DAY 18: I AM. . . WANTS TO SPEAK TO US - 24 February 2017

By Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Some time ago, I read about a woman, Jenna, who began to apply "listening prayer" in her faith walk. She would put time aside during her prayer time to also listen to what God is saying about her issues she has discussed with him. She also made a habit of writing down what she sensed God is saying to her. This completely changed her faith walk.

One day Jenna experienced a difficult situation at work. In her office, she kept a book containing highly confidential information. No one in the office was supposed to know about the book. Although she kept the book locked away in a cupboard, she discovered one morning that it was gone. She searched everywhere and asked everyone in the office if they had seen the book. No-one had any knowledge of it. When she reached a dead end, she took her car keys, jumped into her car and immediately went home. There she went into her prayer room and there on her knees begged God to show her where the lost book is. Quickly, one of her colleagues' names dropped in her spirit. It did not make sense at all, since she specifically asked that colleague about the book and she denied having any knowledge of it.

In faith Jenna went back to her work. Nervously, she took a deep breath outside the relevant colleague's office, before entering in faith. Her words were simple, "Can I please get my book back?" The colleague was clearly taken aback and replied, "Who gives you the right to accuse me falsely?" Without skipping a beat, Jenna replied, "I am here with the Highest Authority possible. Please, hand me back my book." The colleague hesitated for a moment. She then leaned forward in her chair, pulled open her desk drawer and handed Jenna the lost book.

As believers, we easily confess that we believe that I AM can speak to us. Yet, I wonder how many of us truly make time to listen. Have you recently applied "listening prayer" in your life? Can you testify to hearing the Holy Spirit's voice on a daily basis in your life?

In Jeremiah 33: 3 we read: "Call to Me and I will answer you ..." And in Isaiah 59: 1 we read: "Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear." At times, like for Jenna, it takes faith to believe that what we hear is truly Him speaking to us. In Hebrews 11: 6 we read: "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." And how can we know that it truly is Him speaking to us? Jesus answers in John 10:27: " My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." The more time we spend with I AM, the clearer we will discern His voice.

I AM wants to speak to us. Let us acquire a journal. Sit down and talk to Him, with an expectant heart that He will speak back to you. Follow the peace in your heart and test what you hear against the Word of God. He will never tell you to do anything which is contrary to His word. Let's take the first step; I am sure we are going to stand in total amazement at what He wants to do. God bless.

Father God, thank you for talking to us. Please help me not to miss my disbelief and my focus on my challenge. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • ASSIGNMENT: Find a journal. Talk honestly with God and write down what you sense in your heart. Measure it against the Word.
  • FEEDBACK: Please send your feedback, testimonies of God's goodness or questions on the topic to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Benescke

Day 17: I AM. . . YOUR PROTECTOR - 23 February 2017

By Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Monday's fire in Pringle Bay and Hurricane Ike. In both cases, these events caused great damage. In Pringle Bay, the fire burned a family's home to the ground. What made it especially sad is that the family built the house over a period of seven years. While they lost everything in the fire, the houses around them were unharmed.

In 2008, Hurricane Ike moved within 13 days through Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the United States, causing damage of about $ 10 billion. A photograph published after the hurricane of the coastline in Gilchrist, Texas caught my attention. Although all the houses next to the coast seemed to be flattened, only one house remained standing. It is almost as if the wind and water had been ordered to move around the house, but not touch it.

In our lives, at times we feel like the home in Pringle Bay. While we are suffering one disappointment after the other with overwhelming heart ache, the people around us seem to only experience happiness and prosperity. Yet, there are also times in which we experience supernatural protection, knowing that a Greater Hand protected us. We might even look back at seasons in our lives and stand astounded at the knowledge that He ordered the winds and water to move around us without touching us.

 The truth is that I AM is much closer to us and more involved in our lives than we sometimes realize. Amid storms, pain and disappointments, He remains Sovereign. In Psalm 23: 4 we read: "Even though I walk through dark valley, I will not be afraid, for you are with me. In your hands I am safe." In Isaiah 43: 1-3 He said: "Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. If you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you; When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned. . . for I am the Lord thy God. . . "And in 2 Thessalonians 3: 3 we read: "The Lord is faithful, who will establish you and keep you from evil."

I AM protects us in every season of our lives. Is it He that causes the storms to hit our lives? Of course not. He knows what we can endure and will never allow anything to overcome us. He carries us, saves us and protects us. And if it feels as if our "house" is burnt to the ground, He can rebuild it. Let's keep our eyes on Him. He remains Sovereign. Be blessed.

Father God, thank You for Your protection in every situation I may find myself in. Help me to rest in You, even if I do not understand the reasons. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • See photos of the house in Pringle Bay as well the one that survived Hurricane Ike at www.benescke.co.za.
  • ASSIGNMENT: Let’s deliberately thank God for being in control of our lives - even if it feels as if everything is falling apart.
  • FEEDBACK: Please send your feedback, evidence or questions on the topic to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Benescke

DAG 18: EK IS. . . WIL TERUGPRAAT - 24 Februarie 2017

Deur Benescke Janse van Rensburg

'n Tyd gelede lees ek van 'n vrou, Jenna, wat vertel hoe sy begin het om "luister-gebed" in haar geloofslewe toe te pas. Wat dit behels is dat sy tydens haar gebede soms ook net stilbly en luister na wat God vir haar terugsê oor sake wat sy met Hom bespreek het. Wat sy gehoor het, het sy in haar joernaal neerskryf en aan die Woord van God gemeet. Hierdie gewoonte het haar gebeds- en geloofslewe ingrypend verander.

Jenna vertel onder meer van 'n insident by die werkplek. Een oggend het sy by die werk ontdek dat 'n boek met hoogs konfidensiële inligting, wat sy te alle tye agter slot en grendel bewaar het, uit haar kas verdwyn het. Alhoewel sy die kantoor deurgesoek het en almal daarna gevra het, het niemand kennis van die boek gedra nie. By die besef dat sy 'n doodloopstraat bereik het, het sy haar motorsleutels gevat, in haar motor gespring en huis toe vertrek. Dáár het sy in haar gebedskamer ingegaan en op haar knieë vir God gesmeek om haar te wys waar die boek is. Vinnig het een van haar kollegas se name duidelik in haar gees geval. Dit het glad nie sin gemaak nie, aangesien sy daardie oggend spesifiek vir dié kollega gevra het of sy die boek gesien het, maar sy het dit ontken.

In geloof het Jenna terug werk toe vertrek. Senuweeagtig het sy vir oulaas buite die kantoor 'n diep asemteug geneem voordat sy in geloof by die betrokke kollega ingestap het. Haar woorde was eenvoudig: "Kan ek asseblief my boek terugkry?" Die kollega was duidelik uit die veld geslaan en het vies geantwoord: "Wie gee jou die reg om my vals te kom beskuldig?" Sonder om te blik of te bloos het Jenna geantwoord: "Ek kom na jou met die Hoogste Gesag moontlik. Gee asseblief my boek dadelik vir my terug." Die kollega het vir 'n oomblik gehuiwer voordat sy vorentoe in haar stoel gesit het, haar lessenaar se laai oopgetrek het en die verlore boek aan die vrou oorhandig het.  

As gelowiges erken ons maklik dat ons glo dat EK IS met ons praat. Tog wonder ek hoeveel van ons op 'n gereelde basis "luister-gebed" in ons lewens toepas? Kan ons sê dat ons EK IS se stem deur sy Heilige Gees op 'n daaglikse basis hoor?

In Jeremia 33:3 lees ons: "Roep My aan, Ek sal jou antwoord..." En in Jesaja 59:1 staan geskryf: “Die arm van die Here is nie te kort om te help nie en sy oor is nie te doof om te hoor nie.” Tog neem dit soms geloof om te doen wat ons glo dat ons gehoor het. In Hebreërs 11:6 lees ons egter: “Wie tot God nader, moet glo dat Hy bestaan en dat Hy dié wat Hom soek, beloon.”  Ook Jesus het in Johannes 10:27 gesê: "My skape luister na my stem; Ek ken hulle, en hulle volg My." Hoe meer tyd ons in God se teenwoordigheid spandeer, hoe duideliker sal ons sy stem leer ken.

Kom ons maak dus 'n punt om 'n joernaal aan te skaf en tyd uit te sit om ook te luister wat EK Is vir ons wil sê. Kom ons volg die vrede in ons harte en meet wat ons hoor aan sy Woord. Hy sal immers nooit vir ons iets sê wat teenstrydig met sy Woord is nie. EK IS wil graag met ons elkeen praat. Ons moet net luister. Sterkte.

Vader God, baie dankie dat U met ons gesels. Help my asseblief om dit nie te mis deur my ongeloof of my fokus op my uitdagings nie. Ek vra dit in die Naam van Jesus Christus. Amen.

  • OPDRAG: Kry 'n joernaal. Gesels eerlik met God en skryf neer wat jy in jou gees ervaar. Meet dit aan die Woord.
  • TERUGVOER: Stuur gerus jou terugvoer, getuienis of vrae rondom die tema na This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Benescke

Dag 17: EK IS . . . BESKERM ONS - 23 Februarie 2017

Deur Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Maandag se brand in Pringlebaai en Orkaan Ike. In beide hierdie gevalle het die betrokke gebeure groot skade aangerig.

In Pringlebaai is 'n gesin se huis onder meer Maandag tot op die grond afgebrand. Net roet en as het oorgebly. Wat dit veral hartseer maak, is dat hulle vir 7 jaar lank aan dié huis gebou het - en dat die huise rondom hulle niks oorgekom het nie.   

In 2008 het Orkaan Ike binne 13 dae deur Kuba, Haïti, die Dominikaanse Republiek en Amerika getrek en sowat $10 biljoen se skade aangerig. 'n Foto ná die orkaan van die kuslyn in Gilchrist, Texas het my aandag getrek. Al is al die huise langs die kus platgevee, het slegs een staande gebly. Die huis staan vreemd regop asof die wind en water beveel is om reg rondom die huis te beweeg, maar nie daaraan te raak nie.

Soms voel ons lewens soos die huis in Pringlebaai. Platgebrand. Een na die ander krisis tref ons wat ons weerloos en hartseer laat, terwyl dit op die oog af lyk asof die mense rondom ons slegs geluk en voorspoed beleef. Tog moet ons erken dat daar ook aan die anderkant daardie tye is in ons lewens waarop ons kan terugkyk met die wete dat 'n Groter Hand ons beskerm het en dat Hy die winde en waters beveel het om nie aan ons te raak nie.

EK IS is heelwat nader aan ons en meer betrokke in ons lewens as wat ons soms voel. Te midde van storms, seerkry en teleurstellings, bly Hy in beheer. In Psalm 23:4 lees ons: "Selfs al gaan ek deur donker dieptes, sal ek nie bang wees nie, want U is by my. In u hande is ek veilig." In Jesaja 43:1-3 sê Hy: “Moenie bang wees nie, Ek verlos jou, Ek het jou op jou naam geroep, jy is Myne. As jy deur water moet gaan, is Ek by jou, deur riviere, hulle sal jou nie wegspoel nie; as jy deur vuur moet gaan, sal dit jou nie skroei nie . . . want Ek is die Here jou God. . .” En in 2 Tessalonisense 3:3 staan geskryf: "Die Here is getrou; Hy sal julle versterk en julle van die Bose bewaar."

EK IS beskerm ons in elke seisoen van ons lewens. Is dit Hy wat die storms in ons lewens veroorsaak? Natuurlik nie. Hy weet hoeveel ons kan hanteer en sal nooit enigiets in ons lewens toelaat wat ons nie sal kan hanteer nie. Hy dra ons, verlos ons en beskerm ons. En as dit vandag voel asof jou "huis" tot op die grond afgebrand is, weet dat Hy dit kan herbou. Kom ons hou ons oë op Hom. Hy bly Soewerein. Sterkte.

Vader God, baie dankie vir U beskerming in elke situasie waarin ek myself mag bevind. Help my om in U te rus as ek nie die seisoen verstaan nie. Ek vra dit in die Naam van Jesus Christus. Amen.

  • Sien foto van die huis wat afgebrand is en ook Orkaan Ike by www.benescke.co.za.
  • OPDRAG: Dank EK IS dat Hy ons lewens in sy hande hou - al voel dit ook asof alles rondom jou uitmekaar val.
  • TERUGVOER: Stuur gerus jou terugvoer, getuienis of vrae rondom die tema na This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Benescke

 

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