Forgotten and Forgiven

What God chooses to forget, your sins. What God chooses to Remember, your good deeds

Daily Spirit & Word: 777:

Divine Forgetfulness.

What God Forgets & What God Remembers.

Good morning my friends, my holiday has begun. A time to relax, unwind and be renewed. Of course we don’t need holidays to do that, but it feels good to be having a break of sorts. One thing I cannot do is have a break from my quiet time with Jesus; prayer, praise, worship, Bible study and meditation every day. If I’m BLESSED (777) is a good number ūüôā

Can’t quite believe that DAILY SPIRIT & WORD is 777 today.

What’s DS&W for? After a 40 Day Bible Study (and sharing on Facebook), I decided to keep going, to keep sharing, to encourage Christians, to build up the Church, to strengthen faith and to lead others to faith and trust in the LORD Jesus Christ.

As a young Christian (Born Again in April 1984) I used to love reading “Every Day With Jesus” by Selwyn Hughes. However, it wasn’t long before my hunger wasn’t satisfied by Hughes’ offerings, brilliant, encouraging and insightful though they were. You see I was reading more of the Bible and being fed by the Holy Spirit as I read and studied myself. Not long after that my study took on a new shape and form by reading and studying “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster… I learned the secrets of Biblical Fasting, Biblical Confession and Repentance, Biblical Meditation and Biblical Prayer. I began to keep a daily journal and record my thoughts, insights from Scripture and prayers. It’s often amazing looking back over the years of prayers, and seeing how the LORD has been so faithful and has answered so many. What strikes me more than anything though, is that He doesn’t always answer in the ways that I’d expected or wanted at the time, but I can see clearly that I must trust HIM, because He knows what’s best and has the future and past available to Him; nothing surprises God. I’m so thankful that He didn’t give me what I wanted, how I wanted, at the time that I wanted it.

He’s been working on my soul to bring it in line with His plan.

Jesus has a wonderful plan for your life too and when you think clearly about what God wants, and how His Divine memory works, you’ll be astounded.

He NEVER Forgets Your Hard Work:

Hebrews 6:10 (NIV) “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Jesus said something similar in His parable of the Sheep and the Goats, “When you did it for the least of these, you did it for Me”… Awesome.

Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV) The Parable of the Sheep & Goats.
31¬†¬†“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
32  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 ¬†“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 ¬†I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 ¬†“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 ¬†When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 ¬†“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41 ¬†“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42  For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43 ¬†I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 ¬†“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 ¬†“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 ¬†“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

No my friends, God’s Divine REMEMBRANCE or Holy Memory: Extends to all the GOOD things you do for Him.

NOTE: Remember though, that Good Works cannot SAVE YOUR SOUL, they just prove to you and the world that you’ve been saved by Jesus. We do good works because we are grateful servants, because we’ve been loved, blessed and forgiven by Jesus. We do them not to earn a place in Heaven, that’s already ours because we’ve trusted in Jesus. However, if our FAITH and TRUST don’t then move onto action and good works, we prove that our faith and trust in Jesus wasn’t genuine. If we’re not going about doing good like Jesus as His followers, then we are not saved at all.

However, God remembers you good works, He rewards your Kingdom Labour. He tells us that by doing good we’ll be storing up treasure for ourselves in heaven that will last for all eternity. How RICH are you going to be in Heaven? Have you been busy doing good whilst you can down here on the Earth? Invest in your Heavenly Dwelling Place; that really is your KINGDOM RETIREMENT PLAN: Heavenly Kingdom Investments (Good Works that you keep secret, just between you and God). If you boast about the good things you’ve done for and towards others down here on Earth, then you’ve just taken some of that Heavenly Investment and used it for your earthly glory. So my thinking is, don’t boast about your good works, God will never forget, He keeps a Divine and Holy Record book and will reward you in Heaven. He NEVER forgets.

But What Does God Forget?

He FORGETS your sins.

You’ll be rewarded for your good works done in secret, because God always remembers.

But what’s even more amazing and astounding is that God will forget your sins.

Isaiah 43:25 (NIV) “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

Hebrews 8:12 (NIV) “…For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Psalm 103:11-13 (NIV)
11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12  as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13  As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

Oh my friends, how we NEED to get this TRUTH into our hearts, minds and souls today: God chooses to FORGET your sins.

When you truly REPENT and turn away from sin and turn to the LORD for His forgiveness, He really does forgive and cleanse you from every sin, then FORGETS them. He chooses (Somehow) to forget your SIN. I don’t know how God does that, but when you get to heaven and look in His RECORD BOOK of your life, when it comes to your records of sins you are going to see just BLANK pages, because once you truly repent they’re forgotten, forgiven, wiped clean. God will remember your sins no more.

What does that make you feel like? It makes me feel like dancing. It makes me want to serve the LORD with gladness. It make me want to jump and leap for JOY. All my sins are washed away when I turn in complete repentance to Jesus. Of course it took Jesus to die upon the Cross to make this possible, but once you’ve trusted in Jesus, God sees you as completely clean from all your sins. AWESOME!

FORGIVENESS FEELS GOOD

As I was reading that Hebrews verse above, I was encouraged (by the Holy Spirit) to keep reading in context.

WOWzer! God’s written His LAW on the Hearts of EVERYONE… Instead of on tablets of stone, instead of needing to remind children of God’s law, He’s now (under the New Covenant) written His LAW (The Ten Commandments) upon the hearts of every human being, so they KNOW RIGHT¬†from WRONG. When we do wrong, our Conscience will be screaming out to us, don’t do that, God doesn’t like it. When we choose to be obedient, we’ll sense the Holy Spirit’s POWER within and His JOY in our hearts.

Hebrews 8:10-13 (NIV) The New Covenant (New Testament).
10  This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
11 ¬†No longer will a man teach his neighbour, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.
12 ¬†For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
13 ¬†By calling this covenant “new”, he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and ageing will soon disappear.

WOWzer! It’s so encouraging that the LORD Remembers your Good Works, but Forgets your Sins (Bad works, deeds)… He chooses to forget them all, but we MUST TURN in true repentance and put our faith and trust in Jesus. Stop trusting in your own goodness and get right with God by confessing your sins. Once you do that He’ll wipe your records clean in Heaven and you are given a brand new start with a fresh new LIFE. He’s got so much good that He wants you¬†to be busy doing every day for Jesus.

Keep; loving, forgiving, helping, serving, praising, witnessing, leading people to Jesus, encouraging, strengthening, refreshing others with the gifts that the LORD has bestowed upon you.

Live it for Jesus today, Amen!

Don.

 

How to LIVE in Kingdom Power

recognising our Spiritual Poverty is Key to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Daily Spirit & Word: 754: How To LIVE in Kingdom Power.

“Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit, For Theirs IS the Kingdom of Heaven”.

Recognising our ‘spiritual’ poverty is Key to unlocking the Kingdom of Heaven.

Good morning my friends, I can honestly say, “Yesterday was AWESOME”. It really was, because we had an amazing time of worship, followed by the Community Feast and time at the British Home. God’s power and presence were evident, but this morning the LORD has taken me back, back to KNOWING that without Him I can’t do anything of value for the Kingdom of Heaven. I can’t even walk an inch without the Spirit of God and feel it’s of any value.

Matthew 5:3 (NIV)¬† “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

This verse has been wrongly interpreted to mean those who are POOR: i.e. the poor people in this world. That is not what this verse is talking about, it’s all about Spiritual Poverty.

That “Blessed are” is not something that might be, it’s not something that could be, that blessedness is something which every truly born again Believer and follower of Jesus has… YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. i.e. You are BLESSED when you recognise your Spiritual POVERTY without Christ or the Holy Spirit’s indwelling.

We cannot be “Blessed are the poor in Spirit” unless we can see that without Holy Spirit we are really poor.

Picture the poor beggars hands, holding palms upwards towards Heaven: That’s how we need to be in our hearts with God, desiring the fullness of Holy Spirit. However, He’s longing to give us what we need.

Why Do We NEED Holy SPIRIT?

Because to become “Blessed are the poor in Spirit”, we must first recognise our POVERTY without the Spirit of God. Also we must come to realise that we NEED the Holy Spirit all the time or we will be weak, without guidance, powerless to do anything of value in the Kingdom and foolish.

  • We are POOR naturally: The man without the Spirit cannot see OR accept the things of God.
  • We are POOR in our natural state as a human being: Because without the SPIRIT we can’t understand the things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)¬†“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

We really do have a choice as Disciples of Jesus Christ; we can walk in the Spirit or we can walk in the Flesh.

However, when we choose to walk in the flesh, there are dire consequences; DEATH. It’s an experience as though we are dead to the Spiritual realm.

I like what William Barclay said about this verse;

So in verse 14 Paul speaks of the man who is psuchikos. He is the man who lives as if there was nothing beyond physical life and there were no needs other than material needs, whose values are all physical and material. A man like that cannot understand spiritual things. A man who thinks that nothing is more important than the satisfaction of the sex urge cannot understand the meaning of chastity; a man who ranks the amassing of material things as the supreme end of life cannot understand generosity; and a man who has never a thought beyond this world cannot understand the things of God. To him they look mere foolishness (Barclay, Letters to Corinthians, 1975, 28).

We must remember that Paul’s letter is written to Believers, Christians and Followers of Jesus Christ; they had already been ‘born of the Spirit’, but they were living like people who didn’t. They were walking in the power of the Flesh rather than the power of the Spirit and for me the warning comes home, “Donald, you can do that too”… At any moment in time, a true follower of Jesus can walk either in the flesh (human reasoning, desires, feelings, fears, thoughts and imaginations) or we can walk in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

  • Let’s look at what a walk in the flesh feels like: Romans 7. Condemned (Feeling Condemned / Death).
  • Let’s look at what a walk inthe Spirit feels like: Romans 8. No Condemnation (Feeling Alive / Life).

Which WALK will you choose today?

Almost as soon as we begin walking in the flesh the things of God become foolishness all over again. We won’t want; fellowship, Bible study, prayer, evangelism, teaching of the Apostles (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts or Romans) or serving Jesus. When we walk in the flesh we will be fleshly.

So my friends, can you see why Jesus, as part of His repeated and often told teachings, which are summarised for us in the Sermon on the Mount, would emphasise this in His major teaching that we call; “The Sermon on the Mount”? For without the Holy Spirit nobody can; know, understand, experience, feel, yield, surrender or love God… Our “Blessedness” comes from the fact that we’ve been drawn to faith and trust in Jesus by the Holy Spirit. It comes from that fact that once we begin to come to Him, we realise that we NEED His forgiveness, we understand that without Him (Holy Spirit) we are just like everyone else in this world.

So we truly are blessed when we recognise our need of God and our POVERTY of Spirit.

Matthew 5:3 (NIV)¬† “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Why? Because when we KNOW how poor in Spirit we are without God the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, then we will have entered The Kingdom of Heaven.

This promise of the Kingdom of Heaven:

Is not something that happens when we die, it’s our PRESENT CONDITION once we’ve realised our NEED of Holy Spirit.

Matthew 5:3 (NIV)¬† “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

I hope you can see this, for this teaching in KEY to walking with Jesus, without the Holy Spirit, we’re just walking or trying to live the Christian life in the power of our flesh or human strength and capacity. With the Holy Spirit we very soon realise that we just can’t do it, we are powerless to do anything.

Jesus didn’t just say this once or in one way: It’s the ESSENCE of all of Jesus teaching to His Disciples.

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness in Luke’s Gospel we read, “He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness” after the temptation of Jesus, “He came out of the wilderness ‘full of the Holy Spirit’… Jesus was showing that to even win just one battle every follower needs to be FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

To show us how much we need HOLY SPIRIT, before He departed John gives us a few chapters fully explaining HOW the Holy Spirit will EMPOWER everyone who comes to the point of receiving Jesus as Lord. From John 14 to the end of 17… Read and re-read those chapters my friends, you’ll soon discover what Matthew and the Holy Spirit are saying to you today.¬†Matthew 5:3 (NIV)¬† “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

The Kingdom of Heaven is yours today, if you’ve come to recognise your poverty without the Holy Spirit.

You are in the Kingdom of Heaven NOW if you’ve got Holy Spirit indwelling.

Awesome!

How Jesus Walked and Lived by and in the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT.

  • The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus at His own baptism. Matthew 3:13-17.
  • The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus at His temptation. Matthew 4:1 and Luke 4:1.

The Holy Spirit departed Jesus, when the sins of the whole world came upon Him on the Cross… That’s why his cry from the cross is one of¬†abandonment,

Matthew 27:45-46 (NIV)
45  From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.
46 ¬†About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”‚ÄĒwhich means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus in those hours upon the Cross, the hours of Darkness between the sixth hour and the ninth hour, He knew the presence of God the Father had gone, the Holy Spirit had at that moment in time had departed Jesus: The Bible tells us “He became SIN for us”… God hates SIN and cannot bear it in His presence… SIN must die, that’s why Jesus died upon the Cross. He took our sins upon Himself and was “FORSAKEN” by God the Father and the Spirit. Sin brings DEATH to our relationship with God. When we walk in the flesh, there is a kind of DEATH feeling that we experience and even as Christians, we can be overcome with a feeling of DREAD. But that’s NOT what the LORD wants my friends, He wants you to experience the full and abundant life, feeling the JOY of the LORD, we’ll get that feeling when we’re walking in the Spirit.

So my friends, the moment we become aware of our NEED (Poverty) of Spirit, then YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. i.e. You are in the Kingdom of Heaven: you’ve become a Citizen of Heaven. From the time I began following Jesus, there have been times when I’ve been POVERTY STRICKEN (Spiritually and Materially). The times I’ve been poverty stricken spiritually, is when I’ve purposefully walked in my flesh instead of in the Spirit.

I’ll never forget the day some of our friends got their UK Passports, they proudly proclaimed, “We are now UK Citizens”…

Oh this is wonderful, for the moment you are in Holy Spirit, your Citizenship has been transferred into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Holy Spirit is your PASSPORT into the Kingdom.

Matthew 5:3 (NIV)¬† “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

There are so many times that I’ve found myself walking in the FLESH (Human power and reasoning) rather than the SPIRIT (Holy Spirit empowered walking).

However, when I’ve later realised that I’ve been doing it in my own strength, I’m so thankful, because the Spirit has led me to repentance and to seek His fullness once again. I can walk either as a Citizen of Heaven, The Kingdom of Heaven or as an ordinary Human being, a Citizen of Earth.

There will be times that you too will recognise you’ve been doing it in your own strength and in your own understanding.

We’ve got a choice to make every single day: I can live my life in the Spirit or in the Flesh.

Just because you’ve been born of the Spirit, doesn’t mean you are as full of the Holy Spirit as you can be. There’s always MORE: We need more, we need to be re-filled,¬†refuelled, just like a car that needs to be constantly filled up with petrol, we need to keep going back to the Lord and seeking His fullness again.

Ephesians 5:15-20 (NIV)
15 ¬†Be very careful, then, how you live‚ÄĒnot as unwise but as wise,
16  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17 ¬†Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
18  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
19  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
20  always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Instead, be filled with the Spirit”: This ‘filling’ of the Spirit is not a ONE OFF event, but an ongoing reality.

We are to go on being filled with the Spirit, i.e. all of the time.

Once I held up a sponge that I’d soaked in water, the moment you lift it out of the water, the water pours out of the sponge. So it is with the Spirit, we are to be continually immersed in the Spirit, because the moment we stop being in the Spirit, we’re drained of Holy Spirit power, presence, we’re walking in the flesh.

So can you now see the prime focus of Jesus’ teaching throughout the four Gospels: We NEED the Holy Spirit to do¬†anything¬†of value in the Kingdom, without the Holy Spirit we are POOR (in poverty)… But as soon as we become aware of just how much we need Him; oh how blessed we are.

Matthew 5:3 (NIV)¬† “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Prayer: Oh LORD Jesus Christ, I realise that without the Holy Spirit, I’m in POVERTY, because I’m walking in the power of my flesh. Please LORD Jesus, send the Holy Spirit afresh into my being today, fill me to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit, I need You Lord. I realise that without You I can’t do anthing of value in the Kingdom, but with you I am in the Kingdom. Help me this day, to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and to stay full of Holy Spirit. When I am weak help me to recognise that it’s because I am not¬† as full as I should be or could be. Amen.

Amen.

Have an awesome week in Jesus and full of Holy Spirit. Amen.

Don.

 

Prayer Week: Day 1. Read Your SPIRITUAL Bank Statement

Check your Spiritual Bank Account. Check what's already been deposited

Daily Spirit & Word: 737: Pentecostal Prayer Week: Day 1.

Read Your Spiritual Bank Statement.

There are bounteous riches in store for you today.

Pentecostal Prayer Week: Day 1: Read Your Spiritual Bank Statement.

What a joy it is to PRAY in the Spirit, to the Father, through the Son.

Good morning my friends, today I’m going to show that we can come to our FATHER GOD and expect greater things from ourselves. There’s HIDDEN potential and power in you, because of who you are already as a follower of Jesus.

There was once a very wealthy Billionaire.

He was a Newspaper Publisher, William Randolph Hearst, who invested a fortune collecting art treasures from around the world. One day Mr. Hearst found a description of some valuable items that he felt he must own. He made a list and then sent his agent abroad to find them. After months of searching, the agent returned to Mr Hearst and reported that he had finally found the treasures. Mr Hearst was overjoyed. Then immediately shocked, because every single item was already in Mr. Hearst’s own warehouse. Hearst had been searching frantically for treasures he already owned! Had he read his own¬†catalogue¬†of his treasures, he would have saved himself a great deal of money and trouble.

Sometimes we’re a bit like Mr Hearst: We’re not completely aware of the TREASURES that are already ours, we’ve inherited them from our Heavenly Father God. They are already available to us, ready to be tapped into in faith.

To understand, all we need to do is Read Your Spiritual Bank Statements: then you’ll see what’s been deposited into your account. ¬†I know some people who don’t know or understand these things, they’re like secrets to them. However it is possible that there are hidden treasures in your life, but because you’ve not fully understood what has already been deposited within you, you are not accessing them yet. All is about to change. Praise the LORD!

Like Paul’s commendation of the Saints in Ephesus, my church fellowship in St Luke’s are; full of love for God, full of faith and trust in Him, and full of love for the saints and sinners in our area. That’s so obvious whenever we gather together in Christ on Sunday’s, how we welcome strangers too, but there’s so much more that we’re NOT tapping into yet. Listen with your Spiritual Ears open as you read aloud these words again from Paul’s letter to the Ephesian Christians, I’m praying the LORD will give you eyes to see new¬†delights¬†are awaiting you in prayer.

Ephesians 1:15-23 (NIV)
15  For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16  I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
17  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20  which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
21  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
22  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
23  which is his body, the fulness of him who fills everything in every way.

First, Paul is giving thanks to the LORD for their obvious faith and love: Having a sincere love for God is a miraculous wonder and we should always give thanks and praise when we see or observe that these are evident in the lives of brothers and sisters the Lord has given us. Paul was obviously overjoyed to discover their faith was still alive and kicking in his absence. However, he didn’t STOP at giving thanks for them, he prayed they’d have even MORE: Or become even more AWARE of the great treasures in store, that have already been deposited in their Spiritual Bank Account: Their Inheritance… It something they can use and invest NOW in building God’s Kingdom.

BUT: and it’s a significant BUT ūüôā He keeps asking for MORE… Yes my friends, there’s a great deal MORE in your Spiritual Bank Account than you are probably aware of.

Ephesians 1:17.

  • – The Spirit of Wisdom.
  • – The Spirit of Revelation.

Both of these are so that we can KNOW GOD BETTER.

Too many of us think we know enough about God, but there’s always more to discover, we’ll never know everything about Father God until we meet Him face to face, then we’ll know Him fully, but in the meantime we’re limited to what He chooses to reveal to us; through His word, through the Spirit and through our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of how Paul knew the LORD, he wants EVERY believer in Jesus to KNOW what’s already available in their account, i.e. what IS available to them. That’s what Paul keeps asking, that they’ll KNOW just how much is available in their walk with Jesus. How we all NEED a much deeper knowledge of God our Heavenly Father.

Then there’s the ENLIGHTENMENT: Our text tells us what the ‘ENLIGHTENMENT’ is for, so that you may KNOW;

– KNOW THE HOPE to which He has called you.

– KNOW THE RICHES OF HIS GLORIOUS INHERITANCE in the saints.

– KNOW HIS INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER.

Enlightenment: Is what happens to a person who once lived in darkness and is brought out into the light. Like a person who spends all their time in a dark cave, they are blinded by the bright light of the sun and have to hide their eyes. So when we come to Christ we are brought from DARKNESS into the LIGHT. We see things very differently now that we know Jesus: This great HOPE to which He has called you. When you gave into Jesus and trusted Him for Salvation, you were just responding to His call. Then He filled your heart with the HOPE of Heaven. Fear has gone from your life now that you are in Jesus. Praise the LORD!

When we KNOW the HOPE: Then the way we LIVE is going to be different. We’re NOT going to be afraid in difficult situations. Hope shines in our hearts.

It’s not enough just to have a great faith and trust in Jesus or to be full of a love for the saints, because there’s so much MORE in your own spiritual inheritance. It’s already available to you. Be daring today, tap into these hidden resources at your disposal and bring Glory to your Heavenly Father. Amen!

Check The HIDDEN TREASURE: in your heart.

So my friends, Check out your Spiritual Bank Account: Have a look at it in great detail today: KNOW the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Revelation, the HOPE, the RICHES and the GREAT POWER. When we begin to tap into these Spiritual resources, God is going to be even more glorified by the way we live our lives for Him.

We’ll be more like Jesus and as we’re praying for the Evangelisation of the Nation: Many more people will see for themselves, the evidence of a transformed life. In Jesus you are being made NEW every day.

PRAY: That Christians all over the world, every Christian you know, will move onto and into an even greater understanding and knowledge of ALL that they have inherited when they trusted in Jesus Christ.

Be blessed today, overflowing with Holy Spirit, let His LOVE leak out to everyone around you. Share your HOPE in Jesus with a few people today.

Don.

Remember: I’m Praying for you too: But please PRAY for me.

I’m praying for you;

1) That the LORD will give you a wake-up-call. Every day! And you’ll want to respond.

2) That you’ll experience NOURISHMENT when you get up, read your Bible, Pray and Praise the LORD (every day).

3) That you’ll DESIRE to have times of fellowship with other brothers and sisters. Spending time together in Jesus company.

4) That you’ll GET PERSONAL REVELATION when you pray and read God’s Word.

5) That you’ll SHARE your experiences with at least FIVE other people during the week.

6) That you’ll EXPERIENCE soul satisfaction and encouragement in your life every day with Jesus.

7) That you’ll get the JOY of the LORD: He’ll put an NEW SONG in your heart. (Psalm 40:3)

8) That you’ll begin to SHINE like Moses because you’ve been in the presence of Jesus. Your GLORY GLOW.

9) That you’ll ENJOY seeking His FACE rather than His Hand. It’s so tempting to ask God just to do stuff for us, but what about seeking His FACE and His Glory, so that we can SERVE Him better instead.

10) That you’ll be able to WORSHIP in song and ENJOY extended periods of reflection throughout your days during prayer week.

 

РPray for our Baptism Candidates: Pray that the LORD will prepare their hearts to be His people, the sheep of His pasture.

– Pray for Discipleship / Evangelism / Personal Growth of Followers of Jesus.

– Pray for Evangelisation of our Nation: That there would be a NATIONAL Revival. Holy Spirit come in POWER on our land.

– Pray for the Renewal and Fire of Holy Spirit for ALL Christians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Living Like A Christian?

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Daily Spirit & Word; 650:

Does Your Conversion Affect Your Conduct?

Are You Living Like A Christian?

Good morning my friends, we’re all getting ready for Christmas. I’ve got many different things to do, it’s busy, but I love this time of the year. Thinking about the birth of my Lord Jesus. However, you are, like me, going to be inundated with invitations from the world and the flesh, how are you going to respond?

What a brilliant evening we had with a brother who was struggling to make certain his calling in Christ. Last night as we were doing some training for Street Evangelism, we were joined by a brother who was struggling with fears of all kinds. So we stopped what we were doing and spent some time going over the GOSPEL and the call of the Gospel. He had difficulty knowing how to respond.

However, what became clear was, that though he had previously made “A Profession of Faith”, from his own lips he declared, “Nothing has happened”, “I’m just the same”. What he went onto clarify was that he was still struggling with the same old things, and he didn’t know if he’d really come and trusted Christ. He tried attending worship (sporadically) and praying and reading his Bible, but there was no inward inclination to change his attitude or habits.

Was he saved? Was he a Christian who’d been filled with God’s Spirit? It soon became clear he wasn’t, but last night he finally trusted in Jesus death upon the Cross for his sins and received Him as Lord. Having grasped the full meaning of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Does Your Conversion Affect Your Conduct?

2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

What promises is the verse referring to?

We must remember that when Paul originally wrote 2nd Corinthians it didn’t have chapter or verse divisions, it was a letter. So looking back in the letter we’ll see “these promises” he’s referring to.

He is of course referring to;  2 Corinthians 6:16-18

16 ¬†What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
17 ¬†“Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
18 ¬†“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

When we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour: We are born of the Spirit, he takes up residence within our bodies and we become the Temple of the Living God. He’s in us, we are Holy. Verse 18 reveals God’s promise to “be a Father to you”. We are God’s children, His sons and daughters, when we receive Jesus Christ. That’s God’s awesome promise. Also declared in John 1:12-13.

So with these great promises in place in your heart, God is encouraging you to live a moral life: “let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

How can you¬†cleanse¬†yourself? How can we ‘perfect’ holiness?

Christians are often attacked in the media and everyday-life as hypocrites: i.e. “their conduct doesn’t match their profession” and “They say they are ‘Christians’, but they don’t live like Christians should.” No doubt we ALL fail to fully live up to the high calling of purity and holiness of life, but the failure is not CHRISTIANITY or our LORD Jesus Christ, but the fault is with us. It’s because we’re not making use of everything the Lord has provided for our moral conduct in the world: His power and His presence that will enable us to overcome the flesh, the world and the devil.

To cleanse ourselves and to perfect holiness, we need a healthy fear God’s holiness. We don’t fear His person, because He is our Father and we are joint heirs with the Lord Jesus Christ, as God’s children we too are dearly loved, but God is still completely holy and cannot tolerate sin. Our fellowship with Him is broken when we are contaminated and still living in sin (1 John 1:5-10).

I really love the old KJV of the Bible, because it doesn’t mince it’s word choice here, it calls our¬†deliberate dabbling and playing with the disgusting things of this world; “filthiness“.

2 Corinthians 7:1 (KJV) “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

The things the people of the world accept as OK are filthy in God’s eyes:

Think about movies, videos, games, adverts on TV, game-shows, TV soaps, magazines and newspapers etc, they are all filled with filthy rubbish that will contaminate the pure mind of the follower of Jesus. Their pages and programs are choc-a-block with sexual scenes, filthy language and blasphemy. Every night on TV you’ll hear people taking the Lord Jesus holy name and using it as a swear word or an expletive. They use Jesus glorious Name as a profane or obscene expression, usually of surprise or anger. We watched a police enforcement program the other day. People caught by the Police were rude, very rude, disgusting use of language to a person in authority. On the News last night, the Police were trying to control the crowds of shoppers in Oxford Street, their language and conduct was appalling towards each other and to the Police. Pushing, shoving, shouting, swearing and queue jumping. Some poor old lady was in tears because she just couldn’t get on a bus, because young people kept jumping in front of her. They’d all been Christmas Shopping.

God wants His children to be pure and holy like He is, because He’s living in us.

That is why God doesn’t want you to defile the Temple of the Living God: your body.

Flesh & Spirit:

How can we ‘purify’ ourselves.

The truth is we can’t, we can’t because only the blood of Jesus can wash away sin. However, we can enlist His Holy help. Jesus Christ is in you, the Holy Spirit is in you, God the Father is in you. Your body is God’s dwelling place, so LIVE as Jesus would. Live as Jesus did, a pure and holy life.

When you fail, you’ll know it.

Your Spirit within you will not be at ease with SIN or moral filthiness.

If you ever get to the point in your ‘Christian’ walk, where you can sin and it doesn’t bother you, you are either UNSAVED in the first place or you’ve been given over to your heart’s desires. You’ll need to REPENT and trust Jesus Christ and receive His Holy Spirit. Confess your weaknesses: to Jesus, to each other. Tell the Lord about how you’ve grown to love sin, how you’ve become enamoured and¬†longing¬†for the dog’s vomit again. How you’ve become like a pig, wallowing in the filthy mud and muck of the world. Ask Him to take away the LOVE of sinning. Pray that He’ll really become for you, the Alpha and the Omega of your daily walk, the first and last of your affections.

Question: Does your conversion match your conduct? Are you a professing Christian who’s living a double life? Publicly attending worship, but secretly thoroughly embedded in the world?

In truth, we’ve all got a tendency towards the flesh and gratifying it’s desires. It’s a daily battle and with the LORD’S help,¬†presence¬†and power you are going to win. You will need to remain connected: with Jesus, with fellowship with brothers and sisters in the faith. You’ll need to keep being filled afresh with God the Holy Spirit. You’ll need to constantly confess and repent and return; sometimes many times a day. However, be assured that it will become a JOY to be Holy as Jesus is Holy. He’ll give you new desires in your heart. You’ll be loving, joyful, kind, gentle, patient, goodness will be evident to all, you’ll be faithful and self-controlled. Get filled-up with God’s Spirit right now.

2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

  • Your body is a Temple of God’s presence.
  • You are a child of God, He is your Father.
  • He’s with you forever.

BE STILL: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:1-11).

Have an AWESOME DAY of Holiness with Jesus.

Don.

Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus the ONLY WAY to God?

Daily Spirit & Word: 641: Is Jesus God?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mustafa said, “Guilty”

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

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

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

Mustafa said, “I don’t”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have an awesome day with Jesus,

Don.

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

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

 

Trinity Revealed

God is; Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Daily Spirit & Word: 635. Trinity REVEALED.

The Holy Trinity and The Holy WORD of God.

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

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

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

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

So can we find the TRINITY in the Old Testament?

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

Take for instance the first few verses of Isaiah 6.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOW CAN WE TRUST THE BIBLE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have an awesome day WITH Jesus your LORD and SAVIOUR.

Be full of God: The Holy Spirit.

Cry out to God your Heavenly Father.

Don.

 

When Pig Food Looks Tasty

Tasty looking pig food

Daily Spirit & Word: 590:

When The Pig Food Looks Tasty.

“You know you are in deep trouble when the PIG FOOD looks tasty”

 

Good morning my friends, I’ve had some really dodgy food on my travels around the world, but I’ve never fancied eating pig’s food.

There’s a famous,¬†riveting, wonderful, familiar and heart-warming parable of Jesus in the Bible. It’s about a loving father who has two sons, one of them is a ‘good’ boy and the other is the black-sheep of the family, the wanderer and the waster.¬†You can read it yourself in Luke’s Gospel: Luke 15:11-32. However I’m feeling led to share just a small portion of that story and dwell upon the obvious outcome of a series of foolish life choices.

The prodigal Son has left home with his share of his father’s fortune, after spending it all on wild living he finds himself far away from home, working as a hired hand on a pig farm – feeding pigs.

Luke 15:13-16 13 ¬†“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.¬†14 ¬†After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.¬†15 ¬†So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.¬†16 ¬†He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no-one gave him anything…”

It’s astonishing, but such a SAD reality, that so many of us do things we KNOW will harm us. After spending time wasting precious resources we begin to desire obviously rotten things. Over the years of my adult life I’ve had friends, colleagues and relatives who’ve jumped into situations that would make your hair curl. No amount of advice or warning or patiently counselling has averted the direction of their life choices. Many, who knew and loved them, could see what would happen, some warned, some winced and some abandoned them to their choices.

It was shocking, but I’ve known a well respected and devout Sunday School teacher throw her husband out of the bedroom and move her lover in. Yet she steadfastly believed she was doing the right things and wanted to continue being a Sunday School Teacher. I don’t think her eyes have ever been opened to enable her to see that it was wrong.

However, it has been an eye opener for me, slowly I’ve come to realise that we’ve just got to let some people go. It’s hard and it’s horrible.¬†Yes, we can and should warn and do all that we can to advise and guide, but ultimately we’ve got to love them enough to let them go and discover how bad the Pig Food¬†is¬†for themselves.

I think that’s what Jesus was trying to show us with the Father and his sons in this story. He gave his son what he wanted, then let him go, yet behind the scenes it was obvious the father never stopped loving his son and wanted him to come back home again. No matter what that son did, the father couldn’t change his love for him.

Here the son is looking at PIG FOOD and desiring it for himself.

When Jesus told this story it would have been shocking for the Jews, because they don’t keep pigs. So for a good Jewish boy to be hiring himself out to a farmer in a foreign land who does, tells us something. Yet here he’d reached such a sad state in his life that he wanted to eat the same food the unclean pigs were eating. How disgusting is that? I’ve looked after pigs, but yucky-d-yuck I’ve never wanted to eat it ūüôā

That’s how so many lovely people that I know have ended up. They’ve wandered so far away from the Lord and His will for their lives, they’re DESIRING the things that sinners long for in life. They are in the Pig Sty rolling around in the mud and thinking it’s wonderful. Those things have grabbed hold of their lives and they just can’t seem to let go. It was a long-and-winding-road to this disaster, and many could see where they were heading.

Imagine how that father felt as he watched his son walking down the road away from home with a bag full of money. Perhaps the father could see in his son’s eyes, that no matter what he said, his son wasn’t going to listen to reason.

Spend enough time with pigs and you’ll end up behaving like one.

This boy had been living the wild-life, spending his money on foolish things, but when the money ran out, the good times were gone: he had NOTHING. Imagine PIG FOOD looking tasty!

I suppose at any moment he could have just said to the landowner “I’ve had enough, I’m off” We don’t know how long he was away from home, Jesus¬†doesn’t¬†go into that level of detail. What is amazing is how long people stay away from Jesus. They’ve known the love of the Lord, His forgiveness, the power of praise, great friendship and fellowship, the joy of Kingdom living. But somehow they’ve gotten so enthralled with the world’s offerings that nothing can divert them from the pathway of destruction.

Thankfully, Jesus story has a wonderful warm ending. I’ve been moved to tears reading this parable. (I used to weep at Lassie films too). I just get all goose-bumpy thinking about the wayward son returning to his father’s home and receiving such a warm welcome.

Sometimes though, the reality is, lots of the people that we love just don’t seem to want to come home, preferring instead the pig sty and the disgusting pig food. Perhaps they’ve not reached the pig-pen yet. It might take a few more sniffs of horrible pods before they come to their senses.

What can we do?

  • Pray for them.
  • Continue to advise if they’re receptive.
  • Be patient, kind and generous, even when they won’t come home.
  • Get alongside them.
  • Let them see how good life is in God’s Kingdom.
  • Don’t judge them, we’ve ALL been prodigal children and wasted our Father’s inheritance.
  • Be nice and kind and generous when they do come back home.

Notice in the story the Father didn’t even let his son finish telling him how sorry he was. So overjoyed to see his beloved son returning. When we experience LOVE like that, when we’ve wandered and come back home, what a wonderful feeling it is, so how can we ever¬†withhold¬†that same love for our wandering brothers and sisters in Jesus?

Colossians 3:12-14¬† “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.¬†13 ¬†Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.¬†14 ¬†And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

The Bible has a lot to say about that kind of LOVE:

“Love covers over a multitude of sins.” It’s like Father God looks at our hearts when we come back to Him, He knows how sorry we are and puts His loving hand over our mouth to shut-us-up and stop talking, because He wants to throw a big party to let us KNOW how much he loves us. WOWzer!

You can do it for your brothers and sisters. You know they’ve hit rock bottom when the pig food begins to look tasty.

But, you must also watch your own life.

There have been occasions when trying to help others in deep trouble and sin when I’ve also been tempted in exactly the same ways. It’s NOT good for you to fall away too, so don’t ever think you can’t be tempted. TRUST and walk with Jesus in the power of the Spirit and stay humble, honest with your own thinking, and pure in you mind. Watch out because the Devil plays dirty.

Matthew 26:41¬†¬†“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Have an awesome week, and stay away from the Pig Food.

Keep close to Jesus, be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Don.

 

The Supremacy of Jesus

Jesus is the Supreme Being in the Universe today

Daily Spirit & Word, 582:

The Supremacy of Jesus Christ.

Good morning my friends, it’s so good to be back with you again. It was a wonderful holiday with Julie; we’ve seen family, visited friends and places around London and taken time to make-and-mend in the house and garden. However, I’ve seen that following Jesus requires that we’re constant with Him. We need Him every day, but why do we need Jesus so much in life today? Are you convinced that you need Jesus? Let’s see what God’s Word tells us about Him: Let’s refresh ourselves with the written testimony about our Lord and Saviour.

Our Bible Reading Today:

Colossians 1:15-23 
15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Born on Earth as a man: The True Image of God)
16  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (Jesus is the Creator).
17  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (He sustains the Universe).
18  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
19  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, (Jesus was always; fully God).
20  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (His sacrificial death brings PEACE through His blood).
21  Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour.
22¬†¬†But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation‚ÄĒ¬†23¬†¬†if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Jesus IS The Supreme Being: He IS God.

He said to Philip, “If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father” John 14:9

In context: to Doubting Thomas’ questions about where Jesus is going.

What more can we say about Jesus?

James Allan Francis (1864-1928). DD (One Solitary Life)

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.

He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put his foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He had nothing to do with this world except the naked power of His divine manhood. While still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away, one of them betrayed Him, one of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying‚ÄĒand that was his coat. When he was dead He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever sailed, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of mankind upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life:¬†Jesus Christ.

  • So Jesus never wrote a book: But today there are more books about Jesus than any other figure in the history of mankind.
  • He only had a handful of followers when He died, but now countless millions name Jesus as LORD and it’s still the fastest growing religion in the world.
  • Jesus splits the History of Mankind: BC & AD…

What more can we say about Jesus?

He is Supreme: But what does that mean to you and me?

1) Jesus Reveals God To Mankind:

Before Jesus came God was just an idea, but upon His arrival upon the earth, He became an ICON (The exact representation of God the Father on the Earth).

We all know what ICONS are:

Take out your mobile phone, if you have one, look at the screen, you’ll see little Icons that represent different things; Calendar, Contacts, Facebook, Twitter, Photos, ¬†etc. You know that these Icons represent all your information; you can just click on one of those Icons and they’ll take you to your desired information, right?

  • If I click Calendar, I can see all my upcoming appointments.
  • If I click Contacts and know where all my friends live.
  • If I click Facebook I can see what all my friends have been sharing with the world.
  • If you come to Jesus, If you connect with Jesus, the ICON of God, you connect immediatly with the Father.

Jesus said:

Matthew 11:27¬† “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No-one knows the Son except the Father, and no-one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Look at those words carefully, “No-one knows the Son, No-one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him”… i.e. You can’t KNOW GOD by any other way than by coming to Jesus Christ.

That’s why Jesus said, “I AM the Way, and the Truth and the Life” John 14:6.

It not by reason, but by revelation.¬†You can’t discover God the Father by human reason alone, you’ll never argue a person into the Kingdom of Heaven, they, you and I and everyone needs a REVELATION of God by Jesus Christ, even today.

That’s why Jesus is your ICON: Click / Connect with Jesus and you’ll discover God the Father.

Colossians 1:15 and 19: ¬†“He is the image (ICON) of the invisible God,” and “God was pleased to have all his¬†fullness¬†dwell in him”.

Children Ask: “What does God look like?”

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had schoolchildren come into St Luke’s and ask me that question: “What does God look like?” My answer is always the same, “He’s exactly like Jesus” When Jesus wan on the earth, He said, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen my Father”. “The Only way to see the Father is by coming to me”. Do you want to see what God looks like? Then come to Jesus by faith.

2) Jesus IS the Creator:

Look with me at verse 16 of our Bible reading today:

Colossians 1:16¬†“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” (Jesus is the Creator).

a) Jesus Is The POWER of His Creation:

John tells us the same thing about Jesus: John 1:3

John 1:3¬†3¬† “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

NOTHING was there before Jesus made it. NOTHING. He made the whole UNIVERSE out of NOTHING.

Now, we can’t do that can we, we can’t make an Egg out of nothing. We can’t even make a mud-pie out of nothing, we need dirt and water to make mud-pies. Jesus made it ALL out of NOTHING.

That’s why Jesus could: Walk on water, make wine out of water, heal the sick and raise the dead back to life again, because in Him is LIFE, He is the Creative POWER behind everything.

Jesus is the Power of Creation, but Jesus is also the Preserver of His Creation.

b) Jesus Preserves His Creation:

Look with me at verse 17 of our reading today;

Colossians 1:17 “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

DARK MATTER: Scientists for years have been trying to discover “DARK MATTER” the missing force in the universe. They call it ‘Dark Matter’ because they can’t see it or even find it, but they know it’s there. My friends, it’s the most massive missing force, but the Bible reveals what that force that keeps the whole universe together is. “It’s Jesus”. He’s the super-glue that keeps it all together. He’s not dark-matter though, He’s the Light of the Universe. He’s the Light of the world. In Him there is NO Darkness at all. “In HIM all things hold together”…

When you are getting married, you cleave to your husband. A husband cleaves to his wife. The CLING (HOLD) together. That which God has joined together, let not man separate. Stuck together forever by God. Jesus holds ALL THINGS together.

c) Jesus is the Purpose of His Creation:

He did it all for Himself.

“It’s NOT about you” We’d like to think the universe revolves around and about us, but let’s get a reality check this morning my friends, Jesus made the whole of CREATION for Himself.

Verse 16:¬†¬†“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”

“All THINGS were Created by HIM and for HIM”… WOWzer! That’s an awesome REVELATION isn’t it? Jesus is the PURPOSE of the UNIVERSE. He’s not just the Power of the Creation, He’s not just the Glue of¬†Creation, He’s the Purpose of His Creation too.

3) Finally, Jesus is the RECONCILER OF HIS CREATION.

Let’s remind ourselves of the last few verses of our Bible reading today;

Colossians 1:20-23¬†¬†“and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (His sacrificial death brings PEACE through His blood).

21  Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour.
22¬†¬†But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation‚ÄĒ¬†23¬†¬†if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Jesus RECONCILED All Things: In heaven and on the Earth.

Do you know what ‘reconciled’ means? It means to bring-back-together again. Be made one with another. To bring into alignment again. Like Iran and the UK opening up the British¬†Embassy in Tehran again. After many years of being without an Ambassador in Iran, Britain and Iran have been RECONCILED. Brought back together again.

A husband and wife: who’d been having difficulties in their marriage, finally got back together, they were RECONCILED after years of struggle and their LOVE is stronger now that it’s ever been.

You and me: If you’ve come to TRUST Jesus as your Saviour and Lord: He has reconciled you to God the Father.

We were separated from God, why? The reading tells us; “because of your evil behaviour”.

Now you’ll get offended; “I’m NOT evil” I can hear the gears in your mind whirring and twirling right now. “I’m NOT evil”… However, the Bible tells us that we ARE until we’ve been RECONCILED by the Lord Jesus Christ.

How are we ‘evil’? What is ‘evil’? Evil is the force behind rebellion and disobedience. We’ve all rebelled against God, we’ve all be disobedient to His Commands.

That’s why we need Jesus: It’s not that He’s just made the whole Creation, the He’s the Power, the Preserver and the Purpose of His Creation, but He’s also the ONLY ONE who could bring His Creation back to Himself once again. He is the only way back to God the Father: That’s why Jesus came to His Creation.

He came and He died: He shed His innocent blood: In order that He might SAVE those that He’d Created.

Conclusion:

My friends, we’ve seen the Majesty of Jesus, but now I want to show the¬†Mystery¬†of Jesus: He came to His Creation to SAVE Mankind.

Isaiah reveals a little secret that we’ve been looking at today;

Isaiah 33:22¬† “For the¬†LORD¬†is our¬†judge,¬†the¬†LORD¬†is our¬†lawgiver,¬†the¬†LORD¬†is our¬†king;¬†it is he who will¬†save¬†us.”

  • Jesus is your Judge:¬†He’s coming back again to Judge the Living and Dead.
  • Jesus is your LAW giver:¬†He gave us the 10 Commandments. So that we could see our need of a Saviour. We’ve failed that Law and will be judged Justly by the LORD according to it.
  • Jesus is the KING:¬†The Lord is your King. One day every knee will bow before Him. Let’s do it NOW before it’s too late and we leave this earth without bowing before the LORD our King whilst we’ve still got a chance.
  • Jesus is the SAVIOUR:¬†“is is HE who will save us”. He died so that you might be saved from God’s wrath.

So my friends, I plead with every single on of you today, be RECONCILED to God. Jesus is the Creator, He is the Power of Creation, The Preserver of Creation, The Purpose of Creation but He’s also the Reconciler of His Creation. Will you be reconciled to God: Come, come to Jesus Christ right now. Don’t wait. Trust Him. Receive Him. Repent and trust the Only Saviour of Mankind today. He’s not Dark Matter, but the Light of Life the Creator who knitted you together in your mother’s womb.

We sang this song today:

“This Kingdom” It’s all about our King Jesus.

Jesus
The expression of God’s love
The grace of God, the Word of God
Revealed to us
Jesus, God’s holiness displayed
Now glorified, now justified
His kingdom comes.

What an Awesome Hymn of Praise to Jesus.

Can we sing it and mean it today?

I’m praying that all my brothers and sisters in Jesus will have an awesome time of worship today.

I’m praying for everyone that I know who has yet to come to Jesus in faith and trust, turning from sin to be saved by Him, the LORD of all Creation.

I’m praying for our Nation today, we need to KNOW Jesus afresh in the UK. We need to know our need of Jesus.

I’m praying for the World today, the world that Jesus made, because the world needs to know the Creator and why He came to the Earth.

I’m praying for Christians today, that they’ll be fired up with the Gospel (Good News: that Jesus wants all people to be saved). That every Christian will be so full of Jesus love that they’ll leak that love everywhere they go.

I’m praying the LORD’S Prayer today: Thy Kingdom Come on Earth as it is in Heaven. Amen!

Have an awesome day with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Don.

Like the first gleam of dawn

Let your light so shine

Daily Spirit & Word 563: Shine Bright Like the First Gleam of Dawn.

Proverbs 4:18¬† “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,¬†shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”¬†¬†

My grandchildren love the song ‘Let it go’ from the movie ‘Frozen’, even Karamoko, who’s only one, sings along and shouts louder with the line “Let It Go”. Now when the kids argue or fight, as all little kids under five seem to do, you’ll hear me singing to them, “Let It Go, Let It Go” with a big smile it sometimes works to¬†diffuse¬†the situation.

We had a wonderful Discipleship Meeting last night, with a few more people; God is growing our group! Praise the Lord! We got talking about what it means to be a Follower of Jesus; “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”… Taking that seriously, with a definite decision to be Christ’s Disciples.

We got onto the subject of “Letting your light shine”.

But my Grandchildren also love Rihannah’s song, “Shine Bright Like A Diamond” with their hands extended into the air they sing, “Shining bright like a diamond”….

Now my friends, Jesus wants you to “Let your light so shine before men”…

BUT: What did Jesus mean?

  • Was it; “Show off and let everybody see how good you are?” NO!
  • Was it; “Shine for all the world to see that you are great?” NO!
  • Was it; “Shine and let them see you are awesome and powerful and ‘spiritual’?” NO!

What was it then?

Matthew 5:16¬†“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

It’s so that your Heavenly Father is glorified. However, it is by your ‘good works’, i.e. the good things that you do.

This is a concept that’s in many other places in God’s Word.

SHINE YOUR LIGHT.

Psalm 112:4¬†4¬† “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness:¬†he is¬†gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.”

When we are upright, gracious and full of compassion and righteous, then even when it gets dark in our lives, there is going to be a light that ariseth (A new day dawning, A Sunrise)… I don’t know about you, but I just love getting up before sunrise, just to watch the sun getting out of bed ūüôā It’s glorious.

My friends, when you do good things, show compassion, are gracious towards others and righteous in the ways that you live your life, people are going to see those good things, they’ll recognise “There’s something different about her / him” Your light is going to shine as bright as the sunshine, you are going to be like a ‘Diamond in the Sky’, because Jesus said it would “You ARE the light of the world” and when your light shines, because of your goodness, your good deeds, then people are going to GLORIFY God.

We want everybody to know that God is real, that being a Christian makes a difference in our lives and the lives of those around about us, don’t we? Let’s let our light shine today. Amen! When we do, then we’re going to be the ‘Fishermen’ that Jesus called us to be when we began following Him, we’re going to catch ‘fish’ when we get closer to Jesus.

Oh, and let’s “Let it go” too ūüôā Let’s not hang onto hurts and the way people have offended us, forgive people quickly, get over it and you’ll see that this too will be like shining your light in the world.

NOW: Christians can sing with new words;

“Let it GLOW, Let it GLOW”¬† ūüė鬆 ūüė鬆 ūüė鬆 ūüė鬆

Proverbs 4:18¬† “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,¬†shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

I’m looking forward to seeing all my Christians friends shining like the first gleam of dawn today.

Even in the coldest places and the darkest nights of your life, your LIGHT is going to shine.

Don.

 

Jesus Is Your Authority For His Mission

Jesus Gives Authoity

Daily Spirit & Word, 514: Jesus Is Your Authority For His Mission.

 40 Days With Jesus: Day 31: Matthew 28:18.

Good morning my friends.¬†Firstly let me thank you all for your prayers. I missed posting yesterday because I was in terrible pain, it didn’t get any better throughout the day. Yes! I’ve been taking my tablets and they eased the pain, but as soon as they were wearing off, the pain returned. I’m still praising the LORD and what’s helped more than tablets is the knowledge, that brothers and sisters are praying for me. That the Lord is faithful and when we turn to Him in praise and thanksgiving He hears us. He’s truly the GREAT SHEPHERD of the sheep and walks through the valley of the shadow of death with us.

Divine Authority To EVANGELISE.

Today, we’re continuing with this week’s focus on the GREAT COMMISSION. How we’re sent out into the world to bring others into God’s Kingdom and how we’re to disciple those who respond to the Gospel. Today, we’re going to discover the ultimate AUTHORITY for our Mission: it’s the LORD Jesus Christ Himself. Knowing this will set us free, because we’ll KNOW we’re not just taking the initiative to go and evangelise others, but we’re just being obedient and we’ve also got Divine authority to share the Gospel with EVERYONE.

Authority: The Bible has so much to tell us about Authority, but let’s just make certain we understand the word and what Jesus meant when He said,

Matthew 28:18 18 ¬†Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Authority Means:

  • The power or right to give orders or make decisions.
  • A person or persons who exercise administrative control over others; e.g. the local Government Authority.
  • An expert whose views are taken as definitive.
  • Freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities.
  • An authoritative written work

So we can see that Jesus has been given Authority: The Power and Right to GIVE ORDERS and to MAKE DECISIONS. He had ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL He is an EXPERT who’s views are to be taken as DEFINITIVE. There is no DOUBT and every Disciple can have an ASSURED BELIEF in His ABILITIES to perform or do all that He’s promised. He’s also given us His AUTHORITATIVE WRITTEN WORD: The Bible.

Now when we read Jesus words again; “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” We can see that it’s not a little bit of authority or partial authority, but ALL authority has been given to Jesus Christ. Not just on earth or over our lives but over the whole Universe and the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus really is the Boss of the Cosmos and the Heavenly places.

What does that mean?

Well when I was in the Royal Navy, I was given authority sometimes to enter certain restricted areas. Even though Military personnel had their Identification Card that enabled them to enter Military Establishments, I had a much higher clearance, I could enter Top Secret areas. How? Because I’d been given a photographic and electronic pass that I wore around my neck. When I placed the pass on a machine, the gates opened and I was allowed to enter. If someone tried to enter who didn’t have one of those passes or even some other way; all Hell would break-out and armed security guards would come running to the scene. The pass was my authority to enter and gain access.

Those who belong to Jesus have been given similar authority to access areas and powers that normal human beings cannot. We are members of an elite group, because we’ve been specially selected by the Lord of Creation and given His permission to go anywhere in the world with the specific mandate of fulfilling His commands.

How can we do this?

Because Jesus is the ONE who has the AUTHORITY to send us. 

Where does Jesus Authority come from? The answer is given to us in the passage we just read above. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18.

Jesus told us many times throughout His ministry that the Father and the Son are ONE: but the Son willingly and wholeheartedly submits to the Father’s will. Why? Because, unlike sinful human beings, God is LOVE and Jesus knew His Father intimately. He knew that submission is complete FREEDOM. To submit in this way takes total trust. Just as a child trusts his own father, i.e. he’ll launch himself into his father’s arms from a great height. So Jesus fully trusts His Father, even to the point of giving up His own life upon the cross. Even though Jesus submits to the Father’s will, He is non-the-less DIVINE. Many times we’ll read in the Bible of the Jews understanding of this, because time and again they tried to stone Jesus because He claimed to be the Son of God. To them such a statement was blasphemy, because they said, “You are mere man, claim to be equal with God”. He did, because He was. Jesus Christ the Carpenter’s son, was also the Divine Son of God on earth. He has been given ALL authority.

But notice that Jesus didn’t just leave us with the Father and Son relationship. In this passage He also reveals our Mission and Commission is from; The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: The Trinity. What a divine MANDATE we have for sharing the Gospel. It’s not our message, but His. It’s not our idea or our own initiative to GO. The Disciples din’t just dream it up my friends, it’s not another good idea, it’s a God idea. It’s His WILL, it’s HIS Mission and He has the Authority to COMMISSION.

Notice also the word COMMISSION: ¬†It should remind you that not only have you got the Authority to go, but it’s a JOINT Mission. We’re simply working in a team: It’s a DIVINE team: We’ve get to accompany Jesus, because He’s with us Always. We also get the Holy Spirit, who’s in us and empowering us for the Mission. We also get the presence of our Heavenly Father, because when we come to Jesus we become ONE with Him too. WOWzer! We’re on a Mission together to go out into the world an reach out to mankind, to seek and to save the lost together.

That tells me this today:

  1. We’ve been sent out to do it: Evangelise.
  2. We’ve got Divine Authority to do it: Evangelise.
  3. We’ve got Divine Company in it: Evangelise.
  4. We’ve got Divine Power to accomplish it: Evangelise.

Now all we’ve got to do is TRUST AND OBEY. We’ve got everything we need to accomplish God’s Mission we’re doing it together, so let’s trust Jesus’ words today and in simple, childlike obedience, do it. As you do it, knowing you’ve been sent and are accompanied by Jesus will give you great confidence. I’m sure those Disciples who doubted when they saw Jesus would have had their doubts displaced either at His words or later when the Holy Spirit filled them, but it would only have been confirmed as they were being obedient. It was, when Peter stood up to address the crowds on the Day of Pentecost: The Divine POWER was made manifest and 3000 people came to Jesus Christ that day. It will happen to you too my friends, but you’ll only see it if you are obedient. You’ll never experience it in any other way: all you’ve got to do is TRUST AND OBEY.¬†

So whenever you don’t feel like going and sharing and spreading the GOOD NEWS, know this and take it to heart: Jesus has given you the authority to proclaim the Gospel to everyone, He’s given you the Power through His Holy Spirit, so that you don’t have to depend upon your own strength, and to top it all off, He’s going to go out with you. Oh WOWzer! Why wouldn’t you go and have a go today? Try it in His strength. Share the Gospel with someone today: YOU’LL BE AMAZED at the results.

Have an awesome day my friends, fulfilling the LORD’S Mission with Him and In Him. Do it today.

Don.

P.S. Just in case you don’t know WHAT the Good News is, that you’ve been Commissioned and Commanded to share;

  1. Everybody on Earth Today: Needs Jesus Christ. Why? Because without Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, they’ll perish in Hell.
  2. Compassion Compels Us: You wouldn’t sit idly by and watch your neighbour’s house burn with them inside it would you? No, of course not. So normal human compassion for others will compel even the most timid Christian to reach out and save those who’re headed for the fires of hell. You’ll overcome your fears of rejection, when you get a decent amount of compassion.
  3. Why are they headed for Hell? Because everyone has SINNED. Every single human being has broken God’s Commandments. It’s the breaking of His commandments that makes us sinners. No sinner can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Even one lie will make us unfit for Heaven. So we need to be cleansed from all sin. Our sins need to be washed away.
  4. Nobody wants Righteousness: Many people try lots of things like religion or good works to be saved. They don’t naturally want to come to Jesus Christ to be made righteous in God’s sight. They think they can do it themselves. That’s why God has told us He hates ‘religion’. Everyone who’s trusting in their own goodness to get into heaven will be sadly and cruelly dissappointed. Because, nothing good that we do can remove the stain of sin. We need life-blood and death to take away the punishment for sin in our life. Jesus died so that we could be forgiven. The Bible tells us that the “WAGES of SIN is DEATH” and we must know, that unlike some bosses who’ll try and scam their employees, God always pays His wages. You’ll get your wages for sin, death and judgement and Hell, unless you’ve had your sins removed.
  5. What gives people a hunger for righteousness? Faith comes by hearing God’s Word. When you go out in the power of the Holy Spirit, He goes with you. As you share the Gospel of man’s need for righteousness with God, He’ll bring conviction that leads to repentance, which is a Turning away from sin and He’ll also convince people that Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY of Salvation. Jesus is everyone’s only hope of Heaven.
  6. When folks are sufficiently convicted, then you can share the Good News: There’s a way to avoid Hell. It’s by TRUSTING IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. It’s not simply saying, “I believe in Jesus” or “I give my heart to Jesus”, but being convinced that without Him and His sacrifice upon the Cross for your sins, you are headed for Hell. So the only way that you can be saved is by receiving His forgiveness and receiving Him as your Lord. Once a person trusts in Jesus, they will be saved from God’s wrath and anger against sin.
  7. God did it because He loves: For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish (in Hell) but will receive the gift of everlasting life” John 3:16. I repeat, to believe is not simply to say “I believe in Jesus”, the Devil does that and trembles. But to TRUST IN Jesus death.
  8. Ask them when they are going to TRUST in Jesus? We don’t know if this day will be our last day on earth. When we die we’ll either face God’s Judgement and be cast into Hell because we’ve still got sin on us or we’ll be welcomed into Heaven, because we’ve had our sins removed.
  9. Encourage them to TRUST IN JESUS TODAY. Today is the day of salvation.
  10. You’ve been given everything you need and Jesus is with you, the Holy Spirit is your Helper, He’ll empower you. Now: When will you next share the Gospel of Jesus Christ? People NEED Jesus. They don’t need Him to improve their life here on earth, they need Him so that they can enjoy eternity. God loves everyone and doesn’t want anyone to perish in Hell, that’s why He’s commissioned you my dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

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