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No Worries

Posted By at Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A man who visited his doctor maintained he'd swallowed a horse and was referred to a psychiatrist who in turn recommended surgery.  The surgeon thought he would bring a horse into the operating room so that when the man woke up he'd know the operation was a success.  But after regaining consciousness, the man opened his eyes and announced, "That's the wrong horse.  It's white.  The one I swallowed was black!"  Too much anxiety and not enough reality - it's why Christ talks to us so much about not worrying, (which also means to be divided or distracted).

So understand this about worry:

  1. Worry wastes your time and energy.  Jesus said in Matt 6: 27 "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"  It's a medically proven fact that worry won't lengthen or enrich your life, but it sure can shorten it.
  2. Worry stops you from enjoying what you have.  How?  By creating burdens the Lord never intended you to carry - because they're His to carry for you. 
  3. Worry makes you feel less than you are.  Jesus pointed out that you're worth much more than the birds of the air, and they don't worry or die from hunger; they simply enjoy life.  So come on, if God takes care of them, don't you think He'll take care of you too?
  4. Worry makes you overlook God's promises.  Romans 8:32 TM With God on your side like this, how can we lose?  If God didn't hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us?

Note the word anything.  That covers whatever you're going through right now, plus whatever comes up in the future.  So there is no need to worry.

Norman

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How to Make the Word Work

Posted By at Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It is important to BELIEVE The Word in your heart and then SPEAK it out of your mouth.

Isaiah 59:21 "As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and MY WORDS WHICH I have...PUT IN YOUR MOUTH, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever."

John 14:10 "...the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."

John 5:19 "...the Son can do nothing in Himself, but what he seeth the father do; for what things soever he doeth these also doeth the Son likewise."

James 1:5 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally...and it shall be given him."

Luke 21:15 "For I will give you a MOUTH and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist."

Romans 10:8 "But what saith it?  The word is nigh thee, even in thy MOUTH, and in thy heart that is, the word of faith, which we preach.  That if thou shalt confess with thy MOUTH the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the MOUTH confession is made unto salvation."

The Lord makes it clear in His Word that you need to begin to recognise and learn to speak His Word - not just 'parrot fashion' but from the heart: "If thou shalt believe in thy heart and confess with thy mouth..."

You see, it takes more than just 'parrot fashion' speaking - it must be God's way of speaking.  If your confession is wrong, it is because your thinking is wrong.  If your thinking is wrong, it is because your believing is wrong.

That means your mind has not yet been renewed by the Word of God, to where it is the primary thing in your thinking.

Romans 12:2 "...be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..."

Have a great week!

Norman

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Do You Have Ambition?

Posted By at Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Ambition is described in the dictionary as the desire for personal achievement. Ambition is a quality valued in leaders. One of the key traits candidates for governmental positions need is ambition. They should inspire others with their zeal, confidence, and energy.

But The Lord says in Jeremiah 45.5 Seekest thou great things for yourself? Do not seek them… GNB Are you looking for special treatment for yourself? Don't do it.

God spoke these words through Jeremiah to the prophet Baruch. Most people have somewhere inside their heart of hearts had a desire to be in charge, to rise to a position of authority. Many believe they can do the pastor’s job better than the pastor.

In Matthew 23.11 Jesus said in the Kingdom of God things should be different; But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Many people don’t understand that leadership means being a servant. In some churches there are many well intentioned but misguided Christians who are struggling to gain a position in their local church. And for the reason that they want to say I am such and such. Too often the principle of serving has been overtaken by the need to rule over others and appear to be superior to them.

Psalm 75.6-7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Every one of us reading this blog today has been guilty at some time or other in their life of wanting to exalt ourselves to a higher position in the things of the Kingdom.  It started with the disciples of The Lord debating who would be greatest in the Kingdom of God. James and John thought that a kingdom would begin on earth immediately. The Apostles wanted power for themselves. It was like a request for an important job in government. There is some evidence that these brothers may have been cousins of Jesus. So they asked Jesus to keep important jobs in the family. This happens often in the world today. Notice what the request means. They wanted great honour and power for themselves. They did not ask to be servants in the kingdom. They did not ask Jesus to use them. They asked for honour and power. The other Apostles were very angry. They also wanted these jobs! The Apostles all had selfish ambitions. They thought, 'What is there for me in all this?' So this was a struggle for power, they asked, 'Who would be greatest?'

Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Matt 19:27-30 27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

What do you aspire to be today? Are your reasons honourable and spiritual for the sake of the kingdom or are you really like Jeremiah said Seekest thou great things for yourself? We should all desire to be vessels fit for the Master’s use as we seek FIRST the kingdom and His righteousness and ALL these things shall be added unto us as Matthew 6.33 says. Do things God’s way and things will wonderfully opened up for you!

Norman