Monthly Archives: October 2011

Jesus;The Light Of The World

John 12:12″ Then spake Jesus again unto them,saying,I am the light of the world:He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,but shall have the light of life.”

Until Jesus came to dwell among men, the entire world was in darkness.The concept of walking in darkness, symbolized the sin and ignorance of the lost. Even the most Godly of men relied upon the priest to offer annual sacrifices, first for himself and then for the sins of the people.The comming of Christ, the spotless lamb of God,has taken away our sins and our darkness.His purpose in comming as the “light” was to rescue all who believes in him from satan’s”dominion of darkness” and to bring them “into the kingdom of the Son”,Gods kingdom of light and love.

Jesus the “true light” that gives light to every man;but this light is available only to those who believe in and follow(obey)Christ. True believers will never walk in darkness,That is they will not continually abide in sin and spiritual ignorance.They shall walk in the light,the devine truth and holiness of God. The path of the just is as the shining light,that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.When you are born again,God opens your eyes to the spiritual realm, allowing you to see and understand things that you didn’t know existed.They are hidden from the world,but revealed unto us.The holy spirit indwelling us reveals to us the path to life,(taking us from darkness into his marvelous light), the will of God ,and the revelation of the word of God.

Now we are the lights of the world, who were sent to open the eyes of the lost,to turn them from darkness to light,and free them from the grips of satan,and lead the to the mercy God, that their sins may be forgiven.But just as the Father and son are one, we to must be one with Christ, for he alone is the source of our light, without him we to are in darkness………..

Lord is It I?

Matthew 26:22″And they were exceeding sorrowful, and begin every one of them to say unto him, Lord is it I?”

Here they are at the Lord supper,and the Lord says “one of you shall betray me”, the Lords inner circle, his twelve, hand picked by him,and one would betray him.They were troubled to know their master would be betrayed, and it troubled them even more to know one of them would do it.They were troubled most of all, that they didn’t know which one it was;each afraid for himself,and they asked “Lord is it I”.They didn’t point fingers at each other, or place blame on one another; they didn’t say Lord is it Peter,John or James, they each asked “Lord is it I”.

Saints we must all examine ourselves in our walk with the Lord, we must begin to look within for those things which hinder our relationship with Christ.Look within for the gods of this world that blinds us to the will and way of the Lord.They each looked within and ask the question “Lord is it I”,Is it I betraying you for the love of money, selling you out for a hand full of silver.Is it I committing spiritual adultry and fornication,as I confess with my mouth, my marriage to the lamb, but secretly climb in and out of the bed with the gods of this world.Lord is it I,being led by the powers of satan unaware, captivated by his lies,and false promises, blinded to the things of heaven, trapped in the flesh,a slave to the old man and his ways,while confessing a new life in Christ.Lord is it I,causing division within your flock, proclaiming and teaching a self serving doctrine,catering your word to fit my beliefs, and lifestyle, Lord is it I; Am I denying you three times before the cock crows,denying you in my walk, in my talk, and in my appearence, as I bear no resemblance to you at all. Lord is it I who dips with you in the love of the Father with one hand, while stabbing you in the back with the other.Lord is it I,Who serves you with my lips, while my heart is far from you, dressed up on the outside looking like a new man, but on the inside just dead lifeless bones, walking on the same crooked path.They all asked” Lord is it I”, eating bread with you while,lifting my heals up against you, they wanted and needed to know for themselves,”Lord is it I.”

Saints we must be absolutly sure as to where we stand with Christ,salvation is real, and the choices we make are eternal; have you with all sincerity of heart, ask the question” Lord is it I”. Because we were the “I” who was lost in sin,the”I” on the way to hell, and the “I” that Jesus suffered ,bled and died to save. So let us ask daily, “Lord is it I” and then pray for the strength not to betray the Lord of Glory………….

Living as God’s People

                                                               Sunday School Lesson
                                                                   October 30,2011

Lesson Scripture
Matthew 5:1-12

Introduction:

The Kingdom Message:Jesus climbed a mountain in Galilee and delievered a powerful sermon.He set out to accomplish several things in this message,present a standard of living for his disiciples and all believers,contrast God’s kingdom and the world,expose the differences in Jesus’ ministry and the legalistic teaching of the pharisees, and give examples of how Old Testiment teaching fits in with the new beliefs Jesus ushered in. Jesus laid out eight characteristics of living a life filled with deep down hope and joy within,not just happiness, a temporary external circumstance.
God Blesses Kingdom Conduct
Matthew 5:1-9KJV
 1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

   2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
   3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
   4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
   5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
   6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
   7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
   8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
   9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

footnotes:

Characterististics of Kingdom Living; Fortunate are those who choose to follow closely after Christ,humbly recognizing their need for Him.As a result they will dwell with God’s people on earth and also in heaven.Mourners, those who mourn a loss or mourn over sin or persecution and suffering,all will receive God’s comfort.Those who see no need to throw their weight around(the meek),but rely on God to throw his weight around, will inherit a high place in God’s kingdom.Those who desire an obedient,trusting relationship with God(Hunger for righteousness) will ultimately be satisfied with a sin free existence in heaven.Those drenched in God’s love have the Holy Spirit working in them and so they are able to extend mercy and love to others,even their enemies. Jesus forgiving His enemies on the cross provides a perfect example of mercy in action.Those who have a pure heart,love God, and have no worldly loyalty eventually will see God’s face,in heaven(1john 3:2). God is the ultimate peacemaker.Once peace with God is established, those who follow after Him will also desire to maintain and traffic in peace.
God Rewards Kingdom Conduct
Matthew 5:10-12KJV
10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

   11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
   12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

footnotes:
Kingdom Persecution; Jesus warned that persecution is coming.People who follow him will “go through” adversity,even be killed. But for those in the “suffering for Jesus’ sake” crowd, nothing will compare to the reward they receive in heaven(Romans 8:18).Yet knowing the great hardship to come,Jesus encourages us to realize that we are devinely blessed, even when we are insulted, persecuted, and falsely accused of all manner of evil deeds solely because we follow Him.Rejoice and be glad.Because it brings great heavenly reward and because it identifies Christ followers with the godly line of persecuted prophets who faithfully foretold the coming of the messiah.

Dying To Live!

Colossians 3:5 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affections,evil concupiscence,and covetousness,which is idolatry”.(read 3:5-11)

Here this is a violent passage of scripture,a passage that attacks many people right where they are living.In this third chapter of Colossians,we see the violent demands of the believer’s new life in Christ .It tells us to put to death the sins that enslaves the body and it’s members.The word “mortify” means to put to death or act as though the body is dead.The believer is to take the various parts of his body and put them to death in so far as sin is concerned.How does one do this you ask?He considers his body to be hid in the death of Christ. He lives as though his body is dead with Christ.And remember a dead man cannot sin; a dead man can do nothing.Therefore, the believer is dead to sin,as he lives through Christ.

The point is this: it is an act of the mind or spirit.A person wants to live for God;therefore, he looks at his body and at sin.The only way he can possibly conquer sin is to treat his body as dead to sin or to consider sin as dead to his body.The person has to live as though his body has no part in sin,and sin has no part in his body.But note, this life is possible only in Christ.Christ alone,through the Holy Spirit,can work within the human heart and give it the energy and power to conquer sin permanently and eternally. Some men can discipline themselves to overcome some sin,but not all sin,and not all the time.This can only be done through Christ.There is an enormous difference between human discipline and godly control,and that difference is Jesus Christ.Not only are we told to put to death the sins that enslave the body,but we are also instructed to strip off the sins that enslave the emotions and the tongus(vs.8-11). Contrary to what we want to believe save people don’t just act or speak any old kind of way.A Christian is Christ like in action as well as conversation.

What sins are to be mortified or put to death?The Bible is very specific, for there are some very specific sins which tend to enslave the human body.In fact,note the term “children of disobedience”. These particular sins are not only terrible acts of disobedience to God,they are sins that can enslave the human body so much that they make a believer, a child of disobedience.How many are professing Christ here on the social network, yet are living in fornication,worshiping Idols,or using foul language.Some even boast about ungodly acts which they do like they are proud of them,children of disobedience.Rather we like it or not there is a demand put on all who profess this new life in Christ.