One cannot plan for growth without knowing where they are. Growth is measurable or measured from somewhere to somewhere. What are my strength that can take me where are need to be?
What are the weaknesses that could hinder me from achieving my growth and how to improve or outsource them?
Occasionally God will ask you to do things that you are not comfortable with. You find yourself stuck and start second guessing your act of faith and obedience of the Lord. You are not alone, God is Lord over every storm you might be facing. When you are going through the problems your view is distorted but you need to see with your eyes of faith, fix your eyes on God. You need to move from a place of fear and desperation to worship. Not every storm is orchestrated by the enemy. The purpose of every trial you encounter is that you mature in your faith - acknowledge the supremacy of God in all situations.
Your well-being is directly linked to the way you relate to God. God created man to fellowship with him and to have a healthy relationship with him. Three guidelines for a healthy relationship. 1) God made us in his likeness and image. 2) God placed us in a specific environment for a specific mission. When God calls man into a relationship he requires obedience and service. 3) God instructed us what to do and what not to do. There is place we ought to be and when God does not find us he cannot fellowship. God wants to locate us, even if you have drifted away, his grace is available to restore us. John 17:4.
Life is about venturing, going where you have never been. Five lessons to learn from the lepers. 1.They took initiative. Life presents to all of us problems,what will you do when problems come? You can decide how to act. The lepers refused to live as victims - passengers in life, victim mentality. They took charge of their life. 2.They did not pretend that there was no problem. They accepted their situation and took responsibility because when you move, God moves. 3.They decided to take a step of faith. If you are certain the plan is from God, put your plans into action. Whatever God tells you, do it. 4.They refused to be immobilized by fear. Fear is what prevents people from moving forward, fear not! 5.They persevered. It will take a fight for you to move to the next level. High standards are not achieved by minimal work, you must pay the price.
God blesses his people for a reason. 1. For all men to know who your God is (Exodus 3:13-15). 2. For all men to see the difference between his people and the rest (Malachi 3:13-18). What makes you the people of God? a. Born into the family by the precious blood of the lamb b. Attracted to purity c. Devoted wholly to him d. Acknowledge that they are mere stewards of the resources entrusted to them e. Made the worship of Yahweh their life's mission 3. For you to be empowered in life (Psalm 33:12). The first blessings you can receive from God: Protection (preservation and provision), Pardon (grace and mercy). Peace (total satisfaction).
Principle of the Spoken Word
Proverbs 18:21 – Words contain the power of life and death
Proverbs 6:2 – Our words can be destructive.
Romans 4 – Our words are creative
Mark 11:24 – “…say with your mouth…”
Five Faith Declarations for an Unshakeable Life
1. I will live strong. [Psalms 27:1-3]
2. I will love God’s house passionately.[Psalms 27:4-5]
3. I will hold my head high.[Psalms 27:6]
4. I will pursue a life of holiness.[Psalms 27:11-12]
5. I will not lose heart. [ Psalms 27:13-14]
On "THE POWER OF THANKSGIVING" - (Excerpt from Pastor Dominique’s sermon - thanksgiving seminar)
- by Bishop Tshalo Katshunga
BLESS THE LORD
Jesus Christ healed ten men with Leprosy but among the ten only one came back to give thanksgiving.
The questions to ask ourselves are “Why is it that among the ten only one came back? Why is it that the nine Jewish didn’t come back?” Might it be that the Samaritan understood that he was not entitled to the grace of healing? Could it be that the other nine Jewish leapers thought that because they are Jews it’s their right to be healed and never mind of being grateful. As Christians we have a tendency of forgetting that it is by grace that we are saved and blessed. We must not be like the nine other Jewish leapers who forgot to give thanksgiving to God.
Psalms 103:1-14 reminds us the reasons why we must bless the LORD.
1 Samuel 16:1 (NIV)
The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
We have mourned for dead situations to the point of neglecting our duties. It’s time to bless the LORD.
KINGDOM ECONOMICS - From wealth-creation to wealth-management.
Part II: “Wealth in the hands of those who live right”
Wealth in God’s economy is generated by faith through wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Wealth in the hands of a righteous is to establish God’s covenant in the earth.
DEUTERONOMY 8:18; 1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19; JAMES 5:1-6
1.The principle of wealth in God’s
“If you obey God, you will have something to leave your grandchildren. If you don’t obey God, those who live right will get what you leave.” PROVERBS 13:22 (CEV); see also PROVERBS 3:9-10
2. The purpose of wealth in God’s economy
Wealth is for worship.
- Generosity : 2 CORINTHIANS 8:1-5; 1 TIMOTHY 6:17-19
- Growth : LUKE 7:1-5; ACTS 16:11-15
- Gain : 2CORINTHIANS 8:8-15
3. The problem of wealth among God’s people
- Tends to ensnare its possessor : PROVERBS 18:10-11; 1TIMOTHY 6:9-10; JAMES 5:1-6
- Tends to fly away : PROVERBS 23:5; ECCLESIASTES 2:26; LUKE 19:11-13, 20-27
- Tends to give a false sense of ownership : DEUTERONOMY 8:10-17; LUKE 12:13-21
“The biggest difference between rich people and wealthy people is in the choices and decisions they make every day, plus they behaviour around money.”
Sun, Oct 02, 2016
Understanding God’s nature, even slightly, will boost your faith thus setting you on course for victorious living.
" In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith."
Four encouraging facts about our Lord:
1. He’s alive and rules over the affairs of men.
EXODUS 3:7-10, 19; DEUTERONOMY 4:19-20; PSALM 24:8-10; ISAIAH 6:1-3; DANIEL 4:26; MATTHEW 6:9-10; HEBREWS 6:16-20 *Our God sees, hears, feels, and reacts.
2. He’s personal and specific. EXODUS 3:13-15; LEVITICUS 25:39-43; 1SAMUEL 22:1-2; JEREMIAH 34:14; LUKE 14:21
3. He responds to faith in an extraordinary way.
MATTHEW 9:18-26 (woman with the issue of blood);
MARK 10:46-52 (Blind Bartimaeus)
LUKE 19:1-10 (Tax collector Zachaeus)
4. He gives to his people wisdom to live by.
PROVERBS 4:7; PROVERBS 24:3-4; JAMES 1:5-8 JEREMIAH 8:22