Misunderstanding

 

Whiskey

An angry wife was complaining about her husband spending so much of his free time in the local bar, so one night he took her along with him.
"What'll you have?" he asked.

"Oh, I don't know. The same as you I suppose," she replied. So, the husband ordered a couple of Jack Daniel's and threw his down in one shot.

His wife watched him, then took a sip from her glass and immediately spit it out. "Yuck, that's TERRIBLE!" she spluttered. "I don't know how you can drink this stuff!"

"Well, there you go," cried the husband. "And you think I'm out enjoying myself every night!"

 

In Need of God’s Help

Did you hear about the guy who prayed, ‘Lord, so far today I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper, been nasty, greedy or grumpy. But in a few minutes I’m gonna have to get out of bed, then I’m gonna need all the help I can get.’

Bad Timing

Bad Timing
 A parish priest, Father O'Brien, was being honored at a dinner on the 25th anniversary of his arrival in that parish.
 A leading local politician, who was a member of the congregation, was chosen to make the presentation and give a little speech at the dinner, but he was delayed in traffic
 Sooo.....Father O'Briend decides to say his own few words while they await the politician's arrival......
 "You will understand," he said, "the seal of the confessional, can never be broken. What is confessed in there to me, is never repeated on the outside.
 However, I got my first impressions of this parish from the first confession I ever heard here.
 Realize, please, that I can only hint vaguely about this, but when I came here 25 years ago, I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place.
 The very first chap who entered my confessional told me how he had stolen a television set and, when stopped by the police, had almost murdered the officer. Further, he told me he had embezzled money from his place of business and had an affair with his boss's wife. I was appalled. But as the days went on I knew that my people at this congregation were not all like that, and I had, indeed come to, a fine parish full of understanding and loving people."
 Just as the priest finished his talk, the politician arrived, apologized for his tardiness and then started in on his speech.
 "I want to thank you all for letting me say a few words this evening in here, I had the honor of being the first confession he heard at this congregation."
 Now that is bad timing.

Innocence and Diligence

 

Little Zachary was doing very badly in math.
His parents had tried everything… Tutors,
mentors, flash cards, special learning centers.

In short, everything they could think of to help his math.


Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local Catholic school.

After the first. Day, little Zachary came home with a very
serious look on his face. He didn’t even kiss his mother Hello. Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying

Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work.

His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner.To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word and, in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before. This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference.

Finally, little Zachary brought home his report card. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books.

With great trepidation, his Mom looked at it and to her great surprise, Little Zachary got an “A” in math.

She could no Longer hold her curiosity.
She went to his room and said, “Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?” Little Zachary looked at her and Shook his head, no.

“Well, then,” she replied, “Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the Uniforms?

WHAT WAS IT ALREADY?”

Little Zachary looked at her and said,

“Well, on The first day of school when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren’t fooling around.” 

Dreams Direct Diet

Dreams Direct Diet

  1. Dreams can come from God, man or the devil.
  2. It is wise to distinguish the dreams from people (their expectations) and the devil’s dream for you (to distract you) and God’s dream for you (the best), so that you don’t waste your time pursuing the wind or a shadow. ( Neh6:1-3, Luke 4:1-10)
  3. There is unique assignment for you and for me. ( Gen:50:15)
  4. Our dreams are for the enrichment of others, not ourselves.( Gen50:15)
  5. God’s Provision power and protection come in the place of our vision.  (Neh1)
  6. God has wired and equipped you sufficiently for the fulfilment of your assignment. However you may still need some formal (not always) but certainly, practical or experiential training to hone and sharpen your gift.  You need to be open and flexible to allow this to happen.

( Ps139:1-14, Eph2:10)

7.Your dream is your calling and is different from your career. It is the purpose of your being.

8. It you don’t know your dream you need to seek God’s face. Know Him intimately so that He can reveal your dream to you.( john3:3,8,Jer9:23-24, Phil3:10-14)

9. God and creation are waiting for you to manifest through your dream (Rom8:19).

10. The best present you can give to God, for the best He gave to you- Jesus- is to find your dream and fulfil it. (Neh.6:15)

11. When purpose is not known it can be abused or unused or wasted.

12. Purpose not pursued with passion is purpose postponed.

13. Only you can faithfully and fully fulfil your vision.

14 When your vision is not fulfilled the world is left poorer.

15. When you fulfil your purpose, assignment or dream, God has great pleasure and is glorified. ( John17:4 2Tim4:7)

16. Delay dashes and deals death to dreams. 

17. You don’t need a lot of resources to fulfil your dream.

18. Every dream starts small so do not despise the day of small beginnings. Start from where you are, with whom you’re with and with what you have in your hands, no matter how small or insignificant.

19. You don’t have to sleep to have a dream. Your eyes can be wide open.

20. Life lived without a dream is a wasted life. (Judges 16:30)

21. True fulfilment in life comes from finding, facing, focusing on, and finishing with finesse that God-given assignment. (Neh6:15, 1Chro.28:20, 2Chro5:1,2Chro7:11, Ezra6:15)

22. When you have found your dream, discover yourself-your endowment for the fulfilment of the dream.   Develop (hone, prune sharpen) your gift and then deploy it to fulfil your dream.

23. God declare the end from the beginning. But there is s waiting or processing time. His timing is important. Aim not to run ahead of God or drag you feet behind Him. Moses ran ahead of God and had to be put on hold for forty years.

24. We need to look for dreams from God.

25. Your God-given dream will fuel you will passion, drive, energy, enthusiasm.

26. God wants us to have dreams that are big.(Eph3:20)

27. If your dream does not frighten you, it is not big enough.

28.Your dream will keep you awake at night and yet you wake up refreshed.

29.Your dream will be tested with opposition.

30. You don’t abandon your dream because of opposition or ridicule.( Neh.4:1-3)

31. Dream could incite jealousy and opposition. ( Gen37:5-11, Neh 4:1-3, Ps105:19)

32. Share your dream. Declare it proclaim it. Confess it. Confession is a step towards possession.

33. Confession without action in line with your dream is an illusion that can turn into a nightmare.

34. You need to be selected as to whom to share your dream with. (Gen37:6-11)

35. Opposition to our dreams may come from quarters we least expect. It happened to Joseph, David, Jesus, and Nehemiah. It will happen to you. ( Gen 39:6-11)

36. Opposition to a dream is not always a bad thing. It could be God –ordained to push you into your foreordained playing field. God can use any adversity to bless or advance you, so long as you are yielded to Him. ( Gen39: 5-10,19-20)

37. Write down your dream and as you do you clarify it more and more (Hab2:2).

38. When you make help other fulfil their dreams God will make your dream come true.

39. God will not show you the details of your dream.  You have to walk by faith for it to unfurl like a flower. ( Rom10:17, 2Cor5:7

40. Your patience regarding your dream will be put to the test as it was for Joseph when he pleaded with the butler not to forget him when he was released.(Gen40:14)

41. God’s timing is always best regardless of what we think. (Eccle3:1-3, Hab. 2:3, Eccl3:11)

42. Unless we go through a process we cannot possess the promise or dream. God will use adversities to shape our character so that our charisma is not marred.( Acts 9:16)

43. We need to identify, acknowledge, motivate and embrace our dream mates.

44. It is wise to have mentors regarding your dream.  These are people who have achieved what you are hoping to achieve though not necessarily the same thing. Dead people can mentor you through their works- books, writings, speech, establishments, inventions, and character legacies.

45. Your dream may have some similarity with others but it has to have something unique about it.

46. Opposition to a dream or difficulties associated with it do not negate its appointment.

(2Cor11:23—12:10, Matt16:23 Neh 6)

47. Don’t be a photocopy.  Be original.  God made you unique.  If there are two of you, then one of you is unnecessary. (Ps139:1-14)

48. We need to be discerning of dream stealers , destroyers and killers and avoid them.

(Neh4:1-3)

49. Understand the tests Joseph went through because you are likely to be tested in these areas too: Pride( Gen 37:3), Pit ( Gen37:24), Palace, Prosperity,( stewardship Gen39:2), Purity ( Gen.39:7), Prison ( Gen39:20), Position or Promotion (Gen39:22) Patience ( Gen.40:14), Prophetic (Gen41:16), Pardon (Gen50:17)

50. Satan is against your dream. He will use people against you (Neh4:1-3). Make sure you are not against your dream, because it is possible when you do things contrary to your dream or you don’t take any action in line with your dream. (Jud16:21)

51. You can be very successful in the eyes of the world and yet be a total failure in God‘s eyes, if you have not pursued what He created you for. And what an indictment and disappointment that would be!

O, Sing Unto the Lord a New Song

 

O, sing unto the Lord a new Song!

Tell of his wonderful works; proclaim his salvation,

His goodness His lovingkindness, His magnificence.

 Sing praises to His holy Name that is above every other name.

Exalt him with very fibre of your being. Lift Him up above any cares.

Let the whole earth praise the Living God with reckless abandon.

 For the Lord is King over all. He is the Creator of the ends of the earth;

He spoke and it was done, commanded and it came into being. 

He is all-powerful, all-knowing and ever-present. He made you and I for His pleasure.

 Give Him glory and honour and majesty due to Him;

let everything within you cry, ’Holy, holy, holy is the Lord ,

who was and is and is to come.’

 O, magnify the Lord above every issues and concerns.

See things from His perspective and rejoice

that He will right every wrong for those in His care.

O worship the King who is in charge if your affairs,

who loves you with an everlasting love. Say unto Him,

’Who is like unto You? What God is like You? 

You are glorious in holiness and fearful in praises, doing wonders.’

 Let all creation praise- moon and stars, the galaxies,

wild creatures, birds in the air, fishes in the seas and oceans.

 All you people- Kings, queens, princes, princesses, paupers,

business tycoons, young and old. He made both great and small.

He sets up kingdoms and uproots principalities and powers.

 He is coming again to take His bride to be on his side.

He is coming for those who are waiting for His appearing.

 Let us praise the, Matchless, Majestic, Mighty, Most High God!

Assurance of salvation

 

Psalm 26:9
Gather not my soul with sinners.

Fear made David pray thus, for something whispered, “Perhaps, after all, thou mayst be gathered with the wicked.” That fear, although marred by unbelief, springs, in the main, from holy anxiety, arising from the recollection of past sin. Even the pardoned man will enquire, “What if at the end my sins should be remembered, and I should be left out of the catalogue of the saved?” He recollects his present unfruitfulness-so little grace, so little love, so little holiness, and looking forward to the future, he considers his weakness and the many temptations which beset him, and he fears that he may fall, and become a prey to the enemy. A sense of sin and present evil, and his prevailing corruptions, compel him to pray, in fear and trembling, “Gather not my soul with sinners.” Reader, if you have prayed this prayer, and if your character be rightly described in the Psalm from which it is taken, you need not be afraid that you shall be gathered with sinners. Have you the two virtues which David had-the outward walking in integrity, and the inward trusting in the Lord? Are you resting upon Christ’s sacrifice, and can you compass the altar of God with humble hope? If so, rest assured, with the wicked you never shall be gathered, for that calamity is impossible. The gathering at the judgment is like to like. “Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” If, then, thou art like God’s people, thou shalt be with God’s people. You cannot be gathered with the wicked, for you are too dearly bought. Redeemed by the blood of Christ, you are His for ever, and where He is, there must His people be. You are loved too much to be cast away with reprobates. Shall one dear to Christ perish? Impossible! Hell cannot hold thee! Heaven claims thee! Trust in thy Surety and fear not!

 C. H. Spurgeon

He Presides, So He Provides

He Presides so He Provides

Thankfully my Lord in Ireland

Is also my Lord in England

‘I am the Lord, I do not change ‘

The environment may change.

But He remains the same.

With a glorious matchless Name.

He presides so He provides

He parts Red Seas and guides

He is the Eternal Rock

And brings water out of rocks

And rains manna from heaven

For His children- citizens.

He makes a way in the wilderness

To demonstrate His goodness

He also makes rivers in deserts

For those who have given their heart

He is the God who is more than enough

Therefore they will be filled, have enough.

 Philippians 4:19

New King James Version (NKJV)

19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Luke 6:38

New King James Version (NKJV)

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.”

Psalm 23:1-6

New King James Version (NKJV)

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

 1 The LORD is my shepherd;
         I shall not want.
 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
         He leads me beside the still waters.
 3 He restores my soul;
         He leads me in the paths of righteousness
         For His name’s sake.

 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
         I will fear no evil;
         For You are with me;
         Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
         You anoint my head with oil;
         My cup runs over.
 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
         All the days of my life;
         And I will dwell[a] in the house of the LORD
         Forever.

Psalm 103:1-6

New King James Version (NKJV)

Psalm 103

A Psalm of David.

 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul;
         And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
         And forget not all His benefits:
 3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
         Who heals all your diseases,
 4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
         Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
         So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
      That there may be food in My house,
      And try Me now in this,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,

      “ If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
      And pour out for you such blessing
      That there will not be room enough to receive it.

‘Since no work is coming in, are you on dole?’

Lord, I am so grateful that my job is not my source

Just as the faucet through which water comes is not the reservoir

Therefore I look to You to supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Because You preside over my life, You will provide.  I refuse to worry, but put my trust in You.

It is You who gives me the power to get wealth. It is You who makes a road I the wilderness. Guide me, O Lord, to my green pasture and still waters. Amen.

The Multi-seeded is also Multi-afflicted

 

The Multi-seeded is also multi-afflicted

He who is multi-seeded

Is also multi-afflicted

Like David, greatly talented

And very much tempted

And tormented by his adversaries.

 

Saint, without a story

there will be no glory

Every glory has a story

So relax, do not worry

About the foe, your enemy.

 

 

His arrows will cause you to soar

Gain more strength to tower

Be strong, know that it’s war

Be courageous. Rise from the floor!

Trust and know that victory is in store.

 

2 Corinthians 11:23-12:9

New King James Version (NKJV)

23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. 24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?
30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity. 31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. 32 In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me; 33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.

2 Corinthians 12

The Vision of Paradise

 1 It is doubtless[a] not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. 6 For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.

The Thorn in the Flesh

   
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

12cor11:23-12:6-9

 

Lord your presence is my confidence, regardless of what I see or face.  Your grace is sufficient for me.  In my weakness your strength will be made perfect. No weapon fashioned against me will prosper, in the name of Jesus, Amen.