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We have just celebrated Christmas, but here is just a thought, when Gabriel appeared to Zacharias he asked how, and was struck dumb until John was born. Mary asked Gabrielle how, and was answered. My question then is:

When is ok to ask ,”how” and when is it not?

Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and tells him that Elizabeth was going to have a baby, even though they were both old and unable to have children despite years of trying.

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” Luke 1:18

The result he was struck dumb.

Gabriel then appears to Mary and tells her she is going to have a baby.

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” Luke 1:34

Gabriel then tells her what is going to happen, the Holy Spirit will over shadow her and she’ll conceive.

Why the difference?

Zacharias questioned the very word of the angel, “How shall I know this? How can I know what God is saying is true.

Mary, on the other-hand asks, “How can this be? She didn’t doubt the word, she sought information as to how the promise would be fulfilled. What’s the point?

It is ok to ask God how He is  going to fulfill His promise, what is not ok is to question the promise. Mary is saying I believe your promise, how are you going to fulfill it. Zacharias heard the angel and asked how can I know this is God,s word, it seems to wonderful.

There has always been so much debate over tithing, the problem is talking about money solicits so much emotion.

Paul says the love of money is the root of all evil (see 1 Tim 6:10), notice it is not money but the love of it.

When people speak of tithing they often quote Malachi 3, that if you tithe, God will open the floodgates of blessing, while that is true it should never be the motivation to tithe.

Other who don’t like the idea of tithing say that is Old testament, that is simply not true. Jesus in a debate with religious leaders said,

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

Without neglecting the former, justice, mercy and faithfulness are more important and should be characteristics of the believer’s life and done without neglecting the principle of tithing.

So why tithe, what is its purpose?

God, Himself, answers that:

Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place he shall choose as his sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB)

The purpose of the tithe is to learn to put God first in life always. Other translations says we tithe to learn to “fear the Lord”, to hold Him in reverence and awe.

Abraham was the first to tithe, it was not commanded, it was not a law, it was a sign of honor and worship to God for the victory he secured over 5 kings (see Genesis 14:20).

Show me a believer that honors and worships God, putting Him first in their lives, and I’ll show you a tither!

Just a Thought!

God Bless, have a great day.

“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Gal 4:6

Paul makes it clear that the Spirit of God that is in our hearts cries out Abba Father! Of all the names of God found in the scriptures, Jesus uses just one, Father and He wants us to do the same. When the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray he told them to address the Almighty God, creator of the universe as “Our Father”.

This has everything to do with relationship, Abba is a term of warm affection and shows that we can draw near to our loving heavenly Father, while religious spirits seek to place barriers between us and Dad.

What a beautiful exchange, only once did Jesus refer to His Father as “God” and was separated from Him, that when He was on the cross as the sin offering for the world, so that we through eternity we can call our dad, DAD and live close to Him!

Enjoy Him and Embrace Him today!

Just a Thought

Posted: May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Romans 2:4, tells us that it is the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

Thanks to the church, the word repent manifests a negative response when the world hears it.But that should never be the case. Repentance comes from two Greek words ‘meta’ meaning to change and ‘gnosis’ meaning mind. Repentance is not change your actions it literally means change your thinking

Jesus told us to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand, what is He saying? Change how you think because the Kingdom of God is close by. Paul tells us that we are transformed, changed, by changing by the renewal of the mind.

So what’s the point?

Kingdom living, begins with kingdom thinking and kingdom thinking begins with the study of the Word of God.

JUST A THOUGHT!

One Little Word

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

If I said I was tired or I am so tired what is the difference? To say I am SO tired indictes that I very tired.

If I said someone said is talkative or said they are so talkative, what is the difference? The first conjurs an image of someone that is chatty while the second indicates that they cannot keep quiet.

That little word ‘so’ amplifies the issue.

If I said Jim is being good and that Joe isbeing so good, who do we think is behaving the better? Joe.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16

God doesn’t just love the world, He SO loves the world.

He doesn’t just love us, He SO loves us. Paul says that we are accepted in the beloved and God refers to Jesus as His beloved Son, it’s the same word! I am, you are, we all are, greatly loved by God!

How much does He SO love us, He allowed Jesus to suffer all that He did for us.

One last thought be like John, ‘the disciple that Jesus loved’ and boast in His love for us not our love for Him.

This is one of my pet topics, the extension of God’s Kingdom. I am desperate to see cities and nations transformed, my deep cry is for the town got has placed me in transformed into heaven on earth.

It was God’s plan from the beginning. He created man, blessed him and commanded him to fill the earth and subdue it, his plan was for the ‘Garden of Eden’ to fill the earth. Man sinned and was driven from the Garden but God still intended for the Kingdom to fill the earth. Jesus showed the priority of this when the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. After worship, “Our father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name”, the very first thing the disciples pray for is, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on EARTH AS IT IS HEAVEN”.

Throughout Bible times kingdoms extended by conquest, and in Psalm 105 there is a fascinating insight into the extension of God’s Kingdom.

Psalms 105:24 He increased His people greatly, And made them stronger than their enemies .

God blessed His people, when he created man we are told He blessed man and told him to be fruitful and multiply. Here we are told that as Israel came out of Egypt he multiplied them but also strengthened them making the stronger than all their enemies in the land and on the journey. At this we all cry out glory, and get excited because of the increase God gives and the strength He gives but it is always for a purpose and that purpose is beyond self.

Psalms 105:25 NKJV  He turned their heart to hate His people, To deal craftily with His servants.

What an amazing statement for the extension of the Kingdom. God makes His people stronger than their enemies and then God turns the hearts of our enemies to hate us, why, so we can have victory over His enemies and with every victory comes an extended kingdom.

I love this thought as to why God stirs the enemies of His people:

It’s not because He wants to create problems for His Church It’s because He likes to see the devil defeated by those who are made in His image, who have a relationship of love with Him by choice. We are His delegated, authority. It is His delight to have us enforce the triumph of Jesus.

The kingdom is advanced by an army made strong by their God who delights in the victory of His people.

One last thought, we win!

God makes us stronger than the enemy we are facing, so in the battle we are fighting now, we can take comfort from the fact we are only in that battle because God has prepared us and strengthened us and made us stronger than who we are up against.

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

This is a powerful truth. It is something that as parents we understand but when it comes to God, our heavenly Father, at times, we just don’t get it. God says two things, firstly Jesus is beloved Son and secondly He is well pleased with Him.

As parents we love our kids and, imperfect as our love is we like to think it is unconditional, we know that is the expectation of parents, ‘to love our kids no matter what’. However, we are not always pleased with them, whenever we have to discipline them, no matter what form that takes, at that point in time we are not pleased with them. We love them but we are not pleased with them.

When the prodigal son demanded his inheritance and then went and squandered it, I am sure the father was not pleased with the choices he made but it is clear he still loved him.

When Peter denied Jesus I am sure Jesus was not pleased but He still loved Him.

When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had Urriah murdered, it is clear that God was not pleased with him but He still loved Him.

When Adam sinned, God was not pleased but the fact he sought Him out showed His love for him never waned, it was unconditional.

What’s the point?

Ephesians 1:6 says, “He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Like natural parents, God’s love is unconditional and has nothing to do with our pleasing him.

Romans 5:8 says, “…God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God demonstrates His love for me in that while I was a sinner, not pleasing to Him at all, His love for me compelled Him to send Christ to the cross. God loves me unconditionally, but there are times I don’t please him, I want to please Him, it is my hearts desire to please Him but there are times I know I don’t please Him, but He never will stop loving me. I am accepted in the beloved, and God says, “this is Graham my beloved son” I want Him to add, “in whom I’m well pleased”, that comes down to the choices I make, but He never stops loving me. The problem is we fail to differentiate between God’s unconditional, unending and massive love for us and our choice that either please or displease Him.

God never falls in and falls out of love with me. He loves me and he accepts me. My prayer is God help me live a life that pleases you.

Psalms 37:3-4

Often we quote the last part of verse 4, saying, “God loves me, He only wants to do me good and He’s going I to give me the desires of my heart”. That is so true and I believe it passionately but is cannot be separated from the rest of the phrase. There are conditions, the good news is it is still by grace.

CONDITION #1 -Trust in the Lord

Trusting God in all situations is believing that God loves me and that He is bigger than the biggest obstacle I face in life.

If I can believe those two basic truths, trust becomes easy.

CONDITION #2 – Do good

Hebrews 12:28 says, “…let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

Grace has empowered me to live right, so I should, leaning on the grace give me, I am to live worthy of the call he’s placed on my life.

CONDITION #3 – Dwell in the land

The promised Land is a type, a picture, of the Kingdom. The third condition is that I be kingdom minded, lay hold of the kingdom promises of God, described by Peter and exceeding great and precious promises.

CONDITION # 4 – Feed on His faithfulness

When we feed on anything what we are dong is drawing energy from one source to energize ourselves. The faithfulness of God, when embraced energizes our lives.

CONDITION # 5 – Delight yourself also in the Lord

Just enjoy God, believers that are not full of joy have never fully comprehended all that has been done for them. God loves me and I should live delighted!

There are 5 condition, the number of grace, none of which are onerous, I must trust God and that comes from knowing Him more, commit to knowing God more and more because those that know Him, trust Him (Psalm 9:10), secondly, let the grace of God work in me so as to do good, next, lay hold of all the great and precious promises of God, then, allow the faithfulness of God to energize me and finally simply enjoy God and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Behold the Lamb of God

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

One description of Jesus happens to be the declaration of His cousin, John the Baptist, who declared to all those who came to him to be baptized, “Behold! The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

The word translated take away litterally means take up, so we can say that Jesus takes up (onto the cross) the sins of the world. The next thing I am amazed by is that the fact that the verb is present and active, he takes every sin comitted in the past, every sin being committed right now and every sin that will be committed in the future has been dealt with on the cross.

What staggered me was that it was the sin of the world that Jesus took up on the cross, it wasn’t just the sin of the Christians, it wan’t just the sin of those who pray the sinners prayer, it is every sin, committed by every person, that has been dealt with on Calvery.

The issue is not how good or bad we are, every sin has been dealt with. The worst sinners sins have been dealt with, Pol Pot, Hitler, Gadaffi, Bin Laden’s all have been dealt with on the cross.

Having said that, here is a day of judgement coming, but on that day only one issue that will be dealt with is this, what have you done with Jesus? Have you believed and accepted what He has done?

John 3:18 puts it this way:

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

John says we are either saved or condemned by our response to the goodness of God and the light of Christ.

What’s the point? Simply this, it is pointless justifying ourselves by measuring ourselves against others, all their sins, like all of mine, have been dealt with. The question is what have done with the grace of Christ extended towards me?

He also…

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Romans 8:30 NKJV Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

There exist in the verse an amazing progression and in each case the predestined become the called, the called are then justified and finally the justified are glorified.

Here is what caught my attention, the verbs called, justified and glorified are all in the 3rd person, they are actions taken by someone else, in this case God. But more significant than that they are aorist verbs. An aorist verb is a verb that denotes a single action that took place in the past.

Those he predestined, that he knew would accept him as Lord and Savior, he has called them, each and everyone of have been called to action, we have been created in Christ for good works. There exists in all of us a call of God, we do not need to be called we need to discover the call in us.

Those he called, God has already justified, by the sacrifice of Christ as an act of grace accepted by faith. We can never be more justified and made right in God’s eyes than we are now. Religion says I am no good that I am a filthy sinner needing to get right with God. Christianity says I am already in right standing with God.

Those that are justified, he has glorified. This is mind numbing, God has glorified his children. That word means to honour and to render it excellent. Our small thinking makes this hard to accept, but its what the word says. It also says:

As He is (as Jesus is), so we are in the world ~ 1 John 4:17

And Jesus is the glorified son of God.

God thinks good thoughts towards us, it is time we think good thoughts about ourselves!