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 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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Nov 012017
 
“All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:23.
The “all things” do not always come simply for the asking-
– for the reason that God is ever seeking to teach us the way of faith,
– and in our training in the faith life there must be room for the trial of faith, the discipline of faith, the patience of faith, the courage of faith, and often many stages are passed before we really realize what is the end of faith, namely, the victory of faith.
Real moral fibre is developed through discipline of faith.
You have made your request of God. But the answer did not come yet. What are you to do? Keep on believing God’s Word. Never be moved away from it by what you see or feel, and thus as you stand steady, enlarged power and experience is being developed.
The fact of looking at the apparent contradiction as to God’s Word and being unmoved from your position of faith make you stronger on every other line.
Often God delays purposely. And the delay is just as much an answer to your prayer as is the fulfillment when it comes. In the lives of all the great Bible characters-
God worked thus. Abraham, Moses and Elijah were not great in the beginning-
– but were made great through the discipline of their faith, – and only thus were they fitted for the positions to which God had called them.
For example, in the case of Joseph whom the Lord was training for the throne of Egypt, we read in the Psalms: “The word of the Lord tried him.” ​Psalm 105:19.​
It was not the prison life with its hard beds or poor food that tried him. But it was the Word God had spoken into his heart in the early years concerning elevation and honour which were greater than his brethren were to receive.
​I​t was this which was ever before him, when every step in his career made it seem more and more impossible of fulfillment, until he was there imprisoned, and all in innocenc​e​, while others who were perhaps justly incarcerated, were released, and he was left to languish alone.
These were hours that tried his soul. But hours of spiritual growth and development, that, “when his word came” (the word of release), found him fitted for the delicate task of dealing with his wayward brethren, with a love and patience only surpassed by God Himself.
No amount of persecution tries like such experiences as these. When God has spoken of His purpose to do-
– and yet the days go on and He does not do it,
– that is truly hard;
– but it is a discipline of faith that will bring us into a knowledge of God which would otherwise be impossible.
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Oct 282017
 

Bible 2

“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.

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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?

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