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Monday, September 19, 2016

Believing- an Action If You Are Real!

Bible Reference:  John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes (faith, trust, this is an action word) in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

1 Timothy 2:1-6  “I urge, then, first of all that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  That is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.  This has now been witness to at the proper time.”

Hebrews 4:1-11

What are we resting in
?  We rest in the finished work of Christ.  We rest in God.  What does this mean?  We are to be “human beings”  not “human doings”.  God has done salvation for us – through Christ.  All we have to do is take the rest He has given us and…rest.

Hebrews: 4:11

Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. 

John 18:37-38
1 John 4:1-6

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Walk in Unity.

Love each other.  Like each other.

Ephesians 4:1-6

The first 3 chapters of Ephesians sets out how to live as God's people.

Popular belief today is that you can be a Christian and be a loner.  Scripture does not teach this.

We are to walk as God's people.   We are no longer our own but we are to walk as one of God's people; in his way.  Important to God and for our salvation.  

God wants us to be proud of walking his way but not be proud in it.  Don't think we are far above or we are better. We are not in  competition with each other.  We are to walk life together. 

Meek:  I know what's it like to have and not  have but I am content.

When strife gets in your life you won't cope unless you are walking life with God.

1 Corinthians 10:13
2 Corinthians   5:10

If you are finding it hard to forgive then you have not looked at yourself and what is going on in your life.

You cannot livein unity when you start to think you are better than someone else.

But by meekness and not competition we are to live together.   One hope, one faith, one heart, one author (God), we find our nature in God's nature.   God forgives, so we should forgive.

We are the vessels in which God lives.  The church should be the light to the world.

Our first walk should be unity.  If you are not in unity with God's people  then you are not living in His will. 

Now we are to put what we've learnt in first 3 chapters into action.  First action is unity.  Unity with other Christians is part of our salvation.
It's not an option.

God has called us to be together.   It's part of our salvation.

God wants us to put ourselves in a place where we can grow up. Become mature.

If you build a house on a good foundation you don't keep rebuilding the house.  The unity needs to be affected by the Holy Spirit.   Not uniformity. 

Unity is not about a hollow walk.  We should be looking to help someone else not take from someonw else.

We don't make unity; we keep it.  We need to keep working to keep walkingin unity.   Patience, love, life.

In the bond of peace; not by the bond of peace.  You can't be a Christian on the fence; you're either in or out.  Unity must be lived in the power of the Holy Spirit.   Outward signs do not bind Christians; peace with God through Holy Spirit, part of God's family.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Whatever you do, don’t lost your song!


The tests of life reveal how well you take instruction, what you've learned, and what you'll do in any given set of circumstances. What you've been taught is only theory, until it's been tested on real fire. Chuck Swindoll tells the story of a bird named Chippy:

'Chippy the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage singing, the next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. His problem began when his owner decided to clean his cage with a vacuum. She stuck the nozzle in to suck up the seeds and feathers at the bottom of the cage. Then the phone rang. Instinctively she turned to pick it up. She'd barely said 'hello' and then ‘sswwwwPPPPP!’ Chippy got sucked in.

The owner gasped, dropped the phone and snapped off the vacuum. She unzipped the bag and there was Chippy alive, but stunned; covered with heavy black dust. She grabbed Chippy and rushed to the bathtub, turned on the faucet full blast and held Chippy under a torrent of ice-cold water, power-washing him clean. Then she did what any compassionate pet owner would do: she snatched up the hairdryer and blasted the wet, shivering little bird with hot air.' Swindoll closes his story with these words: 'Chippy doesn't sing much anymore.' Life will test you, but don't let the struggles steal your song of life.

John16:33
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Romans 8:28-29 King James Version (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

1 John 3:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, [a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Life will test us.  When we become a Christian, life doesn’t become easy.  It becomes filled with purpose.  As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, transforming us to become like Jesus Christ, we are able to experience God’s peace even in the midst of trials.

Are you living in a cage, singing happily – life is good?  Or are you experiencing being sucked in, washed up, and blown over? 

What we’ve been taught really shows up in our life when trials come.  It’s theory until you are tested and what you have put in, will come out in the trials of life.  How well do we cope when tested?

Acts 2:42 - They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Reading the Bible, being in fellowship (church), breaking the bread (communion) and prayer – important practices we need to do regularly to grow and mature – to grow up in Christ. 
When life tests us, how do we respond?  Do we practice what the Bible says, do we turn to God in his Word and in prayer, do we seek breaking of bread (communion), do we continue in fellowship (going to church?) OR do we quickly fall away in the trials and busyness of life?  Do we phone our friends, even if they are well meaning to find the answers we wish to hear?  Or do we turn to God and His word and prayer?

Do we trust as Job did (Job 19:25 (Msg) – “Still, I know that God lives—the One who gives me back my life—  and eventually he’ll take his stand on earth”.) or do we trust people to give us their opinion? Do we rely on ourselves, or do we stand in faith (Heb 11:1) depending on God?
Hebrews 11:1 (Msg) “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”

Don’t lose your song in the trials of life as Chippy did after his trial with the vacuum cleaner – instead sing to your Savior and trust Him to bring you through.  Continue reading Scripture, continue attending Church, continue with regular Communion and continue to pray.

Be encouraged – God is with us, His children, even though the trials just as He is when we are experiencing the ‘good’ times!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Life is Life- strength, Christ in our hearts & know the greatness of God in our life

Ephesians 3:14-21

Acts 9 (Saul met Jesus and is saved)

Why is culture important? It's set by God.   To destroy people, change the culture.

Paul was a Benjaminite, a Pharisee, but he didn't know the revelation until  he met Jesus.

The family to which we belong is the Church of the family of Abraham.

Paul prepared to let God be god and take his direction from God.

Three things:
God's strength in our inner man;
The Church (God's people);
He has given the Holy Spirit in us.

Faith in God's plan for your life.

We will then know the surpassing greatness of God's grace in our life.

Where are the prayers of our heart at this moment?  Each and every one of us to answer this question.

Why is this important?

Are you interested in what God wants to do?  He is interested in what you want to do.

Q. Could you give a personal example of the greatness of God in your life?

How big is your prayer?  Would you trust God more than the leaders of our nation?

Where am I going to be as a person who is successful and do what God wants me to do?

Do you believe God can answer our prayers?  Do you believe God is interested in your life?

Life is life - It's not rosy; it's how you come through it.

We come and meet together to give God glory.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Ephesians 3:14-21

This represents Paul's second prayer for the church.  For the power of the Holy Spirit in the church.

Ephesians 1:16-17 you will see Paul asks for wisdom and revelation for the church, so we may know him better.

It's in our knowing God that we grow up and have a relationship with God.

Ephesians 3:14-21 - Paul is on his knees and giving reverence to God.
Paul has come in humility not in pride.    When you read scripture Paul had to say a lot of things that upset people but this shows Paul really giving God the reverence and honour.

v15  this is about every family on earth that wants to commit to God derives their name from Abraham.
We are of the family of Abraham.

3 things prayed for:
- prays for Holy Spirit being in us (v16)
- Christ be in us (v17-18)
- fullness of God (v19)

It shows us each member of the Trinity has.  That we have Christ, the Holy Spirit and God in us.

v 21 giving Christ glory so that future generations can continue.

v 20  How do we get this glory?  His power at work in us - he puts  glory in people and it comes out in the church which is made up of his people.

Do we really want to see things in our nation changed?  The glory of God  revealed.

How do we view our prayer life?  Are we expecting the glory of God to happen?  The Holy Spirit operates in the inner man.  So that we might know the Father.

To be continued...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Ephesians ch 3 (the mystery revealed)


Acts 9:1-16 as background into reading Ephesians 3 (mystery which was revealed in New Testament)

• Saul's conversion - when he met Jesus!
• Jesus would show Saul how much he would have to suffer for Jesus name

Ephesians chapter 3:
•  why did God choose gentiles?
•  to make Jews jealous so they would come back to God
•  the Mystery which forms an integral part of the gospel
•  we don't have to have lots of programs, meetings
•  live each day with God in our lives, daily relationship with God
•  Ephesians ch 3 - Paul's explanation of his calling
•  how often the word  'mystery 'is written
•  explanation of the Mystery
•  In ch 2 "you were dead in sin according to the world..." 
•  the Mystery is Christ In Us!  Really simple.   Paul was one of the top rabbis
•  Jesus had been to rabbi school
•  through OT God was trying to get the people to know Him
•  Paul received his commission in Acts 9
•  Paul studied the Law - he knew the Law then he meets Jesus and has to communicate this gospel of grace
•  not pushing people around but show the grace of Jesus
•  God doesn't walk away from us. He saves us not do we sin more but so we sin less.  Gid will forgive us.
• Paul met Jesus and became a child of God
•  how did Paul receive his commission? On the road to Damacus Paul met Jesus
•  we all come to this point in our lives-will we say yes or no to our calling
•  v6  Knowing we have an inheritance in heaven does this affect our life
•  today is like chaff in the wind; there will always be poor people but we won't always have to opportunity to know Christ in us unless we meet Jesus and know him
•  God works through the Church
•  if we're living Christ in us we can have boldness and confidence v12
(Like Joshua and the battle of Jericho)
• What is our approach to prayer? (V 10)
•  12 men and 120 in upper room, not large numbers; what God can do in my life.

V 6 We are fellow heirs; fellow partakers

We come through Abraham-he was not a Jew; he was father of Jews

Do we make sure we are part of what happens in our community?  Be salt; not to point finger but to help people.


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