Archive for December, 2014

December 31, 2014

RECOVERY

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Hebrews 12:3-13

O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

The word salvation also means “to rescue”. Christ has rescued us from deep waters.

You can recover from a bad situation. Esther’s plight was pathetic; she had neither mother nor father (Esther 2:7). That is a serious handicap with which to begin life. But Esther recovered beautifully and rose to the highest of heights.

Some of you have been involved in all kinds of sin. I remember speaking to some church members one day when a lady came up to me. She said, “Pastor, I don’t want to ever go back to my past.” As I looked at her I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit say to me, “This woman was a prostitute.”

So I asked her, “What work did you do?” As she looked at me, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, “I was a prostitute.” I said to her, “Daughter, you can recover! You will not go back to that life anymore.”

There is an anointing to recover. Perhaps you have been used and discarded by many men. Your heart and emotions are deeply scarred from your experiences. You no longer have confidence in yourself and no longer believe in people. As He raised up Esther, God will surely raise you up!

Looking at Esther’s background, one would never have predicted that she could be queen. She was an orphan and a refugee. How could she amount to anything? But our God is a God who specializes in making something out of nothing.

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December 30, 2014

WORTHY OF TRUST

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Kings 8:54-61

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Let me share with you today, four reasons why the Bible can be trusted.

1. The Bible can be trusted because promises made generations earlier have been kept.

Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

1 Kings 8:56

2. The Bible can be trusted because God stands by His Word until it comes to pass.

Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

Jeremiah 1:12

3. The Bible can be trusted because it is unchanging in a changing world.

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

1 Peter 1:25

4. Heaven and earth will pass away but the Word of God will remain forever.

Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Luke 21:33

The Word of God is indeed the most trustworthy guidebook in this world.

December 29, 2014

THE CAN-DO SPIRIT

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Numbers 13:17-33

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Numbers 13:30

From today’s Scripture passage, we can identify the characteristics of a person who is possessed with a can-do spirit. He is usually a good leader.

A can-do leader is ready to fight. He is ready to die, and ready to take a risk. A can-do leader does not see himself as grasshopper. He has an independent opinion about what to do, and does not mind being in the minority. A can-do leader is one who goes into action at once, because he knows that every project can and should start immediately if it is to succeed.

Furthermore, a can-do leader does not allow negative people to influence him, but rather, he influences them as he stays loyal to his Father. He displays absolute faith in God and is not intimidated by the enemy. A can-do leader has a spirit of boldness, of adventure and discovery that leads to development. He is usually unpopular when he is in a backward and unprogressive community, but he will be vindicated in the long run (Numbers 14:6-10).

A can-do leader always sees good and positive things in every circumstance of life.

December 28, 2014

CORRUPTION

by Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Ephesians 2:13-19

The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men…

Micah 7:2

Do you remember what God told Adam and Eve? He said, “In the day that you eat this fruit you will die.” When Adam and Eve sinned, they died. The condition of spiritual death entered their spirits and there was no way God could fellowship with them anymore. He had to drag them out of the garden and separate them from Himself.

Before a man is born again, he is estranged from God. His nature is essentially evil. He may look good on the outside, but essentially, he has a corrupt and wicked nature.

That is why democracy and the rule of law are important. When one man with such a nature has unlimited power, he does many evil things.

A tyrant is simply an unsaved man who has unlimited power. That is why governments are supposed to have three different independent arms: the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. There is supposed to be a separation of powers. This is to prevent one group of “unsaved men” from having too much power over other human beings.

As Lord Acton (1834-1902) said in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” When Judges are afraid for their lives and their jobs, they often cannot make unbiased decisions.

The whole human race is separated from God because of sin. Salvation breaks the wall that separates mankind from God (Ephesians 2:14, 16).

December 27, 2014

EVOLUTION

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Luke 16

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likness:…

Evolution is a theory which seeks to explain the existence of man and all creation. According to the evolutionists, man developed over the years from an animal, such as a monkey or an ape, until he grew into his present form several hundred years ago.

The Bible teaches us clearly that it was God who made the heavens, the earth, and all living things. Things did not just evolve. Man, for instance, was created in God’s image. The Bible says that God is the Father of spirits, (Hebrews 12:9). If God is the Father of spirits, then we His children are spirits. That means that our bodies are just containers of the spirit.

The Bible also describes the body as a house, (2 Corinthians5:1). When Lazarus of Luke 16 died, the Bible teaches us that he was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. After the body of Lazarus died, his spirit – the real man, was carried into Abraham’s bosom. The rich man who was languishing in Hell was not the rich man who had been buried at a lavish funeral. It was the soul and spirit of the rich man that was experiencing the fires of Hell. The mortal remains of human beings remain on earth long after the spirits have departed to eternal life or damnation.

Notice the terms “inner man”, “inward man”, or “hidden man” in the Scriptures (Romans 7:22, Ephesians 3:16, 1 Peter3:4). Man is a spiritual being first of all! The body is just a mortal container of the human spirit.

Happy 54th birthday to American gospel music icon Fred Hammond. He (born December 27, 1960) is a gospel singer, bass guitar player and record producer.

Read more about him on

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Hammond

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Happy birthday Fred Hammond