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Inviting People to Jesus

March 28, 2018

Many will hear the Gospel this weekend, who may never hear it any other time of the year, for one reason…it’s Easter, and they might actually go to church.  Pray…who is God calling you to invite to church this weekend?  So many people think about going to church on Easter who wouldn’t consider it any other day of the year!

I’ll be the first to admit, inviting someone to church is not the same as evangelism.  By inviting someone to church I haven’t shared with them anything about the Gospel – lostness, sin, forgiveness, the cross, the tomb or the resurrection.

However, I also find there are people in my life I’ve been praying for and I just haven’t figured out how to share the Gospel with them yet.  Sometimes there are dynamics in relationships that make this hard for whatever reason.

I have a friend just like this.  By all appearances, he loves the things of this world.  But from a human perspective I can also say, he’s a great guy!  I’ve been praying for months and hadn’t had an opening to share with him.

Recently, just through email (how impersonal is that!), I invited him to Easter services at White Fields Calvary Church.  His response was quickly, “I’ve actually been meaning to ask you more about your church.  We’re gone this weekend, but can we talk next week about it?”

Easter provides an amazing opportunity to invite people to church.  Is it the same as evangelism?  Not quite.  But don’t sell it short.  When we invite someone to church, we are inviting them to His body…to experience Jesus.

…the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Eph 1:22-23)

Pray about who you should be inviting this weekend…then pray they will come and experience Jesus in us!

For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. (Eph 5:30 )

 

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Daily Prayer

March 9, 2018

Don’t be discouraged by your daily dependence on Jesus.

“Give us day by day our daily bread” Luke 11:3

It is by design.  All spiritual blessings are yours in Jesus and He distributes them day by day.  He has storehouses of provision that He gives to those who pray, day by day.  “Ask, seek & knock”, He says.  Day by day ask and He will give His Spirit to who?  Those who ask.  He is a perfect Father who doesn’t spoil His kids with a superficial love, or flattery, or presents that compensate for imperfect love.  His love is perfect, and He gives perfect gifts.

Jesus promised blessing on those poor in spirit.  Those who are poor in spirit ask, reach out to God in prayer, and turn their longing away from this world toward heaven.  There, they find a spiritual happiness that cuts deeper into their hearts than a new toy, more money or comfortable living ever could.

I’m not invited to the throne of grace on occasion, but to live there!  Day by day His power can be perfected in my weakness.

Confidence Unshackled

February 1, 2017

“Moab shall be ashamed of chemosh as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel their confidence” Jer48:13
In contrast to the false confidence of Moab and Israel…

“I suffer trouble as an evil doer even to the point of chains; but the Word of God is not chained” 2Tim2:9

It is always a supreme and surpassing confidence a man can have in the true God. This confidence is a rock to the soul, strong fortress in wartime, and an anchor to the soul. The source of the confidence is not an emotion nor is it reflective of encouraging circumstances but found in Christ Himself.
The enemy of this confidence is the double minded, unstable man. He rejects the promises of God. He questions every truth of God. He speaks against God, “if you are truly good why doesn’t this feel very good? Why am I in these chains?”
But the lesson and the blessing is in this…watch and see, the battle belongs to the Lord. “Yes I know that already, but why am I suffering?” Here’s the display of power – the Word of God isn’t chained up even when you are. God’s Spirit comes to the broken hearted. Power is perfect in weakness. Where there is death of the flesh – my agenda, my pride, my opinions – Christ is manifested.  
What a joy we have in believing! Great confidence.

Christmas…

December 22, 2016

“We have this treasure in earthen vessels” 2Cor4:7

Christ was born! From His heavenly habitation, Christ came into a cold, dark reality…born into this world. From the warmth of the glory of the Divine throne, Christ was born a baby. From the realm of the Supernatural, the Supernatural put Him in the womb of a woman.

And the pattern of Christmas is repeated, “that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” 2Cor4:11.
As He came into the world, through faith, His Spirit is put in every believing heart.  
Freedom…freedom from sin, freedom from addiction, freedom from captivity, freedom from wounds, freedom from neediness, Christ has become my life. Even when the outward man is perishing, the inward man grows in vitality, renewed and refreshed daily, when I set my faith upon Christ!

Worth…I no longer need validation. Christ loves me and lives in me. My worth in His eyes was expressed from Christmas to the cross, I was lost and He came for me.

Life…I no longer need to prove myself. Purpose is found through Christ’s life in me; no greater joy or pleasure will ever be discovered than to know Him and follow His leading. The supernaturally creative Creator has planned my days, and numbered them according to His brilliance.
To lose my life has become my song, because life is found in Him. Shout it from the mountains! Christ was born, to die, to rise, that by faith, none would perish but have life in Him!

The Price of Trust

October 26, 2016

“we ought to obey God rather than men” Acts5:29


What are they really saying? I’m not suggesting the inspired wording is wrong; it’s just that there is always more to what we say than just what we say.
In 2 Chron 14-16 we see examples. King Asa of Judah fears the Lord, loves the Lord. Facing an army of over a million from Ethiopia: “Lord it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us”.
But much later in his career, an older man, in a similar bind, surrounded by the northern Kingdom of Israel, Asa seems to lose heart. Under the pressure of threat, Asa calls on Syria’s help in place of God’s! Hadn’t he grown in faith? Hadn’t the Lord shown up before? Shouldn’t it get easier to trust God?
So when the disciples are arrested, probably mistreated, thrown in jail, then having escaped, it means something when they said, “we’re gonna obey God not you”. They said more than that – “we trust God”. This is real life.

Trusting God always costs something. 

 It often costs me perceived comfort, perceived safety, perceived riches – again all these things are perceived because they are from my physical perspective, not His, eternal perspective. He may be calling me to something difficult, hard and even painful, but no good thing does He withhold from those who fear Him!

In my life, this is one way I learn to die to myself, and come to experience and know a greater work of the life of Christ inside of me… “the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings” as Paul put it in Philippians 3:10. And I’ve found it is always better to trust, that I might know Him!
Lord help me to trust You always – above all else. Strengthen my heart by Your Spirit to be courageous today trusting You.

Give this a read! Awesome insight into Prophecy and the Jewish expectation.

October 13, 2016

https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/as-we-observe-yom-kippur-tonight-its-worth-asking-where-do-we-as-modern-jews-receive-atonement-for-our-sins/

I’d Like To Place a Complaint

September 20, 2016

https://thepastelwars.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/id-like-to-place-a-complaint/#respond