 (KJV) - I am not ashamed of the gospel… the power of God unto salvation

    III. BIBLICAL CHARACTERS THAT “FAKED THE GRAIN”

    Abram changed to Abraham.
    Sarai changed to Sarah.
    Saul changed to Paul.

    Moses’ Stutter – Imagine God calls you to preach and evangelise but you have an incredible speak impediment. Was God having fun? But we know that Moses was key in God’s plan with the Israelites. The best education, the best palace, and the best chariot before his mistake.
    Exodus 4:10 (KJV) -He led the children of Israel out of Egypt.

    He received the Law on Sinai.
    He held out his rod and the Red Sea parted.
    He crushed the Golden Calf.
    He presented the plans for the Tabernacle.

    -There are others that could be added. . . . But very few of us would have even

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    Building my legacy Pillar 2 Persona

    Building my legacy Pillar 2 Persona

    Building my Legacy.

    Pillar 2 – Persona



    “Be yourself: Everyone else is taken already.”

    (It’s not you trying to be someone else)



    Ephesians 4:22-23 (NIV) – 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds.



    Matthew 7:16 (NIV) – By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?



    “The position a person occupies in the world depends on the quality and quantity of the service he renders (aanbied) plus the mental attitude which he relates to others.” – Andrew Carnegie



    Persona: A role or character adopted by an author or an actor – It’s how others perceive your character

    None of us can build a legacy without your Persona or your Personality.

    It’s how you portray yourself to others.

    It is a combination of your gifts and talents, preferences, thoughts and attitude.

    In fact your persona determines your tendency to act in a certain way in any given situation.



    Proverbs 27:19 (NIV) – As water reflect the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.



    It’s like your default way of interacting with the world.

    Are you loud? Quiet? Helpful? Irritable?

    Do you act like a grumpy old man?

    Are you a leader or a follower?

    This all comes from you Persona

    Some people use their persona to hide who they really are.

    There is no consistency between their Inner and Outer lives



    WARNING:

    Ephesians 5:15 (NIV) – Be very careful, then how you live-not as unwise but as wise.



    However a man/woman of integrity with a healthy persona doesn’t wear a mask.

    Their persona portrays who they really are all the time, no matter the situation in which they find themselves.

    Many people especially men are confused about who they are supposed to be.



    “You were born an Original don’t die a Copy.” – Masson

    God makes all the difference; He purposefully created and gifted you to be YOU.

    Your real strength is in Christ not in some manufactured personality that someone wants you to adopt.

    As a legacy minded person you need to live out the persona God intended you to have.



    Romans 8:29 (NIV) – For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.



    Attitude and character are two critical aspects of our persona

    Fortunately for us both of these respond well to training and personal discipline.



    1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV) – 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.



    The best way to begin working on your attitude is to first notice it.

    Many Christians just carry on with a bad attitude and never really bother to change. It becomes a weak spot in your legacy.

    As believers in Jesus we have a lot of reasons to have a good attitude.



    J.Oswald Sanders wrote: “Every Christian is under obligation to be the best he can be for God.”



    Why be an average poor slack child of God? When you can be great!

    As legacy minded people we need to take character development seriously. Not any old lifestyle will do.

    How do you act around other people?

    Are you likeable, friendly, kind, generous and positive?

    OR

    Are you difficult to talk with, negative, unfriendly, fault finding and always complaining?

    If you from part of the second group; “Then it’s time to change.”

    No matter how bad your attitude or character may be; You can do better!

    Tragedy and crisis hit all of us

    Your persona will either rise up to keep you pressing on or crumble under the pressure.

    The fact is that you will get hit, but the question is: “What is your pla

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    Building my Legacy Pillar 1 Prayer

    Building my Legacy Pillar 1 Prayer

    Building my Legacy.

    Pillar 1 – Prayer



    “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther



    James 4:2 (NIV) – You desire but do not have, so you *kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.



    *Kill – Your faith; Your dreams; Other people’s successes; kill peoples victories / their callings.



    This is possibly one of the most important Pillars of your legacy.

    For many Christians prayer is a huge struggle (If it wasn’t, we would see more people at prayer meetings than koek en tee)

    If you are weak in prayer, you will be weak in every area of your life

    If you are serious about building a legacy then you must be serious about prayer.

    It is only through prayer can we discover, experience and achieve God’s purpose for our lives

    It is through our prayers that we leave a solid legacy for the people we care about.

    There are so many people who are mad at God

    They have a problem or a situation they want God to change

    And He hasn’t yet done what they wanted Him to do.

    They sulk, rant and rave, complain and blame God for not helping them.

    The strange thing is when I ask them if they prayed about their problems, they look at me with a dumbfounded expression and tell me NO.



    People will go to great lengths to get their needs met – as James says:



    James 4:2 (NIV) – You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.



    We can either face our problems in our own strength and ability

    Or we can turn to God in prayer so we can face our problems with His strength and ability.

    Prayer takes us out of the Driver’s seat and puts us in the passenger seat.

    The Bible is clear that God has a purpose for each and every one of us.



    Ephesians 2:10 (Amp) – For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above-spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us.]



    Choosing not to pray limits that purpose

    Apart from God’s power we are limited.

    In our own strength we can never do all that God created us to do.

    The key to every great man and women of God who left a lasting legacy – they were all prayer warriors.



    We could mention Nehemiah or Daniel



    Abraham: It was He’s rule to stand before the Lord in prayer

    With the alter of Sacrifice was the alter of prayer



    Genesis 18:27 (NIV) – Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes.”



    David: Every Psalm is a prayer



    Psalm 109:4 (NIV) – In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer



    Elijah: What a prayer warrior



    James 5:17(NIV) – Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years



    Isaiah: What a great prophet of God



    Isaiah 65:24 (NIV) – Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.



    Paul: this is the key to Paul’s legacy

    Acts 9:11 (NIV) – The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.”



    Jesus: Our ultimate example:



    1 Peter 2:21 (NIV) – To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

     

    Mark 1:35 (NIV) – Very early in the morning, while it was still dark Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.



    Luke 5:16 (NIV) – But Jesus often withdr

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    Building my legacy

    Building my legacy

    Building my Legacy.



    “Please think about your legacy because you are writing it every day.”

    – Gary Vaynerchuch



    “Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people.”

    – Peter Strople



    (Because of you; I want to serve God better)



    “I glorified you on earth having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.”

    – Jesus (John 17:4)



    Our theme for 2020 is: “Forward and Onward”



    As we daily move forward and onward we build our legacy.



    Forward: with consistency, making progress

    Onward: without distraction, advancing, taking territory



    One of the most challenging scriptures for me is the words of Jesus



    Luke 6:46-49 (NIV) – 46”Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say? 47As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”



    Rock building is legacy leaving material



    1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (NIV) – 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If anyone build on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14If what has been build survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved-even though only as one escaping through the flames.



    Over the next few weeks we are going to look at the pillars that support the weight of our legacy.



    It’s all about being dedicated and committed to build, encourage and equipping each of us to live a “Christ Centred Legacy.”



    What is a legacy? It focuses on what will endure. It’s all about passing on things of lasting value to those who will live on after us. (Jesus is the same today, tomorrow and yesterday)



    How are you building? Will how you live leave a legacy?



    Legacy: involves living intentionally and aiming to build in to the next generation for their success.



    Psalm 145:4 (Amp) – One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your might and remarkable acts.



    The reality is that we all hand down something... (whether we like it or not we do leave something)

    Some people leave treasured gifts, others leave debt.

    Some leave great morals and family history, while others leave utter chaos.

    Some leave a strong spiritual heritage, others leave generational sin.



    We all have things we are proud of and pleased to hand down

    And chances are that we have things we pray will end with us.



    If the legacy you’re leaving now stinks – Do not give up! Rather have the courage to change it.



    Know this: You are not alone!!!



    Paul laid out for u what it means to be a legacy minded person



    1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (Amp) – Be on guard; stand firm in your faith [in God, respecting His precepts and keeping your doctrine sound]. Act like [mature] men and be courageous; be strong. 14Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us].









    I always say: “Yesterday does not have to define you, if you use today to refine you.”



    Martin Luther when asked what he would do if he knew he were going to die tomorrow, replied with, “I’d go out and plant a tree.”



    In other words he would leave behind him a legacy of life that would grow on an

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    Tolerance

    Tolerance

    Tolerance



    “I have learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open mindedness.” – Christopher Hitchens

    (When you refuse to see the error of your ways)



    “Tolerance is the oil which takes the friction out of life.” – Wilbert E. Scheer

    (It makes life run smoother)



    Tolerance: The ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviours that one dislikes or disagrees with.



    God’s word has much to say about our tolerance

    Beginning with Romans chapter 13; Paul has been talking about how we should relate to the believers around us. Then he writes:



    Romans 15:1-7 (NIV) – We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up. 3For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. 5May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind towards each other that Christ Jesus had, 6so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7Accept one another, them just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.



    Here we learn that we are to have a spirit of tolerance towards our brothers and sisters in Christ.



    Have you noticed we are different (Everybody is normal till you get to know them...)



    Yet it’s our very differences that make the church possible. (Imagine if we were all exactly the same)



    God trust us enough to build His Kingdom with all our differences.



    There is a lot of talk in the world today about tolerance

    What they mean is: We are to affirm other people regardless of what they do in life.



    For instance if a person is openly homosexual then the rest of the world is supposed to honour that person and encourage their life style – This is what they mean by tolerance.



    There are some things we just can’t tolerate.



    What I’m talking about is an attitude within the church that accepts the personal differences of our brothers and sisters



    Loving one another even if we disagree.



    The duty of Tolerance  -



    Romans 15:1-2 (NIV) – We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up.



    Paul is talking about the weaker Christians

    The one who needs rules to keep him straight

    The one who points fingers at what other are doing



    There’s a contrast between the mature Christian and the one that has not reached that level of maturity yet.



    Hebrews 5:11-12 (NIV) – 11We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!



    He says to the stronger Christian – “We ought to bear the failing of the weak.”



    The word “ought” (behoort) is an obligation, we have a duty.



    To effectively do it we will have to do as Paul says in these first two verses



    Romans 15:1-2 (NIV) – We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up.



    The word “Bear” is important; the same word is used in John 19:17 – “Jesus bearing His cross.”

     

    Galatians 6:2 (KJV) – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.



    The whole idea is one of self-denial and self-sacrifi

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    Upward , Outward, Onward

    Upward , Outward, Onward

    Upward, Outward, Onward

    By Werner van Rensburg

    Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realise this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward. Henry Ford

    Col. 4:2-18  NIV.

    Introduction to The Book of Colossians

    Paul had been imprisoned in Rome and received messages about heresies (a belief opposed to the official belief of a church and that is considered wrong) at the church in Colossae. Paul defended the faith by exalting the person of Jesus, and clarifying the true doctrine of Jesus Christ.

    Summary of The Book of Colossians

    Purpose-  is to instruct the believers that salvation is only in Jesus Christ. The person of Jesus Christ must be understood accurately and that "He is the image of the invisible God

    Contents.  Colossians contains Paul's instruction about the new life in Christ. This new life produces a Christlike character. What is a Christlike character? brotherly affection, forgiveness, peace, worship and ministry, devotion to Christ, and thankfulness in everything.

    You can also summarise the book and the outcome as follows:

    Main Idea: Those with a complete view of Jesus as their foundation live lives of prayer and faithfulness, which results in holy actions toward both the family of God and unbelievers.

    Head Change: To know what it means to be faithful to God in all circumstances and on a daily basis so that we can apply it to our lives today.

    Heart Change: To feel devotion to God regardless of external situations.

    Life Change: To practice faithfulness which is upward in prayer, outward to witness, and onward in practical obedience every day.

    Have you ever rushed off to Game and bought a ceiling fan and left it unused in its box, bringing no light or moving no air? If you like me, then the installation is definitely more complicated than a heart operation. Leave it in its box till you can afford an expert ceiling fan putting-in man.

    But God never meant for us to keep our relationship with Him in a box like the fan. Ou boere sê; Geloof is ‘n persoonlike ding. Jy praat nie daaroor nie. I asked my dad once if he had given his heart to the Lord. Oh my hat… I was made to sit on a couch. It’s like when they tell you about the birds and the bees. Dis privaat en persoonlik.



    What we learn about God,

    what we know about God,

    what we believe about God,

    needs to be deeper than just concepts to us.

    They are meant to affect

    the way we think,

    the way we act,

    the way we live.

    As Paul wraps up this powerful letter, he urges the church in Colossae to take the truths in this letter out of the box and put them into action, action that will move us in three directions: upward, outward, and onward.

    Upward in prayer
    Outward in evangelism
    Onward in doing life and ministry together as a church family

    Before we get to Upward, outward and onward:

    You may notice there's one important direction missing:

    inward.

    The truth is that all of these actions flow out of the inner work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

    Col. 2:6-7
    6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness

    We need to be rooted and grounded in Christ.

    Col. 3:1-2
    1. Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

    Our minds and hearts (which comprises all that goes on inside of us - our inner thoughts and affections) are to be set on things above.

    Col. 3:15
    15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be t

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