Prayer Week Day 2 Winning The Battle For The Lost

Winning the battle for the Lord, taking captive the Lost for Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word: 738:

Winning The Battles For The Lost.

The Good News of Jesus Christ: Is God’s Terms of Surrender.

It’s God’s PEACE Treaty: With a Rebellious World.

 

Pentecost Prayer Week: Day 2: TAKING The Rebellious Captive for Jesus.

Good morning my friends, I was so encouraged by the response to the invitation to come and pray yesterday. We had a good group come first thing in the morning. KEEP THE FOCUS… “Praying for National Evangelisation”. That the whole body of Christ may, during the lead-up to Pentecost Sunday this year, be seeking the LORD in prayer for Evangelism.

I said on Sunday, EVANGELISM sends shudders down the spine of most ordinary believers in Jesus, but a committed follower KNOWS that when he / she begins to follow Jesus, He foods their souls with His LOVE and a new DESIRE to SAVE OTHERS.

  • This DESIRE: is not saying you are better than anybody else.
  • This DESIRE: is not saying you are any less sinful than others.

However, it’s knowing God HEART to win and save and call EVERYONE to repentance, to put their own faith and trust in the LORD Jesus Christ, so that they too can experience His love flooding their souls, be transformed by that love, and come with you to win some more people for Jesus.

HOW TO BE PRAYING FOR YOUR OWN OIKOS:

Once you’ve put together your own LIST of those who know you well: Your OIKOS: (those in your life who know you are a follower of Jesus).

Begin to pray about their lives, take your friends to Jesus in prayer. DO IT NOW… Spend a few moments thinking and praying for your friends (I’m going to do that too).

NOW: Write down some of the thoughts that came to you as you were praying for them.

Do you know what my first thought was? “They’ll reject it again”…

I’ve shared the ‘good news’ of Jesus many times with most of the people in my own OIKOS. What going to be different now? I’m praying for them MORE. I’m asking Father God to move into their lives in advance of me TALKING with them. I’m asking HIM, by Holy Spirit, to change their HARD hearts towards God and the GOSPEL… It’s the LOVE of sinning that’s keeping most of them away from Jesus.

Whenever anyone, who’s heard and understood the Gospel, refuses to come into the light, then YOU must KNOW what it is that keeping them in the DARKNESS.

Isaiah 9:1-4 (NLT) The People Walking In Darkness.
1  Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.
2  The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
3  You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder.
4  For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
What does this passage say to you?

It tells me: They are walking in deep darkness (they are blind).

It tells me: They are going to see a LIGHT… (the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the LIGHT: Jesus is the light of the world).

It tells me: The LIGHT is not going to shine on them, but IN them. (Their HEARTS need the LIGHT of Jesus).

Why Don’t They Come To Jesus?

It’s not intellectual, because the Gospel makes total sense to even a simple little child. Jesus came and took our punishment for sin, when we trust Him, we too can be cleaned-up and forgiven for every sin.

It’s not because they believe in a different religion: though some believe in a god that tolerates sin, this is a different religion from Biblical Christianity. But that’s not what’s keeping them away from Jesus.

It’s their LOVE of sin that keeps them in the DARKNESS.

Sin is transgression of God’s Law: To refuse to come to Him is the greatest sin. To refuse to believe in Him is worse than any other sin. People don’t want to come into the light, because like Jonah, they would rather rule their own affairs, run their own life, take charge of everything themselves. Once they hear and understand the Gospel, they suddenly KNOW that coming to Jesus means surrendering that control over to Him. To allow Him to be KING of their hearts and lives. It’s their LOVE of independent living, of living without God ruling over them, that’s what’s keeping most people who’ve heard and understood the Good NEWS in the DARKNESS.

John 3:18-21 (NLT)
18  “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him (i.e. who puts their faith and trust in Jesus), But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
19  And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
20  All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.
21  But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

PRAY: That God will MOVE into their DARKNESS and let His light shine in their DARK HEARTS.

NOW: Let’s TAKE them Captive: Catch them in Jesus’ fishing net.

Pray about their LOVE of the DARKNESS: Ask the Lord to show them the darkness is not a friend. Ask the Lord to give them wisdom to be able to reason with Him.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT)
3  We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.
4  We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.
5  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

Our WEAPONS: Prayer, God’s Word, God’s Law {The Ten Commandments} (A schoolmaster to lead people to a knowledge of their need of Him).

  • Don’t EXPECT to WIN: Without Prayer.
  • Don’t EXPECT to WIN: Without God’s Word, God’s Spirit, Jesus Presence, His Light.
  • Don’t EXPECT to WIN: Without God first breaking down their hard-hearts…

YOU CAN WIN:

  • Use the WEAPONS God has provided: Prayer, God’s Word, God’s Law…
  • Wear His Gospel Armour, Ephesians 6:10-20. Because you’ll come under fire.
  • When you pray, seek God’s Word, plead with the LORD for their Salvation.
  • Cry for your loved ones lost condition. Feel their darkness and separation from the Lord.
  • ASK GOD: To give you a heart that loves them enough to share Jesus with them.

Our War Hospital: The Gospel is God’s CURE after the battle has been won. i.e. don’t give the gospel too soon. Win the battles first, then offer them the cure. His PEACE treaty. His terms of SURRENDER. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s PEACE TREATY for a rebellious world.

My friends, I firmly believe we are going to SEE a mighty move of God in our land. We’re going to see countless thousands SURRENDER to Jesus Christ as Lord. We’re going to see so many lost people SAVED for Jesus. We’re READY LORD. Bring in the Lost Sheep.

So today, let’s CAPTURE those who’s rebellious thoughts and hearts want to stay away from the Lord Jesus, in the Name of Jesus.

Their stubborn refusal to believe in Jesus: Turn them Lord, because we KNOW this is Your heart’s desire.

Break their heard hearts and give them a heart of flesh, soften them up LORD, because we KNOW this is the Father’s heart.

Open them up to You Lord.

Now, let me speak to them about You Lord Jesus, and Your LOVE for them, what you did so that they could be saved from their sins and help them to submit to You. Amen!

Have an awesome day praying for National Evangelisation of our NATION.

If you can, join us in praying for our NATION:

If you can, come and pray with us at 8.00am in St Luke’s Church, West Norwood.

If you can’t come PRAY at home, at work, on the way to work.

We’re praying for EVERY Christian to have a heart for those who don’t yet know Jesus as Lord.

Don.

NOTE: Tomorrow we’ll be thinking of strategic ways to reach into the lives of those we LOVE with God’s Love.

Heaping Burning Coals.

 

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

blessed are the peacemakers

Daily Spirit & Word: 691: A Baby Girl Is Given.

GREAT NEWS

Praise the LORD! Praise The LORD! We’re grandparents again, little Jasmine was born at 4.00am, I was at home and woken at 4.10am by my wife, Julie, who attended my daughter. They must both be completely exhausted, because Stephanie went into hospital (May Day) on Saturday morning. She’s called the baby Jasmine (Jazmin)… I don’t know how she’s spelling it yet 🙂 When my wife phoned they still hadn’t weighed the baby. I’ll let you know later. GREAT NEWS!

It’s always GREAT NEWS when a child is born, it was the same with our Lord Jesus, but did you know my friends, that His Birth was announced hundreds of years before it took place. God had been so excited that He told His Prophets the Good News many years in advance: He told them where and how He’d be born; In Bethlehem, by a Virgin, but God the Father didn’t stop there, He also told us what His SON (The Son of God) would be like.

Isaiah 9:6 (ANIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Christians Will BE Peacemakers.

Do you know my friends, yesterday in our Gathering at St Luke’s was fantastic. Heaven broke out amongst us. A word was given and people began to respond. The message about BEING LIGHT to those who live in DARKNESS touched so many.

Now, I believe the LORD has given me a message in the night, He wants there to be a BREAKTHROUGH for someone in the area of BEING PEACEMAKERS.

Do you know our Lord Jesus Christ is the great PEACEMAKER: Through His life, death, resurrection and ascension He’s bringing PEACE between men, women and children and Father God.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Jesus is; wonderful counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and PRINCE OF PEACE. (KING OF PEACE).

Now Jesus wants YOU to be, with His Holy Spirit within you: PEACEMAKERS.

  • Imagine your HOME: Full of PEACE.
  • Imagine your WORKPLACE: Full of PEACE.
  • Imagine your NEIGHBOURHOOD: Full of PEACE.
  • Imagine your Church of Fellowship: Full of the PEACE of the LORD.

Matthew 5:9 (NIV) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

YOU will be BLESSED if you walk in this my friends: BE A PEACEMAKER.

Someone asked me the other day, “Why doesn’t God just make war cease and people stop killing each other?”… I responded, “Why doesn’t God stop you, lying, stealing, cheating, etc?” He hasn’t made us robots to obey His Commands mindlessly, nor is He going to use force to make us GOOD. He wants us to respond FREELY to live according to His will. However, He’s also promised us great BLESSINGS when we do. Also, why would God do a job He’s called us to do? He also gave us a promise if we do it, we’ll be BLESSED ourselves if we are actively pursuing PEACE in every area of our lives.

If there is any area in your life that you need peace today, broken-down relationships. Is there someone in your life who’s been offended by you? Then as far as possible BE a PEACEMAKER.

I know it’s very difficult, especially if people don’t want to be at PEACE.

Yesterday, we had a man in church who thought he’d been locked-out last Tuesday night. He wasn’t, but the main door of the church was sticking so much that he couldn’t pull it open. He thought that we’d locked him out on purpose. He came into church on Sunday full of anger about it and shouted and raged at the top of his voice, “Why did you lock me out?” After a while he calmed down and I said, “Carl, the door is sticking and it’s difficult to pull open, we did not lock you out”… His whole demeanour changed when I assured him that we’d never lock him out.

He’d been seething in anger since Tuesday night and it was Sunday. I think I might be a little bit upset if I felt someone had locked me out on purpose don’t you? Anyway, as PEACE was restored, he was back to his normal self again. However, can you see why the Word of God tells us “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger”? If we do, all we’ll get it bitter.

My friends, I knew I hadn’t locked Carl out of Church, but if I’d not gone to him and explained, he may still be angry today.

Go out of your way to BE A PEACEMAKER. Even if you are being wrongly accused of something.

Jesus is the KING of PEACE:

I know the Bible says PRINCE OF PEACE, but did you know that when the Bible used PRINCE here, it did not mean the next in line to the Throne. Jesus is a Prince like King Henry VIII was Prince of England. Like King Louis the Thirteenth of France: They are often referred to as Princes, but Jesus is the PRINCE: The KING of Kings and PRINCE of Princes.

With Jesus are your PRINCE of PEACE: He’s living in you, then your Spiritual nature will be crying out for you to be like Him. He wants you to do what He did: Bring PEACE everywhere you go. There will be an atmosphere of PEACE in your life.

Isaiah 9:6 (ANIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus is the SON of God, but you too are sons and daughters of God: I think what the LORD is saying today is: “If you want to see PEACE in this world, you can be peacemakers, let it start with you, your home, you own life and soon you’ll see PEACE in many different places around this world, because PEACE spreads PEACE”….

Matthew 5:9 (NIV) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

Have an AWESOME Peace-filled week my friends.

Praise the LORD!

Don.

 

Thank you all my friends, who’ve been praying for Stephanie and her long wait for the delivery of baby Jasmine. Please continue to pray for her recovery. We’re praising the Lord. Aminata just came into my study and her face was a picture when I told her that baby Jasmine was born… There’s nothing like being the BIG sister… She’s full of it now… JOY!

 

ASK and You SHALL Receive

Ask, Seek, Find, Knock,

Daily Spirit & Word, 633: Ask and You Shall Receive.

Good morning my friends, be ready to be ENCOURAGED TODAY!

You know the hymn “What a friend we have in Jesus”? Well in the first verse it goes;

“Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!”

All Because:

My friends, when Jesus gave us the Lord’s prayer and told us to ask for daily bread, He didn’t just mean for us to ask ONLY for bread. Whenever you have a NEED of any kind in your life, THEN your Heavenly Father wants you to come to Him with that need.

  • If you have a need for a wife or husband, go to God first, before trying to find one for yourself. He’ll bring the right person into your life.
  • If you have a need for employment, your Heavenly Father wants you to be working, so He’ll supply you with a job.
  • If you have need for a house, your Father knows you need a roof over your head.
  • If you have a need for food, then ASK.
  • If you are sick, go to your Heavenly Father and get the fellowship to pray for you.
  • If you are lonely, come to your Heavenly Father first.

So many people have NEEDS in life, that they don’t bother God with, they try always in their own strength to meet those needs. Instead of going immediately to Father God, they’ll go to a doctor or the chemist. Instead of asking God for money, they’ll go and get a loan and get into serious debt.

Remember, “it’s NOT by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the LORD.”

Sometimes we’re experiencing a lack in life, simply because we didn’t ASK God.

James 4:2 “You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.”

Ask your Heavenly Father: Think about he PEACE that you are often missing out on by not taking all your needs to Him.

What a friends we have in Jesus,
ALL our sins and griefs to bear,
what a privilege to carry,
EVERYTHING to God in prayer,
Oh what PEACE we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless PAIN we bear,
All because we do not carry,
EVERYTHING to God in prayer.

Matthew 7:7-8
7  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

What NEEDS do you have in your life that are not being met?

I want to encourage you today my friends, take them to your Heavenly Father.
Ask Him in the Name of Jesus.
Pray to Him in the Spirit.
Sing songs and presents your requests to God with thanksgiving in your heart, knowing that He hears you when you pray in faith and that He longs to give you what you need.

I’ve found that the times when I’m not praying very much for things is when I’m quite well off. We take things for granted and forget that everything we have in this world comes to us because of God’s grace, love and mercy. So if you are NOT in need just now, then be sure to give the Lord thanks and praise. Honour Him by giving some of it away generously to those who are experiencing lack in their lives. Who knows, you may be just the person that the LORD has gifted to answer someone else’s prayers.

Have a blessed Saturday.

We’re off to the Lord Mayor’s Parade in the City of London today with some of our grandchildren.

Don.

NOTE: Asking in the Bible:

Matthew 7:7. Luke 11:9. Ephesians 6:18-19. Philippians 4:6. James 5:13. Psalm 40:1-3.

 

Jesus is Calling: But Father God Draws You to HIM.

The New Birth by God's Holy Spirit. We're drawn to Jesus by Father God

Daily Spirit & Word: 614:

Jesus is Calling: But Father God is the ONE who DRAWS you to Faith, Trust and Repentance in Jesus.

We are drawn by Father God to faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is the Spirit that gives us the New Life.

Good morning my friends, I’ve been feeling really sad the last few days since I discovered that Angie (Andrea Driscoll) has died. I performed her wedding to David who died a few months after the wedding. Andrea was devastated by his death, but it had been expected for many months. Since David’s death Angie tried hard to live life to the full, she went on two trips (pilgrimages in Spain) walking over 300 miles each time. After all her hardships and experiences it was such a shock to hear that upon her return to London, she was found dead in her flat after a fall. Angie had a wonderful heart and was a great character. Everybody knew Angie’s problems, but she also had a real soft spot for the Lord Jesus. He alone knows if Angie was born of His Spirit. She was a breath of fresh air and also a bit of a storm too 🙂 We will definitely miss Angie in West Norwood. Many times I told Angie of the New Birth: I wonder if it ever got through to her?

The New Birth: After Jesus had finished teaching about Himself being the true bread from Heaven, the Living Bread, the Disciples (followers) found His teaching offensive and hard to take. For Jesus had been saying something that was and still is offensive to every sane person in the world: He said, “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood”. Upon hearing that weird claim and message, it was so shocking, that even though people knew Jesus had been performing the most amazing miracles, most of them now left Him and returned to their homes. Apart from the 12 Disciples, but even one of them was a ‘false’ convert and Jesus knew it. He went onto say that the NEW LIFE comes as we’re drawn to Jesus by the Father and given the new life by the Spirit.

John 6:60-69
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61  Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?
62  What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!
63  The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
64  Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.
65  He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no-one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
66  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67  “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69  We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

  So when you come to faith, don’t think that you’ve come by your own seeking or questing for the TRUTH, we come ONLY because the Father Himself draws us (leads us and guides us) to faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Where did Jesus teach this before?

It was just before the Disciples Deserted Him:

John 6:44-48
44  “No-one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
45  It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
46  No-one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
47  I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
48  I am the bread of life.

John also wanted us to be certain of this teaching: so he, at the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said at the beginning of His Gospel account:

John 1:4 “In him (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men.”
John 1:12-13 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
13  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
John 3:5-7 “Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.'”

Unless we’ve been; BORN AGAIN by God’s HOLY SPIRIT and have received SPIRITUAL BIRTH we (no one) can enter into God’s Kingdom. It’s ONLY through being born of God’s Spirit that we can enter into Heaven. There’s no other way in.

How do we get this New Birth?

Jesus said it, “The Father draws us” He, God, gets us to the point of being able to see our need of Jesus. Once we Believe in Jesus, Repent of our sins and receive the Lord Jesus by faith, then through His Grace and Mercy God forgives us, cleanses us and the Holy Spirit comes into our being and gives us the New Spritual Life that we need to enable us to live for all eternity and enter into God’s Kingdom.

That is why Jesus said, “The Flesh counts for nothing, the Spirit gives spiritual life“…

If ever there was a TRINITARIAN MESSAGE: then it’s in the Gospel of John: Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all involved when a person comes to New Life through trusting in Jesus Christ’s death upon the Cross for their sins (Believing in, relying upon and cleaving to Jesus).

The Father Draws us to Jesus Christ: To ‘believe’ in His NAME: (The Messiah, the WORD of God, the Living Bread, the Light of the world, the Good Shepherd, the Gate for the sheep, the Way, the Truth, the Life, the Only Way to Heaven, the Heavenly Sacrifice, the Resurrected Lord, the Ascended Lord, the Saviour, the King of kings, the LORD of Lords,  the Lamb of God, the Servant King, the Giver of the Spirit, the Lion of Judah, the Bright Morning Star, the Golden One, the Alpha and the Omega {the first and last})

After we’ve come to TRUST completely and alone in Jesus (Jesus means; Deliverer or God Saves) The Christ (Christ means: Expected One or Messiah) for forgiveness, deliverance from sin and salvation from God’s wrath against sin, then the Holy Spirit will come into our being and give us the New Birth, the New Life, the GIFT of Eternal Life.

PRAISE GOD!

Make certain that you’ve come to believe and trust in Jesus Christ because He also said,

John 7:37-39
37  On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
39  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

Believe in HIM as the Scriptures have said: Not as man has said, but God’s Word, the Scriptures.

  • Only then will you be born again of God’s Holy Spirit.
  • Only then will you be able to live the Christian life,
  • Only then will you have assurance and hope of Heaven,
  • Only then will you be able to call God “Abba, Father”
  • Amen!

Praise the Lord!

It’s been my joy and my privilege to have known Angie, to share Jesus with her many times, but I’ve also got that same passion and desire to share Him with as many people as I can. Everyone needs to hear about Jesus Christ, because faith comes by hearing and also because everyone needs to be born again of God’s Holy Spirit. Let’s get busy leading people to Him. Be filled afresh with His Holy Spirit and ask for Him to lead you to those who are dying of Spiritual hunger today.  At a funeral on Friday I said, “BIBLE: Means: Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth… Let’s believe in Jesus as the BIBLE has said. Amen!

Have an Super Saturday with Jesus,

Don.

NOTE: We can only know of our NEED for Deliverance and Forgiveness when we understand (are brought by God the Father and the Holy Spirit) to the point of knowing how we’ve offended God. We have all broken God’s Commandments: (Sin is the transgression of God’s Law: Commandments). God writes His Law upon the heart of every man. He gives every man a Conscience so that when we do wrong, we know it and are therefore guilty of failing to live God’s way, instead we choose to live our own way. We do this countless times in our life and when we make a practice of it, our conscience gets quieter until we can barely hear it any-longer. However, we can have our Conscience re-awakened by listening to God’s Commandments and Hearing the Word of the Lord. The Bible tells us that faith (which is a gift from God) comes by Hearing His Word.

Faith: When exercised or used, enables us by God’s Grace to be able to TRUST in the Lord Jesus Christ and His giving of His life upon the Cross for our own sins.

Faith: Enables us to rightly receive the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. When Jesus is your Lord, He will enable you to live a life of Holiness in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Faith: Enables us to Know that we are Born of God’s Holy Spirit. We don’t rely upon our feelings, but we receive enough FAITH to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we’ve been born of His Spirit and that God is our Heavenly Father.

Faith: Enables us to have a sure and certain HOPE of Eternal Life (the fear and sting of death is removed).

 

Walking in the Light: Means being DEAD to SIN.

Born Again believers will walk in the light

Daily Spirit & Word: 607: Dead to Sin: Alive in Christ.

Good morning my friends, we had a wonderful time last night sharing the Good News of Jesus on the streets just up the road from St Luke’s outside Norwood Train Station. It was rush-hour so lots of people. Rush Hour really is well named in London, because most people do seem to be in a real rush to get somewhere. It’s amazing how many people took tracts last night, I’m so thankful for that, but few had the time to stay and chat. Those that did stop were awesome conversations: A man who lives with his mother and is her carer, who believes in Jesus, but doesn’t see the need to come to church. Another man, a Scotsman, who said, “I used to be born again, but now I’m a Hare Krishna”. I asked him, “When did you get un-born-again?” We all laughed: You see my friends, when you die to sin and are born of God’s Spirit it’s forever. You cannot be un-born-again, you may experience a FALSE CONVERSION or you may fall into sin like King David, but you cannot be un-born-again once you’ve come to the Saviour by faith and true repentance. There are many false converts though, such is the case with everyone who declares “I used to be born again”. There are certain Scriptures every Christian should know well: because they contain so much truth that they will keep you from the error of sinful ways and false teaching about being born again. So many people think they are ‘born-again’ simply because they attend church or pray or praise the Lord enthusiastically. You’ll never experience the New Birth until you Repent and Turn from Sin and Seek Salvation from Sin by trusting in Jesus.

The Scriptures you should know well:

  • The Parable of the Sower (because this parable unlocks all the other parables of Jesus). This parable teaches us about true and false conversion and spurious faith. Mark 4:1-20. 
  • The Death and Resurrection of Jesus in all the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
  • The Knowledge of Sin: The Commandments (God’s Law) (these lead everyone to a knowledge of what sin is and they are like a schoolmaster, they teach us, that we are sinful and need a Saviour). Exodus 20:1-17. Galatians 3:24 KJV. 
  • How to Get and Give Faith: Romans 10 (The Gift of Faith comes by hearing the Word of God).
  • The Need for Repentance: It’s not simply saying “I believe in Jesus” because even the Devil believes in Jesus, but it’s turning from sin and trusting in the finished work of Christ Jesus on the Cross. Without repentance no one can be saved. Psalm 51, 
  • The Way to Live the Christian Life in the Power of the Spirit free from slavery to sin: Romans 6, 7 and 8.
  • The Fruit of the Sinful Nature and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Galatians 5:16-26. (Life by and in the Holy Spirit).
  • Putting on the Gospel Armour: Ready to take your stand against evil.

 

These are just a few portions of God’s Word: (Real Meat) I’m sure you’ve got your own favourite bits of God’s Word: but these above and below today will keep you strong if you know them well and try to live by the light of the understanding of God’s Word, not in your own strength, for we are all weak in our sinful nature, but by the power of God’s Holy Spirit living in you, you will be strengthened. So read all those passages above, and re-read them often. Everyone who loves Jesus will need constant reminding of all the good things we have in Christ. Write out a list of all these passages and copy it to your Bible. Write them out by hand, it’s a good exercise and helps you to know God’s Word even better. Sing Hymns and Songs with these Scriptures in them. Make new hymns and songs. Meditate upon God’s Word: Read a few verses and then sit back or go for a walk thinking about them.

Romans 6:1-14 Dead to Sin.
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase?
2  By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
3  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death?
4  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5  If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
6  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
7  because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
9  For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
10  The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11  In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
13  Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
14  For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Galatians 5:16-26. Life in the Spirit.
16  So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
25  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

The NEED for Repentance:

Before you can ever live by the Spirit though: You must REPENT from Sin and Trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord.

The Scriptures below show that God commands EVERYONE to REPENT.

Jeremiah 25:4,5 – A typical summary of the message of the Old Testament prophets: “Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doing…” [35:15; Ezekiel 18:30; 2 Kings 17:13]
Matthew 3:2 – John the Baptist taught, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
Mark 1:15 – Mark’s summary of Jesus’ message includes: “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Luke 13:3 – Unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Mark 6:12 – Jesus sent the apostles to preach that people should repent.
Acts 2:38 – In the first gospel sermon, Peter preached, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you for the remission of sins…”
Acts 17:30 – God commands all men everywhere to repent.
Revelation 3:19 – “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”

Examples of Repentance:

King David: When he committed adultery and murdered the husband of the woman he’d committed adultery with. Psalm 51. How King David was made aware of his sin by Nathan the Prophet 2 Samuel 12.

Jonah 3:4-10 – When Jonah preached, the people of Nineveh gave heed, were sorry, and turned from their evil ways (vv 8,10). “Turn” and “return” are common Old Testament words meaning “repent.” Jesus said these people “repented” at the preaching of Jonah (Matthew 12:41).

Matthew 21:28-32 – A son refused to work for his father, but later repented (regretted it – NKJV) and went. He “changed his mind.” Jesus applied this to sinners who repented at John’s preaching in contrast to priests would not repent (relent – NKJV).

God is Patient: Waiting for EVERYONE to REPENT:

2 Peter 3:9 “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.

Can a Believer SIN? Yes my friends, you just have to look at King David to know that, he was a man full of God’s Holy Spirit, a man after God’s own heart, but SIN grabbed hold of King David and made him a slave and in the end it led to adultery and murder. But God was gracious to King David and He will also be gracious to you too, but if you are a believer and you are in sin or have sinned, then you will NEVER experience the peace or the presence of the Lord until you truly repent: it will feel like you are dying on the inside, turn from sin and seek His forgiveness. Turning from sin is a desire not to live in sin anymore: That’s true repentance. If we do not truly repent then we are living in the darkness, it’s like the Spiritual Life that God has given to us has died. 1 John 1:5-10.

Walk in the Light:

1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
6  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
10  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Today, I’ve given a message about getting into God’s Word: The importance of KNOWING it and UNDERSTANDING it and by the Holy Spirit LIVING by it. It will keep you from error and help you to lead people to the Saviour. Let’s do it regularly, faithfully and wholeheartedly; when you do, you’ll be feeding and nourishing your Spiritual nature, walk in the light of the understanding of God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. He’ll use you in His service of the Kingdom.

Being a truly ‘Born Again’ follower of Jesus means: You’ll have seen your need to repent and trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord; you’ll hate sin, walk in the light of God’s Word and seek the fullness of God’s Spirit.

Have an awesome Thursday.

Don.

Further Study: If you want to go deeper into the study of TRUE REPENTANCE: Then this PAGE is Simply AWESOME!

 

The Essentials of Christianity

Discipleship, Faith, Hope and Love.

Daily Spirit & Word 570: The Essentials Of Christianity.

Over the last few weeks, since our Open Air Baptism, we’ve been running a Small Group Discipleship Course in church, but I’ve been thinking about it, the course that we’re studying emphasises many aspects of what life is going to be like for the follower / Disciple of Jesus, but it doesn’t really boil it down quite enough for me. What are the most important things every follower of Jesus must grasp? What are the Essentials of Christianity? Once we grasp that we can continue in our discovery of everything else that the LORD has prepared for those who love Him.

So what are the Essentials? Is it developing a strong prayer life? Is it a disciplined pattern of Bible memory? Is it to be a faithful witness to those who don’t yet know Jesus Christ as Lord? Is it to be a worker of wonders?

Well there’s no doubt that those things are critical to every followers walk, but there are a few more basic elements.

I used to go down old Tin Mines with a group of friends in Cornwall at the weekends, we’d meet up in the London Bar in Redruth and then proceed on our adventure. Mike Merry, who was a Mine Assayer, had ancient abandoned Tin-mine maps and would lead us on trips into the wilds of Cornwall 🙂 to find the long-lost mine entrance. Once we hacked away at a hedge in a lady’s garden, she was amazed to discover that there was a great big hole she never knew was there, it was only covered by a little hedge, but that hole opened up a voyage of discover and a trip into Cornwall’s history. It was a hand-carved tunnel, shaped like a Key-Hole and it went straight into the solid granite; we found tools, miner’s lamps and bits a pieces down that mine. No one had been in there for hundreds of years. It was a real WOWzer! But going into old mines is dangerous, there could be a build up of toxic gases so we had to be vigilant.

Getting into the Essentials will enable us to know what’s MOST CRITICAL for every follower of Jesus, yes there are some really exciting aspects, but sometimes they are like those bits and pieces of treasure we discovered, they can become so alluring we forget what’s most needed in our walk with the Lord and it’s dangerous to ignore the Essentials.

1) HOW’S YOUR FAITH? — In our following Jesus are we believing in God?

If I were to ask you to spell FAITH you’d probably say, “F, A, I, T, H” right? Well is partially right 🙂 I would like to venture that we should think about FAITH as “R, I, S, K” because if you are not daring to trust God by believing ALL that He’s said, we’re beginning to get a bit stuffy in our form of Christianity. As you know, like ponds and old mines, things that lies still for a long time get stale and stagnant, so it is with your FAITH.

Are you demonstrating a willingness to take a RISK when the chips are down? Like David when he was a young man who wanted to face up to Goliath for God’s Name Sake. (David didn’t want Israel, God’s chosen people, to be shamed because of a mere man). Remember how Daniel was thrown into the Lion’s Den? and how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? (Daniel 3) faced the fiery furnace. Is your own faith really prepared to take those kinds of RISKS?

It was a sad day for everyone on Monday, we had the funeral of an Infant, Mina Esther Nystrom, who’d died in the womb. Though obviously devastated, John and Josi had been and were still going through the fire and had proven to have a faith that could be tested. They were both still praising the LORD. Yes they grieved the loss of their precious baby. Like every new parent, they had dreams for their child, but it was not to be. The LORD gives and the LORD takes away. However, they knew they could not deny their love for Jesus or for God’s gift of faith. In May, knowing there was something wrong with the baby, Josi and John got baptised in St Luke’s Church; In July (on Monday) they buried that baby. They had lost the most precious thing anyone could ever wish to loose and still they continue to walk with and praise Jesus. That kind of fiery faith is REAL.

Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

So what is it that God wants us to do?
John 6:29   “Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.””

If the first ESSENTIAL is FAITH, then the second must be ….

2) HOW’S YOUR HOPE? — Are you living as a Member of God’s Kingdom? Is your thinking Kingdom focused?

I used to live in Plymouth, an ancient part of the City marks the spot where the Pilgrim Father set sail from England, to escape persecution and begin a new life in America. It’s still a very special place at sunrise, so peaceful and quiet. But they demonstrated that they would NOT LIVE in a world where their faith in Jesus would not be tolerated. What they showed the world was, that this place, Earth, was NOT THEIR HOME, but they had a hope of a better place and were prepared to give up everything to continue to worship Jesus. So quite rightly they’ve been called; “The Pilgrim Fathers”.

A Pilgrim is focused upon God’s Kingdom priorities in life and looks forward to their Eternal home in Heaven with deep assurance that it’s their real home.

Are YOU a Pilgrim Christian my friends? Are you living with this deep HOPE in your heart? It’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit, it’s evidence of His presence in your life. You’ll demonstrate that HOPE by the way that you invest in your Eternal future, in your giving, generosity, kindness, because you’ll be INVESTING in your Heavenly rewards instead of Earthly things that you cannot take with you.

You’ll LOVE Heavenly Focused Hymns and Songs: Like, “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine, oh what a foretaste of glory Divine”… that’s Pilgrim focus, that’s Kingdom mentality.

Hebrews 11:13-14 13  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth14  People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. (A HEAVENLY ONE).

So the Essentials are Faith and Hope, but you’ve probably guessed the last one by now;

3) HOW’S YOUR LOVE? — The way that we really show God’s love is by how SELFLESS we are as followers of Jesus.

A true follower of Jesus will be so touched and transformed by Christ’s LOVE, that he or she will want to (NOTICE that, “want to”) show love towards others and serve the LORD with complete willingness. It’s a want to my friends, it’s not as if God has to poke and promt a true believer into action. Your heart’s desire will be to serve the LORD in any way He directs.

That will be very costly at times; in time, in money, in energy. It will mean sacrificing what you’d like of love to be doing and going the extra mile for Jesus.

You’ll be desiring to serve rather than indulge yourself.

2 Corinthians 5:14-17 “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
15  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16  So from now on we regard no-one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

God’s WORD reveals these three; FAITH, HOPE & LOVE as the ESSENTIALS for the follower of Jesus. It does so in countless different ways, over and over and over again. Read about Joseph, Abraham, Isaac, Noah, Moses, Elijah, Samson, Daniel, Ruth, Esther, Solomon, etc etc etc… they ALL demonstrated these ESSENTIAL elements in their walk with God. An essential is something, that without it, it will not stand: i.e. a three legged stool will not stand with just two legs or one. Now it’s your turn, the batton has been passed, you’ve got the KEYS to the KINGDOM, now lets go and open the doors for others to see and seek God’s glory. Amen!

1 Corinthians 13:13  “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Have a fantastic day my friends, I’m praying that you’ll be full of FAITH, HOPE and LOVE today. Amen!

Don.

P.S. Please, continue to pray for Josi and John as they grieve the loss of thier baby Mina Esther. Her death has touched so many people who know and love them, but we’re also encouraged by their testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness and presence in their heart-wrenching trials. It’s such a joy to have led them to Jesus and know that they’ve found Jesus to be the LORD of ALL. Amen.

 

The Bible IS the Word of God.

Trusting that the Bible is God's Word

Daily Spirit & Word 564: God’s Word.

God Planning & Timing IS Perfect.

Last night whilst out sharing the Lord Jesus with people in West Norwood, London, we met many different folks. Our first real conversation was with a man, who made little sense. He couldn’t trust the Bible to be the Word of God. He’d obviously read quite a lot of the Bible, was intelligent, but would not listen to a word we said. He was unreceptive to anything and only wanted to spout-out what he believed. It was hard to engage that man, and when someone is as unreceptive as that, I normally move on quite quickly, but, I don’t know why, we were with him for over twenty minutes. David, my buddy disciple for the evening, said, “You know Don, I know he was a ‘red-herring’ wasting time etc, but if we’d not stayed chatting to him, we would not have had the more fruitful conversations with the others we met. He was right, because we shared the whole Gospel with a shop owner, who’d just popped out of the shop for a cigarette, if we’d been there just two or three minutes before or after, he would not have been there. Then there were three people at a bus stop, whom we both managed to share the Gospel with, then a man who’d just pulled up on a motorbike. He was taking a tour of South London with his soon to be bride, they are getting married in a little church on Balmoral Estate in Scotland. If we’d been any earlier we would not have met any of them. Moral of the story: Some ‘Red-Herrings’ are God’s way of slowing us down a bit 🙂

THE BIBLE: It is the Word of God.

As you share the Good News with folks, you may come across people who just don’t believe the Bible to be the Word of God. It’s good for every Christian to know if it really is or not. From experience and study and trusting and putting into practice, I can tell you that it is, but you will not know that for yourselves, just because I tell you that. You’ll need to DISCOVER if it is for yourself.

You can trust the Bible: But we’re living in a day when very few Christians are actually reading God’s Word Daily (see article below).

It’s inspired by God, but written by men under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “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.”

How much of the Bible is God-breathed? ALL SCRIPTURE.

My friends, you CAN trust the whole Bible.

Here’s an amazingly simple way of getting into studying God’s Word.

SIMPLE BIBLE STUDY METHOD.

First, write out a copy the verse from one or more versions of the Bible.

Give it a heading: VERSE FOR STUDY: Put the Verse reference, e.g. 1 Timothy 3:16.

Second, under the heading MESSAGE, write out in your own words what the verse says – what it commands, teaches, warns of, or promises. e.g. “ALL SCRIPTURE” for 1 Tim 3:16. “Every word of the Bible comes from God”

Third, look at the verses immediately preceding and following the verse. These are known as the context of the verse. Under the heading CONTEXT, record first the thoughts added by the verses preceding your study verse. Then Record the thoughts added by the verses following your study verse. (Before and After).

Example: 1 Timothy 3: Is all about how people will abandon God in the last days before Christ comes back. He lists all the ways that men and women will abandon God’s standards. Then our verse; Paul is encouraging Timothy to remain steadfast and keep following God, remembering that ALL Scripture is God’s Word.

The verses after 2 Tim 3:16 are telling us the reason why God’s Word is useful for teaching etc… So that the follower of Jesus will be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Fourth, record the questions that the verse raises in your mind, or the problems you think it might pose for yourself or someone else. These can be recorded under the heading QUESTIONS.

Is the whole of the Bible God’s Word?

What does this mean for me?

How can I trust this verse? Are there any other verses in the Bible that support this thought?

etc etc…

Finally, APPLICATION: Describe one specific way you can change your attitudes or actions because of the teaching of this verse.

It’s awesome to get into studying the Bible for yourself. It doesn’t take very long and if you do a verse or two a week like this, on your own, you’ll soon begin to get to know God’s thoughts after Him. You’ll get to know yourself better as a disciple of Christ and you’ll know God’s will, plans and desires for your own life. But soon you’ll know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Bible is the Word of God and not just a book written by mere men. It’s Holy Spirit inspired!

GET INTO GOD’S WORD

Here are some awesome verses that you can do the same kind of Bible study with;

Suggested verses to study:
Matthew 4:19 (18-20) – Follow Christ
Matthew 5:6 (5-7) – Hunger for Righteousness
Matthew 5:11 (10-12) – Persecution
Matthew 5:44 (43-45) – Love your enemies
Matthew 6:6 (5-7) – Prayer
Matthew 9:37 (36-38) – Laborers
Matthew 23:11 (10-12) – Spiritual coldness
Matthew 28:19 (18-20) – Make disciples
Romans 1:16 (15-17) – Not ashamed of the Gospel
Romans 1:22 (21-23) – Becoming fools
Romans 6:13 (12-14) – Offer your bodies to God
Romans 8:34 (33-35) – We are not under condemnation
Romans 12:15 (14-16) – Empathy
Romans 15:2 (1-3) – Build others up
Galatians 4:2 (1-3) – Humility
Galatians 4:30 (29-31) – Do not grieve the Holy Spirit
Galatians 6:2 (1-3) – Carry each others burdens
Galatians 6:8 (7-9) – What you sow, you reap

Have an awesome day, trusting that God’s Word (ALL of it) is the WORD OF GOD.

Don’t be put off from sharing God’s Good News with folks, even the ones that will not listen, those ‘red-herrings’ can be God sent, because God’s planning and timing is PERFECT.

Don.

P.S. We go out every week to share the Gospel (Good News of Jesus) with people on the Streets and Door-to-Door in West Norwood, London. If you’d like training in personal evangelism or just to sharpen up a bit, then why not join us? We’d love to help many other Christian to learn to share the good news the way that Jesus did. Just drop us a line: dondavisuk@gmail.com or contact us through St Luke’s Church Facebook Page: or Don’s Facebook Page.

Looking forward to hearing what you think about these messages.

Don.

Premier Christian News:

Half of Christian teenagers don’t read Bible more than once a month

Wed 22 Jul 2015

By Marcus Jones

Fifty per cent of young people who identify as Christians don’t read their Bible more than once a month.

New research published by Premier Youthwork Magazine has found just one in three read it a couple of times a week or more.

What was also revealed was that teenagers pray far more regularly than they read the Bible.

Writing in this month’s edition, London youth worker Mark Walley looked at other stats which show young people overwhelming see having a regular experience of God an important part of their faith.

He wrote: “When held together with the fact that young people expressed a strong desire to experience God in their churches, something seems amiss.

“Because the thing is, there is a link between the discipline of Bible reading and the experience of God. One of the main day to day ways you experience God is through reading the Bible.”

Premier Bible Reading.

 

The Dangers of Desiring Wealth

The Deceitfulness of Wealth

Daily Spirit & Word: 529: The Dangers of Desiring Wealth.

And The Biblical Secret of Contentment.

Good morning my friends. It’s FRIDAY: Praise the LORD Sunday’s Coming. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I’m going to share a teaching (Doctrine) from God’s Word today, that you will not hear or read about very often in society, in the world, in schools or colleges or even, sadly, in churches. Because it seems the whole world is given over to the pursuit of WEALTH. However, today we’ll see that far from giving us the freedom and peace and joy that it promises, God shows us today that it’s a deadly trap that will ultimately destroy us; IF we fall into it.

Instead of God’s teaching you’ll encounter endless messages encouraging people and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ alike to sow a seed and reap a harvest of wealth. Messages that foster a hunger for wealth and financial security and prosperity. My friends, we must first recognise a truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew 8:20 (NIV) Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

I.E. Christ, whilst He was on the Earth possessed nothing. When He departed this life on earth to enter into Heaven, He left no great fortune behind, apart from a wealth of teaching entrusted to His Disciples that would transform the world.

But this teaching from God’s Word today will highlight or put a spotlight upon the very obvious dangers and terrors that await those who fall into the deadly, harmful and hurtful traps and snares set from them regarding the desire to get rich, be rich and stay rich.

Bible Focus:

1 Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
8  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
9  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
10  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. “

LACK OF CONTENTMENT:

First of all, If we start desiring to get rich, we’re showing or exhibiting a deep lack of contentment with our life. Also there will be an accompanying and steady decline in godliness (righteousnes, god-likenes, Christ-likeness).

As soon as we begin to desire wealth, to acquire more than we need, we’re on the slippery-slope into the traps set for the foolish people who’re unaware of what’s happening to them. The desire for wealth is a deadly deception. The ultimate end of those who continue on it’s pathway is a wandering from the faith and an even deeper discontentment in life. Don’t let SATAN or your own FLESH and the examples in the WORLD deveive you my friends.

Focus Verse: Verse 9:

I want to focus upon this verse today because the LORD has put it on my heart to show me what life is like for those who want to BE RICH and that I must STOP wanting more than I need:

“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge (Baptize) men into ruin and destruction.” 1 Tim 6:9

 

What does the verse mean by “RICH”?

It is that position in life where we’ve got much more than we actually need to survive and thrive in this world. 

We’re DECEIVED into believing that RICH people are happy people:

  • They’ve got everything they need and more besides.
  • They’ve got freedom to do what they want, when they want.
  • They can have the best food money can buy.
  • They can have luxury furniture in their homes.
  • They can build a house to suit their particular desires or wants in life.
  • They can travel all over the world for pure enjoyment.
  • They don’t have to struggle in life.
  • They can stay in bed all day, every day if they want to.
  • They can afford the best doctors and medical treatments.
  • They’ve got it all COVERED.
  • They don’t have to worry about paying for the mortgage or rent.

“Oh” we think to ourselves, “They must be sooooo happy” and “How I’d like to be RICH like that”. Do you remember the pop-song in the 80s “I want your money, that’s what I want, I WANT YOUR MONEY” Well we don’t really want their money, we want the LIFE that we think money can buy, am I right?

Being rich is living is a state where we’ve got more than our necessary needs: If we’ve got food, clothes and a roof over our heads, then we’ve got what we NEED to enjoy life and be completely content. What more do we really need besides that? God is indicating that those who’re walking with Jesus will be completely content with having; food and clothing. I would add, because of our climate here in the UK, shelter, but the Bible tells us to add nothing to scripture or to take away from scripture; so let’s let it stand as it is: “Food & Clothing”… We’ve got ALL we need to survive and the freedom to be content.

WANTING TO GET RICH?: What does God say?

When we’re wanting / desiring to get rich we’re showing that God’s plan for us is not enough, we want more than our necessary needs. That’s the sin of greed my friends.

When people get more than they need what do they tend to do with it? They’ll waste it on more things they don’t really need. When people have got much more than they need, they’ll waste it on even bigger things than they could ever really need.

When people have got more than they need, they’ll also STORE IT UP, because they can’t use it all, the’ll find places to store it: Property, Investments, Insurances Schemes.

They’ll have private swimming pools: What’s that all about? They don’t want to share their water with the crowds, so they’ll build one just for them and their family. Instead, that money could be given to people who don’t have enough food or clothing.

They’ll have LuXury transport: More than they actually need, bigger, better looking cars. They’ve moved beyond practicality to beauty and style and elegance. It’s a way of showing off to the world that they’ve got LOTS of MONEY. Having flashy cars is a way of displaying opulence (Having more than you need and rubbing it in the faces of those who don’t).

What does our verse call that?

A FALL into Temptation.

It’s not like normal temptation; temptation is where you’re tempted to do or think something, but you have an ability to resist it. But when we’re desiring to get rich, we’re FALLING INTO TEMPTATION. What the passage is telling us is this my friends; when we’re tempted to get rich, we’re falling out of control, like a sky-diver who’s left the safety of the plan and plunged into the air with nothing at all to grab hold of. Or like a man out walking in the woods who’s fallen into a bear-pit once you’ve stumbled by “Desiring to get rich” your falling, falling, falling my friends.

But where do you fall into?

“Fall into temptation and a TRAP”

A trap is something you cannot escape from. You can’t get out of a trap. Picture a little rabbit caught with a snare around it’s little feet, there’s nothing the rabbit can do to escape. It tries with all it’s might and strength to get free, but it’s doomed for the dinner plate. Desiring to get rich is a a DEADLY TRAP my friends. Wanting more than you need will imprison you. Jesus said that when we LOVE money we’re serving a different MASTER: A Master is someone who’s got control of us. We’re definitely trapped when we desire to be rich.

“Fall into temptation and a trap and MANY FOOLISH AND HARMFUL DESIRES”

When you want to get rich you’re not just falling into the trap your also falling into many foolish and harmful desires. What are the desires of the rich? The foolish and harmful desires? Once you let go of God and fall into the traps of the rich, your desires will change. You’ll no longer want what God wants.

One of the foolish things about the RICH is an even bigger lack of contentment. When they get rich they’ll be looking for places to store their wealth. Because they’ve got much more than they need they will require somewhere safe to keep it from people who have nothing. So they’ll invest it in a Bank or in Shares or in Property: What does that produce? More MONEY, more to be worried about. So their treasure chest will get bigger and bigger and bigger, they’ll be more worried about their money than anything else in life. Why? Because they ‘rely’ on that money to keep them in luxury. Money becomes their god in whom they trust. But it’s also a Master and the Master’s Desires must be obeyed: So desiring to get rich is a form of idolatry. A desire to be trapped and tempted and kept in it’s grip. You’ll never be content when you get rich, because it will never be enough:

Harmful Desires: They’ll be so discontented that they’ll begin to desire the NEW THINGS. Having the novelties in life, the new things, the newest things. The sad thing about that is that once you’ve got the new thing, it’s no longer new and so the foolish thing, the trap is that you’ll be on a continuous cycle of buying novelty, but after a few days it’s novelty wears off and we want more. This is a total DISSATISFACTION with the tinngs in life. I watched a TV show the other day, about an Auction House in London, and the clients let the TV cameras into their homes and lives. Some of those people had so much, but they just wanted more, better, bigger glittering things. One lady said, “I saw it, so I just had to have it”….

PLUNGE INTO RUIN AND DESTRUCTION:

“Fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish and harmful desires THAT PLUNGE MEN INTO RUIN AND DESTRUCTION.”

What a powerful sentence of the bible this is: PLUNGE: The word for plunge is, BAPTISED. Look at the King James rendering of this same verse for a moment:

1 Timothy 6:9 (KJV) “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

It’s literally like drowning in the foolish and hurtful lusts of the flesh. You can’t breath when you’re drowning.

We always think the opposite of this verse don’t we? When people loose a great fortune, they often say, “I’m ruined”, but the reality is that they’ve just got their complete FREEDOM back again. Because the desire for wealth or to be rich is to be DROWNED and DESTROYED and RUINED.

We think that being RICH is such a noble thing to desire, but the reality is that God wants us to be free from the foolishness and the deceitfulness of wealth and the destructive things that come with being rich.

“THE DESIRE FOR WEALTH IS A DEADLY DECEPTION”

When you came into this world, you were naked, needed help, nourishment, warmth and care. Without this you wouldn’t have survived through infancy. As a toddler, your parents or guardians cared for you, provided for your need because you couldn’t; and you survived your toddler stage. As a youngster and teenager you were beginning to learn that you needed to work in order to benefit in this world, but still your loved ones provided for your needs. As an adult, you began to work and hopefully you’ve become convinced that God cares for your EVERY need in life: He provides for you in this world, so that you’ll always have just enough.

MONEY IS NOT EVIL:

Jesus didn’t say “money is evil”. It’s the LOVE of Money. When we’re desiring to ‘be rich’, we’re desiring to be independent of God or self-reliant or money-reliant. It’s then that money becomes our master, that’s when Jesus declared the following;

Matthew 6:19 (KJV) “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:”
Matthew 6:24 (KJV) “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

If we’re in love with being rich and having more, we’re revealing a deep discontentment with our walk with Jesus. Our life is NOT full and abundant the way that Jesus wants. We need to get a reality check, a Biblical reality check on the condition of our hearts today. If you secretly or openly desire to be rich then you have already begun to fall my friends. Cry out and Jesus will SAVE you, Cry out before it’s too late.

God is not foolish with His wealth, He will never lavish wastefully upon you what you cannot possibly use for your needs and for His glory. Just like you, being a good parent, you wouldn’t give your child £/$10.000 pounds or dollars to visit a theme park or zoo. My friends, your Heavenly Father has promised to supply you with ALL that you need. But He’s encouraged each of us to seek as a much higher priority in our lives, His Kingdom, higher even than our own needs, because He’s showing us, He’s already taken care of them.

God isn’t saying it’s wrong to have things, but let’s just make certain that things haven’t gotten hold of us, that we’re not trapped by them. Could you give your stuff away? Could you give everything that you posses away to the poor who have nothing? Would you give it all away? That’s what Jesus encouraged a RICH young man to do in the Bible. Why? To show the man that he wasn’t as right with God as he thought he was. He was trusting in MONEY, but Jesus showed him that he needed to trust in God.

Your Heavenly Father LOVES YOU

He knows your needs and wants you to trust Him to meet them.

Matthew 7:7-11 7  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9  “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
11  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Desiring to be rich is to fall into a trap that will snare you in such a way that it will be almost impossible to get out of. But it’s possible for the LORD to save you. Be contented with what you have and give thanks for everything. Be grateful and generous and give away more that you think you can. You need very little to live the ABUNDANT life that Jesus promised. You will have: food, clothing and shelter, but more than that and YOU ARE RICH, so use your riches in service of the Kingdom.

“When you DESIRE to BE RICH, you are FALLING into a DEADLY TRAP

Repent of your foolish desires, you’ve been deceived if you are desiring to be rich. It’s a DEADLY trap my friends. I wouldn’t walk past anyone who’d fallen into a bear-trap, I’d reach in a pull them out, that’s what God is doing today: He’s pulling people out of the TRAP OR SNARE of the DESIRE to be RICH.

Call upon Jesus now and let go of that foolish desire.

After you’ve called you’ll find the freedom to be content with your life, your world and your future will be secure. TRUST HIM with your everything again today.

Seek to serve Him with the riches that He’s already lavished upon you and then you will be trusted with much more.

Don.

 

 

 

Disciples Prepared by Jesus for His Mission

Training and Discipline of the Lord Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word: Disciples Prepared by Jesus for His Mission.

40 Days With Jesus. Day 36: The Importance of Preparation.

Good morning my friends, today is Baptism Day: In two senses;

Baptism in Water for our Candidates who’ve been through the 40 Days of Preparation With Jesus. We’re thinking today on our course ’40 Days With Jesus’ :Day 36: The Importance of Preparation.

Baptism in The Holy Spirit: Today is Pentecost Sunday; the day the Church and Christians throughout the whole world will be celebrating the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. However, before that day arrived for the Disciples they had to undergo preparation by the Lord Jesus Christ. When He was satisfied they were ready, then He departed the earth and returned to Heaven, promising the next time they’d see Him on the Earth would be when He returns in all His Glory.

Why did Jesus ‘prepare’ them? You’ll know that whatever we do in life that has any value has a time of preparation connected with it. Schooling is preparation for meeting the world as an adult. Children spend every year of their lives from age 4 to age 18 in schools in the UK. It used to be age 16, but now they are required to remain in education for another two years. That’s 14 years of getting ready. Then some will go on for a few more years in further education establishments; College and University. Then there are other times of preparation in life: When a woman is about to have a baby, she’ll attend pre-natal classes, often with her husband, so she’ll know what to do and what to expect when the delivery day comes. Before people take a Driving Test these days, they are required to have undergone pre-test training. It was so easy years ago to get a driving license. You’d get a little booklet called the Highway Code, study it in your own time, take a few lessons, normally about 15 hours of driving with an experienced driver, then take the test. It’s not like that today it’s much more stringent and costly for people wanting to drive in the UK. But we all understand that we need to be PREPARED before we can say we’re qualified to do stuff: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen; Police, Firemen, Nurses, Doctors, etc all need to have both basic training and specialist training for their chosen sphere of service.

So if we do all that in ‘normal’ secular life, we shouldn’t be surprised that we need a time of preparation by the LORD before we’re ready to serve Him with our lives? Well that exactly what Jesus was doing with His own Disciples and what happens with Christians today; The LORD Himself takes us on a journey of preparation. It took the Disciples over three years of time with Jesus before He considered them ‘ready’. To me that’s a bit like getting a Degree. Before you finally get your Diploma at a ceremony marking the occasion, where people clap and acknowledge the hard work you’ve undergone. People say, “Oh, it’s only a piece of paper”, but if you’ve taken the time, done the reading and research and thinking and study, you know what that piece of paper signifies. So when the Disciples finally get to Pentecost and their DAY arrives with the Diploma of the HOLY SPIRIT, the SEAL of God’s Approval, they’d undergone so much in preparation before it happened. During these last few days with Jesus, the 40 days between His Resurrection from the Dead and Ascension into Heaven: it was like an intensive short-course of specialist training.

Let’s look at Scripture: Acts, Luke’s second book.

Acts 1:1-11 1  In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
2  until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
3  After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
4  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
5  For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.”
6  So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7  He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9  After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10  They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
11  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

So before He was “taken up before their very eyes”, Jesus had been getting them ready for what was about to come. It wasn’t just the Holy Spirit, Jesus knew they’d NEED more than the indwelling and Jesus always gives us what we NEED. Sometimes Jesus doesn’t give us what we want, but He’s always ready to give us what we need. Acts 1:1-3 highlights the ‘preparation’ of Jesus Disciples and reveals to us why He needed to be with them ‘many times’ during those 40 Days before the Ascension. They were about to get the SEAL, the Holy Spirit, which was God’s Power for God’s Mission to the ends of the earth: They had been selected to be Jesus’ Witnesses.

Get Ready For Your Next Breakthrough With Jesus

Have you ever thought about the word: “DISCIPLE”: Think about another word, ‘Discipline’ and you’ll understand what’s sometimes required in the making of a disciple.

Discipline Means: 

  1. A branch of knowledge.
  2. A system of rules of conduct or method of practice.
  3. The trait of being well behaved.
  4. Training to improve strength or self-control.
  5. The act of punishment or punishing.

Verb: Discipline Means:

  1. Develop (Children’s) behaviour, by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control.
  2. Punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience.

When you look back through Jesus time here on the earth, you’ll observe, especially thinking about how He was ‘training and disciplining His disciples, you’ll see that He employed all of the ABOVE. Also, God has promised to each and every one of us, that as a FATHER disciplines his own children so the LORD disciplines those who belong to the family of God.

Remember God’s Promises:

Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV) “My son, do not despise the LORD’S discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12  because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”

Proverbs 15:5 (NIV) “A fool spurns his father’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.”

How does He Discipline and Train and Get YOU Ready For His Mission?

Hebrews 12:1-6 1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
2  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4  In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5  And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6  because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.

My Friends: When we are going through the LORD’S Preparation: Discipline, Punishment, Rebuke, Correction, Training,  The Lord’s Discipline (sometimes it’s not pleasant and it hurts in so many ways), we must know and remember that He’s just getting us ready for something, for another aspect of service or specialist training for His purposes. When it gets hard like that, and it really does get hard sometimes, instead of falling away, ‘growing weary’ or ‘loosing heart’ as so many do, we should cling tighter to the Saviour of our souls, focus our attention upon the Lord Jesus Christ again, run with perseverance the race marked out for us, and submit afresh to the Holy Spirit and know that He’s only doing it because He loves us as our HEAVENLY FATHER. He knows what we need to develop our character and make us fit for service in His Kingdom.

Remember Jesus was; gentle, meek and mild, but He was also quite strong and stern when He needed to be, when He was rebuking Peter and the other Disciples when they didn’t quite grasp what He was trying to teach them. Nobody likes to think of their precious Lord Jesus in that way, but we mustn’t paint a picture in our mind of a God that we want, that’s idolatry (IDOLATRY = making a god to suit ourselves or our desires), we must accept God completely as He has revealed Himself to be throughout Scripture: He is a Father who’s loving, kind, generous, gentle, patient and forgiving, encouraging and strengthening, but He’s also the LORD of Heaven who requires certain standards of behaviour, honesty, self-discipline, professionalism, and when we fall-short, because we’re His ambassadors and we’re His specially selected children, He’ll come and make His desires and ways known to those He loves and rebukes and corrects and trains in RIGHTEOUSNESS.

It’s difficult for followers of Jesus to discern sometimes, to know where the hardships or troubles are coming from: It’s either the LORD or SATAN; It’s either Discipline or Attack.

The Scriptures speak of three major categories of “trouble” for the believer:

  1. Discipline, judgment, or rebuke from the Lord;
  2. Tests, trials, and suffering from the Lord;
  3. Temptations or afflictions and attacks from Satan.

Knowing the PURPOSE:

God wants us to grow and flourish and be fruitful. So He’ll prune like a gardener does, to make things even more fruitful.

Satan wants to destroy us, to make us stumble and fall and even to hate God.

What’s Happening In Your Life Right NOW?

It may be the Lord is getting you ready for a breakthrough in ministry as He was the Disciples.

It may be that He’s just refining your character a bit.

It might be that Satan can see you are becoming a threat to his purposes of destruction.

Whatever it might be let’s do what God’s Word encourages us; Accept the Lord’s Discipline and Resist the Devil’s attacks with God’s armour in place.

Hebrews 12:9-11 (NIV)
9  Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10  Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

The Bible has so much to say about the Lord’s Discipline and Training in Righteousness: Bear this in mind:

Romans 11:11-24 11  Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.
12  But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fulness bring!
13  I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry
14  in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.
15  For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
16  If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17  If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,
18  do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
19  You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.”
20  Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.
21  For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22  Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.
23  And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
24  After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

The word I’m getting today about all of this is: REPENT. Turn again to the Lord, no matter what kind of trail, suffering, sickness or trouble; ask the Lord to show you if you’ve wandered away, fallen short or not been listening to what He’s been telling you to do; like Jonah who refused the Lord’s call to mission. He’s always getting you ready for the next great thing in your life and in His Divine plan. Submit therefore to the LORD. He’s delivering you from the darkness into the light, into something much better.

Job 36:15 (NIV) “But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.”

Get Ready For Your Next Breakthrough With Jesus

Have an awesome Sunday: Pray for our Candidates who’ve been prepared by the LORD for this day.

Praise the Lord for His goodness, kindness and love. But also welcome the Lord’s discipline that you can be trained and encouraged and strengthened by it.

Don.

 

 

A Word In Season

Daily Spirit & Word, 462: A Word In Season.

Bible Memorisation: Benefit #7 Usefulness in the Kingdom of God.

Good morning my friends, it’s a cold, wet March morning here in London, but I’m back in the study ready to praise and worship the Lord. Today we’re on the final Benefit of Bible Memorisation, but I thought it good to just remind ourselves of what we’ve looked at so far;

  • Benefit #1: Goodness comes from the Good you store up in your heart.
  • Benefit #2: Knowing How to Use the Sword: God’s Word. And the benefit of the Helmet of Salvation.
  • Benefit #3: Knowing God’s Word Gives Believers True Hope and Peace For Times of Despair.
  • Benefit #4: Divine Expectations: Eating not for one or two but for thousands of souls.
  • Benefit #5: It’s an Anchor for the Soul: Fastened to the Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Benefit #6: We’re only as strong as our weakest link: In the Chain that leads to the Anchor.

Now we come onto the Seventh Benefit: But to be honest, I could think of Seven Hundred Benefits of Storing God’s Word in your heart 🙂 However, Seven gives us something manageable.

 Benefit #7: You’ll Be Useful in the Service of the Kingdom: A Word in Season.

Since I’ve been a very young Christian, I’ve gotten into the habit of getting up early to spend time with my Lord Jesus. I do that because I’m a weak Christian and I know how much I need the Lord every day. I also do it because since 1984 I’ve gotten to know the Lord and how His Word impacts my life and the life of others around about me. He gives me words in season, it’s like everything that happens, every conversation or event is filtered through God’s Word. He brings to mind the right word when it’s needed. He also reveals His secrets to those who love Him; His friends. It’s such a privilege and a joy to be used by the Lord to help others into His Kingdom and to build others up whose flame is flickering in the winds of trouble and hardship.

You too will be useful in the service of the Kingdom when you store up God’s Word in your heart, He’ll give you a Word in Season for others too. Don’t underestimate how POWERFUL knowing God’s Word can be. I remember reading a book by Jack Deere “Surprised by the voice of the Spirit”… He was a wonderful man of God, highly educated and knew the Bible inside-out, but one day he was given the task of taking Sunday School, He thought with all his Bible knowledge it would be a breeze, he’d be able to answer any of the children’s questions. Well it didn’t go quite like that, because the children asked practical questions about why God did stuff and why He allowed certain things; Jack was stumped and went home and repented of his pride and arrogance. He asked the Lord to help him to be better equipped to assist the children, then came the voice of the Spirit.

Once, years later he was in his office at Theological College, and a student came into the office who’d been struggling with his course work. When Jack looked at him he got a picture of a banner over his head with the word; “Pornography” written upon it. Jack had gained wisdom from years of spending time in God’s Word, in prayer and knowing Jesus, and he knew enough not to just blurt it out. He asked the student if he was struggling with things? He said in a hushed voice, “Yes Professor Jack”… Jack said, “Is there anything blocking your access to Jesus?” (or something like that) The student blurted it all out, his struggles with pornography etc through tears the student repented and turned again to the Lord.

My friends, you’ll get words from the Lord in Season; A few weeks ago a woman in our fellowship was given a word from the Lord; “Let the children worship”: We thought we were quite good at being inclusive in our worship times, but we were neglecting the children’s full involvement in every aspect of our gatherings. So we’ve repented and we’re encouraging the kids who come regularly, who love the Lord, to be involved in prayers, Bible reading, singing and playing instruments: not just a All Age Worship Services, but every week. The Word: “Suffer little children to come unto me, and do not hinder them, for their’s is the Kingdom of Heaven”.  Praise the Lord for His WORDS in Season and for giving us ears to hear.

Here’s the WORD for today;

Isaiah 50:4-7  “The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. 5  The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back. 6  I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 7  Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.”

Can you recognise who Isaiah is talking about? It is of course a prophetic word about the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember how he was mocked, spat upon, beaten etc… Yet those words are also prophetically true for every single BELIEVER who trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ. How? Well the Lord will awaken you in the mornings, He’ll awaken you and give you an ear to listen, like one being taught. You’ll learn from the LORD Himself as you set your face like flint to serve the Lord God Almighty with your life. The more you store God’s Word in your heart and life, the more He’ll use you in the Service of His Kingdom.

Getting God’s Word Inside Your Head: Means taking time to be with the Lord, in His Word, in Prayer, in Praise, in the Spirit. Once you’ve started, you’ll never want to stop, because you’ll see quickly how the Lord will use you for service in His Kingdom.

Yes my friends, by getting to know the Lord and His Word you are useful for Service in God’s Kingdom, but how?

It will keep you; Pure, you’ll have the ready sword of the Lord, you’ll remain fixed to the Anchor the Lord Jesus Christ, because you’ll always be aware of your need for Him. You’ll experience His hope and peace in times of despair. He’ll fill your heart with Divine Expectations that you’ll want and know how much God wants all people to come to know Him as you do, you’ll be filled with His compassion and love for all people, you’ll be transformed into the likeness of God’s Son Jesus Christ daily as you come to Him in His Word. You CAN do it! Begin today!

 Matthew 6:33 Kingdom Service. Seek First The Kingdom of God.

The LORD know ALL of your needs my friends, but He’s commanded us to seek first His Kingdom. To put it in first priority order in our lives and then He’ll give us everything else that we need to survive. He’ll also reveal to you the secrets of the Kingdom.

Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. 29  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 Is God’s Kingdom First Priority in your life today?

God bless and have a great day with the Lord. Keep singing and praising Him all day long.

My song that’s been in my head since I woke up is, “I’ve got Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, deep in my heart. Deeep in my heart, Deep in my heart…” 🙂 I’m praising the Lord now.

Don.

 

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The Bible Memory Training Course

Many people tell me; “Oh I’ve got a bad memory, I can’t retain facts, it’s too hard to commit to memory” etc, etc… But I can prove very quickly that no matter how old you are, you’ve got a wonderfully functioning memory. It’s a gift from Father God who made you.

 

  1. A) You can remember you house number right? How did you learn that? You know where the number is on the door or gate of your house. You can see the number in your head and you’ve probably touched it and remember what it feels like. That’s HOW we begin to train ourselves to remember the Bible.
  2. B) You can remember all your brothers and sisters, your children and grandchildren’s names can’t you? Yes because you’ve built up a moving picture of them in your mind. You can see them running, smiling, and saying stuff to you. You know them and can see them and you remember their names. If you use your imagination you even know what they smell like. That’s how we can train our minds to remember anything.
  3. C) You can remember, sometimes where you parked your car? LOL. I know, I even forget where I parked if I’m in deep conversation with someone, we seem to go into automatic and close the door and walk away and immediately forget what floor of the car park we were on. But when you take time to take note, you’ll find your car instantly.
  4. D) You don’t need to write a single thing down again, shopping lists can be a thing of the past. For years I’ve been able to instantly recall lists of upto 50 or 100 things, it’s just training and practice. I learned an awesome little technique that we’re going to share with everybody soon on our little Bible Memory Course.

However, when I’m attending a lecture or a seminar, I always take notes. It helps me to think through what the speaker is saying and aids recall later, but once I’ve learned something, it seems to stay with me forever.

It doesn’t require endless repetition of verses over and over again. After a while, you’ll be able to commit verses to memory quickly and it will take a fraction of a second to review those verses. Our minds are not limited by time, we can instantly recall facts, times, dates, numbers and names. Even quicker than Google 🙂 You’ll never forget your first day at Secondary School or your first date with a boy or girl? You can see their faces and remember their smile and the perfume they wore? Why? Because they were SIGNIFICANT events in your life. Now all you have to do is train your brain to make everything you want to remember just as significant. It’s easy and once you begin to see the benefits of having a trained memory, you’ll never look back.

 

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