Archive for September, 2015

“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

With all of the tips and pointers out there for becoming a successful public speaker, there is still an extreme lack in tips for what not to do. These six points are things you should never do in a speech, as highlighted by Zig Ziglar during an interview with John Hayes (Successful Persuasion Through Public Speaking). Knowing what to do is not enough. You must know what not to do as well.

Ziglar is quick to point out, “If you have a message and you’re excited about delivering it and you give it all you’ve got, the audience will forgive some things. But some things they will not forgive.” Let’s take a look:

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September 30, 2015

RECEIVE ARIGHT

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Mark 6:1-6

…they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13

Peter received the anointing by associating with Christ. Peter was very close to Christ and he could have become so familiar that he could no longer receive. He could have perceived Christ as a mere man with human frailties. The way Peter perceived Christ was very important for Peter’s future ministry.(Matthew 16:16).

This is what the people of Jesus’ home-town were not able to do. Their first response to Jesus was to question His background. He was actually made incapable of performing miracles! The anointing could not flow from Him to others. They were cut off by what I call “human barriers” to the anointing.

These barriers are often the natural features and characteristics of the man of God. Any of these could present a barrier that could keep you away from the anointing! Some people cannot receive from a man of God because of his family background. There are people who cannot receive from a woman. There are people who cannot receive from people of a certain tribe. There are Christians who cannot receive from people of other nationalities.

Never allow any of these human elements to become pronounced in your perception of God’s servants. They will just turn into barriers to the anointing. God is not impressed by our human preferences. If you are too choosy, God will bypass you and give His anointing to a humble person who can receive. Drop all barriers right now! Open yourself to the Spirit of God as He blesses you through special human vessels!

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“Everything changes when you change.” – Jim Rohn

September 29, 2015

PRAYER AIDS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 2 Chronicles 5:1-14

But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

2 Kings 3:15

I always play preaching tapes or music when I am praying. I want you to understand this principle: the speed of preaching/music is a hundred times faster than the speed of silence. This means that time runs a hundred times faster when there is some kind of background preaching or music. Before you realise it, you would have accomplished several hours in prayer!

Pray with preaching tapes. The sound of the preaching of the Word of God creates a very conducive atmosphere for spiritual things. Dear friend, we are constantly bombarded with the secular environment of our jobs, of godless friends and of television. This kind of atmosphere actually prevents prayer. The environment in our homes is often anti-prayer. You need something that will keep you in a prayer mood for at least one hour. Sometimes the message on the tape will spur you on to continue in the Spirit! Try it and you will never be the same again.

Pray with music in the background. Godly music creates a beautiful worship environment. The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you as you stay in the environment of anointed minstrels. Dear friend, the very atmosphere of our world is charged with demonic entities. The prince of the power of the air and his cohorts pollute the very air we breathe. It is difficult to pray in such an environment. This is the reason why many Christians do not pray for long hours; they are operating in a difficult atmosphere. Invest whatever it takes to create the right prayer atmosphere wherever you pray.

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“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.” – H. G. Wells

September 28, 2015

WEAKNESS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Judges 16:1-17

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.

Proverbs 5:21

Samson was mighty publicly but the opposite in private. Judges16:3, recounts that he carried the gates of the city on his shoulders. He was so mighty that he killed one thousand people with a jaw bone. However, Judges 16:4-17, portrays Samson as being morally weak. The Philistines recognized this weakness also, and capitalized on it to eventually conquer Samson.

Are you both mighty and weak? If you are weak, but present yourself as strong, you are preventing your own deliverance. You are covering what needs help.

One day, a lady went to see a a gynaecologist. When she rose to leave the consulting room, the doctor asked, “Is that really the reason why you came to see me?” She was leaving without divulging the real problem. The doctor had a feeling that there was more to it than met the eye, and that there was something that she could not bring herself to say. This was actually the case.

When you appear strong even though you are weak, no body can help you. But when you confess, “I’m weak, I need help,”the mighty people in ministry can then come to your aid. If your pastor knows that you are weak, he can pray for you; but if you pretend to be mighty, how can he know that you need help? If you are mighty, nobody will spend time to counsel or minister to you, but if you show that you are weak, attention will be given to you. When you look strong like Samson, you will not get any attention. It is dangerous to be both mighty and weak.

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