#11 The affection of your heart

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head. (Mark 14v3)

This perfume was worth a year’s wages.

A lot of money in anyone’s book.

Make sure that what you give to Him is of value and not the scraps.

He doesn’t deserve the left overs.

Give Him the devotion of your heart.

Nothing less than that is acceptable to the king of kings.

Nard came from the Himalayas and that was no small journey.

Alabaster was also an expensive material.

So when your sacrifice cost you something it smells beautiful to Him.

What do you give to Him that is of value to you?

Do you give Him the minimum or are you extravagant?

Decide to give Him something that is of value to you.

It may be significant amount of time.

It may be money.

It may be blessing a particular person.

Find out from Him what would please His heart.

Then simply go and do it.

Give Him the affection of your heart.

He has already given you His.

(from ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-08-03T06:05:52+00:00Saturday, August 3rd, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#10 Capacity to love everyone

“But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” (Mark 14v2 NIV)

Do not make a pretence of love.

Be patient and forgive, not just with words but from the heart.

You may say all the right words but still not really mean them.

You may fool everyone else, but there are at least two people who know the truth and one of them is going to have a chat with you about it one day.

Are you critical of people?

If you are, stop it!

Pray for His blessing on them.

Pray for any need of theirs you are aware of.

Take time and effort to get to know them.

Only speak well of them.

Speak kind and good words about them.

Then you will release blessings over them and in return you will be extremely blessed.

You have the capacity to love everyone.

(From ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears by Warren George)

2019-08-01T06:42:32+00:00Thursday, August 1st, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#9 See the gold in others

Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill Him. (Mark 14v1 NIV)

We may not be in the business of killing people for their religious beliefs. 

But we are ready to kill an idea if it doesn’t fit in with our own. 

We regularly assassinate our brothers and sisters in words, in thought and in our actions or lack of them. 

Especially if we don’t agree with them or they don’t agree with us. 

We use words to criticise and tear down, claiming that we are pursuing truth. 

When we do that we are missing the very essence of who Jesus is. 

He is pure, unconditional love.

You may not agree with everyone but it is not your place to criticise them. 

If they are your brother or sister in Christ, then you have the same Heavenly Father. 

He is going to ask you some very uncomfortable questions one day. 

Remember you are going to spend eternity together with your brothers and sisters, so start getting along now. 

Love is more important than the need to be right. 

No matter how good your doctrine is, love beats it.

No matter how right you think you are, love trumps it. 

The solution is to pray out of a genuine and sincere love for them.

Bless them, not criticise them. 

If you haven’t anything good to say about someone, don’t say anything.

If someone rubs you up the wrong way, annoys you or irritates you, find out more about them.

Have a coffee with them and chat.

You will find out things about them that will completely change your opinion and attitude towards them.

He wants you to see the gold in others.

He wants you to see them how He does.

(From ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-07-30T05:30:05+00:00Tuesday, July 30th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#8 Leaving a legacy

“Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Matthew 26v13 NIV)

Jesus made sure that her prophetic act was going to be remembered over 2000 years later.

To be talked about in a country that she would never have heard of and a culture she could never have imagined.

You never know what impact a simple act of worship can bring.

Do not underestimate what you have and what legacy you can leave.

Think in terms of 100 years rather than just for today or tomorrow.

See something beyond your life span.

What are you going to be remembered for?

What are you going to leave behind?

How ever long your life span, make it all count.

Write out in 100 words what you would like to be remembered for.

Avoid false humility.

If it isn’t obvious, ask Him; He knows.

(From ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-07-26T07:58:11+00:00Friday, July 26th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#7 He delights in you

“When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.” (Matthew 26v12 NIV)

Jesus knew the significance of what she was doing, even if she didn’t. 

She was preparing Him. 

She was also prepared for Him. 

He recognised it as a sign of what was to come. 

Are you ready for what is to come? 

It wasn’t some random act. 

This wasn’t Jesus being morbid about His future. 

He recognised what His mission and purpose was. 

He was doing it out of love. 

What He was about to do was the most extravagant act of love ever in the history of the universe, and yet all that the disciples and those in the room could do was grumble. 

When you come together to worship do you grumble? 

The significance of what was happening and about to happen was completely lost on them. 

Don’t make the same mistake when you see people doing any acts of kindness. 

The significance is not lost on Jesus even if it is lost on us. 

God sees it all and rejoices over what we often miss. 

What we consider as irrelevant or inconsequential, God sees as important and significant. 

What we may consider a great achievement will often not impress God. 

We have a simple instruction; find out what pleases Him. 

Find out what makes His heart sing for joy. 

What you find may surprise you.

(From ‘Wipe His Feet with Your Tears’ by Warren George)

2019-07-24T07:10:39+00:00Wednesday, July 24th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#6 You live for Him not your emotions

“The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” (Matthew 26v11 NIV)

This wasn’t Jesus being callous.

These words were in the context of where they were and what was around them.

Bethany was a place for the poor, the unclean, the outcast and sick.

The point Jesus was making was that we should honour Him first.

Seek His kingdom first.

Then you will have the means and the resources to help others.

You are to love them with His love not to satisfy your own emotional needs.

He wasn’t saying don’t care for the poor.

Just avoid substituting works of service for true worship.

It is not either/or, it is both.

Worship comes first as you offer yourself to Him.

He cares about the poor more than you could ever do.

Do you feel the urge to help someone just because they are in need?

Do you do it from an emotional response or do you do it because He has prompted you?

Can you tell the difference?

List all the things you are currently involved in.

Ask Him whether you should be doing them.

This could be very hard because you may feel that you may be letting people down.

If you feel guilty, stop it.

You are living for Him not for your emotions!

From “Wipe His Feet with your Tears” by Warren George

2019-06-12T07:57:17+00:00Wednesday, June 12th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#5 You are a worshipper

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” (Matthew 26v10 NIV)

Jesus wasn’t concerned about the monetary value of the gift but rather what it meant to her. 

When people express their love to Jesus don’t compare it with yours. 

It is not a competition. 

Sibling rivalry doesn’t look good in the church. 

He appreciates any act of worship that comes from the heart. 

That is acceptable worship to Him, that is the only worship.

Is worship only singing on a Sunday to you?

Make a list of all the ways you can worship God.

Then ask God what worship looks like to Him.

If you hold yourself back from giving yourself totally to Him ask Him why (if you don’t know yourself).

You are a worshipper of one sort or another.

From “Wipe His Feet with your Tears” by Warren George

2019-06-10T10:23:29+00:00Monday, June 10th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#4 free to serve

“This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” (Matthew 26v9 NIV)

They could only see monetary value in what she had.

To Jesus it was an act of love and devotion. 

Don’t let money be your measure. 

Love should be the driving force that motivates you. 

Don’t even be driven by need. 

There is always more need than you can possibly meet. 

Look to Him who is the solution to your deepest needs. 

He is also their salvation not just yours.

The question is: what do you value the most?

The need to work to earn money to live is all consuming.

Give a thought to what the Creator wants and let Him supply your need.

Seek Him first before anything else.

What would you do if money was no object?

What would you attempt if you couldn’t fail?

You are free to serve Him no matter what.

Let everything you have be His.

Your time.

Your money.

Even your energy.

Your thoughts.

Your affection.

Your attention.

Let Him be your devotion.

From “Wipe His Feet with Your Tears” by Warren George

2019-05-28T13:29:13+00:00Tuesday, May 28th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#3 You have gold in you

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. (Matthew 26v8 NIV)

No love-offering made to God should be looked down on. 

He accepts it and so should you. 

You can demonstrate your love for Him by loving everyone around you and do it unconditionally. 

Not because they may deserve it and certainly not because it may make you feel good. 

There is no place for sentimentality. 

The extravagant expression of love by this woman revealed her heart. 

It also exposed the hardness of the hearts of those in the room. 

Watch and guard your heart as others express their love for Him their way. 

Always see the good and the gold in people. 

Love them as He loves them.

See them as He sees them.

Love them deeply.

from “Wipe His Feet With Your Tears” by Warren George

2019-05-26T07:27:42+00:00Sunday, May 26th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|

#2 He desires you above all

…a woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He was reclining at the table. (Matthew 26v7 NIV)

Every offering you make to God is special. 

Give Him what you have, not what you don’t have. 

No matter how small or big. 

What He desires is the offering from the heart. 

When you offer yourself you are giving Him the devotion of your heart. 

He is getting what He deserves. 

It is what He desires above all; you. 

Love Him with what you have; for those that love little, give little. 

It will cost but don’t call it a sacrifice. 

He loves you unconditionally so love Him back no matter how you may feel. 

He loves imperfect people perfectly. 

Don’t let your feelings talk you out of offering your worship to Him. 

What have you got that you can give to Him?

Is there anything you are holding back from Him? 

Ask Him what He wants you to give to Him. 

When He asks you to do something there may well be hurdles to get over. 

Don’t let them stop you, with God there is always a way. 

He will show you how if you take the time to listen. 

Whatever you do for Him, do it with your whole heart. 

There is no room for halfheartedness.

”Wipe His Feet with Your Tears” by Warren George

2019-05-25T07:50:31+00:00Saturday, May 25th, 2019|Heaven's Culture|