“...be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22)
How long have you been a Christian? How many messages have you heard?
How many conferences have you attended? The number of years you have
been a Christian and the number of conferences you have attended really
does not matter.
The most important thing is if you have been
implementing all the things you have been taught since you became a
Christian and all the messages you have heard in all the conferences you
have attended. I want you to honestly examine your life to see if "you
are really a Christian". Yes, you might have accepted Christ, but are
you of any use to His kingdom? What do you do with the words you hear? I
pose the question again: WHAT IS YOUR IMPLEMENTATION RATE?
might sound arrogant, but last year 2012, I decided not to attend any
conference until I have started living out and implementing all the
things I know and have been hearing. I truly dont need any new open
doors. I have realised that God opens doors one at a time.When you step
into one, he opens the next door. You have to start steping into the
ones that have already been open. Step out and be a doer of the word and
God will bless you.
Among six key themes (from ESV Global Study Bible) of the book of Amos, two stands out for me.
1. Justice and righteousness in the treatment of other people are the key evidences of a right relationship to the Lord. 2. Religious observances in the absence of social justice are disgusting to God.¹
I find these two key themes present in the verses that follow. God says;
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen (Amos 5:21-23).
Today, many profess faith but their profession contradicts their conduct. Should that be the case? Where profession of faith and conduct contradicts, there is a justification to question what one professes. Could it be possible that God has rejected many gatherings supposed…
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to
an end they are new every morning; great is your
faithfulness.(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV ). Lamentations, as the
name suggests ---weeping, dirge---is a book written to mourn the
destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Popularly ascribed to the
prophet Jeremiah who is also described as the weeping prophet, Lamentations 3, where we find vs 22-23, paints a very sad and hopeless picture .
" I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. He
hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. Surely
against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day. My
flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.He hath
builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. He hath set
me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. He hath hedged me about,
that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.Also when I cry and
shout, he shutt…