Ash Wednesday Worship

Ash Wednesday Worship

Ash Wednesday Worship
Ash Wednesday Worship

St Luke’s Church, Knights Hill, West Norwood, London.

Christians all over the world will be celebrating Ash Wednesday.

You will not find any reference to Ash Wednesday in the Bible. However, it has been celebrated and observed by Christians for hundreds of years. Preceded by Shrove Tuesday or as it has become know Pancake Day.

The Ash Wednesday Worship In St Luke’s:

2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

It’s a gathering where we burn last year’s Palm Cross to make some ash. The flames are quite spectacular. There’s no magic or superstition to our service though, it simply a time to come together to reflect upon our walk with Jesus, think about what areas of our Christian life that we require His Divine intervention, seek Him afresh with prayer, Bible reading, confession and repentance. We continue to trust in Him alone, not our good works or anything else. The Ashes for us, Evangelical and Spirit filled Christians, is simply a reminder that we’re coming in penitence to the LORD. They are a symbol of our Love and Devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. We wear the mark of the Cross with humility, counting ourselves as His servants with Joy and LOVE in our hearts, we want to serve our Master.

We also remember that Jesus paid the price for our forgiveness by suffering and dying upon the Cross. How He won for us New Life, victory over sin and death. He rose from the Dead and is alive now to intercede for the Saints in Glory.

In the old Testament ashes were used to show repentance, like Job with his ashes. Repentance is Turning away from sin and trusting in Jesus Christ. It’s a change of mind and attitude that says to the Lord, “I want to live the life you’ve given me Your way”. It’s Jesus, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, that enables us to LIVE for Him.

If you want to join us on Wednesday Night at 7.00pm You’ll discover more. We have a time of fellowship first, with drinks and nibbles, then gather around the Cross to come before the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer.

People who came from Pentecostal, Baptist, Methodist and Anglican churches who’d never done it before all thought it such an POWERFUL gathering. Come and see ūüôā

Ash Wednesday Worship

7.00pm For Fellowship.

7.30pm for Worship, Prayer, Confession, Adoration, Ashes…

9.00pm Home!

 

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2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

 

 

 

436 It is NO SECRET what God can do for you.

 

It is NO SECRET what God can do for you.
It is NO SECRET what God can do for you.

No Secret

Daily Spirit & Word, 436: It is NO secret what God can do for you.

What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.

Good morning my friends and oh what a beautiful morning it is; today I want to focus upon just one verse of the Bible, it was a command by the Lord Jesus given to a man whom He’d just healed, but the man completely disobeyed the Lord Jesus Christ. Who was he and why did he do it?

Mark 1:44¬†“See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

¬†Well you need to know all about that man don’t you? He was a¬†Leper. I don’t think there is any disease that’s more terrible than¬†Leprosy for it cuts you off from everyone and everything that you hold dear in life. A Leper had to live away from other people and when they tried to enter a town, they had to wear a bell so other’s even blind people would know that a Leper was passing by. Nobody was allowed to touch a Leper, or they’d become unclean (possibly contaminated) and restricted too.

Can you imagine not being able to touch others, no kissing your wife, kids, grandchildren. No hugging your friends, no meals together, no time spent sitting around chatting with the family. People were afraid of Lepers; so they’d shout at them when they were near, “Unclean, Unclean, Unclean” and “Get away, get away”… What a dreadful life it must have been for them, year after year, feeling in fingers, toes and extremities going, not being able to feel even when you’ve hurt yourself.

This leper had been HEALED by our Loving Lord Jesus Christ. Can you now imagine what that must have been like for the Leper? He’d be instantly welcomed back into society right? NO my friends, the Leper first needed to have his healing confirmed by the Priests in order to be welcomed back into general public places again. For no one who’d been struck down with Leprosy had been healed. It’s NOT normal, it was a miracle.

But why did Jesus say to the man, “See that you don’t tell anyone about this healing”? If we keep reading the story the answer is there right in front of us. It was because Jesus knew that once news got out that there was a man in Israel who could heal, the un-healable, He’d be thronged by thousands, and He was. It made it almost impossible then for people to hear the message Jesus came to deliver, because all they were coming to him for was what they could get out of Him: HEALING. When people are desperate they’re soul focus is upon¬†relieving¬†the despair. They’ll nod their heads at anything to get what they want. Now Jesus mission from the Father was made much harder, because of the Leper’s disobedience.

He was not only healed from the disease, but told to go and get healed from his separation and welcome back into society by going to the authority who could sanction his welcome back, but the poor man just couldn’t contain his JOY at being set free and healed.

Would you have obeyed Jesus? 

I know some people who’ve said, “When I win the lottery, I’m not going to tell anyone about it”… Hahahahah, but after they’ve won, they shout it from the rooftops; “I’ve WON, I’ve Won the Lottery”… Good News, Great News is very difficult for the human soul to contain, to keep to yourself.

You know something, when we hear the GREAT NEWS of the Healing of a Leper, it births HOPE in every single soul. When Jesus can do the impossible for someone else, hope tells us, “If He can do it for them, He can do it for me”… And that’s so true my friends, Jesus can do the impossible, He can heal what cannot be healed by human doctors. He can help and relieve and deliver what no other human being could ever do.

Something else, Jesus is the SAME Today. He can still HEAL. Jesus can STILL deliver you from darkness into the Light. I love the old song; “It is no secret what God can do for you, what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you”… (Words in full below). Here’s the story behind the song, please take time to read it, because I believe some MIRACLES are coming your way today. God’s going to do something marvellous in your life this morning my friends.

¬†The Story of the SONG / Hymn: “It is NO secret what God can do”

When Stuart Hamblen quit drinking thanks to Billy Graham he began to lose favour with Hollywood. He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor. Hard times were upon him. During his struggle, the famous Movie Star John Wayne took him aside and told him “all your troubles started when you ‘got religion'” and John asked if it was worth it all. Hamblen answered simply, “Yes”. Then he said, “You liked your booze so much. Don’t you ever miss it?” And the answer was, “No”. John then said, “I don’t understand how you could give it up so easily.’ And Hamblin response was, ‘It’s no big secret. All things are possible with God.’ To this John Wayne said, ‘That’s a catchy phrase. You should write a song about it.'” Stuart Hamblen did just that and wrote a song that’s been recorded by many famous people since: Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves,

Elvis Sings “It is no secret”¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqS3opuRFLY
Jim Reeves “It is no secret”¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGsn8qI0mIg

My friends, it is NO SECRET what Jesus Christ can do for you.
What He’s done for others, He WILL do for you too.
Trust Jesus, come to Jesus, He won’t just heal your life’s problems, but He’ll take you all the way to Heaven too.
Jesus is full of LOVE and you can be too.
Come to Jesus and be renewed and refreshed today.
God bless and keep you today.
Don.
Gospel Song by Stuart Hamblen,
“It is no secret what God can do for you”
The chimes of time ring out the news,
Another day is through.
Someone slipped and fell.
Was that someone you?
You may have longed for added strength,
Your courage to renew.
Do not be disheartened,
For I have news for you.
It is no secret what God can do for you.
What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.
With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.
There is no night for in His light
You never walk alone.
Always feel at home,
Wherever you may go.
There is no power can conquer you
While God is on your side.
Take Him at His promise,
Don’t run away and hide.
It is no secret what God can do.
What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.
With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.
Biography of Stuart Hamblen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Hamblen
The Healing of the Leper:
Mark 1:40-45
40¬†A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41¬†¬†Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
42  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
43  Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:
44¬†¬†“See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
45  Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

434 When you did it for the least of these.

434 Knowing Jesus Least of These
When you did it for the least of these, you did it for me

Daily Spirit & Word, 434: “What you did for the least,¬†You did it for me” said Jesus.

¬†Good morning my friends, one of the things that keeps Christians close to the Lord Jesus is the fact that He’s revealed to us one day He’s going to come back to the Earth in glory to Judge everybody. We know that those who’ve truly trusted in Him will receive a different kind of judgement from those who don’t yet serve Him as Lord and Saviour, but non-the-less we’ll also be judged by the Lord for our rewards or loss in the Kingdom for eternity. Today, our focus is upon the basis of Jesus Judgement.
Matthew 25:31-46¬†31¬†“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
32  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34¬†¬†“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36¬†¬†I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37¬†¬†“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39¬†¬†When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40¬†¬†“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41¬†¬†“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42  For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43¬†¬†I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44¬†¬†“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45¬†¬†“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46¬†¬†“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
When we help others, who are we serving? 
It’s an important question, for our answer will¬†determine¬†the value of how we’re serving.
  • There are times when we’re helping others for our own prestige or to feel good about ourselves.
  • Times when people serve the poor to look good in the eyes of others and
  • Times when we’ll do it to win friends and influence people.
But even amongst non-believers there’s a different¬†attitude; a way of serving and helping others that’s just¬†totally selfless. They couldn’t care less what others think of them, they know there’s a need and that need must be met, so without even thinking of their own needs, they go out of their way to make certain that those critical needs are met. There seems to be a¬†deep burden upon their hearts; “I must help”. They know that others should be feeling it too, but they’ll not let the lack of involvement or support from others stop them. They’ve got a task to do and nothing on earth will stop them fulfilling their mandate, their heart-felt-need to HELP those who can’t help themselves.
Which Type of Service Do You Perform?
Who are you serving?
And How Are You Serving?
The important thing about this passage of Scripture: When we do or don’t we’re revealing whether or not God’s LOVE is in our heart. (Most of the time this is Sub-Conscious: i.e. we don’t need to think about it, we’ll just do it, motivated with God’s love)
If God’s LOVE is in our Heart:¬†Then we’ll be motivated, moved, prompted and propelled to serve and help and do for others.
If God’s LOVE is NOT in our Heart:¬†Then what we don’t do, how we don’t respond, how we don’t even care, shows our void, emptiness, of God’s LOVE.
Loving others reveals that we know Jesus:
God has said through John: 1 John 2:3-11 (Turn to it now in your own Bible and mark it with a highlighter pen)
3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.

4¬†¬†The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5¬†¬†But if anyone obeys his word,¬†God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:
6  Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
7  Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.
8  Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
9  Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
10  Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
11  But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

Can you see it my friends?¬†If we’re NOT showing that Jesus LOVE is in our hearts by our¬†actions¬†towards others, then we DO NOT KNOW HIM. We are still in the Darkness, We are walking and living in the Darkness, We don’t have the Light of Life within us. WE ARE NOT SAVED. Therefore, when Jesus comes He’ll immediately know who His sheep are and who are the goats.

Key:¬†Jesus is telling us: (Donald’s Paraphrase) “I’m coming in my glory, when I come the angels of Heaven will be with me, I’ll be sitting on my throne in my Glory and you’ll all be gathered before me for judgement. There will be a separation; Those who are coming with me into Heaven and those destined for eternal punishment. How I make that decision will be based upon how you’ve responded to me. If you know me and I know you, then you’ll have LOVED and WALKED as I did”
We Can KNOW Today: If we’re going to HEAVEN or Eternal Punishment.
If we’ve got Jesus in our Heart: Jesus LOVE, Jesus SPIRIT, Jesus BURDEN to HELP OTHERS, then we’ll know we belong to HIM.
If we’ve NOT got Jesus in our heart: We’ll not LOVE like Jesus loves, we’ll be EMPTY of the Holy Spirit so we’ll not feel like Jesus feels about others and we’ll not be motivated to serve others, we’ll be living life on earth purely for ourselves.
Jesus Said:¬†Matthew 25:40¬†(Of our Reading today)¬†“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”

WHY DON’T WE ACT IN LOVING RESPONSE?¬†

BOMBARDMENT LEADS TO DESENSITISATION

During the Bombardment of War Soldiers, when they are first on the battlefield, duck when a bomb explodes, hide when the bullets are fired and shake with fear when they are called to go over the top of the trench and run towards the enemy.
However, after many days of¬†Bombardment, being subjected to constant fire from the enemy, the Soldiers get used to it. Sometimes they’ll get to a state of NOT BOTHERING to duck or hide and there’s no visible signs of fear. They are what has been termed “BATTLE¬†HARDENED”.
I feel for Christians today, because many of you have become battle¬†hardened¬†because of the constant bombardment of the enemy. We’ll be bombarded with missiles of DESPAIR, HOPELESSNESS. We see adverts tugging on our heart-strings and time afeter time we’re so overwhelmed we don’t do anything. We know we’re BATTLE¬†HARDENED¬†when we see someone face-to-face and don’t do anything to help them. We’re so¬†HARDENED¬†that we’ll NOT be Motivated by God’s LOVE.
Your Enemy, Satan, doesn’t want you to walk like Jesus or live like Jesus or be motivated by His LOVE.

HOW CAN WE GET BACK OUR SENSITIVITY. (After the Bombardment).

How can we feel like Jesus again and get his LOVE for others flowing through our soul.
How can we WALK like Jesus walked; responding to requests for help, healing, love and assistance.
We need to get FULL of Jesus again. (Holy Spirit).
Soldiers were given some LEAVE to BE REFRESHED: Home Time: To reignite their love for life and others.
We must soak in His TRUTH. Be Refreshed by His Spirit and Re-Filled with His LOVE.
Here’s an important point. Christians don’t respond because helping others takes precious; TIME, EFFORT, MONEY and CAN BE EMOTIONALLY DRAINING.
We too NEED HOME-TIME, TO BE REFRESHED: REST FOR THE BATTLE WEARY.
Jesus said, “Come Unto Me”
Matthew 11:25-30
25¬†At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. (Come as little children again to Jesus).
26  Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
27¬†¬†“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No-one knows the Son except the Father, and no-one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. (Jesus shows and reveals to us the Father’s LOVE).
28¬†¬†“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (What will Jesus give us? REST).
29  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (What will we FIND when we come to Jesus: REST for our souls).
30¬†¬†For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
When we come to Jesus, we’ll get;
1) REVELATION:
2) WHEN WE’RE WEARY: REST
3) LEARNING FROM HIM; He’s gentle and humble in heart.
4) REST for our Souls.
5) Yoke and Burden: It’s easy and it’s light.
When your soul has been REFRESHED by Jesus, you’ll also receive His teaching, to know how to live, how to serve and when you serve Him it won’t be TOO tiring, too difficult, too burdensome. Why? Because His Yoke is Easy and His Burdens are Light.
WOWzer!

Conclusion: 

So my friends, we’ve discovered today: How to Know if we Know Jesus.
When Jesus comes in all his glory, with his angles and upon His throne to judge, are we going to be His Sheep destined for Eternal Life or Goats destined for eternal punishment?
We can know today, if we LOVE others and walk as Jesus walked, we know that God’s LOVE is in our hearts and Jesus is in our Heart. We have fellowship with one another and walk in the Light as He is in the Light.
We are HIS Sheep and He is our Shepherd. We know that we know Jesus is we LOVE and WALK as He did.
If we’ve been a bit battle-hardened as¬†Christians, when we’ve been BOMBARDED, then we can come back to Jesus to be refreshed and renewed and ready to serve Him once again.
The important thing to remember is:¬†¬†“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”¬†When we serve others, we’re serving Jesus.
How’s your want to?¬†Do you want to help others?¬†Do you LOVE others as you love yourself?
If NOT that can mean one of two things, either you’ve not yet come to Jesus for Salvation or you need to come back to Him again.
If you do love others and walk today as Jesus walked; in the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit, then keep going and encourage others to join you on the journey.
Jesus invitation to ALL of us today is this; “Come to Me and you will find rest for your soul”…
Have and awesome Sunday, full of praise and worship of the LORD Jesus Christ.
Don.
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40 Acts Together

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40 Acts Together Lent Focus 2015.

40 Days, 40 Acts of Generosity.

40 Days of Giving Back, Doing Good and Living Generously for Jesus.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday 18th February 2015: 40 Acts Together Lent Focus for 2015.

Meeting at 7.30pm @ St Luke’s Church, West Norwood.

 

There is a NEW FOCUS each day throughout LENT 2015.

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Come back and share your EXPERIENCE.

We’d love to hear how you are getting along.

 

Day 2: Chinwag With The Neighbours

There’s nothing like a good old Chinwag.

Day 3: Clean. God told us to take care of this world. 

Day 4: Surprise: Who doesn’t like ‘Surprises’?

Day 5: Fair and Square: Helping people to get a fair day’s pay for a day’s work.

Day 6: Saying, “Thank You!” is so important and it brings God’s Blessings into your life.

Day 7: Where’s Your Treasure. Storing up Treasures in Heaven.

Day 8: Tick Tock: Time. “Time Stands Still For No Man”.

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432: God Rewards Faithfulness.

432 Fire Leads to Promotion
God Rewards Faithfulness. Enduring the Fire: God is with them.

 

Daily Spirit & Word, 432: God Rewards Faithfulness.

And the World Will Stand AGOG in Amazement. 

Enduring the Fire Leads to Promotion.

God Rewards Faithfulness: Good morning my friends, Being faithful to God in times of trail, testing and fire. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego prove faithful and He rewards them.
I’ve got that Friday feeling ūüôā The weekend is coming and I’ve only got a few things to do before Saturday; A funeral this afternoon for a 92 year old man and the CRU (Youth Group) tonight, who’re making pancakes. We’ve also got our grandchildren and daughter staying for a few days whilst her bathroom is being renovated. Life is busy, but good. How’s your weekend looking?
Today is the day we finally get to see what happened when three of God’s chosen people refused to bow the knee and worship a created idol. Yes they aroused the King’s anger and rage. Yes they ended up being thrown into the fire, but WOWzer! They also get another transforming experience of God’s power over nature and the schemes of evil men.
INTO THE FIRE:
Daniel 3:19-30 19  Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude towards them changed. He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than usual
20  and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace.
21  So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace.
22¬†¬†The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego,
23  and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
24¬†¬†Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, O king.”
25¬†¬†He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
26¬†¬†Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire,
27  and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
28¬†¬†Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
29¬†¬†Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”
30  Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
Firstly notice:¬†Fury, Anger and Rage will lead men to do the most evil things. We mustn’t make any mistakes, because King Nebuchadnezzar was a very powerful king. He’d conquered much of the Middle East and now commanded the obedience of millions of people, but three young Jewish men refused to obey him; no wonder then his anger was roused.
But what would have happened if he’d been less rash? What if he’d taken time to sit down and discuss this willingness to die rather than worship another person’s god? He may have discovered in a less dramatic way the God of the Universe is real, powerful and commands obedience even of great kings.
Secondly Remember:¬†Nebuchadnezzar had stated in yesterday’s reading; “What god is more powerful than me, who can rescue you from the fire?” He thought himself untouchable, above everything and everyone, even the gods. We know there is only ONE God, but this account in chapter 3 reveals just how blinded men had become, their awareness of the true and living God was much like the people of our own day who think belief in Jesus or God an irrelevance to modern living. Faith and trust in God are outmoded because we’ve moved on from superstitious things like that ūüôā How foolish the people of the world are. Nebuchadnezzar’s pride led him into the most evil cruelty in his dominance of others, thinking nothing of human life, using fear and domination to get his own way. However, his intimidation of the three young men didn’t work.
Thirdly Notice: When they are thrown into the heat of the ten-times-hotter oven, though they were bound and helpless, the next time we hear about them, they are walking in the midst of the fire and heat and smoke without being harmed. The King was obviously sitting in a position where he could observe them being thrown into the furnace. He must have imagined that death would be instant, but here they were walking in the fire.
My friends, the people of this world are often totally amazed at how believers cope when the fiery trials come. It’s because at those times, God’s presence is known more keenly than at any other times in our life. That has happened to many of my friends and countless brothers and sisters throughout history. In the heat and smoke of disaster, God comes and brings relief, comfort and courage to face the flames. They’d trusted God with their lives and He’d proven to be faithful, present and powerful.
When you trust God in the HEAT: He’s promised to be with you too. Now we know that not everyone gets the kind of DELIVERANCE Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego enjoyed; because some of God’s chosen ones died at the hands of evil men; John the Baptist lost his head to an evil King, Stephen was stoned to death for proclaiming Jesus Christ as God’s Son. So sometimes being a believer won’t mean rescue from the trial, but we can be confidently assured that when we endure with faith, hope and trust, God will ultimately deliver us; either in this life or the next. That’s the confidence the three young men had too.
It’s my hope and prayer that your trials will lead to promotion as it had Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but what’s more important for us to consider is the outcome of their faithful witness; not their promotion, but that God gets the GLORY. Because of what they did, being prepared to die for their beliefs, God Himself Gets the HONOUR and GLORY and PRAISE of the King of an vast Empire, Babylon would now honour God Almighty.¬†Hallelujah. Praise the LORD!
Has there been a time in your life when you could say, “God Rewards Faithfulness?” or “The Lord has rewarded my faithful service?” Sometimes it’s just a feeling of deep peace or joy and gladness, but at others we receive great blessings from the LORD.
So our promotion or demise will both bring glory to the LORD, that’s what the Christian life is all about. When we get the revelation that it’s much more abut Him than Us, then we’ll experience the JOY unspeakable. Let that JOY flood your soul today as you praise HIM, and you sing of HIS glory, power and might. Honour God and even if the world throws you into fires and flames you’ll be lifted higher than you can ever imagine and they will stand agog in amazement.
Have an awesome weekend with Jesus my friends.
Don.
P.S. I do hope you’ve enjoyed our dip into the little book of Daniel this week. But please do continue reading, there’s so much more, but don’t just read it through quickly, take time to meditate upon each and every even within the book, you’ll be astounded at how valuable it is to take a week to look at a single story as we have. You’ll get fresh revelation for your life as a believer in the world today by thinking things through with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Remember my motto: “No READ, No FEED” If I don’t read the Bible I don’t eat breakfast. Why because going hungry reminds me I’ve skipped my ‘spiritual’ breakfast. I need God every day, and I’m not ashamed to admit I can’t do anything apart from Jesus, so I need to come to Him, to be filled afresh and fed by Him every day. If I skip Bible devotion I know I’m going to get hungry spiritually, I’ll feel the darkness creeping in, and it really does in tangible ways. Come afresh to Jesus every day and you’ll continue in the light of life.
Finally (Again) ūüôā¬†I’ve been left with a Question that’s been bugging me all week. I’ve been pondering over it and wondering. “Where was Daniel when his friends were being thrown into the fire?”
Perhaps, because the King knew¬†Daniel¬†would never bow the knee, he’d sent him away to protect him from his own decree. Let us not forget that Daniel had¬†already¬†won the king’s favour, because he’d recounted and interpreted the dreadful dream.
What do you think my friends, where was Daniel?
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430: Life or Death: You Choose!

430 Choose Eternity Over Now

Daily Spirit & Word, 430: Life or Death: You Choose!

Either fall down and worship Golden Statue or Die in the Fire.

Daniel Chapter 3.

Good morning my friends, I don’t know about you, but I can feel the days are getting longer and the earth is warming up again. After Winter’s cold we begin to look forward to Spring’s warmth don’t we? It’s the same when we get ill, we look forward to the day when we’ll begin to feel better again or when hardships come, we remember the good times and look forward to a time of ease from hard labour.
Daniel and the Jewish people in Exile in Babylon also looked forward to those good times, but a decidedly dangerous turn of events occured when the King of Babylon built a Golden Statue and told all the people to bow down and worship it. For the Jews all knew that worshipping a false idol would bring God’s swift condemnation and judgement. The edict / order of the king was; “either fall down and worship or face being¬†thrown¬†into the furnace and being burned alive”.
People Value Their LIVES:¬†The Bible clearly tells us that the vast majority of human beings value their life more than all their¬†possessions¬†and would give up everything in order to live. Even Satan knew this when he asked the LORD to allow him to take everything from Job.¬†Job 2:4-5¬†“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life.¬†But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
So when the King gave this order to worship the idol of gold, most of the people would comply, their worship was not from their hearts but from convenience and compliance, they didn’t value the statue, but the did value their wellbeing, they loved their lives. For the Jews however, this was going to prove a very testing moment during their Exile from the Pormised Land.
There were four young men who from among the Jews had been selected for service in the Empire of Babylon, they’d been promoted because of their proven abilities; intelligent, wise, bright and clever, now what will they do? We know the story, but let us look at their hearts together.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego valued their lives just as much as anyone else in the world, but there was a higher power that took precedence over their own lives, because they’d received another edict / command long before¬†Nebuchadnezzar¬†had issued his own;
The Commandments of God: 
Exodus 20:1-6
1 And God spoke all these words:
2¬†¬†“I am the¬†LORD¬†your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3¬†¬†“You shall have no other gods before me.
4¬†¬†“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.¬†5¬†¬†You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the¬†LORD¬†your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,¬†6¬†¬†but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
They’d had these laws for hundreds of years by the time of King Nebuchadnezzar, they were embedded into the fabric of their being and their hearts were often tested in this area whilst they lived in Israel, they’d been sent into Exile by God (at the hands of the Babylonians) because they’d broken these commandments and had not listened or responded to the many messengers that the LORD had sent to warn them. These who were alive after the Babylonian attack, were taken back to Babylon and now they were faced with the critical choice; “Follow God’s Commands or Nebuchadnezzar’s”….
Daniel 3:1-6
1 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
2  He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up.
3  So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.
4¬†¬†Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language:
5  As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.
6¬†¬†Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

The Christian’s Choice:

Follow The Way of the World: Under Satan’s Rule.
Follow the Way of the LORD: Under Jesus Rule.
I think it all boils down to TRUST & FAITH:
We all trust different things in life; getting married we make oaths to one another and trust that we’re able to live up to those promises. We get aboard a bus, train or plane; trusting the pilot or driver knows where he’s going and can get us to where we want to go. We exercise Faith is so many areas of life, but how are we getting along at actually TRUSTING God with everything in our life today. If our LIFE depended upon it, would we be faithful to the LORD?
Hypothetical Questions like that are very difficult to answer. The devoted Christian will immediately respond, “I hope I’d have the courage of my convictions”, but ultimately until we’re put to the test we just don’t know.
However, we can determine every day just how devoted and faithful to Jesus we really are; because moment by moment throughout every day of our life, we face challenges and tests of our devotion and faith and trust in Jesus don’t we?
For instance:¬†For those of us who live in relative freedom those tests normally come in¬†moral¬†and¬†relational¬†ways; choices to live a good holy pure life in a world that’s quickly¬†becoming¬†less and less concerned with moral purity and conduct. We’re faced with explicit sexual temptations through the Media, Advertising, Films, TV and the Internet, and the way that people dress and behave, even in public places today. They are all temptations and we’ve got choices every day, but we’ve also got the LORD’S express commands in the Bile in these areas too; For example read the Ephesians passage below.
How to LIVE a HOLY, PURE and MORAL life for Jesus:
Ephesians 5:1-21
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
2  and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3¬†¬†But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
4  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
5¬†¬†For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person‚ÄĒsuch a man is an idolater‚ÄĒhas any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6¬†¬†Let no-one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
7  Therefore do not be partners with them.
8  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
9  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
10  and find out what pleases the Lord.
11  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
12  For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
13  But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
14¬†¬†for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:¬†“Wake up, O sleeper,¬†rise from the dead,¬†and Christ will shine on you.”
15¬†¬†Be very careful, then, how you live‚ÄĒnot as unwise but as wise,
16  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17¬†¬†Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
18  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
19  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
20  always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
21  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
But probably more of a problem is our ATTITUDES to others as Christians.
We’re challenged and tested every single day.
For instance: I’ve noticed that London is getting more and more overcrowded, the transport system is just not coping with the increase in numbers and the patience of people is wearing very thin. You’ll notice in Brixton outside the Tube Station, thousands of people every day queuing up for buses, but in days gone by, those queus were patient and we always let those who’d been in the queue first, bet on the bus first, but not these days. When a bus arrives there’s a mad scramble to be first. Fights break out often, people push one another to be first, sometimes you’ll have to wait for a few buses before you can board one of them. I’ve noticed mothers with children being left stranded whilst fit young men push in front of them. There have even been stabbings because of the overcrowding. How is a Christian going to behave in those queues? What’s our attitude going to be towards our fellow passengers? Oh yes my friends, we’re being tested RELATIONALLY every day. Patience, humility, peace, generosity, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control…
While we don’t face death decisions like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we do face the choice to be like Jesus; to die to self and live for God.
¬†John 12:25¬†¬†“The man (Person) who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
The person who chooses to live for themselves is choosing the benefits for the short term; i.e. you’ll get on the bus first, but you’ll feel bad about it afterwards, when your God given conscience kicks in.
The person who chooses to live for Jesus; is choosing blessings for all eternity; i.e. You’ll let others go ahead of you and you’ll bless those who overtake you and pray for those who push you aside in life. “Bless and do not curse”, “Do good to those who hate you”, “Love your enemies”, “Turn the cheek”, “Walk an extra mile”, “Give your shirt off your back to one who needs it”, etc etc… My friends, choose not to live for now or for the moment, but choose to live for ETERNITY. Store up for yourselves TREASURE in Heaven.
We’ll only be VICTORIOUS if we keep close to Him, Jesus Christ and get His Holy Spirit POWER to live for Him in this world today.
Decide right NOW to live for Jesus and be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit.
Choose Eternity over The NOW (Instant Gratification).
You know my friends, when you decide to live for Jesus every moment of the day, you are going to feel so much better about yourself, your attitude towards others and your heartfelt devotion to the LORD. You’ll be full of JOY and want to praise Him, even in testing and tempting situations that you’ll face.
God bless and keep you today.
Don.

427 The Parable of the Good Samaritan.

427 Good Samaritan LOVE

 

Daily Spirit & Word, 427: Who Do You Know That Needs A Neighbour?

The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Praise the LORD for today is the day we gather together to worship Him. In my home country Scotland, we call it “The Lord’s Day”. When I was a boy no shops opened on a Sunday, no bars, pubs or restaurants, because Sunday was a day of rest and lots of people attended church. It meant planning for you couldn’t just pop along to a shop to buy things like; mild, bread, butter or sugar. If you did run out of those things on a Sunday, that’s when you needed to know your neighbours, so you could borrow them.
As I read through the Bible text today, a question struck me; “Who do you know Donald that is in¬†desperate¬†need of a good neighbour today?”
Let’s read it now;
Luke 10:25-37¬†25¬†On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26¬†¬†“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27¬†¬†He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ ”
28¬†¬†“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29¬†¬†But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”
30¬†¬†In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half-dead.
31  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33  But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
34  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35¬†¬†The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36¬†¬†“Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37¬†¬†The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
The Expert in the Law:
This ‘expert’ was not someone who knew all about Civil Law, but someone who was an ‘expert’ in God’s Law. Jewish Law was made up of the first five books of the Old Testament, often called the¬†Torah; Genesis, Exodus,¬†Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Most times when they came to Jesus with a question they came with a question to try and test Jesus or trip him up to see if He’d make a foolish mistake in interpreting or applying the Law, then they’d have reason to either put Jesus to death or make him out to look like a fool in the eyes of everyone. This was such an occasion, for the ‘expert’ in the Law “Stood up to test Jesus”.
This indicated to me that he must have been sitting down with Jesus, probably in a group with others, because why would he try and test Jesus on his own? He’d want to show, in front of others that this man, who claimed to be the Son of God, the Messiah, the Son of Man, was an imposter and a fool. That’s the kind of test or trap he’d set for Jesus.
The Expert’s Question:¬†
When the Expert in the Law asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He was not as we might imagine acknowledging Jesus as his teacher, but a ‘teacher of people’. For that is what Jesus did. The text says he was an expert in the law, therefore, he probably thought he knew the Law of God, better than this¬†illiterate, unlearned (Jesus never attended any highly respected school of¬†Rabbinical¬†teaching) and unenlightened man.
He¬†seemed¬†to know the¬†answer, before he ever asked Jesus the question. That’s what it means to try and trip someone up, knowing the ‘right’ answer, and trying and make him out to be a fool.
The LORD’S Response:
Jesus, as was His custom when confronted with a sneaky, tricky, twisted question asked another question in response, “What is written in the law?” “How do you read it?”
Jesus is asking a very important question here; “What is written in the law”: He saying to the expert, “What does God say is required to gain or merit eternal life?”
Jesus very often, when asked questions by people; even genuine questions, checked their understanding of God’s Law. You see Jesus knew the Old Testament was God’s Word and must be obeyed and applied to life, so he asked the ‘Expert’ a further question, “How do you read it?” He’s saying, “OK, ‘Expert in the Law’, What does the Law say and what does the Law mean?”
Jesus also knew something many Christians don’t know today; that a Jewish ‘Expert’ in the Law, would have attended one of the Rabbinical Schools of Thought (Rabbi was someone who taught the people and expounded upon God’s Law; it was his task to interpret the law and apply it to daily living). Each School of Thought had slightly different interpretations of God’s Law and this often led to very heated debates amongst rival Rabbis.
So when Jesus asked this question, He knew that when this so called expert responded, Jesus would know which school of thought he’d been trained in.
Clergymen: In the Church of England, there are different schools of thought too:
  • Anglo-Catholic (Almost Roman Catholic, but not quite).
  • Liberal: This is a group made up of partly Catholic orthodox in practice, but loose in belief or dogma.
  • Evangelical: Made up of Reformed, Evangelical and Charismatic believers.
Each group normally attends a Theological School of Thought based upon their pre-determined convictions.
It’s weird when we gather together and try to figure each other out, sometimes we’ll get asked by another, “Where did you train for the Ministry?” Upon getting the answer they’ll know what our convictions are, and sometimes it’s rather sad. I was asked once and when I responded the man simply said “Oh” (As if he’d smelt rotten eggs) and he walked away from me.
“The Golden Rule”
So when Jesus asked this question, whatever the man responded with, Jesus would know if his question was a genuine one or not.¬†His first response seemed to indicate he was¬†on the right track towards Heaven¬†and Eternal Life. He responded with what had come to be known as; “The Golden Rule”
He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ “
We say this almost every week here in St Luke’s Church before we have a time of Confession.
What does it mean?
Where does it come from?
The Golden Rule: Love God: Love Neighbour.
“Do unto others, what you’d want them to do for you”…
The Way To Eternal Life:
The Expert Knew The Answer: But didn’t want to live by what he knew was right.
Luke 10:29.¬†“But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?””
When we speak of eternal life, and the way to obtain it, in a careless manner as this Pharisee did, then we’re standing in judgement over God’s revealed will. It as if the man thought he knew better than God’s Word did.
You see my friends, no one will ever LOVE God completely as the Commandments Demand, neither will anyone be able to LOVE his neighbour as he loves himself. We can’t do these two things with any measure of pure, spiritual love in our own human strength, because it will always be tainted with sin.
It’s not until we’ve been born of God, by the Holy Spirit of God, that we can do it. We can only love God by the power and strength and renewal of Spirit of God. In order to LOVE God as the Scriptures Demand, we must first be changed into one of God’s Children. We need His Grace which is obtained by Faith.
The Proud of Heart: Will never see it.
¬†But the proud heart of man strives hard against these convictions. They’ll always try to JUSTIFY THEMSELVES.
That’s why Jesus clarified the LAW for this Pharisee: This Expert in God’s Law. He knew it, but was self-righteously standing in judgement over it.
Why did Jesus use the LAW? Because the right understanding of the LAW of God, will reveal that we can never be justified in our own strength, because no one can wholeheartedly live according to God’s Holy LAW.
Acts 13:38-39¬†“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.¬†39¬†¬†Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything¬†you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.
We can NEVER be Justified or Earn a Place in Heaven, by trying to live according to God’s Law, Moses (first five books of the Bible). Why, because the LAW doesn’t take care of SIN. Sin still clings to the human heart, until it’s washed away by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this Parable of the Good Samaritan: Jesus Christ gave an instance of a poor Jewish man in distress, who was given relief by a good Samaritan. This poor man fell among thieves, who left him about to die of his wounds.
He was ignored by those who should have been his friends, the Priest and the Levite (People¬†who claimed to know God’s Law, just like this ‘Expert’ who was questioning Jesus) ¬†and was instead cared for by a stranger, a Samaritan, of the nation which the Jews most despised and detested, and would have no dealings with. They believed the Samaritans to be beyond hope of being brought into God’s Family of Believers.
 Oh my friends, it is really distressing to discover how selfishness governs the hearts of most people today.
Just like this Pharisee, the Expert in God’s Law; how many excuses will we make to avoid our DUTY to CARE, Revealed in God’s Law of LOVE?
We¬†avoid¬†caring¬†for others¬†as the Bible and God’s Word and God wants, because it will mean; commitment, time, trouble and expense in helping others.
  • However, the true Christian is one who has God’s law of love written in his heart.
  • The Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ dwells within a true Christian.
  • We’re being made into the likeness of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, we’ll become more and more like Jesus Christ. That’s what RENEWAL means. That’s what REVIVAL means.
This Parable of the Good Samaritan¬†is a¬†BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE of the GOLDEN RULE:¬†How we should love others as ourselves. God’s LAW of loving Him first and loving our neighbour as ourselves.
A Christian will love someone without even thinking about;
  • which Nation they come from,
  • which Political Party they belong to,
  • which Religious Affiliations they may have; Jew, Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness, Catholic, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist,
A truly CONVERTED and BORN AGAIN Christian will GIVE ASSISTANCE to ANYONE, REGARDLESS.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, LIKE THE GOOD SAMARITAN:
Finally, the Parable of the Good Samaritan REVEALS the DEPTH of the kindness and love of God and of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ towards; sinful people like you and me.
How? Because, in our NATURAL STATE: Before we come to Christ, we were like this poor, distressed Jewish traveller. We were set upon and beaten up by our great enemy Satan. He had robbed us of the knowledge of the Saviour, Blinded us to the Gospel, and wounded us by tempting us to sin: That’s what SIN has done for mankind and Satan wants to keep us in that darkness too.
Then through His GRACE, MERCY, KINDNESS, LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS, Your beloved Lord Jesus Christ (Like the Good Samaritan) had compassion upon you.
How Did Jesus Show Compassion?
  • He bound up your wounds; “By His stripes you have been healed” When Jesus died upon the Cross, your sins were forgiven and washed away when you TRUSTED Him as your SAVIOUR.
  • His blood shed upon the CROSS Cleanses us from ALL SIN.
  • Jesus Christ gives us a chance of NEW LIFE, rather than ETERNAL DEATH.
  • Finally, like the Good Samaritan who paid the innkeeper for the wounded traveller, Jesus paid the price so that you can stay with God forever, being cared for and having every tear wiped away by Him in Heaven.
 The believer considers that Jesus loved him, and gave his life for him, even whilst we were still his enemy and a rebel; and Jesus having shown us His mercy, encourages us by His Holy Spirit and by the Word of God, to go and do likewise.
Romans 5:6-8¬†¬†¬†“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.¬†7¬†¬†Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.¬†8¬†¬†But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”¬†
THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST, LIKE THE GOOD SAMARITAN.
It is the duty of every Christian,
it is the impulse of every Christian,
it is the hearts desire of every true Christian to LOVE like Jesus loves us.
We’ll do it;¬†
in our homes, being a good neighbour to our family.
in our places of work, being a good neighbour to our workmates,
in our neighbourhood, being a good neighbour to those who live around us,
in our country and nation and world, being a good neighbour to everybody, regardless of who they are.
How will we do it?¬†We’ll want to help them, if we are able, to relieve their distress, bind up their wounds, heal the sick, drive out demons, give to the poor, be generous, welcoming, hospitable, kind, and show peace to everybody.
You can’t do that without first coming to Jesus Christ, to be forgiven, cleansed and renewed by His Holy Spirit, He’ll then pour into your hearts that same love that He has for everyone.
What’s Amazing About Jesus?
He used every challenge or trap set for Him by the Pharisees and Sadducees, Experts in the LAW; as an opportunity to open up the Law of God and reveal God’s way of understanding it and applying it to life. WOWzer! You can do that too my friends, when you face challenges, traps or tricks of men. When they question you about why you would trust in Jesus today. Open up God’s Law to reveal their heart’s condition and show them the way of Salvation.
My friends, you’ve hopefully seen the Parable of the Good Samaritan in a new light.
Let’s get RENEWED first, before we become religious.
We need to make certain that we’re saved, before we try to be saved or live like a Christian.
The Good Samaritan HEART is available from Jesus Christ, do you want to love others like Jesus did?
Who do you know who needs a Good Neighbour?
“Go and do thou likewise”
Have an awesome Sunday,
Don.
Trust in and Worship the LORD with all your heart, lean not upon your own understanding (of God’s Law), in all your ways acknowledge HIM and He will direct your paths through life.
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