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DEURDRENK MET DIE HEILIGE GEES

Nadat Petrus daardie preek in Handelinge hoofstuk 2 op Pinksterdag gepreek het, eindig hy hiermee: Hand 2:36 “Laat dan die hele huis van Isreal sekerlik weet dat God Hom Here en Christus gemaak het, hierdie Jesus wat julle gekruisig het.”

SATURATED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

After preaching his sermon on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2, Peter ends as follows: Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ – this Jesus whom you crucified.”

DIE MERKWAARDIGE SKAKEL TUSSEN GELOOF EN SWAKHEID

Die oorspronklike artikel is geskryf een maand ná die verpligte besetting van ons plaas deur die Zimbabwiese regering. Ons is drie maande gegee om van die plaas af te wees; hierdie was dus ‘n maand in daardie tyd in geskryf. Ek het hierdie geskryf om mense te help verstaan watter diep geestelike stryd ‘n mens tydens so ‘n traumatiese tyd deurgaan. Ek vertrou dat hierdie ‘n bemoediging vir jou sal wees, waar jy ookal in jou persoonlike stryd mag wees.

THE REMARKABLE LINK BETWEEN FAITH AND WEAKNESS

The original article was written one month after the compulsory acquisition of our farm by the Zimbabwean government. We were given three months to move off the farm, so this was written one month into that time. I wrote this to help people understand the deep spiritual battle that one goes through at such a traumatic time. I trust that it will be an encouragement to you, whatever your personal battle might be.

WANNEER EK SWAK IS

Swakheid is nie juis die gewildste of mees gesogte eienskap nie en swakkelinge word gewoonlik bespot of op neergesien. Die lelike of nietige mense word nie in advertensies gebruik nie – wat beteken dat slegs ‘n klein minderheid die groot skerms haal. Die groter meerderheid van ons is net gemiddeld – vanuit die wêreld se oogpunt natuurlik.

WHEN I AM WEAK

Weakness is not hailed as the most popular, sought-after attribute, and weaklings are usually mocked or looked down upon. The ugly or puny ones are not normally used for advertising - which means that it is only a small minority who make it to the big screens. Most of us are really only mediocre - that is of course from the world's point of view. Paul, the apostle, writes often about his own weakness.

WEDYWER MET PERDE

Hierdie artikel is uit die oorspronklike artikel wat ek op 11 Januarie 2004 geskryf het, aangepas. Dit was die begin van die finansiële ineenstorting van die Zimbabwiese dollar wat op die onregverdige plaas besettings gevolg het. Die Reserwe Bank se beleidsverklaring op 12 Desember 2003 het die rentekoerse op oortrokke rekeninge oornag van 45% na ʼn astronomiese 600% per jaar laat styg. Talle maatskappye het oornag bankrot gespeel en my maatskappy en boerdery het ook amper deurgeloop. Dit was net deur die genade en bonatuurlike ingryping van die Here deur ‘n woord van wysheid wat die Heilige Gees my in daardie tyd gegee het dat ons bankrotskap vrygespring het.

COMPETING WITH HORSES

This article was adapted from the original article which I wrote on 11 January 2004. It was at the beginning of the financial collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar, which followed the iniquitous farm invasions. The Reserve Banks’ policy statement on 12 December 2003 had caused interest rates of overdrafts to rise overnight to an astronomical figure of 600%. Many companies went bankrupt overnight, and my company and farm also faced imminent bankruptcy. It was only by the grace of God that we were saved from bankruptcy through a supernatural intervention by God and wisdom which He gave me.

MAAR GOD

Psa 30:12 “U het my weeklag vir my verander in ’n koordans, U het my roukleed losgemaak en my met vreugde omgord.” Hoe wonderlik is dit nie hoe God dinge vir ons kan omdraai nie. Die vorige artikel wat ek geskryf het, het ek ook vroeg een Sondag oggend geskryf, en die titel was “Nog ‘n blik op Habakkuk”.

In daardie artikel het ek oor die verskriklike droogte gepraat wat ons deurgemaak het, en ons behoefte om in geloof te leef en God te vertrou om, ten spyte van die droogte, in ons daaglikse behoeftes te voorsien. Later daardie dag het ons 15mm reën uit die goeie hand van God ontvang. Die volgende dag het ons 23mm gehad en die dag daarna 41mm. Die laaste reenbui het so skielik gekom dat die reën nie kans gekry het om in die grond in te trek nie, en die meeste daarvan het afgeloop en binne een dag die dam wat ek gebou het, byna volgemaak! ‘n Sikloon het ons oor die daaropvolgende twee weke getref en ons het ‘n gemiddeld van ongeveer 25mm reën per dag gehad. Die damme het oorgeloop en die grond was goed deurweek.

BUT GOD

Psa 30:11 “Thou has turned for me my mourning into dancing: Thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.” (KJV) How wonderfully God is able to turn things for us. The last article I wrote was also early on a Sunday morning, called “Another look at Habakkuk”. In it, I spoke of the terrible drought that we had been experiencing, and our need live by faith and to trust God to supply our needs despite the drought. Well, later that very day we received 15mm of rain from the good hand of the Lord. The next day we had 23mm, and the next we had 41mm. The last downpour had come so suddenly that the rain did not have time to soak in, and most of it ended as run-off, and in one day almost filled the dam I had built! Over the next two weeks, a cyclone hit us, and we had an average of about 25mm of rain per day. The dams filled to spilling, and the ground was thoroughly soaked.

DIS ALLES IN DIE Oë

In 2002 as ‘n bemoediging aan boere gedurende die Zimbabwiese plaasbesettings geskryf

Mat 6:22 “Die lamp van die liggaam is die oog. As jou oog dan reg (enkelgesind) is, sal jou hele liggaam verlig wees. 6:23 “Maar as jou oog verkeerd is, sal jou hele liggaam donker wees. As dan die lig in jou donkerheid is, hoe groot is die donkerheid nie!

IT'S ALL IN THE EYES

This article was adapted from the original article which I wrote on 11 January 2004. It was at the beginning of the financial collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar, which followed the iniquitous farm invasions. The Reserve Banks’ policy statement on 12 December 2003 had caused interest rates of overdrafts to rise overnight to an astronomical figure of 600%. Many companies went bankrupt overnight, and my company and farm also faced imminent bankruptcy. It was only by the grace of God that we were saved from bankruptcy through a supernatural intervention by God and wisdom which He gave me.

HOE KRY MENS JOU HUIS IN ORDE

In hierdie artikel bespreek hy die gebeurtenisse en tydsberekening van die veelgeprofeteerde eindtyd konflik, en dan sluit hy met die volgende vermaning aan sy lesers af: “As daar ooit ‘n tyd was om ons huis in orde te kry, is dit nou!!!”

HOW DO WE GET OUR HOUSE IN ORDER

In this article he discussed the events and timing of the much-prophesied end time conflict, and then he ended with the following admonition to his readers, “If there ever was a time to put our house in order, it is now!!!”

SOOS GOUD

‘n Paar dae gelede het ‘n vriend van my die volgende Skrif ter bemoediging met my gedeel: Job 23:8-10 “KYK, ek gaan na die ooste, en Hy is nie daar nie; en na die weste, maar ek bemerk Hom nie. As Hy in die noorde werk, aanskou ek Hom nie; buig Hy af na die suide, dan sien ek Hom nie Want Hy weet hoe my wandel is; as Hy my toets, sal ek soos goud te voorskyn kom.”

LIKE GOLD

A few days ago, a friend shared the following Scripture with me to my encouragement: Job 23:8-10 “Behold I go forward but he is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him; when He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns (hideth Himself - KJV) on the right, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

OM UIT N DIEP SWART GAT TE KLIM

Ons het ‘n paar jaar gelede ‘n put naby ons huis gegrawe en toe ek die middag na werk by die huis kom besluit ek om met die put af onder toe te klim om die bodem te inspekteer waar die werkers die hele dag gewerskaf het. Die gat was alreeds 12 tot 14 meter diep en die boonste derde het penne gehad wat in die kante van die skag gekap was om die klim te vergemaklik. Vir die res van die pad ondertoe was daar vastrapplekke hier en daar uit die mure gekap. Daar klim ek toe na onder. Ek was alreeds moeg ná ‘n lang dag se werk, en teen die tyd dat ek die bodem bereik het, was ek nogal uitgeput. Ek het vergeet dat ek nie meer so jonk en rats was nie, en terwyl ek daar onder in die diep, donker gat staan, het die klim boontoe skielik vreeslik gelyk. Ek was alleen – ‘n dom fout – en soos die laatmiddag vinnig besig was om te kwyn, het ek besef dat ek geen tyd gehad het om te mors nie – ek moes uitklim.

CLIMBING OUT OF A DEEP HOLE

A few years ago, we were digging a well, and I decided to climb down to inspect the bottom. It was already about 12-14 metres deep, and the top third had spikes hammered into the side of the shaft to make climbing easy. For the rest of the way, footholds had been haphazardly cut out of the side walls. So down I went. I had already been quite tired after a long day’s work, and by the time I reached the bottom I felt quite exhausted. I had forgotten that I was not as young and agile as I used to be, and as I stood in the bottom of the deep dark hole, the climb back up suddenly looked formidable. I was alone - a silly mistake - and as the late afternoon light was fading quickly, I knew I had no time to spare - I had to climb out.

'N BOESMANLANDER SE DROOGTE STORIE

God is goed. God is altyd goed. Maak nie saak wat gebeur of wat die omstandigheid of tye is nie, sy karakter is vas. Wat ‘n troos! Wat ‘n sekerheid! Wat 'n kosbare, kosbare les wat droogte ons geleer het.

In die afloop van 2005 lui Johnnie se huweliksaansoek soos volg aan my: “Liefie dis droogte, ek weet nie hoe lank dit gaan aanhou nie, maar ... sal jy met my trou?”

En so begin ons sprokie - Johnnie wat droogte en die gevolge daarvan ken en vrees, en ek wat dink dat die Boesmanland net geloof kort. 

A BOESMANLANDERS'S STORY OF DROUGHT

God is good. God is always good. It doesn’t matter what happens, what the circumstances or era it is, His character is steadfast. What a comfort! What certainty! What a precious lesson the drought has taught us.

Towards the end of 2005, Johnnie’s marriage proposal was as follows: “Darling, there is a drought, and I don’t know how long it will continue, but ... will you marry me?”

And so our fairytale began – Johnnie, who knew and feared the drought and its consequences, and me, who thought that the Boesmanland only needed faith.

 
 

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