Archive for November, 2014

November 30, 2014

HARVEST

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Philippians 1:12-30

…the harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

Luke 10:2

God saved us so that we would live for Him and do His purposes. This is why we are still alive. One of these good works is the planting of churches. God wants people who will go to the villages and towns with His message. Your works are very important to God (Revelation 2:2).

When people preach and teach it does not mean that they do not have problems. As we minister the Word of God, these problems become smaller. Instead of us focusing on our difficulties, let us stretch out and reach the “untouched” people of our day. God has never used perfect people who have no problems. Noah had a drinking problem but God used him. Abraham had serious marital problems, but God used him. Rahab, the harlot had moral problems but God used her. The fact that God will use you does not mean that you have no problems of your own.

We have “this treasure in earthen vessels” (2 Corinthians4:7). God’s glory and anointing is not in heavenly or angelic vessels, but in earthly vessels. I have always ministered in spite of my personal problems. People look at me and assume that I have no problems. Doing the works of God makes it seem as if I have no problems.

Every earthen vessel that the Lord uses is plagued with personal problems. He ministers in spite of these and not because his life is perfect. The good news is that as you focus on the work of God, your personal problems diminish in intensity and in significance.

November 29, 2014

ORDER

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Mark 4:26-32

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is an order, even in the bearing of fruit. The fruit you may bear at a certain stage of your life may just be a prelude to other fruit that God has in store for you.

For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. Mark 4:28

First the blade, then the ear and after that, the full corn. That is the order in which it comes. Some people are going to be full-time pastors but God wants them to start as lay pastors.

Some people are going to be great evangelists but in the first part of their ministry, they may be pastoring a church. God has called some of you to have huge churches. Before this full corn will appear, the blade and the ear will appear first.

There are pastors who stand in huge auditoriums every Sunday. But it did not begin that way. For some of them the first ten years of ministry only produced “the blade”.

Keep going and “the ear” is going to come forth; finally the full corn is going to be manifested to all.

November 28, 2014

INVESTMENT

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Philippians 2:12-22

But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

Mark 4:34

One day, I was praying in tongues and walking along a footpath on one of the hills in Ghana. The entire hillside was covered with tall untamed grass. I saw a section within the wild grass measuring about 20 metres by 20 metres. In that particular section there were neatly planted pineapple plants. I could see the baby pineapples sprouting. That section of the hillside was very different from the rest of the surroundings.

The Spirit of the Lord spoke to me and said, “That section of the hillside is different because certain seeds have been planted there.” The Lord told me that the rest of the hillside can be likened to the general congregation which receives the general rainfall.

The special patch of ground which was yielding pineapples can be likened to the leadership of the church. If you invest in potential leaders, you will harvest a crop of well-seasoned leaders. I spend more time with my leaders than I do with the general congregation. This investment has turned many people into “shepherds” and lay pastors! Invest specially in leaders and potential pastors and they will grow up to become great ministers!

For years, and at great expense, I have been holding Shepherds’ Camps and training people to become shepherds of God’s sheep. We have pastoral training sessions for lay people who want to be in the ministry. I want them to be soul-winners for Jesus. I want them to be shepherds of God’s flock. I want them to fulfil the Great Commission.

November 27, 2014

TARGET

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Kings 22:30-37

But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.

1 Kings 22:31

The leader experiences attacks on behalf of everyone else. The King of Israel, who represented the leader of the armies of the Lord, knew that he was the primary choice target of the enemy.

Satan has tried to kill me through airplane crashes. I have been on two different airplanes that almost crashed while landing. In both cases,the Lord spared my life and permitted me to continue His work on earth. In 1997, while driving to the north of Ghana, I was involved in a terrible car accident and I found myself somersaulting off the road and into the bushes. The grace of God preserved my life again. I came out of the car uninjured. The devil has also tried to kill me through my health. Stress and illness almost “put out my light”. Once again, the Lord saved my life.

It is important for every believer to understand that Satan is trying to kill you. He would like to eliminate you from this earth. It is good to know that Satan can not do whatever he wants to do.

Unless you give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27), he cannot operate against you. Satan needs a foothold in order to proceed against you. Every serious Christian and minister who is involved in the fight against Satan must be aware of this reality. You must take steps to prevent the devil from having access to your life.

This is a wonderful article on career choice and its benefits by Rohit Arora.
http://rohitarora.me/post/63337260417/choosing-a-career

November 26, 2014

TIMING

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

And he shall be like a tree…that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

All of God’s blessings have their season. Church growth has a season. Promotion has a season. Personal prosperity has a season.

A mature Christian knows that the blessings he desires will not come overnight. He is prepared to stay at it until the breakthrough and promotion arrive. If you cannot wait for your God-given promotion, you are not mature. I have had to wait many years for many things.

If you cannot wait for the mangoes on your tree to be ripe, you are never going to enjoy them. You will always pluck them off before they are ripe. Mind you, unripe mangoes are very different from ripe ones.

I know of a pastor who bought a very expensive car. For several months, he had to use the entire income of the church to pay off the debt. This caused ripples in the church.

Funds were raised in a desperate attempt to pay for this expensive car. In the end a blessing turned into a controversy.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,11).

In His time, God makes all things beautiful. Be prepared to wait for your season.

November 25, 2014

SOOTHING EFFECT

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Isaiah 55:1-11

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth.

Psalm 119:103

Have you ever wondered why there is very little of God’s power in the Church today? It is because of the sin that is in the Church (Ephesians 5:5, 6). Thank God that a daily quiet time provides cleansing (John 15:3).

A daily quiet time also produces faith in the average Christian.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The more you read the Bible, the more you will believe in God’s power to save. The Bible is replete with hundreds of stories of God’s deliverance. You will read about people at the brink of death who were saved by God. You will read about people in difficult and complex situations who were saved by faith. Do not take it for granted. Do not think that you know everything about God. A daily dose of the Word of God will increase your faith.

Again, a daily quiet time drives away weariness, dejection and depression. The Word of God is like rain and snow that cools and refreshes. You will be blessed by the cooling and refreshing effect of a daily quiet time. As I go about my daily tasks, I often become weary and unhappy if I have not been able to have time with the Lord. I cannot explain it. You have to experience it for yourself. The refreshing and calming effect that a time in the presence of God produces, cannot be compared with anything.