ITS A MATTER OF POWER

“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”
I Corinthians 4:20

Sooner or later there has to be power. You can talk all about the virtues of a team in sports but it will be obvious whether they can live up to the hype when they play a game. You can say how good a recipe is but after awhile all the adulations in the world won’t make a difference, you have to taste it for yourself. Paul heard about the arrogance of some of the teachers in Corinth but there was only one thing Paul wanted to know. Was the power of God alive in their ministry? We can tell all our friends, neighbors and relatives about God but they are more interested in the difference God is making in our life. Is God’s power alive in the way we pray, the way we live, and the way we serve? Is God’s power manifested in the changed lives of those we have introduced to Him? Is the fruit of the Spirit alive in our daily walk with Him because of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit? Today let’s do more than talk about God. Let’s talk to Him, and ask Him to exhibit His mighty power in everything we say and do for Him.

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Revised – Enduring the Spirit of Rejection (Victory)

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I needed a serious chat with myself and with God yesterday. As I have entered into the trap of exposing myself to rejection. The still fear brewing inside of me which at first appeared to be an harmless feeling which quickly escalated to a fear that keeps growing with confidence.

While it stands valiantly in the Valley screaming and taunting me of the slave mentally it will confide me to once it has prevailed. I shudder with fear and I could do no other than to just stand and listen and receive the onslaught of my thoughts to my character.  It once again has arrived to take victory over me as so many times before.

I somehow do not want to accept the fear that is staring me down. As I come face to face with this fear full of pride and arrogance it becomes evident that I have but a few options, one option to dig deeper and persist and another to once again step away to avoid the possibility of hurt. I have asked God to protect me from any pain. But the reality is, is that I am experiencing the pre rejection pains already. I do trust in God but the damaging relations I have on my relationship portfolio to be honest is less than impressive. But my fear is rejection. And I am facing that Giant in the Valley.

It’s in a moment like this that I have to come back to my post. The word of God then jumps out at me and grabs me and it’s the voice of  Isaiah that came to me on the first occasion and with memory I recalled this verse.

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.Isaiah 59:19

and on the second occation the following word from the Holy Bible to assist me with my upcoming victory, which I might add belongs to the Lord.

Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19

What am I doing!  What a question! Guess not much would the answer be. The answer also might contain that I am just living in fear. God reminds me that I need to fight the good fight of Faith! I shall see the enemy no more!

Today I speak to that fear, this unwelcome stronghold. And As David asked Israel, I am asking myself.

IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?!

I face this giant and hand him over to my God and speak the word of God over my life!  The Cause is God’s reputation in my life.

When I base my identity upon what the Word of God has to say about me, I will become virtually rejection-proof. I can become immune from the wounds of rejection as long as I am not basing my identity upon what that person thinks of me.

Rejection and rising above rejection is all about identity and what you base your identity upon.

So what exactly does God’s Word tell us about who we are in Christ?

  • Because of God’s great love for us, we are adopted into His family [1 John 3:1], and made joint heirs with Christ [Romans 8:17]
  • We are made to sit in heavenly places (of authority over all demons, sickness, etc.) with Christ [Ephesians 2:6]
  • We are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ [Ephesians 1:3]
  • We are the righteousness of Christ through faith, thus being made right before God [Romans 3:22]
  • We are entitled to a clean conscience before God because of the Blood and can have full assurance of faith when we go before Him [Hebrews 10:22]
  • Our sins have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west [Psalms 103:12], and God Himself has chosen not to remember our failures [Hebrews 8:12]
  • We are loved with the same love that the Father has for Jesus Himself! [John 17:23]

Günther

If You Say So

When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Take the boat into deep water, and put your nets in the water to catch some fish.”

Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, and we caught nothing. But you say to put the nets in the water, so I will.” When the fishermen did as Jesus told them, they caught so many fish that the nets began to break. They called to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full that they were almost sinking. Luke 5:4-7

When have you prayed something like this when God has guided you to make a particular decision? God, I hear what you’re saying, but I have to say that I don’t think it will work. I’ve tried already. I’ve been patient. Nothing has happened. But if you say so, I will.

Or have you been more stubborn and explained to God why something wouldn’t work, not adding the additional commitment to yield to his instruction?

Simon trusted Jesus. He obeyed even though it didn’t make sense to him. It was more important that he follow Jesus than do it his own way. His rationalization didn’t cause him to ignore Jesus. He took the focus off the solution and placed it firmly on the one who was giving the solution. He might not have trusted the solution, but he trusted the solution-giver.

When has someone given you advice that you ignored because you were confident it wouldn’t work? When has someone given you advice you thought might not work or would be uncomfortable for you but you followed it anyway because of the respect you had for the person?

When people have proven themselves trustworthy to us, we’re more likely to listen. When we prove ourselves as trustworthy, others are more likely to listen – even when what we suggest goes against what someone thinks will work. Of course, we as humans aren’t always going to have the right answers, so we have to discern whether or not the advice given matches with God’s Word and his character. When it does, we can proceed. Even when we’re not sure but can find nothing that conflicts with God’s Word and character, we can at least proceed with caution. God is trustworthy. Build trust in relationships he is bringing into your life.

Take a trust inventory. Who in your life is consistent with God’s Word? How consistent are you? You don’t need to isolate yourself from those who are inconsistent. After all, we all have faults and are growing. However, be discerning. God will guide you as you invest in relationships.

Freely you have received ! GIVE!

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Do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? I Corinthians 11:22

The servant of Christ Paul was concerned about the selfish practices of some of those that were coming to their Christian fellowship and worship service. They were being gluttons, getting drunk and totally ignoring the needs of the poor that were there. It was a form of discrimination that angered Paul and brought shame to Jesus Himself. Paul wrote to them saying that humiliating the poor by ignoring their needs, flaunting their riches in front of them and not having compassion on them was the same as despising the church and bringing disgrace upon it.

God cares for the poor and needy.

The question is, “Do we?”  When the needy suddenly appears next to your car window and suprise you completely, do you look away and think that a feeling of deep pity will put bread in the hand of that person.

Do you go about in a frantic panic looking for some change around you and realizing that you have none, knowingly that you have some paper notes in your wallet and then its at this point where you just say sorry and move on to the next traffic light.

Do you get irritated and just say to yourself it’s going to booze anyhow.

Do you chase them away like dogs and feed your pets better at home than the needy.

But then you say, “Listen I work for my money, so can they”

Can they?

Have you seen the unemployment percentage in this country, are you blind?  Don’t you know that your salary comes from God? Don’t reason like a fool!!
Paying tithes maybe your excuse too. But inside you know that the issues are not linked at all. Give bread if that is a tip to you.
Do you Despise the Church of God. Just a though.

It’s up to you!
Günther

 

Lets have a chat!

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 1:18

What have you heard from the Lord? There are many messages in the Bible but how many have you really heard? How many have permeated your heart and changed the way you think and live? David heard a message from God and it changed his life forever. He cried out to God to hear his prayers. He begged God to be merciful and answer him. God saw his sincerity and invited David to, “Come and talk with me.” David heard the Lord with his whole heart and responded, “Lord I am coming!” Today, hear the same invitation to you. Hear Jesus say, “Come and talk with me.” What is your response?

Why do some live in captivity?

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Take heed ( listen and pay attention. )

Isaiah 59:2-9
But your iniquities have made separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For more.  your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness. None sues or calls in righteousness [but for the sake of doing injury to others–to take some undue advantage]; no one goes to law honestly and pleads [his case] in truth; they trust in emptiness, worthlessness and futility, and speaking lies! They conceive mischief and bring forth evil! They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and [from an egg] which is crushed a viper breaks out [for their nature is ruinous, deadly, evil]. Their webs will not serve as clothing, nor will they cover themselves with what they make; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their paths and highways. The way of peace they know not, and there is no justice or right in their goings. They have made them into crooked paths; whoever goes in them does not know peace. [Rom. 3:15-18.] Therefore are justice and right far from us, and righteousness and salvation do not overtake us. We expectantly wait for light, but [only] see darkness; for brightness, but we walk in obscurity and gloom.

Amazing grace. Past amazing

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found.
Was blind but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Then when we first begun.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
Was blind, but now I see

Lies destroy Us.

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The Bible warns about a fear that can cripple our faith and destroy our Christian growth.

Why are you fearful?

“Now when [Jesus] got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm” (Matthew 8:23-26).

Looking at the terrible storm with their natural eyes, they had great reason to fear. But Jesus demonstrated that if they had had more faith, they would have remembered that God created the wind and the waves and had complete power over them. Faith would have calmed their fears.

Fear, a faith killer

It isn’t difficult to understand how fear could be a faith killer. Those who have extreme fear about anything will naturally focus on themselves and the problems they are facing, not on God and His willingness to help them in their time of need.

Are there things in this life that can cause fear? Certainly! Daily life has its share of dangers from accidents, crime, disasters, etc.

Nothing to fear?

During the dark days of the Great Depression, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a famous statement that is often remembered as, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” That’s catchy, but is it really true in our dangerous world—without God’s protection?

“So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6).

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

Let’s remember these enemies of faith and strive to keep them out of our lives. We can always go to God in prayer . nother enemy

First things first

​Many are aware that Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” But what does it mean? Why is it necessary? How can we fulfill this command?

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Jesus’ teaching included instruction on how to seek God’s Kingdom: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Repentance and belief are the two foundational stepping stones by which entrance into this glorious Kingdom will be permitted.

The reason we must repent is because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Romans 6:23 adds that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

To repent means  turning away from sin and keeping God’s commandments. As Jesus said, “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.

God created man in His image with lesser powers and abilities to prepare man to rule with Him in a government that will last forever. God’s purpose for telling us “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” is to help us develop, through our experiences in this life, His holy and righteous character and prepare us to rule under Christ as kings and priests on this earth

NONE LIKE YOU GOD!!

Whenever the times are very hard when I have to endure spiritual attacks , I am reminded that there is a very good reason for this. I am reminded that the battle is the Lord. All the storms do is drive away the things God don’t want in my life.

If the storm comes and it blows chaff out of my life, that is fine.. I am still here! I am still standing praising GOD!!

I can declare that I am still standing. I am still praising God. I might be bruised but when the storm stops I will declare I am still here.!!!

God is irreplaceable, his name will continuously be praised by his people. We should always remember that without god we are nothing he makes all things possible; we cant do it one our own. No matter how great the problem we will over come cause he said he will not leave nor fore sake us.. So when the going gets tough call on our heavenly father

Faithfulness to God pays off.

THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU

There is none like You,
No one else can touch my heart like You do,
I can search for all eternity Lord
And find, there is none like You.

There is none like You.
No one else can touch my heart like You do,
I can search for all eternity Lord
And find, there is none like You.

Your mercy flows like a river wide,
And healing comes from Your hand.
Suffering children are safe in Your arms,
There is none like You.

There is none like You, ( There is none like You, Lord)
There is none like You.

I can search for all eternity Lord,
There is none like You.
I can search for all eternity Lord,
There is none,( there is none,)
There is none Lord,
There is none like You.

The secret things belong to GOD.

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God reveals to us what is essential to our well-being.  The things that He does not reveal belong to Him, and should not be sought after.  They challenge us to trust Him even more.

God has reasons why He keeps certain things from us.  He does not give us all the details of the good things He will do for us, so that we will not get carried away and let our guard down.  He does not tell us precisely when we will die, so that we would not be devastated and shift our focus from things that are more important.
When God directed Prophet Samuel to anoint David as king at a young age David knew that he would be a king one day, but it was not revealed to him that it would take fifteen troubled years for him to sit on the throne.

God may reveal His plans for our lives to us, but choose to keep to Himself the times and seasons those plans would be accomplished.  Only He knows the purpose for keeping certain things to Himself.  His ways and judgments, though just, are often hidden from us, and past finding out by our finite minds.

The One Thing

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“The one thing I ask of the LORD-the thing I seek most-is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.”
Psalms 27:4

There are many promises in the Bible, but I think the one that is most precious to me is when He promises that He will never leave me or forsake me. It boggles my mind to think that God promises such a thing to me. I know that there are universes and solar systems. I know that there are billions of people. And with each person there are multitudes of situations that need God’s attention. And yet, He is God. In His sovereign magnificence He has declared that He will not leave me or forsake me. Never. What comfort. What hope. What joy it brings to my heart. No wonder this same author of Hebrews could conclude, “We can say with confidence, ‘The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear.'” Today, bring whatever struggles you have, whatever fears, whatever guilt, whatever sorrow and lay it before God. Then hear Him say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The One Worshiped Sets The Rules

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Exodus 25:23-30

23 Also, make a table of acacia wood, two cubits long, one cubit wide, and a cubit and a half high [for the showbread].
24 You shall overlay it with pure gold and make a crown, a rim or molding, of gold around the top of it;
25 And make a frame of a handbreadth around and below the top of it and put around it a gold molding as a border.
26 You shall make for it four rings of gold and fasten them at the four corners that are on the table’s four legs.
27 Close against the frame shall the rings be as places for the poles to pass to carry the table [of showbread].
28 You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold, that the table may be carried with them.
29 And you shall make its plates [for showbread] and cups [for incense], and its flagons and bowls [for liquids in sacrifice]; make them of pure gold.
30 And you shall set the showbread (the bread of the Presence) on the table before Me always.

 

 

 

1. Why is so much space given to the building?

  • The amount of space given to describing the building is important.
  • God directs Moses to record a meticulous account of the construction.

2. Worship is… acknowledging the worth of something relative to our own worth.

  • We worship what we value.
  • We value what we desire.
  • We desire what will satisfy our souls.

3. Satisfaction of the soul… is an existential reality

We want for our life to have purpose and meaning.

  • Our Satisfaction comes form purpose
  • Our Purpose is determined by our design
  • Our Design come from God

4. Only God can decide what is appropriate worship.

  • God knows what will please him.
  • God knows what will displease him.
  • God is not required to explain himself to his creation.

5. What Does This Reveal?

  • We have grown to big for our britches.
    • We think that we know what pleases God.
  • The purpose of worship is God’s pleasure, not our own.

Actions accourding to the Word

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Jesus once in a debate spoke these words to a man that oposed him.

“You are wrong because you do not know the scriptures and that is why you do not know the power of God.”

The Word of God is much easier said than done. It’s easy to talk about what God’s Word requires of us. It’s easy to quote scriptures. It’s easy to shout “Amen” in response to good preaching. It’s even easy to point fingers at someone else for not living up to the standard of God’s Word. What’s not so easy is carrying out The Word of God in your own life. It’s a whole lot harder than it looks on paper.

In the parable of the builders, Jesus was careful to say that the type of foundation necessary to withstand the storms of life is not determined by anything but adherence to His Word. That’s important because even though hearing or knowing The Word of God is great until it is put into action a foundation has not been built in the life of a Christian. Therefore, a man who hears The Word without doing it is as unstable as a man who didn’t hear it at all.

Unfortunately, that explains why some “seasoned” Christians fall on the day of temptation. They may be experienced at attending church or even talking about the scriptures but lack the necessary experience of living them out on a daily basis. The Church is built on the rock foundation of Jesus Christ and He is The Word of God. During His time walking the earth as a man, He issued a simple challenge; do what He says and you’ll survive the storms of life. Take the challenge today.

Maturity is about using The Word of God to make the right decisions in life. Anyone who does not exercise The Word is still a baby and does not qualify to teach others. Therefore, the only way I can qualify to teach God’s Word is if I know what it says, understand it and use it in my life. I should be so skilled in living by God’s Word that my senses are conditioned to make the right choices. I no longer struggle to make the right decisions because I know by experience what God requires of me.

Are you living according to God’s code or God’s word?

Or are you playing the worlds’ standard and make it your our own standard way of living?

We’re now seeing signs of the times. Today…
…Pornography is everywhere.
…Lying is just part of day to day conversation.
…Any sinful act has become a norm in our society.

That’s why you need to be vigilant in memorizing and meditating God’s word.

God would like you to live on a solid commitment to His words and His ways.

But here’s the thing…if you don’t know and don’t meditate His words, how can you be sure if you’re still in God’s perfect will?