This week I talk about encouraging people in different ways. Have a listen to the short power thought!
I believe people are great reminders of where you need to be or where you do not need to be. We all have opinions and some of them can be challenging whilst others can be quite insulting, depends which way you want to take it.
Recently an old friend spoke to me in concern about my attitude, beliefs and general message. I personally would like to think that my message is quite positive, well that is the popular feedback, then why such negativity? Well the truth which is generally a positive message can be interpreted in a negative sense!
What do I mean by this? One man’s freedom is another man’s bondage. The truth is always positive but if you have difficulty accepting this then it will be like a huge weight around your neck. We can search high and low for justifications of opinions but the truth stands firm and remains the same. So measure what is being said to you with an open heart and judge whether the feedback given to you is to remind you where you are is good or whether it’s time for change.
Whatever it may be, enjoy the reminders and keep smiling!
Last Sunday I spoke on regret and remembrance, and during the sermon mentioned that much of what I was speaking about was not learnt in Bible College, but in the warp and woof of life as a married man with three adult children, for there are some things that books cannot teach us. Afterwards a member of the congregation spoke earnestly to me as he was leaving saying he had been to Bible College for two years and had learned a lot, “so don’t knock Bible Colleges.” He totally misunderstood what I was saying. In fact I once taught students for a few years in the Elim Bible College at Nantwich, possibly the only visiting lecturer not theologically trained in a Bible seminary.
I like scholastic halls and student interaction, having been a Senior Lecturer and subject tutor for three degrees in Surveying and Building. However, I have learned by experience that even with a clutch of degrees the real things of life are learned through revelation of the Holy Spirit on the living Word of God. Bible Colleges cannot teach that. Life itself is an education, there is no substitute. This does not mean that theological education [the study of God] is unimportant, it serves to lay a basis for correct understanding of principles, but The Presence always exceeds principles.
The Western mind always wants boxes to tick and to circumscribe all they know by deft definitions, but that in itself can be a prison, for having defined it, we sometimes fail to pursue further and become imprisoned by our current understanding. God usually speaks to the heart not the head, for the mind is often too logical for God and runs along known routes of interpretation.
Two sisters were heartbroken because their brother, whom Jesus loved, had died and the Lord had not come at their request. However, when he did arrive he made a significant statement; their reply was based on current knowledge and belief of that era. Jesus said: “‘your brother will rise again.’ “ [John 11:23] “Martha said to Him, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’”(vs. 24) — [Current belief and knowledge]. He replied thus: “‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. ‘And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’ ” [John 11:25-26]. She was talking about faith in resurrection; Jesus was talking about resurrection faith. Acres apart! She was thinking probably infinity ahead, Jesus was thinking about 5 minutes ahead. He superseded prevalent philosophy, Jesus usually did and does.
Our knowledge of God is partial and there is a vast vista open to us to venture into divine knowledge that transforms life. My early days as a preacher were spent on my knees by my bed reading the Bible seeking an understanding through the Spirit. My secular life was as a Civil Engineer with no time for Bible School, but the needs of the home and marriage with family life were my responsibility. In that wrenched time alone with God I assimilated His working in everyday life and the lessons pertinent to a daily walking with Him, in overcoming the vicissitudes that vexed my pathway, looking after a sick wife and managing three growing children; something a college could never do.
Early in the morning as the sun arose and late at night after a heavy day my heart sought the Lord. Years of following that pattern have resulted in knowledge that exceeds print and paper. It had to, to grow a congregation; people want to hear from God. We need not only to know kingdom principles but for the KING to reveal himself. My purpose and calling, as it is in all ministries, is to know Jesus in the profundity of revelation. The favour of God is what we need; it transcends intellectual knowledge. Intimacy with God will solve many biblical problems not recorded in a multitude of commentaries. God prepares a table for us before our enemies and the dainties are spectacular.
The word says: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” [Deut 29:29]. Those things we do understand in the Spirit we must hold to, and search for the hidden manna under the shadow of the almighty. The prayer of the Shulamite maiden is “Draw me away! We will run after you. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will remember your love more than wine” [Song 1:4]. That is where revelation is operative, where hearts are mingled in communion. It is our Bible College!
Rev Michael Carr
I regularly give free advise on investments through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. I also share where I believe we are going globally in regards to the financial realm and I will make my thoughts known right here now!
Everyone has their own opinion when the subject of ‘Investment’ arises! Pensioners want safety, entrepreneurs want security with guaranteed profit, investors prefer to take bigger risks, looking at higher profit margins! The reality is not one of these groups or any of us will ever be satisfied. We will look high and low for new techniques, tools, products but the thirst and the fulfillment is never achieved!
Wrong? I might be generalising but a lot of people try till they die. This is a great focus for most and it was for me for a long time. Then one day i lost a lot of money and whilst I had lost that investment and much more I realised that i wasnt really living my life to it’s full potential. My investment technique was to avoid living a beautiful life for the sake of taking risks every day. You see with investments it becomes your life with managing funds, checking the markets, dealing with bankers and when it all goes wrong what’s left?
You, yourself and nothing much.
You can definitely do both! That is to live a beautiful life and invest the way you want but the technique is important. The best investment technique I reveal to you today is BALANCE. It is very difficult to achieve, it requires little skill but maximum effort! Balance your investment lifestyle and your personal lifestyle, enjoy both worlds without compromise.
1. The fruit of the Spirit is love, the fruit of the soul, choice and the fruit of the body, longevity. They all have their place but all need their principal.
2. Fruit pluckers pick the fruit produced by others. Fruit producers plant the seed of future progress. Are you a plucker or a producer?
3. Fruit is a root through the shoot, process. Gift is a receive through believe, providence
4. Fruit is the product of faiths faithfulness. Strife is the product of doubts business.
5.When character outweighs circumstance and integrity out lasts inspiration and progress out shines prosperity then fruit finds its fulfilment.
6. Fruit is not the measure of reward but the means of reproduction. Purpose is always hidden in potential and potential is always housed in purpose. Find one and you unlock the other.
7. Fruit is not just what you produce but what produces you. Fruit flourishes where character has been cultivated.
There are two kinds of people in life. Those that produce things, and those that pluck what others have produced.
When it comes to fruit, most people prefer the chocolate cake or the cheese cake for desert rather than a bowl of fruit! When sugar was first discovered as a global product, it was edible gold for those who produced it and marketed it across the world. Irresistible and insatiable to the taste and now, so readily available that it is driving a global obesity epidemic. In the early days, it was an expensive commodity for the Victorian rich, now it is so drenched in the food and drink we consume that it is hard to think of life without it.
Yet the formation of sugar in fruit is an end product of a whole process of purpose in which the plant is seeking to grow, develop and multiply. From the underground world of the root, to the robust clarity of the stem and diverse determination of the branches, the plant is seeking to impact its environment and draw the environment to itself. As the fruit bearing the seed, attracts the fruit pluckers, so those who pluck, become the channel through which the producers can spread their seed and take over new territory.
And so it is in life. Those who are willing to take time to produce life will always lead those who take the short cut and satisfy themselves from someone else’s tree. Character always outlves charisma.
Jesus said. “By their fruit you would know them”. Fruit producers are those who are willing to live the underground life, and invest in quality – walk the upright life, and ignite by principle – seek the upward life, and inspire by progress – and follow the deeper life, by imparting purpose.
Which one are you?
Dr Liam Chapman
This week I discuss the issue of our attitude and how we portray ourselves to others around us. Great listen for leaders and corporates! Enjoy