He is my EVERYTHING, He is my ALL.

Jesus makes your life complete

Daily Spirit & Word: 682: Jesus IS Your EVERYTHING.

Jesus really IS ALL you need.

Good morning my friends, today we’re back with Revelation 1:8 where we discover just how much Jesus knows about everything. Last night we celebrated Ash Wednesday in Fellowship. Did you know that Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent? Lent is a time when we think about Jesus temptation in the Wilderness for 40 Days and 40 Nights. During that time Jesus didn’t eat or drink and it was after being without food for such a long time that Satan (The Devil) came to TEMPT Jesus.

Note: Jesus was put to temptation when He was at his weakest. But revealed a secret strength that is available to you and me today.

Today, in Revelation, we’re going to see how Jesus is EVERYTHING we need in the face of temptation, moments of weakness, times when we’re feeling we just can’t go on: He’s the ONE who’s able to carry us through. Why? Because Jesus is the I AM for your everything.

Revelation 1:8 (NIV) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

John is giving us the REVELATION as he received it from the LORD Jesus. Jesus is the one speaking. He is GOD ALMIGHTY.

Alpha: Is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. Omega: is the last letter. So Jesus is telling us He’s the first and the last and everything else in-between. He’s the A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J …. Everything.

He also tells us: I AM (Which is the Bible name for the all knowing, all powerful, all sufficient, God).

  • He’s the “I AM” who IS: He exists in your present.
  • He’s the “I AM” Who “WAS”: i.e. He always existed in the past. He was before time began. He created time.
  • He’s the “I AM” Who “Is to Come”: i.e. He will always be around for all eternity. He’s never going away. He will exist when the Creation ceases to exist. He’s coming back to Earth to Judge all mankind.

When Jesus said, “I AM the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

He’s showing you that He is the “I AM” for whatever your need is in life.

  • For instance if you’re sick, you’ll hear Jesus say, “I am your Divine Healer.”
  • If you’re in a storm in life, you’ll hear Jesus say “I AM your life-boat”.
  • If you don’t know your way, can’t make a decision, Jesus will be revealing, “I AM the WAY”.
  • If you’re sick and dying, Jesus will comfort you with, “I AM the resurrection and the life.”
  • If you’re in the dark, afraid and can’t see, Jesus is your light, for He promises, “I AM the Light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness”.
  • If you are feeling weary or burdened by life’s pressures, Jesus is shouting in a tender tone to you today, “Come to me, I AM going to give you a burden that is light, my yoke is so easy, come to Me”
  • If you are feeling like no one else cares about you, Jesus is saying, “I AM your Good Shepherd, I look after my sheep, I know each one by name and I’ll lead you to pastures new.”
  • If you are feeling happy, Jesus is your brother who’ll share in your joy. There’s NO jealously in God. He rejoices with you and doesn’t envy your happiest moments in life.

My friends, in Jesus, in Revelation, Jesus is the ALL KNOWING: “I AM”. He is everything that you can ever imagine that you’ll need in life.

  • He’s the ONE: Who washes you clean from sin. He does that with His own life-blood. He died so that you could be purified.
  • He’s the ONE: Who give you Eternal LIFE: The moment you turn in Repentance and seek His forgiveness and receive Him as your LORD and Saviour, at that moment ETERNAL LIFE is your inheritance. Awesome!
  • He’s the ONE: Who’ll give you abundant, overflowing LIFE: As you walk each day with Jesus, no matter what the world throws at you, as it did Him in the wilderness, you’ll be full of Holy Spirit and JOY of the Lord Jesus.

So this Lent, to be afraid to try and give up something you like, you’ll discover that Jesus can more than replace and resource you in ways you can’t even imagine, because HE is your EVERYTHING:  He is your ALL.

He knows more than any Professor on Earth: He Created the Universe and everything in it.

TRUST Jesus Christ afresh today. He always was, always will be and always is.

Jesus is the Lord God Almighty: He’s with you. He’s in you.

  • So don’t be afraid.
  • So don’t worry.
  • So don’t give up or give in.

Oh How I LOVE Jesus.
Oh How I LOVE Jesus.
Oh How I LOVE Jesus.
Because He first LOVED me.

Amen!

Don.

Day 8: Tick Tock

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Tick Tock: That’s the Sound of a Clock 🙂

You’ve probably all heard or used the phrases; “Time is ticking away” or “Time flies by” or “I can’t believe it’s March already” etc…

There is another saying, “Time stands still for no man”. You can’t STOP the clock and you can’t go back.

Lateness, without genuine reason, says ‘I’m more important than you’. If you’ve ever had to sit around waiting for someone who said they’d arrive half an hour ago, you’ll know how annoying it is. Set your alarm 15 minutes early, get organised the night before, and get there. On time.

How to use TIME to your advantage:

Plan it!

Be there ON TIME (Be early).

I don’t know why, but I hate being late, I’ll often arrive 10 or 15 mins ahead of important events. Sometimes if it’s a funeral, wedding or church service half an hour or an hour before if I’m leading or preaching.

I’ve noticed that many people don’t share the same TIME priorities as me. We’ve got lots of people in our fellowship from The West Indies: Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. From Africa: Nigeria, Congo, Liberia, Kenya. We’ve got people from India and Sri Lanka. Europe and the UK… But we’ve ALL got different time perspectives; some don’t mind being late, even up to an hour late, in their cultrue, is not rude or disrespectful, whilst others have a much more rigid and inflexible attitude. What do you think? Is it right to keep people waiting?

I think in our busy lifestyle here in the UK, no matter what culture we’re from, we’ve got to be considerate of others. Because sometimes people are working hard and they’ve only got a very short amount of free time, so we’d better respect and honour one another with the way we handle time. I know I’ve kept some people in Church too long, but preaching for way too long sometimes and I’ve paid the price as people have stopped coming to church. We learn our lessons the hard way sometimes.

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Have an awesome Day.

Don.

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Day 6: Saying Thank You.

Day 6: Saying Thank You.

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It was wonderful saying goodbye to my grandchildren this morning, they took the time to come and find me and say, “Thank you Papa for the lovely breakfast.” Little Leila also said, “Thank you Jesus for the Boiled Eggs”… She’s only four and puts a smile on my heart.

There’s nothing quite like a heartfelt and sincere “Thank You”. We all get those warm-fuzzies when people appreciate what we’ve done for them.

My friends, Don’t forget to say thank you today to everyone who does something for you. My wife travels to work by bus and every time she gets off she shouts out to the driver, “Thank you Driver”. One day it was pouring down with rain and she was quite a distance away from the Bus Stop, but the Driver recognised her and stopped the bus. That’s unheard of in London, they don’t normally stop the bus between stops to let people on. Julie was so thankful and showed her appreciation, she could have been soaked and would have had to wait ages for another bus to come along.

Being thankful brings God’s blessings into your life.

Be Generous, even if those around you don’t appreciated it. SAY “Thank you” as often as you can.

Have an awesome day and thank you for taking time to read this.

Don.

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Fair and square

Fairtrade Fortnight starts today here in the UK. Today’s act is a simple one to start the week: support the Fairtrade movement. Because everyone has the right to earn a fair wage for an honest day’s work.

The Bible teaches that a labourer deserves his wages.

You don’t mussle an ox.

You even feed the animals that work for you.

Take a look Here for some more ideas on how to help people get what they deserve.

In the UK you can support The LIVING WAGE campaign. People deserve to be paid at a level upon which they can not just survive, but thrive. Let’s make the UK a fair place to live.

God bless and keep being GENEROUS EVERY DAY.

May the LORD give you all the strength you need.

Don.

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Day 4: Surprise.

Day 4: Surprise. Who Doesn’t Like Surprises?

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Day 4 of 40 Acts of Generosity: Surprise.

Most people like to be pleasantly surprised. So today’s theme for 40 Acts Together is to Generously Surprise Someone Today.

Day 4 of 40 Acts of Generosity: Lent Focus 2015.

My act of Surprise: Today we held a Preacher’s Breakfast: But it was no ordinary breakfast, it was a KINGDOM breakfast.

Here’s what I surprised them with, for my fellow Preachers:

Surprise Breakfast:

  • Sausages (The Best) mmmm
  • Bacon (Prime Back Cuts).
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Black-Puddings
  • Freshly Baked Tiger Bread: Some toasted and some fresh.
  • Black and Red Grapes.
  • Cornflakes
  • Muesli
  • Dates (But I forgot to take them along).
  • Juice: Fresh Orange and Fresh Apple Juice.
  • Coffee: Nestles Golden Roasted.
  • Tea:

I’d really like to thank my friend Dave who came along and helped to set-up and serve the folks as I cooked for them.

Then we had some teaching from the Bible, some sharing of what sermons or Christian teaching we’d heard that had made a deep impact upon our lives, and then some prayer together.

What a wonderful breakfast with some of the best saints in God’s family.

I’m praying they were not only surprised by the lovely food, but also the POWER of the Holy Spirit in our meeting. It was awesome!

How will you surprise people today?

May the LORD give you JOY as you seek to serve Him and others today.

Go ON and GIVE someone a wonderful SURPRISE today that will blow their socks off

Don.

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Day 3: CLEAN. 40 Acts of Generosity.

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40 Acts of Generosity: Day 3: Clean.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

What a brilliant opportunity to make God’s world a better place today.

What can you clean?

 

Jesus Cleans Your Heart.

Remember the Lord Jesus and what He did to make it possible for your heart to be cleansed from all Sin.

Thank the LORD for this beautiful world He’s given us to take care of.

Remember: Jesus told us in the Lord’s Prayer:

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done” Where? “On EARTH as it is in Heaven.

We only live here on Earth for a short time, and we’re expected to make it as much like Heaven as we can.

Have an awesome Day 3: Clean it up 🙂 For Jesus.

Let the light shine.

Don.

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Day 2 Chinwag, Chatter, Natter,

Day 1: Praying for Generosity.

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Remember to have fun, praise the Lord!

Pray for your world, neighbourhood, city, community.

Be Jesus man, woman and child in the world today.

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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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Shrove Tuesday

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Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Day) is a day in February or March, preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.

We made our yesterday (Friday) because that’s the day of our Youth Group Meeting.

Shrove Tuesday, is what’s called a movable feast and is determined by when Easter is celebrated each year.

The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “confess”.

Shrove Tuesday is observed by many groups of Christians, including; Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs / sins they need to repent from, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.

Shrove Tuesday, being the last day before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days during Lent. Associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and other religious obligations associated with Lent.

The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Many Christians have found the Season of Lent very helpful and have experienced afresh the fullness of the Holy Spirit and drawn much closer to the Lord Jesus Christ, but daily devotions in the Bible. Particularly meditating upon those portions of Scripture that deal with Repentance, Temptation and Self-Denial.

Do you remember how Jesus said, “Take up your cross daily…” Well that’s what we do during Lent and once you’ve gotten into the good habit of daily time with God, in the bible and in prayer, you’ll be reluctant to stop meeting with Him.

Other Christians come to Bible Study Groups During Lent: Again these have proven to be life changing, because the group looks at study material with a particular focus each year.

This Year 2015: We’ll be going through 40 Acts Together. Beginning on Ash Wednesday 18th February.

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Will you be making Pancakes this Shrove Tuesday?

Enjoy the feast before the fast.

Don.