Archive for February, 2016

“We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.” – Cicero

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February 29, 2016

ROBBERY

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Malachi 3:8-12

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:8
 
People who do not pay tithes are cursed with the curse that comes on those who dare to steal from God.
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).
It is bad enough to steal but do you really want to steal from God? God has declared in His Word that not tithing is stealing from Him. God sees the non-tither as a thief. All the curses that are due thieves are therefore determined on nontithers.
But a further debilitating curse is determined on non-tithers for stealing from God Himself. “Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation” (Malachi 3:8-9).
You may get away with throwing your shoes at your dog or even your spouse. But throwing your shoes at the American president could get you into jail! You may steal from a mere man and get away with it. But you will not get away with stealing from God. Stealing from God will get you into big trouble. The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, beholding the good and the evil. He sees every penny you take away from His house. You cannot escape when you steal from God. Stealing from God is a very bad idea and I would advise you not to do anything like that. Pay your tithes so that you do not become a doubly accursed thief!

“All men, even the most surly, are influenced by affection.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

February 28, 2016

YES LORD!

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Samuel 13:9-14

And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart…
2 Chronicles 31:21
 
Is it good to make sacrifices to the Lord? The answer is “yes”. But God was angry with Saul because he made a sacrifice when he shouldn’t have. Knowing the good thing and not doing it can be even harder for a seasoned minister of God. God did not want Saul to make sacrifices even though he enjoyed the sacrifices of His people. God called Saul’s offering an act of foolishness.
There are times God does not want me to pray for some people. Being a minister, it is difficult not to pray for someone. At certain levels, you can get yourself into trouble by praying for people and showing mercy when God is not showing mercy . I have found myself praying for people and God abandoning me whilst I was praying. I asked the Lord, “Where are you, where is your power?” And He said to me, “Who asked you to do what you are doing?”
One day , the Lord told me not to accept one of my pastors if he came back to change his mind about certain decisions he had taken. The Lord was showing me that he knew more about the person than I did. I had to obey God and reject the person when he came back. It was not easy for me, but I am not following a tree. I am following a living God. A few weeks later, I discovered things I didn’t know about this fellow and I realized that just as the Lord said, I was dealing with more than I knew about.

“Take spring when it comes, and rejoice. Take happiness when it comes, and rejoice. Take love when it comes, and rejoice.” – Carl Ewald

February 27, 2016

LEADING OR PLAYING?

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Luke 7:31-32

They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another…
Luke 7:32 (NASB)
 
The leadership of a child is characterized by having fun and celebrating.
You must study leadership, understand leadership, and practise appropriate principles of leadership otherwise you may lead people with the mind of a child. A child loves to play, play, play! If you do not develop leadership skills you will be like a child who is only concerned about celebrations, entertainment, anniversaries and parties instead of the serious business of leading.
The leadership of a child is dominated by a lack of understanding of the financial costs and implication of things. You must understand leadership because in the absence of good leadership abilities you have people who are called leaders but who waste their resources on ceremonies, anniversaries and clothing rather than on permanent things.
Children talk about things they cannot and will not do. Children declare that they will become singers, astronauts and doctors but they do not become any of these things. A person with the leadership mind of a child loves to attend numerous meaningless conferences, make statements and declare lofty goals but he implements none of these things.

“No time of life is so beautiful as the early days of love, when with every meeting, every glance, one fetches something new home to rejoice over.” – Soren Kierkegaard