It was a privilege to be part of this prestigious race the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. I entered the race not sure if it will go ahead or it will be canceled again but I entered trusting that it will go ahead as I was looking forward for the Cape Town Mountain running.

Cape Town Mountain running challenge Cape Town’s most prestigious race, the Two Oceans Marathon Ultra, takes athletes on a spectacular course around the Cape Peninsula. It is often voted the most breathtaking course in the world.
The event is run under the auspices of World Athletics (WA), Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA).
 

Event Details

DISTANCE

56km (35 miles)

ENTRY LIMIT

11 000

DATE

17 April 2022

START TIME

5.20 AM

START VENUE

Main Road corner Dean Street, Newlands

FINISH VENUE

UCT Rugby Fields, Upper Campus, Rondebosch

QUALIFYING RACES

42.2km sub 5:00
50km sub 6:30
56km sub 7:00
90km sub 12:00
100+km sub: 13:30

CUT-OFF

7 HOURS MAT TO MAT

First thing first congratulations to Gerda for her winning the Ultramarathon for the third time and breaking the record read more about it on

Leaders board for the event is as follows:

We are going through a lot as country just after Covid-19 now KZN floods this event made a conducive environment for people from all walks of life to meet and socialize but most we call ourselves social runners running under hashtag running with Tumi Sole on social networks or social media.

Chapman’s Peak highlights

The event was a great experience celebration of culture with variety of tribes all running as one nation. I met great people amongst them Vuvu who is a uniter in the running sphere

Not forgetting to mention my follow team of runners who we saw fit to give life to the event in terms of real time content

I made research on reviews about the race and found one which is perfect so my review on dwell much on the route per se but rather on the vibes part of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon event. see route review by Mkhululi Jack -I asked his permission to feature his article on my blog

Support was massive

I did collect the 56km finishers blue medal

My race results

Just for laughter entry from big names in the running circles including Social RunnersSA Chirman Adam:

I arrived at Cape Twon ahead of the event and this is my blog entry before the race https://siphiwebillysigudla.com/2022/04/09/i-am-excited-to-be-taking-part-in-this-2022-of-the-total-sports-two-oceans-ultral-marathon-on-17-aprilthe-2022-edition-after-two-years-of-hard-lock-down/

Review a Race review starts with key details like date, distance, and your participation status (first-timer, repeat runner, volunteer, etc). That I have done above already in my opening

Rate it: Five required ratings ask you to evaluate (on a scale of 1 to 5 shoes) your overall experience as well as course difficulty, course scenery, event production, event swag, and even (optional) your own performance. (Each rating is independent of the others.) I will rate the event 5 and my finish time result is 06:38:13

Thanks again to The Total Sports Two Oceans team

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The experience is unique. I found online a better route review so I figured let me ask permission from the author and feature it and I won’t have to worry about writing about the details of the route as someone has https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19 done that already see

This review was a contribution to the race from a participant and a continued support from first review I wrote in 2019 after I participated in the Oldmutual Two Oceans Marathon see blog entry : my Totalsports Two Oceans Ultramarathon highlight is past Erf sign 4426, Greenwood Cottage, Main Road, Hout Bay45 km 20 metres past Phantom Acres entrance, Main Road, Hout Bay46 km150 metres from top of Constantia Nek30 kmNear top of little Chapman’s Peak31 km Just around big corner above surfing spot (Noordhoek Beach), Chapman’s Peak32 kmUnder overhang 100m before tunnel, Chapman’s Peak33 km Last view site (now closed to public) before top of Chapman’s Peak34 km100m before first corner on descent, Chapman’s Peak35 km On corner at small stream, Chapman’s Peak 36 km Opposite watervalletjie sign, Chapman’s Peak Drive37 km 100m past Toll Notice Board, Chapman’s Peak38 kmOutside No 1 Chapman’s Peak Flats, Hout Bay this where I loosen up and enjoyed the race . I will stop here until next race.

Siphiwe Billy Sigudla

Christian Posts

Cape Town Mountain running challenge is My heading for the #TTOM22 @2oceansmarathon @totalsportssa race review

Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon Route Review Written by Mkhululi Jack (MJ)

Let me preface this Race Route Review (RRR) by sharing with you that Border Athletics (BORA) runners are the ones who insisted that I look at the Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon (TOM) route profile and use my own experience of running the race to write a RRR. I write RRRs for our local races as an attempt to help our runners to have a plan on race day. Interestingly, their request came at right time because running TOM without a plan is like cooking without eating…ooopppssss…..Is it eating without cooking? As one author said a long time ago that “Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” Those words motivated me to take up the challenge and do my first ever RRR of an international race.

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It’s been two full years since we have experienced The Most Beautiful Marathon in the world, TOM. We have been starving for it, we do not even care how they treat us as they prepare for TOM 2022, we are here in Cape Town because we love them. Why do they call it Two Oceans? The reason is that it passes both oceans surrounding the South African shoreline – the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Coincidentally, TOM is a race of two halves – easy first half and a challenging second half. The first half begins at 23m above sea level and ends at 30m – the highest point on this section is 76m at 3.3kms. The second half begins at 31m above sea level and ends at 89m at University of Cape Town (UCT) – the highest point on this section is 228m at 47.4kms (Constantia Neck) and the second highest is 198m at 32.4kms (Chapmans Peak). The lowest you can go in the second half is 6m above sea level at 40.4kms (Hout Bay). Having given that elevation statistics, I feel like stopping the RRR here and ask runners the following question: Now that you have that information at your disposal, what do you think you need to do? Whatever answer I would get, that would be a plan that TOM requires. However, let me give you a blow-by-blow, KM-by-KM of what to expect and do on the route.

1. Start to 3.3kms – The first 3.3kms of TOM is an invisible climb in the dark and it needs to be treated with respect. With the staggered start that will be implemented, its going to be very difficult to start easy, force yourself to start easy in the dark.

2. 3.3kms to 12.3kms – This is the easiest section of the whole race, it’s still dark, you are still fresh and a 9km descend begins at 74m to 4m above sea level. Any easy section at TOM, you will be required to increase your pace in order to make up/bank some time that you will lose on the climbs/hills. For example, if I will be driving the sub 5hour bus, our average finish pace is 5:20/km, on this area the bus will move at the speed of 4:50-5:05 to bank some time that we will lose on the climbs. Make up some time here but do not be explosive!

3. 12.3kms to 21.1kms – The descend ends and the route becomes flat, you probably have some time iĺn your bank, the pace will need to be reduced and maintained for another 9kms. For example, my sub 5hour bus would need to play around 5:00-5:10/km. If you are struggling to maintain a steady pace on this section, reduce it and find something comfortable – if you are already working hard here, you are in for a long day, find a manageable pace and maintain it. Another challenging aspect on this section would be the windy conditions, it is important that you stick to your plan and judge your pace effectively.

4. 21.1kms to 28kms (Halfway) – The 21.1kms in the main road leads us to the ocean at Muizenberg, there you can look forward to great views of the sea and great spectator support. We get to the half marathon mark at Fish Hoek and, from there, you will leave the sea – leaving the sea means you will have to climb some ‘speed humps’ from 21.1kms to 24.1kms. In this section, after running for a long time, the sub 5hour bus will take its first big walk and have a breather – I would propose runners to do so as they leave the ocean behind. From 24.1kms to 28kms, the route goes down and becomes flat, you can bank some time here but do not be explosive. Furthermore, on this area, it is here that you need to get your mind ready because you are about to encounter the first big hill called Chapmans Peak.

5. Halfway to 34.5kms – Chapmans Peak is the iconic section of the race and its also one of the most beautiful section of road anywhere in the world – you are privileged to be running here with many other runners, don’t forget to absorb that beauty even as you tackle the challenges. The climb begins at 29kms, its 4.5kms long but it’s not that steep, if you go fast here, you may pay later for that sin. Also, do not be deceived by Lil Chappies at 31.2kms to 34.5kms, you will descend after Lil Chappies and Chapmans Peak begins at 32.6kms and ends at 34.5kms. Run and Walk strategy needs to be implemented here – the sub 5hour bus will run and walk this one.

6. 34.5kms to 39kms – The 4km descend from Chapmans Peak is one of the most enjoyable and beautiful sections of the route because of the views. Additionally, this descend is the most dangerous section of race if not respected – you need to hold back on this area and protect those quadriceps. Drop those arms and shorten those strides, there will be a temptation to go to fast, DO NOT! If you go too fast here, you race will end exactly at Hout Bay because it becomes flat there and with damaged quadriceps, you won’t move. Take it easy but make a minute or two for your bank. After losing a minute or two at Chapmans Peak, the sub 5hour bus will play around 5:05-5:10/km, hold back, drop those arms and shorten the strides.

7. 39kms to 42.2kms (Marathon) – For me, Hout Bay is one of the major milestones of the TOM race because it gives you an indication on how you behaved in a marathon. If you started too fast, flew down Chapmans Peak, your legs will be SHOCKED on this flat section and as such you will be unable to move. If you remain disciplined on your marathon, you should be able to generate your expected race average pace. For example, the sub 5hour would work towards a 5:15/km 3km split as we prepare for Constantia Neck.

8. 42.2kms to 47.4kms – The climb to Constantia Neck will be gradual for 2kms where you will be exposed to the sun, it will start to get tough here, fight hard, you are not far from the finish. The steepest section of the whole race comes at 44kms, the last 2kms to the summit has the steepest gradient of the race. The majority of us will run and walk this one, lets do it with pride and with some time in the bank.

9. 47.5kms to 50kms – After Constantia Neck, you will get a descend to the 49th km mark. Having lost some time on the last hill, it’s time to make a few seconds here. Whilst enjoying your downhill, booooom, 1km climb to the 50th km mark welcomes you without notice, puuush, you are not far from UCT, kuboooo!

10. 50kms to 56kms – After the 50th km mark, you will experience a 3km descend to the 53rd km mark – it is hoped that when you arrive here, you will not be chasing time but enjoying your race because you will be having some time in your bank. At this stage, the sub 5hour bus should be 5mins ahead of schedule and moving at 5:45/km and in some instances 6:00/km. The last 3kms has two speed humps, a 600m one (known as Chet’s Hill) at 53.4kms and a 400m one at 55.4kms to UCT. Once you reach the UCT lawns, suck it in, you have Conquered the Current, WELL DONE!

Written by Mkhululi Jack

I am excited to be taking part in this 2022 of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon on 17 April,The 2022 edition after two years of hard lock down. I think I made a mistake to go for breakfast in shorts every one @HotelSkySA have been asking me about my experience with up coming #running of Two Oceans Ultra Marathon @2OceansMarathon @TotalsportsSA #TTOM2022

All systems go

SBS

Executive Editor

Christian Posts

I am excited to be taking part in this 2022 of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon on 17 April,The 2022 edition after two years of hard lock down.

Paragliding
Paragliding
It started here. Paragliding
The Paragliding Experience is a must for everyone but it was a windy day that means accidents could have easily happened but look I had fun. The rest is history, Paragliding is a new whole experience I never had.

The feeling of flying is different but it’s risky to a point you need to fill in an indemnity form and you get the full explanation that here on the forms you are signing your life away if anything should go wrong you will die if you agree sign the form. Then FOMO here and there kicks in and says sign the form you only leave once.

I suspect the look at your condition like you don’t drink alcohol because this decisions requires a clear understanding that should the paragliding goes wrong you are dead. The experience feels new and nothing on earth can be likened to this experience and I recommend everyone to try paragliding.

To be honest the #covid19 pandemic has caused damage a lot of activities companies are closed . I always support them shame. May God restore what the pandemic destroyed in #SouthAfrica as a whole.I appreciate #prapaxsa @ParapaxSA commitment the team played for this #flyexperience #Capetown @Capetown #capetowntourism

SBS

Executive Editor

Christian Posts

To be honest the #covid19 pandemic has caused damage a lot of activities companies are closed . I always support them shame. May God restore what the pandemic destroyed in #SouthAfrica as a whole.I appreciate #prapaxsa @ParapaxSA commitment the team played for this #flyexperience #Capetown @Capetown #capetowntourism

My Cape Town recent trip for a #MarathonRunnersRetreat 10km at #campsbay #tablemountain #karbonkelberg #ReconciliationDay

Good bye Neyi Zimu, Different Newspaper articles attached

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Germiston Art Theater officially named after the slain Rhythm City Star actor Dumi Masilela.

Today 10/12/19, it was the official renaming of the New Germiston Theatre. Executive mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni and ANC Ekurhuleni regional chairperson Mzwandile Masina and the speaker of Council Alderman Patricia Khumalo have laid wreaths at the tree of remembrance to commemorate the lives of councillors who passed away while serving the city. At the funeral of the late Dumi Masilela the Ekurhuleni Municipality had made a commitment a year and half to Name the new Germiston Theatre in honour of the late actor.

The Rhythm City Star, who was killed in August 2017,was born and raise in the East Rand Ekurhuleni.  

I had an opportunity to attend this event as I was representing Pastor Thembi Hlophe and made sure I pass my message of condolences to Dumi’s mom and family.

It felt like a memorial service the mood was very sad.

I also met his fellow actors buddies an actor that many identify as Suffocate from Rhythm City also met Clement Maosa actor Zamokuhle Seakamela in the SABC1 soap opera, Skeem Saam, who was with Dumi Masilela’s mom at the time,

Tribute to the Late Pastor Neyi Zimu

The popular gospel star and pastor succumbed to his illness last night  on Wednesday 04 December 2019 at Busamed Modderfontein  Private Hospital.

Pastor Neyi Zimu had previously undergone chemotherapy at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital to treat mycosis
Speaking to the Sowetan, his wife, Dr Nelisiwe Zimu, said the disease had progressed quickly and they had to move forward with more intense treatments.
Before he could live his dream as Gospel Super Star for 10 years, Zimu was a sound engineer at the SABC. He then left his full-time job to pursue his passion and never looked back as he became self-employed and dedicating his time to music.
As I continue to pen this tribute to the Late Prophet Neyi Zimu born as Moses Gcinumuzi. He was raised in a small farm located in Sebokeng which is in the south of Johannesburg in 1970 .
As a child, he aspired to be a lawyer and a professional football player. Nevertheless, he started singing at six years and his musical career started in high school when he was discovered by a late friend.
Sharing the word of God through singing gave him great joy. He enjoyed reading the Bible, praying, and engaging in fellowship with other gospel artists, which has inspired and guided him in his everyday life. In One of his interview with the SABC, the songwriter said as a young child he had a vision of himself performing gospel and realizing his achievements as gospel singer was truly a dream come true.
His break through into the gospel industry started with the founding of Family Factory and Joyous Celebration, two Christian acts which have been at the forefront of establishing gospel music in South Africa.
On-going solo, the father of three said Joyous Celebration and Family Factory were large ensembles which threatened to swallow what he wanted to achieve. 
Alongside esteemed pastor Benjamin Dube, Zimu collaborated and released projects with Joyous Celebration over a span of 23 years. He went solo in 2007 with his first album, Ena ke Nako.
This was followed up by several bestselling albums, including I Trust in youThe Waiting are Over, Friends in Praise and more recently, Friends in Praise Volume 2 and Best of Neyi Zimu which was released in 2019 but His Career highlights should not not be limited to the above but also his recognition for performing the powerful a hit songs namely Jehova retshepile wena, lamb of God and Nathela Ft. Neyi Zimu & Omega Khunou who towards the end of the late Zimu’s life was performing all the events that he was billed to perform.
While Zimu was fighting cancer.
In total, Zimu had nine albums which also featured legendary gospel artists, such as Rebecca Malope, Wendy Mseleku, Sibongile Khumalo, Vuyo Mokoena and Sipho Ngwenya last but not least Omega Khunou.
Devout pastor at All Nations Revival Ministries
In 2006, Zimu founded All Nations Revival Ministries in Midrand. As the lead pastor, he held regular sermons and spearheaded revival church projects which included charity causes, counselling, leading the worship team and mentoring young people.
He said being a pastor gave him a sense of belonging and the ability to be level-headed as his popularity grew.  
Before his passing, fans in the Vaal were in the process of hosting a prayer session this coming Sunday
Open-ended questions are often just the thing to get family and friends talking, and we’ve seen first-hand how great conversations lead to deeper connection. We saw during the last moments of Pastor Neyi Zimu, all the concerts he was supposed to perform there was a time set ,dedicated for Pastor Neyi Zimu’s prayers that were lead by omega Khunou who would perform all Zimu’s hit songs as he was very sick in the Hospital. I saw how even the twitter family connected in prayer praying for his speedy healing. I want to believe Zimu is resting in heaven from all the pains he was in all this time.

Billy Sigudla

Author

Looking back at Soweto Marathon 42 km 2019

Allow me to open my Soweto Marathon 42 km Experience with an opening paragraph of Charles Dickinson novel tale of two cities, mind you I already shared my photos and a video above for the race: It was the best of time, It was the worst of time, it was the age of wisdom, it was age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredibility.

Within a month after I participated in the Sanlam Cape town Marathon 42 Km, time was upon me to challenge the Soweto marathon, I have never two marathons which are this close  before in my entire life for obvious reasons being I take six months to prepare for a 42 km marathon now when its two consecutive months it was a bit stain for me.

I had taken a break for the whole month after the Cape Town Marathon. I even forgot about the people’s marathon as Soweto Marathon is affectionately known.  Primarily because the people from Soweto and whole over the country gather on this day and line up from the start at the FNB Stadium the whole 42 km passing through the historic Vilakazi street where South Africa Struggle heroes used to sat i.e. the late Former President Nelson Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu back to the Stadium as the finish line supporting the participants or contenders of the Race.

Only a week left I got a call from my brother Musa Sigudla who has also joined Eskom Athletics Club that in a weeks time we will be challenging Soweto Marathon,it downed to  I have to start training preparing for the race however I was not fazed since I was fit after my previous marathon.

I thereby started training right away there by formulating an emergency running plan that was obviously different form my normally three days 20 km per day run to five days straight 20 km per day run. I had never done it before but my fitness level was promising and I was very convenient and especially after the whole month rest.

I went on with scheduled training untilthe big day Sunday the 3rd November 2019 time 05:30 .

As I started the marathon by seeding platform met new faces contenders of the same race that came from different provinces and different clubs of the country even elite runners from Africa and the rest of the world where available most likely at seeding A .we eventually got time extension of 15 minutes due to technical reasons. It gave us time to socialize and sharing all different aspects pertaining our origin to the training programs we follow and other wise the mood was very high as the organizers played different hit song which one of the most played was the famous Club Controller until before the race officially started the national Anthem was sung.

The start after the gun was not so much exciting as it was over crowded and I ended up waking the first kilometer however as time went by I managed to start running with my average pace 5  until 21 km and I had an injury. As I rested I realized a differently able person supporting the runners having South African Flag. There and there I stopped further two members of the Eskom Athletics club we stopped for total of 14 minutes socializing with this young man and taking pictures and finding out how is his over all state of health that he shared with us and he had the feeling of importance as we appreciated his affords and we where his guests. The pictures can explain further as his face was filled with excitement and hope as he now feels like he was belonging to the Eskom guardians Family. We even went as much as hoe the late former President Mandela made it possible to open ways for even disabled people to now get grants to make the state of living affordable.

I continued with my race after I changed my running shoes it took me another 14 minutes to change my running timing chip from the shoes I was using of the brand Nike to another shoes which are lighter and the brand was Adidas I had conquered a lot of hills with the former pair of shoes hence I got and injury and I could only run an average pace of 11 as I was nursing the injury. And the other challenge was the sun was very hot but the water spots that are set up every 5km made the heat bearable. Again at the end of Vilakazi street I had to continue running on hill tops tha made my Average pace to increase to 11 km I even met one radio station the christian radio station radio pulpit and happen to know the presenter Pastor Jack Motswetla who I stopped to greet and even afforded me time to share words of encouragement with fellow runners and the radio air ways.i continued with a much renewed spirit as I got a chance to fellowship.

As I continued with my race I got encouragement from the crowd now shouting Eskom you can make it, you are almost there. I went back to the average pace of 9 until the end of my race.

However when I got to the last five km I met my brother who was also running at his practiced pace and joined me up to the finish line.As we entered the FNB Stadium to reach the finish line I started a video to record and capture the finishing moments as they are extremely fun as I anticipated the crowd to shout Eskom again of which they did. As I approach the finish line the crowd shouted Eskom well done and I appreciated them by shouting back thank you South Africa.as we continue to run towards the last steps into the finish line the SABC commentator also started cheering us up on the speaker and said we have backwards runners wow as we came to the cross still shouting thank you to the crowd and the feeling was exhilarating, I never had such fun as I was with my little brother who was equally excited.

To share few live tweets I participated in whist running the race,

This brings me to the end of my experience thanks for reading this my experience of the 2019 Soweto marathon 42 km.

Billy Sigudla

Author

26th edition of Soweto Marathon 42km that took place on Sunday 03 Nov 2019,review by Siphiwe Billy Sigudla

I really enjoyed it! First the race was flat followed by a down hill then and up hill then going through the historic Vilakazi street where the struggle icon former South African President Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu resided in the township. Lots of entertainment – brass bands/samba bands/metal even the people of Soweto where out in numbers to offer support to the runners !! Such a well organized event to Enjoy!

#Sowetomarathon2019 we ready

@SowetoMarathon

This race It was special before the race I got a good luck from athletics executive :

See: https://twitter.com/jjswest/status/1190841761788317696
Jakes Jacobs

@jjswest

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Nov 3

Wishing all participants at the

@SowetoMarathon

a good race at the #PeoplesRace today

@CarolinePule

@billysigudla

and have #FunDay as

@runwithcuan

described this iconic event on

@SABC_2

#sowetomarathon2019

@SPORTATSABC

@alecriddle

@VaylenKirtley

@sportmansa

@gosharpshooter

The race started at 05:30 https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190833340737294336/photo/1

As I was running my Soweto Marathon 42km, I saw a paralytic by the name Siphiwe xaba by the side of the road supporting the participants I stopped the Eskom Gijimas bus to appreciate him and we took pictures with him, he did appreciate even Eskom on twitter did appreciate our efforts see https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1190880781348089856

My #SowetoMarathon

@SowetoMarathon

#sowetomarathon2019 was a wonder , look how I enjoyed running with my brother this was our first marathon together and he has officially joined

@eskomgijimas

#Eskom

@Eskom_SA

is a brand to be reckoned with. I am happy to be a guardian. https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190986565926957056

I just went back and thought how challenging

@SowetoMarathon

was,#sowetomarathon2019 was a real challenge to go through but mentally I was prepared, I just heard fans ask me go #eskom

@Eskom_SA

Coupons

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so at least there are some who have installed smart metres.

@eskomgijimas

#SOWETOMARATHON

I then posted the video of my finish on twitter and it is now trending it can be viewd on this link https://twitter.com/billysigudla1/status/1191191951082688512This is a finish in style,I recorded it live on twitter,what fun race we are

@eskomgijimas

#Eskom

@Eskom_SA

brand was in good hands during #SowetoMarathon

@SowetoMarathon

people kept on rooting for Eskom U even heard other clubs jealous,I enjoyed the people’s race

time for work

Thanks for taking time to read this post.

Siphiwe Billy Sigudla

Author

The @SekgobelaLebo Umusa National Tour Bloemfontein Version Concert Report

I attended the Umusa National Tour Bloemfontein Version at the Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium, 10 Rhodes Avenue Oranjesig Bloemfontein, Free State. on Tuesday 24th of September 2019.

The anointed concert started at 15:00pm to the enjoyment of the huge audience that had been waiting for this amazing gospel music extravaganza. The Umusa National Tour concerts always offer magnificent praise and worship platform for everyone and the audience in this concert was expectant to derive such praise and or more to which this time around it included healing ministry by minister Lebo Sekgobela.

It was impressive to hear pieces composed by Lebo Sekgobela and the new gospel group worshippers unleashed which formed under her new artist search worshippers unleashed.

I cannot imagine combining something as complex as Hymns and worship same powerful hymns and current and praise songs, much less actually performing it, so this aspect of the concert was particularly awe-inspiring. The concert turned into a service as minister Lebo Sekgobelas was led by the holy spirit to deliver prophetic words to a few concert attendants which lead to a healing ministry after he requested those who were in need of prayers to come forward and she ministered to them as the holy spirit had covered the whole Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium at this point.

The main performance was by Minister Lebo Sekgobela and the worshippers unleashed which performed few songs that they are busy recording in studio for their much anticipated debut album.

Members of worshippers unleashed are Norma Ntatiso, Neo Tshabalala, Nompumelelo Mtsweni and Nonhlanhla Matlenga.

Minister Lebo Sekgobela opened the concert at 3:00 PM and gave the stage to worshippers unleashed who worshipped to later give way to Minister Lebo to continue to worshipping her combination of various songs from her current Album Hymns sand Worship and also from her previous albums and the hit song Lion Of Juda took centre stage as it is an anointed number until 10:00 PM. Minister Lebo performed songs from all of her records randomly.

Allow me to share a few posts from social media:

This was another of many tours dubbed Umusa National Tour since the project inception in 2016 which I managed to follow it closely documenting it’s progress in a form of reviews as part of the last show recently being: Umusa National Tour, was held on Friday, the 5th July 2019,  in Secunda at Graceland Secunda. I am waiting in great anticipation for Minister Lebo Sekgobela to announced the date of the concert. I know few dates of the shows that Minister Lebo will be part of the lineup that is a total different set up altogether as Umusa National Tour project it is all her event more like one womanshow. I remember last year 2018 one session of her ministry tours In Witbank dubbed Emalahleni Total praise Minister Lebo Sekgobela had included other artists which it was fine but that meant I did not get to receive all the time focusing on her anointed ministry as the time tends to be too short to focus to other artists.

Billy Sigudla

Editor

A Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2 km Race Review going along with Eskom Customer survey which I felt compelled to write after I felt proud after spectators rooted for Eskom as a brand when I passed by since I represented Eskom Athletics club

I normally summarize the experience of every race I attend from arriving at the location to pulling out of the lot. I have a good report regarding this particular race since I was running Under Eskom Athletics Club better known to fans as Eskom Gijimas,

I so wish this IAAF accredited Gold Marathon can achieve the Platinum status.

I was over whelmed by how highly the fans praised Eskom as I was wearing an Eskom Athletics club running kit. I am an employee of Eskom under National Operation Section and National Control Department which fall under System Operator business unit under Transmission division

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2 km Race was held at Cape Town Start: Beach Road, corner of Granger Bay and Beach Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Finish: Vlei Road, Cape Town Stadium precinct, Green Point

Cut off time – Duration is 6 hours 30 minutes

On date: Sunday, 15th Sep 2019
06:40:00

My Start line picture with fellow @eskomgijima Members Zola and Siviwe

Qualifying race for 2020 Old Mutual Two Oceans, Comrades Ultra-Marathons and several IAAF accredited marathons around the world

It was a good race I am glad I attended the race. I received a good feedback regarding Eskom as a brand as they kept on saying many good things about it from both fellow competitors and spectators who kept on shouting Eskom keep on moving especially after my 25 km run,I even forgot about the time ,reduced my pace & relaxed and greeted with a Sanlam hand shaker that I received from one elderly woman the well wishers. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.

I feel good to be an Eskomite ,I will include my race time then share all important or more exclusive tweets rather that shares the overall experience of the event

The marathon was well organised and I find it easy to fit in even the organizers are friendly let me share few of the social media presentation from the event:

My Time and thanks my review ends here the rest is Twitter experience from all the people in general.

Billy Sigudla

In conclusion let me share this :

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Day 2 Victorious Conference @HopeRestoration Delegates of the #VC2019 welcomed by Ps Phindi Mathebula,Dr Nkhensani Chauke-Malinga talks to #VC2019 delegates on the the importance of taking good care of our health. Rev @mathebula_chris Ps @JadezweniJ and Ps Mutumba tackling ‘The mind of a man’ #Victorious2019 #Relentless

Day 1 Victorious Conference with Mme Busi Pefile ministering on ‘Stubborn Faith’ Rev @mathebula_chris #relentless To pray for the congregation #StubbornFaith #Victorious & guest artist Minister Lebo Sekgobela @SekgobelaLebo at @HopeRestoration #VictoriousWomenConference @YoungAtHRM a sure best way to kick start a Womens month. Theme : Relentless


Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. -Psalm 37:4

Catch Minister Lebo Sekgobela @SekgobelaLebo From Today Thursday 01 August 2019 until 04 August 2019 at #hoperestorationministries @HopeRestoration Chloorkop women’s month celebration. Theme: Relentless #womensconference.

Minister @sekgobelalebo’s discovered new voices in gospel going with the name Worshippers Unleashed for the new group: @WorshippersU In studio cooking something with anointing inside #WorshippersUnleashed

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Reminder to watch Minister Lebo Sekgobela @SekgobelaLebo this coming Friday on @ONEGospel at 6PM. You get to see #UnthandoLukaBaba video for the very first time.

#Videoclip of Worshippers Unleashed @WorshippersU yesterday had their first official TV interview on @ONEGospel ‘s #Destiny with @mahaliabuchanan and @XolaniMdlalose_ . @sekgobelalebo #WorshippersUnleashed

Minister Lebo Sekgobela made a big announcement: Her babies are finally on Twitter. Please follow them here @WorshippersU Worshippers Unleashed. She further gave more information:The new Group formed from Worshippers Unleashed search with Lebo Sekgobela did such an amazing job yesterday shooting #Destiny on @ONEGospel :@SekgobelaLebo · Family, my babies are finally on Twitter. Please follow them here @WorshippersU . Thank you so much. They did such an amazing job yesterday shooting #Destiny on @ONEGospel .

Worshippers Unleashed during #UmusaNationalTour in Secunda Version @gracelandcasino on 05 July 2019 #WorshippersUnleashed @WorshippersU · #tbt last week when we were performing alongside our mom @SekgobelaLebo at the #UmusaNationalTour in Secunda. Please follow our page to find out where we’ll be performing next. #WorshippersU @WorshippersU

#LeboSekgobela comes to the East Rand yay my area finally #CarnivalCity plus Oratile who appeared on Lebo’s intagram page https://www.instagram.com/p/BzxAv7hB-cn/ will also be attending the show @verushcaI confirmed. @SekgobelaLebo On the 21st of September all roads will be leading to Carnival City as we celebrate 13 years of The Sacred Space with @LifeWithThami and @khayamthethwa . Get your tickets as soon as possible before they are all gone. @sacredfest

#LeboSekgobela heads to #CarnivalCity @SekgobelaLebo :On the 21st of September all roads will be leading to Carnival City as we celebrate 13 years of The Sacred Space with @LifeWithThami & @khayamthethwa . Get your tickets as soon as possible before they are all gone @sacredfest

Umusa National Tour and Hymns and Worship Tour #Lebo Sekgobela @sekgobelalebo at Secunda Graceland Casino version review by Billy Sigudla

The Gospel Show that I attended last night on Friday 05 July 2019,The Umusa National Tour and Hymns and Worship Tour Secunda version performance pieces by Lebo Sekgobela and the discovered group Worshipers unleashed which was discovered by Minister Lebo Sekgobela which performed the songs of the debut Album they are recording the songs are composed by the group members themselves. The performance was held in Graceland Casino Arena. Worshipers unleashed got officially Launched in this event . Worshipers unleashed performance via Lebo”s Instagram :Worshipers unleashed performance

The was activities at Secunda and Mbalenhle local kasi/location prior to the show Concert flyers were distributed for Minister Lebo Sekgobela’s fans to get further information and also interact with their star, also for the audience to pick up as they entered. The Graceland Arena, and all the lights except the stage lights were dimmed. One performer talked briefly to the audience before a piece, but it was only to give background information for that piece. Aside from this, the lights got placed on towards the end of the show.

The opening songs by Minister Lebo Sekgobela where sung for Umusa Album then later her latest Album Hymns and Worship. The Holy Spirit led Minister Lebo Sekgobela to donate her car to a fan who was raising her three sisters kids .

 

 

End of the show twitter narrative.
Direct videos follows

Further more

Follow @sekgobelalebo on her twitteraccount as all major performances are available

See you on next tour

Billy Sigudla

Billy Sigudla Site editor

 

#Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo I hope you are as excited as I am. Friday is here. I can’t wait. #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour

Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLeboI hope you are as excited as I am. Friday is here. I can’t wait. #UmusaNationalTour#HymnsAndWorshipTour

#Countdown #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo·Only a day and some smaller nyana hours left before #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour in Secunda. I can’t wait to see you.

Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLebo·1hOnly a day and some smaller nyana hours left before #UmusaNationalTour#HymnsAndWorshipTour in Secunda. I can’t wait to see you.

#UmusaNationalTour Video Note from #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo · Family. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. Are you ready? I hope you have your tickets ready.

Family. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. Are you ready? I hope you have your tickets ready.

@sekgobelalebo: Looking forward to such precious moments. Secunda, I hope you are ready. 05/07/2019 @sekgolalebo @graceland_hotel_casino Kuzobamnandi. Sanibonani bazalwane. ❤ #HymnsAndWorshipTour #UmusaNationalTour

#HymnsAndWorshipTour#UmusaNationalTour

5 Fans Engagement #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo Thank you so much Secunda for such an overwhelming support yesterday. Also a huge thank you to @musica_africa for being such gracious hosts. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Good morning family.

3. Fans Engagement #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo ·Had such a great time yesterday. I can’t wait to see everybody I met yesterday at the show on Friday. #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour

#Countdown #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo · Can you believe it. We are only 4 DAYS away until #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour in Secunda. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. I hope you have your tickets ready.

Fans Engagement: #Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo · Had such a great time yesterday. I can’t wait to see everybody I met yesterday at the show on Friday. #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour

Fans Engagement :#Lebosekgobela @SekgobelaLebo Thank you so much Secunda for such an overwhelming support yesterday. Also a huge thank you to @musica_africa for being such gracious hosts. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Good morning family.

@sekgobelalebo: 05 DAYS and 14 Hours left until #UmusaNationalTour #HymnsAndWorshipTour @gracelandcasino . If you haven’t bought your tickets, you can do that today especially if you are in Secunda Mall and we can take pictures together. See you in an hour.

@sekgobelalebo· It is the official countdown. We kick off the #UmusaNationalTour at @GracelandCasino

Via Twitter
Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLebo
· It is the official countdown. We kick off the #UmusaNationalTour at @GracelandCasino in Secunda. Durban and Cape Town, I haven’t forgotten about you. Ngiyeza.

Official countdown. We kick off the Umusa National Tour at Grace land Casino @GracelandCasino in Secunda. Durban and Cape Town, I haven’t forgotten about you. Ngiyeza.

After I reached my goal, completing the @2OceansMarathon “Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon” #omtom2019 #christianposts #praiseandworshiprunner #praiseandworship @caltexsa #letsgo


I am feeling fulfilled after preparing for four months and completed the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon “Africa’s biggest running event & the world’s most beautiful marathon”

Next Event: 10 & 11 April 2020. 56km Ultra, Half Marathon, Trail Runs & Fun Runs. #omtom2019 #christianposts #praiseandworshiprunner #praiseandworship #caltexsa #letsgo

For the OMTOM 2019 PROVISIONAL RESULTS, go here: https://bit.ly/2GUFvSh

Ps Billy Sigudla

Contentment doesn’t depend on what we have or what we lack; it is found in Jesus alone. Be Content

Be Content

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Hebrews 13:56

Contentment is a quality seen in very few people today. Our society is always offering new items, gadgets, upgrades, and conveniences that promise pleasure, comfort, and satisfaction. But no material goods ever live up to that promise long-term. Yet many people keep falling for lies instead of being content with what they have. 

The book of Hebrews was written to people who were experiencing discouragement and persecution for their faith in Christ. Those believers faced many hardships, including public reproach, imprisonment, and property Heb10:32-34. Yet in Heb19:35_36 , the writer urges them to endure because they have a better and eternal possession awaiting them in heaven. They may not have had tangible wealth or comforts, but in the Lord, they had all they needed—and He promised never to leave or forsake them, no matter what men did to them on earth. 

Most of us today have much more material wealth and security than those early believers did, but contentment is largely still elusive. That’s because the problem has to do with the heart. We love money and all that it provides. So while the Lord richly supplies us with all things to enjoy (1Tim6:17), true enjoyment is possible only when our heart is set on Him rather than on worldly things. He alone is our hope

A Reasonable Response


A Reasonable Response

We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19
Some people imagine the God of the Old Testament as harsh and mean, while the God of the New Testament is loving and kind. But that is nonsense. There is only one God of both the Old and New Testaments, and He is a God of love.

He is a God who is gracious and a God who is full of mercy. But He is also a holy God and a righteous God. And He gives us absolutes to live by.

We find those absolutes in the Ten Commandments. And when God gave these commandments to the people of Israel, He also gave the motive for keeping them: I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery(Exodus 20:2 NLT).

Notice the Lord didn’t begin by threatening or scaring them. He started by reminding them of what kind of God He is: a loving, caring God who delivered them from their misery.

God was saying, loosely paraphrased, Hey, I took care of you guys. I delivered you from your bondage in Egypt. You were a slave there.

We might think, Well, that’s nice, but I’m not an Israelite who was delivered from bondage in Egypt.

Yes, that’s true, but if you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, then you were a sinner who was delivered from the bondage of your sin, were you not?

Think about all that God has done for you. Because of that, you should want to reciprocate. You should want to honor Him in the way that you live. The apostle John reminds us, We love Him because He first loved us(1 John 4:19 NKJV).

He has certain expectations of us. Our love for God should be a response to His love for us

Peace and Profit

I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to benefit, who leads you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.  Isaiah 48:17-18 NASB

God didn’t promise insignificant blessings. Jesus Himself said He came to bring us life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

Think about all God promised Israel. He promised to teach them to benefit,to direct them and give them overwhelming peace. They would experience a wave of righteousness. Their families would be blessed. They would have an intimate relationship with Him.

But there was a condition: They had to pay attention to His commands, know and obey His Word, and follow Him. He reminded them that “there is no peace for the wicked (v. 22). Ungodly people may seem to enjoy pleasures and rewards, but they never can have His peace.

God warned His people not to listen to or follow those who promised false rewards. They were to flee these influences. When they remembered all that God had done for them, they were to be filled with joy. They would realize the many ways He had provided for them, guided them, and protected them. Even when everything seemed hopeless, He was with them.

God promises these same rewards for you – that same peace and joy. He will guide you in the way you should go,and teach you how to profit. Do not follow the false gods and deceptive promises in the world. Instead, seek to know God. Obey Him. Follow Him. Trust Him. Seek first His Kingdom. Be confident that He will give you His peace.

Get Your Hopes Up!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

The world describes hope as wishful thinking, which is very weak. There is no guarantee behind what people hope for. For example, I hope it will be a sunny day for the picnic.Or, I hope Susan will be at the party! Even, I really hope my boss gives me a raise this year. There’s no power behind that type of hope. It is simply wishing that an event might happen. This kind of hope implies that everything is just up to chance, or good luck.

However, the biblical definition of hope is a confident expectation of good. As a believer, you now have, Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). This type of hope has power! It is a hope grounded in the promises found in the Word of God. We can have a confident expectation of good because God inside of us loves us and plans for good.

For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 MEV

God has planned something good for your life! He has planned for you to prosper, to walk in health, and to live a long, fulfilled life. He hasn’t made these good plans for your life without providing everything you will need to walk them out. We have a supernatural deposit on the inside of us of power, authority, ability, and strength. Notice that He has made plans for peace, which is the Hebrew word shalom. This word means completeness, wholeness, soundness, welfare, prosperity, safety, well-being, and security! Even in the darkest of times, Christians should be the most hopeful people on the planet!

Our future is secure as long as we put our hope in the Lord.

Set Like a Flint

The LORD God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint … Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me. Surely the LORD God will help Me; who is he who will condemn Me? Isaiah 50:7-9

Those who don’t trust in God go through life without an anchor. They can be prone to feel uncertain and shaken by circumstances. They can be intimidated or paralyzed by fear and doubt. They can become timid and worried, distracted, and easily sidetracked.

However, when we completely trust in God, everything changes. We have the confidence to believe that He is standing by our side in every situation. As the Bible promises, He is with us to give us His peace and direct our steps, reassure us, calm our fears, and give us hope, peace, and security.

Even if we trust in God, we can be impacted by our human weaknesses, nagging doubts, and questions. These are reasons, as the Bible tells us, to set [our] face like a flint in every situation. This means concentrating on God, being guided by His Word, and focusing our energies on what He has called us to do. It means not being distracted by the comments or opinions of others.

Ask God to give you this confidence and focus. Set [your] face like a flint to know Him and serve Him. Focus on the tasks to which you have been called. Be a good steward of the resources He has given you.

Do not drift off course or lose your focus. And don’t let rumors or speculation distract you. Have faith that God will be your help right now!

Knowing Him

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is? – Matthew 16:13

Imagine if you lived in the time of Jesus and a very close friend asked you, Who do you say I Am? Being close friends, you can easily describe this person. Now imagine Jesus asking the same question of you right now. I wonder how we would answer Him. Do we know Him personally? Do we intentionally seek Him in our life? Do we have a superficial relationship with Him? Just like knowing a friend, knowing Jesus means spending quality time with Him and including Him in your schedule. You talk to Him through praying and you listen to Him through the Word. You are vulnerable and honest before Him because He accepts you for who you are. He reaches out to you because He wants you to know Him. We also need to do our part and respond to His call so if we’re ever asked, Who do you people say is the Son of Man? we’ll be able to answer it confidently, knowing who Jesus really is in our life.

Repair, Replace, Expand9 Reasons To Have Hope—No Matter What

If you’ve lost hope and can’t find a reason to ever hope again, here are 9 Reasons to Have Hope—No Matter What!

I hope I get this new job.

I hope I will be healed soon.

I hope my children will follow the Lord.

Maybe you’ve uttered words like these without really believing they will come to pass. So often, expressions of hope are laced with discouragement and doubt, especially in the face of overwhelming loss, repeated failures and betrayals of trust.

No matter how serious your circumstances, they are subject to change, and you can have hope. If you are going through hard times financially, in desperate need to move to a safer neighborhood, or needing a miracle in your marriage, it can all turn around—you can have hope.

If you have become weary and need a fresh Word from heaven, here are nine powerful reasons to have hope—no matter what.

Hope Is a Force That Overcomes
Every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. –1 John 5: 4-5

At this very moment, if you’ve been born again, you have residing on the inside of you three of the greatest forces ever created. These forces have the power to help you overcome any circumstance and change anything in your life.

What are these three forces? Faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).

These forces are inseparable, and together they have the power to put you on top. But getting your hopes up is the key to putting faith and love to work in your life. To put it simply: If you’ll get your hopes up, everything can get better. Faith, hope and love are the answers you need today for anything you’re facing. Don’t be afraid—get your hopes up!

Hope Is Already in You
At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. –Ephesians 2:12, NKJV

Most people understand how crucial faith and love are, but few understand the importance of hope. They’ve never realized that faith and love can’t function effectively without hope.

Regardless of what you feel hopeless about, the truth remains: You do have hope if you have God! So, don’t go by what you feel. Go by what God says about you and your situation in His Word. Then, by faith say, Thank God, I have hope.

Hopelessness is not caused by a lack of education, a lack of money or a lack of opportunity. Hopelessness comes from being without hope and without God in the world. So, if you have God, you have hope. But, like anything else, you have to feed your hope with the Word of God.

Hope Isn’t a Wish
According to my earnest expectation and my hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. –Philippians 1:20, NKJV

Real Bible hope is not wishing.That’s worldly hope. People in the world say, I hope I get a raise at work, when what they mean is, I want a raise. I don’t think I’ll get it…but it would be nice if I did.”

The kind of hope described in the Word of God is much stronger than that because it’s not based on wishing or wanting. It is based on your covenant with God and the anointing He has provided to carry out that covenant in your life.

Hope Is Always at Work
But if we HOPE for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.–Romans 8:25, NIV

The powerful force of hope is a supernatural expectancy. But, keep in mind, you can expect something good or bad. Either way, you’re operating in the powerful force of hope. When you expect something good, you’re operating in hope that comes from the truth of God’s Word. When you are expecting something bad or negative, you’re operating in natural hope or even evil hope.

Supernatural hope knows what God has provided and expects it with eager confidence.

Gospel Hope Always Wins
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham KEPT HOPING. –Romans 4:18

God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations when Abraham was 100 years old and childless. All the hope he could see in the natural realm was negative. It was working against him. At his age, the only hope he had was of dying. He likely faced thoughts of doubt and natural opposition to God’s idea. But he combated those thoughts, and made a decision to operate in gospel hope instead. He had to choose between natural hope and gospel hope. He knew that gospel hope always wins—and it did!

Gospel Hope Is NOW
NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for…. –Hebrews 11:1, KJV

How do you know if you’re operating in gospel hope? Listen to your words. If you’re facing financial struggles, natural hope says, “I hope I’ll be able to pay my bills, but supernatural gospel hope says, My bills are paid, glory to God, because God’s Word says all my needs are met according to His riches in glory!(Philippians 4:19).

Natural hope is always in the future. It’s always tomorrow or the next day: Well, I know God will heal me if He wants to. But supernatural hope is always right now: I’m already healed because by His stripes I was healed! That’s faith.

Faith always says, Now. If faith is now, when is hope? Hope is now, too.

Hope Is the Blueprint of Faith
Faith is the substance of things Hoped for…. –Hebrews 11:1, KJV

Just as the Bible is the blueprint for Christian living, hope is the blueprint of faith. Faith has to have hope to work. Hope has to have faith to produce.

Hope gives you the picture of what God wants for you through the Word of God. Then, faith takes that idea and goes after it. That is how hope and faith work together. Hope is the plan that faith sets out to accomplish. It’s the goal setter.

Hope Always Sees
…the evidence of things not seen. –Hebrews 11:1, KJV

The unseen things mentioned in Hebrews 11:1 are things seen with the eyes of hope. Hope always sees before the natural eye can. Some people have trouble focusing on those unseen things. They’re hung up on what their natural eyes see instead. After all, they reason, that’s reality.

How can you see through the eyes of hope? By renewing your mind—read, study and meditate on the Word of God. Pray and listen to the Holy Spirit. That is how we get ourselves out of the natural realm and step into the supernatural, where truth resides.

Hope Anchors Your Life

This HOPE is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. —Hebrews 6:19

When a ship is tossed about by the waves and wind of the sea, it relies on one thing—the anchor. An anchor keeps the ship steady—firmly in place. That’s what hope does for you while you’re standing in faith. Maybe you’re believing for something, but the circumstances of life leave you feeling tossed about. Hope is your anchor.

You can’t drift around in hopelessness and live in victory. You have to get in the place of faith and stay there. You have to be stable in hope.

In conclusion, you already have everything you need to have real Bible hope. When you face struggles or disappointments, remember that hope is a force that is already in you, it isn’t a wish, it always works, it always wins, it’s now, it’s your blueprint, it always sees and it is an anchor. Hope will fuel your faith and take you to a place of victory through Christ Jesus. His promises are His will for YOU. So, no matter what, don’t give up—get your hopes up

Focus on the Finish Line

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14
When you’re running a race and coming toward the end, you’re exhausted. You don’t feel as though you could go on another moment. But you realize that you’re almost at the end and have to finish the race you’ve begun.

I had a new pair of running shoes in the trunk of the car, just in case the rumor was true. And sure enough, it was. I put on my shoes, went to the starting line, and started sizing up my competition. And then the starter pistol went off.

Suddenly older guys were passing me; I couldn’t believe how fast they were. I was pouring it on, but about halfway into the race, I realized that not only was I going to lose, but I was going to lose horribly. So I just walked off the track.

Writing to the believers in Philippi, the apostle Paul said, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14 NKJV).

He also made this statement in 2 Timothy: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (4:7 NKJV). Paul used the Greek word agōn for fight,which translates to struggle or struggling.

This reminds us that we need to keep going and finish our race, even when it gets difficult.

How are you doing as a follower of Jesus? How are you doing in the race of life? Are you winning or losing? Are you gaining ground, or are you losing ground?

Press on. Keep running

SBS

The Holy SpiritTruth on Trial

The Bible is the one supreme source of the revelation of the meaning of life.
—Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

Most Christians recognize the Bible as a book that is full of good advice,but the question remains as to whether or not Scripture has the inherent authority that it should have if we are to be truly obedient to God. If we believe that Scripture is more than simply good advice—that it is, in fact, the inspired Word of God—then all the words in Scripture are God’s Words in such a way that to disbelieve any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God.

Divine revelation is essential if we are to know something about God’s character and moral laws. And even though He has placed in every person’s heart an awareness of His existence and attributes (Romans 1:18-20), the Scriptures are essential if we are to know and understand the Gospel, maintain a dynamic spiritual life, understand His intentions for the church, and know God’s will.

Understandable & Trustworthy
If the Scriptures are to be profitable for us, then they must be understandable and trustworthy. And since God Himself is the author of Scripture, the Bible must necessarily be sufficient and comprehensible so as to communicate His purposes. God did not reveal His Word to the writers of Scripture for us not to understand it! In fact, Deuteronomy 6:6-7states, These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” The clarity and trustworthiness of the Scriptures should lead us to:

Recognize our individual responsibility to search out and know for ourselves w hat God desires and requires
Apply His Word in every circumstance, even though our knowledge and understanding of the same may never be complete
Continue to study His Word to improve our knowledge and understanding
Grace filled words:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
(2 Timothy 3:16)

Additional Scripture: Isaiah 55:11, Romans 1:17, Psalm 19:7, Romans 15:4, Romans 10:17
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