Monthly Archives: July 2014

42. Share the oracles of God (1)

We are part of God's Kingdom now already. We are the blessed ones, where everything will work out for our good. We live with the King of kings living within us. He nourishes us and therefore we can grow with the increase that is from God:

"Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God." Colossians 2:18, 19

Jesus nourishes us. Synonyms for the word 'nourish' is encourage, feed, nurture, promote, support etc. Jesus therefore encourages us never to give up, He feed us with the Word of God, He nurtures us and takes care of us, He promotes us to the next spiritual level, and He supports us in our dreams and helps us to achieve them. He does all this for us. Why? Because He loves us and we are part of His body. That is why Hebrews 3:14 tells us:

"For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end."

We are partakers of Christ. We are a member of His body, part and parcel of Him. Sit back and truly think about it. What will be impossible for you if the God of the impossible is part of you? He lives in all His fullness within you. And that is why you should be able to speak the oracles of God to this world:

"If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to Whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever." 1 Peter 4:11

You can speak with the oracles of God, not only ministers and ordained preachers. If you are a Christian you have His Spirit living within you and because you do, you can speak with the oracles of God. If you spend time with Him and get to know His heart for this world, you should stand up and share these revelations with the world. God will start sharing His vision for this world with you and you can start sharing it with others. God wants His children to be rivers. He wants us to receive word from Him and then He wants us to share. He doesn't want us to be like dams, hoarding all we receive from Him and not sharing it with others.

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son to die and save the world. Notice that He loved the whole world. None is left out and it is the duty of those that have seen the light to go out and spread His light. Jesus will nourish you and provide for you. He will care for you and help you. He will be right by your side, cheering you on. Even more than that, He will be inside of you, cheering you on.

You are an ordained son of God; stand up in all that you are, right there where you are. Share His precious words and see how His Word comes to life. It is powerful and has the ability to change lives for the better. It has the ability to do wonders and to leave all breathless and amazed, wanting more. Be part of this, it will be more than worth it.

Thank you Father for sharing the oracles of God with us. Thank you for the saving grace of Your Son. Thank you that He nourishes us and takes care of us. Give us the courage and the ability to stand up and share Your message with the world. Amen

 

 

41. Blessed are those who believe (1)

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. We learned that last week. His amazing work on the cross and His resurrection opened up the way for us to have access to God the Father and because of that we have infinite power available. Ephesians 1:19, 20 confirm that we have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead at our disposal. We are citizens of the Kingdom of God and the fullness of all what that entails is ours for the taking. That is why Romans 8:38, 39 tells us:

"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

When we walk in His Kingdom, we are surrounded by the love of God and if you have the love of God, you have everything life has to offer. God is love and when you have His love you have Him. All of Him. Isn't that amazing? And because we have the fullness of Him, we can agree with Paul:

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

All things will work together for our good when we love God and walk in His love for us. We can walk with faith knowing that Jesus saved us and that death and sin has no more dominion over us:

"Death no longer has dominion over Jesus (and Jesus lives in us). For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace." Romans 6:9, 14

The dominion of sin and death has been broken over us by the death of Jesus. We can walk in freedom from that and truly experience the life that Jesus came to give us. He said that He came to give us life and life in abundance. He came so that we can truly breathe for the first time. And day by day we need to walk in that life. We need to walk with His life breathing His oxygen into our veins. The physical oxygen in our atmosphere is not all we need for true life, we need Him. He is the One giving us true life with His love surrounding us, working all things for our good. We need to have faith and believe what is true of us:

"So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham." Galatians 3:9

Blessed are those that believe, not because we are more special than others; no we are blessed because when we believe, we move into the heavenly realm and receive all that we need from there. We move into the very presence of God, we breathe Him in and as we do, we walk as He walked, we do what He did and we reach out as He did. That is being truly blessed indeed.

When you start walking in unison with God, believing what His Word says is true about you and living within His love, everything will work out for your good. You will be blessed indeed. Take a stand today and start believing what is true about you and start living in His Kingdom. In His Kingdom is where you truly belong. This world is no longer your home. Make yourself comfortable in God's presence; you will be so glad you did.

Thank you Father for Your wonderful love that is all-consuming. Thank you for Your Divine Grace saving us from this world. We want to abide in Your presence, because we know that we are safe there and that there all of life's answers lie. Thank you for the privilege that we have to be able to come into Your presence. We love You. Amen

40. God's wonderful salvation

God wants us to fly on eagle's wings. We saw that last week. He wants to work through us and bring His Kingdom to this fallen earth. He only wants us to be willing to be used. His Spirit will then flow through us into a broken world and bring healing where possible. He will even pray through us, when we do not know how to pray, He will literally do everything, we just need to be open that He can flow. We need to be spiritually minded and focus on the things that are important to God. He is a good, good Father, amazingly generous. He will provide in all our needs as we go out and make a difference for Him.

And all this is possible for us due to what Jesus did for us. The Good News is that our sins are forgiven and that He lives in all His power and might within us, ready to change the world:

"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek." Romans 1:16

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God. It brings forth God's mighty power within us. Sharing and declaring the Gospel of Christ will provide us with power. It brings salvation to everyone that believes. The word salvation here means Soteria in Greek. This word Soteria means "welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation and safety". Thus the Gospel of Christ brings all these wonderful things to us. Why? Because we are part of His Kingdom and in His Kingdom is His life and peace. His death and resurrection opened up the way for us to enter into God's presence with confidence and peace. We can come to Him as part of His family. We can come to Him today:

"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 Corinthians 6:2

The day of salvation is now. The day to prosper, to be delivered and to be safe is now. It is not at a future date when we have left this earth. No, the Word of God tells us that it is now. But notice, to 'prosper' doesn't necessarily refer to earthly riches. No, to prosper means to be within God's Will, to do what He called you to do, to walk within His perfect will for your life.

The Gospel of Christ is indeed Good News. He came to set us free from this world and to provide salvation for us now, today. And when you are free from this world, true living starts. It is immensely exciting. Start living from a heavenly perspective. Spend time with God and ask Him to show you what it is that He expects of you. Ask Him to show you your life from His perspective. It will surely liberate and free you from the pressures of this life. He will give you advice and show you the way to walk. You needn't stress and worry if you have Him by your side. He will tell you exactly what to do. All you need to do is to spend time with Him and follow His advice. Is that too much to ask? I don't think so. Time spent with Him is time well spent. It will save you much heartache in the long run.

Thank you Father for the good news of Your Son! Thank you that He did everything to free us from this world. Thank you that He came to give us salvation. Help us to rather focus on You and Your Kingdom than on this life. We love and praise You. Amen

 

39. God's Spirit is there for us (1)

God's Spirit is with us to help us with our life's tasks. His Spirit is bountiful and full of mercy and good fruit. His Spirit has the ability to do anything and everything for us and through us. He wants to rejoice in us and work through us in order to change this world into a better place. He wants us to bring Heaven on earth by allowing Him to flow through. That is why Jesus said the following in John 7:38, 39:

"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive."

His Spirit within us is like a flow of rivers. Notice not a trickle or a muddy pool, but rivers of water gushing out from within us. He has been poured out on us in abundance and now He wants to flow out of us in abundance. His living water wants to flow through and bring life to situations in this world. He wants to change people's lives and their circumstances for the better. But He wants to work through you. You need to be open to be used. What a sad day it would be if you weren't willing. The God of the Universe chose you to work through and yet you declined. That is failure, even if you were the CEO of the biggest global company in the world; you didn't 'climb the corporate ladder in His Kingdom'. God is reaching out and asking you to be a vessel for Him. You actually needn't do much; you simply need to be willing to be used. He will flow through and do what needs to be done. He will even help you when you do not know how to pray:

"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Romans 8:26

God in His infinite wisdom knew that sometimes your words will run out, your strength may decline and then you can only turn to Him and allow Him to pray on your behalf. And praying like that also builds up our faith. We certainly have a wonderful God.

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." Jude 1:20, 21

Allow Him to pray through you and to work through you, all the while keeping yourself in the love of God. Allow Him free access into the deepest part of your soul. Give Him free reign. That is why Jesus says in several places that everything you pray for will be given unto you. Because if you pray with His Spirit flowing through you, you are praying His will and it will certainly come to pass! That is wonderful news. We just need to keep the door open for Him to flow through; it is really as simple as that.

And yet we often find it very difficult to do. We get so lost and wound up in this world and all the pressures that it brings that we don't even glance in His direction. We run and run, tired to the bone, and do not have enough energy to say a 5 minute prayer before we go to sleep. We have it all wrong. We must give over to Him, spend time with Him, pray and allow Him to take over. THEN we can go about our day and we will run and not grow weary, walk and not faint. We will fly on eagle's wings.

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

Come on and fly on wings like eagles. It sounds much better than tiredly retiring to bed at night. It is within your hands, the choice is yours.

Father we choose to fly. We want to fly onto higher heights that You are planning for us. We don't want to rush anymore, but rather we want to glide with You, praying in Your Spirit and seeing how Your will comes to pass. We want Your rivers of living water to influence all around us. Amen

 

 

38. Walk with His Spirit in true liberty

We have so many things to be grateful for. We have so many blessings to thank God for. And last week we learned that God wants us to thank Him for it. Not necessarily constantly walking and thanking Him, but living a lifestyle of gratitude. Waking up in the mornings with a song in your heart, being grateful that you can get out of the bed and that you have things to do. What a privilege and an honour to roam this earth, knowing that God has a plan for you. Thank God for the opportunity to be able to represent Him today. You are more than able to, because you have His Spirit inside to help you. Just walk after His Spirit and do whatever His Spirit would do, then you cannot go wrong:

"He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:4

We can walk according to His Spirit, because His Spirit has been poured out on us in abundance:

"But when the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour." Titus 3:4-6

He poured out His Spirit on us in abundance. Notice the word 'abundance'. Isn't that wonderful? He didn't just give us a trickle of His Spirit, no; He gave us His Spirit in abundance, until it overflows. We will always have enough of Him. And because we do, we can do everything He requires of us. We can have His fruit multiplying within and we can distribute that fruit to all. We can also live in liberty:

"Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

There is liberty for us. 'Liberty' here means 'freedom from the dominion of corrupt desires, so that we can do by the free impulse of the soul what the will of God requires'. In other words we are free to do what God wants us to do, we are not obligated anymore to follow the evil powers of this world as we had to before we were Christians. We are truly free. Free to follow in His footsteps, free to be like Him in this world, free to dance, sing and worship Him. We are not bound by rules anymore; we are free to be like Him in this world. We can come into His presence at any time; we can bask in His love at any given moment. I don't think we often realise what a privilege it is that we are able to do just that. Being in His presence, basking in His love, is the true answer to all of life's questions, it is true success.

We can therefore come and worship Him at any time. What an honour:

"For we are the circumcision who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." Philippians 3:3

We needn't have any confidence in men, in the flesh. We can worship God, rejoice in Jesus and be free to be like them. We can walk in His Kingdom and share His love with all. That is the place God wants us to be and He has given His own Spirit to us to guide us in all His ways. When we do what He would have done, we are truly free from this world and its influences and we can walk as true sons of God with all the blessings and privileges associated with it.

Thank you Father for the honour and the privilege of being one with You. We have more than enough and we rejoice and worship You! You are our God and King and we love You dearly! Amen

 

37. Give thanks to God

We have learned so far that all of God's promises have come to pass in Jesus Christ. All of His promises are therefore for us, today. And because it is, all things are ours (1 Corinthians 3:21-23). This world, life and death, all things present and all things to come. This might sound fictional and not true, but that is what the Word of God says and we hold on to that truth. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and if we hold on to Him, we have it all. Everything is ours because we belong to Him, all glory to God! We are part of His Kingdom now already and we can therefore walk with the authority given from Above on this earth, knowing who we are in Christ.

And because all these wonderful amazing privileges are ours, we cannot do anything else but be thankful for all God has done for us. The Word tells us to always be thankful:

"And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:18-20

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34

We must give thanks to God in everything and for all things. We give thanks to Him because He is good and He has given us all things. How wonderful! So many things to be grateful for. This week go and write down everything that you can be grateful for. Have you thanked God for any of them? His Word tells us to give thanks in literally everything. That is one of the reasons why we pray before we eat, we thank God for the gift of food and with His blessing on it, the food is blessed too. Now to literally follow through with thanking God for everything, we will be thanking Him the whole day and not doing much else. The Word here is telling us that we must have a lifestyle of gratitude before the Lord. We must live and commune with Him within, being grateful for everything. Of course you can tell Him that you are thankful anytime, I just mean that sometimes that is not practically possible. A thankful heart and lifestyle is what God wants.

At the beginning of last year I had a sporting injury where I tore the tendon in my foot. For weeks I couldn't get out of bed without crutches, I couldn't walk, I couldn't drive, I couldn't exercise, I couldn't even take my cup of tea to where I am sitting and writing. I learned to be grateful again. Grateful that I can exercise, that I have the ability to, instead of looking up to doing it. Grateful that I can drive my own car, instead of moaning about the traffic. Grateful that I can take the stairs, instead of waiting for the lift. Grateful that I can do my own shopping, instead of moaning that I have to do it. There are so many things to be grateful for, many. My foot is completely healed by God's grace and healing power and I walk with thanksgiving towards Him.

We all have so many things to be grateful for. Think of them this week; write them down and thank God for them. And most importantly start living a life of gratitude. Then you won't covet what others have, you won't trample over others to be seen, you won't degrade others in order to look better yourself, you won't. You will live alongside God in His Kingdom, you will look at this life from His perspective and you will be eternally grateful for all He has in store for you now and in your life to come.

Thank you Father for all the blessings in our lives. Thank you for giving us so much. We love and adore You. You have given us so many things to be grateful for. We want to live a life honouring all that You have done for us, glorifying Your Name. We want to lift You on high. All glory to You. Amen

 

36. All of His promises are yours

Last week we learned that we are destined to reign. We must just realise this truth and start walking in it. We are not slaves to the useless powers of this word anymore; we are part of a new Kingdom, His Kingdom where His love and power reign supreme. We are part of a Kingdom so much higher in authority than the present world that we cannot even begin to compare the two. We are part of a Kingdom where destruction, hate and sickness are something of the past and we are part of this Kingdom now already. That is why the Word of God can say the following:

"For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." 2 Corinthians 1:20

All the promises of God came to pass when Jesus came and fulfilled His destiny on earth. Notice the word 'ALL', meaning every one of them. Isn't that just wonderful? Jesus came to bring us all the promises. How? He came to live within us that is how. He took the punishment for our sins, in order for us to be able to enter into God's presence without His wrath. And He gave us His robe of righteousness, so that we can be part of God's family and dwell with Him and in His presence as His child. And in His presence, as His child, we have all His promises; we have everything that He has. The Word states this clearly in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23:

"For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come - all are yours. And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's."

These are powerful verses and worthy to be read again, so please do. The world, life or death, things present or things to come is ours. Why? Because we are Christ's. We don't have it out of our own power and we certainly don't have it because we deserve it nor did enough good deeds to earn it. No, it is purely ours by the grace of God. It is purely ours because Christ suffered and died for you. He had a painstaking death so that you can have this privilege. Don't you think it will honour Him if you actually lived out these truths? I think it would.

When I told my boys about this the one excitedly pointed to the new BMW X6 in front of us and asked if that was his too? I laughed, but realised that this verse needs some explaining. God wants us to look at this world from alongside His throne. He wants us to look at everything from His viewpoint. He owns everything, literally everything. Nothing exists that He doesn't have power over. And we are His sons, fellow heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17, Galatians 4:7). We inherit all things (Revelation 21:7). We can look at this world and truly not covet anything, because He has given us all. We need to sit next to Him and look around us at His Kingdom and realise the magnitude of all that He is blessing us with. We need to see His Kingdom as our true home and see the treasures that He has for us. Then we need to walk on this world like Jesus did. He never lacked anything and He walked around with the authority He knew He had. He frequently spent time with His Father, in His Kingdom and was strengthened within.

Walk on this earth knowing who you are and what really belongs to you. Then the lust of the flesh for all things 'bling' will quiet down and you will walk with His joy, knowing that all things are yours. Then spend time with Jesus and your Father and live out your life with an intense gratitude for all He is blessing you with. Live a life not living in jealousy, but in freedom, knowing what is yours in Christ. Spend time with Him this week and ask Him to show you and reveal to you what is yours for the taking. Ask Him to show you the meaning of 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 personally, He will. Then go out and live the life He destined for you.

Thank you Father for the privilege of walking in all Your promises. Thank you that we can know that all of them came to pass through Jesus Christ! What a wonderful revelation. Thank you also that everything is ours in the Name of Jesus. We rejoice and honour You! Amen

35. You were destined to reign (1)

You are a king. We learned that two weeks ago. And Jesus is the King of all kings. He is our Leader and we need to follow Him. We need to act like He would and say what He would say. We need to stand up in a broken world like a king and reach out to those in need. We are now from a Kingdom where we are provided for, where we are looked after. And therefore we have the ability to look after others and lure them into His Kingdom. For when we realise that we are kings, we will have a different mindset. We will not be as competitive to win favour in this world, we will not trample on others to reach the top and we will not hold on to our possessions for dear life. We won't. We will be more relaxed, knowing that we are kings already provided and atoned for.

Realise that you are destined to reign, that is your destiny. Romans 5:17 states this clearly:

"For if by one man's offense death reigned through that one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ."

We have received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness and therefore we can reign in life through Jesus Christ living within us. Let us have a look at the two things that we have received in abundance and as a gift, namely grace and righteousness.

Grace means "Charis" in Greek. And in this context it means: "God bestow favours even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offences, and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ." We are accepted through Christ. God bestows favours on us undeservingly. He gives us special treatment, because of His Son's death on the cross. We have eternal salvation if we believe in Christ; we are partakers of grace (Philippians 1:7). And that is why Paul tells us in Colossians 4:6 that because we are saved by grace, our speech must also convey this truth. We must transfer the abundance of grace that we received towards others too.

Righteousness means "Dikaiosune" in Greek. It means "the state of him as he ought to be, the condition acceptable by God: integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting." None of us come close to being in the right acceptable condition that God expects. But notice the wonderful word 'gift'. Jesus came and gave it to us as a gift. We can now wear the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14), and know that we are as we ought to be, sons of God, kings.

God has bestowed unearned favour upon us and He has given us the gift to be like Him, righteous, holy and true (Ephesians 4:24). Why did He give all this to us? So that we can reign in life. So that we should not be slaves to the useless powers of this world any longer, but that we should reign over them. God knew that His enemy could entice people to sin and behave unrighteously and He knew that He cannot come near sin or tolerate it. And this combination was a winning recipe to keep people away from God and His wonderful plans for them. But now Jesus came and took the punishment for our sins so that God needn't punish us anymore, plus He gave us the gift of righteousness to walk as He wants us to. We are therefore free from this world and free to reign over all He has created.

We must just realise this truth about us and start walking in it. God is not angry with us, in fact He wants us to walk with Him even closer than Adam did. He wants His Kingdom to flow through us into this broken world and heal the sick. He wants us to be perfect representatives of Who He is and lure others in. He wants us to be who we ought to be, who He created us to be. And this is possible, through Him and His saving grace. Grab hold of it and walk on streets of gold. Allow the power and the majesty of our God to flow through you and change this world into a better place.

Father thank you for the wonderful gift of righteousness and for Your abounding grace towards us. We are humbled and so deeply grateful. Lord we take these gifts and we will use them to the glory of Your Kingdom. We will reign in life through Your precious Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

 

91. God is NOT angry with Cape Town

I read an article yesterday that a known preacher in South Africa told a reporter that God is angry with Cape Town and that is why it is not raining there. And if they do not repent, then the rain won't come. I was shocked when I read this, as I had a lot of respect for this preacher. But what he is saying is not true at all.

Let us begin on a practical level without even going to the Bible first. If it is true what he is saying, then why is it raining in Johannesburg for example? Why does Gauteng have more than enough water and Cape Town doesn't? Is he then in actual fact saying that people living in Cape Town has more sin than people living in Johannesburg? But that cannot be. Any Christian will agree that this is not true. So why is God then punishing Cape Town and not Johannesburg with drought?

Or let us go even further than that. The Scandinavian countries and Switzerland for example are countries known to be mostly atheists. So if God were to judge a country, wouldn't it be one of them? And yet they are so blessed in many instances.  According to the world happiness report, they are every year amongst the happiest people in the world. So wouldn't God be unfair to single out Cape Town and strike them with a drought, but bless countries that have no regard for Him? It just doesn't sound like the God I love and it certainly isn't.

God doesn't judge countries any more. Yes, He did it in the Old Testament. God's judgment came in the form of wars, droughts, famines and plagues. There are so many examples, but believe me when I tell you. When you page through the Old Testament that is what happened when people lived sinful lifestyles and not followed the Law as God prescribed. Go and read about all the curses in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 and you will see that there were dire consequences directly orchestrated by God to turn people back to Him. For example verse 23, 24:

"The sky above your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. The Lord will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder."

Sounds like the drought now in Cape Town doesn't it? That is how God judged people in the Old Testament. But thanks be to God for our Lord Jesus Christ! He came and bore all these curses upon Himself - Galatians 3:13:

"But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."

Jesus took all the curses upon Himself, including the curse of 'no rain'. He took it so that it never has to come on us from God ever again. God judged all sin on the cross. And because Jesus bore our sin we can boldly come to the throne room of grace and have communion with God. If what the preacher says is true, then our sins are still unforgiven and because it is we cannot come into God's presence. What was the point of the cross then? If what the preacher says is true, then I see God as a stern unfair Father, punishing certain people and not others. If what he says is true, then it pushes me away from God in fear of unfair punishment, instead of drawing me closer. That is not the God I know. The God I know stands with open arms, waiting for us to turn to Him in love. He will clothe us with a robe and give us His ring of honour. Our punishment today is when we turn our backs on Him and rather go and sit in the mud with the pigs. Our punishment is then self inflicted and not from Him. So yes, sin has consequences, but the consequences are due to our own choices and not direct punishment from God.

You see Jesus came to take the punishment for our sins so that forgiveness is ours. Let us have a look at a couple of Scriptures:

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." Ephesians 1:7

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13, 14

"And you, being dead in your trespass and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses." Colossians 2:13

"I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His Name's sake." 1 John 2:12

Can you see? The Bible clearly tells us that our sins have been forgiven us. All our trespasses have been forgiven, past tense. It is not something that must happen on a regular basis, but something that HAS happened already. Jesus took all the penalty of our sins on Him. He took it all. He took it all upon Himself that we do not have to bear it. That is grace. That is unearned, unmerited favour that He has bestowed upon us and all we need to do is to believe on Him.

We are now one with Jesus Christ. We are His body on earth. When God looks at us today He sees Jesus, He sees the body armour of righteousness that has been given to us as a gift. He doesn't look at us and search for our faults and close the windows of Heaven when we sin too much. And He doesn't stand in Heaven with folded arms until we have prayed long and hard enough to His liking. No! He isn't like that at all!!

It truly grieves me that My loving God is portrayed like that! We live in a fallen world. We live with people that do not look after our planet. We live with global warming and changing weather patterns. So yes, we live in a world with natural disasters, and indirectly it is a consequence of the sin of the whole human race, not looking after the planet as God had intended. Remember God gave humankind all authority over the world in Genesis 1:26-28, He made them rulers over the world. And we haven't been good stewards. So when natural disasters come, that doesn't mean that those people afflicted were more sinful than others. No, our world operates in a fallen state.

But remember one thing, as Christians we needn't fear. God is with us and He will look after us despite all the evil prevalent around us, despite all the disasters. We are His children, part of His new Kingdom. We will inherit all that is His. He will look after us and care for us. We need to stand up in all that we are in Him. That is what I have been teaching for eight months now with my weekly devotions, please go and read who we are in His Kingdom as I cannot go into further detail in this devotion alone.

We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Despite living in a fallen world, we can still rejoice in a loving Father looking after us. The closer we draw to Him, the more of Him will manifest in our lives and the more our environment and living circumstances around us will be changed. The more we realise who we are in Him, the more we will stand up in our authority given to us from Above. The more we allow His Spirit to work through us, the more Jesus can manifest. And when Jesus manifests through us, blessings will come raining down, because that is God's loving heart for us all!!

So my message today to all living in Cape Town is this: You are not more sinful than other people. Realise that God has forgiven you all your sins through Jesus Christ. Draw closer to Him and spend time with Him. Allow Him to become more and more in your life and then allow Him free access in your life to change the world around you into a better place. The more you begin to live and breathe like Him, the more you allow Him to manifest through you, the more changes you will see. A life on fire for God, a life inspired and influenced by Him is a miracle working life. Then look up and see the miraculous manifesting and give Him all the glory!!!

Thank you Father for Your loving kindness. Thank you for loving us and helping us on a daily basis. We want to draw closer and closer to You. We want You to grow in fullness and stature within us. We want to become less and less and You more and more. You are living within us and desperately want to manifest. Take my hands and feet and work through me Lord. Use me as Your vessel, only then can true change come. Jesus changed the whole world in three and a half years of ministry, how wonderful wouldn't it be if He can work through all Christians in fullness for millennia! How different the world will be. Thank you that it is possible. We are open vessels. Use us for the change You want to see in this world. Thank you Father, thank you Jesus and thank you Holy Spirit. Amen

 

 

 

34. You are a king

Last week we learned that we can truly trust God to provide for us. He wants to and He can. It is a wonderful combination. We just simply need to rely on Him, knowing that He knows best. We need to cast our care on Him. The following text verse states this beautifully:

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He might exalt you in due time, casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6, 7

Cast all your care on Him and trust Him, because He cares for you. We need to trust Him with our finances and every other area of our lives. We also need to read His Word and apply His Wisdom to our lives. God is our Provider and we need to honour Him as that. All this is possible for us because we are part of His holy nation, His family. We read that in 1 Peter 2:9:

"You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light."

This is quite a mouthful. Do you realise the significance of this? This one verse tells you that you are chosen by God. You are royalty. You are a priest and God's holy nation. You are His own special people. What can anyone ask for more to this life? Sit back and truly think about this. You can walk with your head held high because you are royalty; you can serve others and tell them more about God as a priest and you can come into God's presence because you are holy. He will look after you, because you are part of His nation and He looks after His own special people.

As you read through the Old Testament it is wonderful to see all the promises God made to them. God was their King, they were His people, they were a kingdom of priests and He wanted to bless them. Frequently you will read that He wanted to look after them, that He wanted to bless them with so many things, from being fruitful, to having more than enough, to protecting them from their enemies. He wanted to bless them with so much that other nations were supposed to look at them and want what they had. That was God's plan. He wanted all the nations to be lured towards Him and saved because of the blessings bestowed upon Israel. But alas, Israel rejected God as their King and forsook His laws. They went on to worship other gods. And the result was disastrous for them.

Let us not make the same mistake. The Old Testament is there to warn us and to tell us to live closer to God. Fortunately Jesus took all the punishment for our sins and fulfilled the Law of God. Therefore that requirement is not asked of us today. But to have true Kingdom living here and now, we must believe the truth of the Word and live close to our Father God and Jesus Christ. His Spirit lives within us and testifies of Jesus daily. We are one with Him. Our minds simply need to believe what is true of us in the spirit.

Look up, look to God, the beginning and the end of our salvation. The One Whose will it is that we walk in the fullness of His Son and His Kingdom. He wants us to walk as the royal priests that we are. Do not allow the world to tell you something differently. Do not allow the world to degrade you and tell you that you are not worth it. Do not allow the world to tell you that you are a mistake, a failure, a 'has been' or a sinner. You are none of it. You are a king. Stand up as the king that you are. Not in a prideful manner, but in a manner displaying authority and dignity, knowing who you are in Him. Be the king displayed in fairytales. A king everyone respects, a king that is kind and gracious, a king that will fight for what is right and a king that knows where his strength comes from. Jesus is the King of all kings; make Him proud to have you as one of His kings.

Father thank you so much that we are chosen as part of Your people. Thank you that we can be kings, all because of what Jesus did for us. We are humbled and grateful. And we want to make You proud of us. We glorify Your Name and exalt You on high. In Jesus' Name. Amen