Category: Weekly Blog

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE/CONDITIONAL BLESSINGS

The love of God is unconditional.  Paul says in Rom: 8 v 38 & 39  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. Wow!  Do I, do you, really believe what we have just read?  Let us prayerfully read again the above scripture and ask ourselves, am I fully persuaded as Paul declares himself to be?  If we just take the part which says;  things present, nor things to come, let us examine whether we are fully persuaded that God’s love is prevalent in our present circumstances, and in those to come. What am I believing, right now, about the difficulties of my present situation?  What am I believing about my future?  Am I in fear, anticipating what might happen in any forthcoming event or situation? 1 John: 4 v 18.  There is no fear in love;  but perfect love casteth out fear:  because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  All fear is built on a lie.  Deal with fear and fear stays near, deal with the lie, and fear will die! If I am in fear about anything, I am not fully...

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OBTAINING THE SMILE OF GOD’S APPROVAL

In last weeks blog we quoted the word from Rom 2:1  that God will not excuse me when I use my natural judgement against another.  We also stated how my pride expresses its self  by natural judgement.  Prov: 16v 5-7 says, Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though hand join in  hand, he shall not be unpunished.  By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:  and by fear of the Lord men depart from evil.  When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. I pray that the Lord by his Spirit will give us revelation on how important these scriptures are to assuring his promise of abundant life towards us.  Terms and conditions apply!! First of all, let us consider the severity of the words in Rom: 2 v 1 and Prov: 16 v 5.  INEXCUSABLE and ABOMINATION.  When the Word of God uses such strong and severe words as these to express how He feels about our condition, surely we should give serious consideration as to whether they apply to me, and ask the Holy Spirit to search my heart! How many of my prayerful requests remain unanswered because of my judgments I hold against others?  God will not excuse me unless I repent. For a few moments let us meditate on the...

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FROM WHAT SOURCE DO I GET MY INFORMATION ?

We sang in our Fellowship this morning… In your presence there is joy, I will linger I will stay, In your presence day by day, Till your likeness be seen in me. Something to consider. If the likeness of Christ Jesus is to be seen in me, what is it that prevents it? Isaiah 11: 2-3 Speaking of the Lord Jesus says: And the spirit of the Lord will rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears. How many of my judgments come form the sight of my eyes, the hearing of my ears and the lack of a quick understanding in the fear of the Lord? The blue print or pattern for my walk with God is made manifest by the relationship Jesus had with his Father.  As it worked for him, so it will work for us. He came to reveal the Father to us.  He did not judge by the sight of his eyes nor the hearing of his ears but listening in his spirit what the Father would have him say and do. When I receive information from the wrong source it is expressed in my natural judgments which...

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HONOURING THE FATHER

The word ‘disclaimer’ according to the dictionary means:- to renounce claim to, or responsibility for; to disown; to repudiate or to give up all claim by denial. When the Jews accused Jesus of making himself equal with God because he had said that God was his Father, Jesus in John 5  : 19 gave a ‘disclaimer’.  The son can do nothing of himself but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the son likewise.  Again in verse 30 he re-emphasises, I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgement is just; because – I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. In this journey, on our walk with the Lord, there are many things that we must disclaim if God is to be glorified in our lives. Jesus came to show us, by demonstration, how to relate correctly to our Father God.  He always gave credit due, to his Father, and never took it to himself. Time and again he disclaimed any ability of himself to achieve.  When one called him ‘Good Master’ Jesus said to him, “why callest thou me good? none is good save one, that is, God” quoted from Luke 18: 18 & 19. Why is it so important for us, as believers, to follow...

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THE REWARDS OF GOD

Let us take a moment to consider that God has ordained a reward system for Christians who live their lives to His glory. If you take a concordance and look up the scriptures on “reward“, you will find there are references both for earthly rewards and heavenly rewards. Jesus and the apostle, Paul, spoke about them. Although we do not live our daily lives focusing on receiving such, nevertheless, there is a divine reward system. Hebrews 11:6 declares, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him……He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” This is a reward I receive here on earth, the favour of God in whatever form my Heavenly Father bestows it upon me. There is a “crown of righteousness” to receive, as a reward in Heaven that Paul spoke of, “There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but to all those also that love His appearing”, 2 Timothy 4:8. When Jesus Christ appears, (returns), we shall receive a crown of life and we shall be like Him. If we focus on the reward system, we try and change ourselves to earn such. There is only one way to change and that is by yielding and surrendering my life to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. This...

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THE LITTLE FOXES SPOIL THE VINE

Listen to the whispers of Jesus. Do I have “spiritual ears”? Are my ears inclined to listen and respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit? Spiritual sensitivity is learnt through obedience to the voice of God. It is “…the little foxes that spoil the vines,” Song of Solomon 2:15. I may judge a prompting of the Holy Ghost to walk in truth over a small matter as insignificant, but if the Lord is requiring it of me, when ignored it becomes “a little fox to spoil the vine” of the life of Christ in me. Why would I want to ignore the promptings? The answer is because I do not want to dismantle my image either to myself or before men. I want to hide in my pride. The pride of man is always self seeking, always wanting to hang on to one’s rights, stubbornly wanting its own way, self righteously justifying its actions. I need to see how God views pride. It can never be hidden from Him. “Abomination” is a very strong word. Scripture declares, “Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord, Proverbs 16:5. I am never more wrong than when I am upholding my rights. The requirement of the fullness of Christ in me demands I humble myself before the counter that God directs me to and surrender my right...

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GOD’S LIVING WORD

2 Tim 3: 16-17. All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto good works. Reading the above scripture makes it very plain that the written word of God is a blessing and a tool of the Holy Spirit to fashion and shape our lives in our walk with the Lord. But if we use the Bible as a substitute for an intimate relationship with God we remain unchanged and as a result border on religious behaviour. The Bible is the sword of the Spirit, the word of God (Heb: 4-12) and only the Spirit of God can quicken it to me and make it living. Jesus rebuked the religious Jews of His day when He said in John 5: 39-40 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me, and ye will not come to me that ye may have life”. The early church did not have a Bible or New Testament to refer to. They became the New Testament by the inspiration of the Spirit. Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice!”. Do I see the difference between a proceeding word from the mouth of God, and the written word which is...

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SING, O BARREN, SING!

The following are two indisputable facts: 1 THERE IS A GOD 2 I AM NOT HIM Scripture declares of the Lord, Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In the previous verses, (6-7), we are encouraged to seek the Lord and forsake our unrighteous thoughts. The Lord will sometimes take us on a path where we do not understand what is happening, but He requires us to humble ourselves, bow to Him and remove the shoes of our understanding. In the trial of our faith He requires we abandon ourselves to Him in complete trust, in order for Him to bring us through the passage. He is willing and able to bring us through, by His strength alone, for His glory. These times are our “Bethels”, where we reflect and discover and declare, like Jacob, “Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not,” Genesis 28:10 – 22. Do I recognise my need for absolute dependency on the Lord in every area of my life? If I do not, I leave myself open to prove it. In the natural there are many gifted, talented, confident and successful people. These talents bear no...

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IT’S TIME TO SIT DOWN….

After the death of Moses, the Lord chose Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Joshua 1:1-9 records: 1 “Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead, now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness…………………….and unto the great sea ……………..shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life: as I was with Moses so I will be with you: I will not fail you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of a good courage, for unto this people shall you divide the land for an inheritance, which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law , which Moses my servant commanded you: Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go....

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TENDERLY…..I CAN HEAR HIM CALLING ME

When a person is trained to be a lawyer, they use the expression that they are “called to the bar”. There was a man born into moneyed gentry who trained to be a lawyer, but never practiced, possibly because he did not need the extra finance. He was called but never practiced. Some professing Christians are like that. They call themselves Christians but continue in the mindset of the world, anxious, worried and burdened with a load of care, unable to “let go” and allow Jesus to carry the burden. There is a place of rest we can access through Calvary, where, though still caring for others, or ourselves, we learn to trust our Heavenly Father with the circumstance and the end result. Anxiety is a worldly mindset. The inspired words of God through Paul to the Corinthian church, still speak to us today. 1 Corinthians 1:2 “….to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints….,” and speaking of Jesus in verse 5: “That in everything you are enriched by him, in all utterance and in all knowledge.” “Called to be saints..” Do we practice? How can I change my old mindset of anxiety? Romans 12:2 adjures us: “Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of...

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