Seeds of spiritual life

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Nov 252017
 

In Genesis 1:29, the Lord told Adam and Eve:
“I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.”

He also told them to “be fruitful and increase in number” (Genesis 1:28).

But that principle of fruit carrying the seeds of the next generation goes beyond just physical reproducing.

Jesus said to His followers:
“I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last” (John 15:16).

And certainly that fruit includes people who will come to Jesus because of you.
They are fruit that your life is supposed to be producing.

How are you doing?

The moment you gave your heart to Jesus Christ-
God made you fruit with seeds!
– with the capability and the purpose of making some more like you!

Apples generate apples.
Oranges generate oranges.
Followers of Jesus generate other followers of Jesus.

But research shows that-
– only an estimated ten percent of believers ever tell someone about their relationship with Jesus Christ, which means nine out of ten believers are missing their destiny.

They have the seeds of life to plant in another heart.
But they’re doing nothing with those seeds.
And people around us go on dying without Christ, and without any hope of heaven!

Isn’t it time you start bearing some fruit-
– like people who will be in heaven because you helped them know how?

And God’s plan is that we reproduce our own kind.
-that moms introduce other moms to Jesus,
-that students introduce other students to Jesus,
-teachers point teachers to Christ,
-businesspeople reach other businesspeople.

He’s placed you where you are so you can take people like you to heaven with you!
How are you doing with your divine assignment?

There are seeds of spiritual life that God planted in you the day you met Jesus.
He’s counting on you to plant those seeds in the people like you.

In fact-
– their eternity depends on it!

(PA)

Revival begins with you!

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Nov 242017
 

“O LORD, revive your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habbakuk 3:2).

Over the years I’ve often got emails asking:

“When do you think revival will come in our country?”

What is “revival”, exactly?

One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions is:

-“a renewed attention to or interest in something”.

Revival begins with you!

A key aspect of world revival is revival within ourselves.

Here are some important questions for us to answer today:

How interested are we in praying to the Lord and truly worshipping His Holy Name?

How interested are we in growing in God’s truth and knowing Him deeply?

How interested are we in gaining a greater knowledge and understanding of His Word?

And just how interested are we in sharing those precious things with the dying world around us?

And it’s not just a one-time thing, either!

Revival is something that needs to happen daily.

It’s an ongoing transformation of our hearts to be constantly moved by the Spirit of God.

We need to be daily breaking up our fallow ground-

– those places in our hearts which we’ve allowed to grow hard.

We have to ask the Lord to reveal those hard places, pray that He would forgive us and ask Him to heal all our rough edges that we might be soft before Him and sensitive to His leading.

Let’s get serious about getting ourselves revived!

(PA)

Add Two Absolutes!

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Nov 232017
 

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6).

We run into trouble-
– when we try to look through our circumstances to understand what God is like.

If we have a bad day, for example, we might conclude that God doesn’t love us.
If it’s a really bad day, we may even decide God is picking on us.

When things are going well-
– though, we might assume God has just decided to be good to us for a day.

But if circumstances determined God’s character-
David would have wanted to run as far away from the house of the Lord as he could, not dwell in it!
He lived through some terrible hardships!

Yet he discovered that the right perspective gave him a completely different view of his life.
He was free to experience God deeply in both good times and in bad.

Christians can add two absolutes to our lives.
And it’s important for us to establish these truths firmly in our hearts once and for all:

* God loves us
* God is good to us.

Don’t focus on your problems and miss God’s goodness.
Take note of the many ways he’s expressing his love to you in spite of your problems or even through them.

When you look at life from the right perspective-
– you’ll see God as he really is!

(PA)

Nov 222017
 

“And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:15-17.

If someone asks if you’re aware of God, what will you say?

Maybe you’d reply, “I go to church, read my Bible, and pray all the time. I’m definitely aware of God.”

But the real question is this:
Are you aware of God’s presence and activity in your daily life?

This second question makes it a bit more personal, doesn’t it?
It refers to God being in our daily lives all the time.

We’d like to have that constant awareness of God’s presence, but it’s difficult.

When hardships and trials come from nowhere, we sometimes feel confused.
We may feel like God has left us so alone.

During difficult times, we might pray even harder and longer.
We plead for help, but see little result.

The problem is that our prayers usually revolve around our desires.
Even when communicating with God, we may be aware only of ourselves, leaving the Lord out of the matter entirely.

At that point, we may find we’re not really talking to the Father at all; we’re talking to ourselves.

Perhaps we’re focusing on the problem and actually wishing for the ability to handle it on our own.
We can, in effect, become completely blind to how God may be working.

Second Kings 6:15-17 gives us a clear picture of what happens when we remove our self-centered blinders and truly see God’s hand at work. 

Open your eyes!
You may be shocked to discover the help God has already sent your way.

(PA)

Nov 212017
 

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:11).

In the 1800s, an American tourist stopped by the home of Polish rabbi Chofetz Chaim.

The tourist was surprised to find a simple dwelling place filled only with books, a table, and a bench. The tourist asked the rabbi, “Where is all your furniture?”

To which the rabbi replied, “Where is yours?”

The puzzled American said, “Mine? But I’m only a visitor here. I’m only passing through.”

To which the wise Chaim replied, “And I am simply a visitor here on this earth. I’m only passing through.”

Scripture talks about heaven in three different ways:

The celestial and magnificent universe. Psalm 19:1.

The great expanse of space surrounding the earth or its atmosphere. Genesis 1:8.

And the sought-after home of God. Hebrews 4:14.

Heaven is a reality for believers.

The fact that we will one day live forever in the presence of God Almighty is a fundamental doctrine of our faith.

However, the Bible gives several other glimpses into what this heavenly dwelling place will be like.

Heaven is a place prepared for believers where we will spend eternity with God. John 14:1-3.

In heaven, there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain. Revelation 21:1-7.

It will be in heaven that we will be like Christ and will recognize one another.1 John 3:2.

I want to challenge you to live in the light of eternity!

– as if you’re just passing through this old earth!!

(PA)