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The primary purpose of prayer!!!!

September 22, 2010 2 comments

So what is the primary purpose of prayer?

It is repentance, is it interceding, is it getting our needs met. Of course, all of these are important and have a place in prayer, but it is definitely not the primary purpose of prayer, the primary purpose of prayer is worship fulfilled in the confinements of intimate close and personal relationship with our heavenly Father in heaven.

Therefore, the main purpose of prayer is just worshiping and fellowship with the LORD in an intimate close and personal relationship with Christ.

 John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 When God created Man, He created us for His pleasure. We were created and are still created for His good pleasure.

Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

He created Man for fellowship and relationship, which was lost and Christ came to establish.

I have asked this question many times on Facebook, what is the main reason that Christ died on the cross of Calvary, and I receive various answers. The most common answer is “to save us from hell”, but if hell was not there, then would Christ still have died?

 The answer is in John 3:16, 36 and John 17:3, let us take a look at these scriptures.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

 Christ calls us all into eternal life, but what is eternal life? Knowing God, the only true God and Son Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, is eternal life. However, there is something in our way that stops us from knowing God. What is it? It is Sin.

 Isaiah 59:1 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:”

Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

 Christ did not die to just save us from hell, because if there was no hell, Christ would have still died. Christ Died primarily to remove sin from our lives so we can enter into a close personal relationship with Christ Jesus. Sin was a barrier to that close personal relationship even existing, so Christ had to cleanse us from all our sins and forgive us, to establish a new relationship found in Christ.

Therefore, prayer is just communication with the LORD, communing in His presence, having fellowship with our Heavenly Father. So then, it is mutual relationship and conversation; one speaks, then the other listens and vice versa.

Seeking God in our prayer life is the principle thing; to worship His Holy Name should be the reason and purpose to pray. Notwithstanding, other reason to pray: asking for things, interceding for others and asking for forgiveness of sins etc…

(Matthew 6:33) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

 James 4:2 “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”

James 4:3 “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Many Christians unfortunately pray to God as if he is a slot machine they just pray for when they are in need, they use Him for their own personal goals. God cannot be mocked. Nevertheless, when everything is fine and dandy there is no communication with their Father. God is not impressed. We should pray in all seasons, whether good or bad, pray without ceasing. God wants constant communication with His children. 1Thesalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

 Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

God is a person and He demands relationship with His children that believe in His salvation. We need to talk to Him as a person, not a thing. The true importance of prayer is to be intimate with your heavenly Father.

Ephesians 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

When you put God first in your prayer, life and you spend time worshiping Him. All other things that you crave for and need, will be satisfied according to His will. Many when wanting a thing badger God with their petitions. Prayer is not just asking, but thanksgiving, appreciation, praise, worship and faithfulness is all part of prayer. When you have asked God for a thing, you then thank God for answering it and so forth that is when you enter the realm of faith.

Many now will ask how come I prayed for that and I did not receive it, well if we take look back at James 4:2-3; many of us ask amiss, we do not ask with the right heart, or a pure motive and we do not pray according to His will. His will is His Word. If it is not His will, then you will not receive it.

1John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”

1John 5:15 “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

The verse is self-explanatory, if you ask anything according to His will; you have confidence and faith that He has already answered your prayer by grace, you just have to receive what you prayed for by Faith.

When you put the focus on God in prayer, He puts the Focus on you, he answers all your needs and requests, all things that you desire will be added unto you.

Let us make the main thing the main thing.

Amen.

Stay blessed.

Is your guard up is your amour on?

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” 

Mark 13:33 “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” 

Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” 

If your guard is not up, then Christ is not your strong hold and you are not putting on the full armour OF GOD. You have left yourself defenceless and vulnerable to attack. Definition of guard is protection, defence, being in watch over anything threatening to keep in safety. If we fail to withstand the devils attack then we are not operating in the full armour OF GOD. We have to guard ourselves from spiritual attack, and when they do come, you have to be prepared to do spiritual battle. God has given you all this armour to win and be victorious. If Christ can defeat Satan in His weakest moments (Matthew 4), we can defeat the enemy in our weak and strongest moments.

 Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

We have to stand strong in Gods strength and not our own. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13), it is not by power nor by might but by the Spirit says the Lord of Hosts (Zechariah 4:6), we do nothing in our own power or by might but by the Spirit of our Lord God.

 Ephesians 6:11“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

To stand in the evil day we have to be clothed in the amour of God. We are in the evil day, so we have to continue to stand clad in the whole armour OF GOD. Seven pieces of armour are mentioned. Five are defensive and two are offensive, with one being preparatory. The armour is mentioned as being: a belt, a breastplate, shoes, a shield, a helmet, a sword, and prayer. 

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Are war is not carnal, but spiritual, we have to be spiritually ready to resist the devil and flee, by focusing on Christ and submitting to Him (James 4:8). Likewise, we may sincerely desire to never deny our Lord, but it takes more than desire; it takes preparation. We have all been taught how to rely on ourselves, but we have to learn anew how to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10). Just as in the physical realm, muscles have to be exercised to become strong, so we have to exercise ourselves unto godliness (1Timothy 4:7).

 Eph 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

You have to put on the whole armour OF GOD, not just part of it, some people are running around with just the helmet of salvation and have no sword of the Spirit to attack the enemy. We are exhorted three times to put on the full armour OF GOD not some of it. Do not be left defenceless and vulnerable. 

Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”

Christ is the truth, the only truth (John 14:6). When we have received Christ, we have received the Truth. We have to surround ourselves with the truth of Christ and to continue to be sanctified by the truth. When you act upon the truth, it will set you free (John 8:32). When you know the truth, you will not be entangled in our own web of deceit. The belt of truth holds things in place, holds up the whole armour. The truth keeps us secure in Christ and makes effective all the other pieces of armour. Truth is the sincerity of the heart. Sincerity leads us to be open before God. To have the belt of truth is to look to Jesus as the only truth. If Satan can remove/disarm of us of our belt, he will defeat us. 

Righteousness is received at salvation; it is the source of God Himself, a very gift from God, which only comes through faith. It gives us total acceptance before God through Christ. Righteousness allows us to stand before God, men and demons. Without the breastplate of righteousness, our faith would be like any mere religion – a form of godliness but no power to act. The Holy Spirit within us now gives us the life and power to live above sin. He imparts in you godly living. This is the breastplate of righteousness. Righteousness is God’s double-sided protection for the Christian. It defends our conscience from all the wounds inflicted by past sin and failures and also keeps us from the constant array of temptations and lust that desire to inflict more harm on us.

Ephesians 6:15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

The shoes of the gospel of peace makes a messenger prepared to share the glad tidings of peace. This piece of armour is to aid our movement and defence and not our appearance. The shoes that keep us going over hard ground and the shoes that equip us with something to offer to the needy souls along the way. 

Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

We walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7); it protects us from the attacks of the enemy.  It is the most important armour to put on, without this all the other parts of the armour our exposed. It quenches the fiery arrows of the evil one, not some of them but ALL of them. We can have total victory in Christ Jesus as He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Faith is the confidence and assurance we have in the crucified and risen Christ. Faith is lifting our eyes up to God and relying on the greater One in us to see us through. 

Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”

There is a battlefield going on in the mind, the helmet of salvation protects our head from the wrong kind of thinking. We have to take captive every thought that exalts himself above the knowledge of Christ, being transformed by the renewing of our mind by the word of God. We need to keep focused on Christ the hope of our salvation. Hope is of the mind, it covers the head, and it is our helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8).  A man can survive several days without food or water but take away hope and he will commit suicide immediately. An understanding of what God has promised us brings us hope. God does not lie. Our hope is based on Him. A Christian with the helmet of the hope of salvation will not get confused with the fleeing pleasures of sin. Nor will they trade their birthright (salvation) for the temporary lusts of the world.

The sword of the Spirit is our offensive weapon; we use it to strike down the enemy. The Word of God is hidden in our heart, activated by the power of the Holy Spirit and spoken in an appropriate situation. The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 12:4). 

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

The last part of the Christian armour, which is prayer. pray with all diligence. The phrase “all prayer,” means various kind of prayer in the in the Spirit. Prayer is more than just asking, there is a prayer of thanksgiving, of praise, of rejoicing of worship, prayer of intercession, a prayer of agreement and a prayer of dedication. It is inappropriate to ask for something more than once, but we can and should continue to pray with these other forms of prayer until we see our answer manifest in the flesh. Prayer is another form of absolute dependence and reliance upon God for His divine intervention. In the “Spirit” means prayer directed by God’s Spirit and in accordance with God’s will (1John 5:14-15). Paul used this terminology when referring to praying in tongues (1Corinthians 14:2, 15; Jude 20; 1Corinthians 14:15). Therefore, this includes praying in tongues.  

A great amount of information was used from Andrew Wommack’s ministries and Word library. To God be the glory for their ministries.

 Be armed and ready, keep you guard up. 

Stay blessed

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Sinking Sand

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

God promises that he will save us. He promises to stretch out His mighty arms and rescue us out of the sinking sand of drunkenness, homosexuality, hatred, unforgiveness, bitterness, lies, depression and anxiety. These are obviously not the will of God for our life, so then why do we still experience them? We experience all theses because our total focus on Christ has been shaken.

Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

If our focus is on Christ and we are constantly resting in His presence, then we would have joy, and not anxiety or depression. You cannot contain joy, depression, bitterness, anxiety, hatred and unforgivness in your heart at the same time, so you have one or the other. So if you abiding in God’s presence and experiencing His joy, then you would not experience, Unforgiveness, bitterness, lies, depression, anxiety and so forth.

 Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

If we sought God with all our heart, we would not be anxious. The root of all anxiety is worrying, worrying of what you are going to eat, wear, do and so forth.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious (worry) about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

 Mat 6:26” Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Mat 6:27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Mat 6:28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

Mat 6:29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Mat 6:30  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Mat 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Mat 6:32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” 

If we put our trust in Christ, rest and focus on him, we would not worry about these things, and be less anxious.

Philippians 4:6 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Again, a way to combat anxiety is to give thanks and praise God in all circumstances, which will produce joy in your life in the mists of the storm. 

Mat 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Mat 7:25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

Mat 7:26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Mat 7:27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

The reason why we sink in the mist of our problems is that Christ is not our firm foundation. If Christ is our firm foundation then we will be secure and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts from worry and doubt. If you build, upon a weak foundation, (anything that is not Christ), you will fall, if you build upon a solid foundation (Christ) then you will be secure and withstand the storm. You build upon the sure foundation of Christ by spending time with Him, seeking Him, praying, worshiping Him and reading His word by establishing an ongoing personal relationship with our Father and to be a doer of the word not just a hearer only.

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

Moreover, the joy of the Lord will enable you to float calmly in mist of your storms.

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  

If we are operating in the fruit of the Spirit, then we would not be holding unto bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred and so on. They both cannot be in your heart; it is one or the other.

SO CHOOSE!

Galatians 5:24 “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Galatians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”

Let us be led by the Spirit, feed the spirit and starve the flesh by spending time in God’s presence by reading, meditating in His word, praying and praising Him for His goodness and reverencing Him and worshiping Him. Do not be controlled and dominated by your emotions, submit your emotions to God’s will but be dominated by the Word of the Lord.

 Psalm 116:2 “Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 91:15 “When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honour him.” 

When you are sinking cry out to God, “Abba, Father”, and He will surely answer you. 

Mar 6:45 “Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.

Mar 6:46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

Mar 6:47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.

Mar 6:48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,

Mar 6:49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out,

Mar 6:50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

Mar 6:51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. Moreover, they were utterly astounded,”

There is no doubt that Jesus was coming out there to help His disciples, yet He made as though He would have passed by them. This illustrates how the Lord comes to us. He is always there in the midst of our problems, but He does not just take control. Regardless of how desperate our situations are, He waits for us to call out to Him for help. He does not force His help on us. Moreover, He is always on top of the very thing that is about to drown us. It is no problem for Him. We have to be looking for the Lord or He will pass on by.—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

So when you are sinking in sand, cry out to God and he will pull you out of the sinking sand with His outstretch arms.

Isaiah 52:10 “The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”

Yes, God stretches His mighty arm out to those who are drowning in their sin and despair and pulls them out of their circumstances, and places their feet upon the Rock, which is Christ. His Promises our sure and He will rescue you. Trust the Lord, seek Him believe His Word. God may not be early but He is never late. He will never let you down! His arms are everlasting.

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And he thrust out the enemy before you and said, Destroy.” 

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Attitude of worship

June 20, 2010 5 comments

 What is an attitude of worship?

 Worship is the attitude of the heart; worship is the response to God’s worthiness, greatness and goodness. Worship is an old English word of “worth-ship”, meaning to acknowledge the worth of someone. Therefore, as Christians when we worship we acknowledge the worthiness of God. Therefore, whenever we acknowledge Gods worthiness we are worshiping God.

Worship is not just limited to just the slow part of praise and worship, but it can happen every day, every hour and every minute you honour God, every time you put him first and every time you give Him all the glory. Psalm 9:1-2: ‘1 I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.’ Psalm 111:1: ‘1 Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.’

 We can worship God in all things, when you are doing grocery, going to school or work, when looking after your children and so forth. You do not have to limit worship to a set time in the morning and at night, but the whole day can be filled with the worship of the Lord. 1Peter 4:11 ‘If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.’

When we commit all are things to the Lord that is worship, when we give our offering, our time and effort to the things of the Lord that is worship. When we focus on him and make him our first and top-most priority, we are worshiping God. When you give him the honour that is due, you are worshiping him. True worship should create God intoxicated people. People who are crazy for the Lord, who are zealous to win lost souls. Worship is a lifestyle that gives value to its creator. Worship is giving the Lord all of our attention; it is setting aside everything that distracts us. Psalm 37:5 ‘Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.’ Proverbs 16:3 ‘Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.’

We have to worship Christ in spirit and in truth. John 4:21 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.” John 4:22 “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 We worship God knowing that He is the absolute Truth, there is no way to the Father in Heaven but through Christ, we know that Christ died for our sins, and through Him we are saved. We worship Him knowing that He loves us with an everlasting love. Christ is not just a thing but a person, He is a person that wants to be worshiped, scrap that He deserves to be worshiped, we were created for that very purpose to worship him. We are created and are still created for Gods pleasure. Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Worship is also not limited to a church building, but to the heart, we are Christ tabernacle and temple, where the fullness of the Godhead resides in us. 1Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

Remember whoever and whatever you give worship (your time, money, effort) becomes your god (your idol). Your slaves to who you obey, sin or righteousness, I beg you to choose righteousness. Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

 We have to have a contrite and a sincere heart every time we worship God, we are not worshiping God for what we can get, but what we can give. Hebrews 13:15 ‘Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.’ 

We have to humble ourselves before His Mighty hand, and declare his Greatness. When we worship God, we admit our weakness and inadequacies and rely on His strength and grace. However, we do not worship God in weakness and inadequacy because we have confidence and boldness to enter the throne of Grace and that He will receive our offerings of praise.

Hebrews 4:16 ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’

Psalm 141:2 ‘Let my prayer be accepted as sweet-smelling incense in your presence. Let the lifting up of my hands in prayer be accepted as an evening sacrifice.’

Isaiah 40:31 ‘but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.’

Worship is a lifestyle, we need an attitude of gratitude, we need to be thankful always and be in lasting appreciation of the wonder of His ways, to the richness of His mercy and His everlasting grace, fulfilled in His Son Jesus Christ. 1Thessalonians 5:16’ Rejoice always, ‘ 1Thessalonians 5:17 ‘pray without ceasing, ‘ 1Thessalonians 5:18 ‘give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ Romans 12:1 ‘I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.’

 Worship elevates us into God presence and power. Hebrews 12:28 ‘Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,’

To worship God in spirit and in truth is to worship him in one mind, one accord, in honour and in reverence. Worship is not for our entertainment, we are not worshiping God to get something out of God that would be a selfish motive, and would not be worshipping God in Truth. However, our primary reason to worship God is to glorify him (1 Corinthians 6:20). Every time you worship, your focus should be on him, your attention is on him and are filled with love for our Creator.

Worship should be situated in the boundaries of a Relationship with our Saviour and Father, if there is no relationship there is no worship. Once that relationship is created then worship follows, it is a natural response when a man looks at His own sinfulness comparedto a Holy and Righteous God. Wow, just take a minute to pause and awe at His greatness. We are able to enter into the Holy of Holies that is our spirit which has been regenerated by Christ.

Matthew 15:8 “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; Matthew 15:9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'” Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.’ These two scriptures go hand in hand; taking God’s name is voiding any power and reverence in it.

When we worship God in spirit, we worship Him from the heart, mind, soul and body, not with pompous external things (rites and ceremonies). The Pharisees in this scripture and many Christians still today externally worship, but their heart is totally far from God. They go through the religious motions of worship, thereby taking God’s name in vain which is an abomination to the Lord.

So let us put on an attitude of worship, let us draw near to God with our hearts, and praise Him with the fruit of our lips, let us reside in the presence of the Lord. Let us acknowledge His worthiness, greatness, goodness, mercy, grace. The list can go on and on right.

Well that is it, Worship, Worship, Worship, that’s what it is about

Stay blessed

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Christ called us to be united not divided (part 3)

June 6, 2010 4 comments

Wow, were up to three instalments already. Thank you all for staying tuned.

Check out part 1:https://truspire.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/christ-called-us-to-be-united-not-divided-part1/

Check out part 2: https://truspire.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/christ-called-us-to-be-united-not-divided-part-2/

1Co 1:10  “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

 When you read that scripture, what does it say to? Does it define the Church today?

It must look impossible; to bring all believers to be of one mind, especially in doctrine. But is it? No of course not, Paul is begging us by the mercies of God to do so, all things are possible with Christ, and we can do all things through Christ who strengthen us right? God will never ask us to do something that we can never do. So then, it is possible. 

 However, if we truly loved Christ, we would put pride away, and as believers come together through the leading of the Holy Spirit and sort out the mess we have created. Hence, the ‘we’, Christ is not the author of confusion.

1Corinthians 14:33  “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

True Disciples of Christ are distinguished by their love for one another, which is a mark of true maturity.

1Co 1:10  “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

When you properly analyse this verse, Paul is emphasising unity and oneness to such a level, that if you looked at the Church now, we would think it to be highly impossible. However, for the mere fact that Paul through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is writing this, suggest that it is possible through Christ. Therefore, what this verse is saying is that we should speak the same thing, that there should be no division amongst us, and that we should be perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgement. We need to be one in the important doctrines; however, Paul did make allowances for differences on non-essential points (Romans 14:1). Nevertheless, on essential points we should as (all believers) be of one mind and agree on the same things. Of course, we are all individuals and are unique, so there will be differences amongst believers, but those differences do not have to cause division or become a hindrance to us as believers’ fellowship with each other.

‘We do not have to always agree to walk in unity with our brothers’, but let us be resolved in peace and not in strife or envy (James 3:16).

If we imitate Christ, as we are called to do, we would imitate his oneness He had with Our Father, with are fellow believers.

John 17:21  “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

If we are united, the world will know that the Father has sent him. So this just identifies how important unity is, it is so important, that when believers are united in the love of Christ, many will know that Jesus is God’s Son. A wonderful evangelism tool, which is not being taken advantage of.

Ephesians 4:13 “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:”

This just demonstrates how important it is to come into harmony with each other; Christ wants us to grow to full maturity in knowledge and in faith. Therefore, it is not impossible, but possible.

Therefore, I exhort all true believers in Christ Jesus, to break down the wall of enmity between believers in their denominations. A denomination is not the true Church of Christ, but the believers across all denominations (who truly believe in Jesus as the Son of God) are part of the Body of Christ, reconciled unto the Father. Ridding ourselves of pride is the only way that we can obtain unity.

Ephesians 2:14 “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;” Ephesians 2:16 “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:” 

‘Focusing on peripheral issues that turn our attention away from the simplicity of faith in Christ will always cause division. We will never come into unity over the colour of carpet or stained glass windows. Our only hope for unity is to unite in our faith in Christ’.—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary

 I know it may seem hard, because of the huge differences in doctrine, but if we all claim to Love Christ, let us at least try and I know that God’s grace is sufficient.

I pray this has touched many hearts as it has me, please continue to read God’s inspired Word, and be transformed by it.

May God keep you, sustain, uphold you, and guide you in the faith. And let all the believers say Amen.

 When we come together as believers, if our true focus is on Him, then God’s promise is that His presence will inhabit the gathering of believers who congregate in His Holy Name. 

Matthew 18:20m “ For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

 I never once in any of my Christ called us to be united not divided blog instalments; say lets unite as Christians regardless of doctrinal beliefs or let’s unite and compromise our beliefs and purity standing. Through the instalments I emphasised, True Christians, True believers, True followers of Christ, bible believing Children of God: Christians that do not compromise with the Word of God, those that love Christ and live to please him that bear much fruit and that are living godly lives. Of course, many will then say that those who profess those titles are not really Christians, which of course I agree, but I believe the true believers WILL respond to the calling of Unity.

 Let me ask you all this, many of us have gone to Christians events, where Christ is exalted, where he is the focal point of the gathering, where you fellowshipped with other believers from all walks of life from different denominations and so forth. So did you not all come together in one mind, and in one accord, to worship the Living Lord. Is that not unity? Therefore, what is the difference in what I am saying? Even in your own church, I can say for certain that not all the members in the church agree on every single thing, but you all come together whenever you do in one accord and in one mind, to praise our Lord and Father. Again is that not unity? So what is it that I am saying that is any different to what we all do on regular occurrences.

 Many of you are like oh, I understand you now, you were never speaking of unity with compromise, or unity regardless of doctrine. However, I was proclaiming the unity based on the Word of God, the Spirit of our Lord, saturated in Love and in fellowship.

 Many people when contradicting this teaching cite the Tower of Babel, of why unity is not necessary. But I will hopefully make you understand that the calling of unity is definitely for a new testament believer. In Genesis 11, we see the story of the city of Babel, where God scattered the languages of the people and dispersed them across the earth.  The Lord scattered them and confused their language because they were using their unity against God’s will. The people understood the power of unity, but they used it AGAINST God instead of FOR Him. So then, many will say because of the Tower of Babel that we are meant to be divided, that may be true of colour, race, culture etc… but when it comes to the Faith, we should all be united under Christ’s blood.  Unity is only good if used for the Lord. Psalm 133:1A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

Romans 12:4  “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:”

1Corinthians 12:12 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”1Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

So were all One in Christ right? Of course we are the Bible told us so. So why do we then debate whether we should unite or not, when Christ told us to (remember I am speaking of True believers not false believers). Disunity works as a hindrance for God’s plan for the Church.

 I am not saying something new, I am saying something that all the epistles are saturated with; it is just that in this modern day it has been lost. I would advice all those reading this to read the Book of Acts, and see the unity expressed there, and that is the same unity we are lacking now. Please believe that I am not saying there is no unity in the Body of Christ, there is huge amount of it, but I am saying that it could be expressed in such a bigger scale. A great example of a united movement in our modern day is The passion for Christ Movement in America (P4CM).http://www.p4cm.com/p4cm/

God bless you all 

Seeker

Christ called us to be united not divided (part 2)

May 24, 2010 11 comments

Therefore, when believers come together in one mind, heart, desire, goal and will, a revival, an outpouring of Gods powers is evident. E.g. the day of Pentecost, Azusa street revival is just a very modern example of a revival that transformed the world as we see it today (or is that an exaggeration-I think not). Where people who loved God gathered in one place in one accord to worship the living God, and where God’s glory was manifested in signs and miracles, speaking in tongues and so forth.  

 But why are we not seeing this in regular occurrences?

Because there is so much division between believers, believers no more want to associate with each other. I am not going in there, there are Baptist people in there, oh no let us stay over here there are Methodists here. Oh come on now! Is it not just as bad as saying, I am not going over there, there are black people there, or I am staying over here because everybody is white. It is very silly indeed.

 This is just a blatant example of disunity in the body of Christ.

When I am witnessing, and I ask people often, “if they are Christian”, they often respond with, “no I am not, I am a Catholic”. Huh? What? Did they just say they are Catholic (this goes for other denominations also, Pentecostal, Methodists, Baptist and so forth). When did being a Christian become based on the denomination you affiliate with?

Matthew 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

(1 Corinthians 1:2)  “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”

Rom 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 These verses states that our Christianity is based on the finished work of Christ on the Cross. Therefore, our church is not what saves us; it is Christ, being sanctified in the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, when  someone asks  are you a Christian our answer should be yes. Moreover, when they ask you why, we say because Christ died for our sins, and all those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and came to die for our sins are saved, and we are born-again, filled with the Holy Spirit. Period!!! Not oh I am a “Catholic, Methodist or Pentecostal”. That is just our affiliation.

(Philippians 2:11) “And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

I do understand that when someone mentions a denomination that they are affiliated with it gives someone an idea of their doctrine, form of worship and so forth. However, I think it is more important to pin point where a person is in Christ, than what denomination they are from, so that we can encourage and comfort one another to grow in full maturity in Christ.

 1Corinthians 3:4 “For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?”

‘As long as people promote one denominational persuasion over another, the body of Christ as a whole is still carnal.’—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

 Proverbs 13:10 “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”

Pride is the reason for all the division in the Church where there is no division, there is no pride. It is that simple. The love of Jesus is bond that unites all believers under one banner: ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’.

There was hullabaloo on facebook, over the issue of unity. Many people kept repeating that until we come together in doctrine, that we should not compromise on our beliefs and that we should put out all those that speak anything contrary to what the Word of God says. What was funny is that I never disagreed with that, but the harshity (if that is even a word), of the way some people spoke, just showed me, even though they may have been correct but it was not spoken in a loving manner. Let us seek to win others by the gentleness of our words and acts.   Many times, I have seen people having correct knowledge but not applying it in love and not using it to edify, correct in love, exhort and comfort other believers. The lack of love would just make it wrong. I already spoke about knowledge is vain without love here  https://truspire.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/knowledge-is-vain-without-love/ But to emphasise just a few points, Love is what remains, because God is love (1 John 4:8), so our main motivation for displaying our knowledge wherever it may be should be love (1 Corinthians 16:14). So that we may encourage, strengthen, correct brethren in the faith, and to rebuke unbelievers also in love, so that they may be convicted of their sins and repent. If a brother or Christ is in error we do not just tear them down, but build them up in love, of course if they are unwilling to listen and are creating division, then separate yourself from them, the apostle Paul, gave a precedent for that (Acts 19:9).

However, Paul did not say avoid contact with those that have differing doctrine, he said to avoid those that cause division and offenses over doctrine a VERY BIG DIFFERENCE.

  Proverbs 14:1 “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” (ESV translation)

Nevertheless, we should still show kindness to them. Proverbs 19:22 “The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.”

You can love with out, compromise, you can unite without compromise. People that assume unity is Compromise are still carnal because unity should be what all Christians want. Many Christians pray for revival, but what is a revival, is it not when Christians from all walks of life, come together in one accord, to worship the one true God. So then, what is all the fuss about, when some of us mention unity? In my opinion, I thinks it is that people want to stay in their beliefs, they have gotten so prideful, that they believe that they are right, that anyone that differs is not worthy of associating with them. But have we not all been wrong, and was it not by God’s grace that brought us back into alignment with the truth. 2Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

 There is an explicit example of carnality in the body of Christ, caused by divisions in the bible; Paul was talking to the Corinthians, when he spoke of their carnality.

 1Corinthians 3:3 “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”

1Corinthians 3:4 “For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?”

Does that not sound familiar, if transferred in modern terms it would look something like this: “for while one saith, I am of the Pentecostal denomination; and another, I am of the Catholic branch: is that not carnal? Sorry people for the tongue and cheek but I wanted all of you to understand my point. Denominations in itself are not really bad, but when we use them to cause division and disunity in the body, then it becomes bad.

 I know in America especially there is a big divide between evangelicals and contemporary Christians, and really, it is just silly. If we put on our God-goggles, we will realise that this is not God’s doing but ours. In addition, if we would come to God, to receive the grace to help sort out the mess that we have created. 

 John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

If as believers we truly loved each other and put pride in its rightful place, would there be so much division? No there would not be, but because of (“I”), instead of Christ, division has become commonplace within Christianity. Making many believers think that unity in doctrine can never happen.

‘Doctrinal differences were meant to be resolved (1Corinthians 1:10) and are not a justification for division in the universal church’.—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

 Man not God makes all division amongst Christians; all true believers have already been joined to each other through the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:3, Romans 12:4). Love should motivate us to serve one another, and put each other’s interest above our own (Philippians 2:3-4).

 When you read the book of Acts, you see the love that Jesus spoke about in John amongst the brethren all over the New Testament World at the time. However, when you look at the modern Church today where is that love? That love had been lost in the mist of all dissension, but it need to be found again, found again in Christ. When we look at the Cross-, we see the greatest act of love ever. Moreover, we need to replicate that with our brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John 2:9-10).

 Nevertheless, before I go, I want people to realise that Christ is not limited to numbers. Christ said that where two or three are gathered in His Name, he is there with them. (Matthew 18:20). People can be unified where there is two, three or 100 people. It does not matter if there is small number of you or a large number of you, unity is not confined to amount, it is confined in love of one person. That person is our Lord Jesus Christ.

Stay blessed.

Stay tuned for the last in this instalment, thank you for you patience, hope you lot are not bored.

A great video by DA T.R.U.T.H, an American Gospel artist, rapping about what I have been saying, hopefully the music may minister to you more than my words.

Seeker.

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Christ called us to be united not divided (Part1)

May 9, 2010 4 comments

I will try to emphasise the importance of unity.

What is unity?

Webster’s dictionary defines unity as:

Unity

Agreement; uniformity; as unity of doctrine; unity of worship in a church.

In Christian theology, oneness of sentiment, affection or behaviour.

What does it bring?

When believers come together united in Christ, with one mind, desire, goal and will, great things happen. Therefore, when believers come together in one mind, heart, desire, goal and will, revivals, outpouring of Gods powers, signs and miracle are evident. Azusa street revival is just a very modern revival, where people who loved God gathered in one place in one accord to worship the living God, and where God’s glory was manifested.

This is clearly seen in the day of Pentecost, when all the believers of Christ were all in one place and in one accord.

Act 2:1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”

This was just before they were all filled with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, but for the Holy Spirit to come they had to be all in one in place and in one accord (in one heart, mind and desire). It is not possible that all Christians all around the world to be together in one place, but on the local level it can be. the fact that many churches are built right across from each other and rent same spaces in the same shopping centres and offices is just a blatant indication of how disunified the body of Christ has become. ‘Unity among believers is not a prerequisite of revival nor is it merely a result of revival. It is an integral part of revival, without which the great outpouring of God’s Spirit that all believers long for, will not come’.—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

Why is it important?

Think of a human wall, if you got 100 people to all link arms to make a human wall. If a person tried to break through they would not be able to, as they are united together (stronger than super glue). Nevertheless, let’s just say there was a gap in the human wall (somebody let go of their neighbour), then it allows people to go through the gap and cause divisions within the human wall. You can see this in families, when families are united together, super glued in love, when hail storms, tornadoes and what not comes their way, they stick together. However, when they are not united for whatever the reason, that is when schisms and division grows until, the family is no more. (Well maybe not no more, but you know what I am saying).

So it is better to be united than divided, that is obvious, I bet you can think of many more scenarios when it is better to be united than to be divided.

Did not God say that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand, this also refers to the Church, the Church that is divided in doctrine, worship, order, will not stand. Moreover, when a church is divided we cannot make any real progress. When there is disunity in the Church, it hinders the message of the Gospel, and makes our witness less effective. Which is what Satan wants. So let us not give Satan what he wants.

Mat 12:25 “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand

Nevertheless, Christ did say that the gates of hell will not prevail against his True Church, which is founded upon the revelation that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. Jesus is coming back for a Church that is mature and living victoriously. Therefore, Christ will preserve his True Church until his second coming.

Mat 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

But wait there is a problem, the Church of today is not united, but very much divided, why?

  • Lack of love,
  • pride and
  • differences in doctrine.

Christ said that what will distinguish us as true disciples was not doctrine (which of course is an indicator) but love.

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

If as believers we truly loved each other and put pride in its rightful place, would there be so much division? No there would not be, but because of (“I”), instead of Christ, division has become commonplace within Christianity. Making many believers think that unity in doctrine can never happen.

For the past few months, I have been having revelations of what it means to be untied in the cause of Christ. I have come to realise that as Christians today we are not at all united but very much divided.

Therefore, we need to emphasise the unity that was expressed by Jesus. We have already clearly defined unity and we see that it highlights oneness, the same oneness that Jesus reveals with God the Father.

In one of Jesus’ longest prayer before his crucifixion he prayed for all believers to be one(united) like He is in God the Father.

John 17:21 “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

So this verse clearly defines unity, we see that it highlights oneness, the same oneness that Jesus exhibits with God the Father. The bible clearly defines the unity with the God-head, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Jesus here clearly confirms the existence of the trinity; He also names the persons who make up the Trinity, Jesus’ divinity is placed alongside God as the Father.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

This clearly curbs any doubt that Jesus was God in flesh. ‘Jesus totally expressed the thoughts of the Father and was manifest in a physical form so all the world could read them.’—Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary

Acts 5:3 “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” Act 5:4 “Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”

This is a clear reference in scripture that the Holy Spirit is God, in verse 3, Peter says that Ananias has lied unto the Holy Spirit, then in verse 4, he says that Ananias lied not to men but to God. Therefore, he was using both God and the Holy Spirit interchangeably.

There are many more scriptures that I can cite to explain the biblical basis of the Trinity. However, I think these are fine so far. Therefore, the Trinity blatantly emphasises the unity between the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit. Moreover, when Jesus was praying in John 17, in verse 21, he was praying for all believers to be one (united) as He is in God the Father. If Jesus had to pray about this, we can see how important it is, but then why as Christians have we forsaken this important aspect.

Stay tuned for part 2, This will be brought shortly to your screens in approximately two weeks

Seeker.