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You Can Be a Winner in Life

Posted By at Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The 12 spies Joshua sent into the Promised Land all saw the same thing. But 10 came back saying Numbers 13:28 & 33 NIV "The people who live there are powerful, and the cities are…very large… We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes…."

They caused such panic that the people wanted to stone Moses, pick a new leader, and go back into Egyptian slavery. That's incredible thinking, but many Christians are similar in their attitudes today and want o remain where they are comfortable and never venture out into new territory.

But not Caleb! He had a different spirit as Numbers 14:24 tells us "But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it."

Caleb said in Numbers 13:30 "We should go up and take possession… for we can certainly do it."

Then years later, when Joshua was dividing the Promised Land amongst the tribes, in Joshua 14:10-13 Caleb stepped forward and said …"Here I am today, 85 years old…just as vigorous… as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me…"

Then Joshua blessed Caleb and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.

Caleb was a winner because:

  1. He remembered the promises of God and acted on them.
  2. He dared to take an unpopular stand when others wanted to go back.
  3. He refused to quit when the pressure was on - he just believed God.
  4. He saw possibilities where others saw only problems and he had vision.
  5. He kept his mind young even when his body was old, he refused to act and think like an old person!

Does that describe you? Elizabeth says often: "No old people noises now," as we get up or down from our seats.

2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJ The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Psalm 34:19 Living Bible The good man does not escape all troubles—he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.

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.]

As you face continued challenges, God wants to show you what He can do in you, for you, with you, and through you if you will let Him; because He has already declared you to be the winner in Christ!

Norman 

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Are You Ready For Jesus?

Posted By at Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Matthew 24:38-39 "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be."

Matt. 24:38-39 The Message Bible The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah's. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing until the flood hit and swept everything away."

Jesus is prophesying that when He returns it will be just as in Noah's day, people will be dominated with the temporary affairs of this life, their normal every day, eating and sleeping, going to work lifestyle; instead of eternal spiritual truths. Before His return, there will be plenty of signs to show that the time is drawing near, but few will heed them. Preoccupation with the affairs of this life can dull people to the spiritual realities. The Lord kindly, but seriously points out the urgent need to be ready for His return. In the same way that a thief comes when people are the least prepared, so our Lord will return in a time when people are not looking for or expecting Him.

This is not because our Lord desires to surprise everyone and see how many He can catch unprepared. On the contrary, He is urging us to be watchful so that we will be prepared. Jesus gave us the signs of the end times to help us be prepared. He is simply prophesying that there will be a condition of apathy in the latter days that will tend to lull even the faithful to sleep if they don't take heed to His words.

Believers will not be assembled on a mountaintop somewhere waiting for the Lord's return. They will still be going about their daily routines.

In Luke 19:13 The Lord told us in the Church to, "Occupy till I come."

We should be ready for the Lord to come back at any moment, yet work as if His return was still far off.

Norman  
 

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Don't Go With the Flow, Swim Against It!

Posted By at Wednesday, July 13, 2016

James 1:7-8 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

James 4:7-8 Submit yourself then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Someone has explained how, in the frigid waters off Greenland, thousands of icebergs float around. More than 75% of their bulk is under the surface of the water. Some are very tiny while others tower skyward. At times the small ones move in one direction while their tall and gigantic counterparts go in another.

Why is this?

The small ones are pushed around by the winds blowing on the surface of the water, but the deep ocean currents carry the huge deep ice masses along.

In this day that we live in there is great pressure for all of us to go with the crowd, to be politically correct, to do what is convenient regardless of whether it is right and biblical and ethical or not.

The reality is, however, unless we have deep roots in God, we too can easily be swayed by the popular winds of the opinion of the moment and we would then be double-minded and unstable in all we do and swim along with the crowd instead of standing against the tide and saying what we believe according to God's Word.

Think of Jesus; He never worried about being politically correct, or pleasing the crowd or the religious leaders of His day, or even King Herod for that matter.

His only concern was to do right and please God His Father. He did right regardless of the consequences. For you and me to make a difference we, too, need to stand for the Truth and do right regardless of the consequences. We are supposed to stand out from the crowd, not to blend in with the rest of the world.

To do this we need backbone. That means commitment and stick ability; not giving up when the pressure comes on to go along with the crowd, to be popular and to be liked. We need to make a difference and stick to our Godly principles and heritage and obey God's Word and be in the services whether it is convenient or not.

As the saying goes, "Any dead fish can float down the river, but it takes a live fish to swim against the flow and make it upstream."

Furthermore if you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.

So how is your swimming today?

Norman  

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Do You Keep Your Promises?

Posted By at Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Do you remember when you were younger and sometimes made promises to your friends? To show how serious you were you would make a promise like, "Cross my heart and hope to die," if you did not keep the promise.

Maybe I'm more cynical now as an adult, but it seems that instead of the intense desire to live out our word, the slogan for this generation is more likely to be, "Promises are made to be broken."

Gone are the days when we could seal a promise with a simple handshake. Now even signed and notarized documents are often called into question. The law can over-ride most promises and probates when they are challenged in court.

Even one of the most important promises that people can make in life, their wedding vows, are not taken really very seriously anymore. Many are already thinking about an escape clause even before the honeymoon. We are proud of the fact Elizabeth and myself clock up 52 years together next month!

I heard a story about a time at the end of a wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the pastor with an unusual offer. He said, "Look, I'll give you $100 if you'll change the wedding vows. When you get to the part where I'm supposed to promise to love, honour and obey and be faithful to her forever, I'd appreciate it if you'd just leave that out."

He passed the minister $100 and walked away feeling satisfied.

On the day of the wedding, when it came time for the groom's vows, the pastor looked the young man in the eye and said, "Will you promise to prostrate yourself before her, obey her every command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your life, and swear eternally before God and your lovely wife that you will not ever even look at another woman, as long as you both shall live?"

The groom swallowed loudly and looked around and replied in a very small voice, "Yes." Then he leaned toward the pastor and whispered, "I thought we had a deal."

The pastor put the $100 back into the groom's hand and whispered, "She made me a better offer."

So it seems most promises nowadays are made to be broken.

I had a dear friend who was a minister for many years and has now gone on to be with the Lord. When he did wedding services he always insisted that the couple took an extra vow saying, "We promise before God this marriage will not end in divorce!"

Now I know that’s not true that everyone will want to take such a vow, but as far as I know, almost all of the wedding ceremonies he performed never ended in divorce.

Many of the people I know still value the importance of keeping their word.

But it is a sign of our times that many people don’t like making promises at all—just try throwing a party and ask people to RSVP! Very few respond because they don’t want to break their promise that they will attend—they want to keep their options open.

In Proverbs 6:16-19 Solomon lists 6 things that God hates:

These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

A proud look, A lying tongue,

Hands that shed innocent blood,

A heart that devises wicked plans,

Feet that are swift in running to evil,

A false witness who speaks lies,

And one who sows discord among brethren.

Today in many church services and other functions, people promise to attend and then without excuse, don’t turn up at all. 

But God is very serious about keeping His promises. 

Do you believe that when God makes a promise, He’ll keep it? 

Or do you think that God is a promise-breaker?

You must be like God and keep your word! Don't be a promise breaker!

Norman