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Divine Connections For Victories

Ex.17:10-13 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

Here we have a beautiful picture of how a team worked together to obtain an ordained victory. Joshua was fighting in the battle field. Moses had his hands lifted up in faith, prayer and authority, then when they became unbearably tired, Aaron and Hur, one on either side supported Moses’ hands with theirs. It is a false idea that Christianity is just between you and God.

1Pe:2:9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;

There is a personal as well as a corporate side.

Ec:4:12: And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Your submission to one another is your protection. There will be weak moments in your life, blind spots that you cannot see. In times of battles, you need someone to cover you with prayer bullets while you’re busy advancing and taking the devils’ territory. God has designed us to work with each other like the different parts of the body. Job’s recovery and prosperity came when he prayed for his friends who before misrepresented God and misjudged, misunderstood Job, came to him with sincere repentance.

Job:42:10: And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Ex:33:11: And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

Joshua had a faithful honoring and protective heart towards his mentor, his leader. No wonder God spoke to him to continue with Moses’ job. Our talents could never qualify us for God’s calling, only our hearts could.

Jos:1:1: Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister

Don’t be afraid to be mentored. You are very blessed if you can find your God given mentor! Be open and honest with your mentors! Don’t cover up your weaknesses and faults, don’t try to impress but be genuine, true and teachable. Don’t be ambitious to kill your mentor so the position would come to you! You don’t want to step up until you are called in God’s timing, when He knows that you are ready and suitable for the job! What does the Bible say about our attitude towards our mentors like parents, teachers, pastors, leaders and each other in the church:-

Heb:13:17: Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
1Th:5:12-14:
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

A genuine righteous attitude towards people is the key to success in the sight of God.

Henry David Thoreau “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”
Eustache Deschamps “Friends are relatives you make for yourself.”

God Bless You
Pastor Dora Siu

 

Cherishing Divine Connections

I want to have faithful friends, people that would stand with me with heart-felt commitment in prayers and conversations and action; so I better be one myself. Everything in life works by sowing and reaping, God’s eternal principle. Be a good seed yourself and keep sowing. The Word says, “In due season, you shall reap, if you faint not”. His grace is sufficient for us, His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Keep looking for the good in people and you will see some, then, pray for more to come. Build a network of good, faithful people and you will find a hand of gracious help in your time of need.

How to strengthen your confidence in your dealing with people?

  1. Know your value in the sight of God and be strongly rooted in Christ.
  2. See yourself as unique, valuable and precious, Jesus gave his life to buy yours.
  3. Develop a positive, healthy self-image, work on feeling good about yourself.
  4. Surround yourself with positive and appreciative people.
  5. Find out what you are good at and strengthen it and use it for service.
  6. Acknowledge your achievements and work on improving yourself to do more.
  7. Fortify and strengthen your weaknesses, then commit them to the Lord.
  8. Use meekness to strengthen yourself against embarrassment, be willing and ready to learn at all times. Be soft and pliable to the corrections of the Lord, like the clay to the Potter.
  9. Know your resources and limitations, commit to your schedule and goals, be a man of your word, keep your promises.
  10. Be a team member to develop commitment to team work, discipline, submission and accountability. This will develop your power to flow with people and achieve a common goal with them.

Blessings flow through your relationship with God anointed, God-connected people e.g. Jonathan who was a great friend of David had Mephibosheth, his son honored and well taken care of by David, the king of Israel for his whole life; Ruth was divinely connected and married to Boaz because she acted on Naomi’s advice. Ruth then became one of the ancestors of Jesus. Observe the hand of the Lord in your connections with people. Cherish God-given friendships and relationships. Don’t take for granted, don’t trample your pearls. Marriage, Family and church relationships are God-protected and God-honored relationships. Long term faithful friendships must be cherished dearly. Growing up together in the same faith, the same spirit is the blessing of the Lord! “What God has joined together”, not random, casual, self-made relationships but God-ordained, arranged, connected and joined relationships. The world’s way is to attract, to seduce, to covet, to win; the church’s way is God gives, appoints and joins with the same heart, the same priority, the same temperament, the same vision and goal.

Psalms:142:7: the righteous shall compass me about
Abraham Lincoln “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”
Lois L. Kaufman “Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness.”

God Bless You
Pastor Dora Siu

 

Building Good Relationships That Last

M't:7:12: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Decide how you want to be treated and then treat others the same way. Keep living like this until the law of sowing and reaping becomes a life-style to you. This kind of life-style would demand that you pause and think about how you are treating people instead of being reactive and retaliating all the time. You then become the initiator not the reactor. Look for fruitful ingredients in your relationships with people, they are:- encouragement, appreciation, forgiveness and grace, attentive hearing, purposeful understanding and unconditional acceptance. The fear of being exploited or cheated has to give way to faith and trust in God, remember God’s love is supernatural, overcoming and powerful, it will open doors for you and promote you every where you go.

Examine your dealings with people. Do I treat people as tools for my tasks and was quite inconsiderate of their feelings most of the time? Even if I am just in a working relationship with people, shouldn’t I be shining for Jesus, with His kindness and grace, to leave an open door for the works of the Holy Spirit in the souls of whom I’m just working with? We are, at times, guilty of brushing people off quite brutally with our casual, indifferent attitude, especially when we are so engrossed in our works and self-righteousness; thus turning people away from ourselves and God, instead of to Him. It’s easy to quit or dismiss relationships with all excuses for ourselves, especially during trying times of hurt and betrayal; but fruit and goodness comes through being faithful. We are faithful stewards of the many fold grace of God not hirelings that flee in hard times. Commit yourself to winning the hearts of people to Jesus, instead of just their hands to a task or their platform for your promotion. Jesus never gave up on people, he did no cut us off, he died for us. The love of God is when we were sinners, he died for us. To be like my savior is not to be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.

Love never fails. An individualistic and critical person ends with no one he can tolerate or work with except himself, how lonely, how sad! I choose rather to commit myself to building trusting and lasting relationships with people. I choose to be gracious and forgiving with people as I want others to be with me. I want to dig up the good in others instead of suspecting the bad. I am a genuine believer of the power of God to save the lost and change saints from glory to glory, both for this life and eternity. So, I must do my part, in a positive way, in my practical daily living , not only during service times. Let’s forgive others and ourselves, shake off the dust of criticism, resentment and retaliation that try to cling to us. Let’s keep sowing mercy and grace along the way of life for we need them very much ourselves, all the time.

Joseph Addison “Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. “
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The only way to have a friend is to be one."

God Bless You
Pastor Dora Siu

   

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