Month: January 2018

Succession…Make the pass.

Making the Pass

In a Relay knowing when and how to make the pass is key to winning. Team members must resist the temptation to keep running when it’s time to pass the baton.

In the game of Football, Super-Bowl victories are won by active teamwork. A touchdown is never the work or skill of one player.

The Bible describes the Christian journey as a race and a battle. “The race is not for the swift, nor is the battle to the strong…” (Ecclesiastes 9:11).  Furthermore, Jesus said in Matthew 24:13—”He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” The end can be interpreted as the expiration of life here on earth, but the deeper reference is, to end of your leg of the race–knowing when and how to pass it on.

A most beautiful picture of encouragement is to see those who ran before, become cheerleaders and coaches for those who are still running. The greater, the level of competition or fight the greater the level of support needed.

Players don’t walk off the field after they’ve made a pass. They keep on playing–at a different position. The team needs the wisdom, counsel, and support of every player; until the purpose is accomplished. We haven’t won until we make a touchdown.

As a team, the Bible says Christians are one body made up of: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, and Teachers, Exhorters, Givers, and Helpers.

Our defined purpose is to run this race:
For the perfecting of the saints.
• For work of the ministry.
• For the edifying of the body of Christ.

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4: 11-13).

In obedience to the heavenly calling; we must understand our roles and functions in the body of Christ, only then can we work together knowing it’s never about us, but it’s all for his Glory and to his Honor. We’re only Clay Vessels in the hands of the potter.

One day, “Our earthly house of this tabernacle will be dissolved…”  Moreover, when for whatever the reason, we can no longer effectively fulfill our calling or function in the ministry–it’s time to make the pass. But before we move to the next position, it’s important to prayerfully consider a faithful successor.

Eli’s eyes grew dim, yet he held on to the priesthood. (Where there is no vision– people perish. Proverbs 29:18). God was speaking to Samuel, but Eli did not understand the matter when he should have. He stayed in office, corrupting the sanctuary of God and allowing his sons to defile the women. He died, breaking his neck, as he fell backward from off his seat. (Read 1 Samuel chapters 3 and 4).

Like Eli, too many church leaders, are holding unto positions they can no longer fulfill.  In stubborn blindness, they persist in selfish ways. They run greedily after the error of Balaam for rewards. (Jude1:11). They have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness. But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with a man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. (1Peter 2:15,16.) Also read Revelations 2:14.

Remember we in this team together, we have our specific roles to perform. God is not looking for an “MVP” (most valuable player). He desires our faithfulness to the task ahead.

We must remain committed to the body; keeping in mind it’s never about us, but all for his glory. Galatians 2:20 reminds us –“It’s no longer I, but Christ…”

If you sense the need to…Make the pass. Don’t be afraid.

 

Make the Pass…ux-hand-off

The Blessings of Obedience.

                                      Deuteronomy 28, (KJV).

1. It shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

2. And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

3. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

4. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, the fruit of thy ground, the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

5. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

6. Blessed shalt thou be when you come in, and blessed shalt thou be when you go out.

7. The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

8. The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto, and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

9. The LORD shall establish thee a holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

10. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11. And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers to give thee.

12. The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

13. And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day–to observe, and do them:

14. And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Ps. “God means what he says and says what he means.” All these blessings are promised to those who believe and are willing to obey the voice of the lord.

Abraham Believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

What’s your response?

What Is Obedience?

Obedience Is Following Instructions. 

  •  By Sign or Signal.
  •  A  Spoken Word.
  •  Written Text.

Examples:

red traffic lightSIGNAL:  A red light at an intersection means–STOP. The obedient response is to put your foot on the brake pedal, pressing into it so that the vehicle is no longer moving. It doesn’t mean slow down or pause. Stop means–stop.

comeSPOKEN:  Come…Go… (One-word commands). In obedience, you act accordingly–come or go. You heard the command, what are you waiting for?

 surgeon-general-warning WRITTEN:  In obedience, you quit smoking.

Ps. Now: Let’s Practice Obedience. Precept upon Precept.

Here Are 10 Things You Can Do Today To Practice Obedience:

1.Pray. The Bible says, Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will e added unto you. (Mathew 6:33).

2.Eat Healthy Foods.  A healthy breakfast is essential for a good start to a great day.

3. Be Safe. Whatever you do, safety always comes first.

  • Walk on the sidewalk
  • Use the crossways.
  • Always use protective gloves.
  • Wash hands after using the restroom.
  • Drive within the speed limits.
  • Stop at the stop sign.

4. Be Nice. “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.”

5. Always Ask Please?

6. Remember to say, Thank you.

7. Be On Time. If you must be at work or keep that appointment  try to be at least 10 minutes early. It’s always greatly appreciated.

8. Don’t Procrastinate. Go to the gym today, return that phone call, pay that bill, and finish what you started.

9. Thou Shalt Not Steal. If it doesn’t belong to you, don’t put it in your pocket or purse.

10. Be Grateful.  Live with an attitude of gratitude.

Practice Makes You Better… Start Today.

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Teaching Obedience to Children…  

“Obedience  is not just about rules, regulations, and punishment. It is really about cooperating with one another in order to have a safe and orderly school, home, and community. Think of the peace and freedom you enjoy when neighbors respect one another and obey the law—and the chaos that follows when there is no law and order. Obedience makes teamwork and cooperation possible by clarifying your duty and doing it to the best of your ability.

I will…