Friday, 19 September 2014

Superiority in Church

Because leaders oversee the ministry and bear much responsibility, one could assume that they hold a higher place than other members of the body, that they are more important and more essential to the work, that they have the upper edge.

That assumption, however, doesn't seem to fit into God's economy:

  • God views every member of the body as important and needed. (1 Cor. 12:22-25)
  • God gives the grace and power needed for everyone to do their part, regardless of who the person is and what the Spirit has assigned for that person to do. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:11)
  • God opposes pride which tends to be at the root of a sense of superiority to others. (Prov. 8:13; 16:5; James 4:6)
  • God promotes servanthood, not a hierarchy of one person at the top and the others beneath the leader. (Matt. 20:25-28)
  • God defines love as that which "does not boast," "is not proud," and "is not self-seeking." (1 Cor. 13:4, 5)

A position of leadership does not equal superiority, simply a different role with different responsibilities than others. God gifted you to lead just as He empowers others to do their parts.

Lesson from Jesus about Humility, Not Superiority:

James and John, two of Jesus' disciples, asked Jesus for the privilege of sitting one on each side of Him in glory ... a place of honor, like as though they deserved an edge over the other disciples.

Jesus' Exhortation: Using your position to control others is worldly.

Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all." (Mk. 10:42-44)

Jesus' Example: Effectively leading requires humility, having the heart of a servant.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mk. 10:45)

Lessons from Jesus on Relating with Others
Jesus did not let His position (God, the highest position there could be) affect His attitude among those He served.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death -- even death on a cross! (Phil. 2:5-8)

Lesson for Leaders:

Work in harmony with those in lower positions. Don't let pride get in the way of accepting input and help from them. (Rom. 12:16; 2 Cor. 1:24) - "All of you (that includes leaders), clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'" (1 Pet. 5:5)

Jesus waited for God to raise Him up. He did not exalt Himself.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death -- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name ... (Phil. 2:8-9)

Lesson for Leaders:

You don't need the affirmation and applause of others. To pursue that in your leadership only leads to shame and trouble. (Phil. 2:9; Matt. 23:5-12; Mk. 10:37-40; Lk. 14:7-11; 1 Cor. 4:1-8) And, you end up crowding out your need for God. (Ps. 10:4)

CautionDo not fall into the trap of false humility.

The Apostle Paul, one of the greatest church leaders, understood that he was who he was because of God's grace, yet he still acknowledged how God used him (1 Cor. 15:10). At the end of the day, God gets the glory. He will use you, but He is the One who brings the growth, not you (1 Cor. 3:5-11).


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

An Old Cowboy Attends Church

One Sunday morning an old cowboy entered a church just before services were to begin.  Although the old man and his clothes were very worn and ragged, in his hand he carried a worn old hat and an equally worn out old Bible.
The church he entered was in a very upscale and exclusive part of the city.  It was the largest and the most beautiful church the old cowboy had ever seen.  It had high cathedral ceilings, ornate statues, beautiful murals and stained glass windows, plush carpet and velvet like cushioned pews.  The building must have cost many millions of dollars to build and maintain. The men, women and children of the congregation were all dressed in the finest and most expensive suits, dresses, shoes and jewelry the old cowboy had ever witnessed.  As the poorly dressed cowboy took a seat, the others moved away from him.  No one greeted him.  No one welcomed him.  No one offered a handshake.  No one spoke to him.  They were all appalled at his appearance and did not attempt to hide the fact.  
There were many glances in his direction as the others frowned and commented among themselves about his shabby attire.  A few chuckles and giggles came from some of the younger members.  The preacher gave a long sermon about hell fire and brimstone and a stern lecture on how much money the church needed to do God's work.  When the offering plate was passed, thousands of dollars came pouring forth.  As soon as the service was over, the congregation hurried out; once again no one spoke or even nodded to the stranger in the ragged clothes and boots.  As the old cowboy was leaving the church, the preacher approached him.  Instead of welcoming him, the preacher asked the cowboy to do him favor.  "Before you come back in here again, have a talk with God and ask Him what He thinks would be appropriate attire for worshipping in this church," the old preacher said.

The cowboy assured the preacher he would do that and left.

The very next Sunday morning the old cowboy showed back up for the services, wearing the same ragged jeans, shirt, boots and hat.  Once again the congregation was appalled at his appearance.  He was completely shunned and ignored again. 
 The preacher noticed the man still wearing his ragged clothes, and boots, and instead of beginning his sermon, stepped down from the pulpit and walked over to where the man sat alone. 

 "I thought I asked you to speak to God before you came back to our church," the preacher said.  "I did," replied the cowboy.  "If you spoke to God, what did He tell you the proper attire should be for worshipping in here?" asked the preacher.  "Well sir," said the cowboy, "God told me that he wouldn't have the slightest idea what was appropriate attire for worshipping in your church, He says He's never even been in here."

Saturday, 16 August 2014

The Queen of faith


Esther in the bible was given the responsibility by Mordecai to go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to request to him to save her people from destruction.

But  there was a law that anyone who came unto the king uncalled by him should be put to death, "except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but Esther was not called to come in unto the king these thirty days." (Esth. 4:11, KJV)

 Esther was terrified for her life if she did as Mordecai said but  exhibited her resolution by seeking spiritual strength .

She dressed in her royal apparel (Esther 5:1) and bravely went before the king, standing in the inner court where he sat upon his throne. When the king saw "Esther the queen standing in the court," (Esth. 5:2 KJV), he was pleased with her and held out his scepter to her, thus saving her from death (Esth. 4:11).

At the End both Esther, her people and Mardocai were spared. Victory was hers!!

We have here a great demonstration of faith. Esther was willing to go in the fields of her ennemies, where only death awaited her. But she fasted, she seeked God, and used her faith to face the giant.

She found grace in the eyes of the king and her ennemies went down.

But How many of us are being like Esther today? How many of us are using our faith to fight our ennemies, willing to lose ourselves, our life ??

Today is the opportunity!!
I declare, Victory will be yours!
God bless you,

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Declare your Victory...

There's a quote that says "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you its going to be a butterfly"
In the same way,there may be apparently nothing in you that tells you gonna be a great successful person or someone you always wish to be. People may judge you, underestimate you, oppress you because of your present condition, make fun of you.

Dumbness for you today, Dumbness for them later on.
You only know who you are,the work and sacrifice you are doing, the pain and struggles you are going through to be that someone.
Declare it.

Thursday, 13 February 2014


James 1:19,20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Anger is very destructive if you allow yourself to blow up and vent your anger upon another person. Some people call this "letting off steam", when in reality, it is the sinful use of anger and wrath to destroy or manipulate another person.
The Scripture declares, "The wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God" (James 1:20).
David commands, "cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret, it only causes harm" (Psalms 37:8).
Solomon also declares, "A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back" (Prov. 29:11). The use of anger in this manner is clearly a violation of God's commands, which ultimately hinders effective communication and relationship with others.
How can you restrain and control your anger?
You must make a choice to control anger. Is this possible? Have you ever been arguing with someone at home and the phone rings? What did you do? Didn't you choose to control your anger simply by making a choice to answer the phone and speak calmly to the caller? Paul says, "do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts" (Rom. 6:12) This is a choice. You can also make the same choice not to allow your anger to reign in your heart. How many times, before you were a Christian, did a conflict occur at work with your boss. He or she said or did something to make you angry. But, you chose to control your anger and say nothing simply because you wanted to keep your job? This proves that even as a non-Christian you could choose to control your anger. How much more today should you as a Christian be able to restrain it? Today you have the restraining power of the Holy Spirit to help you.

God bless you,

Thursday, 1 August 2013

The Optimist

The Optimist will say : THE GLASS IS HALF FULL
The Pessimist will say: THE GLASS IS HALF EMPTY

Think. Which one are you?
I think, Being optimist is the best choice. POSITIVITY makes everyone better. So, lets take this challenge of being optimist from now on.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”  Wiston Churchill
Good Luck Friends, Thash

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

David with the heart of God

King Saul set David over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. It happened with time that David became more popular than him. Saul started getting angry and jealous.
Saul out of jeoulousy threw a spear at him. According to you what David did?

David escaped his presence and did not fight back. Why? Was it because David lacked courage? No, he demonstrated his courage in the battle against Goliath.

David was fully submitted to Saul and sought to serve him in every way. David knew the way to be blessed was to work hard and obey his boss. HE LEFT EVERYTHING IN GOD'S HANDS even though he was continously persecuted. He even had he opportunity to kill Saul but did not do it. He had a pure and humble heart. He was blessed by God. ( 1 samuel 17-26)

So, maybe you are facing injustces like David, people are being rude to you. Don't worry, do nothing to hurt them and take revenge. This will only polish your character. Blessings will come upon you. God is with you.
Good day, Thashiana

Divine purpose

Just because your situation uncomfortable and taking long to be restored, this doesnt mean that God is not working. He will never allow a difficulty unless he has a divine purpose.

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” (Exodus 13:17)

See in the case where God was leading the Israelites to the promised land. He didnt take them on the short route on purpose, because they were not prepared for war. He knew if they were sent there they would be defeated by the ennemies. He delayed the time.
This delay was designed by God for a particular reason. Maybe you are thinking why God is not answering my prayers, why the situation is like this and is not changing?
The Israelites also were complaining but to no avail. Its useless.
Here are the three reasons God uses delays in our lives.
1. God uses delays to prepare us.
2. God uses delays to test us.
3. God uses delays to train us

So rejoice, people of God, we grow in tough times. God uses difficulties to do a work in us. STOP COMPLAINING!

God bless you

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Check if you are right with God and with his word.

One mistake that we usually do is LIVING IN ILLUSION. The illusion of being in faith while we are not.
So, today is an opportunity to analyse our life and see where our FAITH stands.
Go deep!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Press towards the Goal

You have had a horrible past, bad experiences?
These are only STEPS for you to climb and reach higher.

You feel that you are weak, without hope and that you CAN'T do it?
Keep your eyes fixed on your GOAL.
NO one can reach perfection but the only thing we can do is : TO PRESS ON TO IT.

" Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phillipians 3:12-14)

God bless you
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