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Don't Grow Weary

Posted By at Wednesday, October 30, 2019

              

Galatians 6:7 AMPC Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap.

This is a principle of God’s Word and it works exactly like Paul says it would, we will reap exactly in proportion to what we sow. This is every bit as much a law as the Law of Gravity!

Then in Vs 8 AMPC we read, For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Paul is saying it works exactly the same in the spiritual realm.

Galatians 5:22 AMPC says, But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

This lists the fruit of a Spirit controlled life! Perhaps you have sown in some of these areas but not seen any result as yet?

Galatians 6:9 says Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.

To not grow weary means do not lose heart in doing good, because in due time you will reap. I don’t know if you found this to be the case, sometimes it’s difficult to keep on loving someone who isn’t easy to love, or who makes life difficult for us. But we just read that if we do not grow weary and give up, we will reap the harvest sooner or later.

Be like a farmer who plants his seeds and then allows the rain and sunshine to do what it is designed to do; and then just waits patiently for the harvest season. If he grows weary of waiting and abandons the sown seed, then someone else will reap his harvest.

We have 3 choices today and in life!

  1. Give up
  2. Give in, OR
  3. Give it ALL we've got!

So today I am encouraging you, ‘Don’t get tired and quit, because you will reap in due season!” When the situation looks dire, DON'T GIVE UP! When life is a struggle physically, DON'T GIVE UP! When it's easier to give up than fight another day, DON'T GIVE UP!

Jesus overcame so we could overcome!

Jesus died to give us life!

Jesus took our weakness and gave us His strength!

Jesus didn't fail and as new creations in Him, we can't fail!

Amen! 

Norman

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Promises, Promises!

Posted By at Wednesday, October 23, 2019

I wonder if someone has ever made a promise to you and then forgot to do what they said? It has happened to me on a number of occasions, people have promised but then totally forgot their promise!

Even if they did not say, “Cross my heart and hope to die,” they probably sounded sincere when they promised it.

We've all been the one who made a promise, and them forgot to fulfil that vow!

Such things have been going on since the beginning of time really. In the book of Genesis 39:1-6 we can read about Joseph was put in prison for something he didn't do, he was accused by Potiphar’s wife of seducing her, when in fact she as the one who tried to seduce him. When Joseph righteously refused, she then accused him of the act. She was a rich wife who had no children, and was obviously not in love with her husband so became infatuated with Joseph.

Prior to this Joseph’s brothers had sold him off in slavery after putting him in a pit and telling their father a wild animal had killed him.

Now in prison, wrongly accused, Joseph interprets the dreams of two other prisoners in Genesis 14 [the chief baker and the chief butler]. He tells the chief butler that his dream means he will be restored to his place in 3 days. To the chief baker he says that in 3 days he will be hanged on a tree and the birds will eat his flesh.

After interpreting the dream to the chief butler, Joseph makes a request to mention his name before Pharaoh; and in 3 days the butler was restored and the baker was hanged but the butler FORGOT his promise to Joseph. 

Joseph spent another 2 full years in the prison, and then when Pharaoh has a dream to be interpreted, the butler remembers to tell Pharaoh about how Joseph had interpreted the dreams exactly right. So eventually Joseph is released to become Prime Minister of Egypt, but I wonder how many people make promises to God to do such and such then promptly forget?

I remember as a youth before I was born again, when facing important school exams, I would pray and tell God I would be good and do what He wanted if I got through the exams, then as soon as I passed the exams I promptly forgot the promise. Have you made any promises lately? We must remember;

Matthew 5: 37 But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No," be "No." For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Norman

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When I was a kid

Posted By at Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

As children we thought and acted like kids; but now we are to grow up and become all that God planned for us to be!

Luke 13:13-14 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil its lusts.

I can remember as a young child, at I was 7-8 years of age my friends, John and Peter lived next door to us in Ireland. We used to tie a towel around our necks and pretend to be super-heroes, amazingly the towel did the trick and we were all transformed into the amazing characters we had been watching on the old black & white television!

We could run fast and fly like an aeroplane or leap over tall buildings [all in our imagination of course] and save the village from alien invaders.

The principle in Christianity is the same, when we, as mere humans put on Christ, we add His super to our natural and put on His character. We dress in His superpower, but instead of a towel around our neck, it is grace and mercy and love, as we put on the New Man.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Weymouth’s Translation So that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old state of things has passed away; a new state of things has come into existence.

Ephesians 4:24 ..And put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Colossians 3:10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.

Colossians 3:12-14 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

As Christ’s life covers up and changes our sad lives we become more like Him every day. We stop living for and about ourselves and start living for Him and the Kingdom, pressing into His anointing and power.

So what are you wearing today? Is it a cover-up towel, which is an imagination, or is it the REAL THING being in Christ?

Is your reflection still the old you, or are others seeing Christ when they look at you?

Norman

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Don't try to be somebody you're not supposed to be

Posted By at Wednesday, October 09, 2019

I want to encourage you today not to be somebody you’re not supposed to be, start to be the person you were designed by God to be!

We must stop trying to excel and compete with the expectations of others. Trying to emulate others and being competitive is not as good as being determined and faithful to our own calling.

I know so many who went to Bible College in the 70s and 80’s and many of them are no longer even going to church anymore. They wanted to be in ministry but when they failed to make the grade they gave up on their relationship, and some have even gone back to the ‘old’ life.

Being persistent and pushing through to be ALL that God called us to be must be the goal for each one of us.

There is nothing wrong with having a mentor or someone who can help steer us along the road, but they are only an aid to what the Holy Spirit can do when we seek God sincerely. Don’t take on the mannerisms or persona of some teacher or mentor! When I listen to young preachers I can usually tell who they have been listening to, or who they're reading about as they use the same phrases and mannerisms.

3 John 2 says, Above all God wants you to prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.

Renewing our mind is the key to success in God’s Kingdom.

God called us as individuals; first of all to be saved, so that is the FIRST step, we must receive Jesus as our SAVIOUR.

Then, if sickness has invaded our physical body, we should take the SECOND step and receive Him as our HEALER, the same way we received Him as Saviour.

Then, the THIRD step is in the area of financial needs, we should receive Him as our SOURCE BANKER the same way we received Him as your Saviour and healer.

Then, we can go further and take the FOURTH step and receive Him as the BAPTISER IN THE HOLY SPIRIT and begin to speak with other tongues, as His Spirit gives the utterance.

We are not in some competitive worldly race, so we don’t have to be in competition with others or try to measure up to their standard.

Zechariah 4:6 says "It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD!"

Just start to believe God’s Word and live the love life for the Kingdom’s sake. Accept ALL that Jesus did for you at Calvary and you can be ALL that He purposed you to be!

We must stop trying to be somebody we’re not supposed to be and instead, be all that we’re supposed to be in Christ, if we do, then when the rewards are being given out we will hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord!"

Norman

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Wisdom is the prinipal thing

Posted By at Wednesday, October 02, 2019

             

When we look to Christ’s example of how we should love, we see that in Luke 2:52 it says “Jesus increased in wisdom.”

Proverbs 15:14 is a constant challenge to me and reflects the importance of such growth stating, “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.”

To put it another way, an intelligent person purposefully seeks wisdom, but fools nibble randomly, vacantly chewing on words and ideas that have no value, no flavour, and no nutrition.

Prov 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Prov 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. and in all your getting, get understanding.

Prov 23:12 Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.

Let's consider the word ‘wisdom.’ The Hebrew definition for ‘wisdom’ is a skill for living.

This wisdom is different from ‘knowledge'. Knowledge can be learned from God vertically but also can be learned horizontally, meaning that it can be learned from the people around us. We can learn it from a textbook, or from observing other people going through similar situations.

‘Wisdom', however, is only attained vertically. It only comes from God and is sustained through a continued relationship with Him. God IS wisdom; to grow in ‘wisdom’ takes a persistent pursuit and a diligent commitment to Him.

We read in Prov 4:7, above, that wisdom is the principal thing. Would it be different if wisdom was the principle thing? We find it would.

'Principal' is most commonly used to refer to someone in a position of authority or high prominence

'Principle' refers to natural, moral or legal rules or standards

1 Cor 1:30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.

So often we think that God’s just going to do something, and drop wisdom into our laps. In a sense He does, but WISDOM is a person. Wisdom IS Jesus the Christ! 

The number one way that wisdom is going to come into our lives is through the reading of the Word. The Bible says that God will give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding as we meditate in His Word. If we lack wisdom we can also ask God, as He has promised to give it to us freely.

James 1:5 NLT If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

We are not perfect. Even when we pursue wisdom, we will likely make mistakes. This is a natural part of growth. What is important is how we respond to the failures, mistakes, and setbacks. Wisdom is being able to learn from the mistakes, and continue to move forward in spite of them. 

This week I encourage you to pursue wisdom by continuing to press into God’s presence through worship, the reading of the scriptures and spending time in prayer. If God gives you wisdom in regards to something you're believing for, or something you need to do; act on it; do what He says. That, is valuing wisdom and seeking to be wise.

Norman