Archive for October, 2015

“Friends are the siblings God never gave us.” – Mencius

October 31, 2015

WEEPING

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Matthew 25:14-30

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:30

The expression “weeping and gnashing of teeth” is a little misunderstood by most of us. We often think it refers to Hell. However, the Bible says that they will weep and gnash their teeth in darkness. Weeping speaks of sorrow and of pain associated with funerals. This Scripture could be warning all who claim to be servants of God that failure to obey could cost them their very lives.

Kenneth Hagin, a great prophet I deeply respect, often speaks of how ministers die before their time because they do not obey the Lord concerning their ministry. He spoke of how he broke his arm and was admitted to hospital. The Lord Jesus appeared to him in the hospital, and he discovered that his accident had occurred because he did not take an aspect of his ministry seriously.

Dear friend, doing the work of God is not a joke. People were made to experience weeping and gnashing of teeth because they were unprofitable. “Unprofitable” simply means “unbeneficial, running at a loss, unsuccessful and losing money(souls)”. When you are losing souls for the Lord, do not expect Him to be pleased with you. He may have to recall or replace you.

Dear friend, ministry is serious business. God does not take lightly the investment that He places in you. To whom much is given, much is required, (Luke 12:48)!
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“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou

October 30, 2015

DIVINE PROVIDENCE

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Samuel 26:1-25

…the LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Exodus 14:14

David was not stupid! He knew that for the prophecies concerning his kingship to come to pass, Saul had to die. However, he was not going to be the person to kill Saul. David gave three options about how his dream of kingship and freedom could come to pass.

First, he said that the Lord would strike Saul down supernaturally. The second possibility was that Saul would eventually die naturally. The third possibility was that the king could be killed in a battle, (1 Samuel 26:10). It is interesting to note that the Lord worked out the plan for David’s kingship through the third option. Saul was indeed killed in a battle.

The point that I am making is that David did not get involved in the implementation of God’s master plan. He left it to God and kept his hands clean! When you get involved and try to help God, you create Ishmaels who rise up to challenge your Isaacs.

Ladies, there is no need to throw yourself at a man for him to notice you. If God wants you to marry that man, it will work out. After four years of marriage, one man told his wife, “You forced yourself on me! I never even had the chance to think about it properly.” Perhaps this man would have found her anyway. But because she forced herself on him, he was wondering whether he made the right decision.

It is time to allow God to work things out Himself. Keep your hands clean!
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“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

October 29, 2015

LIFE

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Ecclesiastes 2:17-20

I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

Ecclesiastes 3:12

One of the words Solomon used many times is the word vanity. Solomon discovered after acquiring everything that everything was vanity. God gave him things manyhuman beings could only ever imagine.

King Solomon discovered that each and everything was worthless and empty. He said, “Vanity of vanities all is vanity. ” In the context that Solomon was writing, which was “under the sun”, everything is useless. “Under the sun” is a commonly used phrase in the book of Ecclesiastes. Under the sun refers to our earthly existence under the influence of the physical sun. The earthly existence that we have is useless. That is the reality. Pastors are supposed to teach and preach the truth. We need to be oriented toward Heaven and oriented toward the day of our judgement.

When you die, nothing goes with you. No one takes anything out of this world. (Revelation 14:13). Nothing except your works will follow you when you leave this world. You have to get involved in the work of God. You must plant a church in your lifetime. You have to get involved in your church. Your money is of no importance to God.

God only gives you an opportunity to be involved in His work. God does not need you. He does not even need pastors. Nobody is of any relevance and significance to God. God’s mercy allows us to be involved in His work. Our inclusion in the work is God’s mercy towards us.
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“We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.” – Albert Pike