Staying On Track With Jesus

How powerful you are as a Christian is determined by how close you are to Jesus Christ

Daily Spirit & Word: 781: Don’t Get Sidetracked.

Staying On Track With Jesus

Over the summer we visited lot’s of historical sites, one was the Bluebell Railway. We took a trip on an old steam-train and it was awesome. So many childhood memories flooded back into my mind, things I thought I’d forgotten. Just the smell of the smoke evoked memories of the old railways in Edinburgh and day-trips to Kinghorn and Burnt Island in the 1960s and of course the Forth Railway Bridge.

On the Bluebell line, trains would sit and wait on a sidetrack whilst another train passed, we observed the old fashioned way they changed the tracks by hand, pulling a lever. It got me to thinking about our relationship with Jesus, and how when something happens it is so easy to get sidetracked in our walk with Him.

Getting sidetracked is so easy. As you begin a lifetime of following Jesus, it is important to understand that whatever you do for Him will only be a reflection of the relationship you have with Him. If you want to do great things just like Jesus’ Disciples and the Apostles, and I’m sure you do, then you need to have a great relationship with Jesus like they did. If you want to have a ministry for Jesus that is strong, your relationship with Jesus must be strong.

Getting back on track is just as easy: Jesus is only a prayer away.

Acts 3:1 (NIV) “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon…”

After Pentecost, full of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles maintained a daily routine of prayer. They were keeping close to Jesus by gathering for worship and prayer.

Oswald Chambers was a man others recognized as being abandoned to God. He was a Scottish itinerant preacher and Bible college founder. In his early forties he died far away from home in Egypt of a ruptured appendix while ministering to the troops during WWI. His meditations on the Christian life collected in the daily devotional classic “My Utmost for His Highest” have enriched generations of Christians. He deeply understood the essential nature of maintaining a close relationship with Jesus.

J.C.Ryle an Anglican Evangelical Bishop. Knew about Daily Prayer and wrote some of the most powerful books to keep you close to Jesus. I read through a portion of his works every single day whilst at Theological College. It was a tough time, because I had to read so much garbage from liberal theologians and ordained men who didn’t know Jesus personally, but this sound man of God kept me on track with my own walk with Jesus.

Selwyn Hughes: Wrote “Everyday With Jesus”. I got into reading those little daily devotionals when I was a very young Christian in the 1980s, and I can testify they kept me going on track with Jesus. Every day I’d pick up my Bible and the little booklet and read, pray, praise the Lord. Soon I realised it’s much more than reading, but listening and talking with Jesus.

How you serve Jesus is simply an overflow of your time with Jesus.

So my friends, the main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain with Jesus, and the character, power and zeal you’ll have is a by-product of that relationship. That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is being continually besieged by all the things that will try and get us sidetracked.

You’ll see, because it’s easy to justify not spending quality time with Jesus, but you’ll also see that not spending time with Him will be equally evident.

STAYING ON TRACK:

The most important thing you will ever do as a Christian is: SPEND TIME WITH JESUS DAILY.

It’s a KINGDOM PRINCIPLE, PRECEPT and PRACTICE.

Your own responsibility in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ to maintain your own personal relationship with the KING. Why? Because nobody else can do it for you. The best question you can ask your brother or sister in Christ is this, “How’s your walk with Jesus?” or “Are you meeting with Jesus every day?” Nothing else really matters, because what we do for Jesus will be shown by how close we are to Him.

I’ve met many Christians who’re struggling with basic things, I’ve counselled so many, but when we take a closer look at how they are spending time with Jesus daily, we’ve found that’s the one thing they’re not maintaining, so problems come. We’ll avoid so much heartache and troubles if we just keep closer to Jesus. He’ll warn us when things are coming our way. He knows the future. He knows the past. He knows everything. You have the privilege of coming to the sourse of the best NEWS you’ll ever hear every day.

But more than that; Jesus wants to talk with you too. He’s waiting for you every day. When you get up and go to Jesus, He’s waiting for you.

How’s your walk and time with Jesus going?

Living for Jesus flows out of your relationship with Jesus.

WARNING: We often get it the other way around.

Notice that the “with Jesus” is the basis of the “for Jesus.”

So often we Christians get so caught up in what we are trying to do for Jesus that we totally overlook the source of power for anything we can do for Jesus, which comes out of who we have become by spending time with Jesus.

I’ve made the mistake so many times of forgetting Jesus. It’s as if we’re serving the LORD but forgetting to involve Him in what we’re doing. Never forget it is Jesus you are living for and serving.

YBH: Yes but HOW?

How do you spend time with Jesus?

It’s not about “Saying Prayers”… “Reading a BOOK” … etc…

If you’ve ever been in a significant relationship, then you’ll know that the strength of your feelings of love, devotion, care and concern are dependent upon how close you feel towards that other person. So many times I’ve heard from couples, “We’ve just drifted apart emotionally”… It’s so true. We stop caring. We stop being concerned about them. We begin to live for ourselves. If that’s true in our earthly relationships, then it’s also true in our Spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. You’ll notice over time that you just don’t care if you don’t spend time. A wake-up call is coming your way if you’re living your Christian life like that.

So you’ll stake everything on maintaining the most important relationship you’ll ever have in life; the one with Jesus Christ.

Make and Keep A TIME with Jesus:

Acts 3:1 (NIV) “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.”

Here’s how many Christians do it:

Fix A TIME that’s right for you: I do it first thing every morning. And so did many of the powerful men of God in the past, but I’m aware that might not be the best time for everyone. But FIX a TIME to be with Jesus every day. Don’t let anything push that time with Jesus out of the way. Treat it like an appointment with the Queen or President or Prime Minister. It’s your appointment with the KING of Kings.

Pray, Read God’s Word, Pray, Praise, Sing, Pray, Listen, Meditate upon what you’ve just read; Pray in the Scriptures, Ask Jesus questions about what you’ve just read. Worship and sings songs based upon what you’ve just been reading in God’s Word. Use YouTube and Google to search out songs related to your Bible theme. (The JOY of the LORD is my strength). Read about the Saints who’ve gone before you and how they got on FIRE for Jesus, but more importantly, how they maintained that fire and stayed on-track with Jesus.

Keep a prayer / devotional journal: Write things down. It’s amazing how Jesus brings you back to a prayer you’ve written and shows you how He’s answered it.

As you spend time with Jesus you will be able to do so much for Jesus.

It’s amazing what you can learn from a trip on an old fashioned steam train, I’ll never forget my trip on the Bluebell Railway and what it taught me about staying on track with Jesus.

Have an awesome week my friends.

BTW: by-the-way, we’ve got our Monthly Prayer Meeting tonight at 7.30pm in St Luke’s Church: I’ll be sharing more about the MOST IMPORTANT THING in Christianity. Be blessed in Jesus.

Don.

 

Divine Expectations

 

Daily Spirit & Word, 458: Divine Expectations.

Are You Eating For; One or Two or for Thousands?

Divine Expectation: Divine Pregnancy: Unusual Cravings: Expectant for one or two or thousands.

 

Seven Benefits of Bible Memorisation. Benefit #4 Divine Expectations.

 

Good moring everyone, did you see that AWESOME sunrise? I watched it going from darkness to light and it was pink long before the sun lit up the sky with glorious colours. I had an expectation that it would be brilliant long before the sun popped up.

You know when you’re semi-conscious and a thought comes into your mind, then you think to yourself, “This is from the Lord, I must write that down before I forget it?” Well, I had such a thought this morning and it was this; “When a lady is pregnant, sometimes we’ll say, “She’s eating for two you know””… Then I knew God had given me a word for today; “When a Christian is pregnant with expectation that they’ll win thousands for Jesus, they’ll devour God’s Word like a pregnant woman who’s eating for thousands of babies.” Divine Expectations.

 John 4:35 (NIV) “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

Mark 4:20 “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

“She’s so Large because She’s Pregnant with twins”. Recently we had a lovely lady in our Fellowship who gave birth to twins and they are so gorgeous. My friends, when you win someone to Christ, when you’ve been involved in giving birth to a new-born-babe in Christ, you are overjoyed right? Now imagine if you got pregnant with the expectation that you are going to win thousands to the Lord Jesus Christ? How much would you need to be eating whilst pregnant with that?

Remember Jesus teaching about the fields being white unto harvest and the labourer’s being few? Well they are RIPE unto HARVEST, but are we getting ready to go into the labour ward? Are we ready to get out into the harvest field to deliver the babies that we’ve been eating for?  Divine Expectation: Expecting Thousands or are you just eating for one or two or are you getting into God’s Word and storing it within to win thousands to Christ?

Whatever burden Christ has put upon your heart; remember this truth and remember it well: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” With Christ’s burdens for service and doing His will, it will not be an overwhelming burden, but it will be easy, it will be a joy, it will be natural, Supernaturally Natural, because we’ve been given a new nature in Christ. You will not be overwhelmed by Christ’s burdens: If it’s winning the lost, giving to the poor, leading in worship, teaching, preaching, working in the background, helping brothers and sisters practically, showing love to strangers, pastoral care; Whatever the Burden from Christ it’s going to be easy, but we’ll need to be equipped for the task.

If a Field Gunner (Field Gun Crew RN) is going into training, they’ll begin to eat the right food to bulk up and prepare for the task in hand. So too with those who are getting ready to serve Jesus Christ, we’ll bulk up with Divine Food. We’re getting ready to deliver the goods.

Look How Jesus Was Burdened (To accomplish the Father’s will).

John 4:34-38 (NIV)  “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35  Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36  Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37  Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38  I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labour.”

Jesus Food: “To do the will of Him who sent me”. The Christian’s Food: The Bread of Life

John 6:33-35 “For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34  “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” 35  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Jeremiah 15:16 “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.”

Whatever Christ is calling you to do today, whatever burden he’s placed upon your heart, you are going to need Supernatural Energy: That comes from the Holy Spirit. Also, you are going to need to be feasting upon a Divine Diet: Eating and Feasting upon God’s Word like we’re eating for a thousand babies, we’ll want to see many new-born-babes in Christ.

For Evangelists: who engage in One-to-One witnessing and sometimes preaching to thousands;  the only way to win them is to KNOW God’s Word: The Spirit will bring it to mind during conversations, but we’ll need to do the eating and feeding my friends. We work together with God’s Spirit, we don’t depend upon human resources, but we must make every effort to get to know God’s REVELATION that he’s already given, before we’ll get any new revelations whilst out witnessing for Him.

I’m sure it’s the same in many other fields of Christian Service (Burdens) too: Pastoral Counselling: I know of one Pastor who get’s a Word of Knowledge, but it’s always backed up by a Scripture the Lord brings to his remembrance.

There are people who’re involved in Foodbanks here in the UK, one Christian I know, talks with clients who come for food, but she’ll often talk to them about the Lord Jesus and try and lead them to Him. I got a word from the Lord one day at the Foodbank: “We can get by on earthly food, but we’ll thrive with Divine food. It’s NOT enough just to give them food for emergencies, but we need to be feeding them with Divine food too.”

 Unusual Cravings:

When a woman is pregnant, she’ll often get unusual cravings for certain foods; gherkins, pickles, cakes, crisps, cookies etc… When we’re pregnant with Jesus Divine Burdens; we’ll get different cravings for God’s Word. We’ll be zealous, we’ll have a craving for certain types of Divine food;

  • Prophets: we’ll get prophetic insight in to His Word,
  • Pastors: we’ll get pastoral guidance if we’re a pastor from God’s Word,
  • Evangelists: we’ll get scriptures to that will hit home to seek and to save the lost.
  • Apostles: we’ll get practical insight if we’ve got an Apostolic calling or Administrative burden from Jesus.
  • Teachers: We’ll get hungry for being able to communicate God’s Word in winning ways that will enlighten the body of Christ.

My friends, today you can see that I’ve been given a word from God today, “Divine Expectations” I’ve just been writing as the Lord has brought this idea to life, it’s not organised or structured, I’ve been pouring it all out this morning. Praise the Lord for His inspiration.

When we’re getting into God’s Word and getting God’s Word into our memory banks, He’ll bring it to life is so many wonderful ways. Whatever burden the Lord has placed upon your heart, for service in His Kingdom, it’s not going to be too heavy or hard, he’ll equip you for whatever He’s called you for. However, I encourage you to be eating His Divine Diet for Kingdom Service today. Feed in such a way that His revealed will and word will never leave you. Get into Bible Memorisation.

If you’ve been given a Divine Burden (Pregnancy), are you eating for one, two or for thousands? Can I encourage you with all my heart today, no matter what Burden the Lord has put upon your heart, to be eating for THOUSANDS.

John 4:35 (NIV) “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

Mark 4:20 “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

For me, I’m an Evangelists at heart: I know that the fields truly are RIPE unto harvest and the labourers (those in labour) are few, ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out labourers, those who are pregnant with expectation that they are going to deliver babes-in-Christ. “I’m ASKING You today Lord” Amen.

Are you eating for one, for two or for thousands? Let’s be pregnant with expectation in the Lord today. Amen!

Have a great weekend my friends.

Don.

Mark 4:1-20

1  Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered round him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.

2  He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:

3  “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.

4  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

5  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

6  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.

7  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.

8  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.”

9  Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

10  When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.

11  He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables

12  so that, ” ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’ ”

13  Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?

14  The farmer sows the word.

15  Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

16  Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.

17  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

18  Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;

19  but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

20  Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

Seven Benefits of Bible Memorisation: Benefit #4: Divine Expectations.

Divine Expectations.