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The Harvest is Ready For 2011

Posted By at Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Galatians 6:9: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

The passion does not have to die. Though you see no evidence of fruits from your labour, the vision does not have to be lost.

All around about you, the world, and even the church, may seem to be suffering within a spiritual depression of some sorts, but "let not your hearts be troubled...."

Don’t lose hope. It is the promise of God that His Word will not return to Him void as Isaiah says in Chapter 55. He will accomplish His purpose. Our lean times may wear on us. They would try to strip us of our passion and our vision, and our desire to press onward.

Habakkuk 3.17-18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Yet, though we may not see the evidence of the coming harvest, we must not grow weary and lose heart; but trust that in due season, God will surely bring the harvest. The passion does not have to die, but can remain until the deliverance of the promised harvest.

Now as you stare into 2011, it is basically an unknown quantity; but we do know God is already there and has a harvest of blessings lined up for those who believe.

Have a great New Year and be blessed with Heaven’s best.

Norman

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Be Like Joseph and Accept Jesus

Posted By at Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Matthew 1.22-25 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,

25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.

Here in the Christmas season, just a few days to the actual day when we again celebrate His birth; our focus should be on that birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  With the commercialism of Christmas, this is not always easy to do. Christmas is just a date on the calendar but we know it is an actual historical event  that changed the world forever.

As we focus on this great occasion, I want to remind each of you of the incredible faith and obedience that both Mary and Joseph had. 

First, let us look at the birth of a child without a natural father.  There was no other case of this in the history of the world.  Can you imagine the faith of Mary as she listened to the angel Gabriel? 

Second, Joseph and Mary were not married yet.  Pregnancy out of wedlock was not accepted in those days.  Not knowing how God was going to work it all out, Mary stepped out in faith and agreed to become the mother of The Lord.

Then now let’s look at the faith of Joseph. 

First, you see the response of Joseph when he finds out that Mary is pregnant.  Instead of getting angry and hurt, he decided to send her away quietly.  As a Godly man, I’m sure he prayed about it also.  Then in a dream, an angel of the Lord tells him to not be afraid.  He told Joseph the child Mary is carrying is from the Holy Spirit and he should take her home as his wife. When Joseph awoke, he did what the angel had commanded him. 

How do you feel about your own faith and obedience to God’s will right now?  I know many times we might look pitiful in light of these two people in history.  We should have faith in the promises of God, even when we have difficult circumstances and overwhelming problems.  We are not alone.  God has given us His Son, our Lord and Saviour.  Part of the Saviour’s love package is healing, physically, financially and relationally. So start to use your faith to receive all that Jesus died to make available to you.

This Christmas let us remember and celebrate the Incarnation with joy in our hearts and let us renew our faith and obedience in God. Have you accepted His free gift yet?

Have a great Christmas Season and be blessed with Heaven’s best.

Norman

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CHRISTmas is Coming

Posted By at Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Luke 2.7 “She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”  

As we turn upon our hearts towards this Christmas season, many may lack the hope and the joy that they know they should feel. The shopping, gift-wrapping, cake and pudding making, decorating, post office trips, and even the Christmas programs may not have the same effect that they have had in years past. May people in the third world don’t have that problem with Christmas and they probably wish they had some of your problems to deal with.   

Now even though there was no room for Mary and Joseph in the Inn, hope lingered in their hearts. They were promised a Saviour. The people longed for the Messiah. Hope persevered through a painful and long pregnancy labour riding on a donkey.

Grace persevered as the couple found a place to rest in the midst of the animals. How often do we expect our hopes to be realized in shopping, cakes and puddings, in programs, and in finding the perfect gift?

How often we expect our hopes to be realized in a tangible expression when the truth of our hope transcends our dreams and saves our souls. The hope of the season is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Whatever you are facing this Christmas, allow the miracle and wonder of this beloved firstborn Son who is now a risen King to rule in your life today. Seek your Healer, your Redeemer, your Deliverer and your way-maker.

Clearly, He made a way for Mary and Joseph. Just believe in Him and walk with Him. May you be ever filled anew with the hope and joy of Christmas! Remember those who do not have what you have.

Have a great expectant week.


Norman

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Be Diligent

Posted By at Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Proverbs 10:4 NKJV "The hand of the diligent makes rich."

Noel Borja who lived in Philippines would have been the youngest Philippine multimillionaire on record. But, unfortunately it was not to be.

Borja had thirty days in which to appear before his grandfather's will executor so that he might receive the $116 million that his grandfather left him as his sole heir. Unfortunately, the letter from the executor ended up in the dead-mail section of the Bureau of Post, and the deadline expired. Borja never appeared.

Why didn't Borja receive the notice?

He had moved from a boarding house in Manila without leaving a forwarding address. His own negligence left him without a solid basis on which to appeal.

The opposite of diligence is not necessarily laziness, but often it is negligence. We should be certain to take care of routine tasks, follow normal procedures, and fill out necessary forms and keep good records.

Borja lost far more than money because of his lack of diligence.

He lost a new standard of living, a new opportunity for giving, and a new outlook on life were all within his grasp.

Diligence will always bring an abundant reward!

Have a great diligent week.


Norman

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No Need to Fear

Posted By at Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Psalm 112.7 "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord."

1 Tim 2.7 'God has not given you the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.'

Every day there we have opportunity to hear that evil tidings are abounding. Every day it seems the actions of man are more evil and wicked. Danger is growing by technology and the power of man using this means. One bomb, one vial of disease can do untold amount of harm and death. We see instances almost every day of this by suicide bombers around various parts of the world.

Freedoms are threatened and political 'correctness' is infringement on the opportunity to speak the truth, live and share about our faith.

Should this cause us to fear? No!

Because Jesus said in John 16.33 Amplified Bible ‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

Have a great fear free week.


Norman