Archive for May, 2016

“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.” – Thucydides

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IN DOUBT?

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Kings 17:8-16

…Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

2 Chronicles 20:20

People do not pay tithes because they are suspicious and accusative.

It is important to believe in the prophet of God who has been sent to you. It is not difficult for pastors to recognize the untrusting and suspicious nature of some church members.

They believe in God alright but they do not believe in the pastor. They suspect him of stealing money. They accuse him of using their money to live luxuriously.

They constantly discuss the pastor behind his back. They do not see why the pastor should have certain privileges. Some people in the church have an unspoken standard of living, which they expect their pastor not to cross. Most people have a mental picture of how and where they expect their pastors to live.

They reason, “After all we are sponsoring him.” They always remember the phrase, “as poor as a church mouse”. Anything related to the church must be poor or poverty-stricken; including the pastors.

Such negatively-minded people will not pay tithes. It is important to become a positive person who believes in good things. Optimism usually breeds success. Positive-minded people are achievers, and are often chosen over negative people in almost every sphere of life. A positively thinking person will pay his tithes knowing that he is using his money for a good cause. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).

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“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

FLOWING

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Matthew 10:32-39

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:26

In this Scripture, Jesus is clearly saying that there is a time when hatred for father, mother, wife and children will be a necessary qualification to be His disciple. We all know that Jesus is love and yet we find Him saying that there will be a time and a place for hatred.

God’s Word teaches us to honour our fathers and our mothers. How can Jesus now speak of hatred for fathers and mothers? But there is a place and a time where you must hate your own father and own mother in order to please God. Hate your wife? The Word teaches us to love our wives yet here we find Jesus telling us that you may have to hate your wife in order to be His disciple. Hate your children? Are we reading aright? 

Jesus who said, suffer the little children to come unto me now says you will have to hate your children. Jesus ends by saying, you must hate even your own life! The instruction to hate your own life is contrary to an earlier instruction that Jesus gave where He said you must love your neighbor as you love yourself.

If you want to stay with your tree of information, of good and evil, you are likely to lose contact with God at a point. Christianity is not based on reasonable logic. It is not logical to send your son to a brutal death at the hands of wicked murderers. If God had followed that protocol, none of us would be saved. I believe with all my heart that the ministry will fail to save mankind if the bearers of the Gospel become traditional and steeped in old ways, unable to change, unable to bend and unable to flow with the Lord.

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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

ALARM

Dag Heward-Mills
 
READ: Numbers 12:1-16

…wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

Numbers 12:8

I once had a vision in which I found myself walking down a long lonely with two other pastors. At a point, I made a comment about a great man of God, criticizing this man for something he had done.

Immediately, I noticed a creature like a hog begin to walk in my direction. It was miles away and behind us but I noticed that it had begun to make its way towards me as soon as I made the remark. Somehow, the complaint was the signal for it to start moving towards me. Initially, I thought the movement of that animal had nothing to do with me, but I felt uneasy and kept turning to see where it was. To my dismay, it kept coming towards me. I realized that I was in danger and I turned round with my friends to face the creature as it walked rapidly and determinedly toward us. Finally, the creature caught up with us. To my surprise, the hog ignored my friends and leapt towards me, heading straight for my chest. I screamed as it entered my chest and then I woke up.

The Lord said to me, “Any time you criticize my servants, you attract evil spirits to your life.”

These evil spirits bring sickness, disease and other plagues into your life. I realized that it was a very dangerous thing to speak against any of God’s servants. I was truly terrified by that vision. Any spiritual person will be hesitant to speak against God’s anointed. Miriam felt she had a good reason to speak against Moses and she was struck with leprosy.

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“You can be pitiful or powerful. You can’t be both at the same time. ” – Joel Osteen