A Two-Way Relationship

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A Two-Way Relationship

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

Tuesday, May 14 2013

“He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” – Isaiah 50:4b

The prophet Isaiah describes his relationship to God as a relationship
that has two-way communication. Have you ever felt that your
communication with God was only one way – you to Him only? Isaiah tells
us, “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the
word that sustains the weary…. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears,
and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Is. 50:4-5).

The key to Isaiah’s relationship with God lies in four important principles:

1. He had an instructed tongue. Isaiah had given over rule of his life completely to God’s purposes.

2. He knew the word of the Lord, which allowed him to sustain and encourage others.

3. He took time to listen.

4. He did not flee from the tough assignments. He didn’t shrink back.

If we are to be able to listen to God, we must follow the same
principles. Knowing and spending time studying God’s Word allows the
Holy Spirit to bring to mind His instructions for what He wants for us.
Recently, I became very busy in my work and other activities. It wasn’t
long before I felt distance between God and me. I had to make a
conscious decision to carve out more time alone to listen, study, and
meditate on His Word. This is the lifeline for the follower of Jesus.
When we begin to lose the relationship, we are susceptible to becoming
rebellious, going our own way. Invest your life in this relationship so
that you may continue to hear His voice and sustain the weary ones
around you.

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Where Do You Place Your Confidence?

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Where Do You Place Your Confidence?

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

Tuesday, April 09 2013

Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.” -1 Chronicles 21:1

God always requires total trust in Him alone for our victories in life.
Throughout Scripture we are cautioned not to place our trust in the
strength of horses, other men or our own abilities. In 1 Chronicles,
David’s decision to take a census was a failure to keep his trust
totally upon the Lord.

David’s purpose in counting his population was to assess his military
strength, much like the second census taken under Moses (see Numbers
1:2-3). David found 800,000 men eligible for military service in Israel,
and 500,000 men in Judah (see 2 Samuel 24:9), more than double the
previous head count.

David’s commander evidently recognized the grave error that his king was
about to make. “But Joab replied, ‘May the Lord multiply his troops a
hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s
subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on
Israel?’” (1 Chronicles 21:3).

Joab was right–the census displeased the Lord. David was falling into
the temptation of trusting in the size of his army rather than in the
Lord. In consequence, God punished David and reduced his forces by
bringing a plague that killed 70,000 men.

How do you avoid placing your trust in God today? Do you trust your bank
accounts, your skills and the security of your workplace? When you
begin to place your faith in these things instead of in the Provider of
these things you get into trouble with God.

What a lesson this is for each of us. Today, place your total trust in the Lord for all of your needs.

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Asa, a Model King Until…

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Asa, a Model King Until…

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman Saturday, April 06 2013

“Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand” (2 Chron 16:7).

Asa was a godly King of Judah. There were two kingdoms during his reign – Judah and Israel. Israel‘s king was Baasha, who was a wicked king. To the east of Judah was Damascus, whose king was Ben-Hadad. Asa was an amazingly faithful and righteous king for thirty-five years. He got rid of the idol worship, and even deposed his mother for idol worship. God blessed his rule by allowing peace in the land for thirty-five years.

When Asa came into power the nation was lost. There was no godly ruler. There were many wars and the people began to cry out to God for deliverance. God sent them Asa.

When Judah was attacked by Zerah the Cushite who marched against them with a vast army and three hundred chariots, Asa called upon the LORD and God answered his prayer and delivered them from a larger and stronger army than Judah’s.

However, thirty-five years later, Asa began to move away from trusting God and decided he could buy the favor of his enemy, the King of Ben-Hadad. Asa sent gold and silver to him as a bribe asking Ben-Hadad to cancel his treaty with King Baasha and go to war on behalf of Asa and Judah. Asa’s strategy worked and he defeated Israel. However, there was a cost.

“In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians. Then in the forty-first year of his reign Asa died and rested with his fathers” (2 Chron 16:12-14).

What we learn from Asa is that whenever we place our trust and obedience in the Lord, God becomes our source for security and prosperity. However, when we move away from trusting God, that security is removed and we fail to receive those things God intended us to have.

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Just Look Up!

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Here is my 3rd post on what I have seen when I just looked up! I will not make any comments on what I saw or try to force my thoughts on you, if you saw any thing unusual in this pictures, please make a comment and lets compere  notes. And as always thank you so much for visiting :)

All Pictures are taken with my LG Android Phone and are unedited, and Copyrighted.

 

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Hanging Out With Sinners

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Hanging Out With Sinners
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Tuesday, March 19 2013

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner’” (Luke 19:5-7).

Jesus modeled four things when He lived on the earth that allowed Him to impact other people’s lives. I call them the Four B’s of transformation.

First, he built a relationship with them. In the marketplace it is rare that you can impact a person without building a relationship first. The old saying, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care” is especially true in the workplace. Jesus modeled this in His life every day of his public ministry.

The second thing Jesus did was he blessed them. He tried to meet a physical need they had. Many times he healed them first, then told them to go and sin no more. He listened to their concerns.

The third thing Jesus did was He began praying for them. He often prayed for deliverance for a person that was demon possessed. He prayed they would know the Father. He prayed for Lazarus to come back from the dead.

Finally, the fourth thing Jesus did was He Brought the Kingdom of God into their lives. He invited people to believe in Him as the Savior of the world and to partake of eternal life.

I decided to test this model with an acquaintance. I intentionally refused to talk about Jesus to this person until I had accomplished the first three steps in my relationship with him. After I had fulfilled the first three steps, I presented Christ to my friend. He received Christ immediately because the soil was prepared and he was ready to receive.

As you consider your ministry at work, consider these four stages of relationship building before you present Christ to others. You will find the fruit of this process will be great.

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Following Only the Father’s Commands

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Following Only the Father’s Commands
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Friday, March 15 2013

“Jesus gave them this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’” – John 5:19

Have you ever thought about a typical day in Jesus’ life? Perhaps He might have had questions like these, “Who am I going to heal today? Who will I visit today? Which person will I deliver from demons this day?” etc. The demands on Jesus’ time were great. Yet we see that Jesus allocated His time very deliberately. We don’t get the idea that Jesus was flustered or stressed from the activity He was involved in. He often sought times of prayer and reflection away from the disciples. His life appeared to have a balance of quiet moments and active ministry into the lives He came in contact with.

How do we determine what we will be involved in each day of our lives? What keeps us in sync with the will of our heavenly Father for the daily tasks He calls us to? Jesus tells us that He was only involved in those things the Father was involved in. Nothing more, nothing less. So often we determine our participation in an activity based on whether we have the time to do it or whether we desire to participate. The real question we should ask is, “Does the Father want me to participate in this activity?”

Lord, should I add this Bible study to my schedule? Should I spend an extra night out on this committee this week? Should I take on new business that will take me away from home more? Should my daughter be involved in music lessons?” These are the daily challenges for the world we now live in. We are an activity-based society that often encourages more and more activity, often in the name of Christian virtue.

Our lives will become less cluttered, less stressful, and more fulfilling when we follow the model Jesus provided. It may not always please everyone. Jesus never sought to please everyone. Ask the Lord each day this week how you and He are to spend your time. Yield your schedule to Him. Let Jesus direct your every activity. You may discover that He desires you to cut back some things in order to spend more time alone with Him. He will be faithful to show you. And you will become more fulfilled because you are centered in His will for you.

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Shepherd Your People

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Shepherd Your People
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Friday, March 15 2013

“Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pasturelands” (Micah 7:14).

You and I are called to be shepherds in the workplace. Your “staff” (vocation) represents your calling to your work life ministry. Moses‘ staff represented his calling as a shepherd. God‘s first words to Moses were: “Remove your shoes. For this is Holy ground.” God came to Moses during his work day. His work became holy because God’s presence was there.

God used Moses’ staff to perform miracles and deliver the people of Israel from bondage. (Ex. 4:17). He is still issuing this same call today to you and I in the workplace. For most of us, this is where our inheritance lies. As we minister through our work life call, our inheritance will come as a result of letting God use our abilities. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:23, 24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

What makes our work holy is the motivation by which we do it. If we work to glorify God in it and serve others in the process, that is what makes it ministry. The word ministry and service are derived from the same Greek word, diakonia.

Those in the workplace are like a remnant of a wayward people in a forest awaiting harvest. It is a fertile pasture awaiting a shepherd who can lead them into a life of purpose and destiny. Will you be the instrument of God to shepherd His people out of bondage?

Ask the Lord to use your “staff” to perform miracles and to become a shepherd to those He has called you to lead. Why not start today?

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3 Phase Obedience

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TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Thursday, March 14 2013

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37,38).

From 1994 to 2001, I went through what I call my “Joseph Pit” experience. It was during this time of great adversity and great growth that I wrote TGIF Today God Is First and also birthed many of the things I am doing today. During this season, I discovered a spiritual truth about how most believers experience three distinct phases of their growth toward obedience in their Christian walks.

When we first begin our spiritual journey we often make decisions from convenience. Often, we decide what the outcome is that we want and then make decisions based on the perceived outcome. If it is a positive outcome, then we will make an obedient decision. I call this outcome-based obedience.

However, God desires that each of us live an Obedience-based life. In order to transition us from an outcome-based process to an obedience-based process, he will bring a crisis into our lives. This crisis is designed to create pain which motivates us to seek Him to alleviate the pain. We have all heard of “fox-hole” Christianity. There is place of obedience for everyone! However, this is not where God desires us to remain.

Ultimately, God desires us to live a life of obedience and intimacy rooted in conviction. We obey His commands from a heart of love and devotion. During the crisis phase we discover the personal love of God in our lives which we had never experienced before. Most of us will get to this phase of our walk with God by first living a life of convenience, then we will go through the crisis that will then lead us into an intimate love relationship with God.

The Christian life can be summed up in one word-love. God’s desire for each of us is to know Him intimately and to love Him with all of our heart. Have you told your Heavenly Father you love Him today?

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The First Requirement of Ministry

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The First Requirement of Ministry
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Thursday, March 14 2013

“The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the Lord.”Joel 1:9b

The first requirement for being used by God in the life of others is to mourn on their behalf. We must identify with their pain and suffering. Each of us must be broken for others first.

In order to be fully used by God in the workplace, we need to understand what breaks God’s heart. When we understand what breaks God’s heart, we are able to mourn on behalf of a grieving person, or a nation we are called to serve. What breaks God’s heart? When we begin to answer this question, we begin the first step to becoming instruments of change for those things that are important to God. Perhaps it is an overemphasis in our own talent and abilities, or lack of complete trust in Jesus. Perhaps it is the lack of respect for human life that leads to the killing of innocent babies. Perhaps it is the deceit and pride that often rule the workplace of commerce. Or perhaps it is the strife and divisions among His own Body that grieve Him most. When we begin to mourn over our own sins in these areas, God begins to use us as instruments of righteousness to affect these things. It was only when God let me see my own sins in the workplace and how they broke His heart that I began to be an instrument for His purposes.

Today, ask God to show you what things in your world are breaking His heart. Then see how He might want you to be the priest to affect for Him. The first step is identification with what breaks God’s heart.

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200!

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Hello World“, and with  these words I started my first Blog post here, or anywhere in that matter five and half years ago. Why I blogged? Well,  I think(and that is hard , cumbersome task for me!)I just wanted to let the world know what I think!

Now, I have reached 200 followers! I know for some blo9ggers that have over thousands, 200 is nothing. But for me any number over “ONE” is Gods gift. I just wanted to tell  you all ” THANK YOU,”  thank you for following me here at “You Decide”, Thank you for taking the time and stopping by and reading my posts. Thank you for hitting the like, and even making a comment or two.

There might have been times that you did not agree with what you read, and liked but never the less you continued to follow ,and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May you be blessed for blessing me with your follow and encouragements and corrective criticism. Thank You for putting up with me this past five years. And May God continue Blessing you and Yours.

Here is the very first blog post I posted back in December 2008 Titled

 TOBE BLESSE 

Hello world,

we have few days to Christmas, are you done with your shopping ? Are you happy about the gifts that you have bought? is your tree up and decorated? have you been humming the holiday tunes? Is your spirit lifted up high?

If your answer is yes to all or even one of the above questions, I want you to take trip to downtown LA or in that matter any low income area in your town or city; you will be definitely surprise to see how blessed you are.

yesterday through our church “Liberty Temple”, and with our pastor Dan Maynard and his wife Debbie leading  we went down town and handed out about 100+ care packages to the homeless, Yeah homeless, the invisible people that most choose not to see. It was not much but to them it was allot. I’m still shaken about the way some of us live, if one can call it a living!

Well just wanted to share it with you. Merry Christmas.

Faith Versus Presumption

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Faith Versus Presumption
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Friday, March 08 2013

“So she said to Abram, ‘The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.’ Abram agreed to what Sarai said.” – Genesis 16:2

Presumption is based on our own reasoning. Abraham and Sarah fell into presumption when they got too old to have children. God had promised a son to Abraham and Sarah – a son who would fulfill His promise to birth a nation. But Abraham and Sarah were past the normal age for childbearing. So, they concluded that God needed help to work out His plan.

Many workplace believers make the same mistake every day. We make assumptions about what we believe God is doing and wants us to do. However, before we really have full assurance that God has spoken to us on the matter and revealed His perfect action plan, we move forward with our steps to get it done. How do we protect ourselves from presumption? The Proverbs tell us that there is safety in a multitude of counselors (see Prov. 11:14 KJV). Submitting our decisions to others for confirmation protects each of us from the deceit of our own heart. This process will protect us from presumption and encourage us to move in faith. The next time you believe God is directing you toward a specific action, consult with your spouse first, then some close, spiritual friends who will take the time to prayerfully consider your request. If you don’t have consensus, wait until you do before you move forward. God will move through this process to His desired will for the matter.

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My Son The Film Maker!

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My Son Evon 19, is a film maker! Here is his latest script for the short film he is making. He wrote the script.

Subject: Dialogue for film in production
 

By E.A. H

Being shown in local theatres in November, 2013.

 

Science has yet to discover the cause of a broken heart,

 
Emotions,  incredibly  strong, and yet so powerless when contrasted against the power of thought.
 
And even so, conversely, thought is a mere pebble,  on a cobblestone laid road of emotion
 
As one walks down this road, laiden   by emotionless scientists, and heartbroken poets,
 
We can faintly see the fragility of it all:
 
Emotion without thought is comparable to a house on fire;
 
Within, flames refine, and seal the golden hinges of the doors which hold the answers sought out, why? Whom? When?
 
While  prying at the handles, avoiding and fighting the flames with anger and alcohol appearing as a ghost, a solution once seen yet vanished, one inevitably gets consumed by the burning flames of desire. Unbeknownst even to oneself that the flames have consumed thee.
 
One needs balance.
 
Yet, before one enters the house, a thought of rationality freezes you to the effects of gravity, as if your feet were suddenly made of lead. Assessment and rationale flood the house like a rushing tide, calming the flames of impulsivity and  disaster.
 
Gently turning the golden knob of the house, entering into a marble white hallway filled with closed doors appear before you as if it were the hall of the Great King.
 
The door swings open as you see that you have a choice.
 
The choice to do what is right with the world, or right within oneself.
 
Everything and nothing is personal.
 
As you have a few rational thoughts to apply gently to the burning desires of emotion, the house disappears. as you shut the door with the golden hinges, never seared but refined into beautiful reasoning.
 
This is the artist’s way of telling you that balance is the quintessential aspect of this vivid portrayal of the heart and mind.
 
as you see this beautiful picture, you realize that the future is a gift, even though this is the present.
 
Within reason, you comprehend that the house was made of marble after all, impenetrable to flames, a mere allusion to the truth – that all you need is a bit of balance.
             “What you have read is copy written  material”

YOU HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES

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YOU HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES
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Jesus commands us [all believers] to “GO” tell others the good news and make disciples.  This is what he says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)  These are some of the last words of instruction that Jesus left with His Disciples after the resurrection and before His final departure back to heaven to be with the Father.  This verse is known as the GREAT COMMISSION.

Jesus instruction to the disciples was their assigned mission to evangelize, baptize, and teach people about Jesus so that they, in turn, could do the same.  The Good News of the gospel was to go…

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