Fear NOT for I AM with you

The presence of God takes away FEAR

Daily Spirit & Word: 644: Good News: Great Joy.

#AdventChallenge #Actsofkindness

Luke 2:10-11 
10  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11  Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

What an AWESOME message from Heaven.

An Angel speaking to a group of shepherds.

First: Don’t Be Afraid.

Normally, when people see an Angel they fall down to the ground. They are dumbstruck. How would you be? I think I would be a bit scared if an Angel suddenly appeared to me. I think the Shepherds would have needed that message, “Don’t be afraid”…

Many times Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid”… and God in the Old Testament…

It seems to me, we live in a world that IS afraid and fear is the No1 stealer of your PEACE.

  • Fear of Terrorists.
  • Fear of Loosing your job.
  • Fear of marriage / relationship breakdown.
  • Fear of LACK of finances for the family.
  • Fear of getting ill, sickness and disease.
  • Fear of Nature: Storms, Global Warming.
  • Fear of other people; Open Spaces: Knife Crime makes youngsters afraid of going out at night in London. or out of their areas. 

FEAR is Crippling:

Only yesterday, I met a man who was AFRAID of his neighbours.

But Jesus said, the Angels said and God has said, “Do NOT be afraid, be of good courage”…

Fear NOT what man can do to you.

Today: I’m going to walk in God’s FREEDOM FROM FEAR.

Help someone today, be NICE to every stranger you meet.

Say “Hello” or “Hi” to a STRANGER today.

My father-in-law was a Sales Manager for Nestles in the UK: He said to his team, “Tell your salesmen, A smile provokes a smile, and they’ll see it’s true”… I listened to my father-in-law: It is TRUE…

It’s amazing when you “Smile”: A smile provokes a smile.

 🙂  “A Smile Provokes A Smile”  😎 

Be Friendly: you’ll see how easy it is for FEAR to subside.

Why Should Christians NOT FEAR?

Because God is WITH us, He’s actually in you, if you are a Christian.

Emmanuel means: God with us.

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

What a thought, every Christian needn’t be AFRAID at all, of anything; Because God is WITH US.

Spread the LOVE: Share Jesus today. Help to take FEAR away by being Unafraid.

#Actsofkindness

Advent Challenge Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, please help me today to believe Your promises that You ARE with me, that You will never leave me. So help me LORD not to be afraid. Let me live in Your freedom from all fear. Amen!

Also, Lord Jesus, please help me to spread your LOVE this Advent every single day. Let me be a blessing to others. Help me to take away the FEAR from the lives of other people. Help me to be KIND and Generous every day. Amen!

Don.

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Bible Society: Advent Challenge

#AdventChallenge #Actsofkindness #BibleSociety #SpiritandWord

 

Should The UK Bomb ISIS?

Revenge is mine. God's anger against evil

Daily Spirit & Word: 643: Fighting Evil With Good.

What is lawful? To do ‘Good’ on the Holy Day or to do ‘Evil’?

Sometimes it’s wrong to unite: When that coalition is plotting evil.

In Jesus day, the ‘religious’ leaders of Israel were experts in applying the Scriptures to everyday life; they had by that time devised 39 prohibitions for the Sabbath Day (The Day of Rest). But Jesus demonstrated something different which brought Him into dangerous conflict with the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians. These three groups were normally in conflict with one another, but as we’ll see from Mark’s Gospel, they were united against Jesus.

Mark 3:4-6 (NIV)
4  Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
5  He looked round at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
6  Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
Sometimes, just because everyone else is uniting behind a cause, it’s doesn’t mean it’s right to join in.

Many have caricatured Jeremy Corbyn for his stance of not joining; France, America, Russia etc who are bombing Syria. They have castigated him and all who side with him as traitors. It’s amazing how quickly feelings escalate when war is looming: However, even though ISIS are EVIL personified, they’ve done tremendous wrong; committing murder, rape, torture, beatings, stealing. They’ve broken every single one of God’s Commandments. Does that then give us the right to go and bomb them? Do we now have the legal and moral authority to take the life of every single ISIS member?

We must also remember the innocent Civilians who will be caught up in this conflict. Their cities, towns and villages have been invaded by ISIS, should they be bombed because they’ve been invaded? Are they just collateral damage?

Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right: Sometimes it’s WRONG to UNITE.

Just as the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians wrongly plotted the murder of Jesus, so too it might be wrong to plot to join the others who are already indiscriminately bombing ISIS.

What ISIS have done IS wrong: Evil men are always doing wrong.

In the United Kingdom, we don’t have the DEATH Penalty anymore.

If it’s OK to kill the members of ISIS because they’ve killed, does that mean we’re going to take the life of those who’ve killed people back home in the good old UK? No, of course not. So why are we rushing into this Bombing campaign?

Jesus wasn’t like the ISIS members, He only did good: even though they united to plot His death.

What was it that Jesus did wrong from their perspective?

  • He Delivered a man from a Demon on the Sabbath (Mark 1:21-28).
  • He Touched a man with Leprosy (Mark 1:40-43).
  • He forgave a man his sins (only God can do that). (Mark 2:1-12).
  • He ate with Tax Collectors and Sinners (the untouchables). (Mark 2:13-17).
  • He gave his men, the Disciples, something to eat from a field on the Sabbath Day. (Mark 2:23-28).
  • He didn’t fast, as the other ‘religious’ people of the day did. (Mark 2:18-22).
  • He healed a man on the Sabbath day. (Mark 3:1-6).

What Jesus did enraged those in opposition, but it was NOT wrong; it WAS GOOD. He only ever did GOOD things.

Jesus cited some Scriptures to show that what He was doing was OK. He was not breaking God’s Commandments regarding the Sabbath or Fasting, Jesus upheld and kept the LAW of God (His Father) fully. However, their response to Jesus Ministry shows they were not practising their own ‘religion’ at all, they were not working for God, but were serving and thinking only about themselves.

However, the United Group of Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians; much like ISIS and even the American, Russian, French and possibly the UK coalition could ignore God’s LAW: to get their own way. They plotted murder, just because Jesus was going against their man-made-traditions. It’s strange, shocking and sad that it’s often the most ‘religious’ and self-righteous people, who’ll do the most horrendous things for the sake of their so called ‘religion’ or ideology; Be that ideology; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, ISIS or Democracy.

  • Yes we should be horrified by what ISIS have done.
  • Yes we are right to feel angry.
  • Yes we are right to want justice for those who’ve been murdered.

BUT: We are not justified in simply seeking revenge.

If we do join in with the EVIL, like the Pharisees and Herodians, we’ll be fighting against God.

What the Pharisees and their group were doing was against God (Jesus). It was (is) against God’s LAW to murder.

He warns us that it’s HIS prerogative to fight against evil. He’s the ONE who’ll punish the EVIL doers.

On a personal level, it’s never us who have the right to take revenge.

Revenge, is NEVER the answer: It only ignites the flames of hatred.

REVENGE BELONGS TO GOD;

Romans 12:17-21.
17  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
20  On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Yes, God does raise States and give the power of the sword to bring His swift Justice. However, those Governments better be certain that they are justified in using their God given powers. Is it right to take REVENGE? No! However, it is right to bring people to justice, to bring them to account for their actions, to make them face-up to what they’ve done, but just getting even or paying them back is not a right motive for killing people. God will one day give them PAY-BACK big time, but in the mean-time, we’re to fight against evil with good.

FIGHT EVIL WITH GOOD:

The Americans, French, Russians and the UK are wrong to think they’ll kill-off the Evil Ideology of ISIS with bombs.

It’s going to take time, effort and peaceful means to quell this evil force. “Fight evil with Good”. Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of Evil in the Heavenly realms. It is the Devil, Satan who’s behind the ISIS ideology, for only the Devil could convince men that murder and rape are right, but we’d better be careful that we’re not in league with Satan as well, by taking revenge into our own hands and away from God. Murder is always murder, no matter what our excuse for going to war.

Conclusion:

In uniting against Jesus, they were uniting against God.

Doing good will always bring opposition: But let’s NEVER give into Evil.

In uniting against ISIS, we’re doing the right thing my friends.

However, let’s fight and crush this Evil Ideology with PEACE, LOVE, RESPECT, HOPE and DIPLOMACY.

Diplomacy might take longer, but the peace it brings will last longer than any group that’s crushed with bombs. They’ll just rise again and take revenge for their dead heroes of their ideology.

There are other ways to bring them down, other than bombing them into the dust.

  • Pray for your enemies.
  • Live at peace.
  • Do good to those that hate you.
  • Leave room for God’s wrath and anger against their evil actions.
  • Overcome EVIL with GOOD.

It’s going to take real courage to stand-up against everyone who thinks it’s right to BOMB.

It’s going to be a battle against Ideologies.

Jesus is on the side of the PEACE MAKERS.

Matthew 5:9-12
9  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Have an awesome Sunday with Jesus.

Join His Salvation Army: Fighting EVIL with Good! Amen.

Don.

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Delight Yourself In The LORD

Delight yourself in the LORD

Daily Spirit & Word: 642: The Desires Of Your Heart.

 

Psalm 37:1-11
1 [ Of David.] Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;
2  for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
3  Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4  Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5  Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:

6  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8  Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9  For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10  A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
11  But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.

Good morning my friends, I was singing the little praise song; “Delight Yourself In The LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Then looked up the Scriptures: WOWzer! How awesome is Psalm 37?

I’ve just received news that a friend who was deemed to be here in the UK illegally, and was about to be deported, has been granted a reprieve. It’s totally AWESOME! She’s a real STAR and her trust in the LORD throughout all her trials is a wonder to behold. No matter what her circumstance, and they’ve been truly terrible, she’s resorted to; prayer, praise, trust and delight in the LORD. She witnessed to me the other day, “Don, even though I’m due to be removed from the UK, I’ve got real PEACE and the FEAR has been taken away. I’m trusting in the LORD”… How brilliantly awesome is that? Though her situation looked bleak; Her JOY in the LORD was evident.

LOOK WHAT THE PSALMIST SAID:

  • There are conditions to our PEACE and SAFETY in the Land.
  • There are conditions to our Heart’s Desire.
  • There are Conditions to our INHERITANCE.

WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS?

TRUST: Trust in what? The strength of your arm? NO! The cunning or craftiness of your ways? NO! We are to TRUST in the LORD. Remember my friends, “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the LORD”.

DELIGHT: Delight is the second condition: Delighting in the LORD means praising HIM no matter what you are going through. He’ll deliver you. He’ll fight for you. He’ll watch your back.

COMMIT: Commit your ways to the LORD! Lay all your own plans before the LORD. Let Him direct your paths. We don’t know the future, but He does, so it’s much better to trust the one who knows what’s best for us.

BE STILL: When we’re still, we’re not doing anything. We’re not acting or working or plotting or planning. He’s got the situation that you’ve TRUSTED Him with, DELIGHTED in Him for: So why fret, why worry, He’s got it. “He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

REFRAIN FROM ANGER: You know it’s easy to get all heated-up and angry if we dwell upon our situations. However, when we: Trust, Delight, Commit and Be Still: All the fretting seems totally useless.

What happens when we trust the LORD like that? What happens when we live life totally dependent upon the LORD?

” But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.” Psalm 32:11.

The next time you find yourself moaning, fretting or getting upset about something; Turn to this Psalm: Highlight those words in your Bible so you can find them again. Make a note at the front of your Bible: “When I’m feeling down and depressed I’m going to do what Psalm 37 tells me to do: Trust, Delight, Commit, Be Still and Wait on the LORD.” Turn to it often, commit it to memory.

Make a note at the front of your Bible: “When I’m feeling down and depressed I’m going to do what Psalm 37 tells me to do: Trust, Delight, Commit, Be Still and Wait on the LORD.” Turn to it often, commit it to memory. 

So today, sing that song with me and my friend, she’s totally overjoyed now. So am I.

“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will grant you the desires of your heart.”

Keep singing, Keep praising, Keep trusting and BTW “Do Good” Psalm 32:3 “Trust in the LORD and do good”.

Have an awesome weekend with Jesus the LORD my friends,

Don.

Another Song of FAITH and TRUST in the LORD

Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus the ONLY WAY to God?

Daily Spirit & Word: 641: Is Jesus God?

Jesus made many weird and wonderful claims. Was Jesus telling the truth? Is Jesus God?

Good morning my friends, what a fantastic night of Street Evangelism we had last evening. So many different conversations with folks. One man stands out in my memory more than the others; He was a Muslim and was very open to the things of God. He was interested right from the start, taking one of our Christmas invitation leaflets. He said he was a Muslim but was encouraged that we’re out sharing the welcome of Jesus. He asked if he’s still be able to come as he was a Muslim. I said, “Of course you’re welcome Mustafa”.

Did you know that Mustafa is an Arabic epithet for Mohammad. (and epithet is like a nickname or a name in place of). Mohammad means chosen one.

Mustafa said, “I believe people of FAITH are better for this world”.

We got into a short engagement about how all three major world faiths share a common root based upon the Mosaic Law. Then we got into the Commandments: I said to Mustafa, “The Ten Commandments are like a mirror to show us what we are like on the inside. A normal mirror shows what we’re like on the outside, how good looking we are (we all laughed), but the Commandments of God show us what we’re like on the inside, morally, how bad we are”.

We then went through some of God’s Commands: lying, stealing, cheating, lusting, adultery, blasphemy, idolatry etc… We then asked, “If God were to judge you according to His Commandments would you be innocent or guilty?”

Mustafa said, “Guilty”

I then asked, “Would you go to Heaven or Hell?”

Mustafa said, “Heaven, because I’m a good person”.

“Mustafa” I responded, “You’ve just admitted; lying, stealing, lusting and blasphemy; that’s just four of God’s Commandments, the Bible warns that a person who’s broken these Commandments of God cannot enter into His Kingdom of Heaven. On judgement day God will give you His justice and you’ll end up in Hell for your sins, that’s so serious Mustafa, I don’t want you to go there and I know you want to go to Heaven. Do you know what God has done so that you don’t have to go to Hell?”

Mustafa said, “I don’t”

“Have you heard about what Jesus did on the Cross? He died in your place, taking the punishment for your sins Mustafa. So that your sins could be forgiven and you could enter into God Holy Heaven.”

Mustafa took one of our Ten Commandment Coins and promised that he think more about what we’d just disgussed. He wasn’t offended or upset with us, we had a laugh about some things, but Mustafa now knew that he needed to do something to be saved and to enter into Heaven; to turn from his sin and trust in Jesus Christ. He thanked us and we wished one another a good night.

Please pray that Mustafa will live up to his name and become one of God’s chosen ones by repenting and trusting Jesus Christ for Salvation.

You see my friends, when we TRUST Jesus Christ, we’re actually trusting God: Jesus IS God.

You’ve probably all heard the phrase; “Was Jesus; good, mad, bad or God?”

  • Was Jesus just a good man? or as some say ” He was a Prophet”? He did lots of good things, but was He more than that? Was Jesus Christ more than a Prophet, more than just a ‘good’ man?
  • Was Jesus actually mad? Was He deluded and thought He was a God? We’ve had lots of people, even today, who claim to be ‘God’. Was Jesus crazy? Was He deluded?
  • Was Jesus bad? We Jesus deliberately trying to deceive the people? Was He pretending to be something He’s not?
  • Was Jesus God? He did things that ONLY God could do. The miracles that He did were done to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that He was God on the earth.

He said and did some pretty weird stuff didn’t he? He said, “I AM the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me”. That’s one of the most striking claims any man has ever made. Now He must be either; mad, deluded, deceitful or telling us the truth. It’s up to us my friends, we’ve either got to accept the gospels as truth revealed or lies, but the Bible clearly shows us that Jesus was God and the miracles we done to enable us to believe in Him for our Salvation from sin.

Do you remember what Thomas, doubting Thomas and Philip asked Jesus?

John 14:5-21
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.
7  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8  Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9  Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
11  Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
12  I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
13  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
14  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.
16  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever—
17  the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
18  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
19  Before long, the world will not see me any more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
20  On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
21  Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

When we obey Christ’s Commands to Repent and Believe the Good News of the Kingdom: then Jesus will come inside us and show Himself to us. He’ll give us the Holy Spirit. He’ll give us NEW BIRTH, NEW LIFE and Eternal Life. He’ll forgive all our sins and cleanse us from all sin. We will KNOW God as our Father. My friends, ONLY God can do that; Jesus is God: He and the Father and the Holy Spirit are ONE.

  • There is ONLY ONE GOD.
  • There is ONLY ONE WAY to GOD: through Jesus Christ. We can only KNOW God by repenting and trusting Jesus for Salvation.
  • There is ONLY ONE WAY to be SAVED and CLEANSED from your sins: Through the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed upon the Cross.

Jesus died for your sins, but He rose from the dead and is alive today and you can KNOW Him when you respond to His Command to REPENT and BELIEVE in and TRUST in Him alone. Jesus promised when we do that, we’ll do some great things that will bring glory to the Father as well. What a wonderful thing it is to be completely set free from SIN and it’s power to control your life. To be given a new life, beginning the moment you turn from sin and trust in Jesus. It amazing the joy and freedom that Jesus puts in your heart. He comes and enables you to live His promised abundant life (John 10:10). He makes your life fruitful (John 15). He give you PEACE on the inside, even if there are storms on the outside (John 14:27).

Pray for Mustafa, pray for everyone that we shared with last night; Sue, Mustafa, George (as West Indian man from Jamaica who didn’t believe in life after death). We had so many great conversations last night, but we shared Jesus Christ in love, with respect, gentleness, with great humour and with compassion for those who don’t yet know Him as LORD. Pray for all those who didn’t stop and chat, but who took one of our leaflets. Pray for those who were in too much of a rush to get home at the end of a busy day. Pray for those who were offended by the Gospel. Pray for those who are afraid to face the truth. Pray for those who are on their way to God. Pray!

Some people shared their pain, some their disbelief, some their own faith, we shared Jesus Christ; The WAY, The TRUTH and The LIFE.

Jesus wasn’t just good, was not mad or bad, Jesus was and is GOD.

Have an awesome day with Jesus,

Don.

P.S. Before going out last night, we did some training; If you’d like to know how to share the Good News of Jesus with anyone, then come along and learn how to open up conversations that can lead to showing a person their need of Jesus Christ in the world today. We call it; The Way of The Master, because that’s what Jesus Christ did.

There’s nothing more important than bringing men and women to the Lord Jesus Christ. There are lots of good things we can do in the world, but we must always remember that without Christ a person will spend eternity in Hell. Heaven is God’s gift to those who respond to the Good News and there’s ONLY ONE WAY to be SAVED that’s through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Most people are blinded to their spiritual condition, (2 Corinthians 4:4), but it is possible to open the eyes of those who are born blind, held captive by Satan, and let them see the light of the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Most people are convinced they are ‘good enough’ to get into Heaven, but God’s already revealed that just ONE SIN will keep a person out of Heaven for all eternity. Everyone needs to be SAVED by Jesus. (Romans 3:23) Most people are fooled into believing in a god that will just forgive them anyway. That’s idolatry, making a ‘god’ from your imagination, it breaks the second commandment. The God of the Bible cannot overlook sin, because the wages of sin must be paid: death. (Romans 6:23). We can either trust in our own goodness (which will always fall short of God’s standard of goodness revealed in His Commandments) or we can trust in the Goodness of Jesus Christ, who died for us, in our place, taking the punishment for our sins. (John 3:15-17) He paid the price of His life for ours so that we can live forever with God in Heaven. (1 Peter 2:24). Let’s bring men and women to Jesus Christ by sharing the Good News, faith comes (God draws people to Jesus) by hearing the Gospel. (Romans 10:8-17).

 

Will I live Chaplain?

Death is NOT the end

Daily Spirit & Word: 640: Will I Live Chaplain?

Good morning my friends, we had a wonderful time of fellowship at Discipleship last night. First we prayed for some of our group, then we began to study and chat about FAITH and how our faith in Jesus Christ can grow stronger.

John 11:23-27: Do You Believe IN Life After Death?
23  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24  Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
26  and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27  “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

The Challenge Last Night Was: “Do you really want stronger faith?”

Most Christians imagine that faith is like a single thing, it’s either BIG FAITH or SMALL FAITH, but I believe that God is not offering us faith as a simple single thing. It’s like our Heavenly Father is holding out to us a huge pile of different sized FAITH and He’s saying to you and me “Go on take hold of as much as you want”… You can have faith to conquer fear, faith to decide what path you want to take in life, faith to know God’s will for your Kingdom service. Faith to do something great for God. Faith to move those mountains in your life. How much faith do you want? What kind of faith do you need?

What do you NEED faith for in your life right now? Grab hold of it, because Father is offering it to you.

GREAT FAITH:

However in the end, what will it count for? What’s the point of having GREAT FAITH?

Well, I read this morning about a young soldier who’d been mortally wounded in battle.

“A chaplain on the battlefield cradled in his hands the head of a dying young soldier. That man had taken a wound—a shot—and he was mortally wounded. His blood was ebbing out of his body. The chaplain knew he had just a few minutes to live. The man did not know how badly he had been hit. The man looked into the face of the chaplain, and he asked this question: “Chaplain, will I live?” The chaplain, hardly knowing how to answer the question, answered this way: He said, “Son, are you a Christian?” And, the boy said, “Yes, Chaplain, I am. One of the happiest days of my life was when I walked down the aisle of my church as a 13-year-old boy and gave my hand to my pastor and my heart to Jesus Christ.” When the chaplain heard that, he laid down that head upon the sand and said, “Yes, my son, you will live. You will, for Jesus said: ‘Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.'” (John 11:26) Amen.

We will all go through many challenges in this life, but when it comes down to it, you will one day be faced with the fact that you are going to take a leap into eternity. My friends, there is coming a time, when all that’s going to matter is, “Do you have faith in Jesus Christ? Do you KNOW Jesus and does Jesus KNOW you?” That’s it! Pure and Simple.

All the rest of the events in your life will be a TEST and your REWARDS await you. Do not keep looking for those rewards in this life where they’ll be used up, but save them up in the BANK of ETERNITY, where they will last forever.

For it was our dear Lord Jesus who said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”… What do you treasure most?

  • If it’s something in this world, then we need to know this teaching of Jesus afresh today, “It will NOT last for very long”.
  • If it’s something in the Spirit, something in Jesus, something for God, “It will LAST for all eternity”.

How you use your faith now, will determine your greatness in Heaven.

WOUNDED? GRAB HOLD:

Have you been wounded in the battle? Are you going through the mud and the mire today?

I would encourage you to grab hold of the biggest pile of faith Father God is offering you today and with His help, use it for His glory.

I hope to look out my window this morning and see many mountains flying on their way to the sea.

Use the FAITH that the LORD has entrusted you with.

Blessings in Jesus,

Don.

P.S. We’re going out again tonight to share the Good News of Jesus in the Streets of West Norwood.

We’re going with the intent of bringing those who don’t know Jesus to faith and trust in Him.

Please pray for our witness. Pray that many will be saved. Pray for more people to join us out in the Harvest Field.

Thanks my friends,

Don.

P.P.S. Did you see that this advert was banned in Cinemas across the UK?

Keep praying the LORD’S PRAYER: Amen!

FAITH is simply taking the first step

Knowing Jesus we need to take the first steps of faith

Daily Spirit & Word: 639:

The Friends V The Professionals.

It’s Possible Through Simple Trusting: To KNOW Jesus Christ Personally.

Good morning my friends, On Sunday at our Thanksgiving Service for the Blessing, Naming and Dedication of four lovely children (asked for instead of baptism), I was preaching on Mark 2 About The Calling of Levi the Tax Collector.

The previous week I’d been preaching about that wonderful account of the Miracle and the Authority of Jesus. In Mark Chapter 2 we find different groups of people; The crowds blocking the way to Jesus, the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees and the group of faithful friends who carried the crippled man and lowered him through the roof to Jesus.

In the Calling of Matthew we find; Sinners, Tax Collectors and the same group of Teachers of the Law and Pharisees.

I’ve been thinking a bit more about that and praying about how people can be so close to God’s REVELATION and yet be so far away from it.

Those TEACHERS OF THE LAW: THE SCRIBES – You know my friends, those scribes were highly educated men.

History: After the Israelites returned to the Promised Land from their exile and Babylonian captivity, it was the Scribes who were the leaders of the Jewish Nation. The Prophet Ezra was also a Scribe. Their task was to teach, preserve and copy the Scriptures. They were also professional interpreters of the Mosaic Law and administered both its religious and its civil codes. The scribes determined how the details of the law of Moses should be applied to everyday life.

In time, they became the custodians of the so-called “oral law,” which, by Jesus’ time, was already replacing the written law as the rule of life. The Scribes and Pharisees had added many man-made traditions to God’s Law. The scribes were regarded as the authorities on historical and doctrinal matters. They were the nation’s teachers, each scribe having a number of disciples around him. Their power increased after Malachi closed the Old Testament canon and prophecy ceased. The Sanhedrin had a number of them among its membership. They were bitter enemies of Jesus Christ, often you’ll see them portrayed in the Bible as sitting in judgment of Him and finding fault with almost everything He did and said. They were often trying to trick Jesus and trip Him up in His own words. However, they didn’t realise with all their knowledge that they were dealing with God on Earth.

How could people who were as educated as those Scribes, Teachers of God’s Holy Law, be so close to God’s revelations and yet be so far away from understanding who Jesus was, what He’d come to do and why He came to do it? Because almost everything Jesus did and said was prophesied about in God’s Word that they were so ‘expert’ in. Jesus birth and life were all written about by the Prophets of old, they should have known that He was their expected Messiah, Emmanuel (God with us).

Not only should they have known who Jesus was, but they should have welcomed Him, especially after the miracles proved that Jesus had the authority to forgive sins, because only God could do both; forgive sins and heal with just a word. It was so obvious, so how could they miss it?

Perhaps it’s easy for us, because we’ve been giving so much more in the revelation of who Jesus is in the New Testament, but my friends, I’ve known modern EXPERTS who know the Bible much better than I do, who don’t KNOW Jesus personally. They know all about Him, they teach all about Him, they write books all about Him, but they don’t know Him. It becomes obvious when you read what they write and listen to what they say about Him.

It was not the Religious Teachers of the Law, the educated elite, who were commended by Jesus, but it was the common folk, friends of the crippled man, who’d carried him to Jesus and lowered Him to Jesus feet who were commended for their great faith. It wasn’t the Pharisees and Teachers commended by Jesus, but the Tax Collectors and Sinners with whom He sat down to eat dinner with.

It’s strange that knowing lots of things can keep a person away from the Lord. Please don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with study or gaining great knowledge. I love it myself: I love reading about the latest inventions, the innovations in electronics (my first career was an Engineer). There’s nothing more exciting than discovering, examining, looking into, researching, fact-finding, questing for knowledge and understanding; but as far as KNOWING GOD, we may study, but it will come to a point when we must realise that KNOWING HIM is very different from KNOWING all about Him.

To get that kind of knowledge about the LORD, to KNOW Jesus personally, will take DIVINE revelation. He will reveal Himself to you my friends, not because of your in-depth study, but because of your FAITH and TRUST in Him. He’ll show Himself to you. WOWzer!

John 5:39-40 “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40  yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”

1 Corinthians 2:1-5
1  When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
2  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3  I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
4  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,
5  so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20
18  Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise.
19  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”;
20  and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”

So my friends, study all you like, but it’s going to take DIVINE REVELATION to actually KNOW Jesus Christ.

It’s foolishness to the ‘world’ (Worldly Wisdom). It always will be 🙂

But it’s NOT intellectual suicide, it takes something else: Faith and Trust.

How do we get that DIVINE REVELATION? 

It’s obvious, we all need to come to Jesus. Oh I wish I could be like one of those four friends and carry you to the Saviour.

For people today, to get Divine Revelation of Jesus it is simply by doing what Jesus told the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law to do in Mark Chapter 2: but they didn’t have ears to hear or eyes to see. To get DIVINE, INWARD REVELATION and KNOW Jesus, we must; REPENT OF OUR SINS.

Mark 2:16-17 (NKJV)
16  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
17  When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

If they’d been open and honest with themselves, they’d have seen that they too were actually sinners as well.

Faith is simply taking the first step, even though you can’t see the whole staircase.

WE MUST ALSO BELIEVE IN JESUS.

  • Who Jesus was: The Son of God.
  • What Jesus came to do: Die upon the Cross for our sins and the sins of the whole world.
  • What Jesus did: Died and rose again from the dead to life. He also ascended into Heaven and is alive now, reigning in Heaven with His Father.
  • What Jesus does now: He sends the Holy Spirit into everyone who trusts in His Death upon the Cross for forgiveness and turns in repentance and faith to receive Him as Lord.

Once we do that, the Holy Spirit will come and give us New Birth (we’ll be born again).

Those TEACHERS of God’s Law and the Pharisees who knew the Scriptures so well, didn’t get it. So my friends, I’ve got a question for you today, think very seriously before answering. To KNOW Jesus is too important to miss, because your ETERNAL destiny depends upon HOW you answer these questions now:

  • Have you repented? (Matthew 21:32; Luke 24:46-48; Isaiah 30:15; Luke 13:3,5; Acts 17:39)
  • Have you believed in Jesus? (John 3:15-20)
  • Have you received Him as Lord? (John 1:12-13).
  • Have you trusted that He died upon the Cross for your sins? (1 Peter 2:24)
  • Have you been born of the Holy Spirit? (John 3)
  • Have you believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord? (Acts 2:38-39; Romans 10:8-17)
  • Have you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord? (witnessed to others about Jesus).

Check yourself to see if you are IN Christ Jesus and He is IN you (John 14, 15, 17, Chapters).

Check yourself to see if you are IN the FAITH of Jesus Christ: (2 Corinthians 13:5).

My friends, don’t be like those Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, who knew all about God’s Word, but remained far away from trusting in Jesus Christ, He was their own Messiah, Emmanuel (God with us). You can know Jesus personally today.

Believe, Repent, Receive, Trust, Be Born of God’s Spirit. Amen!

Faith is simply, taking the first step, even though you can’t see the whole staircase.

Don.

 

Delightful Marriage and Sex

Sex outside marriage is called fornication

Daily Spirit & Word: 637. Delightful Marriage & Sex.

Good morning, it was a delight last night to prepare Sola (pronounced Shola) and Tosin for their forthcoming Wedding Blessing; they are getting married in California, but wanted their wedding to be blessed and to receive the prayer of fellow followers of the Lord Jesus Christ first. (Although my voice cracked a few times, between we managed to get through the vows and promises).

Marriage in God’s eyes, is between a man and a woman for the duration of their life on earth.

Genesis 2:24-25 (NKJV)
24  Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

That is a huge commitment and undertaking, but that’s how the LORD views Marriage.

Marriege in God’s eyes, is the only place to be having sex.
God calls sex outside of marriage; fornication.

To Fornicate means: to have sex without being married.
We’ve invented a lot of common, vulgar words that mean the same thing;

  • Bang (vulgar)
  • be intimate,
  • bed,
  • bonk (British, vulgar),
  • do it,
  • get it on,
  • get laid,
  • have a go at it,
  • have intercourse,
  • have it away (vulgar)
  • have it off (vulgar)
  • hump (vulgar)
  • know (archaic)
  • lay,
  • lie with (archaic)
  • love,
  • make love,
  • make out,
  • making whoopee,
  • roger (Brit, vulgar),
  • roll in the hay (vulgar)
  • screw (vulgar)
  • shag (British, vulgar)
  • sleep together,
  • sleep with,

There are probably many, many more words we’ve used in this world (I’ve omitted the obvious and most offensive ones), but they ALL mean the same thing when they are practised outside of Marriage: Fornicate.

Did you know that God warns us in the Bible, when we have sex outside of marriage then we become FORNICATORS?

Did you know that no FORNICATOR can enter into God’s Kingdom (Heaven).

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NKJV) “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

How many times do we need to fornicate to become or to be known from God’s perspective as a FORNICATOR? Just once! It’s the same as murder, you only need to murder once to become a murderer for life.

Why does God forbid sexual activity outside of marriage?

Is it because God wants to ruin our fun and enjoyment in life? No my friends, it is because He knows what problems it will cause for us, for society and for the world that He made.

My heart bleeds for all the children in the world who’s mums and dads have split-up and gotten divorced, some because they just can’t get along together, others because of an unfaithful partner. Though there are sometime good reasons for getting a divorce, so many more marriages could be saved if we had a right perspective on SEX outside of marriage.

Because He LOVES us and wants what’s best for us.

God has a right to Command us not to fornicate too; why? because He made the Universe.

So the next time you hear a friend whispering they hope to “get laid this weekend”, share with them something of God’s Holy Standard and requirement: He said, “Don’t fornicate, don’t have sex outside of marriage, save yourself for your husband or wife”. Who knows, you just might save your friends from ruin. Faith comes by Hearing the WORD of God.

Fellow Christians, we need to STOP believing the World’s lies (world system under Satan’s rule), He tells us, “Do what makes you feel good and damn the consequences”. Well, if we do, it’s not the consequences that will be damned, but us.

Marriage is a gift from God, it is a delight to be with someone we love for the rest of our lives. Sex is also great when we’re married in God’s eyes: refrain from sexual activity outside of marriage. Decide in your heart today that you will be pure for God. (BPFG).

B.P.F.G.

Be Pure For God

Have an awesome day with Jesus.

Don.

The Reality of Hell

Isaiah's calling, coming judgement, unrepentant Israel

Daily Spirit & Word: 636. It’s God’s Call.

The Ministry of Reconciliation.

Having a deep care and concern for the Eternal Welfare of others.

My voice finally gave up last night, it had been cracking for a few days, but now it’s getting painful to speak. I’ve been told to stop. My wife thinks that’s brill, because now I can just sit and listen to her for ages. But I want to go back to the reading from yesterday in Isaiah 6, where we looked at the Trinity Revealed, but now I want to focus upon the calling of Isaiah and the dreadful message he was entrusted to deliver.

It’s weird, but my granddaughter asked me to play Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” the other day. I played it for them. Then a few minutes later I got into the car to go to a church meeting, guess what was playing on the car radio? “I fell in to a burning ring of fire…”

Isaiah 6:1-13
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2  Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
3  And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4  At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5  “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
6  Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7  With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
9  He said, “Go and tell this people: ” ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10  Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
11  Then I said, “For how long, O Lord?” And he answered: “Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12  until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken.
13  And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”

Isaiah’s Calling Came From God: “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

BTW (Who is the “US” in verse 8 above? Answer: see Trinity yesterday’s message)

Have you ever heard someone declare, “I’ve had a call to the Ministry” or “I’ve got my calling”…

We could be left with the impression it’s as if the “calling” is something that belongs to them. However, if we’ve been called by the LORD to do something, then we should always be aware, as Jesus was, as Isaiah was and so many other Biblical Characters were, that it is God’s CALL. It’s HIS from start to finish. Give glory to Him always.

Note: Isaiah Is Convicted of his sinfulness: 

Verse 5 “”Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.””

Isaiah knew enough about the LORD God Almighty, that if a person saw God that person would die, because of His sinfulness. Exodus 33:20. Moses could see God’s glory and God’s back, but he couldn’t look into God’s face and live.

NOTE: The Altar in Heaven: The Altar of Incense: Live coals were taken into the Holy of Holies to burn incense before the Lord.

The Altar is a place of sacrifice: So we must ask the question, what sacrifice had been made in Heaven that could atone for Isaiah’s sins? Who or what died in Heaven? It might just possibly be an indication or prophetic look at God’s own sacrifice for the sins of all mankind: He gave His own beloved Son to die for everyone’s sins.

The Severity Of Isaiah’s Mission and Message:

Isaiah must have experienced an immediate inner change when he had the vision of God in Heaven and when the Angel took the coal from the fire on the Altar and touched his mouth. When he hears the invitation of God, he volunteers immediately to go and serve (6:8). God’s response is also immediate. Note that God does not provide many specific details of Isaiah’s ministry, but the severity of his mission is clear. He is being sent to people who will not listen or respond to him, yet he is to continue his work until their nation is destroyed. God’s just judgement is imminent and it’s coming upon Israel.

NOTE: The Live Coal: Fear of Fire.

When I was a boy growing up in Edinburgh in the 1960’s we had a coal fire. From a very young age I’d watch my father set the fire and help him too. He’d get the crunched-up paper, the sticks, the coal and match to set it ablaze. Sometimes he’d hold a sheet in front of the fire to cause a draught in at the bottom, which speeded up the process of getting the fire going. Then after a while, the coals in the fire would be glowing bright red. What a fire. My dad said to me, “Don’t ever touch a fire, you see those red coals, DON’T EVER TOUCH A RED COAL”. I said, “Why dad, they look like lovely jewels?” He explained, “Because they will hurt you so much and you’ll be in agony. You’ll be crying louder than you’ve ever cried. Remember how much your knee hurt when you came off your bike? This will hurt so much more than that”. I’m so grateful that my dad warned me of the dangers of fire. He put the FEAR of FIRE in me. I didn’t hate my dad when He told me that the FIRE AND THE COALS would hurt me, I was only left with the impression that my dad loved me and didn’t want me to get hurt.

Similarly; When an Evangelist warns of THE FIRES OF HELL he’s only showing how much he loves you. Also that God loves you and doesn’t want anyone to perish in Hell. But burning hell fire is real and it’s reserved for everyone, EVERYONE, who dies in their sinful condition: Why? Because NO ONE CAN SEE GOD and LIVE. My friends, God has warned us in many ways about the dangers of sin and the consequences of sin: Jesus warned us so many times in the Gospels. Hell is real: It God’s punishment for sin, but He doesn’t want to have to send anyone there, but He will. Because of His justice, sin must be paid for.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God wants to GIVE YOU ETERNAL LIFE so that you can live forever. 

2 Peter 3:7-9 Warning & Yearning.
7  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

We hear from Peter about God’s Patience: Not wanting anyone to perish. He’s extending His Divine offer of Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness for as long as we live: However, the moment we die, the time for God’s GRACE has ended. There’s no chance after death for; mercy, repentance, forgiveness.

 NOTE: Jesus Doctrine of Hell: His teaching (that’s what doctrine means).

In Luke’s Gospel we’re given a picture from Jesus of what HELL is going to be like, and it’s NOT a place that you’d want anyone, even your worst enemy, to end up in.

Luke 16:19-31
19  “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
20  At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
21  and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22  “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.
23  In hell (Hades), where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
24  So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25  “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.
26  And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27  “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house,
28  for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29  “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30  ” ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31  “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ “

The Rich Man: In Hell “I am in agony in this fire”.

  • NO WAY OUT: Verse 26: “between us and you a great chasm has been FIXED … nor can anyone cross over from there to us”
  • NO WAY IN: Verse 26: “So that those who want to go from here to you cannot”

Hell is a FIXED State for anyone, everyone, who dies in their sins.

I was at the movies a while ago and noted throughout the movie: EXIT signs, they were bright and clear in the darkness as the movie played. If a fire broke out in the Cinema I’d know how to get out of the fire.

There’s no way out of HELL. No EXIT: It’s as if the EXIT sign has been removed from Hell. (A great chasm has been FIXED).

THE DESIRE TO WARN OTHERS.

Once the Rich man realised his eternal condition, his heart wanted to WARN others, especially his family members.

“I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will NOT also come to this place of torment”…

Once Isaiah was “cleansed of his sins” his desire was to be the one that God would send with His message.

Isaiah, was given a message from God to deliver. It was a WARNING of impending JUDGEMENT. He was to deliver it to a people that would not listen and would not turn to the LORD.

Christians, have been ENTRUSTED BY GOD with the same kind of message: REPENT OR PERISH. TURN OR BURN. THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH. HELL AWAITS THE ONE WHO HAS SINNED. Thankfully many do heed the warning and turn to the LORD in Repentance.

It’s not a nice message to deliver and many shrink from the calling. It’s such a horrific message, that many attempts have been made over two thousand years to WATER IT DOWN (Quench the fire a bit). It’s like asking Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue. The Church has, instead of warning people, emphasised the benefits of heaven. But unless people KNOW why they need Heaven, they are unlikely to truly REPENT OF THEIR SINS.

Unless or until a person comes to Christ, then Hell awaits every sinful soul.

Jesus warned in His parable: “If they won’t listen to Moses or the Prophets (e.g. the Teaching in God’s Word about God’s Judgement to come), then they wouldn’t listen, even if someone came back to life from the dead to warn them.”

Jesus DID come back from the DEAD: People still won’t listen. However, we’ve been entrusted with God’s message of RECONCILIATION. (2 Corinthians 5:11-21). He wants every believer in Jesus who’s been born of His Spirit to be a PROPHET to the World, God’s Ambassadors who’ll deliver His message of Good News: That no one needs to perish in Hell forever.

2 Corinthians 5:11, 17-21. The Ministry of Reconciliation.
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men … 17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
18  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
21  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

GOD’S GREAT LOVE: Just as my father, my dad, warned me about the burning coals in the fire when I was a boy in Scotland, so the Church has been entrusted to warn the world about God’s coming day of judgement and punishment in Hell for sin. But I KNEW it was because of my dad’s LOVE that he warned me. It’s because of God’s GREAT LOVE that He’s entrusted us with His message and He’s given us this same calling as Isaiah:

Isaiah 6:8  “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!””

He didn’t know what the message was until he responded to the call.

We know the message, we know the call, we’ve been commanded to go into all the world and deliver God’s message of reconciliation.

Will you Go for God into the world today and deliver His LOVING HEART: His message of reconciliation. Will you WARN people that if we touch the fire it will hurt us? If you’ll do that to warn your own children and friends about earthly fire, surely we should be just as concerned about the Eternal Welfare of everyone on the earth today as well. The Day of Judgement will come, Jesus is coming back soon, let’s save as many as we can. You know BIBLE means; Basic, Instructions, Before, Leaving, Earth. Let’s get God’s message out into all the world, so that everyone has an opportunity to turn in faith and repentance and avoids the punishment of Hell.

Amen!

Don.

 

Trinity Revealed

God is; Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Daily Spirit & Word: 635. Trinity REVEALED.

The Holy Trinity and The Holy WORD of God.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit: In The Holy Scriptures.

Good morning my friends, you know it’s come to my attention that there are some who think there a many different paths to God, even within the ranks of those who profess a belief in Jesus. The Bible is God’s Word and in it we’re commanded by God to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. That means when the Bible tells us something about God it is TRUE, not just for a moment or for a season, but for all ETERNITY.

Through the ministry of the LORD Jesus Christ, we are clearly shown that God is in fact three distinct persons: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. All are God, all three are God Almighty. No other religion on the face of the Earth has revealed God in such a way before, but that doesn’t mean the Trinity is not in the Old Testament of the Jews. It is, but we would not have looked for it until we’d heard it from the lips of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Jesus had a lot to say about His Father and the Holy Spirit, but so does the Old Testament. When you are full of God the Holy Spirit, it’s one of His roles to open up our understanding of all the Scriptures (both the Old and the New Testaments).

So can we find the TRINITY in the Old Testament?

We can my friends, in many different places. Like Sherlock Holmes, the great detective in novels, who could find clues that no one else could discern, we too can discover the Holy Trinity, because the clues are all hidden in plain sight.

Take for instance the first few verses of Isaiah 6.

Isaiah 6:1-5
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2  Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
3  And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4  At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5  “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

Did you notice the calling of the winged creatures, “Holy, Holy, Holy: is the LORD Almighty.”

  • Holy Father,
  • Holy Son, (Word, Truth, Way, Life, Gate, Shepherd, I AM).
  • Holy Spirit.

Holy, Holy, Holy indicates that there were THREE Person’s on the Throne in Heaven.

Some have believed as the Jews have done for many years, that the refrain was added to emphasise the Holiness of God. How utterly unapproachable is His Holiness. No one can look at His holiness and live. That is TRUE as well, but why did they say and repeat; “Holy, Holy, Holy: The winged creatures were in the presence and full revelation of TRINITY.

Even Jesus said, “No one has seen God” John 1:18.

John 1:18 “No-one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”

Who is it that is at the Father’s side? A great Sunday School answer “Jesus Christ the Son of God”…

It’s awesome to think that Isaiah was given an insight into Heaven in a vision. That’s why Jesus words are true, “No one has ever seen God” apart from Himself who came from God the Father. That is why we can TRUST that every word of Jesus is TRUE. Isaiah had a vision of Heaven, but He didn’t see God in fullness. He had a partial revelation of Heaven. How awesome must that have been, but think how fantastically good it’s going to be when we get to Heaven and actually see God face to face.

HOW CAN WE TRUST THE BIBLE?

Some people object and say, “The Bible is written by men, men are fallible, men make things up, so how can we KNOW that the Bible really is the Word of God?”

You will never know the TRINITY or that the Bible really is God’s Word until you get God inside you: Then God the Holy Spirit will bring the WORD of God to life for you. He draws us to faith in Jesus through the Word, but once we’ve trusted in Jesus Christ: Oh WOWzer! He then opens up God’s Word in awesome ways for us. We don’t see it any longer as a book written by men, but as it actually is: The Living, active and powerful Word of God.

You may not be a Christian yet, but read the following out aloud: read it twice from the NIV and the NLT.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NIV)
15  and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
17  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NLT)
15  You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.
16  All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
17  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

How can we TRUST the Bible? Because it’s NOT just the work of men; they were moved by God’s Holy Spirit to write those WORDS, that’s why the Scriptures are called HOLY, because they come from God.

2 Peter 1:17-21 God’s Word & The Trinity.
17  For he received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
18  We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
19  And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.
21  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 

In the above passage from Peter we discover that not only is God three distinct persons, but that ALL prophesies and Scriptures  were give by God the Holy Spirit.

Peter heard the voice of God the Father from Heaven; “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I AM well pleased”.

The Morning Star: is the brightest star in the sky in the morning, it can still be clearly seen as the sun rises from the darkness of night. Jesus Christ is the Morning Star and when you get Jesus, when you trust in Jesus Christ, then the light of understanding and KNOWING will follow; the Holy Spirit will open up God’s WORD and you’ll see from the Scriptures so much more than you ever did or could without God’s personal revelation to you.

We can ONLY Know God as Father through Jesus the Son and the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. We can only truly understand and know the Bible as God’s WORD when we receive Jesus as Lord. It’s amazing how that submission, the surrender of our life to God gives us so much more than we bargain for.

So to KNOW that there is a TRINITY, we must first come to Jesus Christ in faith.

Faith comes to us as a GIFT from God the Father: by HEARING God’s WORD. (That’s why I said, “read the following passage out loud” earlier). Faith really does come by HEARING the word of God.

But we are SAVED once we exercise that gift of faith by putting our trust in Jesus Christ and receiving Him as Lord and Saviour.

It is not enough to say “Oh I believe in Jesus”… Even the Devil believes in Jesus, but he’s not trusted Him as his Saviour or turned to Him in repentance from his wickedness.

  • Without Repentance there is NO Salvation (we cannot be SAVED until we first REPENT).
  • Without RECEIVING JESUS CHRIST there is NO Salvation (we cannot be SAVED until we first RECEIVE Jesus as our Lord and Saviour).
  • Finally, without the faith in, the repentance of sin and the receiving of Jesus Christ as Lord, we cannot be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. The man without the Spirit of God is still DEAD in his transgressions and sins.

Once you’ve come to Jesus, the Word of God comes alive within your heart.

Once you’ve come to Jesus, the Holy Spirit of God enables you to see: The Holy Trinity.

It’s by the Holy Spirit that we KNOW God as Father.

Now taking all that I’ve just said about the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: Read the following verses out LOUD if you can.

Romans 8:6-16 LIFE IN THE SPIRIT.
6  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
7  the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
8  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
9  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
10  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12  Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.
13  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
14  because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father.”
16  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 

Life and PEACE come when we get Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes into you and makes you into a NEW CREATURE (A new creation, New life, the old has gone the new has come.)… You are DIFFERENT once you’ve got the Holy Spirit in you.

  • You’ll want to live differently, you want to be HOLY because your body is the Temple (the dwelling place of God).
  • You’ll want to act differently, because you’ll be like Jesus, you’ll want to live to please God the Father.
  • You’ll want to be different, you’ll desire the fullness of the Holy Spirit, once you’ve tasted the goodness of God, the JOY is beyond human words to express.
  • You’ll KNOW freedom from FEAR when you are full of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Remember the old adage: “Only Scripture and you’ll dry up, Only Spirit and you’ll blow up: We need God the Spirit and God’s Holy Word”.

Have an awesome day WITH Jesus your LORD and SAVIOUR.

Be full of God: The Holy Spirit.

Cry out to God your Heavenly Father.

Don.

 

The Wonderful Jesus

Jesus is God, He has Authority to forgive sins

Daily Spirit & Word, 634: The Wonderful Jesus

The Wonderful Friends, The Wonder-Filled Crowd & The Wonderful Words of Jesus.

Jesus Has The Power & Authority to Forgive Sin.

SHOCKING NEWS: I was filled with a deep sickening-feeling when I watched the news that so many people had been killed by those murderous terrorists in Paris. We’re with the French Nation! Grieving with you over your loss of so many young loved ones. It’s a scar that will be painful and will hurt for a long time to come. I couldn’t call them soldiers or that this is a war, because that would elevate them to an army. They are pure merchants of an evil that’s running rampant over the face of the earth. Praying for PEACE and in God’s timing that the good people of France will be enabled to FORGIVE. For when we forgive, then we are set-free. O LORD, please bring the comfort that You alone can give in the face of death. Amen!

Good morning my friends, today we’re back with Mark’s Gospel and chapter 2. The familiar story, recounted in many a Sunday School Class, the famous account of the four friends who brought their friend to Jesus to be healed, but couldn’t get in at the door so the climbed-up, made a hole in the roof and lowered their friends to the feet of Jesus Christ.

 

Mark 2:1-12. The Paralysed Man: Forgiven and Healed. Four Wonderful Friends.
1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.
2  So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
3  Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.
4  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.
5  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
6  Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,
7  “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8  Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
9  Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?
10  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic,
11  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

There are so many wonderful lessons and sermons I’ve personally heard about this account. I’ve preached upon it many times myself, but today I was struck afresh by these four men and Jesus response and the crowds of people in the house that day.

The Three Things That Strike Me Today:

1) The Wonderful Friends.

What amazing friends this paralysed man had.

4  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.

Some people imagine that when someone is paralysed that they will be that way for the rest of their days.

Imagine, if that man’s friends had thought like that? He may have wanted to be cured, but if they’d argued, “It’s no use mate, you’re paralysed, just get used to it, there’s no hope for you”. (British Home: Used to be called, “The British Home For The Incurables” I first saw that sign and I wept inside. I first visited the Home before I was the Minister here, and my heart sank “Have I got to come to this place and preach to these people who have no hope of ever being cured?”

Those Wonderful Friends didn’t think like that; they had FAITH that Jesus could heal their friend.

My friends, I do have a hope, I do believe with all my heart that Jesus can and does do miracles today. I’ve seen miracles of healing and I believe, like those four wonderful friends obviously did, that their friend is worth bringing to Jesus Christ. Jesus came into this world to SAVE everyone. Not everyone will be SAVED but that’s what Jesus wants, be certain of that my friends.

How were they Wonderful Friends?

They Cared: They didn’t give up when they couldn’t get in through the door.

Some of us give up too easily on those we’re trying to bring to Jesus Christ, but not these friends.

You may have been trying for years to get a loved on SAVED, but they refuse to come to Jesus. Be like those friends, who were not put-off by the crowds at the door.

They Were Creative: They used their heads, “what other way can we get him into see Jesus?”

Some of us, when we’re met with an obstacle, just give-up, just put-off by the obstacles, but instead they got creative.

It might take an unusual approach to save your friends and relatives. It might mean you’ll have to think of another way. A different or novel way.

The must have said amongst themselves that day, “We can’t get in through the door, but look, there’s a roof and we can easily break through the roof and get him into see Jesus”… That’s creative. Not only did they care, they were not going to be put-off and they got very creative.

They Were Commended: Not only did they care and get creative, but they were commended by Jesus for their faith.

Verse 5  “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.””

It wasn’t the paralytic’s faith that was commended that day, it was the faith of the friends who struggled to bring him to the feet of Jesus Christ.

Will you be commended by Jesus because of your FAITH?

The faith they demonstrated was obvious; their faith had legs, they didn’t let obstacles get in the way, they tried their hardest all all costs to bring their friend to Jesus. They BELIEVED that Jesus would and could HEAL their friend.  What wonderful faith, what wonderful friends. O my friends, if only we had a church full of people who were longing to bring their friends to faith and trust in Jesus Christ. If only we’d bring our loved ones to Jesus. If our Church was not put-off by obstacles, think how full our church could be.

They may be paralysed:

  • They may not be able to come themselves to Jesus: You Bring Them.
  • They may not want to come to Jesus: You Bring Them whatever way you can. Carry Them.
  • They are paralysed by sin, powerless to save themselves. You show them they can be SAVED by Jesus.
  • They’re not looking to come to Jesus: They are BLIND and cannot see their NEED of Jesus or Church: we must open their blinded eyed and bring them to Jesus.

“When Jesus saw their faith”: The man’s sins got forgiven.

Imagine: You’ve struggled to bring your paralysed friend to Jesus. You’ve heard that He’s a healer and all He does is say, “Son, your sins are forgiven you”… What? I mean, “We’ve just dug through a roof, we’ve not been put off by the crowd, we’ve lowered our friend on ropes to your feet and all you do is forgive him his sins?” But Jesus is NOT finished yet.

THEY Cooperated TOGETHER:

One last thing about the Wonderful Friends: The worked together to bring their friend to Jesus.

That tells me afresh today; “Donald, don’t try and do it all alone. Work together to bring people to Jesus.” It’s a TEAM effort. We’ve got to be working together. There’s always something you can be doing: If you can’t be an Evangelist, you can be a prayer. You can be a meal-giver, you can be a host, you can be a helper, you can be a giver, you can be SOMETHING as part of the TEAM Here are St LUKE’S Church to bring people to Jesus. Only four of the group were carrying the man, there were more than four of them. All those people, bringing their friend to Jesus. Think: When we’re joined together in UNITY there the LORD commands His blessing.

 

2) The Wonder-Filled Crowd.

The Wonder-Filled Crowd: They were all crammed into that house to hear Jesus teaching. So many that the sick couldn’t get in. They were filled with wonder, but they’d become a stumbling-block; blocking access to Jesus that day.

The Church Today is FILLED with the WONDERERS: They love wondering at the words of Jesus, they love sermons, they love healings, they love miracles, they love the spectacle of power ministries, but just like the Wonder-Filled Crowd back then, they become a blockage to people coming to Jesus today. They don’t care: Even if they do care, the don’t show their faith, by doing something about it.

How do we know they were a blockage? It’s revealed when Jesus said those amazing words; “Son, your sins are forgiven you”.

That Wonder-Filled Crowd knew that ONLY God can forgive sins.

Mark 2:6-9
6  Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,
7  “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8  Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
9  Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 

They were right too, these TEACHERS of God’s Law: ONLY God can forgive sins.

My friends, if ever there was a passage in the Bible that shouts-out about the Divinity of Jesus, that Jesus is God, it’s this one (there are many, many more) but they KNEW that Jesus was claiming to be God by saying, “Son, your sins are forgiven you”, because ONLY God can forgive sins.

But instead of praising Jesus Christ as God, they began to accuse Him of Blasphemy in their hearts. Many times these Jewish Teachers of the Law wanted to stone Jesus to death for His blasphemous words. They were there, crowded into the house, listening to the wonderful teaching of Jesus, but they were not all there to praise Jesus. Some of them were there only to be critical and cynical. Not everyone in that house that day was filled with a desire to be a follower of Jesus.

Now, listen afresh to the wonderful words of Jesus;

3) The Wonderful Words of Jesus.

Mark 2:8-12.
8  Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
9  Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?
10  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic,
11  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Before they could utter their thoughts out loud, Jesus took the initiative, by REVEALING THEIR THINKING.

Not only is it ONLY GOD that can forgive sins; but ONLY GOD knows what a man is THINKING.

That alone should have convinced them that this man Jesus before them was God on Earth.

No ONE on Earth or in Heaven can read your thoughts, but God ALONE (Jesus is God).

No ONE on Earth today can say to a Paralysed man, get up and walk and he’s healed and walks. Only God can do that kind of miracle. This again, the third thing that day, proved that Jesus was God.

 

MARK 2:10 To PROVE THAT Jesus, “The Son of Man” (Messiah Title) Has the Authority to FORGIVE SIN: He performs this miracle.

Mark 2:10-12:
10  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic,
11  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

These Wonderful Words of Jesus, to Prove He was God on the Earth, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home”… He did and they were all amazed. He did it in full view of them all. The Miracles was to prove to the doubters that day and today that Jesus is God. He has the authority to forgive sins, only God can do that.

Conclusion:

We’ve seen today;

The Wonderful Friends: Who are full of faith, undaunted by obstacles, creative in bringing their friend to Jesus and caring enough to consider that not even a paralytic is beyond the reach of Jesus power.

The Wonder-Filled Crowd: They’d become a blockage to people coming to Jesus. Not everyone was there for right reasons. Be certain that you are not coming to Church just to wowed and to wonder, but to work for Jesus too.

The Wonderful Words of Jesus: “Your Sins are forgiven, Your thinking this, Take up your mat”

Forgiven and Healed: Forgiven and Commanded; Forgiven and Commissioned.

Thoughts: Are you being a Wonderful Friend to someone today? Is there someone you can bring to Christ? Don’t be put-off, deterred, disheartened, disillusioned, by a blockage. They may not be willing to come to Jesus yet: don’t ever give-up on them, what may seem impossible now: Is POSSIBLE (All things, all people, everyone; can come to Jesus). There’s no one beyond the help and hope of Jesus POWER to reach them. Like the Paralytics Wonderful Friends: Be creative, Have faith, Keep going when everyone else gives up.

 

BE AMAZED: Like the Wonder-Filled CROWD: Let these words of Jesus fill you with wonder every day. Let Him come to you afresh. Let Him dazzle you with amazement. Only Jesus knows what they were thinking, ONLY GOD Can Do That: Jesus is God.

 

The Wonderful Words of Jesus: He’s saying to you today “Your sins are forgiven, now get up and go for Me into this world and proclaim the Good News”…. That’s the Wonderful Good News Gospel of Jesus. You’ve got it my friends, now go and give it away; Be part of the Wonder-Filled Crowd who were there to listen to every word of Jesus, Be like those Wonderful Friends and let the Wonderful Words of Jesus impact your HEART today. Amen!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Sunday full of JOY in the LORD Jesus Christ.

Don.