More Of Him, Less Of Me I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus Christ my Lord. – Philippians 3vs8 He must become Greater; I must become less. – John 3vs30 While I was pastoring a church early in my ministry, my daughter Libby asked me, “Dad, are we famous?” To which I replied, “No, Libby, we’re not famous.” She thought for a moment and then said rather indignantly, “Well, we would be if more people knew about us!” Poor Libby! Only 7 years old and already struggling with what many of us struggle with throughout life: Who recognizes us, and are we getting the recognition we think we deserve? Our desire for recognition wouldn’t be such a problem if it didn’t tend to replace Jesus Christ as the focus of our attention. But being absorbed with ourselves crowds Him out of the picture. Life cannot be all about us and all about Jesus Christ at the same time. This makes Paul’s statement that he counted “everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ” (Philippians 3:8) strategically important. Faced with a choice between himself and Jesus Christ, Paul intentionally discarded the things that would draw attention to himself so he could concentrate on knowing and experiencing Jesus Christ (verse 7-8,10). For us, the decision is the same. Will we live to draw attention to ourselves? Or will we focus on the privilege of knowing and experiencing Jesus more intimately? Lord, thank You for reminding me of the value of knowing You more intimately. Help me to keep myself out of the way as I pursue a deeper walk with You. Do our choices bring honor to God or to us? – Faith Centre International

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God Chose You

“But now listen, O Jacob, My servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. 2 Thus says the Lord, Who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you.” (Isaiah 44:1 – 2) God chose Israel out of all the nations to be His special people and to establish Read more…

“But now listen, O Jacob, My servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. 2 Thus says the Lord, Who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you.” (Isaiah 44:1 – 2) God chose Israel out of all the nations to be His special people and to establish a covenant with them. He promised to be their God and to take care of them. All that He asked in return is that they keep the covenant and obey and love Him (Genesis 17:7-9). But they often failed to do so. Time and again they deserted God to worship idols, even though He remained faithful to them and forgave them every time. When you become a Christian, it means that God destined you to be His child, even before He created the world. It is always God who takes the initiative: “Before I was born the Lord called me; from my birth He has made mention of my name,” the prophet Isaiah says in (Isaiah 49:1). Paul writes that God has chosen His children, “in Him before the creation of the world to be Holy and blameless in His sight.” (Ephesians 1:4) God chose you long ago, even before you were born, and invited you to belong to Him. Faith is believing God and accepting His invitation. So remember, God chose you for His special plan and purposes. As you yield, you will see it unfold. “Heavenly Father, it is wonderful that You chose me to belong to You even before I was born. Thank You that I was able to accept Your invitation in Jesus Name, Amen.” – Faith Centre International

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A Double Edged Sword

A Double Edged Sword “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. (Hebrews 4:12) God Read more…

“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. (Hebrews 4:12) God gives us His Word as a Sword – not a sword to use against others, but a sword that judges our own thoughts and the attitudes of our own hearts. A Christian can never be untouched by the Word – it changes your life if you are willing to obey it. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why we are hesitant to become quiet with the Word, in the presence of God. To become quiet with God’s Word requires you to empty yourself, to get rid of the sins, to forsake wrong deeds and to nurture a different attitude towards the people you don’t like. In other words, you are required to open yourself to the Word and to allow God’s Word to change you into a new person. When you are empty of yourself, God’s Word can fill you with new Wisdom and Insight and inject hope and joy into your life. This hope and joy do not depend on your physical circumstances; it will never be taken away from you and will fill you anew with courage for the road ahead. God’s Word is indeed the Sword of the Spirit. “And take the helmet of Salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17) CONFESSION OF FAITH “Lord, empty me of myself so that I can open myself to Your Word. Let Your Word change me into the person that you intended me to be in Jesus Name, Amen”. – Faith Centre International

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Wisdom Seekers

Blessed are those who find wisdom. —Proverbs 3:13 niv Every spring colleges and universities hold commencement ceremonies to celebrate the success of students who have completed their studies and earned their degrees. After the students cross the stage, these graduates will enter a world that will challenge them. Just having Read more…

Blessed are those who find wisdom. —Proverbs 3:13 niv Every spring colleges and universities hold commencement ceremonies to celebrate the success of students who have completed their studies and earned their degrees. After the students cross the stage, these graduates will enter a world that will challenge them. Just having academic knowledge won’t be good enough. The key to success in life will be in wisely applying everything they have learned. Throughout Scripture, wisdom is celebrated as a treasure that is worth seeking. It is better than riches (Prov. 3:13-18). Its source is God, who alone is perfectly wise (Rom. 16:27). And it is found in the actions and attitude of Jesus, in whom “all the treasures of wisdom” are found (Col. 2:3). Wisdom comes from reading and applying the Scripture. We have an example of this in the way Jesus applied His knowledge when He was tempted (Luke 4:1-13). In other words, the truly wise person tries to see life from God’s point of view and chooses to live according to His wisdom. What’s the payoff for this kind of life? Proverbs tells us that wisdom is like sweetness of honey on the tongue (Prov. 24:13-14). “Blessed are those who find wisdom” (3:13 niv). So seek wisdom, for it is more profitable than silver or gold! — Joe Stowell (ODB) – Faith Centre International

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Enriching Your Faith

“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity” (Hebrews6:1) Milk is the only food a new-born baby can digest, but as the child becomes older, he needs solid food in order to grow. If you want to grow spiritually, you will have to ensure Read more…

“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity” (Hebrews6:1) Milk is the only food a new-born baby can digest, but as the child becomes older, he needs solid food in order to grow. If you want to grow spiritually, you will have to ensure that you leave behind the elementary teachings about Christ and start partaking of solid food. Spiritual maturity takes time. It is a way of life that must be maintained day after day and year after year. It requires of you to become more like Jesus every day, until you are as perfect and mature as Christ Himself. Peter writes that we should enrich our Faith and make every effort to add to it “goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge self-control, perseverance and to perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7) Have a good look at this list of characteristics. How many of these are present in your life and how many of them are you still lacking? Establish now whether you have consumed sufficient solid food lately to grow spiritually, or whether you are still consuming only milk and are not experiencing spiritual growth. Begin to grow in your Faith. The Spirit of God will help you! CONFESSION “Lord, please forgive me for consuming so little solid food that my spiritual growth is being stunted. Teach me how to enrich my Faith and become more like You in Jesus Name, Amen”. – Faith Centre International

New Post has been published on http://fciministries.com/2015/05/22/enriching-your-faith/ Enriching Your Faith “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity” (Hebrews6:1) Milk is the only food a new-born baby can digest, but as the child becomes older, he needs solid food in order to grow. If Read more…