Today’s Message from Dereck
Sometimes the most bitter medicine’s the most effective. Receive the truth, make the necessary adjustments and take the high road.
Jesus asked over 300 questions, was asked 130 questions and only answered 3 in the New Testament because He wanted us to work things out for ourselves.
Nobody can succeed without failure, success is built on endurance, perseverance and tenacity. The thing is to take the opportunities when they come. The Bible says we must not grow weary when doing good for in due season we’ll reap. Let’s challenge ourselves and listen to some of the questions that Jesus asked. Unless we make the choice to become like Him, we’ll just live a very mundane existence. If you’ve been given a dream, if you don’t accomplish it, your life becomes a nightmare. Life’s a learning experience. Life’s not a test that you can fail and come back and live. Life’s a gift and you are here to share your gifting and abilities. Time management is an oxymoron because nobody manages time, it manages us, but it’s how you utilise it that’s upto you.
Jesus asked the questions so that we could look inside ourselves and realise certain things. These are some of the questions Jesus asked us to ask ourselves that He knew the answers to:
1. Why do you look at the spec of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
Where’s your focus in life, why’s it outward and not inward? Every one of us has got a value, God sent His Son to save you because you are valuable. God is the potter and we are the clay. No matter what you face in life and no matter what you feel and what your emotions are – stop looking at others. Start doing some inward introspection. Stop trying to be like other people. Monkey see, monkey do because we don’t have any originality. But you were made as a unique, original design by God. Ask why you look at other people, find out who you are, you’re an original, get real. Why are you trying to change other people when you are powerless to do so, stop looking at others faults and start looking at yourself.
2. Matthew 8:26 Why are you so afraid?
Why is it that we’re often more fear based than faith based? Anxiety’s rooted in fear. Why do people have fear – it’s because of what you allow into your brain and you should be managing your own brain. If I’m still afraid does that mean I don’t trust God because He says He will never leave us nor forsake us? Speaking about gym won’t change your body, only way it’ll change is if you use the gym. Just like saying you have faith but not practicing it changes nothing in your life.
3. Matthew 9:4 Why do you entertain / ponder evil thoughts in your hearts?
We sit and we make movies in our minds and we entertain ourselves. If you entertain evil thoughts and thoughts are like seeds you get a bad harvest. Artificial Intelligence doesn’t have feelings and emotions. We’re the most complicated of God’s designs. If you keep pausing and entertaining the negative the whole time, that’s what you sow.
4. Matthew 11:16 To what can I compare this generation?
It is to a bunch of complainers who are ungrateful? This is just some food for thought that I’m giving you and it’s challenged me properly.
5. Matthew 14:31 Why did you doubt?
The tradition of the fishermen in those days was that you’d see a ghost walking on the water before you died. Peter started walking on the water but then he doubted. I believe many dreams and visions have died by people losing faith part way through achieving them. Do you doubt, do you have unbelief? Faith is built by hearing and praying, that’s the recipe.
6. Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for a person to gain the whole world and yet lose their soul?
Is there anyone or anything that you would exchange your soul for? It’s a deep question. People are being mastered today because of their desires. What do you really want, what are you looking for? There’s a conflict between desires of the spirit and desires of the flesh. Your choices are based on your belief system. I’m just here to stimulate you to think. Your value can only be recognised when it’s utilised – when you step out of the boat and walk on the water. Too many of us here don’t think we have any value but that’s a lie in your belief system.
7. Matthew 21:28 What do you think?
What predominantly is your thought process? Where do your thoughts come from – good, evil, self? There are 7.5 billion people on the planet which gives us 7.5 billion opinions. God came to change our belief system which will change our opinions. Go and do some introspection, ask yourself these questions. Let us spend our time wisely and do things that change our lives for the better.
8. Matthew 23:33 How will you escape being condemned to hell?
Jesus was talking to church hierarchy and a group of people who thought they could analyse and dissect God. To a group of people who were trying to trap Him, when He asked this question.
9. Jesus asked this question to God: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
Have you ever felt forsaken? This was the night before He was going to be taken down. At the end of the day it’s just you and God. You came into this world alone and you’re going out alone, you can’t take your partner with you. Jesus at His last was betrayed by His disciples. There’s no record of Jesus receiving a reply. I found I really needed God when I was in jail but when things were going well I didn’t really need Him. I don’t believe there are any atheists in a crisis but in debates plenty. Have you ever asked the question why God has forsaken you? That’s an interesting one.
In closing PSALM 121 “I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel (His people) will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch your coming and going both now and for evermore.”