14 December 2008
9. I'm thankful for godly (men) church leaders (1 Peter 5:1-4)
12 December 2008
His little body would one day, be mocked and beaten
His precious little head would one day, wear a crown of thorns upon it
His little soft hands would one day, be pierced for our transgression
His little feet unable to walk would one day, be pierced for our iniquity
His little side would one day, be opened to cleans us from all our unrighteousness
I like what Oswald Chambers said "Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself".
Have I said that he claims to be a pastor! Please pray for Rick because the real reason for Christimas is found in Isaiah 53. He came to die because somebody had to pay our penalty. Its called SIN.
He is not our buddy
He is not our cosmic bunny
He is not a genie in a bottle
He is not a get out of jail free card
He is not to be returned in 60 days day
He did not come so I could open Him up on Christmas morning
He is not to be sold back because you don't like Him as a gift
He came to please and to do His Fathers will, and to bring Him GLORY
And most of all He came to bare the wrath of the Father for our sin. why? because He loves those whom He created in His image. You and Me
Praise Him this Christmas not as Rick says "try Him out for 60 days". But as Christians who are thankful and grateful for His sovereign sacrifice, the gift of eternal value.
Jesus paid a price that He did not owe, for a debt that we could never pay back. I am sinners saved by grace, and only grace. Thats what the purpose of Christmas means pastor Rick Warren.
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09 December 2008
1. What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
2. What if we flipped through it several times a day?
3. What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
4. What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
5. What if we gave it to others as a gift?
6. What if we used it when we travelled?
7. What if we used it in case of emergency?
He finishes it off by saying "unlike our cell phones, we don;t have to worry about our Bibles being disconnected because Jesus has already paid the bill, and there is no dropped calls."
If we examined our cell phone use to those questions by that unknown writer. We would probably feel shameful to our wasted time. We as Christians need to set our priorities and what do we hold as extremely valuable. A cell phone is helpful in our day to day life, but the Bible is much more valuable, because it teaches us holiness, righteousness, forgiveness, it satisfies our souls with grace and mercy. Before you text someone for the hundredth time today, put it down its not going anywhere trust me, and read a text from our holy God, because its to you and me.
So my question to you is: Who is winning in your life????
30 November 2008
We are to be Witnesses. This comes from the Greek word “martur”. This is a person who is a witness in life, and by death. From which we get the English word “martyr”. A witness is one who has heard, seen, experienced, and knows the truth of a person or event. (example I John 1:1-5).
Why do we evangelize? Here are 10 reasons why we must evangelize this lost and broken World
1. The Bible clearly teaches it. (Mark 16:15-17)
2. God clearly practiced it. (Matt 28:18-20)
3. Jesus clearly practiced it. (John 3 & John 4)
4. The Holy Spirit clearly gives us the ability to proclaim it. (1 Cor 2:1-8); (John 14:26)
5. The Gospel clearly calls for it. (Gal 1:1-11); (1 Cor 1:13-17)
6. The apostles clearly lived it. (Gal 2:20); (Acts 2:14:24); (Phil 4:9)
7. The world clearly needs it. (Matt 9:36); (Isa 53:6); (Luke 15); (Gal 3:22)
8. The Devil clearly hates it. (Acts 20:29-31); (Matt 13:19); (2 Peter 2:1); (Jude 4)
9. Salvation clearly demands it. (1 Peter 1:23-25); (Rom 10:17); (Acts 4:12)
10. Our lives clearly are to be devoted to it. (2 Cor 5:13-15); (2 Cor 5:20); (Phil 1:18-21)
(Acts 8:4) Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
(Matt 4:17-20) From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers; Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
“When our Lord said to the disciples “follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men,” His reference was not to the skilled angler, but to those who use the drag net, something which requires practically no skill; the point being that you have not to watch your “fish”, but to do the simple thing and God will do the rest. Oswald Chambers
22 November 2008
1. We are always praying to a God who is __LORD_ over _All_.
He is a God who is Sovereign
(Ps 139:1-5), (Ps 94:11), (Matt 9:4), (Heb 4:13)
2. We are always praying to a God who is __Always_with us.
He is a God who Sees
(Heb 13:5-6) (Ps 143:1), (Isa 41:10), (Luke 22:31-32)
3. We are praying to a God who is ___Full_ of _Grace______.
He is a God who Saves
(Rom 3:24-26), (Rom 5:17), (Matt 7:7)
4. We are always praying to God who is _Concerned_ for His __Children__.
He is a God who Shepherds
(Ps 119:105) (Job 10:4) (Rom5:5-6)
5. We are always praying to a God who hears us ___Through___ His __Son___.
He is a God who Sanctifies
(John 14:13-14), Eph 2:18), (Heb 10:19)
“Lord, I don’t want to just learn more about the importance of prayer. I pray that Your Spirit might change me, that I might become more and more genuinely a man of prayer. Amen.” A.W. Tozer. The Bible says “I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.” (Ps 116:1-2)
18 November 2008
Read this and ask yourself. IS this you? because if it isn't, your lying to yourself. IT'S reallyYOU and ME.
How I Approach God When Feeling Rotten
November 17, 2008 By: John Piper Category: Commentary
A vague bad feeling that you are a crummy person is not the same as conviction for sin. Feeling rotten is not the same as repentance.
This morning I began to pray, and felt unworthy to be talking to the Creator of the universe. It was a vague sense of unworthiness. So I told him so. Now what?
Nothing changed until I began to get specific about my sins. Crummy feelings can be useful if they lead to conviction for sins. Vague feelings of being a bad person are not very helpful. The fog of unworthiness needs to take shape into clear dark pillars of disobedience. Then you can point to them and repent and ask for forgiveness and take aim to blow them up.
So I began to call to mind the commands I frequently break. These are the ones that came to mind.
Love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Not 95%, 100%. (Matthew 22:37)
Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Be as eager for things to go well for him as you are for things to go well for you. (Matthew 22:39)
Do all things without grumbling. No grumbling—inside or outside. (Philippians 2:14)
Cast all your anxieties on him—so you are not being weighed down by it anymore. (1 Peter 5:7)
Only say things that give grace to others—especially those closest to you. (Ephesians 4:29)
Redeem the time. Don’t fritter or dawdle. (Ephesians 5:16)
Set your mind on things that are above. Connect all your thoughts to Christ. (Colossians 3:2)
Do not return evil for evil—like when your wife or daughter says something you don’t like. (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
Rejoice always, and again I say rejoice. Always. If sorrowful, keep rejoicing. (Philippians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 6:10)
Give thanks in all circumstances. All. All. All. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
So much for any pretensions to great holiness! I’m undone.
But now it is specific. I look it in the eye. I’m not whining about feeling crummy. I’m apologizing to Christ for not keeping all that he commanded. I’m broken and I’m angry at my sin. I want to kill it, not me. I’m not suicidal. I’m a sin hater and a sin murderer (“Put to death what is earthly in you” Colossians 3:5. “Put to death the deeds of the body” Romans 3:18.)
In this conflict, I hear the promise, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9). Peace rises. Prayer feels possible and right and powerful again.
10 November 2008
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
24 October 2008
I sometimes wonder, and ponder the thought if people realize how important the Spirit of God is to the Believers conversion and life. Do we down play the importance of the Spirit? Do we belittle the Sovererign power of the third person of the Trinity? Do we forget the Spirit lives within us? Do we forget the love the Spirit had to draw us to the Father? Do we forget that the Spirit protects us from the evil that lurks around us? Paul said toTitus in his letter 3:4-7 "But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." Paul also said in Rom 8:9-18 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
We are debtors to the Spirit in our sonship (Our salvation is due the Holy Spirit through illumination of His precious Word
We are no longer debtors to the flesh in our sonship
(the lusts of this carnal world) The Spirit provides for the Christian energy and power to overcome the power and the temptation over the flesh
We are lead by the Spirit in our sonship
The Spirit directs or leads His children through each and every circumstance. The Spirit directs us through the Word. The Spirit helps us to Obey His divine Authority
We are made aware of our Adoption through the Spirit
We have the confidence through this adoption, (We cry out Abba Father) an intimacy for every believer my Daddy or Papa
We are secure in the adoption through the Spirit
We are heirs in our suffering through the Spirit
Suffering brings us assurance
Suffering brings us strength
Suffering brings us glory to God
Suffering brings us into the Family of God
We are son’s of the living God, our sonship is secure in the hands of a sovereign God,who we call "Daddy or Papa" Abba Father! Thank you Spirit of God for my salvation, and the salvation of all who repent and put their faith in the finishing work on the cross at Calvary. Please remember the Spirit is equal with Jesus, when He said "....My Father has been working until now, and I have been working." John 5:18
16 September 2008
1. It was a place of special interest
2. It was a place of extra care and concern
3. It was a place of the bird’s singing and praising Him
4. It was a place were animals roamed around together
5. It was a place of peace and harmony
6. It was a place full of beautiful trees, and plant life
7. It was a place that flowed out 4 rivers
8. It was a place were God poured super abundantly in a special way
9. It was a place where 2 important and special trees were located
10. It was the place were man was created
It’s a place called Eden, known as "the Garden of Eden". The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. (Gen 2:8-10). But something happened to this once beautiful, abundant land that was carefully watered and nourished by the LORD God. Something so great caused a ripple effect to the whole world. Something that changed the way we live today. That something is SIN! Its amazing that this 3 letter word changed the way the world was once was! Well what is Sin? Sin can be easily defined this way "its missing the mark", Sin originated in heavenly places with Lucifer the Ark Angel (Eze 28) and (Isaiah 14:12-15), Sin is universal (all people are affected by this curse) "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). The Biblical definition of Sin: its a transgression against God’s law, its not only an act of wrongdoing but a state of alienation from God. It signifies the rupture of a personal relationship with God, a betrayal of the trust He places in us. Sinful acts have their origin in a corrupt heart, a conscious, undermining, and ongoing state of hostility against God the Creator. The God who said "Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made." (Gen 2:1-3). Gordon Olson said "We are sinners simply because we choose to sin or live selfishly. We are never held accountable for what we are not the author of. Ability is always the measure of responsibility. God has given us the ability to direct our lives, either according to intelligence in recognition of our obligation to God and our fellowmen, or according to selfishness and unintelligence in the supreme seeking of our own happiness." So I ask the question again! How bad is it? Lets look at how sin affected the whole earth and tainted it with its evil curse. This disobedient act caused 3 major events to happen to every individual ever borne. 1. Sin resulted in Physical Death, 2. Sin resulted in Spiritual Death, 3. Sin resulted in Eternal Death. From the very moment you are conceived you are tainted with this curse. You and I are a sinners! David said "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity (perversity, that is, (moral) evil: - fault, iniquity, mischief, punishment (of iniquity), sin.), And in sin my mother conceived me". (Ps 51:5). David knew his total depravity. David realized his fallen nature was inherited by his parents, who got it from their parents and son on. David realized this curse began in the place that the Lord saw to be special, knowing that Eve is the mother of us all. David realized when sin entered this earth, the curse was laid on every human soul. Job said "Who can bring a clean (pure) thing out of an unclean (foul, defiled) ? No one! (Job 14:4). There is not a single person exempt from this nature that began way back in the garden. We are all faced with: physical aliments, physical disorders, physical deterioration, physical aging, physical death. Remember what the Hebrew wrote "And as it is appointed for men (human beings), to die once, but after this the judgment (the tribunal, the judge in a court of law), (Heb 9:27)". But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Gen 2:17). Sin is the Result of Spiritual Death. A removal from the presence of a Holy God. Adam and Eve had a very special relationship with the Lord God, because the word of God says "They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden..." (Gen 3:8). Adam and Eve were removed from His glory and holiness separated from the relationship they once had was now broken. Your sin, our sin has offended a holy and just God. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2). This is what each person is faced with right from the time they are conceived, we need to take sin seriously, God is greatly offended by sin. So offended Adam and Eve were removed from this very special place created for them to care for. (Gen 3:23). This one disobedient act caused such a ripple effect to the whole earth. We are all separated from His presence John the New Testament writer says it the best
When he told the religious elite Nicodenmus "You must be born again" (John 3:6). What is he saying? A person will never see the Kingdom of God unless they are saved by His grace, forgiven for their sin which has been the caused since the beginning. The 3rd result is Eternal Death. The sin that began in the garden has made us eternally separated from the One who created us. The LORD said "Eat of this tree you shall surely DIE". The Bible says the unconverted are banished from God “in flaming fire taking vengeance (retribution, vindication, punishment) on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction (everlasting ruin) from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power”, (2 Thess 1:8-9). Sin is eternal death, sin has its repercussions! We need to understand that a holy God hates sin! Without Jesus Christ in our lives we are eternally separated forever! cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' (Matt 25:30), And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matt 25:46). Does an saved person understand the devastation of knowing that a loved one may spend eternity away from the One who said "it was "good" "Lets create man in Our image" Sin is not to be taken lightly. John Bunyan said "One leak will sink a ship; and one sin will destroy a sinner." This is what sin has done to us all! And He (LORD God) said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" This sin has effected the youngest of children to the greatest of adults. Not one person is exempt from this disease. Sin has stained our lives physically, spiritually, eternally. Remember: Sin is dishonest, sin is deceitful, sin ignorant of God, sin is leprous, sin is crooked, sin is a taskmaster, it causes bondage, sin is compared to vomit, swamp water, mud, sin is lost, sin is separated. This once beautiful place flowing with “milk and honey” quickly changed to a place of harden ground, weeds, disease, wickedness, filthiness, sin and worst of all separation from the One that declared it to be “good”. NOW that we have a general understanding of what sin has done! Does sin concern you in your life? Does hurting a loving and faithful God concern you? Does your heart cry for forgiveness of your sin? Arthur Pink said "If any occupation or association is found to hinder our communion with God or our enjoyment of spiritual things, then it must be abandoned. Beware of 'leprosy' in the garment. (Lev. 13:47) Anything in my habits or ways which mars happy fellowship with the brethren or robs me of power in service, is to be unsparingly judged and made an end of— 'burned.' (Lev.13:52) Whatever I cannot do for God's glory must be avoided." Now can I tell you about my Jesus, the Bible says: God is going to do something about this problem, God is going to crush the deceiver, God is going to destroy the evil one. Because of your evil act and deception, you (Satan) will be destroyed. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." (Gen 3:15) “Her Seed” (Christ Jesus) will bruise, crush your head meaning Satan will be defeated once and for all. A Savior will be born from the lineage of Eve, who will one day crush Satan with a fatal blow! He has come and He has defeated sin for us by becoming a curse for you and me. Why do I know this? Because the Lord Jesus said on ther cross "it is finished" Our sin, my sin, your sin has separated us Physically, Spiritually, Eternally. But this is just the beginning as “the Seed” Jesus Christ will and has come to this earth in the form of man. “He will bruise your head”. Satan has been crushed by my Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving a wretch like me. May we always take our sin seriously. The Bible says if we take sin seriously we are walking in the light where He is, because He is the only One who can forgive us of our sin. John said But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. And John goes on to say "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7,9. Amen to His loving grace towards us.
07 September 2008
03 September 2008
When the Christian seeks his or her own interest, their is one question they needed to ask themselves. Do I really understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The Bible says "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross" (Phil 2:4-8). If our Lord Jesus humbled Himself to become sin for us, and bare the wrath of the Father. Shouldn't we be seeking the interest of others for the Kingdom of God? Do we care about those who are perishing into a Christ-less eternity. Isn't it our duty and previlege to taking up our cross, because "... for me to die is gain" according to Paul. Is your salvation all about you? or Is it all about Him? The One who displayed the greatest humilty for the whole world by becoming sin , the one who became a curse for you and me "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us..." (Gal 3:13). Knowing that I, Mike Andrews, was a curse before I was saved, and that Christ has set me free from the curse, is humbling enough to seek the interest of others before myself. As the apostle Paul said to the believers in Corinth " For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you." (2Cor 1:12). A life of Christ-like HUMILITY. By Mike Andrews
15 August 2008
30 July 2008
What a wondeful time at camp in Nova Scotia. Please pray for these young ones as they go back to their homes. My family and I were blessed last week to be a part of these young ones lives. Camp taught me many life lessons about myself and the importance of teaching children holy living. I was absolutely amazed that these young kids paid close attention twice a day for 6 days, even when they were over tired or had plans after chapel time. ITS ONLY by His grace that the soul knows very well, its only by the power of the Word, as the Hebrew writer says (Heb 4:12-16). All glory belongs to God for His mighty power through His Word. This is something that school can never prepare you for, because this is real life where real people have real needs and concerns, I will never forget this special time in my life that I spent with my family as I continue to wait and prepare for full time ministry.
29 July 2008
Walking, Not Just Talking (By John MacArthur)
If we really believe the objective, rationally-understood truth of Scripture is both authoritative and incompatible with error — since the Bible is the singular Word of the living God — we must not only study and teach it; we must live it, too. It is not enough to give lip service. If we genuinely believe the Bible is divine truth, we must allow it to permeate our life and ministry. To live otherwise is tantamount to denying the truth. People who think otherwise may “profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16). Ezra, the high priest in Nehemiah’s time, is the prototype of what every godly minister ought to be. “Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10, emphasis added).
I learned this lesson from my father, who as a lifelong pastor has been my model of integrity, as was his father before him. I first began to appreciate how difficult the struggle can be when I began in the ministry as a young man in my twenties. I had been in the pastorate for barely a month when I was asked to perform a wedding for a girl in our church who was planning to marry an unbeliever. In a meeting of the church board, some of the leaders urged me to do the wedding because the girl’s father was an influential man. A lot was at stake, they said. We might lose this family from the church if I declined. I said, “But I can’t do that. I can’t do what the Scripture clearly forbids. Believers are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. Second Corinthians 6:14.” They were already prepared for that. They replied, “Well okay. We understand your feelings. We know a minister from somewhere else who will come in and do it, so that this girl can be married in the church.” I asked them: “But whose church is this? Is this your church to be used at your discretion, or is this Christ’s church?” They replied to their great credit, “You’re right; we can’t do it. This is Christ’s church.” That was the Rubicon for Grace Community Church. That was the moment when the future of our congregation was decided. Yes, an entire family left, and several other people withdrew their membership over that incident as well. But we decided as elders that day that we would not only preach the word of God; we would expect it to be lived out in the corporate life of the church. That same expectation is laid on all who would claim the name of Christ, both within the church and outside of it. We are those who have been commanded to walk in a manner worthy. This means that the authority of Scripture must be more than something we proclaim. It must be something we live.
17 July 2008
Their are 6 vital items the believer MUST put on every single minute of every single day. We need these items so that we can face the days trials and temptations. You can find these items in Ephesians chapter 6.
1. The Belt
2. The Breastplate
3. The shoes
4. The Shield
5. The Helmet
6. The Sword
My question to you is this: Have you put on the whole armor of God today? The Bible says our duty as Soldiers of the Cross of Christ is to: Endure, Persevere, Fight the good fight, Standing firm in the word of Truth. (2Tim 2:3-4) You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
These are 6 items that we are not to leave home without. The Bible says we are REQUIRED to put on the proper equipment in order to live the Christian life to its fullest, so that we can be ready for battle. Our battle is not among fellow Christian's, or with what is happening on this earth. Our battle is not of this earth. Who is it with then? Listen to Peter as he warns Christians of the battle that's before us (1Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. We so easily devour one another and forget who we are at battle with. So how do we be sensitive and alert, being at watch all the days of our lives. By putting on the required equipment that the Lord tells us to wear, so that we can stand and face the day that He has given us. We are to put on the WHOLE ARMOR of God. There at least 9 things that Satan wants to achieve in this battle against Christians
1. Satan attempts to challenge God’s character and credibility, just as he did to Adam and Eve.
Trying to make you distrust God. 2. Satan tries to undermine present victory by generating trouble that makes life difficult. Tempting you to forsake obedience to God’s standards and calling. 3. Satan attacks believers through doctrinal confusion and falsehood. Christian’s who are untaught in God’s word, become easy prey to wrong ideas about the things of God. 4. Satan attacks God’s people by hindering their service to Him. Satan opposes the faithful Christian.
5. Satan attacks believers by causing divisions. This is why its vital that we have unity among believers. 6. Satan attacks believers by persuading them to trust their own resources
Doing things in your own strength, I will do this or that. 7. Satan attacks believers by leading them becoming hypocrites, or two faced. One of his greatest successes is by populating the church with religious unbelievers who cause division among believers. 8. Satan attacks believers by leading them into worldliness. Enticing them to let the world squeeze them "into its own mold". 9. Satan attacks believers by leading them to disobey God’s word. The enemy encourages us to act unfaithfully. There are many other ways he attacks us! But if we do not put on the WHOLE Armor of God we are endangered of being destroyed. We are vulnerable and weak against his attacks. We must always be prepared for battle. John MacArthur says " it was William Tyndale’s vow that every English plowman and every boy that pulled a plow would one day be able to read and understand the scriptures, and to that end he devoted his life to translating it into the English language. It is essential for the Word of God to be known, and loved, and practiced if we are to win the battle against Satan. Are we ready for the battle today? Have you put on the whole armor of God to stand? The Apostle Paul said " Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER." Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 8:35-39). Lets get serious about our Christianity and get ready for battle, because the adversary is roaming around seeking whom he may devour. So put on the whole armor, not just a few of the items, but all of them. So that you can have the victory for this day that the LORD has made!
10 July 2008
07 July 2008
06 July 2008
How big is our God? Can you fit God in your pocket? Can you put God into a box? We His created children cannot contain the glories of the Lord. Even the Heaven’s cannot contain the glories of the Lord. A God who is glorious, a God who is infinite, a God who is all wise and all powerful, a God who is patient and merciful, a God who is just God who is love. I want to ask you a question. Do you have a high view of God? or Do you have a low view of God?
- A high view of God
Is your view of God more glorious then anything you can think of?
Is He your greatest treasure above all things over your friends, over your stuff e.g.: (mp3, computers, clothing, music, movies).
a. Job had a high view of God (Job 42)
b. Moses had a high view of God (Exodus 3)
c. David had a high view of God (Psalm 145)
d. The apostle Paul had a high view of God
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Phil 3:8)
- A low view of God
Is He only important when want something? e.g.: (a genie in a bottle, your good luck charm, or arm bracelet)
Is He only important when you are around your Christian Parents or Christian friends
Is He only important on Easter, Christmas, and Sundays
Is He only important when you feel like it? e.g.: (I’ll pray later, I’ll read my Bible when I get around to it) But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!" (Mark 4:40-41) This is a low view of God. The One who allows us to breath our next breath. The One who cared so much for His creation that He would come to this earth in the form of a common man, and endure the cross for all humanity. (Phil- 2:6-8) who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Scriptures is full of God's sovereign plan for mankind. It always displays a high view of God ( which is one of the most important attribute God characterizes). It gives the all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present God. The one who we serve with our whole life, because He gave up His, so that we could have life more abundantly. (John 10:10-11) ".... I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. "The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying him forever." John Piper. He is Sovereign (our God is in total control). One of God’s attributes is that He is sovereign which means: Supreme in power; possessing supreme authority; as a sovereign ruler of the universe. Supreme; superior to all others; chief. God is the sovereign good of all who love and obey him. Supremely superior to all others; predominant; effectual; as a sovereign cure. He is in total control of everything there is not one thing the Lord misses. There are approximately about 6.5 billion people on this earth and their is not one person that goes unnoticed by His sovereign hand. Take for example if little Bobby stubs his toe, Mary scored her first goal in soccer the LORD of glory is not sitting up in Heaven going "What happened to little Bobby!" "Why is Mary so happy!" He know Every little thought you are having right now. He knows everything, every little thought, every expression, action, or sin. Even before you say it or do it. Doesn’t that or shouldn't that amaze you! If you don’t believe me. Believe this!. Turn with me to (Daniel 4:35) Listen to what Nebuchadnezzar says at the end of his life in the book of Daniel. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed (to account) as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain (hinder, or arrest) His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?" (Dan 4:35)
As these Psalmists said in (Ps 115:3) But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. (Ps 135:5-6) For I know (full assurance) that the LORD is great, And our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places. One of His greatest attributes is that He is sovereign over all things. One of the greatest assurances to the believer is that He is in total control. The Bible says "do not lean on your own understanding" (Prov 3:5) " And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know." (1 Cor 8:2). We as Christian's can know with a shadow of a doubt, that He knows what's best for every situation, even in an unsaved persons life. God controls all things according to His purposes from the good times, even in the worst of times of disaster, heartaches, death, struggles. We live in a fallen and broken world, but we have a High Priest who intercedes for us each and every moment with the Father. We live in a society that says I’m going to do what I want to do, and no one is going to can stop me, I control my own destiny. Satan thought this "I’ will be like the most High God" and he was cast out of Heavenly places. But always remember! But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases (whatever he wants) (Ps 115:3). I love what William Gurnall said "All the plots of hell and commotions on earth have not so much as shaken God's hand to spoil one letter or line he has been drawing." Nothing can shake or disturb God’s perfect plan for His creation. Not Satan or his fallen angels, not even you! "There is a God in heaven who overrules all things for the best; and this is the comfort of my soul" As the late David Brainerd said. We have a God who cares about what He created to bring Him gloryHe is Sovereign and will always be sovereign. I love Steven Curtis Chapman’s song "God is God" because he says in his song "God is God and I am not...... God is God and I’m man". We must have a high view of God in order to understand His great love for us, sinful mankind that He came to give His life for us to please a Holy God. Remember He is not a god in our image. He is a God who created us in His image. We were created for one purpose, and one purpose only to bring glory and praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit by our lives here on this earth. We glory Him by knowing and understanding that He is absolutely SOVEREIGN. We glory in Him because we have a high view of the Sovereign.
03 July 2008
01 July 2008
21 June 2008
Ps 139:13-15 "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth."
The gift of life is precious may we treat it with great joy and patience. He is the future! Please pray as I pray that the Lord will us our son for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. May he be a light of hope to a fallen generation one day as he gets older. To Him be the glory for His wonderful saving grace. Thank you Lord Jesus for this wonderful gift of life a year ago today. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD (a blessing from the LORD), the fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalm 127:3)
They grow up so fast. It only seems like yesterday we were at the Woodstock Hospital in New Brunswick. They are a gift from God and a blessing to us. May we nurture and raise them up in a way that they should go, by the sound words of Scripture "the whole Bible".
09 June 2008
What a wonderful statement John makes about the Christian life. The Lord Jesus Christ must receive the glory in everything from the best of times to the worst of times. As the apostle Paul said to the people at Philippi "according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. (Phil 1:20-24)
Whether you live. Our whether you die. GLORIFY the Lord in your body. How do we do that? By what John says "enjoying Him forever" in all the pain, in all the suffering, in all the times of doubt and struggles, in all the rejoicing times, and most of all in His wonderful free gift of salvation. Sing and praise His name for His sovereign goodness in our lives, because remember He first loved us". (1John 4:19) "We love Him because He first loved us. " - Mike
08 June 2008
The short answer is, "Yes."
Have you ever noticed how nobody says, “Oh, my Buddha?” Or how names like “Mohammed” or “Joseph Smith” never get used as bywords? But the name of God, and the name of Jesus in particular, are used as cuss words in almost every culture and language.
Is it just antiquated manners that makes us stop saying this around our grandmother? Or is that pang of conscience rooted in the Truth?
Old Matthew Henry had this to say about Exodus 20:5
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. It is supposed that, having taken Jehovah for their God, they would make mention of his name (for thus all people will walk every one in the name of his god); this command gives a needful caution not to mention it in vain, and it is still as needful as ever. We take God's name in vain,
[1.] By hypocrisy, making a profession of God's name, but not living up to that profession. Those that name the name of Christ, but do not depart from iniquity, as that name binds them to do, name it in vain; their worship is vain (Matt. xv. 7-9), their oblations are vain (Isa. i. 11, 13), their religion is vain, Jam. i. 26.
[2.] By covenant-breaking; if we make promises to God, binding our souls with those bonds to that which is good, and yet perform not to the Lord our vows, we take his name in vain (Matt. v. 33), it is folly, and God has no pleasure in fools (Eccl. v. 4), nor will he be mocked, Gal. vi. 7.
[3.] By rash swearing, mentioning the name of God, or any of his attributes, in the form of an oath, without any just occasion for it, or due application of mind to it, but as a by-word, to no purpose at all, or to no good purpose.
[4.] By false swearing, which, some think, is chiefly intended in the letter of the commandment; so it was expounded by those of old time. Thou shalt not forswear thyself, Matt. v. 33. One part of the religious regard the Jews were taught to pay to their God was to swear by his name, Deut. x. 20. But they affronted him, instead of doing him honour, if they called him to be witness to a lie.
[5.] By using the name of God lightly and carelessly, and without any regard to its awful significancy. The profanation of the forms of devotion is forbidden, as well as the profanation of the forms of swearing; as also the profanation of any of those things whereby God makes himself known, his word, or any of his institutions; when they are either turned into charms and spells, or into jest and sport, the name of God is taken in vain.
If you are desperate for a substitute, I give you full permission to say, "Oh, my Paul Martin!" whenever you like.It will be better for your soul.
05 June 2008
Thank You for Taking the Time
By Mike Andrews
Do you have a Paul? Do you have someone who cares about your life? Spiritually! One day at church I was introduced to a person who, I didn’t realize at the time, would play a big part in my life and growth as a Christian. It all began with my heart being drawn into some kind of full time ministry. I was a new believer and my heart was leaning towards the pastorate. That's when I was introduced to an older gentleman of the church by the name of John Mank.
John is a middle-aged man who is educated, well mannered and very tailored in appearance. He had learned about my desire for ministry and began to show a great interest in my endeavor. He introduced himself one day after church and asked "Who is discipling you?". I said, "No one.". As soon as I finished that statement, he jumped at the opportunity by saying, "I would like to disciple you.". From that point on, we spent every Saturday together for about two, sometimes three hours. We talked about scripture and the doctrines of the faith and what it means to be a leader in a church because he had been a pastor himself at one time. He was forced to the leave the pastorate because he was not willing to compromise the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and he was also faced with a terrible tragedy in his home. His twenty-two year old son was in a serious accident which left him ninety-five percent paralyzed from the neck down. This would require twenty-four hour care, and to make matters worse, his wonderful and godly wife developed throat cancer. Even with all this responsibility, he still gladly offered up his precious time to spend with me, little ol’ Mike Andrews, a new believer.
John has provided me with love, friendship and much useful information which has helped me to grow spiritually at a exceeding rate, preparing me for the future. He was, and still is, my friend and spiritual mentor. He is my ‘Paul’; a man who showed a great interest not only in my Biblical education, but in the spiritual growth of my soul. Even with his incredibly busy and stressful home life, John still sacrificed his time to prepare me for the high calling of shepherding the flock of God.
(1Cor 4:14-17) I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me. For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church. So my question for you is. Who is your Paul?
31 May 2008
Our churches these days are filled (or one-quarter filled) with a soft breed of Christian that must be fed on a diet of harmless fun to keep them interested. About theology they know little. Scarcely any of them have read even one of the great Christian classics, but most of them are familiar with religious fiction and spinetingling films. No wonder their moral and spiritual constitution is so frail. Such can only be called weak adherents of a faith they never really understood. “Lord, send the Holy Spirit to renew within us a depth and seriousness in our pulpits. Give us boldness in our preaching. Amen.”
30 May 2008
The Little Book that Says so Much
By Mike Andrews
When it comes to the small epistle of Ephesians, there is much to learn. We find here many of the doctrines that Paul is teaching the church of Ephesus. We find many practical and helpful ways to conduct our Christian life. There are many theological themes in this epistle which could be discussed, however, we will only cover the three topics of Redemption, Salvation, and Grace.
In this book, Paul gives us a great understanding of what it means to be redeemed. Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; God has shown His grace by giving us redemption by the blood of His Son. This redemption consists of forgiving and delivering us from our sins; so then Christ’s blood was the redemption price paid down for our salvation. This was according to the riches of His grace. As His grace is rich and abundant in kindness, so it was given in a gift to mankind in the form of our redemption by the sacrifice of Christ. The measure of redeeming grace is the measure of God’s own eternal goodness. We have been redeemed by a holy and sovereign God. He has purchased us from the slave market, we have been delivered from the bondage of sin, and His great sacrifice on the Cross is something that we cannot pay back. We must not take this wonderful act of redemption lightly because Eph 4:30 tells us: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. We are sealed by His redeeming grace. Amen!
We can only attain the wonderful gift of salvation when we begin to understand the redemptive work done by Christ Jesus for our wickedness and sin. Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: We are now brought into a state of salvation, our sins being all blotted out, and we made partakers of the Holy Spirit. This is the wonderful gift that God offers everyone that cries out for His redemptive work on the Cross. Salvation happens when we accept the finished work of Christ, His death and resurrection, on our behalf. We act by the faith which has been supplied by God’s grace. Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. For though we are not saved for our good works, yet we are saved that we may perform good works, to the glory of God and the benefit of man. God is the only Giver of this gift which is salvation. Being saved from our sins, we are made partakers of the Spirit of holiness and therefore, it is natural to allow that Spirit to lead us in the practice of holiness.
We would never be able to have the gift of salvation brought by the redeeming work of the Cross if it wasn’t for the sovereign grace of our Lord. Its by His grace that we live and breathe. It is only by His grace that He chose to give mankind a second chance. It is by His grace that He sent His only Son to pay the price for our sins. Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. The grace and mercy of God is wonderfully illustrated and glorified in the plan of redemption performed by Christ Jesus. By the giving of the Law, God’s justice and holiness were rendered most glorious; by the giving of the Gospel, His grace and mercy are made equally remarkable. The children of God must attribute their adoption to the free grace of God, be thankful for it, and walk worthy of the relationship they have been brought into. By His grace in adopting us as children, we have been accepted into the Beloved which is Christ Jesus. May we worship and reverence Him in His glory and most of all for His bountiful grace. Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Paul finishes this wonderful book by saying to the church of Ephesus in Eph 6:24, Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen Paul is saying a child, who is redeemed by the blood of Jesus, has accepted the free gift of salvation only by the wonderful grace of God. We must love the Lord with a pure heart, without compromise and without hypocrisy. There could not be a more appropriate close of the Epistle than such a prayer. There will be nothing more needful for us when we come to the end of our lives than the awareness that we love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.
Life of William Carey
By Mike Andrews
There are many people who have desires and burdens when it comes to doing the Lord’s will. Some people misread their calling, while others just ignore any of the Holy Spirit’s leading. Some face trials and tribulations and therefore think ‘this cannot be God’s will for me’. We so easily give up and follow other avenues to do what we believe to be the Father’s will (or our calling), because we can’t seem to believe that the trials and problems we face would come from a Holy and loving Father. However, the Lord says we will face trials and tribulations. James 1:2 tells us "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness".
William Carey was that very kind of man. He had a servant heart. He was a man of God who was faced with a deep burden and desire to reach a lost nation for the Lord Jesus Christ. Carey never imagined that the road ahead would lead to so many trials and sorrows; these ranged from the ministry seemingly going nowhere to no one coming to salvation. All these things were very discouraging for Carey, but he still proceeded forward in doing the Father’s will. God was preparing him to be able to face one of the biggest hardships anyone could experience, something that would make most Christians quit: the death of his child and the later death of his wife. The faith of William Carey was far greater than any trial that could be put in front of him. There were moments of doubt, but he quickly remembered the Lord in all His grace and mercy. He knew that the Lord would get him through any situation because he knew he was in the Father’s will. As a result of this perseverance and faithfulness, many great things happened in Carey’s later ministry. Many people were reached and were now able to read the scriptures for themselves. Acts 14:22 tells us to continue "strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and ...through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God". "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God". "Prayer, secret, fervent, believing prayer , lies at the root of all personal godliness". (William Carey)