WSGMA Chaplain, Dick Hilleary

"April 2017 - DILIGENTLY AND EARNESTLY"

photo of dick hilleary The bigness of a man is determined by the cause for which he lives and the price he is willing to pay for its achievement.

DEUT. 28:1-2 / HEB. 11:6 ... “Hearken diligently,” “observe to do,” “diligently seek.” To those who inhabit God’s wonderful creation with a desire to please Him, enjoy the blessings of that creation, and inherit the promises of eternal life, He specifically states that His “preference” is toward those who ... “diligently seek Him,” (HEB. 11:6), “hearken diligently” (listen with respectful attention), “carefully follow” all His (God’s) commands, “listen diligently” to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments, “earnestly and diligently” seek Him (God) out. From the Concordance come definitions of the Hebrew and Greek which include the words “vehemently,” “intensive,” and “exceedingly.” The definition of “earnest” states as being characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind.

INSTRUCTIONS

LUKE 8:15 ... Jesus, in discussing the “secrets” of the kingdom of God (V. 10) tells that those who are approved and blessed by the spiritual “forces” in that kingdom are those who have an honest and good heart, hear the Word, retain it, and by perseverance (diligent and earnest effort) produce the kind of behavior which is consistent with being a child of the heavenly Father.

HEB. 12:1 Paul, pointing to the great spiritual heroes of the past as inspiring examples, instructs believers to strip off every encumbrance (drifting, dullness, lack of spiritual exercise, immaturity, outright apathy) which can so easily entangle us and run our spiritual race with persistence.

I COR. 15:58 ... God desires that none of His creations perish (everlastingly), but that they all come to repentance and thus, everlasting life (II PETER 2:9). He concludes by encouraging us to a holy steadfast-ness and achievement in the Christian
life ... “be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”
(V. 58). A firm believe in the resurrection and a solid hope for the future gives incentive for outstanding service in the present.

IMITATE THE WAYS OF JESUS CHRIST

HE POSSESSED THE RIGHT ATTITUDE concerning His ”mission”on earth.

HE DEVELOPED POWERS OF CONCENTRATION: He had a strong purpose to live for and He concentrated on it.
He rewards those who do likewise!!!

HE WAS WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE TO ACHIEVE THE PURPOSE FOR HIS LIFE!!! Nothing deterred Him from His “Course.”

The bigness of a man is determined by the cause for which he lives and the price he is willing to pay for its achievement.

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Rev. Dick Hilleary is a co-founder of the Western Gospel Association, known today as the Western States Gospel Music Association and acts as its Chaplin. With a lifetime of musical experience as a soloist and quartet member, Rev. Hilleary has appeared with some of the most recognized names in southern gospel music. As a skilled lecturer and recognized ‘Master of Ceremonies’ for national music conventions, Rev. Hilleary has received the prestigious “Communication and Leadership Award” from Toastmasters International. A pastor / teacher of 35 years, today Rev. Hilleary’s passion is for preserving southern gospel music on the west coast and ministering to those committed to keeping that music and ministry alive for the body of Christ.