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THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL AND JESUS PREACHED IT

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber ...

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber to be an example of a charismatic religious leader. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND AND JESUS PREACHED IT

Now let us understand this one truth, and that there is, “ONLY ONE GOSPEL;” Jesus preached it, transmitted it to His disciples, and has committed it to His church.  Paul warned us against ever receiving any other gospel. “Any other” may be either a message of outright error or an argument for a diluted message, devoid of power though nominally Christian.  Judeurges us always to contend for the original, “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”  Hold to the full “gospel of the kingdom,” and expect the Lord to confirm that “word” with the signs He promised.

Therefore, after John was put in prison Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

It is clear to all of us that the early church proclaimed the same message Jesus preached, that is, “the gospel of the kingdom of God.”  Also they experienced the same confirming evidences that were present in His ministry.

You truly must know without a doubt that Jesus‘ministry did not begin until He received His “anointing” as the Messiah, the empowering that came through the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Him.  Though conceived and born by the Spirit’s power, He insisted that John baptize Him, not for repentance, but because He knew the Holy Spirit would come upon Him at that time.  From that moment forward, He is led by the Spirit and moves into the ministry declaring the presence of God’s kingdom and manifesting its miracles, signs, and wonders.

This pathway points each believer to the need for power, if kingdom ministry is to be advanced through us, His church. Like Him, we, too, are “born of the Spirit.” Though obviously, our spiritual birth is not as His biological virgin birth, the point remains.

Spiritual rebirth saves, but spiritual inducement is needed for ministering in kingdom power.  Similarly, our justification in Christ-being declared sinless (2 Cor. 5:21)-does not qualify for kingdom power in ministry.  In His incarnation Jesus’ Person and perfection exceeded ours in every way, yet Jesus still acknowledged the need for His own receiving of the power of the Holy Spirit to pursue His ministry.  What more needs to be said?  Let each of us personally hear His command: “Receive the Holy Spirit!” (John 20:22).

Now let us conclude with this thought, by encouraging you to think deeply on the Kingdom of God and its meaning in your life. Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity. Always encouraging you to think globally and work locally.  I remain your brother in ChristPastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

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WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS LIKE

WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS LIKE

This is what the Kingdom of God is like.  A man scatters seed on the ground.  Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.  All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest his come.  (Mark 4:26-29)

The Heavens in our Minds

The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.  (Matthew 13:31-32)

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND AND JESUS PREACHED IT

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber ...

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber to be an example of a charismatic religious leader. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND AND JESUS PREACHED IT

Now let us understand this one truth, and that there is, “ONLY ONE GOSPEL;” Jesus preached it, transmitted it to His disciples, and has committed it to His church.  Paul warned us against ever receiving any other gospel. “Any other” may be either a message of outright error or an argument for a diluted message, devoid of power though nominally Christian.  Jude 3 urges us always to contend for the original, “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”  Hold to the full “gospel of the kingdom,” and expect the Lord to confirm that “word” with the signs He promised.

Therefore, after John was put in prison Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

It is clear to all of us that the early church proclaimed the same message Jesus preached, that is, “the gospel of the kingdom of God.”  Also they experienced the same confirming evidences that were present in His ministry.

You truly must know without a doubt that Jesus‘ministry did not begin until He received His “anointing” as the Messiah, the empowering that came through the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Him.  Though conceived and born by the Spirit’s power, He insisted that John baptize Him, not for repentance, but because He knew the Holy Spirit would come upon Him at that time.  From that moment forward, He is led by the Spirit and moves into the ministry declaring the presence of God’s kingdom and manifesting its miracles, signs, and wonders.

This pathway points each believer to the need for power, if kingdom ministry is to be advanced through us, His church. Like Him, we, too, are “born of the Spirit.” Though obviously, our spiritual birth is not as His biological virgin birth, the point remains.

Spiritual rebirth saves, but spiritual inducement is needed for ministering in kingdom power.  Similarly, our justification in Christ-being declared sinless (2 Cor. 5:21)-does not qualify for kingdom power in ministry.  In His incarnation Jesus’ Person and perfection exceeded ours in every way, yet Jesus still acknowledged the need for His own receiving of the power of the Holy Spirit to pursue His ministry.  What more needs to be said?  Let each of us personally hear His command: “Receive the Holy Spirit!” (John 20:22).

Now let us conclude with this thought, by encouraging you to think deeply on the Kingdom of God and its meaning in your life. Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity. Always encouraging you to think globally and work locally.  I remain your brother in ChristPastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

 

JESUS PREACHED THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

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THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE MINISTRY OF THE KINGDOM (MARK 1:14-15)

Now after John was put in prison Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

It is clear to all of us that the early church proclaimed the same message Jesus preached, that is, “the gospel of the kingdom of God.”  Also they experienced the same confirming evidences that were present in His ministry.

Now let us understand this one truth, and that there is only one gospel; Jesus preached it, transmitted it to His disciples, and has committed it to His church.  Paul warned us against ever receiving any other gospel. “Any other” may be either a message of outright error or an argument for a diluted message, devoid of power though nominally Christian.  Jude 3 urges us always to contend for the original, “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”  Hold to the full “gospel of the kingdom,” and expect the Lord to confirm that “word” with the signs He promised.

You truly must know without a doubt that Jesus‘ ministry did not begin until He received His “anointing” as the Messiah, the empowering that came through the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Him.  Though conceived and born by the Spirit’s power, He insisted that John baptize Him, not for repentance, but because He knew the Holy Spirit would come upon Him at that time.  From that moment forward, He is led of the Spirit and moves into the ministry declaring the presence of God’s kingdom and manifesting its miracles, signs, and wonders.

This pathway points each believer to the need for power, if kingdom ministry is to be advanced through us, His church. Like Him, we, too, are “born of the Spirit.” Though obviously, our spiritual birth is not as His biological virgin birth, the point remains.  Spiritual rebirth saves, but spiritual enduement is needed for ministering in kingdom power.  Similarly, our justification in Christ-being delcared sinless (2 Cor. 5:21)-does not qualify for kingdom power in ministry.  In His incarnation Jesus’ Person and perfection exceeded ours in every way, yet Jesus still acknowledged the need for His own receiving of the power of the Holy Spirit to pursue His ministry.  What more needs to be said?  Let each of us personally hear His command: “Receive the Holy Spirit!” (John 20:22).

Now let us conclude with this thought, think deeply on the Kingdom of God and it’s meaning in your life. Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity. Always think globally and work locally.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

THE POOR IN THE WORLD ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

THE POOR IN THE WORLD ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE

We live in the riches country in the world, the most powerful nation on the face of the universe, but here we are in the 21st century daily awaken to headlines reading; half of our high school seniors are dropping out and not graduating, 28 million people are now receiving food stamps, our soldiers are returning from the war zone and not able to receive proper medical treatment, some are living on the streets, seniors are having to go without their daily doses of medication because of the high cost, 40 million Americans do not have health insurance, and the headlines continue to broadcast more doom and gloom.  Where will it all ends, and is there a way for a new beginning?

I personally believe there is, if we are willing to set aside our own selfish pride and seek the one who can change the condition of this world as well as our own personal circumstances.

Our government seems to be paralyzed when it comes to helping the poor among us. Some of our government leaders are hell bent of cutting the safety net from those who can least afford losing it.  Jesus told us that the poor will always be with us.

When Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount, he spoke these words, “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of GodBlessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laughBlessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!  For indeed your reward is great in heaven.

We see here that at face value, it appears that Jesus was making a blanket promise of salvation and blessing to anyone below the poverty line.  In this view, the poor are seen as God’s chosen people.  Though they suffer now, they can expect glorious blessing in the world to come.  And the adherents of this view believe that while in this world the people of God should do everything possible to alleviate the suffering of the poor.  In this way the kingdom of God is extended.

However, when we don’t offer ourselves up as servants of Christ or our brother’s keeper, listen to what Jesus issues out as His Woes in the same sermon.  He says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you.”

Jesus wanted us to know, that we have the opportunity to change the conditions and circumstance in which we find ourselves living in.  If we don’t step up to the plate now there will be a price to pay latter, this is His warnings in the Woes.

Jesus wants us all to experience the hope and joy that he freely offers to those of us who recognize our spiritual poverty before God.  When a person rejects worldly value and embraces the godly teachings of Jesus, then that individual begins to experience the reign of Christ in his or her life.  This is how we enjoy the kingdom of God now in this fallen world.  One day we will experience the joys of this kingdom in a fuller, more glorious way.

To summarize, anyone, rich or poor (and in a spiritual sense we all are poor), can taste the deep joy of God’s rule and blessing of His kingdom.  But doing so requires that we renounce the ways of the world and humbly submit our ways to God.  This kind of poverty, an emptying of ourselves of our self-centered desires, is what God expects from everyone.

To the Christians dispersed among the nations Peter writes: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9,10).

What a privilege it is to be God’s chosen people. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12). On the last day, only God’s elect will be saved: “And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:31 // Mark 13:27).

And finally Jesus has the last word on this subject as he says to all of us these most beautiful words, “Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” (James 2:5 NASV).

On this day, I say to each of you, think globally and work locally.  I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

WHY JESUS BLESSES THE CHILDREN

CHILDREN HAVE THE KIND OF ATTITUDE NEEDED TO APPROACH GOD Matthew 19:13-15 AMP (Repost from 3/25/11)

13Then little children were brought to Jesus, that He might put His hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

14But He said, Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.

15And He put His hands upon them, and then went on His way.

Jesus wanted little children to come to him because he loves them and because they have the kind of attitude needed to approach God.  He did not mean that heaven is only for children but that people need childlike attitudes of trust in God.  The receptiveness of little children was a great contrast to the stubbornness of the religious leaders who let their education and sophistication stand in the way of the simple faith needed to believe in Jesus.

It was customary for people to bring their children to a rabbi for a blessing.  Thus people were bringing children to Jesus so that he could lay his hands on them and pray for them.  The disciples thought the children were unworthy of the Master’s time.  In the first century, Jewish households were patriarchal; men came first, followed by women and children.  The disciples apparently viewed these parents and children as an intrusion and a drain of time and energy.  So they told the people not to bother Jesus with their children.

Jesus told his disciples to let the children come because the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.  The disciples must have forgotten what Jesus had said about children earlier.

Now listen to Jesus speak truth to power, “4Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5And whoever receives and accepts and welcomes one little child like this for My sake and in My name receives and accepts and welcomes Me.

6But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in and [a]acknowledge and cleave to Me to stumble and sin [that is, who entices him or hinders him in right conduct or thought], it would be better ([b]more expedient and profitable or advantageous) for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:4-6) AMP.

Anyone of any age who exhibits such faith and trust is promised access to Jesus and to the Kingdom.

IS PROCRASTINATION STOPPING YOU FROM ACHIEVING SUCCESS?

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Elisha put his hands to the plow and never look back

When we begin to talk about this word “procrastination,” there is no one more qualified to speak on it than Jesus.  Luke framed it in a no non-sense manner in this text. Now lets dive right into it.

Jesus said, No procrastination.” No backward looks, you cannot put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.” Luke 9:61-62 The Message Bible.

This is a profound statement by Jesus. He does not bite is tongue are mix words when he uses the words, “no procrastination.”  Jesus is telling this individual clearly that if he wants to be his disciple, he must stop procrastinating, and begin to do what is right and follow him. Sometimes we find ourselves in this position, putting it off for tomorrow what we can clearly do today. Now before we continue to discuss the lesson in which Jesus was trying to teach this individual, allow me to give you the definition of this word procrastination.

Procrastination by the exact definition is simply the act of putting things off for another time, which is the obvious bit. Defining why people procrastinate have many different answers, when people come to understand their procrastinating tendencies is that they put off a task again and again because procrastination equals fear of failure for them and many others.

Some may hide it behind a facade of laziness or being too busy, but the reason so many people put things off repeatedly, is that they are scared that they will not succeed and this will prove them a loser or something similar. This may not apply to procrastinating about doing the dishes, which probably is just laziness, but for major things like looking for a new job even if you are desperately unhappy with your current job, or perhaps starting a fitness regime. In the end, most of these activities people procrastinate about do involve a risk whether it be time lost, money lost, or a loss of face they all come with an element of risk. Even if the current situation is even worse in the long run the fear of perhaps proving they cannot do something will stop them even trying!

Now let us look back at the lesson Jesus was trying to teach, as he told this individual, “no procrastination.”  How many times have you found yourself in a position of having been assigned a task, and then repeatedly you begin to put off what you knew needed to be done for another day.

In this lesson, Jesus was not only teaching this individual, but also the lesson that Jesus was teaching is prevalent for us today. You see, the one thing we must understand is, Jesus did not grab own to disciples easily, he was not one to take own just anyone who wanted to follow him. Those who truly wanted to be his disciples needed to understand that it would cost them something. Jesus told them that most of God‘s creatures have warm places in which to live and to sleep, however the son of man has no home of his own. No place to lay his head, He said to be my disciples, a person must willingly put aside worldly security, put your hand to the plow, don’t look back, and follow me. No more procrastinating, in order to be my disciple, you must be obedient, to my word.

As Jesus was traveling, he met another man, and he asked him to be his disciple. But this gentleman said before he could do this, he first needed to return home and bury his father. The man was asking for permission for Jesus to wait until his father died, this would be an indefinite delay. The reason is not given, but whatever it was, the man wanted to do it first. Whether his concern was fulfilling a duty, having financial security, keeping family approval, are something else, he did not want to commit himself to Jesus just yet. Aren’t we just like that? The things in this world are so much more important to us, then been able to follow Jesus, and work in the kingdom of God. It’s time that we put our priorities in the correct order.

Now listen how Jesus responded to this man; “Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead” He points out that those who want to follow him should count the costs and set aside any conditions they may have.”  In other words, let those who are spiritually – those who have not responded to the call to commitment stay home and handle responsibilities such as burying the dead. This may sound insensitive, but it had precedents. A high priest and those who had taken the Nazirite vow were required by the law to avoid the corpse of even a parent. (Leviticus 21:11; Numbers 6:6-8).  A later Jewish precedent says that if there were enough people in attendance, a student of the Torah should not stop his study to bury the dead. Jesus place commitment to God even above these precedents. As God’s Son, Jesus did not hesitate to demand complete loyalty. Even family loyalty was not to take priority over the demands of obedience to the command to go and preach the coming of the kingdom of God. Jesus direct challenge forces believers to evaluate their priorities. Once again Jesus was saying, stop procrastinating, put your hand to the plow, and don’t look back.

Here we find a picture of a person putting his hand to the plow and looking back can be compared with Elijah’s call of Elisha in 1 Kings 19:19-21.  Elisha was call to be a prophet right in the middle of plowing a field– and he never looked back. In fact, he slaughtered the oxen so that there would be no temptation to return. Elisha then moved wholeheartedly into the ministry to which he had been called. Jesus explained that service in the kingdom of God was of such vital importance that his followers must make it their top priority. They must step out in faith to serve him, without looking back.  They must stop procrastinating, stop putting off, what they know is right for the moment, and do it now.

What does Jesus want from his followers? He wants Total dedication, not halfhearted commitment. His followers must accept the cross along with the crown, judgment as well as mercy. They must count the cost and be willing to abandon everything else that has given them security. Nothing should distract you, from service for the kingdom, and when you do this,  success is just a stone’s throw away.

Now many people have come to realize that their procrastination is all about fear and preconceived notions and these are barriers that are stopping them from achieving success. “Knowing is half the battle” it is a more apt saying to overcome procrastination and overcoming a fear is a daunting problem for most. Therefore, before you undertake any action to overcome procrastination try to understand the subconscious barriers you have that will trip you up in any attempt to succeed.

Now I will close this discussion and allow you to provide the answer to the question we begin with, “IS PROCRASTINATION STOPPING YOU FROM ACHIEVING SUCCESS?”  Please write and let me know where you stand? I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

HOW DID JESUS TRAIN LEADERS TO LEAD

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God has called us into being and is preparing us for a purpose.  In light of this purpose, he sometimes assigns us to courses we would not have chosen as electives.  The process of our preparation often seems slow and painful, but there is no painless way to create servant leaders who possess depth and character.

One day a beautiful girl kissed a frog.  On the surface, it appeared to be just a simple kiss.  As it turned out, it was not unite that simple.  Regardless of what she thought, the moment she touched her soft lips to the slimy skin of the frog, a transformation occurred.  The lime green frog was transformed into a handsome young prince.  Actually, according to the story, the prince was liberated to be all that he could be.

What that girl did for the frog, leaders do for their followers.  Leaders are in a unique position to help their followers to develop their own leadership skills and to reach their full potential.  They can then become all that God created them to be.

When Jesus commissioned the seventy to go out in pairs, he knew that they would face hardship.  After all, they departed without food, money or extra clothing.  Yet they tasted success.  Why?  First, because they were well trained.  They knew where to goand what to say.  They even knew in advance how to deal with rejection.  Second, they had a clear vision:  They were impelled by Jesus urgent declaration that “The harvest is plentiful.”

When they returned they were filled with joy and shared stories of success.  Not only did their leader (Jesus) listen to their reports, but he praised their efforts.  And, more importantly, he praised them.  Jesus mastered in leadership development.  He trained leaders, tested them and then rewarded them.

  1. The leader of the church should be the conductor of the symphony not the star of the show. The leader’s job is to maximize the fruitfulness and growth of the people on his team, and their job in turn is to do the same for those they lead. For those who see things through an authority paradigm, let me put it this way: you’re not divesting yourself of authority, you are making it less visible. Think to yourself, “Whenever I as leader take on a responsibility, I’m taking it from someone else.” Furthermore, when I take “important” jobs and give away the “unimportant” jobs, I am communicating that I am important and others are unimportant. Ouch. That will not build team ministry, I promise.
  1. Church” should be seen as a fellowship of ministers rather than a place, a service, or a gathering. My Biblical picture of this is Nehemiah. Basically everyone had a place along Nehemiah’s wall regardless of their vocation. All held a load in one hand and a sword in the other. My secular picture of this is a Partnership. In a partnership there are many owners. In a corporation, everyone works for the CEO in a pyramid structure.
  2. The primary job of the fellowship is to grow people, and identify the place along the wall where they will make the most difference and find fulfillment, and then to help them do it! This means provide the people, the training, the money, any resources needed to help people build God’s Kingdom in the way they are passionate about. Most churches operate on one of two extremes they either push people into roles they aren’t necessarily excited to perform, or they encourage them to “find their destiny” or “go ahead and start something.” Neither one of these will get the job done. We have to show people what there is to be done, and give them opportunity to walk in one of those paths before they will know.
  3. Roles are fluid, just like people. People grow and situations change. Moreover, many people have a wide variety of talents. That means we need to stop thinking about a particular ministry as a long term “calling” and more like a short to medium term “role.” I’ve done kids church, adult education, worship, prayer, pastoral counseling, etc. If someone had limited my life to one of these, I would have been stunted, and someone else would have missed their opportunity to grow.
  4. Resources should chase results. As a fellowship of ministers, we can think of ourselves like an investment group. We want to invest in the places and people that are getting results at that time. If we think giving the staff a raise will produce more results, we should do that. If we think that investing in a better website or facility will produce more results we should do that, but the bottom line is that we should make effort to economize our time and money and then invest it where it’s going to do damage to Satan’s kingdom.

These things change the game for the ministry men in the church. Instead of a race to get into the leadership seat where there is freedom and pay, it is a team sport to grow God’s Kingdom. Now this does not mean that we never put people into full time ministry, it just means that we make that decision with different glasses on. Perhaps the first person to be paid is a young single person who can evangelize full time for a thousand dollars a month and place to sleep. Maybe instead of hiring associates, we find ways to farm out the “counseling” to people who have other jobs. Maybe we even give them a stipend for the sacrifice. Why does it sound crazy to us to pay a member of the congregation to minister part time, but it doesn’t to pay someone to do the same thing full time? Maybe our traveling guys really get priority. The fellowship makes a pointed effort to keep people out on the field advancing.

You can get away with not having the senior leader paid for a lot longer when he is not the personal incarnation of prophet priest and king. By the way, few men are better at all three roles that the best of exemplar of each from their congregation. If he is not preparing every week for every sermon, and doing most of the counseling, and making most of the decisions, then the investment needed on his part is much lower and comparable to the other members of the team. Rotate the preaching responsibilities. Spread the counseling around. Focus on empowering others to grow and advance. Part of this is by not hogging the responsibilities. This does not mean you should not ever go full time, but do so when it meets the “results” criterion above. Once you reach a point where the responsibilities are shared, but it is clear that making you full time is going to really help the ministry, that is a reasonable time.

LIVING IN THE MOMENT BY THE CHOICES YOU MAKE

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SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Come now, you who say, today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city, spend a year there, carry on our business, and make money.

Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].

You ought instead to say, If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that [thing].  (James 4:13-15)  AMP

For now is the time to realize, that this is the day, that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Let us learn to live one day at a time. Yesterday has passed and tomorrow is definitely, not promised.  God has blessed you with His marvelous light of life that you have this great opportunity to make this day anything that you want it to be, what are you going to do?

The choice is yours, nothing or no one is standing in your way of you achieving your desired goals. Whom will you serve this day? Whom will you give the praise and glory to for allowing you to be exactly where you are?

For the choices you made yesterday and all the yesterdays before has led you to be right where you are today. You may or may not like where you are, but you are where you are because of the choices you made early on in your life.

Now, do you have to stay where you are? Absolutely Not! Today you have been given another opportunity to make a different choice.

There is a story about a miner that was prospecting for goal many years ago. He had been digging in this same mine for more than twenty years, and had very little to show for all his many years of labor, One day two young college graduates came alone and offered to buy the old miner out, giving him a nice retirement for his many years of labor. The old miner decided to take the two lads up on their offer. He packed up all his personal belongings and moved on. The two lads set up camp and then they begin digging. After digging just a few feet down, they hit the mother lube and now they were super rich.

You see, the old man had to make a choice that day, to stay and continue digging or except the offer from the two lads. Was it a bad choice or a good choice? You decide.

The Bible tells us to seek the kingdom of God first and all the other riches of life will be added unto you. It also tells us not to store up our treasures here on this earth because they can easy be stolen are taken away.

You see each day you awaken, you have the choice to do right are do wrong, go left are go right, be a success are be a failure, except the ways of God are except the ways of Satan. The choice is always yours to make. Whatever choice you make, you can, rest assured that you will be rewarded for your choice, just as the old miner and the young lads were given their rewards while still in their earthly garments. What rewards are you seeking when you make your choice this day?

When we think about all the disasters that are taking place in the world today, and they are all around us, we must remember, 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.  There are choices to be made; Today is the day to live for God!  Then, no matter when our lives end, we will have fulfilled God’s plans for us.

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.

 

YOUR FAITH IS VICTORY OVER THE WORLD (PART 2 OF 2)

Your Faith is Victory over the world (Part 2 of 2) 1 John 5:4

In lesson one we finished by answering the question, “Who are those that overcome the world?”  Today we begin with question III. Why do believers overcome the world? On what principle is this result affected?

I answer, this victory over the world results as naturally from the spiritual or heavenly birth, as coming into bondage to the world results from the natural birth.

It may be well to revert a moment to the law of connection in the latter case, viz., between coming into the world by natural birth and bondage to the world. This law obviously admits of a philosophical explanation, at once simple and perceptible to every one’s observation. Natural birth reveals to the mind objects of sense and these only. It brings the mind into contact with worldly things. Of course it is natural that the mind should become deeply interested in these objects thus presented through its external senses, especially as most of them sustain so intimate a relation to our sentient nature and become the first and chief sources of our happiness.

Hence, our affections are gradually entwined around these objects, and we become thoroughly lovers of this world ere our eyes have been opened upon it many months.

Now, alongside of this universal fact, let another be placed of equal importance and not less universal.  Namely, that those intuitive powers of the mind which were created to take cognizance of our moral relations, and hence to counteract the too great influence of worldly objects, come into action very slowly, and are not developed so as to act vigorously until years are numbered as months are in the case of the external organs of sense. The very early and vigorous development of the latter brings the soul so entirely under the control of worldly objects that when the reason and the conscience come to speak, their voice is little heeded. As a matter of fact, we find it universally true that unless divine power interpose, the bondage to the world thus induced upon the soul is never broken.

Nevertheless, the point, which I particularly desired to elucidate, was simply this, that natural birth, with its attendant laws of physical and mental development becomes the occasion of bondage to this world.

Right over against this lies the birth into the kingdom of God by the Spirit. By this the soul is brought into new relations — we might rather say, into intimate contact with spiritual things. The Spirit of God seems to usher the soul into the spiritual world, in a manner strictly analogous to the result of the natural birth upon our physical being. The great truths of the spiritual world are opened to our view through the illumination of the Spirit of God; we seem to see with new eyes, and to have a new world of spiritual objects around us.

As concerning natural objects, men not only speculate about them, but realize them; so in the case of spiritual children do spiritual things become not merely matters of speculation, but of full and practical realization also. When God reveals Himself to the mind, spiritual things are seen in their real light, and make the impression of realities.

Consequently, when spiritual objects are thus revealed to the mind, and thus apprehended, they will supremely interest that mind. Such is our mental constitution that the truth of God when thoroughly apprehended cannot fail to interest us. If these truths were clearly revealed to the wickedest man on earth, so that he should apprehend them as realities, it could not fail to rouse up his soul to most intense action. He might hate the light, and might stubbornly resist the claims of God upon his heart, but he could not fail to feel a thrilling interest in truths that so take hold of the great and vital things of human well-being. Let me ask, is there a sinner in this house, or can there be a sinner on this wide earth, who does not see that if God‘s presence was made as manifest and as real to his mind as the presence of his fellow-men, it would supremely engross his soul even though it might not subdue his heart.

This revelation of God‘s presence and character might not convert him, but it would, at least for the time being, kill his attention to the world.

You often see this in the case of persons deeply convicted you have doubtless seen persons so fearfully convicted of sin, that they pared nothing at all for their food nor their dress. O, they cried out in the agony of their souls, what matter all these things to us, if we even get them all, and then must he down in hell!

But these thrilling and all-absorbing convictions do not necessarily convert the soul, and I have alluded to them here only to show the controlling power of realizing views of divine truth.

When real conversion has taken place, and the soul is born of God, then realizing views of truth not only awaken interest, as they might do in an unrenewed mind, but they also tend to excite a deep and ardent love for these truths. They draw out the heart. Spiritual truth now takes possession of his mind, and draws him into its warm and life-giving embrace. Before, error, falsehood, death, had drawn him under their power; now the Spirit of God draws him into the very embrace of God. Now he is begotten of God, and breathes the spirit of sonship. Now, according to the Bible, “the seed of God remaineth in him,” that very truth, and those movings, of the spirit which give him birth into the kingdom of God, continue still in power upon his mind, and hence he continues a Christian, and as the Bible states it, “he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” The seed of God is in him, and the fruit of it brings his soul deeply into sympathy with his own Father in heaven.

Again, the first birth makes us acquainted with earthly things. The second with God; the first with the finite, the second with the infinite; the first with things correlated with our animal nature, the second with those great things which stand connected with our spiritual nature, things so lovely, and so glorious as to overcome all the ensnarement’s of the world.

Again, the first begets a worldly, and the second a heavenly temper. Under the first, the mind is brought into a snare, under the second; it is delivered from that snare. Under the first, the conversation is earthly; under the second, “our conversation is in heaven.”

But we must pass to inquire,

IV. How this victory over the world is achieved.

The great agent is the Holy Spirit. Without Him, no good result is ever achieved in the Christian‘s heart or life. The text, you observe, says, “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” But here the question might be raised: Does this mean that faith of itself overcomes the world, or, is this the meaning, that we overcome by or through our faith? Doubtless the latter is the precise meaning. Believing in God, and having realizing impressions of His truth and character made upon our mind by the Holy Ghost given to those who truly believe, we gain the victory over the world.

Faith implies three things. 1. Perception of truth. 2. An interest in it. 3. The committal or giving up of the mind to be interested and controlled by these objects of faith.

Perception of the truth must come first in order, for there can be no belief of unknown and unperceived truth. Next, there must be an interest in the truth which shall wake up the mind to fixed and active attention; and thirdly, there must be a voluntary committal of the mind to the control of truth. The mind must wholly yield itself up to God, to be governed entirely by His will, and to trust Him and Him alone as its own present and eternal portion.

Again, faith receives Christ. The mind first perceives Christ‘s character and His relations to us — sees what He does for us, and then deeply feeling its own need of such a Savior, and of such a work wrought in and for us as Jesus alone can do, it goes forth to receive and embrace Jesus as its own Savior. This action of the soul in receiving and embracing Christ is not sluggish — it is not a state of dozing quietism. No; it involves the soul‘s most strenuous activity. And this committal of the soul must become a glorious, living, energizing principle — the mind not only perceiving, but yielding itself up with the most fervid intensity to be Christ‘s and to receive all the benefits of His salvation into our own souls.

Again, faith receives Christ into the soul as King, in all His relations, to rule over the whole being — to have our heart‘s supreme confidence and affection — to receive the entire homage of our obedience and adoration; to rule, in short, over us, and fulfil all the functions of supreme King over our whole moral being. Within our very souls we receive Christ to live and energize there, to reign forever there as on His own rightful throne.

Now a great many seem to stop short of this entire and perfect committal of their whole soul to Christ. They stop short perhaps with merely perceiving the truth, satisfied and pleased that they have learned the theory of the Gospel. Or perhaps some go one step further, and stop with being interested — with having their feelings excited by the things of the Gospel, thus going only to the second stage; or perhaps they seem to take faith, but not Christ; they think to believe, but after all do not cordially and with all the heart welcome, Christ Himself into the soul.

All these various steps stop short of really taking hold of Christ. They none of them result in giving the victory over the world.

The true Bible doctrine of faith represents Christ as coming into the very soul. “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him and sup with him, and he with Me.” What could more forcibly and beautifully teach the doctrine that by faith Christ is introduced into the very soul of the believer to dwell there by His gracious presence?

Since my mind has been drawn to the subject, I have been astonished to see how long I have been in a purblind state of perception in respect to this particular view of faith. Of a long time I had scarcely seen it; now I see it beaming forth in lines of glory on almost every page. The Bible seems to blaze with the glorious truth, Christ in the soul, the hope of glory; God, Christ, dwelling in our body as in a temple. I am amazed that a truth so rich and so blessed should have been seen so dimly, when the Bible reveals it so plainly. Christ received into the very soul by faith, and thus brought into the nearest possible relations to our heart and life; Christ Himself becoming the all-sustaining Power within us, and thus securing the victory over the world.  Christ, living and energizing in our hearts — this is the great central truth in the plan of sanctification, and this no Christian should fail to understand, as he values the victory over the world and the living communion of the soul with its Maker.

Let us pray, Father we thank you for the victory in Jesus Name.  Thank you father, for allowing us to be in the world, and at the same time providing us with the tools, and power to overcome the world.  Thank you for bringing us into the fullness of your love for all your children.  Thank you for truth and allowing us to fulfill our purpose on this earth.  Father we honor you and give you all the glory.  We are here today because of your love, mercy and grace.  We thank you for grace in Jesus name.  Amen.

 

 

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