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THE REWARDS OF GOD

Let us take a moment to consider that God has ordained a reward system for Christians who live their lives to His glory. If you take a concordance and look up the scriptures on “reward“, you will find there are references both for earthly rewards and heavenly rewards. Jesus and the apostle, Paul, spoke about them. Although we do not live our daily lives focusing on receiving such, nevertheless, there is a divine reward system. Hebrews 11:6 declares, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him……He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” This is a reward I receive here on earth, the favour of God in whatever form my Heavenly Father bestows it upon me. There is a “crown of righteousness” to receive, as a reward in Heaven that Paul spoke of, “There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but to all those also that love His appearing”, 2 Timothy 4:8. When Jesus Christ appears, (returns), we shall receive a crown of life and we shall be like Him. If we focus on the reward system, we try and change ourselves to earn such. There is only one way to change and that is by yielding and surrendering my life to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. This...

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THE LITTLE FOXES SPOIL THE VINE

Listen to the whispers of Jesus. Do I have “spiritual ears”? Are my ears inclined to listen and respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit? Spiritual sensitivity is learnt through obedience to the voice of God. It is “…the little foxes that spoil the vines,” Song of Solomon 2:15. I may judge a prompting of the Holy Ghost to walk in truth over a small matter as insignificant, but if the Lord is requiring it of me, when ignored it becomes “a little fox to spoil the vine” of the life of Christ in me. Why would I want to ignore the promptings? The answer is because I do not want to dismantle my image either to myself or before men. I want to hide in my pride. The pride of man is always self seeking, always wanting to hang on to one’s rights, stubbornly wanting its own way, self righteously justifying its actions. I need to see how God views pride. It can never be hidden from Him. “Abomination” is a very strong word. Scripture declares, “Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord, Proverbs 16:5. I am never more wrong than when I am upholding my rights. The requirement of the fullness of Christ in me demands I humble myself before the counter that God directs me to and surrender my right...

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SING, O BARREN, SING!

The following are two indisputable facts: 1 THERE IS A GOD 2 I AM NOT HIM Scripture declares of the Lord, Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In the previous verses, (6-7), we are encouraged to seek the Lord and forsake our unrighteous thoughts. The Lord will sometimes take us on a path where we do not understand what is happening, but He requires us to humble ourselves, bow to Him and remove the shoes of our understanding. In the trial of our faith He requires we abandon ourselves to Him in complete trust, in order for Him to bring us through the passage. He is willing and able to bring us through, by His strength alone, for His glory. These times are our “Bethels”, where we reflect and discover and declare, like Jacob, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not,” Genesis 28:10 – 22. Do I recognise my need for absolute dependency on the Lord in every area of my life? If I do not, I leave myself open to prove it. In the natural there are many gifted, talented, confident and successful people. These talents bear no...

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IT’S TIME TO SIT DOWN….

After the death of Moses, the Lord chose Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Joshua 1:1-9 records: 1 “Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead, now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness…………………….and unto the great sea ……………..shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life: as I was with Moses so I will be with you: I will not fail you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of a good courage, for unto this people shall you divide the land for an inheritance, which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law , which Moses my servant commanded you: Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go....

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