A long time ago in a village in central India there lived a poor farmer. On this particular day he wondered into a forest a few miles away from his home and got lost. He was so lost that he wandered around for days until he got hungry and tired. So tired was he that he fell down under a peculiar looking tree. As he fell down and lay there he thought and said to himself, “I wish I had some good food to eat, I’m so hungry!” Immediately a wonderful variety of food appeared right in front of him! Exactly like he dreamed of! Hungry people don’t ask many questions and so he ate to his heart’s content and was full. Then he thought and said to … Read More
Contention is defined as “a point advanced or maintained in a debate or argument.” Discord, conflict, friction, strife and disharmony are additional words that can and have been used to further describe contention. The Spirit of Contention is a demonic power designed to damage ministries, the workplace, families and interpersonal relationships. When the enemy sees people striving to work harmoniously together, he will sow the seed of contention, with miscommunication and frustration, allow it to grow and watch as people who once loved each other turn against one another.
Whether we like it or not, we’re all called to be servant-leaders. God has assigned each of us a significant role to execute in spreading the gospel and growing the kingdom. Our goal as servant-leaders is not to obtain power or celebrity. Instead, we are concerned with the growth and well-being of others.
The daily maintenance of our home? is important. However, every so often a deep cleaning is needed: we change the curtains, rearrange the furniture, and throw out what isn’t needed.?️ If it can be scrubbed, swept and mopped, we do so. This is not an overnight process, and can often take weeks ? to properly accomplish. Depending on the size of the space or the intensity of the mess, we may ask for help. We tend to do our big cleaning before company arrives, before major holidays, and when we’re bored with our surroundings. The process is tedious and frustrating, but when it is all done, it is so worth it.