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Rev. E. Anderson

WHAT’S GOD CALLED YOU TO DO?

Taken from the Word for Today

When asked, ‘Who are you?’ John the Baptist replied, ‘…The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord…’ (v. 23 NKJV). After listening to John for a while, his disciples left him to follow Christ. And that was okay with John, because he knew what he was called to do. Do you? You can only go on for so long ‘trying things.’ At some point you’ve got to discover what God’s called you to do and give yourself fully to it.

Apparently Paul wasn’t a particularly great speaker: ‘I came to you…timid and trembling…my message and my preaching were very plain…’ (1Corinthians 2:3-4 NLT). But what Paul lacked as a speaker, he more than compensated for as a writer. He wrote the inspired word that enabled others to preach! Something so powerful was released through Paul’s writings that even when they threw him in jail he didn’t ask for a lawyer or a gourmet meal because he was tired of prison food. No, he wanted paper so that he could keep writing. In fact, Paul wrote all the way to the end of his life. And because he did, lives are still being changed today. What a legacy! And all because one man discovered his calling and devoted himself to it.

So the question is: Have you discovered your calling and devoted yourself to it? George Bernard Shaw wrote: ‘Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I get to hold for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before turning it over to future generations.’

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message by rick warren

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Rev. Rick Warren

DON’T LIVE WITH REGRETS AND SHAME

“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.” (Ephesians 5:25-26 NIV)

You don’t have to live with guilt, regret, or shame anymore. Too many people are stuck with memories from their past that they can’t get over. Either you’ve been hurt and have resentment or you’ve hurt someone else and you have guilt.

God doesn’t want you to carry that heavy baggage throughout your life. He wants you to be free. That’s one reason God gave us the Bible. He uses his Word to eradicate our guilt.

I remember many years ago, when I was preaching, a woman came up to me in tears. She began to pour out a very sad story to me, complete with all the bad mistakes she had made. She was distraught and weeping profusely. She kept saying how very guilty she felt.

Then I read her 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (NIV). It’s the soap-dish verse. God says he’ll give you a bath; he’ll get rid of the dirt on your life, forgive you, and wipe away your sins.

Then I took her to Romans 8:1: “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (NIV). She asked, “You mean all the things I’ve done wrong in my life, God’s not going to punish me for?” Nope. “Why?” she asked. Because Jesus paid for those things. “What about those I’ll commit tomorrow?” she asked. Jesus paid for those, too.

God’s Word cleanses the dirt, cleans up my mind, and washes my body. It gets all the dirt, the junk, the grime, the grit, the shame, and the sin out of my life.

The Bible says in Ephesians 5:25-26: “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word” (NIV).

TALK ABOUT IT

– God has promised to forgive your sin. Have you asked him to forgive you?

– How do you think your life would change if you accepted God’s grace and forgiveness and let go of your regret?

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message of note

RT Kendall

 

 

 

 

Rev. R. T. Kendall

WHY YOU NEED TO FORGIVE YOURSELF

Have you ever felt guilty at the thought of totally forgiving yourself? I have. The idea is this. What I have done is so horrible that I do not deserve to be set free from guilt. It would be irresponsible to forgive myself totally and not look back. I must pay for my failure. I must see that I get justice.

The same is true in forgiving others. We are afraid they will not get justice. To forgive them sets them free and there­fore means they may not get punished. When my friend, Josif Tson, said to me: “RT, you must totally forgive them,” I was not happy. But I knew he was right. I took his advice and was set free with a peace

I had forgotten about. I have to tell you, I went back and forth, back and forth, for months. The peace would come and go in direct proportion to my attitude toward those who had hurt Louise and me.

I’m sorry it took a while, but I came to a conclusion: the peace is better! The way forward is to set such a high value on the peace you get from total forgiveness that you prefer the peace more than their be­ing punished.

Before we proceed, I must further clarify what the implications are when we totally forgive ourselves. It is not only letting ourselves off the hook but also setting ourselves free from any sense of punishment. This includes accepting our­selves as we are and never looking back. It is letting the past be past.

Here are ten reasons why you should forgive yourself:

1. It is precisely what God wants us to do. This is what many of us have difficulty believing, but it is a sin against God not to forgive ourselves (Ephesians 4:31-32).

2. Satan does not want us to forgive ourselves. I believe that one of the ways to know the will of God is to imagine what the devil would want us to do – then do the opposite.

3. You will have inner peace and freedom from the bondage of guilt. There is nothing to compare with the peace and freedom that comes from total forgiveness. Are you weighed down with guilt over the past? It does not need to last. 4. The degree to which you forgive yourself may directly relate to your usefulness. I can tell you that totally forgiving myself and forgiving others have been a lifeline to the anointing of the Spirit.

5. Totally forgiving yourself will help you love people more. People who do not totally forgive those who hurt them often do not like themselves. It is not surpris­ing, then, that they struggle with liking people.

6. People will like you more when you have forgiven yourself. Not forgiving yourself is an exhibition of the wrong kind of self-love. Self-love is preoccupation with your personal desires; loving yourself is respecting yourself as God intends.

7. It will enable you to fulfil all God has in mind for you and thus keep you from be­ing paralysed by the past. When you truly believe you are forgiven and you have totally forgiven yourself, it shows. People will want what you have.

8. Your own physical health can be at stake. It has been proven by medical research that holding a grudge can injure your health. Not forgiving yourself is bad for your health, too. This is because you are holding a grudge against yourself!

9. Your mental and emotional health is at stake. The main problem all counsellors face – whether their clients have religious backgrounds or not – is that of guilt. It pleases God for his people to have good mental health. Forgiving ourselves is a good place to start.

10. You should forgive yourself because your spiritual state is at stake. There is an inseparable connection between our spir­itual health and a good relationship with the Holy Spirit. Forgiving ourselves helps ensure that the anointing is on us; not doing so means that we forfeit a measure of his presence.

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