Jan 31, 2012

OVERCOME THE FEAR BY TRUSTING THE LORD


            And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in Him, and he will continue to rescue us (2 Corinthians 1:10) (NLT).
            While living in this world, many times we may have fear of few things. We may have fear of death, fear of the people who plot evil against us, fear of the situations that are attacking us all of sudden. Amongst all these fears, we can have a hope that we can be saved. How this is possible? This is possible only through trusting in God. When I have experienced these things in my personal life, a Word from my Bible made me to think of God. It was the point where I have started trusting in God. God says, so do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God (Isaiah 41:10). When we read this above verse with trusting in God, we need not to be worried of anything. Whatever we are going through now, it is the result of the fear we have about that. Job said, what I feared has come upon me (Job 3:25). Bible warns us not to be feared, but overcome the fear by trusting in God.
            We know that our God is watching over us all the times. Hagar said, “You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13, Psalm 121:3-4). Yes, When we believe that God is watching over us we should not worry about the fear that is coming to us, we should not listen to what fear is speaking to us. What happens to the fear at the end is it will be punished (1 John 4:18). Many times we find the choice from God from the beginning. (Deuteronomy 28:1), If we do something we get other things, but it is up to us what we should do, whether to do what God is telling us or not. Likewise, this is a choice for us whether to trust God or have fear about the things. When God promised that whatever is happening in our life, they are for our good (Romans 8:28), He means it. He doesn't mean all things whatever happening is good; God means they all are working together for our good. When we see the functioning of Computer, we see just it is working, but if we see how it is manufactured, it is a collection of small chips. When one of the chips function is failed the computer will stop working, In the same way all the things are working together for our good, if any one of them we miss, the good result may get delayed.
            Sometimes the fears that we have will make us to trust in the Lord. Apostle Paul in his letter to Corinthians said that God has delivered them from troubles and they believe that He will do the same again. Bible says, Jesus Christ is same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The hope that they have in God is that, the One who has saved them will save them again. Let this be our confidence that He will save us. Apostle Paul says, that they have put their hope in God, the savior of all men, and especially He is the savior of one who believes in Him (1 Timothy 4:10). Today let us all come to God and ask God for help to overcome the fears and replace the fear with Trust. When we ask God with faith it will be done for us.
            GOD BLESS YOU

Jan 30, 2012

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WORD OF GOD - SANCTIFICATION


            Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth (John 17:17).
            Bible speaks about the sanctification. This sanctification means purification in general terms. Purification is a process where the unwanted things from us will be removed and make as a new creation. This is what happens when we come to Christ. The Biblical term Sanctification means purification from the sin. When it is called a process, there should be more than one steps. This sanctification starts with GOD. God told Israelites to be sanctified and be holy (Leviticus 20:7). In the New Testament, God said be separated from them and do not touch unclean things (2 Corinthians 6:17). God always wants us to be consecrated and to be holy. But how this could be done? There are two things from God which sanctify us; they are namely, The Word of God and the Spirit of God. Jesus prayed to God to sanctify the disciples with the Word (John 17:17), secondly through belief in the truth, the Spirit of God will do this (2 Thessalonians 3:13). But these two are from one God (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
            This Word enables us to be equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17). The Spirit which works in our life uses the Word of God to make us perfect and changes us into a new creation. We need to be filled with the Word of God to live a Christian life. The Word of God is not like any other word, it is living word (Hebrews 4:12). Bible says the word that is with God came and dwell among us (John 1:14) and Jesus said, that bread of God who comes down from heaven gives life to the world, it is He (John 6:33, 35). When God spoke there was creation, there were healings and there were miracles. Jesus said He gave us the authority because it was given to Him (Matthew 28:18-19). When we use this authority that is from God we can do the things with the Word of God.
            Job said, he has treasured the Words of God in the mouth more than daily bread (Job 23:12). Yes, we need to treasure the Word of God for our life. This word will do many things in our life. It heals the hurts (Psalm 107:20), it comforts in sufferings (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). The Word of God trains us, rebukes us, corrects us and teaches us (2 Timothy 3:16). Let us all come to God and ask Him to know the Word of God more and more, and it sets us free from every trouble. It sets us free for it is the only truth (John 8:32). Jesus called the Word of God “THE TRUTH”.
            GOD BLESS YOU

Jan 29, 2012

THE TRUE DISCIPLES


            Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings (John 8:31).
            When we read about Jesus there is something that makes us to think of His disciples. We know how they came to Jesus, how they were transformed to be the disciples, how they were trained in this as they move and walk with Jesus for everything. Bible says out of these twelve disciples, Jesus loved a disciple so much (John 13:23, 21:20). But the question here is what makes them into the true disciple of Jesus? Jesus said, the one whoever remain faithful to the teachings of Jesus will be the true disciple of Jesus. We can see there were many other disciples besides these twelve who were there with Jesus, but when Jesus was teaching about the living bread, all of them has departed Jesus by thinking that the teachings of Jesus will not be accepted, and they are hard teachings (John 6: 60-66). Were they not taught by Jesus? Were they not hearing the message about God from Jesus? They are doing as we are doing now, but they did not remain faithful to the teachings of Jesus.
            The most important thing to be a follower of Christ is remaining faithful to the Word of God. If you want to receive what we need we must abide in Him (John 15:7). To build a life on the basis of Jesus teachings, we need to submit our life to the Word of God. The Word of God should be our guide to direct our ways (Isaiah 30:21). There are four things that lead us into wrong way. They are namely, Culture, Tradition, Reason and Emotion. These four things will lead us into the wrong direction in our life. We must be strengthened to overcome these things for these four are the source of the troubles in our life.
            If we really want a perfect standard that will never lead us into the wrong direction, that is the Word of God. Bible says, the Word of God is flawless (Proverbs 30:5). Yes, this Word of God makes us the true disciples. When the time comes to us to make a decision in the life we should take the right decision by considering what Bible says about the situation. Sometimes we may feel pain when we hear the message of God, but the pain is to make us strong. Let us all come to God and hear the teachings of God and abide in them and then we will become the true disciple of Jesus Christ.
            GOD BLESS YOU

Jan 28, 2012

BREAK THE JAR AND POUR OUT


            Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance (John 12:3) (NLT).
            While living in this world, we will have many preferences, we will have many desires, and we may have many troubles. We can say our life on this earth is a mixture of the situations. We cannot know what may come to us in the very next moment. It is not uncommon that one should be going through all the above phases. But the one who walks with the Word of God only knows the remedy of the situations that are coming to them. We see Jesus was calling all the people who are weary and heavily burdened, for He has got the rest to give us when we to come to Him in weary and burdened (Matthew 11:28). To listen to this call and to come to Jesus what we should have as basic element is humbling ourselves. Coming to Jesus is not just an action, but it is an action with an expectation that we will be saved. When we pour out our heart to God then we will be heard (1 Samuel 1:15, 17).
            The biggest enemy of our life is none other than our selves. It may sound hard teaching, but it is true. Bible always gives an instruction for all of us to humble ourselves (James 4:10). Jesus said, the people who humbles will be exalted to high places(Matthew 23:12). Humbling ourselves, it means pouring out ourselves at the feet of Jesus and get ourselves empty. For we consider ourselves as precious for us than anything else. When we read about an incident where Jesus was anointed at Bethany, we see this incident in four of the gospels. Book of Luke says, the woman was living a sinful life and known as a sinner (Luke 7:37, 39) and she came to Jesus and she brought an alabaster jar of perfume. Bible says, this perfume that she has brought is an expensive perfume (John 12:3). Matthew and Mark says, she poured it on the head of Jesus (Matthew 26:7 & Mark 14:3), but Luke and John says she has poured it on his feet and started wiping off His feet with her hair (Luke 7:38 & John 12:3).
            We can see here, the actions of woman step by step, First it was ‘Breaking’, she broke the jar, second “Pouring”, then she poured out the perfume on His feet and then third, “Wiping”, she is wiping off the feet of Jesus. This is what we should be doing when we are coming to Jesus. If we apply this to our life, our heart is the alabaster jar in which we are like expensive perfume. When we come to Jesus and pour out ourselves at his feet and empty the jar, then we will be among the one of the people whom Jesus’ loved so much. What the woman got in return of this action, her sins were forgiven (Luke 7:48), and got an additional privilege wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, it will be told about the woman and about this incident(Matthew 26:13, Mark 14:9). And more over her whole family was loved by Jesus (John 11:5). When we do the same at the feet of Jesus, our sins will be forgiven and we will be the living testimony of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:14). Let us all come to God and pour out our heart to Him and empty ourselves and be filled with Spirit of God, and move forward in the way of faith.
            GOD BLESS YOU

Jan 27, 2012

THE RIGHT COUNSELLOR


            I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8).
            In these days the importance of counseling for life is growing more and more. A lawyer counsels when any couple come to him seeking divorce, a doctor counsels the patient when he/she wants to get rid of bad habits. A Pastor counsels young people when they are ready to get united in marriage. Everywhere in the world people are going to one or other for counseling. Bible says as the followers of Christ, we also need to get counsel from God. Whatever we plan we need the counsel of God, otherwise the plans may get failed (Proverbs 15:22). When Jesus was introducing the Holy Spirit to His disciples, He called it by the name Counselor (John 14:16). We need to take the right counsel, there may be counselors who are not from God, we should be aware of these counselors as well. The Spirit that makes our plans successful is the Right Counselor. This is God’s promise that He will instruct us and teach us the ways that we should go, He counsels us and He will watch over us when we follow the Counsel of God.
            There are few situations in the Bible where we see the enemy also sending some people to destroy the work that we are doing for God, Bible warns us about these people. When we read the book of Ezra, we see these things. When the people of Judah were rebuilding the temple of the LORD, the enemies of Judah came to them saying they will also help the people in building the temple, and then Zerubbabel and Jerusha rejected their help in building the temple for they have no part in the work of God. They went out and hired counselors to work against the people of Judah and frustrate their plans in building the temple of the LORD (Ezra 4: 1-5). Here we see this is the plan of enemy to destroy the work of building the temple. Likewise we may see this kind of people in our life who come like counselors, but in fact they are not. We should not go by looks, but we should move with the help of the Spirit of God.
            Bible warns us even the Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light, and the servants of Satan as servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). We must be careful while seeking the counsel from someone for doing anything. When the king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah to join him in the battle, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel “First seek the counsel of the LORD” (1 Kings 22:5). However the king gathered hundreds of men for counsel, Jehoshaphat was looking for the Prophet of the LORD for counsel (1 Kings 22:7). Let us all come to God by seeking His counsel to do anything in our life. Whatever our position is, let us not to be hesitated from seeking the counsel of God. King Solomon asked God for the wisdom that counsels him to rule the people of God. When we seek His counsel, surely He will lead us towards the destiny He has prepared for us.
            GOD BLESS YOU

Jan 25, 2012

Christian Internet Code of Ethics


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The impact of the Internet is nothing less than earthshaking.

 Communications are instantaneous and information is abundant. Christians are coming to the internet by the thousands each week.

In some ways, the Internet is a world of its own. Things are not always what they appear. Because of this there are some dangers that are not readily apparent, especially to the novice user.

The Christian Internet Code of Ethics is an effort by some Christians to declare boundaries they set for themselves on the Internet. It is not a set of rules, but a statement of values. In it we find believers saying,

"We have found some dangers that may be hidden at first look and we want to point them out to those who join us on the Internet."

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Christian Internet Code of Ethics

As a Christian who is active on the internet, I hold myself to certain standards of conduct. They are:
*      I guard my online relationships.

*      I recognize that attachments develop as easily on the internet as anywhere else, and sometimes more easily because of the anonymity involved in initial exchanges. I particularly guard against relationships that encroach upon the level of trust and faithfulness that is to exist only within a husband/wife relationship.
*      I am careful to visit websites that do not compromise my life in Christ.

*      I am aware that there are sites on the internet that Christians must avoid, including those that contain pornography. I do not visit such sites, even out of curiosity. When, by accident (and it happens to everyone), I find such a page loading, I leave it immediately.

*      I take care that my written communications reflect Christ in my life.

*      Even on issues about which I feel passionate, I avoid saying things that I feel might be displeasing to the Lord. I represent myself, and my intentions in a truthful and upright manner in all my exchanges.

*      I guard my time to assure that my time online is kept in proper balance with the rest of my life
I realize that the internet can consume time that should be invested elsewhere: family, church, work responsibilities, and other activities that make for a well rounded life. I especially guard against spending time on the internet that should be spent with the Lord.

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USE THE GIFT FOR THE COMMON GOOD


            A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other (1 Corinthians 12:7) (NLT).
            We all know that there should be the anointing of the Holy Spirit in our life. Because this Holy Spirit will give us gifts and it works in us for the Kingdom of God. After resurrection of Jesus from the death, He appeared to His disciples, He breathed unto them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). For Jesus knows the importance of the Holy Spirit in our life. Before ascending into the heaven, Jesus said we will be filled with the power when we are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). This power filled servant will do many things for God in His name (Mark 16:17). This is what Jesus called "The Power of the Holy Spirit". After Jesus ascended into the heaven all the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit when they are in the upper room conference (Acts 2:4). And they started doing all the above things with the power of the Spirit. Apostle Paul says, when we are filled with this Holy Spirit, it is for common good, but not for our selfish activities.
            Apostle Paul gives right information about the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of gifts by the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4, 8-10), there is a fruit that we bear when we are filled with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). But we should remember that we should use all these gifts for the edification of the Church that means for the common good of all. When we see, John, the Baptist testified about Jesus that the Spirit came and remained on Jesus (John 1:33). But Jesus in all the days of His life on this earth, He never used the gifts of the Holy Spirit for His personal use. When the enemy tempted Him and said to change the rocks into the bread (Matthew 4:3-4), He didn’t do it, it is not that He couldn't do it, He could do it for He is Supernatural, but He didn’t use the power of Holy Spirit for His personal use. Though He is the Son of God, He could have call the army from the heavens to save Himself from the army of the worldly kings that has come to seize Him, but he didn’t do it, for He wants the will of God should get completed in His life (Matthew 26:53). But He didn’t use the power of the Holy Spirit for His personal use even at the time of His death. He could draw the water from the well by the power, but He did not do it, and asked the woman for the water so that she could trust in Him (John 4:10-14).
            Jesus was a right example for our life, when we are anointed we should not use these gifts of the Holy Spirit for our personal use. They are for common good of the Church. Apostle Paul says we should desire the greater gift eagerly (1 Corinthians 12:31), at another place Paul says we should seek Prophesying (1 Corinthians 14:39), for it edifies the Church (1 Corinthians 14:4). Let us all come to God with trust that He will anoint us when we ask Him to anoint us with the Holy Spirit, but it is good for us to know that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the edification of the Church, but not for our personal use. Seeking the gifts of the Holy Spirit with selfish motives is nothing but a sin (Acts 8:18-23).
            GOD BLESS YOU

#533 How To Make Sure Your Church Is Boring!




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I know some people do not agree with me…but I firmly believe that church should not be a boring place…because…


*       The Bible is NOT boring–the teachings of God’s Word are more relevant and exciting that anything on the planet.
*       Jesus was NOT boring – to see His life lived out in the Scriptures and to see WHO HE ISshould inspire AWE, not apathy!
*       Our message is NOT boring – Jesus was DEAD, came BACK TO LIFE and offers us the same opportunity, to cross over from death to life and be reconciled to God
– That’s Freakin Awesome!!!
*       The Book of Acts is NOT boring – there is NOWHERE in the book of Acts that ritual replaced relationship!


If the tomb is empty, Jesus is alive and HOPE is possible then HIS church should reflect that.


BUT…if you want to make sure your church is boring, here are Eight Simple Steps…

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#1 – There has GOT to be apathetic leadership –

Seriously, the leaders in the church MUST be obsessed with not rocking the boat and pursuing personal comfort!

#2 – There CANNOT be a desire to reach people far from God!

Seriously, new birth can bring excitement to a church, which is NOT what people in pursuit of boredom desire. 

 SO…don’t focus on the Gospel…instead teach lots of history lessons and talk about things that very few people actually care about.  This will keep people far from God away from your group of people, thus not messing up the chemistry in your holy huddle. 

 Whatever you do…DO NOT talk about the Gospel…it changes people!!!

#3 – DO NOT call for ANY type of Commitment fromANYONE–EVER!

People MUST be allowed to come and go as they please…and must NEVER be made to feel uncomfortable under any type of circumstances.
  If people begin responding to God it will increase the excitement level, which cannot happen in a boring place.



#4 – Always be Predictable.

Do the same songs at the same times, pray the same prayers and make SURE that people can look at their watch at any point in the service and know exactly what’s coming next.


#5 – Make Excuses when things are done poorly!

Whatever you do…do NOT address the obvious issues that are right under your nose. 
 In fact, if you will simply criticize any church or ministry that IS seeing success it will take the attention off of your dysfunction and allow you to maintain the current state of your church.


#6 – PLEASE make sure not to make ANY type of references to Culture in your Church services.

 If you want to have a boring church then you’ve GOT to make people believe that the lives they live Monday through Saturday and then the life they live on Sunday are two separate things. 

You cannot teach that Scripture speaks to culture…because if people begin making that connection then they will begin to experience what Jesus promised in John 10:10!

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#7 – You’ve GOT to allow people to Pretend that their lives are Perfect!

Seriously, if someone has a problem then you must either put them out of your church OR tell them to act as if they are perfect.  If people begin to bring their junk to your church and Jesus begins to help them work through it and they get delivered from it…your church cannot maintain its boring status.


#8 – You MUST focus on the external and NOT the internal.

Make the way people dress the MOST important issue…and the way they LIVE a non-issue!!!


It’s Time To Rise Up Church

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#53210 Questions To See where We Stand as aChild of God...


By Martha Mac

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1 - Do Cares & Worries of This Life Dominate Most of Your Thoughts & Conversations?

2 - Do You Practice Sin on a Regular Basis?

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3 - Do You "Love" The Things of This World  More Than God's Word?

4 - Are You Too Busy for Jesus? What are Your Priorities?

5 - Do You Use God's Name In Vain? ('Oh My G-d?')

6 - Do You Fail to Pray Earnestly  & Pray for the Lost Who Will Spend Eternity in Hell?

7 - Do You Fail to Preach the Gospel on a Regular Basis? OR Do You Hinder Others?

8 - Are You Indifferent About Your Sin? What is Your Attitude?

9 - Do You Seek After Worldly Wealth  & Fame vs. Seeking First The Kingdom of God?

10-Do You Fail to Obey Jesus, and God's Word Consistently?

Jan 24, 2012

#531 "Afraid of What?" - John W. Vinson



"The country districts of North Jiangsu China were wild and dangerous in the fall of 1931, but the missionaries kept on itinerating--trusting their lives to God's keeping. At Haizhou near the coast the Reverend John W. Vinson, otherwise known as Uncle Jack as he was affectionately called by the younger missionaries, insisted on going into the country.
'But Uncle Jack,' they said, 'you're not strong enough to itinerate so soon after your operation.'
"'I must go,' he replied. And then added, 'I must witness for the Lord while I can.'
Was he thinking of the words of our Lord, 'I must work the works of Him that sent me while it is day. The night cometh, when no man can work.'" May I put in my own little parenthesis here. Are you working the works of Him who sent you? Remember the night is coming when no man can work.
 Let's do faithfully each day what God gives us.
"Well, Mr. Vinson went to a little market town called Yan-Chia-Chi about 30 miles to the southeast. And there he was warmly greeted by a little group of Chinese Christians, many of whom he himself had through the years baptized.
After talking with them a while about the services to be held the next morning, he went to sleep there in the little chapel.
"That very night a wild army of bandits, more than 600 in all, swooped down upon the little town looting, burning, killing and wounding the people all that night and the next day.
When they finally departed they took with them about 150 Chinese men, women and children to hold for ransom. And their prize captive was the American missionary, Mr. Vinson.
"An army of government soldiers pursued the bandits and overtook them at a little village called Lianyungang, where the robbers barricaded themselves behind the village wall. The government troops immediately besieged the village.
"'Do you want to go free?' the bandit chief asked Vinson.
"'Certainly,' he replied.
"'All right, you write a letter to the commanding officer of these soldiers to withdraw his troops and we will let you go.'
"'Will you also free all these Chinese prisoners?' the missionary asked.
"'Certainly not,' replied the bandit chief.
"'Then I, too, refuse to go free,' said Vinson--and he was adamant even in the face of vehement threats.
"That night the bandits tried to break out in the darkness. Many of them were killed, and 125 of the 150 captives escaped. The bandits fled taking Vinson with them, but he could not run because of his recent operation. The daughter of a Chinese pastor was one of the prisoners who escaped from the bandits. She later told of having seen a bandit threatening Mr. Vinson with a pistol and trying to frighten him.
"'I'm going to kill you,' he said as he pointed the gun at the missionary's head, 'aren't you afraid?'
"'No, I am not afraid,' came the calm reply, 'if you kill me I will go right to God.'
"He was killed, shot and beheaded. At the time of his death the writer, also, was itinerating in bandit territory between Zhejiang and Haizhou. When he reached a little railroad station to return home he heard the sad news. And when he arrived home he read the full glorious account written by our Hijo missionaries of Jack Vinson's fearless witness for Christ.
"This writer went to his study and sat silently for a few minutes. Then, picking up his pen, he began to write as though it were some hymn he was recalling from memory. Within 15 minutes the five verses all were written and never have been changed. If ever a poem was given of God, this one was."
I would call it a poem of passion.
The writer calls it "Afraid of What?" Here's the poem:
Afraid of what?To feel the spirit's glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace?
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid of that?
Afraid of what?Afraid to see the Saviour’s face?
To hear His welcome and to trace the glory,
Glean from wounds of grace?
Afraid of that?
Afraid of what?A flash, a crash, a pierced heart?
Darkness, light, O heaven's art?
A wound of His a counterpart?
Afraid of that?
Afraid of what?To enter into heaven's rest,
And yet to serve the Master blessed?
From service good to service best?
Afraid of that?
Afraid of what?To do by death what life could not?
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid of that?
"Later on at Mr. Vinson's funeral, Chinese officials who knew not Christ marvelled that here was man who refused to save himself. The missionaries then told them of John Vinson's Master, who saved others--himself he could not save. And some of the little churches in Mr. Vinson's country field, which had been cold now, took on new life. And many of the church members became hot-hearted for Christ. And many more received Christ as Savior after Jack Vinson's martyrdom."
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And that's the end of Mr. Vinson's story, but I have no doubt that it had an impact on John and Betty Stam.
Betty Stam was a young woman when I met her; I was probably four or five years old. She was one of the guests in our home, but she was on her way to China to marry her fiancé, John Stam. And he had been waiting for her for more than a year.
She went to China; she married John. The Lord gave them a baby, and very shortly thereafter they were captured by Chinese communists, striped half-naked, chained together and marched through the streets of that little Chinese village. And Betty was forced to watch as John's head was chopped off. Then she was forced to put her neck on the chopping block--and she too was beheaded.
Their little baby had been left behind in their home.

The home had been ransacked but miraculously--and surely providentially--the baby was not noticed. And a Chinese pastor found the little child and was able to rescue her. When I was about 12-years old I copied into my Bible a prayer that Betty Scott Stam had written:
"Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes and accept Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all utterly to Thee to be Thine forever. Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit. Use me as Thou wilt. Send me where Thou wilt.
And work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost now and forever."

Jan 23, 2012

GOD CALLS US BLESSED

 

            God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers (Matthew 5:11) (NLT).
            Bible speaks about the Blessed people, but what are this blessed people exactly? Who falls under this category? Every one of us wants to be a part of this blessed people. But how can we get these blessings? When God created the living creatures, and the birds, God blessed them (Genesis 1:22). Here is the starting point of the blessings. Blessings always start with God. Bible speaks about the qualities of the blessed people. Psalmist says, the one who do not walk in the ways of the wicked, and delights in the law of the Lord is blessed (Psalm 1:1-2), at another place Psalmist says whose sins God forgives is the blessed one (Psalm 32:1-2). Jesus gave the qualities of the people who is considered as the blessed (Matthew 5:3-12). We should do few things that God is telling us to do, so that we can claim as the Blessed People of God, for God calling us we are blessed.
            We may go through many situations in our life where the people of this world say many things to us. They may call us failures, they may call us unlucky, they may call us useless, but we should remember that God is calling us “BLESSED”. Bible says we are the children of Abraham to whom God promised the base point of the blessings (Genesis 22:18). Christ came for this purpose and redeemed us (Galatians 3:14). There is a prayer in the Bible which says how we could receive the blessings of God in our life. When we read 1 Chronicles, we read about a man, named Jabez, which means SORROW, PAIN, DISTRESS and GRIEF. However he was more honored among his brothers, he wanted blessings from God. This is very common in our life that we see a man may have honor among the people who lives around, but lack the blessings of God. Bible speaks about this man, for not that he is a hero or a warrior, but he is a man who prays to God for the blessings (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).
            Jabez put his request to God in four parts and we read at the end God granted his request. Firstly, he wants God to bless him, means he wants God to crown him (Proverbs 10:6), Secondly, He wants enlargement of his territory, means the works that he is doing to be enlarged so that he will be a renown person in the areas of his work, Thirdly, he wants God’s presence in everything that he do, and Fourthly, He wants a divine protection from any harm, and deliverance from the pain which his name carries. We see all these requests have been granted to Jabez. Means, God has blessed him, enlarged the territories, granted his presence be with him and delivered from the pain. This is what the Biblical meaning of blessings. Whenever we think of prosperity in God, it is not exactly the things of the world, but of the heavens. We may be rich and honored more than anyone else, but the word prosperity stands for the blessings of the heaven. Let us make a practice to request God as Jabez has requested and have received them. We should remember whatever may be the name with the world calls us, God is now declaring to the world that “YOU ARE BLESSED”.
            GOD BLESS YOU

#529 John Wesley - A Reformer



“Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.”

 “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!”

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.”

“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”

“Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.”

“It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people. ”

“Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can”

“When I have money, I get rid of it quickly, lest it find a way into my heart.”


“I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfil God's creational intentions.”

“When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn."
"Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn."

“In using all means, seek God alone. In and through every outward thing, look only to the power of His Spirit, and the merits of His Son. Beware you do not get stuck in the work itself; if you do, it is all lost labour. Nothing short of God can satisfy your soul. Therefore, fix on Him in all, through all, and above all...Remember also to use all means as means-as ordained, not for their own sake...”

“God grant that I may never live to be useless!”

 “Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

“Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer; it is almost essentially connected with it.
 One who always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity and for the greatest adversity. He blesses God for all things, looks on them as coming from Him, and receives them for His sake- not choosing nor refusing, liking or disliking, anything, but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to His perfect will.”


"I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out."
 “By salvation I mean not barely according to the vulgar notion deliverance from hell or going to heaven but a present deliverance from sin a restoration of the soul to its primitive health its original purity a recovery of the divine nature the renewal of our souls after the image of God in righteousness and true holiness in justice mercy and truth.”

“Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.”

"When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me"

“I want to know one thing, the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. Give me that book! At any price give me the Book of God!”

“with all prayer (Eph. 6:18)" All sorts of prayer- public, private, mental, vocal. Do not be diligent in one kind of prayer and negligent in others... let us use all.”

Holy solitaries' is a phrase no more consistent with the Gospel than holy adulterers. The Gospel of Christ knows no religion but social; no holiness, but social holiness.”