Archive for the ‘Miracle’ Category

April 2, 2016

ENTRY

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Numbers 16:1-35

…and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
Numbers 16:3
 
Identify people who enter the ministry because they are prominent in secular society.

The fact that you are an important person in society does not mean that you must be important in the church. Your secular importance does not mean that you can exercise authority or leadership in a church setting. Also, the fact that your parents were pastors does not mean that you have authority in the church. Leadership in the church is by having the call of God.

“Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:

And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:” (Numbers 16:1-2).
You must also identify people who enter the ministry because they are urged on by the people.

Saul came on the scene because the people wanted a king (1 Samuel 8:5-7). You must not come into ministry because people want you to. You must come into the ministry because God has called you. The voice of the people is not the voice of God! The voice of the majority is not the voice of God! Don’t make the mistake of transposing secular values into the church world.

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March 09, 2016

EVILS PEAKING

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Peter 3:10-13

Let…evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.
Ephesians 4:31
 
Evil speaking is all forms of speech that are sinful. It includes things like criticizing, murmuring, flattering, maligning, backbiting, lying and slandering.

Evil speaking is very common and affects the outcome of your life. People do not realize how their lives are destroyed by the negative things that they say. All through the Bible you will see God responding to things that people say. When Miriam criticized Moses, the Bible says, “And the Lord heard it…” (Numbers 12:2). It looks like God listens to our conversations.

Evil speaking can shorten your life. All forms of evil speaking can minister death to you. Lies will kill you. Murmuring will kill you. Murmuring killed all the Jews in the wilderness. Flattery will be exposed for the hypocrisy that it is and the flatterer will be eliminated.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21).

Evil speaking is a product of evil thoughts. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). If you keep thinking evil things you will soon speak them forth. Is there anything good? Is there anything praiseworthy? Is there anything nice? Is there anything lovely? Think on these things. What you think about will eventually come out through your mouth.

March 04, 2016

RESISTANCE

Dag Heward-Mills 

READ: Numbers 22:1-22

But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers.

1 Samuel 12:15

 

The Lord had made it clear to Balaam that He did not want him to have anything to do with Balak the king of Moab. However, Balaam really wanted to have some of the money that Balak had offered. He pressed the Lord into allowing him to speak to the king.

In the end, the Lord said he should go. The Lord even gave him advice on how to speak to them. Modern Christians would have taken this to mean it was the will of God. This passage is there to warn us that God will seem to allow us to do our own thing when He knows that we are filled with rebellion.

And God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people; for they are blessed.”

And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you shall you do.”

So Balaam arose in the morning, and saddled his donkey, and went with the leaders of Moab.

But God was angry because he was going, and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.

March 02, 2016

WILL OF GOD

Dag Heward-Mills 

READ: Leviticus 10:1-3

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is

Ephesians 5:17

 

Nadab and Abihu were in the imperfect will of God when they offered a sacrifice that God had not asked for.

Offering sacrifices to the Lord is a good thing to do. And that is exactly what Nadab and Abihu did. They offered sacrifices to the Lord but God was not pleased with them. They actually died because of this. Once again, we see people doing good things but receiving punishment for it because it was not the perfect will of God.

“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord” (Leviticus 10:1-2).

Abraham also entered the imperfect will of God when he produced an heir through Hagar: Genesis 16:1-6.

Abraham introduced all kinds of problems into his life by having a child with Hagar. God did not tell him to have a child with Hagar but he wanted to please his wife.

God allowed him to marry Hagar and even blessed Hagar’s child. But that was not the perfect will of God. God had told him that He was going to make him the father of many nations through Sarai.

Let’s Not Jump To Conclusion Too Quickly

“My boss drove a luxury car everyday and it was my duty to greet him and to open the gates for him, as I worked as a watchman in his villa. But he never responded back to my greetings.
One day he saw me opening the garbage bags outside the villa in search for any leftover food. But, as usual he never even looked at me, it was like as if he never saw anything!
The very next day I saw a paper bag at the same place, but it was clean and the food inside was covered well. It was fresh and good food like someone had just brought it from the supermarket. I didn’t bother as to where it came from, I just took the paper bag and I was so happy about it.
Every day I found this paper bag at the same place with fresh vegetables and all that we needed for home. This became my daily routine. I was eating and sharing this food with my wife and kids. I was wondering who this fool could be?! To forget his paper bag full of fresh food everyday.
One day there was a big problem in the villa and I was told that my boss has died. There were too many guests coming to the villa that day and I didn’t get any food that day, so I thought that one of the guests must have taken it. But the same thing happened the 2nd day, the 3rd day and the 4th day.
It went on like this for a few weeks and I found it difficult to provide food for my family, so I decided to ask the wife of my boss for a raise in my salary or else I would quit my job as a watchman.
After I told her, she was shocked, and asked me, how come you never complained about your salary for the last 2 years? And why is this salary not enough for you now? I gave her so many excuses but she was never convinced!
Finally in the end, I decided to tell her the truth, I told her the entire story of the bag of groceries, and as to how it was my daily provision. She then asked me as to when this stopped? I told her after the death of her husband. And then I realized that I stopped seeing the paper bag immediately after the death of my boss. Why didn’t I ever think of this before? That it was my boss who was providing this for me? I guess it was because I never thought that a person who never replied to my greetings could ever be this generous!
His wife started to cry and I told her to please stop crying and that I’m really sorry that I asked for a raise, I didn’t know that it was your husband who was providing me with the meals, I’ll remain as a watchman and be happy to provide my service.
His wife told me, I’m crying because I’ve finally found the 7th person my husband was giving this bag full of food. I knew my husband was giving 7 people everyday, I had already found the 6 people, and all these days I was searching for the 7th person. And today I found out.
From that day onwards, I started to receive the bag full of food again, but this time his son was bringing it to my house and giving it to my hand. But whenever I thanked him, he never replied! Just like his dad!
One day, I told him THANK YOU in a very loud voice! He replied back to me to please not be offended when he doesn’t reply, because he has a hearing problem, just like his dad!”

Oh! We have been wrong so many times judging others without knowing the true story behind their actions. Be kind and courteous in dealing with others, for everyone is fighting a hard battle. Be careful, not everything is about you. Before you assume, there is this thing called ASKING.

Don’t just jump to conclusion, because that is truly not an exercise, it may cause you more harm at the end of the day. Many of our problems are caused by how we process what happens around us. Don’t judge a situation you have never been in. Be humble enough to learn. You do not know it all. Let’s change the way we feel about ourselves and others.

There are two sides to a story:
1. Don’t believe everything you hear.
2. Everyone you meet in life is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Dedicated to  Cindy

August 21, 2015

ANSWERS

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Mark 9:14-29

Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am…

Isaiah 58:9

There are particular problems that can only be solved through fasting. Some people have problems that are going to make them backslide.

Some of these problems that cause backsliding must be solved through fasting. Jesus told His disciples after they failed to heal an epileptic, “…this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew17:21).

Jesus meant here that not all problems are the same. Some difficult ones can be solved only through fasting. It is no wonder that Christians who do not fast are weighed down by all kinds of problems.

I have heard Christians in Europe and America complain that it is not possible to fast during the winter. It is possible. During several of my church-planting exercises, I have had to fast during the winter.

Fasting is not an option. Jesus said in Matthew 6:16: “when ye fast…” He didn’t say if you fast. This means He expects us to fast. Fasting has its rewards. In Isaiah 58, God has listed some of the rewards of fasting. “Then shall thy light breakforth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily…Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am…” (Isaiah 58:8,9).

One of the rewards of fasting is that you will stay spiritually healthy.

Tuesday, 18 August

August 18, 2015

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Genesis 3:1-19

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food… and the tree of knowledge of good and evil

Genesis 2:9

Most Christians do not understand the place of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in our lives. We often think it is  an ancient tree, which existed in the time of Adam and Eve. We believe that this tree had poisonous fruit, which once eaten, would kill the eater. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve ate of this tree and died. When we read this story, we think to ourselves  that thankfully we will not ever be tempted by such a tree.
Alas, we will have to deal with this same tree and its fruits. What you must realize is that the tree of the knowledge of good  and evil is still in existence today. It presents the same temptation to us as it did to Adam and Eve. It presents itself as an alternative to God.

Once you have eaten of this tree, you know what is right and what is wrong. You know things that are good and things that are evil. Armed with this knowledge (of what is right and what is wrong), you don’t really need God to tell you what to do. You can navigate through life and ministry using the knowledge you have acquired.
It is not apparent to the shallow thinker what devastating effects the knowledge of good and evil can have. After all, it is not the knowledge of evil, but the knowledge of good and evil.

This tree does one thing to you and it is the worst thing possible! It separates you from the dependence and the guidance of God.