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Nothing To Do, Only Believe   Leave a comment

Nothing To Do, Only Believe – From Joseph Prince Ministries

John 6:28–29

28…“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

When I was a young Christian, I attended a seminar on what we must do to “work the works of God”. I was told that we had to pray more, fast more, know our enemy and so on. I came away from the seminar confused. Then one day, I found the same question in the Bible. But the answer was very different!

In the Gospel of John, we find Jesus being asked the same question by the multitude who had been awed by His miracles—“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” The people had seen Jesus healing the sick, and feeding 5,000 men with only five loaves and two fish.

Notice how Jesus answered them: “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” My friend, the greatest doing is believing—believing in Jesus the sent one, who has done it all for you at the cross!

If you are asking, “What must I do to receive my healing?” the answer is this: Believe in Jesus, who “Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses”. (Matthew 8:17) We have seen members of our church delivered from life-threatening conditions such as cancer and kidney failure. They had simply believed that Jesus bore their diseases on His own body. There was nothing for them to do, except to believe.

When the jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:30–31) The greatest miracle in your life happens not by you working and trying to save yourself, but by you simply believing in Jesus who died to save you from eternal damnation and to give you eternal life. Why then, should the lesser miracles of healing or financial breakthroughs be any different?

Beloved, what is the miracle you need today? There is nothing left for you to do, but everything for you to believe, because Jesus has done it all for you!

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God is our refuge and strength   Leave a comment

Psalm 46: 1-11;

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Holiness is a Fruit   Leave a comment

HOLINESS IS A FRUIT – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 11:42 "But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone."

LUKE 11:42-44

When Jesus said, "and not to leave the other undone," it is clear that He is not arguing against doing what is right. God’s Word stresses holiness in our actions. The Pharisees’ error that caused Jesus’ rebuke was that they believed their actions could produce a right relationship with God. But a proper relationship with God can only come by humbling ourselves and putting faith in a Savior, who is Jesus. God cleanses our hearts by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8) and then we have our fruit unto holiness (Rom. 6:22). Holiness is a fruit, not a root, of salvation.

In a similar instance found in Matthew 23:26, Jesus told the Pharisees, "Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also." True Christianity comes from the inside out. A good heart will change a man’s actions, but a man’s actions cannot change his heart.

One of religion’s favorite doctrines is that if you will just act right, you will be right. Nothing could be further from the truth. You must be born again. And if you are born again, then holiness is a by-product and not the way to a relationship with God.

This is the heart of the Gospel. Every major religion of the world has a moral standard it enforces, but only Christianity offers salvation through a Savior. Presenting holiness in any way other than as a result of salvation is denying Jesus as our Savior and places the burden of salvation on us. Improper emphasis on achieving holiness or salvation through one’s own actions can damn that person. We must trust Jesus completely.

Yes to Jesus

SHARING GOD’S LOVE   Leave a comment

SHARING GOD’S LOVE – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 10:2 – "Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest."

It is commonly thought that an evangelist is someone who has a passion to lead people to the Lord. But every believer should have a passion for souls. When presenting the Gospel, we are not just presenting a theory about God but the factual account of God’s dealings with man as revealed through His Word, with the ultimate witness being the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Our personal witness of the reality of Jesus being alive in our lives brings Christ from theory to reality.

The early Christians had experienced the love of Christ in an intimate and life-transforming way. This motivated them to reach their known world with the Gospel of Christ more than any generation of Christians has done since. They didn’t have the benefits of our modern technology, but they did have the benefit of being full of the love of Christ. Experiencing the love of Christ causes us to be filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19) and makes us a witness that the world cannot resist (John 13:35).

Today, much of the emphasis of the church is placed on techniques of evangelism or spiritual warfare. We motivate people to witness through feelings of guilt or punishment if they don’t. Much of our evangelism has become as dead and non-productive as that of the cults who knock on doors and argue people into their way of thinking. The early Christians had a much greater impact on their world because they were full of, and motivated by, the love of God. The church today needs a revival of our personal relationship with the Lord. When we can say with Paul that the love of Christ constrains us, then we will impact our world for the Lord too. You can’t give away what you don’t possess. We need to personally know the love of Christ in an experiential way before we try to share it with others.

GROW IN GRACE   Leave a comment

GROW IN GRACE – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 9:55 "But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of."

LUKE 9:54-56

Jesus was constantly being accused of breaking the law of Moses. He taught differently than the law of Moses (Mt. 5:21-48), and now He rebukes His disciples for desiring to do what an Old Testament prophet did with God’s blessing and power. However, Jesus didn’t come to destroy the law but to fulfill it.

Jesus came not to destroy men’s lives but to save them (Jn. 3:16; 10:10).

"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them" (2 Cor. 5:19). Jesus was just in doing this because He bore our sins (Isa. 53:4-6) and the accompanying wrath of God (Mt. 27:46; Heb. 2:9). Jesus didn’t reject God’s judgment against sin; He bore it (2 Cor. 5:21). Therefore, He was able to extend the grace and mercy of God to those who would have been doomed under the law of Moses (Acts 13:38-39).

The Old Testament law was like a judge passing sentence upon sin. Jesus became our advocate (or lawyer). Even more than that, He became our substitute, bearing "our sins in his own body on the tree" (1 Pet. 2:24).

He didn’t destroy God’s judgment; He fulfilled it in Himself, so that we could go free. This forever changed God’s dealings with sinful man. In light of what Jesus has done in the New Covenant, we would be rebuked for trying to release God’s wrath upon others as was done in the Old Covenant. Likewise, if Jesus would have been on the earth in His physical body, reconciling the world unto Himself in the days of Elijah, then Elijah would have been rebuked for his actions, as recorded in 2 Kings 1:9-15. There is a difference between Old Testament law and New Testament grace. "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (Jn. 1:17). Grow in grace.

Walking in Love   Leave a comment

This is walking in Love – Showing God’s grace toward all. When I think about all of Jesus disciples I look at their imperfections and flaws. Not to look down on them, but to remind me the Lord can change anyone. Why are so many so quick to put others down because they are not living a certain lifestyle. Walking in love toward them can change their lives. We don’t have to agree with their lifestyle to love them. It also doesn’t mean their sins are not acknowledged, but we are doing like Jesus and praying for them to repent and turn from wickedness. Jesus lifestyle was acknowledging people’s sin, but He knew showing Love can draw them. Look at the scripture below from Luke 9:51-56. This town rejected Jesus and His disciples James and John wanted to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them. But Jesus said He didn’t come to destroy men but to save. That should be our attitude when we come across people who has rejected us giving them the gospel or they are living a lifestyle that unholy. We should not want destruction for them. We should pray for them to be changed. Why don’t we pray they receive the same experience that Paul received. That experience changed him. It may be not be in that way, but if we allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit on how to pray AND believe, they can receive change. We don’t have desire destruction for them because just like God changed you, He can change them. Just like the Lord had patience for His disciples, we can do the same for others. Just like the Lord Jesus changed Paul, we can pray and believe for others change. We should desire that none perish, but all become believer of Jesus Christ; Who died for us all so we all can have eternal life. That’s walking in Love.

Luke 9:51-56; Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT MANNER OF SPIRIT YOU ARE OF. FOR THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO DESTROY MEN’S LIVES BUT TO SAVE THEM.” And they went to another village.

Matthew 18:10-14; “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. EVEN SO IT IS NOT THE WILL OF YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN THAT ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES SHOULD PERISH.

John 3:10-21; Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. FOR GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Freedom from Punishment   Leave a comment

Just want to share a great Word Creflo Dollar spoke this morning. It’s titled "freedom from punishment". So many are held up because of religious thinking.  Recently had a dream the Lord Jesus gave me. At the end of the dream there was an open door to freedom. I didn’t take it (at first) because I didn’t know I was free because I believed the lies of satan and I was in fear of him. But in the end, the Lord reminded me that I was free and I went through the door to freedom. Just yesterday, the Holy Spirit was speaking this Word to me then I hear it from Creflo Dollar. After I watched the program I began to tell Jesus I accept my freedom. A couple of seconds later I heard the angels rejoicing and the Lord told me I am accepting the Truth. He is the way, the truth and the light. He is the ONLY way to the Father. He is the ONLY way to freedom. He isn’t like man who tells us to do this and do that to get God’s love or His blessings. I use to hear my last pastor say "God is going to get you". The Lord IS NOT out to get us. He came to the world to save us. His grace causes us to want to follow His Spirit and not the laws. The law couldn’t save us. ONLY Jesus can save us. Also, I’m posting this message that’s on youtube and the Bible study notes from Creflo Dollar website.

Veronica

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcHXyXA01xU

Freedom from Punishment – Author: Creflo Dollar

Summary: Whenever any type of disaster or tragedy occurs, there is a tendency to blame God. However, God is not cruel and He is not the destroyer. There are many factors we should consider when calamity takes place. Satan, the works of the flesh, and the world’s way of doing things are often behind calamity. Therefore, we should never blame God for the bad things that happen in this world. He is a loving God who sent His Son to die to save the world.

A. Many Christians think God punishes them by allowing tragedy in their lives. However, the punishment for sin was taken care of when Jesus died on the cross.

1. The punishment for sin was eternal death.

2. As Christians, we don’t have to fear eternal death because heaven is our home.

a. Although we’re saved from eternal death, we should realize that our sinful actions can cause negative consequences and circumstances in our lives.

b. For instance, if we neglect or fail to take care of our bodies, disease and illness is often the result. We cannot blame God for what we do to ourselves.

c. When we do something wrong and that wrong action causes a negative consequence, we cannot blame God for it.

3. As a loving Father, God disciplines us through His words.

a. He chastens us by speaking to us in both our good times and bad times.

b. He disciplines us to preserve our future, not to condemn us or punish us.

4. God is not cruel to us; He does not inflict pain upon His own children.

a. Instead, He seeks to comfort and encourage us when we are going through trials.

b. He is not the author of pain, but He is the author and finisher of our faith.

c. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

B. Jesus died a horrible death for us. He was beaten until He was unrecognizable.

1. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.

a. "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world" (John 12:47).

b. God wants the world to come to Him; He’s not destroying people (2 Peter 3:9;

1 John 2:2; Acts 26:18).

c. God wants people to understand that He is restoring us to His favor (2 Corinthians 5:19, AMP).

2. As Christians, we should make receiving Jesus appealing by demonstrating the love of God.

a. Unconditional love does not judge, condemn, or destroy people.

Scripture References

• Romans 8:28

• John 12:47

• 2 Peter 3:9

• 1 John 2:2

• Acts 26:18

• 2 Corinthians 5:19, AMP

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