“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement.” (Jesus – John 7:24)
Many including Christians judge by appearance and most of the time it is not based on a personal encounter but on a third party’s opinion. In this scripture Jesus was addressing the pharasees but is also addressing us the church.
A word less about someone else is better than a extra word. Once words come out of the mouth, they are like a dandelion in the wind. It will spread fast and it would be impossible to collect it back.
So let us all focus on the motives and make sure that whatever we speak, it has only one aim, that is to build up one an other.
It is all about the Kingdom of God and not about our personal agenda.
Time for some self-examination, using the Bible as the light to expose all blemishes and allowing the Holy spirit to restore and mend all cracks in our life to seal away any chance the enemy to penetrate our lives and set a stronghold.
“Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” (Jesus – John 5:14)
Once we have surrendered our lives to Jesus and asked for forgiveness, God is faithful in cleansing us from all sins and made us a new creation. Here Jesus is warning us that the moment we are tempted to go back to the world, back to our sinful life, we will be far worse than we were before.
From my personal experience, I can say that nothing can match a life in Christ, making everything the world has to offer dim. So there is no reason to go back to our own ‘vomit’.
A life in Christ is an all inclusive life, bringing blessings in every area of life, a life not based on the circumstance but based on everlasting promises made by a faithful God.
One cannot play with God. When He chooses someone and places His mantle over him, the person cannot be touched without his adversaries suffering consequences. (See 1 Chronicles 16:22). David honoured this principle, and that is why he spared King Saul’s life, even though Saul sought to kill him. (See, for example, 1 Sam 26:6-9)
This warning is not for the world but for the church. Many within the church will be judged for this. So let us self examine ourselves and make sure we do not mess up our eternity for being a brother accuser rather than a brother keeper.
Ever wondered why there is no mighty move of the Holy Spirit in your church or why is your church just an aquarium for a few fish rather than a harbour for lost souls? This can well be one of the reasons. So remove this stumbling block from your midst, repent and allow the Holy Spirit to restore you and you will certainly experience a revival like never before.
May God touch the heart of all those who are reading this.
“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
How many times I asked, why there is no move of God in our midst? What’s hindering the flow of the Holy Spirit? Months and months seeking God and asking why? Never did I give up on HIM as I know that He is faithful to His Word and He promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deut 31:6).
So holding strong in faith to the hope of my salvation, that is Jesus, I discovered that love always prevails. He brought us into new pastures where I re-discovered the joy of living in HIS love. That kind of love which allows the Holy Spirit to move forth with power. All this is part of the oasis the Lord brought me into and I praise HIM for this.
Great times are ahead and with such times, great opposition will arise, but we will hold strong to our Rock Jesus, that Rock, which not even the gates of hell will prevail against (Mat 16:18).
Heavenly Father, refine us by the power of the Holy Spirit so that we will come forth as pure as gold, set apart for the service of the Most High. Knowing that the Kingdom of the Lord is at hand as we fulfil the great commission to go and make disciples of all nations, all for Your glory and honour and by your power. in Jesus Name
“To persist in prayer and not give up does not mean endless repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. Constant prayer means keeping our requests continually before God as we live for him day by day, believing he will answer. When we live by faith, we are not to give up. God may delay answering, but his delays always have good reasons. As we persist in prayer, we grow in character, faith, and hope.” – (The life application Bible)
Praying earnestly in faith, trusting HIM unconditionally, including His timing, is what pleases God and it is that type of prayer which moves HIM to act.
It is the total opposite of what Jesus says in Matthew 6:7 “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” Such babbling is ritualistic in nature, meaning saying something out of a ritual and not from the depth of the heart. A formula rather than a cry from the heart.
We have a loving Father who is totally in love with His children. As in Jesus in Luke 11:13 said “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
So let us make sure that we approach God with a holy (set apart from His glory) attitude, through His Son, with confidence, knowing that like the Father of the prodigal son, He is with His arms wide open ready to shower us with His blessings.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Martha opened her home to Him
Martha was a woman who identified who Jesus was and gladly accepted HIM in her house, meaning that she welcomed him in her life. She was a servant at heart and all this is honourable to God.
When we genuinely come to the Lord and open our hearts to HIM, a transformation will start to happen as a revelation of HIS word comes into our heart which will mould our attitude from a selfish one into a selfLESS, serving one.
Martha was distracted by all the preparations
While the Lord was teaching and giving invaluable life lessons, Martha was distracted by all the things that needed to be done. She panicked and felt disappointed that her sister was in her eyes ‘idle’.
How many times we as Christians who minister find ourselves into this situation. Trying to do a million and one things and then look around us only to see what we repute as ‘seat warmers’ at church which makes us grumble and at time makes our hearts even bitter. I have been there not once. I am sure this never happened to you right :)?
The Lord answered “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.”
While Martha was expecting backup from the Lord, He gracefully used this episode to teach her and all generations thereafter including us an invaluable lesson.
“Nothing should even begin without first spending precious and undivided time with the Lord”
This means that getting too busy even doing all the good in this world will result to be futile if it is not empowered by an enhanced connection with the One who gave us life.
An invaluable lesson which should teach us to self-examine ourselves and help us to check our motives and make sure they are in line with what the Lord wants us to really do and not what we think it’s best.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for this lesson which teaches us to re-focus on what counts most, that is our relationship with you. The branch cannot produce fruit without the vine and so we cannot produce your fruit without being constantly connecting to you. Reveal to us this message and help us live by its principles in the mighty Name of Jesus we pray…Amen.
Exposing Luke 9:57-62
We here find three types of persons whom Jesus met, who either desiresd or He called to become His disciples.
An eager person who was touched by the powerful teaching of Jesus, who felt the urge to follow Jesus wherever he goes. In this instant Jesus invited the eager to be disciple to count the costs before commiting.
Thought: Following Jesus is a lifelong commitment, it should become a lifestyle. A marathon and not a 100 meter race. This entails enduring hardship and keeping focused on the goal towards the eternal Prize. The good news is that we are not left alone to endure all this but Jesus vested us with the power of the Holy spirit to move forth with power and be more than overcomers.
This time Jesus was the one who invited this person to become His disciple. He asked Jesus to allow him to first go and bury his father. Most peobably his father was still alive otherwise he would not be by Jesus’s side but would be busy with the burial. Jesus identified this as a delay to commit.
Thought: Jesus is asking you to follow HIM. Are you finding an excuse or excuses not to follow HIM? Procrastinating can be fatal especially when we do not know our lives’ expiry date. Delaying is a sign of an undecided heart. Therefore you need to question your relationship with Jesus, ask God for a revelation of what it means to be a disciple of Christ and to go and proclaim the good news to those who are still searching.
“Let me go and say goodbye to my family” was the answer of another person Jesus had called to become His disciple.
Jesus’s feedback was explicit and by using the analogy of a farmer plowing, he made it clear that we cannot look backwards and plow in a straight line at the same time.
Thought: We cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). Becoming a disciple of Christ entails surrendering all, allow the Holy Spirit to release you from the chains of this world and remain free in Christ, meaning that you will never want to go back to those chains but press forward to go from level to level into your relationship with Christ. The ultimate fulfillment of life.
Heavenly Father , now that we know about the cost of being a disciple of Christ, change this from knowledge in the head to a revealing power in the heart, knowing that the cost of discipleship is negligent when compared to the great undeserved awards you have in store for us. Help us move forth in faith as we tap in your amazing power and grace. In Your Son’s precious Name Jesus we pray, Amen