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Digging The Word

Diggind the WORDLuke 6:46-49  “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.

He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Yesterday I looked at the transforming power of God’s word, how it will shape your thinking, show you absolute truth, and give you wisdom that will show you God’s will. Here is another benefit of digging the word each day: God’s Word provides an unmovable footing for your life.

There is only one good way to build and that is to be sure that you have a firm foundation. What is true in construction of buildings is also true of anybody wanting to build their lives in a manner that will survive when disaster comes. Nobody should base their life on a house of cards that can be blown away by the slightest breeze.

Jesus expected his followers to be the real deal that didn’t just give lip service to his teaching but didn’t follow through. If I cry out to him and say “Lord, Lord” on Sunday morning but I walk into the office on Monday and don’t live out his commands then I have not set my foundation on the solid rock.

Digging the word each day is the discipline that will give you the knowledge of God’s will but Jesus said that you still have to follow through and put his words into practice. Walking around with this pseudo-spirituality, being holier-than-thou is a trap of the devil that will keep you from having an eternal impact for good on the mission field around you.

Thank you for your word, thank you for the desire to study your word each day. Help me to put what I have learned each day into practice.

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Jan

Amazing!

amazingAt the risk of sounding like a simple cliché, I think it is worth noting that God is amazing.  Before you amen that statement, let me explain what I mean.

I think we really, really know that God is amazing, but often times live as though He’s out of style, limited in power, and may not really understand our plight.

When we think about who God is, we cognitively understand that He serves as the creator of the world.  In Genesis, we immediately understand, “In the beginning, God created…”  In a very rational way, we understand that God is omniscient, which is to say, that God knows all.  But I wonder if we allow this insight to move into an applied approach in our lives.

There are many believers who, on a day-to-day basis, are living marginal lives.  Marginal in the sense that we are almost liken to being robots.  We have a standard day-to-day routine that calls us to wake up rushing, maintain to-do lists, have canned and shallow responses to interpersonal communication, keeping people at a distance, working on and in jobs that stifle our passions and slowly suck the life out of our divine assignments.  We approach life by existing, but not necessarily thriving and actually living.  We enjoy vacations, but are still overwhelmed, tired, and have no room to breathe.  We engage in people in only transactional ways versus experiential ways.  We set goals that push us to accomplish things that appear successful for others, but not really what God calls us to.  For most of us life is no longer refreshing.

So, we know that God amazing and awesome, but we don’t always live like it.  How do make the transition from average living to a life of the amazing?

1. Spend time with God with no agenda.

In most cases, our time with God is filled with our agenda and pains, along with our idea of working for God.  Many believers struggle to engage God in a way that invites Him to freely speak to us.  Let’s make an immediate change to invite God to invest in our lives not just us unloading on Him all of the time.

2. Learn to say No!

When you become clear on God’s unique call for your life, you are able to reduce the ‘noise’ of the things that you may be doing, but are not called to do.  Take some time to evaluate what keeps you busy and running and ask “Should I be doing this?” and “Do I have God’s permission to do this right now?”  As you ask and get answers to those questions (and others), you can then say No to the things that don’t fit in your life.  Sometimes that includes people.

3. Invest in people

None of us are meant to live life alone.  None of us are meant to engage in the ups and downs in life without having someone physically to enjoy, engage, and uplift us in those times.  Too many people have accepted Christ, but have not accepted other Christians.  It is very important and highly spiritual to also be connected to the right people in life.  Invite God to send you and show you those people.

4. Pursue God’s passion for your life.

There’s no greater joy that you’ll get in life than to obey God.  At the time of your conception and development in your mother’s womb, God was uniquely crafting your unique purpose assignment in life.  Your passion in life comes from that purpose.  Pursuing that will be the only things that fulfills you to your core.

These things and others shows a clear understanding of having a fear of God.  Most of us minimally see fear as just a humble admiration for God.  But today, I invite you to see the fear of God as the ultimate igniter of pursuing everything beyond just average.  God calls us to be like Him – amazing!

“Let those who fear the Lord say:His love endures forever.”Psalm 118:4

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Jan

JUST KEEP DIGGING

The Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT)

DiggingThere is someone reading this today who feels like they’re in a place that’s almost where God would have them.  Is this you?  You’ve done all you can do, said all you can say, cried all you can cry, prayed all you can pray, believed all you can believe, recited all of the scripture that you know and have started over again.  You’ve heard people tell you just hang in there, tomorrow is another day, trouble don’t last always, He’ll never put more on you than you can bear and here’s the kicker, you’ve got to dig deep.  I have a word for you today– “you’ve got to dig deep”.  If you know that where you are is not where God intends for you to be, then you must keep digging.  If you’ve “almost” reached your goal, you’re “close” to getting back on top, you’re “close” to getting your life…

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Jan

GOFAMINT Moferere District Christmas Retreat with Pastor (Prof.) S.O. Ewuola [DGO]

The Gospel Faith Mission International (GOFAMINT)

Daddy Ewuola [DGO GOFAMINT]Christmas (old English: cristesmaesse, meaning “Christ’s mass”) is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus and a widely observed holiday, celebrated  generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the advent season and initiate the twelve days of Christmastide. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nation, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.

The popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas having a mix of pre-Christian, Christian and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday included gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal and the display of various Christmas decorations including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistle toe and holly. In addition, several…

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