THE PERSON YOU CAN BECOME.

Scripture:

“However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

 

Message:

There are two sides to your personality: the person you are, and the person you would like to be. If these are in conflict with each other, you will experience bitter frustration and disappointment.

There is no harm in dreaming about the heights that you can achieve, provided that you take steps to make your dream a reality. You have the potential for spiritual growth that is beyond your wildest imaginings.

Spiritual greatness can be yours if you live in harmony with God. You whole life should respond to His love with joy and gratitude.

 

 

Prayer:

I pray for inspiration and strength to become all that you created me to be. Help me to grow in you day by day and to fulfill your vision for my life. Amen.

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

PRINCIPLE-CENTERED LEADERSHIP

Scripture:    

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. – Proverbs 4:20-27.

 

Message:

When we center our lives on correct principles, we become more balanced, unified, organized, anchored, and rooted. We have a foundation for all activities, relationships, and decisions. We also have a sense of stewardship about everything in our lives, including time, talents, money, possessions, relationships, our families, and our bodies. We recognize the need to use them for good purposes and, as a steward, to be accountable for their use.

Centering on principles provides sufficient security to not be threatened by change, comparisons, or criticisms; guidance to discover our mission, define our roles, and write our scripts and goals; wisdom to learn from our mistakes and seek continuous improvement; and power to communicate and cooperate, even under conditions of stress and fatigue.

  1. SECURITY

Security represents our sense of worth, identity, emotional anchorage, self-esteem, and personal strength. Of course, we see various degrees of security – on a continuum between a deep sense of high intrinsic worth on one end and an extreme insecurity on the other, wherein a person’s life is buffeted by all the fickle forces that play upon it. – Isaiah 26:3-4.

  1. GUIDANCE

Guidance is the direction we receive in life. Much of it comes from the standards, principles, or criteria that govern our decision making and doing. This internal monitor serves as a conscience. People who operate on the low end of the guidance continuum tend to have strong physical addictions and emotional dependencies, conditioned by their centering on selfish, sensual, or social life-styles. The middle of the continuum represents development of the social conscience – the conscience educated and cultivated by centering on human institutions, traditions, and relationships. On the high end of the continuum is the spiritual conscience, wherein guidance comes from inspired or inspiring sources – a compass centered on true principles. – Proverbs 3:5-6.

  1. WISDOM

Wisdom suggests a sage perspective on life, a sense of balance, a keen understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgement, discernment, comprehension. It is a oneness, an integrated wholeness. At the low end of the wisdom continuum are inaccurate maps, which cause people to base their thinking on distorted, discordant principles. The high end represents an accurate and complete life compass wherein all the parts and principles are properly related to each other. As we move toward the high end, we have an increasing sense of the ideal (things as they should be) as well as a sensitive practical approach to realities (things as they are). Wisdom also includes the ability to discern pure joy as distinct from temporary pleasure. – Proverbs 8:12-16 & 32 – 36.

  1. POWER

Power is the capacity to act, the strength and courage to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also represents the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective habits. At the low end of the power continuum we see people who are essentially powerless, insecure, products of what happens or has happened to them.  They are largely dependent on circumstances and on others. They are reflections of other people’s opinions and directions; they have no real comprehension of true joy and happiness. At the high end of the continuum we see people with vision and discipline, whose lives are functional products of personal decisions rather than of external conditions. These people make things happen; they are proactive; they choose their responses to situations based upon timeless principles and universal standards. They take responsibility for their feelings, moods, and attitudes as well as their thoughts and actions. – 2 Kings 1:1-17.

These four factors – security, guidance, wisdom, and power – are interdependent. Security and well-founded guidance bring true wisdom, and wisdom becomes the spark or catalyst to release and direct power. When these four factors are harmonized, they create the great force of noble personality, a balanced character, a beautifully integrated individual.

CHARACTER

Above all these four principles, Security, Guidance, Wisdom and Power; Character is the greatest element of leadership principle. of The issue of character is debated hotly in leadership circles today. Traditionally, character has been defined as the moral constitution of a person. Popular descriptions today are, what you are when no one is looking or who you are in the dark. In other words, character reveals the true substance of a person – who that person really is, day in and day out, in good times and bad times – over the course of a lifetime. Contrary to some opinions, character is not one’s title, role, or position.

Leadership is not a position, it is a lifestyle. Those who have made the greatest mistakes are leaders who have assumed that their position was more important than their lifestyle. For some of them, the consequences have been tragic.

Some years ago, America dealt with the sexual improprieties that occurred by President Bill Clinton with an intern in the White House. A resulting impeachment trial did not lead to any conviction, but perhaps a greater verdict was rendered to the nation. The notion that character was essential to leadership was muted by the message sent that popularity and prosperity had become the defining measures of a good leader. But character is the essence of leadership. Several news items still fill the screens and airwaves about leaders whose character flaws have led to their downfall and sometimes the collapse of companies and nations they lead.

Trusted leaders seek to be consistent in their lives publicly and privately, are authentic in their concern for their followers, and are true to their word.

 

Leaders cannot lead unless they have the full trust of their followers. When that trust is betrayed, support is withdrawn.

End Piece

Leaders cultivate character by acquiring wisdom and understanding. These of course come at a great price because they require the kind of dedicated and patient leaders must diligently “search” for wisdom treasures covered by the layers of earth and rock.

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SHARE IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST

Scripture:

“God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 1:9

 

Message:

God has called you to share in the life of His Son, Jesus the living Christ – granting us a privilege beyond words.

But with this privilege comes responsibilities. Intimacy with the Father demands that the holy characteristics of God must be revealed in your daily life by love, honesty, selflessness and the integrity of your purpose. If you walk in the truth of this amazing grace, your understanding of God deepens and your vision of what your life could be broadens.

Once you have this you will never again be limited by secret fears and doubts. Instead you will face the future with confidence in the strength of the living Christ.

 

Prayer:

You are the True Vine that gives lasting life. Keep me safe, inspire me and bless me so that I will forever remain fruitful. Amen.

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

ASPIRE TO THAT WHICH IS NOBLE

Scripture:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

 

Message:

Life can be an unpleasant or an exquisite experience, depending on your attitude towards it.  When you are confronted with the cruelty of life, it is all too easy to allow it to affect your nature and character.

 

It requires spiritual sensitivity to consistently appreciate the beauty of life. To appreciate God as the Creator of all that is beautiful and noble, look around you. You will discover Him in unexpected places: in the smile of a friend, the innocence of a child, even a subtle act of love. In numerous ways, you will begin to see the wonder and beauty of life.

 

Prayer:

I bring you humble thanks, O Savior, that through the presence of Your Spirit I can appreciate the beauty and grandeur of life. Amen

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

THE MOST IMPORTANT EXERCISE

Scripture:

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45

 

 

Message:

It is the quality of your inner life, not that which you pretend to be, that is significant. For a while you may be able to present a false front, but a time will come when storm clouds gather and you will be put to the test.

Cultivating a practical spiritual life is the most important exercise that one can undertake. It influences every aspect of your life and creates moral stamina, which enables you to rise victoriously above inner weaknesses.

When you live in harmony with God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you, you will experience a motivating force in your life that will be reflected in your behavior.

 

Prayer:

Lord, teach me to fix my eyes on you more and more. I want to devote my whole life to you. Amen.

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

PAST MISTAKES DON’T END GOD’S CALL ON YOUR LIFE

Scripture:

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28 (NIV).

 

 

Message:

You’ve messed up. You’ve sinned. You’ve made bad decisions. So have I—all of the above.

But guess what?

None of those failures have changed God’s call on your life one bit. The calling God gave you at birth, the one he reaffirmed when he saved you, is a calling he gives you forever. It’s permanent.

Just look at Paul. Before he became a believer, Paul went into people’s homes, dragged them out into the street, and threw them into jail. He writes in 1 Timothy 1:12-13, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief” (NIV).

But none of that changed God’s call on Paul’s life. And nothing can change God’s call on your life, either.

In fact, God wants to use the pain from your past for his glory today and in the future. God never wastes a hurt. It all fits into his plan.

 

He can take your mistakes, your sins, and even the sins of others who’ve hurt you and work them all into his plan of redemption. The Bible says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

 

Talk About It

What mistake from your past do you most fear God can’t use?

How have you seen other people overcome their failures to pursue God’s call?

How are you encouraged by the truth that God doesn’t waste any of the pain in your life?

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.

THE HOLY SPIRIT (PART VIII)

Scripture:

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.” – 1 Cor. 12:4-6 (NIV)

 

 

INTRODUCTION

We continue our study of the Holy Spirit this week on “His Ministry Concerning the Fruit of the Spirit.” We have studied so far, His personality, names and emblems, His ministries; His ministry concerning the spiritual gifts; and the eleven permanent gifts.

 

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 THE HOLY SPIRIT MINISTRY CONCERNING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

We now come to the eleventh and final recorded ministry performed by the Holy Spirit of God.  In a very real sense it best demonstrates His ultimate goal here on earth, namely, to bear fruit for Christ through believers.  “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”  Rom. 6:22. “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, Col. 1:10.

 

  1. THE COMMANDS TO BEAR FRUIT
  2. God desires His new creation to do the same as He ordered His old creation to do.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth

            and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every

            living creature that moves on the ground.”  Gen. 1:28.

 

  1. God desires the believer to fulfil the prophecy concerning Joseph.  “Joseph is a

             fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.” – Gen.

            49:22.

 

  1. God desires His children to experience the blessings of Psalm 1.  “That person is like

            a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does

            not wither—   whatever they do prospers.”  –  Psalm 1:3

 

  1. God desires His children of light to function today as His tree of life will function

in eternity.  “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as

            crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great

            street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops

            of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of

            the nations.”  Rev. 22:1-2

 

 

  1. THE PREREQUISITE FOR BEARING FRUIT
  2.  One Must Die to This World

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains

            only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”John 12:24

 

  1. One Must Abide in the Saviour – John 15:1-5; 16

In the Old Testament the nation Israel was God’s chosen vine vessel.  “You

transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.”Psalm 80:8“Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself.  As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.”Hosea 10:1

 

Thus, the nation was eventually set aside by Jesus.  ““Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.” Matt. 21:43.  In the Gospel, Christ was God’s chosen vine vessel while He was on this earth.  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” –  John 15:1.  “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”Isa. 11:1.

 

Jesus told His disciples they were to be branches.  The only useful function of a

branch is to bear fruit.  A branch does not produce fruit, it simply bears it.

 

  1. THE TWO KINDS OF FRUIT

 

  1. Outer Fruit:  Soul-Winning

“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.  Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” – John 4:35 – 36 (See also Rom. 1:13; Prov. 11:30)

 

  1.  Inner Fruit:  Christlikeness

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  Gal. 5:22-23

 

It should be noted that the word fruit in both of these passages is in the singular.  Paul does not say “the fruits of the Spirit are,” but rather, “the fruit of the Spirit is.”  The reason is this:  all the fruit of the Spirit, unlike all the gifts of the Spirit, are to be possessed by every believer.

 

  1. THE ELEVEN FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT
  2. LOVE: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect

             unity.” –    Col. 3:14

 

  1. JOY:  “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness,

              faithfulness,” – Gal. 5:22. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and

            drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,” – Rom. 14:17

 

  1. PEACE:   There are two kinds of peace:

(1)   The Peace with God:  “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we

                               have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Rom. 5:1   This peace is

positional peace and includes all believers at the moment of their salvation.

 

(2)   The Peace of God:  “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will

                  guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Phil. 4:7.  This peace is

experienced, and includes only those believers who are filled with God’s Spirit.  It

can be defined as reassurance in tribulation.

 

  1. PATIENCE:   The ability to cheerfully bear an unbearable situation and to

patiently endure the unendurable.  “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his

            kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to

            lead you to repentance?” –  Rom. 2:4

 

  1. GENTLENESS:   A quiet and respectful kindness. “to slander no one, to be peaceable and

             considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”  –  Titus 3:2. “And the Lord’s

            servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not

            resentful.” – 2 Timothy 2:24

 

  1. FAITH: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness,

           faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” –   

          Gal. 5:22-23.

 

To be continued!

Stay blessed!

Source: Wilmington’s Guide to the Bible

All Scriptures are from the New International Version.

REFLECT GOD’S GLORY

Scripture:

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” – Ephesians 5:1

 

 

Message:

Most of us have a role model to which we aspire to be like, whether it is a teacher, a parent, an employer or even a friend, we want to be like them.

Yet, there is a much better role model for us, a perfect role model for you and me – Jesus Christ. Never g=forget that He lived and worked just like us and was subject to all the temptations, frustrations, joys and sorrows to which you and I are subject to.

Allow the Holy Spirit to take control of your life and manage it in a way that is acceptable to God. Then you will display a measure of likeness to Christ that will glorify God.

 

 

Prayer:

Lord, transform me into your image more and more. Transfigure me so that I may become more like You in my behavior, thoughts and words. Amen

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotion.

RIGHTEOUSNESS

Scripture:

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. – Proverbs 10:2

 

INTRODUCTION

Proverbs 10:2 contrast the blessings of right, godly living with the dissatisfaction of wicked, ungodly living.

3 EXAMPLES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS DELIVERING:

  1. Noah;The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.” – Genesis 7:1

“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” – Hebrews 11:7

  1. Daniel (Daniel 6)
  2. Three Hebrew Children (Daniel 3)

Crime does not pay! Sin will not succeed! Wickedness cannot profit, no matter how much wealth you temporarily pile up. You cannot buy God off from judgment in this life or the next. Righteousness is the key to a successful life, and it will deliver you from several deaths. Are you committed to righteousness, even if it means earthly poverty?

Wicked men may prosper for a while. Do not envy them. It is an illusion – terrible judgment is coming soon (Proverbs 3:31-32; 23:17-18; Psalm 37:1-3; 73:1-20). Do not copy them. Sin will not work, and you will lose (Proverbs 11:4; Psalm 49:6-14; Luke 12:15-21; James 5:1-3). The rich man fared sumptuously every day, but he could not prolong his life or buy his way into heaven. He could not even buy a drop of water for his tongue (Luke 16:19-21). 

Ahab and Jezebel murdered Naboth to steal his vineyard, but the wine it produced could not cheer the heart of a holy God or comfort the sinners He condemned. Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord. This wicked couple appeared to be gaining in real estate holdings by their wicked conspiracy against Naboth, but a chance arrow killed Ahab, and dogs licked his blood from his chariot and ate Jezebel (I Kings 21:1-16; 22:37-38; II Kings 9:30-37).

If you get ahead by wickedness, it is only for a moment. Judas pleasure at thirty pieces of silver did not last long, as his scattered bowels have testified for two millennia (Acts 1:18-19). Achan’s family regretted the day he took of Jericho’s riches (Joshua 7:19-26). Gehazi could not trade his theft for the cure of leprosy (II Kings 5:20-27). Ananias and Sapphira held back some money by deceit, but they did not take any of it with them (Acts 5:1-11).

 

The King of Assyria, whom God sovereignly used to punish Israel, heaped up treasures of wickedness by his greedy, conquering heart (Isaiah 10:5-14), but the same God tore him and his army to shreds when his usefulness was over (Isaiah 10:15-19). The harlot church of Babylon – Roman Catholicism and Protestant daughters – has taken treasures by wickedness, but Jesus Christ is coming to grind her to powder (Revelation 17:1-6; 18:1-24).

Crime does not pay. Sin will not succeed. Hear God’s word. “A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.” – Proverbs 21:6-7. “Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools.” – Jeremiah 17:11.

But righteousness delivereth from death,” Solomon wrote. The righteousness of Jesus Christ will deliver His elect from the second death – eternity in the lake of fire – by the book of life (Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 5:19; II Corinthians 5:21). But it is by personal righteousness you avoid death of your fellowship with God (James 5:19-20; Revelation 3:1), bodily death by chastening (I Corinthians 11:28-34), and lay hold of eternal life (Psalm 15:1-5; I Timothy 6:11-12).

While many do not understand the importance of personal righteousness, it is the certain emphasis of God’s word. The modern invention of a mere decision determining your eternal destiny is heresy. Believing and calling on the name of Jesus Christ are nothing without obedience to His commandments (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:46; John 5:29; Acts 10:34-35; Philippians 3:8-14; I Timothy 6:17-19; Hebrew 5:9; James 2:14-16; II Peter 1:5-11).

Do you envy the treasures of the wicked? Do you wish for their pleasures, riches, and comforts? The exchange is not nearly worth it. Solomon judged, “Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.” – Proverbs 16:8. And Jesus confirmed it by teaching, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”Matthew 16:26.

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SPIRITUAL RENEWAL IS ESSENTIAL

Scripture:

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

 

Message:

From time to time it is necessary to take a break in order to refresh yourself and prevent burnout. Jesus often withdrew Himself from the masses and from society so that He could be alone with Hi Father.

It is even more necessary for us to spend time with our heavenly Father. It is in those precious moments when you spend quiet time with God, that you will discover the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. He will fill the empty reservoirs of your life and you will return to the world refreshed, bearing testimony of Him with the new strength and energy that you have drawn from the Source.

 

 

Prayer:

Lord, fill me with Your Spirit. I ask for comfort, strength and guidance – all to your glory. Amen.

 

 

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotion.