"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."
God's way is higher than our way (natural human way).
When determining rewards, He declares that without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. So this gives us great confidence toward God, firstly he has dealt to all men the measure of faith, secondly, everyone can be diligent and thirdly all of us can focus or seek Him.
Then Jesus confirmed we can receive reward from Him by being faithful with what He has given us. It is not the two or four talents given us, it is what we do with them. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things, enter into the joy of the Lord.
Gods promotion is based on faithfulness, diligence and focus.
You are blessed
Pastor Bill Nott
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to FINISH IT
lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to FINISH.......saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to FINISH’?”
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will COMPLETE it until the day of Jesus Christ.””
It has been said it is easier to start than to finish. My experience tells me it is true for me and would probably get an ‘Amen’ from you? I recall asking a successful businessman his ‘secret for success’. He shot back a one-word answer – FINISH. I am sure there are many other important and needed aspects of our life, however this one needs special emphasis. The last of the four runners or swimmers in a relay race have the charge to ‘Bring it home - Finish it’. Jesus was determined to finish, and upon the momentous occasion proclaimed. IT IS FINISHED.
Paul declared – ‘None of these things move me, that I may finish'.
Be encouraged to have a mindset and words that strengthen your finishing resolve. Remember, the GREAT FINISHER is God and He lives in you by the Spirit.
Boldly declare – “By the grace (the ability of God) I will finish the course God has ordained for me. I am a strong finisher. I refuse to be put off, put down or diverted. The great finisher lives in me. Amen."
I call you blessed
Pastor Bill Nott
Success is obeying God - full stop
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:”
1 Samuel 15:22
“So Samuel said: ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.’”
Be sure that you are settled in your heart about doing what God has said for you to do. Many people have much advice as to what you should do – however, resist the urge to compare. The Word of God says it is unwise to compare.
Well, how do I know what God is saying to me? Firstly go to the Bible, whatever you hear in your heart will ALWAYS be consistent with the written word. Build a depository of scripture into your heart. The Psalmist put it like this “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” In heightened times of battle, receive the instruction of God as a command. It always has been, however when things aren’t pressing we tend to take God’s word as a suggestion.
I call you blessed ‘for such a time as this’.
Pastor Bill Nott
The Royal Law of Love
Scripture readings James 2:8; Mark 12:30-31
"If you fulfil the Royal Law according to the Scripture, You shall love your neighbour as yourself, you do well."
Easier said than done?
While everything is going well it can seem easier to "get along", be kind and patient. However under pressure situations, tensions are heightened; it seems we can easily be offended and snap.
As Christ's, we are to manifest the love of God to each other and our neighbours. Let me encourage you to refuse to be offended. If an altercation happens in your family, resolve it, own up to your part and forgive each other promptly. Ask God to help you manifest the 'Fruit of the Spirit'. "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, by the LOVE you have for each other." John 13:35
"FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS YOU HAVE COME INTO THE KINGDOM" - Esther 4:14
Pastor Bill Nott