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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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GOD REVEALED

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READ: John 14:21-23

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

1 John 5:3

There are two things that are often missing in a minister’s life: the manifestations of God and the presence of God. Supernatural guidance and obedience to God’s will are the keys to the manifestations and the presence of the Lord. You must relate with ministers not just by their good doctrines. You must relate with them because you sense the presence of God in their lives.

The key to the manifestations of God is obedience to His Word. Whether this Word came through the reading of the Bible or through a dream, you must obey it. It is the only thing you can do to show Him that you love Him. God will manifest Himself to you when you obey His instructions. Read for yourself the promise of the manifestations of God:

You must seek to obey the will of God when He shows it to you. It is the key to the presence of the Lord. The presence of God will come on you because you are obeying the words and instructions to your life. Read for yourself the promise of the presence of God:

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).

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BE CREATIVE

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READ: Exodus 31:1-6

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6

History shows us clearly what will happen in the future. “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

History teaches us that creativity will generate wealth. Even if you do not believe the Bible you will see what history teaches us.

Creativity helps you to change the old things in your life by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. You will benefit from the privileges and outcomes of your ideas. This will make you competitive and you will learn how to win at all costs. You will learn the need to achieve in everything you do. You will learn the need to be first and not second or third. Creativity will change your life completely.

Creativity will make you a hard worker. You must be creative because it will make you a hard worker and a strong leader who has his own goals. Creativity will boost your confidence as you achieve greater and greater results.

Pastors must be creative. Businessmen must be creative. Politicians must be creative. You must be creative in your marriage. You must be creative in your work. Creativity will make you become “he that hath”.

Creativity will cause you to develop in practical wisdom and common sense. You must be creative because you will learn a lot of common sense and good judgment.

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DO YOU REMEMBER?

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READ: Psalm 122

…we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

Song of Solomon 1:4

Sometimes, you wonder if Christians can stand to be blessed. Can they ever handle the blessings that God has?

I remember a Christian brother who was elevated to the high offices of government. The Lord blessed him with prosperity and power. My first contact with him was several years ago when we had a crusade in one of the cities of Ghana. We felt like immature zealots in his presence. We wilted under his strict moral Christian eyes!

The years went by and this fellow backslid terribly. It became apparent that he had put aside his faith. Unfortunately, he also became ill and died suddenly. When I heard his story, I marvelled and considered how people forget their Christian commitment when they are elevated in this life. Such was the story of Jeroboam who was picked from nowhere and elevated to the throne. He forgot the God who raised him up and disobeyed Him at the first opportunity.

The Apostle Paul declared that he knew how to conduct himself when he was poor and when he was rich. This is the secret that Christians need to have – how to remember God when you have been brought to the fore. Paul said, “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Philippians 4:12, NASB).

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BIBLICAL TITHING

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READ: Deuteronomy 12:5-6

Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Proverbs 3:9

People do not pay tithes because they think it is an Old Testament law and does not apply to them.

The doctrine of tithing is found mostly in the Old Testament. But so is the doctrine of salvation. The Old Testament is as much a part of the Bible as the new. Please do not think about tithing as an archaic Old Testament law anymore because that way of thinking will destroy the basis of your Christian faith.

I love the Old Testament as much as I do the new. If you insist on thinking that tithing should be discarded because it is in the Old Testament then please do not comfort yourself with any of the Psalms any more. Do not claim any of the promises in the Psalms any more because they are from the Old Testament. Also, do not read any of the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Samson, Gideon, David and Goliath to your children because they are in the Old Testament. And do not forget to ignore the words of wisdom in Proverbs because those are also in the Old Testament. Dear friend, you will be committing spiritual suicide if you discarded the Old Testament and what it contains.

Remember that both Jesus and Paul taught salvation from the Scriptures. The Scriptures they taught from are what you call the Old Testament.

Every doctrine in the New Testament comes out of the Old Testament. Basing your life only on the New Testament will surely make you a lopsided and immature Christian.

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WATCHMEN

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READ: Acts 20:28-31

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

1 Peter 4:7

It is the duty of the pastor to pray for the preservation of the life of his members. Shepherds must watch for the very lives of their sheep. Satan also wishes to kill your members. God will spare their lives because of your prayers.

Shepherds must watch for the souls of the sheep by being constantly in prayer and thanksgiving.

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

Shepherds must watch for the souls of the sheep by praying in the night for them. Praying at night is called “watching and praying.” Jesus commanded us to watch and pray. Watching and praying speaks of waiting on God in the night time.

“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:6).

Shepherds must watch for the souls of the sheep by watching out for the enemy. There is always an enemy trying to steal our sheep. I remember a brother who reared chickens. One night, a cat came into the chicken coop and killed several of the chickens. The cat obviously could not eat more than one chicken but ended up killing more than fifty of them. This is the wickedness of the enemy who comes to destroy the work that we are doing. By the time the devil has finished going through the congregation, people are senselessly destroyed and are unable to be a part of a church anymore.

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NO EXCUSES

 

 

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READ: Exodus 4:1-16

 

…Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.

 

Exodus 4:10 (NASB)

 

 

 

 

God calls people with an inferiority complex. All of us have things about us that give us an inferiority complex! Your inferiority complex makes you feel that God should choose somebody else. Moses felt that he could not speak as well as other people, so he asked the Lord to send someone else.

 

Be careful with your prayer requests because God got angry with Moses for constantly questioning his call. God had invested in him over the years. God had protected him from the Egyptians and trained him in the Egyptian palaces. When it was time for him to step out in ministry he gave excuses. But there is no excuse, no matter how humble-sounding it is, that is good enough for you to reject the call of God.

 

The miracles of Moses did not have the effect Moses expected (Exodus 5:22-23). Moses was disappointed in God and in himself. Perhaps you have had some disastrous disappointments in the ministry. These disappointments should not be taken as indications of whether you are called or not. Being called has nothing to do with things working or things not working out! Being called is all about your conviction of God having appointed you to His service.

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