God’s still working on you

Today as I was meditating on Ezekiel chapter 1, the Holy Spirit started teaching me that, even when Ezekiel was a captive, God was working in him.

1. Ezekiel saw heavens open.

2. He saw visions of God.

3. The word of The Lord came to him.

4. The hand of The Lord was upon Him.

5. He could hear noises

6. He could see the appearance.

 

Beloved, whatever may be your situation, our God can still use you and He is not over with you. The Holy Spirit is still working in and on you and you will have visions, dreams and revelations. In these last days spend time with Holy Spirit and He will enrich you and help you to grow.

Author: Pst Roy Philip (NLFA Baroda)

7 Reasons Your Church Needs to Go on a Diet

Most churches—more than eight out of 10—are busy. Too busy.
These churches need to slim down their plethora of programs, activities and ministries.
They need to go a busyness diet.
Unfortunately, many church leaders equate activities with godliness or ministry fruitfulness.
For certain, churches must have some clear plan of discipleship for their members. Sadly, some of the busiest churches actually diminish discipleship fruitfulness.

And ceasing certain activities in the church can be extremely hard. You can run into sacred cows and favored ministries.
Still, most churches should pursue a busyness diet for at least seven reasons.

1. Excessive activities can actually preclude members from growing spiritually.

I actually interviewed one church member who said he didn’t have time to read his Bible. He was worn out almost every day from church activities.

2. A church that is too busy rarely evaluates the effectiveness of its activities.

Leaders often erroneously presume that the busyness is a sign of fruitfulness.

3. Activity-focused churches are often inwardly focused.

Those ministries are typically for the members and are rarely evangelistic or community focused.

4. A busy church can hurt families.

Many churches have different activities for children, students and adults on multiple days of the week. Family members rarely have time together.

5. Activity-focused churches can cause member burnout.

When a member burns out, he or she then drops out.

6. It is difficult for a church to do a few things well when it does too many things.

Quantity thus replaces quality, and the most vital ministries suffer.

7. Busy churches often lack vision clarity.

Because these churches are going in so many directions, members are confused about the priorities and vision of the church.
Try this exercise. List every ministry, program or class that your church offers in a year. If the list is exceedingly long, see if just a few can be eliminated without much pain.
Then, before you add anything else to the activities of your church, make a commitment to eliminate two existing activities.
Admittedly, busyness diets are not always easy or pleasant.
But they can make the difference between a busy church and a fruitful church.

 

Source: Thom Rainer

People In your life

God places people in our lives for a variety of reasons. Some we will never know, Some will be quite obvious. One thing I’ve learned is that no matter how saved and loving you are, there is always going to be someone who is going to dislike you. The bad part about  it is that sometimes these people are the people we care the most about… and we name them as our “friends“,”brother” or “sister”.

I recall a time when I was going through a lot and even today I go in such situation. It seemed as though everything that could go wrong, DID! But  I had someone who was there for me and had my back  (so I thought). That person  would listen to me whine, watch me cry, and offer advice and stand with me unconditionally even if I am wrong.

Sounds like a true friend right? Well… Let me tell you what that person didn’t do. That person never offered encouragement. That person never gave me hope that everything would be okay. When I think about it, That person never even offered to help me! In fact, when things began to work in my favor, our conversations began to get shorter. I also began to notice that every time I would call that person to share good news or visited them, that person would seem uninterested. The more I reached out to that person , the more they avoided  me. You see, that person was not there for me when I was down because that person got a kick out of seeing me when I was down, But that person never wanted or expected me to get back up!

That person separated self from me as blessings started coming into their lives. The words that were a blessing once today become objectionable. Attitudes changed, behaviors changed, character changed, equations changed, relationship changed, everything changed into negative. They forgot the days of excellence and love, togetherness we shared as a family. That person started avoiding me and separated themselves from me. I cried and cried and did all that is in my authority and capacity to restore relation but that is treated as my weakness. I asked forgiveness for anything known and unknown that hurt that person but that person explored new topics or methods to blame, complain and reject.

Finally God gave a revelation and that settled me.
“God often removes people from our lives to protect us.”
Think about that before you run after them!

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. ~Proverbs 12:26

Lord, Help us to recognize which people have priority in our lives and which ones to let go. Reveal those who pretend to love us, Remove those who love to hate us, and Protect us from those who wish to harm us. Lord forgive them as they do not know what they are doing. In Jesus name, Amen.

Author : Pst Roy Philip (NLFA Baroda)

Praying in the Spirit

Any prayer that is directed, energized, and sustained by the Holy Spirit is a prayer that is prayed in the Spirit.

Praying in the spirit :-

1. Will be according to God’s will – 1 John 5: 14-15
2. Will glorify the Father through the Son – John 14:13
3. Is based upon God’s character, ways, and Word – John 15:7
4. Comes from a clean heart – James 5:16
5. Is prayed in full assurance of faith – John 1:6
6. Is asked in the name of Jesus – John 14:14

Such prayer will always find God’s answers.

 

Source: Unknown

Daily Struggles for a child of God

First as a child of God we  should never use the devil to excuse for  self or a another person  to fall into a scandal, immorality, and criminal behaviour ,emotional blackmailing  which every often happens within the four wall of a house and also as though  sometimes happened in the Church. The faithful Christian should and  always accepts personal responsibility, and understands that the devil can never force us to do anything against our will(for it was Gods breath which made us living souls). Must definitely the tempter   tempts, he misleads, he brings us to the point of danger, but in the final analysis, it is our choice whether to succumb to our daily enticement  or not.

The second principle is never to allow our fight against Satan to end dialogue with our opponents..” What it mean’s is by warning we should  never have a dialogue with the devil and  never to sacrifice ultimate truth when meeting with our opponents—not that we shouldn’t search for common a ground( which is very often done within the family and cooperate world under the camouflage of maintain the so called the “peace of the house” for  “the growth of the cooperate house” ), or even  trying to win hearts for Christ.

The third principle is to be on constant guard against the devil, never assume we cannot sin like those we are trying desperately to correct( When it is God business and ours is to guide), and ask ourselves some pointed questions:

Do I guard myself, my heart, my feelings, my thoughts? Do I guard the treasure of grace? Do I guard the presence of the Holy Spirit in me? Or do I let go, feeling secure, believing that all is going well? But if you do not guard yourself, for he who is stronger than you will come.

 

Source: http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2013/10/the-smoke-of-satan-returns

10 People Who Won’t Be in Heaven After They Die

We never want to think about it, but it’s true. There are some people who won’t be in heaven after they die. And even Jesus Himself emphasizes that we don’t have enough information to determine who these are from our point of view in His Parable of the Tares and the Wheat. (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43) Only He can know for sure. But there is another side to the coin.

The Apostle Paul is clear about certain habitual sin patterns that mark individual’s lives that are a sure sign of degeneracy. Remember, Christianity is not so much about perfection, it’s about direction. (1 John 3:6-10) Are you in the habit of turning towards righteousness by Christ’s help and out of a changed heart? (2 Corinthians 5:17; Psalm 30:11) Or are you in the habit of turning towards wickedness apart from Christ and out of a heart that refuses to ask for forgiveness and surrender to Him? (Romans 6:13; 10:9-10)

The latter are among the 10 people who won’t be in heaven after they die as per the Scripture. Of that there is no question…

(1 Corinthians 6:9-10): (Each term is defined as per dictionary for a better understanding)

Fornicators. Having sex outside of marriage.
Idolaters. Offering devotion to something or someone above Christ.
Adulterers. Cheating on your husband or wife.
Effeminate (by perversion). A woman being a man; a man being a woman.
Homosexuals. Having sex with the same sex.
Thieves. Stealing someone else’s goods.
The Covetous. Obsessively desiring someone’s stuff.
Drunkards. Excessively drinking alcohol.
Revilers. Speaking abusively.
Swindlers. Capturing money, goods or property through deception.

“And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

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Source: http://aheartforgod.blogspot.in/2009/09/10-people-who-wont-be-in-heaven-after.html

 

JESUS HAS OVERCOME

John 16:33 – I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Many people believe that if you are a Christian, you should be without any sorrow.  And if something bad happens to you or your family, people would be gossiping that there is some curse in your family or that God is punishing you. God never punishes, He only disciplines our lives.  Both bad and good things happen in our life for a reason. God is good all the time.
But He has always said that there will be trouble in this world. He also assures us that He has overcome. Then why are we still in a sunken feeling whenever something bad happens to us.
In our troubles we fail to remember John 17:33, which clearly tells us it is overcome.

It means that we need not concentrate on the problem. From personal experience and from seeing others too, whenever we are faced with problems, we start praying or worshiping God but we end up crying.  Of course, it’s much better to cry to God than to cry to humans.

But that should not be how we approach our problem. I understood recently on how to pray correctly.  How we need to be conscious of His presence, enter into His awesome presence and start concentrating on God rather than on the problem.
Hebrews 13:6 – Praise God.

When faced with problems, we need to remember our Lord Jesus Christ who lived as a human and faced issues that we are all facing now.

Jesus was born in a manger and not in a comfortable room like us. Yes he faced poverty.
Jesus faced non acceptance from his own people/hometown. Yes he faced seclusion.
Jesus wept as he heard the news of his loved one.  John 11:35. Yes he faced mourning.
Jesus was not rich to travel in different kinds of transport.  Yes he was poor.
Finally Jesus faced the worst of human tragedies.  He was scorned, beaten , paraded like a sinner and crucified for no sin of His. Yes he faced immense pain in death.

Yet in none of this, Jesus grumbles or questions god.  He was just a human like you and me.
Believing that the troubles we face today are just temporary and that it has already been overcome , leads us to a wonderful and a different relationship with our Lord Jesus.

Amen.

Author: Hepsibah Rachel (NLFA Baroda)