He gives me ‘LIVING WATER’ and I thirst no more.

Living Water, Soul Satisfaction, Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word: 605:

He gives me living water and I thirst no more.

John 4:14 (KJV) “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Good morning my friends, do you know there have been so many wonderful praise and worship songs about how the Lord satisfies the needs of the follower of Jesus Christ? I’ve found myself moved so many times, in tears I’ve praised the LORD and He’s come to meet my needs.
  • He gives me living water and I thirst no more…the joy of the Lord is my strength.
  • There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.
  • Deep and wide, deep and wide, there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.
  • Take us to the river, take us there in unity to sing, a song of Your Salvation…
  • Here’s my cup Lord, fill it up Lord, come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
  • I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest, lay down my weary one”…
  • All the way my Saviour leads me …
It’s amazing the way that the Lord does take away all the cravings for the things of this world. The follower of Jesus has enough in His Lord to satisfy every soul longing in life. All these praise and worship songs have been written because the Lord has shown Himself to be faithful to those who wrote them.

Hymn Story: “Here’s My Cup Lord”

For instance, I read somewhere about the little song “Here’s my cup Lord, fill it up Lord” that the Pastor, Richard Blanchard was waiting for a couple that he was preparing for marriage and they were late. He was sitting at the piano, impatient and his heart was getting angry that they were late. So he began to tinkle the ivories and this song came to Him:
Life was never to be a bed of roses for Richard Blanchard.
       A severe lung problem developed, and Blanchard was left with one-third of his lung capacity. But a diminished physical well-being did not stop young Blanchard.
       In 1953, he became the pastor of a church in Coral Gables, Florida, and one day, was asked by a young couple to perform their marriage ceremony. However, the couple was quite late for their counseling appointment.
       Blanchard told his secretary, “I will wait for thirty minutes and I’m leaving.” He then went to a nearby Sunday school room and sat down to play the piano for a while.
       He later said, “When I was not in the mood to be used of God, God was in a mood to use me.” In less than thirty-minutes, as he waited for the young couple, God gave him the inspiring song “Fill My Cup, Lord”
“When I was not in the mood to be used of God, God was in a mood to use me.”
(1) Like the woman at the well I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy;
And then I heard my Savior speaking:
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”

CHORUS: Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
Bread of heaven, feed me ’til I want no more-
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!

(2) There are millions in this world who are craving
The pleasure earthly things afford;
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

(3) So, my brother, if the things this world gave you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you,

If you kneel to Him and humbly pray:
Even when you are feeling your worst and most un-usable by the Lord, then the Lord Jesus can and will use us for His glory. Think about Jonah, Moses, Gideon and Solomon: reluctant to take the call and the role the Lord had allotted them, they were all used in such mighty ways by Him who changes situations, people and even desires.
Jesus really is the true SOURCE of our HAPPINESS, JOY, PEACE and PROVISION in life.
It’s truly awesome the way that He comes;
When you are feeling weak, He gives you strength.
When you are lonely He there in a moment of praise.
When you are broke, He sends the ravens to feed you.
When you are thirsty, He sends the rain to give you to drink.
When you are hurting, His stripes are for your healing.
When the storms in life come, He invites you to walk on water.
When you are hungry, He can turn stones into bread or send mana from Heaven.
When you are rejected, abused, neglected, you’ll find Jesus is the one who sticks closer than a brother.
John 4:14 (KJV) “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Jesus really does give us living water so that we will thirst, hunger and want; no more. He’s enough, He’s enough to SATISFY all our longings in life. His WELL will NEVER run dry.
Oh how I love Jesus,
Oh how I love Jesus,
Oh how I love Jesus,
because He first loved me.
Have an awesome day with your Lord and Saviour.
Don.

The Bible is the Menu, but Jesus is the Meal.

Foreign language is the Bible without the Spirit of God

Daily Spirit & Word 574: A Foreign Language Menu.

The Bible is the menu, but Jesus is the meal.

Have you ever been to a restaurant where the menu is in a foreign language? You don’t want to appear ignorant or foolish, so you sit pretending to know what it means, you look at what other people are eating at the tables all around you, when the waiter comes to ask for your order, you’ll say, “I’ll have one of those please” pointing to a good looking plate of food being eaten by one of the other customers 🙂 LOL Well, I’ve not really gone that far, but I’ve felt like it. Most of the time I’ll ask the waiter to explain the menu as I can’t understand the language.

For the person without the Holy Spirit, the Bible is just like that menu. It’s written in English and on the surface can be read by anybody, and to some degree understood by most, but the ‘real’ and ‘true’ interpretation of God’s Word is by His Holy Spirit, because the things of the Spirit (which is what God’s WORD is) are foolishness to the man without the Spirit. It really is like reading a French menu when you can’t speak a word of the French language. Why? Because the Bible is written in ‘Spirit’ language that can only be fully understood by the person who’s possessed by God’s Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:9-14  “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10  but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no-one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12  We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14  The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

 

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God”

Whilst I was still quite young as a Christian I was given the privilege of hosting and leading a Home Bible Study Group, I was too young still as a Christian, because I remember getting quite upset by one individual in the group who just couldn’t grasp something that was so simple. However, I’d forgotten what it was like for myself, when I first started attending church before I was born of God’s Holy Spirit. There were things, many things, that I just couldn’t grasp and I had so many unasked and unanswered questions. Praise the LORD that He was in those early meetings and He reminded me of the grace and kindness that was afforded me from those who were mature in the faith, whenever I came out with something silly. Instead of jumping on me and correcting my errors, they’d just nod their heads and say, “That’s so interesting, I’ve never thought of it that way before”. Then when I got home and prayed, the Lord would show me the simple error from His Word, I remember being physically embarrassed by my foolishness, I went beetroot red in the face 🙂 and I was on my own, well, not quite, because the Lord was with me. So at the next Bible meeting I had to confess to the group my foolishness, they just smiled and said, “We KNEW the LORD would show you”… How did they know? They were mature, they’d prayed for me when I gone home, they’d brought my folly to the LORD and asked Him to show me the error of my ways, and guess what, HE DID.

“The Man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God” And from experience I can confess that those who are young in the faith find it difficult too. Further, there are those amongst every group of Christians that remain babes in Christ, they don’t grow up or onto maturity in the Spirit. Why? There are many reasons, but the primary reasons, I believe, is because they don’t develop Spiritual Disciplines: i.e. they don’t pray every day (and I don’t mean a quick prayer on the bus on the way to work), they don’t STUDY their Bible on their own, they don’t seek out SPIRITUAL encounters, they simply attend church and get spoon-fed every Sunday, and before long they’re drifting away from the faith. Why? Because they’ve remained babes in Christ, they’re saved, but remain immature and foolish.

It’s horrible, but I’ve seen countless brilliant people, very clever people from a worldly perspective, with great intellect, but who’ve wandered from the faith, because they didn’t do the basics and grow to Christian maturity. Discipleship is so important, we must remember that Jesus didn’t command us to go and make converts, but disciples. For far too long sincere Bible believing Evangelicals, Charismatics, Pentecostals and Baptists have made the mistake of getting people to make a ‘decision’ for Christ and then leaving them all on their own to work out their faith. Jesus didn’t call us to make converts, but Disciples. It’s NOT a numbers game, but a growth towards maturity campaign that He’s give us.

Here’s something from the Holy Spirit today: If you are born of God’s Spirit then I’m sure you’ll receive this: “If you are not gathering together on a regular basis with other brothers and sisters in the Kingdom family of the Lord Jesus Christ to pray, study God’s Word together and worship and serve the LORD together, then you are NOT growing towards maturity the way the Christ wants you to”

Here’s something else: “If you are not praying daily, feeding upon God’s Word and seeking the fullness of God’s Spirit, you’ll not be growing the way God wants you to grow”.

Listen to what Jesus said: John 6:52-58 52  Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 

53  Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55  For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57  Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58  This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live for ever.”

Don’t become like the Pharisees who made Scripture study a practice to gain knowledge and understanding, Christians feed upon God’s Word to EXPERIENCE Christ, not just to gain knowledge. As Jack Deer has said in his book, Surprised by the Voice of God: “The Bible is the menu and Jesus Christ is the meal” and “If our Bible study doesn’t lead us to an experience of Jesus Christ then we are like the Pharisees who were holding the menu, reading the menu and studying the menu, but they were so far from the meal” Page 175.

You see my friends, the HOLY SPIRIT wants you to really experience the fullness of life today that those early believers in Jesus did. When you avail yourself of all that He’s provided for your growth towards maturity; prayer, Bible, fellowship, study, praise, adoration and evangelism, then you’ll be growing stronger in the power of the Spirit day by day. Those things that seem hard for you to fathom, difficult like fighting against a tornado today, they will become as a breeze in the Spirit. He’s going to be opening up the Bible like never before, and He’ll also be giving you Gospel opportunities that you never expected.

So my friends, gather with the brothers and sisters to get into God’s Word, to worship and pray together, to sing praises to the Lord, to minister to each other and then to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in the world together. Like Barnabas and Saul, who were set-apart by the Holy Spirit: He’ll also be sending you out on His missions in the world today.

My message today might be like a foreign language to you: Like a French menu when you don’t speak French. I’ve no doubt that some will be left scratching their heads, but those who’ve been born of God’s Spirit will be moved, they’ll be encouraged and if needed they’ll have been given a timely (gentle) kick-up-the-backside to get back into fellowship in a serious and committed way.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a Christian or how mature you think you are because of your Bible knowledge, you NEED fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Also, you can bet your Spiritual life upon it, there will be others in the fellowship / Bible Study or Growth Group that you join who’ll be needing your maturity and knowledge. The LORD didn’t call us to be Lone-Ranger believers, but even the Lone Ranger had his Tonto 🙂 We need fellowship like a good Chicken Korma needs Pilau Rice :-)… or an authentic West Indian Curry needs rice-n-peas… or an traditional English Roast needs roast potatoes and three vegetables 🙂

Hebrews 10:23-25  “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
24  And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.
25  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Praise the LORD for the way He moves to get us to grow towards maturity in Christ. Remember the Bible is the Menu, but Jesus is the meal (bread of Heaven) and we feed upon Him by the Holy Spirit that He gave to us.

Follow the menu, the Bible is the Christian menu, but we need to learn it’s language, the language of the Holy Spirit to be able to eat the meal contained within, but always remember that Jesus is the meal, so don’t be like the Pharisees who were so close, they had the menu in their hands yet remained so far away from the delights and treats contained within. Amen!

Don.

 

God of GRACE

Saved by Grace Through Faith

Daily Spirit & Word 559: Complete In Christ Jesus

Good morning my friends, the Lord reminded me today that we’re Christians because of God’s Amazing Grace.

  • God’s 
  • Riches 
  • A
  • Christ’s 
  • Expense.

He paid the FULL price for your FREEDOM.

So this Saturday morning I’m Singing / Praising The LORD.

God of grace, I turn my face
To You, I cannot hide
My nakedness, my shame, my guilt
Are all before Your eyes

Strivings and all anguished dreams
In rags lie at my feet
And only grace provides the way
For me to stand complete

And Your grace clothes me in righteousness
And Your mercy covers me in love
Your life adorns and beautifies
I stand complete in You.

“I Stand Complete In You” By Chris Bowater.

Ephesians 2:8-10 8  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9  not by works, so that no-one can boast. 10  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Praying that all my friends enjoy a Superb Saturday in God’s Awesome Grace.

Don.

 

P.S. Worship Along Today.

 

 

Jesus IS coming back to you TODAY

Take up your Cross Daily

Daily Spirit & Word: 542: Jesus Is Coming Back To You Today.

Stop & Start:

STOP being a SUNDAY Christian.

START being a DAILY Christian.

 

I call this ‘Daily‘ Spirit and Word for a reason: The Christian LIFE is meant to be a DAILY walk with Jesus.

Luke 9:23-25  “Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. 25  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?”
2 Peter 3:1-9 1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
2  I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Saviour through your apostles.
3  First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
4  They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
5  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
6  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
7  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
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.

When the FIRE dies down:

When the fire dies down, how do you get it ABLAZE again? By blowing on the embers and feeding with fresh fuel.

We need the Holy Spirit to blow through our life and the fuel of God’s Word to keep the fire going.

Getting OFF the Boil:

Many people who come to faith in the Lord Jesus last only a few years. It seems that the fire they once felt dies, but it doesn’t die quickly, but by degrees. It’s like taking a pan of boiling water off the heat, at first it’s bubbling and dancing and spilling over the edges of the rim, but then it dies down and get colder, until at last you can dip your finger in and it’s completely cold.

So we have seen many professing believers, who once being on fire for the Lord Jesus, grow sooooo cold. What has happened? They’ve taken the pot off the stove. What do they need to do? Put the pot back upon the heat of the stove once again, and before long they will once again be bubbling and dancing and singing His praises.

My friends, they’ve taken their eyes off Jesus. They’ve lost their focus. They’ve begun to live the kind of Christian life as if Jesus was not there, as if Jesus could not see, as if Jesus does not care. It’s like a believer gets to the point of shouting, just like the scoffer, “Where is this Jesus?”

However, Jesus is inside every truly born-again believer, but one day, Jesus will come and ALL FLESH SHALL SEE HIM. But for now, He can only be seen through the eyes of faith. But even though at one time people who have known Jesus through the eyes of faith, that vision, that knowledge, that experience can diminish and dwindle and cool to the point of no direct experience or knowledge or perception that the saviour is within me.

What needs to happen to get the fire going again?

Don’t rely on being a SUNDAY Christian.

So many get into the BAD HABIT of letting their Christianity slip into a a ONCE A WEEK EXPERIENCE.

This is the worst form of Christianity: WHY? Because to exist as a Christian you are relying upon the PASTOR to feed you. You’ll look for a fleshly kind of experience of Christianity. One where you’ll get your BOOST and then go about your life as a ‘normal’ person the rest of the week. You’ll never last more than a few years on this kind of diet. Why? Because after a while, you’ll miss one week, then a few weeks will go by and you’ll miss another. You’ll enjoy those days that you missed ‘church’, so you’ll begin to look forward to skipping ‘church’ and look for excuses not to be there on a Sunday. SUNDAY Christians don’t last very long.

To really get your FIRE ABLAZE: STOP & START.

This passage above tells us how to get ON FIRE:

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

REPENTANCE: The Key To Unlocking DIVINE FIRE.

FIRE: burns, it burns and cleanses, the fire of the LORD needs to come into your life, not just once a week, not just on a SUNDAY, but every single day. So STOP being a SUNDAY Christian and START being a DAILY Christian.

So REPENT: Ask the Lord to forgive you for your weakness and foolishness in thinking you could be a Christian just once a week.

Ask Him to forgive you for relying upon others to feed you with His WORD, when you should have been feeding upon Him and His Word yourself.

Ask Him to forgive you for depending upon a BOOST of experience of joy and fun on a SUNDAY and returning to the world for the rest of the week.

START:

Then START: Start opening up your own Bible.

Then START: Start being with Jesus in prayer.

  • PRAY: first and ask the LORD to feed your soul before you begin to read.
  • READ: Choose a Gospel to work through, slowly, every day. Read only very small portions. Don’t gorge yourself or you’ll get sick.
  • MEDITATE: Think deeply about what you’ve just read.
  • PRAISE: Worship the LORD: In song, singing your heart out to the Lord. Listen to praise music every day. But don’t just listen, join in with the praise.

SLOW-DOWN on PURPOSE:

I remember my dad giving us Ice Cream every single day for a week, we ate it gladly at first, but by the end of the week we were sick of the stuff. Finally my dad said, “Who’s for Ice Cream?” None of us wanted any.

Don’t over-indulge in God’s Word: But let it feed you, purposefully slow-down, eat a little and then consider God’s Word very carefully. Meditate upon God’s Word: Means thinking about what you’ve just read. Ask Him what He wants you to understand from what you are reading. Do this before you pray, do it before you rush away into your daily life. Meditating upon His Word is a KEY to knowing the mind of the Lord. It’s the way our minds are transformed and renewed:

Romans 12:2  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Once you STOP being a Sunday only Christian, and START being a DAILY Christian: You’re mind will be TRANSFORMED and RENEWED: You’re life is going to be very different, because you’ll KNOW what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and prefect will.

You’ll be meeting with Jesus every single day, not just on a SUNDAY.

The FIRE & The GLORY

When the FIRE dies down:

When the fire dies down, how do you get it ABLAZE again? By blowing on the embers and feeding with fresh fuel.

We need the Holy Spirit to blow through our life and the fuel of God’s Word to keep the fire going.

  • However, your SUNDAY will also be very different as well, because you’ll come to worship already fired-up.
  • You’ll come ready to share what God’s been doing and saying during the week.
  • You’ll come to encourage others.
  • You’ll look forward to the gatherings of the saints with a much deeper and more lasting joy. 

DAILY: Once you begin to meet with Jesus in His Word and seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit EVERY DAY, you’re going to be ABLAZE with the GLORY GLOW of the LORD. Your little pot will be bubbling, and dancing and singing in praise of the Saviour.

The LORD is NOT Slow in Keeping His Promise: Jesus wants to reveal Himself to you every day, not just when He returns at the Judgement. Not just on a Sunday through your Pastor or the worship experience, but every single DAY.

So STOP being a SUNDAY Christian.

START being a DAILY CHRISTIAN.

I’m praying for all who read this little word today, that you are going to get the FIRE going afresh in your life with Jesus. Amen.

Don.

HELPS: Get filled with the Holy Spirit.

Know the Good News:

 

The Triumphal Entry

The Triumphal Entry

Daily Spirit & Word, 474: The Triumphal Entry.

Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem.

 

Jesus Christ: The Son of David

Good morning my friends, today I’m posting yesterday’s theme for our Sunday worship. It was Palm Sunday 2015. Jesus Authority and Humility Revealed.

Celebrations sometimes signify honour being bestowed on one or more people. When it’s someone’s birthday, anniversary etc.

  • Think about the most exciting celebration, party or parade you’ve attended.

What / Who was it for?

What made it so memorable?

How did it make you feel?

Personally, I love parades and parties, because one of my other passions is photography and being a photographer there’s nothing more exciting for me that to see people happy, enjoying themselves and I try and capture the feelings and atmosphere of events. I got some great pictures of the Queen and many other royals as they passed me by on the Mall in London during the Trooping of the Colours. The crowds were also very happy to see the Queen, you should have seen their faces and waving arms with flags. So many had their mobile phones and iPads out ready to snap the Queen.A Palm Sunday

Bible Reading: Today’s Bible lesson shows how a celebration for Jesus signified not just His Royal Authority but also His Servant Humility.

Mark 11:1-11

1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2  saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no-one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.‘ ”

4  They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5  some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” 6  They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.

7  When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8  Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9  Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” 10  “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Hosanna in the highest!”

11  Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.

This was a great celebration: But who was it for? Was it for Jesus, whom they perceived to be the Messiah, the Son of David or was it for themselves, because they thought His coming signified freedom from Roman bondage and restoration of their National identity? I’m sure that in the crowd out of the thousands gathered that day, there would be some on both sides.

 How Did Jesus Get Here?

First; There’s The Command:

Mark 11:1-3 “Go into the Town and bring me the colt”

Commanded, but Not Knowing Why:

Have you ever been asked to do something, when you don’t know the reason why? Or even after reflection you think it’s a foolish thing to be asked to do? Sometimes in life we’re expected to be obedient without knowing the reasons why. I was used to that in the Royal Navy, we were not always told why we were being sent somewhere or being commanded to do something, but we knew and trusted our leaders and that it would be for a good reasons. That’s trusting a respected authority. Jesus had obviously won the Disciples honour and respect, for they didn’t question Him, they didn’t say, “Why Lord?” They just did as the Master commanded. “Go”.

This signifies Jesus Authority: Over People. He demonstrated that He also had authority over many spheres;

Jesus Authority:

  • Over Nature: Commanding and Calming the Storms
  • Over Elements: Changing water into wine, a few fish and a few loaves to feed thousands.
  • Over People: “Come follow me” People left everything to follow Jesus as their new Master in life.
  • Over Sickness and Diseases: Jesus healed wherever he went.
  • Over Life and Death: Jesus raised people from death to life and the grave could not hold Him.

However, does Jesus have Authority over you? Is He your LORD? He’ll never force you to accept His Lordship, but one day the Bible tells us, “Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess; Jesus Christ is LORD!” He may give you freedom to choose if He’s your Lord now, but we don’t know when He’s coming back. It must surely be better to submit to His Royal Authority before He returns and everyone is compelled to bow before Him. However, if you won’t trust Jesus because of His Authority, perhaps you will because of His Humility.

Jesus can obviously be trusted and we’ve got an obligation once we know that, to willingly submit to His Divine Authority. Being obedient to Him when He commands, even though we don’t know the BIG PICTURE.

 2) There’s the Obedience to Jesus Command. Authority.

Mark 11:4-6. They obediently went into the town, found the Donkey’s Colt as Jesus had said and untied it and brought it to Jesus. WOWzer! That’s awesome.

 Modern Equivalent: Imagine if Jesus were here in London today and He commanded you; “Go down West Norwood Road and you’ll find a Volkswagen parked outside B&Q, you’ll find the keys in the ignition, get into the car and bring it to me. If anyone asks why you are taking the car, tell them the Master needs it” (Notice that it wasn’t a Merceedes or BMW, but a Volkswagen: Volkswagen means People’s Car or a car for the people). “If anyone asks you!” My friends if we were to get into a car in London, we’d probably be immediately arrested and questioned by the Police. Try explaining that the Master needs it as a reason for taking someone’s car these days. LOL

However, Jesus followers were obedient, they did it and were not aware of the reasons why, but this also reveals another Aspect of Jesus Authority: He knows things, He knew they’d find the Colt and how it would be tied. He knew the people wouldn’t object.

 3) There’s the Humility of the LORD:

He came into Jerusalem on a Donkey. Not as a normal Triumphal Procession: In a Chariot or on a White Charger. Even today when the Queen Processes down the Mall it’s either in a Golden Carriage or a Stretched Limousine, not a Volkswagen. 🙂

 Jesus is the Model of Humility:

Matthew 20:26-28 “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus didn’t come to earth to be served, but to serve and give His life.

Matthew 11:29 “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.”

Jesus is gentle and humble in heart.

Those who are truly following the Lord Jesus Christ will also be humble, gentle too. Look at the fruits of the Holy Spirit of God: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness and Self-Control. WOWzer! He’s making you to be more like Jesus Christ when you follow Him.

4) The People’s Response:

Shouting, cheering and Waving Palm Branches. Crowds can be so fickle: Don’t always follow the crowd.

Some crowds, parades, parties etc are good, but you’ll know from recent history that some crowds can turn nasty; The Tottenham Riots in London and countless Demonstrations around the world these days. The crowds can turn nasty, violent and very dangerous.

The Crowd: Was filled with JOY, Praise, Adoration. Why? Because their New King was coming into their Capital City Jerusalem.

Zechariah 9:9 (NLT)
9  Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey riding on a donkey’s colt.

How Fickle This Crowd Was:

Just a few days after Jesus Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem we find large crowds, stirred up by their leaders, shouting with just as much enthusiasm for Jesus to be Crucified. Remember the crowds motivated to stone Stephen, to beat Paul within an inch of his life and left for dead. The Crowds cannot always be trusted to get things right. Mob mentality takes over and everyone follows like a sheep.

 The Modern Crowds:

The Popular Religious Writers: Some calling themselves ‘Christian’ say things the world and foolish Christians long to hear, but they are far from the revealed will of God. They’ll advocate things the Lord has condemned and say that they are good for you.

The Christian who chooses to live in sin: They want others to endorse their wayward way of life, and the world loves to hear of hypocritical believers, the crowd’s pressure is intense these days.

The Non-Christian: They’ll say all kinds of strange things about Jesus, about the Bible and about God. The World loves it and the pressure to go along is needle like too, it penetrates to all levels of the modern church. The fact of God’s Creation is being constantly attacked. Compromise and acceptance of false beliefs, because the glamour of the crowd is deafening. Christians are shutting their mouths and the world is getting worse by the day. Christians don’t want to appear odd or out of kilter with society, so they’ll accommodate and acquiesce. Christians are afraid of being made to look foolish when scientists and psychologist try and explain away our revealed faith. However, true science is nothing to be afraid of, for it will in the end, find God’s Word to be trustworthy and true. Soon they’ll discover that there was indeed a Creator and He still holds Creation in balance.

 The Triumphal Entry: If you were in that Crowd when Jesus came into Jerusalem, would you be shouting Hosanna (praise the Lord) just because everyone else was shouting or would it be because Jesus really was your King?

A week later, if you were there when Jesus was brought out and you were asked who should be released, Barabbas or Jesus, would you go along with the crowd or would Jesus still be your King?

When the Crowd today says things about Jesus, God, the Bible and Christianity that are NOT true, will you stand up for Jesus or go along with the crowd or worse still, stay silent?

 A Tapestry: If you look at the reverse side of a tapestry, all you see is knots and bits of thread, but turn it over and WOWzer, you’ll see the bigger picture in all it’s splendour.

Just like the Disciples of Jesus who were not aware of why they were being commanded to go get a Donkey’s colt, we too are not always aware of why the Lord wants us to do certain things, be certain places or speak His word in season; turning the other cheek, blessing our enemies and forgiving those who do evil things to us, etc, but because we know Jesus and love and respect and honour Him, we’ll do what He says, because He’s got the bigger picture, He knows the end from the beginning, because He knows the BIG PICTURE, even though to us it all looks like a mess down here on earth, one day we’ll observe and be overyjoyed by the splendour of the KING.

After the Triumphal Entry, Trial, Crucifixion and Resurrection; Jesus is now the Ascended King of kings and LORD of Lords, He’s on the Throne in Heaven, He’s coming back again soon, will you be in that Crowd cheering Jesus return? Are you longing for the return of Jesus in all his glory? He’s coming soon my friends at an hour we don’t expect.

The LORD NEEDS IT:

Sometimes we give to the LORD begrudgingly, but this man let Jesus have his Donkey’s Colt, because the Disciples said, “The Master Needs It”… Oh WOW! Is there anything you can give to Jesus today? Oh yes there is my friends; Jesus wants you to use;

  • Your TIME:
  • Your TALENTS:
  • Your MONEY:
  • Your THINGS:

All of these things for the KING and for use in the KINGDOM of Jesus.

You don’t need to be like that FICKLE CROWD.

You can be; Trusting Jesus today, because He’s proven to be TRUSTWORTHY.

You can live in Obedience today, because He’s your King and Lord and knows the beginning and the end.

You can be Serving Jesus today, because you LOVE Him: with all your heart, mind, soul, will and strength.

You cannot do it in your own strength, you need Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s help. If you try, even with all your own strength and might you’ll fail, but if you SUBMIT to His Authority, recognising His Humility, you’ll flourish and grow as a Christian, because He’ll give you all you need to be triumphant and victorious in the Christian life.

Have an amazing Holy Week and come and join us on;

  • Maunday Thursday: as we celebrate the Lord’s Last Supper over a Passover Meal, then on;
  • Good Friday Walk of Witness: at 11.45am come and join with Christians from all over West Norwood and walk and witness for Jesus. Click Here for More Details of the Walk of Witness.
  • Resurrection Sunday at 10.30am as we Celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’m praying for you all today, that you’ll be able to resist the clamour of the crowds and continue steadfastly to follow the Lord Jesus as your King and Master, Saviour and Lord. Amen!

Don.

The Triumphal Entry.

 

How to get your Glory Glow

Daily Spirit & Word, 469: How to get your Glory-Glow.

Come Up To The Mountain Top.

How to get your Glory-Glow.

Good morning my friends, it’s good to be up early today, it’s still dark outside and it’s drizzling, but it’s warm rather than the cold of winter. I love the smell of the fresh rain on the grass. The foxes scampered away today when I approached, they might have young pups again, but I’ve not seen them yet. I prayed the Lord’s prayer in the rain this morning 🙂

Now I’m back in my study and I’ve got one verse on my heart today;

Exodus 34:2 “Be ready in the morning to climb up Mount Sinai and present yourself to me on the top of the mountain.”

You’ve heard of Mountain-Top Experiences right? They are the moments in life when we’re overjoyed with something; it might be landing that dream job, getting pregnant, having a baby, getting engaged to your dream girl, your wedding day or the day you left college with a qualification. Each one of us has had at least one moment in life when we felt elated, full of high-spirited delight and it’s a truly awesome feeling.

Moses was invited to get ready early in the morning to climb up the mountain and be with the Lord. You know my friends, we’re invited too; every day we can get up early, get ready and climb up the mountain to be with the Lord. We don’t know how Moses felt, but we can imagine, however, we do know that Moses was not the same when he came back down the mountain, because he shone with the glory of the Lord. Moses got his glory glow.

You’ve received a Mountain Top Invite From The LORD.

How? How do we climb up a mountain when we live in the City or on the flat plain? How can I climb up the mountain when I’ve got five kids to look after? How can I climb up the mountain when I’m getting ready to go to work?

Oh my friends; if we were invited by our favourite artist, actor, singer or sports hero to come and spend some time with them, how eager would we be to be ready? to be there on time? to get as close to our favourite personality as we possibly could? I’d love to meet some of the ‘Stars’, but we must be careful what we wish for.

Once, whilst attending a Christian Conference in London at Westminster Hall, it was glorious and awesome. We’d been singing in the morning for about an hour; praising and worshipping the Lord, and then being fed with God’s word for over two hours. As we walked around the corner to look for a place to have some lunch you’ll never guess who I literally bumped into? It was my favourite comedian from the 1970’s, every time he walked onto the stage on TV I’d be rolling around the floor laughing, I love and laughed at his every move. To me he was just so funny, tears of joy would stream down my face watching him perform. And I longed to meet him to watch him live. Well here he was, I’d bumped into him. He was shorter than I imagined, he stank of booze and was unshaven, he could hardly string a sentence together and I felt so sorry for him. My STAR had faded, but he was still a human being, just a human being. His name? I’ll save him embarrassment for now.

I think the LORD was showing me something that day about the things we treasure and value and take delight in here on this earth. I’d just been praising the Lord and being fed by Him, I’m not joking, it was truly awesome to be in His presence with hundreds of other Christians, then I saw what worldly fame could do to an once great Nationally popular man. In my heart I knew right there and then, “What the LORD gives in praise, worship, adoration and when we give Him our undivided attention to His Word, far exceeds the glittering promises of this world”

It was already a habit of mine to get up early in the morning to be with the Lord, but now after that Conference and meeting my fallen hero, I was convinced that my eternal hero, my joy and delight was waiting for me every single day, and Jesus would enthral, enchant, enrapture me far more than anything the world could ever offer.

So for me, going out into the garden or the woods whilst it’s still dark to pray and walk with the Lord, then come back and praise Him and get into His Word is like Moses encounter on the Mountain Top: Except I can do it every single day, not matter where I am or what I’m tasked with doing that day. If I’ve got a lot on on any particular day, I’ll get up to be with the LORD even earlier. Why? Because once you start meeting with Jesus in the mornings, you’ll never really want the sun to come up. You’ll want those precious mountain-top moments to last for ever, but time ticks, the sun rises and the day approaches and we reluctantly leave the Master’s presence, but full of JOY and ready to face the day with our Glory Glow shining for the world to see.

This Mountain Top Invite is for you today, to come and meet with Jesus, meet with Him every day, to be filled with His presence and to know Him and experience the JOY He desires for your life, He’ll give you the Glory Glow.

Will you come? Will you come and worship the Lord on the Mountain Top?

Do it on the bus, on the train, in the car or as you walk to work.

Come up to the mountain top and experience the fullness of LIFE Jesus wants for you. As you praise Him, your Heart is going to be filled with His glory and you’ll come down from your Mountain Top just like Moses; radiant with the glory of the Lord. He got his glory-glow from being with the LORD and you will too my friends. It may not be obvious to everybody, but you’ll be transformed into the likeness of the Lord.

How’s your glory-glow today?

You may also wish to visit my NEW PAGE: Discover The Spirit Filled Life.

Have an truly AWESOME Tuesday on the Mountain-Top with the LORD.

You may like to sing along with these fantastic worship songs today: 10000 Reasons, This is my desire, Lord I give you my heart, To Be In Your Presence.


How to Get Your Glory Glow?

“Come Up To The Mountain Top and Present yourself to ME” says the LORD.

 

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 🙂

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.”

 

 

 

430: Life or Death: You Choose!

430 Choose Eternity Over Now

Daily Spirit & Word, 430: Life or Death: You Choose!

Either fall down and worship Golden Statue or Die in the Fire.

Daniel Chapter 3.

Good morning my friends, I don’t know about you, but I can feel the days are getting longer and the earth is warming up again. After Winter’s cold we begin to look forward to Spring’s warmth don’t we? It’s the same when we get ill, we look forward to the day when we’ll begin to feel better again or when hardships come, we remember the good times and look forward to a time of ease from hard labour.
Daniel and the Jewish people in Exile in Babylon also looked forward to those good times, but a decidedly dangerous turn of events occured when the King of Babylon built a Golden Statue and told all the people to bow down and worship it. For the Jews all knew that worshipping a false idol would bring God’s swift condemnation and judgement. The edict / order of the king was; “either fall down and worship or face being thrown into the furnace and being burned alive”.
People Value Their LIVES: The Bible clearly tells us that the vast majority of human beings value their life more than all their possessions and would give up everything in order to live. Even Satan knew this when he asked the LORD to allow him to take everything from Job. Job 2:4-5 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
So when the King gave this order to worship the idol of gold, most of the people would comply, their worship was not from their hearts but from convenience and compliance, they didn’t value the statue, but the did value their wellbeing, they loved their lives. For the Jews however, this was going to prove a very testing moment during their Exile from the Pormised Land.
There were four young men who from among the Jews had been selected for service in the Empire of Babylon, they’d been promoted because of their proven abilities; intelligent, wise, bright and clever, now what will they do? We know the story, but let us look at their hearts together.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego valued their lives just as much as anyone else in the world, but there was a higher power that took precedence over their own lives, because they’d received another edict / command long before Nebuchadnezzar had issued his own;
The Commandments of God: 
Exodus 20:1-6
1 And God spoke all these words:
2  “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3  “You shall have no other gods before me.
4  “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6  but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
They’d had these laws for hundreds of years by the time of King Nebuchadnezzar, they were embedded into the fabric of their being and their hearts were often tested in this area whilst they lived in Israel, they’d been sent into Exile by God (at the hands of the Babylonians) because they’d broken these commandments and had not listened or responded to the many messengers that the LORD had sent to warn them. These who were alive after the Babylonian attack, were taken back to Babylon and now they were faced with the critical choice; “Follow God’s Commands or Nebuchadnezzar’s”….
Daniel 3:1-6
1 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
2  He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up.
3  So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.
4  Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language:
5  As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.
6  Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

The Christian’s Choice:

Follow The Way of the World: Under Satan’s Rule.
Follow the Way of the LORD: Under Jesus Rule.
I think it all boils down to TRUST & FAITH:
We all trust different things in life; getting married we make oaths to one another and trust that we’re able to live up to those promises. We get aboard a bus, train or plane; trusting the pilot or driver knows where he’s going and can get us to where we want to go. We exercise Faith is so many areas of life, but how are we getting along at actually TRUSTING God with everything in our life today. If our LIFE depended upon it, would we be faithful to the LORD?
Hypothetical Questions like that are very difficult to answer. The devoted Christian will immediately respond, “I hope I’d have the courage of my convictions”, but ultimately until we’re put to the test we just don’t know.
However, we can determine every day just how devoted and faithful to Jesus we really are; because moment by moment throughout every day of our life, we face challenges and tests of our devotion and faith and trust in Jesus don’t we?
For instance: For those of us who live in relative freedom those tests normally come in moral and relational ways; choices to live a good holy pure life in a world that’s quickly becoming less and less concerned with moral purity and conduct. We’re faced with explicit sexual temptations through the Media, Advertising, Films, TV and the Internet, and the way that people dress and behave, even in public places today. They are all temptations and we’ve got choices every day, but we’ve also got the LORD’S express commands in the Bile in these areas too; For example read the Ephesians passage below.
How to LIVE a HOLY, PURE and MORAL life for Jesus:
Ephesians 5:1-21
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
2  and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3  But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
4  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
5  For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6  Let no-one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
7  Therefore do not be partners with them.
8  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
9  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
10  and find out what pleases the Lord.
11  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
12  For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
13  But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
14  for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
15  Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
16  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
17  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
18  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
19  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
20  always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
21  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
But probably more of a problem is our ATTITUDES to others as Christians.
We’re challenged and tested every single day.
For instance: I’ve noticed that London is getting more and more overcrowded, the transport system is just not coping with the increase in numbers and the patience of people is wearing very thin. You’ll notice in Brixton outside the Tube Station, thousands of people every day queuing up for buses, but in days gone by, those queus were patient and we always let those who’d been in the queue first, bet on the bus first, but not these days. When a bus arrives there’s a mad scramble to be first. Fights break out often, people push one another to be first, sometimes you’ll have to wait for a few buses before you can board one of them. I’ve noticed mothers with children being left stranded whilst fit young men push in front of them. There have even been stabbings because of the overcrowding. How is a Christian going to behave in those queues? What’s our attitude going to be towards our fellow passengers? Oh yes my friends, we’re being tested RELATIONALLY every day. Patience, humility, peace, generosity, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control…
While we don’t face death decisions like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we do face the choice to be like Jesus; to die to self and live for God.
 John 12:25  “The man (Person) who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
The person who chooses to live for themselves is choosing the benefits for the short term; i.e. you’ll get on the bus first, but you’ll feel bad about it afterwards, when your God given conscience kicks in.
The person who chooses to live for Jesus; is choosing blessings for all eternity; i.e. You’ll let others go ahead of you and you’ll bless those who overtake you and pray for those who push you aside in life. “Bless and do not curse”, “Do good to those who hate you”, “Love your enemies”, “Turn the cheek”, “Walk an extra mile”, “Give your shirt off your back to one who needs it”, etc etc… My friends, choose not to live for now or for the moment, but choose to live for ETERNITY. Store up for yourselves TREASURE in Heaven.
We’ll only be VICTORIOUS if we keep close to Him, Jesus Christ and get His Holy Spirit POWER to live for Him in this world today.
Decide right NOW to live for Jesus and be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit.
Choose Eternity over The NOW (Instant Gratification).
You know my friends, when you decide to live for Jesus every moment of the day, you are going to feel so much better about yourself, your attitude towards others and your heartfelt devotion to the LORD. You’ll be full of JOY and want to praise Him, even in testing and tempting situations that you’ll face.
God bless and keep you today.
Don.