Sunday, May 25, 2014

3 fingers

Philippians 3:7-15
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ  and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you

We can see the personal aspect of Christian maturity as we examine Paul’s life ambition in Philippians 3:5-15. These eleven verses can be described as his personal testimony to his relationship with the risen Lord Jesus Christ. In Philippians 1:21 he wrote: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” In these few verses we are considering, he expands that concept and spells out for us the details involved in such a dedication.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth

Ezra 4:1-24; Ezra 5

Background Story:  Zedekiah, Judah’s last king was carried away into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar in 597 BC. The city of Jerusalem was destroyed and the Temple burnt in 586 BC (2 Kings 24). Many citizens of Judah along with Daniel and Ezekiel were also carried to Babylon. In 539 BC Babylon fell to the invading armies of the Medes and Persians led by Cyrus the Great. The Babylonian king at that time, Belshazzar, was executed (Daniel 5).  Cyrus then placed his able Army General, Darius the Mede, as king over the city of Babylon.  During Cyrus’ first year reigning, he issued a decree which permitted the Jews to return and rebuild their Temple at Jerusalem. Both Jeremiah and Isaiah had predicted the length of the captivity and that Cyrus would issue the decree letting the Jews go home some 170 years before.

In 535 BC under Zerubbabel the construction of the Temple began; but for some time the work was halted by various satanic activities. It is on the satanic activities that we shall focus our attention today.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jesus is passing by

Luke 18:35-43
Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant.  So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”  And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.”(NKJV)

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Lift up eyes to hills

Psalm 121:1-8

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills — from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.” NKJV

You can only know the true belief of a man during the time of crisis. Pressure proves the difference between iron and steel. When we come under pressure we either snap, break, bend, or prove our quality by standing the pressure.