The Destiny of The Church

“As you therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

The Church was commissioned by Jesus himself, to fulfil tasks which He himself had ordained, before He ascended into heaven. These tasks are as relevant today as they were then.
Firstly it exists to worship God, to express love and thanks. Next to minister to people, encouraging others to find salvation, baptising them into Christ’s Family. Also, it exists to edify and disciple believers, to become more Christ like in our thoughts, feelings and actions.

“For the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians

God’s desire for the church in these last days is to rise up in power and revelation. For the church to fulfil it’s destiny in victory. For too long the church has been asleep, unaware of the urgent days that lie ahead.

God longs for us to be attentive to His heart cry, and act accordingly and flow with His plans to see that destiny fulfilled. To support and pray for Israel, to usher in His covenant plans for the one new man. Jew and Gentile.

He has provided wonderful gifts to the body, where individuals are anointed for various tasks, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to build and edify His church. No one is surplus in the Kingdom of God. God needs you, and He wants you to know how valuable you are in His eyes. Also, He desires for you to experience that abundant life which has already been bestowed upon the church, through Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.

Be blessed! God is desiring to raise up an army, who will stand and fight shoulder to shoulder in the Spirit in prayer, undefeated until Jesus returns and takes His place as King of all Kings.

“Let your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”

John

Be an Encourager

“So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service is spreading the gospel of Christ to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. “
1 Thessalonians 3:1-3

Recent Time

This last year, has been challenging for us all with the pandemic and it will have affected us all in different ways. Some folks, living on their own, unable to socialise, unable to go to church, because of age, infirmity or vulnerability. Many folks we have spoken to, are just longing to have a cuddle, to feel loved by others. As Christians, we know that Jesus embraces us, and keeps us under the shadow of His wing. Psalm 91
However as humans, we were created to have fellowship with one another. Thank God for social media and the internet, but not everybody is fortunate to have these facilities, especially those of the mature generation!

Paul’s Journeys

Paul and his companions had arrived in Thessalonica on his second missionary journey in AD 58, and planted the first church in that city. It was also a sea port, trade centre, on the NW corner of the Aegean sea in Greece.
Previously, Paul had been with his followers in Philippi, and were treated outrageously. 1 Thessalonians 2 : “For we wanted to come to you, certainly I, Paul did, again and again, but Satan blocked our way.”
So, Paul sent Timothy to visit, to strengthen and encourage them in their faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials.

Building Each Other Up

As Christians, we all have seasons in our lives of discouragement, opposition and separation.
Many folks are starved of encouragement and acceptance. Our stiff British upper lip, denies us from admitting our needs. We are afraid of being thought of as weak, or being rejected. We all need each other, we are all equal in God’s sight.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16.

“Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” John 13:16.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just in fact you are doing” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, with the comfort with which we are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

Fruit From our Labours

he dictionary defines encouragement like this. “If someone is encouraged, by something that happens, it gives them hope and confidence.”

For example, by telling them what they are doing is good, and telling them, that they should not give up if things are not going so well! Victory in Jesus, will come if we persevere and “keep pressing on.”
My wife was given a prophecy many years ago. “Don’t let a day go by without blessing somebody.”

She has endeavoured to do that either by prayer, phone, text letter etc, regardless of perhaps needing encouragement herself.
Paul states in 1Thessalonians 3:10 : “Night and day, we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and again, and supply what is lacking in your faith. It brings joy to a Christian, to see fruit from their labours.”
Paul had experienced this joy countless times. Only God can change a persons life. But He will use His people to be an instrument in the process to do it. If you don’t like what you are reaping, change what you are sowing! It is not enough just to be courteous to others, [we actively have to show unconditional love.

Having an Increase of God’s Love

1 Thessalonians 3:12 : Paul continues, “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for, everyone also, just as ours does for you.”
Only God can increase our love for one another. How?
Jesus said “If you have love for one another they will know that you are My disciples.” John 13:35
People will be attracted to you. It has been difficult during lock-down, to express our love to others. However, ask the Lord, who needs encouragement today. Send a text, card, or ring them, just to tell them you were thinking of them.
If your capacity to love has waned, ask God to fill you again with His never ending supply. Paul says;
“I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
Finally, v13 “May He strengthen your hearts, so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of God and Father, when our Lord Jesus comes with His holy ones.”
Amen

John

The Government of the Promised Messiah

Isaiah 9:1-7

Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed,
As when at first He lightly esteemed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy; they rejoice before You according to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For You have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, and garments rolled in blood, will be used for burning and fuel of fire.
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, pon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

The Purpose:

  • To call the nation of Judah back to God.
  • Also to tell of God’s salvation through Messiah

Author:

  • The prophet Isaiah, son of Amos

Written:

The events of chapters occurred during Isaiah’s ministry, so they were probably written about 700 BC

The Setting:

Isaiah was speaking and writing mainly in Jerusalem

Intro:

  • In the gloom and despair, will our sorrows and troubles never end?
  • Take heart! God doesn’t always lead us around troubles,
    but following him wholeheartedly, he will lead us through them.

Jesus is the Fathers gift to Us.

“For to us a child is born.” v6

  • The “US” is the Hebrew nation. And all believers of all nations.
  • The apostle John tells us, “He came to His own, and His own did
    not receive Him. But as many as received Him (Jews or Gentiles)
    to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who
    believe in His name.
    ” John 1:11-12

God is a giving God

“Unto us a Son is given” v6

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. John 3:16
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree. 1Peter 2:16

  • This is the Fathers gift to us. God has given us so much!!
  • This portion of the prophecy was fulfilled when the Virgin Mary brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger. Luke 2:17

This is the end of the first Part of the Prophesy  

  • The rest of the prophecy in (vs 6,7) will not come to pass until
    Messiah returns to earth.
    So you must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour
    when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:44

When He Comes Again

“The government will be upon His shoulders.”

  • What a great day that will be. When He carries the government on His
    all powerful shoulders!
  • This child would become their deliver, and Messiah. Their King!
  • Only then will the world know righteous government!!
    But about the Son he says, Your throne, O God, will last for ever
    and ever, and righteousness will be the sceptre of your Kingdom.

    Hebrews 1:8

When Jesus comes again

  • Isaiah uses four names to describe the Messiah
    These names have a special meaning to us!

1) “Wonderful Counsellor” v6

  • He is exceptional; distinguished, and without peer, the one who
    gives the right advice. He is available to each one of us now!!
  • Jesus is the perfect counsellor, He never sought or needed
    counselling from any man. Romans 11:34

2) Mighty God” v6

For the Lord your God is God of Gods and Lord of Lords, the
great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and
accepts no bribes. Dueteronomy 10:17

  • He is God himself. Talk about God’s attributes.
  • When Jesus, the ‘Mighty God,’ sits on the throne of His Kingdom all nations will come before Him to be judged.
  • He will separate the righteous, from the unrighteous. Matthew 24:31- 46

3) “Everlasting Father” v6

  • He is timeless; he is God our Father.
  • Jesus is the Father Eternal who watches over His own.
  • He said, I and My Father are one. John 10:30
  • Jesus didn’t say that the Son, and the Father were one person, but they are two persons in one substance.

4) Prince of Peace.”

  • His government is one of justice and peace. Talk about peace.
  • Until the everlasting Kingdom is established. There will be no
    lasting peace in the world. Matt 24:4 -8
  • The apostle Paul tells us that, in a world were there is no peace we can have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
    Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

When He Comes Again v7

There will be no end to the increase of His government or peace.

  • His government will not become stagnant. No activity or change.
  • There will be no end to its growth.
  • And we will continue to grow in grace knowledge with it but grow in the
    grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

When He Comes Again

  • He will sit on the throne of David.
  • David’s throne will be an actual throne.
  • He is not on David’s throne now, but when He comes He will rule
    the world in righteousness.
  • The Messiah will rule from the throne of David, giving the world a
    government of peace, justice, and righteousness.
  • Note, the throne of David is not in Heaven.
  • It is located in Jerusalem – see Psalm 122
  • Jesus is not now on the throne of David, He is seated now with His Father, on His Father’s throne.

“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my
throne, just as I overcome and sat down with my Father on his
throne.”
Revelation 3:21

Conclusion

  • The Messiah will bring “righteousness and fairness” to the earth
    when He returns. At that time the curse will be lifted, and the plant
    and animal kingdoms will be restored to their original perfection.
  • Verses 6 and 7 cover both the first and second coming of Jesus.
  • It is one of the clearest and most revealing messianic prophecies in the Old Testament.

John Yates

Standing Steadfast

In Matthew 24, Jesus gives a discourse of things to come before the end of the age.

Now as He sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying. “Tell us when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and the end of the age.” Matthew 24:3 (NKJ)

He continues with His prophetic discourse, saying there will be a progression of events, before the end of the age.

Down The Plughole

A few days ago, the Lord gave me a picture which has led me to write this article.
It was a picture of a plug that had come out of a bath, full of water, and the water was swirling around at a very fast rate, down the hole. Many people were caught up, in this water and they were being sucked down. Many were frail, others were younger, and going down as well at a fast pace.

The stronger ones were able to swim against the flow, and were trying to save the weaker ones, who were being sucked down by the swirling water.

Some were crying out for someone to put the plug back in to try and save them, but their cries were hopeless. The Holy Spirit showed me that if they cried out strong enough in desperation, God would have put the plug back in.

Their own efforts were useless, without His help, they were unable to save themselves.
It is very evident in these days, that society has turned it’s back on God.

And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24: 12

Enduring

Not everyone will give in to fear, persecution, or lawlessness, What does Jesus promise for those who remain faithful?

But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13

Thank God, we are saved now. But if we want to overcome, we have to endure. There is only one way to learn endurance, and that is enduring. Endurance, is God’s preparation for what lies ahead. We should not complain, as instructed in God’s Word. 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of you faith, produces, patience, (endurance) But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

For us to be perfect and complete, we have to let our endurance be governed by the Holy Spirit. This is the key to surviving.

Waiting With Perseverance

When will our adoption be complete ?

And not only they, but we also who have the first fruits of the Holy Spirit, even we ourselves  groan, within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. Rom 8:23

In Jesus, we are already God’s children, we have the inner witness of the Holy Spirit crying out in us “Abba Father” but our adoption into God’s Family is still in process. We do not yet have our resurrected bodies free from sin, disease and death.

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope, for why does one still hope for what he sees? Romans 8: 24

We don’t hope for what we already have, but what we don’t have.
But if we hope for what we do not yet see, then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8:25

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. Revelation 2:7

And I heard a  loud voice from heaven  saying “Behold, the tabernacle of God  is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. Revelation 21: 3

The Future Glory of God’s People

The new Jerusalem is where God will dwell amongst His people for ever.
His bride will meet Him in the air, Jesus will return to earth and take His rightful place on the Mount of Olives, as King of All Kings, Lord of all Lords, and all nations will come and worship at His feet.

May the peace of God our heavenly Father, And the grace of Christ the risen Son, And the fellowship of God the Spirit Keep our hearts and minds within His love.

John Yates

John Yates

Keep in Step With God

 A Word of Encouragement     Sept 2020

Keep in Step With God

The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17

When I served in the British Army the first thing we had to learn during basic training, was how to march in step.
In a squad of soldiers, this was the most important thing, otherwise one person out of step, would likely to affect all the others.

The only way for a unit to advance and keep in step was to march together in unity. This is the same principle with God going forward keeping in step with Him.

Doing The Will God

The scripture below can also apply to us, as it did for Jesus, he was totally committed to doing the will of God.

Then I said “Here I am, I have come -it is written about me in the scroll, I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart” Psalm 40:7-8

God is at present working out His end time purposes on the earth. He is in control, for those who put their trust in Him and flow with His plans, they will become unsinkable.
The world is not the permanent home for God’s people, it is a preparation for our eternal home in heaven.

Nothing on earth is stable, self-ambition, attaching ourselves to worldly possessions, does not earn ourselves a place in heaven.
Only surrendering to the will of God, under His mighty hand, will we find peace and security in all things, and have an eternal hope. This was John’s conviction, according to the facts of Jess’s life, death, resurrection, and promises.

Remember the former things, those of long ago, I am God, and there is none like me.

I make known the end from the beginning from ancient times, what is still to come I say, My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Isa 46: 9-10

These verses declare God’s sovereign will. He is in control of all things in heaven and on earth, and in the universe. No one can alter His purposes He said “I will do all I please.”

God’s Will is Established

We can however know God’s sovereign purpose in history, for the Jew and Gentile, for He has made it known to us in His Word. He said to Abraham

“I will make you a great nation …and I will bless you: I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who curse you, and whoever curses you: I shall curse and all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you.” Gen 12 2 :3

His sovereign will for Israel is well established in the Old and New Testaments, beginning with His promise to make Abraham’s seed (Israel) a great nation, and to bless all the nations of the earth through His seed, which is Christ.
(Gal 3: 6-9)

Calvary is proof of God’s sovereign will. About a thousand years before Christ died on the cross, David prophesied that the Messiah would be crucified. (Psalm 22: 14-18)
About seven hundred years before Calvary Isa prophesied the ignominious death of Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins. (Isa 52: 13- chapter 53)

God is Sovereign Over All

Israel was tempted to waver between the Lord God and pagan gods. Isaiah affirms the sole leadership of God. He is the only one who knows when Jesus will return, as King of all Kings, and Lord of all Lords. God is in absolute control now and eternally. The Kingdoms of the world will not stand, they will collapse. Only the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ will remain forever, it is unshakable, it cannot be moved.

Who would want to remain in a Kingdom that is going to fail, controlled by demonic forces.

Therefore, since, we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, “For our God is a consuming fire.”
Heb 12: 28-29

 John

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 91 – Finding The Shelter

This Psalm, is the voice of encouragement and speaks to the man of faith. Under God’s protection, nothing can harm him, neither man nor beast, wars or diseases, including pandemics. This is not to say our lives will be a bed of roses.
Psalm 91 has been called the “atomic” age psalm. A psalm of perfect protection from every kind of evil, danger and harm, whatever way it may come.

God is a shelter and a refuge when we are afraid . Our faith in the Almighty God as our protector will take us through all kinds dangers and fears of life. This should be a picture of trust giving all are fears to God. To do this we must dwell and rest with Him. This psalm is well known among Christians. I’d like to focus now on the first two verses of it.

(1) He who dwells in the secret place of the most high, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (v1)
The word abide in Hebrew means ” to pass the night.” So, this tells us that during the hours of darkness, when we are
asleep, as believers we shall be spending the night, under the shadow or Protection of the Almighty. His angels take
change over us to guard us in our ways

(2) I will say of the LORD “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” (v2)
This is the gateway, into the complete protection of the remaining verses of the psalm.
It is our testimony “I will say.” We proclaim it in faith, only then do we have the right to live in it. It is the word of our
testimony that makes it effective.

My Own Experience of Hopelessness

Looking back over the years, I realise, I didn’t have that kind of hope and security, in fact it was a life of hopelessness.
As far back as I can remember, I could not focus on what I wanted to achieve in life, because of illness in my primary years. It was impossible to achieve and accomplish the basic requirements to build my life on.
This inadequacy eventually broke me, and I was brought to a place of complete brokenness. I needed a miracle.

This didn’t happen until I was 32, when I found Jesus in a Salvation Army Hostel.
Seven more years of struggle and battle ensued, until one day Jesus came into my life in a much deeper powerful way. It changed me completely. Now I know what it was to come under the Shadow of the Almighty, and to have a hope in the God who saves, and promises He will never leave us. At last I had a hope and purpose for my life, under God.
“At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, from having no hope and with out God in the world.” Eph 2:12

Ultimate Hope for God’s People

“For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires, and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly lives in this present age, looking for the blessed hope, and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Christ Jesus.” Titus 2:11-13

In verse 13, it tells us to look for the blessed hope and the appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. This will impact upon our lives in a wonderful way, (if we allow it to) and our ultimate eternal hope, will be established deep within our spirits.

“This hope we have has an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.
Where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Being Ready For His Appearing

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation, to men, instructing us.” v11

There are many yet to hear about this grace. That grace is available and provided for all, whether Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, young or old.
Grace provides a way to be a demonstration to others of this hope we have. This hope leads us to prepare our lives in such a way, that we shall be ready for His appearing. John adds, “when He appears, we shall be like Him because we shall see Him just as He is, therefore everyone who has this Hope fixed on Him, purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:2-3

God’s Word is the Living Word and He has the last word. But whoever listen to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil” Prov 1:33
“But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” Prov 4:18

John Yates

Christ our Passover

Passover began at sundown Wed 8th April 2020. An eight day holiday that commemorates the departure of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, more than 3,000 years ago. Exodus 7-11, God inflicted ten plagues upon the Egyptians when Pharaoh refused to free the Israelites.

By day the Lord went ahead of them, in  a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar  of fire by night left it’s place in front of people.
Exodus 13: 21-2

Are there similarities to today? The world is in lock down at present from a lethal, mystery virus, a plague. Interestingly, Passover coincides with Easter this year. From the eve of Passover a large pink moon is shining down nearer to earth than any other time, What is God saying?

    1. If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray  and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
      2 Chronicles 7:14

       

    2. Turn to Me and be saved, All you ends of earth! for I am God and there is no other.
      Isaiah 45:22

PROTECTION

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge, and my fortress; my God in whom I will trust. “I will say .”Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield a buckler.
Psalm 91:6

DECLARATION

But He was pierced for our transgression, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5

PROCLAMATIONS

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:15-16

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, scorning it’s  shame, and sat down at the right hand of God
Hebrews 12:2

And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they had pierced, and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a first born son.
Zechariah 12:10

For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in the flesh the law with it’s commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself, one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body, to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to all those who were near.
For through Him we have both access to the Father by one Spirit. Amen!
Ephesians 2: 14-18

On this special day, many are participating in the breaking of bread, and taking the cup, the blood of the Passover lamb, aligning themselves with God’s people, and you are welcome to join with us today.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5: 7-8

“The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace, “
Numbers 6:24-26

When the shadow of the LORD is in the camp it is the sound of victory! He is the Rock of our Salvation.
Amen & Amen!

Pam Yates

 

Bringing encouragement

Timothy has just now come to us from you, and has brought good news about your faith and love.
1 Thessalonians 3:9

All of us need encouragement at times, especially when we are going through hard times. Sadly many of God’s people are starved of acceptance and encouragement.

Paul arrived in Thessalonica on his second missionary journey in AD 58, and had heard good news of their exploits. They were growing in faith and working together to fulfil God’s purposes in their lives. Individually and corporately.

In the Amplified bible, Jesus says – I pray that all of them may be one.
Father, just as you are in me and I in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
John 17:20-21

God has no favourites, He loves all mankind.

D L Moody once said. “There are two ways of being united. One is by being frozen together, and the other is being melted together.” When the body is united in brotherly love, they can then expect to receive power from on high. There will be an outward demonstration of growth, which will bring glory to His Name. It will bring great joy, both to the encourager and receiver.

If we don’t like what you are reaping, change what you are sowing!

How can this be achieved

1) Keep in fellowship with others.  
(1Thess 3:1)
2) Pray to be filled with a greater measure of God’s love.
(1Thess 3:12)
3) Spend time in His Presence, walking in forgiveness, keeping clean hands and a pure heart.
(Psalm 24)

Moving out of our comfort zone, we will be able to demonstrate God’s love and encouragement to others, and we shall be blessed beyond measure!

Don’t let a day go by that you don’t bless someone!

Finally declare:

I can declare all things in Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

Blessings,

John

Growth in God’s Time

A word of Encouragement

“This is what the Kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, weather he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
Mark 4:26-27

Have you ever been in your garden weeding, and come across a couple of flowers that you have not sown before. You didn’t plant them, but maybe they were brought in the wind, or were dropped by a bird in flight.
This is like spiritual growth that Jesus spoke about in the parable of the growing seed.
He compares the Kingdom of God to a farmer scattering seed on the ground.

Of course it depends on the condition of the soil, but if it has been prepared well and watered, it will reap a harvest in God’s time. This should be an encouragement to all believers.

The development of the harvest, didn’t depend on anything more the farmer did.

“Neither he who planted nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow is.
1Corinthians 3:7

The key to a spiritual harvest, is planting where God instructs us to plant. He will often use others to water, and others to reap, so all the glory will go to him.

It is the same law of sowing and reaping in prayer and intercession. Providing our prayers are in line with God’s will and purpose and His Word, they will come into fruition, if we remain faithful. There comes a time in heaven when the prayer bowls are overflowing, and their answers are poured out as blessings from above.

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls, full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Revelation 5:8

We may never see the results of what we have planted, but if God ordered the sowing, it will produce a harvest in His time, so don’t give up.

This parable about the Kingdom of God, demonstrates that the Holy Spirit is continually at work, harvest time is coming, get ready!

Then another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
Revelation 14:15
John Yates

The Lamb of God

The Lamb of God

A Word of Encouragement

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you
were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you by your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these times for your sake.
Through Him you believed in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
1 Peter 1:18-21

This time of year, we reflect on the days leading up to the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also a time of personal reflection of ones own spiritual condition.
Some call it lent, but when one searches the Old and New Testament you will find no mention of it. It was unknown to the disciples, and it did not find it’s way into the church, until several centuries later. History suggests it is derived from the 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.

Jesus commanded His disciples to

“Go therefore and teach all nations, teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you.”
Matt 28:19-20

They were commanded to keep Passover and the Days of Unleavened bread, remembering the Jews freedom from slavery in Egypt. They were given instruction on how to institute new Passover symbols, John 3: 1-7. At the last supper Jesus instructed them to eat the bread and wine in remembrance of Him. The High Priest took the sacrificial lamb to be tied at 9.00 am, the same time Jesus was hung on the cross.

As the lamb was slaughtered at 3.00pm, Jesus uttered His last breath,

“It is Finished.”

He became the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sin of the world, described by John the Baptist.

Three days later when Christ rose from the dead it was the Feast of first Fruits, which followed Passover, and the Feast of Unleavened bread. Jesus is called the first fruits of those who rise from the dead. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we shall also rise from the dead, with the promise one day of a new body and eternal life. Praise His Wonderful Name.

The resurrection makes Christianity unique, it is the only religion in the world based on the resurrection from the death of its founder Jesus Christ. Jesus is very much alive today, changing lives bringing salvation, healing and restoration to all mankind.
Denying ourselves of certain foods, might help us be more disciplined in study and prayer, but let us not forget it is only the blood of Jesus that can wash away our sin!

Pam Yates