Foolishness of D.I.Y. Faith

Boast ONLY in the Cross of Jesus Christ

Daily Spirit & Word: 698: Boast Only About Jesus.

What a DAY of D.I.Y. Taught me.

Good morning my friends, I had a wonderful day-off yesterday. Over at my daughter’s house, I was put to work on DIY. I don’t know how you feel about DIY, but I don’t relish the thought. However once I get started it’s quite good fun. Of course I was shadowed by my two year old grandson, Karamoko. He had his tools all ready too, but once he saw my new electric screwdriver, he wanted to play with that. I’ve never seen a kid so enthusiastic about helping with DIY, he loves toolboxes, tools, carrying, lifting heavy things and putting screws in. He also loves to watch “Bob the Builder”… He’s going to be absolutely brilliant at DIY one day soon. He helped me; put up a curtain rail, take apart a huge table, put together a new table, take apart his old cot and put together his brand new big-boy’s bed. He learned about taking care of the small packages of screws, following instructions, being careful with sharp things and how two are better than one.

DIY: Means “Do It Yourself”… As is my weakness or strength, I followed a rabbit trail yesterday and again this morning. The rabbit trail I’m talking about is Bible Study. Yesterday I wrote about us not being able to pull-the-wool over God’s eyes and how “God cannot be mocked” from Galatians 6. Well, I kept on reading and this little verse jumped out at me. It’s a bit like Karamoko going through the toolbox and finding an interesting item that he’s never seen before. You know what question he always asks don’t you? “What’s this Papa?” next “What’s it for Papa?”… Then I’ll have to say, “Here Moko, let me show you”…

Here’s what the LORD gave me to share from His Toolbox with you today.

Galatians 6:14 (NIV) “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

“May I never boast”: Truth is we all LOVE boasting. We long for others to know how brilliant we are, don’t we? Paul is not talking about the normal things in life here, he’s talking about boasting about how morally good he is or isn’t. The young Church in Galatia had been infested with Judaizers, Christians who wanted to keep the Jewish ceremonial laws and to belong to Christ at the same time. They were known for their boasting about it too and there was a real danger that some of the believers, who were young Christians, might be influenced to emulate their folly. That why Paul exclaimed, “Oh foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?” Galatians 3:1.

NOTE: Judaizers is a term for Christians who insist that their co-religionists should follow the Law of Moses as well as being committed to Jesus Christ.

Their thinking was that because they kept the Jewish laws, they were like a kind of elevated Christian, a super Christian, better than ordinary Christians who merely trusted in the Grace, Mercy and Love of Jesus Christ. They boasted about the fact of how ‘religious’ they were and how observant of Jewish customs, traditions and laws.

You know my friends, religiosity counts for NOTHING in practical Christianity. It’s foolish to try and be ‘more’ religious. If you want to be a better Christian, and to be honest we all need to be better at following Jesus, don’t get more religious, get closer to Christ Himself.

That verse from; Galatians 6:14 (NIV) “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” reminded me of another similar teaching the LORD has already given to us.

Jeremiah 9:23-25 (NIV)
23  This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24  but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.
25  “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh—

WOWzer! Did you know that verse from the Lord’s toolbox? Now we can see what Paul was talking about can’t we? No wonder he declared: Galatians 6:14 (NIV) “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

You see my friends, Paul had been very ‘religious’ and he now counts all his religious knowledge, experience and understanding as rubbish, dross, empty and foolishness in comparison with knowing Christ Jesus as His Lord. That’s why he only wanted to boast about the Cross of Jesus. Not only that but, he couldn’t boast about Himself or his religious observance, because it didn’t bring him closer to God, it pulled him further and further away from God. Why? Because religion is DIY faith in Jesus and His Cross means “He did it for me”… It’s not our goodness that we’re trusting in, but the goodness of Jesus Christ.

Here’s is Paul’s argument about this in full, this is what he said to the young Christians in Philippi who were being troubled by Judaizers too.

Philippians 3:1-11 (NIV)
1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
2  Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.
3  For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— 4  though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5  circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6  as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7  But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
8  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10  I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11  and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Question: Why would anyone who’s been saved by God’s Grace, Mercy and Kindness go back to being religious? Answer: They wouldn’t, couldn’t, but only FALSE Converts would think there is anything in being ‘religious’. Once you KNOW Jesus personally, it’s like being an unfaithful husband or wife to try ‘religion’ again to make you righteous in God’s sight. It’s DIY religion.

Going back to Judaism or the Law of Moses is a DIFFERENT faith entirely from that of following the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a DIY religion, you will be depending upon your own goodness not Christ’s. The reason it’s foolishness is because NO ONE, nobody will be declared righteous by observing the LAW. Romans 3:20. Because we all fall short, we all break God’s law and when we do, we’re contaminated with SIN.

So it’s no wonder Paul and the LORD got so upset when the Galatians, Philippians and many others began to practice ‘religiosity’ all over again.

Empty ritualistic religion will never save anyone, it’s a DIY faith.

  • Let’s be very careful that we boast ONLY in the Cross of Christ.
  • Let’s be JOY filled as we remind others that we’re NOT GOOD, because we’ve broken God’s Laws.
  • Let’s be EXCITED by the fact that Jesus alone is GOOD and He is the only way for mankind to be SAVED.

Galatians 6:14 (NIV) “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I can see that there are times when I think I’m better than others at keeping the faith, help me always only to boast in the Cross of Jesus, His goodness, His love, His strength and the fact that I’m only saved by Your Grace, kindness and goodness and that You’ve drawn me to Yourself so that I can know You, the true and living God. Forgive me Lord for the times when I’ve been tempted to DIY my faith instead of relying upon the Holy Spirit to keep me from falling. Amen! Thank you so much for practical D.I.Y for when we’re doing the ordinary things in life, we can learn so much about the Spiritual aspects of life with You. Amen!

Have an awesome weekend with Jesus my friends.

You can learn a lot from grand-kids and DIY can’t you 🙂

Don.

 

Keep Going In The Spirit

Sowing and Reaping, God cannot be mocked

Daily Spirit & Word: 697:

Keep Going In The Spirit

Sowing and Reaping.

Galatians 6:7-10 (NIV)
7  Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
8  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
10  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
 Good morning my friends, well what a stormy day yesterday was, I wasn’t looking forward to going out onto the streets sharing the Good News, it was cold and dark and wintry weather. However, we had a good team gathered to go, six of us from St Luke’s, so we split-up into twos; David and Sherrie, Ben and Gemma and Judy and me; after watching the newest video from “A New Reformation”, we were all fired-up to see the Lord at work in people’s lives. You know something, when you go in faith, you will not be disappointed my friends, we had some truly amazing encounters in sharing the Gospel and chatting with people about God’s Kingdom.
When we got back to the Parish Office afterwards and we all shared what happened, we saw that the Lord was with us. I love hearing from others how the Lord has used them and what He does is fantastically good. Even after years of sharing the Gospel I’m always encouraged and refreshed by how faithful Jesus Christ is to His Word.
When we look at those verses above from Galatians, you can be sure that God is serious; “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man (or woman) reaps what he sows”… Galatians 6:7. Now that’s a sobering verse from God’s Word.
Jesus gave us similar teaching in so many different ways: Sowing and Reaping.
In the Old Testament we see this principle illustrated in the lives of ancient forefathers and peoples.

 Jacob: Genesis 27-31.

Did you know that Jacob was a trickster: He pulled a fast-one on his older brother and father. He covered himself in animal hair to look, smell and feel like his older brother. He did so because his father Isaac was getting old and blind and Jacob wanted the blessing due to his older brother. You know the story, but he eventually succeeded and ran away to avoid a clash with his angry brother. REAPING WHAT YOU SOW: Jacob really did get blessed by God, but he also REAPED. He fell in love with Rachel and wanted to marry her. Rachel’s dad made Jacob work for seven years before he would be able to marry her. After those seven long years, he was looking forward to his wedding night. After all the ceremony was over, he removed the veil and lo and behold, he’d not married Rachel, but Leah her older sister. (You can read all about Jacob in Genesis 27-31, you’ll see what a trickster he was and how he REAPED WHAT HE HAD SOWN).
Isn’t that amazing? You reap what you sow. He tricked his father and brother, now his father-in-law had tricked him. He was the younger brother and he tricked his older brother. He wanted the younger sister Rachel, but was tricked into marrying the older sister Leah. You reap what you sow.
  • When you plant tomatoes (as I’m about to do in the next few days), you’ll reap little tomatoes.
  • When you plant potatoes, you’ll not get grapes at the harvest time, but little potatoes.
  • You reap what you sow.
Think Seriously About Mocking God: If we’re sowing to our FLESH then watch out.
Leviticus 26:14-20 (NIV)
14  ” ‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands,
15  and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,
16  then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.
17  I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no-one is pursuing you.
18  ” ‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over.
19  I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.
20  Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit.

Time Doesn’t Matter:

Did you know that they’ve found wheat seeds in the ancient Egyptian Tombs, they planted those 3000 year old seeds, guess what they got at harvest time? Wheat! Those seeds did not forget what they were after all those years in the tomb. My friends, God keeps a perfect record, and at the judgement throne of Jesus Christ, every believer will REAP WHAT THEY HAVE SOWN. God cannot be mocked.
Galatians 6:8  “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
 If we’ve sown to our flesh, then from that flesh we shall reap corruption (diseases and eventually premature death).
If we’ve sown to the Holy Spirit, then we shall reap everlasting life.
A man or woman REAPS WHAT THEY HAVE SOWN.
God cannot be mocked. So many believers are convinced that God will just ‘wink’ at their sins because they’ve repented and put their trust in Jesus Christ. They’ll say, “Jesus died upon the Cross for my sins, past, present and future, so I’m forgiven”… That’s right my friends, you have been forgiven, you are blessed with the gift of eternal life, but God wants to reward us for the good things we’ve done whilst in the body: but His rewards also include REAPING what we have SOWN. If we sow to the fleshly sinful nature, then God will reward us in kind. God cannot be mocked: He will not just wink at your sinful choices on the day when you come face to face with Jesus Christ. Remember God’s chosen, blessed and elected people of old: Jacob, Joseph, King David and Solomon… They were all God’s Chosen and Anointed: but they ALL, every single one of them, REAPED what they had sown to their SINFUL natures. God cannot be mocked.
If ever there was a sobering verse in the Bible it’s this one for every truly born again believer: “God cannot be mocked”… We can’t pull-the-wool over God’s eyes. We can’t trick Him. We can’t hide it from Him. He sees and Knows EVERYTHING we do.
Don’t forget those amazing words of encouragement too: Galatians 6:9 “9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. “
In Britain, we are one of the most watched nations on earth today: CCTV Cameras can see our every move. We walk up the street and little cameras are watching us. We go on a train or tube, or bus, there are little cameras filming us. CCTV is everywhere.
God wants us to KNOW that we are being observed from Heaven too.
Hebrews 12:1-6 (NIV)
1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
2  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4  In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5  And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6  because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
We’re reminded that we are being watched from Heaven: God disciplines us now, He doesn’t want us to loose our rewards in Heaven, but wants to bless us with so many great and wonderful things, but God cannot be mocked. You will REAP what you have SOWN.
I love the Message Paraphrase of these verses from Galatians:
Galatians 6:7-10 (MSG)
7  Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!— 8  harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
9  So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. 10  Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

Response:

  • Repent and turn again to Jesus.
  • Confess your sins to Him now.
  • Seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit now.
  • God cannot be mocked, you will reap what you have sown.
  • Do it immediately.

Last night we met a young man who played in the worship team in his uncle’s church for years. He knew all about being “Born Again” but was waiting until the time was ‘right’ to get right with Jesus. Imagine that, in the WORSHIP TEAM for years, knowing the Gospel and just waiting until the time is right. He was too young to need Jesus, he thought. He was waiting. My friends, imagine what would have happened if that young man had waited and got knocked over by a bus, where would he be spending his Eternity? We need Jesus NOW. We can’t play at being ‘Church’. God cannot be mocked.

 Then, If we sow to the spirit, then from the spirit we shall reap a wonderful harvest in God’s Kingdom. So don’t get weary in doing good my friends, especially to those who are from the household of faith, brothers and sisters in Jesus’ Kingdom Family.
Prayer: Oh Lord Jesus Christ, when I think of the times that I’ve chosen to feed my sinful nature, it fills me with great sadness. When I’ve chosen the flesh over the Spirit, I know that Heaven has been watching, the “Great Cloud of Witnesses” However, I know that when I turn to You in faith and true repentance, I’m forgiven, cleansed and renewed in Spirit. I know that You discipline those who come to You Lord. Help me today in my walk with You, I want to be full of Your Holy Spirit so that I can live the abundant holy life that You have called me for. I want to live in obedience to Your teachings Lord Jesus. Amen!!
 It was so good going out last night to share the Gospel with folks on the streets, the LORD was with us then, He’s with us NOW. If you are a believer in Jesus, there’s not a moment in time that He’s not with you. You have been set-apart and sealed with God the Holy Spirit. LIVE like the Prince or Princess that you are. You are an Ambassador for Jesus in this world, let them see Jesus in you.
Don.
P.S. Please pray for the people we chatted with last night. We had brilliant conversations and shared the Gospel with: Ebeneezer, Craig, Ada and and Italian man called Carlos.  Pray also for all those that the other members of the team chatted with and the many who received Gospel tracts but were just too busy or in a rush to get home last night.

Sowing to the Spirit or the Flesh:

Paul puts it like this: For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption (6:8a). Every time we nurse a grudge, spread gossip, linger in bad company whose influence we cannot long resist, every time we watch or read pornographic materials, we are sowing seeds that will reap corruption in our fellowship with God, our families, and our witness.

But he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (6:8b). What does it mean to sow to the Spirit? It means we allow the Spirit to do things that produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (5:22-23a).

When we sow to the Spirit, we also will reap life everlasting. The word everlasting refers not only to the duration of life but also the quality of life. Therefore, we can experience heaven here and now. How does Jesus express this fact in John 10:10b?
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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”.

 

Encouragement From Your Brother John

Revelation 1:9 John, your brother

Daily Spirit & Word: 683. Courageous Endurance.

Encouragement from our Brother in the Faith, John the Apostle.

Good morning my friends, when we’re suffering for the faith of Jesus Christ, if we keep in mind our constant hope, to be with the Lord in His Kingdom forever, then we’re going to endure great hardships with gratitude and thanksgiving in our hearts. Why? Because Jesus never promised us it would be easy, but that if we follow Him, we will be persecuted.

Revelation 1:9 (NIV) “I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”

On Wednesday I had the wonderful privilege of leading a family to faith and trust in Jesus as Lord. It was amazing, definitely a God appointment. There were obstacles to overcome though. Four people, in very humble circumstances, received Jesus as Lord. We sat on the floor of their one roomed flat. A mother, two sons and a girlfriend came as they were to Jesus. I’ll tell their story (with permission) later.

Notice in the Revelation verse above, John is not preaching down to those seven churches that Jesus had told him to write, to; “Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” No, John is identifying with them all in five ways:

  1. I am your brother.
  2. I am your companion in suffering
  3. I am your fellow in God’s Kingdom.
  4. I am with you practising patient endurance.
  5. I am, like you, suffering for preaching the Word of God and giving testimony of Jesus.

This Was Not Ivory Tower Preaching:

Nobody likes it when someone who is privileged or has a life of ease tells people who have nothing how to patiently endure their hardships. Why don’t people like it? Because a person who has everything, doens’t know what life is like with nothing.

It’s a bit like our Government Ministers who are living in luxury and with a great salary, proclaiming they are going to cut the benefits that the poorest people in society receive. Not only that, but they cut the taxes that the richest people pay. Where is the fairness in that? They tell the poor people, “Get a job” then you won’t need benefits. However, the wages that the poor receive for the jobs they take, don’t cover their living expenses. So the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.

No wonder those on benefits resent our Government’s unfair policy.

I think that’s why Jesus chose fishermen and outcasts to be His closest Disciples, because they’d been through hardships, they knew what life was like with nothing. One time Jesus followers had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. Imagine working hard for no wages? They knew what it was like to struggle and to suffer, so when they preached the Gospel, the people knew they were ordinary men once, just like them. They were not drawn from high-society, not many were of noble birth or princes or entrepreneurs, not many of Jesus Disciples were born with a silver-spoon in their mouths.

No my friends, nobody likes to hear a message about endurance, if the one delivering it is not a partner in the suffering as well. John had to endure great hardship for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was in EXILE on Patmos because of the Word of God and His Testimony about Jesus Christ. Because he wouldn’t stop preaching, they sent him to a lonely island and imprisoned him there, but did that stop John? No! God’s ways are far higher than our ways. The Lord had planed that exile for John long before the Authorities had even thought about it. Nothing takes God by surprise my friends. Everything you go through in life, God knows about it in advance.

You might end up marooned on an Island like John. I hope not, but if you have to endure any hardship for Jesus, it’s not the end my friends, it just might be a new beginning. An opportunity to serve the Lord in a different way.

The Words Endurance: It was originally an expression in Greek for the pressure a large stone could exert: I.e. Like a mill-stone on wheat. Imagine you are a grain of wheat and you see the great mill-stone rolling your way, there’s no way to escape, you’ve just got to bear the crushing pressure. Will you survive? My friends, in Jesus, in His Kingdom, we can and will endure anything for His sake.

You may be experiencing great pressure because of your faith in Jesus Christ today. We are, because society is becoming increasingly intolerant of those who have a sincere desire to follow the teachings of Jesus and live according to the principles of God’s Word. Why? Because they’re bringing us into conflict with a world that wants to go it’s own way instead of God’s way. The world has chosen to uphold detestable lifestyles as good, and is now coming down hard on those who don’t comply or agree.

Think about how the world has chosen to play around with human eggs, thinking that a fertilised egg is just an embryo or a foetus instead of the truth, it’s a baby. It might be a very small baby, but when an human egg is fertilised by sperm, then life has begun. We are forbidden from killing babies by God’s Word and indeed for any form of murder. Now if you show people pictures of aborted babies you are the one who’s classified as an extremist or being too dogmatic.

You might find that you are in a prison one day, like John, for proclaiming God’s Word and giving Testimony about Jesus. Don’t be surprised when that happens, because my friends, God is not. He has warned that in the last days, things would take a turn for the worse.

Matthew 24:12-14 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13  but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

When John Said Endure Patiently: He LIVED it Himself.

Revelation 1:9 (NIV) “I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”

He, John, was a living example of what Peter talked about: 1 Peter 3:14-17 (NIV) Suffering For Doing Good:
14  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”
15  But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
16  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17  It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

My friends, Don’t FEAR what the world FEARS.

  • Endure hardship.
  • Preach the Gospel.
  • Teach Jesus Word.
  • Make Disciples.
  • He’s with you, through everything, endure to the end.

One last thing; Here’s what to do if you are facing hardships for the faith:

Hebrews 12:1-4 (NIV)
1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
2  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4  In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

When the Going Gets Tough.

The Tough Get Going: In Jesus.

Praying that you are going to experience the closeness of Jesus throughout all your trials. Don’t grow weary or loose heart, but instead persevere and endure with patience and joy in the Lord, and don’t stop preaching or teaching what Jesus commanded my friends, keep snatching souls from the flames licking at their feet. Amen!

Don.

Link: Christian Concern For Our Nation: 

Here you’ll discover what we can do, when we face unjust opposition and persecution for the faith of Jesus Christ.

Christian Concern: 

 

Standing Firm In The Battle

Jehoshaphat's prayer

Daily Spirit & Word: 665: Standing Firm In The Battle.

Determine to follow God’s ways, not the ‘god’ of the age in which we live.

2 Chronicles 17:6  “His (Jehoshaphat’s) heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.”

Have you ever felt the temptation to fit-in with the world?

Have you been pressurised to do so?

The Church of England is going through it right now. The Anglican Bishops from around the world are gathering in Canterbury Cathedral. They’ve got a lot to discuss and pray about, because there is strong pressure to become more like the world. It’s like living in a pressure cooker with the lid firmly in place and the steam nozzle spinning with a frenzy. Praise the LORD for Godly Bishops from around the world that are determined the Church of England and the  whole Anglican Communion remain faithful to God’s Word and it’s plain teaching. Know this my friends, when we so determine to remain faithful, God Himself will fight the battles for us. Learn from Jehoshaphat who did the same things when part of the Nation abandoned the LORD.

We must be prepared to appear to be strange, weird, simple, straightforward, singular, and in our singularity, if we are genuinely prepared to be and do good, then let us who are followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ, be settled and a peace with it in our hearts, because we will be different from those who merely say that they follow the LORD, but try to keep in with this world. Will we be like Jehoshaphat who stood out in his own time as one who was determined to follow the LORD? He did so; politically, morally and spiritually.

Are you ready to follow as God wants you too: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, will, mind, soul and strength? To love Him in your politics, in your morality, in your spiritual life? When you do so, you’ll also LOVE your neighbour as yourself.

When Jehoshaphat got ready for an attack from the North, from Israel, he was not making war, but taking a stand against those who were wandering away from the Commandments of the LORD. He knew that in doing so, his actions would incur the wrath of the nations. He fortified the cities and stationed garrisons, that’s getting ready to be attacked. When the great attack eventually came, Jehoshaphat led the Nation in prayer;

Jehoshaphat’s Prayer:

2 Chronicles 20:6 and 12 (ANIV) “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no-one can withstand you…  2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV) “O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

He determined that he would walk with God as his forefather King David had in the beginning of his reign. We’re all aware how David slipped so terribly later on in life, but when he first followed the LORD, his walk was faultless. Jehoshaphat wanted to emulate what was best in the character of his forefather King David.

When you get alone with God, in solitude and prayerfully talk with him, ask Him to show you the areas of your life that you need to fortify and garrison against attacks. For it is there, in your quiet times, you’ll find the strength and determination to walk with God and to identify the spirit and customs of your own time that are far from God’s ways. There is a ‘god’ the world follows, but it’s NOT the God of the Bible. It’s a god that says it’s OK to deliberately forsake the express commands of God, for some strange reason even people within the ‘church’ are listening to the god of the age more than the plain teaching of God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures, the Bible.

Jehoshaphat would not be surprised, for the North of Israel did the same, God’s chosen people; deliberately forsake God’s commands and begin to follow after the baalims… false gods. Be aware by following God you are going to stand out like a sore thumb, you’ll look weird to the people of the world. To them, you’ll sound strange, singular and odd, you’ll be accused of being narrow-minded and dogmatic, but my friends, when Jehoshaphat determined to follow the LORD, the LORD HIMSELF fought for Jehoshaphat in battle. When attacked by an army that he couldn’t defeat, when he didn’t know what to do, Jehoshaphat and all Judah: fasted, prayed, praised and worshipped the LORD. He asked God to give him victory: I’m asking God to do the same in this battle we’re in today. To give us victory and to enable the Church to stand firm on God’s Word.

Have and awesome weekend my friends, determine in your hearts that you’ll remain in the vine John 15.

Learn from the LIFE of Jehoshaphat: Seek the LORD in Prayer.

Do you remember a band from the 1960’s called “The New Seekers” that’s what the followers of Jesus should be today, people who’ll seek the Lord. Amen!

Remembering that ALL Scripture is God breathed, Divinely inspired to equip you to walk with Jesus. 2 Tim 3:16-17.

Praying you’ll stand firm to the end.

Don.

2 Chronicles 17:1-19 (NIV)
1 Jehoshaphat his son succeeded him as king and strengthened himself against Israel.
2  He stationed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah and put garrisons in Judah and in the towns of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.
3  The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because in his early years he walked in the ways that his father David had followed. He did not consult the Baals
4  but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.
5  The LORD established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honour.
6  His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.
7  In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach in the towns of Judah.
8  With them were certain Levites—Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah—and the priests Elishama and Jehoram.
9  They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the LORD; they went round to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.
10  The fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not make war with Jehoshaphat.
11  Some Philistines brought Jehoshaphat gifts and silver as tribute, and the Arabs brought him flocks: seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred goats.
12  Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful; he built forts and store cities in Judah
13  and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.
14  Their enrolment by families was as follows: From Judah, commanders of units of 1,000: Adnah the commander, with 300,000 fighting men;
15  next, Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000;
16  next, Amasiah son of Zicri, who volunteered himself for the service of the LORD, with 200,000.
17  From Benjamin: Eliada, a valiant soldier, with 200,000 men armed with bows and shields;
18  next, Jehozabad, with 180,000 men armed for battle.
19  These were the men who served the king, besides those he stationed in the fortified cities throughout Judah.

Below: You can read, study and learn all about the life of the good King Jehoshaphat:

Jehoshaphat King Of Judah, the son of Asa.

1 Kings 15:24

1 Kings 22:1-36

1 Kings 22:2

1 Kings 22:41

2 Kings 3:4-27

2 Kings 3:7

2 Kings 8:16

2 Chronicles 14:2

2 Chronicles 17:1

2 Chronicles 17:7-9

2 Chronicles 18:1

2 Chronicles 19:1

2 Chronicles 19:6-9

2 Chronicles 20:1-37

2 Chronicles 21:1

Matthew 1:8

Had A Godly Father

2 Chronicles 14:2

Inaugurated A System Of Religious Instruction For The People

2 Chronicles 17:7-9

Commanded The Judges To Be Just

2 Chronicles 19:6-9

When Surrounding Nations Attacked Him He Trusted In The Lord And Gained A Great Victory

2 Chronicles 20:1-37

Manifested Weakness In Forming Alliances With Wicked Kings

1 Kings 22:1-36

2 Kings 3:4-27 .

 

The True Light Is Shining In The Darkness

Jesus Christ is still the LIGHT of the World.

Daily Spirit & Word; 656:

The True Light Keeps Shining In The Darkness.

Good morning my friends, have you noticed it’s getting DARK? Not just the physical darkness of night, the longest night in our calendar is approaching, but the ‘spiritual’ darkness. This year has been so dark, with thousands of thousands being displaced, leaving their homelands and heading for the obviously wealthy countries looking for basic human dignity; what did they find? Barriers, razor wire, barbed wire and a cold and hostile reception. We’ve had far too many killings; not just in warfare, but in the most cowardly terrorist attacks; Paris and schools in America. In the UK we’ve escaped relatively unscathed, but we’ve got ours coming too, because we’ve abandoned God’s holy standards of morality and profaned His gift of marriage, we’ve let confused and deluded people live with the feeling that they are the wrong sex, living in the wrong body, instead of assuring them that God knew what He was doing when He made them male and female, as He knitted them together in their mother’s womb (Psalm 139), be assured His swift judgement will come upon our land too.

Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

How are followers of Jesus meant to keep the light shining?

We are to live and declare God’s Truth with Love:

Truth mingled with LOVE: We must “Say it as it is” but we must do so in the most loving ways we can. There’s no point in upsetting people or making them angry, because they’ll already be angry with us anyway, because God’s ways are not the ways of the people of this world who have yet to see and know the light. God’s ways seem to them; harsh, abrasive, rough, unyielding, intolerant. The world asks: “Why on earth does God’s Word say Homosexuality is a perversion? Surely it’s “My Choice” that counts? Why does God’s Word say murder is wrong? When the baby in my womb, at this time in my life, is so inconvenient, it’s “My freedom of choice” that counts and I can plan my parenthood as I like.” My friends, the world wants to go it’s own way, but God so LOVED the world, He sent His SON to bring them back to Himself.

We must SPEAK UP, but we must speak up in LOVE.

Ephesians 4:14-16
14  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.
15  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
16  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Speaking the Truth, even in the most loving ways will provoke a very strong and angry response from the world, because it’s already made up it’s mind that it’s not going God’s way any longer.

Well the world can stick it’s fingers up to God and stick them in their ears and cover their eyes all they like; but God’s Word, the True Light will keep on shining in this spiritual darkness. Our God doesn’t change like the shifting shadows, He is the same; yesterday, today and forever.

Malachi 3:5-7
5  “So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud labourers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me,” says the LORD Almighty.
6  “I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.
7  Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’

Our Lord Jesus Doesn’t Change Either:

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.”

God’s standards do NOT CHANGE just because the world calls evil good or perverse ways pure, the Bible’s teachings, God’s Word, will always remain.

How are we to help those who are living and convinced the ‘Spiritual Darkness’ they are living in is good?

The Gospel: It’s the POWER of God for SALVATION.

  • If they are going to be saved, it’s not miracles alone that will save them, it’s the Gospel.
  • If they are going to be saved, it’s not mincing our words that will save them, but the TRUTH: “Know the TRUTH and the truth shall set you free”. (But always share the truth with LOVE and respect).
  • If they are going to be saved, it’s not going to be by STRENGTH: We cannot force people against their will (that just gets their backs up, it raises their hackles, producing a fearful and angry response).  Zechariah 4:6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.
  • If we are going to KEEP God’s Light Shining we need to stay filled with God’s Holy Spirit, stay close to Jesus (John 15), do what Jesus did and in HIS POWER, might and strength, through the Holy Spirit of God, we will work miracles to draw people to Jesus.

If you, dear follower of Jesus, want to bring your loved ones, the friends and neighbours and the people of this world to Jesus, then you are going to be even more full of the Holy Spirit of God: When you are filled you are going to be even more loving like Jesus, powerful like Jesus, full of joy, like Jesus. You will KEEP SHINING THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS.

Romans 5:5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

This Christmas; Jesus Christ is STILL: The Light Of The World.

  • He brings light into the spiritual darkness and chaos.
  • He bring hope and healing.
  • He brings love and acceptance.
  • He brings joy and peace.
  • He brings satisfaction and delight.

People in DARKNESS: Need the light of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 9:2 “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

JESUS IS THAT LIGHT

Isaiah 9:6-7
6  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Isn’t that awesome, “A child is born, a son is given”: He will be called; “Mighty God”… Jesus is the LIGHT and He’s also “Mighty God”…

  • Pray: That many more people will see the LIGHT of Jesus this Christmas.
  • Pray: That God’s people on this earth will keep shining as LIGHT for Jesus.
  • Pray: That the DARKNESS will never overcome the LIGHT. Amen!

Hope all my friends and followers have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS with Jesus Christ,

HE is that TRUE LIGHT, THAT STILL SHINES IN THE DARKNESS.

Don.

 

Foundations in God’s Word: A Christian Worldview.

Foundations in God's Word: Genesis

Daily Spirit & Word: 645: God Created Everything.

How’s Your Worldview?

The Importance of Having A Christian Worldview:

(NOTE: Worldview = A comprehensive view of the world and human life).

Good morning my friends, I’ve been greatly disturbed lately with so many foolish things in the Media: From Transgender indoctrination of our society, same-sex marriage, killing of innocents (Bombing Syria), ignoring the shocking mass killings in third world countries like Nigeria, whilst we go mad on the horrific news of people being killed in France. Yes it’s closer to home, but surely EVERY human life is invaluable? To sail a straight course through these stormy seas, we’ll need a strong rudder to guide us, thankfully we have that in God’s WORD. We have a worldview provided for us in Genesis and that foundation can and will sustain us for life, it helps us to understand why God Created, why God made us, why God sent His One and Only Son on a rescue mission into this world.

You know my friends, if we took Genesis out of the Bible our worldview could be anything we desired and we’d be in danger of adopting any of the following: Atheism, Pantheism, Polytheism, Secularism, Evolutionism, Deism, Hedonism, etc… The fact that God Created and has a plan for mankind and all of Creation keeps us from sin and error.

  • If we didn’t have this foundational Christian Worldview we’d still be LOST. There would be no need for Jesus to die upon the Cross. 
  • If we didn’t have this foundational Christian Worldview provided by the Old Testament and Genesis: We’d be able to do what ISIS (ISIL / IS) do without it bothering our God given Conscience. 

As it stands today, Genesis and God’s purpose in Creating the Universe and Mankind IS part of the Canon of Holy Scripture, so let’s get to KNOW all about God’s plan and purpose for His Creation. Let’s BELIEVE it, Let’s TRUST God knew what He was doing when He inspired men to write this portion of His WORD.

Sidney Greidanus said, “Genesis teaches that God is sovereign (vs. atheism) and wholly other than this universe (vs. pantheism), the only true God (vs. polytheism), the Creator of this universe (vs. secularism and naturalistic evolutionism), who has made a covenant with his creation and upholds it (vs. deism), and made human beings in his image to manage the world on his behalf (vs. hedonism). Genesis further teaches that God is not the source of evil but created everything good so that his creatures can enjoy the physical world (vs. gnosticism). The source of the evil and brokenness we see in the world today is human disobedience to God’s command, which resulted in God’s curse on creation. But God immediately promised to restore his creation to the beautiful kingdom he intended it to be. And so Genesis sketches the beginnings of redemptive history: God seeking to restore his creation and creatures, finally making a special covenant with Abram, who was to be a blessing to “all the families of the earth” (Gen 12:3).

As Genesis sketches the beginnings of redemptive history, it teaches about God’s coming kingdom, God’s love for his creation and his creatures, God’s judgment of sin, God’s grace for sinners, God’s covenant faithfulness, God’s sovereign providence, and God’s presence with his people. As Ken Mathews puts it: “If we possessed a Bible without Genesis, we would have a ‘house of cards’ without foundation or mortar.”

A Bible Without Genesis is Like:

“A HOUSE OF CARDS WITHOUT A FOUNDATION OR MORTAR”

Anything or anyone could come along and blow it away.

We’d be open to this statement from God’s Word: The Unstable Man

James 1:5-8 Getting Wisdom From God.
5  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
6  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

How’s Your Worldview Today?

Do you have deep foundations in the Word of God? Genesis provides it in bucket-loads.

Is your God the God of the Bible?

If He’s NOT, then you’ve made a ‘god’ to suit yourself: Idolatry.

If He’s NOT, then you’re going to be like a ship in a storm without a rudder, blown here and there, wherever the winds of change will blow you. Your course will be uncertain. Your destination indeterminate.

With GOD Almighty’s GENESIS Foundations in place, you’ll see Christ for who He is; The LORD Creator and Redeemer of Mankind.

Genesis 1 and 2 and John 1.

Having God’s Worldview in place will give us a much great love for His World and for everyone within it. Amen!

PRAYER:

Father God, thank You so much for giving us every part of Your Word. Thank you that by knowing Genesis we can have deep roots and strong foundations for what we believe today. Thank You that we can know Your plan and purpose in Creating us. Thank You that we can know how much You love and value every single soul in the world today. Lord today I’m praying for the PEACE and SAFETY of Syria and wisdom for those in authority in the world today. Amen!

Have an awesome day with Jesus.

Don.

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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—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. 

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.

 

The Power of God’s Word

Spirit and Word: God's Word

Daily Spirit & Word: 616: The Power of God’s Word.

Good morning my friends, it’s been hitting home to me again today just how wonderful and powerful God’s WORD is. He speaks mainly through the Scriptures (Bible), but the power of God’s Word also comes to us in so many other ways, as people share God’s eternal truth. In what ways has He spoken to you?

Hebrews 4:12-13 “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.”

These two verses in Hebrews 4 are AWESOME:

God’s WORD: It’s;

  • LIVING
  • ACTIVE
  • DIVIDING
  • PENETRATING
  • JUDGING

“The Word of God”: Bible Commentators are divided as to what this phrase is referring to:

  • Could it be the Whole Bible as some assume?
  • Could it be the Lord Jesus Himself?
  • Could it be the Gospel (Good News)? For we know that it’s the Word of God that gives the gift of faith.
  • Could it be the Law, as some assume? For the Law is a Schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. (An awareness of our need of God’s forgiveness, for we’ve all broken God’s Laws).
  • Could it be when the Scriptures are read or preached? 

Personally I think it is a combination of ALL of the above:

The Power of God’s Word: We’ve probably seen it ourselves in our own experience of walking and trying to live the Christian life.

When we hear a sermon and it cuts right into our daily life, the preacher being completely unaware of what we’ve been doing, but the Power of God’s Word hits home. Making us feel like getting down low and hiding or running out of the room. I’ve had that as the convicting power of God’s Word comes upon me.

We’ve probably all had an experience of chatting with someone about the Lord’s things; answered prayer, what the Bible is saying to us in our daily devotions, and then all of a sudden you become aware that He’s in the room right there with you, speaking through your words or of the conversation of others in the room. The Power of God’s Word comes to life upon the lips of a brother or sister. It’s wonderful when the Lord does that, speaks through your brothers and sisters in Christ.

We’ve probably all had the experience of reading the Bible and suddenly a phrase jumps into our hearts and encourages us and makes us feel secure, strong, bold, humbled. When God’s Word does something to take away our fears or illuminate a problem we’ve been having.

God’s Word: Is LIVING AND ACTIVE: It’s always there, it’s powerful and it can accomplish what God wants it to. Just think for a moment how the Power of God’s Word: Created the Universe and how God’s Word can make Peter walk upon the water with Jesus. WOWzer! It’s mind-blowing, the POWER of God’s Word.

I heard the story of a young boy, he’d just been converted to Jesus and was sitting in the park reading his bible and yelping with delight. An old stuffy Minister was walking past, he asked the boy, “What are you making all that fuss about?” The Boy responded, “It’s awesome how in the Bible the Israelites crossed through the Red Sea when God rescued them from Pharaoh” The Minister was a liberal and didn’t believe in the literal reading of Genesis, he said, “Oh Archaeologists have proven that the Red Sea was probably only about two feed deep at the point they crossed over”

The young boy’s face fell and the Minister walked away smirking to himself, thinking he’d put the boy to right. Then he heard the boy whooping and dancing again, he turned back and asked the boy, “What are you making a fuss about now?” The boy replied, “It fantastic, what a wonderful God we have” Impatient, the Minister said, “What do you mean?” The boy said, “Don’t you think it’s just amazing how God could drown the whole Egyptian Army in just two feet of water?”

The boy walked away praising the Lord Jesus, the Minister’s face fell. LOL.

 

  • God’s WORD has a Power to convict the hardest of hearts. (Penetrating).
  • God’s Word is living and active and will never cease to be. (Alive).
  • God’s WORD: Is a lamp to my feet and light unto my path. (Guides us in life).
  • God’s WORD is TRUE: for ALL time. (Truth for Everyone, Everywhere).
  • God’s WORD is TRUSTWORTHY: ALWAYS.(Believe ALL God’s Promises in His Word).
  • God’s Word is FAITHFUL: Reliable and Encouraging. (Feeds & Nourishes the Soul).
  • God’s WORD: Has the ability to give faith and lead a person to Jesus Christ today!

Let’s let God’s Word do it’s job in our life and the lives of those we love today.

Oh LORD Jesus Christ, I thank You that You are that living WORD, that You’ve given us Your Words to teach, encourage and strengthen us every day. You have revealed Father God to us through the Words that He gave You to speak whilst upon the earth. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for the ways that You speak to us and show us the truth in our lives. Your Word is amazing. Praise You Lord! Amen. 

Think about it, what ways has God’s Word spoken to you?

What ways has He spoken to you apart from Scripture and you KNEW it was Him?

What ways have you become aware that God was speaking through you?

The POWER of God’s WORD: Let it soak into your soul today, let it feed you and nourish your walk with Jesus.

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever.”

Have an amazing Tuesday with Jesus.

Don.

The POWER of God’s Word:

Isaiah 40:6-15
6  A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.
7  The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass.
8  The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever.”
9  You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
10  See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.
11  He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
12  Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
13  Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counsellor?
14  Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?
15  Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

 

The Gospel: People NEED Jesus.

The Whole Gospel of Jesus Christ

Daily Spirit and Word 600: The Gospel.

People NEED Jesus

Good morning my friends, this is the day we begin to study afresh the Gospel according to Mark. As you know there are four Gospel writers in the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Each gives us quite a unique view of the life, message and purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Matthew’s Focus: Audience: for the Jews. Reveals the Messiah who fulfilled OT Prophesy.   
  • Luke’s thrust: Audience: Greeks (Gentiles: Non-Jews). Reveals Jesus as The Son of God, Empowered by Holy Spirit who came to Seek and SAVE Sinners.
  • John’s thrust: Audience: For people with a Greek and Roman World View: Jesus is the Creator, Divine Son of God, The Sacrifice who Gives His Life so that mankind may receive Eternal Life.
  • However Mark reveals Jesus as the Servant King: The thrust is on What Jesus did. Main focus of His Gospel (Half of it) The Last three weeks of Jesus life. (Mark wasn’t one of Jesus Apostles: He was a close associate of Peter and Paul.).

In the beginning he sets out to declare the Gospel (The Good News) of Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:1-8
1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2  It is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”—
3  “a voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ “
4  And so John came, baptising in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5  The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptised by him in the Jordan River.
6  John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt round his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7  And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
8  I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Gospel:

“The Gospel” is a phrase that slips off our tongues easily, and we use it so frequently that we rarely stop to think about it’s meaning.

Usage of the Phrase: “The Gospel” Not used much by the other Apostles: But Paul and Mark use it regularly in their writings.

So what does “The Gospel” mean? 

It means the Good News:

  • First of all it is the Good News of the Coming Kingdom: Proclaimed by John the Baptist, getting people ready.
  • Then it is the Good News of the King of the Kingdom: The Lord Jesus Christ and His mission upon the earth.
  • Then it is the Good News of The Lord Jesus Christ: Died upon the Cross, Risen to Life and Ascended and Reigning in Heaven.

So NOW when we think of The Gospel: We always think of it as the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ: He is the subject and message. He alone is the only way a person can enter into the Kingdom of God. He is God.

Whenever I hear the phrase “The Gospel”: I immediately translate it, subconsciously, as “The Good News of Jesus Christ”: But many others don’t think of it that way.

In Common Use: In the World: 

You’ll often hear people in London saying, when they want to communicate that they are telling the truth: “Gospel truth brother” or in East End “Gospel guv, God’s honest truth guv”…

For example: When I was going to buy a computer the sales assistant in PC World said, “This is the best deal you’ll get, ‘gospel truth’ and we’ll match any other offer you get”….

The world uses “The Gospel” to associate TRUTH. They know when they hear the word Gospel it means truth. So when we’re out there trying to communicate the Gospel with people and we say I’m out sharing the Gospel, we’d better be clear, because they want to know what we’re telling the truth about. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The Gospel Meets Your Deepest Needs:

Although the Gospel is about Jesus Christ, it’s also something that radically meets the needs of all mankind.

When we need: Only Jesus can meet those needs;

People Need Peace: People want real peace: Peace from war, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Middle East. But peace only ever lasts a short time. There will be wars. However, Jesus gives us a “Peace that the world cannot give”: Peace even in the storms of life.

People Need Gladness: Jesus give us gladness. We search the world for gladness and look to it for refreshment; (It does satisfy for a short while, like a McDonald’s burger, a holiday, but after a while, we’re hungry again)  but we search for gladness in vain, because the world was not Created to provide it for us. Non-the-less we keep searching, trying, scratching, scraping, hoping, yearning, longing. The gladness or satisfaction we’re looking for can only be found in Jesus Christ, He Created the world, and He alone is the true (gospel) source of gladness and satisfaction in life.

People Need Understanding: The world seeks to KNOW: To know the world and the universe: The quest for knowledge is immense, people spend thousands of pounds on their education. However, if they’d but open up the Bible and turn to Mark’s Gospel, and ask God to open their heart they’d find: True (Gospel) Understanding (Enlightenment: When the Light of Christ comes into our hearts, our understanding, knowing is transformened into an experience of the Light of Christ: The Good News, the Gospel).

People Need a Clear Conscience: Most people are aware that they are NOT all they should be. God given each one of us a conscience, when we go against His Commands, the Conscience cries it’s warning, so we try to quieten our Conscience: Some do it by ignoring it: We’re pretty good at that. (It’s like ignoring the smoke alarm) Some take the batteries out of the Conscience too 🙂 They try to do some good things, thinking that’s enough to quieten the conscience. Even hardened Criminals give money or offering to the church; thinking that will remove their guilt. Only the Whole Message of the Good News of Jesus Christ, His death upon the Cross and suffering for the world, will remove the pain of a guilty Conscience. (Conscience means: Con means with and Science means knowledge, therefore when we sin we do so With-Knowledge.)

People Need A Strong Will to Live Right: Many people struggle with self-control. Many books are written on the subject. Self-help books litter the shelves of book stores and Amazon pops them up: How to eat well. How to live debt free. How to speak. How to write. How to …. ?????

A Google Search of “An Idiot’s Guide to”

Do a Google search for “an idiot’s guide to”: You’ll find a bewildering and enlightening list of the things that people are really looking for in life: from Science, Quantum Physics, Yoga, Relationships, Marriage, Politics, Debating, Dating, Friends, Management, etc… They’ve even got “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to: The Bible”… LOL.

My friends, people want to KNOW HOW to do their LIFE better: Only Jesus Christ can meet all these needs, desires, hungers and wants in life. That’s the Good NEWS of Jesus Christ.

Need for Forgiveness: (Not many books on An Idiot’s Guide to Forgiveness).

You won’t find any books (yet) on: “An Idiot’s Guide to God’s Forgiveness”… Perhaps it’s time to write it 🙂

Google search that and you won’t find it. Why? Most people don’t think they NEED forgiveness. There is NO HUNGER or Desire for it. It is not high on the list of most important things in life.

  • Most people don’t think they need to be forgiven by God.
  • They think they are ‘good enough’ deep down, just a little bit wayward.
  • So they don’t think they need the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ.
  • They think they can get along perfectly well without the hindrance of being ‘religious’.
  • Life is just to busy for ‘religion’… “Church: No thank you. I’m NOT religious”.

When we were out on Friday sharing the Gospel in Brixton: We got chatting to lots of different people about Jesus.

But four ladies that David and I were chatting with stand out for me: It ended with the ladies saying to us; “We’re just out having a good time, so please…” She didn’t say “leave us alone” but that’s what she meant and we got the message. It was a sad way to end a conversation about the LORD. However, people don’t think they NEED Jesus, they’re OK without Him, they’re having a great time without thinking about God. I ended the conversation with; “You know in your hearts you’ve broken God’s Commandments; you’ve admitted that you’ve lied and stolen and lusted, that’s only three of them, so I’m pleading with you, listen to your conscience, and think about what Jesus Christ did on the Cross so that you could be forgiven” They said they would and we left them to have a ‘good time’…. The next man we chatted to, about one minute after the ladies, thought that He was God. We sat down with him and had a very interesting time sharing the message of Jesus.

What Hit me more than anything else today: Is this my friends: People NEED the Gospel. We all NEED the Gospel: The whole Good News of Jesus Christ. We need to HEAR if: Because FAITH COMES BY HEARING THE WORD OF GOD.

We also need to RESPOND to it: Just as those who heard John the Baptist responded to his invitation to get ready for the coming Kingdom: They repented and were baptised.

After Jesus came; The Apostles (Early Church) proclaimed, preached and witnessed: The Gospel: People responded by:

  • BELIEVING (that Jesus Christ had indeed died upon the Cross for their sins)
  • REPENTING (Turning away from their sin and trusting in Jesus death)
  • RECEIVING: They responded by receiving Jesus Christ into their lives as both Saviour and Lord.
  • GETTING BAPTISED: This was to show the world that they’d been transformed by Jesus and were going to live a new life, in the power of the Holy Spirit and that they were dead to their old ways of living.
  • FOLLOWING JESUS: They then responded by living the Christian life, following the teachings of Jesus Christ, they became His disciples.

Most Christian Churches Today: The focus and thrust of good Evangelical, Baptist, Pentecostal and Charismatics is this: Believe, Repent and Receive (with a greater emphesis on the receiving end of the scale). Sadly so few, very few, focus upon the most important aspect, making Disciples (followers who’ll LIVE according to the Teachings of Jesus Christ and God’s Word). They pander to people’s hunger for experience, excitement and fun; but focus little upon the sacrificial life that Jesus has called us to: Taking up our Cross Daily and following / living with Jesus Christ. However, it’s ONLY when we begin to die to self that we can truly know that the Gospel IS the Good News we’ve been longing to hear.

Worship: I Surrender ALL to You Lord Jesus.

Conclusion:

We’re going to see over the coming weeks, as we unpack Mark’s Gospel of Good News of the Servant King: The Lord Jesus did some amazing wonderful things, he had Authority over all aspects of life and even death,  you’ll not want to miss any of that teaching I’m sure.

For NOW: Today:

Know this today my friends, this Gospel can transform your life today. The Good News of Jesus is for every hungry human soul in this world. They don’t even know they need Jesus, we’ve got to show them their; needs, hungers and desires can only truly be met in the Gospel Good News and Truth of the Person of Jesus Christ: The Son of God who died for them.

First: Have you truly responded? Do you Believe, repent, receive and follow Him daily?. Are you following and living according to the teachings of Jesus Christ right this moment? (If you know you are not, then come and receive prayer. Perhaps you need to repent and receive Jesus afresh in your life today).

Second: Will you be obedient to Jesus Command: Go into all the world and share the Gospel? Make Disciples?

Third: If you have not yet responded to the Gospel, the Good News that Jesus Christ died upon the Cross for you, will you turn and ask His forgiveness for your sins right now? Will you believe that He died upon the Cross for your sins? Will you receive Him as both Saviour and Lord? Will you seek His power and fullness of the Holy Spirit to enable you to live your life for Him?

Let us pray: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, we can see today that we need a much clearer understanding of the whole Gospel message. It’s life and peace and joy and satisfaction can only truly be found in You Lord. Help us to respond as they first followers did, by giving our lives completely to You. Help us Lord and equip us Lord to spread this message that we know people are longing to hear, but don’t know it. Give us the desire to live like You Lord Jesus and LOVE people into Your Kingdom. Amen.

I hope you all read and re-read Mark’s Gospel.

Have an awesome Sunday and stay close to Jesus Christ.

Live in the Power of the Spirit today.

Don.