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There Are More Do's Than Don'ts

Posted By at Tuesday, November 26, 2013

 

I have spoken with many people over the last 40 plus years I have been ministering God’s Word and many times I have had them complain about the 'Don’ts' they think God says in His Word.

I pointed out that there were more DO’S than DON’TS and if they would do the DO’S they would not have the time to concentrate on any DON’TS.

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Here is one of the most important DO’S in The Word.

You must remain In Christ and keep your relationship with Him fresh and up to date.

Some have said "I can’t afford the time to spend in The Word today!"

Well I want to tell you can’t afford NOT TO stay in His Word today. Your relationship with Christ must be up to date, especially when things are getting tough and the enemy is badgering you.

The Lord is trying to let you know He took care of the problem and Satan wants you to try to fix it yourself. That’s why he sent the problem in the first place, just to get you busy so you would not have time for The Word of God.

But you must realise it was fixed 2,000 years ago at Calvary.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing!

Staying in Christ is not something that happens automatically - it’s something you have to choose to do. It takes perseverance, discipline and diligence.

Staying in Christ is not an occasional thing you do, it is something you do continually - that is where you gather strength and power to live your life successfully in this world today. You must learn to live your life while you are in the world FROM the Kingdom of God, where you are in Christ.

Your testimony should be based on John 15:5 and Philippians 4:13 I remain in Christ and He remains in me. Apart from Him I can do nothing, but through Him I can do all things because He gives me strength.

So today just concentrate on the DO’S and forget the DON'TS.

Norman
 

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What is Your Motivation?

Posted By at Wednesday, November 20, 2013

 

Matt 6:1-4 Living Bible Take care! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, for then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.

2 When you give a gift to a beggar, don’t shout about it as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you in all earnestness, they have received all the reward they will ever get.

3 But when you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly—don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing.

4 And your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

The motive behind our gift is more important than the gift itself. In other words you might be a great singer or even a preacher but if your motivation is for the accolades you receive and not to honour God, then it's wrong.

Paul said in 1 Cor. 13:3 If he gave all of his goods to feed the poor, or if he made the ultimate sacrifice of giving his own life for someone else, and wasn't motivated by love, his gift would profit him nothing.

Many Christians give faithfully but never see the hundredfold return that the Lord promised because of wrong motives.

Mark 10:29-30 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s,

30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.


Paul said God loves a cheerful giver in 2 Cor. 9:7 Not as one who gives grudgingly or out of debt.

Jesus gave us the key to purifying our motives in Matt 6:3 He said, "But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth."

Giving in a manner in which you will not receive recognition for your gifts will guarantee that your motives are right and grant you the true joy that comes through selfless giving.

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself,[a] so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Ask the Lord to show you an opportunity today to give a kind word or a helping hand to someone who will not be able to repay you and others will never know about it.

This could be another driver in a traffic jam, a co-worker, a spouse, a child who may not even notice your kind deed, or any number of other people. Opportunities are all around us.

Go to it! Be motivated and be one who blesses for the Lord!

Norman
 

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Are You Reigning in Life?

Posted By at Wednesday, November 13, 2013

 

Most people find it easier to accept and believe they will reign with Christ in eternity rather than believing they are to reign in life today.

In Hebrews 2:6-8 it says; But one testified in a certain place, saying: What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels;You have crowned him with glory and honour, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.

Adam had been given power to rule over everything in his life as long as he submitted to God's Words. But when he disobeyed he lost his position and his ability to handle life. When we were born the first time we were born with Adam's characteristics, and that made us all susceptible to the influences of the devil around us. That's why we need to be born again and take on the characteristics of Christ Jesus. We should all spend more time immersed in God's Word because that gives you the right to reign in this life as you obey it and meditate on that Word.

Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s [Adam] offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

The moment you were born again you had the right legally to reign, but it is a process of growing like everything else.

Today Christ is seated at The Father's right hand. But He started out in this world as a baby and had to grow into all of God's purposes for Him.

The Children of Israel were 'given' the Promised Land and it legally belonged to them, but they had to 'possess' it one city at a time as they were following the directions of God.

That's how you win a war; it's a matter of one battle at a time taking one victory after another. Now life here is just the same. You get over one problem after another and eventually you are reigning over them all; as you are surrendered to God and His Word.

Have a great winning and reigning week.

Norman

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Remembrance Day

Posted By at Monday, November 11, 2013

 

Lest We Forget

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Life is Not a Sprint It's a Commitment

Posted By at Wednesday, November 06, 2013

 

A man was unable to attend the funeral after his Uncle died, so because he lived far away; called his brother and told him, "Do something nice for Uncle George and send me the bill."

Later, he got a bill for $200, which he paid. The next month, he got another bill for $200, which he also paid, thinking it must be some incidental expense.

But, when the bills for $200 kept arriving every month, he finally called his brother again to find out what was going on.

"Well," said the other brother, "You said to do something nice for Uncle George. So I rented him a dress suit."

That was not exactly the most appropriate gift for someone who has died! But the story made me think about how we are often willing to give, even to sacrifice great amounts, and we are happy to do so once or even twice. But most don't want it to become something we have to do for the rest of our lives.

For example, we're happy to have friends or family stay in our homes for a short while, but we don't want it to go on for years. When I was a travelling minister I stayed in many homes across the world, America, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, Philippines to name just a few. One pastor I stayed with here in Australia for a couple of days as I ministered in his church had the philosophy of 'fish and friends stink after 4 days'.

One time we had a pastor from overseas stay at our home when he ministered in the church we had at that time. The visitor seemed to never want to leave and after several weeks and many hints from me, I eventually prayed about it and sought God's wisdom on the situation, as I did not want to get out of God's will and hurt the man concerned. When I prayed God showed me a picture of a marriage certificate torn in two parts so I knew then what had happened. This man's marriage had broken up and he had no home to go to. After talking with him and giving him some advice, even though he was much older than me, he agreed to go and stay with other relatives back in USA.

Sometimes people agree to do something in church for a week or two, but they don't want to be stuck in the commitment for the rest of their life. Some take a mission trip and live in difficult conditions for a week or two, but would never dream of moving there permanently. Elizabeth and I travelled the world for some 27 years preaching and teaching God's Word and some of the best times we had were in the poorer nations like Papua New Guinea.

People's hesitancy in situations like those is perhaps understandable. Unfortunately, people are sometimes tempted to have the same attitude when it comes to serving Christ. They're willing to give up everything for Christ - at least for a while.  

But for their whole lives? Always seeking to put others first? Always willing to forgive? Always willing to suffer and sacrifice for the cause of Christ?

But when someone takes on a responsibility in church life and then quits after a few weeks it makes the situation difficult for the pastor and others.

We need to be reminded that Christianity is not a sprint, it's a marathon, and we must be willing to commit ourselves to run the race to the very end. Persistence and perseverance is required to see it through. If people can't be committed to God's program now what makes them think it will be easier in Heaven?

So be forewarned - serving can be tiring. Galatians 6:9 "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

Norman