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Deadlines!

On Monday I officially begin a new class that I am enrolled. It’s rigorous. Two chapters of reading takes me 4 days (I’m also doing other things in between). I have multiple hours of videos to watch. There’s still additional articles to read. Then there’s student collaboration all through the week. This is my life for the next 8 weeks. My deadline to turn everything in is by Monday evening every week. Just writing about it, I feel pressured.
If there was no deadline I’m sure I would be filling my time with things that don’t really matter or non-contributors to my goal. Deadlines keep us on target. Deadlines keep us focused. Deadlines help us sift through what we should include in our life and what we shouldn’t. Deadlines helps us to know the importance of the task.
We all have deadlines. What’s your deadline? How focused are you about reaching it? How serious are you about receiving its approach with excitement because you have welcomed it and reached it?
In Hebrews 10:25-27, the writer says this, “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. ” In verse 27 the writer tells us that we can expect the “judgement of God”.
That’s a deadline! It’s the most important deadline you’ll ever be asked to work hard towards. If you miss that deadline then all is lost.
What are you doing on a daily basis to meet that deadline of seeing Jesus? Are you filling your life with things that are not contributing to meeting that deadline with high commitment? I want to cahellenge you today to do as much as possible to meet the expectations of Christ, because when you do, you have no fear of NOT meeting that important deadline.
Shalom
Selvan Govender | Rev. Pastor
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
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Posted by on August 31, 2018 in General Blog

 

Bankrupt

Have you ever had moments when you went to the ATM for a certain amount of money urgently,  and for something important, and it wasn’t there?
I had this experience recently!
For me it’s a sinking feeling. I had to blink twice (i think  more), just to make sure that I’m reading the ATM display correctly.
The ATM always wins!
If you didn’t know it yet, our bank accounts operate on the principle WYPIIWYGO (what you put in is what you get out).
The Bible is big on  WYPIIWYGO. One place in scripture is Psalm 119:11  “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” There’s traces of this in Psalm 1 and  Joshua 1. It’s throughout the Bible.
Simply put, you cannot harvest God’s promises if His word is not rooted in your life and bearing fruit. Picture this scenario. You’re going into God’s ATM. You put in your Spiritual ATM Card. You make a withdrawal on a certain promise. The displays reads ‘Balance Unavailable’. Your heart sinks!
WYPIIWYGO!
You can choose today to live a bankrupt life, or you can choose to make small investments that will definitely pay out when you make a withdrawal.
We should always dread a low spiritual balance. You can choose to  become spiritually solvent again.
Selvan Govender
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
 
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Posted by on August 30, 2018 in General Blog

 

Proofread

Last week I received an email from someone who represents a field of thinkers and writers. As I read through his mail, I noticed  the typographical litter that was scattered throughout his writing. He closed by apologising for it because he had such a busy day that he had “no time” to proofread.
Yesterday I wrote an email, a lengthy one. I clicked “SEND”. Job done! About an hour later I received  positive feedback. I decided to re-read my email. Guess what I discovered. Yes. You’re right! I discovered two typographical errors and one miss-spelled word. My legs are not long enough to kick myself.
Before i clicked “SEND” I thought it was good enough. It wasn’t!
Proofreading is one of the most important activities you’ll be engaged in, in your life.
James says this, ”  My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…” James 1:19
It goes beyond this. Proofread every thought before it becomes a word. If you dont someone may get hurt. Proofread every decision before it becomes a action. If you don’t the repurcussions could be horrible. Proofread every relationship before you enter into it. If you don’t, you’ll end up in divorce, your spouse may drive you away from Jesus, or you might be subjected to a life of emotional, physical and economic abuse.
Be slow in anything you do. Proofread. Once you click “SEND”, it becomes a part of reality and it’s irretrievable.
Make a habit of proofreading….everything.
Selvan Govender
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
 
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Posted by on August 29, 2018 in General Blog

 

Too Much Clutter

Last week I needed to download an important application on my phone. When I  clicked ‘Install’ , I was introduced to a dialogue box, telling me that I am out of memory space and that I must delete other applications to make space for the new one. I was stumped! I sat there for a few moments staring at the choices, scrolling up and down. I just couldn’t do it! Finally, after a painful few minutes I made my choice and clicked ‘Delete’. Woosh! I was gone. Just like that. Letting go of something you’ve had for a long time is painful.
I learned something that day. I learned that although i had applications on my phone that was important and essential, i needed something (at this stage) that was far more important and far more essential.
Your life is like a basket of ‘important’ and ‘essential’ . Right now there may be something of greater importance that needs to get into that basket. You’re stumped! Here’s where the rubber meets the road. You’ll have to take a moment. Think hard. Click ‘Delete’. You may have to ‘delete’ unproductive activities. You may have to ‘delete’ harmful habits. You may have to ‘delete’ the wrong people in your life. You may have to ‘delete’ the people who are in the wrong places in your life.
If you take a moment to stop right now, you’ll discover there is room for some things that are more important and more essential right now. Paul said this,  “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” – Philippians 3:8
Essentially Paul is saying, “I have made a choice to ‘delete’ those things that I thought are important and essential, to make room for the one thing that is absolutely important and essential. Let’s de-clutter!
Selvan Govender
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre
 
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Posted by on August 28, 2018 in General Blog

 

Getting Done

Last week Friday my wife, Diana was cooking a pot of Briyani. And my 9 year old daughter, Olivia was famished (very hungry). Olivia approached Diana as she took the pot of the stove to check if the potatoes were all cooked, and she asked, “Is it done?”. My wife responded, “No, its getting done.” To this Olivia said, “I don’t like that word ‘getting done’, I like to hear, ‘done!'” As I listened in on this conversation I chuckled because Olivia’s response reminded me so much of how most of us respond on our journey through life.

Immediately I shared a spiritual truth with them, a life lesson. We are all on the journey to our ‘rest in the promises of God’. We are hungry for success in relationships. We are hungry for better marriages. We are hungry for children who sincerely love Jesus. We are hungry for health change. We are hungry for business sucess. We are hungry for spiritual growth. We are hungry. Period!

Paul reminds us that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6

The journey to completion is the ‘getting done’.

Problem is, we are too much in a hurry. We don’t want to endure the ‘getting done’, we want to hear the words ‘done!’. We don’t want to endure through the process. We want to skip ahead to the result.

The ‘getting done’ is essential for the best results. No shortcuts!

God is not done with you yet. He’s getting done!

Challenge: Discipline yourself to stick to the ‘getting done’ process of life. What areas of your life are you rushing through? Think about this carefully. Slow down. Bring yourself down to a simmer. Stick to the ‘getting done’. I guarantee that when you endure the ‘getting done’, you will turn our well-done.

Selvan Govender
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2018 in General Blog

 

Prayer

It’s fair to say that this world is tough
There’s enough trouble to make us slow down
But the warrior is always on his knees
Crying for strength to keep his crown

It’s on our knees that we fight the battle
No matter how little or how great the problem may be
The warrior knows that it’s through his knees
He will be set free

Keep on praying. Pray for everything
Pray not just for the blessing
But as you’re struck this side and that
Pray for grace to keep you from stressing

Bring everything to the feet of Christ
And you will find great peace
He’s the only one who will supply your needs
And it’s here you’ll find release

We have this throne of grace
Bring all your requests and anything you may ask
Just one condition though
Don’t come with a mask

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2018 in General Blog, Prayer

 

Have You Felt Like Giving Up Lately

Text: Psalm 13:5-6
We will all agree that life is raw. The adversaries we face before we die, are not partial to anyone. The weight can sometimes seem unbearable. The weight is so heavy at times that we become spiritual hunchbacks.
Have you felt this kind of heaviness? Have you felt like giving up lately? Have you felt the sentence of death? Are you feeling that God has forgotten you?
I write this to encourage your faith and refresh your hope and my prayer is that you will see His grace and stand up under your weight.
In the text for today, we discover that David is waiting for an answer that will bring normalcy to his life. Like David, we don’t want grace, we want normalcy. We want everything back to the way it was. Total restoration!
David is waiting
And waiting….
And waiting….
But God seems to be quiet. It’s as if God took a holiday and forgot about us.
But we know that God never takes holidays, nor does he forgets about us.
Here’s what catches my attention about this Psalm every time I read it. The nugget is found in verses 5-6, “But I will trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me”
Hold onto these…
1. Don’t give up because God is a covenant keeping God
David counts on God being the covenant keeping God. God will not break his promise. God will never abandon him. God will see him through.
My friend, you belong to the same God David belonged to. He will deliver! Don’t give up!
2. Don’t give up because God has a 100% delivery record
When we face adversity, we sort of lose our joy. The rythm is gone. We stop dancing. We stop singing. We stop everything. We are consumed by our giants. Joy comes when we realise that with the Lord beside us, those giants are just locusts. My God is bigger!
Here’s the nugget. David sings with joy because he remembers God’s one hundred percent delivery record. Notice he says of God, “he HAS been good to me”. The “has” is past tense. David is fueled by God’s past activity in his life and he know that because of it, he can count on God for the future too.
Here’s how I know God will come through for you. He will come through because he has not let you down before. Go! Count your blessings and it’ll surprise you what God has done.
Shalom
Selvan Govender
 
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Posted by on August 25, 2018 in Adversity, General Blog

 
 
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