Archive for April, 2016

The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

SOAKING

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Ezekiel 2:1-7

And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. Ezekiel 2:2

Soaking in the messages from tapes is a scriptural practice. “Soaking” in tapes simply means to listen to the words over and over again until it becomes a part of you and until the anointing passes on to you! When a tape is fully “soaked”, both the Word content and the Spirit content are imbibed into your spirit. The anointing is not something you learn, it is something you catch.

Do not assume that the “soaking” in of the tape is just an educational exercise. It is a spiritual event. Two important things happen when you soak in a tape. First, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word (Romans 10:17). Secondly , the anointing of the Spirit through the words, comes into you.

The Spirit enters a person as he receives the Word of God. That is why many people experience a radical transformation by just listening to a powerful message from the Word of God. That is why people are saved when they hear the preaching of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit enters into them as the preaching goes forth and they are born again. The Bible says that we are born of the Spirit.

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6).

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Don’t lose hope. When the sun goes down, the stars come out.

STRATAGEM

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Matthew 6:1-21

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Psalm 37:23

Every great or important destination requires a number of steps to get to it. A good leader must accept the reality that no great achievement involves just one step. It will involve a series of steps, a series of maneuvers or a series of stratagems. Strategy is defined as a series of maneuvers that are undertaken to achieve a specific goal. Simpletons are averse to strategies. All they want is something to be done for them. If they do accept the responsibility , they do not want anything that involves more than one step.

The worst leaders will take zero steps to achieve anything. The worst leaders live in constant expectation of something to be done for them.

Their mentality is that someone owes them something and someone has to do something for them or to them. This is often the mentality of people who have been colonized and are used to others thinking for them. Their understanding is that something has to be given to them or handed over to them. Such leaders constantly read speeches requesting aid and describing their woes, lacks and deficiencies and hoping that this will touch the heart of a philanthropist somewhere. Even after many years they do not perceive that their woeful plight and pathetic situation does not touch the hearts of many people in this selfish world. It takes years for zero-step leaders to realize that no one will freely pour out his hard-earned wealth into their laps.

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“Never wish life were easier. Wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

April 28th, 2016

DRAW CLOSER

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Mark 3:31-35

For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother. Mark 3:35, NASB

Anyone who does the will of God becomes close to the Lord. I once spoke to a brother who was worried that he would not see me because I was sending him to a far away country.

I said to him, “I have noticed that people who go on the mission field are closer to me than those who stay back home.” I often wondered why Mark 3:35, NASBI became closer to people who were far away. The answer was simple. They were doing what I had asked them to do. You always become closer to somebody who is doing what you want. Jesus said so in Mark 3:35.

By following the Lord, you also save yourself from many evils that those who are not following His will encounter. Following the Lord into the ministry has forced me to make several good decisions in my personal life.

“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30).

Jesus said He made good judgment and decisions because He always did the will of the Father. The blessing of being in the perfect will of God is that you make good judgments and decisions.

“I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will” (John 5:30, NLT).

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The more you approve of yourself, the less approval you need from others.