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Discouragement – Satan’s stock in trade

I had the opportunity of travelling to a number of countries the past year. One thing I noticed was that a lot of people were very discouraged – many of whom are Christians. In South Africa folk are discouraged about the politics, crime and striking mine workers dragging the country down; in the USA about the economic situation and the job reports, and in Europe about the economic situation.

As Christians we pray and ask for wisdom, insight and understanding to try and understand what is going on and at times we are so discouraged we wonder whether our faith is real … or only empty words. Little do we realise that trials are often sent to test us…. so that what we know in our minds will become part of our hearts.

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Unguarded strengths are double weaknesses (Part 2)

The second example is about the search in the past 4 weeks for new premises in Johannesburg for one of our Ear Institutes. We looked at various properties and eventually found the “perfect” property approximately 1 mile from our current premises. We have a number of requirements for a property including:

1. Positioning – preferably on a busy corner / main road with good visibility
2. Must be able to erect proper sign boards that will advertise our business 24/7
3. Easy entrance and exit for our elderly patients with ample safe parking
4. Well maintained property with space for future expansion

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Unguarded strengths are double weaknesses (Part 1)

I have often thought about the meaning behind the saying that an unguarded strength is a double weakness. Frequently we pray about something and when God answers us, we immediately start implementing what we have prayed about, sometimes continuing over many months or even years, without even asking God what He had in mind now that He gave the go-ahead. I’d like to share with you two specific incidents that made me understand more clearly the meaning of the above.

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Miracle One: The Lord provides an unexpected gift

In December 1988, our family went on vacation to one of the most beautiful spots in the world, a fishing village called Hermanus, located between mountains and the sea, approximately one and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town. Though 1,000 miles away from Pretoria, we managed to get there in one day.

Along with some friends, we rented a holiday home in Vermont, approximately four miles to the west of Hermanus. Anita and I thought it would be a privilege to have a holiday home in the Cape in order to enjoy the warm summer days and cool Atlantic sea breeze at night. During the winter, Hermanus is also a wonderful spot for watching southern right whales frolicking in the bay.

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Trusting God in Business Deals

“If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” (Proverbs 3:4–6)

Let me be frank: trusting God in every single business deal is not always easy. Being human, I often still overstep the mark by wanting to follow my own instincts. After all, I have a God-given talent ! But, I had to learn the hard way as projects, initiated of my own accord, struggled to get off the ground. Yet, God remained faithful as I continued to seek His will.

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