Archive for May, 2009

Christ is all

May 31, 2009

Colossians 3:11

Record of wrongs

May 31, 2009

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matt. 6:12

If you’re holding someone elses record of wrongs up against them and it’s formed a barrier which your love does not overcome, then consider how it would be if your Father and LORD raised up your past record of wrongs as a barrier between Him and you?

Why would we ever want to have an attitude of heart which is a double standard? One standard for us and another for the one we struggle to forgive?

If we are ever mindful of how much we have been forgiven then it’s likely we will have a correct attitude and disposition to all.

Seize the Kingdom

May 31, 2009

A Hollywood movie once introduced the catch cry, Seize the day! ;  a humanistic  counterfeit of the truth,  Seize the Kingdom!

Matt. 11:12b  …the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

Phil. 3:12b   …that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended by Christ Jesus.

James 4:2b    ...you don’t have, because you don’t ask.


The more we see Him as He really is, the more we desire to seize the Kingdom : His will and purpose.

If we don’t see Him as really He is, then we will be occupied with our own kingdom and not His.

Religiosity is to handle this truth in abstract terms.

Faithfulness is to handle this truth in real terms, like in the daily grind, in the battle over the tongue, and thoughts : with difficult, irritating people : in these encounters we should seize the Kingdom.


Sovereignty : Does God commit evil?

May 30, 2009

This question crops up from time to time when discussing predestination and sovereignty.

The first distinction that must be drawn is the basic distinction that man’s authority is not equal to God’s authority, which He possesses of Himself and from no other.

E.g. It’s sin for men to kill other men, it’s murder. But it’s not sin or evil, or darkness, for God to kill men if He chooses to. And when He does that He is being perfectly just, and not a murderer.

E.g. The Holocaust. It was evil on the part of the persons who perpetrated it. It was not evil on God’s part to allow it or foreordain it.

Historically, God raised up Israel’s enemies and used their human wickedness against Israel as an instrument of His righteous judgment. Yes, the Philistines, Ammonites, Assyrians etc. murdered the Jews, and, Yes, God killed those Jews, who had turned away from Him, by using human instruments.

Order

May 30, 2009

When you pray,  Father, may your Kingdom come… what do you expect to happen, today? What exactly are you looking for as the answer to that prayer, today? Assuming, of course, that one is actively looking for the Father’s answer to the prayer.

We would expect to see His order : He ordering our lives according to His eternal purpose in Christ, and conforming us to His Son.

The order of how we live : is it His order?  Is our whole day ordered by Him? What we do, whom we pray for, speak to… ?  Are our relationships and relating ordered by Him?

Of course, the answer should reflect an ever increasing desire for His order and ordering of our lives. True worship can be no less.

Wow! What a great message!

May 29, 2009

How so? Is it greater than the Scriptures? Has it improved upon the Bible?

So, the comment, What a great message! ,  is a delusional statement and shows that a person may not have made Scripture the sole authority concerning truth in their life.

The next logical query : Wow, what a great preacher! :  How so? Does he improve on the Scriptures which you have in your hand and in your heart by the Holy Spirit?  No.

The only compliment we could give a person or his message is that they agree with the inspired Word of God.

I’m interested in the foundational things : the foundations have to be there.

Come out of Babylon my people

May 28, 2009

A few days back i had a passing thought that the most evil thing ever perpetrated by humans was the Nazi holocaust and the systematic murder of 6 million precious people : moms, dads, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, grandfathers, grandmothers, friends, loved ones..   ..all brutally murdered ; an agonizing death ; and this, the ultimate evil in history, was perpetrated by a supposedly ‘christian’ society : not a Muslim, Hindu or atheistic society.

When Jesus calls,  Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you don’t receive of her plagues...  He means that if we in any way contribute to Babylon then we are going to get what’s coming to her.

The German people passively contributed to a form of Christianity, and a subsequent society, which over time eventually gave rise to the greatest evil ever committed.

For several generations in America, even Godly, God fearing Christians have contributed to Babylon by supporting expressions of Church which they knew were not Biblical, which they knew in their heart of hearts that our LORD and His Apostles would never have approved. But they supported it anyway.

Now they are reaping what they’ve sowed. The chickens have come home to roost.

Kingdom-now theology, replacement theology, universalism, new missiology, panentheisism…

May 27, 2009

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/index.php?p=1491&more=1&c=1

What does ANONYMOUS or fake identity mean on the internet?

May 27, 2009

It does mean that they don’t want any real fellowship, which means, at best, they are very immature and not qualified to teach the Body of Christ or function as an Elder.

It does mean they are avoiding being accountable, therefore they are emboldened to say wrong things bcos they think that no one will find out who they really are.

It very likely means they are hiding something.

It could mean their spiritual life is more fantasy than reality.

It could mean that they think that if you found out they are just a normal Christian like you, with all the normal faults, imperfections and struggles,  then you would not be interested in them nor honor them as a great spiritual giant.

Here’s an example of what i’m talking about:

http://apostasywatch.com/Norrisexposed.htm

It wouldn’t hurt you to be nice to him, ..

May 26, 2009

… i heard the Holy Spirit speak to me in my spirit today, regarding a young guy who is working for us on our farm. Yes! I replied, You’re right LORD, i wouldn’t be suffering any loss if i loved this guy, it’s going to cost me nothing to love him.

Why do we sometimes think that it personally costs us to love others? It’s almost as if we would be suffering personal loss if we loved them and were nice to them.

What every person in the world SHOULD do

May 25, 2009

… Bow the knee to Jesus Christ and confess Him as LORD.

Phil. 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6  Who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped:
7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9  Wherefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.

And it’s all that any one can do, is to bow the knee to Jesus. Why do most refuse to bow the knee?

Bowing the knee is surrender in it’s truest sense, as in, I give up!

I’ve failed, I give up. I can’t save myself, I have no righteousness of my own, I give up trying to earn salvation and God’s favor and I surrender to Jesus’ free salvation which He paid for on the Cross, and I surrender LORD to every claim you have upon me and my life, as you purchased me with your own Blood.

Because I have you in my heart…

May 25, 2009

…Paul says, in Phil. 1:7.

Here is a foundational principle of how the Kingdom/Church works. God puts people in our hearts and we have them in our hearts as a responsibility in the Spirit. They are not names on a list somewhere, they really should be IN our hearts. And if they are in our hearts then what we do, how we function together as the Church, should flow from that reality.

Things only ‘work’ apostolically when this ‘apostolic’ type love and care in the Spirit is there, as was in Paul and the early church. Without this we only have a religious system, led by people who know how to work the system to their advantage.

The ‘new’ fad of being ‘under the law’

May 24, 2009

Those Christians who are jumping on the ‘new’ bandwagon of being  ‘under the law’ should spell out law by law WHICH  laws they actually do ‘keep’ and HOW and WHEN they ‘keep’ them. Give us a history of compliance.  Like, when they ‘keep’ the Sabbath, do they do any work at all, like cooking, etc. ?  which, originally, ‘under the law’ could mean the death penalty. I’m saying, that such, if they are honest, would have to admit that they barely ‘keep’ the OT law anyway. For example, if i prepare a meal on the Sabbath, then i’ve broken it, i haven’t ‘kept’ it, according to the law. ‘Keeping it’ entails keeping all of it, not half compliance.

Here in India, we choose to rest one day in seven, and see that as the wisdom of God, yet we’re not ‘under’ that, and certainly don’t glory in it. When people ‘glory’ in things it shows their relationship to it : a person who glories in the things they do, the laws they keep, indicates that they are still under the law and not dead to the law, IN Christ.

Our LORD Jesus spoke many times about us keeping His commandments, but He never told us to keep the law. And by the Spirit we do keep His commandments, eh, and if we don’t, we repent. Like, to love one another as He has loved us. The Holy Spirit convicts us if we break the command to love, to forgive, to be pure in heart and mind, etc. The Holy Spirit brings everything which Jesus has said to our remembrance ; He doesn’t bring the OT law to our remembrance.

Do you know Jesus?

May 24, 2009

Well…..   yeah.

Jerusalem

May 23, 2009

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http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3719712,00.html

You’re right Bibi, Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel forever, but do you know what has been decreed from heaven for the coming days?

Good report from David Wilkerson

May 22, 2009

I believe in miracles!

There is a mother in our church choir who has been praying for her son for years.  He had fallen deep into sin as a teenager.  She prayed, “God, whatever it takes, save him.”  Instead of turning to Christ, he became a Muslim.  For the next seven years, he buried himself in that devilish doctrine.  But his mother kept praying.  Islam sent the boy into a deep depression.  In his awful despair, he jumped from a six-story building, hoping to kill himself.  Instead, he landed on his feet, crushing a number of bones – and he survived.  Last Sunday, he limped onto our stage and told how Jesus Christ miraculously saved him.  His mother sat in the choir, praising God and remembering her many tears and hours in prayer.  God heard her cry.

Thank God for miracles today!

A teenage boy in our church spoke of praying that God would use him in his high school, which is located near Ground Zero and the demolished Twin Towers.  He and a friend began to stand outside the school every day, praying out loud.  Some mocked them, but others began to join them.  It led to the school permitting them to conduct Bible classes in the school.  The young man is so overjoyed, and now some teachers are attending.  He said, “Can you imagine God using a scared, little nobody like me?  God still does miracles.”

Thank God, he is still the miracle worker!

A young man in prison wrote us a letter that moved me deeply.  Talk about miracles!  Here is what he wrote, word for word:

“David, I receive your sermons through the mail.  I am one of the school shooters.  I’m the one they blame for starting it all off.  On October 1, 1997, I went into Pearl High School and killed two students and wounded seven.  I also killed my mother before this.  After I came to jail I got saved.  If there is any way that I can help your ministry, I would love to.  Maybe I could give you my testimony.  I’ll do anything to help.  I look forward to your sermons each month…”

Yes, I believe in miracles!

http://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/2009/05/may-god-give-you-peace-and-rest-in-your.html

Psalm 68

May 22, 2009

1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
2  As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3  But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
4  Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
5  A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
6  God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
7  O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
8  The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9  Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
10  Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.
11  The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.
12  Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.
13  Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.
14  When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.
15  The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.
16  Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.
17  The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
18  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
19  Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
20  He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.
21  But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
22  The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:
23  That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.
24  They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
25  The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.
26  Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
27  There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.
28  Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.
29  Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.
30  Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.
31  Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
32  Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
33  To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
34  Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.
35  O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

Repentance : God works it in us

May 21, 2009

…as He does faith, which is the gift of God.

I saw a site yesterday where a guy was denouncing the ‘false gospel’ of repentance. He was saying that to mention repentance in the gospel message is to imply that salvation is by works. He said that the gospel is only about believing, not about repenting.

I think he’s partly right in his observations. There’s a true faith and repentance as well the spurious. And some people righteously respond to the gospel message whilst others misunderstand the very same message ; even the pure, unadulterated word of God many misunderstand and stumble over. Even just preaching the Scriptures alone, the pure truth, does not ensure all conversions or responses are genuine or in truth.

Taking a look at the phenomenon  of repentance in individuals : Have you ever seen a genuine conversion, including your own, where there was no repentance? Even if repentance is not stressed in the gospel message, every true conversion does result in repentance from sin, and the fruit of the Spirit becomes evident, bcos it is the work of God in us. The working of God in us never separates faith from repentance from sin. And every false conversion is marked by non repentance, and the works of the flesh are evident.

Repentance means a change of mind toward Jesus Christ, and then subsequently toward sin. But it would be nonsense to conclude that when a person has a change of mind about sin that they are trying to be saved by their works.

Pray for Ingrid Schleuter

May 20, 2009

She has been hospitalized with complications bcos of the child she is carrying.

Legitimately, you are my Father

May 20, 2009

Heb. 12:5  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, don’t despise the chastening of the LORD, nor faint when you are rebuked of Him:
6  For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.
7  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father doesn’t chasten?
But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you illegitimate, and not sons.

This morning i was praying thru the Lord’s prayer, as i nearly always do, and while calling on God as our Father // He is, for the purpose of intercession, our Father, and personally, my Father //  it struck me afresh concerning the weight, power and authority behind that claim, my Father. What a claim!

Then i thought of the legitimacy of this claim. It’s legitimacy rests wholly upon the virtue of the One who promised and upon the legitimacy of the once and for all sacrifice of the Son of God. If we are trusting in His legitimacy, and the legitimacy of His finished work of redemption on the Cross, then we are truly legitimate sons, not illegitimate sons, and our cry, Abba Father! and My Father!, legitimate claims to all that is Christ’s.

A man got into the wedding without a wedding garment on, and the King said, Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment? You are not here legitimately.  Matt. 22:12

We should know our legitimacy as sons : the basis for our amazing claim that God is our Father.

Re: //  Sorry, the brackets keys don’t work on the laptop i’m using.