Redeeming The Time

Posted September 6, 2009 by mossinterest
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cross2“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but
as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what
the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

 

One of the most precious gifts God has given mankind is—
time.  A major characteristic of time is that you will
never have more of it than you have right now. With each
breath you take, you are that much closer to taking your
last breath. We all reach a point in life where we realize
that we’ve lived more life than we have left.  The older
we become the more careful we are of what and with whom we
spend our time on.  We begin to realize that we truly do
 not have time to waste!

Some of you may look over your shoulder at your past and
smile with satisfaction at how you used the time that you’ve
given, while others may reflect on their past and wish that
they had the ability to do some things all over again.  However,
what is done is done.  We must do the best we can with the time
we have left.

What do you do when you now have the wisdom to do a thing
right, but you don’t have the time to do it all over again?
What do you do when opportunities, like water, have slipped
through your fingers and the doors that were open are now shut?
You may be asking: “Is there any way to regain what I’ve lost
over the years?”  The truth is, you will never be able to
reclaim the time lost – but you may be able to “redeem” the
time you have left!

The Bible instructs us to “redeem the time”.  If we are
instructed to redeem the time, the next question that must be
asked is: “How do we go about redeeming our time?” The answer
actually lies within the word redeem.  The word redeem in the
Greek is “Exagorazo”. It is a compound word made up of the
preposition “ek” which means “to come out of” or “from”, and
the verb “Agorazo” which means “to put to work in the
marketplace”.  The marketplace is simply a system of exchange.
The way to redeem your time is to exchange the system in which
you are investing your time.

Many Believers, although born again by faith, still operate by
a system dominated by the flesh. Anything that is not logical
or probable they shy away from because they fear not being in
control of the situation.  They are operating under a system
of works, which can only pay them a wage, which correspondingly
controls their worth.  This is the reason a person can work
hard all their life and discover that the time they spent
working was wasted because it could not give them what they
earnestly desire – freedom and fulfillment.

God’s system, or the Kingdom of God, is one of redemption that
is founded on faith.  Our productivity and worth is not based
on our abilities or efforts, but our faith and obedience to
God’s Word.  Everything we receive in this system is a gift.
Jesus said, to seek first the Kingdom of God and His
righteousness and all things will be added onto us
(Matthew 6:33).  God does what we can’t do by our believing
(in faith) that He can do it!

In the Bible, Abraham tried to have a son, under the system
of flesh (or his own abilities and efforts) for almost 100
years without success. God gave Him in a moment, by faith,
what he could not produce by his flesh over a lifetime. God
redeemed Abraham’s time because Abraham switched systems.  He
received by faith what he could not produce by in his flesh.

Like Abraham, God has allowed some of you to live long enough
to know that your system doesn’t work. God can fix in a moment
what has been broken for years.  It all depends on the system
that you are investing your time and efforts in.  It’s not to
late!  Switch today and redeem your time!

The Man In The Hole

Posted August 6, 2009 by mossinterest
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The Anti-American President

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The Difference Between Being Lost and Being Led

Posted July 23, 2009 by mossinterest
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“Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went
out into the wilderness.”
Exodus 15:22

Many people who find themselves stuck in difficult situations
often feel as if they’ve become lost. Somehow, they’ve
arrived in a wilderness where everything has dried up and
nothing seems to be growing. Many of them have lived in this
wilderness for so long that they have given up on things
changing and concluded that this must be all God has in store
for them.

On numerous occasions, they have attempted to
change their situation, but all of their efforts have failed.
If this sounds like you, you may not be lost at all! You may
be squarely within the Will of God. All dry places in life
are not the result of being lost. Sometimes God leads us
into dry places and uses them as a place of preparation.

In Exodus 3:8, when God met Moses at the burning bush, He told
him that He was going to deliver His people from bondage and
into a land flowing with “milk and honey”. Yet, we know when
God delivered His people from bondage, He led them directly
into a “wilderness” where they spent 40 years.

We know that their wilderness experience had a purpose because the Bible tells us that there was a shorter route available that they
could have taken and avoided the wilderness altogether. Exodus
13:17 says, “God did not lead them by the way of the land of
the Philistines, even though it was near “
(underline mine).
Whenever God leads you somewhere He has a predetermined
purpose for you, even if the route is a longer than what you
expected. The longer the preparation, the greater the
promotion.

If takes much longer to get a PhD than it does
a GED. I am not putting down those who have a GED. Praise
God for it. For some, it took just as much determination to
get their GED than it did for some to get their PhD. However, we
are speaking of principles.

Oftentimes, your wilderness is the doorway to your promise.
At the initiation of Jesus’ public ministry He was not led
into the temple, but into the wilderness. Jesus had to be
first prepared in their wilderness before He could preach his
first sermon.

If you are in a wilderness right now, remember what you
learned while there because it will be necessary to sustain
you in your Promised Land. Don’t faint or lose heart. You
may be at the door of your promise and purpose. I know it has
been a long journey, but it will be worth your while. I know
others may have arrived sooner at their place of destiny, and
you are still making your way toward your destiny.

What God wants to do in your life, requires preparation, therefore
He had to take you the long way. There are no short cuts in the
Kingdom of God – only God’s way. I know, all the while you’ve
thought that somehow you where lost. You may not have been
lost at all. You just may have been led!

By Dr. J.C. Matthews, Senior Pastor of Dunamis Life Ministries and Chancellor of The International Kingdom Institute.

Surviving Dry Places

Posted July 19, 2009 by mossinterest
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cross2 But He answered and said, “It is written, Man Shall not live
by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the
mouth of God “. (Matthew 4:4)

What does Deuteronomy 8:3 and Matthew 4:4 have in common outside of them being almost identical in wording? Of course, they are both found in the Bible. The answer is: They were both spoken in a wilderness or a dry place. Moses and Jesus
both were concluding extended stays in a wilderness and came
to the same conclusion. Their conclusion was: “Man does not
live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of
the mouth of God.”

You may have never spent any period of time in an actual
wilderness. However, at some point in your life you will
find yourselves in some very dry places. Your dry place might
be emotional, financial, physical, spiritual, relational or
some other form of deficiency or you have in your life. Each
person’s wilderness is just as real as the other’s. These dry
places and times in our lives are not designed to kill or stop
us, but to grow us in our relationship and understanding of God.
They are places of decision and learning where the flesh is
tried and our spiritual man (or woman) is matured

The wilderness is not always a bad place. The purpose for the
wilderness in our lives is three fold. These purposes are to:
(1) try us – physically, mentally and spiritually, (2) reveal
ourselves to ourselves, (3) bring us to a place of total
surrender to God. We must come to a place where we no longer
seek fulfillment, meaning and sufficiency in others or our own
efforts – but in God. Until we learn to trust God’s Word in
every situation we cannot enjoy the promises He has spoken
over our lives.

I don’t know what your particular wilderness is, but I can tell
you that the test and the lesson is the same. God does not
deny that you have needs. However, He does say that your primary
means of meeting these needs should be found within His Word.

If you are currently in a “dry place” in your life ask yourself,
“What is it that God is trying to teach me here?” “Have I been
depending on His Word or something or someone else?” The answer
to these questions may determine how long you’ll be there. The
children of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness before they
entered into their promise because they continually failed the
test. Jesus passed His test the first time and left His wilderness         experience in 40 days. The way to shorten your time
in these dry places of life is to learn the lessons taught
while there.

Regeneration vs The Idolatry of Decisional “Evangelism”

Posted July 13, 2009 by mossinterest
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A Paul Washer Lecture based on today’s evangelists lack of guiding men to properly giving their life over to Christ. It is not about a five minute prayer, but, a lifetime of repentance. I present this as I’ve had so many negative comments about what so called Christians call “Doom and gloom” messages. Well, it’s your doom, but, the message is the Gospel truth, whether you believe it or not, is irrelevent.

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Psalm 23

Posted July 10, 2009 by mossinterest
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