Nov 142017
 

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him” Psalm 37:7.

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited?
And still there is no manifestation?

Are you tired of seeing nothing move?
Are you just at the point of giving it all up?

Perhaps you have not waited in the right way!

“With patience wait!” Romans 8:25.

Patience takes away
worry!
His promise is equal to His presence!
He knows your need better than you do!!
His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all.

Patience takes away your weeping!
Patience takes away self-works.
The work He desires is that you “believe”. John 6:29.
And when you believe, you may then know that all is well.

“weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.

Patience takes away all want!
Your desire for the thing you wish is perhaps stronger than-
– your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.

Patience takes away all weakening!
Instead of having the delaying time, a time of letting go,
– know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must get you ready too.

Patience takes away all wobbling!
“Make me stand upon my standing” Daniel 8:18.
God’s foundations are steady.

When His patience is within-
– we are steady while we wait.​​

Patience gives worship!
A praiseful patience paves the way for a joyful worship.

“Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Col.1:11,12. 

“Let patience have its perfect work-
– that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:4.

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Nov 132017
 

“Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.” Matthew 5:41.

When Jesus spoke about going the extra mile-

He wasn’t referring to customer service,

but to a Roman law imposed on the people.

The law stated that Roman soldiers could order any citizen-

– to carry their weapons or equipment for a distance of up to one mile.

No matter what you were doing, the law required that you drop everything and obey.

You can guess how the people felt about that!

So when Jesus said, “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two,” the people weren’t exactly thrilled.

In today’s context-

– it would be comparable to having a very demanding boss who expects so much from you that at times it seems unreasonable.

Yet still you do even more than he or she expects even if it goes unacknowledged.

What Jesus was saying to Christians is this:

“Even if your boss is incredibly difficult, don’t just do the bare minimum.

Go above and beyond, even exceeding their expectations.

But be careful to watch your motives.
Don’t act in this way expecting a raise or hoping to be promoted; do it because you want to be a positive witness for Christ.”

Do it for the glory of God!

If you want to communicate a character and a lifestyle that is beyond the norm-

– if you want to be a positive witness for Christ,
– are you willing to go the extra mile?

The world is always surprised when people live that way!

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God-confidence

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Nov 122017
 

“They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true” (Psalms 105:18-19).

God spoke to Joseph as a young boy through a dream and vision regarding his future.

He could not understand its complete meaning at the time, but he knew it had great significance.

Joseph knew God had a destiny for his life.

However, the proving out of that word from God was filled with 13 years of waiting, rejection, pain, sorrow, and no doubt, questioning God’s faithfulness.

His life was all but a life of influence and impact as a prisoner and slave.

No doubt he wondered whether that dream was simply some vain imagination.

David must have felt the same when he was anointed king over Israel as a young man only to spend years of fleeing from King Saul.

God’s preparation for greatness in His Kingdom is often filled with difficulty.

God is more concerned about developing the inner life of his servant.

That inner life can only be prepared by removing all self-confidence, and replacing it with God-confidence.

God-confidence is only developed in the furnace of life.

Is the Lord proving His word in your life?

Perhaps He is using circumstances and events to move you into a place of patient waiting as He puts you in the place He desires for you.

This is the place where the foundations of your soul mature.

Let Him prove your faith!

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Nov 062017
 

“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”James 3:6.

Gossip isn’t a popular subject-
– but it certainly is a popular activity.

Many people spend a great deal of time participating in idle talk about someone else-
– usually with the intention of injuring the individual in some way.

Unfortunately, believers are oftentimes just as guilty of gossiping as unbelievers.

But our Father wants us to see the practice for what it truly is.

The Bible includes gossip in a couple of odious categories.
Paul lists it amidst interrelated sins like deceit, malice, slander, and arrogance. Rom. 1:29-30.

Gossip is deceptive and defamatory-
– and it is accompanied by both cruelty and pride.

These are all characteristics of “haters of God,” according to the apostle.

In another passage describing ungodly practices-
Paul places gossip in the middle.

And of course, everyone recognizes the Ten Commandments, whose last decree is-
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.” Ex. 20:16.

Gossip does not fit who we are as God’s children.

Just as you can’t have poison and pure water pouring from the same stream-
– you cannot have both God-honoring talk and gossip coming from a believer.

When evil words pass our lips, they are indicative of what we harbour in our heart.

However-
God is in the heart-cleaning business.

If we falter-
– allowing gossip and its cohorts, malice and deceit, into our lives
– we should pray as David did:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Ps. 19:14.

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Jun 062017
 
“John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light” John 5:35.
 
The moon is lovely on a clear night only because it reflects the light of the sun. 
It has no qualities by itself to reflect its beauty. 
 
Without the sun shining onto its surface, you and I would never see the moon. 
It would simply be a dark object in the sky.
 
A diamond is designed to reflect the light to reveal its true value. 
The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance. 
 
There is no single measurement of a diamond that defines its cut-
– but rather a collection of measurements and observations that determine the relationship between a diamond’s light performance, dimensions and finish.
 
Jesus came to bring the light of His love and grace to each of us. However, we are born into a world dulled by the sin created by Adam and Eve that makes our lives dark until we meet Jesus. 
 
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Rom 3:23-24.
 
Jesus contrasted in many parables that those who allow His life to live in them will live in the light amidst darkness. 
 
When you invite Jesus Christ to live in your heart it is as though a light is shining upon your life in order to reflect the glory of God’s Son through you.
 
Jesus calls you to be a vessel to reflect-
– the brilliant light of His love to others. 
 
The workplace is a great place to reflect His glory!
 
How are your reflective qualities? 
Ask Him to make your life a continual reflection of His light to others.
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