The Importance of Persevering.

Sharing the Good News with people on the streets of London

Daily Spirit & Word, 627: The Importance Of Persevering:

When Witnessing To Professing Believers In Jesus.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Good morning my friends, it was with great joy we returned from the battle for souls, sharing the Awesome Good News of Jesus on the Streets of West Norwood last night. It is a battle and each encounter leaves you feeling strength has been sapped from you. Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood,  Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

But why were we so filled with the joy of the Lord?

Because we won battle after battle last night.

But before we went out, we really took to heart what God’s Word tells us about our need for Jesus and for His strength and power and presence to be in us.  Zechariah 4:6 “… ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

Out Of The Darkness: Into The Light:

You know something my friends, sharing Jesus enlightens not only those we share with, but also we ourselves. We come face to face with our motives for witnessing, our heart’s desires and our own shortcomings and limitations. It reminds us afresh just how much we need Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit in everything we attempt for His glory. We go out in His strength and we come back rejoicing. However, if we were to go in our own strength, in the strength of the flesh, we would have returned with our battle banners trailing in the dirt and our armour stained with blood.

We must go out recognizing our own weakness and lack of ability to do anything unless the Lord goes out with us.

Charles Spurgeon said, “He will only reap that corn, the seed of which was sown from heaven, watered by grace, and ripened by the sun of divine love.” From Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotional for 4th November.

Secondly, we were witnesses of what the Lord was doing in the lives of those we shared with. How He had already prepared people’s hearts for the Gospel last night.

The Gospel really does open the eyes of the blind: for many we met last night professed a belief in Jesus almost immediately, but as we continued to witness, through discernment and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we could see quite clearly they’d gotten into ‘religion’ without coming to a true faith and trust in Jesus Christ. So many had attended church, but had stopped short of going the whole way to trust in Jesus for themselves. However, initially, they were so blinded by their own self-assurance that they didn’t seem concerned at all about their own eternal welfare, thankfully the LORD was and He was ready to open their eyes.

As we chatted, we asked this simple question: “Do you think God will allow you into Heaven?” and to some others, “Have you been good enough to get into Heaven?” to which their answers were a resounding “Oh yes!”. When we asked “Why?” We then knew instantly they were not trusting in Jesus for Salvation, but themselves and their own goodness. More than that, they had a standard of goodness that was far below that of the Lord Jesus Christ. Most thought that their own good deeds would far outweigh their bad deeds and that God would look at their whole life and see they were more good than bad. Sadly we could see they had been trusting in a false Gospel, which gave them a false assurance.

It’s a common misconception amongst church going people today, that if they “try their best”, then God will just wave them through into glory in Heaven. How often have we heard on the streets, “I try my best to be good”… Of course we should try our best, but we should never rely or depend upon our own goodness to get into Heaven.

My friends, Satan loves it when people are kept in the darkness about their spiritual condition before a holy and righteous God. Yes God is loving and forgiving, but He’s also just and in His righteousness, He must punish every single sin. Sin has it’s wages and God is so faithful that He must give sin it’s due. If anyone was to appear before Him, trusting in their own goodness, their good works, He would then simply show them their SIN and turn them away from Heaven. (No SINNER can enter into the Kingdom of God).

Helping People SEE their NEED for Jesus:

So Through The Right Use Of God’s LAW: We, with the inward working of the Holy Spirit, bringing the Conscience back to life, in those we witnessed to, we used God’s LAW (Revealed in the Ten Commandments) to show a person their NEED for Jesus.

Romans 3:9-20
9 What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. (We’ve ALL sinned and fallen short of God’s Glory).
10  As it is written: “There is no-one righteous, not even one; (Nobody is good enough in themselves for Heaven).
11  there is no-one who understands, no-one who seeks God. (We can only come to God if He pulls us to Himself).
12  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no-one who does good, not even one.” (Even the best things that we do are tainted by some kinds of selfish motives).
13  “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practise deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14  “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15  “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16  ruin and misery mark their ways,
17  and the way of peace they do not know.”
18  “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19  Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. (those who are “under the law” are anybody who is yet to trust in Jesus Christ).
20  Therefore no-one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

It’s through the LAW of God: The Ten Commandments, that we become CONSCIOUS of our SIN.

i.e. Our Conscience comes back to life again and we can see sin for what it is: rebellion against God.

Let’s just look and see if that’s true?

  • What do you call a person who commits murder? “A Murderer”. How many murders do they need to commit in their lifetime to become a murderer? Just ONE. It’s the same with every other Commandment of God.
  • If we’ve told just one lie in our life, then we’re liars in God’s sight. He’s declared, “No liar can enter into the Kingdom of God”.
  • If we’ve stolen something, no matter what it’s value in the eyes of the world or who we’ve stolen it from, just one act of stealing makes us into a thief. God has declared, “No thief can enter into the Kingdom of God”…
  • Just one act of disobedience by Adam and Eve brought God’s curse of DEATH upon the whole human race and banishment from the Garden of Eden forever.
  • That’s just a few of the commandments: God sees the sin of lust as adultery. Saying “OMG” as Blasphemy. And we all know that no adulterer or blasphemer can enter into God’s Kingdom don’t we?

Every truly born again believer knows that in and of themselves, they are not good enough for Heaven and never will be or can be. Why? Because a converted and Holy Spirit filled person knows that even ONE SIN will keep a person out of Heaven for all eternity. We know that to enter the Kingdom of God we must be cleansed from all sin and made pure, holy and righteous by Jesus. No amount of “trying our best” can remove past sins.

Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

It’s like getting a Tattoo: it’s the indelible ink-stain of sin that cannot be removed by human actions.

Most People: (Who don’t know the LORD) Initially object that this is too black and white. They state, my god is not like that. I believe in a god that forgives sins. (So do we, but there is only ONE WAY that those sins can be forgiven, and it’s NOT by trying harder to be good enough).

However, what they are actually doing is putting their faith in a god of their own making, the Bible calls that idolatry. It breaks the second of God’s Commandments “Not to make an Idol and bow down to it”. Their idol is a god that just winks at sin like an unjust earthly judge who can be bribed. No my friends, God is much more Holy than everybody realises. The God who inspired Holy Scripture said, “NO SINNER CAN ENTER INTO GOD’S KINGDOM” He cannot wink at sin and just allow people into Heaven with sin still upon their souls. God’s punishment for sin is banishment from Heaven to a place that He’s reserved for the Devil and his Demons.

The Good News:

Thankfully, once a person is fully aware of their spiritual condition, they are in the right place then to receive the Good News of Jesus Christ.

It’s not true, that everyone is aware of how much they’ve sinned. We know that from weekly experience of sharing the Gospel on the streets in London. In fact nearly everyone we meet thinks that deep down they are ‘good enough’ for heaven. It’s only when we take the time with them to gently show them God’s standards of holiness through His Commandments. Those Commands really are like a Schoolmaster who teaches us our need for Jesus cleansing and forgiveness.

Galatians 3:24 (KJV) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

They are then ready for the Good News of Jesus: That God doesn’t want to punish anyone, but that everyone might be saved by Jesus Christ. It’s why Jesus came into the world: God wants everyone to come to REPENTANCE.

1 Timothy 1:15 “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.”

HOW DOES JESUS SAVE SINNERS?

Jesus took the place of every sinner upon the cross. He died in our place. His death sets us free from God’s wrath and anger against sin.

Romans 5:8-9 (Two of my favourite verses in the Bible).
8  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Jesus can save anyone from their sins and deliver them from God’s wrath and anger against sin.

But we must do something to be SET FREE from God’s wrath against our sins.

We must TRUST in Christ’s Death & Turn to Him in Repentance and Faith to Receive Him as Lord.

It like coming to this understanding: “Father God, I know now that I’ve broken Your Commandments and I’ve sinned against You, I’m a sinner in Your sight and deserve Your just punishment for my rebellion. I also know that Jesus Christ, Your One and Only Son, died in my place upon the Cross. I now turn to You Lord Jesus and ask for your forgiveness. I confess my sins to You Lord (Name them) and I turn away from all sin in my life (repentance). I receive You Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. Please Lord, come into my life and give me the promised New Life. Let me be born again by Your Holy Spirit and become a child of God so that I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He is my Heavenly Father. Amen”

A person must see and understand: (Even a ‘churchgoing’ or ‘religious’ person).

  • A) That they’ve sinned against God.
    B) That they need His forgiveness to enter into Heaven.
    C) No amount of ‘good’ works or deeds can bring that forgiveness.
    D) That Jesus Christ has died upon the Cross in their place, taking their punishment and paying the price of sin.
    E) That they need to turn to Jesus in repentance and faith and receive Him as Lord.
    F) When they do all that, then God will grant them New Life in Christ, New Birth of the Holy Spirit and Eternal Life.
    G) They’ll also be members of God’s Family forever. He will be their Heavenly Father. They will be His children. Saints forever.
    H) Begin to live the new life in Christ: Pray, Worship, Read God’s Word, Gather with Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others who don’t yet know Him as Lord.
    I) The Holy Spirit: Also will give them Heavenly gifts to enable them to serve God as He directs them.

A Christian is SET FREE from Sin:

Romans 6:22 “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”

When you are set free from sin’s ability to control your life, you are set free in Jesus to be like Him: Holy, and this leads to an assurance that you have received the gift of eternal life.

A Christian is DEAD to SIN:

Romans 6:2 “By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”

Conclusion:

Last night was so awesome, no wonder we returned with banners flying high (not literally), but full of the JOY of the LORD.

We met a man and a woman last night, who I initially thought were father and daughter, but they’d just, at that moment, met each other after not seeing each other for over 20 years. It was amazing! The woman and man were so thankful after our conversation about the Lord.

She had been trusting in her own way to Heaven. He was a lapsed Roman Catholic who never attended church, but believed he was going to Heaven because he’d been baptised as a baby. We took the time to go through the Commandments with them and what an amazing, eye opening time it was. They both could see and understand their need for Jesus Christ. The woman even after that said, “I’ve got my own beliefs and I’m going to try my best in my own way”. Sherrie said to her “Can I just say something, I want to say this gently and respectfully, but you are trusting in your own way instead of God’s way.” She simply nodded in agreement. She responded, “I don’t think that our meeting up tonight was an accident” and continued to explain they’d not seen each other for over 20 years and how she knew she’d never be able to forget what God had just spoken to her. With warm handshakes they both thanked us so much for taking the time to stop and talk with them about the Lord. Awesome!

Share the Good News, go out in your weakness and He will fill you with His strength and you will return with banners flying high. Who knows, you may even reap some of the seeds that have been sown in their hearts by the Divine hand of Glory.

Don.

BTW: In the past when someone said, “I’m a believer” I would just say, “Praise the Lord”. Now, sometimes, the Lord prompts me to just check to see who it is they are actually trusting in; Jesus or themselves for their Salvation. More often than not these days, the LORD opens up the can of worms, empties them out and fills them with His own LOVE. Because there is ONLY ONE WAY to get into Heaven and that’s through what Jesus Christ has done to make us pure and ready for it.

BTW: Every truly born again believer will not be annoyed that you want to check they are trusting in Jesus, they’ll thank you for it, pray for you and encourage you on your way. Don’t forget to encourage them too, to share Jesus regularly.

 

 

Weakness, Fear & Trembling: Brixton Street Evangelism.

Rush Hour Evangelism

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

Street Evangelism in Busy Brixton Tonight.

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

How Did Paul Go Out?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Put ON THE ARMOUR OF CHRIST:

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

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

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

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

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

Proclaiming Jesus: We NEED:

His Presence, Power, Provision & Protection.

Will YOU Go OUT to Share Jesus Today?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have an AWESOME Weekend my Friends,

In Jesus,

Don.

 

Lean On ME, when you’re not strong.

Jesus said, Come to ME

Daily Spirit & Word: 597: Lean On Me.

I’ve had a little more inspiration this morning from two sources in the world: From Bill Withers’ song “Lean on me” and from the traditional British red telephone boxes in Kingston Upon Thames. “Lean on me”.

You know something my friends, there are times when we don’t always feel strong, at those times Jesus is calling out to us “Lean on Me, when you’re not strong and I will help you carry on”. “Call on Me brother when you need a hand”.

Now before you say, “Well Donald, you’ve lost your mind, that’s not Biblical” lets just check out God’s Word and see if that’s true.

Isaiah 41:10  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

God doesn’t like it when we are afraid, because He knows that when we’re giving into fear, we’re not trusting or relying upon Him. Psalm 18 reveals that David had a level of trust in the Lord that was awesome in times of danger or near defeat.

Psalm 18:1-3.
 [For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of King Saul. He said:] I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2  The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3  I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”

The Lord Responds When You Call Upon Him.

My friends, the next time you are feeling weak, when you are not strong, when you know trouble is coming or is already upon you, CALL UPON THE LORD.

Remember our Lord Jesus own words in this regard:

Matthew 11:28-30 
28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

  • Who are we to come to? The Lord Jesus Christ.
  • When are we to come to Him? When we’re weary or burdened.
  • What happens when we come to Him? He will give us rest.
  • What does Jesus want us to do when we come to Him? Take up His yoke (follow His teaching and commands).
  • What does He want us to do? To learn from Him: from how He lived life on earth/
  • Why does Jesus want us to do that? Because He is gentle and humble in heart.
  • When we learn to live like Him, following His guiding principles in life, we will find the rest that our souls need.
  • What will we discover when we’re following Jesus in this way? That His yoke is EASY and His burden is LIGHT.

WOWzer! Call upon Jesus: He’s crying out to you today, “Lean on Me, when you’re not strong, I’ll give you hope to carry on”.

You know, there are so many times when I’ve been weak, foolish, burdened and feeling heavy, but when I’ve called upon the LORD Jesus, He’s proven to be faithful every single time, even when I’m not. He’ll give you the strength you need for every battle that you are facing today. You don’t have to be the strong one, because we’ve got ONE who’s power is unsurpassed.

Listen to Bill Withers’ little song: Lean On Me


Have a fantastic Thursday with Jesus.

When you are NOT strong, Jesus is the ONE who will always be there, so you can lean upon Him, He’ll give you the strength you need to carry on.

Don’t forget to seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit this day.

Because there will never be a time when we don’t need Him.

Don.

The Photo was taken in Kingston Upon Thames in 2011 by Rev Donald Davis.

 

The foolishness of the Cross of Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word 549:

The Foolishness of The Cross:

The CROSS MEANS Many Things:

It’s often surprising how many times the Cross comes up in our daily life. But first as I spoke yesterday in church on this subject, I asked the children to come to the front, I’d set up an easel with a flip-chart pad, with pre-drawn pages. Once they were all in position I asked if they’d ever played the game of “Arm-Wrestling”?. Most people had at one time in their life. I asked how many people had won and they all put their hands in the air. Then I asked the children, picking on the smallest child, “If I were to arm-wrestle her, who would win?” They said, “You would” I said “Why?” answer, “Because you are bigger”… Then I asked, who’d win against God??? “No one would!” It’s amazing, but kids just KNOW 🙂

Bible Reading:

The Text from the Bible for Sunday was;

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19  For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20  Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22  Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23  but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24  but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25  For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

Let’s Look at some ways the Cross is used in daily life and what it can mean.

1) Sums: (Mathematics, Arithmetic, Problems)

I shared with the kids that at school, I was brilliant at mathematics. I had some example problems on the board: 3+5=???? I’d left the answers blank. I ask the kids if they knew the answer to keep quiet, they were all bursting to shout it out.  Getting them wrong in School meant getting a red cross next to the answer. I said, “My teacher loved me in school when I was five, she used to put big red corsses next to my answers, the cross means a kiss.” The kids said, “No! It’s because you were wrong”. I pretended I didn’t know. They loved it.

I said, later on I discovered that the RED X on my schoolwork was indeed because I was WRONG.

It’s funny that, the X means we’re wrong.

We’ve ALL Sinned. All Broken God’s Commandments (by lying, stealing, being disobedient to our parents).

Romans 3:23 (NIV) “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

2) LOVE: Valentines Card:

Next: I said, “Later on in life, I knew that the X mean love, because there was a Valentines Card with my name on it, it said; Roses are red, violets are blue, this world feels much better, because Donald, I’ve fallen in love with you” I explained, there were lots of Crosses: Which really did mean Kisses.

A message of love to the one you love: The Cross on a Valentines means “I LOVE YOU”.

Kiss, Kiss, Kiss,

Do you know that the Cross of Jesus Christ is like God’s Valentines Card to you?

God’s saying, “I love you, I love you, I LOVE YOU”.

  • Even though you’ve done wrong: Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • There is NO greater love than God’s LOVE: John 15:13 13  Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
  • 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,”
  • How We KNOW He LOVES US: 1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
  • God LOVES the whole world: John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

“Can you see everyone: The Cross can mean your: Wrong, and it can mean LOVE: but God LOVES you.”

3) Treasure Map:

Here’s another meaning of the Cross: Treasure:

X marks the spot of the Treasure on a Pirate’s Map. (We spent a bit of time talking about Treasure Maps).

Jesus is the TREASURE of the CROSS.

Because of Jesus Death:

  • We get to go to Heaven.
  • We get the Holy Spirit.
  • We get Jesus living in our hearts.
  • We are given Holy Spirit Gifts to use in the world.

(BTW: The children came up with these answers on their own).

4) Voting Time. (The X Marks Decision).

At voting time, when we choose the Government, we’ve got a choice to make: Which Party Will We Support?

In the UK: Con, Lab, Lib-Dem, UKIP etc… (BTW Labour won in Church yesterday).

In Greece yesterday it was “Yes” or “No”.

We’ve got to put our X in the Box of our choice.

Cross: of Jesus: Means that You’ve got  A DECISION to make.

John 1:12 (NIV) “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—”

Revelation 3:20 (NIV) “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

It’s so strange: The Cross can mean; we’re wrong, God loves us, there is treasure at the Cross of Jesus, but to discover all of that, we’ve got to make a decision for Jesus.

Have you put your X in the Spot for Jesus?

I finished with this QUESTION: “Do you want more of God’s POWER in your life?” and “Remember; God’s foolishness is wiser than man’s strongest wisdom”.

We stood in prayer and asked God for more of His Power, Presence and Wisdom, to enable us to live the life that He’s called us to live.

Have an awesome week with the power of God’s love in your hearts.

Don.

P.S. Read first Corinthians chapter 1 in context.

1 Corinthians 1:1-17
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2  To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
3  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
5  For in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge—
6  because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.
7  Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
8  He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9  God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
11  My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.
12  What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
13  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptised into the name of Paul?
14  I am thankful that I did not baptise any of you except Crispus and Gaius,
15  so no-one can say that you were baptised into my name.
16  (Yes, I also baptised the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptised anyone else.)
17  For Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

 

 

The Weakest Link

Daily Spirit & Word, 461: The Weakest Link.

“You are ONLY as STRONG as your WEAKEST Link”

Seven Benefits of Bible Memorisation.

Benefit #6 Knowing God’s Word Helps To Maintaining My Purity.

“You are ONLY as STRONG as your WEAKEST Link”

On Saturday we talked about the Lord being the Anchor for your soul, today our focus is upon being able to maintain your purity as a Christian through Bible Memorisation. Bible Memory Training is good for the soul in so many wonderful ways. God’s Word encourages us to know ourselves, our weaknesses as well as our strengths.

The Anchor Chain:

You know that an Anchor is attached to a ship by a great big chain, with chunky links, but a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link. It’s the same with you in your walk with Jesus. What weakness or weaknesses are there in your life that will keep you away from the Saviour.

Jesus was tempted in every area of personality by Satan and each time He was tested Jesus would quote a portion of God’s Word to combat Satan. He used the sword most effectively when at his weakest moments in life. When starving hungry, Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread and he answered Satan by stating, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord”…

That’s what Satan is like, when you’ve been deprived of something that you need or think you need for survival he’ll come and offer you something on a plate, but know that when Satan is offering you something like that, it’s going to lead you away from your walk with Jesus. You see my friends, Satan’s purpose is to see you fall, fail and fracture, he wants to break your connection to the Anchor for your soul.

The Chain Is ONLY as STRONG as it’s WEAKEST LINK.

In your battle to maintain purity, you’ll need to get to know your weak areas and strengthen them.

When an Anchor Chain is suspected of having a weak link, those links are inspected and when one is found to be cracked or damages in some way, it’s either replaced or welded. When you weld a piece of metal, then that weld makes it stronger than every other part of the link.

Possible Weak Links:

You know my friends, every weakness and sin is covered in the Bible many times and the LORD has ensured that within His revelation to you and me, there’s a portion that deals with your WEAKEST LINKS.

  • If your weakest link is depression, then Psalm 40 and Psalm 42 will definitely help you.
  • If you weakest link is materialism and greed for the worlds things, then you’ve got 1 Timothy 6.
  • If your weakest link is anger or swearing with a foul mouth, bad temper and an angry spirit, then you have Ephesians 4.
  • If your weakest link is lust, pornography or an immoral thought life, then you’ve got Ephesians 5 to help you.

In each of the areas above I’ve given only one scripture, but my friends in every case there are many more, because God’s Word is filled with awesome principles and precepts that will help you with every WEAK LINK in your life. There’s NO sin you can imagine doing that God’s Word has not covered.

I don’t know who coined the phrase; “Sin will keep you from the Bible, or the Bible will keep you from sin.” But it’s so true. When we get God’s Word into our hearts, minds, life and soul, then it’s more likely to keep us on the pathway of purity. Knowing the Lord Jesus Himself is of course key, being filled daily with the Holy Spirit cannot be forgotten, but the next most powerful way to strengthen every single one of your LINKS in the chain connecting you to your anchor (The Lord Jesus Christ) is to weld them in place by storing them in your inner being; Bible Memory Training.

Key Bible Verses:

These will enable you to know the precept that storing God’s Word is fundamental or foundational training in Discipleship and the pathway to Christian maturity.

Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) As A Man THINKETH.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”

Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Hebrews 12:1-7 (NIV)

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Tactics: Knowing Your Enemy:

Sun Tzu (Also Satan’s Tactics against Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ).

The Enemy: “When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.” Sun Tzu.

I want to fill it out a little;

  • When your enemy is strong, avoid them.
  • When they have high morale, depress them.
  • When they seem humble, then fill them with conceit.
  • When they are at ease, exhaust them.
  • If they are united, then separate them.
  • Attack their weaknesses.
  • Emerge to their surprise.

When you look at these tactics of the Chinese Tactical Warfare Expert, Sun Tzu, you’ll notice they are some of the ways that Satan attacks the Believer. So my friends, knowing your Weaknesses must therefore be a key to your victory in the Christian life. For when you know your weaknesses, then you can be strong. Christians are not to focus upon those weaknesses, but opon the LORD who’ll enable us to gain victory by meditating on His revelation in those areas. He’ll enable us to overcome all our weaknesses.

It’s my hope and prayer that you’ll be seeing the need to Memorise, Internalise, Meditate and Think about God’s Word every single day. Strengthen every WEAK LINK in your life with God’s Word and you’ll be well on your way to Christian maturity and Spiritual growth.

Have and AWESOME week my friends.

Don.

Seven Benefits of Bible Memorisation.

Benefit #6 Knowing God’s Word Helps To Maintaining My Purity.

The Weakest Link.