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Have You Lost IT?


What is IT? You may wonder…IT here, refers to, for example, a gift, talent, skill, your joy, your bubbly personality, a calling, etc.

Whatever IT represents to u, I ask you – Have you still got IT? Or have you lost IT?

This is a paraphrase of my Pastor’s message in church yesterday. Pastor Simon talked wide and deep, but I’m keeping my focus here on the IT matter…

One characteristic of those who have got IT and kept IT, according to Pastor Simon, is the joy of the Lord that radiates in and around them, whereas those who have lost IT are characteristically moaners, whiners, complainers, sad, depressed.

Why You May Lose IT / How to Keep IT

  • Intimacy with God is essential to keeping IT, and so prayerlessness can lead to losing IT…If you don’t stay connected and hence invigorated, you will lose IT because IT will fade away.

  • If you start to lose IT then you need to examine your prayer life, time spent with God, intimacy and relationship with God – He is our source – of life, of IT, and of all good things.

  • Keeping account of past sins also makes you lose IT. When you are obsessed with sin, you can’t be obsessed with God. God has forgiven you and wiped your slate clean, so forgive yourself, stop carrying around the shame, and move on. You are no longer under law, you are now under grace. (Is 43: 18-19)

  • Hard work is also key, to keeping IT. Faith and connection to God, without works (application), is dead. Pray, and DO something with IT if you don’t want to lose IT.

There’s application to the revelation that you receive from God.

In the parable of the talent, the master required a return from his servants whom he had given talents – more from the one(s) to whom he had given more. The servant that produced no yield LOST even the one talent that he had been given, to another, more fruitful than himself. (Matt 25:14-30)

Whenever God pours out His anointing on us, it is to equip us to DO what He has assigned us to dodon’t lose your IT to a more willing receivertake action today – trust God, and begin to apply your IT.

Be blessed!

 

 

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“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Luke 6: 41 – 42 (NIV)

A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbour hanging the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbour would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About a month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.”

The husband replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life…What we see when watching others, depends on the window through which we look.

(Source: viral email)

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When you never fail to spot something wrong with other people, stop and check yourself…it is very likely that you have a similar, perhaps even worse problem, which you should address first…then you can go help your neighbour (that is if they need your help in the first place).

For instance, I find myself getting very frustrated when other people procrastinate, and I hurry them into taking action…meanwhile I AM (NOT ANY MORE, by the grace of God) queen of procrastinators…very often delaying things that could be done immediately, and quickly…so when I catch myself judging, or trying to rush a procrastinator, I remember my own short comings and call myself to order.

How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?

She’s such a back biter – STOP! – Have you never backbitten? – How about what you said about that pretty colleague of yours? – CHECK.

He’s such a liar – STOP! Have you never told a lie? – How about the one you told to get that job? – CHECK.

First, take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

So, have you ever caught yourself trying to remove a speck from someone else’s eye when in fact you had a plank in yours? Share with us, let’s learn from your example.

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I received the following piece, written by Kenneth Copeland, from a friend…It blessed me, and I hope it does the same to you…Let us all change our routine, starting today. Enjoy!


My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them [the Words of God] not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart….Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:20-21, 23


So many people walk around saying things like, “Well, I’m just so tired…I’m so weak…Things are looking so bad.” Then suddenly, they think they’re going to jerk their faith out from under the table and raise the dead with it.


Well, they’re not going to do it because spiritual things don’t work that way. Faith needs to be taken out from under the table all right, but not to just use it to get out of a jam and then toss it aside again. Keep it in action every day so it can grow.


According to Proverbs 4, God says you must keep His Word constantly in your ears and in your heart. He says to guard your heart diligently. To be diligent means to be “hard-working, industrious, persevering.”


Why do you have to be so diligent with the Word? Because the devil is diligent with his junk. He’s constantly throwing fiery darts at you. He works diligently to make sure the world is surrounding you with fear and sickness and poverty and every other kind of garbage he can use to destroy you. But you can protect your spirit from those things by conditioning yourself to respond to every one of them with the Word of God.


Change your routine, and make a decision right now to begin that spiritual conditioning.


Start today and make speaking the Word part of your daily life.



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I am a House upon a Rock…


Yes, I am a house built upon a solid foundation of rock…when the floods come, and torrents break against me, I DO NOT SHAKE…I stand firm, because I am securely founded, upon a rock.

 

That rock, is Christ Jesus…anyone who falls on it will be broken to pieces, and anyone on whom it falls, will be crushed, winnowed, and scattered like dust.


Enemies beware!


(Luke 6: 48, Luke 20: 18 Amp)


Delving deeper:


1. Broken – reduced to fragments… ruptured, torn, fractured… interrupted, disrupted, disconnected… weakened in strength, spirit, etc…. tamed, trained, or reduced to submission… disunited or divided… ruined, bankrupt.


2. Crushed – pressed or squeezed with a force that destroys or deforms… destroyed, subdued, or suppressed utterly… overwhelmed with confusion, chagrin, or humiliation… oppressed grievously.


3. Winnowed – driven or blown away by fanning… eliminated… dispersed.


4. Scattered – dispersed, disorganized, distracted.



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(Ref. Numbers 11 – NIV Study Bible)

 

Background: God had delivered His people – The Israelites, from slavery in Egypt and was leading them on a long journey through the wilderness, to the land that He had promised to give to them.

 

For food, the Lord provided them daily, with MANNA – which was like coriander seed. After gathering as much as they needed, the people would either grind or crush it, and then cook or bake it into cakes…

 

In verse 4 of Numbers 11, the non-Israelites began to crave other food, and then the Israelites started complaining saying;

If only we had meat to eat…we remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost – also, the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!

 

It was very easy for the Israelites to enjoy the good times (freedom from slavery in Egypt, the parting of the red sea so they could get away from the Egyptians, the provision of manna, etc.) without remembering to thank God..but at the first signs of distress (not having a variety of food), they murmured, complained, and grumbled

 

Besides, it was the non-Israelites among them who started the rancourThose who do not know God and His mercies often incite those who do, to complain and grumble…we must take heed as Christians, not to allow the voice of the enemy to lead us astray.

 

The Manna was God’s gracious gift to the Israelites – a daily divine provision of heavenly food, and their rejection of His gift angered the Lord.

 

How the Israelites received the manna was to be a significant test of obedience…In view of the good things God was going to give to them, the Israelites were expected to receive the manna as a gracious gift from a merciful God, and a promise of the abundance to come.

 

By spurning the manna, the people spurned God. They were ungrateful, hence, they failed the “test”.

 

Now, please do me a little favour…just STOP for a moment. Ask yourself these questions:


How many times have I spurned God’s gracious gift?

How often have I been ungrateful for His daily provision?

Have I thanked Him for the little I have now, whilst anticipating the plenty that will come?

 

Whatever your answers are, you know what to do…

 

Lord, I repent of my ingratitude, and for ever spurning any of your gracious gifts. I thank you for EVERY blessing that you have blessed me with, and I thank you in advance, for the abundance that is coming to me. Amen.

 

***Image courtesy encouragement100.com

 

PS; Pls read First Lady’s testimony over @ the Testimony Corner…it’s a confirmation that God is still in the business of BIG miracles, and it’ll surely lift your spirits.

 


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Sometimes, we find ourselves in circumstances that are uncomfortable, perhaps even horrendous, and we think that no good can come out of such a circumstance.

At such times, I’ll recommend that we take a step backwards, seek divine insight, and then try to view the situation from a fresh perspective.

That circumstance may just be a stepping stone to greater heights and achievements…a test through which our testimonies would spring forth…

So hang onkeep pressing forwarddon’t give up or settle for second best…for though it tarry, that which is divinely yours, will surely come.

 

 

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