Daily Word: Word and Light (Mathew 6:22 and Hebrew 10:22)

matthew-622Today’s words are all about the Light. The Word. Focus on this Light. You will receive your health and healing in all aspects of life.

The Bible verses are quoted from New King James Version (NKJV)

Matthew 6:22
The Lamp of the Body
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.

Hebrews 10:22-23
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Psalm 119:105
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

John 1:1-4
The Eternal Word, The Light
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

1 John 1:5-7
Fellowship with Him and One Another
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Daily Word-the first word for team building: be humble

philippians-1%ef%bc%8f11Jesus started a team. He built a team. The first team continued and built more teams. The teams in turn built more teams…it goes on and does not stop. Today the team continues its multiplication effect just as Jesus has intended and demonstrated.

When I first started team building many decades ago in my own business management practice and teaching team building so my team can in turn build teams, I did not realize the Jesus initiative. Today I turned on recorded lessons from a Bible School and listened to one lesson at random as I was carrying out my usual daily chores. The first thing that struck me was that the topic (course subject) was “The Beatitudes” but the teacher talked about team building in the first lesson! As I continued to listen it makes sense and is entirely relevant to me and all Christians who are in a position to lead, train and teach. To me it is really a refresher course in good and basic management practice.

I summarize below the foremost key teaching for the disciples of Jesus in Matthew 5-7. (Living Bible (TLB))
One day as the crowds were gathering, he went up the hillside with his disciples and sat down and taught them there. He taught them to live another lifestyle and equipped them to go to the mission field. He first told them these: “Humble men are very fortunate!”

“Be humble” is the first key teaching of Jesus to disciples. The whole three chapters speak of this command. Why? Jesus knew very well then even the apostles would fall if they became proud. How could they not become proud? With all the power and authority after the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on them just as Jesus had promised. So much power and so much authority with the name of Jesus. Just look at what the apostles could do, preaching the gospels and converted thousands at one go, healed the sick, cast out demons, and even raised the dead! The first generation churches were jam packed with power and authority. It was like they operated with a direct pipeline to heaven channeling down every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3)

How not to be proud? The answer is to “be humble.” If it is not possible to be humble, then there is no need for Jesus to tell us how blessed it is to be humble. If the apostles/us are not likely to be proud then there is also no need for Jesus to specifically spend such time to mention what being humble means.

Pride comes before a fall. Jesus knows. The apostles know. Church history knows. So today we learn a good word. Be humble. Especially in a team like a church (an entity built on the foundation of the apostles). Pride breaks up. Humility builds up. Pride is self-focused. Humility is Christ-focused. Pride divides. Humility unites.

How to tell the difference between pride and humility? The Bible has given us a very accurate measure: Use the Bible as the plumb line. Check the fruit. Weigh on God’s scale.

Matthew 5 Living Bible (TLB) “Humble men are the world’s light!”

5 1-2 One day as the crowds were gathering, he went up the hillside with his disciples and sat down and taught them there.
3 “Humble men are very fortunate!” he told them, “for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.
14 You are the world’s light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see.

A wise and successful king (Solomon) gave his sons the following warning about being proud: (Note how pride ranks together with other evils)
Proverbs 8:13 If anyone respects and fears God, he will hate evil. For wisdom hates pride, arrogance, corruption, and deceit of every kind.
Proverbs 13:10 Pride leads to arguments; be humble, take advice, and become wise.
Proverbs 16:5 Pride disgusts the Lord. Take my word for it—proud men shall be punished.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall.
Proverbs 18:12 Pride ends in destruction; humility ends in honor.
Proverbs 21:4 Pride, lust, and evil actions are all sin.
Proverbs 29:23 Pride ends in a fall, while humility brings honor.

Luke 1:51-53 New Living Translation (NLT) (Mary’s Song of Praise)
51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
52 He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.

How to identify the difference? Matthew 7:16-18 New Living Translation (NLT)
16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.

What good fruit is from Galatians 5:22-23 [Full Chapter]
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

A warning about being fruitless from Jude 1:12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots.

Where good fruit comes from? James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
Colossians 1:6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
Colossians 1:10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

Philippians 1:10

May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

God’s economy: count your cost

God workingThe more I read the Bible the more I realize that God is an accountant and a businessman. The Bible is full of measurements and counting and even records the monetary and numerical values of many things, even people. For example, God told Moses the monetary worth of a first born son whom Israel must give to redeem. Jesus talked about budgeting and counting cost (Luke 14:28-32), maximizing available resources (Luke 14:23), managing and giving account of money and investment with integrity and business acumen (Luke 16:1-2, 8), no wasteful spending or misplacement of money (Luke 15:8,13, 16:1), due diligence, financial and economic wisdom to manage, use, invest and produce monetary returns for money capital (Mathew 25:14-30).

In my previous blogs I have briefly shared on the requirement of every Christian to work and earn for himself (and family) and have more to share with others in need. That means there are always those in need. Jesus said there will always be the poor. But He did not say Christians are to remain poor and in need. I have just completed listening to a series of  financial teaching on the subject of “Prosperity” for Christians. The teacher said something to which I had not paid much attention previously. He said that America is a blessed land and indeed there are many opportunities to make wealth. He taught that God has given His people the power and ability to make wealth through work and there is no reason why anyone should continue to receive financial aids from others (or the government). Having been living with some of the poorest people groups in the world, I fully agree to this point. Many people in the world would gladly take the income level that America considers as poverty level (according to U.S. Census Bureau Poverty Thresholds, 2014: for a family of Three people with two related children US$19,073).

America is blessed with ample physical and other economic resources for a gainful employment whether through working for others or working for your own business. Wealth is being made and earned daily by those who live in this nation. Many people groups in the world try hard to have an access into this economy and have a gainful employment or an opportunity to invest and make wealth here.  When I did this study by random reading on some of the financial and economic and business information online, I realized the scope of opportunities for America. Offhand I can come up a list of works an average individual in this country can do to live well, regardless whether you are a Christian or not.

I have one more point my spirit wants me to say here. I speak this to Christian churches and members: Don’t be fooled by the so called “prosperity” teaching that churches and Christians can receive prosperity without having to work. If you don’t work you are actually relying on others to work. Every dollar you receive as a pastor or a church worker comes from a giving of money from another member or another person who has worked according to the Bible (God’s requirement) to work hard. Money does not fall from the sky except on some rare miraculous events when a mishap happens somewhere else and the cash is blown to where you happen to be around. Where does the money come from? Who owns it? The person(s) who have worked and earned it is the rightful owner. Where do lottery money come from? From the many people who pay for it. Where do government welfare subsidies come from? From people who have paid taxes according to the country’s legal requirement. The government cannot print more money than its overall economic production and earnings. Some governments do and get into huge debts which it could not repay. Some governments go into bankruptcy to avoid paying debts. In the olden days such people groups were taken into slavery by their creditors. Bible principles. Jesus has said the same. If you cannot pay your debts you go to jail until you have paid the last penny. (Luke 12:58-59)

Application: list out all your outstanding debts, the amount (monthly installment) and dates you need to pay regularly; list out all regular net income (including the amount you can save by cutting down on expenses) after deducting your essential expenses. If your net income is less than your total monthly loan repayment commitment, you need to seek a financial counseling from your church. I would suggest that each church appoints qualified and godly individuals who can give specialized financial and debt management counseling.

Some Bible verses on work: (a word search on “work” from NKJV shows 720 results of which 225 are from New Testament, 19 times in Revelations.) (I have added boldness and/or italics to highlight).
JESUS spoke seven times to the churches in Revelation, “I know your works,”

God has set a a work standard: out of seven days He worked six days. (Genesis 2:2) Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed. (Exodus 23:12)
Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.
Proverbs
16:3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.
18:9 He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
22:29 Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.
24:27 Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.
31:13 She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands.
31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.

New Testament teaching
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
2 Thessalonians 3:8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.2 Thessalonians 3:11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 2 Thessalonians 3:12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.
1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay herein fear;
James 2:20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
A law between sowing and reaping:
2 Corinthians 9:6 [ The Cheerful Giver ] But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Three perfect storms in Bible (2): key success factors

Zechariah 4-6The key success factors used by Jesus (while on earth as a human), Apostle Paul and Prophet Jonah to overcome the raging storm (adversities and adversaries) around them are: Know God (His Word, His Spirit, His Presence, His Power); know how to access to God through Prayer as led by His Spirit and His Word. To each of these three witnesses of God’s reality in our lives, God is real and living. There is no unbelief and doubt. From the way they conversed with God, listened to Him, prayed (talked) to Him, walking in cool calmness and confidence, we can see that they know God in their daily living, storm or no storm. It is clear that handling of storm, whatever mode it may come, physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, is in the daily consistent and persistent preparation and not at the last minute when it hits like the hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami, flood, fire, adversities and disasters in life (career, family, relationship, finance, safety and security etc.) Preparation takes time and there is no short-cut. Jesus-the Son of God took thirty years to prepare.

After looking at the how Prophet Jonah (about 800-750 BC) responded to a storm, today we study how our Lord Jesus (7–2 BC to AD 30–33) handled a storm. We read from Luke 8:22-39 (NKJV) (Bible verses are quoted in parts from Luke 8:22-39; boldness of some verses added; my notes before the verses are in capital letters).

JESUS SPEAKS THE WORD TO DECLARE AND COMMAND: HE KNOWS HIS WORD CARRIES THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD, HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN. BECAUSE HE STAYS IN THE FATHER AND DOES THE WORK OF THE FATHER HE KNOWS WHAT IS AHEAD AND DOES NOT WORRY ABOUT THE STORMY AND SEEMINGLY THREATENING CIRCUMSTANCES FROM THE ENEMIES. HE IS ON A MISSION SENT BY THE FATHER. HE KNOWS THE PURPOSE AND OUTCOME OF HIS JOURNEY. HE STAYS IN PEACE. HE MERELY LAUNCHES OUT, CROSSES OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE, DOES THE WORK-SAVING AND DELIVERING, AND RETURNS IN THE SAME PEACE AND CONFIDENCE HE ALWAYS CARRIES EVEN TO THE FINAL MISSION ON EARTH, THE CROSS. HE SETS A ROLE MODEL FOR HIS DISCIPLES.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes…there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, …“What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” 29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man…
32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. 33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned……and (the people) found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36 They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. 37 Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned.
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SOME PERSONAL NOTES ON OUR WORK ON EARTH: (workplace and marketplace employment and making an independent productive living)

The grand ‘masters’ in the world (of sports or chess or music or politics or any other profession) know this: Preparation through daily long hours of practicing according to the perfect synchronization and execution of every move, based on calculation and prediction of every element (including human) and every factor seen and unseen, submitting the body and soul to the strict discipline of proven success.
An average factory worker knows too if he needs to be continuously employed and earn a decent living for himself and family, he has to be educated and trained for the specific job and role before he can fit in. In today’s increasingly highly developed and competitive technological and global market-driven age, a worker knows too that to ensure continuous employable status he needs more than mere mechanical skill. He also needs to be trainable and upgraded in technological knowledge and skills which become outdated within every five to ten years.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jesus wants us to be wiser than the people of the world. Christians are not exempted from living a life of highly disciplined preparation in the physical as well as in the spiritual (through training and practicing in the words of God, guidance and empowerment by the Holy Spirit): acquiring knowledge, training and practice that produce a good and meaningful worthy job (bearing good fruits), not only overcoming our personal life’s adversities, fulfilling the abundant-life goals of the Kingdom of God, but also contributing to the well-being of others on earth.
Matthew 7:24
[ Build on the Rock ] “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
Matthew 10:16
[ Persecutions Are Coming ] “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Luke 16:8
So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

Isaiah 28: God likes teaching

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Today we read what God has spoken through prophet Isaiah from the book of Isaiah chapter 28.
The subject matters include: substance dependence and abuse;  education; parenting; construction and building; and farming.
Summary:
1. The pitfall of alcoholic substance abuse in the leadership: pride, boastfulness and presumption; incapability to listen to good advice from God; incompetence in their judgment and performance of official duties; buying into lies and deceptions about security; making the wrong allies.
Results: injured, trappped, captured, stumbled, fall,destruction.
2. Education: God teaches patience and persistence in being a good teacher. When the adult ‘students’ repeatedly refuse to listen and understand and obey, teach the younger generation, even the toddlers if all others fail. The same for good parenting. Start with the babies in their vocabularies. Actually God’s education system is restful and relaxed. Simple and easy like teaching the beginners.
3. Good building and construction: God starts with solid foundation, building with alignment to His plumbline to withstand the repeating storms of test in exam time.
4. Key success factor for farmers: do the right thing at the right time with the right tool. Be discerning and wise. Listening and learning.

Read the whole chapter for Bible verses. ——–
Here are some excerpts:
29 The Lord of Heaven’ Armies is a wonderful teacher, and He gives the farmer great wisdom.
26 The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding.
23 Listen to me; listen, and pay close attention.
10 He tells us everything over and over-one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!
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verses about the “drunk ” leadership:
1 what sorrow awaits the proud city. .The glorious crown of the drunks. .
3..will be trampled beneath its enemies’ feet.
7 Now,  however, Israel is led by drunks who reel with wine and stagger with alcohol. The priests and prophets stagger with alcohol and lose themselves in wine.
13..so they will stumble and fall. They will be injured, trappped, and captured.
18..When the terrible enemy sweeps through, you will be trampled into the ground.
19 Again and again that flood will come, morning after morning, day and night, until you are carried away.

(revised 9/10/13) More Clues (and strategies) on end times economy

Jerusalem the city of gold

Revised on 9/10/2013:a new key is in Revelation:  fat, oil שָׁ֫מֶן

Revelation 6:6 (CJB)

Then I heard what sounded like a voice from among the four living beings say, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages! Six pounds of barley for the same price! But don’t damage the oil or the wine!”

And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine.”

Hisgalus 6:6 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

And I heard, as it were, a kol (voice) in the midst of the Arbah Chayyot (four living beings), saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius and shloshah quarts of barley for a denarius, but the shemen (oil) and the yayin (wine) you may not harm.” [Ezek 4:16]

You need the Holy Spirit to help you to read and understand this.

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 Isaiah 33

A Prayer in Deep Distress

1 Woe to you who plunder, though you have not been plundered;
And you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you!
When you cease plundering,
You will be plundered;
When you make an end of dealing treacherously,
They will deal treacherously with you.
2 O LORD, be gracious to us;
We have waited for You.
Be their arm every morning,
Our salvation also in the time of trouble.
3 At the noise of the tumult the people shall flee;
When You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered;
4 And Your plunder shall be gathered
Like the gathering of the caterpillar;
As the running to and fro of locusts,
He shall run upon them.
5 The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
6 Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times,
And the strength of salvation;
The fear of the LORD is His treasure.
7 Surely their valiant ones shall cry outside,
The ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
8 The highways lie waste,
The traveling man ceases.
He has broken the covenant,
He has despised the cities,
He regards no man.
9 The earth mourns and languishes,
Lebanon is shamed and shriveled;
Sharon is like a wilderness,
And Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

Impending Judgment on Zion

10 “ Now I will rise,” says the LORD;

“ Now I will be exalted,
Now I will lift Myself up.
11 You shall conceive chaff,
You shall bring forth stubble;
Your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime;
Likethorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.
13 Hear, you who are afar off, what I have done;
And you who are near, acknowledge My might.”
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites:

“ Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?
Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”
15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
He who despises the gain of oppressions,
Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes,
Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed,
And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:
16 He will dwell on high;
His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks;
Bread will be given him,
His water will besure.

The Land of the Majestic King

17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;
They will see the land that is very far off.
18 Your heart will meditate on terror:

“ Where is the scribe?
Where is he who weighs?
Where is he who counts the towers?”
19 You will not see a fierce people,
A people of obscure speech, beyond perception,
Of a stammering tongue that you cannot understand.
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet home,
A tabernacle that will not be taken down;
Not one of its stakes will ever be removed,
Nor will any of its cords be broken.
21 But there the majestic LORD will be for us
A place of broad rivers and streams,
In which no galley with oars will sail,
Nor majestic ships pass by
22 (For the LORD is our Judge,
The LORD is our Lawgiver,
The LORD is our King;
He will save us);
23 Your tackle is loosed,
They could not strengthen their mast,
They could not spread the sail.

Then the prey of great plunder is divided;
The lame take the prey.
24 And the inhabitant will not say, “I am sick”;
The people who dwell in it will be forgiven their iniquity.

Revised Chap.70: where is the money?

New-York-Gold-VaultWhen the global governments go bankrupt, where is the nations’ wealth? Having spent his entire working life in the strategic management of the economy of the world, the teacher ponders in the spirit on this pertinent issue.
Where is the money?
Here is a clue: Isaiah 33:6, 16-17.
Isaiah 33:6 (NKJV)

6 Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times,
And the strength of salvation;
The fear of the LORD is His treasure.

Isaiah 33:16-17
16 He will dwell on high;
His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks;
Bread will be given him,
His water will be sure.

The Land of the Majestic King
17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;
They will see the land that is very far off.

To find out more, do read the following revised (August 2011) version of the blog…

Chapter Seventy: Prosper through The Seed (Word of God) and Water from Heaven (the Holy Spirit) One day he was strongly urged in the spirit to do a search on all the verses about the rich provision of God. What was revealed has transformed his whole perspective about the blessings of God. He discovered that indeed God has supplied seeds and ensure material security and provision growth for all God’s children. He is overjoyed to see how God provides the seeds for the sowers and food for them as well. The Lord supplies the resources he need … Read More

via AAA Jack’s blog (A Watchman on your walls)

End Times Witnessing: How a watchman got a tip for Investment at end times

The watchman has had busy night discourses with the Holy Spirit lately. He received replies and clarifications to questions he asked about end times signs. He was told to get out of bed this morning at 6am even though he has just gone to bed at 3am! However, in view of the urgency he got up and went to his prayer attic. In future it may be useful if he could just sleep there and wait for the Spirit call.

Today’s topic is part of his revelations on end times personnel and strategies for survival. On the previous day he has asked the Lord what to invest as he has spent half a day studying the market and found nothing to invest! But he could not go on parking funds in the bond market or worse in Banks’ demand deposit accounts. Then he heard the word, ‘Joseph’ when he was driving. He discussed this issue at length with the Lord as he thought he could not possibly find suitable grain or other staple food stocks worth investing. In any case the stocks (papers ownership) would be useless when the man of lawlessness (via totalitarian state control) takes over practically everything. He could not start buying up grains and stock them as Joseph did. He could not buy and physically supervise farms and lands producing grains or other essential produce for end times survival. The conversation or rather monologue was futile. He thought he has heard wrongly.

He woke after an hour sleep and discovered that he was still in conversation in his dream with the Lord asking for further clarifications. He is like the bull dog who hangs on to the bitten object after just one bite. He would not let go like the two blind men outside Jericho who cried to the Lord Jesus for mercy (to attract His attention to heal their blindness) even louder when others yelled at them to be quiet. Indeed, two hours later he got the answer and so he jumped out of bed!

The answer is these are the ones to be raised at end times: Jabez, Joseph etc. They are the strategic pieces placed at various positions ready to be operative. Then the watchman realizes that he has received messages not necessarily for his own tiny little world but a big picture overall. The messages are like the visions he saw, to answer his question about the big picture of Christian future.

This is of course just a tip without detail. He is asked to read the Bible and let the Holy Spirit decode the message. Without the Teacher Himself, he is unable to proceed further on this important topic.

However, it is still relevant to summarize some characteristics of the Biblical Joseph:

1. He is a very unlikely candidate for high and powerful political and economic position in an alien country.

2. He suffered unusual prolonged hardship under which a lesser (godless) being would have collapsed or being crushed much earlier.

3. He is placed in extremely tested positions/situations before his opportunity for breakthrough comes.

4. He well positions himself next to the most powerful man by sheer diligence, faithfulness and wisdom (through his belief and faith in God, determination to live honorably before God) in every situation. Every level of servitude is a school of useful learning and practical stepping stone for him for the next level.

5. He is ready for any opportunity that offers him the elevation he needs and is able to shine like a precious diamond once his dust is removed.

Today’s Joseph may come from any regions or any public or private sectors. The watchman suggests that he probably has access to any strategic organizations that are positioned to control staple food supply. How? This is not for the watchman to answer.

Intercessor/watchman’s role is to pray for many godly Josephs to surface and rise to the occasions as they have already been well positioned. Pray for accurate discernment of the signs of the time and spiritual clarity to execute their operational role faithfully, thus saving many just as Biblical Joseph did three thousands five hundreds years ago.

Prayer is the only spiritual key to start the physical engine into operation. O watchman, watch and pray!

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Bible Verses “the Lord was with Joseph”:

  1. Genesis 39:2
    The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.
    Genesis 39:1-3 (in Context) Genesis 39 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Genesis 39:3
    Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.
    Genesis 39:2-4 (in Context) Genesis 39 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Genesis 39:21
    But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.
    Genesis 39:20-22 (in Context) Genesis 39 (Whole Chapter)
  4. Genesis 39:23
    The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. TheLord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.
    Genesis 39:22-23 (in Context) Genesis 39 (Whole Chapter)
  5. Deuteronomy 33:13
    Moses said this about the tribes of Joseph:“May their land be blessed by the Lord with the precious gift of dew from the heavensand water from beneath the earth;
    Deuteronomy 33:12-14 (in Context) Deuteronomy 33 (Whole Chapter)
  6. Joshua 17:14
    The descendants of Joseph came to Joshua and asked, “Why have you given us only one portion of land as our homeland when the Lord has blessed us with so many people?”
    Joshua 17:13-15 (in Context) Joshua 17 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Judges 1:22
    The descendants of Joseph attacked the town of Bethel, and the Lord was with them.

Gen. 41: 37-44  Joseph Made Ruler of Egypt

37 Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” 39Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. 40 You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”

41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. 43 Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.”
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Management for Christians (2)

What are some essential requirements for effective management? Here are some tips.
1. Effective management works on the assumption that resources are scarce and limited and valuable.
2. Effective management’s success does not depend on the dead know how (systems, records, files, figures, practices). Effective management’s success comes from the availability of and effective use of dynamic living things: e.g. people who manage and are being managed, and other essential resources (tangible and non-tangible: opportunities, time, money, premises, equipment, technology, creativity, relationship, distribution channels etc.) that can produce, create values and contribute to desired growth.
3. Effective management means using available and limited resources in optimum combinations to produce maximized results/targets as expected.
4. A primitive man with the basic essential resources can still produce something even when he has to start from zero with no figures, no files, no records, no established system etc.
5. In a modern organization, management system is created or adopted to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of management, often with the objective of maximizing and optimizing the use of limited resources for improvement and expansion of desired results (in quantity and quality).
6. Management system changes overtime like a live creature, adapting to various forces (internal and external environment) working for survival. It therefore requires to renew and often transform, to keep up if not move ahead of its competition for scarce resources.
7. Effective management system aims to be ahead of the pack, based on the assumption that desirable resources are scarce.
8. Christian management system is different from others. The main distinction is the management manual (the words of God).
9. When Christian managers follow God’s management manual, he can only succeed. This is guaranteed by the ultimate Authority Himself.
10. Effective Christian management practice requires: faith in the unseen God, supernatural belief in all His promises, knowledge of and adherence to the words of God, submission to His will and being led by the Holy Spirit in all aspects of decision making and operational execution.

Management pearls for Christians (1)

To some, management is like a part of life and indeed encompasses many daily living aspects whether one knows it or not. We put down some thoughts (in bullet form) on the management of life in view of such a lot of management messes out there even for Christians.

1. Management is part of daily living. You can live on comfortably by managing effectively.
2. You manage effectively by identifying values, setting goals and priorities, and act on them accordingly.
3. The most important thing is to identify your values. If tomorrow is end day what would be the one thing you do today? Give top priority to do that one thing.
4. Focus your resources on doing the one thing that guarantees to bring you to your goals.
5.  Do not manage by documentation or theory. Manage by practice (e.g. act on your faith, be doers of the Word, walk by the Spirit.)
6. Manage lives (people) and not dead things (system).
7. Admit that there is no perfect plan or program or man (woman). There is only one perfect Savior (God).
8.  Build on solid foundation. Who is your foundation (your real Rock)?(Don’t be like the foolish man who built on sand).
9. Use one management manual that lasts, the Word of God.
10. Be accountable (to yourself, family, human authorities, and the ultimate Authority in heaven).