SERVING CONTINUALLY

When educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom, researching how to develop talent in young people, examined the childhoods of 120 elite performers – athletes, artists, scholars – he found that all of them had one thing in common: they had practiced intensively for long periods of time.

Bloom’s research suggests that growing in any area of our lives requires discipline. In our walk with God, too, cultivating the spiritual discipline of regularly spending time with Him is one way we can grow in our trust in Him.

Daniel is a good example of some one who prioritized a disciplined walk with God. As a young person, Daniel started making careful and wise decisions. He also was committed to praying regularly, “giving thanks to God”. His frequent seeking of God resulted in a life in which his faith was easily recognized by those around him. In fact, king Darius described him as a person who served God “continually”.

Like Daniel, we desperately need God. How good to know that God works in us so that we long to spend time with Him!. So let us come every day before God, trusting that our time with Him will result in a love that will overflow more and more in a growing knowledge and understanding of our saviour.

TIME WITH GOD TRANSFORMS US.

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 3

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DAVID LIVINGSTONE(1813 – 1873) : SHINE IN THE DARK

Yes. As you think it was really a dark continent. That was Africa. But now?

David Livingstone entered there. He made the Dark Continent to glow. He was the best among the pioneering missionaries who served in Africa. He tirelessly served for 33 years. Africa was famous for slave trading. Livingstone completely eradicated the trade. He put an end to all the atrocities. He revived Africa. He gave his life. Livingstone was a Doctor, people’s benefactor, inventor, above all he lived like Jesus.

He walked nearly 29000 miles and revealed to the world many great truths. Many parts of Africa were discovered by him. He went to the nook and corner of Africa and conducted research on ‘Animals and Plants’.

He was simple but strong, he succeeded in all he ventured. Dangers and obstacles were troubled unable to stop his swift movements. The tribe of Africa looked upon Livingstone as living Jesus Christ. He moved with everyone either Black or White, without any bias but with affection. He brought in equality.

Large numbers of ministries are established only in Africa compared to any other country. The fore runner for this was the dedicated missionary David Livingstone. He entered into glory on 01.05.1873.

KINGDOM CITIZEN

Where you live changes how you live. That includes small things like knowing when to put the bins out for collection. And big things , like talking respectfully to your lower level peoples , talking confidently to higher level peoples , being free from worldly lusts.

It’s important to remember that God has brought us into the “kingdom of the Son”. Being part of His ‘neighbourhood’ really should affect how we live! People should watch how we act and be able to tell there is something different about us. This is why Paul reminds us that God’s kingdom is not about following rules or arguing over church stuff. It’s about “righteousness, peace and joy”. Living by God’s right ways, living to be peacemakers and living thankfully because of all God has done are what kingdom life is all about. And, when we live like this, our lives please God and show love to others.

Sounds like the kind of neighbourhood anyone would love to live in!

IF YOU’RE PART OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOU LIVE.

HELICOPTER SEEDS

When we were young, we loved trying to catch the “helicopter seeds” that fell from the Maple trees. Each seed resembles a wing. In late spring they twirl to the ground like a helicopter’s rotor blades. The seeds’ purpose is not to fly, but to fall to earth and grow into trees.

Before Jesus was crucified, He told His followers, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds”

While Jesus’s disciples wanted Him to be honoured as the Messiah, He came to give His life so we could be forgiven and transformed through faith in Him.

As Jesus’s followers, we hear His words, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servants also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me”

Helicopter seeds can point us to the miracles of Jesus, the Saviour, who died that we might live for Him.

JESUS CALLS US TO GIVE OUR LIVES IN SERVING HIM.

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 2

PART 1 : https://johnranjit.wordpress.com/2020/08/18/biographies-of-soul-winners/

SAINT JOAN OF ARC

A young woman of 19 years was bound to a tree and set on fire. As the cruel men gazed in merry, in the middle of the flames her lips were murmuring Jesus, and Jesus. Her soul left the body to be consumed by the fire.

She began to receive the messages from God right from her 16th year. She used to convey the prophetical revelations to the people. One particular day she received a command to help the King of France to retrieve his country. On the command Joan started with courage. She cut her hair short. She dressed like a soldier. She explained to the King of her mission. The clergy made fun of Joan. They mocked her, what this damsel can achieve. The King thought about it. He gave her a battalion. With the battalion she captured the city of Orleans.

She achieved victory for four times. The clergy began to doubt Joan. They could not tolerate God speaking with a little girl and not to them. They condemned her as a cheat. She was expunged from the church.

She emphatically addressed all the allegations levelled against her. This made the clergy to tremble. But they finally condemned her to death.

Joan compiled her life, She accomplished the command of God to her. She attained saint hood.

Just Ponder , Have we identified our commission?

THE WILL TO LEARN

One of the things that makes a study of the mind so fascinating is that its territory is still very largely unknown country.

Science has established general principles along which the mind works. We know with fair accuracy how various processes – such as memory – take place, upon what factors they depend, and how we may best use our known powers to attain our ends.

But our knowledge of the mind is not comparable to our knowledge of the body. We know fairly exactly the limits of our bodily powers. A trained athlete, for example, can only jump about six feet, or run a hundred yards in about ten seconds.

It is safe to assume that no one will ever clear ten feet, or do the hundred yards in five seconds. But when we come to the mind we know only very vaguely the common everyday limits to its powers. About the limits of its possible powers we know practically nothing at all.

When all the fraud and superstition are eliminated from Spiritualism and psychic investigations, there remains enough scientific knowledge to make us wonder if there are any limits at all.

Telepathy, for instance, is a scientifically established fact.

Will-Power, with which we shall have to deal fully at a later date, seems capable of tapping an inexhaustible supply of energy.

Since the first part of the memory process is the learning of the facts, it is important that the will should be given an impetus and not act as a brake.

“The will to learn” is a scientific way of saying, “You never know what you can do till you try.”

If you learn with zest and vigour you will remember with ease.

  • SECRETS OF SUCCESS – E.R. THOMPSON

TRUTH VS LIES

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him.

Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me” (John 8:44-45)

In this passage , Jesus is obviously speaking to a specific group of unbelievers in this passage, but his words are crucial for all believers since we are constantly engaged in spiritual warfare (Eph 6:10-17).

The devil’s single most destructive weapon against us is lies, and he is all too thrilled to use a variety of messengers to deliver them. Sadly, his most active messenger in our lives is .. us! We constantly talk to ourselves about God, ourselves, and others, and the devil loves to fill our self-talk with half truths twisted together with verses taken out of context. Although we are constantly encouraged by the world to “trust our hearts” (A really bad idea – “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? : Jer 17:9), there is only one voice that is one hundred percent reliable.

Jesus always speaks the truth! His word is truth, No wonder that every first piece of armour Paul mentions in our fight against the devil is the “belt of truth”(Eph 6:14).

May God give us a passion to fight everyday for the freedom which comes by walking in the perfectly reliable truth of God’s word! “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciple of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31-32.

Daily Devotion

THE EAGLE’S VISION

POSITIVE SELF DIMENSION

As we enter the 21st century, innovators and visionaries will replace the predators and intimidators. Independence will be replaced by interdependence. The winners will be champions of cooperation rather than tooth-and-claw competition. The most competitive force is to always give more in the service you render than you expect to receive. Rising expectations of developing nations and consumers make it mandatory that we never rest on our past laurels or take success for granted.

The eagle is the symbol for quiet power and scope. We must open our lenses, like the eagle, to see the forest and the trees, and to spot opportunities to create synergy by joining individual parts of our lives to make a greater more dynamic whole person – a person who understands the meaning of team and time.

Winners live by the win-win ethic because their security is not based on externals. If your self-esteem is based on externals, your work or your wealth is your worth; a setback becomes a failure; someone else’s win means your loss; and if you aren’t number one, then you’re no good. But for true champions, a loss is a learning experience; and failure, like fertilizer, makes things grow faster in the future. Over time, good seeds, planted in good soil, yield fruit.

If you have internal strength, external setbacks won’t keep you down very long.

Denis Waitley – The Psychology of Winning.

THE LORD SPEAKS

We can find nearly every argument in the book of Job about why there is pain in the world, but the arguing never seems to help Job much. His is a crisis of relationship more than a crisis of doubt. Can he trust God? Job wants one thing above all else: an appearance by the one Person who can explain his miserable fate. He wants to meet God Himself, face to face.

Eventually Job gets his wish. God shows up in person(JOB 38:1). He times His entrance with perfect irony, just as Job’s friend Elihu is expounding on why Job has no right to expect a visit from God.

No one – not Job, nor any of his friends – is prepared for what God has to say. Job has saved up a long list of questions, but it is God, not Job, who asks the questions. “Brace yourself like a man,” He begins;”I will question you, and you shall answer me”. Brushing aside thirty-five chapters’ worth of debates on the problem of pain, God plunges into a majestic poem on the wonders of the natural world.

God’s speech defines the vast difference between the God of all creation and one puny man like Job. His presence spectacularly answers Job’s biggest question: Is anybody out there? Job can only respond, “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know”

NO CALAMITY IS BEYOND GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY