SHM REFLECTIONS_We Need To Be More Humble!

My dear friends, how has your week been? Great, I hope. Mine has been wonderful, thank God.

For as many who are saved we are led by the Spirit, we are the sons of God; heirs of His kingdom, joint heirs with The Lord Jesus Christ. The consequence of this salvation is a new life, a clean slate to begin a glorious journey that will continue after the death of our physical bodies.

Another spin off of our saved status is that we are empowered to live above principalities, above powers, above the rulers of dark places in this world, above all manner of spiritual wickedness. In addition, we have access to His silver and gold, to His cattle upon thousands of hills. In effect, we are wired to live as salt of this earth and it’s light! No physical or spiritual powers can dominate us without our consent. Ain’t that great? Hallelujah, glory to God!

HOWEVER, I have been walking with the Lord a while now and this I know – all the above benefits can easily lead to PRIDE, of the subtle and apparent varieties! No?

My dear friends, we still look down on sinners, we preach down at them, do we not? Rather than reach out to them wen in their mess as Christ did to us, we sneer and look at them with reproving eyes! We brag about our resources, do we not? We consider the financially weak as pests, yes we do! We flaunt God’s wealth invested in us for the help of the needy with items of worldly value, do we not? Yet, we justify it by saying our God is not poor, yes we do!

AND WE WONDER WHY MANY WANDER AWAY FROM CHRIST AND HIS GOOD NEWS? We need a heavy dose of ‘humility serum’ We need constant shots of compassion inoculations, yes we do. The gospel of good news and abundant life for all is being lost in the narrative of how own salvation! I am afraid that was not the model of #JesusChrist. WE NEED TO BE MORE HUMBLE. And the frontline is your heart, dear friend!

If you agree, please pass on. We love you! Shalom.

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SHM REFLECTIONS – Pastor Disguises to Teach Christs’ Love … WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE IF YOU WERE IN THAT CONGREGATION?

Homeless Man Gives Church a True Meaning Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It’s something you live by and share with others Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured to the left) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning.

He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service….only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food….NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back.

He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him. As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation……..”We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek”….The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation…..The homeless man sitting in the back stood up…..and started walking down the aisle…..the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him….he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment….then he recited:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning…many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame…. he then said….Today I see a gathering of people……not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples…when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week…….Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It’s something you live by and share with others.

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE IF YOU WERE IN THAT CONGREGATION?

SHM Weekly Message_2013 Week 07_What Is True Love?

Today, we should be posting the continuation of our series on 12 Keys To Better At Your Task in 2013, Part 3; but instead we would be talking about love. Next week by His grace, the series will continue.

My dear friends, no day dawns without God arranging for you and me to show love to another person. Not a single day. You will find that person on your way to work, at work, in your academic environment or your local assembly.

How well do we fare, you and I in showing the true love, that sacrificial love that puts the other first? Do we men, as sons, brothers, husbands, cousins, etc. show it? Do you as a daughter, sister, wife, cousin so it?

Today, the world has turned what agape love really is into erotic love, and in the process has commercialized and cheapened it. True love, Agape in nature and description does not, nay, cannot wait for a day named after a human being like you, Valentinus to show love. It is shown every day, from husbands to wives, no matter what her body shape is now, no matter the state of her finances, and I dare say vice versa! True love seeks in the weak to help, the homeless to shelter, the abused to comfort.

A brief history of what is now a day marked by the world as a day of love revolved round one Valentinus, an early Christian martyr who was murdered for amongst other things, arranging secret weddings for Roman soldiers who were denied the right to be married. However, this day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of an English Poet, Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into a romantic occasion when lovers (note it does not emphasise lawfully married couples) expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.

Today however, it has become a commercial bonanza without bounds and limits. Today, all over the world hotels and chalets will be fully booked; in many of those places, immorality will be at its peak; and while Satan haves a good laugh, heaven will watch embarrassed; because THIS IS NOT THE EXPRESSION OF LOVE!

My dear and wonderful friends, if today (February 14th) is the day mankind has set aside to show love (a different genus thereof!), then any wonder why our world is as it is? JUST MUSING ALOUD, my dear friends.

Whatever you choose to use today to do, be safe. Aii?

Love you all lots! Shalom.15432088-love-a-people-give-anoher-one-a-heart

SHM Weekend Tonic_16th November 2012_LEARN TO LOVE YOUR TRADUCERS

This is how the Contemporary English Version (CEV) puts Ecclesiastes 5 vs. 3 – “If you keep thinking about something, you will dream about it. If you talk too much, you will say the wrong thing”.

My dear friends, this week, our charge to you has been for you to show love to at least one person who had before now been unkind to you, in whatever way or form. Have you been able to do this? I thank God for your life if you have been able to. Your step of faith will lead you to a place of peace IJMN. For walking in love, the God of love will manifest His presence in needed areas of your life IJMN.

For as many who still struggle with this love charge let me encourage you as we head into the weekend by taking another look at Ecclesiastes 5:3. To bring yourself to the point of reaching out to those who might have despitefully used you (Luke 6:28), try to keep your thoughts on the charge to reach out in love to them. Focus on it like a laser beam, let it dominate your thoughts, your quiet moments. You will realize that as you persist with this, any negative emotions you may still harbor towards such a person or situation will GRADUALLY begin to give way! You will begin the journey to reconcile yourself to the purpose of the charge – reaching out.

To get to this point, you should try not to TALK about it, just THINK about it. The danger in talking about it is that the words that you speak, which will naturally align with any residual negative emotions would jeopardize any possibility of reaching out. As you think forgiveness and reaching out, your mind begins to reconcile to the very notion, BECAUSE YOU BECOME WHAT YOU THINK (Proverbs 23:7).

The whole point of man’s existence is to show love – Mark 12:30. See, my friends, you cannot claim to love the Lord thy God whom you do not see but accept by faith, WHEN YOU CANNOT LOVE YOUR FELLOW MAN WHOM YOU SEE. Enjoy your weekend. I am sure God is waiting to be good to you. Shalom.

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SHM WEEKLY CHARGE_Week 46.

Good morning my dear friends. Hope you had a restful weekend? Can I encourage you this week to read, meditate and make notes on this passage from 1 Peter 2:22-24? – (22) Christ did not sin or ever tell a lie. (23) Although he was abused, he never tried to get even. And when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he had faith in God, who judges fairly. (24) Christ carried the burden of our sins. He was nailed to the cross, so that we would stop sinning and start living right. By his cuts and bruises you are healed. (Contemporary English Version)

My charge to you this week is to go out of your way to show love to at least one person who had before now been unkind to you, in whatever way or form.

You say, WHAT? I say, LOVE! Would it be difficult? Definitely. Just as hard as it was for Christ to die for us all, just as hard as it was for Jehovah to suffer through His son’s supreme sacrifice! The first step is the hardest, but once you make the effort, the Holy Spirit will step in. Trust me. Been there, done that.

Would you give it a try? God bless you, my friends! I see you moving from nothing to something this week. I see help coming your way from least expected sources, because faithful is He who loves you. Have a great week. Shalom!

SHM Weekend Tonic_05/10/2012_TIME TO WAKE UP TO OUR DUTY TO LOVE.

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My dear friends, I hope your week has been blessed and profitable? I am sure God has been good to you. Today, I feel led to talk to you about LOVE, particularly our duty as those who have chosen to live a Christ-like life.

 

Life as designed by the God of the Bible is about two broad kinds of relationships – one vertical to our God through worship; the other horizontal – with all other human beings through the expression of love. This has been the template of God’s instructions to mankind since creation in the Garden of Eden. He created Eve for Adam, He charged mankind to be fruitful and multiply – all for relationship purposes. Genesis 1 – 3. That was the essence of the ten (10) commandments. Exodus 20: 1-17; which when broken down is about these two relationships – to God (commandments 1 -4); to other men (commandments 5-10). This was explained more plainly by the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 22: 37-40.

 

How come therefore, my friends do some of us live our lives as if forming or nurturing these relationships (to God and fellow men) is an afterthought? How do we do this? Simple enough. By acting as if relationships are some things to be SQUEEZED INTO OUR BUSY SCHEDULES. Have you not heard family and friends talk about FINDING TIME FOR their spouses or children; creating time for relatives or even fellowship with other brethren? Let me make bold to paraphrase Apostle Paul – life without love relationships is really worthless.1 Cor. 13: 3.

 

My dear friends, each of us needs to develop capacity to spend our time, expend our energy and give our attention to relationships for which we were created in the first place. I appreciate that we live busy lives and keep tight schedules, but we must never be too busy to worship the Lord, never be too tired to nurture our spousal and parental relationships, and our relationships with those within the kingdom, and develop relationships with THOSE OUTSIDE the kingdom of God! On the last point, how easy my friends is it for some of us to judge and/or pay little attention to drug addicts, the sexually enslaved, or those laboring under the yoke of one addiction or the other?

 

Believe me, if the purpose of our salvation was only to get to heaven, every saved soul would have been raptured the moment we gave our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. But it is not so. We are still here – to follow through with God’s plan to reach the world through the love of the gospel of Christ. Remember that He set the precedent when He sacrificially gave us Jesus Christ because He loved us. John 3: 16. And that is the basis of His renewed relationship with mankind. And that is what we are now charged to do. Matthew 28:18-20.

 

The only way to commit to love is to invest time in it. So, I encourage you dear readers, find time for that spouse, for that child, for that parent, for that sick neighbour, for the widows around you, for the homeless. Find time for developing and nurturing friendships. The essence of love that the Lord Jesus Christ showed at Calvary is not what we think, do, or provide for others but HOW MUCH WE GIVE OF OURSELVES. John 15: 13. A recent survey has shown that the most desired gift by human beings crave of love is concentrated attention; not diamonds, not roses, not chocolate, not racy cars as pop culture would have us believe.

 

So, my dear friends, enough already of rationing our attention to our relationships. As Christ gave His all, I encourage you to give your greatest resource – your time, to your relationships, both to God and to your fellow men. That was Christ’s example. Ephesians 5: 2. A wise man once said, everybody can give without loving, but nobody can love without giving. As every act of love involves giving, I charge you my dear and worthy friends to give your time to those relationships. God bless you. Have a great weekend. You were created to excel and excel you shall IJMN.

 

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