No Fear in Chaos

These days everywhere you look there seems to be something to fear. Images and messages of fear are broadcast over the television, over the internet and over social media. It’s easy even as a Christian to become fearful and worry about being safe. Now is it just a sign of the times or is there more to this thing. Are the images being broadcast on television just something we are supposed to accept and now live under the tyranny of fear? Now yes, obviously I know the things that are happening around the world are real and they are tragic. We need to be aware of what is happening and pray. We are to pray for the people who have been effected by evil and pray that those perpetrating these … Read More


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Allowing fiery trials to define your marriage, not destroy it. 27/6/2016 Have you ever felt like your marriage is going through a fire? What does it really mean to lay down your life for your spouse? At weddings we all hear the bride or groom say their vows, for better or worse, in sickness and in health. On the day they are just words and you never really think that one day you might need to live them out. I know for me, on my wedding day I was so excited to marry my wife Tammie that I didn’t even think twice about our vows. She looked so beautiful and she was such a babe, who thinks about the sickness and in health, or the richer or poorer stuff at that … Read More

Need help reading the Bible?

Psalm 23 Bible study questions

These are some of the things I’ve discovered that will  help get you motivated and inspired to get the most out of your time in the Bible.   Make time.  Life can be so busy and there is rarely any time when there is no noise. Finding time to spend in the Bible can be hard, but it’s necessary. I’m learning that if I don’t intentionally pick a time to get alone with God, it doesn’t happen and yet another day goes by with no time in the Bible. The longer it gets, the harder I find it is to get back into reading and studying my Bible. But the truth is, it’s important and we as Christians need to be spending regular time in the Bible as it is … Read More

Victory is a POSITION and a fact, not a feeling.

 Have you ever felt defeated? If you’ve been on Earth for any period of time, you will have felt defeated at least once. Over the last 19 years or so since I gave my life to Jesus, I have had many opportunities to quit and give up. There have been business ventures that went down and I lost all my money. There has been a broken relationship with a girl who I thought I was going to marry. There have been battles with my health. In spite of a lot of setbacks, the Bible says we are victorious. I have leaned over the years that victory is not a feeling, it’s a position. It is our position in Christ, what he has done, what the Bible says, and that’s a … Read More

Testimony of God’s Supernatural Provision

Testimony of God's Goodness

In 1998, while still living in South Africa, I was reading a book about a great man of faith. In the book he was telling of how God had moved mountains for him and how he had seen God do impossible things. One of the things that really stuck with me was when he said that when we ask God for something we need to be specific. We need to stick to what we are believing God for, and not waver. Well I took this to heart. A friend of mine was getting married in Cape Town in early January and had invited me to the wedding. It was around July and I figured I had plenty of time to earn the money for the two hour plane ticket from … Read More

Testimonies of God- Testimonies of a Good God Book

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Testimonies of God Testimonies of God Testimonies of a Good God  book by Byron van der Merwe   Do you struggle to see God as a good God? Do you doubt His goodness when life doesn’t go your way? We all have at times, but this is an amazing true story of God’s goodness, grace and miracles, in spite of some really tough circumstances. Through the death of his sister, the near death of his brother, a heartbreak after a failed relationship, attempted shootings, car wrecks, bad medical reports, and many trials, Byron testifies of the goodness and grace of God even when life just didn’t make sense. But this book is not just about trials, it’s about faith, hope and victory in Jesus and His word. It’s about the … Read More

Stop camping in the dark valleys

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Stop camping in the dark valley The Bible says that we will walk through the valley of the shadow of death. There are seasons when we have to walk through dark things sometimes, but the key is we need to keep walking and not stop and camp there. We are meant to walk through the dark valleys into the feast that the Lord has prepared for us. Today if you have been camping in a dark valley, pick up your tent and keep walking until you reach the table that the Lord has prepared for you and your family. His Goodness and Mercy are waiting for you there. Scripture reading Psalm 23. Other devotions can be found here. Byron from Living in Victory ministries sends out regular devotions, Christian encouragement … Read More