Our Recent News
|Posted on October 25, 2016 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Session 9 - 1 Peter 5:10-11 – Alert Living – Day 4
1 Peter 5:10 Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. 11 The dominion belongs to Him forever. Amen.
Suffering, although it may be intense and seem endless, is a temporary state for us as believers, especially when compared to eternity in the home Jesus is preparing for us. God is using even the enemy’s attacks against us to perfect us and make us more like Jesus since we have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28-29). Then what does Peter say God will personally do for His children? The Christian’s suffering is for the purpose of molding and making and building her into the divine design that God knows we shall be. The Amplified version shed some more light on this promise:
1 Peter 5:10 (AMP) After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be].
God will finish the sanctification process. God is the one who strengthens us for our journey on this planet and will be the one to enable us to be all He intended us to be. He will not leave His masterpieces as half-painted canvases.
Philippians 1:6 (AMP) I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].
God is sovereign, the King of kings, forever. Or as the Message translation so aptly expresses 1 Peter 5:11, “He gets the last word; yes, He does.”
Hebrews 12:2 (AMP) [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].
Chew on this: God does all the work of saving us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. God is also the one who sanctifies us by His power and for His purpose. So, what is our responsibility in all this? Surrendering to His will, abiding in His love, and immersing ourselves in the Bible in order to hear Him clearly. As Oswald Chambers is quoted in My Utmost for His Highest, “There is only one thing God wants of us, and that is our unconditional surrender.”
|Posted on November 6, 2015 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
Luke 19:32-36 (ESV)
Luke 19:32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.
The thing that jumps out at me here is that the owners of the colt gave it up willingly as soon as they were told Jesus needed it. There is no arguing or bargaining recorded here. The fact that it was being commandeered on behalf of the Lord was enough. The Lord has an insatiable, unquenchable desire for our full surrender. The people gave their cloaks as a provision for a saddle. They threw their cloaks on the road perhaps to protect the donkey’s feet, so the donkey would be calm and docile rather than stepping on a stone and bucking. Also, this is akin to rolling out the red carpet. The people were giving one of their most valuable possessions for a dirty donkey to walk on. Who knows where those hooves had been! These were peasants. There were not aristocracy that had two or three cloaks. They just had one. At their personal sacrifice, they were providing for Jesus’ comfort.
This “triumphal entry” was foretold in Zechariah 9:9:
“Cry out with joy, O daughter of Zion!
Shout jubilantly, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Look—your King is coming;
He is righteous and able to save.
He comes seated humbly on a donkey,
on a colt, a foal of a donkey.”
Reformation Study Bible (courtesy of BibleGateway.com)
19:35, 36 throwing their cloaks on the colt. The clothing evidently served as a saddle. The clothes on the road formed a triumphal carpet.
Other references to full surrender:
Matthew 10:38-39 (AMP)
38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me.
39 Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].
The one who does not believe in Me and My way of doing things is not worth My time or energy. Whoever is holding tightly to this life will lose it. There is too much focus on now, and all their treasure is here. The sum of their value and valuables is in earthly things that moth and rust corrupts instead of being heavenly things that moth and rust cannot corrupt. Matthew 6:19-21 (VOICE) “Some people store up treasures in their homes here on earth. This is a shortsighted practice—don’t undertake it. Moths and rust will eat up any treasure you may store here. Thieves may break into your homes and steal your precious trinkets. Instead, put up your treasures in heaven where moths do not attack, where rust does not corrode, and where thieves are barred at the door. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The only thing that I see that will transfer from earth to heaven is people. Investing our time and energy into people rather than things will reap a great reward, both now and eternally. Everything that we have here, the earthly remnant of things, pales in comparison to what the King of kings and Lord of lords has laid aside for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose and are living in their divine purpose. Whoever pours their life into what Jesus has asked of them and from them will have the life that God intended for us from the beginning. John 10:10 (VOICE) “The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance.”
Matthew 19:27-30 (AMP)
27 Then Peter answered Him, saying, Behold, we have left [our] all and have become Your disciples [sided with Your party and followed You]. What then shall we receive?
28 Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, in the new age [the Messianic rebirth of the world], when the Son of Man shall sit down on the throne of His glory, you who have [become My disciples, sided with My party and] followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name’s sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life.
30 But many who [now] are first will be last [then], and many who [now] are last will be first [then].
If you withhold something, something will be withheld from you. But if we give our all, all that we have, all that we are, and all that we are going to be; then as followers of Jesus, Jesus gives all that He has, all that He is, and all that He will be. That’s the Jesus rate of exchange. If we give our all and are totally abandoned to the Lord in praise in worship; there will be reward, if not now, certainly in Heaven. We abandon ourselves, not seeking reward, but in confidence that He has already and will continue to bless us. So many people think they need to do what they do in their interaction with the Lord in self effort. They think they need to “work up” praise and worship. It’s not coming from their relationship with the Lord. Self-effort is for display, but Spirit-led abandon it intimate with the Lord. It may not even be an outward expression. The abandonment does not have to express itself within the limitations of our natural senses. It can be a deep heart felt thing. If you are poured out by the Spirit and totally abandoned to that process, then the Spirit will refill your empty vessel that has been poured out and wrung out for Him.
Apply this to your life:
1. As Christians, we are the Lord’s very own special treasure. All that we are, all that we will be, and all that we think that we own, are the Lord’s. We are just stewards.
2. The people allowed the Lord to use their donkey and their cloaks, and we need to be willing to give whatever the Lord needs.
3. We make our choices in agreement with God’s way, and we use our voices in agreement to champion God’s ways.
4. The loudness that we hear in congregations is a personality expression.
5. Worship may be a quiet communion with the Lord or a boisterous expression of praise. BOTH are acceptable to the Lord.
6. Worship is never supposed to be a chore. It should be a rest in your lover’s arms and enjoying and trusting the safety of His embrace. We should not be afraid to be vulnerable, but be completely comfortable being transparent.