Being Jesus Disciple Today

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Daily Spirit & Word: 727: The Sending.

Jesus sends out the Twelve with Authority.

Good morning my friends, today we’re back with the Gospel of Mark. It’s a wonderful journey into the Lord Jesus’ ministry and life, his teachings and miracles, but today marks a turning point, because the focus is not upon what Jesus is doing so much as what He’s asking others to do for Him.

He’d already chosen the 12, designating them Apostles (Mark 3:13-19) that they might be with Him, learn and then be sent out to proclaim the message and perform miracles as well. However, one thing I think we (the Christian Church) has missed, not seen or overlooked is that those disciples were not with Jesus for very long at all, before he sent them out on their first mission.

We imagine that people require so much Discipleship / Training before they can be useful in Kingdom Service, well my friends, thankfully, Jesus didn’t think or operate like that. No! As soon as someone had received a TOUCH of God in their lives, they were then encouraged in some way to spread the good news about God’s Kingdom.

Mark 6:7-13 (NIV) The Sending of The Twelve.
7 Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.
8  These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belt. 9  Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. 10  Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11  And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.”
12  They went out and preached that people should repent. 13  They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

Notes: Mark recalls Jesus’ instruction and calling of the Twelve in just SEVEN verses, where Matthew gives us the whole of chapter 10 and goes into much greater detail about what He (Jesus) said to them. It would be very beneficial to have a look now at Matthew 10. NOTE also check out LUKE 10 (72 sent out, they return rejoicing).

What is the overall thrust of Matthew 10? Answer: That when you (the Disciples) went out in the Name of Jesus, you (The Disciples) will have to FACE OPPOSITION / Rejection. (Their message would cause an overwhelming NEGATIVE reaction: In society and in families. The Disciples would face persecution, rejection and false accusation).

This is indicated in Mark’s account too, but his primary objective or focus is that the Disciples are being sent out UNDER Jesus’ AUTHORITY. It would seem to me that God knew Matthew had taken care to witness the negative reactions to the Gospel, but He had a different focus for Mark, who was to focus in his Gospel upon Jesus’ Authority. They’ve received head knowledge by what Jesus taught and did, now it’s time to put what they’ve seen and heard and learned about the Kingdom into action and experience for themselves.

NOTE: We NEED More than mere Head Knowledge to Develop in our Discipleship / Walk with Jesus.

Jesus way of Discipleship was EXPERIENTIAL, i.e. A Disciple is called, observes, sees and hears Jesus working miracles and teaching about God’s Kingdom, they also get a chance to ask their own questions when alone with Jesus, they are learning by observation, but then they are EXPECTED by Jesus and commanded by Jesus to go and do the same things he’s been doing and teach the same message he’d been teaching. My friends, if Jesus Disciples were expected to do that, then surely if follows logically we are as well.

IF our FAITH and what we’re LEARNING as followers of Jesus Christ is not TRANSFERRED / COMMUNICATED / SHARED by the EXPERIENCE of teaching and instructing others, it will be WASTED and LOST… We forget what we’ve learned by mere head knowledge very quickly.

Why? Because, it’s not long after you’ve been taught something for it to be forgotten, unless it is embedded in the fabric of your being. Until it becomes a part of who you are. There are so many things I’ve learned along the way in my own Christian walk, that I’ve forgotten, but the things I remember best are the ones I’ve been given by the Lord to share with others.

Jesus Disciples: Were now about to be TRAINED in a very different way, than just listening and observing. Jesus was going to thrust them all into EXPERIENCE.

NORMAL DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING:

(In Modern Evangelical / Bible Believing Churches).

A person get’s converted, is encouraged to attend Discipleship Class (Fellowship Groups / Discipleship Explored). In FELLOWSHIP: Bible Study, Home Groups, Fellowship Groups: They are INSTRUCTED (i.e. they gain HEAD knowledge) about Jesus and living the Christian life.

The sad thing about MOST PEOPLE: is that they just keep going on and on and on getting more and more HEAD KNOWLEDGE and very little of it is TRANSLATED into EXPERIENCE OR EXPERIMENTAL PRACTICE… They don’t observe what they are learning being modeled for them. Therefore it gets forgotten quite quickly along the way. So they begin to think, I must just get more training, more head knowledge, then I’ll be ready. Never quite getting to the point of being ready, because nobody involves them in the PRACTICE of Jesus ministry.

EDUCATORS: Those involved in the retention of information know: That when you tell a person to do something, they’ll remember it only for a very short time. So they’ll show them how to do it and then get them involved in the LEARNING process. They’ll remember it for much longer if they are doing the learning themselves. Then what modern Educators have discovered is that when they get their STUDENTS to TEACH what they’ve been learning to others: (EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING), THEY NEVER FORGET IT.

My friends, that’s what Jesus was doing with His own Disciples: That’s what Biblical Discipleship has always been: Conversion, Instruction, Experience of Sharing with others what you’ve just learned.

This PRINCIPLE / PRECEPT: is communicated hundreds of times throughout the Bible.

King David: As a boy learned to TRUST in the LORD: many times… Now, when just a mere youth, he faced a GIANT: Goliath. He’d learned many times that if a Bear or a Lion was threatening the flock, he, the good shepherd, would do something about it. Now he reasons something the seasoned soldiers had overlooked, “Why does this man mock Israel, the flock of the Lord, I’m going to do something about it”… Goliath to King David was nothing more or less than a big bear. King David later wrote Psalm 23 “The Lord’s My Shepherd”…

King David’s LEARNING was Transferred into EXPERIENCE.

When King David sinned and was brought back to repentance, he (Psalm 51) would then TEACH others (transgressors) the way back into holiness of life.

His LEARNING was Transferred into EXPERIENCE.

NOT HEARERS ONLY: The Apostle James teaches this principle.

James 1:22-25 (NIV) NOT JUST ABOUT HEAD KNOWLEDGE.
22  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

NOTE: The Blessings from our LEARNING comes when we DO IT.

GOD wants to transform you into the LIKENESS of Jesus Christ.

  • Your Discipleship Class has NOT even begun to be completed until you move from LEARNING to EXPERIENCE.
  • From learning all about; Jesus, the Bible, the Apostles, church life, etc…. to DOING WHAT YOU’VE LEARNED.

NOTE: The Disciples DIDN’T KNOW IT ALL: 

Many people think that they need to know SO MUCH before they’ll even BEGIN to Share what they’ve learned.

There is a real danger in that kind of thinking. We’ll become “KNOW IT ALLs” I can tell you from many years of experience of sharing the Good News (The Gospel) that the one thing that puts people off more than anything else is A KNOW IT ALL witness.

WHY? Because a KNOW IT ALL is very scary to people. Most people are put-off from saying anything in front of a KNOW IT ALL for fear of looking a fool. So the Disciples didn’t know it all, they only learned a few basics and were then sent out to do it.

YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW IT ALL.

The Disciples didn’t know it all, they only learned a few of the basics and were then sent out by Jesus with specific instructions.

The Disciples were sent out with AUTHORITY: That authority was confirmed by what they said and did.

The Disciples DIDN’T HAVE The Indwelling Holy Spirit. (Pentecost had not happened yet)… But because they went out in OBEDIENCE in FAITH and UNDER CHRIST’S AUTHORITY: they healed the sick and cast out demons. (As James would later teach, “they heard and did what Jesus instructed and were blessed because of it”.

So my friends, you don’t NEED to KNOW IT ALL: If you did know it all, you would become self-reliant rather than waiting, watching, listening and seeking God’s will as you go. (Prov 3:5-6)

It’s not what you know: But WHO you know that counts.

NOTE: Discipleship Learning: Is very important. Every Christian should be getting a deep knowledge of the Bible and Christian Theology: Knowing all about Jesus, the Bible, Christian living, service in Church etc… It’s all very important indeed, but let’s not do all of that thinking we’ve arrived or that we are mature Christians just by the accumulation of knowledge or theory, because we can do all of that and still not really have BEGUN our Basic Discipleship Training.

The SAD THING: The sad thing is that thousands of good Evangelical churches are like a Sardine Tim: All the fishes caught by Jesus are tightly packed together. Churches crammed full of people who are sitting in the pews week by week, acting like SPONGES sucking up the TEACHING: Then those poor Christians are drained during the week and need to keep coming back to be soaked in the Word again next Sunday. However, very FEW of those good churches are TRAINING their Disciples in the EXPERIENCE OF GOING OUT with what they’ve been learning in church or fellowship group and transferring it into the world in which they live during the rest of the week. WHY? Because it’s not being modeled for them as Jesus modeled it for the Disciples He was training. Jesus, the Master, showed them how to do it, explained it and then sent them out to do it, to gain experience for themselves.

UNIVERSITIES:

Our Churches have become like UNIVERSITIES:

Three year Degree Course / Masters / Doctorate… Head knowledge for many years…. then once they’ve gained their ‘Degrees’ they’ll go out and give others MERE HEAD KNOWLEDGE: Because they’ve NEVER moved into EXPERIENCE or putting into practice what they’ve actually learned. It’s ALL just theory and head-knowledge.

Once a wonderful, sincere Christian lady I knew had just completed a six week intensive training course in Biblical counselling, afterwards I met with her and asked her, “What are you going to do now?” I thought she’d say, “I’m going to begin some counselling sessions with people in need” Instead she said, “Oh there’s another course I want to attend, it’s called, “Bereavement Counselling””… She finished that course after SIX MONTHS. I met with her again and asked her, “What are you going to do now?” She said, “Oh, I’ve booked myself into an Evangelism course”… Yes my friends, you’re getting the gist now, she finished the evangelism course and booked herself into another course… She NEVER got to the point, as far as I know, of translating her learning into the experience of practice. Sadly she was a perfect example of HEARING but NOT DOING.

APPRENTICESHIPS:

Learning on the job. Apprentices Don’t know it all, but they are learning as they go. An Apprentice is under the instruction, care, devotion, love and skill of a SEASONED CRAFTSMAN: Someone who’s served his apprenticeship as well, knows how to do the work and how to instruct others.

The SAD THING: Too many of our contemporary churches are excelling in head knowledge rather than apprenticeships.

  • WE NEED: To get back to BIBLICAL BASICS: Do what Jesus did: Convert, train and send.
  • WE NEED: To abandon WORLDLY METHODS: University types of churches: Adopt & Adapt to Apprenticeships: Experiential Colleges: That’s what Biblical Discipleship has always been about.

Let’s Do What Jesus Did: He; Called, Converted, Trained and Sent.

Let’s Do What Jesus Commanded: Call, Convert, Discipleship Experience Training, then Send.

Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV) The GREAT CO-MISSION (i.e. Jesus is with them).
16  Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
17  When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.
18  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

What’s that CO-MISSION?

  • Go: The Disciples of Jesus are being sent. How? Under Authority: The Authority of Jesus. We are HIS MESSENGERS.
  • What to do?: Make Disciples (Not converts, not fill up their gatherings with people who committ their lives to Jesus, but Disciples).
  • BAPTISE: Baptism is much more than a mark of belonging: It’s DEATH to SELF: LIVE for GOD… Under the water in your old way of life, die and then rise up out of the water to live a new kind of life.
  • TEACH: Teaching them what? Obedience to EVERYTHING Jesus had commanded (instructed) them.
  • Co-Mission: Another GREAT REASON we don’t NEED to be KNOW IT ALLs is: “And surely I AM with you always”… Jesus is with us when we go out in His Name. He is the ONE who DOES KNOW IT ALL. He accompanies us as we begin to train and equip those who get converted and baptised. As we teach them and train them to do what Jesus was doing whilst He was on the earth: He is with us all the way.

 

The ONE who does KNOW IT ALL is with us: Jesus.

The person you are sharing the Gospel with: Jesus knows all about them.

The person you are leading to faith: Jesus knows how to reach them.

The person / people you are trying to win: Jesus knows just what will touch their hearts.

However: You’ll NEVER SEE IT: Until you become like Jesus Twelve Disciples: Like the 72 Disciples (Luke 10): Go out under His Authority. Not knowing it all, not feeling especially gifted or skilled, but being obedient to His instruction to GO… Be filled and go… We’ve now got the Holy Spirit Power IN us for the journey as well.

Just like the Disciples in Luke 10: You will return: Full of JOY.

When you see and experience Jesus at work through what you are doing for Him with other, then your heart will be blessed and you too will rejoice.

CONCLUSION: SO WHAT?

To START: You don’t NEED to KNOW IT ALL. (You need very little: Mark 6:8 “TAKE NOTHING WITH YOU” i.e. Don’t Depend Upon Yourself: Depend instead upon God’s Provision).

Let us become Disciples (Apprentices) of the LORD Jesus. Learning as we go from the MASTER who has promised to come with us and show us what to do (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Let’s become experts at taking ordinary people and giving them on-the-job EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE of Kingdom Service.

Let’s move our focus away from: Mere HEAD KNOWLEDGE to BOTH: knowledge and EXPERIENCE.

  • KNOWLEDGE LEAKS: It’s like water from a sponge. (Hold Up The Sponge).
  • EXPERIENCE: Solidifies: Like Cement: It creates a solid FOUNDATION upon which to build God’s Kingdom.

IT’S NOT “WHAT YOU KNOW” BUT “WHO YOU KNOW”…

You ARE:

  • Jesus called,
  • Jesus trained,
  • Jesus equipped,
  • Jesus sent,
  • Jesus provision,
  • Jesus accompanied.

Why? WHY has Jesus called you? It’s For HIS Mission we are Co-Missioned. We go with Him together.

What could possibly STOP us?

TIME: Most people are over-committed, over-stretched and over-burdened already. So why would we ever want to take on more. Answer: We wouldn’t.

TIME: Priorities: TV, Family, Reading, Work, Hobbies, Church (fellowship, worship, bible-study, discipleship, evangelism, outreach, service, ministry). How can we possibly fit Apprenticeship / Discipleship into all that?

Be honest what’s the highest priority in your life at this moment in time?

So HOW can we fulfill God’s GREAT Co-Mission?

The vast majority of Christians are not called to full-time Ministry like the Apostles, Disciples of Jesus: Leaving everything and travelling the world to share Jesus Good News.

The majority are like the man that Jesus delivered from Demons (Mark 5) “Go back home to your family and friends who know you well”…

He calls us to come and follow Him, but He sends us (most of us) back to our family, friends and neighbours. We’ve been; changed, transformed, filled and equipped to TELL of the Great things God has done for us and how He has had mercy upon us.

We’re called initially to TELL of the Great Things: Forgiveness of sins (God’s mercy). New Life: that we get when we come to Jesus; new hope, new life, new beginning, new start, etc….

Everyone has at least 8-15 people, who know you well, that you are a Christian who worships Jesus Christ. These are the ones we should FOCUS like a laser upon to bring to Jesus. OIKOS:

That’s HOW we can move from what we’re learning week by week in fellowship and worship into our daily lives, by sharing with others what we’re learning as we go. We don’t need to know it all, but we do need to begin to share what we do know and have learned. As we do, we’re going to see such awesome blessings, because we’ll become DOERS of the WORD, rather than hearers only.

Imagine the scenario: An old lady across the street has a garden she can’t maintain by herself, you know that she can’t afford a gardener, so you, because you are a Christian, go and offer her your services. You don’t know a lot about gardening, but you can help keep her weeds down. As she asks you, “Why are you helping me?” Then you have a golden opportunity to share something about the Lord Jesus with her: “It’s because God has been so good to me, that why I want to help as many people whilst I can”. LOVE is the motivation. I can guarantee that it won’t be long before you’re having deeper Spiritual conversations with that old lady.

Now it needn’t be gardening; what about baby-sitting, taking someone shopping, offering a harassed mother a cup of coffee or tea to give her a break, letting someone go in front of you in queue, it’s being and demonstrating the fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT in your life as you go: exhibiting that fruit for all to see: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. As you DO THE WORD: You are letting your light shine in the darkness. You are being the SALT of the Earth. That’s Apprenticeship Discipleship: The Master is with you as you go.

However, don’t neglect this ONE THING: Be prepared always to give a reason for the HOPE that is in you. They will not know WHY you are being so nice unless you SHARE something of Jesus with them. They might then reject you or the message, but at least you’ve tried. That’s the most important thing. Oh and don’t TRY just once, because do you remember how many times it took you to give your life to Jesus after hearing the Good News? I’ll put my best pair of socks on it, that it took more than just once. If you are that stubborn, then don’t be surprised when people initially reject Jesus. Be PATIENT, God is calling them.

Share The A,B,C-R of the Gospel:

A: Accept you are a sinner. (Show HOW everyone has sinned by breaking God’s Commandments).

B: Believe and Trust in Jesus: His death, resurrection, ascension. Died on the Cross for your sins.

C: Confess your sins to Jesus and Repent: Turn away and let go of sin.

R: Receive Him as your Lord and Saviour: Repentance and Faith in Jesus. (Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved).

We may, in time, be called to FULL TIME service in the Kingdom.

However, until we are, let’s BE Jesus Apprentices / Disciples: Learning as we Learn: Sharing as we Learn: Being and Fulfilling His GREAT Co-Mission together: Because my friends, if you are a follower of Jesus, then you are being SENT OUT into the World to Make Disciples of All Nation.

It’s my hope and prayer that you keep being filled afresh every day with God’s Holy Spirit, drink deeply of God’s Word and share with others what Jesus is teaching you.

It’s also my hope and prayer that your gathering with other saints is full of great worship, praise and instruction, but then translated into glorious KINGDOM practice as well.

Don.

 

The Atheist’s Nightmare

Atheist's Nightmare, Muslim Nightmare,

Daily Spirit & Word: 723: The Atheists’ Nightmare.

Is a Believer and Follower of Jesus, who knows the Truth and believes it enough to begin to share it.

Ephesians 4:18 (NIV) “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.”

Last Wednesday evening we met an Atheist, he was one of the most intelligent and polite men I’ve met in a very long time. We have a little intelligence test, David went through all our trick questions and the Atheist got them ALL correct. There was no way we were going to fool this man. But it brought a smile to his face and warmed his heart. He loved debating.

On Sunday evening we attended a little session on putting on the Gospel Armour: You know the song, “Each Piece Put ON With Prayer”… i.e. we’re not to mechanically or ritualistically put the armour on. Ephesians 6:10-20.

We were reminded that our greatest BATTLE is not against flesh and blood: look what our battle is against: Whenever you open your mouth for Jesus there the battle rages. Once you decide in you heart “I’m going to share Jesus with this person, in this situation, right now” Then the missiles of the enemy begin to fly… but why? It’s because,  Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

This DARK WORLD: the rulers, authorities and powers of this dark world: These are the people empowered by SATAN: The battle is not against those people, but the SPIRIT and EVIL that’s empowering them. They don’t even know it, they are unaware of it, they are DARKENED in their understanding. Ephesians 4:18 and BLIND to their condition, 2 Corinthians 4:4.

AND: The Spiritual Forces of EVIL in the HEAVENLY REALMS:  i.e. Satan and all his demonic army.

We can have ‘nice’ debates with people, we could get into logical arguments, but in the end it’s the LIGHT of Jesus Christ they need, not to be won over by argument. I keep repeating this little phrase to myself when engaged in debate, “Win an argument and you loose a friend”… We’ve just taken time to build friendship with that man or woman (be it only for a few minutes), so why ruin that hard won friendship by winning an argument? Let him win, let her win, then move onto the Gospel. I’d much rather loose a debate and win a soul for Jesus Christ. WHY? Because they’ve been blinded by Satan. They’re darkened in their understanding (they just don’t KNOW they are in the darkness, they a also Blindly Unaware) so just give them some awesome, bright, shining light. Let them see again, we can SOFTEN any heart with Jesus POWER. And we can bring LIGHT of understanding to any soul.

Take them by the hand and lead them out of their dreadful darkness, guide them into the light, usher them into the presence of Jesus Christ. 

YBH: “Yes, but HOW?” There is POWER in Gospel Words.

How does an Ardent Atheist get faith? The same way anybody else gets faith: Faith comes by hearing God’s Word…

Romans 10:17 (NIV) “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

The message is heard through the WORD OF CHRIST. (THE WORD OF GOD).

AND: FAITH comes by hearing that message.

Sometimes it is almost physically observable when I see a person getting the LIGHT: When sharing the good news every week, we’ll observe the moment when the LIGHT goes on in a person’s soul. Suddenly they get it! I’ve been watching the physical reactions when we go through God’s LAW: A man suddenly puts his hand over his mouth. It’s like he’s got to stop trying to justify himself. A woman’s eyes well up with tears and she just goes silent for a few moments, then declares, “So we’re all sinners, we’re all doomed”… It’s such a wonderful moment when someone is brought into the light of understanding and knowing.

SEPARATED FROM THE LIFE OF GOD.

They are not just DARKENED and BLINDED, they are SEPARATED from the life of God.

Ephesians 4:18 (NIV) “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.”

They are also SEPARATED because of the ignorance in them, due to the hardening of their hearts.

So what does a HARDENED HEART need? It needs to be SOFTENED…

  • We got some dried mushrooms the other day, to be able to use them, we had to soak them for hours in water. It’s amazing watching those mushrooms go from dried up crisps and return to the fattened shape and form again.

A hardened heart must be marinated in the WATER of The Word of God: It takes time to allow the WORD to penetrate a hard heart. Sometimes as long as five minutes 🙂

I’ve heard some people say “My husband’s heart must be like granite (Granite has unyielding firmness, it’s impervious to water)” Granite can’t be penetrated by water that’s why so many people choose granite for worktops in their kitchens. However, no human heart is so hard that it cannot be penetrated with the WORD of God. It goes past the outer surface and penetrates right to the core of the soul.

My friends, it’s not that they have hearts that are too tough or hard, but it’s US (Believers and Followers of Jesus) who don’t have enough faith in the POWER of God’s Word to do it’s WORK. Just believe in the power of God’s Word. Accept that when you are sharing Jesus, He’s already beginning to draw that soul from darkness into His marvellous light. We are never working alone, the POWER of Jesus is working right with you the moment you open your mouth to share the Good News with someone, Jesus is beginning to work on their hearts.

KNOW THE TRUTH (Jesus) AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE.

It’s not just the Darkened, Blinded and Separated sinner who needs to know the TRUTH, but we Christians also need to BELIEVE and TRUST the TRUTH (Jesus). He’s with you! Do you believe and trust in that? I mean really believe it and trust it. If you begin to accept this truth, then I’m certain you are going to see many more of your friends, family, neighbours and workmates come to faith in Jesus Christ. It’s an Atheist’s nightmare when an Believer not only KNOWS the TRUTH, but BELIEVES him enough to share it.

Why is it a NIGHTMARE for them?

Because an Ardent Honest Atheist believes he knows there is NO GOD… He’s looked at all the available evidence and can’t find God. It’s not surprising to someone who knows God though, because we know they can’t see or know God for the simple reason they a BLIND and a blinded person cannot see. They are DARKENED in their understanding, because of their HARD HEARTS, so they cannot understand either. They are separated from the LIFE of God, so they are DEAD in their transgressions and sins.

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Oh my friends, if Christians can grasp this TRUTH, they’re going to see so many souls SAVED by Jesus. Those Dehydrated Souls Need The Living Water of God’s Word.

So don’t get alarmed when you encounter an Atheist, get the compassion of Jesus and lead them into the light, let Jesus open their blinded eyes and soften their hardened hearts with the gentle word of the Saviour of the World. Like my dried mushrooms, plunge them into the WORD of God. Soak them in it and watch their understanding be expanded, watch the LIFE of God beginning to take shape and form in their WORD enlightened and softened souls. Amen!

NOTE: I was given this message by the LORD today. I believe there are many Christians who need to know the power that is in them.
So many of our brothers and sisters in Christ need the assurance and confidence to share Jesus. This world’s powers, infected by the Evil forces in the Heavenly realms, don’t want you to be sharing Jesus today. They hate it of course, that’s why a man, training to be a Social Worker, was thrown out of University because of his Christian beliefs, it seems you can’t be a Christian in Public office today in the UK. You can’t share your faith with a Muslim colleague either, a Nurse lost her job because she gave a booklet to a Muslim colleague and invited her to church. Oh my friends, the BATTLE is most definitely on, but don’t be SILENCED or feel threatened. Jesus will give you the words you need when you are dragged before the Magistrates. He will be with you encouraging you and strengthening you in the BATTLE. The souls of those in the darkness are too precious to worry about the personal consequences of leading them into the light. That’s why Jesus said, “Take up your Cross Daily and follow me”… We are to die to self and live for Him.

The Worship Song: “Just One Touch From the King”

In verse 2: I believe that worship song is prophetic of our Nation today.

“There’s a great darkness over this land
A deep darkness on the people
But a light is shining
That the dark can’t understand
The Light of the world King Jesus
Do you know do you know
Do you know do you know”

All they need is JUST ONE, just one touch from the KING, then they’ll KNOW too.
They’ll be set free from the deep darkness, blindness, separation from the life of God.
Just ONE TOUCH FROM THE KING: The Lord Jesus Christ.
His POWER is in YOU!

Be fully blessed today,
Don.
Worship Song: “Just One Touch From the KING”.

 

The Rainbow Is God’s Promise

The rainbow is a symbol of God's promise

Daily Spirit & Word: 660: The Rainbow Is God’s Promise.

Genesis 9:14-15 (NIV)
14  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
15  I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
Good morning my friends, my heart goes out to all those who’ve been flooded here in the UK over the last few weeks. There’s been terrible storms and thousands affected by the weather. Not just in the UK but all over the world. God’s PROMISE is still true though, He’s NOT going to destroy the whole earth with a flood.
I’ve been reading my Bible again today. It’s the second day of 2016 and I’ve been reading from God’s Word about Noah, the Flood and God’s Covenant Promise; Genesis chapters 6-9. But why did God send a flood upon the whole Earth to destroy every living creature? The only life that was saved was Noah, his sons and their wives and his own wife, along with two of every creature with breath. Why did God decide to destroy everyone else?
Genesis 6:5-7 (NIV)
5  The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.
6  The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
7  So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.”

God KNOWS what we’re thinking:

He sees your thought life as well as your actions. Some people imagine that it’s OK to look with lust, “There’s nothing wrong with window shopping” they say. “You can look and enjoy, as long as you remain faithful”. But God sees our thoughts and the inclination of our hearts that “every inclination of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil all the time”… It’s NOT OK to lust, for God sees lust as adultery.
The reason God destroyed the Earth in those days: “The LORD was grieved that He had made man on the Earth and His hears was filled with pain.” Gen 6:6.
He was grieving: He was hurting: Why? Because of all the creatures that God had made, only mankind was made in His image. He made us like Himself, yet men decided to go their own way, to do those things they knew God didn’t like. Evil inclinations hurt and offend God.
NOTE: There was ONE man, just one man, who walked with God. Noah.
Imagine that, over all the Earth there was just one man who was righteous in God’s eyes. So God made a plan that He would save Noah and because of Noah’s righteousness, God would also save Noah’s wife, sons, their wives.

It’s amazing how God’s GRACE is evident:

Even though they were just as bad as everyone else, but because of that ONE MAN’S righteousness, Noah’s family gets saved too. Remember Lot, how Sodom and Gomorrah were saved for a while because of that ONE righteous man living amongst them, God had to pull Lot out of Sodom before he destroyed it. God shut Noah in the Ark before He destroyed everyone else on the Earth, but along with Noah God’s GRACE extended to his family.
  • Who knows, God may be SAVING your family right now because of your faithfulness to Jesus Christ today.
  • God may be saving your city or town, but because you belong to Jesus.
  • God may be saving your Nation because there is ONE man or woman who’s righteous in His sight.
The Rainbow: It’s God’s promise to us and a reminder to Himself, that He’ll not destroy the earth with a flood again.
WOWzer! God knows our hearts, He knows just how we think, but in His GRACE and MERCY He’s chosen NOT to destroy the Earth with a flood.
Genesis 8:21 (NIV)
21  The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

That’s God’s PROMISE: “Never Again”:

The next time that God will destroy the Earth and the Universe with it, it will be with FIRE: Not with a flood.
Until the Judgement: We have His promise NEVER AGAIN to destroy the Earth with a flood. “Even though every inclination of mankind’s heart is evil from childhood”: That’s God’s GRACE, MERCY and LOVE.

In the MEANTIME: God is PATIENT.

2 Peter 3:9-10 (NIV)
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.
10  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
He sent Jesus Christ to rescue us, just as He provided an ARK for Noah, God’s provided Jesus Christ: So that those who enter into Him will be SAVED from the Judgement to come.
Yes God’s judgement is coming, like Noah’s day, we don’t know the hour or the day, but we KNOW for sure it’s coming. We can see that people all over the earth today are like they were in the time of Noah, but God’s grace and mercy and His patience are keeping people alive. He’s giving mankind a chance to enter into His ARK: His One and ONLY Son: Jesus Christ.
The way to Jesus:
Repentance from sin,
Faith in His Son,
Receive Him as LORD.
Walk with Him as Noah did.
  • Remember the RAINBOW; God’s promise.
  • Remember the ARK; God’s gracious provision and escape from Judgement.
  • Remember Jesus; God’s way to escape the coming judgement.
  • Remember God’s GRACE: in the Meantime.

The Rainbow is a sign of God’s PROMISE not man’s pride, He’s patient not wanting ANYONE to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Trust in Jesus Christ: God’s SAVING ARK today.

Have an Awesome 2nd Day of 2016,
Don.