Persevering despite the temptations of pleasure or pain

Walter Mischel

Walter Mischel conducted an experiment with four-year-olds in the 1970s. He left a four-year-old alone in a room with a marshmallow and a bell. If the child rings the bell, Walter returns immediately, and the child eats the marshmallow. If the little one can wait for Walter to come back of his own choice, he or she will get an extra sweet.

In videos from the experiment, you can see the kids wriggle, squirm, swing their legs, close their eyes, and sit on their hands. They are desperate to apply restraint. They usually really want to wait to get two sweets. Their actions differed greatly. Some could not hold out and rang the bell within a minute. Others could hold out for up to 15 minutes.

The children’s further development was followed by the researcher. Those who could wait longer scored higher points at school. They gained access to better educational institutions and accomplish more as adults. The children who rang the bell the soonest were prone to a higher percentage of bullying. Ten years later, they were rated poorer by parents and teachers, and by age 32 were more likely to have drug-related problems.

Walter Mischel’s conclusion was that children should learn that it is better to work, prepare and sacrifice for the future, rather than living for immediate satisfaction of needs. The future is more important than one might realize in the heat of the moment.

This is also true of spiritual life as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13.

I would like us to listen to Paul’s take on temptations. And to learn from him how waiting for God’s promise provide the way of escape from temptations. That is the only sure way to persevere in faith.

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Bid dat ons getrou sal bly – Matteus 6:11-13

Wat bid ons met die sesde bede van die Ons Vader?

In die uitleg van die Heidelbergse Kategismus 127 erken ons daarmee:

  • Ons is in onsself so swak dat ons nie een oomblik staande kan bly nie (Joh 15:5; Ps 103:14).
  • Daarby hou ons doodsvyande, die duiwel (1 Pet 5:8; Ef 6:12), die wêreld (Joh 15:19) en ons eie sondige natuur (Rom 7:23; Gal 5:17), nie op om ons aan te val nie.

Ons vra daarmee:

  • Wil U ons tog deur die krag van u Heilige Gees staande hou en versterk,
  • sodat ons teen hulle sterk teenstand kan bied en
  • in hierdie geestelik stryd nie beswyk (Matt 26:41; Mark 13:33) nie,
  • totdat ons eindelik die oorwinning volkome behaal (1 Tess 3:13; 5:23).”

Download the English translation: Pray that we remain faithful

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7. The New Humanity

INTRODUCTION

In the opening pages of the Bible, God appoints humans to rule the world on his behalf. But when they rebel, the biblical story leads us on a search for a new humanity that will be God’s faithful partners, forever. This is the plot conflict of the biblical story that leads to Jesus, and we explore it in this final and seventh episode of our Spiritual Being series.

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Bid dat God se wil geskied – Matteus 26:36-46

Dit is die eindstryd van die Curriebeker op Nuweland. WP teen Noord-Transvaal. Die telling is gelykop. Die losskakel lê aan vir ‘n skop na die pale. As dit oor is, wen WP. As dit mis is, is dit gelykop. Die eindfluitjie gaan blaas. Die losskakel kom vorentoe, die bal trek reguit pale toe … en toe op ‘n onverklaarbare manier verander die bal van trajek, en die skop is mis. Die beker word gedeel.

Die storie is vir my vertel van wat daardie dag gebeur het. Drie spelers het bymekaar gestaan en gebid. Twee het gebid: “Here, ons sien al hoe daardie bal deur die pale trek!” En die bal het reguit pale toe getrek … totdat die derde speler afgesluit het met: “laat u wil geskied,” en die bal se trajek verander het. Die een se kommentaar was: “Jy met jou wil van die Here! Kyk nou daar! Dit kos ons die wedstryd.”

Beide gebede is natuurlik verkeerd. Die gebed van selfvertroue. En die gebed van selfvertwyfeling. Hoekom? Want, nie een van die bidders weet presies wat God se wil is nie. Jy kan immers net sê laat u wil geskied, as jy weet wat God se wil is. En God se wil het boonop nie veel te doene met balle wat deur pale trek nie.

Ons moet versigtiger wees met wat ons vra

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6. The Satan and Demons

Spiritual Beings

Theme: 6. The Satan and Demons

Summerstrand 1 September 2019 18:30

INTRODUCTION

The storyline of the Bible presents a populated spiritual world, full of creatures who are in rebellion against their Creator, just like humans. Let’s look at the video for episode six of our series to learn more about the powers of spiritual evil in the story of the Bible.

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Kommentaar en navrae

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Hi Pieter

    Jy kan uiteraard lees wat ek self oor Romeine en Efesiërs geskryf het:

    Maar, as jy ‘n bietjie dieper wil delf, kan jy kyk na die volgende bronne:

    • Faithlife Study Bible (korter kommentaar oor die hele Bybel)
    • NET Bible (kort tekstuele kommentaar oor die hele Bybel – gratis op YouVersion se Bible app)
    • Scripture Direct (uitstekende woordverklarings oor die hele NT – gratis as app)
    • Keener, C. S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (Second Edition). IVP Academic. 2014.
    • Vosloo, W., & van Rensburg, F. J. Die Bybel in Praktyk (Nuwe Vertaling). Vereeniging: Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy. 1993
    • Van Zyl, A. H.. Die Bybel verklaar: 1983-vertaling. Kaapstad: Lux Verbi. 1993

    Dan is daar natuurlik volbloed kommentare.
    Op Romeine:

    Op Efesiërs:

    • Lincoln, Andrew T. Ephesians WBC 1990
    • Bruce, F. F. The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians NICNT
      1984
    • Foulkes, Francis Ephesians TNTC 1989
    • Stott, John R. W. The Message of Ephesians BST 1991
    • Fowl, S. E. Ephesians: A Commentary. Westminster John Knox Press 2012
    • Roberts, J. H. Die brief aan die Efesiers. N G Kerk-Uitgewers. 1990
    • William Barclay http://www.dannychesnut.com/Bible/Barclay/Galatians%20and%20Ephesians.htm
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    Pieter

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    Naand Chris.
    Kan jy my dalk help met goeie bronne om studie van Effesiers en Romeine te doen.
    Dankie vir jou wonderlike werk en leeringe

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    Petra Marneweck

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    Die inhoud van die preek bevestig wat hierdie week in ons Bybelstudiegroep bespreek is en versterk my geloof dat Jesus opgestaan het. Baie dankie vir die besondere boodskap

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    Dean van Wyk

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    Baie dankie Rethie vir hierdie inspirerende boodskap. Ek is oorspronklik van PE en woon nou 20jaar lank in PTA.
    In my stiltetyd vanoggend het ek Fil 2:12b-13 gelees en dit kan net deur die Gees van God wees dat ek op hierdie preek afgekom het.

    God seën jou bediening en geniet die see( ek beny julle).

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Dankie Hansie. Die Here is goed vir ons.