The Secret of GREAT Fellowship & Revival.

The Secret of Kingdom Fellowship: Love.

Daily Spirit & Word: 681: Great Fellowship & Revival

The Root of Bitterness.

Don’t Get Bitter; Get Better.

We had a wonderful PCC (Parochial Church Council) Meeting last night. PCCs are not known for being fun, friendly or faith-filled, but you should have been there. Members arrived and were all chatting away with one another, we had coffee / tea and biscuits. People were catching-up. You know something, that’s wonderful, when you know that people are really just glad to be there and to see one another.

Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)
14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no-one will see the Lord.
15  See to it that no-one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Jesus said that is by our sincere love for one another that people will KNOW we are His disciples. That love was obvious last night.

Secondly, we listened by a short teaching from Adrian Rogers on; “The Root of Bitterness”: How bitterness can creep into a church fellowship. I shared last week how someone in our Evangelism team had gotten upset by another member, it was a mistake, but the hurt and offence were real. If it had been left to fester it would have spoiled the church. Bitterness, hurt or offence must be dealt with quickly. If not, as the verse above tells us “it causes trouble and many are defiled”…

God tells us, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger”… If we’ve been hurt by someone in fellowship, be it real or imagined, it causes offence and if we don’t sort out our anger quickly it can turn to bitterness. Bitterness reveals it’s ugly head in many different ways. It’s like a deadly snake hiding in the long-grass.

How do you know if you are feeling bitter towards someone in church?

Have you ever wondered why you don’t want to be with someone?

If there is anyone in your fellowship that you don’t want to sit beside, perhaps because you’ve been upset by them in the past, then there’s a danger you are bitter. When you don’t want to talk with someone after the service or when you turn you head pretending you didn’t see them – are you not bitter? Bitter people spoil genuine fellowship. Note that it says “DEFILE MANY”. It doesn’t just affect you or the person who’s upset you, it can infect and defile a whole fellowship over time. It’s like a deadly disease to genuine fellowship.

Bitterness Can Come As A Shock:

Just like this new virus in South America; Zika virus, you sometimes don’t know you’ve been bitten.

You know, BITTERNESS is deceptive too. We don’t know our hearts sometimes. It can creep in unawares. Satan loves it when we’re hurt or offended by others in church. However, God hates it, because He wants to BLESS his people, but until we’re UNITED in love and unity, He can’t bestow His blessings. Revival can’t happen in a fellowship where there is division. No wonder Satan loves it when we’re angry, upset, feeling hurt and getting bitter about each other.

Of course there are sometimes wonderful moments when the Holy Spirit shows up in our gatherings, that just His GRACE and MERCY, but imagine what He could do with a fellowship that was totally free from any bitterness? What blessings would flow, what JOY we’d know, how we would love to be with one another as the PCC was last night.

My friends, if you’ve been hurt by someone in church, then don’t try to hide it, deny it or cover it up. It will not go away all by itself. They say that “time is a healer and you’ll feel better in time”. Well let me tell you a Kingdom Secret: Time is not a healer. Time is just something God created for us to live in. It’s NOTHING: It has no powers what-so-ever. No my friends, we’ve got to face-up, own-up, fess-up to our anger, hurts and bitterness.

  • First we do it with the Lord: Ask Him to show us. When He does, don’t try and excuse it or deny it. Instead, confess it, own it and turn from it.
  • Then as far as we can, we are to live at PEACE with everyone. “Make every effort to live in peace”…
  • Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.
  • God wants to bless your fellowship so much. Much more than you can imagine.
  • He wants you to KNOW His presence, power and REVIVAL.

“If a tree is bad, it will produce bad fruit” When the root is rotten, there won’t be much fruit at all. The fruit of course is the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. You’ll notice if you are feeling bitter that these fruits are in short supply, you’ll be found wanting. Wondering why you are being so; unloving, unkind, angry, have no patience, are rough in the way you answer people, the peace of God leaves your life and home-life. My friends, you are BITTER: Don’t let the root of bitterness linger too long in your life. It will “DEFILE” many.

Don’t GET Bitter; Get Better. 

Of course it may not be within your church you’ve been hurt or offended: It might be; home, work, school, college, out shopping, etc… Check your heart condition with God.

Let the living water (holy Spirit) flow over your soul today, check yourself out to see if there is a ROOT OF BITTERNESS within your heart today. Come afresh to Jesus and be healed. Forgive the one who offended you. Bless them with a gift of kindness. Greet one another with a kiss of friendship.

Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)
14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no-one will see the Lord.
15  See to it that no-one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

We all want to see our churches growing, healthy and strong and that REVIVAL will break out amongst us, but it won’t until we deal with the deadly roots of bitterness in our life. Where brothers and sisters dwell together in unity, there the Lord commands His blessings.

Walk in Jesus today. Seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Don.

P.S. Back to Revelation tomorrow.

P.S.S. Alpha is starting soon in St Luke’s Church. Who are you going to bring along so they can discover Jesus?

LINK: Adrian Rogers “The Root of Bitterness” Love worth finding.

You can also watch his great teaching here: Adrian Rogers.

 

Jesus The Faithful Witness: He’s calling you back.

Being a faithful witness for Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word: 677: Jesus The Faithful Witness.

He’s Calling You Back To Himself.

Good morning my friends, first I must mention an exciting meeting I attended yesterday. It was between Church leaders of four Churches in West Norwood: Lansdowne Evangelical, Chatsworth Baptist, Worldwide Mission Fellowship and my Church St Luke’s West Norwood. It was the first time we’ve been able to gather all together this year 2016, but what a meeting. We shared about our fellowships, we shared God’s Word, we shared what Jesus has been putting on our hearts, we shared our personal struggles and finally we shared in a common call and witness to what God is doing in West Norwood. “Jesus is calling believers to Himself in prayer”… I’ve heard that so many times in my walk with Jesus, sometimes there’s a real move or God, sometimes, it’s just the sincere cry of a soul seeking revival, but I believe God is doing something significant here in West Norwood. PRAYER… He’s calling His people back to Himself.

The last thing we talked about and agreed upon was a Walk of Witness this Good Friday: Beginning at 10.00am, we’ll walk down Norwood Road from Tulse Hill to St Luke’s Gardens: Singing, praying and worshipping our Lord Jesus as we remember what He did for us upon the Cross that first Good Friday over 2000 years ago. Come and join with us, EVERY BELIEVER in the Lord Jesus is welcome to join in. There will be hundreds this Good Friday! God’s going to command His blessing, because we’ve gathered in Unity of Spirit and Truth. Come on brothers and sisters; let us all be ‘faithful witnesses’ to what the LORD has done in our lives.

Revelation 1:4-6 (NIV)
4 John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5  and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6  and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Yesterday I spoke about the significance of the NUMBER SEVEN throughout God’s Word, I shared only a few examples, there are so many more. However, as you are reading the Book of Revelation you will discover John’s preference for the number seven. It occurs fifty-four times.

  • There are seven candle-sticks (Rev 1:12),
  • seven stars (Rev 1:16),
  • seven lamps (Rev 4:5),
  • seven seals (Rev 5:1),
  • seven horns and seven eyes (Rev 5:6),
  • seven thunders (Rev 10:3),
  • seven angels, plagues and bowls (Rev 15:6-8).

The ancient peoples regarded seven as the perfect number, the number of completion and it runs all through the Revelations that Jesus gave to John.

My friends, another one of John’s favourite words is WITNESS:

It’s one of the marks of the authenticity that John is indeed the writer of Revelation. It’s a theme that runs all through his writings; like a bootlace that pull the sides of your shoes together, so the Spirit inspired John to record “WITNESS”. In the Gospel of John is full of the word witness. The letters 1,2 and 3 John are full of witness as is his Revelation. But who is John’s witness? It’s Jesus Christ: John refers to Jesus as “The faithful witness”. You’ll see Jesus referred to as a witness in the Gospel of John as well.

John 18:37 (KJV) “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

If Jesus is John’s WITNESS, (and He is), then what is Jesus a witness for?

It’s revealed as we go through John’s Gospel, his writings and Revelation: Jesus was, is and is to come; to be a witness to the TRUTH.

It’s revealed in Revelation regarding Jesus knowledge of the Seven Churches in Asia Minor and Heaven itself. Jesus has deep knowledge are to the true state of the heart of the believers in those churches. He has that same deep knowledge of the truth of the state of our hearts too.

My friends, we are being called back to God: Let us seek Him in PRAYER.

Just coming to the LORD in prayer. You know my friends, we (St Luke’s Church) gather every month for our monthly prayer meeting, but it’s one of our worst attended meetings. Very few of God’s people feel the need to gather to pray. If you want to know how healthy are church is; attend it’s monthly prayer meeting.

It gladdened my heart to hear about a mini-revival in a church close to ours, regarding the monthly prayer meeting. They had only a handful at the new Pastor’s first meeting: He knew his church wasn’t healthy. He prayed about it, asked the Lord what to do and said this; “I said to my people, you don’t need to come, but I ask you to commit to praying on the same day”… WOWzer! The next meeting saw an awesome increase in the numbers attending.

But there’s an even bigger AWAKENING happening; don’t miss it, because God is doing a new work and it’s to do with PRAYER. People won’t need to be evangelised my friends, when we all gather together in prayer the POWER will fall and people will come running to Jesus as they’ve done in countless revivals in our land in the past. PRAYER is the harbinger of REVIVAL.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

  • How much does your LAND need this REVIVAL of prayer?
  • How much does your CHURCH need this REVIVAL of prayer?
  • How much does your HEART need this REVIVAL of prayer?

My friends, let’s humble ourselves before God, let’s seek His face, let’s turn from our wicked ways, God promises when we do, He’ll hear our prayers and heal our land. Awesome!

We too are being called back to God: Let us be FAITHFUL WITNESSES,

Just like John, just like our LORD Himself: who is the witness of your heart’s condition. Let us bear witness to the TRUTH that’s been revealed to us. Real UNITY comes when we are united in God’s TRUTH. It’s not a superficial unity that God is looking for, “peace, peace when there is no peace” it’s not a unity that ignores false teaching, fake lifestyles, futile activity in church. We must always bear witness to God’s TRUTH revealed. It will be very costly in these last days before the return of Jesus. The world is getting farther away from Jesus and His Holy Standards of living, of being and of His teaching. So as far as it lies with those who’ve trusted Jesus for Salvation, let us live in Unity and Truth, being His faithful witnesses.

My friends, let’s SEEK THE FACE OF THE LORD.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

The NEXT PRAYER MEETING:

We’re gathering next week on Ash Wednesday: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Start: It’s the beginning of Lent.

Come and join me before the LORD. If you can’t be there in person, be there spiritually. Determine in your heart that you are going to be praying with us. God’s calling His people back to Himself.

Let’s get His REVELATION. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches”.

Every blessing in our Lord Jesus,

Don.

P.S. I’ve just checked the Stats on this Website and found that people are seeking God:

The favourite page last month was: My Chains Fell Off

Peter's Chains Fell Off
Freedom, Chains Fall Off, Peace in Jesus.

 

 

Revelation of Jesus Christ

Book of Revelation: John on Patmos

Daily Spirit & Word: 676: Revelation of Jesus Christ.

John got REVELATIONS from Jesus, because of His actively sharing the Gospel. God promises in His WORD that you too will get REVELATIONS (Of all the good things we have in Christ) as you go out and actively share the Gospel of Jesus with folks that He brings across your pathway in life.

Revelation 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2  who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3  Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Good morning my friends, before we jump into Revelation, I wanted to share a little about last night’s Street Evangelism. We began as usual, meeting together in the Parish Office to prepare / train. However, our preparation last night was awesome. Two of our team sorted something out that could have become a stumbling-block to further fellowship. It’s so good to clear-the-decks or clear-the-air: Satan loves it when we get offended and don’t get right with each other, when that happens things fester and bitterness can build-up. God’s Word encourages us to “not let the sun go down on our anger” for good reason. Afterwards, the Street Witnessing was truly AWESOME. So many brilliant conversations with folks.

The first man we (David and I) talked with, for over 20 mins, we were able to share the whole Gospel, to show him his need for Jesus and he responded. I’d forgotten to ask his name, when I eventually did, it made us all laugh-out-loud: His name was the same as mine: Donald. Of all the names a black West Indian man from Jamaica could be called, we didn’t expect it to be “Donald”. The very next person we got into a conversation with was a woman from Poland, a Catholic, I asked her name quite soon into our conversation; She was called Dorothea. I said, “My mum was called Doris”… David and I knew, that tonight (last night) was going to be fantastic. It was… We were able to show the difference, without offence, between Roman Catholicism and Biblical faith and trust in Jesus. You know what stays with me the most? The fact that she understood the Cross of Jesus, the shed blood of Jesus for her sins and the fact that she needed to repent and put her personal trust in Him as her Saviour and Receive Him as her Lord. Dorothea got it! Praise the Lord! David asked when she was going to do it? She said, “Next Sunday”. You can guess what we said after that. You know my friends, when you go out and share Jesus, He’s with you, He’ll use you, He’s drawing people to Himself through your every word and action. Praise be to His Holy Name. Amen!

Please Pray for; Donald, Dorothea, Cyprian, Ashley, Jodie, Charmaine. Just a few of the people we met and shared Jesus with in conversation last night. I can’t remember all their names. Pray for them all, that even now Jesus will be drawing them to Himself.

Now: A short thought about Revelation (It’s my day off)… LOL.

Revelation 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2  who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3  Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

The Book of Revelation: Is the TESTIMONY of Jesus Christ, given by revelation / vision to John. He was the same John who wrote: The Gospel of John, 1,2 and 3 John and the Book of Revelation. So, there’s no reason to be afraid to dip your toes into this amazing book. God the Holy Spirit was right there with John as he penned this work; it is the WORD of God.

It was give to John to encourage the Christians in the Seven Cities of Asia Minor, but it’s also for those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ today, because much of the prophesies of this book are yet to be fulfilled. What the LORD tells John to write to those seven churches, to encourage, rebuke and strengthen the believers, is also applicable to your own life and walk with Jesus. There are dire warnings in the book, but great encouragements for the believer today.

Look what happens when we READ this Revelation, and take to heart what is written:

Verse 3 “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

  • When you READ it: You are Blessed by the LORD.
  • When you TAKE TO HEART: What you read, then you are doubly BLESSED.

That’s an AWESOME thought to dwell upon today. Think about it, “I’m being blessed by God by just reading His Word and taking it to my heart.” Say that out loud to yourself. Say it a few times and then read these first few verses again. Oh WOWzer! I’ve just done that, and I’m being totally honest now, I’m feeling BLESSED by Jesus afresh this morning.

“I’m being blessed by God by just reading His Word and taking it to my heart.”

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

How AWESOME is that?

PRAISE JESUS.

Praise the LORD now with a song: What song has He placed upon your heart right now?

For me it’s “I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today, I know that He is living, no matter what men may say” Do you know that Hymn?

Have an exciting Thursday with Jesus, Keep sharing Jesus with folks and you too will continue getting more REVELATIONS just like John did on the Island of Patmos.

Philemon 1:6 (NIV) “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”

What awesome promises Believers in Jesus Christ have been given by God the Father in His Word.

Believe them, take God at His Word and BE Blessed today.

I hope you’ve been blessed by Jesus today.

Don.

 

A Day’s Rest From Labour

Matthew 10:16 cunning as snakes and innocent as doves

Daily Spirit & Word: 672: A Day’s Rest From Labour.

Matthew 10:16 (NIV) “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

Luke 10:3 (NIV) “Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”

Good morning my friends, it’s my day off today, so only a short share 🙂

We had another brilliant evening of evangelism last night out on the streets of West Norwood. Sharing Jesus with folks is just so exciting and fascinating. Because God brings people to us who really need to know Him. Most people are totally unaware of this need for God. We can testify to the truth in God’s Word that “the god of this age” (Satan) is doing a brilliant job of keeping people blind and completely at ease with the lack of Spiritual life. He doesn’t want them to know or understand the Gospel.

When approaching people with a Gospel Tract: The vast majority will say, “No thank I’m OK”… or “No thanks, I’m not religious”. They believe that their life without God is; normal, OK, cool, good, free, etc… So can you see what a fantastic job Satan has done?

Now when we approach folks we’ve got to be, as Jesus directed, “shrewd as snakes and gentle as doves”… So we engage them in ways that they’ll be familiar with, with things that they are already interested in: Money, Silver, etc… How? We carry notes that look like £1,000,000. That’s right folks One Million Pounds. They are funny, they bring a smile to people’s faces and they open up the way to have a ‘Spiritual’ conversation. So before they know it, we’ve managed to tear down all their defences and barricades against being got at by Jesus.

We also use brilliant, bright, shiny, large silver coins; with the Ten Commandments on one side and the Gospel of Jesus on the other. We say, “Did you get one of these limited edition Commandment Coins”… Because they are still in the natural, human beings are in competition with one another, they love to get one-up on their neighbours, so they’ll want something that nobody else has got. It’s another brilliant way to engage folks with what they’re naturally inclined to want.

Are we tricking people? You’re right, we’re using earthly things for the purpose of getting a springboard into their heads with spiritual things. However, we’re only doing what our Lord Jesus did, because that’s what the LORD did all the time; the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus used water and her need to drink so she could discover her need for Salvation. John 4. At the Wedding Banquet, Jesus turned water into wine to introduce the abundance of God’s Kingdom.  He used stories / parables to instil intrigue and excite deeper thinking about God’s Kingdom. Jesus use the NATURAL to engage people in Spiritual conversations. He used what people know and are familiar with, to bring them to an awareness of their need for God in their daily lives. He actually commanded His followers to do the same;

Matthew 10:16 (NIV) “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

Praise the LORD! With the help of the Holy Spirit, we were doing that last night out on the Streets of London.

I said to many people last night; “Did you get your £1,000,000?” As they took the note from my outstretched hand, I asked this question, “If this was a ‘real’ million pounds, what would you do with it?” We were then into conversations about life with loads of money. Most said they’d spend it on the family first. Then I asked, “Would you do anything ‘good’ with the money?” They immediately said they would, some said they’d give something to the poor, etc… I then said, “What is ‘good’?” or “Do you think you are a ‘good’ person?” As usual nearly everyone said they are good. We were off into a presentation of the Gospel: to show them their need of a Saviour.

Please Pray:

Keep praying for the people we met and chatted with last night:

We engaged many, but a few stand out in my heart today; A man called Dennis who works seven days a week. A Muslim man from Algeria called Ali, who was open to talking about Jesus. A Russian Jewish man with a big beard, who was also open to the Gospel. A Pentecostal AOG Pastor who was in London for a Conference. A lady with her little girl, about to get into her car, she was really open. A Scottish lady, who was very interested in chatting about Jesus (probably because I’m Scottish too)… Praise the LORD for all the ways He used us last night, making the most of the golden opportunity to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

I’m looking forward to a day off with my grandson Karamoko. We’re looking after him because our daughter Stephanie is getting ready to go into labour.

Have another fantastic day with Jesus my friends.

Don.

 

Rejoice and Jump for JOY.

Joyful, Jumping for Joy, when persecuted for Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word: Rejoice and Jump For JOY.

“We walk by FAITH, not by sight”.

Have you ever been put-off because of what someone said? Have you stopped sharing Jesus with people? Many followers of Jesus today don’t believe in Evangelism. However, it was Jesus who commanded His followers to go into all the world. “Walk by Faith, not by sight”.

Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)
11  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me12  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Good morning my friends, another awesome evening of Evangelism last night on the streets of West Norwood London. We were joined by a new member of the team, a lady who’s just joined our fellowship called Gwyneth, she teamed-up with me as it was her first time. We go out in twos and share the Gospel with anyone who’ll stop and have a chat.

Last night I was so up for it, but the week before, I was dreading going out, because it’s getting quite cold now in London. However, even though it was freezing last night, people did stop and chat; but most just received a little Gospel tract or a Ten Commandment Coin.

Though we had many conversations; ranging in duration from just a few words or seconds, to ten or fifteen minutes. One that stands out from last night was our last encounter, which was just in front of the Church when we were on our way back to meet up with the rest of the team. The man was standing, looking cold, waiting for his bus. Gwyneth offered him a Ticket to Heaven tract; he refused saying he didn’t believe in forcing ‘religion’ on anyone. He said, “I don’t think it’s right to go around trying to force people into any religion”.

In the past, if someone had said that to me, I’d probably have thanked them and moved on. However, the LORD has encouraged me over the years to be cheeky and ask questions about how people have arrived at their convictions. Thankfully, Gwyneth had obviously learned that lesson too.

I listened and Gwyneth explained, “We’re not out forcing the faith of Jesus, we’re sharing the Good News”… He remained steadfast in his conviction that it was wrong, stated that he was a Christian, and “A ‘real’ Christian keeps his faith private, and goes into his closet and prays secretly to his God.”

I’ve heard that many times before in my lifetime, but mainly from the older generation. I was surprised to be hearing it from a man so young. I said to him, “What do you think about the Disciples and followers of Jesus? They went out into all the world and proclaimed Jesus Gospel of Good News wherever they went?” He said, “I don’t agree with that, they mainly went to private places and shared with people who wanted to listen”. I said, “What about St Paul, who went into Market places and debated in public?” I explained, “Market places are pretty busy with lots of people just out doing business”…

Well, we went to and fro in our conversation like that for a while, until I sensed that it was the time to switch from the natural (argument, reasoning and discussion about ordinary things) to the Spiritual (discussing the Gospel of Jesus). I asked the man, “Do you believe in Heaven?” He said, “I don’t think about that too much, I’m a medical scientist”. Another red-herring was approaching 🙂 I kept him on track, “Eternity has been planted by God in your heart”. He looked at me in the strangest way, “It’s real, Heaven is real and God put it in you to know it’s real, that’s why there are so many religions in the world, everybody knows that this life is not all that there is”.

The man wouldn’t engage, so I switched back to the Natural again: “Do you pray for your patients?” He said, “No, I use science to cure them”. He didn’t think that his god would intervene, his god had given him the capacity to cure and know how to fix things for people.

He said, “I don’t pray, I use science to cure people”

Do you know what he had done? He had made a ‘god’ to suit himself. His god was not the God of the Bible. It was idolatry that He was suffereing from. Whenever you hear someone saying, “My god wouldn’t do this or my ‘god’ wouldn’t do that”, they’ve exchanged the God of the Bible for a convenient god of their own imaginations. It’s the most common form of idolatry that we come across today.

In our conversation, it became so evident that he was worshipping a false god of his own creation, there were so many aspects of Biblical Christianity that were obviously missing from his version of ‘faith’. He’d arrived at convictions and practices that are convenient, easy, un-challenging and unreal. His version of faith meant he could be a secret Christian, who didn’t need to call upon his god, and that Heaven and Hell wasn’t real.

Before we could share the TRUE Gospel with the man, his bus that he was waiting for had arrived. I quickly thanked him for speaking with us and gave him one of our tracts that says, “Thank you for listening”. It’s got a picture of a dog with big ears. It always makes people smile. But on the back it has the Good News of Jesus. I said, “Will you read this when you get home?” He took the tract. I hope and pray that he’ll think deeply about our conversation and that he will read the tract. I believe he will, because he was obviously a deep-thinking man.

The one phrase that I know God planted in his heart last night, that made a deep impact crater upon his soul was, “God has planted eternity in your heart”… His countenance changed when I said that, his mouth stopped for a moment.

The TRUTH has a way of stopping the mouths of unbelievers, but you’ll only see it if you are out doing what Jesus commanded, sharing the Good News.

Ecclesiastes 3:10-11 (NIV) 
10  I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

God has PLANTED ETERNITY: men, mankind, human beings; we all KNOW that this life is not the end.

God Shuts The MOUTH: Of the Self-Righteous.

Romans 3:17-20 (NIV)
17  and the way of peace they do not know.”
18  “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19  Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
20  Therefore no-one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

It’s amazing when you actually see God doing this to someone, when the TRUTH hits home or lands in their soul in such a powerful way that their mouth goes silent. There’s a physical change that takes place in a person. You can see it hitting home. Praise the LORD!

So, my friends, don’t be put-off when someone says something FALSE about what you are doing for Jesus.

Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

That “rejoice and be glad” in the verse above: in the Greek of the New Testament it literally means “Leap and jump for joy”… The KJV says “be exceedingly glad”.. It’s amazing, but the LORD puts His deep joy in your heart when you know an attack is coming because you’re walking in obedience with Jesus.

We’re learning, slowly, not to get angry when someone says something false about what we are doing for Jesus. The man last night said, “You shouldn’t force people into religion”. With every lie of Satan, there’s also an element of truth. Of course we shouldn’t force anyone, we can’t make a convert by force. Only the Holy Spirit brings conviction and converts a person. However, by going out and sharing the Good News of Jesus on the streets with people, we’re NOT ‘forcing’ anyone, we’re just being obedient to Jesus command to go. The man made that statement before we’d barely spoken a word to him about Jesus. Of course it was a ‘false’ statement, a lie from Satan, designed to cause us to doubt what we were doing. Thankfully, Gweneth and I were not put-off or dismayed by it for a moment.

Gwyneth and I, and the rest of the team REJOICED last night.

We’d been out sharing the Good News of Jesus. We know that the LORD’S promises hold true;

Isaiah 55:10-12 (NIV)
10  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12  You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

“It shall not return to me void.” God will use the WORD planted in people’s hearts. He will accomplish what He desires. All He requires of us is that we be willing to be obedient to His Command to GO and to SPEAK the Gospel for Him! Amen.

My friends, keep GOING for Jesus.

  • Don’t give up.
  • Don’t be put off.
  • Don’t feel that you’ve failed.
  • Success is not obvious results, but being and living in the obedience that comes from faith.
  • Success in Evangelism is not measured by the number of converts, but by the fact that you’ve gone out and shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with people.
  • Keep LOVING People: They need Jesus, even if they don’t think they do. Their eternal destiny is what matters most to God, not that they are offended by you sharing the Good News with them.

It’s not by sight but by faith that we walk with Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) “We live by faith, not by sight.”

You might not see results or expected results when you do things for Jesus, but have faith; when you go out in His power, in His Spirit and on His mission; He’s with you, He will accomplish and achieve His purpose. Jesus IS building His Church, so keep sowing the WORD in people’s hearts.

Have an awesome day with Jesus full of His Spirit.

Amen!

Don.

 

Yesterday’s Street Evangelism in Brixton London.

Brixton Street Evangelism, London.

Daily Spirit & Word: 609: Yesterday’s Witnessing.

Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Good morning my friends. We came back rejoicing last night from our little trip to Brixton to share the Good News of Jesus. Brixton really is a melting pot of humanity, with people from every country, creed and colour. It’s amazing how the Lord seems to test us and leaves the best conversations and encounters till the last few moments of our excursions. We’d been out for about 40 minutes, giving out tracts and trying to engage people, but not many wanted to stop and quite a few didn’t take the tracts. After a while, David, my fellow follower of Jesus said, “Shall we go back to Tulse Hill, perhaps we’ll get better results there?” He’d been sworn at, rejected and was feeling slightly oppressed. It was tempting to just call it a day, to give-in or give-up and go back home, but I said, “No, let’s persevere, let’s keep going, let’s keep praising the Lord, I’m sure Satan would want us to give up, let’s ask the Lord to give us good conversations with folks tonight here in Brixton”.

Well, I’m glad to say that it didn’t take very long, because the very next person was a woman on her way back home. We got talking and discovered she was a Christian, who knew the whole Gospel, who’d obviously trusted in the Saviour. But I felt prompted to ask her about her worship. I said, “Where do you meet with other believers?” She said, “Oh, I don’t go to church, I just read the Bible and worship at home”. I felt so sad for her, imagine having no regular place to gather with brothers and sisters in the faith. She shared about her sad experience of ‘church’ and how she felt judged and disheartened and discouraged by the experience. Although the place was lively, full of young students like herself, it was not very loving or ‘Christian’. She’d also back-slidden and her faith was dwindling, until she began to worship at home. We got to know all about her life, how she’d started to stammer more and put that down to a lack of focus upon the Lord and worrying about what people were thinking about her.

She then encouraged us as she related how our meeting was not an accident, because she’d boarded a bus only to discover that she couldn’t find her bus-pass. Then when the bus had gone, she looked in her bag and found it, but decided to walk and then she bumped into us. It was an amazing time of encouraging her to get into fellowship. What was really awesome was she’d been watching some Christian videos on Youtube that we’d also been watching. She knew all about Ray Comfort and the Evangelism School and had started sharing the Gospel with friends and colleagues. She didn’t live far from our Church so we said that she’d be more than welcome to come and join us for worship or at our Discipleship Fellowship. We exchanged telephone numbers and said our goodbyes after a short time of prayer, right there on the busy streets of Brixton.

The next few conversations were with folks who didn’t know the Lord, but each one was significant in moving them from complete unbelief or indifference to thinking seriously about their life, their eternal destiny and purpose in being here on the earth. Each one encouraged to consider the Lord Jesus Christ and what He came to earth to do: To give His life to save sinners from God’s wrath and anger against sin.

What did I learn from last night’s Street Evangelism?

Don’t give up when the going gets tough. Just keep going in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Imagine how God must feel when people reject Him, the Creator of the Universe.

David said, “In one night, we’ve been abused more than any other time, we’ve been encouraged more and I’ve even been treated to a few people who fancied me” We laughed. Because one lady responded “I don’t want your tract, but I’ll take you any day”… LOL.

On our final conversation for the night, a young lady from France whom we’d been chatting to for about ten minutes about the Lord said, “I’ve really enjoyed talking to you guys, you’re nice” Even though we’d been through the whole Gospel and she was not yet ready to respond. We encouraged her to read her Bible and pray. She said with an assured nod, “I will”.

Whilst out sharing, we need to keep focused upon what the Lord is doing, wait patiently for His leading and respond when the right moment comes.

Even though a few people didn’t want to know, there were many more who took tracts with a smile, some were intrigued, other’s questioned and a few were very interested. Stay focused upon the reasons why you are there: we go out to share the good news of Jesus Christ with people who are; blind, walking in darkness, who are trapped and enslaved by sin and Satan. They need the Lord Jesus Christ to set them free, give them hope and fullness of life and the gift of faith and eternal life too. When we know why we’re out, then all the hassles and lack of response don’t matter, we’re reaching out in obedience to the Lord’s Command to go out with God’s love, gentleness, boldness, anointing and peace; praise the LORD for those who do respond and for those we move closer to trusting the Saviour.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Keep Sharing and Keep Praising Jesus.

Don.

Matthew 4:16-17 “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” 17  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

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

Proverbs 20:6 (NKJV) “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?”

Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

 

The Condition of The Un-Saved

Compassion Compels the Believer to Share the Good News of Jesus Christ

Daily Spirit & Word: 608: The Condition of The Unsaved.

Good morning my friends, there’s a reason the Lord Jesus told His followers to be “GENTLE”… There’s a reason why Jesus had “COMPASSION”…

If you observed a person in a wheelchair at the bottom of the stairs on the London Underground would you leave him to struggle to the top of the stairs on his own? Just take a moment to imagine that scene. Many of London’s Underground Stations don’t have lifts and I’ve seen people struggling many times; mothers with prams and babies, old people with really heavy suitcases, etc… Now, if you saw a crippled person in a wheelchair and they couldn’t get up the stairs, what would you do? You’d obviously have compassion on them, you’d try and get a few others, complete strangers, to help you get the man to the top. It’s unlikely today you’d find a member of the Underground Staff to help. It’s up to you! You can either respond or leave them there to wait. What would you do?

Now: Think of the Condition of the UnSAVED Person. They can’t see, they are blind, they don’t know the way to Heaven, they can’t get up there by themselves and even if they could, they would NOT be allowed in.

What would you do if you saw a poor, blind and ignorant un-SAVED person?

Well, if God’s Holy Spirit is in you, then He would fill you with the same COMPASSION that Jesus had for the lost. Your whole inward desire will be the same as God’s; to lead that person from darkness into the light, from blindness to sight, from Ignorance to the Knowledge of Salvation.

The Unsaved Person:

  • Doesn’t know that he needs Jesus’ love, death and sacrifice.
  • Doesn’t know that he is heading towards the judgement and eternal damnation.

It would be foolish to say to that person: “Jesus loves you and died for you.” Why is that a foolish thing to say? Because the unsaved person is not aware that he was in any danger or that he needed someone to give their life for him. It’s complete foolishness that a person would give their life for them, because, as far as they are aware, they didn’t need to do it for them.

Surely common sense and real compassion would move you to let the person see their predicament first, then offer them the solution so they could grab-hold and never let go.

The Unsaved Person:

  • Doesn’t know that he is headed for Hell. 

So you can’t just say: “Repent or you are going to burn in Hell forever“. That’s just as bad as saying Jesus died for you because He loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. They’ve got their own plans and they are enjoying living their life in ignorance. It’s foolishness to the unsaved person. They don’t know that they’ve done anything wrong, enough that deserves being punished in Hell forever.

The Condition of The Unsaved Person:

Is Blinded by Satan: 2 Corinthians 4:4.

Is Walking in Darkness: John 1:5, Isaiah 9:2. Matthew 4:16-17.

Is Ignorant of their Sin disease: Romans 10, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23.

Is Convinced that he’s a good person. Proverbs 20:6.

Is Unaware that he needs a Saviour: Romans 10:14-15.

Is Convinced that if there is a God, He’ll be loving and will let everyone into Heaven anyway. John 3:17-ff

Is Headed for Hell and is NOT aware of the reasons why: They’ve broken God’s Holy Law, revealed in the Commandments, they are sinners in need of forgiveness, deliverance, cleansing and the power of Heaven in their souls.

So if you’d help a crippled person get up the stairs on the London Underground, then surely you’d have the human decency to help a poor unsaved soul find Salvation from certain judgement and eternal damnation? If they are headed for Hell as the Bible reveals, and that God will JUDGE everyone, surely, we who know the answer to their predicament won’t keep quiet. Compassion compels us to reach out and SAVE.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

Matthew 4:16-17 “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” 17  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

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

Proverbs 20:6 (NKJV) “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?”

Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

HOW CAN THEY SEE? HOW CAN THEY HEAR?

My friends, the Unsaved are in a terrible plight, their eternal welfare is hanging in the balance. An old preacher said, “They are dangling over the fires of hell by nothing by a thread and the thread is already on fire and will break any moment, then they will fall, fall headlong into the pit of Hell” Unless someone reaches out to grab hold of them and save them. That’s YOU! That’s ME! We KNOW the truth, we’ve been brought from darkness into the light for a reason. The Lord has opened up our eyes so that we can see. Let’s have the same compassion as Jesus did and reach out and save as many as we can.

When we observe the dire condition of the unsaved person, then Divine, Holy Compassion will compel us to reach out and save those poor, blinded and lost souls. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.

YBH: Yes! But HOW? 

There’s a simple way, it’s the Way of The Master: The Lord Jesus Christ. He let people see and know that they needed a Saviour first, then told them to trust in Him. Yes Jesus did love people, we should too, Yes Jesus did heal people, we should too, but Jesus also warned the people, He was so full of LOVE that He couldn’t leave them in ignorance of their sinful condition and the eternal consequences if they refused to repent. The woman caught in the act of adultery: “Neither do I condemn you, but leave your life of sin”….”Repent, for the Kingdom of God is close at hand”. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”… Yes Jesus is LOVE, but He’s also JUST. God will punish sinners, we’ve got a job to do to try and help those poor blinded souls, see the Salvation that’s on offer from Heaven today.

So my friends, be gentle with the blinded people, love them, guide them, show them the way of Salvation and enlighten them about their predicament unless they turn and grab hold of the heavenly arm that’s reaching out to save them.

Have a fantastic weekend, may the LORD enable you to have gentle compassion on everyone who doesn’t know HIM as Lord or Saviour.

Don.

 

God Has Planted ETERNITY into EVERY Human Heart.

The Gospel is NOT always good news

Daily Spirit & Word: 599: How is the Gospel Good News?

God Has Planted ETERNITY Into EVERY Human Heart.

It was amazing last night going out into the streets of Brixton in London. After sharing with a few people it became abundantly clear that we were in the right place at the right time, God was leading us to people and many responded. We met up with quite a few ‘Christians’, (note the inverted commas), people who thought they were Christians, but who’s lives were not matching up to their profession of faith.

Also, there were so many ‘weird’ ideas coming from people’s mouths. One man thought that he was god, he determined his own future, his own life, his own feelings. As we talked it became clear that he wasn’t open to the good news, but we shared some things that hopefully were gems to dwell upon. He believed that this life is not all there is, that somehow he’d go on after death. I asked him, “Do you know why you believe that? It’s because God has planted Eternity into the heart of every human being?”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its (His) own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”

You know what his response that statement was? “Ahhh so God plants thoughts and I’m just a robot then, I’ve got to respond to His input” he was touched and quite angry that God was the one responsible for his belief in ‘eternity’….. I said “Oh no! God does indeed reveal that this life is not all their is, but He’s definitely not made us His robots, He has given us free will, to either obey or disobey the Commandments which He’s also planted within our hearts, so that we’ll know His ways and be accountable for our life one day”.

We then went through a few of God’s Commandments: but each time, though he admitted his failure, he wasn’t touched nor was his conscience bothering him. Such a terrible condition for a human soul to be in at such a young age. I’m praying that the Lord will continue to use our conversation last night.

We got chatting about photography and things of this world for a while, but I finished with saying, “You know Grant it’s been lovely sharing with you tonight, but let me finish with this, God has planted eternity and His commands in your hearts, He’s also provided a way for man to escape His judgement for not living according to His ways, Jesus died for our sin on the Cross, for all our wrong choices, all you have to do is turn from your ways and trust in Jesus Christ.” He knew the Gospel, because his grandparents were Christians.

You see my friends, the Gospel is for those who are ready: It’s good news for those who’ve come to believe, understand or know that without a Saviour they are doomed, but for those who want to live life as if they were god, it’s definitely NOT good news, because they hear that one day, they are going to be made to account for their life of rebellion and sin. It would be a waste of time giving them the good news first, that really would be like casting your pearls before swine. So we finished off with a teasing glimpse of what the Lord has done to provide a way for Grant to be saved on judgement day.

The Gospel is NOT ‘good news’ for everyone, because some have already decided in their hearts that God’s ways are NOT for them. The Gospel becomes bad news, because it reveals there’s a consequence for choosing our own ways.

At the end of our conversation Grant thanked us for taking the time to share the things of the Lord. We thanked him for listening and sharing his views with us. Treating people with respect doesn’t cost a penny. We’re not out to win arguments but to bring people to the Saviour.

Other people were much more open to the Good News of the Gospel. There were believers, committed followers of Jesus and they were very encouraged and commended us our efforts in reaching out to the lost. There were also believers who’s lives had slipped and they too said, “This is a wake-up call” One lady said, “You know since we’ve been chatting, I feel my faith has gotten much stronger”… It’s amazing what the Lord does when we go out of our way to share the Gospel with folks. All those fears that we get vanish like the morning mist once we open our mouth for the Lord. He then replaces that fear with a holy boldness, but we become like Jesus, gentle, humble and ready to do the Father’s bidding.

I repeat yesterday’s little gem of a verse to encourage others (YOU) to go out and give it a go: Share the Good News with those who don’t yet Know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour:

Philemon 1:6 “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”

How does that happen? Well the Bible tells us that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”, when you share the Gospel with folks, you’ll be speaking out God’s Word, your own faith will be strengthened, you’ll get an even deeper insight into what it means to be saved, you’ll get a full understanding of every good thing that you have in the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s AWESOME!

The Good News IS always great news, the best news that anybody could ever want to hear, IF their hearts are ready.

Today, we’ve got the Blessing of Yeateman’s Funeral Home Chapel. 🙂 It’s Open Day. Praise the Lord!

Don.

 

Weakness, Fear & Trembling: Brixton Street Evangelism.

Rush Hour Evangelism

Daily Spirit & Word: 598: Weakness Fear & Trembling.

Street Evangelism in Busy Brixton Tonight.

Good morning my friends, we’re going out tonight to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in Brixton, London. We’re going at ‘rush hour’, the busiest time of the week. Friday’s in London are manic, but there will be thousands of people. Some will want to stop and talk, but the vast majority will be either in a hurry to get home or on their way out for an evening of weekend fun. Brixton is busy because it’s a hub and junction for so many journeys across London.

How Did Paul Go Out?

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3  I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5  so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”

  • He went with: Weakness: 
  • He went with: Fear: 
  • He went with: Trembling: 

Weakness: Paul knew that in and of himself he could do NOTHING. When we recognise our powerlessness to convert a single soul without God’s Holy Spirit, we’re recognising our utter and complete weakness. We need the Lord with us, thankfully He’s promised not only to be with us, but to go before us to touch hearts and prepare them for the Gospel.

FEAR: Whenever we decide to do something for the Lord, Satan hates it and you’ll begin to feel FEAR rising within your heart and soul. It is especially true of Evangelism and sharing the Good News with those who don’t yet know the Lord. It’s amazing, you can be talking about all sorts of things, but the moment you begin to think about changing the subject to ‘spiritual’ things as a stepping stone to sharing the Gospel, FEAR will raise it’s ugly head.

It’s OK to be afraid, but don’t let that FEAR stop you. Pray out loud so the Devil can hear you. Get God’s Holy Spirit in you. Seek the fullness and He’ll come. Sometimes you’ll only notice that Jesus is with you when you actually open your mouth to speak. It’s amazing! He’ll give you words, wisdom and power when you are obedient to His Command to share the Gospel.

TREMBLING: It’s related to the FEAR: What if they don’t listen to me? What if I look foolish? What if they get angry? Etc etc etc…. All these thoughts will assail the mind of the person about to share Jesus Christ. You know something my friends, I get this FEAR and sometimes pannic attacks every time I’ve determined to share Jesus; and I’ve shared the Gospel thousands of times. You’d think that it would get easier as time goes on: Well it does actually, because with experience and persistence, you KNOW that Jesus Christ is with you and the Holy Spirit actually uses you to bring someone to the Lord. You’ll observe Him at work. We’re working together to bring in the Lost Sheep. However, the FEAR and Trembling still come, you just get used to it and KNOW: Ahhhh Satan’s taking note that we’re about to share Jesus. He hates it, but Jesus loves it and the Devil is no match for the Lord.

Put ON THE ARMOUR OF CHRIST:

We’ve found that taking a few moments to consider the meaning of the armour enables us to KNOW the Lord’s provision for the Battles when sharing the Gospel.

Ephesians 6:10-20
10  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11  Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13  Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
19  Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
20  for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Once you’ve got the Gospel Armour on and Open your mouth to proclaim the Gospel, the BOLDNESS will come.

Why? Because you are weak, but the LORD is strong: “Be strong in the Lord and in His Mighty Power”…. We NEED the FULL ARMOUR, not just a part of it:

  • Helmet of Salvation: We KNOW that we are SAVED by Jesus. Not by our own goodness or good works.
  • BELT OF TRUTH: Know the truth and the truth will set you FREE: Jesus is the TRUTH. Knowing Jesus is KEY.
  • BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS: We’re righteous in Christ, not self-righteous, it’s His goodness that makes us acceptable to God.
  • Gospel Shoes: A readiness to share the Good News of Jesus: We’re going out to do that tonight. We’re putting our Gospel shoes on this morning :-)… Getting READY.
  • SHIELD of FAITH: Faith is your TRUST in the Lord: The Devil will attack you in all sorts of ways, but with the Shield up, you’ll be protected from all his fiery attacks.
  • The Sword of the Spirit: The Word of God: It’s a powerful weapon, the only weapon we take with us as we share Jesus. It cuts right to the bone. The core of a person’s being. We’ve actually seen proud mouths shut by the Word of God. It’s awesome!
  • Prayer In The Spirit: We get filled with the Spirit and Pray In The Spirit.
  • BE ALERT: Even as we share, we can’t let our guard down. The Devil doesn’t stop. He’s out to discourage us every moment we’re on the Lord’s business. Watch out for His evil schemes. Sometimes He’ll try and distract us, send red-herrings along to keep us tied up and prevent us from reaching the one’s Jesus is preparing. Be alert to His schemes and be prepared to move at the impulse of the Spirit.

Proclaiming Jesus: We NEED:

His Presence, Power, Provision & Protection.

Will YOU Go OUT to Share Jesus Today?

So if you’d like to come with Jesus and in the power of the Spirit, you’re going to see how the Lord won / wins people, we’re going to go out tonight to do it the way that Jesus did: First we’ll pray, seek the fullness of the Spirit, ask Him to guide us to those whom He’s been preparing, we’ll be listening for His guidance as we’re broadcasting the Good News.

Pray for us if you can’t come. We need your prayers. Pray that people will come to faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

We give out tracts and bibles and booklets: However our main objective is not to just give out tracts, but to engage people in conversation that might lead to sharing the Gospel with them.

We Pray for People: Sometimes the Lord leads us to offer prayer, and we’ve seen Him touch many people as we pray for them. Often this leads to an openness to the Gospel when they feel the touch of the King.

We Receive From the LORD: Whenever we go out to share about Jesus, the Lord does something wonderful in our hearts too. Because as we share, our knowledge of all the good things that we’ve received from the Lord is increased. WOWzer! What a blessing it is to be filled afresh with the deeper knowledge of Christ our Saviour. It’s a supernatural knowledge that you’ll get in no other way. Philemon 1:6.

Philemon 1:6 “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”

(Tracts, Bibles and Booklets: These cost money; at the moment I fund this, but some brothers and sisters, who feel they can’t go out, like to be able to contribute and be a part of this mission. If God is calling you to support Evangelism, then you can give through our Church and tell the Administrator that you’d like to give towards the Evangelism Outreach Team).

Have an AWESOME Weekend my Friends,

In Jesus,

Don.

 

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Daily Spirit & Word 564: God’s Word.

God Planning & Timing IS Perfect.

Last night whilst out sharing the Lord Jesus with people in West Norwood, London, we met many different folks. Our first real conversation was with a man, who made little sense. He couldn’t trust the Bible to be the Word of God. He’d obviously read quite a lot of the Bible, was intelligent, but would not listen to a word we said. He was unreceptive to anything and only wanted to spout-out what he believed. It was hard to engage that man, and when someone is as unreceptive as that, I normally move on quite quickly, but, I don’t know why, we were with him for over twenty minutes. David, my buddy disciple for the evening, said, “You know Don, I know he was a ‘red-herring’ wasting time etc, but if we’d not stayed chatting to him, we would not have had the more fruitful conversations with the others we met. He was right, because we shared the whole Gospel with a shop owner, who’d just popped out of the shop for a cigarette, if we’d been there just two or three minutes before or after, he would not have been there. Then there were three people at a bus stop, whom we both managed to share the Gospel with, then a man who’d just pulled up on a motorbike. He was taking a tour of South London with his soon to be bride, they are getting married in a little church on Balmoral Estate in Scotland. If we’d been any earlier we would not have met any of them. Moral of the story: Some ‘Red-Herrings’ are God’s way of slowing us down a bit 🙂

THE BIBLE: It is the Word of God.

As you share the Good News with folks, you may come across people who just don’t believe the Bible to be the Word of God. It’s good for every Christian to know if it really is or not. From experience and study and trusting and putting into practice, I can tell you that it is, but you will not know that for yourselves, just because I tell you that. You’ll need to DISCOVER if it is for yourself.

You can trust the Bible: But we’re living in a day when very few Christians are actually reading God’s Word Daily (see article below).

It’s inspired by God, but written by men under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17  so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

How much of the Bible is God-breathed? ALL SCRIPTURE.

My friends, you CAN trust the whole Bible.

Here’s an amazingly simple way of getting into studying God’s Word.

SIMPLE BIBLE STUDY METHOD.

First, write out a copy the verse from one or more versions of the Bible.

Give it a heading: VERSE FOR STUDY: Put the Verse reference, e.g. 1 Timothy 3:16.

Second, under the heading MESSAGE, write out in your own words what the verse says – what it commands, teaches, warns of, or promises. e.g. “ALL SCRIPTURE” for 1 Tim 3:16. “Every word of the Bible comes from God”

Third, look at the verses immediately preceding and following the verse. These are known as the context of the verse. Under the heading CONTEXT, record first the thoughts added by the verses preceding your study verse. Then Record the thoughts added by the verses following your study verse. (Before and After).

Example: 1 Timothy 3: Is all about how people will abandon God in the last days before Christ comes back. He lists all the ways that men and women will abandon God’s standards. Then our verse; Paul is encouraging Timothy to remain steadfast and keep following God, remembering that ALL Scripture is God’s Word.

The verses after 2 Tim 3:16 are telling us the reason why God’s Word is useful for teaching etc… So that the follower of Jesus will be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Fourth, record the questions that the verse raises in your mind, or the problems you think it might pose for yourself or someone else. These can be recorded under the heading QUESTIONS.

Is the whole of the Bible God’s Word?

What does this mean for me?

How can I trust this verse? Are there any other verses in the Bible that support this thought?

etc etc…

Finally, APPLICATION: Describe one specific way you can change your attitudes or actions because of the teaching of this verse.

It’s awesome to get into studying the Bible for yourself. It doesn’t take very long and if you do a verse or two a week like this, on your own, you’ll soon begin to get to know God’s thoughts after Him. You’ll get to know yourself better as a disciple of Christ and you’ll know God’s will, plans and desires for your own life. But soon you’ll know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Bible is the Word of God and not just a book written by mere men. It’s Holy Spirit inspired!

GET INTO GOD’S WORD

Here are some awesome verses that you can do the same kind of Bible study with;

Suggested verses to study:
Matthew 4:19 (18-20) – Follow Christ
Matthew 5:6 (5-7) – Hunger for Righteousness
Matthew 5:11 (10-12) – Persecution
Matthew 5:44 (43-45) – Love your enemies
Matthew 6:6 (5-7) – Prayer
Matthew 9:37 (36-38) – Laborers
Matthew 23:11 (10-12) – Spiritual coldness
Matthew 28:19 (18-20) – Make disciples
Romans 1:16 (15-17) – Not ashamed of the Gospel
Romans 1:22 (21-23) – Becoming fools
Romans 6:13 (12-14) – Offer your bodies to God
Romans 8:34 (33-35) – We are not under condemnation
Romans 12:15 (14-16) – Empathy
Romans 15:2 (1-3) – Build others up
Galatians 4:2 (1-3) – Humility
Galatians 4:30 (29-31) – Do not grieve the Holy Spirit
Galatians 6:2 (1-3) – Carry each others burdens
Galatians 6:8 (7-9) – What you sow, you reap

Have an awesome day, trusting that God’s Word (ALL of it) is the WORD OF GOD.

Don’t be put off from sharing God’s Good News with folks, even the ones that will not listen, those ‘red-herrings’ can be God sent, because God’s planning and timing is PERFECT.

Don.

P.S. We go out every week to share the Gospel (Good News of Jesus) with people on the Streets and Door-to-Door in West Norwood, London. If you’d like training in personal evangelism or just to sharpen up a bit, then why not join us? We’d love to help many other Christian to learn to share the good news the way that Jesus did. Just drop us a line: dondavisuk@gmail.com or contact us through St Luke’s Church Facebook Page: or Don’s Facebook Page.

Looking forward to hearing what you think about these messages.

Don.

Premier Christian News:

Half of Christian teenagers don’t read Bible more than once a month

Wed 22 Jul 2015

By Marcus Jones

Fifty per cent of young people who identify as Christians don’t read their Bible more than once a month.

New research published by Premier Youthwork Magazine has found just one in three read it a couple of times a week or more.

What was also revealed was that teenagers pray far more regularly than they read the Bible.

Writing in this month’s edition, London youth worker Mark Walley looked at other stats which show young people overwhelming see having a regular experience of God an important part of their faith.

He wrote: “When held together with the fact that young people expressed a strong desire to experience God in their churches, something seems amiss.

“Because the thing is, there is a link between the discipline of Bible reading and the experience of God. One of the main day to day ways you experience God is through reading the Bible.”

Premier Bible Reading.