Mar 9, 2010

The Depth and Width of Your Calling

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

Saturday, March 06 2010

"If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer." - 2 Corinthians 1:6

"God must love you a lot! He doesn't allow someone to go through the kinds of adversity you have experienced unless He has a special calling on your life." Those were the words said to me by two different mentors at two different times within a three-year period. Later I would learn another related truth from a respected man of God - a man who lives in another country, a man whom God uses throughout the globe. "The depth and width of your faith experiences are directly proportional to your calling." What were these men of God saying?

They were describing a process of preparation that God takes each of His leaders through when He plans to use them in significant ways. A "faith experience" is an event or "spiritual marker" in your life about which you can say, "That is where I saw God personally moving in my life." It is an unmistakable event in which God showed Himself personally to you. It was the burning bush for Moses; the crossing of the Red Sea or the Jordan River for the nation of Israel; Jacob's encounter with the angel. It was the feeding of the 5,000 for the disciples. It was the time when you saw God face to face in your life.

If God has plans of using you in the lives of many others, you can expect that He is going to allow certain faith experiences to come into your life in order to build a foundation that will be solid. That foundation is what you will be able to look back on to keep you faithful to Him in the times of testing. Each of us must have personal faith experiences in which we experience God personally so that we can move in faith to whatever He may call us. Do you need a personal faith experience right now in your life? Pray that God will reveal Himself to you. He delights in doing that.

Mar 5, 2010

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os HillmanFriday, February 19 2010

"O Lord, by Your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life...." - Psalm 17:14

Whenever I travel over the ocean, I am always reminded of the seemingly insignificant time we have on this earth. I often imagine dropping a glass of water out the window of the jet into the huge body of water below. The Lord then reminds me that this is how my life is compared to eternity - a mere drop in the ocean.
Yet, every day millions of people will go to work seeking to gain that elusive thing called success. The rewards of this life continue to provide the incentive for 60-hour weeks or the extra weekend away from the family. Sometimes we get entrenched in the message of the world. This message is an appealing, seductive call to sell out eternity for the temporal.
As a Christian businessman, I fell for this for many years until the Lord allowed me to wake up. It took some severe wake-up calls, but they did their job. I'm so grateful the Lord cares enough to give us these wake-up calls. He knows what real life is about. We think we know what it is, only to learn once again that real life is only in what is built on eternity. How does this verse line up with where you are today? Are you building around a world whose reward is in this lifetime, or an eternal one? Do those with whom you associate live in such a way that they demonstrate their reward is not concerning this life? Jesus said to seek first His Kingdom and all these things will be added. Amen.

Prayer for Chile urgently needed

Please read below and pray with faith, knowing that our God is able and willing.
Colossians 3:17..  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him..
Prayer for Chile urgently needed

Prayer is urgently needed for thousands of people in Chile whose lives have been upturned by the massive earthquake that struck in the early morning hours of Feb. 27, says an IMB strategist closely tied to the area. In the chaos that follows a disaster like this, God’s people need 
clarity of mind, said Terry Lassiter, strategist for the American peoples. “Please pray God will be glorified in a way that people will see their need for Him, if they don’t know Him,” he said.
Southern Baptists assess work in Chile’s quake zone

With highways cracked, bridges collapsed and the international airport closed, travel to and through Chile is greatly limited. But missionaries from the IMB’s team who ministers to the Mapuche people in South America began moving out from Temuco March 2 to assess needs in the worst-hit areas. Meanwhile, a second team that will be assessing for Baptist Global Response is struggling to get to Chile from the United States.
Prayer Week
Live with Urgency: Week of Prayer for North American missions
Nearly three of every four people in the United States and Canada live without a personal relationship with Christ. DuringWeek of Prayer for North American Missions, March 7-14, consider how you can “Live with Urgency” and impact the Kingdom of God through your continued prayers, giving and going.

Mar 4, 2010

Don't worry when things go wrong

  While going to Bhilai in car I had different experience.We had not crossed 60km and the temperature was going up.When checked there was a leak in the pipe and was rectified.Then after some time the upper light went off.Then we had to go to a small garage in sullurpet.They changed the bulbs and a small part.Then we had a smooth ride with some bad roads in naxal affected areas in Baster area.When I crossed Dhamtari near a railway track the car was stopped after a bump.The place was dark and cool.This was on 6th feb.Then my cousin came picked us.
  I had to go to Madku hence asked one of my friend to look after and went there in my friends car.