The Best Pick Me Up EVER

Rivers of Living Waters Holy Spirit

Daily Spirit & Word: 687: The BEST Pick-Me-Up EVER.

“In The Spirit”.

Good morning my friends, yesterday was awesome. We’re looking after three of our grandchildren and it took its toll on Granny last night, she fell asleep as Aminata was chatting away. Sometimes we forget that we’re getting older and things that we took for granted years ago, take more out of us today.

In life we’re constantly looking for that life TONIC that will pick-me-up. Some look for it in natural substances, that’s why Health Stores are doing so well; Vitamins, Herbs, Seeds, Nuts, Berries, Leaves etc… Some are turning to toxic substances; drugs and drink. Drugs give an addict a high (initially) but then they’re constantly in search of that first high again, but when drugs gets hold of you, it never delivers the expected results. Basically, drugs are a LIE from Hell. Because Satan is a liar and the father of lies, God has revealed that “He is a thief who only comes to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10) In the end these substances will poison our bodies and leave us even more shattered than ever.

However, today you are about to discover the UNLIMATE pick-me-up, the best discovery of all time: It’s the Holy Spirit. God Himself living in an individual. With the POWER of the CREATOR inside us, what else can happen but pick us up from the dust, the dirt and the mire. His pick-me-up takes us way beyond Earth into the Heavenly realms and often we just don’t want to come back down again.

Revelation 1:10-11 (NIV)
10  On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
11  which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

John tells us that on Sunday (The Lord’s Day) He was “IN THE SPIRIT”…

If ever there was a loaded phrase in the Bible this is it. Of course there are many countless others as well, but “In the Spirit” what does that mean? My friends, just like my daughter Stephanie, who’s expecting a baby any moment, this phrase is PREGNANT with meaning. Once we understand it, we’ll also want to be “In The Spirit” as much as we can. However, unlike drugs that don’t deliver that expected HIGH ever again, the Holy Spirit constantly takes us to brand NEW Heights.

By that stage in his life, John was a very old man, he seen so many wonderful things. John had been with Jesus and had witnessed the most incredible miracles, he’d met Jesus and touched Him after the Crucifixion, but it seems that the LORD has saved the best until the last few moments in John’s life.

His Circumstances were DIRE: He was a Prisoner on a Prison Island. He’d suffered a great deal at the hands of the Romans, but NO MATTER WHAT your circumstances are or will be, God can come in and give you a REVELATION of Himself that will TRANSPORT you above anything. No pain or suffering can keep you from being “IN THE SPIRIT”.

If you’ve ever watched “Shawshank Redemption” (The Great Prison Escape Movie): There’s one phrase that sticks out above all the others in the movie, “They can’t take away your mind, they can’t stop you using your imagination”… The great thing about being “In The Spirit” is that it’s NOT imagination, it’s NOT self-will, it’s NOT tapping into that secret power within or the hidden potential within human beings, but it’s making a connection with the Creator Himself. The Holy Spirit floods your inner-man / woman. He fills you with the LOVE of God. I don’t know why Christians don’t seek this filling every single day.

Once you get “In The Spirit” you are going to experience a Pick-me-Up like never before.

BUT what does John the Apostle mean by “In The Spirit”?

To discover that, we’re going to take a trip back to some of His other writings and parts of the Old Testament. We’re going to see that John explained it before and that others experienced what he did, hundreds of years before he was born.

Right at the Beginning of His Gospel, John was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write about Jesus and how when we “RECEIVE” Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, we are BORN OF THE SPIRIT or BORN AGAIN: John 1:10-14, John 3. When that happens we become part of God’s Heavenly Family forever. Of course to get ‘Born Again’ it’s not simply believing in Jesus; i.e. that Jesus is real or about Jesus mission or even who Jesus is: The Messiah, The Saviour of Mankind… Even the Devil believes these things, but he’s not born of God’s Spirit. So it must mean more than simple ‘belief in Jesus’… Before we can receive Jesus, we must believe in Him as the Scriptures have said: i.e. We must acknowledge our need for God and for His forgiveness. We must turn in Repentance and Faith to be forgiven. Once we do that, then we’re ready to RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

John 7:37-39
37  On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.
38  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
39  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

When we put our trust and faith in Jesus as the Scriptures have said, then the streams of living water will flow from within him. Awesome! The streams come from within: I.E. The Holy Spirit living inside us will flood our being.

That’s what John meant by “Being In The Spirit” Revelation 1:10-11. Belief in Jesus as He is REVEALED in SCRIPTURE: He is God’s chosen lamb, the sacrifice for our sins, to set us free from sin and death and to give us Eternal life.

Where does it say that in the ‘Scriptures’? Hundreds of years before Jesus or John the Apostle in the book of Isaiah the Prophet. In many ways, Jesus is revealed; His Virgin birth, His life, what He came to do, why He came to do it and How His life would end, but also how His death would not be the end. Isaiah Prophesied all these things.

Isaiah’s Prophesies About Jesus:

  • Born of a Virgin (Isaiah 7:14).
  • Galilean Ministry (Isaiah 9:1-2).
  • Heir to David’s Throne (Isaiah 9:7, Isaiah 11:1, 10).
  • His way prepared by John the Baptist (Isaiah 40:3-5).
  • He will be spat on and struck (Isaiah 50:6)
  • Will be lifted up (Isaiah 52:13).
  • Will be disfigured by suffering (Isaiah 52:14, 53:2).
  • Will make a blood atonement for sin (Isaiah 53:5).
  • Will be rejected by men (Isaiah 53:1,3).
  • Will bear our sins and sorrows (Isaiah 53:4-5).
  • Will be our substitute (Isaiah 53:6, 8).
  • He will voluntarily accept our guilt and punishment for our sins (Isaiah 53:7-8).
  • The Gentiles (non-Jews) will trust in Him (Isaiah 11:10).
  • Will be silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7).
  • Will save those who trust in Him (Isaiah 53:12).
  • Will die with transgressors (Isaiah 53:12).
  • Jesus will heal the broken-hearted (Isaiah 61:1,2).
  • God’s Spirit will rest upon Him (Isaiah 11:2).
  • Will be buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9).
  • Will judge the Earth in Righteousness (Isaiah 11:4,5).

All of these Prophesies and many, many more about Him, were fulfilled in Jesus birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension.

Once we believe in Jesus, as the Scriptures have said, when we put our Faith and Trust in Him, turning from sin to be cleansed and forgiven, then and only then can the new birth take place and we’re away “In The Spirit” streams of living water flow from within us…. “Oh LORD, fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit right now, I need Him”….

Do you want to be “In the Spirit” NOW?

Don’t simply say, “I believe in Jesus”, my friends, so does the Devil. Instead, turn from your sin, receive Jesus as Lord, be born of His Holy Spirit and believe in Him as the Scriptures have said, then you will be filled, it will be like a “river of living water”… That’s what it means to be “In The Spirit” … What a Pick-Me-Up that will be today. Amen!

Don.

 

Where did “The Lord’s Day” come from

The first mention of The Lord's Day in literature

Daily Spirit & Word: 686: Worship On The Lord’s Day.

Where did the term; “The Lord’s Day” come from?

Revelation 1:10-11 (NIV)
10  On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
11  which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

Good morning my friends, although I was feeling quite poorly on Sunday (The Lord’s Day), I was determined to attend and lead worship. My voice almost gave up on me half-way through the Communion part of our time together, but praise the LORD, because it stayed with me to the end. Fellowship is so important, nothing should really keep us away, unless we’re really poorly of course. My wife said that I just had man-flue. You know man-flue is horrible my friends 🙂

In our verses in Revelation today, there is so much packed into so few words. The Apostle John reveals subjects that are bottomless in meaning:

1) The Lord’s Day.

2) In The Spirit.

3) Hearing Loud Voices.

4) Commanded to Write.

5) The Seven Churches Named.

I’ll be thinking and meditating upon these this week and sharing what I learn with you.

The LORD’S DAY

Remember, John is in Exile on the Island of Patmos. A Greek Island (See Patmos Description Below). At the time of the Apostle, the Roman Empire used it as a Prison Island.

1) The LORD’S Day.

This is the first mention of the Lord’s Day; referring to Sunday, in the Bible and in Literature.

William Barclay Notes: How did the Christian Church cease to observe the Sabbath, Saturday, and come to observe the Lord’s Day, Sunday? The Sabbath commemorated the rest of God after the creation of the world; the Lord’s Day commemorates the rising of Jesus from the dead.

The three surviving earliest references to the Lord’s Day may well be the following.

1) The Didache, The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, the first manual of Christian worship and instruction, says of the Christian Church: “On the Lord’s Day we meet and break bread” (Didache 14: 1).

2) Ignatius of Antioch, writing to the Magnesians, describes the Christians as “no longer living for the Sabbath, but for the Lord’s Day” (Ignatius, To the Magnesians, 9: 1).

3) Melito of Sardis wrote a treatise Concerning the Lord’s Day. By early in the second century the Sabbath had been abandoned and the Lord’s Day was the accepted Christian day. (Barclay’s Daily Study Bible (NT)).

We don’t really call Sunday “The Lord’s Day” very much now, but growing up in Scotland, when I was a boy, it was a common expression. Perhap’s it would change the focus of much of what we do in church today if we changed the name from Sunday to “The Lord’s Day”… Because a lot of what we do when we gather as Christians revolves around; how we feel, what we like, what church is like, how good the worship team were, what the Pastor is like etc… but if we changed the name to The Lord’s Day, we’d be focused much more upon the Lordship of Jesus Christ; what He likes, what our worship of Him is like, how must I respond to the message? How can I serve Him better?  etc… Just a thought.

What we can note from this Revelation is that even though this is it’s first mention in the Bible, observance of The Lord’s Day had become common practice for The Apostle John to be praying and worshipping Jesus on His Holy Resurrection Day: “The Lord’s Day” and because there is no explanation of what he meant by it, we can deduce that it was a common expression amongst the earliest Christians gathering in those seven churches; Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

So my friends, Christians, by the end of the first century had begun gathering on the Lord’s Day instead of the Sabbath. Don’t ever feel that you need to go back to the legalistic Sabbath observance, for the Apostles of the Lord Jesus had abandoned that practice. They were no longer under Law, but living in Grace and in the Spirit.

Tomorrow, I’ll shed some light upon the term “In the Spirit”.

I hope your own gathering yesterday on The Lord’s Day (Sunday) was significant for your walk with Jesus. What did your learn in Church yesterday? What was the Lord saying to you? How have you been changed by your experience of worship? How was your Fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ?

For me, I was so encouraged by the Rep from Spinnika sharing about the Lord’s Work in Schools in South London. The privilege of being able to share Bible stories and about Jesus in establishments today. Then there was the obvious LOVE between our Church members for one another and for those who were guests and strangers amongst us. It made me realise that the Lord is doing a great work in brining us closer to Him and what He wants us to be “It’s by your Love for one another that people will know you are my Disciples”. Praise the Lord Jesus.

It’s Monday morning, 6.10am: The family (my wife, son-in-law Junior, three grandchildren; Aminata, Leila and Karamoko) are all still sleeping. My daughter Stephanie is at home on her own, for rest, getting ready to go into labour with her fourth child. Please pray for my family with me in London.

Have a wonderful week, stay very close to Jesus every day. And don’t forget how much you need to be refilled with Holy Spirit. “Come Holy Spirit, I need you today”… Praise the Lord!

Come to our Alpha Experience tomorrow night at St Luke’s Church: 7.30pm. It’s going to be AWESOME.

The Christian Basics Course Alpha
The Alpha Course
The Alpha Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come and Witness: Evangelism Wednesday night @ 5.00pm (We’ll be gathering at 4.30pm to train and get ready to witness). St Luke’s Chruch. Each week we go out into the Streets of West Norwood to share the Good News of Jesus with folks that we meet.

Be blessed,

Don.

Patmos Today:

Patmos is an Aegean island in the north of Greece’s Dodecanese island group, is a significant Christian pilgrimage site. Its Cave of the Apocalypse is where John of Patmos (St. John the Theologian) is said to have written the Book of Revelations. A fortresslike, 11th-century monastery dedicated to the saint overlooks the whitewashed houses of the hilltop capital, Hora (also known as Chora).