Spirit of Life versus the Law of Sin and Death

Romans8_2The Spirit of Life versus the Law of Sin and Death

In Romans 8:2, Paul uses the comparison of Life and Death. While the Spirit of Life sets FREE, the Law of Sin and Death holds captives. The gospel is called the “Law of the Spirit of Life” because it ministers Spirit and Life. Sin has its power and dominion, but it has no control over the person who has been given the Spirit of Life. They are FREE from enslavement, condemnation, guilt and shame.

The old nature is replaced by the new nature in Christ. He gives Life, freely and abundantly. The Holy Spirit takes up residence and takes control. It is the new manger.

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Diligence, watchfulness and thanksgiving

Colossians4_2Be diligent in prayer, watchful at all times, with constant thanksgiving.

Christ is the beginning and the end. He is the source of life, the cornerstone that holds the building, (the body of Christ) together. Paul spoke about the importance of the Word in Col.3:16. He then spoke about the importance of Prayer in Col.4:2. The Word of God and Prayer cannot be separated.

Prayer times are to be contended for because there is so much in the natural and the spiritual that opposes it. The body can also become weak and sluggish and we must be conscious of it. The Epistles are full of exhortations to pray. Luke gave an example of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1. We are not to get tired of praying. We must be persistent like the Widow. We must have faith, God answers prayers.

The natural mind has an undisciplined approach to prayer. One of the distinguishing signs of the new birth in a believer, is their prayer life. We must ask the Spirit to help us pray, (Eph 6:18) at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests. Keeping our minds alert, we must be diligent in praying for the Lord’s people; the nations we live in and the whole world.

A praying Church is a watchful Church.
The Church must be watchful and sound the alarm bells for a world that sleeps. The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1Thess. 5:2). Thieves break in when they are least expected. The Church expectantly waiting for the Lord’s return will be on Red Alert. It stays awake and keeps the whole Body awake! Without vigilance, the Church will sleep. Tiredness is no respected of persons. Jesus found His disciples asleep at Gethsemane. These were His words to them:

“What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?”

Therefore we are to “watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41)

Being thankful for answered and unanswered prayers.
We must not forget to thank God during our prayer time. Giving of thanks for what we have already received should be part and parcel of our daily life. Do we remember to thank Him for His attributes? He is Saviour, He is most merciful, He is the compassionate One. His justice and faithfulness are without end. Being thankful is taking time to appreciate Him for who He is.

Also, we must not forget to thank Him, by faith, for things we haven’t seen. Thanking God, for both answered and unanswered prayer, is what Paul encourages us to do, at all times. 1Thes 5:18 says, we should give thanks in all circumstances.

Be encouraged today. Persevere in the place of prayer. Do not get discouraged when your prayers are not answered immediately. Trust in God’s Word: now pray without ceasing!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

“Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

“And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!” Mark 13:33

“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” (Romans 12:12)

“Pray continually.” (1 Thess 5:17)

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)

“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.” (Rev 3:2)

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TRUST in the Lord!!!

WeekThe blessedness of TRUST in the Lord
You are absolutely blessed if your trust and confidence is in the Lord. Trust in man, is the complete opposite of trust in the Lord (Jer.17:5-6). The good things God has promised to give you can easily be missed if your trust is in man. Prov.3:5 says, “trust in the Lord with all your heart” and not just part of it.
 
Trusting in God means walking very closely with Him. He is a lamp to the feet and a light to the path (Psalm 105:109). He is a true friend. He is so close, that He will show you where there is misplaced trust and hope. Psalm 121 talks about looking up to the hills for divine help. The hills here represent a higher place where God can be found.
 
True prosperity and success can be compared to a tree planted beside a river. It is not affected by drought. Dry seasons make the leaves of a tree lose its colour and fall off. A tree planted by water will send its roots deep into the stream to keep its leaves evergreen. It will still produce fruit in a parched and barren land. The person who trusts God, drinks from Living Water, it is in constant supply.
 
The righteousness of God gives you right standing before Him. It is by His grace you have been saved, and not by any self-effort. In mercy, He draws you near, even when you have lost your way. He will direct you down the right path.
 
In humility, repent when you have placed your trust in anything else but the Living God. You can turn around and trust Him completely.
 
Have a fruitful week!
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POWER, LOVE, SOUND MIND

2Timothy1_7POWER LOVE AND A SOUND MIND

Distress, anxiety, faint-heartedness and cowardice are not what God desires for His children.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.” (2Tim.1:7).

During these end times, Believers every where will need to keep their eyes firmly fixed on Jesus. In the face of a world that opposes the gospel, the children of God will need fortitude and courage. It is the power of God that enables the Believer to stay in the faith, even when there is every reason to give up the faith. He gives courage during distressing times.

The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). This love gives us the ability to serve God wholeheartedly. It enables us love our brothers and sisters in Christ. This love reaches out to a hostile world, in desperate need of Christ. It does not fear man (Psalm 118:6, Rom.8:31). The love of God compels us to share the Good News, with courage, to a lost generation.

Peace is a gift from God. Jesus Christ paid such a heavy penalty for our freedom. Because of Him we have a sound mind. The peace God reigns, regardless of the environment, situation or circumstance .

May the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus (Phil.4:7).

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THE RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVE

Revelation2_4The return to your First Love:
Will your Church still exist in 30 to 50 years time, if Christ tarries? Selah. It might be interesting to note that the original Ephesian Church no longer exists. What happened to its Lampstand?

The letter to the Ephesian Church:
As zealous as the Ephesian Church was in its work, patience, perseverance and opposition to false teachers, it was condemned for abandoning its first love (Rev.2:4). The letter to the Ephesian Church was addressed to Angel of Church, and we know from Rev. 1:20 that the Seven Stars represent the Seven Angels who are the (Bishops, Pastors of the Churches). The Angels were commissioned to minister individual Letters to their Churches. At some point the Ephesian Church fell out of intimacy with the Lord. Its love for Christ began to diminish. Their communion was abating. This issue was so serious in the eyes of God that the Ephesian Church was threatened with having its Lampstand removed.

The letter to the Ephesian Church speaks today:
An Ephesian Church can be compared to a wife who is perfect in every aspect of house keeping, but completely ignores her husband. The tenderness and closeness is no longer there. It can be compared to the Theologian who crosses all the T’s and dots all the I’s, but has no warm communion with God.. Having more love for the Work of God, than the Love of God, is a very serious issue.

The “Angel” of the Church can be so caught up with preparing sermons, attending conferences and functions that intimate prayer and personal bible study can be neglected. It’s one thing preaching a sermon and it’s another to receive a personal Word from God. It’s possible for there to be abated affection for Christ. Performance can easily overtake a personal relationship.

When you are intimate with someone, you share your times of joy. You can also tell them your deepest fears and darkest secrets. Adam’s relationship with Eve must have superseded His relationship with God at some point. The Family, the Church, Work, and a host of other things, can overtake and stand in the way of cherished time in God’s presence. The level of intimacy can be reduced when time spent alone with God is no longer priority.

The Church can be so efficient, effective and diligent that it simply has no time for Christ. The outward display of love and affection for the Church and how it runs can be so spectacular that personal love of Christ and intimate prayer can diminish and decrease. John 3:30 says Christ must increase and we must decrease. Even if it means that people will think less of our social standing and status in Church, our personal relationship with Christ must take first place. Nothing and no one should take His rightful position in our lives and in the Church.

What is obscuring your vision of Christ today? What stands in the way of your fervent desire for Christ? Even Church attendance is not an excuse, it can never replace your personal relationship with God.

Today, God’s hand of grace is extended to the Church that has neglected its first love…
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Faithfulness and Perseverance

Revelation2_3Commendation for the Ephesian Church.
 
The Ephesian Church is a Church so well taught in the gospel that false teachers are not able penetrate it. It is characterised by its zeal, the desire for true teaching, patience and long suffering. It takes time and energy to run an efficient church.
 
To be encouraged by God in any respect is a thing of joy. Appreciation and praise is what the Ephesian Church received. Faithfulness is to be commended. A church is run on the efficiency of its untiring faithful members. The Church should run like a well oiled machine, were every part contributes to the smooth running of the Church. Where one part is not functioning properly, it effects the general output of the machine. This was not the case with the Ephesian Church as it was praised for its competence.
 
Many Churches are facing persecution today and it is evident that their leaders are being held up by the right hand of the Lord. Christ is protecting His Church. Despite the opposition, its leaders and members remain steadfast and loyal to their call. He holds the Seven Stars in His right hand and He walks in the midst of the the Seven Golden Lampstands (Rev.1:12, 20).
 
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Commendation

Revelation2_2The letter to Ephesus
The Revelation of Jesus Christ revealed to His Church.
While John was in Prison in Patmos, he received a glorious and spectacular vision of Christ. Through a series of detailed visions, John is given special messages to the Seven Churches of Asia, relevant for that period and still applicable and important for the Church today.
Christ speaks as the head of His Church. The Church belongs to Him. The ministers are His servants, He has control over them. All authority and power belongs to Him.
Commendation
“I know thy works…”
The Ephesian Church is commended for their labour in propagating the gospel. It’s important to note the Lord keeps an account of every service done in His name. All their hard work in keeping the Church running was not a waste a time, it was certainly noticed by God. They were patient and long- suffering. It was a Church which endured so much for Christ sake. It laboured and persevered, against the odds, for Christ.
With a spirit of discernment, the Church in Ephesus fought against false teachers. They were possibly called Ebion and Cerinthus. These were men who went about preaching a false doctrine in Asia at that time. The Church did not entertain them because they “found them Liars” (Rev.2:2).
There are many preaching sales men and women today, just like Ebion and Cerinthus, selling their wares and preaching a divisive and contrary gospel. Just like the Ephesian Church, there are Churches were preachers like this will not be entertained or tolerated. They will not be given a platform to preach lies and sow discord among the Saints. There are Churches who contend for the Truth, they uphold God’s Word and hate evil.
While there are words of commendation and encouragement to a diligent and persevering Church, which places high value upon God’s Word, there are also words of reproof. Do follow the series for more…
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HE WALKS WITH THE CHURCH

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Here the Lord explains the hidden meaning of the Seven Stars and Seven Lampstands. He holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks in the midst of the seven golden Lampstands. ( Rev.1:13, see notes on Rev.1:16).

Seven Stars:

The stars represent the angels or messengers of the seven churches. Some say, just like angels represent nations (Dan.10:13, 20,21), these angels represent messengers to the seven churches. The angels are also said to represent Bishops or Pastors of the Churches. These messengers are those who received messages from John to the Churches. The Greek word (angelos) can be interpreted as angel or messenger.

The right hand of the Lord is a symbol of strength. Nothing can remove these shining stars from the right hand of the Lord. He protects them from the wicked one who desires to break them like wheat (Luke 22:31). Every single star is significant to the One who placed them in the Sky. Every minister is important to God. He gives them grace and favour. The world may not esteem or regard them, but the One who holds them in His hands, counts them as precious. Christ makes them shining stars in this world, giving them authority and power to work on His behalf. “He makes His angels winds and His ministers a flame of fire.” (Heb.1:7).

(See note on Rev.1:16).

Lampstands

Christ is the central theme of Revelation and He walks in the midst of the golden Lampstands. Christ is the central Lampstand the holds up the flame of each Church. The Lampstands represent the light of the Saviour. In a dark and cold world that has lost its way, the Church provides light, direction and warmth. Christ is intimate with His Bride, the Church. Christ is never far from His Church, He sees its trials and afflictions. The Church is made up of a body and each part of the body is significant and powerful in its role. Without the heart, the body will be dead. Christ is the heart beat of the Church, without Him the Church will be dead. Christ is jealous over His Bride and He walks hand in hand with her, providing guidance, instruction and correction every step of the way.

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A PURPOSE PREVAILED

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John1_12In all things: the purpose of God stands.
The earth is the Lord’s and everything, and all who live in it (Psalm 24:1). Jesus Christ came to His own people, but they did not receive Him. His ministry among the Jews was not received or accepted. They rejected Him and this made their sin even more sinful. Israel was His inheritance:
 
“From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.”
 
Yet there were those who received Him!
Though Christ was rejected by His own people, it did not stop God’s plan and purpose from going ahead. God’s plan still stands.
 
As many as believe on Christ and acknowledge Him as the Messiah, have the right to become the children of God. Those who believed in His name, whosoever and whatsoever receive Him (whether Pharisee, Sadducee…

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A PURPOSE PREVAILED

John1_12In all things: the purpose of God stands.
The earth is the Lord’s and everything, and all who live in it (Psalm 24:1). Jesus Christ came to His own people, but they did not receive Him. His ministry among the Jews was not received or accepted. They rejected Him and this made their sin even more sinful. Israel was His inheritance:
“From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.”
Yet there were those who received Him!
Though Christ was rejected by His own people, it did not stop God’s plan and purpose from going ahead. God’s plan still stands.
As many as believe on Christ and acknowledge Him as the Messiah, have the right to become the children of God. Those who believed in His name, whosoever and whatsoever receive Him (whether Pharisee, Sadducee, learned or unlearned, male or female, Jew or Gentile) are privileged to be the sons of God.
By faith in Christ many are adopted into God’s family (Gal.3:26). Those who believe in the Son of God are the children of God. With out faith in His Son, you cannot be His child. The children of God have been given the right to become the children of God. They have sonship, they are God’s children.
God’s plans and purposes for this earth can never be defeated (Prov. 19:21; Isa. 46:9-11, John 6:37-39). Through faith in Jesus Christ we have a wonderful inheritance. It is God’s gift of free love and free grace. There are a chosen generation of people, foreknown, predestined, called, justified and glorified (Rom. 8:29).
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