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Monday, March 4, 2019

Growing up in Christ

Bible References: Acts 20:24; Acts 1:5; Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:16-20; Matthew 5:3; Matthew 5:4; John 8:32; Ephesians 1:3

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor  and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,  and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise     instead of a spirit of despair.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-5

In this prophetic scripture, we see the ministry of Christ attributed to the work of the Holy Spirit when it says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me.” By the empowering of the Spirit, Jesus was sent forth to ‘preach good tidings to the poor, the humble, etc.’
This refers to the gospel of salvation.  “And Jesus went about all the cities and village…preaching the gospel of the kingdom.” Matthew 9:35

This good news of salvation would be received by those who admitted their spiritual bankruptcy.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for there is the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 5:3

Also, Jesus was sent to heal the broken hearted. The heart of man can be broken by so many things: condemnation, grief, betrayal, and more. Jesus comforts and restores those who trust in Him.  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4

Additionally, Jesus was sent to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound”. As with captive Israel of old, people today get into bondage to the world system.  They become captivated by worldly thinking, bound by bad habits, and imprisoned by ungodly relationships or drugs etc.

Jesus is the great liberator for all who cry out to Him and look to His inspired word.  John 8:32 you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.  To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”   Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Furthermore, Jesus was sent to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.  Ultimately, this speaks of the entire age of grace, where lives are accepted by God through faith in His Son and enriched by Christ with immeasurable spiritual riches.

Ephesian 1:3-6, “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer.  Before the creation of the world, he chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence.  Because of his love he had already decided to adopt us through Jesus Christ. He freely chose to do this so that the kindness he had given us in his dear Son would be praised and given glory.”

We are also sent to minister.  It is your ministry – God does not just appoint pastors to preach to the world.  Pastors are to preach and teach God’s people as God instructs so they can do their work of ministry.  Shepherds lead sheep, but sheep breed sheep.

John 20:21, “Jesus says, As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
As it was with Jesus, we can only fulfil our calling by the same Holy Spirit who empowered His ministry and by obeying His call.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Promise Fulfilled for Time and Eternity

Galatians 4:21-31

The difference between believers who rested in Christ only, and those who trusted in the law, is explained by the lives of Isaac and Ishmael. These things are an example and the Spirit of God points out something further. Hagar and Sarah are examples of the new and old covenant. The heavenly Jerusalem, the true church from above, represented by Sarah, is in a state of freedom, and is the mother of all believers, who are born of the Holy Spirit. 
They were by regeneration and true faith, made a part of the true seed of Abraham, according to the promise made to him.
 Hagar is of the earth, always fighting for survival receiving their reward while on earth and never taking it into eternal life. A life of torment – never being good enough.
So then, we are not children of the bond-woman, but of the free. We would not have found out this example in the history of Sarah and Hagar, if it had not been shown to us, and this is what was intended by the Holy Spirit. It is an explanation of the subject, not an argument in proof of it. This is God's way and what we do with this will not change Him, however what we do with this will change us.
The first covenant spirit is of bondage to sin and death. The second covenant spirit is of liberty and freedom; not liberty to sin, but liberty in and to duty. The first is a spirit of persecution; the second is a spirit of love. Let us rest our souls on the Scriptures in a gospel of hope and cheerful obedience, show that our conversation and treasure are indeed in heaven.
Hebrews 6

1 Let us go forward, then, to mature teaching and leave behind us the first lessons of the Christian message. We should not lay again the foundation of turning away from useless works and believing in God; of the teaching about baptisms and the laying on of hands; of the resurrection of the dead and the eternal judgement. Let us go forward! And this is what we will do, if God allows. For how can those who abandon their faith be brought back to repent again? They were once in God's light; they tasted heaven's gift and received their share of the Holy Spirit; they knew from experience that God's word is good, and they had felt the powers of the coming age. And then they abandoned their faith! It is impossible to bring them back to repent again, because they are again crucifying the Son of God and exposing him to public shame. God blesses the soil which drinks in the rain that often falls on it and which grows plants that are useful to those for whom it is cultivated. But if it grows thorns and weeds, it is worth nothing; it is in danger of being cursed by God and will be destroyed by fire. But even if we speak like this, dear friends, we feel sure about you. We know that you have the better blessings that belong to your salvation. 10 God is not unfair. He will not forget the work you did or the love you showed for him in the help you gave and are still giving to other Christians. 11 Our great desire is that each of you keep up your eagerness to the end, so that the things you hope for will come true. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to be like those who believe and are patient, and so receive what God has promised. 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, he made a vow to do what he had promised. Since there was no one greater than himself, he used his own name when he made his vow. 14 He said, "I promise you that I will bless you and give you many descendants." 15 Abraham was patient, and so he received what God had promised. 16 When we make a vow, we use the name of someone greater than ourselves, and the vow settles all arguments. 17 To those who were to receive what he promised, God wanted to make it very clear that he would never change his purpose; so he added his vow to the promise. 18 There are these two things, then, that cannot change and about which God cannot lie. So we who have found safety with him are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed before us. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure, and goes through the curtain of the heavenly temple into the inner sanctuary. 20 On our behalf Jesus has gone in there before us and has become a high priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek.

Number 1; The promise of God to Abraham did more than give civilisation to men; it opened to them the doors of heaven. Great as the temporary gifts have been from it, greater and better are its spiritual blessings. The best commentary that has ever been written on the promise made to Abraham is to be found in Hebrews 6. It points to the glorious character of this spiritual promise. "God, is patient, for God is eternal," and so also the faith that trusts the promise of God partakes of the unchangeable calm of Him on whom it rests, the same yesterday, today, and for ever. Canaan, the heavenly Canaan, was ever before the ancient saints and they saw that it was set on the top of the cross.

Number 2; We too are children of promise; but often we forget this, and set our hearts on some earthly Canaan. We shall find that the only rest it will give us is the rest of the grave and more than likely in hell. The goal that is set before us and the feebleness of all human effort to reach it and our happiness on earth should consist rather in working than in enjoying, rather in using the means given to us, than in gaining the end. If this is not so and we die, the outlook before us would be sad and gloomy with the possibility of missing heaven. But to us it has been given to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. His risen body sheds the true light upon life and its work; it fulfils to us all the promise of good fortune, and adds to its fulfilment the glories of eternity. Our God wants us to be about His work of the resurrection.

Number 3; I know that it is popular today to say “God told me or God gave me a word”, etc. etc. When we read the Bible it is plain that God has called all His children to bear witness of His glory – this is not an option – it is a command from God. God is not so much interested in where you – He is interested in how you obey Him where you are. Don't live like it is your last day on earth – live like a child of the promise. Don't glory in who you are, glory in God as you live out your mission on earth.

Friday, December 26, 2014


Romans 4:1-16; Gal 3:19; Deuteronomy 32:20
It is vitally important that every Christian study the life of Abraham, because one of Paul’s greatest revelations was that he was the ideal pattern for mankind’s justification with God. Paul came to understand that righteousness, and from that full justification could only come by God’s grace, through faith, apart from any of mankind’s human efforts. For Paul, Abraham was the proof of this. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all…Romans 4:16. Not only was Abraham, the Patriarch of the Jews, declared righteous by God specifically because of his belief apart from keeping a list of commandments (Genesis 15:6), but that declaration of his righteousness and right standing with God came centuries before the Law had been given through Moses. While there were many great men who served God after the Law was given--and while many, from a human standpoint, were righteous--only Abraham had the distinction of being declared righteous - independent of keeping a Law, and actually had God impute a foreign righteousness to him, based on his faith. Paul compares himself; he particularly kept the commandments of the Law, yet was dead in sin and committing murder in the name of a God he did not really know. He realised that men under the Law were still convicted by their shortcomings..
Romans 11:6 Romans 4:16; .
Romans 6:14; God has called us out to bear witness to the world on how to live.
I Peter 2:9 We are called out to declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Why then, if the Law seemed to cause so many problems, was it even given if no law is required to be reckoned just before God? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Gal. 3:19.
And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. Deuteronomy 32: 20.
Paul saw that the Law had been given because, the Jews of Moses’ time were not of the same spirit as their ancestor Abraham. They were faithless rebels, constantly needing a guide to keep them in line. Without such a guide, they were wanton sinners and eager idolaters because of their critical lack of faith, and so God gave them laws to keep them in line (Ezekiel 20:25). And even with the Law, their core nature never really changed, and throughout all generations of Israel the nation refused to even live by that Law: And yet they want to impose the law on others.
Malachi 3:7; “Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.”
Paul quickly saw in the history of Israel an utter failure for the nation to be in right standing with God in the way its Patriarch Abraham was - about whom God had no complaint.
What was the difference? The one man obtained that right standing through faith, while the nation sought it through obedience, yet failed to achieve it because they thought it would come by keeping commandments: For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. “For Christ is the righteousness to every one that believes.” Rom. 10: 3-4. And so, in Romans and Galatians, Paul directs his readers to Abraham as the ideal pattern of justification with God. He achieved full justification with God only through faith--and that by faith alone, we inherit the blessing of righteousness that Abraham had.

Gal. 3: 5-12; 5 Does God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you because you do what the Law requires or because you hear the gospel and believe it? 6 Consider the experience of Abraham; as the scripture says, "He believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous." 7 You should realise, then, that the real descendants of Abraham are the people who have faith. 8 The scripture predicted that God would put the Gentiles right with himself through faith. And so the scripture announced the Good News to Abraham: "Through you God will bless all people." 9 Abraham believed and was blessed; so all who believe are blessed as he was. 10 Those who depend on obeying the Law live under a curse. For the scripture says, "Whoever does not always obey everything that is written in the book of the Law is under God's curse!" 11 Now, it is clear that no one is put right with God by means of the Law, because the scripture says, "Only the person who is put right with God through faith shall live." 12 But the Law has nothing to do with faith. Instead, as the scripture says, "Whoever does everything the Law requires will live."
The real deal with Abraham is that he was blessed by God to be a blessing to the world – when we do not do that we are self indulging – we are about our selves' God called Israel to be a blessing to the world as the people of the promise – the promise includes being a blessing to the world.

Gal. 3:17-18; 17 What I mean is that God made a covenant with Abraham and promised to keep it. The Law, which was given four hundred and thirty years later, cannot break that covenant and cancel God's promise. 18 For if God's gift depends on the Law, then it no longer depends on his promise. However, it was because of his promise that God gave that gift to Abraham.

This is the promise we have today. God wants us today to lean the lessons of scripture – don't be self indulging – learn from the Lord's ministry to His Father – Be a blessing to the world.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Purposes of our Life

Matt 22:37-39

In OT God spoke through His Word and the prophets
In NT God spoke through His Word and the Holy Spirit (now)

1  Worship God  -  Love the Lord your God...worship God Matt 22.37, loving God.  God doesn't just want lip service, but fulfilling these life purposes.

2  Ministry -  Matt 22:39 - loving others.  Love people regardless, even the sand paper people.  

3  Evangelism - Matt 28:19-20 - ethnic groups, make disciples - v19a, Evangelism Individualism has caused so much harm, especially Christians.  How do we go and make disciples?  A disciple is different to a believer.  Satan believes in God.  A disciple is someone who follows Jesus, and has a relationship with Him.  The Holy Spirit is our helper.

4  Fellowship.  Until you taken home as a baby you dont have a family.  Baptism, incorporating people into a family.  A baby becomes part of a family when the mother and father pick the baby and take that child home.  Matt 28:19b  To lead in Church (be a Pastor) the first test is to pass is that you are a father or mother who can lead their children.  Organise your own family, if you can't organise your family, you can't organise the Church.  Check Bible terminology about what leadership terms really are, not 'church' (man made) terms.

5  Matt 28:20  Discipleship.  Older men teach younger men, older women teach younger women.

I am with you always...

God is not into pieces of paper!  Its about relationship.
To celebrate God we have to build relationship with Him each day.

We get inspired by God, and we can inspire.  We are created in the image of God.
Preparation, God will prepare you on how to go about things.

Church exists to demonstrate Gods love    John 13:35  1 John 3:16-23, Rom 12:13
In a family every person is a member, and every person is a minister.  Everyone should feel that they can promote their family. If we treat our 'children'horrible, will they promote that family?  Church.

Every task is worthwhile, important.
Every member is a 10 in some area.
God uses ordinary people!

Not how much we give or gather, but how much we can be involved.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Living the Christian Life

Bible References: Rev. 1:4-6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Col. 1:15-18; 1 Peter 2:9; Mark 1:9-11; Rom. 6:6-14; John 15:5; 1 Peter 3:15

We have beliefs and Values.  Our values don't mean much unless we put them into actions.  We need to be people in the world who keep morality and keep values that build up, not pull down.

We are not to have empathy, BUT we are to have compassion.

Empathy:  Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
Compassion:  Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.

We as believers and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ are Overcomers not the underdogs.  We are all ministers - we all share the ministry of reconciliation.  We are all in a full time vocation - a minister of JC!

Some practices we need to establish daily:
  • Read the Bible everyday
  • Pray everyday
  • Regularly meet with fellow Christians to encourage each other and build up each other
  • remember each Church is a BODY not a Building
  • we are all called to contribute to the life of the Church

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Draw Life Giving Water From God

  • 2 Corinthians 6:2-10
  • John 3:17
  • 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
  • Luke 19
  • Acts 13, 14, 17
  • 2 Corinthians 5
The Story of the Woman at the Well

 "A Samaritan woman came to draw some water, and Jesus said to her, Give me a drink of water. (His disciples had gone into town to buy food.)  The woman answered,  You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan—so how can you ask me for a drink? (Jews will not use the same cups and bowls that Samaritans use.)  Jesus answered, If you only knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.  Sir, the woman said,
you don't have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where would you get that life-giving water?  It was our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well; he and his children and his flocks all drank from it. You don't claim to be greater than Jacob, do you?  Jesus answered, Those who drink this water will get thirsty again,but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.  Sir the woman said,   give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water.  Go and call your husband, Jesus told her,  and come back.  I don't have a husband, she answered.   Jesus replied, You are right when you say you don't have a husband. You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth.  I see you are a prophet, sir, the woman said.   My Samaritan ancestors worshiped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God.  Jesus said to her,   Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes. But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God's Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants. God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is.   The woman said to him,   I know that the Messiah will come, and when he comes, he will tell us everything.   Jesus answered,  I am he, I who am talking with you."

We need to consider:
  1. The Manner of our Ministry (how we conduct our ministry)
  2. The Manner of our Lives (how we conduct our lives)
  3. People want to know they have value - God sees value in them
  4. People want to know they are accepted - God accepts them
  5. Our role is NOT to jude
  6. Our role is to present the person of Jesus Christ - He understands everything we go through in our physical form because He has experienced it too.
  7. Our role is to present the work of Jesus Christ - Salvation, redemption, forgiveness
  8. Let God change you - otherwise you will be pleasing either people or yourself,
  9. Draw Life Giving Water from God

    The Holy Spirit changing our hearts

      Ultimately, we know that the final son of Abraham and Sarah is who blesses all nations and that is Jesus. And Jesus gives us a sign bett...