Archive for October, 2012

Something better than Jesus?

October 30, 2012

Dear nominal, backslidden or lukewarm Christian: Do you have something better than Jesus? Are you still searching for something better than Jesus? Have you found something better than Him? Do you think you will find something in this life better than Jesus?

If you are a true Christian then you HAVE Jesus Christ, who is of more value than all the world put together, multiplied by infinity.

The delusion of this world is simply to buy into the lie that there is something better than Jesus – some thing, some person, some idol, some thrill, some experience, some identity, some attainment…. etc. Even some spiritual experience or high that is better than knowing Jesus?

This delusion is not just in the world, it’s spreading like wild-fire thru apostate Christendom. The sign of this is when Christians love the things of the world more than Jesus, or love themselves more than Him. It indicates they value something else above Him.

Is there any person in the world who has anything better than Jesus? If you have Jesus, is there any great person in the world who has something better than what you have? Maybe someone great, whom you admire: Do they have anything greater than what you already possess? Even the greatest Christian in the world, does he have anything greater than what you have? No. This is the Gospel. There is only Jesus. If you have Him you have everything, and are complete in Him, and are therefore set free from covetousness, envy and jealousy, as well as inadequacy, insecurity and inferiority.

Deeper into prayer

October 29, 2012

Father, please draw me deeper into prayer.

How satan sidetracks believers

October 29, 2012

One of the subtle strategies of the enemy of our soul is, not to distract us from “spiritual” things, or even from the Bible, but rather to distract us from that which is profitable, edifying and productive in the Kingdom of Christ. To occupy us with things which do not profit. Endless discussions and debates which do not profit.

He is expert at keeping people in “spiritual” things, and aiding their enthusiasm for these things, just so long as that “spirituality” does not lead them to be conformed to Christ, and to know Him better – just so long as they don’t die to themselves and become like Jesus.

The devil is all for “spirituality” and religious fervor and devotion, but on one condition: that your life is not changed to be a partaker of Jesus’ holiness and that you don’t come to know Him. He may push one guy deep into seeking experiences. Another, deep into intellectualism. Another, into seeking prosperity. He doesn’t mind, just so long as they don’t come to know Jesus personally, and obey Him, and become like Him.

The irony of this is that while Christians USE the Bible and spirituality (spiritual disciplines) simply to advance their own selfish agenda, their own selfish desires, then they never come to know the Lord Jesus and never become like Him.

Here is the ONLY WAY to know Jesus:

And for this reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge self control; and to self control patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8

Full of faith = Faith-full

October 28, 2012

What does “faithful” mean, if it doesn’t mean “full of faith”? If you remain faithful to Jesus then you are full of faith. Faith is simply to be a faithful steward of that which has been freely given you in Christ Jesus (1 Cor 4:2). That which causes us to remain a faithful friend of the Lord Jesus, this is the quality of our faith, for faith works by love (Gal 5:6).

Let’s not so much think of being full of faith as attaining to a new, higher faith experience, but rather of remaining faithful to Jesus, the Person. Can we work up faith? No. Can we remain faithful to Jesus? Yes, by the grace of God we can and must. Whatever God requires, He gives the grace for.

So don’t ask yourself, Am I full of faith? But rather, Am I remaining faithful to Jesus? Is my heart and mind FIXED to remain faithful to Him? Does He consider me a faithful friend of His? (John 15:14)

Am I faithful with what He has given me? – Faithful with the spirit, soul and body He has given me? With that which He has purchased with His own precious Blood? Faithful to Him in my heart and mind? Faithful to remain holy and set-apart for Him, just as a faithful and holy woman remains faithful to her husband? A faithful friend who is always there with Him and for Him, and ready to do His will? Faithful with the Word of Life, the Gospel He has entrusted us with?

The first thing about being faithful to Jesus is that you simply “show up” before Him. The faithful ones show up. It doesn’t take much just to show up.

Skype

October 26, 2012

If anyone wants to Skype I’m usually available at this time: 12:30PM GMT.

ianvincent.india

To know the time in GMT go to:

http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/

Our Heritage

October 26, 2012

Today, for all the redeemed of the earth by the Blood of the Lamb, we have such a glorious heritage and lineage which goes back to Adam. Abraham, particularly, is our main ancestor, for he is the father of faith (Rom 4:11), to us who are of the faith of Jesus Christ. The annals of the Bible is our history, the history of the Redeemed. They are our brothers and sisters, and our fathers and mothers in the faith, all sharing a common Father, God Himself. We see the great faithfulness of our Father as we look back over our heritage of the family of faith. If He was faithful then, He is faithful now, He does not change.

And in heaven, the Book/s is still being written of the exploits of the Redeemed (Rev 20:12). All is recorded there, the success and the failure. Our lives are recorded there, the story which begun in the Book of Acts continues till today. When we read the NT we are aware that we are THAT SAME CHURCH founded on the Day of Pentecost, the same people of God, with the same LORD and SAVIOR and the same Holy Spirit – nothing has changed in the sight of God.

So, brethren, please consider what an illustrious heritage we have, this great cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1); these are OUR people, this is our story. When you read the Bible understand that they are your people, and this is your story, and may this knowledge awaken us to righteousness and to faith and obedience. I am so encouraged to know that I have a place in such a great family tree of faith, such a rich heritage, and to be counted amongst God’s redeemed.

We are your people forever, LORD!

Only the Person who made us can fulfill us

October 25, 2012

Only the Person who made us can fulfill us, bcos He made us for Himself. The human longing for inner-fulfillment and inner-peace is simply the hunger or the void created by the absence of this Person who made us – it’s simply the absence of Him.

Therefore, all that is required for a man to be utterly miserable and perfectly desolate is that he simply be without God.

We have driven our Maker out of His temple by our sins, for we have defiled and polluted His holy temple. And only this same Person, who redeemed us from our sins, can fill the empty space within, and fulfill us, and give us peace that our sins are forgiven and the assurance that we have been reconciled to God our Father. His name is Jesus.

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst. John 6:35

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:37-38

We should not glory in men

October 24, 2012

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. 1 Cor 3:19-23

Subject: That we should not glory in men. Meaning: Even if Paul the Apostle were here today he would not allow any Christians to form a Church or denomination around him. Think of that. Neither would any of the other Apostles allow that in the Body of Christ.

Why? …For all things are yours.. and all belongs to Christ.

All people are yours. Paul is yours, Peter is yours, John is yours, Tom, Jack or Bill is yours. Or Suresh, Saleem, or Vijay. If they are ALL yours, why act as if just one or two of them is yours and the rest aint?

Paul is explaining that there is no ground for any schism in the Body, or for Christ to be divided.

Glorying in certain men brings division in the Body. Paul says, Why glory in your spiritual heroes, when all the born-again saints in the world are YOURS?

The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. Meaning: When Christians take the Scriptures alone as the Truth then there is no other special message or wisdom which could cause them to glory in certain preachers.

The love of God is powerful

October 23, 2012

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:11

If God was willing to love us, even when we were in our sins and did not love Him, then we should be willing to love those who are still in their sins and do not love Him. And we should understand that our obligation to love all is on the basis that God loves all, and by the fact that God’s love for us obligates us to love all. How could we not love those whom Christ loves? We would find ourselves conflicting with Him.

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16

The very specific nature of our faith, that is, what exactly we have believed, is that we have believed that God loves us. There are many things to believe concerning God, many aspects to our faith, but the greatest of these is His love for us, of which we must be totally convinced. Are you absolutely convinced that He loves you? Did the Cross decide that for you once and for all?

In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17

The same boldness which the Son of God has before His Father, the everlasting God, is the same boldness we should have on Judgment Day before Him.

You are living in the world right now. Do you stand here in the world just as Jesus stands now in heaven, just as He is, clothed in His righteousness? Your life hidden in Him?

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has to do with punishment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

The love of God in Christ Jesus is the power of God to deliver us from all our fears, and even from the power of sin.

We love him, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

His love for us caused us to love Him. Loving Him is far more than merely sentiment, it is to willingly and joyfully trust and obey Him at all times. So, therefore, this love of God empowers us to love Him, to set us free from everything which could cause us to lose our love for Him. His love empowers us to abide in His love, and therefore live free from the power of sin, and everything contrary to His love, and that which works against it.

And finally:

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

The overcoming life is simply the overcoming LIFE of the Son of God in us : it is to believe that the OVER-COMER lives in you, for only on this basis do we overcome: that the greater One lives in us. How could we do anything good at all, if it were not for the fact that He, who alone is good, lives in us? (John 15:5)

SIN

October 22, 2012

Not a very nice subject, but a vital one, nonetheless.

The devil’s genius is to make sin appear not to be sin, to make it appear less sinful.

The power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God is to make sin appear exceedingly sinful (John 16:18, Rom 7:13).

The devil paints sin as not so bad. He makes it a little more respectable.

The Holy Spirit reveals sin for what it is: disgusting, and removes any sense that it’s OK or acceptable to God.

Being led into all truth

October 21, 2012

But when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you [lead or show the way] into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. John 16:13-14

Notice that the Spirit of Truth doesn’t push anyone into all truth, He gently leads, and He will only lead a person where they are ready and willing to go. He shows the way into all truth, and we then need to be willing to go there with Him, to let Him lead us and teach us daily into all truth.

To be led into all truth is a long process, but a wonderful one, for knowing the truth sets us free (John 8:31-32, 36). Therefore, it is IMPERATIVE we are led into all truth. If this is the ministry of the Holy Spirit, then it is imperative that this, His ministry, is fulfilled in us. We would never want to desire anything LESS than being led into ALL TRUTH.

As a person is led more and more into ALL TRUTH, then there is less and less in their life, and their understanding of God and His ways, which is not true.

And, being led into all truth presupposes that we are not presently in all truth, and need to be.

Truth has a power to work something, and untruth, lies, error and wrong understanding also has real power to work something. God works with truth, satan works with lies, and yet they are both very much at work.

He shall glorify me… Meaning, that the “all truth” or the whole truth is contained in the Person of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit glorifies the Son by revealing all the truth which is IN the Son to us. Therefore knowing Jesus cannot be separated from the Truth which is in Jesus, the whole truth concerning who He is, and what He has done on the Cross, and His righteousness, His nature and character, and His ways, and His Son-ship, which reveals who His Father and our Father is.

Thankfulness dispels discouragement

October 19, 2012

It’s not likely a person who is full of thankfulness to Jesus will remain discouraged for too long. Thankfulness dispels discouragement, and discouragement is satan’s greatest weapon.

The way we think

October 19, 2012

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

– Albert Einstein

Apply this to the Church, then we’re getting somewhere. Like Watchman Nee said: Re-thinking the Church.

Sin makes you feel really bad

October 19, 2012

If you’ve sinned, and you feel really bad, that is the Holy Spirit teaching you that sin is really bad.

Nathan and Ian at a Youth Camp recently

October 19, 2012

Do you want to take the honor which belongs to God alone?

October 19, 2012

So many men want to organize what God is doing by the Spirit and they want their name on it. God is going to do a work and no man will be able to put his name on it. Only Jesus Christ will be exalted in the end time work of God.

– Greg Gordon

What is victory?

October 19, 2012

For whoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

What is victory? Let’s back that up a little and ask, Who is the Victor? Christ, and Christ alone, is Victor.

So then, what is victory? It is to believe wholeheartedly that Christ, and Christ alone, is Victor! It’s that simple.

Not you. Not me. Not the pastor or the pope. CHRIST JESUS alone is Victor.

And if you believe this, and trust Him, then you are seated IN HIM, in His victory – His victory is shared with you.

This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. That Jesus is VICTOR, and has overcome the world, the flesh and the devil, by His death on the Cross : This is the substance of our faith, and this faith is our victory.

And the outcome of this victory is that WE overcome the world, rather than being overcome BY the world.

The oracles of God

October 18, 2012

If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God… 1 Peter 4:11a

In other words, if you are not going to preach as the oracles of God, then don’t preach at all. (The context is concerning preaching, not speaking in general)

If you are going to preach or teach, why preach anything less than the raw, unadulterated, undiluted truth of God’s Word? Why waste God’s and everyone’s time by speaking something than less than the oracles of God? If it’s not the oracles of God, then of what use is it? It’s useless.

Toleration

October 18, 2012

What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.

– John Wesley

What are you asking God for today?

October 17, 2012

Just the fact that Jesus says, Ask and you shall receive, is amazing. God our Father is inviting us to ask Him to do things. He asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” What things are you asking God to do for you today?

Some may ask, Wasn’t God taking a risk, by openly inviting us to ask Him to do things for us, and give us things, in that then we could begin to treat Him as our servant, as a “genie in a bottle”, who is only there to grant us our wishes?

But this was God’s genius to teach us to live by faith in Him. Sure, we may sometimes ask amiss: You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your lusts. (James 4:3) ; But the process of asking and receiving is SO important as it leads us into engagement with Him so that we come to rightly depend on Him.

Show me a person who doesn’t ask God, daily, for many things, and I will show you a person of little faith. If a person has faith in themselves then they feel they don’t need to have faith in God, and they can do everything by themselves, and that way take the credit and get the glory.

But a person who has faith in God doesn’t want any glory for themselves, and they only want to do things according to God’s will, and by His grace and power:

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us: And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we desired of him.
(1 John 5:14-15)

If you pray, God will do it.