Our life is like a garden and what we sow into our garden will bring joy or pain.  So many of us are experiencing pain in our lives and the more we try to fix the garden of our lives, on our own, we create more pain.

To stop the cycle of pain and the bad fruit in our lives is to discover what is most important in our lives and focus and that.  To deal with the bad fruit problem is not trying to remove it as it will always come back, but to focus on the finished work of the cross.

Take hold of the truth, that we are accepted in Jesus, we are righteous through Him, we qualify for every promise God has made.  As we focus on the truth we begin to eliminate the source that is feeding the bad fruit.  We begin dealing with the root.  Most often this root or source of pain, confusion and loss is the result of judgment which we have made – assuming to know why a person did what they did and then we react in a way that is not based on reality.  Only God has the right to judge.  He knows why people do what they do.

Jesus taught in (Matthew 7:1-2) Do not judge, or you too will be judged and with the same measure you will be judged.  As we judge (Luke 6:38) says it will be given back to us in greater measure.  So we create for ourselves even more pain.

If you want to find out more on how to stop the pain in your life, contact CHARIS BIBLE COLLEGE for more information.

written by:  Gaylyn Maree

Are you limiting God with your thoughts and beliefs.  Proverbs 23v7 tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.

That what dominates our thoughts will affect our beliefs and that will limit what God can do in our lives.  If we focus on what parents say, the news on radio and TV and look what is happening in other peoples lives we can so easily compare ourselves and our lives with them.  2 Corinthians 10v12 says that comparing ourselves among ourselves is not good.  The news might tell us that there is a recession.  Do we buy into that or do we look at God’s Word that says “But my God shall supply all my needs….” (Phil 4v19)?

The cares of the world distracts, fear of man and the unknown can all be overcome by the Word of God. God wants us to succeed, not because of who we are but because of who He is.  We need to see ourselves as God sees us, take the limits off and see God’s will in your life come to pass.

For more information on this and other truths contact Charis Bible College, Heidelberg, WC, SA on 028-7222701 or enquiries@charisbiblecollege.org.za.


Everything God created was made for a purpose.  When He created Adam, he created a friend, one like himself, a spirit with the ability to choose.  Now God was allowing Adam to choose for himself, if he wanted God to be his friend, for friendship demanded is no friendship at all.

God had taken care of all Adams needs physically, emotionally and spiritually.  God had made his choice.  Adam and Eve chose to sin and walk away from the life of God and they  began to experience death, but God’s heart towards them never changed.  Sin drove them away from fellowship with Him.  Due to Adams sin we have all been born into sin, we have a sinful nature and in this condition we will not choose to be a friend of God.

Praise God for our Saviour Jesus!  Through Jesus we become born-again and we are given a brand new spirit, we are made friends of God, when we choose to receive Jesus as our Saviour.

That’s the grace of God, where we were far from Him, He made a plan to rescue us and through the work of the cross Jesus gives us spiritual life.  He gives us favour and every good thing that we don’t deserve, this is the goodness and kindness of God.

God allows you to choose.  He will never demand friendship, even though he loves you dearly.  If you are wanting to become a friend of God or to grow in your friendship with God contact Charis Bible College today.

Contact:  028-7222701 or enquiries@charisbiblecollege.org.za

Romans 1v21 says:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were they thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Paul was explaining to the romans that we all have knowledge of God but we can choose to dull ourselves to that knowledge.  This verse shows the steps that people take to dull themselves and through this decrease the impact God has on their lives.

It is not that God withdraws His presence — there is no expiry date on the power He releases in our lives.  It’s what we do, not what God does that decreases the effectiveness of His touch in our lives.

We so easily place more focus on circumstances in our lives or the opinions of other people.  Whatever you focus on gets bigger and bigger (magnifying) and what you neglect gets smaller and smaller.  What does this mean?

The more you focus on the opinion of others, or your circumstances, it will cause your understanding of God’s view of you to become smaller and smaller.  It is not possible to value what God is saying about you and value other people’s opinion about you at the same time.  When you focus on the Word of God, then the Lord will take on greater importance in your life and glorifying Him will be a natural part of your relationship with God.  Neglecting God will cause us to be like a broken vessel and leak out the Fullness of God in our lives.

Want to walk in the fullness of God.  Contact CHARIS for more information on this subject.