GOD FORGIVES YOU. NOW FORGIVE YOURSELF.

”He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve . . . He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:10, 12 NLT).God always gives us what we need, not what we deserve. Psalm 103:10, 12 says, “He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve . . . He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (NLT).
Instead of giving us the punishment we deserve, Jesus Christ paid for all our sins and all our wrongs. I like that the Bible says, “as far as the east is from the west,” because there’s no end to east and west. There is a north pole, and there is a south pole. But there is no end from east to west. God has simply taken our sin and wiped it out!
And if God has forgiven you, then you need to forgive yourself.

There’s this guy in the Bible, King David, who committed adultery and then, to cover it up, had the woman’s husband murdered. Those are pretty big sins—murder and adultery. Did David deserve to be forgiven? No. Did David deserve mercy? No. But David knew that God is a good God, and so he asked for mercy. He prayed: “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2 NLT).
If you are struggling with a big sin right now, you need to go read all of Psalm 51. The entire psalm is based on who God is, not who you are.

Let me make this really clear: God forgives you not because you’re good but because he is good. He is a good God, and he has a good plan for you—even when you blow it big-time. Nothing can separate you from his love!
STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren

5 REASONS GOD’S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU (EVEN IN THE DARKNESS)

The Lord rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble. The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.”- Psalm 37:39-40, NLT

INTRODUCTION

Why does God say, “My grace is sufficient for you?”

And what does it mean that God’s power “is made perfect in weakness?”

Ponder, for a moment, all the ways God displays His power. He controls the raging, torrential storms and the crippling droughts. He causes pompous, blustery dictators and kings and presidents to rise and fall.

God is quite confident in His power and has an infinite variety of ways He can flex His figurative “biceps”. Throughout scripture, God makes it clear that we should have a healthy fear of Him, the Lord.

All of this makes God’s preferred method of showing off his power rather strange. God’s grace is sufficient, and His power is made perfect…

…in our weakness.

…in our brokenness.

…in our weariness.

GOD’S POWER IS GREATEST WHEN WE’RE AT OUR WEAKEST.

When Paul begged God to take away his thorn (whatever it was), God said this to him:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

This is one of those scriptural “double take”. It doesn’t make sense on the surface. God could have delivered Paul and said to him, “My power is made perfect in my deliverance.” He could have said, “My mighty deliverance is sufficient for you.” But He didn’t. Instead, He left Paul in his crippled state and said that His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in weakness.

God’s power is greatest when we’re at our weakest. And what we need most in our weakness is God’s sufficient grace, not more strength and not always a dramatic deliverance.

This seems so backward from how the world operates. We like to show off our strength. To act like we’ve got it all together. But this is the opposite of God. His power is made perfect in weakness.

And why is God so doggedly insistent on using weaknesses, MY WEAKNESSES, to show off His strength? Why does God repeatedly say, “My grace is sufficient for you?” Here’s why…

  1. It Means God Gets All the Glory

If I could sustain myself through trials by my own grit and moxie, then I could take some of the glory. I made it all on my own through all the means I had at my disposal. All my efforts led me to the finish line!

Really? Did I make it all by myself? of course not! I can’t sustain myself in the slightest. If God wasn’t behind me pushing and before me making a way, I would head toward apostasy at the first sign of trials.

No one will be boasting of their own strength in heaven. I will be boasting about how God sustained me through depression and heartache and trials. I will be boasting about how God answered my desperate prayers for health, wealth and family.

God’s power is made perfect in weakness because it ensures that he alone gets all the glory.

If God’s grace alone is sufficient to sustain me, I can’t take credit for sustaining myself. God does it all, and we will boast only in Him.

  1. It Shines a Spotlight on God’s Power

I have zero ounces of sufficiency in myself. This reality is highlighted all the more when I’m in dire circumstances. I simply don’t have the spiritual strength keep going when the “Red Sea is before me and the Egyptians are behind me”.

However, God’s grace IS sufficient. God is “Omni-sufficient”. Sufficiency and strength and power course through His very being and He is able to keep me through the bleakest struggles.

When I’m up against the wall, I can only cry out, “God, only your grace is sufficient to sustain me!” And when He delivers me, his power, not mine, is put on full display.

 

  1. It Highlights the Glory of His Deliverance

God loves to deliver His people when the stakes are highest and the odds are the worst. God wouldn’t let Gideon use 30,000 or 3,000 men. He whittled his army down to a measly 300 men, making the odds of victory so unfathomably small that only God could bring deliverance- Judges 7:1-7

Goliath was an executioner armed with a colossal sword and spear. David was a shepherd boy attacking with a sling and a few rocks. Only God could snatch victory from the jaws of this defeat – 1 Samuel 17:32-51

God’s power is made perfect in weakness because it shows that God and only God can deliver. We don’t have the power to rescue or deliver or save. But God’s grace is sufficient to do all those things.

  1. It Forces Me to Trust in God Alone

In 2 Corinthians 1:8-9, Paul recounts one of his darkest moments:

For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

God allowed Paul’s circumstances to become so bleak, so dire, so desperate, that he felt as if he had received a death sentence. From Paul’s perspective, death appeared to be imminent.

Why would God let things get so horrifically bad? Why would he let Isaac get all the way to the altar? Why would He let Daniel actually be thrown into the lion’s den rather than rescuing him beforehand?

These are difficult questions to answer. After all God is not so capricious as to deliberately create problems for His people. Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that His people can have the confidence that He alone is their hope.

As God leads me through the “valley of the shadow of death” I trust in Him alone as I cling to His sufficient grace and give up the ludicrous charade that I can do it alone.

  1. It Deepens Our Trust in God

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with planning for the future, it’s easy for us to fall into the temptation of trusting in our own understanding rather than God’s sufficient grace.

I think this is why Proverbs 3:5 exhorts us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not to lean on our own understanding. When we lean on our own understanding, we are failing to trust God, whose power and ability to deliver are far beyond our understanding.

When God does intervene and rescues us, it becomes abundantly clear to us that it was not due to our magnificent strategizing, but His glorious, sufficient grace.

Let Us Lean on God With All Our Weight

As Charles Spurgeon said, “Let us lean on God with all our weight. Let us throw ourselves on His faithfulness as we do on our beds, bringing all our weariness to His dear rest.”

The solution to weakness is not a “stiff upper lip”. It is to lean on God with all our weight – to throw ourselves on the One whose power is made perfect in our weakness. Then, and only then, are we strong.

 

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THE CHRISTIAN AND MATERIALISM

“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” – Luke 12:15 (New International Version)

“How should a Christian view materialism?”

Materialism is defined as “the preoccupation with material things rather than intellectual or spiritual things.” If a Christian is preoccupied with material things, it is definitely wrong. That is not to say we cannot have material things, but the obsession with acquiring and caring for “stuff” is a dangerous thing for the Christian, for two reasons.

First, any preoccupation, obsession or fascination with anything other than God is sinful and is displeasing to God. We are to “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5), which is, according to Jesus, the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-38). Therefore, God is the only one we can (and should) occupy ourselves with habitually. He alone is worthy of our complete attention, love and service. To offer these things to anything, or anyone, else is idolatry.

Second, when we concern ourselves with the material world, we are easily drawn in by the “deceitfulness of wealth” (Mark 4:19), thinking that we will be happy or fulfilled or content if only we had more of whatever it is we are chasing. This is a lie from the father of lies, Satan. He wants us to be chasing after something he knows will never satisfy us so we will be kept from pursuing that which is the only thing that can satisfy—God Himself. Luke 16:13 tells us we “cannot serve both God and money.” We must seek to be content with what we have, and materialism is the exact opposite of that contentment. It causes us to strive for more and more and more, all the while telling us that this will be the answer to all our needs and dreams. The Bible tells us that a person’s “life is not in the abundance of the things which he possesses” (Luke 12:15) and that we are to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).

Materialism, however, has nothing to do with how much money you or I have in the bank. It has little to do with whether you drive a Rolls Royce or a V8. Materialism is primarily an attitude toward money and its importance. Materialism is an attitude which attaches to money and material goods more importance than they deserve. To go one step further, materialism is primarily a matter of reversed priorities. You cannot identify a materialist by an audit, but only by exposing his attitudes.

Because materialism is more a matter of attitude than of affluence, many of us who consider ourselves to be a part of the middle class are more susceptible to this ailment than the rich. We may suppose that materialism is an undue desire for luxuries, but our Lord identifies it with undue concern over necessities, such as food and clothing- (Matthew 6:25-34). As such we are all materialists.

Since materialism (and its offspring, worry) are such a debilitating force in men’s lives, our Lord has ranked it among the leading failures in religion.

The Dangers of Money

Yet true religion with contentment is great wealth. After all, we didn’t bring anything with us when we came into the world, and we certainly cannot carry anything with us when we die. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. – 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Often times, we simply read the verses about money being the root of all evil and we call it a day. That’s what I like to call “verse of the day Christianity.” But, the Bible is not quite that simple. Whenever you read God’s Word, you must read it in its full context. As we read this verse, we can see that Paul is expressing to us the utter failure of money to give us anything. As long as we believe that money will bring us happiness, we will always be disappointed. When we love money, we learn it is an empty love.  You see, money can’t love you back.  It is incapable of reciprocating your love.

Loving money is expensive. It can cost you your family, precious time (as you pursue its accumulation), and of course your relationship with God. When you allow money to be your god, you find out rather quickly that it makes a poor god. It becomes a jealous god that has but one goal: to destroy anything in your life that doesn’t believe as it does. That’s not love. Jesus said:  “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 NIV). Jesus told us the two greatest commandments we can keep are love God and love others. He says nothing about loving money. Loving money interferes with our ability to love God and love others.

While hoarding money and material goods is sin, saving for future needs is not. Joseph was demonstrating spiritual wisdom and maturity when he recommended the storing up of Egypt’s grain (Genesis 41:33-36, note verse 38). The sluggard is instructed to study the ant, which prepares for the future (Proverbs 6:6ff.). The virtuous woman is commended for preparing for the future (Proverbs 31:21,25). Christians are encouraged to set money aside to minister to the needs of others (1 Corinthians 16:2). The man who fails to provide for his family has denied the faith (1 Timothy 5:8). It is not the method of saving for the future which is condemned by our Lord, but the materialistic motive.

Perhaps one of the most deceitful errors among Christians concerning money and material blessings is the false mentality that we are not to enjoy earthly pleasures. This attitude does not originate from God, but from Satan:

“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods, which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:1-5).

As Paul later says, “God…richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” 1 Timothy 6:17. It is only when immediate, short-term pleasures detract us from lasting pleasures that they are evil. Although money is really an insignificant thing, a matter of low priority, the way we handle this “little thing” is indicative of our faithfulness. Our proper handling of money shows us to be qualified for greater responsibilities.

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous in much. If therefore you have been faithful in the use of unrighteous mammon, who will entrust the true riches to you?” (Luke 16:10-11)

May God help us to be faithful in the use of money.

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FIVE FRUITS AND FIVE RESULTS OF REVIVAL (PART 2)

“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6

INTRODUCTION

“A revival quickens dead men, touches men’s imaginations and sets loose their hearts.  There is a divine mystery about revivals.  God’s sovereignty is in them.” – Alexander Whyte

Last week we were made to know how important revival is to every Christian. In today’s world of endless wars, failing economies, corrupt politicians, rampant secularism and unbridled cultural perversions the Lord knows we need a fresh global move of the Holy Spirit. The world has a multitude of problems but God’s ultimate solution has always been to invade mankind with His grace and power through an awakened church. Revival is the cure of all man’s ills. We also looked at the Five (5) positive Fruits of Revival and mentioned that we must observe the fruits of changed lives as the true means of God’s sovereign power to transform lives. Today we continue with the Five (5) Results of Revival.

  1. People start living right – just the way God wants to (Psalm 85:10): “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” (Psalm 85:10, NIV)

The key word in this verses is “righteous –ness.” The word signifies right relationships and the terms that keep them. In various contexts the word can mean anything from salvation or victory to righteous help and healing. Whatever keeps God’s covenant operative in accord with His character is righteous. In other words, God’s people start living right. They get back on the straight and narrow. They see their sin, confess it, and then follow God’s ways.

  1. The church has more unity (Psalm 85:10): “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. (Psalm 85:10, NIV)

Here, four major characteristics of God join in pairs. Mercy and truth join together, and righteousness and peace join together. They are pictured here like dancing couples. Couples who dance do so in unity. When you see people living right, when you see people at peace with one another, when you see love being shared, and truth being lived out, then you are going to see unity. Jesus prayed for unity in the church – the same unity that God the Father had with Jesus. – John 17:20 – 23

  1. The church sees an increase (Psalm 85:11):“Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. (Psalm 85:11, NIV). When people get their lives right, they will be willing to share the truth – the Gospel. They will also live right. When we are living as God wants us to, and sharing with others, God’s church is going to see an increase. We will see more people come. We will see more people commit. We will see more families restored. We will see an increase in God’s favor.
  2. The church sees God’s provision (Psalm 85:12): “The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.” (Psalm 85:12, NIV). What is God doing during all this time? He is providing. He is providing what is good. He is allowing us to receive the blessings that come because of obedience. If you plant a seed, water it, take care of it, God will grow it into the crop which is harvested and enjoyed. The same is true with the church. If we are doing what God tells us to do, then He will provide. God will never send us somewhere without providing a way.
  3. God prepares the church for the next step of the journey (Psalm 85:13): “Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.” (Psalm 85:13, NIV) “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, He makes His steps firm;” (Psalm 37:23, NIV)

God himself appears to lead his people forward. Before him as a herald goes the righteousness which moves him to the salvation of his people. His people will follow in his steps. In order for God to help us in our next part of the journey as a church, we have to be living like God wants us to. Our obedience to God paves the road that God uses to take our church forward. If we are living like God wants us to, then He takes that obedience and uses it to pave the road to our future. If we are disobedient, if we dismiss this opportunity that God has given us, we will be as lost as a person in the desert with no orientation. But we have to pay attention. The results of this revival will only happen if we take time to pay attention.

To conclude, let me reiterate that the fruit of revival are:

  • We honour God
  • We detach ourselves from selfish pleasures or gain
  • We have a deep hunger for the word of God
  • We dwell on the truth
  • We love one another

The results of revival are that

  • We start living right
  • There is more unity in the church
  • We see increase in church growth
  • We experience God’s provision as a church
  • God prepares the church for the next step of the journey

We must pray for revival. We must pray that God would pour out His Spirit and do something supernatural in our country and all over the world. A hunger for God and for growing in holiness, a devotion to discipleship and community. An outpouring of witness and service. Many people are saved, and God is glorified in all the earth.  By the grace of God we can say that we are seeing both fruits and results of revival our lives. PRAISE THE LORD! Let us therefore continue to joyfully live our lives as a sign of our gratitude and commitment to God and His wondrous doings.

                                                                                                                

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FIVE FRUITS AND FIVE RESULTS OF REVIVAL (PART 1)

“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

MHB 738

Revive Thy work , O Lord

Thy mighty arm make bare:

Peak with the voice that wakes its dead.

And make Thy people hear

Revive thy work , O lord

While here to Thee we bow;

Descend O gracious Lord, Ascend

O come and Bless us now

 

Composer: Albert Midlane 1825-1909 (Born 192 years ago and died 108 years ago)

 

Many are familiar with this beautiful hymn, “Revive Thy work, Lord.” The big question however is how do we recognize God’s revival in our lives and even in the church? It is not enough to proclaim by word of mouth that we have been revived by God. People should see and experience certain qualities that sets us apart from the world as people who have been revived by God. Today I would like us to focus on the Five (5) Fruits and Five (5) Results of Revival. Before that let us briefly look at the importance of revival.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF REVIVAL

Psalm 85:6 asks a powerful question: “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?”

Notice that the psalmist says, “again.”  This tells me that the nation of Israel was once in a state of revival, but that had waned, it had declined, and they had come again to the place where they needed to be revived. Perhaps today you are in a place where you need to be revived.

Revival has been described as the “inrush of the Spirit into the body that threatens to become a corpse”.  That is a good definition.  Something needs to be revived when it is dying or when it has lost its strength or momentum. Revival therefore brings new life.  It brings fresh vigor.  It brings renewed momentum to that which is in a weakened or dying state.

In 2 Timothy 1:6, Paul writes to Timothy, “Stir up the gift of God which is in you”. The word for stir up literally means to rekindle.  In other words, a fire was there at one time, but it has begun to burn low.  And now it needs to be refueled and tended to.

Maybe we have felt spiritually flat lately.  Maybe the fire that once burned white hot for God is now just a glowing ember.  If so, it is time to rekindle those embers and fan to flame what He has put within us.  As God works in our life, we will find that once again our lives will be filled with purpose, and we will once again rejoice in God.

 

FRUITS AND RESULTS OF REVIVAL

Jonathan Edwards and Dave Roberts have been helpful in writing this article. Let us remember that revival means a RENEWED ZEAL TO OBEY GOD.  Obedience to God is our loving response to His infinite, steadfast and unconditional love and Roman 12:2(Living Bible) reflect the fruits of revival.

And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you”.

 

When we are revived we bear these fruits

 

  1. We honour Jesus: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved – Rom. 10:9 (NIV).

When the Holy Spirit comes, the person of Jesus is esteemed by all those genuinely touched.  Edwards believes that this will spill out from intellectual assent into testimony, declaration and confess in that “Christ is Lord”. It is the Spirit, he argues, if the hearers are moved to “belief in the history of Christ as He appeared in the flesh – and that He is the Son of God and was sent of God to save sinners, that He is the only Saviour and that they stand in great need of Him.”  The devil does not promote counterfeit revival with this type of fruit.  Edward thunders: “He mortally hates the story and doctrine of Christ’s redemption.”  It is not the devil’s intention to see Christ glorified and His wisdom followed (1 Cor. 12:3).

  1. We detach ourselves from Selfish Pleasure or Gain: But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it – I Tim. 6:6 (NIV). 1 Cor. 2:15-16, teaches us that the “world”, which the believer no long loves, refers to the corruptions and lusts of men, and the “acts and objects by which they are gratified. The Spirit is at if there is a reduction in men’s desire for the “pleasure, profits and honours of the world”. Only the irrational, would say that the devil makes people more “careful, inquisitive and watchful to discern what is sinful, and to avoid future sins; and so be more afraid of the devil’s temptations, and be more careful to guard against them.
  2. We have a Hunger for the Scriptures: I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. – Ps. 119:11 (NIV). We long for God’s loving presence far more than we realise. His heavenly mana is the only food that satisfies the longing of our soul. Our hunger pangs become like church bells calling us to prayer. Whenever we are spiritually hungry for food we find satisfaction in reading scriptures.
  3. We dwell on Truth: If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free – John 8:32 (NIV). The Holy Spirit at work in revival draws men and women to the truth, not error.  If people become aware of their rebellion against God and their own helplessness and are agreeable to sound doctrine, we should be thanking God.  Look at the fruits, he contends.  Be more open and not so cautious. If for nothing at all we need revival in Ghana so we will uphold the truth in all aspects of our lives.
  4. We Love One Another: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love – I Jn. 4:7-8 (NIV).When the Spirit of God is at work, He “quells contentions among men, gives a spirit of peace and goodwill, excites to acts of outward kindness and earnest desires for the salvation of souls, and causes a delight in those that appear as the children of God and followers of Christ.” This love can be counterfeited by the selfish and deceived, but true Christian love is marked by humility and patience (1 Cor. 13:4-5).  Humility and love are aspects of the character of God and run counter to the marks of the devil, malice and pride.

Beloved, let us observe the fruit of changed lives, as the true means of God’s sovereign power to transform lives. As someone has rightly articulated it the fruit of a changed lifestyle outweighs “a thousand such little objections” based on oddities, irregularities, delusions and scandals. “The devil”, “may seek to, mimic visions, revelations, prophecies and miracles”, but he cannot drive people to the truth, exalt Jesus, or bring about real ethical change in people’s lives.

Warnings and Encouragement

Revival is contagious in some instances and can also break out spontaneously.  As time goes by the fruit of change will emerge and many of us can attest to this in the lives of people who have come under the power of revival. The genuineness of any spiritual change, is not related to its physical impact, but its long-term effect on the life of the believer.

 

TO BE CONTINUED

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A GRACIOUS PEACEMAKER

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. – Proverbs 26:21

Peace is precious. Fighting is terrible. Gossip destroys reputations and friendships. Life can be enjoyable – peaceful and quiet. But some persons never let you rest and enjoy it; they must be stirring the pot and spreading rumors or secrets to cause pain and fighting.

Trouble follows some people. They have conflicts, debates, fights, grudges, and strife with others, whom they blame. But this proverb says it is their fault. Quarrels and disagreements would either not occur or would end quickly, but these contentious troublemakers stir up fights and keep fighting with most anyone (Pr 15:18; 29:22; 30:33).

The man or woman that often has difficulties with others wants to blame them. But it is impossible for strife to consistently follow good people, while the rest of the world lives in relative peace with one another. They must be at fault, because no one can get along with them for long. Once you identify such persons, they are usually the ones at fault.

Some are divorced or have bad marriages, because they cannot relate to a spouse. Their children dislike them – they are harsh parents. They have a poor work history – they fight on the job. They bounce from church to church – they wear out their welcome. They have few devoted friends, because they fight too much. No one wants to be around them.

At the same time, there are others who get along with most everyone, most of the time. They are good spouses, parents, employees, church members, and friends. What makes the difference? It is the chasm between a gracious peacemaker and contentious scorner. The one is approved by God and men; the other is resented by both God and men.

There are two similes in the proverb, as shown by the use of “as.” Coals added to burning coals cause a fire to increase. Wood added to a fire makes it hotter and larger. In the same way, men with proud and fighting spirits cause strife and increase fighting wherever they go (Pr 13:10). They start arguments, conflicts, debates, and quarrels with most everyone.

Examine yourself. Are you esteemed and loved as a gracious peacemaker? Or are you generally avoided as a critical person that causes problems most places you go? Are you expert at praising others, cooperating, forgiving offences, overlooking faults, and being submissive? Or is your reputation one of dogmatic arguing, a resentful attitude, vengeful conflicts, and generally lacking in mercy? Examine yourself. Others already know!

God has called His children to be peacemakers. You are to use all your spiritual power to live peaceably with all men (Matt 5:9; Rom 12:18; Eph 4:3; I Thess 5:13; Jas 3:17-18). The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, and peace (Gal 5:22). Godly and wise men will hate a contentious spirit in themselves or anyone else. They will recognize this terrible evil for what it is and avoid such men with all their might. They will promote peace at all times.

Thankfully, the Prince of Peace is coming soon, and He will rid the universe of those that like to argue, backbite, criticize, debate, fight, tattle, whisper, or slander (Ps 10:12-18; 12:1-4; 17:8-15; Is 29:20-21; Gal 5:19-21).

Are you prepared to meet Him? Live today in light of Judgment Day by being a peacemaker and ending all conflicts you can. God and good men will bless you for it, and you will also immediately see other benefits yourself.

Peace, Perfect Peace, In This Dark World of Sin – MHB 501

1 Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?

The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

2 Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?

To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

3 Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?

On Jesus’ bosom nought but calm is found

4 Peace, perfect peace with loved ones far away?

In Jesus’ keeping we are safe and they.

5 Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?

Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

6 Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?

Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

7 It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,

And Jesus call to heaven’s perfect peace.

Edward Henry Bickersteth, 1825-1906

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GOD LOVES THE POOR AND NEEDY

The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established forever.  – Proverbs 29:14 

INTRODUCTION

We see here a king who is not led astray by riches, but is fair to all of his subjects, rich and poor alike. We see a king with such good reputation with all of his subjects that his throne will pass on to the descendants. His people will be pleased with their government and will not want to overthrow it.

How governments treat the poor greatly affects nations. Solomon gave similar warnings elsewhere (Pr. 20:28; 28:16; 29:4). King Lemuel’s mother stressed it as well (Pr 31:8-9).

Your life also depends on how you treat the poor (Pr. 14:21; 19:17; 21:13; 28:8,27; 29:7). Here is a simple way for God’s blessings. Are you a defender and benefactor of the poor?

God established civil rulers as one of the five spheres of authority for the benefit of those who cannot defend themselves. Individual families cannot protect themselves in a time of war, so governments raise armies to protect the whole nation. The poor do not have the means to resist or defeat rich oppressors, so governments must intervene for them.

David wrote, “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in His holy habitation” (Ps. 68:5). Rulers that fear God and know His holy laws will defend widows and their children. Daniel warned Nebuchadnezzar he could preserve his tranquility by showing mercy to the poor (Dan 4:27). This is a rule of godly and wise political science.

The poor – widows, their children, or others – need protectors from those that might take advantage of them due to their vulnerability and weakness. Therefore, God ordained civil government and established laws for their protection (Pr 22:22-23; 23:10-11; Ex 22:22-24; Deut 27:19; Ps 12:5). This rule of wisdom is important to God and should be to you.

Nations rise and fall by their care of the poor, where the poor are those with an act of God in their lives. God has no respect for socialist theories in welfare states. Only a person rendered nearly helpless by an act of God is to receive charity, and their only needs He accepts are food, clothing, shelter, and emergency medical care. Variations become sin.

America boasts on her Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Yet, she suctions unborn children limb from limb at the rate of 3000 per day, 1.2 million per year, though they yearn to breathe free! Unborn children are truly poor, should be protected, and will surely be avenged (Ex 21:22-25).

National crimes are known by public policies, and the fall of those nations under God’s judgment will also be known. What does God think of nations shedding innocent blood? “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure” (Ps 2:4-5). 

What about you? True religion is more than a church service or religious activities – it includes serving the poor and needy and living a holy life (Jas 1:27). Giving to the poor in faith to God shows eternal life (Matt 25:31-46; I Tim 6:17-19). God looks for those that do such things to bless them both now and later (Deut 15:7-10; Ps 41:1; Is 58:5-12).

Do you understand God’s priority of proper charity? The Bible plainly teaches God’s will for your care for the poor. He defines the poor; He sets the order of your care; He defines true needs. You must help the truly poor in your family first, then those in your church, then those of the true faith, and then those He puts before you in your ordinary business.

Agreeing with this proverb, Jesus Christ’s throne is established forever (Ps 45:6-7; Heb 1:8-9). He healed the poor of all diseases, blessed the poor in spirit, preached the gospel to them, converted extortioners and oppressors, taught the rich to entertain them, and had a bag of donations for desperate needs. If you have taken His name, are you like Him?

Conclusion

1 Hark, my soul, it is the Lord;

’tis thy Saviour, hear his word;

Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee,

‘Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou me?

2 ‘I delivered thee when bound,

And, when wounded, healed thy wound;

Sought thee wandering, set thee right,

Turned thy darkness into light.

3 ‘Can a woman’s tender care

Cease towards the child she bare?

Yes, she may forgetful be,

yet will I remember thee.

4 ‘Mine is an unchanging love,

Higher than the heights above,

Deeper than the depths beneath,

Free and faithful, strong as death.

5 ‘Thou shalt see my glory soon,

When the work of grace is done;

Partner of my throne shalt be:

Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou me?’

6 Lord, it is my chief complaint

That my love is weak and faint;

Yet I love thee, and adore;

O for grace to love thee more!

The words of ‘Hark, my soul! It is the Lord’ (MHB 432) are instructive. Our Heavenly Father is compassionate and has a heart for the poor and needy and so is the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. – Mark 16:15

INTRODUCTION

The word gospel literally means “good news” and occurs 93 times in the Bible, exclusively in the New Testament. In Greek, it is the word euaggelion, from which we get our English words evangelist, evangel, and evangelical. The gospel is, broadly speaking, the whole of Scripture; more narrowly, the gospel is the good news concerning Christ and the way of salvation.

The key to understanding the gospel is to know why it’s good news. To do that, we must start with the bad news. The Old Testament Law was given to Israel during the time of Moses (Deuteronomy 5:1). The Law can be thought of as a measuring stick, and sin is anything that falls short of “perfect” according to that standard. The righteous requirement of the Law is so stringent that no human being could possibly follow it perfectly, in letter or in spirit. Despite our “goodness” or “badness” relative to each other, we are all in the same spiritual boat—we have sinned, and the punishment for sin is death, i.e. separation from God, the source of life (Romans 3:23). In order for us to go to heaven, God’s dwelling place and the realm of life and light, sin must be somehow removed or paid for. The Law established the fact that cleansing from sin can only happen through the bloody sacrifice of an innocent life (Hebrews 9:22).

The gospel involves Jesus’ death on the cross as the sin offering to fulfill the Law’s righteous requirement (Romans 8:3–4; Hebrews 10:5–10). Under the Law, animal sacrifices were offered year after year as a reminder of sin and a symbol of the coming sacrifice of Christ (Hebrews 10:3–4). When Christ offered Himself at Calvary, that symbol became a reality for all who would believe (Hebrews 10:11–18). The work of atonement is finished now, and that’s good news.

The gospel also involves Jesus’ resurrection on the third day. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25). The fact that Jesus conquered sin and death (sin’s penalty) is good news, indeed. The fact that He offers to share that victory with us is the greatest news of all (John 14:19).

Elements of the Gospel

The elements of the gospel are clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3–6, a key passage concerning the good news of God: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living.” Notice, first, that Paul “received” the gospel and then “passed it on”; this is a divine message, not a man-made invention.

Second, the gospel is “of first importance.” Everywhere the apostles went, they preached the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

Third, the message of the gospel is accompanied by proofs: Christ died for our sins (proved by His burial), and He rose again the third day (proved by the eyewitnesses).

Fourth, all this was done “according to the Scriptures”; the theme of the whole Bible is the salvation of mankind through Christ. The Bible is the gospel.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16). The gospel is a bold message, and we are not ashamed of proclaiming it. It is a powerful message, because it is God’s good news. It is a saving message, the only thing that can truly reform the human heart. It is a universal message, for Jews and Gentiles both. And the gospel is received by faith; salvation is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8–9).

The gospel is the good news that God loves the world enough to give His only Son to die for our sin (John 3:16). The gospel is good news because our salvation and eternal life and home in heaven are guaranteed through Christ (John 14:1–4). “He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you”- 1 Peter 1:3–4.

The gospel is good news when we understand that we do not (and cannot) earn our salvation; the work of redemption and justification is complete, having been finished on the cross (John 19:30). Jesus is the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2). The gospel is the good news that we, who were once enemies of God, have been reconciled by the blood of Christ and adopted into the family of God (Romans 5:10; John 1:12). “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” – 1 John 3:1. The gospel is the good news that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” – Romans 8:1.

To reject the gospel is to embrace the bad news. Condemnation before God is the result of a lack of faith in the Son of God, God’s only provision for salvation. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” – John 3:17–18. God has given a doomed world good news: The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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COME HOLY SPIRIT GIVE US LOVE

“If you love Me, you will obey what I command.  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever –” John 14:15 -16   “But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you.” John 16:13-14 (NIV)

INTRODUCTION

Last Sunday, 20th May, was Pentecost Sunday – the birthday of the Church. Pentecost simply means “fiftieth” and refers to the celebration that is held fifty days after first fruits. It is said to refer to the day the Israelites left Egypt after their deliverance from Egypt after the Passover.

Pentecost” also refers to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ after our deliverance from sin through His crucifixion on the cross. The Old Testament “Pentecost” marked the day the Law was given on Mount Sinai and in the New Testament, it is the day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church. Both the Law and the Holy Spirit were given at Pentecost but with completely different results. The giving of the Holy Spirit led to the salvation of 3,000 unbelievers – Acts 2:41. While the Law brought judgment, the Holy Spirit brought love and life to us.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS LOVE

The Holy Spirit continues to bring love and life to unbelievers.  The harvest that began on the day of Pentecost, more than 2,000 years ago, continues today, and will continue until the end of the Church age. The Holy Spirit is the agent of Pentecost and the revelation of the love of God. God loves so much that He will not leave us as orphans  but has sent the Holy Spirit to be always present with us – John 14:18. The Holy Spirit is a person and not a force or a thing as some believe. The Scriptures confirm this by the personal ways in which The Holy Spirit responds and the personal things He does. The Bible also makes it clear that the Holy Spirit is one with God the Father and God the Son – John 14:16.  Since God is Love the Holy Spirit is also Love.  This is seen in the attributes that are given to Him and which are without exception, the attributes of God. He is Eternal, Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient. The Holy Spirit is love and out of love gives us spiritual life so that we can relate to God. God is Spirit and the only way to relate to Him is in spirit and in truth. The proof that we belong to God is seen in our love towards one another, for God is love.

The purpose of the presence of the Holy Spirit is to confirm God’s love and His acceptance of Christ’s perfect sacrifice. The presence of the Holy Spirit is to reveal and glorify Jesus Christ and to fill us with His love. The Holy Spirit enables us to understand the revelations of Jesus perfect sacrifice. He reveals that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross has made the blessings of God available to all us. The Holy Spirit not only reveals and glorifies Jesus Christ but empowers us to love and to serve Him.

The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to give life. He gives life to those who are spiritually dead.  Christ has paid the penalty for our sin and made it possible for us to receive His life. Why do we want to wait? Let us accept Christ as Saviour and Lord so that the Holy Spirit can empower us to live the life of Christ – 2 Peter 1:3-4.

THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS US

The presence of the Holy Spirit empowers us with the grace and truth of Christ “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” – John 1:17 (NIV). It is by grace that we have been saved – Eph. 2:8-9. Grace empowers us to live the truth. Without the grace of God we could not love as God has commanded us to love and we could not manifest the truth of God’s Word in our lives. The love of God enables us to love even those who wrong us and persecute us.  Jesus died for us when we were still sinners because of His love for us. Jesus loved us to the end and prayed for us even when He hung on the cross in excruciating pain. Indeed it is by grace that we have victory in our lives. It is by grace that we are able to “…..to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy, nothing will harm you” Luke 10:19. The grace of God is sufficient for us.

When a loved one leaves us to go on a journey, we always urge him to write and inform us of his safe arrival. It is only when a letter arrives in the loved ones own handwriting, postmarked with the name of the place, that we are sure he has arrived (these days, we accept text, WhatsApp and Facebook messages).  On the day of Pentecost the disciples received a personal letter from Christ postmarked from heaven with the Holy Spirit, confirming that Christ Jesus had arrived at the seat of “all power and authority.” The evidence is so compelling that it requires far more not to believe in Christ than to believe in Him. Christ sent the Holy Spirit to lead the believer into the abundant life He promises in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  If we are not enjoying His abundant blessings in our lives then what we need to do is to accept God’s offer of salvation for grace and truth through Christ Jesus.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR HELP

The Holy Spirit is the greatest single help that God has provided for those who sincerely desire to enter into all the fullness of victorious and fruitful Christian living. We all need the Holy Spirit. Indeed Jesus places an obligation on all believers to seek Him when He says “If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” – Luke 11:13. Let us ask the Lord to fill us with the power of His Holy Spirit so that our lives will glorify the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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IGNITING THE PENTECOST FIRE: NINE WAYS TO LIGHT THE SPIRITUAL FIRE IN YOUR LIFE

 

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. Acts 2: 1-3

INTRODUCTION

“Get on fire for God and men will come and see you burn”. – John Wesley

Tomorrow, Sunday 20th May, 2018 is Pentecost Sunday and I would like to invite us to allow the Holy Spirit to put us on fire.  Recently I have been thinking about what the Apostle Paul meant when He talked about being fervent in spirit in Romans 12:11 (NKJV):  ‘Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;’ The Greek word for fervent is “zeo” which means to boil with heat.  This means that we have a mandate to keep our fire for the Lord hot no matter what the spiritual climate is around us. I am sure that all of us can remember the very pointed quote about being hot or cold in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold.  I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”

None of us want to be distasteful to the Lord.  None of us want to make Him sick.  None of us want to be viewed as tasking like lukewarm soft drink that has lost its fizz.  So what do we do to keep the flames of fire burning in our spirit?  Here are nine ways that will help you keep those revival fires burning.

NINE WAYS TO LIGHT THE FIRE OF THE LORD IN YOUR SPIRIT 

1 Feed the Flames with the Word of God

In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. What I am talking about is not dutifully doing our daily devotion with sleep filled eyes every morning.  It is not about hungrily searching the scriptures for the voice of the Lord within their pages.  Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus who had their hearts set ablaze when the scriptures were explained to them by Jesus – Luke 24:32 we need to dig into the scriptures and allow the Lord to start explaining the scriptures to us just as He did to them.

2 Stoke the Furnace with Prayer

There are three things we need to have a blazing fire, fuel, oxygen and heat.  Prayer is the oxygen we use to stoke the flames high.  Spending time in prayer is spending time in the presence of God and the presence of God is the air that our souls need to be on fire. Oswald Chambers puts it bluntly: “Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian; not the thing that makes Him alive, but the evidence that He is alive.”  When we pray, we are breathing.  We are taking in the vital element that gives life to our soul.

3. Worship the Lord with Extravagance

One of the things that keeps fire small is containment.  We cannot have a big fire in a small metal box.  The way to break these walls of containment is to worship the Lord with extravagance.  Let us go beyond our comfort zone.  Let us offer up sacrifices of praise with our lips in greater degrees than we are comfortable with.  Let us make praise and worship a true sacrifice of ourselves conscious and self inhibitions.

Let us firmly decide that we will praise God in a more vocal, uninhibited way this year than we have ever done.  If we need help praising God, let us play a recording by a favorite Christian artist and sing along.  Let us challenge ourselves to learn how to raise our hands, bow our knees in worship, and even fall flat on our faces.  These things will break down any walls of containment where we are keeping the fire in a small metal box.

4 Allow the Holy Spirit to Move

The Apostle Paul gives us a very pointed exhortation in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 – “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit”. Is there anything in your life that is hindering the Spirit’s work?  Are you resisting doing something or giving up something that you know the Spirit is tapping you on the shoulder about?  Do you have mindsets or mentalities that are contrary to allowing the Holy Spirit to move? Some of the greatest breakthroughs I have had in my life have been when I stopped telling the Holy Spirit how He can operate.  I am very good at setting up preconditions that the Holy Spirit has to fulfill before I believe that it is Him.  I may be good at setting those preconditions up, but I have found that the Holy Spirit will not know kowtow to my whims.  Those preconditions were stifling the Holy Spirit and I learned quickly to allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in my life.

5 Do a Spring Cleaning Of Your Heart

The Bible says that in the last days the love of many will grow cold – Matthew 24:12.  Many times this is caused by unforgiveness and bitterness taking hold and growing in our heart rather than love.  Let us take time to do a spring cleaning of our heart; let go of any unforgiveness we may hold towards someone and remove any roots of bitterness that might have sprung up. Let us forgive one another as in Christ God has forgiven us Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:13. Nothing puts out the flame of God’s love faster than bitterness.  Do not let us allow unforgiveness to freeze our soul.  Let us guard our heart and deal with offenses quickly.

6 Bring Your Flame Closer To Other Flames

Those of us who have been Boy Scouts can remember having a raging fire at night during camping.  Many times in the morning there will still be some embers from the fire wood and if we need to build a new fire, the first thing we would do is gather all the smoldering firewood or charcoal together. This is why we should never live the Christian life in seclusion.  God has called us to be in community.  But let us make sure we are in a church that is on fire for God – because a dead church could put out what is left of our fire.  If our church compromises God’s Word or ignores the Great Commission, we should find a new church home.

7 Start Making Your Fire Useful

Spiritual passion is ignited when it is being used to serve others.  Start using the gifts and talents that God has given you to help others.  Every believer in Jesus has been given gifts and talents and you are no exception.  You must face your fears and stretch your faith as you begin to step out, but soon you will find there is no greater joy than being an instrument of the Holy Spirit to bless people. When you become obedient to stop burying your gifts and talents and start investing them into the lives of others, then you will be given even more to give as we read in Matthew 25:14

8 Find a Personal Firebrand

Everyone has to learn how to make fire.  We do not normally discover it naturally.  I have a friend whose dad showed her how to build a campfire.  He taught her how to light a furnace.  We need spiritual dads and moms to teach us how to light our spiritual fires.

Let us sometimes ask these firebrands to lay hands on us and pray.  We can also make appointments with them so we can glean from their wisdom and experience. It is certain that when Elisha saw Elijah go to heaven in a fiery chariot, he was affected by the heat, so let us also get as close as possible to those who are burning for God, and we will be ignited.

9 Spread the Flame

The biggest thing we can each do is to raise our spiritual temperature and light the fire of God in our life is to spread our flame.  There is nothing more exciting I can say than leading a person to faith in Christ.  Yet statistics show that 95 percent of Christians have never led one soul to salvation.  I guarantee if you step out of your timidity and share the gospel with a neighbor, a co-worker, a server at a restaurant or a stranger on the subway, your spiritual temperature will instantly rise 30 degrees – and you will want to share with someone else. Just as John Wesley said that if you light yourself on fire that men will come for miles to watch you burn.  Part of that is spreading the flame of the spectators.  Challenge yourself this year to speak of your faith, share your testimony, and pray with people who need the reality of Jesus Christ in their life.

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