Do This And Your Church Won’t Grow Part 2 – TWC Daily Devotional – Tuesday 25 August 2015

complain

Do this and your church won’t grow – complain about everything in church! Yes, complain about the parking situation, complain about the people from the earlier service not getting out earlier, complain about the service quality of those who serve on Sundays, complain about the sermons, the youth leaders, the children’s leaders, etc. If every member in your church keeps complaining about anything and everything, your church won’t grow, neither will you. Paul instructed the Philippian Christians in Phil.2:14-16, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” Instead, “encourage one another and build each other up” (1Thess.5:11). Had a friend who used to complain about people in church, criticizing some but at the same time extoling others – the ones who had power, wealth and influence. It wasn’t long before he messed things up both for the church and for himself. He did this from one church to another too and that just didn’t help! Unless people like that change, they won’t be of much good in God’s Kingdom and work. But does this mean we cannot give constructive feedback? Of course not, constructive feedback is always good when it is given out of a heart that truly cares for not only the church but for the people we give feedback about. It has to be given for the purpose of building up and not tearing down. It should be given when you are very reluctant to do so. Problem with many people is that they give “constructive” feedback so readily and happily that it becomes completely destructive. As we walk with the Lord today, may we all draw close to the Lord, know His heart and love for people, that we may love people likewise. May we never be a complainer, instead be an encourager with God’s help. Have a great day!

Barnabas Chong
twcdaily@gmail.com

Today’s Bible Text:  14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. (Phil.2:14-16)

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Do This And Your Church Won’t Grow Part 1 – TWC Daily Devotional – Monday 24 August 2015

All-about-Me

Do this and your church won’t grow – go to church wanting only to receive encouragement, commendation, affirmation, praise, blessing, a rich worship experience, a good sermon and warm friendship. If every believer in every church does this, churches won’t grow. If every believer goes to church looking to receive instead of giving, no one would receive anything but if every believer goes to church looking to give, then everyone would have received something by the end of our time together (thank you Anna Tong for this amazing insight some 30 years ago – I never forgotten it). Many parts of the Christian community today have become soft and weak. Christians undergoing suffering would complain lots and some would even give up on God because He is not answering their prayers the way they expect Him to and the way some preachers say God would. Dying of lupus, one of my friend’s sister who was only in her 20s quit on God and refused prayer in her last days. Thankfully just a couple of days before she went home to be with the Lord, she turned back to God. The reason for her disappointment with God was poor teaching leading to false hope. Everyone said as long as she had faith she would be healed, well that’s not always true. Sometimes we just don’t know why healing doesn’t take place, but we continue to trust in Him and we continue to press in and pray for the sick with hope. We must allow room for mystery in the healing ministry (Tom Jones, Global Awakening). Sometimes God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves (Steve Estes). And He does not need our approval or permission to do whatever He wants. “Our God is in heaven, He does whatever pleases Him” (Ps.115:3). Bill Johnson often quotes Ps.115:3 to help people understand that God can perform amazing miracles and do extraordinary things, even things not mentioned in the Bible. And he is right, we cannot confine God’s activity today to only what has been included in the Bible. In the same strain, the Apostle John said, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (Jn.21:25) So not everything Jesus did was recorded in the Bible! Likewise, God can choose not to heal whenever He sees fit. If He thinks non-healing in a certain person’s life is better for that person, who are we to argue otherwise? The Lord wants His church to be strong, not weak. He wants us to grow, not remain stagnant or degenerate. The way to grow is for every member to play his or her part, for every joint to supply something to the body. Paul said in Eph.4:15,16, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things GROW UP INTO HIM who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” As you walk with the Lord today, make sure that you do not become a believer who seeks only to receive, instead give of yourself to the Lord, to fellow believers and to the work of the Lord. Try that the next time you meet fellow believers, in fact, try that today with anyone you meet! Then, you will see your church growing as every part does its work. Have a great day!

Barnabas Chong
twcdaily@gmail.com

Today’s Bible Text:  “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Eph.4:15,16)

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Day 25

by Rev Joel Yong

Deuteronomy 6:3 ESV
Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

The concern of God never prioritizes economic prosperity at the cost of spiritual intimacy.
But in today’s world, we do that.
We live as if God can wait but our jobs, our exams can’t.
That’s not God’s way.

More important than just getting to the destination of the Promised Land, God wanted the people to have the right attitudes going into it.

Hence they are told here that the obedience of the people, leads to them being able to last long in the land of abundance. It builds their capacity to handle abundance.

If you put a child in a toy store with a wad of cash, that cash would disappear quickly and some poor choices in purchases would be inevitable. Because there is no capacity within the child to handle and even steward that wealth.

Abundance without spiritual intimacy leads to us being distracted by the abundance. It doesn’t lead to the worship of God.

I have seen men falter under the weight of fame. And under the abundance of wealth. And drunk with power.

Capacity is built, when we root ourselves, only in God. Nothing else.