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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Little is Much When God is In It 2




Today’s Sermon is a repeat of a popular sermon by Pastor Carl. I trust his message will bless you.  (The sermon is digested from my notes.) 

I am not able to attend church this Sunday, due to my hearing aid malfunction and having to send it back to the factory.  I am using my old aids that are not as strong and conversations are just a mumble.  I am not ruling out God healing my ears, and truthfully, I have been prayed for by several ministers who have a gift along the line of ears being opened.  (However I remain a lady in waiting.)


Pastor Carl was speaking about Jesus as he read from Colossians 1:14-23.

15 He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in 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 may have the preeminence.

19 For it pleased the Father that in Him (Jesus) should all fullness dwell - -

The city of Colossi was a tiny village and God has chosen the small things of this world that He might show his power though those who consider themselves little in their own eyes.

1. Jesus illustrated that small faith even as infinitesimal as a mustard seed will accomplish great things.

2. A cup of water given in His name will receive a reward.

3. Jesus used a young boy’s small lunch to feed a multitude.

4. Great things come in small packages and God can use even the least of us for His glory as we submit to him.

5. Jesus called the lowly fishermen to be his followers, and told them that they would become fishers of men.

A transformed Peter reached out on the day of Pentecost to challenge, strengthen and influence the believers of that day and of ours.

Jesus brings meaning to our lives as we worship him and bow down before Him. He brought us redemption through His blood.
14   In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

By Him all things consist as Jesus is the Head of the body. The Head controls the body and gives it direction.

The church is His body. Not this church membership or a building, but the collection of all Christian believers, washed in His blood, scattered world wide make up the body of Christ.

We as Christians must learn to practice the presence of Jesus daily as we walk with him, for we as His church represent Christ the Lord.

Thomas said he would not believe that Jesus was raised from the dead until he could see and touch Him. Jesus gave Thomas the opportunity to touch and see, and then He stated that blessed are those who believe and have not seen.

There is so much beyond us that we have not seen, yet we believe. There are angels all around us ministering in our behalf. There is an old hymn that says, “I love to tell the story of UNSEEN things above, of Jesus and His glory of Jesus and His love.”

Unseen is The Holy Spirit hovering and gently moving over all the earth, wooing and bringing men and women to Christ. We are to work together with the Holy Spirit and with other Christians because God uses people to preach and teach the Good News to others.

We serve a Living Savior and Jesus is in the Father, the Father is in Him, and He is in us!

It is amazing to know that Jesus lives in ME by his Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ must be Preeminent in all things. Let us serve him with our Love.  

Jesus has conquered every enemy, saving us He loves us, and there is no limit to His love.   The Chorus of the old hymn "Oh Glorious day," goes like this:

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He's coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

If you have not received Jesus as your Savior I beg of you to repent of your sins and ask Jesus to come into your life.  He died on the cross for you, but he rose from the dead after three days and he is alive for ever more.

John 3:16 (NKJV)  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


 

Friday, February 27, 2015

"Hungry For the Raw Gospel"



Katherine Ruonala

"Hungry For the Raw Gospel"

Guest - Katherine Ruonala, Brisbane, Australia

On my recent visit to the U.S., the Lord prompted me to begin memorizing Ephesians 2. I was struck by verses 2-3 that describes how we used to follow the ways of this world and live gratifying the desires of our flesh. Before we were made alive with Christ we lived like this, but now, by the grace of God through faith that is no longer who we are.

With the rise of hipster culture, there has been an increasing trend Ephesians 2:1-3 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

With the rise of hipster culture, there has been an increasing trend toward healthy eating. Raw, organic, and non-GMO foods are becoming more and more desired among a younger generation that just seems to want to eat clean.

I believe this outward trend is a prophetic sign of an inward cry from a generation that is desperate for real, raw Christianity. A generation who have developed a distaste for religion that has been diluted by the culture of the world.

Instead of being content with a form of godliness that denies the actual power of God, the Holy Spirit is releasing a hunger in peoples hearts to see the real power of God manifested.

There is a craving that is growing in the hearts of Believers for holiness, not based on old legalistic ideas, but on an awakening to the power of what the Cross has actually done for them. Having been born again, faith is rising that we have been empowered to no longer live gratifying the desires of the flesh (Ephesians 2).

The Greatness of His Power

Holiness in its purest form is a faith response to knowing God and the reality that we have been crucified and raised up with Him. It is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us!

With a raw lens, uncluttered by religious filters, the revelation that "as He is in the world so are we" is birthing a new breed. A breed of Believers who read the Word of God with a faith that confirms their identity as co-heirs with Christ, and who hunger to walk out that identity in practical and powerful ways.

With this return to the raw, unfiltered message of the Gospel, accompanied by a repentance from everything that has taken away from the simplicity of knowing Christ and Him Crucified, there is a new level of glory being released.

Those who embrace the power that comes from clean, undefiled lives and who choose to daily reckon themselves dead to sin, taking on the identity of the Pure One, Jesus, are about to see the raw message of the power of the Cross and resurrection confirmed with unprecedented signs, wonders and miracles.

Words of knowledge, prophecy and creative miracles that cause the world to take notice are going to give these preachers of righteousness new platforms to proclaim the message of salvation. The Lord showed me a vision as I wrote this of nets being pulled in absolutely full of fish. The harvest is here! The world is groaning, waiting for Believers to manifest Christ. They want to know the real Jesus who transforms lives.

Wake up! The shaking has begun and people are waking out of their slumber to the greatness of the power of God that He wants to manifest through them.

Katherine Ruonala - Glory City Church
Website: katherineruonala.com and glorycityChurch.com.au

Katherine Ruonala has a prophetic and healing ministry and travels internationally as a conference speaker bringing a message of love and hope to the nations. Katherine carries a strong prophetic and miracle anointing with many being instantly healed in her meetings. Katherine and Tom Ruonala are the founders and Senior Ministers of Glory City Church Brisbane

 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Holy Spirit Desires to Work in Your City


 Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy
 
Today I visited an independent Pentecostal Church called “Open Door Church.”

Their motto is “Come As You Are, Don’t Leave As You Came.”

The congregation was mostly made up of new converts, and the music and worship was a thanksgiving unto Jesus who has set the captive free with praise and worship to our Lord who brings deliverance.

The service was loosely structured with children and adults walking in front of the Pastor as he preached.  That is not meant as a criticism, because it is what you might expect of a service held in a park, although this was a lovely church building.
 
Pastor Allen opened the preaching with these words; “The Holy Spirit wants to work beyond these walls.  God is doing great things in our city and is working with Signs, Wonders, and Miracles.

Pastor read from  Joel 2:28-29, 32 (KJV) 

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. - - And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered –

We cannot afford to become complacent and rule out miracles.  He reminded us of the woman with the issue of Blood. (Matt 9)  She had suffered 12 years, yet she refused to believe the Doctor’s report.  She knew if she would only PRESS IN, and TOUCH Jesus that she would be make whole.

Sometimes we think we have it all figured out, and think this is it, I might as well learn to live with it.

We see an obstacle and think it is a door, but it isn’t.   We must refuse to take NO for an answer.

Pastor said, “I am tired of people accepting the words, “Once an addict, always - an addict.  I refuse that concept.”

Some say, once a sinner, always a sinner, but again I say not true.

As you read the Bible, notice that every time someone came to Jesus for help, he healed and delivered

It is time to believe the Word of God and not walk half way.

Even when the message is watered down, many refuse to accept, and do not like the taste of Truth.

It is NOT time to turn back to the old sinful ways, but we must press forward and allow God to take us to a deeper level in Him.

Even if we hear the words, “Nothing else can be done to help you,” know that God still works miracles.  Prayer can change a ‘bad report.’  God can heal the hurts of the past. 

Allow Jesus to teach you to forgive as he has forgiven you.

Pastor called for those needing prayer to come forward and many were touched by the Holy spirit as they worshiped and were ready to receive.


 

Turning and Returning - Guest Roy Lessin

  
  
path, God's way, Roy Lessin, Photo by Marina Bromley
 
Not everyone who begins to walk with the Lord on the path of His will remains steadfast in following His footsteps.

Sometimes, followers of the Lord can wander off His pathway through distraction, temptation, or deception. We can also be led off His pathway by pursuing things God has not chosen for us. Every path followed that is not His path, will lead to a dead end.

What should we do when we realize we have taken the wrong way, which has taken us to the wrong place, and has brought us the wrong results?

There are two important steps we can take. The first step is to turn away from the path we have been following, and the second step is to return to the path we once followed.

Through God’s grace we can turn away from the wrong path, and through God’s mercy we can return to His way.
 
We can turn from our independence and return to His shepherding;
We can turn from our wanting and return to His contentment;
We can turn from our wilderness and return to His green pastures;
We can turn from our restlessness and return to His still waters;
We can turn from our hurting and return to His restoration;
We can turn from our confusion and return to His leading;
We can turn from our fears and return to His security;
We can turn from our despair and return to His comfort;
We can turn from our isolation and return to His table;
We can turn from our dryness and return to His anointing;
We can turn from our heaviness and return to His joy;
We can turn from our oppression and return to His goodness;
We can turn from our wandering and return to His fold.
-Based upon Psalm 23
It is the Good Shepherd who is seeking His lost and frightened lamb.

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength…” Isaiah 30:15 (NLT)

 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Prepare to Be Misunderstood by Guest – R.T. Kendall


Misunderstood?  So What? - - Just continue doing the right thing !


Then all the disciples deserted him [Jesus] and fled. —Matthew 26:56

The paramount stigma of being today's man or woman is probably that of being misunderstood.

Nothing is more painful than this. We can cope with a lot that people say against us—as long as they are fully in the picture and still disagree.

But what hurts is when they aren't in the picture and they form judgments and perceptions that are based on limited information.

I sometimes think that much of Jesus' pain at His crucifixion was a result of His being misunderstood. Nothing made sense. It didn't add up that the same man who raised Lazarus from the dead a few days before was now hanging on a cross.

Why didn't Jesus stop the proceedings that led to His crucifixion? Anybody who could control the wind and storm on the Sea of Galilee could surely have intervened before Herod or Pilate.

There were any number of ways in which He could have stopped being crucified. Common sense told everybody this. So why was He being crucified?

The disciples couldn't figure it out—they all forsook Him and fled (Matt. 26:56). Never once did Jesus explain Himself.

It must have been almost unbearable emotional pain for Jesus to see Mary Magdalene sobbing her heart out at the scene of the cross and not be allowed to whisper to her, "It's OK, Mary; all is going according to plan.

I'm atoning for the sins of the world by My blood." But there was no hint of this. He had to bear the further stigma of being misunderstood, even by those closest to Him.

Whether others understood or not, He did the right thing—He listened to God.

Excerpted from The Anointing: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Charisma House

When You are Misunderstood - 
Just Continue Doing the Right Thing !
 
 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Woman Preachers


A Famous Woman Preacher Won Many to Christ Jesus
 
Recently I visited a certain church and as I reached for an offering envelope I found one written on by a young girl with a message to the Pastor. 
 
Apparently the Pastor's wife is co-pastor and often gives an exhortation.  This girl must have come from a background that forbid women to preach. Her note was judgmental. I kept the envelope and wrote up the following essay.

From the beginning of time, there have been woman who lead, prophesy, and even preach. (lecture, moralize, discourse, orate, talk, lecture.)  The picture is clear that woman do have a voice.  In the Old Testament, one example is Deborah  a judge. The leader of the army refused to go to battle unless she went with them.

Let us consider; Today we do NOT have a High Priest on earth making animal sacrifices for the sins of the people.

Jesus Christ became our Heavenly High Priest and he makes intercession for us.  Today Jesus is also asking the Holy Spirit to send forth Laborers who have a willing and obedient heart, into the field to reap the harvest. 

Hebrew 8:1-2  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:
     We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.  Hebrews 9:11- 12  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Think back with me when Jesus first rose from the dead and women came to the grave.  What were the words the Angel of the Lord told the women?

The words to the women were:  “GO AND TELL”

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out on both men and women and they all spoke the wonderful works of God.

Peter addressed the crowd and mentioned that the Old Testament proclaimed that your sons AND daughters shall prophesy. (Another word for preach or share the good news.)

Jesus is our High Priest and HE is calling both men and women in these last days to preach and teach. 

Galatians 3:28. Paul said that IN Christ there is "Neither Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female."

The Holy Spirit is searching for a Born again, Pure of heart, Willing and Obedient vessel to use and often He calls a woman.   (Some have jokingly said, first he called a man who refused to go, so God called a woman and she went.) 

Realize that both men and women preachers are NOT perfect.  All preachers should NOT be proud, boastful, or lovers of money, but should be full of the Holy Spirit and only speak what the Holy Spirit tells them.

God has blessed and ANOINTED many woman preachers and used them mightily.  Early church history reveals this is a true fact with salvations, healing and deliverance. 

Today there are many women who preach and teach the Good News and they are reaping a harvest.   Some are pastors but most are evangelists, teachers and prophets.

To view an Interesting article of Women Ministers in History by Richard M. Riss
CLICK HERE

Do view the above article by Richard M. Riss.

Two of my favorite Lady preacher of today - - -

Joyce Meyer Evangelist and Author

Beth Jones - co-Pastors with Jeff Jones
She is a mighty Woman of God

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's Your Decision by Guest Rod Parsley

Once Born Again, You are The Righteousness of God IN Christ !


Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. —1 John 4:4

Before you were born again you were a stranger to the covenants of promise, without God and without hope—just who the devil said you were!

But when you bowed your knee to Christ and called Him Lord of your life, you became the righteousness of God in Christ. In Christ you are forgiven, washed, reconciled, and redeemed.

It doesn't matter what the world says about you. The world cannot tell you the truth.

The only reliable source of truth is the Truth—Jesus Christ.

So, it doesn't matter what others say about you, and it doesn't even matter what you may have said about yourself in the past.

What matters is what God says about you in His Word.

You must decide whether to believe God or to believe the lies of the devil concerning who you are in Christ.

Choose to believe the Word of God. Say out loud right now, "I am a child of the King. I am royalty." Trust Him to bring His Word to pass in your life, for greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!

Father, thank You for making me Your child.
I will continually confess who I am in You.
My identity for eternity is
anchored in You. Amen.