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August 31, 2014

AMBITION

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Philippians 3:7-14

…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,…I PRESS toward the mark for the prize of the high calling…

Philippians 3:13,14

Asymptom of backsliding is a lack of spiritual ambition. I have noticed that Christians who have no spiritual ambition have the tendency to grow “cold” and eventually fall away.

Paul had a vision to keep pressing on. We have all had bad and good experiences in our lifetime, but we must forget about them and press forward. Some Christians are hooked on to the past. They tell tales of the great exploits God used them to do in the past. What about the present? What is God using you to do today?

One thing that has kept me from falling away is my pursuit of spiritual achievements. You must have a spiritual heart, which will propel you to go ahead to minister to others. The greatest blessing you can have is to become a blessing yourself.

There was a time in my life when I couldn’t preach, but I did not stay there. I knelt down before a mature Christian brother and asked him to lay hands on me so I would be able to preach. After that prayer I started preaching. I stood before little groups and began ministering to them. Maybe you also have the same problem, or you feel very shy to speak in public. Act in faith by speaking the Word with a few people, and you will be surprised at what God can do.

Many people do not wish to be great in God’s house. On the contrary, you will be surprised at the number of believers who crave to be millionaires. A Christian should have the ambition to be useful in God’s house.

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August 30, 2014

ACCUSERS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Matthew 7:1-5

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Jesus warned us to consider our own faults before commenting on the faults of others. He gave a blanket suggestion, “Judge not!” In other words, say nothing about anything! This is one of the common problems of Christians. How we love to criticize people!

Today’s Scripture is affirming the reality of a beam in your eye. It is there whether you know it or not. Every sin, mistake or fault you see in someone is already in you. How is this possible?” The answer is in the Scripture: “BUT CONSIDEREST NOT the beam that is in thine own eye?” “To consider”, means “to think deeply, to analyze, to meditate, to ponder and to reflect”.When you reflect deeply on the issue, you will realize that you are also guilty.

One day, I had a vision of one of our churches. As they worshipped, the Lord said to me, “murderers and fornicators”. I said, “Lord, how can this be? These are your holy children who really love you.” The Lord gave me just two Scriptures: 1 John 3:15 and Matthew 5:28. The Lord told me, “Most Christians hate other people.” By God’s standards, that makes them murderers. He continued, “Most men lust every day after women they are not married to.” According to God’s standards, this is the same as adultery. Suddenly I could see how people in these two groups were adulterers and murderers!

How funny we must look in Heaven as we accuse one another of crimes that we are guilty of ourselves.

August 30, 2014

ACCUSERS

DagHeward-Mills

READ: Matthew 7:1-5

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Luke 6:37

Jesus warned us to consider our own faults before commenting on the faults of others. He gave a blanket suggestion, “Judge not!” In other words, say nothing about anything! This is one of the common problems of Christians. How we love to criticize people!

Today’s Scripture is affirming the reality of a beam in your eye. It is there whether you know it or not. Every sin, mistake or fault you see in someone is already in you. How is this possible?” The answer is in the Scripture: “BUT CONSIDEREST NOT the beam that is in thine own eye?” “To consider”, means “to think deeply, to analyze, to meditate, to ponder and to reflect”.When you reflect deeply on the issue, you will realize that you are also guilty.

One day, I had a vision of one of our churches. As they worshipped, the Lord said to me, “murderers and fornicators”. I said, “Lord, how can this be? These are your holy children who really love you.” The Lord gave me just two Scriptures: 1 John 3:15 and Matthew 5:28. The Lord told me, “Most Christians hate other people.” By God’s standards, that makes them murderers. He continued, “Most men lust every day after women they are not married to.” According to God’s standards, this is the same as adultery. Suddenly I could see how people in these two groups were adulterers and murderers!

How funny we must look in Heaven as we accuse one another of crimes that we are guilty of ourselves.

 

Credit: http://www.daghewardmills.org/daily-devotional

 

Anguished Repose

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
― Margaret Fuller

Reading.

Sadly, too many people today?

Don’t do it.

They much prefer to be on their phone, or have their eyes glued to the TV.

And, in doing so?

They miss out on one of the only true treasures to be had in this life.

“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

When it comes to reading…

Did you know:

Surprising Book Facts

Reading.

It makes up so much of who we are.

Why is it…

We seemingly persist in NOT doing?

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Maybe, at the end of the day…

It all comes down to interest and content.

Yes?

So, tell me…

What type of book would it take…

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Think Before You Speak

Posted: August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel

Words tear many down…
so think before you speak.
Will they be good or uplifting…
or is it destruction they’ll reap.
For words are powerful…
causing damage to many hearts…
as they stab and wound…
and tear many apart.
So think about these words…
before they are spoken…
will they inspire or refresh…
or lead more to be broken?
So be careful what you say…
and think before you start…
for when abusive words are spoken…
it leads to a broken heart.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2014.

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