Monday, 13 January 2020

President's assembly address - Godly women trusting Divine Treeasures

Godly women trusting Divine Treasures
The journey I have been led to take our ladies on for the year ahead is the wilderness or desert experience.
I shared with the ladies on the Divine Plan of God and how Moses’s parents, by faith, placed him in the river Nile and we know that he became the one who led the Israelite's out of Egypt….today I want to look at the Divine Power of God. All part of what I have termed…..Divine Treasures.

God’s Divine Power – we know that this was displayed in the very beginning, when he called everything into being – that was Divine – no one else can do that.
Power is the strength to accomplish your will with whatever resources are required. God has this.
He can accomplish whatever He wills to do and has whatever resources are necessary at his disposal.
He holds ultimate, perfect power, always well directed by His wisdom. In fact – there is no competition; no rival – to His Divine Power.
This same Power is given to us….and I refer you to the verse God has laid upon my heart to share…2 Peter 1:3….”His Divine Power has given us everything we need for a godly life….the same power that was displayed at creation….. ……is enabling us to live godly lives. In response to this we need to trust this Divine Power by knowing that it has the ability to do so much within our lives……I want to look at just two of the abilities or certainties….

I believe that Gods Divine Power has the ability to:
1.    Do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine…it was Paul who ended his prayer when he prayed for the Ephesians recorded in Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us      This verse leads me to the shores of the Red Sea…..thousands of people, women, men and children, camping. 
·         They had come to a stop on their journey and camped at this place just in front of the Red Sea
·         Not long into their journey word came from the back that Pharaoh and his men were on their way…it seems that he had changed his mind once again.
·         I believe there was pandemonium, people running backwards and forwards. Some pulling their hair out while others were trying to protect their families
·         As they looked ahead – they saw the sea. Looking behind them – they visualised the dust as the chariots pursued
·         They were captured –all they could think was…. death ahead and death behind
·         The sea was not even an option
·         Sounds of “Moses, Moses – what now?  They wanted urgent answers.
·          Remember, the Israelite's lived pretty much in an uninformed society.
·         There was no sound or voice of “just check google maps quickly” to see which way would be best, or check if there are any ships or ferries coming this way, or just check to see the breadth of the sea – maybe it isn’t so far across or maybe it isn’t so deep, we could walk through the water – uninformed – they had no idea – can you imagine
·         Remember also that it was unknown territory – they were slaves in Egypt – so they could not leave Egypt…there were no opportunities for holidays along the coast - so they did not know that area
·         Backwards and forwards, they ran to this poor man Moses who knew that the God who ordained Him had the power – the divine power to do anything, yet, I doubt, had the thought of the red sea parting.
·         There was no smart Alec  that ran up to Moses and said “Moses - ask God, ask God to open the sea so that we can walk through it quickly
·         It looked like Moses too forgot how God had used the staff in his and Aaron’s hands to deliver the very people shouting at him – ranting at him – really tearing a strip off him.
·         The staff became a snake
·         The Nile turned into blood
·         Frogs came up over the land
·         Dust became gnats
·         Locusts covered the land
·         They all ”forgot” about the “Divine Power” and even though Moses tried to calm them down by telling them not to be afraid and that they will get through this….Ex 14:13  Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again….he still did not have an inkling of how this would happen, neither did it appear to him that he could ask…….
·         And this is why I say today and echo the verse…”Our God can do immeasurably, unfathomably, incalculably more than what we:
                                  i.    Ask for……no one asked God to open the sea…..God told Moses “Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground (Ex 14:16)
                                ii.    Or even Imagined…who would have imagined this….for me – the sea is daunting….too much water – that would definitely not have entered my mind…..the Israelite's, including Moses – did not give this a thought – I believe if it did – they would have verbalized it….

I want to pause here for a moment –
We, even though we have seen His Divine Power being displayed, are pretty much the same as the Israelite's, when we hit a brick wall – we automatically go into ‘panic mode’. I want to encourage us this afternoon…….
There is no one who can do what our God can….I don’t want this to sound like a Christian cliche – let it be meaningful……There is no one like our God!  This Divine Power that was displayed on the shores of the red sea – can be displayed at the shores of your situation.
Often we run around like – like the Israelite's did – all they saw was death ahead and death behind……little did they know that our God was about to do Immeasurably, unfathomably, incalculably more than what they had asked or imagined……He can do the same for you today.

Secondly – God’s Divine Power has the ability to:
2.    DELIVER… We know the Israelite's walked through on dry land….God caused a strong east wind to blow and hold up the waters on both sides…..I put myself in this situation….I wonder….to me it would be…..a case of “I have nothing to lose” so let’s just do this. 
·         It sounds all pretty easy – but I think the Israelite's hurried through on dry ground….they now had two fears
o   The Egyptians behind them and
o   The sea they were walking through….
·         I’m sure there must have been thoughts of “how long is this water going to stay up”
·         Thoughts of what they verbalised to Moses when they heard the Egyptians were on their way….”Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die” - doubt
·         The event recorded does look simple and as if it just happened – but as I said to the ladies yesterday – these were people just like you and me….so let’s think how we would have reacted to this display of Divine Power…..I doubt we would even have had casual conversation – we would have wanted to get out of that situation as quickly as possible
·         I mentioned – that the Israelite's were pretty much an uninformed people – so they had no idea how long or how quick this was going to take
·         No whatsapping from the front to say – okay – we have an hour to go……they truly walked through….just trusting the moment……and again….believing the man God had chosen for a time such as that – Moses.
·         They got to the other side – they got there not knowing – what now….are the Egyptians coming – I’m sure that they looked to see what the next step would be.
·         With bated breath they looked – still fearful as to what now. In their minds – the Egyptians were still coming
·         But we know….because we read it in scriptures that God’s Divine protection was in action throughout their journey through the red sea – God’s Divine Presence was also evident throughout the journey.
·         During the last watch of the night – the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud and caused confusion amongst the Egyptians who were pursuing…
·         However, when all the Israelite's were safe on shore – God instructed Moses to stretch forth his hand over the sea so that the waters can flow back……the Egyptians all drowned…
·         Now – we know that – but the Israelite's did not….they could have thought that they turned around and made it safely to the other side and that Pharaoh was going to devise another plan to destroy them…
·         But this God – he never leaves us hanging………remember what Moses said to the people…. Ex 14:13  Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again
·         Exodus 14:30 says…..and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore…… you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. This – was their deliverance
·         The Egyptians you see today you will never see again …vs 28 says…that not one of them survived! Total Deliverance

I encourage us ……Do not be afraid, Stand firm… is then that you will see the deliverance.
His Divine Power – it has the ability to:
Do immeasurably more than we ask for or imagine and…it has the ability to deliver.

I believe godly living is a desire that every Christian should have…..and Peter tells us that His Divine Power has given us everything we need for this…..we don’t need to grovel. We have just seen this Divine Power being displayed at the Red Sea…..that is how powerful the enabling of us living godly lives is…..we have it all.

Lord – Revive us again……….because, like the Israelite's, we are so inclined to forget all your mighty deeds and the displaying of your Divine Power!!!

Friday, 13 December 2019

From the Presidents Desk

Dear Ladies

It is indeed a privilege and a humbling honour to greet all the Baptist women of South Africa in the name of Him who alone is Divine.

I am grateful for the Word of God that exhorts us to live godly lives. The great thing about it is that we do not need to do it on our own...His Divine power has given us everything we need to do this through the knowledge of Christ...2Peter 1:3.
During my tenure, I will be encouraging us to trust, what I have termed "Divine Treasures", as we desire to live godly lives.

When we acknowledge that God alone is Divine and the power displayed within and through this Divineness, we will be motivated and spurred on to be godly.
As an individual, a daughter of the Most High, our greatest desire must be to please Him and strive each day for godliness. Godliness encompasses trust and trusting is never easy. It involves waiting, hoping and believing.  We have these divine treasures and I encourage us to dig into these treasures....Divine Care, Ownership, Favour, Leadership, Direction, Guidance, Compassion, Helper, Protection, Deliverer, Control, and Presence........... Be confident that what God did for the Israelites in the wilderness, He can display in our personal lives too. These treasures were evident on their journey and so they can be on our very own journey to godliness.

Corporately, as a Women’s Department we have an amazing responsibility and privilege to go beyond ourselves to spread the gospel and grow the ministry. Our core values speak volumes – valuing the absolute authority of God’s Word, recognising the power of prayer, being committed to the Great Commission and valuing excellence in ministry.  How awesome to have these at the centre of our heart.  My prayer for those in leadership in their areas is that they would live these values and promote it amply. We do not just want to be known but we want to make an impact in the lives of women. These values, when active within and lived out, will do just that.
Our various ministries. Bible Way, Women Equip, Manse Fund Ministry, Pastor’s Wives Ministry, Missions, LACE, Hidden Treasure Shops....our desired result is souls for Jesus and excellence in ministry.

Thank you in anticipation to all who will put their hands to the plough in nurturing these amazing ministries and ultimately blessing and enriching our Women's Department.
To all our Baptist Women......Forward onto victory in the Divine Name of our Lord.
Be assured of my prayers for all and I value your prayers as we together serve our Master.
Yours in the Masters Service

Juliana Dreyer

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Winter reflects the Glory of Good

Winter is generally seen as a season of quite and reflection, almost like a time for hibernation.  Unlike animals we spend the time reflecting, storing up for the new season of growth and warmth.  When one applies this to our lives , practically speaking this is a time of preparation of growth and renewal. 

Winter can be seen as a dreary and desolated time or it can be seen as the time before colour and warmth return.  We should use this time for preparation in our spiritual life in anticipation of what the Lord has in store for us as the new season arrives.

1.   Reflect on where you have been?

2.  Consider the negative and the positives from that season ?

3. What do ou need to do to bring bout growth in the new season of life?

Paul declares that this should be our goal for every season of life whether it is positive or negative. “…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Phil 4:11-13

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Why the Cross?

As we prepare our hearts for Easter let me remind Why the Cross is important.  I would like to share some thoughts out a sermon I recently heard based on Col 2:13-15.

"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us: he took it away nailing it to the cross.  and having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." Colossians 2:13-15 

It is the only way to deal with sin.

1.  The real consequence of sins
  • Death - V13 
    • Romans 6:23 - "for the wages of sin is death"
    • 1 Cor 15:56 - "The sting of death is son, and the power f sin is the law"
    • James 1:15 - " ..and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death". 
2.  Our inability to deal with sin
  • Inability - v13
    • Romans 7:14-24 -"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?"
    • James 1:13-15 - " each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth too sin:"
    • 1 John 3:4 - Everyone who sins breaks the law, in fact, sin is lawlessness."
3.  The failure of legalistic righteousness
  • v13 +v14 -"cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it way, nailing it to the cross." 
  • Romans 5:20-21- ..."But where sin increase, grace increased all the more, so that just as sin reigned in  death so also grace might reign through righteousness...."
4.  The selfless Sacrifice of the cross disarms the self-contentedness of sin
  • The cross is the ultimate victor procession over sin - 2 Cor 2:14

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Soaking in God’s Presence

It is important  to make our personal relationship with God a priority especially during the busy start to the year.  For us to find balance in our lives start with our relationship with Jesus.  We need to make this our focus to ensure that we continue to grow so that we can Proclaim the Glory of God.. 
Ps 96:1-4  "Sing a new song to the LORD! Sing to the LORD, all the world!  Sing to the LORD, and praise him! Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us. Proclaim his glory to the nations, his mighty deeds to all peoples. The LORD is great and is to be highly praised; he is to be honored more than all the gods."
BE intentional and plan a time where you can meditate on Scripture and wait on the Lord.
Here are some passages that could assist in this devotional time
Ps. 23: 1-3 – “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;”
Ps. 131:2 — “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother. Like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
Ps. 62:1 & 2 – “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress, I will never be shaken…”
(vs. 8) “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.”
Ps. 63:1 – 3 – “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.”
(vs. 4 – 5) “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You.”
(vs. 6 – 8) “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.:
Zeph. 3:17 – “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Ps. 4:4 — “Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.”
Ps. 37:7 — “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.”
Matt. 11:28-30 — “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Isa. 40:29-31 — “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Isa. 55:1-3 — “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters: and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live;”
Ps. 45:11 & 13 “The King is enthralled by your beauty; honour Him, for He is your Lord…All glorious is the princess within her chamber, her gown is interwoven with gold. In embroidered garments she is led to the King; they are led in with joy and gladness; they enter the palace of the King.”
Hos. 2:14 — “Therefore, behold, I will allure her (God’s people), I will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her.”
Exodus 14:14 — “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Psalm 27:14 — “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart; and wait for the Lord.

President's assembly address - Godly women trusting Divine Treeasures

Godly women trusting Divine Treasures The journey I have been led to take our ladies on for the year ahead is the wilderness or dese...