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)

Oct 262017
 

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“And there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone” (1 Corinthians 12:6).

What are the best spiritual gifts for a believer to have?

It all depends.

If I am having a difficult time sharing my faith with someone, and you come along and have been gifted as an evangelist, then that is the best gift at that particular moment.

But then let’s say I am trying to understand the meaning of a particular passage of Scripture, and God has given you the gift of teaching.

For you to come along could be a great benefit to me.

Then again, let’s say that I am undertaking a complex project, and I need help.

What I really need is someone with the gift of helps or administrations.

Or, let’s say that I’m lying in a hospital bed, and I’m discouraged.

I need healing or someone to come and help me see that God is still in control of my life.

Each one of these gifts is important-

– as God has distributed them.

We make a big mistake when we think some gifts are of greater importance than others.

They all have their place.

And God has given them as He has chosen.

Therefore, we need to pray, “Lord, what are my gifts? Help me to discover them. Help me to develop them. Help me use them.”

One day when you stand before God-

– you will be held accountable for what He called you to do.

And one day-

He will reward you for how faithful you were with what He gave you.

(PA)

Oct 212017
 

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“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Jesus tells us that one of the “signs” His coming is-

– an increase in false prophets.

That is surely true in our day.

We hear about the Health and Wealth Gospel or Prosperity Theology-

– and the thousands of preachers saying you give to God in order to get.

Or, if you really pray hard enough-

God will heal your disease.

Give money to this or that ministry and you’ll get rich.

It’s this false idea that God won’t let you suffer and wants you to be rich.

It really should be called The Gospel of Greed.

It is false teaching that has permeated the church.

It’s taking a certain passage of scripture and building your whole life around it-

– while ignoring all other kinds of passages that give us the full picture of God’s truth.

So, how can you keep from being deceived by a false prophet or leader?

The key is in knowing Jesus and His Word.

Then ask the question:

Is what this person saying consistent with Jesus and His Word?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).

If you are a Christian-

– you have an added bonus:

The Holy Spirit that dwells in you teaches you how to understand the Word-

– and gives you a check in your spirit when something doesn’t ring true.

Christians!

It’s time to be careful!

(PA)

Oct 152017
 

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them” (Romans 16:17).

It seems as though we are living in a day of tabloid mentality.

The society is so obsessed with gossip, innuendos, and rumors.

Just turn on the TV and you’ll find all kinds of programs that probe into the personal lives of others.

This tabloid mentality has even entered the news media, where reporters hunt for that juicy piece of gossip.

The tragedy is that if someone is charged with a crime today, we try him or her in the media before they ever have had the opportunity to enter a court of law where evidence is presented and where they face their accusers.

Sadly, this kind of thinking can even enter the church.

When we hear something about someone else, immediately our ears perk up.

But what does the Bible tell us?

It says that love believes the best of every person.

It doesn’t say that love believes the worst.

This means when someone says something about a Christian brother or sister-

– you should immediately have some disbelief in your heart.

The reason is that you are to believe the best of that individual.

We must be very careful, because many times we accept rumor as truth.

Then to make matters worse-

– we start repeating what we’ve heard without checking the facts.

One of the things the Bible says that-

God hates is the one who sows discord among others. Proverbs 6:16–19.

This is the person who spreads rumors, who spreads innuendos, and who slanders others.

God hates this.

Don’t be someone who spreads rumors.

Don’t be someone who gossips.

It’s wrong.

It’s sinful.

It displeases God!

(PA)

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)