Respecting What the LORD Provides

Familiarity breeds contempt

Daily Spirit & Word: 606:

Respecting What The LORD Provides.

Learning to call for the LORD’s Help when we feel we can’t cope.

Numbers 11:4-14 The People Crave Meat.
4 The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat!
5  We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
6  But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”
7  The manna was like coriander seed and looked like resin.
8  The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a hand mill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into cakes. And it tasted like something made with olive oil.
9  When the dew settled on the camp at night, the manna also came down.
10  Moses heard the people of every family wailing, each at the entrance to his tent. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.
11  He asked the LORD, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?
12  Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their forefathers?
13  Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’
14  I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.

It’s a common problem: Instead of offering thanks for what the Lord chooses to provide for us, we crave other things.

Ingratitude and Disrespecting God:

It led to the Lord being aroused to Holy ANGER.

I don’t know if you’ve ever done something wonderful for someone only to have it thrown back in your face? Have you ever spent time carefully making something and the person you are making it for makes a face as if they are eating horse dung?

We’d just been married a few weeks when my young and beautiful wife made me a stew: It was one of our first meals together in our new home. The table had been set and she called me, then served me a steaming hot plate of stew. It tasted great, but the meat was like leather. Instead of gratefully just chewing and enjoying it, I declared, “It’s horrible, I can’t eat that, it’s too tough”… I can’t tell you how bad it make me feel when I think back at just how insensitive I was back then. How dreadful I was to my wife. Imagine, she’d taken time to make me a lovely meal and I’d shoved it back in disgust. Even now I can see the hurt expression upon my young brides face.

Thankfully, we’ve been married for 36 years now, we can look back and laugh at how stupid and ignorant I was. I’ve learned to be more appreciative of all that she does for me, taking into account the preparation time and effort. No matter what she serves me now, I always say thank you darling. Most of the time her food tastes fantastic, but no matter I’ve learned to show appreciation: It’s called RESPECT.

God tells us: “Husbands respect, honour your wives”

Now, here in Numbers, the Lord has set the people free from captivity in Egypt and He’s providing miracle food from Heaven every day, it’s called Manna and the Israelites, instead of appreciating and respecting what He’s providing, begin to grumble and complain and wish they were slaves in Egypt again. How UNGRATEFUL: How DISRESPECTFUL they’d become. But not towards a human being only, but to their Creator God. Instead of thanking Him every day; they throw it back in His Holy face and declare “We want MEAT”… “We don’t like this Manna, we want MEAT”…

It’s an amazing account and well worth taking time to sit down and read the whole story in Numbers 11. However, Moses also begins to complain to the Lord about the Israelites and their constant grumbling. He can’t cope with it, he needs help and cries to the Lord “I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me”. Of course Moses was right, there was no way he could manage over half-a-million souls on his own, he did need help, but the Lord was just testing him, waiting for the moment that Moses would cry out and ask. For the Lord gave 70 Elders the same Holy Spirit that was upon Moses and equipped them to Prophesy and Lead the People with Him.

Many times, we’ll be going through stuff, we’ll struggle and try out best, we’ll tire ourselves out and feel that the burden is just too heavy for us to bear. However, just like He was with Moses, the LORD is waiting for the moment that you conclude, “I can’t cope alone”… “I can’t carry this heavy burden by myself”  When you get to that point, or even before it, do what Moses did, cry out to the LORD. He did the right thing, Moses didn’t just grumble to other people, He took his problem to the Lord, the only one who could solve his problem.

So often I’ve observed: People struggle, strive and labour, but they don’t ASK the LORD for His holy help. They complain and get bitter. My friends, don’t wait until you reach that point of not being able to cope; instead take all your problems, you struggles and your predicaments to the LORD. Talk to Him about it and ask Him to give you assistance. He’s waiting.

In contrast to Moses, the people of Israel just grumbled, they complained to each other, the got bitter against the Lord and Moses His servant. Instead of giving thanks and praising the Lord for His awesome miracle provision, they grumbled about it and complained and showed total disrespect. No wonder the ANGER of the LORD was aroused.

FAMILIARITY BREEDS CONTEMPT:

At first the Israelites were so thankful for the Lord’s miraculous provision of miracle Manna from Heaven: How quickly they’d become so used to it that they began to grumble and crave earthly food. Familiarity really does breed contempt. They’d gotten to the point of disrespecting the miraculous. WOWzer! Warning, Warning, Warning…. (Remember the Robot in Lost in Space?)

So the LORD gave in and provided what they were craving: MEAT.

However, the LORD went OTT (Over the top)… He gave them way too much meat. Eventually they realised their error, but they learned the HARD way to be appreciative.

How’s your RESPECT for what the Lord has provided for your life?

Are you really full of THANKSGIVING?

It’s harvest thanksgiving time: So let’s all try and be genuinely thankful to the LORD for all He’s provided for our life on this awesome earth.

Of course we have the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and He reveals that He is the TRUE MANNA (bread) from Heaven. He wants us to rely upon Him, when life gets too much for you to cope with: Cry out to Jesus. He really is the BREAD of Heaven and will supply ALL that you need in life. Turn to Him today. (John 6:25-59. Jesus the True Bread From Heaven)

Don.

 

The Three Crowns

Daily Spirit & Word, 466: The Three Crowns.

No it’s not the pub 🙂

Nor the united Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Wales.

But the Three Crowns of Glory for the Saints in Heaven: The Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are going to be REWARDED.

Good morning my friends, it’s such a wonderful peaceful morning with fantastic colours in the sunrise. Peaceful, apart from a poorly grandchild crying in the background, but she’s being comforted by her mummy. It’s strange how we can have pain and beauty at the same time. Today I wanted to focus upon what we’ll be wearing in Heaven. Did you know that you are destined to be wearing a crown?

Our Youth Meeting last night was brilliant, we discussed thier values and priorities in life. After a few expected funny answers about what’s important, they eventually arrived at family, but didn’t quite see that God should be their first priority in life. Afterwards they began asking the youth leaders about what they did, if they were happy in their work and how much they earned. I tried to get across that we are all Princes and no matter how much we earn in life or what we do, as believers in Jesus we’re part of God’s ROYAL family. How do I know this? The Bible explains it in many different ways; we become heirs of the Kingdom, but there’s a beautiful description of our royal attire in the Bible that I’m sure your going to love today. Once you trust in Jesus you become Heavenly Royalty.

Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will receive; Three Different Crowns:

A CROWN OF LIFE:

Revelation 2:10 (ANIV) “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

We can definitely see an increase in EVIL on the earth today; with people being murdered on a massive scale at the hands of people who think they are serving a god. This is nothing new, but was predicted thousands of years ago, but it is also a sign that the Lord is coming soon, because mankind will become even more lawless just before the LORD returns.

The LORD is promising through the book of Revelation, that when we faithfully endure hardship, even to the point of death, we’re going to be receiving an awesome CROWN, the CROWN OF LIFE. Nothing can take your joyful hope away from you, no matter what they do to you, your CROWN is waiting for you in Heaven. Be at PEACE no matter what.

A CROWN OF REJOICING:

1 Thessalonians 2:19 (ANIV) “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?”

What an amazing statement, the thing that’s going to bring us honour in heaven, one that will make us rejoice for all eternity, is the souls that get saved from God’s wrath and hell, the ones that we’ve managed to bring into a relationship with the King, those we’ve introduced to Jesus Christ who get saved. WOWzer! Remember how the angels rejoice over just one sinner who repents? Well we too are going to be experiencing that same hope, joy and crown; from the people who’ve been saved because of our faithful; witness, testimony, live and love for the Lord and the saints.

A CROWN OF GLORY:

1 Peter 5:4 (ANIV) “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

That reminds me of Moses, when he was with the Lord on the Holy Mountain, he shone with the glory of the Lord, but it faded away after a time. The glory we’ll get will never fade away. We’ll be shining with the LORD’S Glory of all eternity. 

The LORD’S Crown Jewels:

As a boy I visited Edinburgh Castle and was privileged to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland, I’ll never forget how awesome and so impressive they were. Royalty in the UK is something we take for granted, but people today have lost a sense of how special royalty really is. Years ago you could loose your life if you even looked upon a royal in the wrong way. In the presence of royalty, there was a sense of; power, fear, rule and sometimes benevolent justice. Can you imagine what it’s going to be like to see the King of Kings Royalty? His Crown is a crown of pain and beauty: Thorns that once pierced his head are now His glory for all the souls that have been saved by His precious blood. We may save a few people from Hell and receive some glory and a crown that will never fade away, but Imagine how glorious His CROWN will be.

It’s amazing to think how much the Lord wants us to be in His glory, how close He wants believers to be to Him, even to sit upon His throne with Him and share His glory. This GLORY and the Three Crowns: Crown of Life, Crown of Rejoicing, Crown of Glory give us the incentive we need when things get really tough down here on earth.

Just as a Crown denotes authority and royalty: Jesus Christ wore a crown of thorns, so that we might wear these Three Heavenly Crowns. If you’ve trusted in Jesus then you are a Prince or a Princess of the Heavenly Kingdom. Walk with your head up today 🙂

Have an awesome Saturday and look forward to the GLORY.

Don.

 

Seven Ways To Appreciate Mummy

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Daily Spirit & Word, 460: Seven Ways To Appreciate Mummy.

Mother’s Day 2015.

Mother’s Day: Good morning my friends, it’s Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday.

Someone asked me the other day; “When is Mother’s Day?” I answered, “Nine months after Father’s Day”. 🙂 LOL. The old ones are the best…

Last year I explained the history of Mothering Sunday, this year I want to focus upon the Relationship of Mothers to her children and the ways we can and should APPRECIATE our mothers. Even if your mum, like mine, has died and gone to be with the Lord: There are still ways we can honour our mums today.

Jesus Cared For Everyone: Even His own Mummy whilst dying upon the Cross.

When Jesus was with the Disciple, he cared for them so much. Even before the Cross, Jesus knew what He was about to endure, yet he cared for them and wanted to give them so much assurance. First telling them, though He’d be taken from them, he’d be going on ahead of them to get a place ready in Heaven for them. He assured them they would not be left without comfort or strength, provided by Himself, the Father and the Holy Spirit. He told them, even though He was going away physically, he’d be with them forever.

Now, when Jesus was hanging upon the Cross, imagine the sheer agony of those moments. Here was the Son of God, dying in agony, but his concern was for his mummy. He said to John though the pain;  John 19:25-27 “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing near by, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” 27  and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

Jesus knew his mum needed taking care of: She’d cared for the Saviour all through His life, now when He was dying, Jesus showed just how much he loved his Mother Mary.

My friends on this Mother’s Day: Wouldn’t it be GREAT if we could think of ways to APPRECIATE our own MOTHERS.

 1) Tell Your Mum You LOVE Her:

You probably all know the bloke thing, the manly man who doesn’t need to say it. He shows how much he loves his mum by what he does for her. Some husbands are like that with their wifes too, the mother’s of their children. We think we don’t need to say it out loud, because we show it by; working hard for the family, providing for their needs, putting food upon the table… But my friends, there is nothing more powerful than these words in you mummy’s ears; “I LOVE YOU MUM”….

I can tell you right now, you Mummy is longing to hear those words from your lips:

Now what if you mummy has died? Then my friends, tell someone today, “I LOVED My Mummy.” and then proceed to tell them why.

2) Be Patient With Your Mother:

We all know that Mothers can poke their noses into our business when it’s not wanted. They give advice when we’re not even asking for it.

You know why that it my friends? It’s because she still love you. She’s invested years in your life, sweated and was in pain at your birth. She wiped your face, your runny nose, your bottom, and helped you to learn to clean your teeth.

Mummy listened to you when you came home from school;

Crying: She comforted.

Excited about a Star or Prize: She was overjoyed.

Upset because you fell out with your best friends: She helped you through by showing there are other good friends.

When you got older and fell in love: She had to be there when you Father gave you away to another man. She had to learn the hardest thing in life: to let her children go.

Be patient with your Mother today.

3) Your Mummy Needs a HUG:

Physical touch is so important, especially in relationship that are important.

As mums get older they don’t get as much physical touch as they did when they were younger.

But their children: They have access to mums like no-body else.

When was the last time you gave your mum a great big hug?

Now don’t go telling me she’s not the loving kind or that She’s not the huggy type of person.

Even the the person who loves hugs the least, will deep down appreciate the effort you have made to show her how special she is to you.

Hug you mummy today.

4) Let Your Mum Tell You Stuff:

When you were young she listened intently to all your troubles.

When you came home and blurted out stuff, it was mum who listened.

Mum’s can be there for their children like nobody else. You know Children tell their mums stuff, they won’t tell anybody else on earth.

Now it’s Mum’s turn to be listened to: Let you Mum tell you her troubles, fears and the things she’s concerned about.

Be an EAR for you mum today.

5) Show Your Mum You ARE Grateful:

It’s NOT just flowers on mother’s day, or cup-cakes or chocolate etc…

Your mum did things for you for many years: Now it’s time to DEMONSTRATE to her that you are Grateful for what she did, what she does and who she is.

Being grateful is not just saying “Thank you mummy” It’s being grateful: Let her hear you telling others what she has done for you. Boast about your mum’s efforts to make you happy, successful, and peaceful in this world.

Yes give her presents, but be appreciative as a person. In the way you talk to you mum. Always showing her respect, even when you think she doesn’t deserve it. Even when you think or know you mum is wrong.

Show your gratitude by NOT arguing with your mummy.

How can you show your Mum that you are grateful.

6) Love Your Mummy Generously:

She gave you so much when you were growing up.

Now it’s TIME to be less selfish and stop asking and pay-her-back some of what she’s given over many years.

Don’t do it grudgingly.

Do it GENEROUSLY.

7) WHY? Why LOVE your mummy like that?

Why should we?:

1) Tell Her You LOVE her.

2) Be Patient With Mummy.

3) Hug Your Mummy.

4) Let Your Mum Tell You Stuff.

5) She Her You ARE Grateful.

6) Love Her Generously.

Because God commands us to HONOUR our Mother’s and Fathers.

Exodus 20:12 “Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

It’s the ONLY Commandment with a promise: That we’ll have a long life in the land of promise.

WOWzer! Just for doing what we should do anyway, God is going to reward us.

Can you imagine a set of rules at work like that? If you do these things then the Company will reward you???

But, that’s exactly what God has done my friends, but He didn’t do it with Himself, He chose to do it with your Parents.

He could have said, “If you love me with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, I’ll reward you” But He didn’t, instead He’s chosen to reward you if you will just HONOUR you mother and father.

Jesus did it on the Cross in the only way he could. “Mother’s your son, John, your mother” He made certain, because He knew how much John love him, that he’d take care of Jesus’ mother until his dying day.

Will you LOVE your mummy today?

The Unemployed Stay At Home Mum:

No Occupation (The Government says, “They are unemployed and should be made to seek employment or we’ll stop their benefits). Really: Unemployed! I’d like to see some of those people do what Mummy’s have to do every single day of their children’s young lives:

 She rises up at break of day and through her tasks she races.

She cooks the meals as best she may and scrubs the children’s faces.

While schoolbooks, lunches, homework too, all need consideration…

And yet the census man insists

She has— “No Occupation”

When breakfast dishes all are done

She bakes a pudding, maybe.

She cleans the rooms up, one by one,

With one eye watching baby.

The washing pile she then attacks

by way of variation.

And yet the census man insists,

She has — “No Occupation.”

She irons for a little while, then presses pants for Daddy.

She welcomes with a cheery smile returning lass and laddie.

A hearty dinner next she cooks (no time for relaxation),

And yet the census man insists,

She has—“No Occupation.”

My friend’s This is MOTHER’S DAY: She’s been OCCUPIED since the day you were born into this world and most mothers will be employed in caring, loving and looking after their children till they day they leave this world.

It’s time to Show Mummys today:

  1.  Tell Her You LOVE her.
  2.  Be Patient With Mummy.
  3.  Hug Your Mummy.
  4.  Let Your Mum Tell You Stuff.
  5.  She Her You ARE Grateful.
  6.  Love Her Generously.
  7.  Do It, because Father God Has Commanded You.

God bless and I hope you can show how much you LOVE, Honour and Respect your Mummy’s today and Always.

Worship the LORD with GLADNESS in your HEART today.

Don.

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Day 8: Tick Tock

Tick Tock

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Tick Tock: That’s the Sound of a Clock 🙂

You’ve probably all heard or used the phrases; “Time is ticking away” or “Time flies by” or “I can’t believe it’s March already” etc…

There is another saying, “Time stands still for no man”. You can’t STOP the clock and you can’t go back.

Lateness, without genuine reason, says ‘I’m more important than you’. If you’ve ever had to sit around waiting for someone who said they’d arrive half an hour ago, you’ll know how annoying it is. Set your alarm 15 minutes early, get organised the night before, and get there. On time.

How to use TIME to your advantage:

Plan it!

Be there ON TIME (Be early).

I don’t know why, but I hate being late, I’ll often arrive 10 or 15 mins ahead of important events. Sometimes if it’s a funeral, wedding or church service half an hour or an hour before if I’m leading or preaching.

I’ve noticed that many people don’t share the same TIME priorities as me. We’ve got lots of people in our fellowship from The West Indies: Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. From Africa: Nigeria, Congo, Liberia, Kenya. We’ve got people from India and Sri Lanka. Europe and the UK… But we’ve ALL got different time perspectives; some don’t mind being late, even up to an hour late, in their cultrue, is not rude or disrespectful, whilst others have a much more rigid and inflexible attitude. What do you think? Is it right to keep people waiting?

I think in our busy lifestyle here in the UK, no matter what culture we’re from, we’ve got to be considerate of others. Because sometimes people are working hard and they’ve only got a very short amount of free time, so we’d better respect and honour one another with the way we handle time. I know I’ve kept some people in Church too long, but preaching for way too long sometimes and I’ve paid the price as people have stopped coming to church. We learn our lessons the hard way sometimes.

For more help on Keeping TIME: Click 40 Acts of Generosity.

Have an awesome Day.

Don.

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