The true gift……


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I want to bring something back into order, something that

has been tarnished, and diminished in the world

today. The world may have forgotten but we must not forget.

We cannot forget. “What is he rambling on about”, you might be

asking??

 

What do you think is the best gift God can give you?

Salvation yes…!!!! But I am talking about what comes

after salvation.

The world has put value on possessions. Some think God’s

best comes in the form of money. But the word is very

clear about what God’s best gift is:

 

Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?

The fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Psalms 127:3 (MSG)

 

We have been deceived as the body of Christ because we have put

other things first. We have desired other things which is not a

bad thing. Don’t get me wrong….God has so much in store for us.

But we must not lose sight of His greatest gift to us, children!

Parents need to teach their kids about family and legacy!

As single men and women we need to think about our legacy.

Our career is important but I feel we have put that ahead of

everything else. It’s not “cool” to think about family anymore!

God’s definition of the best gift is children but do we think like that?

As I write this it is cutting me as well. It’s a hard

thought. We have become so selfish. We only think about

ourselves and what WE can get. But God is thinking so

much grander…..

May we get a revelation today…….Amen!

 

Rolain

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What is fear really after???


I was having my quiet time this morning when I read this:

He doesn’t want your money. He doesn’t want your diamonds. He won’t go after your car. He wants something far more precious. He wants your peace of mind – your joy.

His name?

Fear.

His task is to take your courage and leave you timid and trembling. His modus operandi is to manipulate you with the mysterious, taunt you with the unknown. Fear of death, fear of failure, fear of God, fear of tomorrow – his arsenal is vast. His goal? To create cowardly, joyless souls.

I thought about what was being said. Fear does not aim  for the material things. Fear knows exactly what he needs to attack in your life. Fear knows what is really important, do we?
We have placed so much value on earthly possessions but there is something much more precious than that, your peace of mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind! The enemy wants our peace of mind. He wants us to panic and fret. He wants us to lose it. Fear cripples us and that is what he wants…..
Having peace and joy cannot be compared to any earthly possession. We need to keep our peace of mind.

Rolain

What You Need To Build A Life.


What do we need in this life that will help us reach our full potential? Is it money, clothes, a new car, a new house, what is it? Proverbs 24:3, 4 helps us with that:

Through skilful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation],
and by knowledge shall its chambers [of every area] be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

I have shared this verse in one of my earlier posts. This is one of my favourite verses if you didn’t know. We need wisdom desperately if we are going to be established.
Young people, if you want to build a life you need wisdom. It is the principle thing. To build a home and a family you need wisdom. It is the principle thing! How desperate are you for wisdom?

We need to get hungry for the wisdom of God.

The chapter carries on by saying:
A wise man is strong and is better than a strong man and a man of knowledge increases and strengthens his power. Proverbs 24:5

Wisdom is the key to strength. Our strength is not enough to get us to the place God has planned for us but the wisdom of God will get us there.
With wisdom you can wage war. No war in your life will be won without the wisdom of God. Don’t fight if you don’t have wisdom. Get wisdom first then fight.

My son, eat honey, because it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
So shall you know skilful and godly wisdom to be thus to your life; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.
  Proverbs 24:13, 14.

Your destiny and future are connected to the wisdom you acquire. If you have wisdom or as the word puts it, if you find wisdom then there shall be a future and a reward for you! Those lacking the desire to get wisdom will not be able to accomplish all God has for them. Do you want to accomplish God’s call on your life, then walk in wisdom!

I was so excited when God showed me this verse. I realize without wisdom I am lost. I cannot be effective if I don’t have the wisdom of God guiding me! WE cannot be effective without the wisdom of God. The last part of that verse says, your hope and expectation shall not be cut off!! With wisdom your hope is not misplaced. It is in the right place but without wisdom your hope will be cut off. How many times have we seen people who have pursued the wrong thing because they were naive? Wisdom brings clarity into what we are supposed to be putting our hope in. It will protect us from hoping for the wrong things.

Wow!!! I hope you are starting to see just how important wisdom is in your life. It is not the only important thing but it is ONE of the important things in life. Let us get hungry for wisdom. Let us get desperate for wisdom.

I understand I am limited in my own understanding and there are a lot of things I don’t see but with wisdom I can see them. God loves us so much that He tells us to simply ask Him for wisdom. (James 1:5, 6)

I ask God for wisdom in my relationship with Him. I need Him to show me what pleases Him. I need Him to also show me how to get deeper into Him.

I need wisdom in my relationships with people. I know I am stronger when my relationships are right and I also know I cannot be effective if my relationships are broken! How I need wisdom in this area….

I need wisdom in my business. I need His direction. I need His knowledge so I can do the right thing. I need His wisdom to bring honour to Him in the way I do business!

I need wisdom when I minister. I can’t and won’t minister without God’s help. The reason I do the things I do is because of God’s wisdom. He has opened so many doors for me, He has taught me so much, and He has shown me so much. How can I stop relying on his wisdom now?

I need wisdom in my life. God has given me a race to run and I need His wisdom to run it. I will have my own family one day but only wisdom will help me be the man I am supposed to be to them. Only wisdom will help me be the man I need to be now!!!!

As I end this post I would like to leave you with another verse that really challenges me to the core. It is Proverbs 1:7 and I am going to use the Message. It says;

 

Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God;

Only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.

 

Rolain

A Lesson From Job About Praise.


So you think you got problems, consider some of the men and women of faith in the bible. One man I would like to look at was Job. He had it bad, really bad! He didn’t lose everything in a long period of time. He lost everything almost simutanteously! He lost his family and his livestock. Nothing was left. Can you imagine losing everything?
Losing your earthly possessions I can imagine but what about your kids? Job had ten kids. Seven boys and three girls and he lost them all in one moment!

Instead of freaking out, he worships???!!! I don’t know about you but I don’t think I would of reacted the way he did. I seriously doubt if I would of worshipped at that time. I probably would of blamed God and done something stupid. But the word says this about Job:

Then Job arose and rent his robe and shaved his head and fell down upon the ground and worshipped
And said, Naked (without possessions) came I [into this world] from my mother’s womb, and naked (without possessions) shall I depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed (praised and magnified in worship) be the name of the Lord!
In all this Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly.
Job 1:20-22

Job mourned for his loss but he worshipped. And also get this, Job never praised God for what happened. He didn’t say, thank you for taking my children and thank you for taking my sheep, No!
He worshipped in the midst of the trouble he was in. A lot of us make the mistake of thanking God for the trouble we face instead of praising Him IN the trouble we face!

And that is the lesson we can learn from Job about praise.
In the midst of all the craziness that happens in your life will you praise God? We need to be people that do that. Praise is so powerful. It helps us get the focus off ourselves and onto God. I want to be like Job. He was a man who knew the power of praise. Do you?

Rolain.P