Friday, 29 September 2017

September 23, What Happened?

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44

It never ceases to amaze me of the number of Christians that get all caught up in predictions. You only have to go online and do a quick Google search for the teams 'rapture, second coming, or end times' and you'll get something like 28 million or more results! 

The problem with the Internet is that just about any nutcase can get online and claim some kind of special revelation about some major catastrophe that will take place on a certain date. The truth is, about 90% of it is rubbish.

Take for example the recent September 23 predictions of some kind of major catastrophic event that was to take place. What happened? Nothing! Every time a Christian gets caught up in this kind of nonsense, they get distracted from getting on with the job of making disciples of the nations.

Am I saying that we should not be concerned about end time prophecy? No. We certainly should be students of prophecy, but not at the expense of the Lords work. The people that are constantly looking to the Internet for the latest and greatest end time prophecy are usually not functioning as they should.

How do I know this? Well at one time I was extremely caught up in it all too. I can tell you from personal experience that this kind of extreme end time prophetic focus clouds your spirit from the work that the Lord has called you to perform. 

It is quite clear from scripture that no one will know the day or hour of the Lords return, so why do some Christians persist in predicting dates? If they're not trying to predict the date of the Lords return, they'll be trying to predict the date of the next catastrophe.

Jesus has already predicted what would happen in the Gospels, but it's interesting to note that not even the Son of God Himself gave any dates. Dear Christian, if you're caught up in all this end time prophetic date setting junk, get out of it and get on with serving the Lord.

So what happened to September 23? Let me tell you exactly what happened, nothing. This date came and went like every other date before it. Prophetic events, predicted long ago, are most certainly taking place in our time. However, this does not mean we are to make them our primary focus.

Our primary focus should be on serving the Lord. Jesus told us to watch, or in other words to be ready. To be ready means to be living before the Lord in repentance; it means to be in prayer and His word daily; it means to be about His business of making disciples.

Have a blessed day

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

You're Called To A Specialised Ministry

Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, and each part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love, Ephesians 4:16 TLB.

Did you know that, as a reborn christian, you're called to fulfill a specialised ministry? It's true and I've got some good news for you, and it's this: You don't have to be a bible college graduate, or have some grand title such as, Pastor, Teacher, Prophet, Evangelist, or Apostle to do this work.

It does not matter who you are or where you've come from, God has a work for you. You were ordained by God long before you were born or even conceived. 'For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,' Ephesians 2:10 NIV.
Dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become his children...,' 1 Peter 1:2 TLB.

What is this work? It is to do your part to help the body of Christ grow and mature in love and Godly wisdom. Ephesians 4:16 NLT. Now your gifting could be either different or similar to other peoples' giftings, but God will use that gift and your unique personality to touch others on the spiritual journey we call life in Christ.

Okay then, lets consider for a moment the two types of growth:

1) Parasitic Growth
This kind of growth is extremely unhealthy. It is one sided growth where only one person does all the giving the other all the receiving. If you come out of a church service saying, "I didn't get anything out of that service, the chances are you're practicing parasitic growth. Parasitic growth is characterised by such statements as: Counsel me, pray for me, teach me, preach to me, but don't expect anything from me because I'm not ready to give.

Now if you're a brand new babe in Christ you may not have anything to give just yet, but once you've begun to taste the good word of God and you're starting to grow it's time to start practicing symbiotic growth (giving and receiving).

2) Symbiotic Growth
This kind of growth is where each part can not do without the other. Imagine the human body and all it's various parts (organs & systems) that work together in unison to make the whole body function in a healthy manor. Take any one of these parts away and that body will soon malfunction. It is the same with the body of Christ, each part needs the other to grow and mature.

Symbiotic growth is characterised by statements like: "Yes I have needs, but I'm willing to help you, I'm willing to give because I see that everyone will benefit."

Taking the human body as an example, Paul writes:  'Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is with the “body” of Christ...Yes, the body has many parts, not just one part.  If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.  And what would you think if you heard an ear say, “I am not part of the body because I am only an ear and not an eye”? Would that make it any less a part of the body?  Suppose the whole body were an eye—then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything? But that isn’t the way God has made us. He has made many parts for our bodies and has put each part just where he wants it,' 1 Corinthians 12: 12,18

Instead of saying, "I'm going to church," say, "I am the church," and say, "I am a vital and important part of the body of Christ."  This paradigm shift in your thinking will allow you to view yourself as being interdependent with all other parts (other beleivers) of the church, which in turn will cause you to become more readily available to fulfill your specialised ministry in this awesome spiritual organism called the body of Christ. 

Our heavenly Father wants you and I to be a fully functioning part of His church. Now if you're not sure what your part is, ask Him. Begin seeking Him in prayer and He will reveal it to you. Remember His promise: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7. Amen!

Have a blessed day

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Are You Praying Like Jesus?

"...The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops, James 5:16-18.
Do you want God's power in your life dear Christian? Well it's time to get alone with Jesus and learn to pray using Jesus as your example. Luke 5:16 says this: 'Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.' He prayed when the pressures of life increased. 'News about Him that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed...but Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed,' Luke 5:15-16. 

Life can get so busy in our modern world and the pressure of meeting one's obligations can be daunting and draining, so spending regular time alone with God is the only way to prosper in life without burning out. It's when you think you don't have the time to pray that you need to pray the most! 

Consider this: Jesus prayed when important decisions had to be made. When it came to choosing those He wanted closest to Him Jesus sought His Father's guidance. 'He went out to a mountain side..and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve...,' Luke 6:12-13.

Did you get that? Jesus spent the whole night in prayer! Now I'm not saying that we must spend all night in prayer (not that it would hurt us to do so), but I am saying that we need to put in some serious prayer time with God when it comes to making important decisions.

God is not just the creator of the universe, He is the CEO who runs it! This is His CV: "I am the Lord...who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go," Isaiah 48:17. So before you choose a mate, hire an employee, formulate a plan, invest in the stock market, go on the mission field, or whatever else you can think of, be sure to discuss it with God first. 'Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.' Proverbs 3:6.

When you fail to pray you set yourself up to fail. Ever wonder why Jesus never failed? It was not because He was God Incarnate (He functioned as a Spirit filled man while on earth), it was because He never failed to pray! When Jesus cousin, John the Baptist, was arrested and publicly beheaded for confronting a king about his sin, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place, Matthew 14:13.

No doubt Jesus would have been feeling heavy of heart after hearing His cousin had been killed, but what did He do? He prayed privately. Heart breaking disappointments, divorce, death, and desertion will come to all of us at one point or another. The question we need to ask ourselves is are we willing to get alone with God to pray?

Hear His promise: 'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power.' Psalm 147:3-5. Dear reader, are you heavy of heart today? Do what Jesus did. Take time to pray.

I'll leave you with this final thought: Jesus had a such an intimate relationship, built through prayer, with His Father that in times of pressure and personal pain He could go to God to receive sustaining grace. Now that's where the power of God is, right in the midst of His mighty grace. Do you need supernatural power in your ministry, healing for a broken heart, or guidance for an important decision? Then get alone with God and pray and keep praying until you receive His grace, power, and wisdom, Amen!

Have a blessed day
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Friday, 16 June 2017

It's Time To Get Right With God

We live in an age where there is much compromise to Godly living, and where the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has been watered down to a completely different gospel in order to be 'seeker friendly.' There is no mention of repentance in this seeker friendly gospel, and  very little mention of character transformation and holy living before a Holy God who is about to judge us all.

Mega churches around the world are hell bent (pun intended) on preaching an easy comfortable gospel that promises wealth and the good life only. There is no mention of trials that are destined to come our way, and no challenge at all to lay down our lives and take up the cross daily.

Now I'm not going to get into mentioning names here because it's not up to me to bring any preachers' character into question (their teaching I seriously question), but I want to warn and encourage you, dear reader, that God's way is not the way of a watered down, seeker friendly, and compromised gospel preached by hungry wealth seeking preachers! No! God has His own awesome plan for your life which comes to you through the uncompromised gospel.

God's plan for you, dear reader, is to walk in His awesome presence daily, and to reach out to sinners with the uncompromised gospel. It is to go about doing the good works that God has preordained for you to walk in before you were even born. Ephesians 2:10, 1:4

But here's the thing: God is pleading with His great assembly (and you and I) to repent from all known sin and to live holy before Him. Can't you hear His still small voice? The Holy Spirit is whispering to our hearts: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you," 2 Corinthians 6:17. 

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 says this: "For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you keep away from sexual immorality, that each of you knows how to control his own body in holiness and honor,  not with lustful passions, like the Gentiles, who don’t know God."

Be separate from what exactly? From your former sensual desires; from those who teach a compromised gospel; from those who say it's alright to sin because, after all, God understands you're weak willed in your flesh and He'll just wink at it because His grace covers you. Actually, His grace teaches us to live holy lives, see Titus 2:11-12.  It's time to stop making excuses and humble ourselves before a Holy God, and repent from all known sin.

Listen to what the apostle Peter said: "But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy," 1 Peter 1:15-16. Dear reader, I point the finger at myself first; what I'm telling you I'm telling myself also. We must get serious with God in this dark hour, and repent and get right with Him.

God has a mighty plan for you and I, and a big part of that plan is to look more and more like Jesus as we grow and mature in the things of God. I plead with you to get with your Lord today, on your knees if necessary, and get right with Him. Confess any sin you've been practicing and repent (turn away) from it.

God has a plan, a plan to anoint an army of uncompromised believers in these last of the last days. There is coming a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit and He's bringing His fire with Him to purge and cleanse a people zealous for good works and the coming revival. It's time to get right with God! 

Have a blessed day
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Monday, 12 June 2017

Behold Jesus & Be Transformed

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Ever since the death and resurrection of the Lord and our new birth in Christ, God the Holy Spirit has been working to change His people from glory to glory into the image of Christ. The problem is many Christians are still struggling with sin and condemnation, and they are filled with anxiety over their struggles believing that God is ready to pounce on them at any moment.

When you view God this way you're defeated before you even get out of bed in the morning! Well, this stops today dear believer in Christ because God has a plan, and it's this: Behold Him and be transformed. The more you behold Jesus the more you will be transformed into His likeness.

Many Christians try to deal with their sins and short comings by outward behavior modification. However, real change comes from within the heart of the believer, it is a deep work of the Holy Spirit. Keeping your eyes on Jesus leads a believer to the greatest expression of holiness, not focusing on outward behavior.

As you focus on Jesus and see His unconditional love, His forgiveness, His faithfulness, and patience, you're transformed from the inside out, glory be to God! The Christian life is not meant to be one of defeat and misery, no! The Christian life is meant to be one of victory over temptation and sin.

So how do you actually behold Jesus? I can think of only three ways to do this:

1) Spend some quality time with him in prayer. This means getting serious with the Lord and seeking Him earnestly, and daily. It means putting aside all the distractions of modern life, technology comes to mind here. Ask yourself this: How many hours to you spend 'face booking' on your favorite mobile device compared to how many hours you spend with the Lord?

2) Search for Him in the scriptures, meditating in His word. God is calling His people to get hungry for His word. God will speak to you through His word; He will speak comfort, encouragement, and rebuke if necessary so that you can grow and be transformed.

3) Get acquainted with the Holy Spirit, the One who dwells in you. For it is the work of the Holy Spirit to pour into your heart the Grace of God which brings divine influence for change. It is the Holy Spirit who also brings His purifying fire to completely cleans the soul from all worldly contamination, praise the Lord!

Be encouraged today dear reader, knowing that your God has a plan, a plan to transform you into the image of Jesus. All you need to do is earnestly seek and behold Him, trusting Him to work an extraordinary work of change in you.

Have a blessed week
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Are You Yielding To God's Grace?

Titus 2:11-12 'For the grace of God which carries with it salvation for all men has appeared, teaching us that, having denied impiety and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, and justly, and piously in the present course of things.'

The grace of God is an all encompassing and invading force that pursues the unregenerate man. It works a mighty salvation for fallen mankind and goes onto influence the hearts of those saved. If you know the Lord, dear reader, I'd like to ask you this: Are you yielding to the divine influence of God's grace?

Most believes, in Christ, know that it was the grace of God that saved them, but not all believers understand that it is the same grace of God that executes divine influence on their heart unto sanctification. When a person gets born again through the grace of God, that grace then goes to work influencing the heart of the believer to live righteously.

This is an awesome thing! How wonderful that God would save us by His grace and then continue to work that grace into our hearts unto perfection (Christ Like Maturity). Why does He do this? Titus 2:14 says this: '...that he might redeem us from all lawlessness, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous for good works.'

Did you get that? Jesus wants to purify a peculiar people unto Himself, who are zealous for good works. What are these good works? They're supernatural works that God has ordained you and I to walk in until either the day we die or the day He returns, praise God!

So dear reader, when you feel convicted of a certain sin it is the grace of God at work in you. When you find that you hunger for more of the things of God, it is the grace of God at work in your spirit. I don't know about you but I'm so thankful for His grace!

Ponder this thought today: Jesus wants to purify a people peculiar unto Himself, a people who hunger for more of God and who want to live their lives to please Him; lives that give Him glory through Godly character and supernatural works (good works). Precious believer in Christ, see to it that you constantly yield to His mighty grace.

Have a blessed day
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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Back With A Fresh Sense Of Destiny

Well it's been a while since I've made any posts here on my blog. I've been caught up in a direction that was not really God's plan for my life. It's rather humbling when you're shown that you're off track, but I'm very thankful and grateful for the Lord's patience.

I don't know about you dear reader, but I'd rather be in the center of God's 'perfect will' than anywhere else because there's no better place to be! You see, God has all our work already mapped out before time ever began. His plan for you and I has already been established for us, and it is always a good plan! Do you believe it? I certainly do! 

Okay, so moving forward what's my plan for this blog? Well, God willing lol, I'm be posting whenever I feel God prompting me to write something. This may turn out to be as frequent as everyday, or as infrequent as once per month or less; think I'll be leaving that up to the Lord lol.

For now though, I just wanted to say that I'm back and I'm looking forward to the Holy Spirit's leading in this matter. Okay then, that's all from me for now.

Have a blessed day
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