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Posted on April 18th, 2015

A man asked a wise teacher if he should stay with his wife or with his lover.

The wise man took two vases, one with a rose and the other one with a cactus. He asked the man:

_ If I were to give you one of these plants, which one would you choose?

The man smiled and said:

_ The rose of course!

The wise man replied:

_ You are reckless!

He said:

_ Sometimes, men are driven by external beauty and choose what seems to shine more at that particular moment. The rose is more beautiful, but it dies soon. The cactus, however, regardless of the weather or climate remains the same. It is green and has thorns... but one day, it will give you the most beautiful flower you have ever seen.

He continued:

_ Your wife knows your faults, your weaknesses and your mistakes. When you mourn because of the difficult times she is always ready to help you. Your lover wants your money, your happiness, your physical appearance, and your laughter. However, when facing the smallest hardships, she will not hesitate to replace you for another young lover, who is happy, healthy and wealthy.

He finally asked:

_ Now, tell me, with whom do you want to stay?

Posted on April 17th, 2015

A king was riding with his army, when he noticed an old man planting a small tree. He found this very strange, since the tree would take too long to grow and, when it could bear fruit, the old man would no longer be around to eat its fruit.

So the king asked the old gardener why he insisted on such a useless task. To which the man replied:

— I am glad to sow, even if I am not the one to reap. Aren't we taking advantage today of the trees that were planted many years ago? Sowing is what matters. Not reaping.

The king considered the old man’s actions wise and, moved, handed him a bag with many gold coins as a reward for the gardener’s wisdom. And he thanked him as following:

— See how things are? I have barely just planted this tree and I am already reaping valuable fruit.

Sowing is optional, but reaping is mandatory. Therefore, be careful what you sow!

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6.10 NKJV)

Posted on April 14th, 2015

A father had a family of sons who were perpetually quarreling among themselves. When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion.

One day he told his sons to bring him a bundle of sticks. When they had done so, he placed the bundle into the hands of each of them in succession, and ordered them to break it in pieces. They tried with all their strength, and were not able to do it.

He next opened the bundle, took the sticks separately, one by one, and again put them into his sons’ hands, upon which they broke them easily.

He then addressed them in these words: “My sons, if you are of one mind, and unite to assist each other, you will be as strong as this bundle, uninjured by all the attempts of your enemies, but if you are divided among yourselves, you will be broken as easily as these sticks.”

Posted on December 16th, 2014

One morning, after he had finished his meditation, an old man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion drowning helplessly in the water.

As the lake had a tree close to it, the old man quickly stretched himself out on one of the long roots that branched out into the lake and reached out to rescue the drowning creature.

As soon as he touched it, the scorpion stung him. Instinctively the man withdrew his hand and the scorpion remained in danger.

A minute later, after he had regained his balance, he stretched himself out again on the roots to save the scorpion. This time the scorpion stung him so badly with its poisonous tail that his hand became swollen and bloody and his face contorted with pain.

At that moment, a passerby saw the old man stretched out on the roots struggling with the scorpion and shouted: "Hey, old man, what's wrong with you? Only a fool would risk his life for the sake of this creature. Don't you know you could kill yourself trying to save that ungrateful scorpion?"

The old man turned his head. Looking into the stranger's eyes he said calmly, "My friend, just because it is the scorpion's nature to sting, that does not change my nature to save."

Likewise, the servants of God should never change their nature of helping, encouraging and saving souls just because some people do not accept the message that we bring to them.

Continue reaching out to save souls no matter people's reaction against you. Remember that our Lord Jesus had to die in order to save our soul!

Posted on December 11th, 2014

7 Steps to Being Blessed in the Campaign of Israel

Questions that pop into the minds of many are: Does this work? Will it really bless me? Would this actually work for me? We have seen thousands testify about how they've been incredibly blessed through challenges of faith, and we've also seen others join those same challenges and not get what they were looking for.

So, what is the secret to being blessed? What do you need to do to ensure that you’ll be blessed in the Campaign of Israel? Take a look at the following points:

1. Know what you want. Every Campaign of Israel, or chain of prayer, needs a goal. You need to define what it is that you want to achieve, and you need to be specific and as detailed as possible — not vague. When the Lord Jesus asked the blind man, "What do you want Me to do for you?" the man did not say, "I want to be blessed", or "I want to be happy". He said, "I want to see!" Define what you want and don’t forget about it.

2. Know what it is going to take to get it. God’s blessings are not magic. You can't write down what you want, say a few magic words, and ta-da! – the blessing appears before your eyes. God is a miracle-maker, not a magician. Good things are not free. In the same way that you ask the price of something before you buy it, to know whether or not you can afford it, you also need to be aware of what it will take for you to get what you want.

3. Don’t start unless you are determined to finish what you begin. One of the main reasons why people are not blessed in a campaign is that they lack the determination to pursue their goal until they have achieved it. If what they are asking for does not happen within a few days or weeks, they lose faith and give up. When you join a challenge of faith, you have to commit to it 100% and refuse to give up or slow down until what you want is in your hands.

4. Make a complete sacrifice. A sacrifice is 'giving up something of value to obtain something of greater value’. It is impossible to conquer an object of great value when you are unwilling to give up something for it. A true sacrifice does not go half way, it is complete. The blessing you want will require a complete sacrifice. For things that require God’s help, you need to act out your faith — your faith has to manifest in a concrete way, both spiritually (building your altar) and financially. Make sure your sacrifice is total and complete.

5. Believe, believe, believe. I know it sounds obvious, but so many join a Campaign of Israel and are filled with fear and doubt — and to one one's surprise but their own, fail to be blessed. Bad thoughts bounce around in their head: “What if it doesn't work? Why is it so difficult? Why do I have to be so extreme? Do I have to sacrifice?” Faith is an assurance — full stop. If you are nervous, anxious and unsure, you are filled with doubt, not faith. If this is happening to you, don't join the challenge because you will be disappointed. Romans 14.23 says: “Everything that does not come from faith is sin." You know you have the faith to participate in a challenge when God speaks to your heart and says: “Go ahead! I'm with you and I will not fail you!”

6. Don't talk to anyone about what you are doing. Faith is an assurance that is given to you, and only you, so when you have the faith to join a campaign, don’t seek the opinion of anyone about what you should or should not do. It is your faith. Others will not understand it. Make sure that what you are doing agrees with the spirit of the Word of God. If lots of questions start crowding your mind, you are no longer functioning in faith, but rather doubt.

7. Act, act and act again! The Campaign of Israel starts at the moment God speaks to your mind, continues as you take an envelope from the altar and as you bring your sacrifice on the day, and continues until you finally get what you have asked for — which may be weeks or months after the day of the Challenge. Throughout this period, you need to actively pursue what you have asked for. You cannot give God, the devil or yourself any rest until you reach your goal.

Time after time we've seen the above steps work wonders in the lives of those who practice them. The Lord Jesus Himself followed these steps as He was accomplishing His mission on earth. He knew what He wanted and what it would take Him to get it. He was determined to go all the way. He made the most complete sacrifice that anyone could make. He believed in what He came to do. He did not consult anyone except His Father, and He was so active that He frequently had no time to stop and eat a proper meal (read Mark 6.31). Jesus reached His goal.

The fire will come down!

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