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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Works of Jesus

     Team teaching at Our Bible Study at Church by Donald and Linda, posted from my notes.

 
 
The Bible tells us that Jesus went about teaching, preaching and healing the sick.  He  did  many miracles that amazed those who were with him. Many believed on Jesus when they saw the many miracles he did John 2:23

John 3:2 A ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus came to Jesus, and remarked “No man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him

John 7:31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man has done?

The religious leaders were jealous and angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. They were quick to find fault and would not accept Him as the Messiah.

John 9:16  Some of the Pharisees said, This man is not of God, because he does not keep the Sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

John 10:25, The people demanded for Jesus to “Show us plainly if you are the Christ.”

Jesus replied, I have already told you and you have seen my works but you simply do not want to believe because you are not one of my sheep.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.

Upon hearing this statement, they took up stones to stone Jesus, because he made himself equal with God.

As Jesus taught about the Kingdom, he also shared with his disciples that He was to die as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. He shared that in three days He would rise from the dead, and go to prepare a place for them.

The disciples did not understand at the time, but later on after the resurrection they remembered all Jesus had taught them.

Today, each one of us are on different levels of acceptance.  There is a learning process and degrees of knowing.  Here a little there a little.  At some point the light turns on and we acknowledge what is truth and what is error.  The Scriptures reinforce the message to accept Jesus as the Messiah.

People tend to put up filters and at times our hearts are hard as we hold on to previous opinions or teachings we have encountered.

As for the Religious leaders of the Jews, nothing could persuade them even when they saw with their own eyes.

John the Baptist did no miracles at all, but John spoke of this man Jesus and what John said was true.  Many believed on Jesus there.
 
Allow the Holy spirit to reveal to you that Jesus is all He said he was and is.
 

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Growth in New Believers guest Justin King

I took notes and present a digested sermon by our guest speaker Justin King
 
Study God's Word as it will bring Understanding and Growth
 
 
As a new babe in Christ there are various patterns of growth.  Some are still fighting battles they are finding it difficult to win. 
 
Know that Salvation is often in steps.  I was saved when I came to Jesus, I am being saved as I follow Christ, and finally I will be saved when I meet him in heaven.

There are physiological wars in the minds of many Christians.  The reason many are not where they are supposed to be is unconfessed sin still hanging on and they are in denial.  1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we admit that we have a need, confess and know if we ask; God does forgive and cleanse us.

Our flesh tries to be dominate, and Jesus should be first in our life as we are led by the Holy Spirit.

We wonder why “church” isn’t functioning as it should.  The reason is our walk must be examined and changes made.  What we say must reflect on how we live. 

If not we need to back up and renew our mind with God’s Word.  Study and learn what God expects of you.  Make a decision to walk with Jesus. 

The stress of life can hinder us when we fail to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit as He speaks to us. 

I Thessalonians 5:5   You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.  19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

How do you call yourself?  Be that person.  When we are proud and boastful, allow God to show us how to be humble.

We wonder why miracles aren’t happening.  We must draw closer to Jesus and walk holy before him.  When God does the work it will happen and remain.  When man uses psychology or the power of suggestion it will fail.

Our relationship with God will bring results.  Paul said, “Fast and pray” to get the flesh and the “old man” under.

Identify who Christ is IN you.  Your position with Christ is you are seated with Him in heavenly places.

We are not effective if the Holy Spirit is lacking in our lives.  Know who you are IN Christ.  Confess with your mouth, “I am worthy, I am holy, I am the righteousness of God in
Christ, I am full of Love, faith, peace and Joy.  Confess and possess.

Obedience to what we know and how we allow the Holy spirit to guide us is important.

God is rich in mercy and He loves us so much.  It is by His favor that we are saved as we trust in Christ to maintain our walk.

We can let shame and guilt block our walk with God.  Realize that the blood of Jesus covers and removes guilt and shame. 

God designed us to have fellowship with Him.  Allow God to reveal to you and make you aware of areas that need the Holy Spirit to touch and make you whole.

God is not finished with you yet, so let him continue to reveal Himself to you.

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Easter Never Ends

 
 
 
Mark 4:37 And there arose a great storm
 and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
But Jesus spoke and said, Peace Be Still! 
 
Easter Never Ends

My praises swiftly rise to thee,
Like the sea billows rolled,
For Christ alone is worthy!
Let praises ring out as a bell is tolled.

He is worthy to be praised,
A Lamb sinless was slain,
In fear and wonder I am amazed,
He is not dead for he rose again.

Some find it difficult to believe,
How can one raise from the dead?
We question and wonder how?
The answers are not in our head!

It is with our hearts that we believe,
Our changed lives let it be known,
Truth must in the spirit be received,
A New life walks among us to be shown.

We see him - - He is everywhere,
Christ Jesus lives today,
Never to doubt or despair
He lives in me and guides along the way.

Hazel Moon 04/15/2012

Friday, April 13, 2018

Anoint My Head With Oil

From my notes I present an edited Bible Study from Sunday .  
 
 

 

Early in the Bible (Genesis 28:10-22)  we find the first mention of Anointing.   Jacob poured oil on the stone he had used as a pillow, and made a vow to give God a tenth of what ever he would be blessed with; if God would be with him and safely return him home again.

1.     Exodus 30:22-23 God gave Moses a recipe for the anointing oil:  Five spices in varied amounts added to a larger amount of olive oil.  This sacred oil was to be used in the anointing of items in the tent tabernacle.

2.     Leviticus 8:30  The oil mixed with blood from the altar was used to sanctify Aaron the priest and his sons, as it was sprinkled on them and their clothing.

3.     I Samuel 16:10-13  God commissioned the Prophet Samuel to visit Jesse and God would show him who was to become the next king.  Each of the sons were handsome and sturdy but they were not the chosen one.  Samuel said, is there another son?  Yes, but he is the youngest and is a “Shepherd,” and cares for the sheep.  God was looking on the heart and not the outward physical being, as David had a heart after God.  Samuel was pleased to anoint David to become the next king.

4.     Psalms 23:5 Oil is used for healing, as the shepherd anoints the head with oil to hurts from rubbing heads with other sheep.  The oil would also be applied to the nose to prevent the nose fly from laying eggs in the sheep’s moist nose.

5.     John 3:27-30  Who is the anointed one?  John declared it was not him, but Jesus.

Luke 4:18-20  Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit:  “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

6.     1 John 2:20-29   But the anointing which ye have received of him abides in you.” You can hear from God for yourself, by listening to His still small voice in your heart.  You can know what God is doing and how He desires you to join with Him in Ministry.

When God corrects us, he then heals us with the oil of the Holy Spirit.  Pray for those who persecute you.  We don’t know the entire story of the situation they face.  Give them the benefit of the doubt and pass over judgment.

Proverbs 3:7-12 Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil. 8Then you will gain renewed health and vitality. 9Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. 10Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine. 11My child, don't ignore it when the LORD disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when he corrects you. 12For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

7.     Jesus is the Good Shepherd and gives His life for His sheep. (You and me.) He anoints our head with the Oil of the Holy Spirit.

Our teacher passed from one to the other, a small jar with oil and we were to dip our finger in it and rub it into our hands.  Then we joined hands and a closing prayer was said.  The anointing was a communion and bonding as we joined hands.

                    

My cup runneth over
                      

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Strength Come



There I was working on my lesson for Wednesday and my black ink ran dry.  I needed to print the hand outs for our prayer meeting the next day; and as I went to change the ink in my computer, all I had was colored ink and no black.  What to do?  So I loaded up my dogs and we drove to Wal-Mart as they now sell ink.

While shopping, I noticed a young Asian couple and the wife was carrying their baby. Suddenly she began to buckle up and fall, as the gentleman grabbed the baby. A woman near by, took the child from him so he could attend to his wife on the floor.

I stopped to watch and really didn't gather all my wits about me except - - - I slowly and quietly moved over to where she lay, and placed my hand on her bended knee, and spoke; "Strength Come." 

Soon she was able to sit but I told her husband not to get her up too quick because she needed some time to recover herself and rest a bit. 

Then I went on.  Now pay attention for this is a lesson for you on how our Enemy comes to bring condemnation telling you that you did not do enough, and you could have done more. - -

While I was driving home, Satan, planted thoughts in my mind: "She needed something to eat and you had soda crackers in your purse, saved from last time you had soup with Ruby.  You should have seen that she got a drink of water." 

That was true, I did have crackers in my purse, but at the time they were far from my mind, and I did not consider giving her water at the time.
Yes, all that was true, but even though the devil is a liar, he can use truth to beat you over the head. 

I did NOT need to repent, because I did what I was led to do at the time, and I believe I did the right thing. So I am at peace. However, I do trust she is doing okay now.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Using Simple Holy Spirit Gifts


Sunday Morning Sermon Digested from my notes



 

Pastor Allan was ministering as he reminded the congregation to let God be God.  Jesus Christ is real and He is here to change lives, to heal our pain and to bless.  He has a purpose and we yield to that.  God is a father to the orphans, and a husband to the widows.

We celebrated Resurrection Sunday and Jesus is alive.  There was a blood sacrifice at Calvary, but the third day Jesus arose from the dead; yet the disciples still did not believe.

Jesus revealed himself to them saying touch me and see the holes in my hands, feet and side.  He commissioned them to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to endue them with Power from on High to be witnesses.

Here we encourage our people to allow the Holy Spirit freedom to be here.  Some may kneel at the altar or lay on the floor when the presence of the Holy Spirit is so strong.

If you are new here, you may wonder what is going on?  Sometimes we do not understand, but it is scriptural and God is not in a box, and He must be given freedom to move.

I would encourage you to seek Jesus the giver and be open to receive the Holy Spirit.  He will baptize you and fill you with joy.  The Holy Spirit has gifts for you.  We release the freedom of the Holy Spirit in our midst.

We are where God wants us.  Understand in Romans chapter 12 there were gifts given to the body of Christ.  I Corinthians 12 there are other gifts from the Holy Spirit.

Don’t get so caught up in the gifts that you ignore the giver. 

First: Our relationship with Jesus and our Father God, is most important.  Jesus operated in the Spirit and always did what pleased His Father God.

Second:  Let our words not be us, but what the Father is telling us to say.  The Holy Spirit will show you things by discernment.  In your spirit you will be given wisdom and understanding as you learn to listen to the still small voice inside you.

Romans 12 begins by urging us to present our bodies to God and not to be conformed to this world.  To keep humble before God, to be soberly minded and not puffed up.

There are different gifts according to grace.  Some are called for one type of ministry, but no one is left behind.  It is not about having a title, but all about serving God.  Wait on your ministry.  Some will preach, teach, prophesy, and exhort.  Exhortation is sharing God’s goodness with others. 

Some gifts are so simple we may not recognize them at first:  Show mercy with cheerfulness.  Love one another, be patient,  giving liberally to those in need.  Be diligent in business (not lazy), abhor evil and rejoice with those who are joyful, and weep with those who sorrow.  Bless those who persecute you, not wishing evil on them or trying to pay them back.  Live in peace with others; be honest in all your dealings, overcome evil with good.

All these are gifts to use as you are walking along side the Holy Spirit.   Operate in these gifts that are shed abroad.  Check your own spirit if you are judging someone else.

Know your attitude is important, so be kind and graceful as you minister according to your faith.

Be full of the Spirit even as you serve in various manners that seem simple; knowing that God’s view is different than ours.  God credits your gift as the same value as the Prophet, Evangelist or Preacher.

Our Bible teacher, Linda has amazing ways to illustrate God’s message to you.  Exhort as God’s heart is revealed to you, and be bold to make declarations of faith.

I would encourage you all to study God’s word, keeping in truth.  Also to attend meetings we make available to you.  Be diligent, study, and prepare yourselves as you serve God.  Be persistent in prayer.

Always remember it is Jesus who is the important one, (not you.)  There is no competition and we show honor to each other, not trying to out do one another.  Show affection to one another, love one another with out hypocrisy. 

Use your gifts to glorify Christ.  This is God’s design for the body to serve one another in perfect love.

Sometimes God gives you a word that needs to be held for awhile.  It may be Words of Knowledge or discernment, or words of wisdom.  There are times we need confirmation to use common sense along with Godly wisdom.

God desires us as a church to seek, receive and use Spiritual gifts.  He wants us to operate this way, according to our measure of faith.

Do not fear the Holy Spirit because he is our friend, our Helper, Our Comforter and our Guide.  He only gives good gifts to those who ask.
 
 

Monday, April 2, 2018

He is Risen as He Said


 

Our Easter service at church was saturated with the presence of the Lord, as we sang and worshipped God.  Various ones from the congregation came forward and knelt at the altar as others came along side to pray with them. 

Today we celebrate Resurrection Sunday.  History reveals that Jesus is alive.  John 11:25 Jesus was speaking to Martha when he said:  “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”
Matthew 28:1-6 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.  The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
The fact was Jesus had risen from the dead and left the tomb.  The angels merely rolled away the stone for the benefit of the women so they could look inside.  The angels instructed the women to “Go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead;”
Luke 24:11 But the disciples did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
The disciples were hiding and in fear and did not believe the women.  They had forgotten that Jesus had been telling them that he would die and rise again, and that he must go away but he would return.  Their ears were dull and they did not understand his message to them.
Jesus met with them and explained many things about his sacrifice and showed proof that he was truly alive.
As we prepared to take communion, Pastor asked if anyone in the congregation needed healing to raise their hand.  Several hands were raised.  Pastor asked those near by to lay hands on them and pray for their healing.
One of our senior ladies gave her testimony of Gods healing power.  We then shared communion and were dismissed to enjoy a time of fellowship.