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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

the Power of the Holy Spirit to The Fathers Witnesses


"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."
2 Cor. 8:9


Hebrews 6:10 for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which ye showed toward his name, in that ye ministered unto the saints, and still do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you may show the same diligence unto the fullness of hope even to the end: 12 that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13 For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he swore by himself, 14 saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation. 17 Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with an oath; 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us: 19 which we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and entering into that which is within the veil; 20 whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Act 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority. 8  But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal; 3 but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Colossians 1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which is come unto you; even as it is also in all the world bearing fruit and increasing, as it doth in you also, since the day ye heard and knew the grace of God in truth; 


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Living with the Power of God


Ephesians 3;
14 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 of whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, 19 and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A Romans Walk



Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 2 But the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; 4 so that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father! 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, "For Your sake we are killed all the day long. We are counted as sheep of slaughter." 37 But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:16 minding the same thing toward one another, not minding high things, but yielding to the lowly. Do not be wise within yourselves. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as far as is in you, being in peace with all men. 19 not avenging yourselves, beloved, but giving place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Matthew Chapter 7


Matthew 7:1 “Don't condemn others, and God won't condemn you. 2 God will be as hard on you as you are on others! He will treat you exactly as you treat them. 3 You can see the speck in your friend's eye, but you don't notice the log in your own eye.
4 How can you say, "My friend, let me take the speck out of your eye," when you don't see the log in your own eye? 5 You're nothing but show-offs! First, take the log out of your own eye. Then you can see how to take the speck out of your friend's eye.”

6 Don't give to dogs what belongs to God. They will only turn and attack you. Don't throw pearls down in front of pigs. They will trample all over them.

7 Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 Everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And the door will be opened for everyone who knocks. 9 Would any of you give your hungry child a stone, if the child asked for some bread? 10 Would you give your child a snake if the child asked for a fish? 11 As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give good things to people who ask.

12 Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the Law and the Prophets are all about.

13 Go in through the narrow gate. The gate to destruction is wide, and the road that leads there is easy to follow. A lot of people go through that gate. 14 But the gate to life is very narrow. The road that leads there is so hard to follow that only a few people find it.

15 Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside they are wolves who have come to attack you. 16 You can tell what they are by what they do. No one picks grapes or figs from thornbushes. 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that produces bad fruit will be chopped down and burned. 20 You can tell who the false prophets are by their deeds.

21 Not everyone who calls me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey my Father in heaven will get in. 22 On the Day of Judgment many will call me their Lord. They will say, "We preached in your name, and in your name we forced out demons and worked many miracles." 23 But I will tell them, "I will have nothing to do with you! Get out of my sight, you evil people!"

24 Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock. 25 Rain poured down, rivers flooded, and winds beat against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on solid rock. 26 Anyone who hears my teachings and doesn't obey them is like a foolish person who built a house on sand. 27 The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the winds blew and beat against that house. Finally, it fell with a crash. 28 When Jesus finished speaking, the crowds were surprised at his teaching. 29 He taught them like someone with authority, and not like their teachers of the Law of Moses.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Being Filled With The Holy Spirit

Bible reference:  Acts 20:24;  Acts 2:3-8; Acts 4:31; Ephesians 5:8

Acts 2:3-8, Acts 4:31; and Ephesians 5:18


Acts 2:3 and there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speaking in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying, Behold, are not all these that speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we, every man in our own language wherein we were born?

Acts 4:31 After they had prayed, the meeting place shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and bravely spoke God's message.
Ephesians 5:18 Don't destroy yourself by getting drunk, but let the Spirit fill your life.

When we are born again through faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our lives from then on. (1Corinthians 3:16) “All of you surely know that you are God's temple and that his Spirit lives in you”.

At times after new birth, our lives may be repeatedly filled to overflowing by the empowering presence of the Spirit. The testimony of the early disciples illustrates this.
On the day of Pentecost, the 120 followers of Jesus were filled with the Spirit. "Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire . . . And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit." "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them." After this encounter, Peter joined the other disciples for a prayer meeting. "And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit." In this event, those who had been filled with the Spirit at Pentecost were filled a second time. Peter, who had been so filled twice before, was filled a third time. Therefore, it is evident that the filling of the Spirit is not a once for all time matter. Subsequently, the Apostle Peter, who was originally filled on Pentecost, was again filled as he stood before the religious hierarchy of Israel.

Furthermore, being filled with the Spirit is not automatic or universal for Christians, as is the indwelling of the Spirit. This fact can be clearly seen in the instruction given in Ephesians 5:18. "And do not be drunk with wine . . . but be filled with the Spirit." Since this is a command and not a description, it only becomes a personal reality to those who respond properly. God will not force you to obey a command – He wants to see your heart. This is the power of God’s Kingdom – those who are truly His will respond to Jesus no matter what is in the way.

Additionally, the form of this command contains tremendous insight concerning the fullness of the Spirit and God's desire for us. The injunction to "be filled with the Spirit" is in the present tense, indicating an ongoing condition. It could be translated "be always being filled." This imperative is a call to a way of living, not merely certain events as they happen. It is the will of God that we actually live, day by day, more and more, by the fullness of the Spirit's empowering work. We should humbly pray for the fullness of the Holy Spirit as we face each day, each challenge and each opportunity of life.

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.
(Ephesians 5:18-21)
When a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, what will the results be in his life? What evidences will develop to validate the work of the Spirit in fullness? In some church traditions, which give considerable attention to the fullness of the Spirit, limited evidences are stressed such as those often mentioned in Acts: tongues, prophecy, or boldness. As important as these are the full biblical picture is much larger than this viewpoint.

Ephesians 5:18-21 is a classic example of the scriptures broad perspective on this subject. In Ephesians 5:18, the command is given to "be filled with the Spirit." The subsequent verses (Ephesians 5:19-21) list the spiritual consequences that will follow in a life that is characteristically Spirit filled.


When a believer in Jesus Christ is living in the fullness of the Spirit, he will be led and empowered to fellowship with, and minister to, brothers and sisters: "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." These words fit those times when believers gather together for spiritual celebration and one example is like this time tonight. Some of the music of the church is directed toward other believers in the form of exhortation and edification. A Spirit filled Christian will be involved in "one another’s life" in the body of Christ.

Closely related to this, however, is the essential presence of a worshiping heart: "singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." Genuine fellowship and effective ministry flows out of a life focused in adoration upon the Lord Himself. A Spirit filled Christian will be a worshiper of the true and living God.

Further, when a disciple of Jesus is filled with the Spirit, his life will typically overflow with thanksgiving: "giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." The world and the flesh produce complaints and dissatisfaction. The Spirit of the Lord stirs gratitude and appreciation. It shows a life lived in the spirit.


Additionally, servant hood submission is a common attribute of one who is Spirit filled: "submitting to one another in the fear of God." Natural humanity wants to control people and exercise mastery over them. The Spirit of Christ, the servant of all (Matthew 20:24 - 28), brings forward humble service from those who revere and honour the Lord. It is the will of our Father to know and witness with the power of Holy Spirit - Jesus addressed this in acts chapter 1 verses 7 and 8.









Sunday, March 15, 2020

Grace

Bible reference: Luke 22:18-20

When the grace of God is allowed to work in us, we have access to the risen Lord Jesus. 

Jesus was already entered into winning for us the payment for sin.  Yet he indicated he would again celebrate the communion again with them.   Grace was given to lift us from our sin. 

The resurrection is one hotly debated subject in history.   Yet there were guards assigned, there was things done to ensure he was in the tomb.  Yet there were too many witnesses.   Jesus is declared to be the resurrected son of God.  He is the sufficient payment for our sins.  Don't keep paying.  Christ is the sacrifice that takes away our sins.  50 days after crucifixion,  the day of Pentecost,  the disciples spoke powerfully in the Spirit. 

Acts 2:23-24
In the garden of Eden death came.  The spirit of man died.  Through Christ,  the Spirit of man comes alive.   

Acts 2:32
Read the first 4 chapters.   Acts is the book that describes the acts of  the Holy Spirit in the lives of the early church. 

'Whom you crucified but God raised Him from death'.  Live in the victory,  but know how it happened.   Acts 4:33

Grace was as what powered them.  The outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost,  caused the disciples to preach powerfully.   

Acts - Peter's sermon.  Jesus raised,  there were witnesses,  a lame man was healed, they spoke powerfully in the Spirit,  the message centered on the resurrected Lord Jesus,  grace of God, power of the Holy Spirit.

When you talk about the resurrected Lord Jesus,  people don't like this.  Acts 4:2-10

They don't get upset if you talk about God's laws.

It was the grace of God that allowed the Church to witness boldly about the Lord Jesus.   Acts 4:33

This grace made the disciples bold.  They didn't have the resources we have, they only had Jesus.  

Isn't that enough?

He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. 







Monday, March 9, 2020

Salvation

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

We’ve all failed to keep God’s Word, the Law, His commandments. At some point we’ve lied, cheated, hurt with actions or words, failed to fully obey the commands set down by God.  We’re all in this together.  No person is exempt.  It’s inclusive for the whole human race.

2. Romans 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Sin = missing the mark.  “The mark, in this case, is the standard of perfection established by God and evidenced by Jesus. Viewed in that light, it is clear that we are all sinners.” [https://www.allaboutgod.com/what-is-sin.htm]

Eternal life – a gift of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  That is “knowing God”, now in the present and forever.  Being in relationship with Him now, today, not just when we get to heaven.

3. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

How much does God love us?  So much that he gave his one and only Son, Jesus Christ to take our place and die. 

“God’s love goes beyond willingness to die for a good person. He is supremely willing to demonstrate His love, so much so that He gave His Son for sinners so that all can see it. This is the proof of His love for us. There is nothing in sinners to call forth this love, but there is something in the unconditional love of God that does.

The word “shows” means to put together by combining. Thus, the idea is to prove, establish, or exhibit. God’s love surpasses the most extreme sacrifice of man for others. God made good on His love by sacrificing His most beloved Son.

The present tense of the word “shows” indicates that God continuously establishes His love, because even today the death of Christ for our sins remains His most striking manifestation of His love. Christ died for His enemies (v. 10).” [https://versebyversecommentary.com/2011/07/10/romans-58/ ]


4. Romans 10:9-10 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

How are we saved?  Declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord; Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.

“In verse 9, Paul directly states that believing and confessing are both essential for salvation.
In verse 10, while believing and confessing are now set apart into two separate clauses, confession is still declared to result in salvation.

The Greek word homologeo„ (“confess”) in the NT is most naturally used of public confession.
Confession in this context cannot be as easily explained as that which takes place in the heart as a private act before God as might be implied by interpretive option 2 above. In using the term “mouth,” Paul implies a public confession.

God does not need one to “confess with the mouth” for his benefit.
He can see into the heart to discern our faith, and grant us justification at the very moment of faith.”


For further reference: https://vimeo.com/390649940 

S Irvine

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Freedom to Tell the Gospel

Bible references: Luke 10;  Psalms 116:12

"What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?"

We don't always know what is going to happen.   What people think isn't always what happens.

It's not for to decide who accept or reject.   We are to go.  The 70 sent out and had a great time. 

Chapter 9 demonstrates the disciples were unable to cast out a demon.   But in chapter 10, they are successful.   Yet we are to rejoice that our names are written in heaven.   Jesus wants our names written in the book in heaven.   

It's not us who gets it right.   God's love is not based on how well we do something,  its based on his love for us.

Psalm 51:15-17

Remembering the Gospel helps fight our pride and rely on his complete provision.   Christ sent the 70 (72) out in pairs to encourage one another.   Those who reject the message will be full of fear.  Anyone who despises you will be reckoned/judged as despises of Him who sent you.

We do not win the victory.   God is the one who wins the victory.   Beware of spiritual pride.   

Look ahead and be with Jesus.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you.  God requires a humble heart.   It's not about how smart or good you are; its about a humble life.

What matters is that your name is written in the book in heaven.  Men and devils cannot take our salvation away from us.  God and Jesus will not take your salvation/eternal life in heaven from you.

We are to ever take the name of the Lord in vain.   Don't render his name useless.   

In Australia...When the first fleet landed, it was daunting,  yet we are one of the freest nations in the world.   We can be ambassadors to our nation,  Australia. We have this privilege. 







Sunday, February 23, 2020

Exercise Our Faith In God

Bible references:  Joshua 3 and 4
The Israelites crossed the Jordon on dry ground.   There were 12 appointments to gather a stone from the Jordon and place them where they stayed that night.  The stones were a memorial to tell what the Lord had done that day.

The people faithfully obeyed God.   Joshua led them.  He was God appointed.   He had to be about Gods business.   The people walked after the rule of the word and after the Spirit.   The Spirit gives direction,  freedom,  life.

We must be prepared to pass ways we've never passed before,  do things we've not done before. 

We are to be bold and courageous. Things can happen to us.  In the world today,  persecution is paramount.  We obey and follow God,  we are following the author and finisher of our faith.   

The people had to sanctify themselves.   Walk away from our sin, and follow the Lord.  Let the Lord deal with our sin.   Be careful not to grieve the Spirit.   Whatever place your in depend on the Lord.

God has the same power to finish the salvation of his people as he has to begin it.  God's going to make the difference in his people. 

The Jordon in flood overflowed its banks.  God turned up for his people.   Those who oppose God's people will know Gods judgement. 

- walking from 'death to life' through the Jordon;
- we put remembrance stones to remember that God turned up to help his people 
- today, we are living stones,
- like the priests, we must not grow weary while we wait,
- enjoy Gods presence with you while you wait,
- honor given to Joshua for his faith.

The people were to tell others and their children about what happened. It is the responsibility that parents are to teach their children about God.  Serious godliness is to be undertaken.   

When we step out we do this in faith.   We step out on faith to make God purposes work.   We step out in faith for the Holy Spirit to move.

The Spirit gives us life.  Paul knew the Law of the Lord.   But he didn't know Jesus.   He knew the Spirit once he met and received Jesus. 

If you choose to go through the motions, he will let you live your life this way.   As we exercise our faith,  the Spirit goes into action.   
2 Corinthians 3:6
People need life initially and continually. 
Ephesians 2:1-9
Once we walked according to the ways of the world,  but now we follow the Spirit of God.   The only remedy for spiritual death is spiritual life.   People need life continually.  If we were left to our best efforts after salvation,  we would struggle.  We would not make it.  If we live by the letter of the law we will experience death.  Jesus had to come and bring salvation because no one could get life by letter of the law. 

John 10:10
John 6 bread of life

Jesus never said he was starting a new religion. Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Acts 5:20The life that Jesus came to provide is expressed through us who are saved. 

Colossians 3:4
He didn't come to start a movement,  he came to produce life in us.  It is the Spirit who gives life.  God will make a way where there is no way.  We are to exercise our faith and put our faith in God.