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SONDAG:  16 JULIE 2017   –   TEKS:   EFE. 4:1-16 & JAKOBUS 2:18

“Ek vermaan julle dan, ek, die gevangene in die Here, om te wandel waardig die roeping waarmee julle geroep is, met alle nederidheid en sagmoedigheid, met lankmoedigheid, terwyl julle mekaar in liefde verdra en ernstig strewe om die eenheid van die Gees te bewaar deur die band van die vrede.  Dit is een liggaam en een Gees, soos julle ook geroep is in een hoop van julle roeping;  een Here, een geloof, een doop, een God en Vader van almal, wat oor almal en deur almal en in julle almal is.  Maar aan elkeen van ons is die genade gegee volgens die mate van die gawe van Christus.  Daarom sê Hy:  Toe Hy opgevaar het in die hoogte, het Hy die gevangenes gevange geneem en gawes aan die mense gegee.  Maar dit:  Hy het opgevaar – wat beteken dit anders as dat Hy ook eers neergedaal het in die onderste dele van die aarde?  Hy wat neergedaal het, is dieselfde as Hy wat opgevaar het bokant al die hemele, sodat Hy alles tot volheid kan bring.  En Hy het gegee sommige as apostels, ander as profete, ander as evangeliste, ander as herders en leraars, om die heiliges toe te rus vir hulle dienswerk, tot opbouing van die liggaam van Christus, totdat ons almal kom tot die eenheid van die geloof en van die kennis van die Seun van God, tot ‘n volwasse man, tot die mate van die volle grootte van Christus;  sodat ons nie meer kinders sou wees nie wat soos golwe geslinger en heen en weer gedryf word deur elke wind van lering, deur die bedrieëry van die mense, deur sluheid om listiglik tot dwaling te bring;  maar, terwyl ons in liefde die waarheid betrag, in alles sou opgroei in Hom wat die Hoof is, naamlik Christus, uit wie die hele liggaam – goed saamgevoeg en saamverbind deur die ondersteuning wat elke lid gee volgens die werking van elke afsonderlike deel in sy mate – die groei van die liggaam bevorder vir sy eie opbouing in liefde.”

“Jy het die geloof en ek die werke.  Toon my jou geloof uit jou werke, en ek sal jou uit my werke my geloof toon.”

 

SUNDAY:  16 JULY 2017   –   TEXT:  EPH. 4:1-16 & JAMES 2:18

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;  endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

“Thou hast faith, and I have works:  show me thy faith without thy works, and I will shoe thee my faith by my works.”

 

In the practice of this daily life we know that Unity is essential.  If the one breaks down what the other builds up, there will be disunity.  Most important it is to be one in Spirit.  Jesus prayed for His disciples in John 17:21 “That they may be one; as thou Father art in Me;  and I in thee.”  In our natural life we are all different characters.  It is almost impossible to find two people with the same outlook on life.  There has to be a Unity in purpose, the same way as He has proved to us that He and the Father are One.  The purpose is not to reach unity through human power, gifts of brain.  To become one in Godliness we need another foundation to build on.  Therefore we have to be brought in Unity through the Power of the Holy Spirit that touched the heart of man and his feelings.  The Spirit that does not originate from man but given to us by Do, is the only foundation upon which it is possible to find one another, irrespective of the different talents.  We are inclined to form our own meanings about things we have to endure;  therefore we reveal our feelings on our own judgment which we rather like, and through which we like to be influenced.  If we consider the Spirit we can establish whether our meanings and judgment are in accordance with that which pleaseth God.  If we consider what the Spirit of God and the teaching of the Apostles reveals unto us;  we can then distinguish between that which builds up or breaks down the Unity amongst us.  In any event, it is necessary for us that we are guided by the Godly Spirit, which testifies of the Gospel of the Apostles, which is a firm starting point for us.  About the first

 

Christians we read in Acts 4:32 “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul.”  The Unity of the Spirit had its origin in the faith to One:  “Christ”, whose word was

equal to all, judging all by the same standard.  It is not the intention of God to create puppets without character or cast all in the same mould.  Much more will be derived through labour of the Holy Spirit which strives to develop these gifts and powers received within the Godly serving, in working together and to bring all labours to its full potential;  thus allowing it to grow to Unity.  All humble hears and each soul moved by this power shall be aware of the fact of having served God and his neighbour or having distorted the Unity.  The Unity in this belief is not only shown in the name of the belief, but through the deeds that we do in Unity, that we all have the same deep founded belief in God and His work and to be steadfast next to each other.  To be one in the Love of Christ, we have to prove not only to talk about it, but also to show love to each other.  If a person cannot tolerate the faults of his brother or sister, or if you cannot love your neighbour, the Unity would be distorted.  We cannot have the one without the other, love and tolerance.  The love binds us with one another as Children of One Father, as inhabitants of one household, as members of one body, as gifts of One Spirit.  “By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, that have love to one another”  John 13:35.  Truly a wonderful sign of Unity, if the love will be revealed and someone carries a different concept in his heart.  Such a spiritual condition is very necessary and should take first place amongst the servants and in the heart.  Such a spiritual condition is very necessary and should take first place amongst the servants and in the lives of the community.  With these words of God we are advised to carefully preserve the Unity.  Be of the same mind one toward another.  Rom. 12:16 “Be all of one mind”, I Cor. 1:10 “Let brotherly love continue”, Heb. 13:1 “That ye stand fast in one Spirit with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel”, Phil. 1:27 “Finally be ye all of one mind having compassion to one another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous”  I Peter 3:8.  If the conditions are lacking, the devil will get the upper hand.  The destruction is then perceptible.  That we remain one, remains to be seen, how strong we keep to the faith God gave us.  The person with strong confidence strengthens the person who has less.  Those that stand steadfast help those that have fallen, the strong stand by those who are dejected so that no one shall be left behind, making sure we will all inherit the promise, to enter into His rest.  Heb. 4:1.  Jealousy, envy, insincerity, quarrelling and epotism retards the Unity.  In case we cherish our own interest, and there is no heed for the well being of all, there can be no unfolding of the harmony in the joint Unity.  The more the Holy Spirit works within us, all the more will we be one in God and Jesus, remaining close together.

 

Apostle Rudi Gassmeyer

GERMANY

 

SONDAG:  23 JULIE 2017   –   TEKS:  GAL. 6:7-10

“Moenie dwaal nie;  God laat Hom nie bespot nie;  want net wat die mens saai, dit sal hy ook maai.  Hy wat in sy vlees saai, sal uit die vlees verderf maai;  maar hy wat in die Gees saai, sal uit die Gees die ewige lewe maai.  En laat ons nie moeg word om goed te doen nie, want op die regte tyd sal ons maai as ons nie verslap nie.  Laat ons dan, terwyl ons geleentheid het, aan almal goed doen, maar die meeste aan die huisgenote van die geloof.”

 

SUNDAY:  23 JULY 2017   –   TEXT:  GAL. 6:7-10

“Be not deceived;  God is not mocked:  for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;  but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing:  for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

 

SONDAG:  30 JULIE 2017   –   TEKS:  GAL. 5:19-21

“En die werke van die vlees is openbaar, naamlik owerspel, hoerery, onreinheid, ongebondenheid;  afgodery, towery, vyandskap, twis, jaloersheid, toornigheid, naywer, tweedrag, partyskap;  afguns, moord, dronkenskap, brassery en dergelike dinge, waarvan ek julle vooraf sê, soos ek al vroeër gesê het, dat die wat sulke dinge doen, die koninkryk van God nie sal beërwe nie.”

 

SUNDAY:  30 JULY 2017   –   TEXT:  GAL. 5:19-21

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

“SOWING AND REAPING”

“SAAI EN MAAI”

 

Let us not be deaf to the earnestness of these words, which reveal God’s steadfast laws concerning sowing and reaping.  With regard to the natural and spiritual gifts we have been blessed with, we have every reason to joyfully express our thankfulness to God.  Taking God’s blessings for granted can make us indifferent and lazy;  we refuse to thank God, the giver of all good things, and are not willing to accept the responsibility for such behaviour.  Why is it that many people ridicule God and do not feat His judgement at all?  Perhaps it is because God is so patient, infinitely good, forbearing and does not intervene immediately after we have misbehaved.  There is a big gap between sowing and harvesting.  The laws that govern this are all too easily forgotten.  If we reap immediately after sowing the crop would be terrible.  God in His great mercy gives us repeatedly the chance to improve, do what is right, repent and do penance.

Laat ons nie doof wees vir die ernstigheid van hierdie woorde nie, want die verse openbaar die standvastigheid in die wet van “Saai en Maai” (oes).  Met betrekking tot die natuurlike en geestelike seëninge wat ons ontvang;  het ons elk ‘n rede om baie dankbaar te wees.  Dan ook om onse dankbaarheid te openbaar, of te wys deur ons dankbaarheid aan God te toon.  Om God se seëninge te neem as vanselfsprekend, maak ons anders-denkend en lui.  Ons begin deur nie die dank meer tot God te bring nie, die Gewer van alle goeie dinge en ons is nie bereid om die verantwoordelikhede van hierdie gedragspatroon te aanvaar nie.  Waarom beskou nog soveel Apostolies God se wette as belaglik en spot inderdaad met God en toon geen vrees vir Sy oordeel nie?  Miskien is dit omdat God soveel geduld het, dat meer en meer nie Sy oordeel meer vrees nie.  Omdat Hy so goed is, omdat Hy mededeelsaam is, en omdat Hy nie op die oomblik reageer nadat ons, ons misdra het teen Sy wette nie.  Daar is ‘n groot tydsverskil tussen die tyd wanneer  ons saai en wanneer ons maai.  Die wette wat hier ter sprake kom , word ook al te gou deur God se volk vergeet.  Sou ons onmiddellik nadat ons gesaai het, die oes kon maai, sou dit verskriklike

nagevolge hê.  Sou dit God se houding wees, sou die nagevolge verskriklik wees.  Onse God in Sy groot genade, skenk ons weer en weer die geleentheid om onsself te verbeter om dit te doen wat reg is, om berou te hê en om belydenis te doen.

 

It is sheer folly to interpret God’s silence and patience as impotence and weakness.  Man misunderstands God’s mercy and forbearance, ignores His very existence, because he thinks himself to be master and denies the power of divine laws.  As a result man sins quite happily because he feels that he does not have to render account and that his actions will have no further consequences.  It seems incomprehensible that the connection between sowing and reaping can be overlooked when the consequences are fatal.  This divine law can neither be broken or repealed.  It is a determining factor for good or evil in our future.

Dit is absolute gekheid om God se stilte en Sy geduld as swakheid te beskou.  Die weiering deur ons om te verstaan, en God se aanhoudende genade dryf ons soms om Sy bestaan in twyfel te trek.  Die mens begin homself te sien as die meester en daag die krag van geestelike wette, as gevolg hiervan en voortspruitend daaruit, sondig ons as te ware heel gelukkig, want sommige voel dat hy/sy geen rekenskap vir hulle dade aan enigeen skuldig is nie.  Dit word soms aan so een bewys dat daar geen nagevolge is om God se wette nie te onderhou nie.  (Die oortreders oortuig hulself.)  Dit is onverstaanbaar dat die noue verband tussen “Saai en Maai” (oes) deur soveel menigte vir gerieflikheidsonthalwe net oor die hoof gesien word, min wetend dat die gevolge daarvan fataal is.  Die geestelike wette van God kan nie gebreek of opgehef word nie.  Dit is inderdaad die faktor wat goed of kwaad sal bepaal vir ons toekoms.

 

Take the Apostle’s warning seriously:  “Be not deceived;  God is not mocked:  for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap!”  Jesus, who sows the good seeds of God’s word in the world, is not the only sower.  Satan sows too and we are sometimes his instruments.  Today’s text lays special emphasis on the different fields.  Which field do I lay my hopes on?  Which harvest do I hope for?  “He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;  but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”  By the term flesh Holy Scripture does not mean only our natural impulsiveness, sinful desires and free life, with no restrictions at all;  but according to the Apostle Paul, the inner ungodly (Gal. 5:19-21)

Neem asseblief die Apostel se waarskuwing ernstig op:  “Moenie dwaal nie;  God laat Hom nie bespot nie;  want net wat die mens saai, dit sal hy ook maai.”  (Gal. 6:7)  Jesus saai die goeie saad van God deur Sy woorde aan ons, maar vergeet asseblief nie;  Hy is nie die enigste saaier nie.  Satan saai ook, en ons is soms ook sy intrumente.  Vandag se teks lê in besonder klem daarop, tussen die verskillende velde (harte) waarin daar gesaai word.  Op watter veld vertrou ek my hoop?  Op watter oes hoop en verwag ons?  “Hy wat in die vlees saai, sal uit die vlees verderf maai, maar hy wat in die Gees saai, sal uit die Gees die ewig lewe maai.”  (Gal. 6:8)  Met die woord “vlees” meen die Bybel nie alleenlik ons natuurlike impulsiwiteit (aandrywend) nie.  Begeertes vir sonde en om vry te lewe as Apostolie, wat niemand oor my iets te sê het nie, met geen verbode areas nie, dit is nie van God nie, maar volgens Apostel Paulus, het dit betrekking op die innerlike man met ‘n uitwerking op die uiterlike.  Dié vuil en altyd begerende en onkorrekte hart, afgodediens, beterwetenheid en konflik met jouself, Gal. 5:19-21, (wat ondermeer insluit), twis, jaloersheid, toornigheid, naywer, tweedrag, partyskap, afguns, moord, dronkenskap, brassery en hebsug. 

 

Guilt has reaped many a bitter harvest.  Man must reap what he has sown even though it be terrible.  Earlier man expected a different harvest from his worldly labours and the apparent domination of all worldly influences and values.  Thank God that this holy law concerning sowing and reaping not only brings us punishments but blessings:  “He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”  What is important is being born again of the Holy Spirit so that

the new man may do new works for the love of God.  Christ gives eternal life through His Spirit, and His principles differ greatly from ours.

Skuldigheid aan hierdie sake het meer as een maal ‘n bitter oes opgelewer.  Ons sal beslis maai wat ons gesaai het, al sou dit hoe skrikwekkend wees.  In vroeëer dae het die mens ‘n verskillende oes verwag vir sy natuurlike werk, en waarskynlike heersing van en om die wêreld te beïnvloed met sy eie waardes.  Dank God hierdie heilige wet aangaande saai en maai bring nie alleenlik straf nie, maar ook seëninge.  “Maar hy wat in die Gees saai, sal uit die Gees ewige lewe maai.”  Belangrik is dit om wedergebore te word, met die Heilige Gees van God om toe te laat dat die nuwe mens, met nuwe werke voor ‘n dag sal kom om sy liefde aan God te toon.  Christus gee ons ewige lewe deur hierdie Gees en Sy waardes en norms verskil geweldig van ons s’n.

 

The Bible hardly mentions ‘success’ but often fruits.  Success, money, fame, prestige and power mislead and are impermanent.  The eternal harvest is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  We should not hesitate to put our full trust in God and continue to sow spiritually.  Have faith in Jesus and act according to this faith, never get tired and the day of the great harvest will dawn when we will reap continuously.

Die Bybel maak selde ‘n stelling van sukses, inteendeel baie van vrugte.  Sukses, geld, beroemdheid, prestige en krag mislei en is nie permanent nie.  Die ewige oes is die vrugte van die Heilige Gees.  Ons moet nie vir een oomblik huiwer om onse volle vertroue in God te stel nie, maar nie net vir ‘n tyd nie, ons moet aanhou daarmee om te saai in Sy werk.  Dit het ook betrekking op die natuurlike kant van Sy werk.  Behou geloof in Jesus Christus en handel volgens hierdie geloof, moet nie moeg word nie, want die dag sal aanbreek wanneer ons die groot oes sal inwin, wanneer ons vir ewig Sy genade sal maai.

 

Apostle Rudi Gassmeyeris pri