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Remember to Remember!


I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
Psalm 143:5

Recommended Reading
Numbers 15:39-40 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%2015:39-40&version=NKJV )

Part of aging is memory loss — sometimes it is significant, and other times it is subtle. So we exercise, eat right, lay off the sugar, read, do the crosswords, juggle, play Ping-Pong, and brush our teeth with our opposite hand — all proven to strengthen the brain. But the Israelites had a different memory tool: tassels. They wore tassels on their garments so they could “look upon [ them ] and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them” (Numbers 15:37-40). Something as simple as a tassel can remind us of God, His Word, and His faithfulness.

Listen to Today’s Radio Message ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx?tid=email_listenedevo )

You may not want to sew tassels on the hem of your garments, but there are plenty of other ways to remind yourself of what God has done in your life. The most permanent reminder is a written record — a diary, a journal, 3″ x 5″ cards, or notes you type on your computer. If Moses had to remind the Israelites to remember their rescue from Egypt (Exodus 13:3), how much more should we be writing down the less dramatic but equally memorable ways God has been faithful to us?

Are you keeping a record? In the challenging days of life, you will be encouraged to look back and remember how God met your needs and answered your prayers.

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Philippians 1-4

By David Jeremiah.

Reaching the Promised Land.


wilderness

Is your attitude causing you to journey in the wilderness longer than you should?

If you are facing a struggle in your life, perhaps the problem isn’t what you think it is. Many times, we focus on another person or a situation and we thinkthat’s what is causing us to be unhappy. But the real issue might be that you have a bad attitude.

It may seem like your problem is your spouse, your children, a co-worker, the traffic, the economy, your church … but actually, you might be wandering around in the wilderness, unable to find your promised land because your attitude stinks.

I can relate to this. There was a time when, just like the Israelites, I used to blame the things that were wrong in my life on my outward circumstances instead of looking at what was in my heart. I remember when God taught me this as I studied Scriptures about the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness.

What’s Keeping You From Your Promised Land?

We can learn a lot about the importance of a good attitude by looking at the Israelites. Consider this: The Bible says there was an estimated 1.5 million people who came out of Egypt. God delivered them from slavery and led them on the journey to their Promised Land, a place described as flowing with milk and honey. The trip should have taken just 11 days; instead it took them 40 years!

Why did that happen? In Numbers 14, we see the people were continuously grumbling and complaining about everything. They even complained about the bread that God miraculously provided for them. Anytime something difficult crossed their path, they were ready to give up and go back to Egypt—back to slavery.

What’s astounding is that out of the 1.5 million people who left Egypt, only two from the original group made it to the Promised Land. It seems even today there are many believers who have escaped “Egypt,” which represents their former life of slavery to sin. They are always looking toward the Promised Land but seem to end up wandering around the same mountains their entire life, dealing with the same problems, having the same issues.

Are you one of these people? Do you feel like you’ve been going around the same mountain long enough?

Early in my walk with the Lord, I was wandering around in a wilderness of carnality. That’s what the wilderness is—fleshly living that lets your soul (mind, will and emotions) be in control. This leads to a lousy attitude, because when our soul is in control, we aren’t submitting our thoughts to Christ, thinking and acting like Him. Let the Lord work in your soul. He wants to change your attitude by changing the way you think.

Get a New Attitude

Ephesians 4:22-24 says: “Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; and be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness” (AMP).

In these verses, God lovingly asks us to stop acting like we used to. This takes effort on our part, but by God’s grace and with His help, we can change. The key is to constantly renew our mind each day with God’s Word.

Although I’ve been teaching from the Bible all these years, I still have to make a daily decision to renew my mind with God’s Word. God has brought me a long way and some things are easier now than before, but I haven’t “arrived.” There are still times when I need to take off the old nature and put on the new nature of Christ. It’s part of the lifelong journey we all have in our walk with the Lord.

As you become more like Christ, you’ll get closer to the promised land God has for you. Renew your mind with God’s Word every day and enjoy the journey!

By JOYCE MEYER


Joyce Meyer is a New York Times best-selling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored nearly 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Do Yourself a Favor … Forgive(Hachette). To read her past columns in Charisma, go to charismamag.com/meyer. For more information, visit joycemeyer.org.

The Peace God Promises.


More than thirty years ago, at a site just south of Jerusalem, archaeologists unearthed two rolled-up pieces of pliable silver, about the size of a credit card.

Delicately etched on each plaque were words drawn from the priestly blessing enshrined in Numbers 6:

May the Lord bless and protect you; May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.

Dating to the late seventh century BC, these small silver plaques contain the earliest written citations of Scripture ever found.

Perhaps they also bear witness to what must surely have been a primordial longing of our species—the desire for peace.

But what exactly is peace?.

When most of us think of peace we think of an absence of conflict or the sense of tranquility we sometimes feel after a walk in the park or a day at the beach.

But the Hebrew word shalom is far brawnier than the English word “peace,” encompassing these ideas and more.

Shalom contains the idea of completeness.

It is the sum of all the blessings God can bestow—healing, prosperity, soundness, well-being, good relationships, perfection.

It is what happens when God shines his face on you, when he turns toward you in all his greatness and brings you good.

After the daily sacrifice the Israelite priests would extend their hands to pray this blessing over the people.

As the priests prayed, it became customary for them to leave an opening in their fingers and for the people to cover their heads with their prayer shawls.

They did this to express their reverence, believing that the shekinah (the cloud of God’s presence) was hovering over their heads and that its light was streaming through the open fingers of the priests.

What a beautiful image of the kind of peace God has promised to those who love him.

 As you seek God for a greater measure of peace this year, ask him for his shalom.

Today as you pray, bow down before the Lord in reverence, asking him to shine his face upon you and give you peace.


(Image courtesy of dotcompals at flickr.com)

By Ann Spangler.

Low Self-Esteem, Satan’s Deadliest Weapon.


“Be sober, (be well balanced) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion (in fierce hunger), walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” – Ist Peter 5:8

Some of the most powerful weapons in Satan‘s arsenal are psychological.

Fear is one of these. Doubt is another. Anger, hostility, worry, and of course, guilt. Long-standing guilt is hard to shake off; it seems to hang on even after a Christian claims forgiveness and accepts pardoning grace.

An uneasy sense of self-condemnation hangs over many Christians like the Los Angeles smog.

They find themselves defeated by the most powerful psychological weapon that Satan uses against Christians.

We call it low self-esteem.

Low self-esteem is a gut-level feeling of inferiority, inadequacy, and low self-worth. This feeling shackles Christians in spite of wonderful experiences, in spite of their faith and knowledge of God‘s word.

So Tied Up That We’re Tied Down
I believe God grieves over this. He weeps over the paralysis of our potential through low self-esteem. Jesus told a parable about the talents. The man with the one talent was immobilized by fear and feelings of inadequacy. Because he was so afraid of failure, he didn’t invest his talent, but buried it in the ground and tried to play it safe. His life was a frozen asset -frozen by fear of rejection by the master, fear of failure, fear of comparison to the other two who were making their investments, fear of taking a risk. He did what a lot of Christians do with low self-esteem – nothing. And that is what Satan wants for us as Christians – that we will be so tied up that we are tied down, frozen, paralyzed, settling into life far below our potential.

Low self-esteem destroys our dreams and our visions. You may have heard this old definition before, “Neurotics are people who build castles in the air; psychotics are those who move into them; and psychiatrists are the ones who collect the rent”!

However, this is not the dreams and visions we are neither talking about, nor the unrealistic fantasies or daydreams – no!

We are talking about the dreams and visions as were prophesied by Joel and fulfilled in the Book of Acts in chapter 2 verse 17, was that when the Holy Spirit was poured out, the young would see visions and the old would dream dreams.

The Holy Ghost helps us to dream bold dreams, to see visions of what God wants to do for us and in us, and especially through us.

Fear In The Promised Land
One of the greatest illustrations of this is in the Old Testament, in the Book of Numbers, chapter 13 and 14. God had a vision for His people, a bold, beautiful dream. He implanted into their hearts, and minds the picture of a Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey, a land, which they would possess. He brought them up to the edge of the Promised Land; to the bold plan He had for them. Moses got his orders from the Lord and then sent a military reconnoitering party into the land to look it over.

That’s the first historical mention of the CIA – the Canaan Information Agency.

Moses sent the cream of the crop, the best man from each tribe.

And he fully expected that the realities of Canaan would confirm God’s dreams and God’s promise. And in a sense they did, for all of the scouts agreed:

“It’s a fantastic land. Look at the fruit – we never saw grapes and pomegranates like that.

And the honey – it is the sweetest you have ever tasted! See Numbers 13:23.

“But the people are giants of incredible strength… And the cities are not really cities; they’re forts… And those descendants of Anak, the Naphtaliim – why in their sight we were as grasshoppers.” – Numbers 13:31-33

The envoys began to weep and to be filled with fear. Only Caleb and Joshua had a different story. Oh, they agreed on all the facts.

Their observations were the same; but because their perceptions were different, their conclusions were different.

Why? Because Caleb was a man of a different spirit (Numbers 14:24). Caleb had no worm theology. He and Joshua had no grasshopper esteem of themselves.

They said, “Of course the people are big, but don’t fear them. The Lord is with us. We don’t care how big they are; we can eat them up just like bread, and we can do this because it is God’s will for us.

It is God’s dream, and He delights to do it in us and through us. He’ll give us our dream and give us our land. See Numbers 14:8-10 for this exchange.

More Than Grasshoppers And Worms

The dream was ready and God was ready, but the people were not because of their low self-esteem. They forgot that they were children of God.

How we need this message today; we wrap our fears in morbidly sanctified self-belittling.

Self – crucifixion. What happened to our dreams?.

Where is the vision God put before us?.

What wrecked it?.

Our sins and transgressions and bad habits?

I doubt it.

Probably our dream has been delayed or destroyed because Satan tricked us into thinking of ourselves as grasshoppers or worms.

And as a result we never realize our full potential as a son or a daughter of God.

We are filled up with fears and doubts, inferiority, and inadequacy.

Think about our relationship with God. It follows quite naturally that if you consider yourself inferior or worthless, you will think that God really must not love and care for us.

Such thinking often leads to those inner questions and resentments, which begin to foul up our relationship with God.

After all, isn’t it somewhat His fault that we are this way?.

He made us as we are. He could have and probably should have done it differently.

But He didn’t. And then we become critical of our design, and it isn’t long before we blame the designer.

This is how our concept of God becomes contaminated and our perception of how He feels about us gets all mixed up, finally ruining our relationship with Him.

And last but not least low-self esteem sabotages our Christian service.

What is the biggest obstacle that prevents members of the body of Christ, (metaphor of the community of Christians) from functioning as parts of the body?.

What is the first thing people say when you ask them to do something in the body of Christ?.

“Teach a Sunday school class? I can’t stand up in front of people.” “

Share at the next ladies’s meeting, or men’s conference?.

Oh, I couldn’t do that!” “Go knocking on doors?.

That would scare me to death.”

Pastors are nearly drowned in the torrent of downgrading that pours over us in excuses for not doing God’s work.

“Pastor, I’m tongue-tied. Public speaking is not my gift, but I can do something else.”

You know everybody can do something and function as a give of his gift in the body of Christ.

Seriously, It’s Not The Superstars

Did you ever notice that God doesn’t choose superstars to do His work?.

For example Moses – who lost no time in telling the Lord about his stuttering, to Mama’s boy Mark – who, ran out on Paul and Barnabas.

Paul was right when he said that not many wise and noble, neither many supermen nor many wonderwomen, are on this team (go to Corinthians 1:26-31).

The trouble with our low-self esteem is that it robs God of marvelous opportunities to show off His power and ability through our weaknesses.

Paul said, “Therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities.”

Why? Because they gave God such a wonderful chance to show off His perfection (2nd Corinthians 12:9-10).

Nothing sabotages Christian service more than thinking so little of yourself that you never really give God a chance.

We must never forget who we are, what we are and how much God loves us.

We must give God a chance to shine his perfection through us.

By PAULETTE ARTEAGA.


DEALING WITH A DEMORALIZED SPIRIT (2).


Main Text: Numbers 11: 10-16, 1kgs 19:4, Joel 2:21.

 “Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people?

for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.

 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.

And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness” Numbers 11:13-16

The above scripture depicts a leader who was taking over by the foul spirit of demoralization because of his complains and remarks of resignations.

Are you also taking by this fouls spirit?

It is very obvious that the children of Israel were moving on to a promise land that the Lord God has promised them and Moses was the leader appointed to take and lead them into the land of promise.

This was a new journey that proved to be a testing for not just the Israelites but for Moses himself.

Just like Moses and his congregation, we have just started a new journey in 2011, and already it is proving to be very frustrating and testing for most people, why?

because most of us started this journey with a carryover from 2010.

Instead of concentrating on what God is set to achieve for us and through us and believe God with every fibre in us for a glorious and prosperous journey, we are wearied down with doubts and unbelief thinking this year will not be different from last year; the devil has been defeated!!

No sooner had the children of Israel got into the journey than they began to cry as it appears the journey was becoming too tedious as their want and desires was not being met.

Moses could not bear the complain and the nagging but went back to God who appointed him and made his mind known to God that he was ready to commit suicide, only that this time he wanted God to do the killing.

Like Moses most now have already felt that they are failures even before the journey began.

A deep look at the statement of Moses would reveal that he wanted to die because he does not want to see his failure.

In other words he has written himself a failure on the task that God gave him.

Here is a man who apparently has been taking over by the spirit of demoralization.

Beloved, this foul spirit is set to make you terminate the plans and purposes of God for your life.

It will make you look at yourself as a failure and everyone else around as not helpful to your cause.

It will make you feel miserable and frustrated in thinking that the load that you bear is too much and that you can’t make it in life.

This foul spirit is a potent weapon of Satan in that , it makes all things concerning God and yourself uninteresting.

Your goals and purposes in life suddenly means nothing to you because your spirit man has been totally demoralized.

No wonder Moses saw no option but to die instead of being alive and be a witness to his own failure in life.

Can I say by the divine mandate upon my life that you will not fail and can never fail in Jesus name.

Another great man of God known as Elijah the Tishbite also fell to this foul spirit of demoralization. Scripture alludes;

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers” 1kgs 19:4.

Like Moses, the prophet’s depression here reached its lowest point.

He was apparently suffering from the reaction of overstrained and failure feeling (Demoralization); it appears he was having an inner conflict with himself that he has failed in the assignment God gave him, no wonder why he made a reference to not being better than his fathers.

It appears for the first time he suddenly found himself alone – alone in the awful solitude and silence of the desert.

Thus the prophet at length gave way completely out of demoralization and made his prayer that he might die.

Beloved, I dare you to stand resolute and see the power of God at work in your life.

You will win if you don’t quit.

 Don’t you know that the glory of the place you are destined for is incomparable to where you are now?

That is why the enemy wants to kill you before you come into that place of blessing.

That’s why he wants to frustrate you so that you can give it all up and deny you your entry into that place of glory.

This foul spirit also manifest itself, using fear also as a back up tool to torment its captors.

To defeat this foul spirit, you will need to keep your hope alive, and prepare yourself for greater things to come.

No wonder scripture says;

“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things” Joel 2:21.

Expectation is the motivation for preparation.

What are you expecting from God this year, let it motivate you to begin to prepare in prayers, in studying the word of God, in meeting the right people and in doing the right and necessary things that would bring you to that place of glory.

You are not a failure, and this new journey of 2011 that you have embarked upon will launch you into your destiny if you faint not.

May you find favour this week. Stay blessed.

BY PASTOR T ABUWA.

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