Saturday, December 21, 2013

Spiritual Warfare



Spiritual Warfare

Author Guardian

Psalm Chapter 3,Spiritual Warfare,
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Psalm 3, "Spiritual Warfare "


Lord Father God in Jesus name thankyou that you are a mighty God , able to
do more than we can ever imagine, it is you who flung stars into space and
created every breathing thing, it is you who wins battles and slings down
every argument, it is you who defeats the giant and slays the enemy.

Father God we come to you now and we commit this time to you and as we come to
your word and we take a glimpse at " spiritual warfare " we pray for your
protection over this site, for your protection over our families, for your
protection over us and pray the blood of Jesus cover us as a shield of
salvation.

Lord we pray for protection as we speak of things that we find hard
to comprehend and that we do not always understand, we give this time to you
and we bow before you.

You are our commander and we wait for the battle cry and we listen for you to
give the commands, we look now to your word and pray speak into hearts and
lifes through your Holy Spirit in Jesus name amen.

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2 Timothy 2:3-4

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No one serving
as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his
commanding officer.

God's armor brings victory because it is far more than a protective covering.
It is the very life of Jesus Christ Himself. "Put on the armor of light,"
wrote Paul in his letter to the Romans, "...clothe yourselves with the Lord
Jesus Christ." Romans 13:12-14


And so we have looked at David the Psalmist and how David talked to God and how
God spoke back to David, we have seen that there was a relationship and we see
that David was a man after Gods own heart.

As David sought after Gods heart..God answered and saved him , time and time
again, because salvation is an ongoing thing, we are continuing to be saved.

As David lifted up his eyes to the hills, as David looked to the God who could
save Him , so God answered and delivered him from his enemies.

Here is David the King and the leader of the armies.

Here is David the King put into the place where God had put him and in all
things there is an order, but we shall look into this later on.

David being in battle would have on his helmet at all times, he would have
his armour on at all times, it would be unheard of to take off your armour
while engaged in battle, while out on the battle field, while in the enemy
camp, incidently in the spiritual you do not have to go out and search for the
enemy camp...the enemy camp is all around you.

But stronger is He that is in your than he that is in the world.

Here David the King would have on his helmet that saved him from death, his
helmet that insured security and protection, his helmet that protected him
from all the slings and arrows and attacks of the enemy.

And here in psalm 3 David is crying out to God for salvation from his enemies.



“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit”, says the Lord Almighty-“You
will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak”.
Zechariah 4:6


You see when David as a young lad he took the stones and his sling and defeated
the philistine giant, it was not through Davids strength, it was not through
how large the stone was or how well David happened to aim, this was done in the
Spiritual realm.

The battle has already been won in the spiritual, the enemy is defeated , but
the war still wages on in the physical, as we looked last month at God being at
the beginning of time and the ending of time we begin to catch a glimpse of the
eternal God who is before in and after all things.

THE SPIRITUAL IS FAR BIGGER AND STRONGER THAN THE PHYSICAL

We have looked at how david had a relationship with God and how he spoke to God
and how God spoke back and how it went further to God speaking through David
and this is basically it, ...

as we go on in a relationship with God and go deeper
and closer into God ...God will begin to speak through us as well as to us in
many ways and I am not just talking about the prophetic here.

God can use us in many and a variety of different ways, even when we do not even
realise it.

And so here we have David as a young lad being chosen by God to be the future
King, here we have a young lad who many would who passed by.

Many would not have chosen david, david would have been the last choice.

Saul had fallen and God chooses another future King and uses samuel to anoint
David,out of all the fine brothers, God chooses David ?

And so we come to the story of Goliath and the armies and the King.

1 Samuel 17:38

Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his
head, and he clothed him with armor.

You see here was a young lad with the Kings armour on and can you imagine it ?

A helmet that was far too big, armour that hung loosely, could he manage the
sword ? could he lift the shield ?

You see there are some types of warfare that we should not enter into.

We are not meant to enter into a battle that belongs to the Lord.

There is an order of things in the spiritual !!

As a soldier you must know what you can and cannot do, you must be trained as
a soldier, you must know your boundaries, you must always use caution, you must
always use wisdom, you must always enter into battle ( as mentioned in
previous studies ) using the fruit with the gifts and the armour.

You see the battle was the Lords here, THE SPIRITUAL IS FAR STRONGER THAN THE
PHYSICAL.

Here we have the Giant Goliath, far stronger , far bigger, and here David takes
off the armour and uses a sling and a stone,

You see the battle is already won in the spiritual but is still continuing in
the spiritual, the same as God can see you now as you will be, but can see you
now as you are.

The battle in fact was won at the beginning of time, but is fought throughout
time and will come to completion at the end of time.

When you are in glory ...there will be NO MORE ENEMY

The stone was rolled away from the tomb by an angel !!

Angels are far stronger than us !!

A stone struck the head of the philistine giant and he fell !!

So too the giant Goliath was defeated by the spiritual, those angels that war
against principalities and powers in the unseen world.

Now to Psalm 3 and 4

And we shall just read from Psalm 3

Psalm 3 (Amplified Bible)

1 LORD, HOW they are increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up
against me.

2 Many are saying of me, There is no help for him in God. Selah [pause, and
calmly think of that]!

3But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

4 With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy
hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

5 I lay down and slept; I wakened again, for the Lord sustains me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves
against me round about.

7 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the
cheek; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; May Your blessing be upon Your people. Selah
[pause, and calmly think of that]!


For more detail into this battle look at 2 Samuel 15-18
(New International Version)


Once again in Psalm 3, David cries out to God to rescue him as he is surrounded
by more than ten thousand enemies, these were his own men, Davids own men were
rebelling and who was the leader of this rebellion ?

Davids own son...Absalom

But they were not rebelling against David but against God who had placed David
in the position of King.

Here in the spiritual war was being fought, the enemy had planned, the enemy,
was behind this, and a war was in progress, often we will find the ones closest to
us being the spear head used by the enemy.

Well we have the armour of God as Christians ..this is a fact...you hear of
people putting on the armour of God each day to remind themselves of the armour
, but in fact this armour never comes off.

Don't forget the enemy hates you with a vengeance and he will destroy you if
he had the chance, he would have no pity.

And so we have the armour and we use the armour ?

We have the gifts and we use the gifts ?

We have the fruit and we use the fruit ?

We use the armour with fruit as we use the gifts !!

We use the gifts producing fruit as we use the armour !!

All work together...

We do not want to be clanging cymbals ..do we ?


So lets look firstly at the spiritual warfare that we fight as soldiers with
the commanding offficer ..

and then we shall look at the " spiritual warfare " that is Gods alone !!

You see there is an order here..

Here in Psalm 3 is David the King with his followers, surrounded by more than
ten thousand men who had rebelled against him, His own son had led the
rebellion against him, here in psalm 3, it looks like David had come to an end.

He is surrounded and cut off, all seems to be against him, many would have
rumoured Davids end and fall and the mutterings in the enemy camp would have
been of Davids downfall and how maybe he had done something to deserve this.

So here is david and all kinds of thoughts might have entered his head at
this time , you know we may have many thoughts go through our heads in the space
of 24 hours and it would be impossible to take every thought and line it up with
Gods word and to take those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.

But when we are made aware of an occuring thought !!

When we are aware that we are entertaining a thought !!

When we are aware that this thought may not be right or may bring fear into
our lifes THEN we take that thought before it has a chance to take root.

We line that thought up with Gods word and we say " what does Gods word say
about this ? we take that thougth captive and we bring it to Christ and we see
it in the light of the word of God and expose it for what it is.

The enemy will whisper all kinds of things and we can decide not to listen, but
now and then we realise that we are entertaining a thought or we are letting
that thought pattern affect our lifes, this is part of spiritual warfare..when
we take that captive and allow God to shed His light on it.


It is so easy as Gods children when the chips are down to blame God, it is so
easy when things go wrong and all seems to be against us to want to take
vengeance, it is so easy when it feels like everything is against us and we
seem to be on our own, when even the people we thought were our friends seem to
desert us.....to want to retaliate, to want to strike out.

There may well be times when those we thought were for us turn against us and
many may follow the person who has wronged us, but you see God is a God of
Justice.

Here we see david in the midst of adversity...in the midst of calamity, in the
midst of disaster.

Many Christians quote a verse..." If God is for us...who can be against us ? "

You know many see that as saying, " Nothing can be against us "

But that scripture is a question, this scripture is to be answered......

It does NOT mean that nothing can be against us, it does not mean that we can
sit down and leave it all in Gods hands and what ever will be will be, it does
not mean that nothing will come against us.

In fact when God really starts to use us, when God really starts to move in our
lifes and those around us, there will be a time when it will seem that
everything is against us, when we feel isolated and cut off.

We may suddenly find ourselves under attack and that attack can come through
the spiritual realm and into the physical, it can be a direct attack, it can be
an attack through others often closest to us,

An army does not sit down and relax and take it easy while the enemy creeps up
from behind.

We are to be ever ready and ever alert, always ready to fight and to be ready
to defend.

If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31-32 NIV

This is the moment in time when you are surrounded by your enemies as was
David when you can use this verse, this is the time when you can say " I am
surrounded by enemies, BUT if God is for me ? because this is the time when you
are totally and completely dependent upon God.

This is when God steps in, you see it was no good coming up against the
philistine Giant with the armour...that was Gods war.

It was no good coming up against the enemies that surrounded david at this time
with the armour and the sword.

You see some Christians have great interest in principalities and powers and
seem to be fascinated with satan and satanic forces and seem to read books and
have a vast knowledge about this subject...it is sometimes as though they are
actually worshipping these things rather than God.

It is when we take our eyes off God and place satan on center stage that we may
well have problems.

I have known of people praying against satanic forces over countries, over
nations, over continents, over regions, states, over buildings, ....

You see it is one thing to use the armour as a Christian and to wait for people
to come out of the enemy camp and start to walk towrads you, then the commanding
general may well use you to bring that person to salvation,

Jesus Himself healed many, restored and delivered people, cast out demons, ....
BUT even Jesus himself when faced with the temptations in the wilderness never
bound satan or cast him away.

Even God himself talked with satan in the book of job...

You see there is an order in things of the spiritual realm, yes use wisdom and
boldness and see the demons run at the name of Jesus and see people being
delivered and healed, and use the spiritual gifts and use the armour.

BUT there is an hierarchy in the spiritual realm, you have satan as the ruler
of the air, you have the mighty angelic beings who are with him, who were with
him from the beginning when he was in the very prescence of God as the leader
of heavens orchestra.

Satan was and is a very intelligent being/person, satan copies and countefeit
God, he cannot create as he himself was created by God and is unable to create
anything, but he copies God.

When satan was thrown down onto the earth, many high ranking angelic beings
followed satan,...these high ranking officers of darkness rule over regions and
areas, they rule over nations and powers, they are permitted by God to stay and
they continue to do what they do becasue God allows it.

At the head is satan, then the principalitis and powers of darkness that rule
and reign, then we have the lesser ranking legions of soldiers...demons.

It would have been foolish for david to launch an attack on army officers,
indeed even more foolish to attempt to attack the leader of the armies.

If david had done this he would have had the full force of Absaloms armies
attacking him

I would advice any one seeking to do spiritual warfare in the spiritual realm
not to launch an attack on these high ranking officers and rulers, for a start
you are not only attracting attention to yourself but to those around you, you
could indeed come under great attack yourself.

THE SPIRITUAL IS FAR GREATER THAN THE PHYSICAL

I would say that this area of spiritual warfare is for God and for God alone

Lets say you someone prays against these spiritual forces saying that God had
instructed them to do so ? and lest say these spiritaul forces in the
heavenlies actually move on ? what have you done ? have you ceased the activity
of the armies of darkness ?

Have you actually destroyed these powers that God allows to rule ?

No...you have not......you have simply moved them on ...somewhere else...

This kind of spiritual warfare ( I believe ) is for God alone, and at these
times we simply get the sling and the stone and we see the enemies works
defeated not by our efforts nor by our might, but by the stone that was rolled
away from the entrance to the tomb of Jesus Christ by an angel....it is His
blood and His testimony and His place and His place alone to come against the
enemies forces.

Michael the great arch angel of the heavenly realms who leads heavens armies
deals many blows to the enemy camp and we see this in Pauls life and in the
lifes of the disciples, we see many coming to faith, many being healed, many
being saved , many being restored.

As the disciples moved in the power of The Holy Spirit, BUT ultimatley there
where times when only God alone and Michael and the heavenly armies were to
fight and the battle belonged to the Lord in these situations when mere man was
defensless.

So what am I saying here ?

I am saying we have been given authority and we have been given power in
Jesus name to go with the armour and the gifts and the fruit and we can see the
miraculous happen.

But we must use wisdom when facing a situation that is beyond our capabilities,
because in the heavenlies there is an order, and I would advice against
attacking/praying against principalites and powers that rule over nations and
countries, unless you are prepared to have the full force of the enemy armies
launching a counter attack on your very life.

This is not make believe here, this is not fairy story land, this is not
something I am making up......this is real life stuff, this is life and death,
this is the stuff that effects lifes and families.

So what do we do ? what can we do as Christians ? how can we attack ? how can
we defend ?

How can we safe ourselves ?

You see David knew that in this situation he was helpless and the battle was
the Lords.

So what does David do ? he uses his armour !!

He says in psalm 3.......2 Many are saying of me,"God will not deliver him."

3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up
my head

6I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against
me round about.

7 Arise, O LORD!Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.

8 From the LORD comes deliverance.

Here david is using scripture, he uses his armour,he says " you are a shield
around me "

Here David knows the scripture and uses it and uses his armour and see's that
his situation is out of his control and there is no one that can save him except
his God.

This is when he could say " If God is for me..who can be against me "

David realises what is going on here when faced by thousands upon thousands of
enemy forces and says "
7 Arise, O LORD!Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked. "

You see satan has lost his teeth, his power over life and death has been taken
away, Jesus holds the keys to death and to life, no longer can satan keep people
in chains of fear and oppression, no longer can the enemy have control that was
taken from adam and eve at the fall

Now God in Jesus has the victory and control and power and now Jesus has taken
back that authority over the earth that was taken from Adam and Eve, Jesus gives
it back to us again and we in turn hand it over to God.

We must realise where our boundaries are in spiritual warfare...

We must like David use wisdom, use that which is given to us, but in the end
realise that there are far greater powers at work that we as humans cannot
control, we must hand over to God those things which only God can do.

You see a Christian can cast out demons in Jesus name becasue this is God working
through a Christian, a Christian who has Christ in them can pray for healing and
see a person healed, we have this authority, we can rage war in the heavenlies,

And we do every time we pray, we rage wars in the heavenlies every time we
step out in faith and every time God uses us we create warfare unseen as it may
be,

But to wage war against higher principalities is not only dangerous but fool
hardy, we can wage war against the troops who seek to find bodies and camp in
humans, we can wage war against soldiers who seek to bring sickness and disease.

But to wage war against higher rulers and principalities that govern nations and
leaders and areas and certain boundaries is not for us, these things belong to God
and to God alone, for it is God who allows these dark forces to be active and to
govern, and it is God who gives permission and who rules over all not us.

2 Samuel 18...

Here we see that God came to Davids rescue and on that day 20,000 enemy soldiers
were slaughtered, these mighty soldiers who stood with absalom in the rebellion
fought in the forest of Ephraim and the forest claimed more enemy lifes that day than
the fighting.

Here we see Absalom's men defeated by the servants of David, and Absalom himself got
caught between the fork of a tree and hung there and then he was killed.

And so Davids life was spared and david was delivered and saved from his enemies.

We see time and time again in scripture that battles were not fought by number
nor by power, but we see that great battles in the spiritual are fought by
people who simply cry out to God and humble themselves and seek His face.

For the battle belongs to the Lord

Lets pray.

Lord God mighty saviour and deliverer of nations and peoples in Jesus name we
come to you and thankyou for the protection you give us as a sheild encircling
us with light.

You surely are the lifter of our heads and the great protector and comforter,
give us wisdom Lord as David when facing trials and tribulations, give us wisdom
to stand in this day and age and above all to stand in you having the knowledge
that the battle is in your hands.

Lord we use what you have given us, we use the authority you have given us, we
work as a team of soldiers ever ready to fight and to work alongside each other
knowing that we must never go out alone but always to listen to your instructions.

You Lord God are our commanding officer and we wait for you to deliver us from
trials and from the battle that we might face, we wait for you and in your time
we will go.

Lord Commander in chief of all that breathes and moves and has its being we
give our lifes to you and we go out in your name having been given authority to
stand and to fight, but to know our boundaries and our position that you have
given us in Jesus mighty name amen.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

THE ANCIENT OF DAYS



THE ANCIENT OF DAYS

Author Guardian

Psalm 2,The Psalm Series,



Lord Father God creator and sustainer of all things, all knowing and all
seeing God we come to you now and lay our lifes before you as gifts, you who
take gifts from men also give gifts to men.

You who lead us in triumphant procession, you who takes captives into captivity
, you the great time traveller, you the great " I AM ", you are our Father and
creator and we give this time to you now as you give us this time

In Jesus name amen

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Lets start by asking some questions...

What is your spiritual gift ?

Have you got one ?

What gift would you desire ?

How would you use this gift ?


We come to psalm 2 and we read


Psalm 2 (New International Version)

1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?

2 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together
against the LORD and against his Anointed One.

3 "Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters."

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

5 Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

6 "I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill."

7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD :He said to me, "You are my Son ;
today I have become your Father.

8 Ask of me,and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the
earth your possession.

9 You will rule them with an iron scepter ;you will dash them to pieces
like pottery."

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.Blessed are all who take refuge in
him.

This is from the mouth of God amen
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THE ANCIENT OF DAYS

Our God has always been and always will be, He lives in the eternity of
eternities, He is the Father of Lights, He is the omnipresent all knowing
, all seeing God.YOU CANNOT SURPRISE GOD..

He walks behind us, ahead of us, beside us and He is in us, He is in all
things all the time, not just in all things but in all times at once.

He stands before time and after time and created time for us, He is bigger
than any problem you face at this present time, He is bigger than satan,
satan is created and so too the demons who were once angelic beings, at some
point in eternity God created these angelic beings to serve Him.

These angelic beings also had free will and rebelled and so in Gods great plan
He threw them down onto the earth that He loved into being that through His
Son we might be freed from this captive snare and be led in His train and freed
from bondage and sin and death.

You see this is Psalm 2...Psalm 2 is david proclaiming and prophesying of the
Jesus who was to come, this is our God speaking through the King...The Prophet.
...and the Shepherd..The Psalmist...through David and saying...

" Hear all who are held in bondage and fear of death...I am sending my Son to
set you free and lead you in triumphant procession, to lead you and set you
free from sin ..my Son will set you free from satan and his demons"

Only through Christ can we be set free from this captivity and enter into this
train , taking every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Putting it simply " It is pointless having free will unless we have a choice,
we have a choice to desire... the testimony of Jesus ....

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19:10)

Or to follow our own ways and will which leads to death....

YOU HAVE A CHOICE...WE ALL HAVE A CHOICE...love will not force...love is not
dictatorship...

Have you ever tried to own someone ? have you ever tried to win someones
loves ? have you ever tried to make someone love you ? have you ever treated
someone as a possession ?

You know if you go down to the sea and walk along the shore and take some sand
in your hand and hold it gently in your hand it will glimmer in the sun.

But if you squeeze the sand tightly and try to hold onto that sand by clasping
it tight ...it will fall away between your fingers and you will loose it.

Gods love for you is...a love that holds you in His hand gently watching
and nurturing you ...

And so we look at Psalm 2...

And we take a glimpse at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit...

You say " what has Psalm 2 got to do with the gifts ?

Well prophesy is a gift, but the greatest gift of all is love and God is love,
the greatest gift is God and the salvation He gives, here in Psalm 2 we see
this gift announced and proclaimed..

You know I've always avoided doing studies or messages " as I prefer to call
them " on " Holy Spirit Giftings "

Because this subject is so vast and the Holy Spirit Gifts are to do with
relationship !!

We seek God first and always seek God first, we seek the creator first and always
seek the creator, not the gift first

Some have said " I had a gift but it seems God is'nt using me anymore ? its
like the gift has been taken away ? "

Well firstly God does'nt take a gift away and secondly we need to look at
our relationship with God first, it may be that God wants to use us in other
ways as well and we tend to hold onto this gift until like the sand it seems
to disappear ( but it has'nt), only once we learn to love the creator first
and foremost do we see that God has far bigger plans for us.

Gifts are to do with relationship, as we draw nearer to God so God draws
nearer to us, as we draw nearer to God so Jesus draws nearer to us, as we draw
nearer to God so the Holy Spirit draws nearer to us...as we draw nearer to
God so the gifts of the Holy Spirit draw nearer to us !!!

WHAT ?

Yes God is not far from any of us and yet as we draw nearer to Him He draws
nearer to us and in so doing everything that is in God draws nearer to us.

You say " We have the Holy Spirit in us ? " yes you do....but can you honestly
say that everything you speak is from the Holy Spirit ?

Let me give you a few examples of Holy Spirit working....

You know God can use the giftings of the Holy Spirit in an internet enviroment
!!! in fact it has more impact because you cannot see or hear the person you
are speaking too.

Once while just sitting watching conversations in a chat room as a monitor,
I had a picture or vision of someone painting a picture and I won't go into
detail ...but I pm'd ( sent a private message ) this person and told them the
picture I had seen.

" Wow " they said ...I've just finished painting a picture like that..I'm an
artist you see ? "

On another occassion a similiar thing happened and I described the again a
picture to someone in a pm...." what ? " they said ..." I have a picture like
that on my wall "

You see God was talking to that person but using me as a vessel, because just
maybe my relationship with God enabled me to hear God speaking

..... whereas
that person was not hearing God...so God used me to speak to that person and in
so doing that person realised that it had to be God speaking, becasue there
was no way I would have known otherwise.

These people recommitted their lifes there and then becasue they realised that
God was not just a figure in an old dusty bible somewhere on a shelf in the
living room but was actually alive and real and suddenly God became alive to
them and suddenly revival started in the heart.

You see in Psalm 2, God speaks to the Psalmist David and David prophecies...
,,,prophesy is simply God speaking through someone to someone else....

David here is talking about Jesus...

While I was thinking and pondering on this message over a period of a month
I kept getting this scripture ..Eph 4:4..now we won't go through the whole
scripture but lets look on some points for focus..

Ephesians 4 (New International Version)

You see Paul writes about how he was a prisoner for the Lord ?

Eph 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope
when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism...


8This is why it says:"When he ascended on high,he led captives in his train
and gave gifts to men.


11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets,
some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,

And this chapter goes onto "children of light" as He is the " Father of
lights "

But this was the scripture that kept coming to me


8This is why it says:"When he ascended on high,he led captives in his train
and gave gifts to men. ?

Over and over again this scripture came to my mind and I wondered what it meant.

Well the week I was due to type this message...I went to Church on Sunday
morning and we were each handed a printout !!

On the piece of paper was this very scripture ? typed out onto the page !!

Ephesians 4....and it jumped at me...this very scripture was in front of me..

8This is why it says:"When he ascended on high,he led captives in his train
and gave gifts to men. ?

umm ok ? God is speaking ..I think..

I believe this is the message God wants me to bring ?

And so we look at Ephesians 4:4

Do you know that Paul turned this scripture around in Ephesians ? why ?

Its actually in Psalms

Psalm 68:18-22 (New International Version)

18 When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received
gifts from men, even from the rebellious— that you, O LORD God, might
dwell there.

ahhh...Gifts FROM men ?

But Paul writes ....Gifts to men ? in Ephesians ?

This is about relationship and as we give ourselves to God so too God gives His
gifts to us...two way...relationship....?


So guess what the message was at our Church on sunday ? I leave you to guess !!

And yes " God spoke through the pastor about " relationship "

Simply Christ dieing on the Cross and rising from death to life ..free's us
from the prison and leads us into the resurrection life of Christ...

This resurrection life makes availbale to us all that is in Christ....

Now some Christian believe that the giftings of the Holy Spirit are not for
today becasue they have seen no evidence in their own experience ...

Some believe that the giftings are only for a few selected and as often
quoted " the Spirit gives as the Spirit wills "

Some believe the Giftings are for all....

I look at it like this....

When my children were younger I might have taken them to a shop, and they might
have been really enthusiastic and excited looking at all the toys and games and
I might say " wow dad we'll take the lot "

But I would have been unwise to buy my daughter an xbox game when she was 5
years old as much as it would be unwise for me too buy my daughter now at 18
years of age some leggo bricks.

You see God knows what we can handle and so the Spirit gives as the Spirit
wills...this does not mean that God cannot give a 5 year old tongues to
praise nor does it mean that the gifts are not available to all

You see the gifts are there waiting...but God is far more interested in us,
in our character, in our building up, in our growth... in our maturing..

Gods word tells us to seek the gifts, to seek the greater ....

Be careful !!! do you realise what this means ?

I sometimes think people would be more careful if they realised that maybe !!
not always but maybe there is a training course ahead, that maybe being a
prophet might mean " AHHHH WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO MEEEEEEEE, WHY IS EVERYTHING
GOING WRONGGGGGGG "

You know ?

like the person who prayed for patience and it was tested !!

Or like the person who prayed for fruit and instead got hit on the head by one

Maybe with the sweet odour of the rose ..there is also a thorn ?


You see we look at the external things and cry out " WHY IS THIS HAPPENING
TO ME LORD "

" WHY DO BAD THINGS ALWAYS HAPPEN TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE "

But God has a greater plan...you see you can't take anything with you when you
leave this earth except yourself, God is more interested in YOU,

It is not what you go through but how you react and go through problems

God wants you to grow .......THEN when you are ready....God might say "YES
you are ready now.

Now I want to try and give you an illustration to boast about God

There is nothing wrong in boasting about what God can do...in fact Paul did
this often...DON'T BE FRIGHTENED OF BOASTING ABOUT GOD .

You see the giftings are not you, the gifts are from God . they are God using
you, these gifts come out of " RELATIONSHIP "

We looked last month at " Talking to God and God talking back ? "

This is exactly what David did...he talked to God and God talked back..

This relationship grew and God talked to David and then it goes further..

God spoke through David...and now we see David as a Shepherd, a King and a
Prophet.

As the shepherd David was being nurtured and trained and tested ...learning
to listen to God and learning to hear His voice and respond, as a King he was
learning and as a Prophet

This all starts from responding to God and learning to listen to God and as
we grow in relationship and talk to God and hear God speak back ?

As we draw nearer to God and God draws nearer to us ?

You see how it grows ? you see how it develops ?

God begins speaking through us...tongues are a gift that can be received at
salvation, tongues are simply The Holy Spirit speaking through us to God.

But lets stick to prophesy for this message

Now then I want to give you an illustration.

To show how big and how mighty and how great God is and maybe also to blow
your minds.

Now this is a very simply illustration but one that maybe might just show you
a snippet of our God and how big He is.

You will need an a4 piece of paper, cut this piece of paper into 4, so you have
four squares, on the first piece of paper write " God "

On the second piece of paper write " Psalmist "

On the third piece of paper write " Beginning of time "

On the fourth piece of paper write " End of time "


Now place your piece of paper with " Beginning of time " on your left in front
of you....!!

Place the piece of paper with " End of time " on the right in front of you !!

Now God lives in eternity ? God lives outside of time !!
but created time for us !!

God can step into the time He created ...so in effect God is in time and in
eternity....time is in eternity and eternity is in time !!

As a thousand years can be like a day and a day as a thousand years, because
God can make a split second seem as or be as eternity ...

This is why we may be surprised when we meet the Lord and we see others we
never thought we would see and we might notice some are missing whom we assumed
would be there, as even in the last dying breathe as a person leaves this world
and goes onto the next God can make those last few seconds as long as He wishes.

And in those last few seconds that seem like eternity to that person God can
speak and a soul can be saved...


Now if you are not already confused ...lets continue..

Place your piece of paper with " God " written on it , at the left side of
your left piece of paper.

So you have " God " to the left of " beginning of time "

And so we have God in eternity before He created time ?

Now place " God " on the right side of " End of time "

Now you have God at the end of time as we know it ...

Now put God in the middle of the two pieces of paper...now you have God in time


Now God is all knowing and all seeing and is omnipresent. all powerful and all
knowledgeable...

Now place the " Psalmist " in the middle of " time "

That is between " Beginning and ending "

God can be at the beginning of time and look through time and speak to the
Psalmist ( you ) and God can be at the ending of time and speak to the
" Psalmist " or God can be in time with the Psalmist....

In fact God can be
in all places at the same time and speak from all places at the same time,
and is in all places at the same time

God is the great time traveller and can be anywhere at the same time within time
and outside of time.

In fact when you leave this earth and you meet Jesus face to face, you will
see and meet and know ...not just those who have known and followed Jesus,
but you will see and know all those in your own family that have gone centuries
before you who were ever conceived.

You will also see and know those who have gone after you ..who had not even
been born in your lifetime and that you had never met before, so in effect
you could meet your daughters daughters daughters daughters daughters daughters
daughter or your sons sons sons sons son, because you have stepped out of time
and into eternity.

You see God is in the New Heavens and the New Earth NOW...

WHAT ? YOU SAY ? " BUT GOD HAS'NT CREATED IT YET ? " no He has'nt ...not
in your time anyway.

But He is there and in fact YOU are there too with Him !!

" WHAT ? "

You see you cannot surprise God....you cannot say to God.." well what if when you
create the New Earth and The New Heaven and some angel rebels again and you
throw that angel down to the new earth and the whole process starts again " ?

" What if another eve rebels and another adam takes from eve and mankind falls
again ? "

NOOO... because God is already there and knows what will happen in the eternity of
eternities...YOU CANNOT SURPRISE GOD ..

GOD WOULD NOT SAY, " UMMM I DID'NT KNOW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN ? "

If you could surprise God He would'nt be the all knowing all seeing ..omnipresent
God that He is ...would He ?

He IS ETERNAL....OUTSIDE OF OUR BOX...OUTSIDE OF OUR PRE CONCEIVED IDEAS..
OUTSIDE OF OUR IMAGINATIONS....

This is why it says "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

God would not say " Well I haven't created the New Heavens and the New Earth
yet ? how do I know what its going to be like ? I'm still testing it !!"

NOOOO GOD IS ALREADY THERE WITH YOU NOW IN THE NEW EARTH .... not only that
but YOU are seated with Him now ...He can be with
you where you are and is there and in you and at the same time He is at the
start of time and in eternity .


You say " Why are you talking about pieces of paper and God ? "

Well here we have David in time and God is speaking to David and through David
and as you and I draw nearer to God so God draws nearer to us...ahhh

You see God cannot only transport people through time but He can speak through
time ? what ? YES... you see God did'nt have to be there with David !! although
He was there,.. He could also speak to david from the beginning of time where
He is now and from the ending of time where He is now.

In fact God could be speaking to David there and then now but actually
speaking through His Holy Spirit to you now where you are at this moment and
be speaking about His Son on the Cross as He watches Jesus on the Cross at
this very moment dying for your sins

Confused yet ?

And so God/Jesus was not only speaking to David at that time but was there at
the Cross at the same time and at the same time with David in eternity...

You see God can also transport people through time !! " WHAT ? "

Lets look at ..Acts 8:26-40

Here we have Philip and an angel tells philip to go to the desert road,

You see God was already there with the Ethiopian Eunuch and philip meets the
Ethiopian Eunuch and to cut a long story short the Eunuch is baptised...then
what happens ?

Acts 8:39 and 40

the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see
him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40Philip, however, appeared at
Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he
reached Caesarea.?

Now you say " Nooooo " but I say " Yessss "

This happened often in the Old Testament as well...people in fact were and are
transported through time ...time and time again

You see God has all the time in the world !!

You see we serve a God that is far bigger than our imaginations..

Do you think that Jesus speaking to Moses and Elijah at the
" Transfiguration " was a vision ? or do you think they were actually there ?

God could have transported them through time and shown them at this place with
Jesus at the transfiguration ? and as Moses talked the the " Great I AM " at
the burning bush ...God could have transported him to the mount at the same
time ? or from eternity ? or from anywhere within time.

So why am I speaking about time and transporting people and such ?

The purpose of this is to see that the God that you serve is more than able to
speak to you about the past present and future and not only that, speak through
you to others about the past present and future, because He is in the past,
present and future and as you draw near to Him , He will draw near to you.

And as God draws nearer to you is it any wonder that God can tell you about
someone else ? is it any wonder that God can tell you about the future ?
Is it any wonder that God can tell you about the past ? is it any wonder that
God can heal you ? any wonder that God can give you a tongue to speak ? as He
is in all places at once ?

Any wonder that God can do miracles ? any wonder that God can enable you to
interpret tongues ?

I Corinthians 12:8-11

These gifts are identified in I Corinthians 12:8-11 "For to one is given by
the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same
Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing
by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles;

to another prophecy;
to another discering of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to a
nother the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the
selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."


Guess what my pastor said at Church on sunday morning ?

AFTER I had typed out the name of this message entitled
( What is your Spiritual gift ) ?

and he would'nt have known about this ?

He said...." people say ..what is your spiritual gift ?, but no where in the
bible does it ask this question ..."

And he was right, but it does say " Desire the gifts , desire the greater gifts
"

And so we move from " Talking and listening to God and onto relationship with
God and the Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and we serve God and
give ourselves to God and God gives gifts to us as Paul says and said.

You say " its a bit early in the studies for gifts ? is'nt it ?

I say " No its not "

Let the " Giftings of the Holy Spirit be our focus this month ...not just to
seek and desire but to put into practice "


WHAT IS YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFT ?

Ask yourself these questions ?

What is my gift ?

Can I desire a gift ?

How will God use me with this gift ?

How can I put this gift into practice ?


Pray with me now and ask the Great Creator Lord of heaven and earth to give you
a desire to seek after and to desire Him most of all above all things and with
this desire a gift..

That He might be glorified through this gift in all things
and that the body of believers might be built up, not just that but that people
who have not yet come to know Jesus as their saviour will hear Him speak through
you as you use the gift given by Him and that you will find His unmeasurable
love to you and for others through this gift.

Speak out these words with me now and wait on God...

Lord God creator and sustainer of all things in Jesus name I come to you and
ask that you might give me a desire to seek you above all else and that you
might give me that desire for your Holy Spirit gifts, Lord show me

As my
relationship grows with you, use me Lord in the gift that you so much want
to give me , more so in fact than I desire the gift, and as I give myself
to you, you desire to give to me.

Lord you bestowed gifts on me when you ascended on high and you gave me
the gift of salvation, help me to see that you have already given all that I
need but I desire to go further in relationship with you and desire the gift
of ________.

Most of all I will desire you above all else and your salvation from ongoing
troubles and tribulations in Jesus name amen

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

GODS WILL FOR YOUR LIFE



TALK/LISTEN/FOLLOW/GODS WILL FOR YOUR LIFE

And so we begin a new series on the " Psalms " This message is based on Psalm 1 Psalm 1 (New International Version) 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night

. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous

. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

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Lord God in Jesus name we commit this time to you and help us Lord to be doers of your word in Jesus name amen

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 GOD SPEAKS

 Speak out these words to yourself and fill in the gaps with your name,

 Put your name where the ___________ - is.... I love _______ with an never ending love, I see ________ when ______ sits and stands, when _____ is alseep and when ______ is awake, I know all about ______, I know evrything, I know what ____ will do tomorrow, I know all ________ has done in the past. I love ______ as my very own Son and their is nothing that will ever separate _______ from myself, I live in ________ and I speak to _______ all the time. _______ is my child and _____ needs to know that I am God the Father who will never let _______ down.

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 God calls out to all of us even when we never knew of Him , He knew of us and called us out from the world and into a new life. Some Christians say , " God does'nt speak to me " Well in fact that is a complete fallacy....

God has spoken to every Christian believer and follower and continues to do so. He calls out to everyone...all the time... Matthew 11:28 " Come to ME ..all you who are heavey laden and I will give you rest "

Who do you think this is speaking too ? Maybe we can remember a time in our lifes when God began speaking to us ? Can you remember ? Did you know it was Gods voice ? Please share how you believe God spoke to you now .

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 WE RESPOND

   God speaks to us all the time, but we may not always recognise His voice at first, we might recognise His voice but not listen !! We might hear Him but fail to apply what He says to us to our lifes !! I like all these different tranlations ....don't you ? So many translations these days !!

The word of God is being translated into our lifes !! God translates and makes what He is saying understandable to us. Have you ever tried to show a 2 year old how to drive ? Have you ever tried to tell a 1 year old not to eat with his or her fingers ?

But somehow God gets the message accross to us because God is the great translator, He is the great sender, the great barrier filler, He breaks down any wall, He breaks through any roof...Jesus can break through that ceiling of unbelief and heal you and me ...

 Mark 2:1-12 ) Did you know Jesus walks through walls ? He breaks through walls !!! ( Luke 24:36 ) wow..Jesus can break through that wall that you put up... Straight into your life !! woooooo If you are a Christian you will know that God spoke to you before you were saved...you may not have recognised His voice at the time..the same as the sheep in the field need time to get used to the masters voice..

 The shepherd actually forms a relationship with the sheep...don't forget the Shepherd has to be watching over the flock all the time !! even at night He protects against wolves and predators . The Shepherd knows every sheep in his flock and counts them constantly to make sure none have gone astray.

The Shepherd speaks to the sheep and directs them, tends to them and feeds them. The sheep learn to recognise the shepherds voice over time and will always stay together for protection and comfort. And so there you were many years ago !! and God began talking to you !!

 He began to draw you out from the world....to separate you...to make you His Child !!! adopted into His family ... A Child of the Living God.. Father God may have been speaking to you over many years, He may have shouted into your ears and jumped in front of your very eyes, He may have knocked so loudly at the door of your heart that all heaven would have heard.

 But at this time you were hardened, you were not ready ...you had closed eyes and closed ears, closed hearts and closed understanding. And after some time God still did'nt give up...did HE ? In fact He is still knocking at the hearts of some now who profess to be His ...

 God NEVER GIVES UP....He never rests..

 HE WILL NEVER STOP CALLING...

Then at some point we felt the tugging of God ..the Holy Spirit gently stirring inside, speaking ever so softly..."come to me"... We talked to God ..we asked Jesus into our lifes and hearts !! We responded to God, we acted, we responded, we reacted, we spoke back...

We became a Psalmists... WOW..do you realise why heaven rejoices and erupts into praise at this time ? When someone gives their lifes to Jesus ? "WOOOOOO FINALLY THIS CHILD HAD HEARD YAYAYAYAYAYAYY THE CHILD HAS RESPONDED..AT LASTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO" oooo parents its frustrating is'nt it ? when you keep on calling to a child ? and the child doesn't repond ? grrrrrr...why does'nt my child listen ?

Why does'nt my child understand ? why does'nt my child hear me ? Why does my child not listen to me ? why does my child do these things ? " COME HEAR NOWWWWW...ARE YOU LISTENINGGGG TO ME " How many times have I heard a parent say that ? How will I ever break through this wall ?

How will I ever break through this roof ? WILL MY CHILD EVER LISTEN ? " Is it any wonder heaven rejoices ? when finally a heart hears and reponds ? When we begin a relationship ? when we begin to speak back..? OOO is'nt it good when a child learns to speak ? When the child utters his or her first words ? Can you imagine God the Father reaching down and listening tenderly ? Can you imagine the smile on His face when finally after so long His child begins to respond back ?

O He must be so full of joy and love for you... MY CHILD IS SPEAKING BACK TO ME !!! MY CHILD CAN HEAR MY VOICE AND MY CHILD IS LISTENING TO ME !! Now will my child follow me ? " Come to me ...walk to me..come...." Can you imagine Father God watching as you learn to walk ? As you take your first steps ? "ooooo don't stumble...I will pick you up again ...there ..there ...don't cry, let me pick you up and show you my love and lets try again "

Don't forget as a new Christian you are born again !! You are born again !! a new life has begun !! Its like starting all over again, re learning, unlearning... We pick up a lot of information over the years that might conflict with Gods Kingdom and ways ...so we might have to unlearn, we slowly over time have our minds transformed, our attitudes....become beatitudes..

Our ways become Gods ways...O its like being in a whole new family. You have to learn how to listen again ! How to talk again ! How to walk again ! This is one thing we can focus on in cell groups this month... How do we learn to talk to Father God ? How do we learn to listen to God the Father ? How do we learn to follow God the Father ( His will ) ? Lets discuss this now and continue to meditate upon this during the coming month. Discuss ?

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 Remember..take this with you and chew on this ( as the message tranlation says "The Message says " Psalm 1:2-3 Instead you thrill to God's Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. "

Take these thoughts with you and meditate on them ...write down these three things and use them as this months chewing . 1. How do we learn to talk to Father God ? 2. How do we learn to listen to God the Father ? 3. How do we learn to follow God the Father ( His will ) ?

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SELECTIVE HEARING

Now we come to the psalms, now we come to the response of our hearts to God As God speaks to us , so we respond back to Him..as God moves us inside and stirs us...we respond back.

This is a psalm basically...we are all psalmists...we all have a new song in our hearts !! we all hear Gods voice.even though we might not recognise Gods voice !! How many times have I spoken to my daughter and she has'nt heard ? How many times might you have to repeat the same thing over and over again ?

As time goes on ...sometimes after many years finally she hears .... Finally she realises what I was saying and she begins to listen....

We can be like this as new born Christians...we can be like this even if we have been Christians for many years becasue we can switch off...we can begin to think that we have " made it " ...we become " TEENAGERs "

We can at any point in our Christian walk simply " switch off " We can begin to " stop listening " But back to relationship and communication. Do you think God loves Jesus more than He does you ? Jesus is Gods Son and we are adopted into His family ...

Do you think God speaks more to me than He does to you ? Do you think God pays more attention to me than He does to you ? Do you think He gives me more attention ? Do you think He thinks more of me than He does you ? OF COURSE NOT !! Would you pay more attention to one of your children than to the others ?

All children are different ...are'nt they ? Some may have special needs ? Some may listen more ? some may be abnoxious !! some may want more attention ! Some may not seem to need any attention ! some may be completely in a world of their own ! But when you talk to them ..some listen ...some don't...some respond...some don't...? Now lets respond

And ask that as God speaks into our lifes and hearts ( as He always does ) that we will listen and respond and as we respond so we learn to take a step forward and learn to walk and follow Him and as we learn to follow Him so too we learn His will for our lifes. Lets pray...lets pray altogether at once and ask that we would know how to talk and walk and follow and know His will.... Pray now...type your prayers

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LISTEN

During the coming week listen to God and write down what He says to " YOU " next week when we meet you can bring this as a testimony !! Over the coming month listen to what God is saying to you and share what God has been saying !! as we meet each week...

He may speak to you in very simple ways, through simple things you see around you, He may speak to you through other people, He may speak to you directly, you might have a vision, a dream, a picture, you may just hear His quiet voice inside, He might speak through circumstances and situations,

Whatever way God speaks to you write it down , always write it down, don't forget that when God speaks this is " God Himself..creator of heaven and earth speaking to you " In the future you can look at the things you have written down and see how God has spoken to you. You might even have a message for someone else...

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FOLLOW GOD.

  One day I might have a job for my children to do, I might prepare what I want them to do, even though I could do it myself quite easily...I decide that I want my children to learn and grow and have relationship and to share in what I am doing..

So I prepare some watering cans and take them out into the garden and I fill their small watering cans with water and I show them how to water the plants. Some children simply stand their and are not really sure what they are doing.. Some throw the water around having great fun and splish splash all over.. Some take their time and very carefully and thoughtfully water the plants with great care and attention. We have a great time together watering the plants....

 I could have done it myself ..but I chose to share with my children.... Ephesians 2:10 (New International Version) 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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  SING A NEW SONG

We are all psalmists as David was, responding back to God by talking to Him, by responding to Him, He gives us a new song in our hearts and we sing this new song back to Him, we pray, talk, sing, praise , worship.

By writing down those things that God speaks to you about you are doing as David did, when you talk to God you are doing as David did, when you praise God you are doing as David did, when you dance before God you are doing as David did.

Lets put this message into practical application and over the coming weeks amd month listen to God , if you cannot hear God speak ...becasue you are just re born and everything seems strange and you have all these new things around you and strange sounds and images then " don't worry " this is quite normal "

But simply except that God is speaking to you...as He speaks to all of us, and ask God to help you to recognise Him when He speaks, to hear that still small voice, to be ready to hear.

And for those who have been Christians for many years. let that not be a wall ...let not the "teenager" barrier...stop us from hearing God, let the selective hearing become a knowledge of a real and living God who speaks to us all the time.

Take these things with you and put them into practical aplication during the coming weeks. 1. How do we learn to talk to Father God ? 2. How do we learn to listen to God the Father ? 3. How do we learn to follow God the Father ( His will ) ? 4. Listen to God...write down what God says to " YOU "..share what God says to you. during the coming week and month.


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Lord God in Jesus name thankyou that we are adopted into your family and help us Lord to know that we are accepted and loved in Jesus name amen

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How Can I Be Saved ?



Jerusalem was under attack and armies marched unto Jerusalem ready to take
it as their own and although vast armies marched upon Jerusalem, the Lord
God protected His people

He caused the enemies to come against themselves and they were destroyed

And we come to Psalms 47,48 and 49 now

But firstly we look to Psalm 48 as we see Jerusalem under attack

And we note that the armies Of Gods people marched towards the enemy,
they did not run away, but they marched towards the enemy and they came up
against the enemy with spear and weapon but they did not have to use these
"gifts" weapons

Instead they put men of the levite tribes in front praising God, marching
towards the enemy ( note ) marching towards the enemy praising God

Is'nt it strange how the concepts of the Christian Kingdom are so opposite
to our normal way of thinking ?

Would you go towards a vast army of men wielding swords and javelin singing
praises to God ? would you put a tribe of people in front of your armies
to praise God as you go to what might be death ?

Well the last thing at times you might want to do when faced with danger
is to start singing ? is that correct ?

So many times I have faced difficult times and I have moaned and groaned
and complained and grumbled but you know inside that song goes on

Sometimes my flesh is weak but the song that God has put in my heart goes on
through

At times the last thing we might want to do in times of trouble is to start
praising God, this kind of goes against our natural way of thinking does'nt it ?

At times when everything seems to go against us its only natural to want
to grumble and complain and as the world might say to us

" Let it all out ...its good for you "

Now we are not saying that we should surpress what is in us, we are not saying
we should keep our lips sealed and surpress our feelings

But what we are looking at here is the opposite of what we might feel like
doing

Sometimes its easy to pray when all is well with our souls but we might find
it harder to praise and pray to God when things are not going quite to
plan

We noted in our last message that David was exiled far from Jerusalem and that
his own son had sought to take the throne and that at this time when David was
exiled from His own kingdom that it just happened to be the time of Festival
when the people of God were to remember Gods goodness to them
Leviticus chapter 23.


And so at the time when David was alone and rejected and despised and a man
of sorrows this was the time to remember Gods goodness

At the very time when we are confronted with the enemy in fact we use the
weapon of great power, this is the weapon of praise

The enemy will run a mile at the sound of praise

Many a spiritualist , medium fortune teller or persons involved in the
occult will not be able to stand the sound of praises to God for very long

The enemy hates praise and he hates the sound of people praising God


He will run until the dust is seen no more

But we follow in the dust of our Rabbi who is Jesus and we have the
song of salvation upon our lips and in our hearts this new song that is
implanted within us

When we are confronted with danger and the enemy we about turn and march towrds
the fear and foe and we praise God

Have you ever wondered how silly this may seem to those who are invading?

"hahhaa look at them...what kind of army is that ? they have people singing,"

But although people may mock and scorn and jeer and persecute and laugh this
is no more than they did to Jesus

The Church praises God and is a house of God that is there to glorify God

The Church glorifies God, that is its purpose...to glorify God

It directs people to God, the Church should point to God,the Church should
glorify God

Here we have an army of Gods people glorifying God and singing praises to God,
an army ready for war and what are they doing ?

Singing praises to God ...of course

What greater weapon in warfare ? to praise God and to have a Church that
sings and marches into battle

And there is a time to listen to Gods word , to listen to God speak, to hear
God speak , to meditate on his word , to read and listen to His word

To be transformed and renewed into the people and army that God wants us to be

An army of people who make the enemy run for his death

This vast army of univeral believers around the world praising God and marching
on ....gifted and armed at the ready to fight the good fight

O death where is thy sting ? death is swallowd up in victory,

Who is this that rose like the dawn ? as strong as an army ? as an army with
banners ? it is the Church in the eyes of the Lord , the Bride of Christ
awaiting for her King

The message last week at Church ( although I was upstairs leading sunday school)

and doing a lesson on trusting God) , just happened to be about Peter and the storm

The waves and troubles and praising God in the storm

Its not an easy thing to about turn and put on our praise, this is within us,

The natural thing is to mumble and moan and the enemy will put all kinds of thoughts
into our heads

We must at these times confront the enemy with the sound of praise to our God

However foolish this may seem , praise is a great weapon and is a weapon
used throughout Gods word


After the battle the men of the City would go around the outskirts of the City
and inspect the walls of the City and see what damage had been caused

They would make sure the defenses of that City were not weakened, if the City
walls had been damged or weakend then those City walls would be repaired and
restored and ready

Always take time to prepare and to look upon those defenses, always make
sure that the damage ( if any ) has been repaired,

Never be a City without proper defenses who's walls are torn down and are not
repaired, it takes many people to repair a wall of a City , not just one

They all have to work together to repair and to rebuild, whether they are
trained builders or not, whether they are scolars or children, labourers or
teachers, owners or slaves, whatever trade or position , all have to work
together to rebuild and repair a wall of the City

This is the leveller, this is the time when all are one and the same

This is when God brings His people as one and no one is more than the other

In Gods Kingdom we are all the same and we repair the damage caused by the enemy


But God is the healer and restorer here and He uses us

If one man falls he is picked up, if a man is lying on the ground he is
taken back, he is never left on the battle field

All work together as one, in an army each person has a part to play and each
is dependent on the other, each has his life at stake and each is affected by
anothers actions

Now there is a City who's gates are open and God is within it and the praises
of Gods people to the Lamb are echoing throughout eternity, this City has walls
made of jasper and the City of pure gold

And The Lord God is its Temple and its light and the light that shines is
a light that iluminates and compels all

This City has its gates open all the time and there is no night and no
heavens as we know them for the old order of things has passed away and
behold He has made all things new

This City again is overshadowed by the same God who watches over and
gives light to all

This City is full of splendour and noise, praises and thunder and shouts and activity,

And there will be no more pain or sorrow or grief or tears or a man
of sorrows or a person persecuted or whipped or scorned or imprisoned
or hated or scoffed at or ridiculed

In this City you will know because you know and you will know because
God is there and you will see because God see's and know a person by
seeing them, there will be no need for words as we know words

As if a thousand million words could speak of the splendour and majesty
of our God or give praises to God

No words could ever do that, but again the praises shall ring throughout
eternity

O death where is thy sting ?

Revelation 21:2

2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Revelation 21:3

3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of
God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people,
and God himself will be with them and be their God.

Revelation 21:22

22I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and
the Lamb are its temple.

O how David loved to be in the Temple and praising God

Now lets look at Psalm 47 and go back one psalm to another Psalm
by the descendants fo Korah

And again we read about shouts and praises and clappping and dancing and jubilation


And we focus on one particular verse, which seems to be implanted here for a reason

verse 9

9The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of
Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted

O this very Sunday morning we were speaking out the "promises of God "

We were reminded of the promises of God just a few hours after typing this here

Coincidence is'nt it ?

Can you think of a few promises of God ?

Lets type out some promises here and now remind oursleves of the promises....

Lets do some cross referencing

James 2:23 (2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8): Abraham was the friend of God.

He was in relationship with God, a friend of God,

God was a companion, a Father, A Helper, a refuge, a shelter in fact all things

And we too who believe can enter boldly to the throne of grace

And we too who believe can come to God in times of need and He will listen
and answer

And we too who believe can have the promises of God and know Him too in
a personal way

Romans 4:11,16 : Abraham is the father of all who believe.

Romans 4:13 : Abraham is the heir of the world.

Hebrews 6:12-19. The unchangeableness of God's word was confirmed by His
promise being combined with His oath (Genesis 22:16).

Romans 4:1-3. Abraham's belief was counted by God as righteousness.

What would our belief be counted as ?

Can we ever buy our way into eternity ?

Can we ever work our way into eternity ?

Can we ever pray our way into eternity ?

Can we ever be good enough to earn Gods salvation ?

When even our best deeds are as filthy rags ?

No of course we who believe are saved through Jesus


4:13,16. The benefit of the promises is for all who share Abraham's faith.

4:20-25. Abraham took God at His word

God will regard us as righteous, as He did Abraham, if we believe in
Him as the one who raised Christ from death.

O death where is thy sting ? death is swallowed up in Victory

Galatians 3

3:6-9. Those who have the faith of Abraham will share Abraham's reward.

3:14,22. The blessing of Abraham extends to all (Jew or Gentile) who
believe in Christ.

You see the enemy would steal away, he would attack and steal away

he would try to bombard us with failure and false lies

he might try to attack and leave us with crumbling walls

he might try to destroy that which does not belong to him

becasue he hates God and he hates Christians and he hates those who are made
in Gods image who are seeking after God and whom live in that City

he will attack and he will seek to destroy and he will seek to take us
away and capture us

he hates us because we are being made more and more like Christ everyday
and we who walk in that city ...in that Kingdom...in that light of God are
being transformed to be more and more like Hm

and the enemy hates it, he will attack and seek to overcome, but we are more
than overcomers and more than conquerers and we who have the veils taken
away from our faces share the glorious light of the gospel

and we march on as an army singing praises to God and the enemy will run

You see in Psalm 49 we read of redemption and the price , we read of
those who worship what they own who try to buy their way in, who try to sneak
through the gates

But like sheep they are led to the grave where death will be their shepherd

For they have worhipped dead things and lived for today and in loving their
lifes they have not believed nor wanted too and have worhipped the dead,
which is the world

And so death is their shepherd in verse 14

lets read psalm 49

Psalm 49 (New International Version)

1 Hear this, all you peoples;listen, all who live in this world,

2 both low and high,rich and poor alike:

3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;the utterance from my heart will give
understanding.

4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;with the harp I will expound my riddle:

5 Why should I fear when evil days come,when wicked deceivers surround me-

6 those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?

7 No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him-

8 the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough-

9 that he should live on forever and not see decay.

10 For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish
and leave their wealth to others.

11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless
generations, though they had named lands after themselves.

12 But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts
that perish.

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers,
who approve their sayings. Selah

14 Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them.
The upright will rule over them in the morning; their forms will decay in
the grave, far from their princely mansions.

15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
Selah

16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house
increases;

17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not
descend with him.

18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed— and men praise you when you
prosper-

19 he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the
light of life .

20 A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

You see you can never buy your way into that City

You can never work your way into that City

Although we work together in the City doing the works before God and as unto
God with willing hearts as we serve Him who serves us

We work doing his work in His Kingdom not to earn anything but rather
because we want too

A slave had to pay a price to be freed from his masters, he had to buy his
way out, the price ?

thirty pieces of silver of course, this was the price to be freed from slavery

Zechariah 11 Exodus 21:32)

Zechariah 11:12-13 (New International Version)

12 I told them, "If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it."
So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.

13 And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"-the handsome price at
which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them
into the house of the LORD to the potter.

And we know that Jesus was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver

And Jesus paid the price for us, that we might be freed from our slavery

He paid the price that we might be free and free indeed,

That we can walk into that City and be free

Mark 10:45, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 9:12

What will we take with us into eternity ?

Our faith ? our belief ? our God ?

Or will God take us into eternity ?

What will we leave behind ?

Or will we be left behind ?

What can we take with us ?

Or will God take us with Him ?

Where will our hearts be ?

Where will our riches be ?

Where will our treasures be ?

Where will our securities be ?

Have you run to the city of refuge and sought to enter the City Gates ?

Have you run to that city on a hill ?

Have you asked to be in that City ?

God can be your light and salvation is free to all who run to him

Pray with me

Lord God I ask you into my life in Jesus name come afresh into my life
nd send your Holy Spirit to renew me and revive me, that the dry bones
would skip and dance

Lord I ask you into my life afresh and ask that you would cleasne me
and fill me and restore me

You paid the great price that I can praise you with a new Psalm

Put that new Psalm in my heart Lord and let me sing praises to you as
the enemy roars around that I might know your salvation and praise you
throughout that city and thoughout eternity in Jesus name amen