Believe In The Kingdom POWER of God’s Word.

The Force Is Within You

Daily Spirit & Word: 694:

Believe In The Kingdom POWER of God’s Word.

Good morning my friends. Don’t you just LOVE Sundays? The LORD’S DAY. We’re so blessed at the moment here in the UK, because, up until quite recently, we’ve enjoyed relative freedom to proclaim God’s Word. Some day soon that freedom may be taken from us, because there are powerful forces gathering to put a muzzle on the mouths of Christians and Ministers. Let’s enjoy the freedom whilst we can, for today’s WORD from the LORD tells us about a SECRET POWER: When you proclaim God’s WORD it has a POWER all of it’s own.

I don’t know if you like Star Wars: I’ve not seen the new movie yet, but I’ve heard it’s quite good. The FORCE is strong in you. (Luke Skywalker). My friends, the Kingdom Power of God’s Word is STRONG within you.

However, I need to ask you are question right at the start of my sermon today: “Do you believe in the POWER of God’s Word?”

“Do You Believe in the POWER of God’s Word?”

Today, Jesus tells us two parables in Mark’s Gospel. Keep in mind the parable of the Sower and the Soils: Also, bear in mind that Jesus is instructing His Disciples, because He wants them to go on to become teachers of God’s Word when He’s gone. He leaves them with some amazing powerful examples that will sustain them through the troubled times to come.

There are sometimes when we sow God’s Word, that it doesn’t appear to have any effect, thankfully Jesus shows today that every Word of God has a life of it’s own, it is POWERFUL my friends. It is not called the SWORD of the SPIRIT lightly. It has power to cut right through flesh and hit to the heart.

Mark 4:26-34 (NIV) LIFE IN THE SEED. Kingdom Life.
26  He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
27  Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
28  All by itself the soil produces corn—first the stalk, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
29  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Mark 4:30-34. Kingdom Growth.
30  Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?
31  It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground.
32  Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”
33  With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.
34  He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

LEARN the Secrets of the Kingdom and the POWER of God’s WORD

Yes my friends, Jesus wanted His Disciples to LEARN the Secrets of the Kingdom and the POWER of God’s WORD. He wanted them to know, believe, trust and not doubt that God’s Word when; sown, spoken, planted and shared in the hearts of people, it will accomplish what God wants it to. It grows when the farmer, the one who’s sown it is not even around. When he’s awake or asleep, It has a LIFE all of it’s own.

Also that it may begin small, but it keeps growing into a mighty tree. Powerful: is the Word of God.

The Word of the Lord is Powerful and Active:

Listen now to what God tells us in Hebrews:

Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV)
12  For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
13  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

What does it say about God’s Word: 

LIVING: Those little seed might look dead, but they have LIFE inside them: They are little Miracles.

ACTIVE: i.e. not passive. It puts down roots deep into the heart and keeps digging.

SHARPER than any double-edged sword: A double sharpened sword was a lethal weapon in the hands of a skilled Roman soldier, but God’s WORD is even more POWERFUL: When you walk around with God’s Word inside your head, did you know that you are carrying a concealed weapon? Not just any concealed weapon, but a weapon that’s sharper and more powerful than any earthly weapons. Even those weapons of mass destruction are not as powerful as the Word of God. That’s why the Chineese and Russian Governments are afraid of Christianity. It’s why they lock up and torture Spirit Filled Believers, because they know the POWER of a Converted Christian who doesn’t just believe in Jesus, but knows the POWER of God’s Word and how to use it. They’re happy to have bland, state-sanctioned churches that are simply being ‘religious’, but they hate it when real Christians who’re on fire with the living, active and powerful Word of God begin to use it in their daily lives.

It’s not just living, active and powerful, it PENETRATES:

I watched a programme about the Second World War: How the Germans had built massive, strong underground bases, where they; stored fuel, made weapons and housed thousands of workers. They’d re-inforced those structures with six-feet thick REINFORCED concrete, thinking they’d be impenetrable, but how wrong they were. The Allies had a secret weapon of their own, The Tall-Boy Bomb (Boom): Designed to break through the toughest reinforced concrete bunkers.

My friends, the WORD of God is even more POWERFUL than the biggest Tall-Boy Bomb: It penetrates. Listen again to God’s Word: In fact, let’s read it aloud together: Because, do you know that “Faith Comes By Hearing”?

Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV) Let’s read aloud together now:
12  For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
13  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Finally, it’s not just; living, active, powerful, penetrating, but it JUDGES.

What does it judge? “The thoughts and attitudes of the heart”…

EXAMPLE: My friends, we meet people all the time as we go out to share the Gospel. They’ll say, “I don’t believe that God would send anyone to hell forever”… However, the Bible, God’s Word, tells us He will. When we show them from God’s Word, what God has said, then be assured of this my friends, God’s WORD is much more powerful than their own arguments, thoughts or disagreement with God’s Word: It will JUDGE their very thoughts, their thought-life will come under the scrutiny of God’s Word. What they’ve done is Idolatry: Because they have created a god to suit their own imaginations and desires, a little god that doesn’t demand holiness of life, righteous and moral living, a god that they will not ultimately have to be accountable to: That’s Idolatry. Can you see that KNOWING there is POWER in the Word, when it is sown in faith, brings LIFE? Not only their thoughts, but the ATTITUDES of their Heart are judged by God’s Word.

These Two Kingdom Parables:

Teach us:

  • There is a life all of it’s own in God’s Word.
  • The smallest seed sown can grow into a mighty tree.
  • The Kingdom of God will keep on growing.

Now when we go back and see what Jesus was teaching in these Parables, we can see just how powerful God’s Word really is.

We may look at the outside, but God see the inside. “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.” He knows what that person needs to hear, and as you take steps of faith to go out of your way to sow / share the Good News: then God’s WORD will become active, living, sharper, penetrating, judging and convicting.

Question:

My friends, “Do you believe in the POWER of God’s WORD?” Not just to say, “I Believe it”… No my friends, that’s not real belief, but when we ACT upon what you hear and say that we believe, that is real faith, because real faith has legs to go with it.

Now what are you going to do with this secret TRUTH today?

Keep it to yourself and treasure it in your heart?

No my friends, that’s not real faith, real faith is when you know the truth and the truth sets you free.

How many of you are afraid to even speak just one word of God’s Word to your friends?

How many of you are terrified to lift up your voice and say, “God tells us in His Word”….

God’s WORD: Addresses almost every situation we face in the World today and people NEED to Hear it, because they NEED to have it’s POWER working in their hearts and attitudes and thought life.

Listen to what God has said about His WORD:

Luke 11:28 (NIV) He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

James 1:22 (NIV) “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Act upon what your know and understand, put God’s WORD into action by SPEAKING it out in faith, in any and every situation. Be guided by the Holy Spirit; then you just sit back and watch, wait and see the POWER of God’s living, active, powerful, penetrating and judging WORD of God.

Conclusion:

My friends, I’ve seen God’s Word at work in people’s lives. I’ve seen it’s power work quickly; bringing conviction and conversion. I’ve also seen how sometimes it just works quietly beneath the surface. There were times when I thought to myself, “Well that didn’t make an impression” but my friends, I can testify today, how wrong I was. God’s Word was secretly working with a power all by itself to bring conviction leading to conversion. What a JOY it is to KNOW God’s WORD is ALIVE. What more JOY when we see it grow big and strong.

  • Know that there’s KINGDOM LIFE in the Word of God.
  • Know that there’s KINGDOM POTENTIAL for KINGDOM growth.
  • Show that you BELIEVE by Sowing God’s Words in the world; with friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, at the bus-stop, on the tube / train to work. Keep sowing God’s Word, it has a life all of it’s own.

Believe in the POWER of God’s WORD:

Kingdom Power is available to you.

  • The Word of God is the SWORD of the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:17)
  • The Word of God is a LAMP unto your feet and a LIGHT unto your path. (Psalm 119:105).
  • The Word of God is Eternal (Isaiah 40:8). God’s Holy Standards NEVER change. 
  • The Word of God is MANNA to the Soul (Deuteronomy 8:3)

Don’t just believe it: Do what it says, Use it… (Luke 11:28, James 1:22)

Prayer:

“Oh Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you today. I’m so convicted about the times I’ve sown Your Word and lacked the faith, and trust in it’s POWER to work in people’s lives. I’ve not been trusting in You Lord or Your faithfulness to do what You’ve promised in Your Word. I repent now Lord Jesus Christ, I KNOW that there is Kingdom Power in Your Word. I know Your Word is ALIVE and will penetrate deep into the hearts of those who hear it. Oh Lord Jesus, I want to thank you for waking me up to the powerful potential within Your Word. I know that it’s going to keep growing, but please Lord Jesus, help me to keep on sowing and trusting. Help me not only to believe in Your Word, but to act upon what I know and believe. Amen!”

May the LORD Jesus Christ bless His Word to our hearts today. Amen!

Don.

MORE Verses About God’s WORD Here:

Click Here. 30 Bible Verses about “The Word”.

 

Faith Comes From God

Faith is a gift from God

Daily Spirit & Word 578: Faith Comes From God.

Good morning my friends, I’m still enjoying holiday time. Recently we’ve been having family staying and it’s been really great catching up on our daughter’s life. Hearing her joys and hardships and experiences; stories that without meeting up would remain untold or forgotten. It’s amazing how many things don’t get said often enough.

Faith doesn’t come from inside the individual: It is first generated by God.

We often imagine that faith comes from our own efforts:

I recently bought some silicone sealant: It comes in great long tubes and it’s really difficult to get them flowing at first, requiring great effort to squeeze out even a tiny dribble of the thick-creamy-goo from the nozzle. However, once it’s flowing it’s quite easy to keep it going, getting it to go where you want it to go is another thing though. I’ve watched trained craftsmen and they’re just dazzling they way they make straight lines with silicone; mines are more often than not; wobbly, lumpy and with peaks resembling a lemon meringue pie 🙂

Some people think that faith needs to be squeezed out like that, but it’s not by effort or force that faith comes.

Listen to how the Bible tells us that faith comes, and from whom it comes, because once you know this you’ll be less likely to be frustrated by your own and other people’s lack of faith. Also, If you want other people to come to a living faith in Jesus, then you’ll know how to achieve it, because you’ll be freed from many false expectations and you’ll also be able to set other people free too.

1) Faith is a Gift:

 Ephesians 2:8 (NLT) “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.”

It’s not by our own effort of good works or anything else we do, it’s a GIFT from God.

2)  Faith comes by hearing:

And it comes into a person’s life by hearing God’s Word.

Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message (the good news about Jesus Christ), and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

The ‘message’: (Read Romans 10:8-17 in Context below) It’s the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ: How all have sinned against God, what it means that we’ve sinned, how we have sinned, the consequences of sin, what happens to sinners if they were to die in their sin, God’s heart for sinners and how He demonstrated His love by sending His Son Jesus to save sinners from the wrath to come, then what it means to trust in Jesus by repenting and receiving Him as Lord: That’s the MESSAGE: People receive the gift of faith when they hear that message, it’s a gift that comes from God.

Sometimes as you share the ‘message’ of Christ, you’ll actually see faith coming upon a person, it changes them physically. Once a person has faith enough to believe, then all that’s needed is for them to exercise that saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ Rom 10:8-17.

3) Faith grows:

The more you exercise your God given faith, the more it will grow and the easier those mountains will be removed.

1 John 5:4-5  “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

That’s Mountain Moving Faith:

Matthew 17:20-21  “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief (lack of faith and trust in God): for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

4) Faith is BELIEVING:

Remember that faith is BELIEVING in God, or believing what God has said. Jesus reminded His disciples on many occasions that they could move mountains if they had just a tiny amount of faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed. When you’re ready to believe God, what God has said in His Word; you’re ready to do ANYTHING.

Hebrews 11:1-13 Faith is Believing (Trusting / Risking Everything in and on God).

1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2  This is what the ancients were commended for. 
3  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 
4  By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 
5  By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 
7  By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 
8  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
9  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
10  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 
11  By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
12  And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 
13  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.

Conclusion:

“Faith comes from God; it’s His gift to those who hear the Gospel, but it needs to be exercised for it to grow stronger, exercise your faith and you’ll see mountains being moved.”

So my friends, if you have found that your own faith has begun to smoulder, then you know how to get it glowing again; get into God’s Word and let Him speak to you afresh. Avail yourself of all that He’s provided to enable that GIFT of faith to grow.

Secondly, if you’ve got friends who don’t yet believe or know God personally, then don’t simply say “Believe in Jesus” because that’s like trying to force silicone-sealant out of the tube with your fingers instead of using the device that’s been provided to make it easy. Faith is a gift from God, it comes by HEARING God’s Word, then it needs to be exercised to make it grow.

Another way to think of faith: It’s like a muscle. We’re all born with the gift of muscles, but some people get really huge muscles because they exercise them, the same is true with faith, God will give the gift of faith to anyone, but to make it grow it needs to be exercised. The way to spell faith is RISK 🙂

Have an awesome day, growing in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. Share your faith by letting those who don’t know Jesus know His Word and see how faith explodes into life in those professing atheists 🙂 Watch them backslide away from atheism.

Don.

NOTES:

Read Romans 10 in Context Below:

Romans 10:6-17 6  But the righteousness based on faith [imputed by God and bringing right relationship with Him] says, Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into Heaven? that is, to bring Christ down;
7  Or who will descend into the abyss? that is, to bring Christ up from the dead [as if we could be saved by our own efforts].
8  But what does it say? The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach,
9  Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10  For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
11  The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.
12  [No one] for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all [of us] and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him [in faith].
13  For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.
14  But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?
15  And how can men [be expected to] preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings! [How welcome is the coming of those who preach the good news of His good things!]
16  But they have not all heeded the Gospel; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed (had faith in) what he has heard from us?
17  So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).

 

 

The Light Overcomes The Darkness

Daily Spirit & Word, 487: The Light Overcomes The Darkness.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 2.

 

Good morning my friends, our first meeting of 40 Days With Jesus was last night and it was amazing. God was showing us through those who came and testified that there are indeed many different ways to come out of the darkness and into His marvellous light. Each of us shared our Spiritual journey and how we came to be where we are today. It was good because most admitted they knew about Jesus, but wanted to go a bit deeper with Him. This little course will enable anyone to do that and we’ll all experience new light in our lives by coming to the Lord on purpose.

Some shared their experiences of recent hardships and in coming to Jesus holding onto the hope that there really is some little chink of light at the end of the dark tunnel. The trials we go through can vary in degree of hardship and duration. They can vary in nature too; some shared last night about relational conflict (how we can forgive), some ill-health, some financial pressures. When we’re going through troubled times it can sometimes seem that there’s no hope at all. Just recently we’ve met a few people who’ve actually contemplated suicide.

 John 20:1 “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.”

When John tells us that Mary went to the tomb of Jesus on that first Sunday morning, there’s much more the the DARKNESS than the fact that it was just before dawn. He’s indicating that evil seemed to have triumphed, that darkness had overcome the light. However, even before Mary reaches the tomb, the LIGHT of the dawn had approached and the stone had already been rolled away from the tomb allowing the light to flood into the inner darkness.

In John 20:1-18, that we read yesterday, I think I read it through about six times, but I’m going to be reading it every day this week, we seen in this portion of God’s Word an indication of a theme that’s woven throughout John’s Gospel: Light & Darkness. Darkness representing the kingdom of evil and Light representing the Kingdom of good.

Many movies have this theme running through them; Star Wars, Superman, Batman, X-Men, etc… Even the good old Westerns with the good and bad. I’ll never forget that Clint Eastwood introduced a third term “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” 🙂

In Star Wars the battle is the forces of good combating the forces of evil, represented by the Dark Side of the Force. So John’s Gospel is interwoven with this theme of LIGHT representing Good and God; and DARKNESS representing Evil and Satan.

Let’s just briefly take a look a how John does this:

In the beginning of his Gospel John introduces us to this theme immediately:

John 1:5 (NIV) “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

John 1:9 (NIV) “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.”

We know from the context that the LIGHT is the LORD Jesus. Mary would have been devastated that the LIGHT that delivered her from the darkness of evil oppression and possession was now dead and gone. She’d witnessed his cruel death upon the cross and was grieving so much. Perhaps there was a deep-seated fear that now that Jesus was gone, she’d once again become prey to the darkness of evil and demons, that she’d be plunged into the darkness all over again.

Also in John’s Gospel we see the theme again, John 3:19-21 “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

We see here some awesome truths concerning the darkness of evil and the brilliance of the pure light of God. Sin keeps us away from the LIGHT, because we’re afraid when we sin. Remember Adam running and hiding in the Garden of Eden when He first sinned against God. Sin will keep you away from God and plunge you into the deepest darkness.

John 8:12  When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

So when Mary arrived at the tomb it must have seemed to her that the DARK SIDE had been victorious; evil deeds, evil forces and evil people had seemingly triumphed over the light of the Lord Jesus. However, nothing could be further from the truth as Mary was about to experience when she finally met the risen Lord Jesus. Her darkness of night was about to explode with the brilliance of the first new day of the RESURRECTION of the Lord Jesus.

My friends, in coming to Jesus, we’re also brought from Darkness into His marvellous Light. We’ll experience a new hope within our being and like Mary our griefs and feelings of despair from our trials and tests will turn to the deepest joy. Jesus is with everyone who trust in Him until the end of the age. That’s HIS promise, let’s grab hold of it today and be encouraged by believing and trusting that these trials are momentary and soon we’ll be delivered from the darkness to triumphant light of God’s glory.

My friends, when Mary Magdalene reached the tomb of Jesus, all must have appeared darkness and gloom, but the LIGHT burst forth into her life when she met the risen Saviour. You can experience that same JOY today.

 Points to Ponder:

  • Can you think of moments in your own life when you were delivered from darkness into the light? What were the events leading up to this point? Take some time to thank God for His grace and mercy towards you during those times.
  • Are there any areas in your life where you know that you are still living in the darkness?
  • Are there any places in your life where the light is on but it’s dim? How would your life change if you began to walk fully in the light of Jesus in these areas?

 Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Light of the world and I take hold of the promise that I never have to walk in the darkness when I am following You (John 8:12). Thank you for calling me out of the darkness into Your wonderful Light (1 Peter 2:9). I reject any lie that may try to convince me that my breakthrough is not possible or will not be long-lasting. Freedom from sin and darkness is mine through You Lord Jesus Christ. I know that Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my paths (Psalm 119:105). Lord Jesus, please direct my steps and show me how to walk in the light. Lead me into the freedom you won for me on the Cross and keep me there Lord. Amen.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 2 The Light Overcomes The Darkness.

Come back tomorrow for Day 3.

40 Days Home Page: Don’t forget you can watch the Video anytime you like during the week. I’ve watched it a few times now.