Watching and Waiting with the Right Attitude

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ
Was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:27-28 (NIV)

These verses instruct us to fulfil the purpose of God, by finishing the course that is set before us. Waiting with the right attitude and motivation for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Preparing our hearts also, that we might be ready for His return, this will happen in the twinkling of an eye. When this occurs, Jesus will come with salvation, only for those who are waiting for Him. Those that are indifferent will encounter His judgement.

I believe it is vitally important that we practice and develop an attitude of watching and waiting, and there is nothing more important for God’s people.

Luke 12:37a says;
“It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.”
and in verse 40
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”

For many years I was lost and confused until God began to move in my life. It was only then I realised there was no hope in life without God.

In Psalm 34:4-5 David says;
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered
me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

My heart was determined to be free from a life of failure, confusion and hopelessness. God brought me to a place where I was completely broken, and all I could do was to cry out for His help and forgiveness. It took quite a few years though, before I came to a place of total abandonment, and able to receive God’s mercy, forgiveness and blessing in a wonderful way.
The day after this encounter, I know I felt completely different. Someone I knew, knocked my door, and immediately realised something was different about me, and they took off with fright!

So this was the beginning of a new life in Christ, one with hope, purpose and peace. A purpose to fulfil God’s calling on my life. The darkness had gone, and the light of life had replaced it. I was now in the starting blocks, and knowing that what work God had started in me, He would enable me to complete the race, provided I remained faithful.

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made know. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
1 John 3:2-3

This process of sanctification has taken many years of peaks and troughs, but God remains patient, for it is still a work in progress! So my desire these days is to watch and wait for the second coming of Jesus returning from heaven. It is a wonderful expectancy for all who put their trust in Him.

“Yes I am coming soon”
Amen Come Lord Jesus

John Yates

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. Col 2:6-7


A Word of Encouragement

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 4:12-13
 
 

God’s desire is for the church in these last days is to rise up in power and revelation. For the church to fulfill 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.

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.
 
Your friends in Christ
John & Pam

 

A Season of Blessing and of Fruitfulness

“And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if  we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9

The daffodils are in full bloom, and buds are appearing on the trees, the season is changing rapidly, and memories of a long hard winter are diminishing.

Our walk of faith is very much likened to seasons in our lives. Mountain top experiences, seasons of fruitfulness and growth, followed by troughs of barrenness, hardship and testing.
The Christian walk brings constant change, new roads to walk down, and always challenging situations. Without these we would get stagnant, but trusting in the One who provides us with living water, our wells of salvation will never run dry.
When everything around us seems to be crumbling, that is the very time to trust God for strength and hope knowing that He will give us the enabling to carry on.

As they pass through the valley of Baca, they make it a spring, the rain also covers it with pools. Psalm 84:6.

God’s purposes are divine and His timing perfect. If you are experiencing hardship at the moment, where every door seems blocked and opposition lingers at the door. Be encouraged, a season of blessing, progress and fruitfulness is on it’s way to you! Trust in Him, and He will sustain you, He will not fail.

O Lord of Hosts, Blessed is the Man who Trusts in You. Psalm 84:12.

Live out of your spirit

Have you ever wondered how Jesus slept through the storm on the Sea of Galilee? (Matt.3: 23-27). The passage tells us that Jesus calmed the storm and that shows us His power over the elements. However, perhaps the greater lesson we can learn from this passage is that in the midst of the storm Jesus was asleep! The disciples however were far from sleep; they were anxious and woke Jesus to do something about their predicament. I suppose it is testament to their confidence in Jesus power that they woke him to ask him to save them. And no doubt we would have been anxious too if we had been in the boat. But, objectivity tells us that if that boat had been swamped, not only the disciples but Jesus too would have been in the water. Therefore a far greater power than the storm was at work and this power enabled Jesus to sleep through it. He knew that God’s purposes for Him did not include drowning and this confidence allowed Him to sleep through the storm. One could say that Jesus was living out of His spirit rather than out of what his five human senses were telling him about the storm.

He knew that when the time came for Him to return to the Father His followers would need help and so He said, ‘you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you’, (Acts 1:8). This power enables us as disciples to (with faith) have victory over the world (1John 5:4). We have a choice, do we live out of our spirits and what we know of the Lord and His purposes for us or do we live out of our five senses and what they tell us of the world and what comes against us. If we do the latter we are in no better a situation than people who do not have the Lord with them. Trust in Him, if He is in the boat with you, you are not going down!

Russell Bowles

Trusting in God

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will, of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who, sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John6:38-40)

Praise God that when we surrender our hearts to Jesus, we can then have through sanctification His perfect purpose and will worked out through our lives, and the reassurance of eternal life.

We trust God that He knows what He is doing, for He never makes mistakes and through the trials, He is crucifying the old nature and developing our personalities to be more like Him. Life is a journey for us all, Jesus started His in a humble stable, and will complete it when He returns in majesty as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Clothed in a robe dipped in blood, out of His mouth will go a sharp sword, and He will take His place on the Holy Hill in Jerusalem, and will reign over the Nations, and they will all come and worship at His feet.

Redemption

When Jesus was crucified on the cross, He identified with our fallen humanity, and took all on our sin himself paying the price for it.

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:17.
When we have God’s forgiveness for our sins, we have redemption; we are redeemed. Redeem means “to buy back” or “to ransom.”
When a person is a slave, he or she has no choices. When slaves were sold in the market place in Jesus’s day they had to stand on a block, and from a post behind them a spear was extended over there head. The apostle Paul said “I am carnal, sold under the spear of sin, which is extended over my head. I have no options. “I am carnal, sold under sin”
Romans 7:14.
The good news is that Jesus Christ walked into the slave market and said,
“I’ll buy him; “I’ll buy her, I’ve paid the price for them. They are now My son and daughter.” That is redemption and it’s free to all who call on the Name of Jesus.
John Yates

A Fountain of Abundance

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9
I never cease to be amazed by the uniqueness of God. He is all omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. All seeing, knowing, powerful and everywhere, all at the same time. His love for mankind is so great that He sent His beloved Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice to bear the weight of the world’s sin. Yet, that love is so individual, so special to ‘each one of us.’  The deeper the relationship, the greater the revelation we will have of that love. Our lives will then become a fountain, an abundance of living water overflowing to those around us. A fountain that will never run dry.
This whole chapter speaks of an invitation to those who are thirsty, culminating to when Christ’s new order will be manifest on this earth.
Dear friends, I want to encourage you, do not become weary in doing good, and pray like you have never prayed before! We only need to observe world events to know that the time is short. So, let us use our time wisely. Let us be Kingdom minded at all times, empowered by the fullness of His Spirit
Pam Yates

Pressing On

One requirement for running and winning a race is having a right mental attitude. This was brought out by words of the apostle Paul as he spoke about his relationship with Jesus Christ: “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. If, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11)
Paul had an objective. He did not run aimlessly. He had an aim before him. He new what his goal was, which determined his attitude. He continued, “Not that I have already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (verse 12). Pauls vision was that Christ had laid hold of him for a purpose;

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (verses 13-14).

The phraise “press on” occurs twice, once in verse 12 and once in verse 14. That is the mental attitude we need to share with Paul: “I press on. I have a goal. I have not arrived yet, but I know where I’m going.” The last time Paul used that phrase, he said, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” There is a reward for those who complete the course. Keep pressing on!

John Yates

Multiplication

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gve the increase” 1 Corinthians 3:6

If we will sow seed into the soil, as directed by the Holy Spirit, then, in God’s time, we will begin to see it grow. We will be amazed at how it grows, when it grows and what it grows! I believe the key is to know what God is saying and where to sow. If we will remain in the centre of God’s will, then, in God’s time, we will see the increase. I would like to encourage you to keep pressing on to what you have been called to and not give up, but keep sowing into good soil.

The Uniqueness of God

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9

I never cease to be amazed by the uniqueness of God. He is all omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. All seeing, knowing, powerful and everywhere, all at the same time. His love for mankind is so great that He sent His beloved Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice to bear the weight of the world’s sin. Yet, that love is so individual, so special to ‘each one of us’. The deeper the relationship, the greater the revelation we will have of that love. Our lives will then become a fountain, an abundance of living water overflowing to those around us, a fountain that will never run dry. This whole chapter speaks of an invitaion to those who are thirsty, culminating to when Christ’s new order will be manifest on this earth.

Dear friends, I want to encourage you, do not become weary in doing good, and pray like you have never prayed before! We only need to observe world events to know that the time is short. So, let us use our time wisely. Let us be Kingdom minded at all times, empowered by the fullness of His Spirit.
I personally feel a little sad that the concept of church today is so sophisticated. Modern technology had brought video screens, the internet and plush buildings. The early church was so simplistic. In Acts we read that the believers were all together and shared everything. No-one was in need, they were all one in heart and mind, and many wonders and miraculous signs were performed. They devoted themselves to prayer and the breaking of bread.

Let’s get back to basics! We must take the church to the market place, and each day pray for folks as the need and opportunity arises. The Lord is changing lives, bringing healing and restoration in wonderful ways. As the enemy throws everything at us to wear us down we rejoice because God is on the move, He is faithful, and something wonderful is about to break in the spiritual realm.