What is the difference between…

                            capitalism, socialism & Love?

What is the difference between
… capitalism, socialism and Love?

      Capitalism is about what I can benefit from what I do!
      Socialism is about what others do for me!
      And love…?
      Love is about what I do for others!

Now on the surface it would seem that
… capitalism is most beneficial,
and even socialism
… seems to be a wonderful option as well.
But what about love?
It seems only others benefit from it.

But is that true?
Actually … NOT!

There is a physical principle or law,
… that is based on a spiritual principle,
that governs our lives and most everything on earth,
… what we eat, our relationships, etc…
It is the principle of – seedtime and harvest!

Capitalism uses this principle,
… but mainly for personal benefit.
Socialism demands this principle from others
… specifically for personal benefit.
Love, lives this principle,
… applying and thereby benefiting from this principle
and therefore able to receive simply because it gives!

      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.
      Luke 6 38

 

Walking on water…

There are times when we may need…
                                    … to walk on water!

There are times when we may need to walk on water,
… but we can only do that
if we have come to know and trust God.

      Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
      Prov 3 5

If you don’t trust God,
… you will not be listening for His voice.
Therefore get to know God,
… spend time with Him,
… talk to Him
and learn to trust Him.

As it is written in Proverbs …

      In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths.
      Prov 3 6

God is faithful!
Start trusting in Him,
… and step out on His word!

      As you do that,
      you will find yourself dealing with your challenges
      … as if you are ‘walking on water!’

      ‘Jesus’ said, ‘Come’
      And Peter … walked on the water to go to Jesus.
      Matt 14 29

 

It’s all about decisions

                                          … you make!

Life is about making decisions,
… even though they may not always come so easily!

However,
once you understand the reason for making decisions,
… that it is about commitment and direction,
the direction your life should be taking,
… and where you are going to be tomorrow,
then making a decision will become so much easier!

      Because, unless you make a decision,
      … you have no direction!
      Your future is not just on hold,
      … but in danger of outside interference!
      And on top of that,
      … the longer you take to reach a decision,
      … the more the problem seems to increase.

So learn to make decisions,
and don’t be intimidated by having to decide.

But what if I don’t know if it’s the right decision?
That is absolutely no problem!
You have help …

      However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
      He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on
      His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak;
      and He will tell you things to come.
      John 16 13

Ask Him to help you make decisions,
… and let His peace be your guide!
 

Needing answers…

                                            … but getting none?

We all have questions and problems in our lives
… that we need help with and need answers to,
and God very specifically tells us what to do …

      Call to Me, and I will answer you,
      and show you great and mighty things,
      which you do not know.
      Jeremiah 33 3

God says – ‘if you need an answer – ASK Me!’
However, you may well say,
… I have asked and never received an answer.
Fact is, it was not that God did not answer,
but that you did not listen!

      It is not about asking and waiting for God to say and do
      … what you have prayed, asked and expect Him to do!
      NO!
      Because, in most cases
      God’s answer is different from what you think or expect.
      Don’t forget …
      God said – ‘I WILL ANSWER YOU!’
      Therefore,it is not about what you think or you need,
      but about what God knows,
      … and what He will show you and will do for you!

So, what should you do?
Simply believe that God WILL answer you,
… that He knows the right answer to your need,
and that He is able to do what needs to be done!

As Jesus said …
      If you can believe,
      all things are possible
to him who believes.
      Mark 9 23

 

What about …

                                                   if…?

You cannot truly benefit from something
… that you are not actually part of.

      And, you will not become part of anything
      … when there is an IF in the equation!
      Why? Because not only is trust lost,
      … but truth is in fact compromised,
      with the simple result that
      … the way for corruption has been opened!

For instance …
If you want to benefit from God’s promises,
… but you are not willing to trust God, saying,
‘God, if you will heal me,’
‘God, if you will secure that job for me.’

There is NO faith in this
… and God is not likely to respond.

      But let him ask in faith, with no doubting
      … for let not that man suppose that he
      will receive anything from the Lord;
      he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
      James 1 6-8

Your trust has to be in God alone … (faith in Him)
that is what opens the way into His kingdom,
then you will also have trust in His promises,
… and that is when,

      And my God shall supply all your need
      according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
      Philippians 4 19

With … No IFs and No BUTs
 

Let me be…

                                               … your MAN!

When Jesus saw a sick man at the pool of Bethesda,
He asked him…
      Do you want to be made well?
      The sick man answered Him,
      ‘Sir, I have no man
      to put me into the pool when the water is stirred’.

Jesus’ response was … ‘Let me be your man!’
      saying to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’.
      John 5 5-9

Jesus has always wanted to be the answer,
… to be the One to help us in our need.
But …
      Do you want Him to be your Man?
      … Do you want Him to be your answer?
      … Will you allow Him to do what you cannot do?

Like the leper, all you need do is – ASK!

      And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying,
      ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’
      Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying,
      ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’
      Matthew 8 2-3

Jesus’ answer was and still is,
… I AM WILLING …

      Do you want Jesus to help you?
      He is willing …
      All you need to do is believe and ask!

So that He can also be – your MAN!
 

When things go wrong

                                                 … what then?

When things go wrong in life,
… don’t talk about what you have done wrong,
… or about where you missed it,
but look at what you should do … now!

      You cannot change what has happened,
      but you can influence what is to come!

The answer is not found in what went wrong,
… or in analysing whether you were right or not.
but in doing what you should have done in the first place,
by going to God for help!

      Call to Me, and I will answer you,
      and show you great and mighty things,
      which you do not know.
      Jer 33 3

How do you do that?
By drawing close to God,
… to that place where YOU can hear Him,
and where He can show you what to do.

But where is that place?
… exactly where Jesus said it is,

      If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
      you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
      John 15 7

That place where it’s not about what you think or want,
but where you let Him tell you what He thinks,
where He can and will confirm His Word to you!
 

How faith …

                                                 … works!


To say faith works is easy,

… but HOW does it actually operate?
How does faith make what you believe happen?

      A woman once came to a pastor (Bill Winston) asking him
      what to do about the drug dealers in her street?
      He said, ‘well let’s ask God what to do!’
      God said,
      … ‘Anoint oil and pour it down the middle of the street’
      The woman was desperate and actually did that!
      Four days later she told the pastor,
      … ‘They came back the next day,
      … left after only an hour and never returned!’

How did that happen?
Because of her act of faith!
… God works by faith, our faith.
God needs us to obey what He says,
… so He can use it to give us the desired answer.
It wasn’t the oil, it was her obedience, her faith in His word!

      And all these blessings shall come upon you
      and overtake you, because
      you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
      Deuteronomy 28 2

Too often we concern ourselves with
how will God make that work,
when all that’s important is that He WILL do it!
BUT are we willing to listen and obey?

      If you are willing and obedient,
      You shall eat the good of the land;
      Isaiah 1 19

 

The Works

                                                    … of faith!

What did James mean when he said…

      Thus also faith by itself,
      if it does not have works, is dead.
      James 2 17

Evidently, what we do and why we do it
… does have spiritual and physical importance!

The things we do in the natural,
… in our own strength,
are works that are subject to physical laws,
… the result of which is governed by natural laws.

      knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law
      but by faith in Jesus Christ …
      for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
      Gal 2 16

This clearly tells us that what we do in our own strength,
… does NOT activate spiritual laws.
So how do spiritual laws get activated and work?

      Spiritual laws are based on what God has done,
      and are activated by standing on and responding to,
      … what God has prepared,
      … what Jesus has done,
      … what the Holy Spirit makes happen!

Yes there are physical actions and manifestations,
… in response to our faith, to what we believe.
BUT
… they are all based or founded on spiritual laws
and not our actions in trying to get God to do something
THAT IS ALREADY DONE!
 

Righteous

                                           … or not!

 
      How does one become righteous?
      Because to stop sinning seems impossible!

Truth is that …
Righteousness and sin are total opposites,
… and not sinning won’t make you righteous anyway!

So what do I need to do?

      What you need to do about sin,
      … is NOT to try to stop sinning,
      because that is impossible for man!

      What you need to do about righteousness,
      … is NOT trying to live right.

The reality of becoming righteous,
… is NOT about what you do or do not do,
but it is all about what Jesus has done!

      Just as Jesus did not become sin by sinning,
      … so also,
      we don’t become righteous by doing righteous things!

Jesus became sin by taking our sin on the cross,
and because of His righteous act on our behalf,
we become righteous by receiving His righteousness,

      For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us,
      that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
      2 Corinthians 5 21