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Tell It and Then Walk Away

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 New International Version.

The interesting thing about this story is that Jesus told a simple and easy to understand parable so everybody could understand what He was saying. At the end of it He just got up and walked away. I believe He did this to give the people time to digest what He was saying.

Now that was not the end of it though.

After His resurrection when His disciples came sharing His story the people were more receptive to accepting it.

SHARE THE WORD

So too it is with us

When we share the story with people of Jesus why not make it as simple as possible for them to understand the message and then just leave them alone to think about it?

Do not try to get them to accept Jesus right then and there. That is a huge mistake too many Christians make. Do not use pressure tactics. Jesus never did, why should you?

If they are receptive, the Holy Spirit will guide them to where they can learn more. Maybe it will be you, maybe someone else.

If they are not receptive to Jesus’ story they will not listen anyway and it is a waste of both your time and usually ends up with nothing but frustration on both parties’ behalf.

I have met too many people that just at the mention of Jesus’ name it is an instant turn off because of the pressure tactics that was tried on them previously.

Not only that but maybe they are not ready to accept Jesus just then.

Prayer: Please Jesus Pryyand (Jesus my friend) guide me on how to share you with others and the best time to just walk away. I sincerely ask this in Your loving name. Amen

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ precious love bless you today and every day.

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We Shall Reap.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 New King James Version

We all go through it don’t we?

We all go though those times when it seems as if there is no progress in our service unto Jehovah. We wonder if we are doing any good. Trust me from my experience we will be shocked when we get to Heaven how many are there because of the words or actions we took in this life. When I was a teacher in Asia I would live the Christian life and freely talk about walking the Christian walk when they curiously asked me why I was different from the other teachers. Most laughed at me and I wondered if I was getting through to any at all. It was very difficult. At the end of the semester there would always be a handful of students that quietly came to me and informed me that they accepted Jesus into their lives because of my example. Oh did my heart ever jump for joy. I often wonder how many accepted Jesus later on in life because of the seeds I sowed. We may not see the harvest of our planting in this life but please do not ever give up planting those seeds.

We also wonder what will happen to us as we age and have no money set aside for retirement because we have spent a lifetime in service to Christ.

I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken. Psalm 37:25 New King James Version

GOD PROVIDES

Now in my elder years this is my rock of hope that is my mantra. Folks ask me what is going to happen in a few years because I have no money set aside (The funny thing is that every time I saved a nice little nest egg something would come around and wipe it out. I believe Jehovah did this to keep me dependent upon Him instead of being dependent upon a retirement fund.) to depend upon in retirement.

I firmly believe in the saying: “What goes around will come around.”   Even stronger is my believe that Jehovah God is real and that I am His child. What father would not take care of their child?

The same goes for Jesus. I have spent over thirty years faithfully serving Him. I strongly believe He will always take care of me.

I pray this article has been of comfort and strength to all in the service of our Heavenly King.

 

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Chatsahi (The Lord is my Strength) for blessing me with Your divine strength, comfort, encouragement, peace, love and joy as I humbly serve You. Thank you for promising to care for me in my elder years and look forward to seeing the beautiful flowers that I have sown in my service to You. I exalt You in the name of He who served You so admirably here on earth in His ministry Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ beautiful love bless you today and every day.


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To Get Riches.

 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.1 Peter 3:8 New King James Version

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.—Sherry Anderson

How would you like the idea of enjoying astonishing riches. 

The best way is to volunteer. The unlimited supply of delightful joy this brings is immeasurable.

I spent ten years of volunteering in Hospitals in Ontario. Those truly were the best years of my life. Yes there was the gratitude of the nurses and doctors. There was a wonderful feeling of the fact that I made the world a better place for those less fortunate than me. But there was also a wonderful sense of the joy that can only be gained by helping someone. 

For those of you who are just graduating from school or the unemployed it is also a great place to make contacts to get a job.

For seniors it is a great place to use the skills you have honed over the years to pass on to the younger generation .

In both cases it also prevent depression from slowly eating away the joy in your life.

SHARING

Come on, there is an unlimited supply of opportunities to serve. Why not volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen to help you realize how blessed you are. Why not be a reading buddy with a child in a local school. Why not visit seniors or volunteer with meals on wheels. Why not volunteer at your local Salvation Army Thrift store. 

When you begin volunteering it may be difficult at first, but hang in there. If it doesn’t work out try someplace else.
I believe it should be mandatory for all middle and high school students to participate in some form of volunteer work as part of their curriculum.

I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. Mark 9:41

Prayer: Oh Jehovah our God of love, please guide me to where my skills can best meet the needs to serve others, there by serve You. After all didn’t Jesus say;” Do not think the Son of man came to BE served, but rather the son of man came TO serve. In His kindhearted name I pray. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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It is them or Him

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR

The world says the more you take the more you have. Christ says the more you give the more you are. Joseph- Anthony: Green

People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:2-5 New International Version

Is that not the world’s way, to climb over others just to get to the top?

Don’t forget those are people and all the while you are climbing up that ladder you are constantly looking over your shoulder to see who is trying to climb over you. Isn’t that a backstabbing world? Who can you trust? What kind of friends do you have? When they have gotten all they can get from you they throw you away like yesterdays rubbish.

What kind of life is that?

Now how can you give?

Although today we do not have a lot of spare cash laying around there are plenty of other ways to give.

Why not go online and be a prayer partner? Why not volunteer at a seniors home? Why not be a reading buddy at a school and help a child? Of course there is always the soup kitchens and food banks. Why not volunteer to help keep a trail clean?

I have found that the more I give the more I have. The more joy I have in my life. The more fellowship I have with Christ and the more fulfilling my life is. This is where you store up your best investments, the treasures of Heaven.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 New International Version.

Prayer: Please Jehovah Jireh (God our provider) provide me the opportunities to serve You by serving others. I know this will enrichen me both here and now and in Heaven. I humbly request this in the name of the greatest treasure Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ precious love bless you today and every day.


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You Have to Share it to Get It

LET ME SHOW KINDNESS

Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. Exodus 16:19-20 New International Version

The Lord brought the Israelites enough food for each day. Some people refused to listen and hoarded more than they needed and it became destroyed.

How many times do we do the same thing?

The Lord provides enough for us but instead of sharing our excess we hoard them.

Look at our money, how many people share with the needy their excess compared to how many either hoard it in the bank or spend it on themselves?

How many people have so much stuff they must rent storage space instead of giving to the needy?

The blessings then become a curse as we become more concerned about our stuff than being appreciative of the Lords blessings and sharing them?

Beware.

The Lord will take those blessings away from you.

If you desire the Lords blessing you must have a heart of gratitude and sharing.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 2 Corinthians 9:12-13 New International Version

On the flip side the Lord commanded them to gather enough on the sixth day so that they would rest on the seventh. Again, some people refused to listen and when they went out on the seventh there was no manna.

Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none Exodus 16:27 New International Version

How many times should we save for a rainy day but do not, then when the hard times come we have no manna?

Isn’t it interesting that the place where they were wandering is called the desert of sin?

Prayer: Please Jehovah Jireh (God our provider) bless me with the wisdom to know how, when and where to invest the excess finances You have blessed me with in a way that brings praise to You and brings the lost sheep to You. As well my love, please bless me with the wisdom to make wise investments to be available when the cubboards are empty. I humbly request this in the name of He who invested His earthly life in His service to You Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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But You Did.

DEPEND UPON THE LIVING WATERS

 

And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’  Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did Genesis 18:10-15 New King James Version

 

Notice how when Sarah heard Jehovah was promising to do the impossible  Sarah insulted Jehovah by laughing. When Jehovah called her out on it she denied it. Is that not a stupid thing to do?

 

But, how many times do we do the same thing?

When Jehovah promises to do what we consider impossible we insult Him and laugh and say:” No way, there is no way You and accomplish such a thing it is impossible!”

Is that not a lack of faith?

Jehovah is not angry with us because He knows our minds cannot grasp His true awesomeness and power.

 

When we commit an offence against another and or Jehovah how many times do we deny it even when we know it is a blatant lie?

So many times I have felt like banging someone’s head against the wall and screaming you know what you did so stop lying.

Now I have learned to just state the fact and walk away. They know they are not getting away with it and it prevents a lot of frustration and anger.  The problem is left in Jehovahs hands and as much as they try to deny it with Him, He will deliver true justice to the offender.

Concerning us, as much as we disbelieve Jehovahs promises they will come to pass. When they do our awe, respect and love for Him grows as does our faith in Him.

God promises and He always delivers on His promises. Joseph- Anthony: Green

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord our Provider) for the countless blessing You have so generously bestowed upon this child of Yours. Please forgive me when in lack of faith I doubt Your powerful love and ability to bless me and fulfill Your holy promises unto me. I exalt You in the name of He who fulfilled His promise when He did the impossible and rose from the dead to become our Divine King and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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Rely on Him.

WAIT

Rely on Him not you.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing …” (Proverbs 3:5-10 New International Version).

The right way, the only way. Rely on Him not you.

Before I make any decisions I always try to follow a Jewish tradition. That is, to wait three days before making and decisions and pray and read the Bible.

One time a really nice contract was offered to me. I wanted it bad but was told to decide right then and there. I chose to walk away because not being offered the chance to wait and pray. It was crushing. Another teacher laughed and took the contract. For three months he was laughing at me and bragging about how good the contract was. Then, the company started demanding more and more from him and began cheating him worse and worse on his wages (a common occurrence here). He begged me to find some way he could get out of the contract to no avail.

There was a so called Christian preacher that I really liked and wanted to have a friendship with him. Then he started asking personal questions I felt uncomfortable with and decided to wait and pray before sharing this information with him. The answer was to avoid him like the plague which was very difficult as he seemed like such a cool guy. Turns out he was a charlatan and only wanted the information to control and domineer me like he was doing to some others.

We see a little, God sees the complete picture. That is why it is of the utmost importance to always wait and pray and read your Bible, then to obey. It will be hard but from my experience it has resulted in a LOT less grief and trouble.

It is like someone wants to sell you a gold mine but really it is just a swamp. The seller may show you little gold flakes and claim he is too old to mine it anymore but is doing you a favour. Instead of going and asking the local mayor who knows everything and is honest and would inform you the cretin is really a snake oil salesman, you rashly and foolishly buy the mine. You end up with a swamp while the snake ends up with all your money.

Giving it all to Christ is the best and smartest move of your life. Joseph- Anthony: Green

Prayer: Please Jehovah Jireh (God our provider) always provide me with the patience, wisdom and strength to wait and call upon You before I any decisions. Then my beloved give me the strength to follow through on Your wise choices. I ask this in the name of the greatest councilor Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.