Thursday, September 11, 2014
His Unified Church
TIME FRAME 760 BC of AMOS 8:11 "The days are coming, declares the Sovereign Lord, 'when I will send a famine through the land, not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord." TIME FRAME 445 BC of NEHEMIAH 8:2-7 "Ezra opened the book. All people could see him because he was standing above them; and he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and ALL the people lifted their hands and responded, AMEN! AMEN! Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground." Desperate people before Christ and after Jesus died for us. TIME FRAME 63 ACTS 2:46 "Everyday they contained to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of ALL the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Look around and see the lost broken hearted people. Unemployed, homeless, addicted to drugs, shopping, food, TV, and porn. All seek to feel satisfied and only Jesus can fill the void. WE HAVE THE GOOD NEWS! The church of Jesus Christ is expanding beyond any wall that man might construct. For Jesus is ADDING TO OUR NUMBER daily! Our sermons, our broadcasts, our messages, our deeds, our faith is our blessing - but the Holy Spirit works in ways that God uses to confound the wise. Let none should boast, but that eternal life is the destiny of all those who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, because He drew them unto Himself. God's Word is the food that satisfies the soul. Nothing else can. What is the significance of the FOLDED napkin? With great respect for the traditions of the Jewish people Jesus folded the linen burial cloth after His resurrection. The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin. "Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved.. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!' Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side." The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. If the master was done eating, he wiped his fingers, his mouth, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant knew then to clear the table. A wadded napkin meant, "I'm finished." But if the Master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because a folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back!" At the last supper Jesus said "Do you understand what I have done for you?" He asked them. "You call me Teacher and Lord,and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash each other's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is any messenger greater than the One who sent him." (John 13:12) After the devil prompted Judas, Jesus KNEW that the Father had put ALL THINGS under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so Jesus got up from His meal, (did He fold His napkin?)took off His outer clothing, humbled Himself, poured water into a basin and began to wash the dirty feet of His disciples. God's HOPE is that we will respond to His calling and lovingly wash the dirt, the gossip, the bickering between one another. Jesus said "A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this ALL men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." Our ability to love is shaped by our experience of being loved. The central theme of the gospel of John is love. Jesus said "If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever --- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for he lives with you and will be with you. I will not leave you as orphans." (John 14:15) Jesus continues to teach us today "If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love...My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit --- fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My name. This is my command: Love each other." (John 15:10) Consider the Holy One who longs to speak into our hearts. The King of Kings waits for us to turn to Him and listen and respond. The Holy Spirit gives a depth of understanding of His awesome love, and His purpose in the gifts He gave us --- that we might be His breath to the lost! WRITTEN 12/13/2010
EAT: Joshua 1:7-18; Joshua 6:21; 1 Kings 3:10; Eph 6:18
1) Take up the shield of FAITH
Nobody goes to the promised land with unbelief. His hope is that you will respond to the calling on your life. UNBELIEF is the obstacle that prevents a soul from eternal life. What does one have to lose? This life is a moment of eternity.
2) Take up the sword of the SPIRIT – the word of God. Ordinary people with extra-ordinary power speak the Word of God – and the Holy Spirit goes forth to complete the task it aims to finish. It does not return VOID!