Peter Horrobin

International Director of Ellel Ministries

July 31, 2013
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Deaf Ears!

Proverbs 28:9-10, NIV
“If anyone turn s a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable. He who leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.”

When someone is said to turn a deaf ear to something, it doesn’t mean that they are deaf and can’t hear! It simply means they are choosing to ignore what’s being said. God’s Word very clearly expresses both God’s heart of love for mankind and in His law He shows us how He wants us to live. The ten commandments are referred to in Deuteronomy 4:13 as God’s covenant. God’s covenant is an expression of His loving provision for His people. There can be no confusion over what His Word says – especially in the fundamental areas of morality.

But when faced with temptation people have to make choices in many areas of their lives. They know that choosing to walk in God’s ways is the way to enjoy His blessings for, as the second part of our Scripture says, ‘the blameless will receive a good inheritance’. Most believers also know that sin has its consequences as well. But few people realise that in addition to the direct consequences of sin, which is rebellion against God, there is a serious secondary consequence of deliberately turning a deaf ear to God’s Word in order to commit sin – our prayers are no longer acceptable to God.

This truth was spoken out by the prophet Isaiah, at a time when God’s people were in serious rebellion against Him. ”When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers I will not listen.” (Isaiah 1:15). So when we turn a deaf ear towards God’s Word and deliberately choose to flaunt His laws, then God responds in like manner – He no longer listens to our prayers. This is a principle that applies to individuals, organisations, congregations and, even, nations, as the people of Israel found out to their cost on numerous occasions.

Often people ask, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” While there may be many different answers to this question, the one answer we don’t want to hear could be that God is turning a deaf ear towards us because of our deliberate sin! When our behaviour tells God that we don’t really care about Him, then it is not surprising that our prayers become an offence to Him. It’s not that God doesn’t love us and is not interested in our prayers, it’s simply that our actions towards Him are speaking louder than the words we might say to Him.

If we want to regain a place of authority in prayer so that we will know about and experience the power of prayer at work in our lives, then let’s determine that the actions of our lives and the words of our lips are truly in harmony with each other. When they are God has no problem in hearing and answering our prayers! But when our actions are speaking a different language from our lips, then we are in great danger.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for showing me that there can be a relationship between what I do and whether or not You hear and answer my prayers. Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have deliberately chosen to sin at the same time as thinking you should be answering my prayers. Help me, Lord, to live my whole life in harmony with Your Word so that I can be a person of spiritual integrity and know the blessing of answered prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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July 31, 2013
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Deaf Ears!

Proverbs 28:9-10, NIV
“If anyone turn s a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable. He who leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.”

When someone is said to turn a deaf ear to something, it doesn’t mean that they are deaf and can’t hear! It simply means they are choosing to ignore what’s being said. God’s Word very clearly expresses both God’s heart of love for mankind and in His law He shows us how He wants us to live. The ten commandments are referred to in Deuteronomy 4:13 as God’s covenant. God’s covenant is an expression of His loving provision for His people. There can be no confusion over what His Word says – especially in the fundamental areas of morality.

But when faced with temptation people have to make choices in many areas of their lives. They know that choosing to walk in God’s ways is the way to enjoy His blessings for, as the second part of our Scripture says, ‘the blameless will receive a good inheritance’. Most believers also know that sin has its consequences as well. But few people realise that in addition to the direct consequences of sin, which is rebellion against God, there is a serious secondary consequence of deliberately turning a deaf ear to God’s Word in order to commit sin – our prayers are no longer acceptable to God.

This truth was spoken out by the prophet Isaiah, at a time when God’s people were in serious rebellion against Him. ”When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers I will not listen.” (Isaiah 1:15). So when we turn a deaf ear towards God’s Word and deliberately choose to flaunt His laws, then God responds in like manner – He no longer listens to our prayers. This is a principle that applies to individuals, organisations, congregations and, even, nations, as the people of Israel found out to their cost on numerous occasions.

Often people ask, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” While there may be many different answers to this question, the one answer we don’t want to hear could be that God is turning a deaf ear towards us because of our deliberate sin! When our behaviour tells God that we don’t really care about Him, then it is not surprising that our prayers become an offence to Him. It’s not that God doesn’t love us and is not interested in our prayers, it’s simply that our actions towards Him are speaking louder than the words we might say to Him.

If we want to regain a place of authority in prayer so that we will know about and experience the power of prayer at work in our lives, then let’s determine that the actions of our lives and the words of our lips are truly in harmony with each other. When they are God has no problem in hearing and answering our prayers! But when our actions are speaking a different language from our lips, then we are in great danger.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for showing me that there can be a relationship between what I do and whether or not You hear and answer my prayers. Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have deliberately chosen to sin at the same time as thinking you should be answering my prayers. Help me, Lord, to live my whole life in harmony with Your Word so that I can be a person of spiritual integrity and know the blessing of answered prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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July 31, 2013
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Deaf Ears!

Proverbs 28:9-10, NIV
“If anyone turn s a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable. He who leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.”

When someone is said to turn a deaf ear to something, it doesn’t mean that they are deaf and can’t hear! It simply means they are choosing to ignore what’s being said. God’s Word very clearly expresses both God’s heart of love for mankind and in His law He shows us how He wants us to live. The ten commandments are referred to in Deuteronomy 4:13 as God’s covenant. God’s covenant is an expression of His loving provision for His people. There can be no confusion over what His Word says – especially in the fundamental areas of morality.

But when faced with temptation people have to make choices in many areas of their lives. They know that choosing to walk in God’s ways is the way to enjoy His blessings for, as the second part of our Scripture says, ‘the blameless will receive a good inheritance’. Most believers also know that sin has its consequences as well. But few people realise that in addition to the direct consequences of sin, which is rebellion against God, there is a serious secondary consequence of deliberately turning a deaf ear to God’s Word in order to commit sin – our prayers are no longer acceptable to God.

This truth was spoken out by the prophet Isaiah, at a time when God’s people were in serious rebellion against Him. ”When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers I will not listen.” (Isaiah 1:15). So when we turn a deaf ear towards God’s Word and deliberately choose to flaunt His laws, then God responds in like manner – He no longer listens to our prayers. This is a principle that applies to individuals, organisations, congregations and, even, nations, as the people of Israel found out to their cost on numerous occasions.

Often people ask, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” While there may be many different answers to this question, the one answer we don’t want to hear could be that God is turning a deaf ear towards us because of our deliberate sin! When our behaviour tells God that we don’t really care about Him, then it is not surprising that our prayers become an offence to Him. It’s not that God doesn’t love us and is not interested in our prayers, it’s simply that our actions towards Him are speaking louder than the words we might say to Him.

If we want to regain a place of authority in prayer so that we will know about and experience the power of prayer at work in our lives, then let’s determine that the actions of our lives and the words of our lips are truly in harmony with each other. When they are God has no problem in hearing and answering our prayers! But when our actions are speaking a different language from our lips, then we are in great danger.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for showing me that there can be a relationship between what I do and whether or not You hear and answer my prayers. Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have deliberately chosen to sin at the same time as thinking you should be answering my prayers. Help me, Lord, to live my whole life in harmony with Your Word so that I can be a person of spiritual integrity and know the blessing of answered prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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July 31, 2013
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Deaf Ears!

Proverbs 28:9-10, NIV
“If anyone turn s a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable. He who leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.”

When someone is said to turn a deaf ear to something, it doesn’t mean that they are deaf and can’t hear! It simply means they are choosing to ignore what’s being said. God’s Word very clearly expresses both God’s heart of love for mankind and in His law He shows us how He wants us to live. The ten commandments are referred to in Deuteronomy 4:13 as God’s covenant. God’s covenant is an expression of His loving provision for His people. There can be no confusion over what His Word says – especially in the fundamental areas of morality.

But when faced with temptation people have to make choices in many areas of their lives. They know that choosing to walk in God’s ways is the way to enjoy His blessings for, as the second part of our Scripture says, ‘the blameless will receive a good inheritance’. Most believers also know that sin has its consequences as well. But few people realise that in addition to the direct consequences of sin, which is rebellion against God, there is a serious secondary consequence of deliberately turning a deaf ear to God’s Word in order to commit sin – our prayers are no longer acceptable to God.

This truth was spoken out by the prophet Isaiah, at a time when God’s people were in serious rebellion against Him. ”When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers I will not listen.” (Isaiah 1:15). So when we turn a deaf ear towards God’s Word and deliberately choose to flaunt His laws, then God responds in like manner – He no longer listens to our prayers. This is a principle that applies to individuals, organisations, congregations and, even, nations, as the people of Israel found out to their cost on numerous occasions.

Often people ask, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” While there may be many different answers to this question, the one answer we don’t want to hear could be that God is turning a deaf ear towards us because of our deliberate sin! When our behaviour tells God that we don’t really care about Him, then it is not surprising that our prayers become an offence to Him. It’s not that God doesn’t love us and is not interested in our prayers, it’s simply that our actions towards Him are speaking louder than the words we might say to Him.

If we want to regain a place of authority in prayer so that we will know about and experience the power of prayer at work in our lives, then let’s determine that the actions of our lives and the words of our lips are truly in harmony with each other. When they are God has no problem in hearing and answering our prayers! But when our actions are speaking a different language from our lips, then we are in great danger.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for showing me that there can be a relationship between what I do and whether or not You hear and answer my prayers. Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have deliberately chosen to sin at the same time as thinking you should be answering my prayers. Help me, Lord, to live my whole life in harmony with Your Word so that I can be a person of spiritual integrity and know the blessing of answered prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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July 31, 2013
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Deaf Ears!

Proverbs 28:9-10, NIV
“If anyone turn s a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable. He who leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.”

When someone is said to turn a deaf ear to something, it doesn’t mean that they are deaf and can’t hear! It simply means they are choosing to ignore what’s being said. God’s Word very clearly expresses both God’s heart of love for mankind and in His law He shows us how He wants us to live. The ten commandments are referred to in Deuteronomy 4:13 as God’s covenant. God’s covenant is an expression of His loving provision for His people. There can be no confusion over what His Word says – especially in the fundamental areas of morality.

But when faced with temptation people have to make choices in many areas of their lives. They know that choosing to walk in God’s ways is the way to enjoy His blessings for, as the second part of our Scripture says, ‘the blameless will receive a good inheritance’. Most believers also know that sin has its consequences as well. But few people realise that in addition to the direct consequences of sin, which is rebellion against God, there is a serious secondary consequence of deliberately turning a deaf ear to God’s Word in order to commit sin – our prayers are no longer acceptable to God.

This truth was spoken out by the prophet Isaiah, at a time when God’s people were in serious rebellion against Him. ”When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers I will not listen.” (Isaiah 1:15). So when we turn a deaf ear towards God’s Word and deliberately choose to flaunt His laws, then God responds in like manner – He no longer listens to our prayers. This is a principle that applies to individuals, organisations, congregations and, even, nations, as the people of Israel found out to their cost on numerous occasions.

Often people ask, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” While there may be many different answers to this question, the one answer we don’t want to hear could be that God is turning a deaf ear towards us because of our deliberate sin! When our behaviour tells God that we don’t really care about Him, then it is not surprising that our prayers become an offence to Him. It’s not that God doesn’t love us and is not interested in our prayers, it’s simply that our actions towards Him are speaking louder than the words we might say to Him.

If we want to regain a place of authority in prayer so that we will know about and experience the power of prayer at work in our lives, then let’s determine that the actions of our lives and the words of our lips are truly in harmony with each other. When they are God has no problem in hearing and answering our prayers! But when our actions are speaking a different language from our lips, then we are in great danger.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for showing me that there can be a relationship between what I do and whether or not You hear and answer my prayers. Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have deliberately chosen to sin at the same time as thinking you should be answering my prayers. Help me, Lord, to live my whole life in harmony with Your Word so that I can be a person of spiritual integrity and know the blessing of answered prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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July 31, 2013
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Deaf Ears!

Proverbs 28:9-10, NIV
“If anyone turn s a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable. He who leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.”

When someone is said to turn a deaf ear to something, it doesn’t mean that they are deaf and can’t hear! It simply means they are choosing to ignore what’s being said. God’s Word very clearly expresses both God’s heart of love for mankind and in His law He shows us how He wants us to live. The ten commandments are referred to in Deuteronomy 4:13 as God’s covenant. God’s covenant is an expression of His loving provision for His people. There can be no confusion over what His Word says – especially in the fundamental areas of morality.

But when faced with temptation people have to make choices in many areas of their lives. They know that choosing to walk in God’s ways is the way to enjoy His blessings for, as the second part of our Scripture says, ‘the blameless will receive a good inheritance’. Most believers also know that sin has its consequences as well. But few people realise that in addition to the direct consequences of sin, which is rebellion against God, there is a serious secondary consequence of deliberately turning a deaf ear to God’s Word in order to commit sin – our prayers are no longer acceptable to God.

This truth was spoken out by the prophet Isaiah, at a time when God’s people were in serious rebellion against Him. ”When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers I will not listen.” (Isaiah 1:15). So when we turn a deaf ear towards God’s Word and deliberately choose to flaunt His laws, then God responds in like manner – He no longer listens to our prayers. This is a principle that applies to individuals, organisations, congregations and, even, nations, as the people of Israel found out to their cost on numerous occasions.

Often people ask, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” While there may be many different answers to this question, the one answer we don’t want to hear could be that God is turning a deaf ear towards us because of our deliberate sin! When our behaviour tells God that we don’t really care about Him, then it is not surprising that our prayers become an offence to Him. It’s not that God doesn’t love us and is not interested in our prayers, it’s simply that our actions towards Him are speaking louder than the words we might say to Him.

If we want to regain a place of authority in prayer so that we will know about and experience the power of prayer at work in our lives, then let’s determine that the actions of our lives and the words of our lips are truly in harmony with each other. When they are God has no problem in hearing and answering our prayers! But when our actions are speaking a different language from our lips, then we are in great danger.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for showing me that there can be a relationship between what I do and whether or not You hear and answer my prayers. Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have deliberately chosen to sin at the same time as thinking you should be answering my prayers. Help me, Lord, to live my whole life in harmony with Your Word so that I can be a person of spiritual integrity and know the blessing of answered prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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July 31, 2013
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Deaf Ears!

Proverbs 28:9-10, NIV
“If anyone turn s a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable. He who leads the upright along an evil path, will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.”

When someone is said to turn a deaf ear to something, it doesn’t mean that they are deaf and can’t hear! It simply means they are choosing to ignore what’s being said. God’s Word very clearly expresses both God’s heart of love for mankind and in His law He shows us how He wants us to live. The ten commandments are referred to in Deuteronomy 4:13 as God’s covenant. God’s covenant is an expression of His loving provision for His people. There can be no confusion over what His Word says – especially in the fundamental areas of morality.

But when faced with temptation people have to make choices in many areas of their lives. They know that choosing to walk in God’s ways is the way to enjoy His blessings for, as the second part of our Scripture says, ‘the blameless will receive a good inheritance’. Most believers also know that sin has its consequences as well. But few people realise that in addition to the direct consequences of sin, which is rebellion against God, there is a serious secondary consequence of deliberately turning a deaf ear to God’s Word in order to commit sin – our prayers are no longer acceptable to God.

This truth was spoken out by the prophet Isaiah, at a time when God’s people were in serious rebellion against Him. ”When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers I will not listen.” (Isaiah 1:15). So when we turn a deaf ear towards God’s Word and deliberately choose to flaunt His laws, then God responds in like manner – He no longer listens to our prayers. This is a principle that applies to individuals, organisations, congregations and, even, nations, as the people of Israel found out to their cost on numerous occasions.

Often people ask, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” While there may be many different answers to this question, the one answer we don’t want to hear could be that God is turning a deaf ear towards us because of our deliberate sin! When our behaviour tells God that we don’t really care about Him, then it is not surprising that our prayers become an offence to Him. It’s not that God doesn’t love us and is not interested in our prayers, it’s simply that our actions towards Him are speaking louder than the words we might say to Him.

If we want to regain a place of authority in prayer so that we will know about and experience the power of prayer at work in our lives, then let’s determine that the actions of our lives and the words of our lips are truly in harmony with each other. When they are God has no problem in hearing and answering our prayers! But when our actions are speaking a different language from our lips, then we are in great danger.

Prayer: Thank You Lord for showing me that there can be a relationship between what I do and whether or not You hear and answer my prayers. Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I have deliberately chosen to sin at the same time as thinking you should be answering my prayers. Help me, Lord, to live my whole life in harmony with Your Word so that I can be a person of spiritual integrity and know the blessing of answered prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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July 29, 2013
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Reigning In Life

Romans 5:17, NIV
“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God`s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!”

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we confidently look forward to the day when Jesus will come again in glory. On this day we will receive our resurrection bodies and will be raised up to reign with Him, forever. Although the full realisation of this promise awaits us in glory, we are able to reign in life now because of the finished work that Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross. As Romans 5:19 explains, through one man (Adam) sin entered many.

Every single one of us was born into the world in the spiritual position of Adam, ensnared by sin and separated from God. Whilst in the spiritual position of Adam, sin reigned in us and therefore death. However, we also have the promise and hope that through one man (Jesus Christ) many are made righteous. That is, through the cross Jesus has made a new spiritual position available to us and that is the spiritual position of being righteous.

For those of us in the spiritual position of Jesus Christ, righteousness reigns and therefore life abounds. When we believe in Jesus Christ, in His death and resurrection, we enter into a divine exchange. Jesus completely takes our sin and all its consequences upon Himself and in return He gives us the fullness of His righteousness, His eternal life and His inheritance as a son of God. We know that this exchange which takes place is complete and absolute, because we know that His death and resurrection is a finished and complete work.

For as Jesus surrendered His life on the cross, He uttered three last words – “It is finished”. Our reconciliation with God is whole and complete; we have been completely transferred out of the Kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of light. We are no longer in Adam – we are now in Christ. The righteousness that we receive in Christ is a free gift from God and is not something that we can earn or add to through good works.

Our only responsibility is to surrender ourselves in order to fully enter into this divine exchange. For when we fully surrender and make Jesus Lord of every area of our life, our hands are emptied and we are opened up to receive the gift of abundant life that He so freely gives to us. The Apostle Paul encourages us to surrender ourselves to God as living sacrifices, in response to the mercy that God has shown to us (Romans 12:1).

By definition, any exchange that takes place must be a two way process – we surrender ourselves and our lives to God and in exchange Jesus gives us His life and all that is in Him. As surrendered disciples, we have been delivered from sins power we have been born of God. Jesus has declared us righteous and we can now say with confidence “I reign in life through freedom from the law and the gift of righteousness”.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your finished work on the cross for me. Today I freshly surrender all that I am and all that I have to you. Help me to fully appropriate the divine exchange in my life and to reign in life, today, in your mighty name, Amen.

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July 16, 2013
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The Currency of Heaven

Proverbs 11:4-5, NIV
“Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.”

Wealth and riches can be used to bring enormous blessing to many people, if they are used wisely and generously in the Lord’s service. We may spend all our lives trying to accumulate large amounts of money – but the fact is, we can only use our physical resources while we are here on earth! Nothing of what we physically own on our earthly pilgrimage will carry any weight or give us any influence when we finally have to face God. We cannot take any of it with us. All our money and human resources will count for nothing on the day which Solomon described here as being ‘the day of wrath’.

The power and influence that wealth can exercise on earth is reduced to nothing when we stand before God. Earthly gold, silver and treasure is not the currency of heaven. The currency of heaven is the ‘righteousness of the blameless’. Jesus told a parable to help people understand how important it is to be ready, having a good supply of the sort of currency that does carry weight in eternity.

In the parable (see Matthew 25), there were ten girls waiting for the Bridegroom to come. Five had a good supply of oil for their lamps, the others had none. When it became clear that the Bridegroom was coming, panic set in among the five without oil with which to light their lamps, so they went off to try and find some – but it was too late. The Bridegroom came and they missed their opportunity. Only those who already had oil in their lamps could go with Him.

Jesus is, of course, the Bridegroom and the Body of Christ is the Bride. Only those who have truly humbled themselves at the foot of the cross and received Jesus as their Saviour and Lord are capable of being made righteous and are able to be part of the Bride. And when the fruit of our lives is assessed it is only that which has been done in obedient response to His love that will carry weight when the books are finally opened at the end of time (Revelation 20:11-12). This is the righteousness that “delivers from death” and which makes a straight way ahead of us in the journey of life. It is so vitally important that our trust for daily living is not in whatever resources we may, or may not, have, but in the God who loved us so much that He sent that which was most precious to Him, His Son, to express His love towards us.

When we trust in Him and follow Him in joyful obedience we are storing up for ourselves eternal wealth which can only be measured in the currency of Heaven. While God can use money to facilitate His Kingdom purposes here on Earth, let’s not fall into the trap of trusting in what we have on Earth, thinking that this will give us credibility in Heaven. It won’t!

Prayer: Thank you Lord for the blessings I can bestow on others, through using whatever resources You have given me, to play my share in building the Kingdom of God. I ask that you will forgive me, Lord, for ever thinking that any earthly wealth I may have accumulated on earth will give me status before You. Help me to be wise with the resources you have given me and to keep my eyes focused on accumulating the currency of Heaven – not the riches of Earth! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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July 16, 2013
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The Currency of Heaven

Proverbs 11:4-5, NIV
“Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.”

Wealth and riches can be used to bring enormous blessing to many people, if they are used wisely and generously in the Lord’s service. We may spend all our lives trying to accumulate large amounts of money – but the fact is, we can only use our physical resources while we are here on earth! Nothing of what we physically own on our earthly pilgrimage will carry any weight or give us any influence when we finally have to face God. We cannot take any of it with us. All our money and human resources will count for nothing on the day which Solomon described here as being ‘the day of wrath’.

The power and influence that wealth can exercise on earth is reduced to nothing when we stand before God. Earthly gold, silver and treasure is not the currency of heaven. The currency of heaven is the ‘righteousness of the blameless’. Jesus told a parable to help people understand how important it is to be ready, having a good supply of the sort of currency that does carry weight in eternity.

In the parable (see Matthew 25), there were ten girls waiting for the Bridegroom to come. Five had a good supply of oil for their lamps, the others had none. When it became clear that the Bridegroom was coming, panic set in among the five without oil with which to light their lamps, so they went off to try and find some – but it was too late. The Bridegroom came and they missed their opportunity. Only those who already had oil in their lamps could go with Him.

Jesus is, of course, the Bridegroom and the Body of Christ is the Bride. Only those who have truly humbled themselves at the foot of the cross and received Jesus as their Saviour and Lord are capable of being made righteous and are able to be part of the Bride. And when the fruit of our lives is assessed it is only that which has been done in obedient response to His love that will carry weight when the books are finally opened at the end of time (Revelation 20:11-12). This is the righteousness that “delivers from death” and which makes a straight way ahead of us in the journey of life. It is so vitally important that our trust for daily living is not in whatever resources we may, or may not, have, but in the God who loved us so much that He sent that which was most precious to Him, His Son, to express His love towards us.

When we trust in Him and follow Him in joyful obedience we are storing up for ourselves eternal wealth which can only be measured in the currency of Heaven. While God can use money to facilitate His Kingdom purposes here on Earth, let’s not fall into the trap of trusting in what we have on Earth, thinking that this will give us credibility in Heaven. It won’t!

Prayer: Thank you Lord for the blessings I can bestow on others, through using whatever resources You have given me, to play my share in building the Kingdom of God. I ask that you will forgive me, Lord, for ever thinking that any earthly wealth I may have accumulated on earth will give me status before You. Help me to be wise with the resources you have given me and to keep my eyes focused on accumulating the currency of Heaven – not the riches of Earth! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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