Success with eternal consequence….
Luke 8:13 And those upon the rock [are the people] who, when they hear [the Word], receive and welcome it with joy; but these have no root. They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation fall away (withdraw and stand aloof).
John Maxwell calls it, ‘The Law of Buy In’, in his book “The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership.”
I see it in the successful.…
We preach the Word to them of God’s kingdom, but it is contrary to the way they do things, and ‘they withdraw and stand aloof’.
Question is always: Will we do it God’s way, and reap eternal rewards, or fall back to the compromised, negotiated, slippery ways we have grown so accustomed to?
Gotta step up and step out in Jesus, endure the humility that comes from the trial, and do it His way.
“The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” Lilly Tomlin
Heard one leader say to another: “You got to do it this way, now, if you want to survive in the rat race!”
Quietly, the elder man said: ‘I’m not a rat, I’m running a completely different race”
Might look like you are losing in the rat race for awhile, but hey, you are not a rat, you are a child of the King, run your race for Him for He is worthy!
‘Father, bring truth into my life, and reveal Your way to me, no matter how contrary it may appear to the way I was raised or instructed. As You do, please grant me the courage and boldness to do what You show me, no compromise, no fan-fare, for Your glory. I ask this Sir, knowing I am heard and answered, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen!’
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Give in faith!
1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?
1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.
Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.
I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…
As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.
Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.
I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….
I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.
Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:
Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies
It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!
Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!