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Think Spot 2 January 2012

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2nd January 2012

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Think Spot 28th November 2011

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28th November 2011

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Job 23:10 “test me and I shall come forth as pure gold”
Philippians 4:19 “My God shall supply all your needs”

Many think this verse means we can simply ask God for anything and it will come our way. If you look at the verse in its correct setting you will discover it is tied to a condition. Paul is commending the Christians for their faithfulness in meeting others needs and their willingness to go without themselves in order that others are helped by their giving, he says in effect ‘God will never allow you to go without when you give sacrificially.’ Each new week brings its own challenges and sometimes the cost seems too much, we love our comfort zone and shrink back. We can either ignore it and bury our heads in the sand or accept the challenge and see something quite remarkable happen. Maybe you are being challenged on your financial giving either to your church or someone in need is on your heart and you are unsure of whether you can afford to give to them.
A while ago I was challenged in a missionary meeting as to whether I gave a single coin or a ten pound note. The ten pound note was earmarked for my food expenses at work later than week. As the plate drew nearer I had to make a quick decision. I put the ten pound note on the plate. I can honestly say in that manner of giving I have never looked back or have to question if I did the right thing or not. God has always given to me far far more than I have ever given to Him. He promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out such blessings we can never have enough space for.

 

This week it may not be money God is testing you over. It may be the use of your God given gifts, your time, or your hospitality. Notice I have used the word your…. Is anything our very own? Have we not given over our lives to Jesus Christ ? If He is Lord of our Lives which is His correct place in our lives then everything we have is His and we are required to be obedient to Him and give our very selves willingly to Him as He provides God given opportunities to please Him as He continues to please us in the giving of His very life for us.
God does test us regularly over what we profess with our mouths to be. What would Jesus do? If you have read the book “In His steps” by Charles Sheldon there are several excellent examples of those who did walk under the Lordship of Christ and suffered gladly for Jesus and followed Christ unashamedly and counted not their own lives but followed “in Jesus steps.”

The five martyrs in 1956 including Jim Elliott and Nate Saint are true heroes of mine who lost their lives but not the battle for the souls they were seeking to win in the Ecuadorian jungle. Many in that tribe of head hunters were gloriously saved but at the cost of five young men and their widows who followed the example of Christ and gave their very lives in the service of others. They were tested and came forth as fine gold. What is God challenging you over this week? May God help you take the right path.

Jim

(Prayer with Joy)
Dear loving Heavenly Father,
We are such weak vessels and at times feel so vulnerable to the temptations in this life and sometimes feel we would rather settle for a lesser Christian life and experience and stay in our own little private comfort zone. We do not like to be challenged and would rather be a ‘stay at home Christian’ and have a quiet life free from anxiety. We would rather someone else ‘went to Africa’ and served you there. We would rather someone else answered the call to be ‘a missionary in London or a minister in Soho’.

We may be called to wash others feet but would rather they wash ours. Forgive us for our withdrawal, please give us courage and a fresh sight of Jesus as both our Saviour and example. He set his face like a flint towards Calvary, His view was on the cross and its victory over sin, death and the devil. Some have suggested He stumbled in Gethsemene… when He prayed “If it be your will let his cup pass from me” but then he regained his composure and strength from angels above enabled Him to continue and say “Nevertheless your will, my Father be done.”

“Take up your cross and follow Me” Jesus said ” Help me Lord, Your will be done.”

In Jesus precious name

Amen

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21st November 2011

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14th November 2011

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Think Spot

31st October 2011

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Think Spot at the start of new week on Monday the 31st of October 2011.

As part of our living as followers of Jesus, here is something which has the capability of affecting every person on the planet.

Jesus, our Master, said in Matthew 12:36-37 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Jesus took words and thoughts extremely seriously! Jesus’ words encouraged others gently towards paths of right living. He spoke words of love, kindness, rebuke, forgiveness, encouragement and blessing upon and to others! Jesus is to be our guide and Master in the use of thoughts and words.

In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus equates calling somebody a fool with the physical act of murder! Murder has its beginning in anger developing into uncontrollable rage! Improper attitudes, words and thoughts can lead you and I to sin if we don’t stop their destructive use quickly! May the words we communicate and think about, be like those of Jesus – “full of grace”. How is your WOW factor of Jesus now?

When Jesus Christ called you to follow Him, He called you to follow Him wholeheartedly and be committed to only Him. Jesus calls you and I, to love God and be totally committed to Him.

Here is a brief prayer to help us into the new week.

Father, help us this week to be totally committed to you in all aspects of our lives. May those we live with, work with and interact with, know we are your child by the words we speak. We ask this, through the mighty name of your Son, Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Think Spot 24 October 2011

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Think Spot

24th October 2011

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Think Spot at the start of new week on Monday the 24th of October 2011.

Jesus wants to be number one in the life of all those who choose to follow him! Jesus wants supremacy over everything in our lives, including family, friends, and possessions!! Alas, that’s a cost too high for some! Within the Gospels, there is the story told of Jesus’ encounter with a man, who we shall call, Basil. Basil runs up to Jesus and wants eternal life, wants it now and asks Jesus about how to get it. He has fully kept the commandments listed by Jesus.

However when Jesus said to Basil that in order to follow Him, he would have to give up all his wealth and possessions in order to have treasure in heaven and eternal life, Basil leaves disconsolate and shattered. The life of Basil, this rich young ruler, reflected a life of absorption with his own self-interest and self-importance!.

It was a step too far for Basil. He wanted his riches and also everlasting life, but Jesus said he couldn’t have both. He remains the only person that we know of, who left Jesus’ presence sorrowful, and that due to putting his trust in himself, his riches and wealth alone. Now riches, in and of themselves, are not necessarily wrong! But for Basil, well, he was not willing to make the sacrifice required to follow Jesus. He couldn’t count the cost of following Jesus- it was too high a price for him to pay!

What have you given up in and as a result of your decision to follow Jesus? Making sacrifices to follow Jesus is all part of the WOW factor of Jesus. Jesus demands His being number one and supreme over everything else in your life – yourself, family, others and material goods including money and possessions. How’s your WOW Factor about Jesus now? What have you had to give up to follow Jesus Christ and make in number one in your life?

Followed by the Lord’s Prayer…

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Think Spot 3rd October 2011

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Think Spot – 3rd October 2011

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Think Spot at the start of new week on Monday the 3rd of October 2011. We welcome back Pauline as she shares some insights with you.

What we say as Christians is very important. The Bible is very clear on that. 1 Peter 2:1 “Therefore rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind.”

James 4:11-12 “Brothers do not slander one another…who are you to judge your neighbour?”

The definition of slander is words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another or an abusive attack on a person’s character or good name or to attack the good name and reputation of someone

So next time you go to say anything negative about someone or to criticise their actions, think again, you might be disobeying God and breaking a command.

James 3:3-8 powerfully shows how a small thing such as the tongue is able to cause much damage. He says that the tongue is a world of evil that corrupts the whole person …and is itself set on fire by hell.

Mark 7:20-22 states Jesus talking about words “What comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit and slander. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.” Most of us would not consider telling a lie, as serious sin as murder but Jesus clearly does not separate them, he labels them both evil.

Again in Romans 1:29 – 32 the seriousness of slander , gossip and lying are clearly stated. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of deceit and they are gossips, slanderers. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do such things but also approve of those whom practice them.

Christians are very good at gossiping but disguising it as prayerful concern. We pass on a juicy bit of information about someone and then ask the person to pray about the situation. As Christians we should not pass on any information about anyone else unless the person concerned has asked us to. It is not our place to do so even if it is for prayer.

Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without complaining or arguing. ” There is nothing confusing about that command. How often do we complain about our jobs or our spouses? Or the weather? We are disobeying God when we do. God does not take disobedience lightly.

The excuse ‘Everyone does it’ does not wash with God when we see him face to face and He asks us why we complained so often and about so many things everyone else did it will pot be an acceptable reason. Our jobs, our spouses and the weather are all gifts from God, we should be thanking Him for them not grumbling about them!

1 Thessalonians 5:8 says give thanks in all circumstances it does not say give thanks in some and complain in others! So then before you say anything, think “Is what I am about to say pleasing to God.?”

Prayers

Now, a prayer to help you into this new week. Father, we thank you for words! We thank you that we can communicate words of life to other people! Help us to use words wisely as we interact, communicate and deal with other people, especially our loved ones and work colleagues. May the Holy Spirit, guide, rebuke and counsel, as we use the amazing gift of words to us, as we seeks to live a life worthy of Jesus Christ. Amen!

Thanks for joining us on Partakers ThinkSpot! See you again real soon!

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