Vision Blurred By Doubt

How Knowing Jesus is blocked by doubt

Daily Spirit & Word, 494: Vision Blurred By Doubt.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 10: Vision Blurred By Doubt. Luke 24:22-26.

Thank goodness it’s Friday, we’ve got a wonderful weekend ahead of us, but today and tonight are going to be really special. First, this morning we’re going to see how when we doubt God’s Word, God’s Promises and ALL that He has said about the Messiah, we’re going to have a very dim and clouded or blurred view of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then later on, here at my home, we’ve got a very special visitor coming. He’s just arrived back from Pakistan and you know all about the recent troubles there between Muslims and Christians? Well my friend has been there and after meeting up with brothers and sisters in Pakistan, he’s going to share what’s been happening. Persecution is widespread, there are arrests, torture, death threats and actual murders taking place of innocent men, women and children who believe in Jesus Christ. If you are free, then please contact me and I’ll let you know the details.

Back to the Vision of the Resurrected Lord being blurred by doubt.

Bible Reading for Day 10: Vision Blurred By Doubt.

Luke 24:22-26 22  In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning
23  but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.
24  Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
25  He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”

We’re continuing on our ‘Eye Opening’ Journey with Jesus and the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus today. Yesterday we saw what feelings of being disappointed can do to our vision or ability to trust in the Lord. How we need to re-focus upon the resurrected Christ. Today, we’re going to see that DOUBT doesn’t just blur our vision, but almost makes it impossible to see: I.E. Spiritual Blindness… Next week we’re looking at Thomas and his stubborn Unbelief, but today the focus is upon FOOLISHNESS of DOUBT and slowness of belief, but BELIEF in what?

Notice: And this is very important, Jesus didn’t stop them on the road and pull his hoodie down and show them the thorn marks on his head,  and he didn’t roll up his sleeve and say, “Here, guys, take at look at these NAIL marks.” He didn’t lift up his jumper and say, “Look, guys, look at the hole here, it was caused by the Roman Soldier’s Spear.” Notice also he didn’t take off his clothes and say, “Look at the whip marks on my back” It would have been so easy for the miserable, dejected, disheartened, belief-drained followers to trust in Him if he’d just done that. However, Jesus doesn’t always do what we’d expect. He’s always turning the world’s ways on it’s head. Surely PHYSICAL PROOF is what’s required for and needed to believe???? That’s what the WORLD wants: Professor Richard Dawkins, the world famous Atheist is looking for such PHYSICAL PROOF / EVIDENCE of the existence of God and without it, like doubting Thomas, he along with countless thousands of others are refusing to believe.  NO my friends, Jesus didn’t for one minute consider the physical proof to be more powerful or more convincing, because there’s something even more weighty and trustworthy than that of any mere Physical Proofs, more than actually seeing the Lord Jesus Christ alive. It’s how the VAST Majority of followers trust in the Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ today.

What did Jesus point to, if it was not his wounds and scars? It was the even more convincing and attestible TRUTH of God’s Word. Yes, it’s because those ancient scriptures bear witness and make manifest the TRUTHS concerning the Messiah. The Jews would have understood this, because they believed and know that the Bible IS not just a book written by men, but the very WORDS of God, that were inspired by the Holy Spirit.  In fact Jesus didn’t just tell them, He rebuked them for their FOOLISHNESS / STUPIDITY… Luke 24:25 “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken”

Tomorrow we’re going to see the POWER of the SCRIPTURES to enable us to BELIEVE. Our focus today in on the FOOLISHNESS of unbelief or doubt concerning the validity of the weight of testimony from all that the Prophets had said concerning the MESSIAH or Christ.

For a Jew back then in Jesus day, it was FOOLISH and STUPID not to know and believe God’s Word. However, even today, it’s those same Old Testament Scriptures that can and will convince people of the validity of the claims of Christians, that Jesus had to suffer and die upon the cross, because it was predicted and prophesied hundreds of years before it actually happened. Not only that, but His place of birth, how he’d be born, how he teach and how he’d come into town on a donkey and suffer and die and be resurrected three days later. It was all there in black and white in the Bible before any of it transpired.

But the followers of Jesus were being given proofs, by the women and the other disciples, but they still DOUBTED. My friends, that’s how DOUBT can blur your ability to SEE, it makes you blind to the glaring EVIDENCE.

We actually saw this the other day, when we were chatting with a man about Jesus and His claim to Divinity. No matter what EVIDENCE we pointed to, the man was more prepared to believe and listen to the claims or counter-claims of others, that it was all made up. Nothing we could do would shift his doubt. He was totally blinded by lies and couldn’t see the truth. Doubt can do that, but there’s something so POWERFUL that can shatter doubt into a thousand pieces. It’s the TESTIMONY OF GOD’S WORD and the fact that so much of what is written has come to pass.

It was obvious that these men DOUBTED and didn’t trust the testimony of the women or the disciples who reported the body was gone, that the women had seen Angels and that they’d met the risen Lord Jesus Christ. They doubted and were STUPID not to believe the weight of testimony contained within the pages of the Bible.

My friends, wherever you are on your Spiritual quest, it is critically important to realise that DOUBT and unbelief concerning what the Bible says about the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, is the main hindrance to seeing Him for who He really is. The GREAT NEWS is that no matter how blurred your spiritual vision of Jesus is, or how spiritually blinded you’ve become, there is a cure for your condition. God’s got an amazing gift waiting for you; the gift of FAITH. You know how to get this gift? It’s by hearing the WORD of God. “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God”. Also Jesus Himself came and walked along with those first disciples, and He’ll come to you too, but by His Holy Spirit, remember they are one, just like Jesus and the Father are one. He’s going to be with you on this journey to faith and full trust.

Have an AWESOME weekend my friend, if your free tonight come and join with me and my friend from Pakistan and you’ll hear how Jesus is alive and active in one of the most dangerous places on earth today to be a follower of Jesus.

Don.

Points to Ponder: Day 10 of 40 Days With Jesus.

  • How would you define doubt?
  • In what ways can unbelieve and doubt in the resurrection hinder faith in the risen Lord Jesus Christ today?
  • Are there any particular areas of your life where you find it more difficult to believe the promises of God? Such as for healing, deliverance, provision or answers to prayer? How might you grow in your faith in these areas?

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I ask You to forgive my doubts and unbelief and my slowness to believe today. I now know that my doubts and unbelief are foolish considering the weight of evidence in the Holy Scriptures. Thank you Lord for the Word of God, both Old and New Testaments, that reveal who You are and what You are like. Please Lord Jesus, send the Holy Spirit afresh and help my doubt and unbelief and I know that He’ll open up my understanding of Your Word. Amen.

 

The Guilty Ones Go Free

Jesus Death Good Friday

Daily Spirit & Word, 478: The Guilty Ones Can Go Free.

Jesus death on the Cross brings FREEDOM for all the Guilty ones.

That’s Why It’s Called ‘Good Friday’.

 

Good morning my friends, last night we had a wonderful celebration of the Lord’s Last Supper with all the elements of the Passover. Today we’re walking in witness through the town because it’s Good Friday.

Matthew 27:19-26
19  While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
20  But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21  “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered.
22  “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!”
23  “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
24  When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
25  All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”
26  Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

It’s ironic, Jesus is one day going to be The Judge of all mankind, but there He was being judged by a man. He listened to his wife who had a dream about Jesus innocence and Pilate knew that it was out of jealousy that the Chief Priest and the Elders of Israel wanted Jesus to be killed.

It was the custom at the time of the Passover for the Romans to release a prisoner of the crowds choosing, the all wanted Barabbas released instead of Jesus.

 The Guilty One Goes Free.

The Guilty Once Can Go Free.

After His trial, Jesus was severely beaten, whipped and mocked at the hands of the Romans, then made to carry his heavy wooden cross to the place of execution, nailed to the cross and lifted up to die.

I’m reminded about what Jesus said today; John 12:32 (NIV) “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

My friends, when we are drawn to Jesus, we are like Barabbas, the innocent one died and the guilty one goes free. It is only through Jesus death that we can be set free from those things that separated us from God and leave us guilty before Him.

In our condition of sin, without coming to Jesus or being drawn to Him, we’re going to be Judged by Him. His judgement of us will be quite unlike Pilates, because Jesus cannot be corrupted, bribed by a crowd or brow-beaten into submission with please from eloquent lawyers. He’s the incorruptible Judge and must punish the guilty, but He’s also loving, kind and gentle and has made a way for all people, all over the earth to escape God’s wrath and anger against sin’s rebellion.

Yes we are guilty, but the guilty ones can go free today, but trusting in Jesus Christ, His death upon the cross and His resurrection and ascension into Heaven. Jesus now sits on the throne and will one day sit on that Judgement Seat, but He will not wash His hands, for He knows that we are all guilty, but He’s made a way for you to be set free by paying the price for your freedom. Jesus gave His life so we can all go free. So lets make certain we’ve already passed through His judgement beforehand, by taking hold of the offering of forgiveness, freedom and life. Today the Guilty ones can go free.

Personally I’m always moved on Good Friday, because it’s a solemn day, but also a day of great rejoicing, because my Saviour set me free from my sin and guilt in 1984 and I’m thankful that He’s kept me until this day, following Him. Lord let your glory fall as we worship and adore you today. Thank you so much for all that you endured so that we could be set free. You are the King Lord Jesus. Your wounds are the beauty spots of Heaven, because they stand testimony that you’ve paid the price for our freedom. Amen!

God bless and keep you all this Good Friday.

Don.

Today we’re going to be walking as followers of Jesus Christ through West Norwood. Beginning at Tulse Hill railway station at 11.45am then onto St Luke’s Gardens for a time of prayer, fellowship and worship. There will be some Bible reading and singing along the way. Come and walk for Jesus Christ today as we remember He made it possible for every guilty soul to be set free by dying upon the Cross.

Jesus Death Good Friday
The Guilty Ones Go Free

The Guilty Ones Go Free

Proclaim The Year of the Lord’s Favour

Daily Spirit & Word, 470: PROCLAIM THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR.

The Jubilee Year: Proclaim The Year Of The Lord’s Favour.

Leviticus 25:10 “Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.”

I’m not certain if you are aware that 2015 is, according to the Jewish calendar, a JUBILEE year? What happened was a year of LIBERTY was to be proclaimed throughout the land of Israel. All debts were to be cancelled and any of the Jewish people held in bondage were to be set free and allowed to return to their own families.

Imagine that, what must it have been like? Can you imagine if our Governments today did this every 50th year?

You see in God’s thinking, he never wanted his chosen people to live under bondage to anything or anyone, and he doesn’t want it for anyone today either. Listen to the way God’s Word speaks about His desire to set people free from bondages of all kinds.

 The Day of Vengeance:

Isaiah 63:4 (NIV) “For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come.” The LORD wants to pay back all the injustices of His chosen people. In His Holy Justice; He’s longing for the time when the day of vengeance will come and every evil person will get their just deserts, but in His mercy God doesn’t want to have to punish anyone. But it’s coming soon.

 The Resurrection Promise:

Isaiah 26:19 (NIV) “But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.”

Many Christians are not even aware of this, but the Old Testament prophesied about the Resurrection as in the verse above, a time when the dead will live again. The Bible tells us in the New Testament that when the Lord returns, the dead will arise and meet Him in the air. WOWzer! This give us even more confidence and a deep convinced conviction that the whole Bible is the WORD of God. We can believe ALL His promises. He’s even going to set people free from the prison of DEATH.

 Believers Will Meet The LORD First:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV) “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever.”

 How will Jesus come?

  • With a LOUD Command.
  • With the Voice of the Archangel.
  • With the Trumpet Call of God.

In days gone by, Christians who were hard pressed, for whom life was not easy, used to sing and praise the Lord with hymns that focused upon His return and their coming freedom. They looked forward with a great sence of JOY for the Lord’s return. Today, Christians are so in love with the world that they’d hate it if the Lord came back right now, it would be far to inconvenient for them, because they are enjoying the life they have here on earth soo much. They can’t see that life with Jesus is going to be even better than it is here on earth and that we should speed the day of His return. We can only do that by getting more people saved, because when the full number has come in, and we don’t know how many that is, the Lord will return. Let’s get busy filling up heaven with God’s precious, chosen souls.

 A Word of Caution on Freedom (Liberty).

Galatians 5:13 (NIV) “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”

So many Christians today are getting into things that they know deep down the LORD hates and detests. We’re so lax in our moral attitudes today, we’re all so into “GRACE” that we forget “HOLINESS of LIFE”. We’re meant to be a living witness that the LORD has transformed our lives… Many are aware of this, but are at a loss to know what to do about it. Seek His wisdom and He’ll gladly and freely give it to you. God wants you not only to know how to live, but He also wants to give you the POWER to be able to live. It’s available in abundance too, so turn quickly and stop using God’s GRACE as a lie to live by and indulge your sinful natures.

 Released from the POWER of the Grave:

Hosea 13:14 (NIV) “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? “I will have no compassion…”

WOWzer! God’s going to set people free from the POWER of the Grave. What’s that? Well DEATH is so powerful that millions are convinced that there is nothing after death. If God had not planted eternity into every human being’s heart, then I’m convinced there would be many more people who don’t believe in life after death. Praise be to the LORD for His great wisdom, planting eternity into everyone’s heart means; we know that his life is not the end. Once day God is going to break that POWER of the grave, oh yes, He’s done it already, “Jesus rose from the grave” He’s the first-fruits of those who will also be raised.

 The YEAR of the LORD’S FAVOUR:

God’s really, really into this business of setting you free my friends;

Jesus proclaimed and fulfilled Isaiah’s prophesy:

Isaiah 61:1-3  “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2  to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3  and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour.”

Jesus Fulfilled the Prophesy Above:

Luke 4:14-21 ” Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15  He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16  He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17  The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” 20  Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21  and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Again this creates in my heart an awesome WOWzer 🙂 Jesus was the YEAR of the LORD’S FAVOUR.

 Jesus is the YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR:

Today there are Believers who are filled with the Lord’s compassion for those who are in bondage, they too want to see people being set free;

Good News to the POOR: i.e. those who are in POVERTY of the Spirit. The man without the spirit is DEAD and Jesus wants to give them LIFE.

Freedom for the Prisoners: Those locked up in the PRISON of SIN, kept locked in by SATAN. Jesus died so that we might be released from SIN and set free from SATAN’S grip.

Those who are blind to their spiritual condition without Jesus, to have their eyes opened.

They are out Proclaiming THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR.

Are you filled with Jesus compassion? Are you alive with the hope of the Gospel, the Good News for the poor, the prisoner, the blind and those needing His favour?

Let’s get on our knees this morning and pray for the Lord’s forgiveness if we’re not filled with His love, compassion and grace for those who don’t know Him yet.

Let’s get out into the world and begin proclaiming loudly and freely with grace, humility and gentleness, that this is THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR. Amen!

Have a great Wednesday, in Jesus and in the POWER of the Spirit.

Live for THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR.

Don.

Today: We’ve got St Luke’s School coming to church for their end of term Easter Service. Pray for us please that the message will leap into young hearts.

Tonight: We’re going out into the streets of West Norwood and we’ll be PROCLAIMING THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOUR. Hopefully, like last week, leading people to faith and trust in Jesus Christ. (Please pray as we enter the Harvest Field).

Proclaim The Year Of The Lord’s Favour.

 

433: You need FREEDOM to be able to Follow Jesus.

433 Free to Follow Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word, 433: You need FREEDOM to be able to Follow Jesus.

What You Are FOLLOWING In Life: Reveals who you belong to.

Good morning my friends, we had a great night of making Pancakes with the CRU (Youth Group) last night. We did it so they would know about Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. Lent is the 40 Days before Easter Sunday.
Today, I want to focus on FOLLOWING, because what we follow reveals so much to us. The following little passages from Ephesians and John show that only through Jesus Christ can we be truly free to live God’s way in this world.

Ephesians 2:1-5
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
3  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
4  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
What a wonderful passage of the Bible, it’s pregnant with meaning for the Saints in Christ Jesus today. Just look at the list of themes in these five short verses;
  • Dead
  • Transgressions
  • Sins
  • Following the ways of the world,
  • Following the ways of Satan,
  • Satan at work in those who are Disobedient (those not yet brought to the obedience of Christ)
  • All of us were like that,
  • Gratifying the cravings,
  • Sinful nature,
  • Following it’s desires,
  • Following it’s thoughts,
  • We were objects of wrath,
  • God’s great love for us,
  • God’s great mercy,
  • LIFE, made us alive with Christ Jesus,
  • We are saved by God’s Grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
WOWzer! When you look at it like that, there is a whole sermon in each topic. But today I hope to unpack it in as few words as the LORD gives me today.
The word that jumps out most for me today is FOLLOWING. Can you see from the passage above that before we come to Christ and begin to follow Him as our Lord and Saviour, before His Commands and instructions become a priority in our life, we are simply DEAD (Spiritually) following Satan’s lead in every aspect of our Character;
Following the ways of the world: The world is following the plans and purposes of Satan, the ‘world’, meaning everyone who is not BORN OF THE SPIRIT. The world’s ways are obviously evil; just think about our own country for a few minutes. In the News recently we’ve seen how people (ordianry people) who don’t pay their TAX to the HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) will be taken to court and forced to eitheir pay a fine or serve some time in prison. But the ways of the world dictate that we should “AVOID PAYING AS MUCH TAX AS WE CAN GET AWAY WITH” am I right? There are Tax Advisors who’ll tell you all the legal loop-holes that will help you avoid paying as much tax as the Inland Revenue wants from you.
Jesus on the other hand, Commanded Christians to PAY THEIR TAXES IN FULL:
Mark 12:17 (NLT) “Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” His reply completely amazed them.”
NOW it’s been revealed in the Media: on TV and in the Press, that the richest people in the land have been avioding paying their taxes for years in some cases this amounted to Millions of ££££££££…. AND they were NOT prosecuted. It’s not a fair system, a poor man gets prosecuted and the rich man goes free. That’s unjust, unfair, not right. It’s obviously the way of the world, but it’s only following the Spirit who’s at work in the hearts of those who are disobedient, those who don’t yet know Jesus Christ as Lord. For if they did, they be fair, they’d be just, they would not give preferential treatment to the rich and powerful.
Following: the ways of world, Satan,
Following the ways of the sinful nature,
Following it’s desires and thoughts:
The Sinful Nature: lives in disobedience to the ways of Christ Jesus, will not submit to Him, indeed the Bible tells us it cannot, until it has been set free from Satan’s grip, the Sinful nature desires the exact opposite of the Holy Spirit, they are at war with each other.

NEW LIFE: In Christ Jesus.

Freedom to Follow Jesus.

However, though this passage is filled with so much revelation of what we were once like, before we came to trust in Jesus Christ by His awesome Grace through faith in His death upon the cross for our sins, now it’s revealed what He actually gave us;
Life: We are no longer DEAD in Transgression and Sin, but we are ALIVE in Christ Jesus. What does that new life in Christ mean?
We are no longer pulled by the ways of the world.
We can see the ways of the world (Satan’s ways) for what they are, evil.
We can understand now why people do things they way that they do, because they are objects of God’s wrath, they a filled with the evil spirit of Satan, they are only blindly following his commands and demands and, following the impulses of their hearts and foolish sinful fleshly lusts.
We can know just how much we’ve been set free from when we trusted Christ,
It really brings home the truth of what Jesus said in the following passage, please take time to read it very carefully. If you are following this teaching on Daily Spirit & Word Website then you’ll see how I’ve highlighted the very important words in this passage below. The words in brackets are my commentary upon that verse.
John 8:31-44 (NIV)
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (Coming to Jesus you’ll be set free from Sin & Satan).
33  They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” (They didn’t understand they were in bondage to Satan 2 Cor 4:4 “blinded by Satan”).
34  Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. (When we can’t stop sinning, we’re in bondage to it).
35  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it for ever.
36  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (You’ll now if you’ve been set free if you are free from sin and Satan’s ability to control your thoughts, passions and desires. Jesus sets you free).
37  I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word.
38  I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
39  “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do the things Abraham did. (They thought they were saved, so many are blinded by Satan like this in the Church, they think they are saved because granny was a Christian or because they come to church, but they’ve never come to faith and trust in Christ Jesus yet).
40  As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things.
41  You are doing the things your own father does.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” (Jesus is hinting here that Satan is their father).
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.
43  Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. (Satan blinds the eyes and ears, so they can’t see the Good News or Hear it and be saved).
44  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (Now Jesus has told them plainly, until they TRUST IN HIM they are in bondage to sin, slaves to sin and Satan is their father.)
Can you see now my friends, until we come to Christ we are Following Satan; who influences and rules over the affaris of this world that will not submit to Christ Jesus as Lord. Until we come to Christ, we are also following the impulses, desires and thoughts of our own sinful and rebellious evil nature.
To be FREE from Satan and Sin: We must come to Christ.
When we come to Christ, we are made ALIVE in Him. We’re given NEW LIFE (Born Again)…
John 1:12 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
 My friends, God is your FATHER if you’ve trusted in Christ Jesus.
Satan is your father if you’ve not been set free and given this new life yet.
Come to Jesus, receive Him as your LORD now, trust in His death upon the cross for your sin and you too will be set free and able to follow Him in the power of the Holy Spirit.
I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday my friends, it’s so good to know what our FREEDOM IN CHRIST looks like. If you’ve got time read the passages below for further help and study. They are so closely linked to the theme today, it would be a real shame to miss what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.
Don.
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Freedom to Follow Jesus

Following the Way of the Holy Spirit: IN Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1-17
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
2  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
3  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,
4  in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
5  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
6  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
7  the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
8  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
9  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
10  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12  Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.
13  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
14  because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
16  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
17  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
The Acts of the Sinful Nature Are Obvious:
Galatians 5:1-26 (NIV)
1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
2  Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.
3  Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is required to obey the whole law.
4  You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
5  But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.
6  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
7  You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
8  That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.
9  “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”
10  I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.
11  Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offence of the cross has been abolished.
12  As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
13  You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
14  The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
15  If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

The Acts Of The Christian Controlled by the Holy Spirit.

16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
25  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
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Free At Last

Daily Spirit & Word, 311: Free At Last

Thank God Almighty, I’m Free At Last.

Knowing the Lord Jesus sets us free from; Sin, the Law, the World and the Devil.

Good morning my friends, I’m a bit late today because we had some bad new yesterday (I’ll share later), but we’ve also been busy with some good things too; Youth Club last night in the Church and our Grandchildren have come to stay for the weekend as well. So I’m a wee bit tired this morning. However, the LORD is so gracious, as I was reading Galatians today new light has been shed abroad in my heart. It’s fantastic they was the Bible opens up to us. I’ve read Galatians countless times since I came to know Jesus, but every day now, there’s something new within it’s pages jumping out at me. Fresh revelations of either God’s heart for His people, the Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us and how free the Lord wants us to be in this world or some fresh insight into how I’m doing in my walk with Jesus. I was wondering, what LIGHT is the Lord giving to you as you delve into His Word?

Galatians 3:25-27 (NIV) 25  Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. (the Law is no longer our Schoolmaster it’s purpose was to show us Christ the Saviour, once we’ve put our trust in Him we’re free from the Law’s demands.) that because; now read verses 26-27.

26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
27  for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
First my friends, the Apostle Paul declares God’s Word to us, that we are free from the Law. Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law for us. We can now live the Christian life with joy and safety under Christ. We’re safe from the condemnation of the Law. However, there’s TROUBLE, becuase our flesh will not let us believe in Christ with all our heart. You see my friends, the fault is not with Jesus Christ, but with us, those who’ve trusted in Him. You see my friends, we’ve still got Sin clinging to us as long as we live in this body and it can spoil our happiness, freedom, joy and peace in the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s because whilst we’re here on earth we are only partly free from; sin, the world, the flesh, the Law and the devil.  Romans 7:25 (NIV) “Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” As we read more and more of the Bible you’ll discover that we’ve got a dual personality my friends, a bit like Pinocchio who had a good and bad angel upon his shoulders, we too have within us the Holy Spirit and our Earthly Fleshly Spirit and the Bible tells us they are in constant conflict with one another, the one that we listen to or pay attention to or feed will be the one that we obey.
However, the LIGHT shining in my heart afresh today, the TRUTH that sets us FREE, is that we ARE God’s children when we come to faith in Jesus. More than that, we’re clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ. As soon as we RECEIVE Jesus by faith, we put on the righteousness of Jesus, we’re covered by Him, we’re protected.

So in the battle of the Flesh and Spirit who wins? It’s determined by who we listen to more, if we keep feeding our fleshly nature, it will win this battle and we’ll be drawn further and further away from the Lord, but He’ll never let us go completely because we’ve trust Him, He’s faithful and will complete the work within us that He’s begun. But when I’m following my flesh, when anyone does it, all we get is; guilt, fear, condemnation, lack of peace and joy in life.

The opposite is true when we’re filled with the Holy Spirit and listen to His voice within, He awakens our conscience, he’s shouting and guiding and leading and showing us the way of peace. When we listen to His Holy voice within, we’re set free, there’s JOY, Happiness, Peace, Security, Freedom from Condemnation, Purpose for living every single day. Even if, like Paul, we’re hard-done-by, thrown into prison, beaten, shipwrecked, car-crashed, plane-crashed, loose our job, loose our love in life when relationships crumble, with the Holy Spirit we can still experience real PEACE n JOY through all these things. Hard though life is sometimes, there’s so much power in Jesus He’ll carry us through anything my friends.

Who are you listening to today? The battle also gets much easier the more you listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. You’ll recognise your Flesh creeping in to try and take control more easily. You can identify Satan’s attacks, and the world holds less and less attraction to you. Jesus is setting you free and the freedom grows day by day the more you listen to the voice of God’s Holy Spirit within…

When your faith is growing; sin, the world, the law, the flesh, the devil grow weaker in their ability to influence and control you. So you can shout and answer your flesh and all the others with this cry; “I’m a child of the living God, I belong to Jesus, I’m filled with the Holy Spirit, I’ve been set free from you, I’m not yours anymore, I belong to the family of God and I’m not going to feel guilty any longer”. Take your stand against the devil and his schemes my friends and you’ll discover greater measures of Freedom, Joy and Peace within.

Have an awesome Saturday in Jesus.

We’re going to have a fantastic day with our grandchildren, even though rain and wind are forecast, we’re still going to have so much fun together. Joy in the Lord my friends.

Don.