A NEW WAY To Talk to God.

The Lord's Prayer

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

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

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

HOW NOT TO PRAY:

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

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

What Jesus saying about the above?

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

The NEW WAY:

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

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

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

(Also Luke 11:1-4)

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

It’s NEW:

Before Jesus introduced us to the New Way:

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

It’s EASY:

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

It’s PERSONAL:

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

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

It’s POWERFUL:

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

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

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

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

It’s ALL Encompassing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don.

 

God’s Expansive Reasoning

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

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

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

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

God’s revelation to me today:

“Expansive Reasoning: God’s Expansive Love”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Love ONE ANOTHER”

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

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

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

Every blessing in Jesus.

Don.

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

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

 

No Room At The Table

No Room At The Table

Daily Spirit & Word: 532: No Seat At The Table.

Tough Times: Jesus KNOWS what it’s like

1) To Feel Rejection.

John 1:10-11 10  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

I was watching a BBC News report about the recent G7 or is it G6 or G* ūüôā G Whizzz…

A few of the worlds top leaders were sitting around this great round table, the big cheese was speaking (The President of the United States of America) and all the other leaders were listening. As I watched I noticed that there was a longing upon David Cameron’s face, it seemed to me, perhaps just my imagination, that he wanted to be sitting right next to the President, but he was far away on the other side of the table. Who sits next to who is important at the table, but imagine how poor old Mr Putin must have been feeling, because there was no room for him at that table, not this time anyway.

There’s nothing worse than feeling rejected or cut-off or excluded. Kids know this from a very young age and feel it so badly when their ‘best friend’ makes another ‘best friend’…

No Room At the Inn:

Luke 2:6-7¬†¬†“While they were there (in Bethlehem), the time came for the baby to be born,¬†7¬†¬†and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

From the moment of His birth, our Lord Jesus experienced ‘rejection’.

No Room At The Table:

Have you ever been in a situation that you wanted to join a group of people at a table, but there were not enough seats? or you couldn’t sit next to one of your friends? or you had the feeling you were not wanted? I had it recently on a conference. It was later in the evening when the seminars had finished and people had gathered in small groups to chat and have a relaxing drink together. At one table in a large room full of people, there were a few people that I knew, not very well, but a least a little bit and I wanted to join them, but there were no seats, so I found a spare chair and pulled it close to the table. I thought they’d be glad of my company, but I was wrong, they seemed to be a bit put-out having to bunch up a bit closer together. I felt like a bad-smell or something like an refugee trying to push into a country that didn’t want me. I persevered and as time passed I began to feel a little bit more accepted, it wasn’t long before I felt like one who belonged to this table. However, I’ll never forget that momentary, fleeting feeling of not being welcome.

In the Lord Jesus Christ, we have a friend who’s had those experiences too. He’s been rejected and even at the start of His life the Bible tells us; “There was NO ROOM for Jesus at the Inn” His mother Mary was close to giving birth, and they still couldn’t find room for her in that delicate (and at that time, dangerous) situation.

Know the TRUTH:

“What life does to you depends on what life finds in you!”

I¬†didn’t¬†tell you, but when I felt rejected at that table, I offered up an arrow prayer to the Lord Jesus, and I immediately felt completely at ease, it no longer bothered me that those people at the table didn’t want me,¬†because¬†I’ve got a SAVIOUR who loves me. Anyhow, Jesus is the best friend anyone could ever have. Knowing that deeper truth freed me and enabled me to love those who didn’t love me. In the end we had a great little time at that table. In the end, Jesus parents had an most amazing time in the stable with distinguished visitors who came to see their new born baby.

If you ever feel shut-out, neglected, ignored or relegated to a seat at the opposite end of the table from your ‘special’ friend, like David Cameron was from President Obama, then don’t worry, be strong in Jesus, love them and you’ll soon discover that even the greatest person at the table will want to come and be the one who’s longing to sit next to you. When you’ve got the Lord Jesus with you, then you can’t fail to impress with the awesome light that shines from your face. He’ll give you lasting peace in your heart and such a joy that it’s infectious.

I’ve got to do a study on “What life does to you depends on what life finds in you!”

I read that statement in a commentary by Warren Weirsbee: And it’s so true, When we’ve got Jesus Christ IN us, nothing in life will be able to determine our future. The Bible tells us: Know the Truth (Jesus) and the truth shall set you free. Jesus experienced all kinds of troubles and problems in life, so HE KNOWS what it’s like my friends. Being shut out and ignored just two of them, they are painful experiences, but there’s always hope in every situation and He’ll enable you to rise above it and be able to keep on shining the light. I’ll share more later.

Have and awesome Wednesday.

Don.

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From The Miracles to The Miracle Maker

Jesus cares and provides fish and bread at the resurrection appearances on the beach

Daily Spirit & Word: 509: From The Miracles to the Miracle Maker.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 25: John 21:7-14.

Good morning my friends, Saturday’s are always so special for me, because it’s the day of; rest and relaxation, a time to be with family and friends, a time to rebuild what the working week has drained out or us. Some of my friends relax so much on Saturdays that they spend the whole day in bed or in their night-clothes relaxing on the couch. Why? Because their working week is so stress-filled or exhausting and demanding, by the time Saturday comes around all they are ready to do is FLOP.

Today we’ll discover the tired, exhausted and hungry Disciples and the Lord Jesus coming to their assistance with a cooked breakfast for them to eat, also that Jesus is your friend and as a friend He comes to you for fellowship: He’s promised to do this many times in His Word, the Holy Scriptures, and today we’ll see the very first time that it actually happened after His Crucifixion and Resurrection from the dead.

John 21:7-14 7 ¬†Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.
8  The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.
9  When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10 ¬†Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”
11  Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.
12 ¬†Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
13  Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
14  This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Close Friends Get The Revelations:

The first thing that happens after the Miracle of the catch of fish that didn’t sink the boat or break the nets, was one of the Disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, recognised who it was that told them to drop the net on the right side of the boat. That revelation comes to the one who was closest to Jesus, “the disciple¬†whom Jesus loved”. We know that disciple was John, the Gospel Writer and the very same John who wrote 1, 2 and 3 John and the book of Revelations. How close are you to Jesus today? If you are close like John, then you are going to get a some amazing revelations of the Miracle Maker.

As I pointed out yesterday: Jesus PROMISE is that He will come (John 14) He’ll come and REVEAL Himself to us and in us. He’ll come and have fellowship. He’ll come and we’ll EAT together (Rev 3:20)… It’s Awesome to know this as a TRUTH, but it’s even more awesome when we experience the risen and resurrected Lord’s presence and we get our own REVELATION. Not just once, but regularly. No wonder John wanted to communicate it so clearly throughout his Gospel and all his letter and the book of Revelation. Jesus wants a closer walk with you today and He’s waiting and watching and calling out to you today to come to Him.

It’s been my own experience that the Lord has made known to me that He is present, many times. I’ve had that feeling and knowledge that Jesus is HERE: Whilst washing dishes (I hate washing dishes, but I began to sing praise songs, then suddenly Jesus came, and the task that I was doing seemed so much easier and even joy filled, I was in the presence of Jesus and I began to cry with joy). He’s with us always, of course, from the moment we decided to follow Him as Lord and receive Him as Saviour, but there are times when He manifests Himself and makes Himself more KNOWN. Just like He did with the Disciples in all His resurrection appearances, somehow they didn’t recognise Him immediately, until the right moment when they eventually get the revelation: “It’s Jesus”. As we’ve just read above, that’s what happened to the beloved Disciple John whilst in the boat. Everyone else had their eyes on the Miracle, but John was focused upon the Miracle Maker.

It’s always going to be the friends of Jesus who’ll get the REVELATIONS. This is something that’s true throughout the whole Bible, it’s the friends of God, that He chooses to reveal His secret plans: Moses, David, Abraham, Elijah, etc… So I’m going to ask you that question unashamedly today: “How much of a close friend of Jesus are you?” One of the ways to know is this; how obedient are you being to Jesus commands? (see yesterday’s reading). You see my friends, we’ll also get a revelation of who we are when we come to Jesus. We’ll know that He loves us and we love Him. We’ll know that He loves us, WHEN we love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. We can only love Him like that with the HELP of the HELPER, the Holy Spirit who indwells every true follower and believer.

It’s the friends of the LORD who’ll get His Revelations.

The Fallen Believer Runs To Jesus:

Notice secondly the impulsive Peter:¬†Every time I read this portion of John’s Gospel, a great big smile comes over my face. I always think “I want to be like Peter” I want to run to the Lord, to be rushing up to Jesus.¬†Upon hearing the news from John, that the person who’d told them to cast the net, the one standing on the shore, was Jesus, you’ll note¬†that¬†Peter does two¬†things:

First: Peter Puts on His Outer Garment:

It’s an amazing few words; “he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off)”. Why did Peter feel the need to put on his outer garments? He’d have been naked from the waist-up: Reminds me of Builders working on site on a hot summer’s day when I was a boy, they’d all be lying around with their shirts off at lunch-time. Peter, had obviously taken it off because working the net was much easier without the clothing getting in the way. However, what was it that made him put it on? Well, many have speculated different reasons, but I believe it was like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, who hearing the Lord’s footsteps in the Garden after eating the forbidden fruit run away and hide. Then the Lord makes clothing for them, for they were naked. It’s SHAME that Peter feels my friends, for he knew he’d sinned when he betrayed the Lord Jesus. When Peter denied the Lord three times and the cock crowed, it was then that he remembered the Lord’s words, warning that he’d deny him. Now Peter is ashamed when he hears John’s words, “It’s the Lord” and tries to cover up his shameful nakedness. He’s aware of his sinful condition before the Holy and Righteous Lord Jesus Christ.

From the Miracles to the Miracle Maker

That shame is what we experience sometimes when we’ve been living in sin. We too want to run and hide ourselves away from the Lord. That’s why so many fallen Christians won’t come back to church, they know that in the company of other believers, the Lord is likely to show up and make Himself known to them. They’d rather stay at home safe from the presence of the Lord.

That shame is also why non-believers refuse to come to the Saviour. It’s because they love sin and they are ashamed and frightened that their evil deeds will be exposed. Of course no sinner would articulate it that way, we only know this by God’s revelation on so many places in the Bible.

John 3:19-20 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.

Peter had to put on his outer clothing to cover up, it was in instinctive thing, something that the Police know when they are interviewing suspects. When someone is guilty, they’ll try and put something in front of them; their hand over their mouth, something between the interviewer and the suspect. So sinners need to try and hide behind something in God’s presence. That’s what Peter was doing when He heard it was Jesus, trying to cover up his sinful, shameful nakedness. Have you ever felt exposed when you heard a Sermon that hits home to where you’ve been sinning in life? I have and I just wanted to hide in the pew. God knows how to get to our hearts doesn’t he, but His purpose in doing so is always to restore us and clean us up so we can be of further useful service in His Kingdom.

However, even though Peter’s natural instinct is to hide his sinful, shameful nakedness, he does something extraordinary next;

Next: Peter Dives Into The Water:

Yes my friends, that’s the sinner diving into the water to get to Jesus faster than the boat is able to carry him. Peter can’t wait for the boat to get to the shore, so he jumps into the water because he’s desperate to get to Jesus. No thought is given to the others who need to tow the net full of fish ashore, now Peter knows that it’s Jesus, all he can do is get to Him as fast as he can.

This is one of my favourite passages in the whole Bible my friends, I just LOVE Peter. Because it reveals part of what happened to me and many other brothers and sisters I’ve known since I started following Jesus. When I realised just how much a sinner I was, how I’d fallen short of God’s Holy Standards, How I’d broken His commandments, there is nothing else that I could possibly do to remove the stain of sin in my soul. None of my good works would¬†balance the scales of God’s Justice, sin must be punished or purged and I knew it. Unless I responded to the call of the Gospel, I knew I was headed for hell. But then I responded the Good News, “I don’t need to suffer God’s wrath and anger against my sins, I could trust in Jesus.” I knew I didn’t deserve Jesus’ forgiveness, but I knew that I could be forgiven, because of Jesus love for me. So many of my friends had turned to Jesus as well, they know they don’t deserve God’s amazing grace, but He gives it freely to all who will come to Him in Repentance and Faith in Jesus Christ. Once I knew what to do, and why I needed to do it, nothing on earth would have stopped me trusting in Jesus Christ for Salvation.

That’s what Peter was doing, He was coming to Jesus as fast as his body could carry him. He know Jesus was the ONLY way to be saved. My friends, I’ve actually seen people RUNNING down to the front of church to give their lives to Jesus, when they Holy Spirit convicted them of their need of The Saviour. I’m going to encourage you to listen to His voice today; to be like Peter, to be like my friends and so many that I’ve seen. I’m going to encourage you to come running to Jesus Christ right now. Don’t listen to your brain, be impulsive and just do it. Come!

From the Miracles of the Catch of Fish and the Un-burstable Nets: Peter comes running to the Resurrected Miracle Maker: The Lord Jesus Christ.

When they get to the Miracle Maker, they find the fish cooking and He’s giving them bread and fish.

Jesus wants to eat with you too my friends, to have fellowship with you. To be in your company and to provide for your nourishment in life. Oh what a glory it is today, to get this awesome awareness that Jesus is right inside you… Word’s can’t explain. But you need to try hard and take your eyes off the miracles and mover from the miracles to the miracle maker.

Imagine though, if your church was to have a fellowship breakfast on the beach with fish cooking on the fire: how many would show up? I’d be in that number as quick as a flash ūüôā

Points to Ponder:

  • When was the last time you KNEW Jesus was with you?
  • How quick are you to recognise the voice of the Lord in your life?
  • Tomorrow,¬†we’ll see that¬†after the breakfast Jesus takes Peter aside and has a conversation about His love and devotion. Today let’s ponder on what we’ve been thinking about:

Jesus performs a Miracle in order to reveal Himself to His closest friends, and then because He knows they a tired from fishing all night, Jesus provides a meal of fish and bread for them to eat with Him. He’s right there today with you my friends. He loves you so much and wants you to experience His presence. That means not just knowing about Jesus, but actually getting your own revelation that He’s actually with you by His Spirit.

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ; Thank you so much for who You are, how You reveal Yourself to us and how it happened with the first followers. Please help me to recognise Your interventions in my life quickly, help me not to focus so much on the Miracles that I miss the Miracle Maker, it’s Your face that I long for more than the Miracles You can perform. Help me to realise that being in Your presence is far more precious than anything else that I can have or¬†that¬†will happen in my life. Amen.

Have an awesome Saturday, relax as much as you can, because the LORD needs you tomorrow to Worship, to Fellowship, to Encourage you and build you up and to strengthen one another in the faith. I’ll see you on Sunday ūüôā I hope and pray you’ll get closer to Jesus today. Don.

40 Days With Jesus: Day 25: From the Miracles to the Miracle Maker.

No Prayer – No Power.

Plug into the power of prayer

Daily Spirit & Word, 480: No Prayer – No Power.

 Plug into the POWER of PRAYER.

Good morning my friends, we’ve just had a wonderful few days over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, with family, friends and awesome fellowship. Easter Sunday was an exciting celebration of the Power of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. There are times in the life of every believer when we feel low, when we don’t feel close to the Lord and when things seem to get hard both¬†spiritually¬†and emotionally. Quite often that will happen after a wonderful time of close connection with Jesus and an encounter with the Holy Spirit. When that happens to me I get back to spending longer times in prayer with the Lord, and more often than not I begin to wonder, “Lord, what are you saying to me through this?” The Lord is so gentle and kind, because He’ll lead me back into His ways and He’ll gently show me or remind me what I should have been doing or ought not to have done.

You all know one of my¬†mottoes¬†in life is: No Read – No Feed… If I don’t read God’s Word then I’m not going to be fed Spiritually.

¬†It’s the same with Prayer: No Prayer – No Power. When we are prayerless, then we’re going to powerless as followers of Jesus. Think of prayer as a way to charge you up spiritually as one would your mobile phone. We’re always charging our phones to ensure they have¬†enough¬†power to see us through the day, but do we spend quality time charging in prayer with the Lord Jesus?

No Prayer – No Power

Little Prayer = Little Power.

Quality Prayer = Explosive POWER.

 My Spiritually Drained Life:

¬†First; No Read – No Feed:¬†Sometimes it’s a lack of real engagement with the Word of God; I’ll be reading it, but then at the end of a passage or even a whole chapter, I’m left wondering what I’ve just read. Then I realise, I’ve been reading without thinking, reading without paying attention to what I’m reading, so the Lord guides me to go back and read it again. I’ve done that so many times, when I’ve woken up tired from a late night or been up during the night and just begin reading God’s Word automatically or out of routine. Then BAM! It hits me, I’ve been reading God’s Word as if it’s a Newspaper or an Advert: skim reading and not dwelling upon it or reading it prayerfully. That’s quickly followed by a confession and repentance and return to devotional reading, seeking the Lord for His light from His Word. You know my friends, I can confess to you right now, that these are some of the most powerful and profitable times in God’s Word. You see God didn’t call us to be like robots or to do things out of duty or routine, but always seeking to engage and talk with one another. That’s what should be happening when I’m reading His Word, because it’s His living Word and He wants to speak to me through His revelations and give me fresh revelations every single day.

Secondly: No Prayer – No Power. Then I’ll sometimes get convicted about my prayer life or more specifically my lack of engagement or communication with my Lord. You see Jesus wants us to know that when we pray, he’s right there with us, He’s not some distant deity that we have to emplore to be touched by our works our devotions or our dedications. No my friends, Jesus is right there and wants us to know it, the moment we turn to Him in prayer, His desire is to communicate and be with us. How awesome is that? Jesus is not impressed by how we posture ourselves or about how holy a place we’ve found to pray, what He’s impressed with is a heart that desires to know Him and be with Him and spend time in His company, a heart that desires to do His will, to live in accordance with His commands, for Jesus knows that when He gets a heart of a human being in the morning like that, that we are truly loving Him for who He is and not just what He can do for us.

When we come to Jesus in prayer and come to His Word with our focus and attention and heart right, then we’re going to get the power encounters that all the ancient saints of old and down through history have experienced with the Lord. Like Moses, Joshua, David, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, we’ll get revelation and power. They all plugged in and got the power. When we Read God’s Word and Spend Quality Time in Prayer, then we’re going to be fed and powered up for following Jesus today.

God’s Word, for reading and meditation today:
Luke 18:1-8
1  Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
2 ¬†He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.
3 ¬†And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 ¬†“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men,
5 ¬†yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ”
6 ¬†And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
8 ¬†I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

It’s amazing what people down through the ages have called this parable; “The Parable of the Persistent Widow” “The Widow that never gives us”. But it could also be called “The Parable of God’s Desire for Justice”. It just depends upon our focus; are we thinking about earthly things or heavenly things. Where your treasure is there your heart will be also. If our heart’s desire is to be God’s person, then we’ll be concerned with Heavenly things. God’s desire is that people always get justice and Christians should always be on the side of fairness, equality, justice, mercy. Giving aid and¬†assistance¬†to the poor and those who can’t care for themselves. Once we know the Lord and His deeper desires then we’ll also act in accordance with God’s character as well. However, just as the widow was persistent until she got the unjust judge to listen, we’ll also continue in prayer and never give up until we see that justice is being done. We’ll pray and act and then we’ll see the POWER of Heaven released.

We’re not to just to pray, God’s much more concerned about How we live in this world and about how we’re being obedient to what He’s already revealed. When we come to God in the morning and we’re ready to do His will in the world that day, don’t you believe that He’s ready to listen to your petitions? Oh yes my friends, David and Abraham were called the friends of God, because their hearts were filled with a desire to trust Him alone. Abraham believed the Lord and it was credited to him as righteousness. David was a man after the Lord’s own heart. They both desired to do His will.

No Read – No Feed.

No Prayer РNo Power.

Go on my friends, get close to Jesus right now: Pray and Feed upon His Word. You’ll get Power to sustain you throughout your day. You’ll be fed and nurtured by God’s Word to equip you for the fight of the faith. It’s your only weapon against the enemy.

No Prayer – No Power.

Little Prayer = Little Power.

Quality Prayer = Explosive POWER.

Prayer: Oh Lord, let me come to You and to Your Word ready to listen, to pay attention to what you’ve got to say to me every single day. Let me have a heart that’s ready and willing to obey what You are telling me. Show me Lord the areas of my life, that I’m slipping up in: is my prayer life right Lord? is my Bible reading right Lord? is my heart attitude towards others right Lord? I’m¬†desiring¬†to live my life Your way Lord. I want your power in me, I want to know your Word. Help me to be like David and Abraham, I want to be called a friend of God and friend of Jesus. I know that you are my friend Lord, but help me to live every moment knowing my best friend is with me wherever I go. Amen.

You know my friends, when you pray like that God’s going to show you things in His Word and He’ll answer your prayers quickly. So don’t ever think of quitting or giving up, but be like that widow, be persistent in prayer and the Lord who loves Justice, Mercy, Patience, Kindness, Goodness and Gentleness will answer your prayers quickly. Amen!

Don.

No Read – No Feed.

No Prayer – No Power.

 

Sermon. A Call to Prayer, by J.C.Ryle

A Call to Prayer, by J.C.Ryle

I found this on The Christian Mind Website (Copied here because so many sites seem to disappear after a while). Ryle’s writings are all in the Public Domain now.

This is an extract from a sermon by J.C.Ryle (1816 ‚Äď 1900), a nineteenth-century preacher and Anglican bishop of the city of Liverpool.

I ask again whether you pray, because a habit of prayer is one of the surest marks of a true Christian.

All the children of God on earth are alike in this respect. From the moment there is any life and reality about their religion, they pray. Just as the first sign of the life of an infant when born into the world is the act of breathing, so the first act of men and women when they are born again is praying.

This is one of the common marks of all the elect of God, ‚ÄúThey cry unto him day and night.‚ÄĚ Luke 18:1. The Holy Spirit who makes them new creatures, works in them a feeling of adoption, and makes them cry, ‚ÄúAbba, Father.‚ÄĚ Romans 8:15. The Lord Jesus, when he quickens them, gives them a voice and a tongue, and says to them, ‚ÄúBe dumb no more.‚ÄĚ God has no dumb children. It is as much a part of their new nature to pray, as it is of a child to cry. They see their need of mercy and grace. They feel their emptiness and weakness. They cannot do otherwise than they do. They must pray.

I have looked carefully over the lives of God‚Äôs saints in the Bible. I cannot find one whose history much is told us, from Genesis to Revelation, who was not a person of prayer. I find it mentioned as a characteristic of the godly, that ‚Äúthey call on the Father,‚ÄĚ that ‚Äúthey call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.‚ÄĚ I find it recorded as a characteristic of the wicked, that ‚Äúthey call not upon the Lord.‚ÄĚ 1 Peter 1:17; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Psalm 14:4.

I have read the lives of many eminent Christians who have been on earth since the Bible days. Some of them, I see, were rich, and some poor. Some were learned, and some were unlearned. Some of them were Episcopalians, and some were Christians of other names. Some were Calvinists, and some were Arminians. Some have loved to use liturgy, and some to use none. But one thing I see they all had in common. They have all been people of prayer.

I have studied reports of missionary societies in our own times. I see with joy that lost men and women are receiving the gospel in various parts of the globe. There are conversions in Africa, in New Zealand, in India, in China. The people converted are naturally unlike one another in every respect. But one striking thing I observe at all the missionary stations: the converted people always pray.

I do not deny that a person may pray without heart and without sincerity. I do not for a moment pretend to say that the mere fact of a person’s praying proves everything about their soul. As in every other part of religion, so also in this, there may be deception and hypocrisy.

But this I do say, that not praying is a clear proof that a person is not yet a true Christian. They cannot really feel their sins. They cannot love God. They cannot feel themselves a debtor to Christ. They cannot long after holiness. They cannot desire heaven. They have yet to be born again. They have yet to be made a new creature. They may boast confidently of election, grace, faith, hope and knowledge, and deceive ignorant people. But you may rest assured it is all vain talk if they do not pray.

And I say furthermore, that of all the evidences of the real work of the Spirit, a habit of hearty private prayer is one of the most satisfactory that can be named. A person may preach from false motives. A person may write books and make fine speeches and seem diligent in good works, and yet be a Judas Iscariot. But a person seldom goes into their closet and pours out their soul before God in secret, unless they are in earnest. The Lord himself has set his stamp on prayer as the best proof of conversion. When he sent Ananias to Saul in Damascus, he gave him no other evidence of his change of heart than this, ‚ÄúBehold he prayeth.‚ÄĚ Acts 9:11.

I know that much may go on in a person’s mind before they are brought to pray. They may have many convictions, desires, wishes, feelings, intentions, resolutions, hopes, and fears. But all these things are very uncertain evidences. They are to be found in ungodly people, and often come to nothing. In many a case they are not more lasting than the morning cloud and dew that passes away. A real hearty prayer, moving from a broken and contrite spirit, is worth all these things put together.

I know that the Holy Spirit, who calls sinners from their evil ways, does in many instances lead them by very slow degrees to acquaintance with Christ. But the eye of man can only judge by what it sees. I can not call anyone justified until they believe. I dare not say that anyone believes until they pray. I cannot understand a dumb faith. The first act of faith will be to speak to God. Faith is to the soul what life is to the body. Prayer is to faith what breath is to the body. How a person can live and not breathe is past my comprehension, and how a person can believe and not pray is past my comprehension too.

Never be surprised if you hear ministers of the gospel dwelling much on the importance of prayer. This is the point they want to bring to you. They want to know that you pray. Your views of doctrine may be correct. Your love of Protestantism may be warm and unmistakable. But still this may be nothing more than head knowledge and party spirit. They want to know whether you are actually acquainted with the throne of grace, and whether you can speak to God as well as speak about God.

A Call To Prayer: Expanded upon by J.C. Ryle in a Pamphlet he wrote after preaching to encourage Christians into a deeper prayer life and a closer walk with Jesus.

via A Call to Prayer, by J.C.Ryle | The Christian Mind.

My PEACE I Leave With You

Daily Spirit & Word, 454: Jesus said, “My PEACE I leave with you”

John 14:27¬†“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Good morning everyone, Sunday worship was amazing and I’m sure many people were touched by the¬†presence¬†of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit amongst us yesterday.

The Month of March is traditionally known as a Windy month, with strong winds and¬†storms.¬†You know my friends, peace is such a wonderful thing. I get some yesterday for five minutes ūüôā There are times when life is just so hectic, so busy, it’s like a swirling storm and a chain of events. Emotions run high and tempers get strained.

Every day we hear about new conflicts; major and minor wars or terrorists / freedom fighters committing some fearful and dreadful attack on innocent people. I think more than anything else today this world needs to learn HOW to be at PEACE, but for the Believer in the Lord Jesus we’ve been both; blessed with PEACE and commanded to be at PEACE, even with our enemies.

Peace is also one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit; it’s evidence for the believer in Jesus that we’ve been accepted into His family. This PEACE of the Lord is not troubled by the storms of life, but there are times when we’re called upon to act in peaceful and loving ways.

The World’s Way & God’s Way Are Different:

Let’s see what the WORLD says and what God’s Word says about the ways we must act; VIOLENTLY or PEACEFULLY.

1. “Don‚Äôt get mad, get even.” God’s Way is different; (Matthew 5:25)

2. “Do unto others before they do unto you.”¬†God’s Way is different;¬†(Luke 6:31)

3. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”¬†God’s Way is different;¬†(Matthew 5:38-39)

4. “Give him a taste of his own medicine.”¬†God’s Way is different;¬†(Luke 6:27-28)

5. “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.”¬†God’s Way is different;¬†(Matthew 5:43-44)

6. “I’ll teach her a lesson she’ll never forget.”¬†God’s Way is different;¬†(Matthew 6:14-15)

7. “Are you going let him get away with that?”¬†God’s Way is different;¬†(Matthew 18:21-22)

8. “This means war!”¬†God’s Way is different;¬†(Matthew 5:9)

9. “You’ve got to stand up for your rights”¬†God’s Way is different¬†(Matthew 5:40-41)

10. “Being nice is weakness.”¬†God’s Way is different;¬†(Luke 6:35-36)

Being at and living at PEACE, as you can see if you’ve looked up the Bible verses, is not easy. Nor is it sometimes for the faint-hearted. Thankfully God’s Word also gives us great examples and illustrations for our encouragement. God has acted in the past my friends, He’s promised in so many place in His Word (His LOVE letter to Believers) that He’ll act again.

  • ¬†Genesis 21:1-7‚ÄĒ Your PEACE comes by trusting God‚Äôs Word.
  • Psalm 3:4-5‚ÄĒ Your PEACE comes from God’s assurance of answered prayer.
  • Matthew 5:25-26‚ÄĒ You are encouraged by God to make PEACE with others.
  • Matthew 19:19‚ÄĒ God’s Word instructs you to Love your neighbour as yourself.
  • Romans 5:1‚ÄĒ God’s Word says it’s your FAITH in Jesus Christ that brings inner peace.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:3‚ÄĒ You can ask God for peace of heart and mind.
  • Philippians 4:4-7‚ÄĒ God has given you some Steps to getting peace.

So we can clearly see that what Jesus said at the beginning “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, my peace is different from the world’s peace”…. (My own paraphrase). The results of Jesus inner peace that He’s leaving with us; Our hearts will not be troubled and we will not be afraid. No matter what the STORM or DANGER: Inner peace and contentment comes through the Lord Jesus Christ, it’s the evidence that you’ve been born of the Spirit. But just as I was saying yesterday about the Holy Spirit, though we’ve¬†probably¬†all got PEACE, we need more of it and we all need to practice being at peace with others and with God.

Let’s pray for the Lord’s fullness of His Spirit and more of His PEACE in our hearts today.

Be blessed for a great and peaceful week ahead.

Don.

Famous Quotes on PEACE:

‚ÄúIt is a matter of present possession, and present enjoyment. Whatever tribulation there may be in the world, ‚Äúwe have peace with God.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúIf you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē Corrie ten Boom

For some more wonderful Peace Quotes Click Here

 Recommended Reading: PEACE.

There are so many wonderful books and websites about PEACE (with God and with our Enemies). PEACE

130 Questions Children Ask About War by David Stoop and Stephen Arterburn (Tyndale House Publishers). Published after the 9-11 attacks, this helpful paperback is loaded with interesting questions and insightful answers. This would be an excellent resource for any discussion of war, conflict, peace, and stress.

 Don’t Let Jerks Get the Best of You by Paul Meier, M.D. (Thomas Nelson Publishers). This book can help you begin to take control of your life and develop relationships that are peaceful and build confidence, trust and joy.

In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado (Word Publishing). Focusing on a day in the life of Jesus, Max challenges and motivates readers to move through the “stress of demands,” “storms of doubt,” and “sting of failure.”

 Making Peace With Your Father by David Stoop (Tyndale House Publishers). This book will help you make peace with your father, yourself and God.

 Peace with God by Billy Graham (Word Publishing). In this classic book, Dr. Graham outlines how a person can become reconciled with the Creator, peace with God, and can have the peace of God.

 Peaceful Living in a Stressful World by Ron Hutchcraft (Thomas Nelson Publishers). Ron gives practical steps for finding and practicing God’s peace, despite the pressures and demands swirling around. This book is probably out of print but still available through www.Amazon.com.

Promises from God’s Word (World). This book reprints verses that address daily crises and feelings.

My PEACE I Leave With You. My PEACE I Give You.

 

Ash Wednesday Worship

Ash Wednesday Worship

Ash Wednesday Worship
Ash Wednesday Worship

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

Christians all over the world will be celebrating Ash Wednesday.

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

The Ash Wednesday Worship In St Luke’s:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ash Wednesday Worship

7.00pm For Fellowship.

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

9.00pm Home!

 

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