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Sunday, 11 September 2016

“Build their faith”

I learnt an amazing lesson the other week about how God likes to build people’s faith. Believers or not.

The Holy Spirit has been keeping me busy over the past 4 months (hence the low number of blogs), but it’s been amazing learning just how God loves to see the gospel preached.

Jesus said  “I told you (who I am), and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;

Jesus also saidIf I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:25, 37-38). 

Jesus loved to back up what He said with works. Now I am not just talking about ‘good deeds’, I am talking about works like healing the sick, raising the dead, turning water to wine and giving sight to the blind. And here’s the story of how I realised this is for us Christians (sons and daughters of God) as well.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Healing And The Measuring Of It

Sometimes the healing process that God takes us through can actually feel like open heart surgery without the anaesthetic.

When you became a believer in Jesus, you began on a journey of deep healing. It’s hard to escape and Jesus is committed to it. One of the great benefits of Jesus shedding His blood is that it means that God can fully address your brokenness (humanities brokenness: Romans 8) at the very root of the issue. It is a life long process and at times the pain from the healing process can often make it feel like you are going backwards and not forwards.

This is a process that God by His Spirit began in you and it’s not a process that you can finish yourself. Ever heard that scripture “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord’? It’s from Zechariah 4:6 and God is talking about the building of His temple. Well, we are now the temple in which He lives and He is still committed to building His temple (you!) by the power of His Spirit and not by your own efforts.

So to encourage you, don’t worry if the healing process has been painful and difficult. Pain and discomfort are not indicators of failure. Even if your pain is causing you to stumble. It’s not failure. You’ve only failed if you give up trusting God to do the work. NEVER say that your sin has defeated you. Get back up. He started this work in you, and He will finish it. Push through the pain and discomfort. Your reward will be joy. A joy that cannot be stolen by anyone or any circumstance.



Galatians 3: 2-4 Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? 

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Breathe

“And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.””
John 20:22-23 NKJV

This is a powerful verse. Here’s one reason why.

My wife and I moved into a new house a few months ago and one of our prayers for this house was to have neighbours who God wanted to encounter. He did just that. We instantly connected with our neighbours. They are an awesome couple, Peter and Ann (not there real names). Peter was already a Christian, but Ann was not. After a few months of getting to know them, sharing our lives and the gospel, Ann decided to enter into relationship with Jesus. Awesome. But then more amazing stuff happened. Peter now desires to share his faith with others.


He messaged me one night and said that he was talking all things God with a member of his band (the bass player) who professes to be an atheist and was about to pray for healing for him (It’s an amazing story for another time).  The following Sunday during worship at church I am thinking about this bass player and how easy it is for us to judge people on what they believe or how they live and how this can sometimes keep us from sharing Gods love with them or even thinking (incorrectly) how much God hates them. So as I am thinking on this, the verse I mentioned above came to mind, so I opened my bible to find it and this is what stood out “He breathed on them, and said to them,” It took my breath away (no pun intended). What kind of a crazy statement is that? He breathed on them? Instantly I thought of Genesis 2 7: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

This is so amazing the position and authority that God has given us in Jesus. Jesus is giving us an extreme gift here that comes with power in John 20:22-23. He breathes on us, giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit and then power to make a choice. The power to bring life through forgiveness. This is a key to entering into a full and abundant life. It’s the key to bringing us back to the original plan, how to make all things new. To have us be fruitful with Him. This is the original plan God had in the beginning for humans; “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1). There is authority given in this statement and power to humans.   

As Christians, we have the authority to bring everybody we desire before the throne of God and ask for mercy or judgment for them on their behalf. Jesus said on the cross of those who crucified Him “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” People who don’t know Jesus, don’t know what they are doing. We can’t judge them on that. Ourselves, well, that’s another story (see 1 Corinthians 5:12-13).

Knowing this I took the opportunity to pray for the bass player at church with the congregation. Bringing him before God, desiring God breathes life into him. And to do that, we prayed as a church, asking for forgiveness and mercy over His life, knowing that it’s the goodness of God that leads to repentance (being the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering. God holding out on judgment desiring Mercy in other words. See Romans 2).


Judgment is coming one day for all those who do not believe in Jesus (see II Thessalonians 1:6-9, Mark 16:16 more in the gospels, Romans, Revelation,) but this is not that day! Its Gods desire that all men be saved (Timothy 2:4) so in His goodness with patient and longsuffering while we as Christians do all we can to display Gods grace, mercy, love and forgiveness to ALL MEN AND WOMAN, going throughout all the earth preaching the gospel to all creatures (Mark 16:15-16). If you want to bare fruit and see peoples lives radically transformed, start with forgiveness.

Monday, 21 December 2015

He Trains My Hands For War Part 2


“This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse." Luke 11:23 (Jesus talking on spiritual warfare)

Last week I posted 'He Trains My Hands For War Part 1' which covered two points in relation to God preparing us for our mission and calling;
- Responding to negative circumstances with faith instead of fear
- Not giving up in the face of adversity. 

There are 3 more to cover.    

Get rid of that bad attitude.  
“Training is used to test your physical ability but also to get rid of bad attitude.” Yup, that’s right. The last two years God has been exposing my bad attitudes toward Him, my faith, other people and myself. 

Control your fear, as in, fear God and not man.
“You're going behind enemy lines, where it’s hostile and people want to kill you. We need people who can control fear.” Ok, before some people loose control about me saying fear God and not man, may be I will write another blog on fearing God, but as much to say this is a biblical standard. Let me summarise that blog in a short sentence from Luke 12:4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” This is a strange fear to have of a loving God. BUT that’s exactly why I fear and love Him at the same time. He is capable of killing me and throwing me into Hell, but He has shown me mercy and extravagant love when I am deserving of the opposite. Back on track. I have had people threaten me with violence if I talk about Jesus with people in their lives. In these moments Holy Spirit said to me ‘who will you fear more?’ In other words, who’s bigger? God, or the man that made the threat? Be sure of your God and your eternal destination.