Archive for November, 2015

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – Lucille Ball

November 30, 2015

GIFTS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Luke 19:12-27

And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

Luke 19:24

Paul was someone who felt he would get into all sorts of trouble if he did not preach the Gospel “…yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16). He was not wrong! Indeed, I think I can say those words with Paul.

Every minister who does not take the leading of the Spirit seriously will open himself to all sorts of dangerous attacks. He will be in danger of losing the anointing! A minister must obey the voice of God to avoid having the gift taken away. “And he said unto them that stood by, TAKE FROM HIM THE POUND, and give it to him that hath ten pounds” (Luke 19:24). Dear man of God, do not think that you are indispensable. If you do not do what God wants you to do, your ministry will be taken away from you and given to another. Read it for yourself ! Take from him the pound! If God gave you a pound, He can take it back when He wants to.

Pastors seem to enjoy hiding behind Romans 11:29: “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. They think that God will never take away His anointing. What this Scripture means is that God does not change His mind about you. He never changes His decision to call you or use you. He never changes His decision to anoint you.

Keep the gift of God by obeying His call! Be sensitive to His voice! Do what He tells you to do and you will succeed in ministry! Do what is hard and difficult rather than what is nice and easy!
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“Your attitude is nothing but an outward reflection of what resides on the inside. To change your attitude, you must change your heart.” – Keith Harrell (Ext. from the book ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING)

November 29, 2015

ENTICEMENT

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: James 1:1-15

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

James 1:14

Jesus said, “Pray lest you fall into temptation.” Anybody you spend time talking to becomes close to you. In the same way, any Christian who spends time talking to God will become close to Him. It follows that if you do not spend time praying to God, you will be far from Him. Prayer keeps us from falling away from God.

When a Christian spends less time praying, he is unknowingly moving away from God. When you pray, God gives you strength to overcome temptations. He will strengthen you to do His will and you will not fall away.

Many years ago, God knew I was going to experience a serious testing of my Christian faith so He woke me up early in the morning to pray. Tongues were flowing out of my spirit like a river and I knew something was amiss, so I prayed the more. I lay down on the floor and continued in prayer. As a young Christian I was normally doing an hour a day in prayer,but this time I prayed for over three hours. And that day I met a strange woman.

The Bible tells us about a young man in Proverbs who met a strange woman (Proverbs 7:10). I had a similar experience. I had no idea what this Christian lady had in mind. But that day, I tell you my friend, God delivered me! I believe my deliverance was very much related to the prayer time I had in the morning. I was very strong. Where did that strength come from? Jesus told His disciples to pray because they might fall into temptation.
Dag Heward-Mills

Knowing is not enough we must apply. Willing is not enough we must do.

November 28, 2015

READINESS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Matthew 24:36-51

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Matthew 24:44

The Bible warns us that because we don’t know the day or the hour Christ will come, we must be ready all the time. The key word here is preparation and readiness.”…thus will I do unto thee,…because I will do this unto thee, PREPARE to meet thy God…” (Amos 4:12).

In Luke 12, there is the story of a man who had a successful business. He decided to build bigger barns to store his goods. In our time this would be equivalent to opening new bank accounts. When he completed his projects, he said to himself, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years. Take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry.” God reacted immediately from Heaven and said, “…This night thy soul shall be required of thee.”God is showing us here that there is just a step between life and death.

I was once in a hospital ward with one of my assistant pastors when we happened to see the body of a little baby who had just died. Although it was a tiny baby who had just began to live, it died. That baby was not too young to die.

Dear Christian friend, do not put off your godly obligations because you think you are still young and there is more time.You never know when God will summon you to account for your life. “…thus will I do unto thee…Because I will do this unto thee…PREPARE to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12).
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If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.