Friday, 26 August 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS LETTING GO OF OFFENCE BEFORE COMING TO WORSHIP GOD

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GOD-TRACKING IS LETTING GO OF OFFENCE BEFORE COMING TO WORSHIP GOD

Matthew 6:14
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you

Jesus said, “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Naturally, in Bible times, people would bring a literal offering to the temple as a burnt offering before God on the altar. It’s in this context that Jesus said these words. This type of offering was an act of worship. Often, offerings were made as sin offerings. In other words, the person bringing the offering was seeking God’s forgiveness for sins committed. It’s clear that Jesus was implying that before we can expect to receive forgiveness from God we need to be prepared to offer forgiveness to those who have offended us. This thought is reflected in the prayer Jesus taught is to pray: “Forgive us our trespassers as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.”

Unforgiveness results from hurts or offences other people cause in our lives, knowingly or otherwise. Unforgiveness is the greatest inhibitor in any person’s life. Unforgiveness will cause a someone to stagnate in their walk with God and their growth in character. Unforgiveness will drag a person out of God’s blessing and into despair, depression and desolation. The one thing that hinders God’s forgiveness of us is our unforgiveness of others. For a Christian, forgiveness is not optional, it is mandatory.

We no longer offer animal sacrifices on an altar before God. Jesus was the great final sin offering, whose holy blood spilled on the altar of the cross brought forgives of sin, once and for all. However, when I accepted this sacrifice of Christ as atonement for my sin, I laid my own life down; I have been crucified with Christ and now live by faith in his sacrifice for my sins. My whole life is laid bare on the altar of God, as it were. Therefore, every time I come to worship God or come to the communion table, I need to be sure I come in forgiveness and grace.

Today, if you hold a grievance against someone or if you’re harbouring unforgiveness, first go to that person and make right with them before bringing your sacrifice of praise before God. And if you have offended someone else, knowingly or otherwise, then be sure to ask their forgiveness before coming to the Lord’s table or offering him your worship. Remember too, forgiveness and apology need to be unqualified. So it’s simply, “I forgive you.” Or, “I’m sorry.” Add no buts or ands to it. I have found forgiveness is the most liberating and empowering act in life; an act of worship in response of the grace of God.

God-tracking is letting go of offence before coming to worship God.

Blessings

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Matthew 5:21-26
Matthew 6:7-14
Galatians 2:20


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TODAY I PRAY, FATHER FORGIVE MY TRESPASSES AND I FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE TRESPASSED AGAINST ME

Pray
“Oh Father in heaven, I realise that I have been harbouring offence in my life. I apologise for my unforgiveness! Before you, I now choose to confess forgiveness of those who have offended me. If I have offended others, dear Lord, then I ask your forgiveness and ask that you help me to make an unqualified apology to them. Today I pray, Father forgive my trespasses and I forgive those who have trespassed against me. Amen.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS GETTING UP TO KEEP RUNNING AFTER TAKING A FALL

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GOD-TRACKING IS GETTING UP TO KEEP RUNNING AFTER TAKING A FALL

1 Corinthians 9:24
So run that you may obtain it.

I watch mesmerised as Mo Farah prepares to run the 10,000 metres at the Rio

As a runner, I know the importance of training for a run. A runner needs to prepare well for a race. But no training can help prepare him for the falls that happen in a race. Every fall is unique and unpredictable. When an athlete falls on the track he has one of two choices: get up and keep running or try to make a surreptitious exit from the track.

By the Holy Spirit, Paul writes, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” This Christian life we live is like a long distance race – strenuous and thwart with obstacles. In my own humble race of life, I know what it’s like to take a fall. Having run for many years with confidence and pride, I took a stumble that almost wrecked my whole life. As I ran along my legs became entangled in pride and rebellion. Perhaps this is why we are told in scripture to lay aside sin which so easily entangles us, and run with endurance the race that is set before us. I had one of two options quit the race or pick myself up and continue running. Thankfully, by his grace and mercy, the Lord sustained me and helped me back to my feet so I could stay on track.

Have you had a fall in this race of life? Have you become entangled in pride or sin? Don’t give up, look up! Lift your head and fix your eyes on Jesus. Repent of sin and get back on track. And whatever you do, keep on running!

God-tracking is getting up to keep running after taking a fall.

God bless you

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Proverbs 16:18
Hebrews 12:1-3

Olympics. He’d trained for months for this race. He stands at start line waiting for the pistol to go off. He is confident. He can do this. Indeed, the competition is strong but he is ready for it. Crack! He’s off. Good pace. Middle of the pack. Lap after lap, he is doing well, then suddenly he feels the rough surface of the Tartan Track graze his elbow. He is on the ground! His elbow stung but not as much as the thought that he was out of the race. In an instant he is back on his feet, even before the last runner has passed him by. Mo Farah goes on to win the 2016 Olympic 10,000 metre race to the roar of an ecstatic crowd.

Don’t Give Up, Look Up!

Help me now to pick myself up again and keep running

Pray
“Dear Father, I am sorry for my pride and sin. I have taken a fall. I thought I was running well but then this happened. I confess, I looked away from my goal and became an entangled mess. I repent of sin. I now take my eyes off myself and humbly fix them on Jesus, the author of my life race. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for your forgiveness. Help me now to pick myself up again and keep running. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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Friday, 12 August 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS FILLING YOUR MOUTH WITH GOD’S WORD AND THEN WATCHING HOW HE FULFILS IT


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GOD-TRACKING IS FILLING YOUR MOUTH WITH GOD’S WORD AND THEN WATCHING HOW HE FULFILS IT

Jeremiah 1:12
Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

Yong Jeremiah was stunned as he sat on a rock outside the gates of Anathoth, his home town. He was of the tribe of Levi, which meant he would soon be ordained a priest in the house of Israel. He’d gone for a walk and sat down to think about his future when, all of a sudden the Word of God came to him, “Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah, before you were even conceived or born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

“Ah, Lord God! How so? I’m still young and, anyway, I wouldn’t know what to say.”

But God replied to Jeremiah and said that he need not worry about being too young to become a prophet. He added that he would always be with him; he had nothing to fear. Then the Lord touched his mouth and said, “See, I have put my Words in your mouth.”

It was then that Jeremiah had his first vision. He saw an almond tree branch, of all things. I could imagine he was rather puzzled at this.

“What do you see, Jeremiah?” asked the Lord. “I see… er… an almond branch, Lord,” he replied. “You have seen correctly, young man. You see, I will be watching over my Word to perform it in your life.”

Jeremiah understood immediately why he’d seen an almond branch. It was clear to him, a Hebrew speaker. When God used the Hebrew term for almond he would have said, shaw-kade. And then when he said watching he would have used the Hebrew word, shaw-kad. God was using a pun to instil confidence in young Jeremiah that he would always fulfil the Word he had put in Jeremiah’s mouth. So, every time the young prophet saw an almond tree (which are prolific in Israel) or crunched an almond nut between his teeth he would remember God’s promise that he was watching over his Word in his mouth to perform it.

When I began preaching, many years back, I felt a little like young Jerry. I had no confidence in myself that I would ever deliver a sermon to a group of hungry believers with any measure of success. However, the week before I was due to take my first church service I was reading a leadership magazine. I don’t remember what the article was about or who wrote it but, these words jumped off the page right into my heart: “You may think you’ll run out of words to speak every Sunday when you preach. But take courage, like with Jeremiah, God will put his Word in your mouth and he will watch over it to cause it to impact those who hear it.”

You may not feel called to be a preacher but God has called you to share your faith. We are all called to all the world through the Great Commission Jesus gave us. Are you afraid of what you will say when the opportunity arrives? Don’t be afraid, just pray. God will put his Word in your mouth. And it’s not your job to convince anyone of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit himself will watch over what you say to ensure it bears fruit in the hearts of those who hear it. Jesus said, “For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”

God-tracking is filling your mouth with God’s Word and then watching how he fulfils it

Go for it!

Dudley

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Jeremiah 1:1-12
Matthew 28:16-20
Matthew 10:19-20


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I will boldly go where you send me and speak out the words you put in my mouth

Pray
“Ah Lord, I often feel inadequate to share your Word. I feel I’m too young or not educated enough. But I realise now that you both create opportunity for me to witness and put the words in my mouth when the opportunity arrives. Thank you that you watch over your Word to perform it. I believe you’re watching over every promise you’ve ever given me and you’re watch over every word I speak, in your name. It’s not up to me to action your Word; I believe that is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. So I will boldly go where you send me and speak out the words you put in my mouth. Amen.”

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Friday, 5 August 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS FAITHFULLY TRACKING GOD’S PURPOSES BY THE SUFFICIENCY OF HIS GRACE

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GOD-TRACKING IS FAITHFULLY TRACKING GOD’S PURPOSES BY THE SUFFICIENCY OF HIS GRACE

2 Corinthians 12:9(b)
Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

“Simon, Simon!” called Andrew as he ran up to his brother’s boat, moored at the edge of the lake. “We have found the Messiah!” John and I were listening to John the Baptist speak when suddenly he pointed to Jesus of Nazareth and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”

“Whatever,” replied Simon as he continued to fold his nets. “No, really. Come see.” Simon reluctantly followed his brother to where Jesus was standing talking to some men. Jesus looked right at Simon and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Peter,” (which means rock).

And so began the life’s adventure of Simon Peter, one of the most dynamic God-trackers of all Bible characters. But Peter was, what we might call, a rough diamond. His outspokenness would land him in most unsavoury situations, more often than not. It was Peter who drew his sword and cut off the High Priest servant’s ear at the arrest of Jesus and it was Peter who denied his Lord three times after Jesus’ arrest. But it was also Peter who acknowledged Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. He was the rock upon whom Jesus built the Church. Simon Peter became the primary leader of the 12 founding apostles of Christianity and he was used of the Holy Spirit to pen several books we now have as scripture in our Bible. Simon Peter was a great man.

Thankfully the Bible is packed with characters like Peter. Men and women who were less than perfect but who were used mightily of God. I take courage as I seek to track God’s will for my own life from the fact that God does not call perfect people to do his purposes. (In fact, there are no perfect people – the only perfect man who ever lived was Jesus Christ himself.) If I was faultless in my lifestyle or my service of God, then I could claim credit for what I do. But, because I am a faulty character (like old Peter) I know that any good thing I do must come from God. Wasn’t it Paul who complained about having a “thorn in the flesh”, but when he talked to the Lord about it Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  

Grace is God’s doing. Grace does not overlook our deficiencies; grace produces God’s efficiency though us. By grace we are saved and by grace we serve. God-tracking is seeking to live by the grace of God, especially through our shortfalls. Grace does not condone sin. On the contrary, it reveals sin to us. Grace pardons our sin on our confession and repentance. And grace has a brother called, faith. We are saved by grace through faith and we serve as God-trackers by God’s grace though faith in his power to equip us for duty.

God had a purpose for Simon Peter and God has a purpose for you. You do not need to be perfect to follow God’s purposes; you only need to step out in faith, believing that, by grace, God is fulfilling his purposes through you, to his praise and glory. That’s living by grace.

God-tracking is faithfully tracking God’s purposes by the sufficiency of his grace.

Blessings

Dudley

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John 1:35-42
Matthew 16:13-20
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Ephesians 2:8-10


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If grace is God’s doing, then Lord, do your will through me!

Pray
“O sovereign Lord, thank you so much for your grace. Thank you that you sent Jesus – the perfect Son of God – to die in my place and redeem me from sin. I confess and repent of all my sin – everything I have done, said or thought that has grieved the Holy Spirit. Praise you for grace that pardons my sin. I now commit my life to serve you, O Lord, not by my credentials but by your grace. If grace is God’s doing, then Lord, do your will through me! I submit to your grace and will continue to serve you all my days, by faith. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

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Friday, 29 July 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS TREKKING GOD’S WAY WHERE THERE IS NO WAY

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GOD-TRACKING IS TREKKING GOD’S WAY WHERE THERE IS NO WAY

Philippians 2:13
for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Andrew van der Bijl heard the call of God to smuggle Bibles into the Soviet Union during the dark days of the Cold War. At this time, it was illegal to take Bibles into Russia but he sensed God wanted him to risk his life to deliver copies of God’s Word to the suffering church behind the Iron Curtain. Packing every nook and cranny of his small VW Beetle car with Bibles he set out on his dangerous journey. Approaching the border, he knew there was no way he would be able to smuggle this valuable cargo into Russia without God’s help. He knew God had called him to do this and had acknowledged him in every aspect of the trip. Now, at the border, all that remained was for him to have the faith to drive through without being arrested. “Lord,” prayed Brother Andrew, “You have made blind eyes see. Today I ask you to make seeing eyes blind.” A while later he drove through Russia, rejoicing. God had made a way where there was no way.

When the Israelites left Egypt they were pursued by Pharaoh’s army to the shores of the Red Sea. With the sea before them and an army at their rear they had no way of escape, until God instructed Moses to part the seas. What a miracle! God had made a way for them to cross on dry land while their enemy was destroyed behind them. God’s people were on their way to new things. God was making a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Are you facing an impossible situation today? Perhaps financial crises or a severe illness. It could be you’ve felt the call of God to move forward with a new adventurous plan but you’re left thinking, “No way! How am I ever going to make it?” Be encouraged. If you have clearly heard from the Lord and have acknowledge God in all your plans, then he will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

God-tracking is trekking God’s way where there is no way

Blessings

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Isaiah 43:16-19
Proverbs 3:5-6


Don’t Give Up, Look Up!

Help me to part my Red Sea and trek through on the dry ground to the great highways of your purposes.

Pray
“Father, thank you for the great stories of people who have heard your call and have stepped out in faith, believing that you make a way through the dessert. Today I take their example and put my faith in you to make a way for me through this obstacle I face. You are greater than my need and you are the source of my provision. Help me to part my Red Sea and trek through on the dry ground to the great highways of your purposes. I believe you’re already there – on the other side of my problem. I acknowledge you in all my plans, dreams and difficulties and trust that you are making a way where there is no way. Amen.”

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Friday, 22 July 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS GUARDING OUR TONGUES AGAINST A QUICK CRITICAL BARB

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GOD-TRACKING IS GUARDING OUR TONGUES AGAINST A QUICK CRITICAL BARB

Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works

American comedian, George Burns said, “Too bad the only people who know how to run this country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.” We smile but it’s true! Criticism is a disease that has crept into every echelon of society. But it’s nothing new.

Paul the apostle was a man of integrity, called of God to preach the Good news to the Gentiles. He was a Jew – a “Hebrew of Hebrews” – and yet God gave Paul a message for the non-Jews of his time. This, however, raised many eyebrows within his own camp. As a result, Paul was criticised and condemned by his Christian brothers. I thank God for Paul’s resolve to not allow this criticism to affect his work. He continued to do what God had called him to do, believing that the Holy Spirit had called and equipped him to do it. God watched over his Word to Paul, who became one of the pillars of the Christian Faith. Eventually his critics had to admit that Paul was fulfilling God’s purposes with power and integrity.

In my few humble years of life as a Christian, active in my local church, it has never ceased to amaze me how loving, caring children of God can raise each other’s hopes and dreams to the ground through unmerited criticism. All too often jealous selfish ambition is disguised as well-meaning advice. (The Bible is clear about selfish ambition: where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.) But a heart intent on humbly and selflessly seeking God’s purposes in grace and meekness will bring words of peace, encouragement and gentle godly rebuke instead of criticisms. And such words can only emanate from prayer. As someone once said, “Don't put people down, unless it's on your prayer list.”

I used to be an extremely critical person. I’d criticise the performance of my co-workers, my pastor and, sadly, even my own family. One day my Christian boss called me into his office and came straight to the point, “Dudley, you need to stop being such a critical person!” I was stunned. I never realised I was critical. I asked God’s help to change my ways.

My encouragement to us today is, let’s seek to build each other up, stirring one another to love and good works. Let’s think twice before opening our mouths to offer criticism, especially of our leaders! Remember, a soft answer turns away wrath and soothes troubled waters.

God-tracking is guarding our tongues against a quick critical barb.

Blessings

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Philippians 3:4-11
Galatians 2:1-10
James 3:13-18
Proverbs 15:1-2


Don’t Give Up, Look Up!

Thank you for your grace and strength to help me only encourage folk in their Christian walk, from now on

Pray
“O Lord, I apologise for having a critical spirit. I am sorry for hurting people by my selfish comments. I pray that you will remove any offence that I have caused by my snide remarks. I pray for your help in overcoming this critical attitude I have. Help me to always weigh my words very carefully before I comment on someone’s performance. Help me to have a meek and humble heart, filled with love, before I offer any advice again. Thank you for your grace and strength to help me only encourage folk in their Christian walk, from now on. Amen.”

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Friday, 15 July 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS DEVELOPING GODLY CHARACTER THOUGH TRIALS

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GOD-TRACKING IS DEVELOPING GODLY CHARACTER THOUGH TRIALS

James 1:2-4
2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Let’s face it, tracking God’s plans can often become confusing when we experience difficulty or loss in life. If I am acknowledging God in everything I do and sense his call on my life then surely things will always work out well for me? Surely I won’t suffer difficulties like the next guy? After all, I’m a King’s kid! Or will they?

Job was an average guy like you or me except he was a very holy man. You could say that Job was a God Tracker. He acknowledged the Lord in all he did and strove to live a good life. In fact, the Bible describes Job as a man who feared God and shunned evil. He was married with a many children and was very well off. Though he was a good man, it pleased God to set Job the trial of his life. We read in the Bible book of his name how God allowed Satan to inflict Job with all manner of loss and difficulty. He lost his children; he lost his wealth and almost lost his own life to a dreaded skin disorder. Never-the-less, we read that, through it all, Job never “cursed God”. In other words, he never questioned God’s judgement or God’s sovereignty in his life. At the end of the story God speaks to Job and reminds him, in no uncertain terms, that he is God and Job is not! God reveals his sovereign right over the life and purposes of man, and his right to produce endurance, faith and character through trails in the lives of those he calls. But with hope: at the end of the book of Job we read, “The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first.”

There is one difference between Job and you as a Christian, however. That difference is, Jesus! In Job we discover a man standing before God by his own righteousness. But as a Christian I stand before God by Christ’s righteousness, not my own. Because Christ had not yet come, Job was un-redeemed before God and a sinner in heart, like the rest of fallen mankind. Eventually Job admits, “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.” He then later adds, “Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” You see, Job was only good by his own standards but we, as redeemed by the blood of Jesus, are made good by Christ’s standards. The difference implies that Job was still under the curse of sin and death, while, in Christ, we are set free from the law of sin and death by the law of the Spirit of life.

As a God Tracker through Christ therefore, Job’s experience helps us to view our trials in a new light. God loved Job and God loves you. God restored Job after his trials and God will restore you after your trials, if you keep your eyes on Jesus. Through Christ, you can face every difficulty, every loss and every trial. Unlike Job, your victory is not found in your own credentials but in the credentials of Jesus Christ. Never-the-less, you can be sure you will still suffer the devil’s attacks through trials and tribulations. You may think this is unfair, the trials you suffer are not because God is testing your righteousness (as he did with Job) but because God is developing your character.

God-tracking is developing godly character through trials

Be strong in the Lord.

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Job
Romans 8:1-4
Romans 5:3-5


Don’t Give Up, Look Up!

I rest in your grace and power and not my own abilities, to get me through these problems

Pray
“Dear God, I realise now why I’m suffering these difficulties in life. I have prayed for your deliverance and continue to believe that you will bring me through this time. You are my only hope! However, I realise that these trials are for my good. The develop the character and tenacity I need to face further trials in life. I stand before you, O God, not by my own credentials but by those of Jesus. You caused Jesus to endure the trial of the cross so I can be made righteous by your grace; not my good works. Therefore, I rest in your grace and power and not my own abilities, to get me through these problems. Thank you Lord for my deliverance. Amen.”

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