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IT IS THE LORD

IT IS THE LORD (JOHN 21:3-7 ESV)

Pastor A. Ben Faust in Study (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Today’s message is title, “IT IS THE LORD.”  This can be found in the book of (John 21:3-7 ESV).  Our featured speaker for today is one of our own disciples here at VINE AND BRANCH WORLD MINISTRIES, Pastor Arthur Ben Faust.  You can read Pastor Faust Profile listed under PAGES; on the right side of this post. Just stroll down to you see Pastor Faust Profile, then click on it.

 

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

The Fisherman (Photo by Pastor Davis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.

Now click on this video clip sit back and enjoy today Sermon as it is preached by one of God’s Servants as God has given it to him.

We bless this message to you today, in Jesus name, AMEN!

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TODAY’S MESSAGE (LIVING IN THE LIGHT AS LIGHT)

LIVING IN THE LIGHT AS LIGHT (GENESIS 1:1-5, 1John 1:5-6)

As we begin this study of Living in the light as light, we begin with two precepts.  First we begin with light as the substance that illuminates the world.  Second we come into the knowledge and understanding as to whom and what the substance that illuminates the world is.

Let me give you a working definition of the word light; it is something that makes things visible are affords illuminations.  In Physics it is also called, luminous energy, radiant energy. electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nm and propagated at a speed of 186,282 mi./sec (299,972 km/sec), considered variously as a wave, corpuscular, or quantum phenomenon.

The state of being visible, exposed to view, or revealed to public notice or knowledge; limelight: Stardom has placed her in the light. A person who is an outstanding leader, celebrity, or example; luminary: He became one of the leading lights of Restoration drama. A gleam or sparkle, as in the eyes.  A measure or supply of light; illumination:  The wall cuts off our light, Spiritual illumination or awareness; enlightenment.

Now let us look at just how this light came into its existence.  In order to do so let’s begin with Genesis 1:1-5 (Amplified Bible) 1IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.(A)

2The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

3And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.  This had to be one of the most profound moments in the history of the universe.  God spoke the word, “LET” and let went into action.  It did not waste any time.  It obeys the master’s command.  Did just what it was told to do and lit up the entire universe.

This was the very moment in time that any form of light existed upon the earth.  Do not allow your mind to become confused with the establishment of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day.  You see it was not until the fourth day that the Lord set the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens as light bearers and as means for establishing a calendar.

4And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.(B)

5And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Now the entire universe has experienced the awesome power and beauty of this light that shines forever to provide us with the light of a loving God who allows His marvelous light to light up the entire universe.

Now we can stand and tell the world that we are living in that light and that same light is reflecting from us to all that see us.  We are truly that marvelous light and in us that believe, there exist no darkness.

In our second precept, we stated that we would come into the knowledge and full understanding as to whom and what the substance that illuminates the world is.  In order for us to do that, let us take a compelling look at the life of Jesus, the son of God who became the living light.

5And this is the message [the message of [a]promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [[b]no, not in any way].

6[So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents]. (1 John 1:5-6) (AMP)

When Jesus was on earth, his divine life illuminated the inner lives of his followers.  Everywhere he was present, he gave light.  This light penetrated people, exposing their sin and revealing divine truth.  No one could come into contact with Jesus without being enlightened.

God is light; He is the light of the world.  For so many of us, we have taken this light for granted.  When we awaken each day, we believe that this light will always be there without ever giving it a second thought of how it got there and how it remains there for our lives to exist from.

Let us reflect upon this thought for a moment; Light enables people to do their work.  It produces growth in crops; it reveals beauty and provides safety.  Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.  Light reveals; light shines.  God is so completely “light” that there is no darkness in him at all.  “Darkness” represents what is sinful and evil.  God is untainted by any evil or sin.  Thus “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that he alone can guide people out of the darkness of sin.

While “light” have many connotations, this reference points specifically to God’s purity.  Therefore, those who claim to have fellowship with God are living in God’s light, trying to live holy and pure lives for him.  To claim to belong to God but then to go on living in spiritual darkness is hypocritical.  Christ will expose and judge such deceit.

Now let’s for a moment take a close look at how John confronted the first of three claims of the false teachers.  When you open your bibles to (1 John 1:8 then to 1 John 1:10), you will see that John was exposing the false teachers who said that people can have fellowship with God and still walk in sin.  False teachers who thought that the physical body was evil or worthless taught one of two approaches to behavior; either they insisted on denying bodily desires through rigid discipline, or they approved of gratifying every physical lust because the body was going to be destroyed anyway.  Here John was stating that no one can claim to be a Christian and still live in evil and immorality.

Those who claim to follow the Son must be living in the light of God’s presence.  They must be illumined by the truth of God’s character.  To “live in the light” requires constant contact with God and no tolerance for dishonesty, hypocrisy, or sin.  Living in the light comes from continuous effort to take on Christ’s qualities.  This involves complete transformation from within.

Living in the light leads to fellowship with each other.  This fellowship among believers results from each believer’s having fellowship with God.  True spirituality manifests itself in community fellowship.  One cannot say that he or she communes with God and then refuse to commune with God’s people.  Such was the case with some of the false teachers of John’s day, and this situation exists among false cults today.  Often their followers and leaders claim to have special relationships with God, but they don’t affiliate with other believers.  They stay isolated and withdraw from everyone else.  John’s point is that the natural result of living in the light (in fellowship with God) should be joyful relationships with other Christians.

Another result of living in the light is that the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.  John emphasized that the death of Christ saves people, not the false teachers’ knowledge.  The verb cleanses also means “purifies.”  Sin is not only forgiven, it is completely erased.

Now as we conclude this message, let us turn to (1 John 2:5-6) (AMP) and here we will close with a final thought on the word “Obedience.”

5But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety], truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity). By this we may perceive (know, recognize, and be sure) that we are in Him:

6Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as [a]a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.

When we talk about Obedience it is linked not merely with knowing God but with loving him.  Those who obey God’s word really do love him.  By this obedience and love, believers can know that they live in him.  They are living in the light.  Jesus portrayed in human terms absolute obedience to the Father.  Anyone who wonders how to obey God can look at Jesus.  Those who truly desire to live in God should live their lives as Christ did.  To “live as Christ did” doesn’t mean choosing twelve disciples, performing great miracles, and being crucified.  People cannot merely copy Christ’s life.  Much of what Jesus did had to do with his identity as God’s Son and his special role in dying for sin.  Anyone’s claim to live in Christ must be backed up by following his example of complete obedience to God and loving service to people.  Then you can truly say that you are living in the light and your life is reflecting that light.  Therefore, in you there is no darkness, no evil exist nowhere in your life.  You are a walking, talking living example of Christ.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.  If you have not received the saving grace of God, take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and you now have eternal life. May the grace of God abide in you now and forever, Amen. I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher

IS YOUR PLANNING FOR TOMORROW IN VEIN?

 

 

 

PLANNING FOR TOMORROW WITHOUT GOD IN THE MIX IS PLANNING FOR A DISASTER (JAMES 4:13-17 MSG)

The grave yards are filled with many great and not so great people who had dreamed of a better tomorrow, but didn’t have the time to turn those dreams into reality because they were always putting off what they could have done today for tomorrow. They were always boasting in themselves, and the main ingredient that could help them to bring their dreams into the manifestation of reality was always, left out of their thinking and planning.  On the other hand, we find people, especially business people making great plans to move their businesses to other countries and their only concern is how much profit they can make for their companies.  Now please do not miss understand me on this point.  I am also a businessperson and I love to make plans for another day and earn a profit for my company and the people who work there. Because we understand how to do things God’s way and know that by following God, planning is not evil—in fact, businesspeople are wise to plan ahead.  The problem that we are addressing here is how God is not included in those plans.

Therefore, in today’s lesson, we are going to discuss with you, three essential facts that makes for good planning.  (1). God is in control of all things.  (2). our lives are a daily gift from God. (3). All our going and doing must be, carried out, with the first two points in mind.

Now let us begin this study by listen to God telling us that our lives are nothing more than a, “Wisp of Fog.”  Think about that for a moment before you start talking about and planning for tomorrow. Then listen to the word as it speaks truth to power, “And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You do not know the first thing about tomorrow. You are nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” (James 4:14-15 MSG).

God wants us to understand that whatever we do, whatever plans we make, we must always make them with Him in mind.  We cannot do anything on our own.  We are God’s perfect creation, created in His image and likeness, to carry out His plans while we are here on this earth.  Try as we may to separate God out of the equation, we will find it difficult to make it all work in the end.

God gave you this day, but never promised you tomorrow.  What God wants each one of us to do is to take one day at a time.  Use our energies on the task he has given us this day.  Be thankful that we have the opportunity to be right where we are today.  Plan for tomorrow, but the things that God has given to you today is for you today.

The merchants in this story were planning with arrogance, thinking they can go wherever they like and stay for as long as they wanted to stay. Their way of planning, doing business, and using money may be honest, but it is no different from the planning of any pagan businessperson.  These Christian business people ought to have known better.

I can truly say that there is a problem with these well-laid plans; no one will know what will happen tomorrow, to say nothing of a year in the future.  In Proverbs 27:1, the Bible says this, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. These merchants were planning as if their future was guaranteed.  We are not suggesting that they should not have been making plans, but what we are suggesting is; because of possible disaster, but to be realistic about the future, as they trust God to guide them.

Now please allow me to share one final story with you to illustrate my point.  This story is told by Luke as a young rich farmer after God had blessed him with an abundant crop, he begin to believe it was all about him and forgot about what God had done for him.  Now listen to the words of Jesus, “Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

Then he told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’

Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barn full of goods—who gets it?’

That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.”  (Luke 12:15-21 MSG)

Because the future is uncertain, it is even more important that we completely depend on God.  Our lives are uncertain, like the morning fog that covers the countryside in the morning and then is burned away by the sun.  Life is short no matter how long we live.  We should not be deceived into thinking we have plenty of time left to live for Christ, to enjoy our loved ones, or to do what we know we should.  Today is the day to live for God!  Then, no matter when our lives end, we will have fulfilled God’s plans for us.

We as Believers cannot live independently of God; therefore, our plans cannot ignore him.  We must make sure those plans include the clause, if the Lord wants us to.  We are to plan, but we are to recognize God’s higher will and divine sovereignty.  This means far more than simply saying, “If God wills,” whenever we speak about future plans, for that to, can become meaningless.  It means planning with God as we make our plans.  Our plans should be evaluated by God’s advice.  Such planning pleases God.

Now here is God’s final word to you, “As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and do not do it, that, for you, is evil.” James 4:16-17 MSG.  If God has directed you to do a kind act, to render a service to others, or to restore a relationship—do it.  You will experience a renewed and refreshed vitality to your Christian faith.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally. Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking. Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life.

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

MY MAXAMIZED PRAYER FOR MOVING SELF OUT OF OUR EQUATIONS

Father, in the name of Jesus we beseech you to help us move self out of the way, and in all we do, put you first in all things.  Guide our minds to a higher level of thinking, that we may bring out the good that you have already granted us in our daily lives, that we may use it to help our fellowman, in Jesus name, Amen.

JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PART 2)

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SAMARITANS ON MOUNT GERIZIM

NOW WOMAN, GO AND GET YOUR HUSBAND (John 4:16-26 MSG)

In today’s lesson, we pick up the story of the Samaritan woman who by chance met Jesus at the well.  After Jesus had offered her to drink the living water, Jesus abruptly shifted the subject from his living water to her style of living.  The woman perceived her need for living water at one level.  Jesus knew that her need was far deeper, so he turned the conversation to reveal his knowledge of her personal life, and her sin of adultery.  So here is what Jesus told the woman to do.  He said, “Woman go and get your husband.”  Jesus wanted to make this woman see her sin and her need for forgiveness and then offer her the living water, salvation.  She must have realized that this was not a man who could be fooled, for she answered transparently, 17-18“I have no husband,” she said.”     “That is nicely put: ‘I have no husband.’ You have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”  The woman spoke the truth without any explanation.

Although he confronted the woman’s sinful life, Jesus managed to affirm her truthfulness.  He did not accuse or excuse; he simply described her life so that she could draw some clear conclusions about the mess in which she was living.  The conclusions we reach without knowing the facts will usually err in one of two directions:  We will accuse others and raise their defenses, or we will excuse others and enable their denial.  We see in Jesus communication with this woman that when faced with an accepting confrontation, people will often respond positively.  When we speak to others about themselves, we must limit our words to what we know.

Now the woman’s dandruff begins to rise and she says to Jesus, 19-20“Oh, so you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?”

The woman acknowledged the truthfulness of Jesus remarks about her life.  At the same time, she recognized that he must be a prophet who had the power to “see” the hidden past as well as the future.  The theme of people “seeing” Jesus appears several times in John (especially in chapter 9).  The persons Jesus encountered saw him many different ways, but he consistently directed their attention to recognize him for who he really was, their Savior.

Many commentators have Pointe out that the woman may have been purposely attempting to avert any further disclosure of her personal, sinful life by shifting the conversation to religion.  Notice how Jesus responded to her change of direction.  He was not presenting a system or a gospel outline; he was having a conversation with someone who needed the living water.  Jesus made no attempt to turn the discussion back to her lifestyle; rather, he entered into a dialogue about the true place of worship.  Jesus kept the woman’s interest by demonstrating his willingness to let her direct the discussion.

The unspoken question is, if you are a prophet, who’s right?  The Samaritans had set up a place for worship on Mount Gerizim, basing their authority to do so on Deuteronomy 11:26-29; 27:1-8; the Jews had followed David in making Jerusalem the center of Jewish worship.  The split had come in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah (Ezra 4:1-2; Nehemiah 4:1-2) when the Samaritans had offered to help rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem but had been rebuffed.  So there was an ongoing debate between the two groups as to who was correct.  The Scriptures authenticated Jerusalem as the place of worship.  However the Samaritan woman wanted to hear what a Jewish prophet had to say about this.

Jesus said to her, 21-23“Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.

We know that both the Jews and the Samaritans were convinced the correct way to worship God depended on a particular geographical location.  But Jesus pointed to a new realm, not at Mount Gerizim or in Jerusalem, but in the Spirit of God.  He also knew that the Temple in Jerusalem soon would be destroyed.  The first readers of John would have known this as a historical fact because it would have already happened!

Jesus then told her this, 23-24“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” The new worship is already here among Jesus followers (including both Jews and Samaritans who are united in Christ), although the end of worship in the Temple or on Mount Gerizim is still future, is coming.  Jesus announced that a new time had come, a time in which true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.  True worshipers are to be recognized by the way they worship.  After making the place of worship and order of worship secondary to our spiritual relationship with God.  Jesus defined real worship.  According to him, worship would take on two new aspects:  It would be in spirit and in truth.

The expressin “in spirit” refers to the human spirit, the immaterial, inner being in each person, the God-breathed entity that corresponds to the nature of God himself, who is Spirit.  Using the terms of Jesus conversation, worship involves the person’s awareness of that personal “spring of living water” that God has planted in him or her.  God indwells believers that is where true worship takes place.  Our body can be anywhere, yet worship occurs as our attention and praise are turned toward God.  We need to consciously focus on God when we are in a house of worship because we easily assume that our presence in church is all that we need in order to worship.  We can usually remember how long the worship service lasted, but can we remember exactly when we actually worshiped the Lord?

The phrase in truth means “in a true way or “with genuineness.”  This would speak to all people, Jews, Samaritans, and even Gentiles; all need to worship God by recognizing God’s character and nature as well as our common need for him.  We worship in truth because we worship what is true.

25The woman said, “I don’t know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story.”

26“I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.  Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life. May the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name,  Amen.   

Please Note:  To all our Members, Friends and Readers of this Message, to further stimulate additional conversation and receive feed back that will help you and other readers, please write your comments concerning this post below.  We read all comments daily and respond to those that require a respond below your comments are questions.  Some may need a personal respond and when you provide us with a correct email address, we will send you a personal email.  Thank you all for being loyal followers and please do return often.  

May God continue to bless each one of you. Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

 

JESUS MET THE WOMAN AT THE WELL (PART ONE)

JESUS OFFERS UP WATER TO THE WOMAN THAT HE HAD NO ROPE ARE BUCKET TO OBTAIN IT.  HOW WAS HE GOING TO GET THIS WATER?  (John 4:7-15 (MSG)

 

Let us understand the great offer that is set before this Samaritan woman.  If we were a businessperson, in the market to purchase a brand new automobile and this master salesperson was standing before us making us the greatest offer of a lifetime.  Offering to give us this brand new automobile FREE if only we would except His offer of what is not seem but guaranteeing that it would run for a life time and never need go stop at a gas station to be refilled, would you be willing to take Him up on it?  This is the type of offer, that Jesus was making to this Samaritan woman.

We as human beings require water daily because sooner or later we will become thirsty.  Jesus was offering water from Jacob’s well to satisfy the woman’s thirst, but only temporarily.  All type of drinks in this world will never satisfy our thirst.  As a matter of fact, some of them create even more thirst.  The human needs for love, food, sex, security, and approval, even when met, do not give complete satisfaction.  Attempts to find full satisfaction will lead only to disappointment and despair.  But the water Jesus offers takes away thirst altogether.  Jesus’ water continually satisfies the desire for God’s presence because it becomes a perpetual spring within us, giving us eternal life.  The fift that Jesus gives this perpetual spring, suggests the availability, accessibility, and abundance of the divine life for believers.

Now here is this Samaritan’s woman story as she challenges Jesus on how He is going to give her something that she cannot see. This is how Jesus humbly deals with the woman.   “7-8A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)

Two facts are unusual about this woman’s action. (1). the woman could have gone to a closer well.  (We have discovered that Scholars have identified wells that were much closer to Sychar);  (2) women generally drew water later in the day, when the temperature was cooler.  This woman, whose reputation seems to have been well known in the small town probably chose the well farther away from home and came to that well at an unusual hour in order to avoid contact with other women.  It was also highly unusual for a man to address a woman, but Jesus said, “Please give me a drink.”

9The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days would not be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)  It was known that a Jewish male would not even speak to a Samaritan woman.  This woman in particular had a bad reputation and this was a public place.  To make matters worse, a Jew would not even be caught, drinking from a Samarian’s cup.  The Jewish ceremonial laws described not only certain people as ceremonially unclean, but also anything they touched.  In strict religious terms, many Jews of Jesus time considered the Samaritans permanently unclean.

Now listen to how Jesus addressed the issue, “10Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”  This woman was very ignorant of the gift God had for her, the gift of life, represented by living water, and she did not know the giver, Jesus the Messiah.  Jesus makes an extraordinary offer to this woman, living water that would quench her thirst forever.

11-12The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”

Jesus’ remark concerning “living water” produced several practical questions in the mind of the Samaritan woman.  Like Nicodemus, she did not immediately sense the depth of Jesus’ words.  Obviously, if this living water was at the bottom of the well, Jesus was in no position to offer it because he had no rope or bucket for drawing it.  She began to wonder if Jesus had access to some source of water other than Jacob’s well.  She asked if he thought he was greater than their ancestor Jacob and could somehow offer better water.  Perhaps the woman sensed in Jesus words a probable dishonoring of the well provided by their great ancestor.  On the other hand, perhaps the woman was beginning to have some inkling of who Jesus was claiming to be.  He certainly accepted her in a way that must have challenged her thinking.

13-14Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

15The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”  This woman’s response reveals that she took Jesus’ words literally.  The woman must have been thrilled to think that this man could give her water that really quenches thirst and would not have to be drawn from a sell.  Obtaining water was hard work, requiring trips to the well twice a day and carrying heavy jars full of water home.  If she had some of that water, she would never be thirsty again and wouldn’t have to haul water every day.

This concludes the first part of this woman’s story, we will pick this back up in part two when Jesus tells the woman these words, 16He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.  Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life. May the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name,  Amen.   

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May God continue to bless each one of you. Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

 

GOD IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (GENESIS 1:1-5, 1John 1:5-6)

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GOD IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (GENESIS 1:1-5, 1John 1:5-6)

ARE YOU REFLECTING THAT LIGHT?

As we begin this study of Living in the light as light, we begin with two precepts.  First, we begin with light as the substance that illuminates the world.  Second we come into the knowledge and understanding as to whom and what the substance that illuminates the world is.

Let me give you a working definition of the word light; it is something that makes things visible are affords illuminations.  In Physics it is also called, luminous energyradiant energy. electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nm and propagated at a speed of 186,282 mi./sec (299,972 km/sec), considered variously as a wave, corpuscular, or quantum phenomenon.

The state of being visible, exposed to view, or revealed to public notice or knowledge; limelight: Stardom has placed her in the light. A person who is an outstanding leader, celebrity, or example; luminary: He became one of the leading lights of Restoration drama. A gleam or sparkle, as in the eyes.  A measure or supply of light; illumination:  The wall cuts off our light, Spiritual illumination or awareness; enlightenment.  Now let us pause for a moment and watch this short video presentation of God’s amazing light in the creation story of light in the Universe and we will return on the other side of this video presentation.

Now let us look at just how this light came into its existence.  In order to do so let’s begin with Genesis 1:1-5 (Amplified Bible1IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.  This had to be one of the most profound moments in the history of the universe.  God spoke the word, “LET” and let went into action.  It did not waste any time.  It obeys the master’s command.  Did just what it was told to do and lit up the entire universe.

This was the very moment in time that any form of light existed upon the earth.  Do not allow your mind to become confused with the establishment of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day.  You see it was not until the fourth day that the Lord set the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens as light bearers and as means for establishing a calendar.

4And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.(B)

5And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Now the entire universe has experienced the awesome power and beauty of this light that shines forever to provide us with the light of a loving God who allows His marvelous light to light up the entire universe.

Now we can stand and tell the world that we are living in that light and that same light is reflecting from us to all that see us.  We are truly that marvelous light and in us that believe, there exist no darkness.

In our second precept, we stated that we would come into the knowledge and full understanding as to whom and what the substance that illuminates the world is.  In order for us to do that, let us take a compelling look at the life of Jesus, the son of God who became the living light. Now listen to what the word tells us, it says, “And this is the message [the message of [a]promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [[b]no, not in any way].”

6[So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents]. (1 John 1:5-6) (AMP)

When Jesus was on earth, his divine life illuminated the inner lives of his followers.  Everywhere he was present, he gave light.  This light penetrated people, exposing their sin and revealing divine truth.  No one could come into contact with Jesus without being enlightened.

God is light; He is the light of the world.  For so many of us, we have taken this light for granted.  When we awaken each day, we believe that this light will always be there without ever giving it a second thought of how it got there and how it remains there for our lives to exist from.

Let us reflect upon this thought for a moment; Light enables people to do their work.  It produces growth in crops; it reveals beauty and provides safety.  Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.  Light reveals; light shines.  God is so completely “light” that there is no darkness in him at all.  Darkness represents what is sinful and evil.  God is untainted by any evil or sin.  Thus, “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that he alone can guide people out of the darkness of sin.

While “light” have many connotations, this reference points specifically to God’s purity.  Therefore, those who claim to have fellowship with God are living in God’s light, trying to live holy and pure lives for him.  To claim to belong to God but then to go on living in spiritual darkness is hypocritical.  Christ will expose and judge such deceit.

Now let us for a moment take a close look at how John confronted the first of three claims of the false teachers.  When you open your bibles to (1 John 1:8 then to 1 John 1:10), you will see that John was exposing the false teachers who said that people can have fellowship with God and still walk in sin.  False teachers who thought that the physical body was evil or worthless taught one of two approaches to behavior; either they insisted on denying bodily desires through rigid discipline, or they approved of gratifying every physical lust because the body was going to be destroyed anyway.  Here John was stating that no one could claim to be a Christian and still live in evil and immorality.

Those who claim to follow the Son must be living in the light of God’s presence.  They must be illumined by the truth of God’s character.  To “live in the light” requires constant contact with God and no tolerance for dishonesty, hypocrisy, or sin.  Living in the light comes from continuous effort to take on Christ’s qualities.  This involves complete transformation from within.

Living in the light leads to fellowship with each other.  This fellowship among believer’s, results from each believer having fellowship with God.  True spirituality manifests itself in community fellowship.  One cannot say that he or she communes with God and then refuse to commune with God’s people.  Such was the case with some of the false teachers of John’s day, and this situation exists among false cults today.  Often their followers and leaders claim to have special relationships with God, but they do not affiliate with other believers.  They stay isolated and withdraw from everyone else.  John’s point is that the natural result of living in the light (in fellowship with God) should be joyful relationships with other Christians.

Another result of living in the light is that the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.  John emphasized that the death of Christ saves people, not the false teachers’ knowledge.  The verb cleanses also means “purifies.”  Sin is not only forgiven, it is completely erased.

Now as we conclude this message, let us turn to (1 John 2:5-6) (AMP) and here we will close with a final thought on the word “Obedience.”

5But he who keeps (treasures) His Word [who bears in mind His precepts, who observes His message in its entirety], truly in him has the love of and for God been perfected (completed, reached maturity). By this we may perceive (know, recognize, and be sure) that we are in Him:

6Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as [a]a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.

When we talk about obedience, it is linked not merely with knowing God but with loving him.  Those who obey God’s word really do love him.  By this obedience and love, believers can know that they live in him.  They are living in the light.  Jesus portrayed in human terms absolute obedience to the Father.  Anyone who wonders how to obey God can look at Jesus.  Those who truly desire to live in God should live their lives as Christ did.  To “live as Christ did” does not mean choosing twelve disciples, performing great miracles, and being crucified.  People cannot merely copy Christ’s life.  Much of what Jesus did had to do with his identity as God’s Son and his special role in dying for sin.  Anyone’s claim to live in Christ must be backed up by following his example of complete obedience to God and loving service to people.  Then you can truly say that you are living in the light and your life is reflecting that light.  Therefore, in you there is no darkness, no evil exist nowhere in your life.  You are a walking, talking living example of Christ.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.  Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life. May the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name,  Amen.   

Please Note:  To all our Members, Friends and Readers of this Message, to further stimulate additional conversation and receive feed back that will help you and other readers, please write your comments concerning this post below.  We read all comments daily and respond to those that require a respond below your comments are questions.  Some may need a personal respond and when you provide us with a correct email address, we will send you a personal email.  Thank you all for being loyal followers and please do return often.  

May God continue to bless each one of you. Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

A GRAIN OF WHEAT DIES AND PRODUCES A RICH HARVEST

A GRAIN OF WHEAT DIES AND PRODUCES A RICH HARVEST

Jesus leaves us with a very profound message on just how one grain of wheat can produce a bountiful harvest.  Listen to what He says, 24I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.” (John 12:24 AMP) 

This picture that Jesus paints for us illustrates not only Jesus artistic abilities, but He illustrates it in such a manner that it leaves no doubt as to the meaning of His words and the impact that they could have on the whole human race if only we would take the time to conceptualize them.

Now meditate on this for a moment, when a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, it actually dies before becoming a mature blade producing many new kernels.  In the same way, Jesus, by his death, produced more fruit than could have been gained had he become the king of Israel on an earthly throne.  Indeed, by being lifted up on the cross, Jesus would draw all people to himself.  In this picture of the dying grain, Jesus spoke directly about his own life.  He does not necessarily require us to literally give up our lives in sacrificial death as the only way to be fruitful.  God does call some believers to die for him.  However, he calls many more to stay alive for fruitful service.

Now let us turn to (Romans 12:1-2) and see what is meant by His call for many more to stay alive for fruitful service.   1I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

    2Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

Jesus makes a direct appeal to us, He even begs us in view of God’s mercies for us to give up the old way of life, and delicate our entire body as a living sacrifice, well pleasing to God, which is only our reasonable service.  He furthers employs us to be transformed, that is, changed by the renewing of our minds.  Spiritual transformation starts in the mind and heart.  A mind dedicated to the world and its concerns will produce a life tossed back and forth by the currents of culture.  But a mind dedicated to God’s truth will produce a life that can stand the test of time.  We can resist the temptations of our culture by meditating on God’s truth and letting the Holy Spirit guide and shape our thoughts and behaviors.

Now let me tell you this one truth, if anyone wishes to become a true follower of Jesus, you must get your priorities in order and this verse makes it perfectly clear why this must be.  Listen up,  25Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.]

If you choose to love your life more than your Master’s, you will lose the very life that you seek to maintain.  True disciples must be willing to suffer and experience rejection, even unto death if need be.  To serve and follow Jesus means making radical lifestyle changes.  To follow Jesus means going the way he went, not the way of earthly power and honor, but the way of humility and death.  Everything Jesus did was for God’s glory.  When we choose to follow him, we must live for God’s glory alone.  This does not mean we have no fun, no joy, no security.  Rather, it simply means we live to honor God and then the Father will honor us.

We must live to honor God, but in order to do so the old must die off in order for new fruit to reproduce it’s self.  You see, when a seed dies, it produces fruit.  Life comes by death.  This principle is true not only in nature, but it is also true spiritually.  Jesus was speaking first, and foremost of Himself.  He is the grain of wheat.  His death would produce much fruit and would result in many living for God.  When you live for God, you honor God.

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