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.

(PA)

Oct 282017
 

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“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth” (Job 40:4).

This is a special message!

And it’s one that I didn’t particularly enjoy writing.

However-

– it needs to be said again and again.

This message is to all church-going pretenders out there-

– the ones who look heavenly on Sunday,

– but live like hell Monday through Saturday.

You look good on the outside but when God looks at your inside your heart- it’s a dirty mess!

I’ve got bad news for you!

Jesus hates religious pretense.

But I’ve also got good news also.

He loves the pretenders!

He gave His life for hypocrites like you and me.

The end of being a religious pretenders is-

– to admit our sin that separates us from God;

– then ask Christ’s forgiveness;

– and then believe to be right with God

– is your only hope for change.

And here’s the irony:

When we begin to be more real with God and with others-

– we begin to be more like Jesus!

He’s the only person who has ever lived without any trace of pretense.

(PA)

Oct 242017
 

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“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).

Your personality is partly the result of the way you were parented.

Other factors are also involved, of course.
But parents have a bigger influence on their children than some like to admit.

Children from abusive homes, for example, usually suffer from severe insecurity.

They may struggle with anger in much the same way their parents do, repeating the cycle when they have children of their own.

On the other hand-
– parents who are kind and loving tend to pass on these traits to their children.

When you become a Christian-
– you are adopted by a Perfect Parent,
– a heavenly Father who loves you unconditionally.

You have nothing to fear from Him-
– because He watches over you with constant love and protection.

He is more powerful than any problem you will ever face.
You will not live in want, because your Father’s resources are unlimited.

As God’s child, then, your life ought to reflect His character.

The more time you spend with your Father-
– the more you’ll become like Him:
– loving, patient, giving, and fair.

As you grow in your faith-
His influence will come to have even more of an impact on you than your earthly parents do.

So don’t use imperfect parents as an excuse for not living up to God’s standards.

You do have a Perfect Parent-
– who will teach you how to be loving, forgiving, patient, and everything else…just like He is.

How much time have you been spending with your Father lately?

(PA)

Oct 202017
 

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“Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear” (Proverbs 25:12).

Dwight L Moody, the famous evangelist, was once told by an irate church lady, “Mr. Moody, I don’t like the way you do your evangelism.”

In reply Moody said, “I don’t necessarily like all of it either, but it’s the best way I know. Tell me, how do you do it?”

“Oh, I don’t,” was the reply.

“Well,” said Moody, “I like the way I’m doing it better than the way you’re not doing it.”

It’s always easy to know what to do when we don’t have to do the job, and very easy to criticize others when we’re not doing the work ourselves.

Some time ago when I was a pastor and things weren’t going too well-

I was asked what I thought about the situation and what could be done to improve things.

I said that I didn’t feel I had the right to criticize unless I was prepared to do something about it.

I was, however, prepared to help, and several of us working together saw things greatly improve.

In this instance, as it is in many other instances-

– criticism without offering help would have only served to make matters worse and cause further dissension among the groups.

So, if we’re not willing to put our shoulder to the wheel and do our bit-

– let’s not stir up dissension through negative criticism.

Furthermore, might I add that-

-journalists, politicians, authors, and even preachers don’t have the right to name others and confess their sins in public,

-without having first confessed their own sins in public.

(PA)

Jul 262017
 

Psychiatrists call the fear of certain things phobias. There are people who fear heights (acrophobia) and people who fear closed-in places (claustrophobia). There are people afraid of water, dogs and even other people.

But there is one fear that drives out all other fears, and we find it in Psalm 112.

Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! (Ps 112:1 ESV)

All kinds of fears are taken care of if we fear the Lord. What are some of the fears?

Fear about family!
His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. (v 2)

Commit your children to Him and you won’t have to worry about their lives.

Fear about finance!!
Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. (v 3)

This doesn’t mean we will all be millionaires. It means we’ll always have what we need.
If we fear the Lord, we can let go of our financial fears.

Fear about falsehood!!!
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. (v 4)

Fear God and you’ll always have light when you need it. You will have His guidance and direction. “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness” (1 Thess 5:5).

Fear about future!!!!
For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.
(v 6)

God says, “Don’t be afraid of the changes that are going on around you or in you. I am the God of the universe. Fear Me, and I’ll take care of the changes.”

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
(v 7)

No news is bad if you’re walking in the will of God.

When you fear the Lord, every other fear is conquered.
Walk today in the fear of the Lord, trusting Him with your future.
Because-
He knows your future; holds your future and is your future!

(PA)