Jesus IS coming back to you TODAY

Take up your Cross Daily

Daily Spirit & Word: 542: Jesus Is Coming Back To You Today.

Stop & Start:

STOP being a SUNDAY Christian.

START being a DAILY Christian.

 

I call this ‘Daily‘ Spirit and Word for a reason: The Christian LIFE is meant to be a DAILY walk with Jesus.

Luke 9:23-25  “Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. 25  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?”
2 Peter 3:1-9 1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
2  I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Saviour through your apostles.
3  First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
4  They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
5  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
6  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
7  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
9  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

When the FIRE dies down:

When the fire dies down, how do you get it ABLAZE again? By blowing on the embers and feeding with fresh fuel.

We need the Holy Spirit to blow through our life and the fuel of God’s Word to keep the fire going.

Getting OFF the Boil:

Many people who come to faith in the Lord Jesus last only a few years. It seems that the fire they once felt dies, but it doesn’t die quickly, but by degrees. It’s like taking a pan of boiling water off the heat, at first it’s bubbling and dancing and spilling over the edges of the rim, but then it dies down and get colder, until at last you can dip your finger in and it’s completely cold.

So we have seen many professing believers, who once being on fire for the Lord Jesus, grow sooooo cold. What has happened? They’ve taken the pot off the stove. What do they need to do? Put the pot back upon the heat of the stove once again, and before long they will once again be bubbling and dancing and singing His praises.

My friends, they’ve taken their eyes off Jesus. They’ve lost their focus. They’ve begun to live the kind of Christian life as if Jesus was not there, as if Jesus could not see, as if Jesus does not care. It’s like a believer gets to the point of shouting, just like the scoffer, “Where is this Jesus?”

However, Jesus is inside every truly born-again believer, but one day, Jesus will come and ALL FLESH SHALL SEE HIM. But for now, He can only be seen through the eyes of faith. But even though at one time people who have known Jesus through the eyes of faith, that vision, that knowledge, that experience can diminish and dwindle and cool to the point of no direct experience or knowledge or perception that the saviour is within me.

What needs to happen to get the fire going again?

Don’t rely on being a SUNDAY Christian.

So many get into the BAD HABIT of letting their Christianity slip into a a ONCE A WEEK EXPERIENCE.

This is the worst form of Christianity: WHY? Because to exist as a Christian you are relying upon the PASTOR to feed you. You’ll look for a fleshly kind of experience of Christianity. One where you’ll get your BOOST and then go about your life as a ‘normal’ person the rest of the week. You’ll never last more than a few years on this kind of diet. Why? Because after a while, you’ll miss one week, then a few weeks will go by and you’ll miss another. You’ll enjoy those days that you missed ‘church’, so you’ll begin to look forward to skipping ‘church’ and look for excuses not to be there on a Sunday. SUNDAY Christians don’t last very long.

To really get your FIRE ABLAZE: STOP & START.

This passage above tells us how to get ON FIRE:

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

REPENTANCE: The Key To Unlocking DIVINE FIRE.

FIRE: burns, it burns and cleanses, the fire of the LORD needs to come into your life, not just once a week, not just on a SUNDAY, but every single day. So STOP being a SUNDAY Christian and START being a DAILY Christian.

So REPENT: Ask the Lord to forgive you for your weakness and foolishness in thinking you could be a Christian just once a week.

Ask Him to forgive you for relying upon others to feed you with His WORD, when you should have been feeding upon Him and His Word yourself.

Ask Him to forgive you for depending upon a BOOST of experience of joy and fun on a SUNDAY and returning to the world for the rest of the week.

START:

Then START: Start opening up your own Bible.

Then START: Start being with Jesus in prayer.

  • PRAY: first and ask the LORD to feed your soul before you begin to read.
  • READ: Choose a Gospel to work through, slowly, every day. Read only very small portions. Don’t gorge yourself or you’ll get sick.
  • MEDITATE: Think deeply about what you’ve just read.
  • PRAISE: Worship the LORD: In song, singing your heart out to the Lord. Listen to praise music every day. But don’t just listen, join in with the praise.

SLOW-DOWN on PURPOSE:

I remember my dad giving us Ice Cream every single day for a week, we ate it gladly at first, but by the end of the week we were sick of the stuff. Finally my dad said, “Who’s for Ice Cream?” None of us wanted any.

Don’t over-indulge in God’s Word: But let it feed you, purposefully slow-down, eat a little and then consider God’s Word very carefully. Meditate upon God’s Word: Means thinking about what you’ve just read. Ask Him what He wants you to understand from what you are reading. Do this before you pray, do it before you rush away into your daily life. Meditating upon His Word is a KEY to knowing the mind of the Lord. It’s the way our minds are transformed and renewed:

Romans 12:2  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Once you STOP being a Sunday only Christian, and START being a DAILY Christian: You’re mind will be TRANSFORMED and RENEWED: You’re life is going to be very different, because you’ll KNOW what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and prefect will.

You’ll be meeting with Jesus every single day, not just on a SUNDAY.

The FIRE & The GLORY

When the FIRE dies down:

When the fire dies down, how do you get it ABLAZE again? By blowing on the embers and feeding with fresh fuel.

We need the Holy Spirit to blow through our life and the fuel of God’s Word to keep the fire going.

  • However, your SUNDAY will also be very different as well, because you’ll come to worship already fired-up.
  • You’ll come ready to share what God’s been doing and saying during the week.
  • You’ll come to encourage others.
  • You’ll look forward to the gatherings of the saints with a much deeper and more lasting joy. 

DAILY: Once you begin to meet with Jesus in His Word and seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit EVERY DAY, you’re going to be ABLAZE with the GLORY GLOW of the LORD. Your little pot will be bubbling, and dancing and singing in praise of the Saviour.

The LORD is NOT Slow in Keeping His Promise: Jesus wants to reveal Himself to you every day, not just when He returns at the Judgement. Not just on a Sunday through your Pastor or the worship experience, but every single DAY.

So STOP being a SUNDAY Christian.

START being a DAILY CHRISTIAN.

I’m praying for all who read this little word today, that you are going to get the FIRE going afresh in your life with Jesus. Amen.

Don.

HELPS: Get filled with the Holy Spirit.

Know the Good News:

 

A NEW WAY To Talk to God.

The Lord's Prayer

Daily Spirit & Word, 535: A New Way To Talk To God.

Good morning my friends, I don’t know about you, but as a School Governor, it fills me with dread whenever the Government brings out a new ‘brilliant’ initiative that will transform the education and outcomes of the school. Oh yes! I’ve heard it all before, time and time again, but most often they just lead to lots of work for teachers and senior staff in the school environment. So much time is given over to the new initiative that teaching takes a sad second place and the children are the ones who suffer the most, because you’ll get great teachers who’ve just had enough of government interference in stuff they know so little about and they’ll take redundancy or early retirement. It’s sad, because they’ve still got a lot to offer and their heart for the children’s learning is obvious.

When they come up with the new initiative, it’s accompanied with impenetrable instructions and ill-thought-through implementation procedures. However, through the Lord Jesus Christ he made the NEW WAY to talk and relate with God crystal clear and easy to follow.

HOW NOT TO PRAY:

Before Jesus taught His followers how to pray, He first told them how NOT to do it. This is really important, because we don’t want to make those stupid mistake do we 🙂

Matthew 6:5-8
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
6  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
7  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
8  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

What Jesus saying about the above?

  • Don’t be a show off or Shallow Prayer: Be sincere.
  • Your Father will reward you when you go to Him.
  • Don’t keep babbling like the pagans. It’s NOT about the quantity of our words, but about the quality, sincerity. Remember that God ALWAYS looks at the HEART. He knows when we’re being genuine and sincere. He knows what we need. It’s recognising that God is our FATHER and He knows what we need even before we begin to talk with Him, but He still wants us to talk to Him about it. However, you don’t need to go into all the details, He knows that already, just be straght-forward and let Him know what you need.

The NEW WAY:

We call the New Way of talking with God: The Lord’s Prayer. 

You’ll be asking, “What’s ‘new’ about that?” Well, the Lord’s Prayer was such a radically different approach to communicating and meeting with God, that we need to look at it afresh in every generation.

Matthew 6:9-15 9  “This, then, is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10  your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11  Give us today our daily bread.
12  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ (for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory. For ever and ever, Amen!).
14  For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

(Also Luke 11:1-4)

NOTE: Jesus didn’t just tell them what to pray about, but He also gave us the reasons why we should do it that way, i.e. He explained why we needed to forgive others.

It’s NEW:

Before Jesus introduced us to the New Way:

In ancient times people related with God through Priests, they couldn’t do it for themselves. They had to make a journey to where the Priests operated and get them to interceed for them. However, so impressed with the way that Jesus lived, talked and did things every day, the first followers asked Jesus to teach them how to pray like He did. They said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray”. Jesus told His followers that they’ll be ‘RELATING’ to God personally, themselves, individually: He said, call God; “OUR FATHER”. God is GOD ALMIGHTY, but He becomes your Father the moment you are born of the Holy Spirit by trusting Jesus Christ for your Salvation. From that moment on you are in an eternal family relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son (who becomes your eternal Lord and brother), and the Holy Spirit. What a wonderful family to belong to, what a privilege, what a JOY.

It’s EASY:

Do you remember yesterday when I quoted Jesus “Come to me” statement? He said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”. He’s soooo right my friends, even the way that we pray to our Father is really easy. However, it’s also really deep. Because in just 70 words we can range from God’s Eternal Greatness right down to our most basic needs in life, our daily bread.

It’s PERSONAL:

Instead of calling out to a far away, distant and unknowable God, Jesus introduced us to a New Way of relating to God: As FATHER. He said, “When you pray”. Notice Jesus expected us to talk to God. “Say, ‘Our Father'”…. WOWzer! Jesus was the Only Son of God, but He knew that after He died, we’d be brought into a relationship with God through our faith and trust in Himself, that we’d become Children of God. (John 1:12).

What an awesome privileged position Christians are in. It’s a bit like Prince George relating to his father Prince William. When we approach Prince William, as his subjects, we’ll bow and call him, “Your Highness”. Why? Because in society he’s higher than everyone else. However, little Prince George can run right up to him and call him “Daddy”. We can do that too my friends. So the new way is intimate and personal.

It’s POWERFUL:

Your Father in Heaven: He rules. He’s the Boss of the Cosmos (I love that saying). He can do ANYTHING (apart from the things that go against His nature or revealed will).

Remember God is NOT limited by the laws of physics. Jesus could walk on water, raise the dead, turn water into wine, make a few loaves of bread feed thousands of people.

Your Father in Heaven wants you to know that even before you ask Him, He’s able to meet ALL your needs.

His power extends into every sphere; both physical and spiritual. He’s not in an equal fight against the forces of evil. One day God will make the Devil and all his host of demons pay, but even now God’s in total control and can deliver us from ALL evil.

It’s ALL Encompassing:

The Lord’s Prayer touches every aspect of our lives, it’s not a prayer that’s meant to be said by rote, but rather as a Springboard into a deeper prayer life with our Father in Heaven.

Remember that Father God also took up residence in your life, so Heaven is definitely in your heart too. (John 17).

When we say; Matthew 6:13 13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

We are reminding ourselves that our relationship with God is ETERNAL, It’s Easy, It’s Personal, Powerful, All encompassing and we NEED Him every day.

The Lord’s Prayer: Is a powerful new way of communicating with God, He’s your Father in Heaven, if you’ve trusted Jesus as your Saviour.

It’s my hope and prayer that today you’ll feel encouraged to come afresh into the presence of God your Father and talk with Him in the NEW WAY and see His POWER at work in your life. Amen!

Don.

 

God’s Expansive Reasoning

God's LOVE extends to all people, everywhere, always,

Daily Spirit & Word, 533: God’s EXPANSIVE REASONING.

God is LOVE: The LORD / LOVE Cannot Be Contained.

Good morning my friends, it’s great to be back home again. We had a wonderful short time away in Cornwall for my niece’s wedding blessing, which I conducted on the edge of a cliff in Cornwall at Hayle beach. Such an awesome place, three miles of golden sands and a beautiful bay. When you take a look you can’t help but praise the Lord for His awesome Creative boundless and expansive LOVE.

God’s revelation to me today:

“Expansive Reasoning: God’s Expansive Love”

Have you ever woken-up with a word or a phrase upon your head? This is what was upon mine this morning at 3.00am; “Expansive Reasoning”… Then came God’s revelation: about God Himself and His EXPANSIVE LOVE.

“Expansive Reasoning” It seemed to me that God was saying to me this morning,

“You try and contain God’s love, but God is LOVE and that love cannot be contained, because it is boundless and free.”

Further, as I was slowly coming awake the voice said; “The human tendency is to limit, control, dominate and determine, but God’s nature is expansive, because He wants to set-free instead of controlling, He wants to broadcast His GRACE so that it’s available for everyone, He wants to shower His love upon everyone regardless of who they are, what they are like or where they come from.”

“Oh WOWzer!” I thought to myself, I’ve just got to get-up, get out of bed and Google this 🙂

Then I thought to myself, “Donald, you must have read that somewhere” and “I know, I’ll Google it when I get up”. When I get up? I just had to get up whilst the thought was upon my mind, it’s 3.00am… Ahhhhhh!

So I got up and Googled “EXPANSIVE REASONING”, hoping and praying the LORD had given me something original. It’s amazing, because we all want to be the first at things don’t we, that’s another human tendency, we’re competitive with one another, God’s NOT like that, His nature is to co-operate instead of to compete. For instance, just look at the way that Jesus subjugated His own will to the Father’s throughout His time on earth. WOWzer! It’s NOT ON Google yet! Praise the LORD for He’s always ORIGINAL. He gave it to me whilst I was sleeping, a phrase that even Google has not heard about, until this morning; “EXPANSIVE REASONING.”

You know the place in the bible where it reveals God’s expansive love? Every single page 🙂 He wants all people, in every place at every juncture in time to KNOW and EXPERIENCE His wonderful LOVE. Because God is LOVE He desires ALL people to KNOW and EXPERIENCE Himself. That’s awesome, that’s Expansive love and it’s even revealed in CREATION: God made the universe and it’s constantly expanding. God’s LOVE goes out like that, it’s continually going out and extending to everyone and everything. The Bible tells us that through Creation we can know that there is a God and that we should respond to Him by loving Him back. (Romans 1,2)

Perhaps I did get it, in a round about way; from these amazing hymn lyrics;

“Here is love vast as the ocean,
loving kindness, as a flood,”

Do you know it? It’s one of my favourites, because it’s reveals God’s EXPANSIVE REASONING and extends His LOVE to all people in every age. “God IS Love”…

My friends, have you ever had a word from the LORD? Well I’m sure He’s speaking, not just to me today, but to each and every one of you who are reading this. He wants you to know just how much He loves you, but to experience and know that love and the person of God, you’ll need to respond, to yield yourself to Him, to give in and let Him love you.

A Boy’s First LOVE: It’s like the boy trying to win the girl’s heart for the first time in his life. He’s adored her for ages and wants her to be his girlfriend, so he trys wooing her with flowers, gifts and kindnesses that he’s never extended to anyone in his life before. Questions assail his mind, “Will she love me back? Will she open up her heart to me? Will she love me as much as I love her?” His love is an ‘Expansive’ love. He’ll shower his love upon his new sweetheart. He’ll do anything to win her love.

My friends, God wants to love you like that, in fact He is loving you like that right now, let Him love you my friends, let Him love you.

I’m getting the feeling today that’s exactly what God’s looking for from us as well. We are His, His Created human beings and He wants us to love Him back just as much as He has loved us.

Here’s my NEW TITLE for this passage: “God’s EXPANSIVE REASONING: GOD’S EXPANSIVE LOVE”

1 John 4:7-12 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
8  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
10  This is love: not that we loved Godbut that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
11  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12  No-one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

I know that, like me, some of you have been experiencing pain, hardships, trials of many kinds. The last few weeks I’ve been in constant pain and sometime excruciating agony, at the wedding on Saturday I was also in agony, standing of the cliff-top, but just had to be there for my niece Sammy to shower God’s blessings upon her and new life with Tim. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Love moves beyond pain and leaps into the heart my friends. And I believe they were touched by God’s love too.

God IS love my friends, He wants you to know Himself, to experience Himself, to know that you are loved with an expansive love that is boundless and free. Jesus died so that we could experience God’s love personally, receive it my friends. His love brings healing in it’s wings.

Have an awesome week walking in the love of the Lord.

“Love ONE ANOTHER”

Be filled afresh with God’s Holy Spirit right now, when you are you’ll be full of His LOVE, because God IS love, and you’ll be a power-source for God’s hand of love extended to a world that needs to know Him and His love for everyone. There are so many people walking around in pain; broken relationships, hurts and hatred, they need to feel and know God’s love today. Share that LOVE with everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from or what they are like. God wants to use you to touch someone elses’s life with His love.

“Share that LOVE with everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from or what they are like.”

Three times in the passage above it says; “LOVE ONE ANOTHER” = if you do then “God’s LOVE is in you”. My friends, are you getting God’s message today? His EXPANSIVE REASONING; “If you love one another as I have loved you, then you know me, I’m in you, and you are free to love everyone”…

Every blessing in Jesus.

Don.

Do a Goggle search for “Expansive Reasoning” and you’ll see that it comes to just one page, this one, this page, for now 🙂 Praise the LORD for His amazing originality. Now go and practice His EXPANSIVE REASONING AND HIS EXPANSIVE LOVE.

“God’s Expansive Reasoning: God’s Expansive Love” Rev Don Davis. London. 15th June 2015.

 

Jesus Gives A New Purpose

Daily Spirit & Word, 502: Jesus Gives A New Purpose.

Saturday 2nd of May 2015.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 18: New Purpose.

Good morning my friends, I’m going off in a few minutes to pick up the grandchildren for another adventure with Granny and Papa. My daughter is going over to help one of her friends, who has more than three kids and is finding life a bit tough at the moment. She and a few others have arranged to go and help clean her house and give her a special tread. I don’t know about you, but in my short lifetime I’ve come to understand this, I feel much better about myself afterwards if I help people rather than send them away or walk past without even inclining my head in the direction of need.

Jesus calls us to live this kind of selfless life. I know that there are many, who are not Christians, who live utterly selfless lives and can even put many Christians to shame, but our Lord Jesus Christ, whilst He was here on earth and after the resurrection called everyone who puts their faith and trust in Him into a life of service; God first then everybody else, but why? Why does He call us to serve others?

Imagine for a moment if Jesus had made it the other way around. He was the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords right? Well, Imagine if Jesus had come as a KING, made people into His servants instead of serving. If He came like that, on a great big white Charging Chariot instead of a Donkey. Imagine if He viewed everyone as His slaves, and used His power to make people serve Him. Do you think there would be any followers in the world today? Most people like strong men for a season, for a purpose, to sort out a problem, but they don’t really want a strong many around for very much longer than the duration of the problem. e.g. Winston Churchil, was the right man at the right time to lead the country in time of war, but in time of peace, the populace had little time for his fanciful ideas of Empire etc… He didn’t last long after the war. Yes people were extremely grateful for His wartime efforts,, but barely tolerated that strength in peacetime. Jesus, could have been tolerated as a Big and Mighty KING as long as He was taking care of Israel’s enemies, but as soon as they didn’t need Him, would the people still LOVE their strong leader? History shows that people’s affections are fickle, if they’re not getting what they want, they’ll move off to follow someone else.

Christians are called to model SERVICE and HUMILITY to a world that believes in SUCCESS and PERSONAL HAPPINESS and SATISFACTION. Jesus called us to serve God first and then others with our lives. How are we doing?

In the Resurrection Appearances: Jesus gave the Disciples a foretaste of what was to come: He breathed on them and said, receive the Holy Spirit. He told them that in a few days they would be clothed with POWER from on High, but it was NOT, I repeat, NOT power to Lord it over people or power to be in charge or power to dominate and fascinate, but POWER to SERVE and to BE. He’s giving us the POWER of HEAVEN for His Purposes.

  • 1) Simply to be a Christian.
  • 2) To Worship and Love God.
  • 3) To Serve God.
  • 4) To Love others
  • 5) To serve God by Serving Others.
  • 6) To Help others to come to Know the life of a Christian is to be saved by God and to serve God, then to reach out to others to introduce them to God and server them too.

Jesus Purposes are ALL Selfless. Instead of the world putting Christians to shame, we should be so in love with God, with Jesus the Son of God, with the Holy Spirit who fills and equips us for service, that we’ll be living such good and selfless lives that we’ll put the whole world to shame.

Jesus did say, “It’s by your love for one another, that people will know you are my disciples”.

My friends, Jesus didn’t call us to a life of service to make us feel stupid, to make us feel small and insignificant, but when we’re totally given over to serving God and serving others, then we’ll not only be at total PEACE within, but there’ll be a JOY that the world cannot ever give you and you’ll know your Purpose on earth.

Doing Drugs:

Over the years I’ve lived on earth, I’ve known people who’ve got a high from hard-drugs, but it never lasts and they’ll keep coming back to try and get the same buzz, that same great feeling of ecstasy that it gave them the first time they took it, but they’ll never get it. So they try harder and take stronger more harmful drugs in the endless pursuit of the great big beautiful high. It’s not long before they’re hooked. These dreadful drugs tell people lies my friends. Their lives are ruined and their bodies begin to show it.  One of the people I’ve gotten to know here in London, through years of ministry and service, a great friend, whom I’ve been sharing the Gospel of Jesus, I saw her the other day, and she was stumbling along the road looking like a living skeleton. Her life given over completely to drugs.

It’s so sad watching and being with people who’s lives have been totally wreaked by these most destructive habits, but there’s no drug in the world can make you feel as happy as serving God by helping others. When you get home and put your head on the pillow, you’ll be going off to the land of nod, sleepy time, dreaming about how you can next serve God rather than the empty selfish dreams of personal wealth, health and living your life in endless and soul-draining pursuit of the elusive, smoke-like dream of eternal bliss and happiness. You’ll never be satisfied until you find your satisfaction in God and know what His purpose is for your life. When you get that you’ll desires will be entierly different, it’s like each time you do something good, the feelings get better and better and stronger. The JOY is exponential my friends and doesn’t diminish like the high that drugs can give you. You’ll be going from strength to strength in the POWER of the Holy Spirit.

Points To Ponder:

  • To what extent can you say that you live beyond yourself on a daily basis? i.e. Living For God and Others.
  • Where do you believe the Lord has sent or is going to send you? Maybe He cas called you to a certain city or country. Perhaps it’s a people group the Lord has put upon your heart; e.g. India, Pakistan, Scotland, China, etc… He puts His burdens upon His people. Take some time to bring this question to the Lord and ask afresh where He just may be calling or sending you in life.
  • Remember, whatever the Lord calls you to do for Him in this world, He’s also equipping you to accomplish that task.
  • Most of us are sent initially to our immediate workplace and neighbourhood, to be the Lord’s SALT & LIGHT. This is part of fulfilling our basic mission when we’re called to faith and trust in Jesus and we respond with a loud yes. He’s give you immediate tasks; sharing your faith, as those first witnesses to the Lord immediately did. Your first call is to tell others about Jesus, have you done that?
  • How passionate are you about His call to service? Does it fill you with Joy to be able to serve the Lord? Or are you a reluctant servant? Remember Jesus parable of the two sons. One said he would go and work for his father, but didn’t. The other said he wouldn’t, but thought about it and later changed his mind. However, you find yourself serving the Lord today, try and do it willingly, but do it no matter how you feel, because sometimes when we obediently serve the Lord, great feelings begin to follow.

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I’m praying that You’ll use me today for Your Glory. May I increasingly be a generous giver of my time and my resources, and all my gifts and talents so that I’ll become an even better servant in Your Kingdom. I’m taking seriously today the part of the prayer you taught us; “Your Kingdom Come: Your Will Be Done” (Matthew 6:10). By Your Holy Spirit, Lord, fill and equip me and lead and guide me into daily service for You. Amen.

 

Now can you imagine a life better and more satisfying than that? No wonder Jesus looked forward to the Cross and endured it’s pain and agony, He had his mind set on how He’d feel once He’d given His life in service of the Father and YOU. Now He’s calling you to that same high calling. It’s when we give our lives that we find them and our purpose of existence, then the joy of the Lord will flood our soul. When you put your head on the pillow at the end of the day, you’ll sleep like the King’s baby. Amen.

God bless and keep you all close to Him today my friends,

Don.

Daily Spirit & Word, 502: Jesus Gives New Purpose.

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New Penny Black Stamp

Daily Spirit & Word, 501: New Penny Black Stamp.

Good morning my friends, I’ve not gone mad, I know we’re in a series looking at the disciples reactions to the resurrection appearances of the Lord, and that today the focus is upon JOY and the Title should read: “Jesus Gives A New Joy” Day 17. However, imagine how everybody in the UK would feel today, if the Post Office issued a commemorative Penny Black Stamp. Because it’s 175 Years since the First Penny Black Stamp was issued. You know the old fashioned stamp? You buy it and if you stick it to a letter then the STAMP itself guaranteed delivery of your item. So my friends, the Holy Spirit guarantees delivery of God’s Word to produce great JOY in your heart today.

Penny Black Stamp

It was a magnificent idea, People all over the county could send letters, notes, parcels etc to each other for the first time and the government guaranteed that it would be delivered, all because it carried the official Post Office Stamp: The Penny Black. Can you imagine the sheer joy and delight it must have been to receive the first letter in your life? If you had a relative who’d traveled to find work, they could now keep in contact by letter. Of course letters could take a few days to arrive 175 years ago, everything was very slow back then. Horses were the main means of transportation, it was before the advent of Steam Railways, Cars and Buses. No my friends, it was either horseback or coach and letters and mail were still in their infancy. You had to trust that someone would deliver you letter and you had no way of guaranteeing that it would be delivered. Also it would take a long time to discover if your letter had been delivered or not. The Penny Black Stamp changed all of that.

Now, when we read our lesson today from John’s Gospel, you’ll note that I’ve not gone completely bonkers: We’re thinking about the disciples JOY, now let’s look at the passage together;

John 20:19-21 19  On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
20  After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21  Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

Notice what it says in verse 20; “… The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.”

You know my friends, I want you to try and picture the scene and use your imagination, try and think what it must have been like to be one of Jesus disciples at that moment. You are perhaps; Peter, John or Mary and you’ve all gotten together three days after Jesus was tortured and killed upon the cross. You are all frightened to be there together, you imagine all sorts of horrible things happening to you if you are caught by the authorities. You can see them in your minds eyes, torturing you like the shamefully tortured Jesus’ body. You can imagine the sting of thw whip or the pain as they thrust the crown of thorns on your head. You can almost feel it, because you witnessed it just a few days ago, the memory of what they’d done to Jesus and what they could possible do to you, was still very fresh indeed. You’ve all got this dread of being captured and caught, then suddenly out of nowhere, because you’ve made certain the doors are locked anyway, Jesus stands in the midst. First you’d probably be shocked, but then Jesus utters these words; “Peace be with you” You know it’s Jesus’ voice. You recognise the voice of the Master. But your mind is doing summersaults, “it can’t be, He’s dead, but He’s here, how can He be here? He’s alive, no Jesus died, but yet I can hear his voice. Am I dreaming? Is this a ghost or a dream?” I know that my mind would be racing like this: but then slowly it begins to sink in; “This IS Jesus, that was His voice I just heard, He really IS here with us now” Then your surprise and shock give way to a Tsunami of Joy. Wave, after wave or Tsunami like Joy floods you soul.

Now can you see what I meant about the Penny Black? The Joy of having been contacted by a loved one hundreds of milse away, they actually touched this paper and put a pen to it and wrote upon it for you. Oh the Joy of the personal letter from a loved one, addressed to you personally. You’d look at your name, see the marvellous new innovative Queen or King’s Head on the Penny Black Stamp. WOWzer! You’d be over the moon, cock a hoop.

What does Over-the-moon mean? It was a phrase popularised by Private Eye who took-the-micky (made fun of) English football managers and their use of the English language. They would string phrases and words together that don’t make any sense at all. “Cock-a-hoop”, (filled with Joy), “over-the-moon” etc, would be used to express the sheer delight that their team had won a victory. i.e. “We were over-the-moon about the fact that we trounced Manchester 2-0”.

So my friends, the disciples would have been OVER THE MOON about Jesus resurrection. OVERJOYED.

Other Football Manager Quotes:

(You’ll not the funny side in a little while).

Football Manager Quotes:

  • “The Spaniards have been reduced to aiming aimless balls into the box.” (Ron Atkinson)
  • “If you can’t stand the heat in the dressing room, get out of the kitchen.” (Terry Venables)
  • “If Glenn Hoddle said one word to his team at half time, it was concentration and focus.” (Ron Atkinson)
  • “I felt a lump in my throat as the ball went in.” (Terry Venables)

These quotes are nonsensical, very funny and humorous, but they’re not intended to be. They’re what we’d call bleepers, bloops or silly mistakes of English grammar. You can just imagine Terry Venables swallowing a huge football down his throat can’t you. LOL.

Over the Moon: Was a phrase like that, it means, really, really happy, full of joy or as the Bible has said today about the Disciples upon seeing the Lord and hearing His voice, “They were OVERJOYED”

Cock a hoop is another phrase to express happiness, I’ll let you look that one up on Google yourself though. Have fun my friends.

OVERJOYED

Dave Smith, In his little book to accompany this series, talks about dogs wagging their tails when they see the master coming with breakfast. Even dogs can be overjoyed my friends.

You can be OVERJOYED too my friends. When you see a letter with your name, personally hand-written, it produces and air of expectation. You wonder who it was from, you turn it over to see if they’ve put a return address upon it. Nope, you open it up and you note immediately where it’s addressed from, and who signed it.

Notice that word: OVERJOYED. The disciples were not just joyed by seeing Jesus. It was no ordinary joy or happiness, as if we’re seeing a long lost friend, but imagine the delight you’d experience if you were to meet a dearly loved relative or friend if they came back from the dead? That’s what it means for the Disciples to be OVER-Joyed.

The PENNY BLACK: Guaranteed Delivery.

That’s what it’s like with the Bible: It’s God’s Book, It’s His LOVE LETTER addressed to YOU personally. It can produce the same JOY the disciples felt my friends, It’s like it’s got your own personal PENNY BLACK STAMP of guaranteed delivery, right into your heart today. You see my friends, the Bible’s Penny Black is God The Holy Spirit: who inspired the Bible to be written and who also enables us to understand the words contained within. (Spiritually discerned truth)

1 Corinthians 2:10-14 10  but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no-one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12  We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
14  The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

In other words, only the PERSON with the SPIRIT can understand God’s WORD. He’s like the Penny Black Stamp of authority and delivers God’s Word right into your heart today. Have you been filled with and OVERJOYED by the Holy Spirit.

Just as the Disciples were OVERJOYED by the LORD Jesus Presence my friends. So will you be when the Holy Spirit ushers in the presence of the Lord into your life today. Seek Him, seek the fullness and then you too will be OVERJOYED.

For over 2000 years the Bible has been delivering God’s message, with much more certainty than the New Penny Black Stamp ever could, because His message goes right into your heart and produces so much Joy, you’ll be over the moon, cock a hoop, filled with sheer delight. OVERJOYED. Not just happy, but OVER-JOYED. WOWzer! Who ever said that following Jesus would make life boring? It’s full of surprises and sheer delight and joy. Be OVERJOYED today, get the New Penny Black Stamp on your Heart, let it stick there forever by the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus will be your seal on your heart, you’ll know Him as Lord and Saviour forever.

Overjoyed when the New Penny Black Stamp was issued! Imagine what it must have been like for the disciples seeing, hearing and touching the RESURRECTED Lord Jesus Christ. WOWzer! OVERJOYED.

My friends, when you call upon Jesus today, you too can experience that same level of JOY. You’ll not have to work it up within yourself though, because you automatic response to the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ is going to be awesome; but eventually it will burst forth in to great JOY.

Have and exciting and JOY-Filled day my friends: The New Penny Black Stamp.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 17: Jesus Gives A New Joy. (As did the Penny Black Stamp), but much, much greater.

God bless and keep you all,

Don.

p.s. Did you notice that the Penny Black Stamp is on Google today?  😎  😎  😎

 

Jesus Gives A New Hope

Daily Spirit & Word, 500: Jesus Gives A New Hope.

40 Days With Jesus, Day 16: Jesus Gives A New Hope.

 

Today, we can see how that same Christian HOPE that we shared so confidently on the streets last night, was first sparked into ignition on the evening of Easter Sunday, when Jesus appeared in the upper room to the Disciples who were locked in in fear. We saw yesterday, that Jesus gave his followers New PEACE, today we’re going to discover the NEW HOPE.

First when Jesus appeared He said PEACE, then He began to give them physical EVIDENCE of who He was. You see my friends, His followers thought that they were seeing a GHOST  or a Phantom or a Spirit, because of the miraculous way that Jesus appeared. What would you have thought my friends, if you were them, locked into your house and suddenly in the same room a person appears from nowhere. You too would think it’s a ghost or a dream or a vision, wouldn’t you. Jesus knew that, He knew what they were thinking and then decided to give them as much evidence as they needed to be reassured that He really was alive, that He’d come back from the dead.

Look again at the passage from our reading this week and watch out for the Physical Evidences that Jesus gives.

John 20:19-23 19  On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
20  After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21  Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
22  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
23  If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

WOWzer! So it’s not only PEACE, but physical, real and tangible proof that He’s with them in the room. Luke’s has gone much further than John in his Gospel account of this incident.

Luke 24:36-49 36  While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37  They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
38  He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?
39  Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
41  And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
42  They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
43  and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44  He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
46  He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
47  and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48  You are witnesses of these things.
49  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Notice in Luke’s account: The disciples didn’t believe it (the resurrection or that it was Jesus). Why? Because of JOY and AMAZEMENT and THINKING it was GHOST.

  • Our Joy can deceive us.
  • Our Amazement can deceive us.
  • Our Thinking can deceive us.

So Jesus goes much further and shows them: His hands, His side, His feet (I’m certain if some of the others had written they’d have said, his head, His back as well.). But these just go to prove beyond doubt that Jesus was a real person. But He didn’t stop a mere physical evidences. He said to them, because He knew that they still thought he was a ghost, “Give me something to eat”… Then He explained, “A ghost doesnt’ have flesh and bones as I have and a ghost can’t eat can it?”

“He showed them; His; HANDS, FEET and SIDE.”

“A GHOST doesn’t have FLESH and BONE”

“Give ME something to EAT”

This is such convincing proof AND evidence my friends, that so many agnostics and doubters having read this account in the Bible have become believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. This evidence transformed the disciples and once they received the promised Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday 40 days later, they took that same message, “We’ve seen the resurrected LORD” around the world. It’s still going around the world, Jesus is still alive today and it’s possible for people to meet Him. Of course our encounters today aren’t physical, but non-the-less, they are REAL encounters, that will convince you and you’ll KNOW that you’ve met the risen Jesus.

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Jesus Gives a NEW HOPE

 HOPE: Gives Gospel Encounters:

We had another wonderful night of sharing the Good News of Jesus on the Streets of London my friends. There were great conversations, Gospel moments and prayers with people. Even a young man, who it seemed just wanted to race through his arguments and objections to believing the Bible, though he proclaimed belief in God. When he’d reached the end of his flow of words, we knew it was a smoke-screen, and a diversion, because, we looked beyond argument and reasoning for the power of the Kingdom of Heaven, and it came into his life as we shared the risen Lord Jesus. It’s always amazing, though we should expect the same Kingdom things to happen today as they did in the times of the Apostles and first believers and we really should not be surprised. We continued discussing and by-passed his mind and called upon the internal ally with him, his conscience, and it came to life, did it’s job and brought conviction. He knew now how he’d offended a holy and righteous God. We prayed and parted company and he left us uplifted and enlightened. He promised to come and worship and to keep reading His Bible. Hopefully he’ll find the place to worship the Lord and the desire to keep reading God’s Word. Just one conversation from last night please pray for the many that were touched and challenged and encouraged to consider the Lord Jesus.

So we can see today, that it wasn’t just Thomas, doubting Thomas, who needed physical proof that Jesus had risen from the dead, but every single one of His followers. You too need convincing my friends, you too need a divine encounter with Jesus and thankfully Jesus will not disappoint. He’ll provide everyone who responds to the Gospel with the same kinds of proofs, that He’s real and alive today. He’ll come to you in so many wonderful ways and you’ll KNOW.

Electrical POWER

For me the best way to explain how I know Jesus is real is like this:

I was an electrician for many years before I became a Pastor and Evangelist. I’d been shocked by Electricity many times. I knew from experience and pain, that if I touch an open electrical wire or contact, with the power still on, that it will hurt and the electrical energy and power will surge through my body. It’s the same when we finally decide to BELIEVE, REPENT, TRUST AND RECEIVE the Lord Jesus. He comes into a believer’s life. He comes in such a way that you KNOW that He’s inside. He’ll give you a NEW HOPE: Hope that will never leave you. Hope that will stay, even if circumstances don’t go well. Hope that is with you through every single storm. Jesus is in YOU. You’ll also see evidence in your Character as the Holy Spirit begins to change you to become more like Jesus on the inside and in the way that you interact with people in the world. You’ll see the fruit and the evidence of increasing; LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL. You’ll love God more, you’ll love His Word, you’ll love gathering with the brothers and sisters in God’s family. This is empirical evidence and cumulative evidence that will enable you to go out into the world and serve the risen Saviour. He’s in the World today and He wants to give that SAME HOPE to every single person alive as well.

Have an exciting, empowered and enthusiastic day of NEW HOPE with Jesus today.

Stay blessed in Him my friends,

Don.

Points to Ponder on Day 16 of 40 Days With Jesus.

  • In a world that believes that death has the last word, can anything be a truly lasting success?

  • How does the idea of Jesus resurrection transform our disappointments over what we might have failed to achieve?

  • Hoe hopeful do you feel about your future today? Do you need to ask God to heal any sense you have had of feeling ‘hopeless’? Take some times to reflect on the great FUTURE that is awaiting and available to you today, because of what Jesus Christ has done for you. His resurrection gives you hope today of an eternity with Him, beginning NOW and LASTING FOREVER.

PRAYER:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I’m thanking you right now for the glorious new hope that you give me every day. Not just hope for now, but for my eternity with You. I’m looking forward to Heaven and I have that deep assurance within my heart that You are able to keep me going with You through all the storms that will come in my life. I’m praying for everyone I know today, who needs that same Hope Lord, that You’ll come to them and draw them to Yourself by the Holy Spirit. Let Your love touch every heart and bring them the same New Hope in their hearts. Amen.

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Five Ways To Be Remembered

Daily Spirit & Word

452: Five Ways For Christians To Be Remembered.

Good morning my friends, don’t you just love Friday’s? It marks the end of the working week and the prospect of a day of rest for most. I know there are many who don’t enjoy the luxury of a day off and I even know a few who work seven days a week. However, there are good reasons for taking a day off and having a good rest from your normal labours. The principal one being, we don’t want to drive ourselves into an early grave by being overworked, overstressed.  There are also many good reasons; reconnecting relationships with loved ones and with brothers and sisters in the faith and also taking time out to worship the Lord.
Over the years since becoming a follower of Jesus, I remember with fondness many brothers and sisters who’ve died and gone to be with Him. What is it about them that warms my heart today? Their love for the Lord, their devotion to the things of God and their love and warmth for all people; Christians and non-Christians. When its your turn to leave this earth and go home to glory, you’ll be remembered by your friends and family, but what will they remember you for?
Think about Jesus; because Christians are being transformed daily into the likeness of Christ. What was Jesus remembered for? His complete obedience, even to death upon the cross. His powerful miracles and the fact that He didn’t charge people but healed them freely. His attitude to those on the margins of society, sinners and social rejects, Jesus took time to be with them and was scandalised for it. His ways with people from all walks of life; rich and poor, men and women, old and infant. Most of all we probably remember Jesus for His LOVE, CARE, MESSAGE OF TRUTH, AND DEDICATION TO THE FATHER’S WILL.
Today’s Focus On God’s Word:
Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”
And: TRANSFORMATION: 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Here are some things every follower of Jesus should strive for and become TOP priorities in our lives.

1) REMEMBERED FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN—1 Tim. 2:4

What a Christian is? Someone who’s Trusted in Jesus death for their sins upon the Cross, who’s believed in Jesus, who’s repented of their sins and forsaken them, who’s been born again of God’s Holy Spirit, who knows Jesus as Lord and Saviour, who’s a committed member of a local fellowship of Saints and is serving the Lord with their gifts and talents and who gives wholeheartedly to the fellowship.
How to become a Christian? Believe in Jesus, Repent of sin and Receive Him as Lord: Then you will be born of the Spirit.
What it means to be a Christian? You’ll love God, love the saints and love those who don’t yet know Jesus as Lord. You’ll be filled with His compassion for others, meeting their needs and serving with your life.

2) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO GOD: Rom. 12:1-2

The Foundation of Your Dedication: Love, obedience, praise and devotion for Jesus.
The Character of Your Dedication: voluntary, wholehearted, sacrificial, practical, disciplined.
The Results of Your Dedication: Known to be Blessed by the Lord, loved by the saints and sinners.

3) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR LOVE FOR THE SAINTS:

(See 37 List at bottom of page).

“by your LOVE for one another, people will know you belong to Christ”.
  • Your Friendships:
  • Your Attitude:
  • Your Care:

4) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR LOVE OF BRINGING OTHERS TO JESUS: Psa. 126

  • Your Obedience to the Lord’s Commands: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15-20.
  • You’ll Cry For Their Predicament: Luke 16:19-28 (The Rich Man and Lazarus).
  • You’ll be Guided by the Holy Spirit: Acts 16:6-9.
  • Your Zeal to reach out: Acts 2; 1 Cor 9:16 (How horrible it is when I don’t reach-out to others and preach the Gospel).

5) REMEMBERED FOR YOUR HEAVENLY FOCUS: Titus 2:13

“How we wait for the blessed hope…”

  • You KNOW Jesus is Comings Soon:
  • You DESIRE Jesus to either come or be with Him forever.
  • Your FOCUS is upon the Blessings when He Comes.
  • You LIVE your whole life; preapered for His coming or your going Home.
  • You KNOW this earth is NOT your home.

452 Five Ways Christian

There are probably many, many more, but as you are transformed into the Likeness of Jesus daily, you can’t help but become more powerful, prayerful, practical, resourceful, holy and full of love for God, for brothers and sisters in the faith and for those who don’t yet know Jesus Christ as Lord.

Today’s Focus On God’s Word:

Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”
How will you be remembered when you leave the earth?
Don’t worry what others think about you, but think of the eternal rewards you are storing up in Heaven as you serve the Lord Jesus today.
Have an awesome weekend my friends, I’m really looking forward to gathering with my brothers and sisters again on Sunday to praise ans worship the Lord Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. Wherever you are my prayers are with you. Stay blessed and walk closely with Jesus today. Don’t forget to PRAISE Him, Love Him and you’ll be full of His Love for others too.
Don.

Notes: Helps:

Here are 37 ways Christians can LOVE one another.

  1. Be devoted to one another (Rom. 12:10).
  2. Give preference to one another (Rom. 12:10).
  3. Be of the same mind toward one another (Rom. 12:16).
  4. Accept one another by withholding judgment (Rom. 14:1).
  5. Accept one another by showing deference (Rom. 14:1–5; 15:7).
  6. Esteem [highly regard] one another in love (Rom. 14:5; Phil. 2:3).
  7. Build up one another (Rom. 14:19; 1 Thes. 5:11).
  8. Counsel one another (Rom. 15:14).
  9. Serve one another by showing deference in matters of liberty (Gal. 5:13).
  10. Bear one another’s sin burdens (Gal. 6:2).
  11. Be gentle with one another (Eph. 4:2).
  12. Be kind to one another so as to preserve unity (Eph. 4:32).
  13. Speak truth to one another (Eph. 4:25; Col 3:9).
  14. Submit to one another (Eph. 5:21).
  15. Show compassion to one another (Col. 3:12).
  16. Bear with the inherent sinfulness of one another (Col. 3:13).
  17. Forgive one another (Col. 3:13).
  18. Use Spirit-filled, Word-saturated music to teach and admonish one another (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19).
  19. Comfort one another with the hope of Christ’s return (1 Thes. 4:18).
  20. Encourage one another (1 Thes. 5:11).
  21. Live in peace with one another (1 Thes. 5:13).
  22. Seek good for one another (1 Thes. 5:15).
  23. Encourage one another to forsake unbelief and hardness of heart (Heb. 3:13).
  24. Stimulate one another to spiritual growth (Heb. 10:24).
  25. Encourage one another by faithful participation in your local church (Heb. 10:25).
  26. Confess sins to one another (James 5:16).
  27. Pray for one another’s spiritual and physical healing (James 5:16).
  28. Be long-suffering and patient toward one another (1 Peter 4:8; Eph. 4:2).
  29. Be hospitable to one another without complaint (1 Peter 4:9).
  30. Serve one another (1 Peter 4:10; Gal. 5:13).
  31. Act in humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5).
  32. Show holy affection to one another (1 Peter 5:14).
  33. Participate in the holy walk with one another (1 John 1:7).
  34. Refuse to become resentful toward one another (1 John 3:11–12).
  35. Give sacrificially to meet one another’s needs (1 John 3:16–17).
  36. Fight fear together by growing in love (1 John 4:18).
  37. Walk in truth together (1 John 3:18; 2 John 1:5).
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Five Way To Be Remembered.

Fix Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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Daily Spirit & Word, 450: Fix Your Eyes Upon Jesus.

Good morning my friends, as we progress towards Easter we’re probably thinking of lots of different things;

  • Easter Bank Holiday Weekend: Means time with family and friends and perhaps the first trip out of the city in months. 
  • Easter Eggs / Chocolate Bunnies: Children love Easter Time with the shops filling up from February tempting them with chocolate eggs filled with goodies. 
  • Easter Hot Cross Buns: these are little spiced buns that, when I was a child, were only sold on Good Friday, but now you can get them most of the year round.

Christian Focus:

For Christians, who love the Lord Jesus, these Secular Easter focuses can be either an annoyance or a distraction, but we could also embrace them and still focus upon the main object of our Devotion: Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 12:2 “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.”

In St Luke’s Church: We begin our main Easter preparations with;

Palm Sunday: Jesus Triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the joy filled crowds.
The Last Supper: Lord’s Last Supper with the Disciples, where He celebrated Passover with them: We’ll be doing that on Maundy Thursday; We’ll have all the elements of the Passover: Lovely Roasted Lamb, roasted eggs, horseradish, parsley, Charoset (reminding us of the mud and toil of captivity in Egypt), salt (reminding us of the tears and crying out to the Lord in captivity), etc… We don’t follow or focus entirely upon Passover, but on what the Lord was doing at the Passover: With the Bread and Wine. (Come and join us if you’re free).
Good Friday: We don’t have a Good Friday Service, but a Walk of Witness with Christians in West Norwood, London. We gather at 11.45am and walk about 3/4 of a mile to St Luke’s Gardens (We’re blessed that our gardens are already a focus for the town of West Norwood in London and it’s a great witness that there are hundreds of Christians who love Jesus. We sings hymns, songs and praise the Lord, we read from the Bible as we walk, we stop and pray, we bless people along the way and give out Easter Sunday invitations to worship with us. Then we gather to have a warm drink and some lovely Hot Cross Buns.
Easter Sunday: We remember the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the Dead. His death upon the Cross was not the end and His resurrection shows us that Father God was satisfied that the price for sin had been paid in full with Jesus blood and death for everyone who will trust in Him.

How can we fix our eyes upon Jesus today?

I don’t advocate making a statue of Jesus for the Bible tells us not to make Idols nor to bow down to them or worship them. There’s always a danger in making images and statues of the Lord or Mary or any of the Saints, because people begin to focus upon them. We’re commanded by the Lord not to make statues in the Ten Commandments:

The Second Commandment: Exodus 20:4-6 “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. 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, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

  • So how can we, who want to be obedient to the Lord and His Word ‘fix our eyes upon Jesus’?
    We can do it easily: 
  • We’ve got God’s Word: The Gospel accounts of Jesus trial, cricifixion, resurrection and appearances. 
  • We’ve got Worship: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: Songs about Jesus, what He did for us upon the cross. 
  • We’ve got Christian Gatherings: Regular Fellowship Groups. Outreach Groups. Evangelism Groups. Gathering regularly with those who Love Jesus, it won’t be long before you turn to Him in prayer and praise.
  • We’ve got Worship Services: With Preaching and Teaching about Jesus. 
  • We’ve got Prayer Meetings: Monthly and daily prayer.
  • We’ve got Personal Prayer and Worship and Bible Study / Meditation.

Focusing upon Jesus is easy for the Saints when we put our heart, soul, mind and strength to it. But will we? Will you focus upon Jesus? Will you think about the Cross and all that He endured upon the Cross for you?

I want to encourage those who’ve done this in the past, probably many times, to renew their commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. To really FIX your eyes upon Jesus: Think about it, those crowds in Jerusalem; Shouting one week; “Jesus is King” and the next “Crucify”… To dwell upon the LAST SUPPER, the GARDEN of TEARS, the TRIAL of Jesus, the MOCKING He endured, the CRUCIFIXION, the DEATH and the RESURRECTION.

How to Practically FOCUS on Jesus and the Cross: 

When I was a lone-Christian on a Submarine at sea, I used to take a simple wooden cross with me and wear it undeneath my uniform. At times people would see it and sometimes ask, “Ginge (that’s what they called me), why are you wearing a wooden cross?”… It became an amazing stepping stone into conversations about my Lord Jesus. Why a wooden cross? We were not allowed to wear metal crosses. Electricity and metal don’t go well together 🙂 LOL. So with a simple black thread and an two inch cross, I became a witness for Jesus. But it really did help me, because there were times when I was feeling weak, my thoughts would wander, I didn’t have fellowship with other Christians, sometimes just grabbing that cross and feeling it would lead me to pray and worship Jesus in the Engine room or even in the Reactor Compartment. When I fixed my mind on Jesus I’d feel strong again and ready to face the world with renewed conviction and love for those in darkness.

How do you fix your eyes upon Jesus?

Let us do it this year every single day; In prayer, reading God’s Word and gathering and communicating with the saints as much as we can; to encourage and strengthen others in their walk and witness for Him.

What does fixing your eyes upon Jesus do for you? He’ll KEEP you, He’ll nourish you, He’ll wash you clean, He’ll renew your faith and strength and sometimes you’ll experience His awesome miracles, but most of all you’ll have the PEACE of JOY of the Lord in your heart. You’ll know Him and He’ll know you.

Have an awesome day with Jesus.
Don.

Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus.

Hebrews 3:1-6 “Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honour than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honour than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”

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