Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May God help us to always put His Kingdom first

  This is a recent devotional I read; it's message is simple but of highest importance.

Days of Praise
A Righteous Desire
May 11, 2010

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness." (Matthew 6:33)

The Pharisees of Jesus' day were quite "religious" in their behavior, but our Lord often took them to task because "all their works they do for to be seen of men" (Matthew 23:5).

God's Kingdom Is First Priority: The Lord's admonition in our text was given to focus His followers beyond the "ordinary" desires and needs of their physical existence. We are expected to "look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18). As promised, when we are rightly focused, "all these other things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33)

Yielded to Righteousness: We become "servants" of those things that we "obey." We obey that which we have "yielded" ourselves to (Romans 6:16). It is not possible to "serve two masters" (Matthew 6:24). Our "members" (our physical bodies) can either become "instruments" (weapons) of ungodliness or of righteousness (Romans 6:13). We either "walk" after the Spirit or after the flesh (Romans 8:1).

Doggedly Pursue Godliness: "But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness" (1 Timothy 6:11). Even though our "new man" longs for righteousness, and we consciously yield ourselves to seek and serve God's kingdom, "with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin" (Romans 7:25).

We must never become slack in our diligence. "Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). HMM III

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010



Hugh? What is FGWUG? Well that is an acronym for Farming God's Way -Uganda Group. This is a group of men and women who are excited about FGW and all the potential that this method of conservation agriculture holds many of the answers fro pulling the peasant farmers of Uganda out of poverty through learning biblical principles of stewardship and agriculture techniques that suit "hand-hoe" farmers. I recently joined the group and have been asked to become the national implementor for the group. Most of the members are missionaries, nationals involved in church leadership or Christian nationals in the agricultural sector. We are developing a national strategy for how to teach and implement FGW. It is exciting to see such a diverse group of people work together to see God's Kingdom come in such a practical and meaningful way. We believe we are going to see an agriculture revolution parallel with an awakening to the understanding of the Kingdom of God. It is so great to see people start to learn to see how God has solutions for all  of life's problems - to see that everything is spiritual  -- even the way we farm!
Among our diverse group are a German widower, a Dutch Bible-school teacher, American missionaries, another Canadian widower remarried to a Canadian missionary, a Ugandan government inspector for Agriculture and even a Canadian married to a Rwandan lady (wonder who he is?) and many more...
Our next major event is a seminar hosted by the FGW guys from SA, including the chief African implementor Grant Dryden.  Grant is a great speaker is a great motivator when it comes to FGW!

I'm sure you will hear more about FGWUG as it grows and begins to tackle the idea of converting Uganda to Conservation Farming through teaching the Kingdom of God. 

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