The Power of Your LOVE

fulfilling the Great Commission requires our faithful obedience to the Greatest Commandment

Daily Spirit & Word: 782: The POWER of Your LOVE.

Don’t Forget To Love God.

Good morning my friends, it’s been a while since I’ve seen this so clearly, but our compassion for others, the way we can really love them like Jesus does, will flow from our relationship of love for God.

Jesus did give us the GREAT COMMISSION, but He also gave us the GREATEST COMMANDMENT:

In the one, the great commission, we’re to go into all the world and share the Gospel (Good News about Jesus) and lead others to faith and trust in Him and become Disciples who are committed to following the teachings of Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
18  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

However, long before Jesus gave the Great Commission, he gave us the Greatest Commandment;

Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV) The Greatest Commandment.
36  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37  Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38  This is the first and greatest commandment.
39  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
40  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

When we love God like that: with all our heart, soul and mind, then we’re ready for the second part of the Greatest Commandment; “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

The one flows from the other; love for God and love for others will enable us to fulfill the Great Commission.

Also it’s a corrective: Because if we’re trying to fulfil the Great Commission from any other motive than that of LOVE (For God first and others second), we’ll be making some big mistakes.

I’ve known some Evangelists who only seemed to be out to win NUMBERS: i.e. large numbers of people to Christ. Of course we should all want to see thousands respond the Gospel message, but if our whole mindset is a numbers game, then something is missing; it’s LOVE that matters most. When we love God and others, we’ll have a passion for God and a deep compassion for others.

LOVE for God and others will enable us to fulfill the Great Commission with the right motives. 

Our reason / motivation for going and sharing the Gospel is that others might be; set free from sin, experience the love of Jesus in their lives, know the gift of faith and be transformed by the Holy Spirit and receive the New Life in Christ: That’s a LOVE motivation. Filled with a compassion for souls we’ll also warn them of the dangers to come at the judgement. Without a deep love for God and others we’ll probably not be moved to share the whole Gospel message.

Last night at the prayer meeting, we couldn’t pray as usual because a soul needed to be ministered to. It was strange because only a very few people had turned up, but in the end I could see that the LORD had a plan in that. If more people had come, we would probably have missed an opportunity to minister to that one soul that needed to hear this message; “God loves you”… “His love for you is unconditional”… It was also strange, because we were reading from Acts 3 when Peter and John went to the Temple at 3.00pm in the afternoon to pray, but on the way they met a man who needed to be ministered to. “Silver and Gold we don’t have”… He was healed and he went jumping and leaping and praising God. They were on their way to pray, but ministered along the way.

My friends, we just don’t know when the LORD is going to provide Ministry opportunities. However, you’ll begin to see them more clearly when you’ve got a passionate love for God and a love for others, then that will fill you with a much deeper compassion for souls.

This world is crying out loud for souls that are set on fire with a passionate love for God and others.

I don’t know about you, but I find this challenging and encouraging: I know that I’ve got to love God and that when I do I’ll be able to love others, now all I need is to draw nearer to the Lord Jesus. However, I’m also aware that many are not aware of just how much Jesus love them. My friends you need to hear this today: “Jesus LOVES you!” I’ll say it again, “Jesus LOVES you!” Once we really know just how much Jesus loves us, we’ll draw near to God in full assurance of faith and pour out our love to Him.

Prayer: O Lord Jesus Christ, I know that you love me, and that you want me to love God completely, wholeheartedly, and love others as much as I love myself. Fill me afresh with you Holy Spirit today, that I might be enabled to LOVE that way. And so fulfil both the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission.  Amen.

Praise: The POWER of Your LOVE: (I’m moved by the Lord to sing this song this morning: If you can join in with the sining).

The POWER of Your LOVE.

Lord I come to You
Let my heart be changed, renewed
Flowing from the grace
That I’ve found in You
Lord I’ve come to know
The weaknesses I see in me
Will be stripped away
By the power of Your love.

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love.

Lord unveil my eyes,
Let me see You face to face,
The knowledge of Your love,
As You live in me.
Lord renew my mind,
As Your will unfolds in my life,
In living every day,
By the power of Your love.

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me.
Bring me near,
Draw me to Your side.
And as I wait,
I’ll rise up like the eagle.
And I will soar with You,
Your Spirit leads me on,
By the power of Your love.

The Great Commission and The Greatest Commandment Go Hand-in-Hand: The one without the other is useless. If we LOVE God, then we’ll LOVE others and SHARE the Gospel. Amen!

Have an awesome day with Jesus, full of love and zeal for Him, full of love and compassion for others, Amen.

Don.

 

Helping The BLIND to SEE and The Deaf to HEAR

The Blind and Deaf need our Compassion and Kindness, a miracle so they can see and hear their NEED of Jesus Christ

Daily Spirit & Word: 734: The FISHERMAN’S MIRACLE.

When The Fish Jump INTO the Boat.

 

How does SIN Separate Mankind from God?

People are BLIND = Cannot immediately see their need of Jesus.

People are DEAF = Cannot HEAR when you tell them the Good News.

Need to be shown HOW they’ve become SEPARATED from God.

Good morning my friends, we’ve got a wonderful thing happens once a month in West Norwood: The West Norwood Feast. It’s a GOLDEN Opportunity for us as Christians, to build significant and purposeful relationships with our community. We’ve been commanded by the LORD himself to GO into the world to share the good news, that’s brilliant and so many of us are being obedient to that command here in St Luke’s, in many different ways. However, once a month we don’t really need to go out and go fishing, because it’s like the FISHERMAN’S MIRACLE, the fish are jumping into the boat, i.e. The Community is coming to us.

When we don't need to go fishing
Fish Jump into The Boat

 

THE FISH ARE JUMPING INTO THE BOAT

A TRUTH We’ve Discovered:

94% of people want to go to Heaven.

How have we discovered this TRUTH? Because every week we go out into the streets and engage with people who don’t go to church, and we ask this question: “Do you believe in Heaven?”

Another TRUTH:

They want to go to Heaven on their own terms, i.e. without the NEED of being religious.

How do we know? Because we ask them, “Do you think you’ll get into Heaven when you die?”

Again 100% of people, who believe in heaven, HOPE they’ll get in, and 94% think they’ll be good enough for heaven.

Most say things like this:

  • “You don’t need to go to church to be a “good” person.”
  • “You don’t need to be a religious person to get into Heaven, you just need to be good”.
  • “If there is a God, then He’d be a good God and let people into Heaven”.

This my friends, is the ‘religion’ of the vast majority of people in the world.

They believe in a god that will let anyone into heaven, regardless of how they’ve lived their lives, because most of the time, they’ve been good, i.e. Their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds. So they’ll be good enough for heaven when they die.

They don’t know it, but in believing this, they’ve broken the Second Commandment: They’ve made a god to suit themselves, which is Idolatry. Because their god is not the God of the Bible: It’s a world-wide man-made god. Their god is tollerant of sin and will allow the sinful to get into Heaven. However, we know that they don’t know or understand that God is Holy, Righteous and Good.

WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW OR UNDERSTAND:

My friends, most people don’t know or understand this truth; “How sin actually separates mankind from God”. (or more pointedly, how their own sin has separated them from God forever and forfeited all hope of heaven).

They are convinced of their own goodness in God’s sight. It’s like they are wearing: Dark Glasses and Sound Excluding Headphones. (i.e. they won’t see and can’t hear: The Bible says, they are BLIND and DEAF: DEAD in their transgressions and sins).

So like the miracle of the BLIND man being healed and the DEAF man being able to hear, we need a way to ENABLE them to see and hear this truth.

First: Let’s Check Your Own Compassion Level:

You are out having a picnic at Beachy Head: (Beautiful White Cliffs & Lovely Green Grass): You are sitting eating your sandwiches and drinking your juice. You notice a BLIND MAN: He’s walking along towards the edge of the cliff tops, tapping his white stick. Oh and by the way, he’s wearing PINK Headphones.

If you were watching a Blind Man walking along with big pink headphones on his head, tapping his way with a white-stick towards a three hundred foot cliff, blissfully unaware of where he’s heading, what would you do? WHAT WOULD YOU DO? You know that if he keeps going he’s going to tumble over the edge and die. What would you do?

(BTW: Josie Nystrom: Thank’s for being prepared to act this out in church on Sunday: You are a STAR).

That’s right, YOU’VE GOT COMPASSION, you would run as fast as you could and grab hold of the blind man and stop him in his tracks.

  • Shouting at him wouldn’t work, because he can’t hear you.
  • Showing him the cliff won’t work, because he can’t see the danger. 

So you’d just grab hold of him.

Your NORMAL human compassion kicks-in and you act automatically to stop anyone from falling to their death: right?

Firstly: For you to be able to LEAD people to Jesus from today onwards, I’m going to explain what happened in the Garden of Eden. How mankind, because of Adam’s sin, got separated from God, and remained separated until God came down to the Earth in Jesus and made it possible for us to come back into Heaven (Paradise, The Garden of Eden)  and be with Him again.

Secondly, God has given us a WAY to GRAB PEOPLE: Hold them and show them their DANGER.

Thirdly: Have COMPASSION: Remember, they are BLIND and DEAF: The People of this World who don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord: They can’t see and they can’t hear so they don’t KNOW the Danger they are in.

We KNOW that if they were to die in their sins, they’d face God on Judgement day and be sent to Hell.

Surely we’ve got the same kind of COMPASSION for the lost souls of this world as we have for a blind man walking towards the edge of a cliff?

Listen to your NORMAL Human Compassion and think about their ETERNAL Destiny.

The GARDEN of Eden Explained:

(How SIN Separates Mankind from God). 

To Demonstrate: I need: an Adam, an Eve, God and the Serpent (Devil). (Demonstrate Physically). A fruit tree and an apple (piece of fruit). Light Sabre: Flaming Sword. & Jesus. An Cherub and someone to be Jesus.

Read Genesis Chapter 3. Genesis 3.

(Act it out: Demonstrate HOW Mankind Got Separated From God).

  • God said, “Don’t touch or eat or you will die”:
  • Eve was tempted first, then gave some to Adam.
  • They hid themselves, because they KNEW they were NAKED.
  • God came looking for them. (He knew what they’d done, but wanted to confront them with the truth).
  • Eve blamed the Serpent (Satan).
  • Adam blamed both God and his wife.
  • God banished them all from the Garden of Eden.
  • Put flaming swords in the way… (Question: Why did God put a flaming sword between mankind and Eden? Answer: Because man wants to get Eternal Life without going to God).

What is SIN?

1 John 3:4 (NIV) “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”

Another translation of the Greek says; “Sin is TRANSGRESSION of The Law”…

The LAW spoken of in the verse above is The Commandments of God. When we sin we break God’s Law. The punishment for breaking God’s law is DEATH and Banishment from God’s presence or access to the tree of life. (Example: See Adam and Eve in Genesis 3)…

What Is The Punishment For SIN?

The Bible tells us: “The soul that sins it shall die” Ezekiel 18:20.

And: “The Wages of sin is DEATH”… Romans 6:23.

A person who sins is acting as if there are no commandments, i.e. without any laws. Or as if God has not said that it’s wrong.

This is a perfect picture of what life is getting like in our world today, people doing whatever they like, as if there is no moral law against it or as if God had not declared in the Commandments: You shall not steal, you shall not lie, you shall not covet, you shall not….

When Adam sinned the whole human race became infected with SIN. It’s in our blood, our nature and our character. We sin from early years all the way through our life. Every day we sin in some way. In our natural born state as human beings, we are sinful. King David said, “I was sinful from birth”… When was the first time in your own life that you became aware of your own sinful condition? For me it was when my brother and I stole some lead. We both knew we were doing wrong, then it was stealing sweets from Woolworths. When we stole those sweets we blamed Woolworths for making it so tempting, by putting them right next to the exit doors. Just because we were tempted to steal, it was our own greed that was driving us, not Woolworths placement of those sweets. One act of stealing, in God’s eyes, makes me and my brother into thieves. We are guilty of stealing. The punishment for sin: is death, because we’re guilty of offending God, not Woolworths. Whenever we sin, our conscience is crying out to us to STOP: But we ignore our own, God given, Conscience. Over time, with repeated offences the conscience gets quieter and quieter until it becomes almost undetectable by our soul. It’s like our conscience becomes seared or dies. However, a miracle can happen, we can have our conscience re-awakened and revived, by Hearing God’s LAW. Suddenly when we hear the Ten Commandments the Conscience comes back to life again and warns us of the impending dangers of our sinful actions, thoughts and choices.

What’s The Cure For SIN?

God came down in Jesus to rescue us from Satan, Sin and Death, Eternal Separation from God in Hell. (Hell is God’s place of banishment for rebellion against Him. Away from God’s presence for all eternity is going to be terrible, all you need to do to know what it’s like is read or listen to the words of Jesus on the subject).

  • But BECAUSE of HIS LOVE: God so loved everyone in the world, He doesn’t want a single soul to perish forever in Hell. So that’s why Jesus came to die in our place upon the Cross.
  • Forgiveness for our sinful rebellion is possible. It’s free for us, but it cost God dearly.

Question: How can we GRAB HOLD of the Blind and Deaf?

  • They can’t see.
  • They won’t hear.

Satan has both blinded them and made them deaf to the Gospel. (i.e. those who’ve never repented and trusted in Jesus).

2 Corinthians 4:3-5 (NIV) They Can’t SEE.
3  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. (They are Blind)
4  The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
5  For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.

Matthew 13:14-15 (NIV) They Can’t SEE or HEAR.
14  In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ” ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15  For this people’s heart has become calloused (hard); they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn (Repent), and I would heal (Forgive and Cleanse) them.’

Thankfully God has given us a WAY:

It is POSSIBLE: To open blind eyes and unblock deaf ears.

With two great tools: To open eyes, unblock ears and in the process to soften hard-hearts.

1) The Conscience: God given moral compass. (Some people’s conscience is dead, but we can bring it back to life again).

2) The Commandments: God has written these upon their hearts. (They KNOW the truth deep down inside their souls).

With these two great Spiritual weapons, we can enable the blind unbeliever to see and the deaf rebel to hear. We can grab hold of them and stop them falling over the deadly cliff of death into the pit of eternal Hell.

Their own Conscience will bear witness to the TRUTH within their hearts. It will do so long after we’ve finished talking with them. Because, with the help of the Holy Spirit (Who’s job it is to bring conviction of sin), they’ll be brought out of the darkness into the light of understanding.

John 16:8 (NIV) “When he (Holy Spirit) comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:”

Only the Holy Spirit can bring conviction of sin. All we have to do is get people’s hearts ready for the Holy Spirit to do His work. He’s already bringing conviction upon many people in the world today, because you’ll have been praying for them before you even go and speak to them.

God has chosen you and me, those who believe in Jesus Christ, to work with Him (Holy Spirit) in bringing the world to faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Here’s HOW Jesus did it: It’s called THE WAY OF THE MASTER.

OPENING UP THE COMMANDMENTS:

(Practically Grabbing Hold of the Blind and Deaf Before they fall into Eternity).

Here is explained HOW to use God’s two great tools to bring people out of the darkness into the light.

Start where people are: That’s what Jesus did.

They (most of them) all want to go to Heaven.

Ask them, “Are you or Do you think you are good enough for heaven?”

Most will think they are or hope they are good enough.

Ask, “Have you heard of God’s Ten Commandments?” Even if they haven’t heard them, they are written upon their hearts anyway, so their conscience will remind them.

Ask, “Do you think you’ve kept those Commandments?”… Most think they have.

Begin by asking, “Have you ever told a lie?” Explain that a liar can’t get into Heaven.

Then proceed through all Ten (if you need to). Most times you won’t need to go through all TEN of the Commandments, because you’ll notice that the Holy Spirit is working on their souls, their conscience also bearing witness. When they stop trying to justify themselves, you’ll know they are ready for the GRACE of the Gospel: The Good News of Jesus Christ.

NOTE: The Old Time Preachers: The Apostles, Jesus Christ, George Whitefield, Charles Wesley, Spurgeon, Moody, J.C. Ryle, etc: all called the COMMANDMENTS (The Law) the preparation of a soul for the Gospel. The preaching of the Law opens up a heart, ploughs the hard soil-hearers, and gets ready for the seed of the Gospel to be planted.

Once you’ve explained the Commandments, and God’s Holy Standards of Righteousness, you don’t need to spend very long at all on the Gospel. The GOOD NEWS.

It’s like a good doctor explaining a patient’s need for treatment. He won’t spend very long on the cure, because once he’s explained the symptoms and what will happen if the patient is not treated, they’ll be ready for the cure. “Give it to me, please, Doctor. Give me the cure…”…

When you are like a good doctor and explain the patient’s need for a cure, then I’m sure you are going to see many of those fishes jumping into the boat all by themselves 🙂 Once they know the danger they are in, they’ll jump into the net of Salvation.

The CURE for Sin’s Curse: Death and Hell: New Life and Heaven.

Jesus came and died in their place upon the Cross, so they don’t need to go to their death with their sins still on them, they can be forgiven, cleansed and given a new life, if they will believe in Jesus, trust that His death was for them, turn in repentance (forsaking sin) and receive Him as their Lord and Saviour. (SEE The GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ).

Conclusion:

Here in West Norwood in London, we’ve been given a Golden Opportunity, when the World comes to us once a month for the FEAST, let’s be focused and be ready to make the most of God’s amazing golden opportunities, and build significant relationships with those He is already drawing into His Kingdom Family. With His help and tools we can open up blind eyes and deaf ears.

Be strategic, look for the people who’s hearts He’s already softening:

  • They’ll be the ones He’s drawing to Himself,
  • They’ll be open to hearing the Good News about Jesus.
  • They’ll be ready to discover a new way of living.
  • They’ll be frustrated with their life so far.
  • They’ll be aware they can’t live-up to their own standards.
  • They’ll be being convicted by the Holy Spirit of their need of Jesus.

They may not be instantly ready to repent, because it may take several times to hear God’s good news and the whole Gospel, but there will be AN OPENNESS. Remember how stubborn you were, before you finally repented and trusted in Jesus Christ? It took a while to convince you of your own need of a Saviour, so don’t ever give up on someone, keep praying for your loved ones every day. God cares more about their eternal welfare than you do, He’s patient, because He doesn’t want a single human soul to perish in Hell. (2 Peter 3:9).

Remember: Adam and Eve, they show us how the great divide happened, how mankind’s relationship with God was broken, and in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, we find the cure for man’s sinful rebellion, sin, wickedness and waywardness. Like the compassion we have for the Blind Man, let’s be filled with the same compassion as our Lord Jesus Christ has and go out and save those He’s calling into His Kingdom family. Amen!

The People of this World need our COMPASSION not our CONDEMNATION.

Have a wonderful week, keep fishing for men and women.

Remember to have compassion because they are blind and deaf; don’t shout at them they can’t hear you, don’t try and show them, because they can’t see their need of Jesus yet, but rescue them and with the tools God has provided to open blind eyes and unblock deaf ears; Their Conscience and His Commandments, and the Holy Spirit working on their souls, together let’s make them aware of their spiritual condition: let’s go fishing for souls in the sea of life. Hopefully, with God’s help, we’ll be able to catch a few fish before we’re taken back into our Eternal dwelling place. Amen!

Jesus said, “I will make you fishers of men” Matthew 4:19 and Mark 1:17… i.e. When we come to Jesus, He makes us want to catch fish.

“If you don’t want other people to be saved, then you are NOT saved yourself. Be certain of that.” Charles Spurgeon.

The people of this world need our compassion not our condemnation.

They are Blind and Deaf: But you can, with God’s tools and help, open up their EYES and EARS…

Be blessed in Jesus,

Don.

The People of this world are BLIND and DEAF: S.O.S….

They need our compassion and kindness, to be shown their need of a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. They are headed for a fall into Eternity, so let’s get the same kind of compassion as Jesus Christ has, and save some souls. There is an S.O.S. but they don’t know their danger, because if they did they’d cry out “S.O.S” … “Save Our Souls”…

 

Healing on The Sabbath

Healing on the Sabbath

Daily Spirit & Word: 666:

Religious People Want To Kill Jesus.

Opposition to Jesus is Growing Today.

Good morning my friends, it’s frightful that there are such striking similarities between attitudes towards Jesus and the Christian faith in His time and our own. We’re back with Mark’s Gospel again today, it’s remarkable how much the opposition to Jesus is growing, and today we’ll discover how the plot thickens to such a boiling point that they want to kill the Lord Jesus: To murder Him.  Also, there are growing hostilities towards Christians and Christianity in the world today.

Mark 3:1-6 (NIV)
1 Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there.
2  Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath.
3  Jesus said to the man with the shrivelled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.”
4  Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent.
5  He looked round at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
6  Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

The Place: It’s a synagogue. 

The Temple in Jerusalem was not the only place that Jewish people gathered and worshipped the LORD. Because it was impractical to get to the Temple every week from all over the Land, Synagogues (Places of worship) were established to encourage devotion to God and instruct the Jews in the understanding of the Scriptures.

Note: Mark doesn’t tell us anything about what they did in the Synagogue that day, but by saying Synagogue, we know what they will have been doing; Praying, reading from the Jewish Scriptures, Study and sometimes a Rabbi would do some teaching / instruction. It was considered a Holy Place because of the worship of the LORD. It was also a meeting place for the Jewish Community.

The Man With The Shrivelled Hand.

Mark Immediately brings our attention to the subject: The Man with the Shrivelled hand and the fact that the Pharisees were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus of being a Sabbath Breaker.

Why? Why were they looking to see if Jesus would heal the man on the Sabbath? By now the Pharisees knew that Jesus was a man of great compassion for people. He’d been healing many people of all kinds of diseases. Perhaps they even planted the man in the Congregation that day. (They were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus).

They watched Him closely… This reveals to us their attitude towards Jesus ministry, that they were very intent of finding a reason to get rid of him. However, we need to understand why there was this growing tension.

You’ve probably heard the expression; “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”, well, these Jewish religious leaders had also been scorned, they’d been upset by Jesus actions, teaching and public correction.

Some Background: (Shows us WHY they wanted to get rid of Jesus).

  • Remember that Jesus said He had come for “Sinners” not the righteous. Mark 2:17.
  • Remember that Jesus didn’t KEEP their RULES. Mark 2:18, 23.
  • Remember that Jesus had shown them they were wrong; from their own Holy Book: The Scriptures. Their understanding of their own religion was wrong. Mark 2:19-22, 25, 26.
  • Remember that Jesus even dared to say; That HE was LORD of the Sabbath. Mark 2:28.

It’s NO WONDER: It’s not a surprise to us now that they were opposed to Jesus, so the Pharisees began looking for a good reason to ACCUSE Him. A way to bring righteous judgement upon Jesus own head so that they could get rid of this upstart, this troublemaker.

MOST PEOPLE TODAY: The Attitude of People Today.

Most people today don’t hate Jesus nor are they opposed to Him the way that the religious Jews were in this account from Mark. The vast majority who know history and a little bit of the Bible think that Jesus was a very good man, Muslims believe Jesus was a Prophet, but they don’t hate Him. Most people today, know about Jesus teachings, but they just choose not to follow Him or His teachings. It’s as if Jesus is irrelevant to modern day life for most people. However that indifferent attitude changes once people really understand the implications of Jesus teaching and ministry even today.

The truth is: If we really UNDERSTAND Jesus we will either; love Him or hate Him.

  • We will LOVE Him; because He came into this world to be our Saviour: Who saves us as sinners from God’s wrath and judgement and condemnation to Hell.
  • Or we will HATE Him: because He reveals our sinful condition and that we a guilty before God.

RELIGIOUS PEOPLE: The Pharisees of Jesus Time:

We must also remember, it was in a Synagogue: This was a Holy Place, these people were very religious. However, it also shows us (perhaps as a warning today) that it’s possible to be “very religious” and yet be far away from God.

John the Baptist called these Pharisees; Hypocrites (they didn’t live like they should) and “A brood of vipers” (A viper is a poisonous snake) and “Whitewashed tombs, full of dead men’s bones” (Looking pure, clean and good on the outside, but inside they are DEAD). That’s what the Bible reveals about these ‘religious’ Pharisees: But today we’re going to see that they were also Treacherous and Deadly.

HEALING ON THE SABBATH:

They were watching to see if Jesus would HEAL on the SABBATH.

Is it WRONG to heal on the Sabbath day?

According to the Pharisees it was considered WORK.

According to Jesus: It was an opportunity to show COMPASSION. (Verse 4, )

As we discovered last week: it is WRONG to WORK on the Sabbath: However, is doing GOOD deeds for others what God would consider WORK?

Think About It: Exodus 35:2 (NIV) “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.”

God has said that we can work in our regular employment for SIX DAYS a WEEK: But the seventh day is to be a day of rest from our LABOURS and a Day to Honour Him….i.e. It’s our NORMAL EMPLOYMENT, our work activity that we’re to rest from.

Remember what Jesus said about the Sabbath: “The Sabbath was made for man (for man’s benefit), not man for the Sabbath”.

Then we come to Jesus ‘Healing on the Sabbath’. Get this and you’ll get real REVELATION.

THE MAN WITH THE SHRIVELLED HAND.

Note: In those days, there was no welfare state, no disability allowances. If a man had a shrivelled hand, his employment was limited. You can’t use a powerless, useless hand to do anything. He was crippled. No wonder Jesus had compassion upon him. That’s what God is like my friends, He sees our NEED and longs to do something about it. Either through other people, you and me or through a miracle.

HERODIANS:

These were people who supported King Herod: Herod was a vassal Jesus King, a Supporter of Rome. Normally the Pharisees and Herodians hated each other, but now they were joining together in a plot to kill Jesus.

HARD HEARTED PHARISEES:

This section of the Bible is really SAD: Because it shows that we can be very religious and devoted in our religion, but become so hard-hearted that we begin to loose our compassion for people.

  • Every time we see a person in need; it’s God’s appointment to do something good.
  • Every time we see a person with trouble; God’s bringing them to our attention, to be His hands, His voice, His presence for them.

The Pharisees; they looked at this man with a shrivelled hand, only as an opportunity to do wrong.

The Lord Jesus: viewed the man with the shrivelled hand, only as an opportunity to do something good; to show compassion, care, love, concern, sympathy. He healed him on the Sabbath (God is ALWAYS willing to do us good, every day).

What does Mark 3:1-6 show us today?

  • In Jesus we observe a willingness to care;
  • That God cares, is interested in the minute of our daily lives.
  • That God Heals and does ‘good’ every single day. He doesn’t consider doing ‘good’ for others work, but a Joy and a Delight.
  • It also shows us how much we should be concerned for our fellow-man; to have fellow feelings. To show and demonstrate LOVE by doing good whenever we can, even on the Sabbath or Holy Day.
  • It also reveals that Jesus Christ considers Healing and Doing Good a joy and delight rather than WORK. 
  • Opposition towards Jesus grew the more good that He did; don’t be surprised when you are doing good and the world hates you all the more for it.

Jesus Anger and Distress:

The Verse That Gets Me Today: Jesus feelings revealed:

Mark 3:5  “He looked round at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts…”

They would not answer Jesus. He asked them a question and they refused to answer.

“Which is lawful to do on the Sabbath day, to do good or evil, to save life or to kill?” It’s OBVIOUS! The Answer was so obvious, but they remained silent.

My friends, that attitude got Jesus Christ very ANGRY indeed.

Not only angry, but deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts.

Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be on the receiving end of Jesus’ anger or wrath or to make Him distressed at my stubborn heart. I want to be able to shout out in response to Jesus question; “Oh LORD Jesus, let me be one of your followers today who’ll answer loudly; “To do good and to save life”…. Amen!

It also shows us that it’s possible to be very religious and remain Hard-Hearted and Stubborn. Religious but closed-off towards God.

They were NOT willing to learn from Jesus Christ; they remained STUBBORN HEARTED. He challenged their positions of power, but He also challenged their attitudes to other people in many different ways; the sinners, the outcasts, the sick, the poor, the lame; Jesus was always willing to; CARE, to TOUCH the Untouchables, to have compassion and to DO GOOD. Are we?

We too, like Jesus may become angry and distressed at the stubborn unbelief of people in the world. Also there is growing opposition and tension between Christians and the world under Satan’s blindness. Christians and Christianity are the least tolerated group of people in the world today. It seems to be OK to blaspheme Jesus on TV, Movies and even mainstream media, but not the faith of Islam, Hinduism etc… Have you ever asked yourself why that is? This attitude of indifference, unbelief and hostility will only get worse as time draws ever closer to the return of Jesus in glory. But don’t stay angry too long, get the big picture, the LORD is in control, He’s coming soon.

So what should our attitude be like?

Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)
5  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!
9  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus healed on the Sabbath Day, but instead of rejoicing and giving thanks to God for a miracle, the opposition increased. To such a point that they eventually took the life of the most Holy man to walk the Earth; the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.

When you focus upon the Son of God, and determine in your heart to live His way, then He seems to have a way of drying your tears and easing your fears. He makes your burdens lighter and your pathway brighter. When you decide to honour the King of Kings, He will supply all your needs. When you love Jesus, then your fear melts away as fast as the snow did in London yesterday. Amen.

Finally: One Day EVERYBODY will have to face this Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:7-8 (NIV  “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen
8  “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

These Pharisees and the Herodians with the Romans and Jews eventually succeeded in their plotting and managed to KILL Jesus Christ on the Cross. However; Praise the LORD: He is ALIVE today, because the grave couldn’t keep Him.

Every EYE: will see Him. Those who pierced Him: The Pharisees, The Herodians, The Romans, The Jews, You and Me: We’ll all see Jesus one day. On that day; we’ll either be rejoicing because we’ve turned in repentance and faith or we’ll “mourn because of Him”… But on that Day: Every knee will bow before Him.

Let’s make certain we’re in that number who’ll be rejoicing and not mourning on the Day that Jesus comes. Amen!

  • Have Compassion of Jesus every day.
  • Remember He still cares for you.
  • Respond to Jesus teaching.
  • Repent from your sins and hardness of heart today.
  • Receive Him as your LORD.

Let us pray:

Hope you all have a wonderful week full of the JOY of the LORD Jesus Christ.

Don’t get too perplexed at the opposition towards Christianity, it’s pre-ordained and will grow as the time draws for Jesus return in glory. Remain steadfast and fix your eyes on Jesus. Live joyfully in His abundant life and look forward to being with Him forever. Amen.

 

Go and Share The Good News

Spread the Gospel Supernaturally

Daily Spirit & Word, 498: Go and Share The Good News.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 14. Go and Share The Good News.

Good morning my friends, it’s been a strange start to the week. I’ve been feeling quite tired and in a bit of pain with back ache, however this morning as I was in the garden with the Lord, I believe He wants me to persevere in telling others about Him and about the best news they could ever want to hear. We’ve been following Jesus appearance to the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus over the last week, yesterday we saw how they knew it was Jesus when He broke the bread, today, after that revelation, we see those disciples running to spread the greatest news ever delivered, Jesus is Alive.

Luke 24:30-36 30  When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
31  Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him, and he disappeared from their sight.
32  They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33  They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together
34  and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”
35  Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognised by them when he broke the bread.
36  While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

 

I don’t know when the last time it was that you walked seven miles, but they’d just traveled that distance and as soon as they get their revelation, as soon as their eyes are opened and they recognise Jesus, they’re off, on their way back to Jerusalem again. It’s amazing!

We all know that good news spreads fast. When a baby is born or an engagement or wedding is announced, then the news spreads very fast these days, especially with the advent of social media; Facebook, G+, WhatsApp, etc… I’m constantly amazed what articles or posts that I put up get the most likes. If it’s a picture of my grandchildren, then everybody like it, if it’s a castle I’ve visited, then of Facebook it’ll get a few less likes, but when I spread the GREATEST NEWS that anyone could ever wish to hear, it get only a few likes and spreads very slowly at first. It seems that even devout and devoted Christians are reluctant these days to come out of the closet and let their friends know Just how much they LOVE Jesus. There are of course good reasons for that, but we’ll come onto that later.

However, no such thoughts occupied the minds of those who followed Jesus and their first encounters with the risen Lord. As soon as they got it, they wanted to share it. Like Mary Magdalene who ran to tell the disciples about the empty tomb, then later on about her meeting with the risen Lord. It was natural to want to tell others, those they knew would want to hear this great news, but before they could begin to be obedient to Jesus Great Commandment to Go and tell they whole world, they’d need something besides the resurrection appearances. You see Jesus knew and the disciples eventually knew, they’d need the anointing of the Holy Spirit if they were ever going to sustain their enthusiasm for sharing this Good News, because it’s NOT good news for everyone, but only for those who respond.

The day after I became a Christian, I was sharing this great news with everybody I knew; “I’ve become a Christian” I said with enthusiasm. Some people were happy for me, those that I knew to be Christians were overjoyed, my family and friends were happy for me, but I noted something almost immediately, there was a hint of hatred, a nasty feeling in some of their responses, “Don’t try and convert me though”… One of my best friends, whom I’d known for years, a good old drinking buddy, ridiculed me if front of the whole Submarine Crew. He shouted at the top of his voice as I was walking down the gang-plank towards the Submarine; “Here he comes, the Bible Basher. So you’ve become a Christian Ginge (That’s what they called me in the Navy). I know where you’re going mate and it’s not to Heaven, you’re going to Hell just like the rest of us.” I was totally shocked that my best friend would react in that way, I’d not even told him personally, he must have heard through the grapevine that I’d become a Christian, but here Jack was telling everybody that I’d become a Christian, and already he’d nicknamed me ‘Bible Basher’. I shouted back to Jack, “Yes Jack, I’ve become a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, I do believe I’m going to Heaven, but I’m so glad that you believe in Hell, I believe in that too, so your already half-way towards faith and becoming a Christian yourself”… That response got a chuckle and I was immediately thrown into the lions den of personal evangelism.

I’d began to tell everybody about Jesus, at first I was a bit too bombastic, telling everyone indiscriminately, but now the Lord guides me. I get it wrong sometimes and at times there are bad reactions to what I feel is still the best news anybody can ever want to hear, but that’s because most people are still in love with the pleasures of sin and a life of rebellion against the Holy and Righteous Lord, they will not come into the light. The Bible tells us why of course, but at first I couldn’t understand why everyone didn’t rush to trust in Jesus upon hearing the Good News.

It was in 1984 that I became a follower of Jesus, since then my passion for sharing the Good News has not died down. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to share the Gospel one-to-one with even complete strangers, preaching about Jesus is now second nature to me, I’ve been given an amazing gift from the Lord to be able to talk with almost anyone about Him. I’ve learned ways to make it less offensive, but I’ve not watered down the message, I still proclaim the two alternative destinations; Heaven or Hell. However, I’ve learned the Secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven from Jesus and as I share them with people today, they are not as offended as my first attempts, that’s because I let them preach to themselves, I let their own conscience convict them and the Holy Spirit draw them to faith and trust in Jesus. Oh yes me friends, I go out every day looking and praying for opportunities to go and share the Good News with people. It’s not just the commandment, it’s because I love the Lord and I’m filled with compassion for those who’re headed for Hell.

Luke 24:44-49 44  He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
46  He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
47  and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48  You are witnesses of these things.
49  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

There are many people who’ll say, “I’ve not got the personality for that kind of evangelism”, but did you notice anything in Jesus commandments about personality? Did you see something in Jesus commission that will enable the shy, the awkward, the stumbly-speakers, the nervous and frightened to say to Him, “Lord, send someone else, because You don’t mean me, do You? After all Lord, You know that I’ve not got the personality for that kind of thing.” My friends, once we KNOW Jesus it will not be because He’s commanded us to share, but we’ll automatically do it. We’ll not do it because of our personality though, we’ll do it because we’ve been ‘”clothed with power from on high”. It’s the Supernatural Personality of Jesus that will be in us, the Holy Spirit POWER that will propel and enable us to share. So don’t worry about your shyness, your awkwardness, your lack of knowledge, your lack of ability, because He’s got everything you need and more, just waiting, all you need to do is be filled and empowered and obedient. So many Christians want the experience and fullness of the Spirit, but don’t realise that His fullness is only given for the purposes of building others up in the faith and leading others to faith and trust in Jesus, it’s not just for our own enjoyment of the experience.

Points to Ponder on Day 14 of 40 Days With Jesus.

  • Who in your life need to HEAR about Jesus Great News? Pray consistently for them and ask the Lord to give you opportunities to share with them.
  • Are there events you could bring your friends to in the near future? Ask God to give you boldness and confidence to invite them.
  • One of the best ways to share your faith in Jesus with others is by using a simple picture, such as the bridge illustration. With God on one side and mankind on the other, separated by a great chasm that no one can cross, cause by sin that separates us from God. Then show the Cross of Jesus and how Jesus death upon the cross bridges the gap and makes it possible for people to cross over to God’s side and the gift of eternal life. That bridge illustration has helped me personally lead many people to Jesus. 
  • Another is using God’s Commandments, they’re like Ten Great Cannons in our war against the enemy. When we fire them off he goes into hiding and retreats to his bunker. These are powerful weapons my friends, because God’s given everyone a conscience and they know deep down that ‘they’ve sinned against God’s Holiness on purpose. It’s because of our wilful breaking of His commandments that we’ll be judged by God and sent to Hell, not for any other reason. So we all need to be cleansed of sin. Once we use the Commandments the Cross suddenly makes sense to people, the Good News really is Great News today. So go and share the good news, the GREAT NEWS and ask the Lord to fill you with His compassion for those who don’t yet know Him as Lord or Saviour. Amen.

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, thank You so much for the reality and wonder and joy of the greatest news the world can ever want to hear. I know that there are many people who don’t want to hear the good news, because they are in love with being in charge of their own lives, I’m praying today for everyone I know, who doesn’t know You Lord. Help me to bring the great news to them in the power of the Holy Spirit. Please Lord, I’m praying that you’ll open up their hearts and minds and lives to be responsive to the news and set free from Satan’s grip. In Your mighty name I pray Lord Jesus. Amen.

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Tonight

We’re gathering again in St Luke’s Church to open up Week Three of 40 Days With Jesus. Please pray for our gathering and if there is anyone who’d like to come along, you are always welcome. Jesus wants everyone to meet with Him today. 7.00pm in St Luke’s Church. Study begins at 7.30pm. 

40 Days with Jesus: Day 14: Go and Share The Good News.

 

 

 

 

 

Five Ways To Be Remembered

Daily Spirit & Word

452: Five Ways For Christians To Be Remembered.

Good morning my friends, don’t you just love Friday’s? It marks the end of the working week and the prospect of a day of rest for most. I know there are many who don’t enjoy the luxury of a day off and I even know a few who work seven days a week. However, there are good reasons for taking a day off and having a good rest from your normal labours. The principal one being, we don’t want to drive ourselves into an early grave by being overworked, overstressed.  There are also many good reasons; reconnecting relationships with loved ones and with brothers and sisters in the faith and also taking time out to worship the Lord.
Over the years since becoming a follower of Jesus, I remember with fondness many brothers and sisters who’ve died and gone to be with Him. What is it about them that warms my heart today? Their love for the Lord, their devotion to the things of God and their love and warmth for all people; Christians and non-Christians. When its your turn to leave this earth and go home to glory, you’ll be remembered by your friends and family, but what will they remember you for?
Think about Jesus; because Christians are being transformed daily into the likeness of Christ. What was Jesus remembered for? His complete obedience, even to death upon the cross. His powerful miracles and the fact that He didn’t charge people but healed them freely. His attitude to those on the margins of society, sinners and social rejects, Jesus took time to be with them and was scandalised for it. His ways with people from all walks of life; rich and poor, men and women, old and infant. Most of all we probably remember Jesus for His LOVE, CARE, MESSAGE OF TRUTH, AND DEDICATION TO THE FATHER’S WILL.
Today’s Focus On God’s Word:
Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”
And: TRANSFORMATION: 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Here are some things every follower of Jesus should strive for and become TOP priorities in our lives.

1) REMEMBERED FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN—1 Tim. 2:4

What a Christian is? Someone who’s Trusted in Jesus death for their sins upon the Cross, who’s believed in Jesus, who’s repented of their sins and forsaken them, who’s been born again of God’s Holy Spirit, who knows Jesus as Lord and Saviour, who’s a committed member of a local fellowship of Saints and is serving the Lord with their gifts and talents and who gives wholeheartedly to the fellowship.
How to become a Christian? Believe in Jesus, Repent of sin and Receive Him as Lord: Then you will be born of the Spirit.
What it means to be a Christian? You’ll love God, love the saints and love those who don’t yet know Jesus as Lord. You’ll be filled with His compassion for others, meeting their needs and serving with your life.

2) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO GOD: Rom. 12:1-2

The Foundation of Your Dedication: Love, obedience, praise and devotion for Jesus.
The Character of Your Dedication: voluntary, wholehearted, sacrificial, practical, disciplined.
The Results of Your Dedication: Known to be Blessed by the Lord, loved by the saints and sinners.

3) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR LOVE FOR THE SAINTS:

(See 37 List at bottom of page).

“by your LOVE for one another, people will know you belong to Christ”.
  • Your Friendships:
  • Your Attitude:
  • Your Care:

4) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR LOVE OF BRINGING OTHERS TO JESUS: Psa. 126

  • Your Obedience to the Lord’s Commands: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15-20.
  • You’ll Cry For Their Predicament: Luke 16:19-28 (The Rich Man and Lazarus).
  • You’ll be Guided by the Holy Spirit: Acts 16:6-9.
  • Your Zeal to reach out: Acts 2; 1 Cor 9:16 (How horrible it is when I don’t reach-out to others and preach the Gospel).

5) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR HEAVENLY FOCUS: Titus 2:13

“How we wait for the blessed hope…”

  • You KNOW Jesus is Comings Soon:
  • You DESIRE Jesus to either come or be with Him forever.
  • Your FOCUS is upon the Blessings when He Comes.
  • You LIVE your whole life; preapered for His coming or your going Home.
  • You KNOW this earth is NOT your home.

452 Five Ways Christian

There are probably many, many more, but as you are transformed into the Likeness of Jesus daily, you can’t help but become more powerful, prayerful, practical, resourceful, holy and full of love for God, for brothers and sisters in the faith and for those who don’t yet know Jesus Christ as Lord.

Today’s Focus On God’s Word:

Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”
How will you be remembered when you leave the earth?
Don’t worry what others think about you, but think of the eternal rewards you are storing up in Heaven as you serve the Lord Jesus today.
Have an awesome weekend my friends, I’m really looking forward to gathering with my brothers and sisters again on Sunday to praise ans worship the Lord Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. Wherever you are my prayers are with you. Stay blessed and walk closely with Jesus today. Don’t forget to PRAISE Him, Love Him and you’ll be full of His Love for others too.
Don.

Notes: Helps:

Here are 37 ways Christians can LOVE one another.

  1. Be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10).
  2. Give preference to one another (Rom. 12:10).
  3. Be of the same mind toward one another (Rom. 12:16).
  4. Accept one another by withholding judgment (Rom. 14:1).
  5. Accept one another by showing deference (Rom. 14:1–5; 15:7).
  6. Esteem [highly regard] one another in love (Rom. 14:5; Phil. 2:3).
  7. Build up one another (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thes. 5:11).
  8. Counsel one another (Rom. 15:14).
  9. Serve one another by showing deference in matters of liberty (Gal. 5:13).
  10. Bear one another’s sin burdens (Gal. 6:2).
  11. Be gentle with one another (Eph. 4:2).
  12. Be kind to one another so as to preserve unity (Eph. 4:32).
  13. Speak truth to one another (Eph. 4:25; Col 3:9).
  14. Submit to one another (Eph. 5:21).
  15. Show compassion to one another (Col. 3:12).
  16. Bear with the inherent sinfulness of one another (Col. 3:13).
  17. Forgive one another (Col. 3:13).
  18. Use Spirit-filled, Word-saturated music to teach and admonish one another (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19).
  19. Comfort one another with the hope of Christ’s return (1 Thes. 4:18).
  20. Encourage one another (1 Thes. 5:11).
  21. Live in peace with one another (1 Thes. 5:13).
  22. Seek good for one another (1 Thes. 5:15).
  23. Encourage one another to forsake unbelief and hardness of heart (Heb. 3:13).
  24. Stimulate one another to spiritual growth (Heb. 10:24).
  25. Encourage one another by faithful participation in your local church (Heb. 10:25).
  26. Confess sins to one another (James 5:16).
  27. Pray for one another’s spiritual and physical healing (James 5:16).
  28. Be long-suffering and patient toward one another (1 Peter 4:8; Eph. 4:2).
  29. Be hospitable to one another without complaint (1 Peter 4:9).
  30. Serve one another (1 Peter 4:10; Gal. 5:13).
  31. Act in humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5).
  32. Show holy affection to one another (1 Peter 5:14).
  33. Participate in the holy walk with one another (1 John 1:7).
  34. Refuse to become resentful toward one another (1 John 3:11–12).
  35. Give sacrificially to meet one another’s needs (1 John 3:16–17).
  36. Fight fear together by growing in love (1 John 4:18).
  37. Walk in truth together (1 John 3:18; 2 John 1:5).
Daily Spirit & Word.
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Five Way To Be Remembered.

437 Lord Jesus, If You Are Willing

Jesus Filled With Compassion

 

Lord Jesus, If you are willing
Lord Jesus, If you are willing

 

Daily Spirit & Word. 437:

“Lord Jesus, if You are willing, You can make me clean”

“I AM willing, Be clean” said Jesus.

Good morning my friends. What a wonderful day Tuesday was; busy but good. I preached on Sunday about helping those in any kind of need and said that sometimes when we do it, we try our best, but then it gets thrown back in our faces. That statement came true yesterday in the church, as the Foodbank Volunteers had just set up all the cups, tea, coffee and sugar, etc, all for the clients who come to the Foodbank in times of crisis. A woman came in early and because they were not ready yet, she threw a wobbly-fit, in anger and frustration she scattered the cups and everything that had been so loving set up on the floor. Then she stormed out in a huff leaving a trail of wreckage behind her. The Volunteers, at first in shock, immediately began to clear up the mess. Do you know my friends, that woman came back in to church after a few minutes, didn’t apologise, but was welcomed as if she hadn’t done anything and was counselled with love and respect by the volunteers.

Loving others is NOT easy, but there’s POWER in the Name of Jesus.
The Man With Leprosy Cleansed.

Mark 1:40-45
40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41 Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:
44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

Today in the Bible the focus is upon the Leper, but if we just take a look for a moment at the text in the context of the passage it comes from, we’ll see that Jesus had been praying and healing and driving out demons. He’d already had to move from village to village to preach because of the crowds. He said to his disciples something most modern Ministers would find quite strange I think. The disciples found Jesus at prayer and said; Mark 1:35-37 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

Isn’t that awesome? “Jesus, Everyone is looking for you”. Most ministers today would be overjoyed if one day they woke up and found out that early in the morning, everybody was looking for them to be ministered to. But Jesus said something quite astounding, amazing and unusual, Mark 1:38-39 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so that I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.”

Everyone is looking for you Jesus.
Les us go somewhere else to preach,
because that is why I have come.

NOW we know why Jesus told the man He’d just cleansed of Leprosy not to tell anyone about it (Mark 1:44). He knew that if the message got out, thousands more would come, they’d come from miles away, because in those days proper medical treatment was rare and many of the diseases were incurable, so in desperation the people would come, but why were they coming? They were coming to get healed, to have their needs met, but Jesus hadn’t come to be a HEALER he’d come to deliver a MESSAGE from His Father in Heaven to everyone; “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is a hand”… Yes Jesus could heal, but that was not His primary purpose in coming. Yes Jesus will heal today, but even today that’s NOT Jesus primary purpose for human beings. His primary purpose is the same today as it was back then, He came into the world to SAVE sinners.

After this account of the Leper’s cleansing, you’ll note in Mark’s Gospel that because of the man’s disobedience Jesus was thronged with people. He’d become a hindrance to Jesus primary task of Preaching the Kingdom, but notice what it was that moved Jesus to reach out and touch a Leper; “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

“Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

1) Jesus was filled with COMPASSION: Jesus can feel your needs my friends. He’s the same today.
2) Jesus reached out and TOUCHED the un-touchable: It was unlawful to touch a Leper, but Jesus did it full of compassion. Can you imagine what that touch from the Saviour meant to the man, who’d probably never been touched by another human being for years? Here was the most pure person who’d ever lived, touching the unclean. My friends, no matter how un-clean you may feel in His presence today, Jesus wants to touch you too.
3) Jesus said, “I AM Willing”: He also is willing that your greatest needs be met too. Jesus is the SAME, He’s God and God does not change. He’s the SAME; “Yesterday, Today and Forever”. So He wants to meet your need.

Even though the Healing was not His primary purpose, He was so full of love, kindness and compassion that He just couldn’t walk past and not meet that man’s need. When you come to Jesus Christ and seek Him with all your heart and cry out to Him, He’s the SAME today.

Today, Jesus is in the world, through the Believers that are filled with His Holy Spirit, to SAVE sinners, that’s the PRIMARY purpose of the Church. That’s why Jesus called you and me to be SAVED and to be in His family, that’s why He’s left you here on earth, to bring as many people into the Kingdom as you can whilst there is still time. BUT, although that is Jesus Primary Purpose and Ours too, we are also filled with the LOVE of God when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives and we too will be filled with Jesus other attributes; Compassion, Kindness, LOVE etc… We’ll not walk past someone in need without doing something about it, just like Jesus.

That woman who came into the Foodbank was a hindrance to the work, but she was still met with real COMPASSION and I’m certain the POWER of God was present to meed her needs. We will find things difficult because of our compassion, just like Jesus ministry was hindered and He couldn’t Preach as He wanted to because the people were coming for different reasons other than an awareness of their need of Holiness and God’s grace and mercy, but we too will find His grace is sufficient for all our needs as we seek to serve Him in this world today.

Let’s get filled with Jesus Compassion: To help others.
Let’s get filled with Jesus: To touch other people’s lives for Him.
Let’s get filled with Jesus: So we can say as He did, “I AM WILLING”.

Have a wonderful Ash Wednesday my friends,
Come and join us tonight if you can.
Don.

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Jesus Filled With Compassion.