We are a corporate body, each one carrying a different grace gift. Divisions in the body are demonic; diversity is divine. We don’t major on differences; we see the diversities and appreciate that. It has been proven that God loves diversity. The twelve apostles were different from each other. Jesus chose his twelve disciples because of the diversity and variety of gifts. I want to appeal to this household to accept one another as Christ has accepted you. Make room for each other and appreciate the diversity.
God is starting move in the seams. He is building His Church. Not in the way that people think he would. Like the Jews 2000 years ago, expected Him to remove evil with one foul swoop, he is once again surprising humanity by using the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God is choosing the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
This pretty well takes care of all the ways that are at odds with how God really wants them. There is one and only one body, spirit, Lord, faith, baptism, God and Father of all. As followers and believers, we need to make ourselves subservient to the will of God, and not to our own will, popular will, or the will of those who we perceive to have a much better handle on what the will of God really is.
How good it would be now for God to let us individually know how we are tainting His will and plan with our own garbage so that we could quickly ask for forgiveness.
God is not going to allow us to decide that our own special group or idea is better than those of different or almost-like faith. We are the clay.
Ephesians 4 (KJV) as written by Paul:
(1) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
(2) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
(3) Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(4) There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
(5) One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
(6) One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
And in Colossians 1 (KJV) talking of Jesus:
(15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
(16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
(17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
(18) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
(19) For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
(20) And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And in Romans 15:5-7 (KJV), further asking for unity:
(5) Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
(6) That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(7) Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
In Romans 12:4-5 (KJV), we see another aspect of how we are one in body with Christ, even though we have different roles:
(4) For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
(5) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
I Corinthians 8:6 (KJV) adds to this as well:
(6) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
And in Ephesians 4:11-16 (KJV), even more on the subject:
(13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
(14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
(15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
(16) From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
In Romans 1:11-12 (NIV), Paul talks of being mutually encouraged:
(11) I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—
(12) that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
Paul is talking of working together toward the same goal, not in trying to keep others separate so that he can move ahead of them spiritually.
In Romans 1:15-16 (NIV), Paul talks of “a” righteousness that is lived by all who have faith:
(16) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
(17) For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
In Romans 2:9-10 (NIV), we learn that God does not show favoritism.
(9) There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;
(10) but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (11) For God does not show favoritism.
In Hebrews chapter 2 (KJV), we see more of a looking at one or all:
(6) But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?
(7) Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
(8) Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
(9) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
(10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
(11) For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
(17) Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
In Romans 3 (NIV), we are told:
(27) Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
(28) For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
(29) Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
(30) since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith
Likewise in 1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV), we read:
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”
In I Corinthians 12 (NIV), Paul discusses the gifts, service, and working as coming from one Spirit, one Lord, and one God:
(4) There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
(5) There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
(6) There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
(7) Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
(8) To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
(9) to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
(10) to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
(11) All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
Paul writes of singleness of heart in fearing God in Colossians 3:22 (KJV)
“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;”
In Philippians 1:27 (KJV), we see that we should be steady in one spirit and with one mind striving together:
“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”
However, simply believing in one God is not enough as per James 2:19 (NIV):
“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”
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‘It is abnormal for a Christian not to have an appetite for the impossible. It has been written into our spiritual DNA to hunger for the impossibilities around us to bow at the name of Jesus.’
On the eve of my 32nd birthday I am faced with a sharp sense of destiny. A destiny that has been made clear to me over years of pain and struggle. Now coming to life in the most surprising way ever.
For years I have lived my life based on what I thought others wanted for me, what I thought would be the right way to do things. The picture I had painted of my life at 32 is not the same as what had been drawn upon the boards of His-story, but yet are more promising and full of hope than before.
At 32 I am married to a beautiful woman, father to a wonderful son and involved everyday with the possibilities of affection change in people’s lives.
I have always wanted to change the world. Since I can remember, I had always wanted to be either a fireman, doctor or be in some kind of professions that would help people.
Maybe it’s because I grew up in a world where I had seen too many get hurt, seen my mother being abused, beaten an scorned by the very men who professed to love her. Maybe it’s because I never wants another child to go through te pain and heartache my sister and I had to endure, moving from place to place, town to town.
But, here we are. All grown up with families of our own. A song rings true ‘I made it through the wilderness”. Yes, and we are in the promised land. It might not be what We imagined, but it is better than most and I am grateful.
Here, on the brink of my 32nd birthday I am once again reminded that at 32, it was also Christ’s last year on earth and he only had a year and a half left to fulfill his mission, and he did!
Now, more than ever is this mission highlighted in my life. I was called to this mission in the strangest of ways. Nothing fancy, no fireworks, no flashes of light, angels, manifestations. Nada! Just a still small voice calling me closer and closer.
The past 10 years have been an amazing journey of learning, challenge, confusion, discovery, excitement, pain and wonder. But, nonetheless, it was a good one, one if growth.
I don’t know what the next 10 years have in store, but I know this one thing, as something we said 10 years ago, ‘I’m somewhere in the future and I look much better than I look right now! (No reference to my weight please!’).
God has placed a burning desire in my heart to see ‘His Kingdom Come’ on earth as it it in heaven. There is too much at stake, the price paid was way too high for us to just give in and die. There is so much more in store for us. The church has not lost its glory, despite reports and what others may think and what it may seem like.
There is a true company of people arising in the earth. A company born out of the clay, fashioned to reign, on earth as it is heaven! We are royalty, we are princes and kings! Let no one tell you otherwise.
Truth is real, Truth is absolute and the Truth is a man by the name of Jesus, who, although he was God, became a man, like you and me and showed us that we too, can be like Him. He has given us all the ‘keys to the kingdom’ in order to open up the gates of heaven and usher in the King! Don’t relent, don’t bak down, press on, keep pressing on!
It is not over yet, he is waiting for a people like you and me, if you are reading this, you are one of us!
I know that I have been placed on this earth with a purpose, a destiny to fulfill, there is promise in that City on a Hill! It’s not an empty wish, I know I was born for such a time as this!
Come, join me and others in this army, let’s take back what has been stolen from us! Let’s speak an end to death, sickness and poverty! He has paid the price, he has conquered it all!
There is so much in store for those who trust in him!
We were fashioned and destined to reign!
Good morning Mzansi!
With so much going on, we all need a break from the unrelenting bad news and wrongdoing happening in our country and abroad. But, be encouraged, all is not lost! What we need is Godly Wisdom!
Proverbs 8:1-11 (MSG)
Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling?
Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice?
She’s taken her stand at First and Main,
at the busiest intersection.
Right in the city square
where the traffic is thickest, she shouts,
“You—I’m talking to all of you,
everyone out here on the streets!
Listen, you idiots—learn good sense!
You blockheads—shape up!
Don’t miss a word of this—I’m telling you how to live well,
I’m telling you how to live at your best.
My mouth chews and savors and relishes truth—
I can’t stand the taste of evil!
You’ll only hear true and right words from my mouth;
not one syllable will be twisted or skewed.
You’ll recognize this as true—you with open minds;
truth-ready minds will see it at once.
Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money,
and God-knowledge over a lucrative career.
For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth;
nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.
Remember, those who wait upon the Lord, will renew there strength! Enter into your quiet places, shut out the voices of the man of lawlessness and hear the Voice of the Father, calling us nearer, closer, deeper! That is our hope! Not governments, nor the politicians, nor icons and the celebrities, nor worldly reason!
There is a call for the church to become relevant, but not conformist, we are called to be relevant and loyal to The Truth! This Truth is a person by the name of Jesus, this Truth can only be found by the unwaivering belief and trust in the Word of God, which is Truth!
This generation has replaced The Truth with a version of the truth that is leading them down the path of destruction.
“The thoughts and desires expressed through this
new culture are unaffected by the things of God. Having
thrown off the restraint of the views of previous generations,
the current generation does not believe that it is
necessary to have a defined standard of truth. Instead,
it has rejected God, the Scriptures, and church traditions—
the restraints upon society. This generation feels
justified in taking this view, because it considers the
belief systems and practices of previous generations
to have been generally hypocritical, self-serving, and
exclusive,favoring certain segments of society while
ignoring the plight of the vast majority of humanity. It
has acquiesced to a view of God popularized by famous
public icons from arts and entertainment, politics, religion,
and financial spheres who personify the apogee
of this culture in these areas.” – Sam Soleyn
It is time for us to become silent, drown out the voices of the man of lawlessness and start hearing the voice of The Father!
In these last days, there will be two companies arising in the earth, the Sons of Righteousness and the Sons of Lawlessness. Consider which company you are part of.
“God is looking for a remnant. It doesn’t have to be big in numbers, but when God finds it,
He will accelerate it in the earth like we have never seen before. Let the wheat and the tares grow together.
He will sort them out in the harvest.
In the time of the harvest He will send out his messengers (sent ones, apostolic people, who will make a separation between that which is true and which is counterfeit.
“God is looking for a people who represents Him accurately.
Christ is what God is looking for in the earth, Christ formed in a people.
When God finds that people, God will put the power of multiplication to work, and we will see nations
and the world touched and filled with the glory of God.” via The Remnant » Bizweni Community Church.
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SLAYING THE GIANTS IN YOUR LIFE: Fear
SLAYING THE GIANTS IN YOUR LIFE
Dr. David Jeremiah
“Slaying the Giant of Fear”
I. Fear Disregards God’s Plan
II. Fear Distorts God’s Purposes
III. Fear Discourages God’s People
IV. Fear Disbelieves God’s Promises
V. Fear Disobeys God’s Principles
VI. Fear Demands a Biblical ResponseA. Confront Your Fear Honestly
B. Confess Your Fear as Sin
C. Claim God’s Promises of Protection
D. Cultivate a Closer Relationship with God
E. Commit Your Life to Jesus Christ