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1月16日

Managing Your Resources

Luke 6:38
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." NKJV
Praise the Mighty Name of Jesus! Giving is one topic we could discuss for a year. God is all about giving. I recently heard a pastor say, ‘We don’t give to get’. I could sense he was speaking against people whom he thought were blowing this verse out of perspective. In the meantime, he was ripping up the faith of those believers gathered there. In those 5 words, the Holy Spirit revealed to me this pastor’s misunderstanding of God and His ways. God is a giver and He wants us to be givers as well. Of course we’re not giving to get, we’re giving to give. There was so much unbelief in that church I had to remove myself from that ‘service’. You’ve got to surround yourself with people of strong faith if you want to be strong. When I was competitive in Judo and wrestling, I found I got stronger when I practiced with strong people. Hang with the weak believers and you will be weak. That is not God’s plan for you.
As a believer, we give because our Father is the greatest giver. ‘For God so loved the world that He gave…’ (John 3:16). The more faithful you are with the resources God gives you, the more God can, and will, bless you. That doesn’t mean the pastor should preach a message on giving every week. There is so much more to life spiritually, but giving should be a part of our daily lives. We need to teach giving to our family and those in our area of influence.
When Mariko and I first went to Japan, we had only 5 suitcases, a University degree and a Bible school degree. We had near nothing. We only had the promise of a job for me to support our family. One thing we did know was that we needed to bring our first fruits (the first part of our income, our tithe) to God’s house(Malachi 3:10). That is something my parents taught me when I was young, (praise Yahweh for great parents!) to first tithe at least 10% off my income to the church I was fellowshipping and being spiritually fed at.
We learned how to give our tithes to our local church and gave some offerings to some outside ministries that we felt were preaching the Gospel, feeding the poor, and helping others go deeper with God. We always look for ‘good ground’ ministries, because we don’t want to put our financial seed into a ministry that is just doing conferences and selling books and compact disks.
We have seen in time, that as we have been faithful, God has blessed what we have given and given more back to us. The more resources He gives us, the more that goes back into His work. If you are faithful with small things, God will entrust you with more.
When you look at a really blessed believer, see how they manage their resources. This is exactly what Jesus was explaining in His parable of the talents (Luke 19:11-27). I always had thought it was mean to take the talent (resource) back from the guy who had one and give it to the guy with 10 talents. I thought, “Why would God give to the guy who had resources and doubled it when he already had the resources while the other guy only had one?” Jesus was making the point that when you are faithful in small things, then He can entrust you with more resources. If you are unfaithful with what you’ve got. You will lose what you have.
Don’t limit resources to your income. Your resources are also your possessions such as your property and your things. I see my biggest resources as my time. The more time I give to the Word , the stronger I will become. The more time I invest in my church, the more time will come back to me. The more encouragement I give to my neighbor the more encouragement will come back to me. The more time I spend with my children, the more my children will spend with me when I am older and wiser in years.
Wondering why God doesn’t entrust you with more? The first thing to ask yourself is, ‘Am I a regular giver at my church, with my friends, and in life?” If not, now is the time to start. Start tithing at your church, be there regularly, buy a friend a meal to encourage them, pray for your members of your church family and let them know you are praying for them… There are so many areas that we can give to others.
Give and it will come back to you. More than you can ever imagine.

1月17日

Joy In His Presence

Ps 16:11
11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. NKJV
Do you feel unsettled in your spirit? Are you emotionally upset? Is something bothering you? Are you thinking about the same thing? These are pretty common things with our emotions. We are spirit-beings who are very much guided by our emotions.
Of all the emotional states (happy, sad, upset, apathetic, joyous, determined, and so forth), my favorite feeling is the feeling of joy. It is so great to feel happy and fulfilled. Some people are always looking for some place, some one, or some thing to satisfy them. If I just have that new car… Once I get married… After a glass of wine … After the baby is born… If I just get a new job. The list goes on and on. But there is never, and will never be any lasting fullness or joy through relationships with people, things, or places.
There is only one place where you can have a joy that is never ending. A joy that is so full and satisfying that no matter what happens you are set. You are happy with your life. This joy comes from regularly getting into His presence.
The most important part of my day is the time I spend waiting on the Father. How do you do it? Turn good worship music done by Spirit-filled believers that starts with faster praise music that works into worship. I like to follow the PSALM guide. Each letter of the word PSALM represents a word to guide you as you spend time with the Father each day. It works like this;
Praise- Praise Him for His goodness, praise Him for His love for you, Praise Him for His blessings on your family. Praise Him for what you’ve got. Praise Him!
Surrender- Surrender your worries, cares, concerns… anything and everything that bothers you. Surrender it to Him. Don’t hold on to anything. He said give everything to Him.
Ask- Now is your chance. Ask him for those things that you need.
Listen- Most people stop at asking. God doesn’t want to be a “Santa Claus” god. He wants to fellowship with you. Train your spirit to listen to God’s spirit speaking back to you.
Meditate- Don’t be in a rush. As you hear good worship, your spirit is sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. Think about what He has said to you. Meditation is to keep thinking on something. If you are going to be thinking about God things, you will have good things.
The Word of God says that in God’s presence is fullness of joy. I can certainly testify to that. Spend time with God regularly and watch your situation change. It is hard not to be happy when you are the creator of the universe.
This year as I was spending time with the Father it became clear to me. If I would just spend more time with Him, I would make far fewer mistakes with people, investments, and even time. But more importantly, as I spend time with Him I become stronger as miracles and victory come to and work through me.  Father work through me!  Make that your prayer today and watch real change come.

1月18日

Joy Inexpressible
1 Peter 1:8-9
8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.  NLT
Yahweh first called me into the ministry at summer camp.  I will never forget being at that church camp near Everett Washington and sensing God speaking to my spirit that He had called me as a ‘different kind of missionary’.  I remember being so excited as a teenager then to see God’s coming plans for me.
If you have ever met a Cultural Christian, you know there is no power in their lives because they are full of religion with no real relationship with the Almighty God.  Once an unbeliever or a Cultural Christian repents and get filled with the Holy Spirit, watch out demons!  Committed Christians have mountain moving faith.  Don’t tread on me because ‘Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world’ (1 John 4:4).
You can have the worse day ever, but if you are a Spirit-filled believer things are never the same.  The joy you get from being in God’s presence changes you.  You have a peace that people can’t understand.  You can lose your job or even be fired and know that God is going to turn it into something better.
As a Committed Christian, it is so awesome when you get filled with the Holy Spirit.  You can make it through anything.  Hallelujah!  The neat thing is as the more you are committed to God and His Kingdom and spending time with Him, the quicker you can turn a negative situation into a positive victory. 
I remember driving down my usual road to head back from shopping one Saturday afternoon.  I sensed the Holy Spirit telling my spirit to turn early and go down a back road.  Instead of using the main thorough-fare, I thought the back road was slower and would take me a few extra minutes.  I got home no problem but later heard from someone about the huge accident that blocked both lanes heading my direction. I could have sat in traffic for hours if I would have not listened to the voice of the Spirit.
It is so awesome that even though I have not seen God’s with my physical eyes, the visions, the dreams, the direction in my life is so evident.  I have a joy that the world can not understand.  It is joy inexpressible!  You can have that same joy too!

1月19日

Spiritual Power Lifters

Heb 10:23-25
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. NKJV
As a pastor or a minister, sometimes you feel like your church is a drive-thru.  Many people come and go. However, there are many people that are there and always wanting to be a blessing and help build the Kingdom of God through your church and ministry. Those people honor God.
If you are seeking Yahweh with your whole heart, you have to learn to not take the “drive-thru” folks actions personally or be offended.  More importantly, you have to realize there are varying degrees of commitment even among Committed Christians (remember the two types of Christians are Cultural and Committed).  We have to get to the point where we realize that we are hungry for spiritual things and need God.
Many times you will meet people who think that they can be a Christian and not be in church every Sunday.  It sounds good, and maybe they ascribe to ‘Christian’ principles but you will find that these people are far from God.  If you want to know God and His ways, you MUST regularly be around people who are like Him.  Hebrews 10:25 says that we must not forsake the gathering together.  In other words, don’t blow off church. 
You can’t expect to go to the gym once a month a call yourself a power lifter.  You’ve got to be dedicated if you want to be strong.  It is the same with spiritual things, if you want to be spiritually strong you’ve got to be regularly in fellowship with other believers each week.  Ideally, every day is even better because that is what the early church did, as we see in the book of Acts.
You have got to find a good church, get yourself there every week, and be committed to encouraging and building up your spirit and soul (mind, will, and emotions areas).  Your church should be a place where you can spiritually recharge yourself for the week back out in the world. 
I love church.  I love to be around God’s people; people who have a passion for Him and His ways.  If your church is not feeding you spiritually, there are two things to think about.  First, are you doing much to help at your church?  What can you do?  You can helping with clean up and the facilities,  teach the kids, help with the worship, the AV, special events, start a Bible study or home group… there are so many areas that churches need help with.  God will reward you for making the time to be in His House with His people each week.  The second thing may be necessary if your church is dead. You may need to leave to find a living church with deep worship and a powerful message.
If you have to work Sundays, God has something better for you.  Believe God for a change in the job schedule or position so that you can be in His House each Sunday.   Ask in faith, keep believing, and He will make it come to pass.
Get yourself to God’s Gym every week and watch your spiritual muscles bulge.  Hallelujah!

1月20日

What About Reincarnation?

Heb 9:27-28
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. NKJV
Have you ever met someone from a religion that thinks we evolve from one life to the next? Some groups think that you start out, as say a bug. If you are a good bug, then you can be reborn as a dog. Then if you are good when you die you can evolve and be reborn as a horse. As a human, you can evolve to a higher level of human in each life. If a human does evil, they think that you will be reborn, or ‘reincarnated’ as a beggar for example. Although the explanation is over simplified, the idea of reincarnation is really illogical. If everyone has these multiple lives, then why does no one remember their previous lives?
This idea of reincarnation binds people to a life of poverty as others assume that if you are born into a poor family. Then you are just reaping the consequences of your previous life. This is what is sometimes called your ‘karma’. This way of thinking is a lie from the pits of hell because it condemns people to hard lives and denies the fact that God will deliver you if you repent and accept the work of Jesus the Messiah. People with more resources don’t help those in need because the struggling are getting what they ‘deserve’ from their past lives… or so they think. What does the Bible say about our incarnation, our lives on the earth?
Hebrews 9:27 says every human dies once and is judged. There is only one life to live. You have to live it to the fullest and go for God and His Kingdom 100%. There is no second chance, no second life. If everyone is a birth and death cycle, why did Jesus the Messiah die and come back to life for us?
Once your spirit leaves your body, that is the end of your time in your ‘earth suit’ on the earth. Without a body, you cannot stay on the earth. When you are absent from your body, you are going to be present with the Lord or eternally separated from Him (2 Corinthians 5:8). Ghosts are not long lost relatives, but demons trying to trick folks by sometimes doing impersonations of people we (and they) once knew.
What are you doing with your time on the earth? Are you seeking His Kingdom or more focused on the job and career? Are you putting time into your kids or spending more time with dinners with visiting executives or friends? Are you telling people about Jesus the Messiah and His love for them or are you being silent?
As the “spirit-beings” God created us to be, we really have a limited time on the earth. Since the flood, the Bible and doctors peg that at about 120 years that we can live (Genesis 6:3). God wants you to live full and blessed, but not so you can get fat. He wants you to be a blessing to others as His heart is to bless and care for His children. There are so many people that are lost and dying around us. Are you telling them about Jesus and what He has done in your life?

1月21日

Managing Your Resources

Luke 6:38
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." NKJV
Praise the Mighty Name of Jesus! Giving is one topic we could discuss for a year. God is all about giving. I recently heard a pastor say, ‘We don’t give to get’. I could sense he was speaking against people whom he thought were blowing this verse out of perspective. In the meantime, he was ripping up the faith of those believers gathered there. In those 5 words, the Holy Spirit revealed to me this pastor’s misunderstanding of God and His ways. God is a giver and He wants us to be givers as well. Of course we’re not giving to get, we’re giving to give. There was so much unbelief in that church I had to remove myself from that ‘service’. You’ve got to surround yourself with people of strong faith if you want to be strong. When I was competitive in Judo and wrestling, I found I got stronger when I practiced with strong people. Hang with the weak believers and you will be weak. That is not God’s plan for you.
As a believer, we give because our Father is the greatest giver. ‘For God so loved the world that He gave…’ (John 3:16). The more faithful you are with the resources God gives you, the more God can, and will, bless you. That doesn’t mean the pastor should preach a message on giving every week. There is so much more to life spiritually, but giving should be a part of our daily lives. We need to teach giving to our family and those in our area of influence.
When Mariko and I first went to Japan, we had only 5 suitcases, a University degree and a Bible school degree. We had near nothing. We only had the promise of a job for me to support our family. One thing we did know was that we needed to bring our first fruits (the first part of our income, our tithe) to God’s house(Malachi 3:10). That is something my parents taught me when I was young, (praise Yahweh for great parents!) to first tithe at least 10% off my income to the church I was fellowshipping and being spiritually fed at.
We learned how to give our tithes to our local church and gave some offerings to some outside ministries that we felt were preaching the Gospel, feeding the poor, and helping others go deeper with God. We always look for ‘good ground’ ministries, because we don’t want to put our financial seed into a ministry that is just doing conferences and selling books and compact disks.
We have seen in time, that as we have been faithful, God has blessed what we have given and given more back to us. The more resources He gives us, the more that goes back into His work. If you are faithful with small things, God will entrust you with more.
When you look at a really blessed believer, see how they manage their resources. This is exactly what Jesus was explaining in His parable of the talents (Luke 19:11-27). I always had thought it was mean to take the talent (resource) back from the guy who had one and give it to the guy with 10 talents. I thought, “Why would God give to the guy who had resources and doubled it when he already had the resources while the other guy only had one?” Jesus was making the point that when you are faithful in small things, then He can entrust you with more resources. If you are unfaithful with what you’ve got. You will lose what you have.
Don’t limit resources to your income. Your resources are also your possessions such as your property and your things. I see my biggest resources as my time. The more time I give to the Word , the stronger I will become. The more time I invest in my church, the more time will come back to me. The more encouragement I give to my neighbor the more encouragement will come back to me. The more time I spend with my children, the more my children will spend with me when I am older and wiser in years.
Wondering why God doesn’t entrust you with more? The first thing to ask yourself is, ‘Am I a regular giver at my church, with my friends, and in life?” If not, now is the time to start. Start tithing at your church, be there regularly, buy a friend a meal to encourage them, pray for your members of your church family and let them know you are praying for them… There are so many areas that we can give to others.
Give and it will come back to you. More than you can ever imagine.

1月22日

Discerning Of Spirits
1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  NKJV
When you learn to discern the spiritual side of life, you will be able to see the actions of others in a different light.  Not everything done by individuals was something they came up with by themselves.  Sometimes people are tricked, motivated, or even controlled from the outsideby filthy evil spirits.
Greater is He that is in us than the enemy in the world!  However, we have to learn to discern the spirits around us a bit better.
I visited a church in Washington State back in June of 2006. Just as the worship (songs) part of the service was coming to a close, a man started convulsing and causing a distraction from his seat in the back left side of the church.  I have seen and had to deal with demonic activity before and I could discern from the other side of the building that there was something demonic going on.
The head pastor with years of teaching experience in this ‘Spirit-filled’ denomination seemed to understand what was going on as he immediately took control of the situation.  As he began to respond it was clear he did not know that the man needed to deal with something spiritual not physical.  He had someone call an ambulance and stopped the service to tell everyone to stretch out their hands as he led a prayer for healing for the guy.
People of God, we have to be wise to the enemies’ schemes!  We must be able to discern the spiritual side of things just as we see things happening around us.  That pastor should have rebuked the devil in that man then and there.  Praying for healing left the man under the manipulation of that unclean spirit as he didn’t need healing, but instead he needed deliverance.
Learn to test the spirits to see if they are from God or are the enemy.  The book of 1 John chapter 4:1-6 gives us proven guidelines for that.  It will save you a lot of time as you will immediately be able to get to the root of many problems in society.  Remember the battle is not against flesh and blood, it is a spiritual fight.  The best part is that we win the battle!  You can win all the way through if you test the spirits and go after God with all your being.
Although I have never personally seen an angel, seeing demons flee at the Name of Jesus just as the Word says sends me home rejoicing on how great our God is!  God is so awesome.
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