Blessed Are The Peacemakers

blessed are the peacemakers

Daily Spirit & Word: 691: A Baby Girl Is Given.

GREAT NEWS

Praise the LORD! Praise The LORD! We’re grandparents again, little Jasmine was born at 4.00am, I was at home and woken at 4.10am by my wife, Julie, who attended my daughter. They must both be completely exhausted, because Stephanie went into hospital (May Day) on Saturday morning. She’s called the baby¬†Jasmine (Jazmin)… I don’t know how she’s spelling it yet ūüôā When my wife phoned they still hadn’t weighed the baby. I’ll let you know later. GREAT NEWS!

It’s always GREAT NEWS when a child is born, it was the same with our Lord Jesus, but did you know my friends, that His Birth was announced hundreds of years before it took place. God had been so excited that He told His Prophets the Good News many years in advance: He told them where and how He’d be born; In Bethlehem, by a Virgin, but God the Father didn’t stop there, He also told us what His SON (The Son of God) would be like.

Isaiah 9:6 (ANIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Christians Will BE Peacemakers.

Do you know my friends, yesterday in our Gathering at St Luke’s was fantastic. Heaven broke out amongst us. A word was given and people began to respond. The message about BEING LIGHT to those who live in DARKNESS touched so many.

Now, I believe the LORD has given me a message in the night, He wants there to be a BREAKTHROUGH for someone in the area of BEING PEACEMAKERS.

Do you know our Lord Jesus Christ is the great PEACEMAKER: Through His life, death, resurrection and ascension He’s bringing PEACE between men, women and children and Father God.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)¬†“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Jesus is; wonderful counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and PRINCE OF PEACE. (KING OF PEACE).

Now Jesus wants YOU to be, with His Holy Spirit within you: PEACEMAKERS.

  • Imagine your HOME: Full of PEACE.
  • Imagine your WORKPLACE: Full of PEACE.
  • Imagine your NEIGHBOURHOOD: Full of PEACE.
  • Imagine your Church of Fellowship: Full of the PEACE of the LORD.

Matthew 5:9 (NIV)¬†“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

YOU will be BLESSED if you walk in this my friends: BE A PEACEMAKER.

Someone asked me the other day, “Why doesn’t God just make war cease and people stop killing each other?”… I¬†responded, “Why doesn’t God stop you, lying, stealing, cheating, etc?” He hasn’t made us robots to obey His Commands mindlessly, nor is He going to use force to make us GOOD. He wants us to respond FREELY to live according to His will. However, He’s also promised us great BLESSINGS when we do. Also, why would God do a job He’s called us to do? He also gave us a promise if we do it, we’ll be BLESSED ourselves if we are actively pursuing PEACE in every area of our lives.

If there is any area in your life that you need peace today, broken-down relationships. Is there someone in your life who’s been offended by you? Then as far as possible BE a PEACEMAKER.

I know it’s very difficult, especially if people don’t want to be at PEACE.

Yesterday, we had a man in church who thought he’d been locked-out last Tuesday night. He wasn’t, but the main door of the church was sticking so much that he couldn’t pull it open. He thought that we’d locked him out on purpose. He came into church on Sunday full of anger about it and shouted and raged at the top of his voice, “Why did you lock me out?” After a while he calmed down and I said, “Carl, the door is sticking and it’s difficult to pull open, we did not lock you out”… His whole¬†demeanour¬†changed when I assured him that we’d never lock him out.

He’d been seething in anger since Tuesday night and it was Sunday. I think I might be a little bit upset if I felt someone had locked me out on purpose don’t you? Anyway, as PEACE was restored, he was back to his normal self again. However, can you see why the Word of God tells us “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger”? If we do, all we’ll get it bitter.

My friends, I knew I hadn’t locked Carl out of Church, but if I’d not gone to him and explained, he may still be angry today.

Go out of your way to BE A PEACEMAKER. Even if you are being wrongly accused of something.

Jesus is the KING of PEACE:

I know the Bible says PRINCE OF PEACE, but did you know that when the Bible used PRINCE here, it did not mean the next in line to the Throne. Jesus is a Prince like King Henry VIII was Prince of England. Like King Louis the Thirteenth of France: They are often referred to as Princes, but Jesus is the PRINCE: The KING of Kings and PRINCE of Princes.

With Jesus are your PRINCE of PEACE: He’s living in you, then your Spiritual nature will be crying out for you to be like Him. He wants you to do what He did: Bring PEACE everywhere you go. There will be an atmosphere of PEACE in your life.

Isaiah 9:6 (ANIV) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus is the SON of God, but you too are sons and daughters of God: I think what the LORD is saying today is: “If you want to see PEACE in this world, you can be peacemakers, let it start with you, your home, you own life and soon you’ll see PEACE in many different places around this world, because PEACE spreads PEACE”….

Matthew 5:9 (NIV)¬†“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

Have an AWESOME Peace-filled week my friends.

Praise the LORD!

Don.

 

Thank you all my friends, who’ve been praying for Stephanie and her long wait for the delivery of baby Jasmine. Please continue to pray for her recovery. We’re praising the Lord. Aminata just came into my study and her face was a picture when I told her that baby Jasmine was born… There’s nothing like being the BIG sister… She’s full of it now… JOY!

 

The Best Pick Me Up EVER

Rivers of Living Waters Holy Spirit

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

“In The Spirit”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isaiah’s Prophesies About Jesus:

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

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

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

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

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

Don.

 

Following A Guiding Star: More Than A Fairy Tale.

The guiding Star will lead you to the Saviour today

Daily Spirit & Word; 654; More than a fairy tale.

Good morning my friends, I just happened to be watching East Enders last night, well not really, I caught a few lines before grasping for the remote to turn channels ūüôā But before I could turn it over, I heard Stacy utter these words, “It’s all just a silly fairy-tale, a made-up story, all that following a bright star in the sky”… I’m sure that Stacy echoes the sentiments of many people in our land today, but there are some, myself included, who firmly believe every written word: The Virgin birth (impossible), the guiding star (impossible), the opening up of heaven to see thousands and thousands of angels praising God, the birth in a stable, the wise men’s visit, etc etc etc… I believe the whole account in the Bible and it fills me with true amazement, wonder and joy every Christmas.

Matthew 2:1-12
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
2 ¬†and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
3  When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 ¬†When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.
5 ¬†“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 ¬†” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ “
7  Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
8 ¬†He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9  After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
10  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
11  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
12  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

MORE THAN A FAIRY TAIL.

Jesus birth is much more than a fairy tale or folk lore, it’s a scientific fact. ūüėé ¬†Jesus was born, and I watched a documentary a few years ago by secular scientists who proved that the alignment of the stars around about the time of Jesus birth actually happened (yes it was in colour :-). However, even if they could find no evidence for it, or if a new documentary comes along and declares, “It never happened”, that would not shake my faith in the¬†veracity¬†of the Biblical account. Why? Because those who recorded for us the pages of the Bible were not motivated by money,¬†notoriety¬†or fame, they were moved by God the Holy Spirit: The Gospels ARE Scripture; the Holy Scriptures are inspired by God; men motivated and guided by Him to give an accurate, honest and truthful account of the Saviour’s birth, life, teachings, death and resurrection.

I know it’s true, because there is only one thing that’s impossible for God, God cannot lie. He’s got to tell the truth, because God is TRUTH. The Bible tells us that God cannot lie: Jesus is God and He said about Himself, “I AM the way, the truth and the life”… He often said, “truly, truly I tell you”… He emphasised the fact that He was always telling the truth. My friends, you can TRUST that Jesus birth and all the events surrounding it; from the Angels, the Wise Men, the Shepherds and the Virgin Birth are all TRUE.

WHICH STAR ARE YOU FOLLOWING?

My friends, you can either follow a SOAP STAR or you can follow the GUIDING STAR.

  • One will lead you away from Jesus;
  • The other will direct you to the SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD.

You may be one of the doubters like Stacy in Eastenders, or you might be looking forward to Christmas this year. Perhaps the story doesn’t fill you with joy, wonder and praise, but it can and it will if you will just come in repentance and¬†faith¬†and trust in Jesus Christ. Be like one of the Magi (those wise men from the East), who followed the start and found the promised Messiah, Emmanuel (God with us) in Jesus Christ.

JESUS CAN BE: YOUR EMMANUEL.

Emmanuel: Means = God With Us.

Jesus promised all those who took Him as their Saviour:

“I will never leave you, I am with you, even to the end of the age”…

He’ll be your Emmanuel the moment you trust Him as Lord and forever.

I’m really looking forward to Christmas, it’s a fantastical good time to read annually the events and ancient prophetic Scriptures that foretold all the events surrounding our Saviour’s birth so accurately for us.

Our faith, the Christian faith, doesn’t rest upon¬†EVIDENCE¬†alone, but the inward witness of the Holy Spirit who confirms and illuminates these events even more. When I read the Bible I’m filled with a JOY that only God can give. It’s impossible to experience that JOY fully, without being born of God’s Holy Spirit. No wonder, like Stacy in Eastenders, the world thinks it’s foolishness. Get God and you’ll get ILLUMINATION of His Word. Be like the Wise men, get your own Emmanuel: Jesus is with you forever. Amen.

The Soap Star: Stacy in Eastenders, will lead you away from Jesus.
The Guiding Star: Will lead you to put your faith and trust in Him.
Who will you follow?

Praise You; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Almighty God. Amen.

Don.

Trinity Revealed

God is; Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Daily Spirit & Word: 635. Trinity REVEALED.

The Holy Trinity and The Holy WORD of God.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit: In The Holy Scriptures.

Good morning my friends, you know it’s come to my attention that there are some who think there a many different paths to God, even within the ranks of those who profess a belief in Jesus. The Bible is God’s Word and in it we’re commanded by God to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. That means when the Bible tells us something about God it is TRUE, not just for a moment or for a season, but for all ETERNITY.

Through the ministry of the LORD Jesus Christ, we are clearly shown that God is in fact three distinct persons: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. All are God, all three are God Almighty. No other religion on the face of the Earth has revealed God in such a way before, but that doesn’t mean the Trinity is not in the Old Testament of the Jews. It is, but we would not have looked for it until we’d heard it from the lips of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Jesus had a lot to say about His Father and the Holy Spirit, but so does the Old Testament. When you are full of God the Holy Spirit, it’s one of His roles to open up our understanding of all the Scriptures (both the Old and the New Testaments).

So can we find the TRINITY in the Old Testament?

We can my friends, in many different places. Like Sherlock Holmes, the great detective in novels, who could find clues that no one else could discern, we too can discover the Holy Trinity, because the clues are all hidden in plain sight.

Take for instance the first few verses of Isaiah 6.

Isaiah 6:1-5
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2  Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
3 ¬†And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4  At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 ¬†“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

Did you notice the calling of the winged creatures, “Holy, Holy, Holy: is the LORD Almighty.”

  • Holy Father,
  • Holy Son, (Word, Truth, Way, Life, Gate, Shepherd, I AM).
  • Holy Spirit.

Holy, Holy, Holy indicates that there were THREE Person’s on the Throne in Heaven.

Some have believed as the Jews have done for many years, that the refrain was added to emphasise the Holiness of God. How utterly unapproachable is His Holiness. No one can look at His holiness and live. That is TRUE as well, but why did they say and repeat; “Holy, Holy, Holy: The winged creatures were in the presence and full revelation of TRINITY.

Even Jesus said, “No one has seen God” John 1:18.

John 1:18 “No-one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”

Who is it that is at the Father’s side? A great Sunday School answer “Jesus Christ the Son of God”…

It’s awesome to think that Isaiah was given an insight into Heaven in a vision. That’s why Jesus words are true, “No one has ever seen God” apart from Himself who came from God the Father. That is why we can TRUST that every word of Jesus is TRUE. Isaiah had a vision of Heaven, but He didn’t see God in fullness. He had a partial revelation of Heaven. How awesome must that have been, but think how fantastically good it’s going to be when we get to Heaven and actually see God face to face.

HOW CAN WE TRUST THE BIBLE?

Some people object and say, “The Bible is written by men, men are fallible, men make things up, so how can we KNOW that the Bible really is the Word of God?”

You will never know the TRINITY or that the Bible really is God’s Word until you get God inside you: Then God the Holy Spirit will bring the WORD of God to life for you. He draws us to faith in Jesus through the Word, but once we’ve trusted in Jesus Christ: Oh WOWzer! He then opens up God’s Word in awesome ways for us. We don’t see it any longer as a book written by men, but as it actually is: The Living, active and powerful Word of God.

You may not be a Christian yet, but read the following out aloud: read it twice from the NIV and the NLT.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NIV)
15  and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16  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.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NLT)
15  You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.
16  All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
17  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

How can we TRUST the Bible? Because it’s NOT just the work of men; they were moved by God’s Holy Spirit to write those WORDS, that’s why the Scriptures are called HOLY, because they come from God.

2 Peter 1:17-21 God’s Word & The Trinity.
17 ¬†For he received honour and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
18  We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
19  And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 ¬†Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.
21  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 

In the above passage from Peter we discover that not only is God three distinct persons, but that ALL prophesies and Scriptures  were give by God the Holy Spirit.

Peter heard the voice of God the Father from Heaven; “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I AM well pleased”.

The Morning Star: is the brightest star in the sky in the morning, it can still be clearly seen as the sun rises from the darkness of night. Jesus Christ is the Morning Star and when you get Jesus, when you trust in Jesus Christ, then the light of understanding and KNOWING will follow; the Holy Spirit will open up God’s WORD and you’ll see from the Scriptures so much more than you ever did or could without God’s personal revelation to you.

We can ONLY Know God as Father through Jesus the Son and the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. We can only truly understand and know the Bible as God’s WORD when we receive Jesus as Lord. It’s amazing how that submission, the surrender of our life to God gives us so much more than we bargain for.

So to KNOW that there is a TRINITY, we must first come to Jesus Christ in faith.

Faith comes to us as a GIFT from God the Father: by HEARING God’s WORD. (That’s why I said, “read the following passage out loud” earlier). Faith really does come by HEARING the word of God.

But we are SAVED once we exercise that gift of faith by putting our trust in Jesus Christ and receiving Him as Lord and Saviour.

It is not enough to say “Oh I believe in Jesus”… Even the Devil believes in Jesus, but he’s not trusted Him as his Saviour or turned to Him in repentance from his wickedness.

  • Without Repentance there is NO Salvation (we cannot be SAVED until we first REPENT).
  • Without RECEIVING JESUS CHRIST there is NO Salvation (we cannot be SAVED until we first RECEIVE Jesus as our Lord and Saviour).
  • Finally, without the faith in, the repentance of sin and the receiving of Jesus Christ as Lord, we cannot be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. The man without the Spirit of God is still DEAD in his transgressions and sins.

Once you’ve come to Jesus, the Word of God comes alive within your heart.

Once you’ve come to Jesus, the Holy Spirit of God enables you to see: The Holy Trinity.

It’s by the Holy Spirit that we KNOW God as Father.

Now taking all that I’ve just said about the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: Read the following verses out LOUD if you can.

Romans 8:6-16 LIFE IN THE SPIRIT.
6  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
7 ¬†the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
8  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
9  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
10  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
12 ¬†Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation‚ÄĒbut it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.
13  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
14  because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 ¬†For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father.”
16 ¬†The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.¬†

Life and PEACE come when we get Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes into you and makes you into a NEW CREATURE (A new creation, New life, the old has gone the new has come.)… You are DIFFERENT once you’ve got the Holy Spirit in you.

  • You’ll want to live differently, you want to be HOLY because your body is the Temple (the dwelling place of God).
  • You’ll want to act differently, because you’ll be like Jesus, you’ll want to live to please God the Father.
  • You’ll want to be different, you’ll desire the fullness of the Holy Spirit, once you’ve tasted the goodness of God, the JOY is beyond human words to express.
  • You’ll KNOW freedom from FEAR when you are full of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Remember the old adage: “Only Scripture and you’ll dry up, Only Spirit and you’ll blow up: We need God the Spirit and God’s Holy Word”.

Have an awesome day WITH Jesus your LORD and SAVIOUR.

Be full of God: The Holy Spirit.

Cry out to God your Heavenly Father.

Don.

 

Jesus is Calling: But Father God Draws You to HIM.

The New Birth by God's Holy Spirit. We're drawn to Jesus by Father God

Daily Spirit & Word: 614:

Jesus is Calling: But Father God is the ONE who DRAWS you to Faith, Trust and Repentance in Jesus.

We are drawn by Father God to faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is the Spirit that gives us the New Life.

Good morning my friends, I’ve been feeling really sad the last few days since I discovered that Angie (Andrea Driscoll) has died. I performed her wedding to David who died a few months after the wedding. Andrea was devastated by his death, but it had been expected for many months. Since David’s death Angie tried hard to live life to the full, she went on two trips (pilgrimages in Spain) walking over 300 miles each time. After all her hardships and experiences it was such a shock to hear that upon her return to London, she was found dead in her flat after a fall. Angie had a wonderful heart and was a great character. Everybody knew Angie’s problems, but she also had a real soft spot for the Lord Jesus. He alone knows if Angie was born of His Spirit. She was a breath of fresh air and also a bit of a storm too ūüôā We will definitely miss Angie in West Norwood. Many times I told Angie of the New Birth: I wonder if it ever got through to her?

The New Birth: After Jesus had finished teaching about Himself being the true bread from Heaven, the Living Bread, the Disciples (followers) found His teaching offensive and hard to take. For Jesus had been saying something that was and still is offensive to every sane person in the world: He said, “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood”. Upon hearing that weird claim and message, it was so shocking, that even though people knew Jesus had been performing the most amazing miracles, most of them now left Him and returned to their homes. Apart from the 12 Disciples, but even one of them was a ‘false’ convert and Jesus knew it. He went onto say that the NEW LIFE comes as we’re drawn to Jesus by the Father and given the new life by the Spirit.

John 6:60-69
60¬†On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61 ¬†Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?
62  What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!
63  The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
64 ¬†Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.
65 ¬†He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no-one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
66  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67 ¬†“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 ¬†Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69 ¬†We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

¬† So when you come to faith, don’t think that you’ve come by your own seeking or questing for the TRUTH, we come ONLY because the Father Himself draws us (leads us and guides us) to faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Where did Jesus teach this before?

It was just before the Disciples Deserted Him:

John 6:44-48
44 ¬†“No-one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 ¬†It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
46  No-one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
47  I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
48  I am the bread of life.

John also wanted us to be certain of this teaching: so he, at the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said at the beginning of His Gospel account:

John 1:4 “In him (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men.”
John 1:12-13 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God‚ÄĒ
13 ¬†children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
John 3:5-7 “Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.¬†6 ¬†Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.¬†7 ¬†You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.'”

Unless we’ve been; BORN AGAIN by God’s HOLY SPIRIT and have received SPIRITUAL BIRTH we (no one) can enter into God’s Kingdom. It’s ONLY through being born of God’s Spirit that we can enter into Heaven. There’s no other way in.

How do we get this New Birth?

Jesus said it, “The Father draws us” He, God, gets us to the point of being able to see our need of Jesus. Once we Believe in Jesus, Repent of our sins and receive the Lord Jesus by faith, then through His Grace and Mercy God forgives us, cleanses us and the Holy Spirit comes into our being and gives us the New Spritual Life that we need to enable us to live for all eternity and enter into God’s Kingdom.

That is why Jesus said, “The Flesh counts for nothing, the Spirit gives spiritual life“…

If ever there was a TRINITARIAN MESSAGE: then it’s in the Gospel of John: Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all involved when a person comes to New Life through trusting in Jesus Christ’s death upon the Cross for their sins (Believing in, relying upon and cleaving to Jesus).

The Father Draws us to Jesus Christ: To ‘believe’ in His NAME: (The Messiah, the WORD of God, the Living Bread, the Light of the world, the Good Shepherd, the Gate for the sheep, the Way, the Truth, the Life, the Only Way to Heaven, the Heavenly Sacrifice, the Resurrected Lord, the Ascended Lord, the Saviour, the King of kings, the LORD of Lords, ¬†the Lamb of God, the Servant King, the Giver of the Spirit, the Lion of Judah, the Bright Morning Star, the Golden One, the Alpha and the Omega {the first and last})

After we’ve come to TRUST completely and alone in Jesus (Jesus means; Deliverer or God Saves) The Christ (Christ means: Expected One or Messiah) for forgiveness, deliverance from sin and salvation from God’s wrath against sin, then the Holy Spirit will come into our being and give us the New Birth, the New Life, the GIFT of Eternal Life.

PRAISE GOD!

Make certain that you’ve come to believe and trust in Jesus Christ because He also said,

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

Believe in HIM as the Scriptures have said: Not as man has said, but God’s Word, the Scriptures.

  • Only then will you be born again of God’s Holy Spirit.
  • Only then will you be able to live the Christian life,
  • Only then will you have assurance and hope of Heaven,
  • Only then will you be able to call God “Abba, Father”
  • Amen!

Praise the Lord!

It’s been my joy and my privilege to have known Angie, to share Jesus with her many times, but I’ve also got that same passion and desire to share Him with as many people as I can. Everyone needs to hear about Jesus Christ, because faith comes by hearing and also because everyone needs to be born again of God’s Holy Spirit. Let’s get busy leading people to Him. Be filled afresh with His Holy Spirit and ask for Him to lead you to those who are dying of Spiritual hunger today. ¬†At a funeral on Friday I said, “BIBLE: Means: Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth… Let’s believe in Jesus as the BIBLE has said. Amen!

Have an Super Saturday with Jesus,

Don.

NOTE: We can only know of our NEED for Deliverance and Forgiveness when we understand (are brought by God the Father and the Holy Spirit) to the point of knowing how we’ve offended God. We have all broken God’s Commandments: (Sin is the transgression of God’s Law: Commandments). God writes His Law upon the heart of every man. He gives every man a Conscience so that when we do wrong, we know it and are therefore guilty of failing to live God’s way, instead we choose to live our own way. We do this countless times in our life and when we make a practice of it, our conscience gets quieter until we can barely hear it any-longer. However, we can have our Conscience re-awakened by listening to God’s Commandments and Hearing the Word of the Lord. The Bible tells us that faith (which is a gift from God) comes by Hearing His Word.

Faith: When exercised or used, enables us by God’s Grace to be able to TRUST in the Lord Jesus Christ and His giving of His life upon the Cross for our own sins.

Faith: Enables us to rightly receive the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. When Jesus is your Lord, He will enable you to live a life of Holiness in the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Faith: Enables us to Know that we are Born of God’s Holy Spirit. We don’t rely upon our feelings, but we receive enough FAITH to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we’ve been born of His Spirit and that God is our Heavenly Father.

Faith: Enables us to have a sure and certain HOPE of Eternal Life (the fear and sting of death is removed).

 

Walking in the Light: Means being DEAD to SIN.

Born Again believers will walk in the light

Daily Spirit & Word: 607: Dead to Sin: Alive in Christ.

Good morning my friends, we had a wonderful time last night sharing the Good News of Jesus on the streets just up the road from St Luke’s outside Norwood Train Station. It was rush-hour so lots of people. Rush Hour really is well named in London, because most people do seem to be in a real rush to get somewhere. It’s amazing how many people took tracts last night, I’m so thankful for that, but few had the time to stay and chat. Those that did stop were awesome conversations: A man who lives with his mother and is her carer, who believes in Jesus, but doesn’t see the need to come to church. Another man, a Scotsman, who said, “I used to be born again, but now I’m a Hare Krishna”. I asked him, “When did you get un-born-again?” We all laughed: You see my friends, when you die to sin and are born of God’s Spirit it’s forever. You cannot be un-born-again, you may experience a FALSE CONVERSION or you may fall into sin like King David, but you cannot be un-born-again once you’ve come to the Saviour by faith and true repentance. There are many false converts though, such is the case with everyone who declares “I used to be born again”. There are certain Scriptures every Christian should know well: because they contain so much truth that they will keep you from the error of sinful ways and false teaching about being born again. So many people think they are ‘born-again’ simply because they attend church or pray or praise the Lord enthusiastically. You’ll never experience the New Birth until you Repent and Turn from Sin and Seek Salvation from Sin by trusting in Jesus.

The Scriptures you should know well:

  • The Parable of the Sower (because this parable unlocks all the other parables of Jesus). This parable teaches us about true and false conversion and spurious faith. Mark 4:1-20.¬†
  • The Death and Resurrection of Jesus in all the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
  • The Knowledge of Sin: The Commandments (God’s Law) (these lead everyone to a knowledge of what sin is and they are like a schoolmaster, they teach us, that we are sinful and need a Saviour). Exodus 20:1-17. Galatians 3:24 KJV.¬†
  • How to Get and Give Faith: Romans 10 (The Gift of Faith comes by hearing the Word of God).
  • The Need for Repentance: It’s not simply saying “I believe in Jesus” because even the Devil believes in Jesus, but it’s turning from sin and trusting in the finished work of Christ Jesus on the Cross. Without repentance no one can be saved. Psalm 51,¬†
  • The Way to Live the Christian Life in the Power of the Spirit free from slavery to sin: Romans 6, 7 and 8.
  • The Fruit of the Sinful Nature and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Galatians 5:16-26. (Life by and in the Holy Spirit).
  • Putting on the Gospel Armour: Ready to take your stand against evil.

 

These are just a few portions of God’s Word: (Real Meat) I’m sure you’ve got your own favourite bits of God’s Word: but these above and below today will keep you strong if you know them well and try to live by the light of the understanding of God’s Word, not in your own strength, for we are all weak in our sinful nature, but by the power of God’s Holy Spirit living in you, you will be strengthened. So read all those passages above, and re-read them often. Everyone who loves Jesus will need constant reminding of all the good things we have in Christ. Write out a list of all these passages and copy it to your Bible. Write them out by hand, it’s a good exercise and helps you to know God’s Word even better. Sing Hymns and Songs with these Scriptures in them. Make new hymns and songs. Meditate upon God’s Word: Read a few verses and then sit back or go for a walk thinking about them.

Romans 6:1-14 Dead to Sin.
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase?
2  By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
3 ¬†Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death?
4  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5  If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.
6 ¬†For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin‚ÄĒ
7  because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
9  For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
10  The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11  In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
13  Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
14  For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Galatians 5:16-26. Life in the Spirit.
16  So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
25  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

The NEED for Repentance:

Before you can ever live by the Spirit though: You must REPENT from Sin and Trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord.

The Scriptures below show that God commands EVERYONE to REPENT.

Jeremiah 25:4,5 – A typical summary of the message of the Old Testament prophets: “Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doing…” [35:15; Ezekiel 18:30; 2 Kings 17:13]
Matthew 3:2 – John the Baptist taught, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
Mark 1:15 – Mark’s summary of Jesus’ message includes: “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Luke 13:3 – Unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Mark 6:12 – Jesus sent the apostles to preach that people should repent.
Acts 2:38 – In the first gospel sermon, Peter preached, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you for the remission of sins…”
Acts 17:30 – God commands all men everywhere to repent.
Revelation 3:19 – “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”

Examples of Repentance:

King David: When he committed adultery and murdered the husband of the woman he’d committed adultery with. Psalm 51. How King David was made aware of his sin by Nathan the Prophet 2 Samuel 12.

Jonah 3:4-10 – When Jonah preached, the people of Nineveh gave heed, were sorry, and turned from their evil ways (vv 8,10). “Turn” and “return” are common Old Testament words meaning “repent.” Jesus said these people “repented” at the preaching of Jonah (Matthew 12:41).

Matthew 21:28-32 – A son refused to work for his father, but later repented (regretted it – NKJV) and went. He “changed his mind.” Jesus applied this to sinners who repented at John’s preaching in contrast to priests would not repent (relent – NKJV).

God is Patient: Waiting for EVERYONE to REPENT:

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.

Can a Believer SIN? Yes my friends, you just have to look at King David to know that, he was a man full of God’s Holy Spirit, a man after God’s own heart, but SIN grabbed hold of King David and made him a slave and in the end it led to adultery and murder. But God was gracious to King David and He will also be gracious to you too, but if you are a believer and you are in sin or have sinned, then you will NEVER experience the peace or the presence of the Lord until you truly repent: it will feel like you are dying on the inside, turn from sin and seek His forgiveness. Turning from sin is a desire not to live in sin anymore: That’s true repentance. If we do not truly repent then we are living in the darkness, it’s like the Spiritual Life that God has given to us has died. 1 John 1:5-10.

Walk in the Light:

1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
6  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
10  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Today, I’ve given a message about getting into God’s Word: The importance of KNOWING it and UNDERSTANDING it and by the Holy Spirit LIVING by it. It will keep you from error and help you to lead people to the Saviour. Let’s do it regularly, faithfully and wholeheartedly; when you do, you’ll be feeding and nourishing your Spiritual nature, walk in the light of the understanding of God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. He’ll use you in His service of the Kingdom.

Being a truly ‘Born Again’ follower of Jesus means: You’ll have seen your need to repent and trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord; you’ll hate sin, walk in the light of God’s Word and seek the fullness of God’s Spirit.

Have an awesome Thursday.

Don.

Further Study: If you want to go deeper into the study of TRUE REPENTANCE: Then this PAGE is Simply AWESOME!

 

Who Wants To Live Forever?

Divine Seed, Gospel Good News, Gives Life,

Daily Spirit & Word: 593: You Were Born Again To LIVE Forever.

Everybody NEEDS to be Born Again IF they are going to LIVE.

Good morning my friends, do you remember the Freddie Mercury (Queen) song “Who wants to live forever?”? Do you know or are you aware, that there are so many Christians who think that they are ‘Born Again’ only so long as they perform well, are obedient and good? However the Bible, which is the WORD of God, declares that when you are Born Again it is not just for a little while, but FOREVER.

1 Peter 1:23-25 (AMP)

23  You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting (ETERNAL) Word of God.

24  For all flesh (mankind, humankind) is like grass, and all its glory (honor) like [the] flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower (fall) drops off,

25  But the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel, Good News) endures forever. And this Word is the good news (Gospel) which was preached to you. 

HOW THE NEW LIFE BEGAN:

When you: REPENTED (for without repentance you cannot be saved), Believed that Jesus died upon the Cross for your sins and Received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, then you were BORN AGAIN of God’s Holy Spirit. The seed that impregnated is the Gospel (Good News) about Jesus.

Just as a man impregnates a woman’s egg with his sperm and life begins in the egg. (Life begins at conception).

So the WORD of God is Planted in you and Impregnated with the SEED (The Gospel of Jesus Christ). New LIFE (Born Again, Regeneration) begins from that moment on. Praise the LORD.

However, as our text in 1 Peter 1:23-25 declares: This is God’s WORD: The WORD that regenerated you is not the SAME as human sperm. Human sperm is temporal, it will die and so will the egg that it impregnates.

Just like when you go shopping at Tesco, Asda, Iceland or the Co-Op: The things you buy have a sell-by-date stamped upon them, that’s because like human beings, they will deteriorate, they will eventually go-off, go rotten and will need to be thrown out. The sad fact is that EVERY (100%) of human beings will eventually fade away and die. Ten out of Ten DIE.

Just as Peter illustrates from God’s Word in Isaiah 40:6-9 “The flowers fade and fall, the grass withers and dies”

However, the Good News is this: When you come to Christ you are Born Again of an IMPERISHABLE (Eternal, Living, Abiding) seed. You are going to LIVE from that moment on forever. It is the GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) that was proclaimed, preached, evangelised, shared with you that brought about this NEW LIFE when you received it with faith.

Can you see the NEED to be born again?

If a human being is NOT born again of God’s Word by coming to faith and trust in Jesus Christ, He or She will one day die, and that DEATH is eternal. They will be thrown into God’s ETERNAL PRISON CALLED HELL. Because they have not been born again, i.e. they’ve not Repented, Believed in Jesus death upon the Cross for their sins, and Received Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. They will die with their sins upon their own heads instead of upon Christ’s Cross.

Believe me, this is not just Donald writing this, it was Jesus Christ who said, “You must be born again”.

{Please NOTE: It would be most beneficial if you read ALL of the text of John 3:1-21, because it’s all related to the SAME subject of Being Born Again and the NEED to be born again if you want to Enter into God’s Kingdom, Heaven).

John 3:1-21 (ANIV) Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.

2 ¬†He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no-one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 ¬†In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no-one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
4 ¬†“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”
5 ¬†Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
6  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7 ¬†You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
8 ¬†The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
9 ¬†“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10 ¬†“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?
11  I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
12  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
13 ¬†No-one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven‚ÄĒthe Son of Man.
14  Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15  that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 ¬†“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 ¬†Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
19  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
20  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
21 ¬†But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

God Wants Everyone To Be SAVED (Born Again).

No ONE (none) need die this eternal death.

God has given us the GOOD NEWS to impregnate every soul on earth.

However, it take something on our part to receive this NEW LIFE: The Bible calls that SAVING FAITH: Do you know how to get or give faith away? FAITH comes by hearing the eternal Word of God. (Romans 10) Awesome!

Question 1: Is there ANYONE you know who’s NOT Born Again? They need to be to be saved. It¬†doesn’t¬†matter how ‘good’ a person thinks they are, unless they’ve been born again they CANNOT enter into the Kingdom of God.

Question 2: Will you do what you can to bring your loved ones into God’s Kingdom? What can you do? Proclaim, preach, declare the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus Christ: That Jesus died upon a Cross, giving His life so that they could be saved from God’s wrath and anger against their sins and His just judgement and hell. (Everyone has broken God’s Commandments).

Question 3: Is anything else more important than a person’s eternal welfare?

Jesus asked that question like this:¬† Matthew 16:26 (NIV) What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Remember: God so LOVED the world (every single human soul that He created) that He gave His One and ONLY Son to die upon the Cross for their sins. (John 3:16). He did it so EVERYONE could be saved.

Prayer: Oh Heavenly Father, thank you for showing me afresh today through 1 Peter 1:23-25 that we’re born again of a seed that is imperishable and that I’m going to last forever. However, I realise that not everyone I know an love is ‘born again’ or even wants to be, please Lord, help me to be faithful, to know that a person can only be ‘born again’ and saved by hearing the Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ, Your One and Only Son and to proclaim that message with boldness, urgency and gentleness with respect and power. I know that life is in the Word proclaimed. It’s Your Divine Seed that will bring life. I’m praying to you Father in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

Have a tremendous Thursday, KNOWING that when you come to Christ you are going to LIVE forever.

Amen!

Don.

 

Jesus Gives A New Power And Authority

Daily Spirit & Word 503:

Jesus gives a new power and authority.

40 Days With Jesus:

Day 19: New Power And Authority. John 20:22-23.

Good morning my friends, well we had a fantastic day out with our grandchildren at Leeds Castle in Kent yesterday. This time we ventured inside the castle and the living quarters of the ancient previous owners. It’s amazing! I’ll share some pictures on a linked page soon. But I sat there amazed and thinking back what it must have been like to live in the days when you felt so threatened and fearful of loosing your position in life that you had to build a huge castle and dig a mote around about it to keep your enemies out. In some places here in London, people are resorting to this fortress mentality, secure gates with security guards on their properties. Electrified perimeter fences, security cameras, guard dogs etc… We are living in a time when some people feel just as insecure. However, today we’re going to see that no Christian ever needs to feel like that, because we’ve got Jesus own POWER and AUTHORITY in life today.

But we’re back again on track with 40Days with Jesus. Day 19 is all about the POWER and AUTHORITY that Jesus give to those who’re following and submitting to Him as Lord and Saviour.

John 20:22-23 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.”

Fuel For The Journey.

Have you ever been driving and realised that you’re running out of fuel with many miles to go? I can’t tell you how many times we’ve arrived somewhere on mere petrol fumes ūüôā God is so amazing in the way He answers our prayers. However, the Christian life is a bit like that too, we need fuel for our Christian journey through life: However, most Christians forget to get fueled up in the mornings before they head out into the world and face God’s new day. They didn’t get their Daily Bread inside them, the are Spiritually malnourished. However, God wants you to know today my friends, that when He calls you to do things for Him and for His Kingdom, He’s also going to give you the POWER to be able to do it and the AUTHORITY to complete the task.

Yesterday we saw that Jesus commissioned the Disciples with their Mission Purpose in Life: today we’re going to discover that Jesus, having commissioned them, now gives them the POWER and the Authority to complete His Mission.

How did Jesus give this POWER?

He breathed on the Disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. We’re immediately filled with questions as believers today. Was this the filling of the Spirit or an Anointing of the Spirit. Well my friends, we know that it wasn’t until 40 days after this meeting with Jesus that we know the Disciples were finally equipped with POWER from on High. (Acts 2). So what was happening here. It’s akin to Jesus sending the disciples out as He did earlier with His Authority to Heal, Deliver and set people free. He was anointing them with the Holy Spirit. We see this same kind of anointing throughout the Old Testament as well, when people are anointed by the LORD for His purposes. They’re given a special ability, knowledge etc to complete the tasks they are called to. Jesus is only doing here, what He’s done thousands of times before. Remember Jesus is the LORD on earth, the resurrected LORD.

Jesus breathed on His disciples and said “Receive the Holy Spirit”

This breathing NEW LIFE into the Disciples reminds us how the LORD has done it before; In Genesis when He gave LIFE to Adam by breathing life into Him. This breath is the ruach the breath of God, the Holy Spirit.

One of God’s Names in Ancient Hebrew is: Ruach Elohim (The Breath of God is the Spirit of God).

Job 33:4 4  The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Also there are many places in the Bible where it refers to the RUACH (Breath of God’s Spirit).

Jesus was giving them the anointing of the Holy Spirit, but soon they would be indwelt with the Holy Spirit, which is significantly different than mere anointing.

Anointing (Knowing Holy Spirit: before Spirit Birth).

We can know this Anointing today:

Many times people will come into a time of worship and say, “I could feel the presence of God”, often times these people are NOT Christians, but they can feel God’s presence. Many people assume they are Christian because they’ve felt God’s presence and the power of the Holy Spirit. But here in the Bible we see that even before the Lord’s own disciples are born from above, indwelt with His Holy Spirit, that they too can feel and know His anointing and empowering. It’s amazing and it’s confused thousands into wrongly thinking they are born again, just because the’ve felt the Spirit.

To clarify my friends, we are ‘Born Again’ after;

  • We’ve Been Enlightened about our NEED of Salvation from Sin by God’s Holy Spirit. Through the proclamation of the Gospel and the Holiness of God. (God primarily uses His Word and Commandments to bring about this knowledge of our need of Jesus).
  • We’ve Believed in Jesus Death on the Cross for our sins. (But belief alone will not save us).
  • We’ve Repented of those Sins and put our TRUST (Faith) in Jesus Death for Us. (We are saved by God’s GRACE through FAITH).
  • We’ve Received Jesus Christ as LORD and Saviour. (We receive Jesus by an act of faith John 1:12-13).

When we’ve done and experienced all these things, then the LORD Himself will send the Holy Spirit into our lives and give us the required NEW BIRTH (We’ll be Born Again by God’s Holy Spirit)

It’s important to know the difference between Anointing and New Birth. It’s also important to realise that many people all over the earth today can feel and know God’s Spirit and not be born of His Spirit.

Luke’s Account:

Luke 24:36-53 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.”
50  When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
51  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.
52  Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
53  And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Luke’s Gospel tells us much more about what Jesus said and did in this Resurrection encounter in the Locked Room with the Disciples. Here Luke explains the indwelling of God’s Spirit at Pentecose, they were to remain in Jerusalem until they were equipped with POWER from on High. It’s very different from the breath of God, the Holy Spirit of God that Jesus just breathed on them. This reception of the Holy Spirit was a foretaste of what was to come at Pentecost (Acts 2) when they’d know the full indwelling power anointing and new birth.

“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.” Luke 24:49.

Points To Ponder:

  • Have you felt the powerful presence of God’s Holy Spirit?
  • Have you been ‘born again’ by God’s Holy Spirit?
  • Are there still areas of your life that you need the Spirit’s POWER to come in and take over?
  • Why not invite the Holy Spirit to fill you with His life giving presence and His power and anointing to be able to be the person the Lord Created you to be?
  • Which fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) would you like more of in your life today?

Prayers

Dear Lord Jesus Christ. I realise that it’s possible to feel the Holy Spirit before I’ve been born of the Spirit. Please enable me to know by Your Spirit today if I’ve really trusted in You as Lord of my life. Amen.

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I’ve trusted You for Salvation and that I’ve been born of Your Holy Spirit, please come into every area of my life and help me to submit it entirely to Your Lordship today. Amen.

Which of the two prayers above can you own and pray today?

Have an awesome Sunday with Jesus my friends,

Don.

P.S. More Later on this subject.