Archive for February, 2015

“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” — Leonard Nimoy (RIP Spock – Star Wars;1931- 2015)

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February 28, 2015

TENACITY

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Hebrews 12:1-13

The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger

Satan is a very persistent being. In the temptation of Jesus, he left the Lord only for a season. Anytime you are dealing with a demonic attack, you must be aware of this nature of persistence. You must counteract it with an even more persistent determination to be free.

Jesus was tempted in the wilderness to take a short cut. Satan asked him to bow down as a quick way to avoid having to suffer. Some years later, Satan came through Peter and opposed the idea of suffering on the cross (Matthew 16:21,22). Once again, Jesus had to rebuke Satan. Even later, Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?”(John 19:10).

This was another suggestion that Jesus could avoid the cross. Even while Christ was on the cross, men wagged their heads and suggested that He come down from the cross to prove that He was the Son of God. “Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; Himself He cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.” (Mark15:31,32).

Satan never gave up until Jesus died. Satan will never give up until you and I are dead. You may be seventy years old but he may still try to deceive you. We are dealing with a persistent enemy.

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who endeared himself to millions with his portrayal of Spock, the ultra-logical half-human, half-Vulcan first mate in the Star Trek franchise, died on Friday morning at his home in Bel Air, California. He was 83.

http://www.mic.com/articles/111506/9-leonard-nimoy-quotes-to-remember-him-by

“The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.” -Aristotle Onassis

February 27, 2015

CONCERNS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Mark 4:14-20

And the cares of this world…choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Jesus compared the four types of ground to four types of hearts. In one heart, thorns choked the Word. Another heart was like a stone, so that the Word could not enter. In another heart, the Word fell by the wayside.

It was only the good heart that bore fruit. This story implies that only about a quarter of all those who hear the Word of God will eventually remain in Christ and be fruitful.

Paying your debts, your bills, and all the responsibilities that go with family life fall under the “cares” of the world. There is nothing wrong with paying your bills or looking after your family. These are legitimate challenges that everyone in this world will grapple with. However, God warns us against becoming overburdened with these responsibilities. When they begin to dominate your life, you are in danger of backsliding or falling away from Christ.

I have observed that when Christians take on new jobs, they become so engrossed in them-to the detriment of their spiritual lives. Sometimes because of such new jobs, they neither go to church nor have their quiet times anymore. The cares of the world have begun to cause backsliding.

Every student’s “care” is to pass his examinations but God should not be excluded from your life because of your books. As a medical student I successfully combined my school work with my pastoral work. I have never put the Word or the work of God aside because of school.

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.

February 26, 2015

THOUGHTS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Mark 7:20-23

Search me, O God, and know my heart:try me, and know my thoughts:

Psalm 139:23

Though you may be a born-again Christian, this does not close your mind to the attacks of the devil. Your mind is still open to all kinds of thoughts from the devil.

The devil will always appeal to our minds. The Bible teaches us that we must cast down imaginations: (2Corinthians 10:5).

Remember this truth: your mind is the battleground. Satan’s most powerful tool is “suggestion”. Jesus was tempted through the avenue of His thoughts. A thought is like a bird that flies over your head. It may land on your head, but it must not beallowed to make a nest on your head.

When ungodly thoughts come to you, resist them immediately. Do not be surprised when outrageous things occur to you. That is the fight of every born-again Christian; to keep your mind pure at all times. Some Christians are plagued with fear and worry; fear is one of the terrible thoughts of the devil.

Whilst working on the hospital ward as a medical student, I saw many young patients die. I began to think about their plight and a spirit of fear oppressed me. Many times I saw myself sick and dying of the same diseases. I imagined my funeral and I imagined what I would look like in the coffin.

Dear friend, fear is an oppressive spirit that works through the mind. Whether it is worry, fear, or lust, you must learn to cast down wrong imaginations. You must learn to capture your thoughts and make them obedient to the Word of God. You must resist the devil.