Always abounding!

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Oct 142017
 

“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).

If Satan had a barn for storing his weed seeds,

-the biggest vats would be filled with discouragement seeds,

-for he’s constantly sowing them in the hearts of faithful Christians.

Many pastors are utterly worn out.

Missionaries, seeing little tangible progress, are disheartened and ready to give up their work.

Lay workers sometimes ask themselves, “Am I doing any good or is this a waste of time?”

We don’t always see immediate and impressive results from our labour.

But God promises that our work shall be rewarded.

Paul told us to be always abounding in the work of the Lord –

– knowing our labor in Him is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

We have barns, too, filled with Gospel seed.

The Bible promises:

“He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).

So don’t give up or grow weary in well-doing-

– for in due season, we’ll reap a harvest if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:10).

(PA)

Aug 072017
 

We always like to get something back from our investments!

Money we put in the stock market is done so with the hope of gain.

A gift sent to a client is given with the hope of gaining more business.

Even a favour for a friend might be done with an eye on a future time when the favour will be returned.

The unspoken agenda is-

“What’s in it for me?”

In the margin of my Bible next to verse 14 is written:

– “disinterested goodness!”

This verse exhorts us to invest with no hope of return-

– to do good without an eye on the immediate future!

Jesus tells us to show hospitality to those who cannot return the favour-

– an act of goodness but a disinterested one!

It is “disinterested” in the sense that it is not a good deed deposited with hopes of gaining something in return, like interest.

Is it really hospitality-

– when we invite someone to our home in hopes of what we might gain from the time?

But it will not meet the standard of what Jesus set before us.

He instructs us to reach out to the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.v. 13.

God will reward us in eternity!

Until then-

We should do unto others not because of what they may be able to do unto us but simply because we should!

Think of something you can do today-

– for someone who cannot repay–and do it!

(PA)

Jul 102016
 

Bible 5Jesus told His disciples-
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you” (Matt 7:12).

Most of us refer to this code of conduct as the- “Golden Rule.”

In theory-
– we would probably agree that this is a good foundation for a healthy relationship.

Yet it’s tough to live up to such a standard.

If we made a list of the ways we hope to be treated-
– and then compared it with our own behaviour,
– we would likely fall short.

And of course, it’s easy to love when others are treating us well.

But how do we respond when their behaviour is hurtful or unpleasant?

The truth is-
Jesus meant for us to love others all the time, not just when they are lovable.

Regardless of their attitude toward us-
– we are to think about the relationship qualities we value—like loyalty, trust, encouragement, forgiveness, acceptance, and protection—and let these flow from us in their direction.

Unfortunately-
– our society encourages selfishness, greed, and pride, which are enemies of the love Jesus commanded.

But when we care for others in the way the Lord prescribes-
– relationships can deepen and thrive.

Treating others with this kind of love isn’t natural or easy, especially when people are unkind.
In fact, loving as Jesus commanded is impossible—on our own.

But when we trust Christ as Saviour-
– the Holy Spirit empowers us and lives His life through us. Gal. 2:20.

Take time to list the ways that you hope others will treat you.

Now ask-
Is that how I treat people?

Pray for God to reveal one area where He will help you to apply the

Golden Rule!

Always abounding!

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Apr 302015
 

“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).

If Satan had a barn for storing his weed seeds,

-the biggest vats would be filled with discouragement seeds,

-for he’s constantly sowing them in the hearts of faithful Christians.

Many pastors are utterly worn out.

Missionaries, seeing little tangible progress, are disheartened and ready to give up their work.

Lay workers sometimes ask themselves, “Am I doing any good or is this a waste of time?”

We don’t always see immediate and impressive results from our labour.

But God promises that our work shall be rewarded.

Paul told us to be always abounding in the work of the Lord –

– knowing our labor in Him is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

We have barns, too, filled with Gospel seed.

The Bible promises:

“He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).

So don’t give up or grow weary in well-doing-

– for in due season, we’ll reap a harvest if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:10).

(PR)

Dec 292014
 

You are a born again person! But

– You may be feeling incredibly lonely! Let me give you a practical pointer for overcoming your loneliness. Quit dwelling on it! Reach out and try to help someone who is lonely.

Luke 6:38 promises that when we give, it shall be given to us. There is a locked-in likeness to what we give. It is the law of the harvest.

If you want friendship

– You must show yourself friendly (Proverbs 18:24).

Why don’t you keep a stack of cards and a pen handy to write a little note of encouragement to a shut-in? Get a prayer list and intercede for others. Travel around the world by means of prayer. There is no life so empty as a self-centered life! And there is no life so centered as a self-emptied life!! As you pour out yourself to others

– The Holy Spirit will continually pour Himself into you!

This week do one of these things each day:

  1. Write someone an encouraging email, sms or a letter;
  2. Do something good for one of your contacts or coworkers;
  3. Pray for five people who are lost that God would save them;
  4. Go on a prayer walk around a church or a mosque or a temple that the people there would get saved;
  5. Call a new friend and ask how you can pray for him or her;
  6. Share a meal with a stranger and share the Gospel;
  7. Bless a servant of God with your grateful greetings!

(PR)