2018 - SUNDAY 20 MAY WHAT WILL YOU BE REMEMBERED FOR? 2 Kings 20:20 “Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah—all his might, and how he made a pool and a tunnel and brought water into the city...” Hezekiah was a good King over Israel. He achieved many great victories and accomplishments during his reign. However one of the things that stood out in the memories of his people - was his engineering masterpiece - which brought life giving water to the people of the city. 1. PEOPLE REMEMBER YOUR GENEROSITY People acknowledge your greatness - even admire it - but remember you - for your generous deeds to others. Hezekiah built a water tunnel through a hill of rock - to get life giving water to others. 2. PEOPLE REMEMBER YOUR TENACITY To dig through rock is a monumental task. Yet he stayed committed to the project until completion. His tenacity to triumph over impossibilities was legendary. 3. PEOPLE REMEMBER YOUR INGENUITY Hezekiah explored ways to bless his people. An aqueduct through rock was unique and unheard of - yet he was prepared to attempt it. 4. PEOPLE REMEMBER YOUR CLARITY Hezekiah was a man of strong convictions. He stayed true to God and eliminated false gods from his world. Because of this God blessed his reign and his people. 5. PEOPLE REMEMBER WHAT FLOWS FROM YOUR HEART - NOT YOUR HEAD Hezekiah caused life giving water to flow into people’s lives - because life giving thoughts flowed from his heart. No one remembers how successful or smart you were - they remember how you caused life to flow into their lives. 6. PEOPLE REMEMBER YOU AS EITHER - A PROJECT PERSON - OR A PEOPLE PERSON The best memories people keep - are always those of people who impacted their life in a positive way. They acknowledge your mighty acts - but remember you for your generous actions toward them. BE REMEMBERED FOR WHO YOU ARE - NOT WHAT YOU DO.
2018 - SATURDAY 19 MAY STRONG PEOPLE The Bible talks a lot about being - “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” CONSIDER THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A STRONG PERSON 1. A STRONG FAITH Faith is not measured by size - but by strength. The Bible says of Abraham, “being not weak in faith.” You keep your faith strong by believing in a strong God. 2. A STRONG MIND Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,” Strong minds are those who keep God’s word foremost in their thoughts. 3. A STRONG TOWER Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Strong people have a refuge. It is not weakness to run into Christ and hide yourself in Him. 4. A STRONG DELIVERER “There is one who delivers us from all the oppressions of the enemy.” Our God is strong to deliver. 5. A STRONG CONFESSION The words of your mouth - can be either fire or smoke. Fire - when spoken from your convictions. Smoke - when spoken from your doubts and fears. 6. A STRONG COMPANY Psalm 82:1 “God stands in the congregation of the mighty;” Your crowd determines your confidence. Gather with people who declare God is in your midst. 7. A STRONG HOPE 1 Peter 1.3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” Hope is the breeding ground of faith. Developing strong grounds of hope - is essential for producing a harvest of grace and favour.
Played East London Golf course this morning. Weather was outstanding and course was exceptional - and winning made it all very special.
2018 - FRIDAY 18 MAY THE CAUSE One of the reasons the church is not winning the war against wickedness is because some people are focussing on the wrong thing. Consider the three areas of focus. 1. THE CHARISMA Some people have allowed the church to be all about the hero behind the pulpit - perhaps a great statesman and orator - or maybe a young gun - in ripped skinny jeans, out-preaching his peers, and accumulating more social media followers than even Jesus himself. Sadly the focus is misdirected and will ultimately disappoint. Thank God there is a generation of leaders - young and old - who unapologetically declare Christ. Value and honour them - but don’t lose sight of the main game - winning people to Christ. 2. THE CRISIS Others put their focus on the crisis of a declining level of morality in our community. They consider that this crisis must be attacked and avenged with all the righteous indignation one can muster. Once again if our focus is on the crisis it is misdirected and will ultimately leave us bereft of hope. 3. THE CAUSE The focus of the Christian church - and of every Christian - must be clearly on the cause of Christ. The cause - is our reason for being - and our hope of a better tomorrow. The cause of Christ must be focussed on every individual who shares our world - and must be committed to winning them to Christ - whatever the cost. The cause of Christ must be the passion of the church. The cause of Christ must be the end of all our endeavours. The cause of Christ gives us a reason to work and a hope for tomorrow. When you focus on the cause of Christ - everything else is a support act - to the main game - of winning people to Christ. YOUR CAUSE - CAUSES YOU...