Archive for May, 2015

THE CHAMPION

Posted: May 29, 2015 in The Champion

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We are all in a monumental fight, weather you are a Christian or not a Christian, there are enemies waiting to trap you and destroy your life. This is the same for everyone. No one is exempt.

Who is this enemy?

We have 3 enemies:

  1. the devil is waiting for you and will trap you and ruin your life. He is huge, like the enemy in this story, Goliath.
  2. We have the sinfulness of this world, which will take us away from JESUS and make us think everything is Ok, and lead us into wrong life-styles.
  3. We have our own sinful hearts, that want the wrong things and have no faith or desire for God.

These are too much for us to deal with. How can these enemies be defeated?

The story starts with..

The people of God, the Israelites, are facing a terrifying enemy, The Philistines. The Philistines had a champion, Goliath, who they used to frighten the Israelites so much, that they were paralysed with fear.

Goliath was approximately 3 metres tall. He wore chain mail 150KG in weight, a sword, a spear and a javelin.

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INTIMIDATING!

King Saul is terrified, and all his soldiers.

None of them could fight, they were helpless with fear.

Every day for 40 days, Goliath has come out of the Philistine camp and railed against the Israelites. He scoffs at them and insults them, as he knows they are afraid of him.

“Send someone to fight me…If he kills me, we will be your servants. If I kill him, you will be our servants…” He defies God and His people, and Saul and all his army are dismayed and terrified…

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In the hill country of Bethlehem, lived an old man- Jesse. Jesse’s 3 oldest sons were in Saul’s army, and he sent his youngest son David to bring food to his brothers at the battle-field. David was only 15 years, and had spent his short life looking after sheep.

David goes down to the war-zone with the food, and his trusty sling-shot, tucked in his belt.

David looks so ordinary, so feeble and when he heard Goliath shouting at the armies of God, he is amazed that no one will go and confront Goliath.

Saul hears about David and David announces that he will go and fight Goliath. He is too small..!! David tells Saul that he knows God will give the victory to him, because God was with him when he fought the lion and the bear, which attached the sheep.

David collects 5 smooth stones from the stream and sets out to face the giant.

Goliath is furious when he sees David. “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

Goliath moves forward to attack.

David pulls out a stone, puts it in the sling shot. And the stone flies straight into the forehead of Goliath.David runs over and stand over Goliath, kills him and cuts off his head.The Philistine armies run off, and the Israelites get their courage back and chase them down the roads to their capital city, and kill the soldiers along the way, lining every road with dead bodies.

Saul asks David “Who are you?”

David says, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.”

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Bethlehem! Where have we heard that before?

Who else came from Bethlehem?

David was just a young man in this story, but he was God’s chosen King, and he became King of Israel. He was Israel’s greatest king…

King David was the forerunner of another great King- God’s true and eternal King – JESUS..

Just as David killed and overcame the enemies of God’s people thousands of years ago, so JESUS has delivered His people from their enemies also.

  1. Satan is bound up. He cannot hurt the Christian at all. Like Goliath, he can frighten and annoy us, but JESUS has conquered Him, just as surely as David killed Goliath.
  2. The world is silenced. Its attractions seem to fade away over time and they have less and less hold over us. We are drawn to the love of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, as we know He has fought he battle for us and he is our Champion.
  3. And our hearts are changed. We have the Holy Spirit within us to give us the strength to continue on the Christian way. We want to obey and we trust our Champion because of who he is and what He has done.

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This is the power of the LORD JESUS to deliver us from sin and the hurtful things that keep us away from Him.
 JESUS went out into the battle-field for us- He went to the cross and allowed himself to be crucified… it seemed a strange victory… but he rose again the third day- forever. All sin was beaten and He made it possible for us to be forgiven and to be victorious in His name.

 If we are trusting in JESUS, then we are part of His people… JESUS IS OUR CHAMPION…

If we are not trusting in JESUS, we have no champion and will be always afraid like the Israelites.

God’s power in us

Posted: May 24, 2015 in God's power in us

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The way of success lies in always doing the things you know you can’t do. That way, you are always concious of the power of God, and that by leaning on Him in FAITH, you can overcome all things.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..”

Problems are only problems to us, not to God, and he can answer any prayer that is prayed truthfully and whole-heartedly.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart…. there are no half-measures and room for purile doubt. He knows what he is doing and his plans for you are always right, even if they seem painful or too difficult.

Don’t depend on your own understanding… Gods view is way above ours, and he knows the end of a matter and how it all hangs together with the beginning.

The Book of Provers says… “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight..”
‘For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths.”

Acts 4: Opposition

Posted: May 14, 2015 in Acts 4: Opposition

Psalm 37

Posted: May 13, 2015 in Psalm 37

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Trust in the Lord and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

 Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him and he will do this:

 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,

your vindication like the noonday sun.

 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

 do not fret when people succeed in their ways,

when they carry out their wicked schemes.

 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;

do not fret—it leads only to evil.

 For those who are evil will be destroyed,

but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

The creed

Posted: May 5, 2015 in The creed

Walking on water

Posted: May 1, 2015 in Walking on water

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JESUS had just fed over 5,000 people with a packed lunch donated by a small boy. He also sent the Disciples out to sea. JESUS takes himself apart from all around him and climbs the mountain, to pray and have fellowship with the Father.

Meanwhile, the disciples were in great trouble, far out in the middle of the Sea of GALILEE, because a powerful storm had blown up and was causing huge waves to toss the boat about and made it hard to control. They were so tired from the struggle, and in the darkness, around 3 o’clock in the morning, they noticed a human-shaped figure coming towards them. The disciples in their terror cried out that it was a ghost come to whisk them away to death..

JESUS speaks to his disciples. He knows they are afraid

“Don’t be afraid, have courage, I am here with you…”
The wind and waves were still churning, and really, they were more concerned about that, except one of them….
Peter is the one who calls out first. He shouts across the waves,
“Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

 JESUS tells him to come to him.. What would you do? Would you step out onto the water?

Peter had faith to leave the boat and trust JESUS to keep him on the top of the water and not drown in the depths of the sea.

Would you have risked that? If you were in Peter’s shoes, what would you do?

Perhaps you have heard about JESUS when you come to church or the outreach meetings, and it rings true, but you are finding it difficult to trust what JESUS is saying to you. Maybe you feel in a similar position to Peter. In fact, everyone who comes to JESUS finds themselves in this position. A position of wondering and doubt, but wanting to believe…but not being sure…

Peter stepped over the edge to go to his Saviour. He did believe. He could see JESUS, the one he loved the most, and he exercised his faith in him, and stepped out.

This is a great picture of what it means to believe. The troubles of life were still there, the raging of problems and unbelief were still there, but Peter stepped out. It was the first step…

He walked on the water to JESUS… Peter’s faith held up. He was walking to JESUS…
BUT… he looked at the storm, he heard the wind howling, the terror gripped his heart again, and his faith failed….

Peter had to learn, that his faith was not sufficient. His eyes had looked at the waves, and had taken away his amazing faith. So with us also. Whatever trust I think I have in JESUS, it will fail. I am not able to save myself by just hoping against hope that I will have enough faith to please JESUS and to keep me walking with Him.

Peter is sinking…drowning…

BUT Peter does the right thing…. he calls out to JESUS – 3 words.

“SAVE ME, LORD!”

JESUS heard him. Even though Peter had failed, JESUS loved him and reached out and lifted him up and rescued him from certain drowning. The love of CHRIST for sinful people is beyond understanding. He saves all those who call out to him, from a sincere heart. I am not able to save myself, but I know He is able….

Peter needed the rescue of JESUS desperately…. he could see there was no other hope for him. He calls out in deep need…. It is the same for us. We need JESUS. We need forgiveness – rescue – life-saving help for our souls, and when we realize that, it is a good state to be in.

I need JESUS now…

When I call out JESUS is right there to help me and He gives me the faith to trust him.

JESUS calmed the storm, and everyone could see who He is… We need to trust Him and call out for rescue from the storms of our sinful lives. He will rescue us, just like he did for Peter.