A place in the Son

A place in the Son

Many of us have heard the saying "searching for a place in the sun".  This indicates the searching for a place where everything is always "Rosy", a place where nothing ever goes wrong.  Sorry to say it, but no such place exists anywhere on this earth.  JESUS tells us in John 16:33 that whilst ever we are in this world we will have tribulation.

This sounds like bad news, but please do not lose heart, because in the same verse JESUS goes on to tell us that HE has already overcome this world.  (John 16:33 KJV)  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

There is an important thing that we also need to take note of at the start of that verse, our LORD tells us that HE spoke these words out so that we will have peace.  But where do we have that peace?  In HIM.

We have all heard that in Heaven every tear will be wiped away from our eyes and as the old song goes,  "there will be no sorrow nor crying there", but we need to recognise that by us being "IN CHRIST JESUS" that same thing can happen right here on Earth.   Even when tribulation comes against us we can still have the victory over that tribulation, because we can have the Peace of JESUS THROUGH THAT TRIBULATION

 

Being IN HIM, being In CHRIST JESUS, being IN the Son of GOD  gives us every last thing that we need to survive in this world, but wait, there's more, being IN HIM not only provides for our survival but it provides for our well being, our comfort and our peace right here in this world, right where we live at this time and in this place.

There is no need for us to wait until we get to Heaven to get all of the Blessings that GOD has stored up for us.  HE has provided guidance for us in and through HIS Holy Word so that the Blessings that HE has promised us in Deuteronomy 28:1 – 14 can come into fruition.  What GOD requires of us in these verses in order for HIS Blessings to come upon us is three simple things, (1) to Hearken diligently to HIS voice, (2) to observe  (3) and do ALL OF HIS COMMANDMENTS.

Deu 28:1  And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 

If a person in this world today had access to someone much smarter than themselves. And if that smarter person was to give them wise guidance, perhaps even a written list of obstacles and how to avoid them, then if that person was to disregard the wisdom of that smarter person, they would be very foolish indeed.

GOD has done just that, when GOD put those written instructions in HIS Holy Word they were not put there to keep the front cover from sticking to the back cover.  They were put there to get us through all of the obstacles that GOD knows we will encounter in our walk through life.

By not following GOD's guidelines we allow the things of the enemy to overcome us, instead of us overcoming him.  And we overcome the enemy of our Souls by listening to GOD and obeying what GOD has written down for us to do.

GOD even goes as far as to write down the consequences of NOT listening to and obeying HIM.  These are found right after the instructions on what we are to do, they are found in Deuteronomy 28:15 to 68.  There are 14 verses on what we should do, but there are 54 verses on the consequences of NOT being obedient.

JESUS said in John 14:23 that if a person loves HIM then they will obey HIS commands.  (John 14:23 KJV)  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.   This is not just something that JESUS said so that HE can LORD it over us, (no Pun intended), instead it is something that HE is inspiring us to do so that we can live a useful and successful life IN HIM.   Obedience to HIS Word is the key to our success in this life.

By a person thinking that they don't need to obey every last thing that GOD's Word says is to say that they know more than GOD does.  This makes them a small "g" god, at least in their own mind because they try to elevate their own thoughts above the thoughts of GOD.  It is for that reason that GOD said in Proverbs 3:5 – 8  these gems of wisdom:--Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.  Pro 3:6  IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE SHALL DIRECT YOUR PATHS.  Pro 3:7  Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.  Pro 3:8  IT SHALL BE HEALTH TO YOUR BODY, AND STRENGTH TO YOUR BONES.

When we buy a new car, or anything else we expect that an instruction manual will come with that item, so it is with GOD.  HE has given us an instruction manual for life, and it's so simple, if we follow the instructions laid out in GOD's HOLY WORD then everything regarding every step of out lives will follow GOD's plans. But when we allow ourselves to wander from those instructions then we walk off GOD's PATH onto the path that GOD is warning us about in Deuteronomy 28:15 – 68.  

It really is so simple, GOD is fully aware of the plans of the evil one and HE (GOD) has laid out a pathway through the dangerous wilderness of our lives.  This life is like walking through a live Minefield, one wrong step and everything blows up in our face. But GOD knows where we are to place each and every step so that we can get safely through that minefield of life.

So how do we do that, how do we keep on that narrow path (way) to life that JESUS spoke about in  Matthew 7:14? (KJV)  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. By being IN CHRIST JESUS.  GOD sent us HIS very own SON to take our hand and lead us through the minefield of life, and he came into this world we live in not only to save us from our own sins and the sins of our ForeParents, but to be set as an example for us to follow.  By following JESUS WE ARE BEING "IN JESUS".

As we read the word of GOD, as we put what we read into practise we are walking in the footsteps of JESUS.  And as we know, never once did life ever blow up on JESUS, When HE went to the Cross it was by HIS Obedience to the FATHER so that the penalty for our sins, (That is, the sins of all of Mankind) could be paid for.  But the only way for that to happen, is by BEING IN HIM.

Paul described the weapons of the enemy as fiery darts, simply because they were one of the most effective tools of warfare in his time, but we all know from watching the news on TV that today one of the most dangerous weapons in warfare of our time is the IED (Improvised Explosive Device).  This is a homemade mine or Bomb that is hidden along the path that the enemy has laid out for those whom they wish to kill and/or maim.

These can either be detonated by the enemy through remote control, or by tripwires that our troops can kick with their feet, this causes the IED to explode, usually taking the legs right out from under the ones caught in that trap.  If we do not watch where we are placing our feet we can give the devil legal grounds to explode our actions and our lives  right out from under us.  And how do we give the enemy that legal grounds? By walking in "The devil's playground".  And where is that playground? Anywhere where we walk apart from GOD.  Remember, when we walk apart from GOD, then we are NOT in HIM.

In John 12;31, 14:30 and 16:11 we see JESUS indicate that satan is the prince of this world, that means those who are not in CHRIST JESUS are under the Lordship of that evil ruler.  Because they are not being obedient to GOD and accepting GOD's SON they are being obedient to the devil.

In Ephesians 2:2 we see (Ephesians 2:1 KJV)  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  (Eph 2:2)  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, THE SPIRIT THAT NOW WORKETH IN THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE: This is talking about those who are outside of GOD, those who are NOT In HIM, those who are NOT obedient to GOD.  Sadly, just because we go to Church each week and give our Tithes etc. this can also apply to us as swell. 

When we do NOT follow what GOD has laid out in HIS Word then we are walking off the path that GOD has laid out for us and we are walking in the devil's playground which is where he has legal rights to what he chooses with us. This a minefield of great proportions, something to be avoided at all costs.

However, when we are obedient to GOD then we are IN CHRIST JESUS and  HE is in us. So as we place our feet exactly where HE dictates our path to be then that path is a safe one, and HE does that guiding through HIS HOLY SPIRIT.  As we listen to that still small voice within us our LORD guides us through the dangers of this world.  GOD knows where the devil has laid his traps for us, and HE warns us about them in HIS Holy Word.

 

I know that I must adhere to what the LORD has revealed to me, and now through me this day, so I encourage you, my Brothers and Sister IN CHRIST JESUS, look to GOD's Word for direction, listen for that still small voice and follow HIM, it truly is a safe road.

 

Lots of love.

 Don Phillips

 01/09/2019

 

Weapons of our warfare

Weapons of our warfare

As one who has spent 16 years of my life in a full time and part time Military Capacity I have learnt a thing or two about weapons and the use of them.

One thing that so blatantly stands out about weapons is the truth that if those weapons are kept locked up in the Base Arsenal than they are completely useless. But an even greater truth is the fact that if the troops are not trained well enough in the use of those weapons, then when it comes time for an actual battle, those weapons are useless. A person might as well just throw rocks at the enemy as use a modern weapon that they have had no training for.

So it is with our weapons of warfare for the spiritual battle that we are engaged in at the present.  And be assured, we are very much in a battle every day of our lives.  There is an enemy out there in the world who is a master at camouflage and hit and run tactics in warfare.  His name is satan.

 

As a sergeant in the Military Intelligence Unit of our Army Battalion one of my tasks was that at all times I had to be as informed as I could possibly be regarding the weapons at the disposal of the enemy. Then when it came to being out in the field working under actual battle conditions, before any action could be started, I had to go out into areas where it was known that the enemy was active in, there I had to  gather information about what weapons, vehicles, troop strength and any other information about the opposition and what they had in the field.  This was so that we could advise our Commanding Officer, because any future action that the C/O would take would be based on that information.  The over-riding fact of this was that it is imperative for any Military person to know their enemy before going into battle.  So it is in Spiritual warfare.

The Bible tells us much of, if not all of, the information that we need to know regarding our enemy.  He is one who started out his rotten tactics as a powerless being.  His entire power and strength came about because he infiltrated our (Mankind's) area of occupation (The Earth) and stole our Authority and our Power right out from under the noses of Mankind.  He did this by subtleness, he didn't come right out and accuse GOD of anything, except instead he makes subtle insinuations about GOD's dealings with Mankind. By these sly tactics he deceived Mankind into disobeying GOD and obeying him (satan) instead.  So this is the first thing we need to know about our enemy, he does not work by direct confrontation, but by subtle, sly methods.  We usually don't see him coming until it's too late.

 

When someone gets a bit of a cough it is so common for them to run to the medicine cabinet and get something to stop that cough.  This is the way of the world, but as Children of the Most High GOD we should be running to our Daddy and asking HIM about what the cause of the cough is.  Most times it will be one of those subtle sly tricks of the enemy, he has simply suggested to us that we might be getting a cold.  If he can get us to speak out that we are actually getting a cold then he has taken that power right out of our own mouths, he then uses it to turn that cough from a suggestion into an actual cold.  We gave that authority and power to him by speaking out unbelief instead of what the Word of GOD says about our Health.  The Bible says that by the Stripes of JESUS we are healed, it doesn't say that we have a cold.  As an old song that we used to sing says, "Whose report do we believe"?  The same thing goes for anything that a worldly Doctor might say about us. No matter what any X-Ray or test might say, if the doctor's report is contrary to 1 Peter 2: 24 then it is not of GOD and we must apply the Word of GOD to our situation, we let GOD's Holy Word conform our bodies into what GOD has promised us.  (1 Peter 2:24 KJV)  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: BY WHOSE STRIPES YOU WERE HEALED.   This leads us into our next weapon, the Armour of GOD.

 

Modern day Soldiers go into battle situations not only with good weapons, but with good armour as well.  It's called a Kevlar vest or a flak jacket.  In the time of the Apostle Paul he used an image of the Roman Soldier to portray to us the components of what GOD showed him to be our protection for spiritual warfare. 

Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.   Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 

 

The first thing to see out of this is that the purpose of the Armour of GOD is (1). so that we might be strong in the LORD, (2). That we might be strong in the Power of HIS might, not our own might, but that of our LORD JESUS.  What I would ask you to do  is to keep that truth in your mind as we look deeper into the Armour of GOD.  This armour is given to us so that we might be able to stand when the attacks of the enemy come against us, but once we have stood against the enemy, then we are to keep on standing, right up until the time that we get the victory.

 

The components of the Armour in these verses are :--

1.     our loins girt about with truth.  I would ask you now, in accordance with John 14:6, who is the truth? (John 14:6 KJV)  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2.     having on the breastplate of righteousness;  Where is our righteousness from,  and what is it to be used for?  (2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV)  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.   (2 Corinthians 6:4 KJV)  But IN ALL THINGS APPROVING OURSELVES AS THE MINISTERS OF GOD, IN MUCH PATIENCE, IN AFFLICTIONS, IN NECESSITIES, IN DISTRESSES, ……    (2 Corinthians 6:7 KJV)  By the word of truth, by the power of God, BY THE ARMOUR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS on the right hand and on the left,

 

3.     our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Who is the Gospel and who is our Peace?  (Mark 1:1 KJV)  The beginning of THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God; (John 16:33 KJV)  These things I have spoken unto you, THAT IN ME YE MIGHT HAVE PEACE. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

4.     taking the shield of faith,  Who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith? (Author = The one who originates)   (Hebrews 12:2 KJV)  Looking unto Jesus THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH; ……..

5.     take the helmet of salvation.  Who is our Salvation?  (1 Thessalonians 5:9 KJV)  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain SALVATION BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,

6.     the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  Who is the Word of GOD?  (John 1:1 KJV)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD(John 1:14 KJV)  And THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, AND DWELT AMONG US,

As we can see from all of these, in every aspect of the greatest protection we could ever have there is a common thread.  Our Armour, the Armour of GOD HIMSELF, the very one whom our Heavenly FATHER sent to redeem us, to reconcile us back to HIM and to protect us from the wiles of the enemy, it is HE who is our Heavenly Armour.  The name of the Armour of GOD is spelt J.E.S.U.S. 

HE is our TRUTH, HE is our Righteousness, HE is our Peace and the Good News (Gospel).  HE is our Faith, it came from HIM and exists in HIM.  HE is our Salvation; HIS very name declares this.  The Name JESUS means "GOD SAVES". Also HE is the sword of the SPIRIT of GOD.  The time that we put on the Armour was the day that we received JESUS as our LORD and our Saviour.  Being in HIM is as being encased in a suit of full Body Armour.  One that is so much more superior to those worn by any Soldier in any theatre of war, anywhere in the world today.

As Children of GOD, and as those who trust, rely upon and yield to the Son of GOD as their LORD, we are those who have the very best of any weapon of Warfare that has ever been devised.  But we are to use it, not leave it sitting in our Heavenly Armoury.  It is useless if we never take it up and learn how to use it. The intent of this teaching letter will be to train you up in the use of your Heavenly weaponry.  Listen to our Pastor, He has been there and gained great insight into this, as one can see by the wisdom in his Teaching to us.  GOD has given us a good Teacher, HE has given us written instructions in HIS Holy Word, so it is up to us now to learn how to use those weapons of warfare wisely, all the time being wrapped in the Love and Protection of our Heavenly Armour, JESUS, the SON of GOD.

Lots of love

Don Phillips 18/08/2019

 

Wandering in the wilderness

Wandering in the wilderness

One thing that has become blatantly obvious in these last few months is the increase in demonic activity right around the world. It's not only here in Australia, it's not only here in Calvary Assembly, but it's being seen as an increase in attacks right around the world, especially in Christian Families. 

We all know that we have been given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, that whatsoever we bind here on Earth is bound in Heaven, that whatsoever we loose here on Earth is loosed in Heaven. I'm sure that many Christians are using that truth to good effect, but somehow the devil and his cronies seem to be getting the upper hand in so many cases, even here in Calvary Assembly. So what's missing that is making our warfare of little effect? To answer that, I feel that this is the right time to reflect on the basic truths of Spiritual warfare once again. 

As mentioned above we have been given the Keys to the Kingdom of GOD (Heaven). These Keys are to be used to lock and unlock spiritual forces that are oppressing the Children of the Most High GOD. They are for unlocking the chains of those held captive that GOD wants in HIS Kingdom and they are for locking up those that are holding these ones captive. Mat 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

At this point I would like us to look at a great truth that applies strongly to Spiritual warfare. From this truth and from the other scriptures that link to this one, we will see where so many of us have been neglecting a major step in our use of the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. I know I had for too long. 

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. 

There are some steps that need to be looked at here. 

1. An unclean spirit has gone out of a man. (This is deliverance.) 

2. This spirit walks through dry places. (He has not been told where to go to). 

3. Wandering around is uncomfortable to demons, (they want to be where they can rob, kill or destroy). 

4. The demon tries to return to where he came from, he was comfortable there. (Demons will always try to get back into where they are driven out from). 

5. Because of point two not being adhered to, the demon finds the one that was his host before is now empty, swept clean, and garnished. These words are an old KJV way of saying that (a) EMPTY = TO BE VACANT (OF A HOUSE). (b) SWEPT CLEAN = (TO BRUSH OFF;) MEANING A BROOM; to sweep: (c) GARNISHED = TO PUT IN PROPER ORDER, that is, decorate, adorn, garnish, trim. (This means that the person is found to have been delivered or emptied out of demons, they are now vacant of ALL Spiritual forces). Next we see that they are swept clean, that is, all aspects of former demonic possession has been removed from them, they are now clean once again. Then finally they have been put in order, that means to have been put back in relationship with GOD, in a condition that GOD wants for them. The two major things to concentrate on here are the facts that this person was left VACANT and that the demons WERE ALLOWED TO WANDER ABOUT

6. The results of the last point is that this demon is now able to return to where he was cast out of and take 7 others even more wicked (stronger) than he, so that he is harder to remove next time. Harder, but not impossible to remove. 

7. And finally we see that it is worse for that person at that stage than before their deliverance. 


We must never leave a person in an empty, or vacant state, when the demons are driven out then we must get that person filled with the Holy SPIRIT. Then, deliverance is denying the demonic forces control over a person, JESUS did it right, HE shows us this in the story of the possessed man in the tombs, found in Luke 8:26 – 37. In that story we see that JESUS stamped HIS Authority over the demons onto that situation immediately, HE demanded the demons identify themselves. When the demons saw that Authority, and the truth that HE knew how to use that Authority, then they were afraid, so much so that they asked HIM not to send them to the Abyss. What JESUS did do was to allow them 

to go into an unclean animal, (Pigs were unclean to the Jews), but then JESUS dealt with the pigs, the end result being that the demons still ended up being rendered useless, this was done by JESUS drowning the hosts (Pigs) that carried them. 

Next we look at another scripture that links to Matt 12:43 – 45, let's look at Jude 1:6. Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 

Please take note, This verse is talking about angels that did not keep their place. Where was the place designed for angels to be? HEAVEN. Yet these angels did not stay there, and for good reason, they were chucked out by GOD for Spiritual treason. They rebelled against GOD, so HE dealt with them by casting them out of Heaven, down to the Earth. (Rev 12:9) Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 

In the Jude verse we see that something has happened to those fallen angels, they are reserved in EVERLASTING CHAINS, UNDER DARKNESS, for Judgement on the great day. Please notice that THESE FALLEN ANGELS (DEMONS) ARE ALREADY BOUND WITH ETERNAL CHAINS, ALSO THEY ARE BEING HELD IN A DARK PLACE FOR JUDGEMENT ON A FUTURE DATE. 

So who has sent them to this dark place, who has bound them with eternal chains? Look at our opening scripture and you will have the answer. You have sent them there, you did this every time you delivered someone from their bondage. PROVIDING, that you have not just allowed them to wander in the wilderness, it is from this wilderness (Dry place) where they can return back to where they come from. It is our responsibility to lock up those demons that we send out of people, we must send them to this place mentioned in the book of Jude. 

This is the spiritual prison for all of the fallen angels and we are the Spiritual Police that send them there to await trial on the great day of Judgement. If we simply cast out demons without doing as we see our LORD JESUS doing with the demons HE encountered, then the ones whom we have delivered are going to end up in a far worse state than when we first started praying for them. 

A great responsibility has been given to us who believe in and follow our LORD JESUS, we have the responsibility to grow the Kingdom of GOD, we have been given the task of doing as we see JESUS did. In Luke 4:17-21 we see JESUS describing exactly what HIS Ministry was, and please remember, this is our Ministry today as well. Luke 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. Luke 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 

This describes exactly what our Ministry today consists of, it's true that there are a great number of variations in this Ministry, yet it all comes down to the same thing, we are to preach the Gospel to those who are poor in Spirit. In the name of JESUS we are to heal the broken hearted, we are to give deliverance to those who are possessed of demons, to open the eyes of the blind, (those who are spiritually blind and those who are physically blind). We are to set the captives free and we are to tell everyone that will listen to the good news, that the LORD will accept them, if only they will turn to HIM. 

We cannot tell people the good news if they have hearing and seeing problems. The devil has had the eyes of the lost covered with scales, the ears of the lost are covered with lies. However, it is our job to set these ones free, but as the LORD has been showing us from HIS Holy Word, when we set them free we must ensure that they remain free. To do this we need to be the SPIRITUAL POLICE that we have been called to be. We must lock up those demons so that they DO NOT wander in the wilderness, we must ensure that they do not return and make the life of those we have set free worse than before. 

It is up to us, we have been equipped, we have been taught, we have been commissioned, now it is up to us to do as our LORD has commanded us, to go and set the captives free. 

Lots of love, 

Don Phillips 

04/08/2019 

What is in a name

What is in a name

 Bnmi,

Have you ever wondered about your name, just what does it mean?   In this day and age so many Parents simply give their Children names because they roll  easily off the tongue, others give names that are much harder to understand, and others simply pick a name out of a book or off the Internet.

 

   However, In the time of the Old Testament, and even in later times, as recent as the start of the 20th Century, Parents gave names to their Children because it was to remember someone in their lives, or to continue a name on through the Family line.  For example, I was named after my Uncle Don, (my Mother's Brother).  My Mother simply wanted to have Uncle Don remembered.  However, I am so glad that she felt that way, because most, if not all names have meanings.  Mine means "world Ruler', or in the Celtic it means "Chief of the mountains".  (Look your name up, you may be surprised, as I was.)

 

   In the Old Testament  we see that all names had meanings, especially the names of GOD.   In this study we will look at some of those names and how they apply, not only to GOD, but to us as well.

 

EL:

   The first name that we see is the term given to describe GOD,  It is the name EL:  and in the Hebrew language it means "GOD" OR "POWER".  So what is so important about knowing that? Take another look, GOD and Power.  HE had, and still has, the Power to create every last thing that exists, even us.   Also HE has the Power to bring all that HE Created to an abrupt end, if HE so chooses, and one day that is exactly what will happen.

 

   Mankind thinks  they are so smart, after all, didn't they split the atom?  But GOD has so much Power that HE created the universe and in each one of the Galaxies within the universe, there are Suns.  These suns work by continual atomic explosions.  An atomic explosion is when the atoms of a substance are split at an uncontrolled rate, causing a chain reaction. However, in our Galaxy these atomic explosions take place in a fireball so far away from us that it is safe for us, yet so near to us that it provides us with just the right amount of heat and light.  So who is the more Powerful one, Man or GOD?

 

  What we need to see out of this study of the name of GOD that reveals HIS Power to us, is that we are Children of this almighty Powerful GOD and we were Created to be just like HIM, in HIS Image and in HIS Likeness.   HE has given  this power to us through HIS SON JESUS.  Let the demons tremble as we take hold of that truth.

 

Jehovah/YAHWEH:

  The next name is Jehovah/YAHWEH, it's meaning is: LORD. ( The original name of God). This name is called a “Tetragrammaton.”   It is made up of four Hebrew letters (Yod, He, Waw and He) and is written as YHWH.  When the vowels "A" and "E" are added we get YAHWEH.  (The original language had no vowels).  Yahweh is then transliterated into the English as "Jehovah".

 

   So what does the word "LORD" mean to us?  A Lord is one who rules over subjects, it is one to whom respect and honour is given, and it is one who takes care of those who are under the "Lordship" of that Lord.

 

   At this stage I am going to throw the cat amongst the Pigeons here by asking the question: "Who do we think is the one who rules over us and over this planet"?  In my favourite verse Genesis 1:26 we see that GOD created us to rule, so in HIS eyes, we were meant to be the rulers of this planet. We know that the devil took that GOD-Given power from us and has used it against us ever since, right up until JESUS took it back from him at the Cross. Now those who follow (and obey) JESUS have been given that power back again. Now we can rule over the devil as we were created to do, but instead of us doing it with our own power and authority, we do it in the name of the one who won that right to rule, JESUS our LORD.

 

   JESUS is the one who now rules over this world that we live in, but HE has chosen to do it through HIS Physical body, which, as we know, is us, HE has redeemed the right to rule back to us.  JESUS has returned back  to HIS FATHER and HIS LORD, our GOD, and now HE does the work of the FATHER through HIS Body, the Church.  Therefore, if JESUS is our head, meaning, HE is the one who tells us (HIS Body) what to do, then it is JESUS who now is our LORD and HE rules over us.  In this way GOD rules over HIS SON JESUS, and JESUS rules over us.  The term Yahweh (LORD) now not only applies to GOD, but also to JESUS.

 JEHOVAH-ELOHIM OR ELOHIM ALONE:  Meaning: ALL POWERFUL GOD.

     

This is the plural form of el or eloah.    In the first chapter of the book of genesis, even in the very first verse we see this word used. In verse 1:1 we see a  good reference to this word  “elohim”.  It perfectly describes the trinity of the GODhead, where GOD ( elohim ) Created the Heaven and the Earth.   Gen 1:1  In the beginning GOD (elohim) created the heaven and the earth.  In this verse we see  Creation of both Heaven and of Earth was done by all three members of the Holy Trinity.

   What then does this mean to us.  When GOD does things in common with all members of the GODhead then it displays the unity of the GODhead.  JESUS prayed in John 17:22  that as HE has given us (HIS Body) HIS Glory then HE expects that we too (The Church) will be one just as the GODhead is one. John 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 

 

   If then the GODhead is all powerful, and we too have been grafted into JESUS through HIS Blood, then just as JESUS gave us HIS Glory, then so too do we have that all powerful Glory living within us in the form of the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.  That is why Luke says in Luke 1:37  for WITH GOD nothing shall be impossible, so that the Glory that JESUS gave to us would be the light of Men that shines in this dark world.  When we are WITH GOD is when we are doing the Will of GOD.  It is at these times that nothing shall be impossible for us because we can do all things through CHRIST (JESUS) who strengthens us.  (Philippians 4:13)  I have strength for all things in Christ, the One strengthening me. (Literal Interpretation Version of the Holy Bible.)

 

   Just as we see that the word "Elohim" means the plurality of GOD, then we can see that as we are Grafted into GOD through CHRIST JESUS, so too are we included (Through the Cross) into this all powerful plurality.  This does not mean we are GOD, but it does mean that we are all powerful just like HIM, because that is the way HE created us in the beginning and now through the Redeeming power of the Love act of JESUS upon that Cross at Calvary, we too are redeemed back into the powerful created ones that GOD intended us to be.  That is why those demons have to tremble, because we, the Children of GOD, have our power back and we are going after those ones of darkness to wipe out their stronghold on this world.

 

EL SHADDAI:  Meaning: “GOD ALMIGHTY”

 

   The title "GOD ALMIGHTY is one that has great implication.  Firstly it means that there is none mightier than HE, then there is the fact that GOD has at HIS disposal every last thing needed for HIM to rule, after all, HE created all things.  But there are things in Heaven that we know nothing of.  One day these things will be revealed to us, but for now we simply trust by Faith that GOD has the answer to every last need that we have.

 

   GOD has these powers at HIS disposal for HIM to rule, but because of HIS Love for us HE has given all of these same things to us so that we too might rule over the Powers, principalities, rulers and authorities that are trying to rule over us now.   Whatever things are trying to pull us down, GOD has given us the answer to those problems.  It is right there in HIS Holy Word and a lot of those truths are found in HIS Names.

 

   We have looked at just a few of these Names and in future Teaching letters we will look at more of them.  Until then, remember, we were created to rule, we have been given every last thing needed to rule, so what's stopping us bruising the devil's head and setting the captives free.

   

Lots of love

Don Phillips

 

21/07/2019

 

A square peg in a round hole

A square peg in a round hole

Have you heard the old saying "A square peg in a round hole"?  It seems to indicate that someone, or something is out of place, that it just doesn't fit in.   The square edges of the peg stop it from going into that hole.  If the hole was bigger it might fit, but it would only be touching on the edges of the square corners.  This would make it very obvious that it definitely doesn't belong there.

Sometimes we feel like that might be us, sometimes we feel like we simply do not fit into our Christian walk.  It's like we are out of place or something.  Perhaps no one else feels like that, maybe it's just something I alone have gone through, but I don't really think this is the case.

As Anne and I prayed this morning, (Friday the 5th of July 2019) the LORD showed me HIS perspective of this saying. HE showed me several different levels of this truth, the truth that a square peg will not fit into a round hole unless there are some modifications done to it.  So it is with us.

This truth fits into many things, such as marriage, families, churches and even communities.  So let us look deeper into this matter, let us look at us being a Christian and how our square corners or rough edges can stop us fitting in.

A persons entire outlook on life is dictated by what is called "THEIR FRAME OF REFERENCE".  This frame is formed right from the time of our first breath on this earth.  It is formed by what enters into our minds through any and/or all of the five senses we have.  What we see, what we hear, what we smell, what we touch and what we taste, these all leave lasting impressions on us, impressions that last for the rest of our lives.

For example, have you ever been somewhere and smelt a perfume that reminded you of someone from your past, such as the smell of your Mother, Auntie or some other person you knew was associated with that smell in the past.  This usually triggers some emotion associated with that person, such as a sense of loss at the passing of that loved one, or maybe it triggers a reaction of hurt or anger.  Whatever emotions are triggered are not caused by that smell but by what has happened to you whilst with that person.  That reaction has now been brought back to your memory, simply by smelling something familiar.

This Frame of Reference (F.O.R) is something that we all carry about with us every day of our lives.   Every action, or re-action, will be governed by this as our psyche weighs up our every thought and action, based on the memories of our past.

Another example is when someone has hurt us in the past, let us use and older family member from my past as an example.   I used to play Soccer every weekend as a youth.  There was one thing  I wanted more than anything,  for my Parents, especially my Father, to be there to watch me play, at least once in my life.  But the sad reality is he never came to one of my games, or any other activity that was important to me.   I would spend most of the game watching the sidelines to see if he came, this made me a very bad player, and a very disappointed Son.

As a youth I could not understand the reason why this happened, or even that it was happening to me. But as an adult I now know why he could never come to my activities, HE was just too sick to go anywhere.  He eventually died when I was just 15 , after having Multiple heart attacks, three strokes and eventually dying of Lung Cancer, which was caused by smoking.  Knowing this now has helped me a lot, but it still made me think, and feel hurt, whenever I drove past that soccer ground where I spent much of my youth.

Our F.O.R has the ability to make us put up walls around us to protect us from hurt, and even sad memories. These things are like growths on our psyche that stop us fitting into something very precious.  It stops us fitting into a hole, (just like the sharp edges on a square peg prevent it fitting into a round hole).   But it is not a round hole like the square peg is trying to fit into that GOD wants us to fit into, but a JESUS shaped hole.

GOD wants us to be conformed into the Image and Likeness of HIS Precious SON JESUS.  But there are things stopping us from fitting into that mould, these can be lots of things, but most of all it can be our Frame of Reference.   If we have been told by those whom we respected that we are useless, then we will have a F.O.R of being a useless person.  If we have been told by those in authority within the Church that it is a blessing to be poor like Mother Teresa, then we will have a psyche of "poor is Holy".  This is not what the Word of GOD says about our health though.

If we have been told that sickness is "Just Natural, that it happens to everyone and there is nothing that we can do about it, Miracles passed away when the Apostles of old did", then that is what our Frame of Reference will be when we read the word of GOD.  We will interpret GOD's Word as being something that happened in the past and is not applicable to us today.  This makes us very much a square peg trying to fit into a round hole when it comes to our Spiritual walk.

The Word of GOD has been given to us as words of LIFE.  They are necessary for our very existence, they are the very truth that will change our lives.  They will change our entire FRAME OF REFERENCE if we let them.

As we read and reflect on the truths found in GOD's Holy Word then our entire being, physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and in every other aspect will be changed.   The Word of GOD has the ability to chip those rough edges off us, rough edges built up by our F.O.R that was not under the covering of GOD, nor the guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.

Before we walked in the LOVE and protection of GOD we walked in a world that was so destructive, simply because it is a world that had come under the control of a destructive demon called Lucifer, or as we refer to his title, the devil (accuser).   The Word of GOD tells us in the book of Revelation (Rev 12:9) that the great dragon was cast out of Heaven, down to the Earth, which the KJV refers to as the whole Earth, whereas the Literal version of the KJ tells us it was to the habitable Earth that he was cast down to and it was this habitable world that he deceived.

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, the old serpent being called devil, and, Satan; he deceiving the whole habitable world was cast out onto the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 

This world that we inhabit has been under the deception of the devil   ever since the fall of Mankind in Genesis chapter 3.  Right from that time on the evil one has been influencing the psyche of Mankind to think evil thoughts, just like him, whereas GOD wants HIS Children to think Loving thoughts, just like HIM.

To that end GOD sent HIS SON JESUS to pay for our sin and to be set as an example for us to follow.  HE came and showed us the way for us to live our lives. And just to make it easier for us on this side of the Cross of Calvary, HE put all of the instructions that we need in a nice neat package called the Bible.

We all need to have our Frame of References changed, they need to be changed from our worldly aspects into the Divine aspects of GOD.  We all need to start seeing ourselves as GOD sees us, to be as HE knows we can be,   not as our original Frame Of Reference  tells us we are.   GOD has such a different outlook on us, and for us that we all need to seek out, we need to know what it is that HE says  about us.  And of course, the best place to find what HE says about us is in HIS Holy Word.

Sitting under a GOD-ly Pastor, or having a Spouse that is under the inspiration of the HOLY SPIRIT, these things can all sometimes feel as though they are rough times that we are going through as we feel some kind of action happening to us, something that we are not quite in control of, something that causes a feeling of discomfort in us.  All of these things can be the HOLY SPIRIT rubbing off the rough edges that our old F.O.R has built up on us.

These rough edges need to come off of us so that we an fit snugly into the mould that the LORD has created for us, not only into the JESUS mould that we spoke of earlier, but also those times of conflict within our relationships (marriages) can be the HOLY SPIRIT rubbing off those rough edges so that we fit neatly into the marriage mould more snugly. 

As Pastor Frank would often remind us, "Iron sharpens Iron".  We sharpen our Kitchen knives by rubbing the steel blades against other pieces of metal and rub off the rough edges, leaving smooth, sharp edges that perform the duty they were created to do, and they do it much more efficiently.

So it is with anyone who is in a relationship, whether it be a relationship with GOD, with a family member, a Christian Brother or Sister, a Spouse, or anyone else that we are close to.  Those times of conflict may not be because there is a problem, instead it may be GOD rubbing some rough edges off us.

Don't always look at the other person in a conflict, seek GOD and ask HIM what needs to be rubbed off us first, and let GOD deal with the other members of that conflict, only HE can effectively get their rough edges off.  It is HIS job to do that, not ours.

HE is doing that in our relationship with HIM and HIS SON, so why wouldn't HE do it in our earthly relationships.

GOD Bless you all, hope this helps.

Lots of love

Don Phillips  

07/07/2019

 

A Christian or a disciple

A Christian or a disciple

In previous Teaching letters we have looked at the call of the LORD to us regarding going into the world and making Disciples.  This doesn't mean that we all have to go out to other countries and be full time missionaries.  Being a missionary starts right here at home.   Our world starts at our front door.

We know that the LORD calls us to be DISCIPLE MAKERS, that is clearly seen in the great commission of Matthew 28:18-20, but before we even think of making other Disciples we first must ask ourselves a very important question, are we a Disciple of JESUS CHRIST, or are we a Christian?   By definition from the Strongs Concordance being a Christian means:--  a follower of Christ

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and TEACH all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:    Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  (KJV)

In the KJV in Matthew 28:19 we see that the words "TEACH all Nations".  In the Greek that word "Teach" in Matthew 28:19 is the same root word as we find in Luke 14:27, where it is used to refer to one who is the LORD's Disciple.

In Matthew 28:19 mathēteuō means:--  From G3101;  to become a pupil; transitively to disciple, that is, enrol as scholar: - BE DISCIPLE, INSTRUCT, TEACH.    Whereas in Luke 14:27 we see that word "Disciple" means:-- a learner, that is, a pupil: - DISCIPLE.  All of these words have the same root meaning, it means:--:-- to learn (in any way): - TO LEARN, UNDERSTAND.

All of this might seem a bit over the top, but it is important that we understand there is a huge difference between being a Christian, and being a Disciple of JESUS.  A Christian follows JESUS, whereas a Disciple IS TAUGHT BY JESUS.  We all must follow JESUS, we all must be Christians, but to understand why we are following HIM we first must learn from HIM why we are to do that.   HE has given us a complete training Manual for LIFE.  It is called, "The Bible".  In it, HE speaks to us as HIS written words come alive to us by the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT moving on those words. 

Then those words are transformed from being "Logos" words to the Rhema words that bring life and freedom to those whom it touches.   Both of these types of words are extremely precious, they both have life within them. But, the difference is that the Rhema word is the one that has been made alive and active by the Power of GOD upon it, whereas the Logos word only has the potential within it to BECOME alive and active.

In one of the Bible Colleges that I attended there was a great emphasis on the teaching of FAITH,  within that teaching there was a Module called "The Force of Faith".   It was written by Kenneth Copeland and it had a huge impact on me as that teaching reached out from the pages in front of me and became alive.   This was the HOLY SPIRIT moving upon those written words and bringing them to life within my Spirit.   As a result, even today, 30 years later, those words have impacted the way that I understand the forces that are released when we activate our Faith.

When we have a heart to want to learn from JESUS, then we will find that those words will become alive and active within us all. 

" OUR LEVEL OF DESIRE FOR THE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD"

will dictate our level of

"ACTUALLY BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND HIM".

It was said earlier that we all need to follow JESUS, but when we understand the things of GOD then we are able to follow HIM more closely.  We all need to be Christians, that is, followers of HIM who died then rose again for us. But as we learn more of HIM we are able to understand more of why. Why HE died, why HE chose to give us all that second chance that we so desperately needed, and why HE has such wonderful Blessings stored up in Heaven waiting for us.

Being a Disciple of JESUS is being someone who has been taught about JESUS and by JESUS.   So let us look at the Disciples who walked this planet right by HIS  side, and how HE taught them.

Mark 4:35  And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.   Mark 4:36  And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 

Mar 4:37  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.   Mark 4:38  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? Mark 4:39  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 

Another rendition of this event can be found in Luke 8:23-25.   But for now let us look at another one of the Gospels where it talks also about calming the storms.  Mat 14:22  And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.   Mat 14:23  And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.   Mat 14:24  But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.   Mat 14:25  And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 

Mar 6:45  And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. Mar 6:46  And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. Mar 6:47  And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.    Mar 6:48  And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.   Mar 6:49  But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:    Mar 6:50  For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.    Mar 6:51  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 

These two passages seem to reflect the same event taking place, but take note, there is a slight, but highly significant difference between them.  In both of these passages we see that JESUS expected to meet HIS Disciples on the other side, but in Matthew 14:25 it says that JESUS walked on the water out to them, but in Mark 6:48 it says that JESUS walked out to them BUT WAS ABOUT TO PASS THEM BY.   

In Mark 4:35 -39 (above) we see that JESUS taught HIS Disciples how to calm the storm when it came against them all.  However, in Mark 6:48 when that same situation came against the Disciples, JESUS expected the Disciples to take what He had taught them earlier and use it against the wind and the waves.  This is evident by the words of Faith that JESUS spoke in Matthew 14:22, "go before him unto the other side, " and in Mark 6:45  "And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida".   JESUS expected to meet HIS Disciples on the other side of the Lake, not for them to be stuck in the middle of the Lake.

Mat 17:14  And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,    Mat 17:15  Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.  Mat 17:16  And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Mat 17:17  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

These same Disciples had walked with JESUS for years, they saw HIM raise the dead, they saw HIM miraculously heal the sick, give eyes to the blind and many more works of GOD. But, when this Father brought his Son to them, they could not do it.   They had always waited for JESUS to do it, and in this case, once again JESUS had to do it instead of the Disciples.

The question that is before us today is simple, are we going to wait for JESUS to do everything for us or are we going to do what HE has taught us to do, GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND MAKE DISCIPLES, HEAL THE SICK, GIVE EYES TO THE BLIND, AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT WE HAVE SEEN JESUS DO?

John 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 

This is being a Disciple, it is being a doer of the word, not just a Christian who sits in Church week after week and does nothing.  Being a Disciple is a level above just being that type of Christian. HE knows we can do it and that we will do it. Like those early Disciples, HE expects more of us who are taught of HIM, so let's not disappoint HIM.

Don Phillips.

30/6/19

 

Made whole and complete

Made whole and complete

In the last Teaching letter we saw that the LORD is calling HIS Body to arise and do the things that the HEAD (JESUS) has done.   So many have said that this had spoken to them, so this week we need to look at how we can do that.   What is needed for us to rise up?

As the picture above shows, GOD has opened the door for this to happen, HE has done absolutely every last thing that is necessary for us to be able to rise up.   HE has given us :--

·       HIS SON to die in our place,

·       HE has raised up HIS SON so that we too would be raised up in HIM,

·       HE has set HIS SON as the example for us to follow,

·       HE has given us all of the written instructions that we need in order to accomplish all that HE has called us to,

·       HE has given us HIS HOLY SPIRIT to dwell inside of us (we are the Temple of the HOLY SPIRIT), this is so that we can talk directly to our Heavenly FATHER GOD just as JESUS did whenever HE went alone to pray,

·       HE has given us understanding and wisdom in order to be speaking just as JESUS did whenever HE spoke the truth to those around HIM,

·       HE has given us power and authority through HIS Holy Word in the form of the great commissions seen in Matthew 28:16 - 20 and Mark 16:15-20, and finally

·       HE has given us HIS Heart for the lost so that we will go out to them in  Power and Love, meeting their every need just as JESUS did.

In order to understand just what is meant by being made "Whole and Complete" let us take a look at the Word of GOD.

1 Peter 2:24-25

(24)  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: BY WHOSE STRIPES YE WERE HEALED.

(25)  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

 

In the verses above you will see that at the end of verse 24 it says that we were healed, but what exactly does that mean?  This word "Healed" is the Greek word  ee-ah'-om-ahee and it means it is the middle voice of apparently a primary verb; to cure (literally or figuratively): - HEAL, MAKE WHOLE.

When our LORD JESUS went to the Cross HE suffered horribly for us, not only did HE go to the Cross but HE also suffered at the hands of the "Purger".  This was a master of the purging whip.  This whip was a cat of nine tails type whip that had the ends plaited with pieces of bone, metal, stone or and any sort of solid object that would cut into the skin of the victim.  It was intended to inflict the maximum pain and injury to the one being purged.  Every time the whip landed across the skin of the victim the tails of the lash would wrap around the body and the solid objects would be drawn inwards so that they cut deeply into the skin.  This caused great pain and anguish as well as a great deal of loss of blood, let alone the skin that was torn off the body as the whip was pulled back ready for the next blow.

These purge marks are the "stripes" that the Apostle Peter referred to in 1 Peter 2:24 above.  It was these that took the place of our Pain and anguish, it was these same stripes that set us free as JESUS became our substitute for our sins.   Because JESUS took our place HE opened the door for us to become once again the Children of GOD that we were created to be. 

No longer were we slaves to sin and all of it's negative effects, but instead we became new Creatures (as seen in 2Cor 5:17 and Gal 6:15).  The old beings that were us, were replaced by Sinless, Blessed ones that were totally acceptable in the eyes of GOD, because we came in through the blood of GOD's own SON.   These stripes literally made us whole, as seen in the definition of the word "Healed" seen above.

Verse 25 of 1 Peter chapter 2  explains just why JESUS went to the Cross, and what the results of that action achieved, "We now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls". We are now returned back to GOD. 

When sin entered into the world back in Genesis chapter 3 we see that GOD had to set up barriers to keep the sinful ones away from the TREE of LIFE in case they ate of it and lived, but who is that tree of life?  HIS Name is JESUS.

(Matthew 7:14)  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

(John 1:4)  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

 

(John 3:15)  that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

 

(John 3:16)  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

 

(John 5:39)  You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

 

(John 6:35)  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

You see, overcoming is not something that you do in your power, it is ONLY done through the victory of the Cross.

Now that you know that you are seated in Heavenly places (In CHRIST JESUS) and at the right hand of GOD, our FATHER and Creator you can better understand that you are seated in a superior place of Power and Authority.

 As you can see through the explanation immediately above that you are right now seated ON the throne of JESUS, and JESUS is right now seated upon HIS FATHER's Throne. A throne is an emblem of a place of Authority. It is the place where a Ruler sits to issue out the commands that will effect the realm he rules. 

The place where you are now seated, and now reside, is the Throne of JESUS.  You are now seated in the place of Authority of the one who has already overcome this World and that world is where we (and our senses) live, but don't reside.

JESUS is the door, not just back to our FATHER, as seen in the parable of the Prodigal son of Luke 15:11 – 24.  But HE is also the means for us to go to our FATHER and get every last weapon that we need to fight against the enemies that come against us here in this flesh and blood place. 

Another thing we need to remember is that a door has a two way function, not only are we now able to go into GOD's presence through the door called JESUS but through HIM also we are able to go to GOD's storehouse mentioned in the book of Malachi and bring back to Earth all of the Heavenly Blessings stored up in there.

 

GO IN POWER, ENTER IN THROUGH CHRIST JESUS

AND BE BLESSED. DON PHILLIPS  23/06/19

Arise Come Forth

Arise Come Forth

When a person first becomes a Christian there is great rejoicing in the Heavenly Realm.  There should be great rejoicing on Earth as well, but sometimes, here it is a bit subdued.  This is how the Kingdom of GOD has become today, the things that have great Spiritual relevance and importance are seen as unimportant here on earth.  What do we mean by that you may ask?  GOD has placed great store in HIS Children to represent HIM here on this earth, therefore the things of GOD's Heavenly domain should be reflected in and through HIS Children here on this planet.  But it is not happening, and the Church just keeps carrying on in the same old way as it has for generations. 

When a person comes from darkness into a place of great light it is quite literally a life-changing experience, even if they don't feel it at the time.  They have moved from a place where their destiny was to be thrown into the Lake of Fire, instead, they are now moved into a place of Heavenly Delight.  And it is our job to see that they get into that delightful place.   Our GOD is all POWER, HE is all AUTHORITY, HE is ALL KNOWING, HE is ALL COMPASSION and HE is ALL LOVE.  Since we are made in HIS Image and HIS Likeness then we too have these qualities.  It is true that satan robbed these qualities from us and replaced them with his version of them, but the great news is that at the Cross of Calvary our LORD JESUS took them all back from that evil one and gave them right back to us.  This is called Redemption.

Some have made fun of my constant mention of my favourite Scripture verses (Genesis 1:26 and 28), but how can anyone ignore the things that our GOD has shown them to be of vital importance, how can I walk away from this life-changing scripture?  It jumps off the page every time I go near it.  It is, to me at least, the most important foundational scripture in the whole Bible.  If we do not know what GOD intended for Mankind when HE first said HE was going to create us, then we have no understanding of what HIS original intentions for us, was or is.

GOD created Mankind with all of the qualities, all of the attributes, and all of the Love and Compassion that is inherent in GOD HIMSELF.  And HE gave these qualities to us so that we would reflect HIM in everything that we do, say, or even think.

On my studies of that verse 26, I was puzzled by the closeness of two words, they were "Image" and "Likeness".  As I was once a professional photographer in my past I have an understanding of seeing a likeness of someone or something in a photographic image, so to me, these two words meant the same thing, but when I spent time with the LORD, seeking HIS understanding of this passage, HE showed me the true importance of studying  them.

In Gen 1:26 we see the word "Image" and we automatically think of an object or person  being the same as something or someone, but when we look back into the original language used by the writer of that passage, then we get a better understanding of what the writer was saying at that time.

The word "image"  was originally written in the Hebrew language, It is the Hebrew word   tselem, pronounced tseh'-lem, and it is from an unused root meaning "to shade"; a "phantom", that is, (figuratively) "illusion", "resemblance;" hence a representative figure.   Whereas the word "Likeness" has the number H1823. The original word is  demûth  Pronounced dem-ooth' and it means:-- resemblance; concretely model, shape; adverbially like: - fashion, like (-ness, as), manner, similitude.

As we can see, both words actually mean "resemblance" yet their meanings differ greatly.  What is different about them is what they actually resemble.  Image means to represent a figure and Likeness means to be just like someone or something in the same manner or similitude.   That means that we are to Represent the one whose Image we are made in and to be just like HIM in our manner and similitude.  According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word similitude is:--  1a: counterpart, double   1b: a visible likeness: image   2: an imaginative comparison: simile   3a: correspondence in kind or quality   3b: a point of comparison

Our Likeness to GOD is as HIS Counterpart, or a  double for GOD. Does that mean that we are GOD; Of course not, but it means that we were made to be just like HIM.  When people see us they should be seeing GOD because we are HIS exact double.  We are HIS visible Likeness. 

That next word in the definition above is "simile" and it simply means:  comparing two unlike things, it is often introduced by words such as "like" or "as", (for example," as in cheeks like roses", or in," that Child is just like their Father").  That means that even though we are NOT GOD we are just like HIM.

When GOD made us in that exact Image of HIMSELF there had to be a reason for that.  And that reason is found in the last part of Genesis 1:26, we were created to have dominion over this world that GOD created for us.   Please let the importance of that statement sink into you,

GOD did NOT make this world for HIM to rule over, HE made it for Mankind to rule over.

Whenever you hear someone say that there cannot be a loving GOD if HE allows these wars and troubles to go on, point them to this truth, GOD gave Mankind the right to rule over this planet, not HIMSELF, so don't let them blame GOD for something that we have responsibility for.  It was Man that allowed, and even caused the problems that we see happening in this world today.

If Mankind (Adam and Eve) had done as GOD had commanded them to do, then those problems would not have existed.  But Mankind listened to the devil and they obeyed him rather than obey GOD.  In doing so they handed over all of that Power and Authority that GOD had created them with to the one that they obeyed, they handed it all over to the devil.

That was the bad news, but the good news is that JESUS took it all back from the devil and gave that Authority back to those who call HIM LORD.  And it was at the Cross where HE did it.   Those who refuse to follow JESUS sadly, are still subject to the whims of the devil, they still live in his tainted world.  

In John 8: 23-24 we see where JESUS is talking to the Jews in the Temple and telling them that because they refuse to accept HIM as the Messiah they are of a different world as HE is,  John 8:23  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.   John 8:24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. Here's some more good news, John 17:14  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 

Just as JESUS said to HIS FATHER in John 8:23 that HE was not of this world; So too does HE also say in John 17:14 that those who follow HIM are NOT of this world either.  Those who follow the devil are of this world, but the good news is that we who follow JESUS are NOT of this world, but are of the Kingdom of GOD. 

We have seen above that the earliest members of Mankind failed in their job and as a result, the world has been in trouble ever since, but what has the Body of CHRIST JESUS done about it ever since, not a very good job perhaps? JESUS left this world in the hands of just 12 men, they went out into the world, with the HOLY SPIRIT working in them, in their lifetimes they increased the number of Disciples into the millions,  If they could do that in just 30 – 50 years, and we have had almost 2000 years since then, at that rate of multiplication the number of Christians should now count into the high Billions, but it doesn't.  So what has happened to the Church of the post Cross days?  It is as if they have gone to sleep, or is that Church dead?  Whatever the cause, the result is the same, people are going to hell because the Church is not doing it's job.   Christianity is not just about our Salvation, it is about the Salvation of all of the people right throughout the world.

The LORD has spoken to both Anne and I and told us to tell the Church, "It is time for the Church to arise and take off their Grave Clothes" just as HE told Lazarus to "Come forth" from the Grave, so too is HE saying to us today, "Arise and come forth, be the Church that I have called you to be, take off your Grave clothes for I have set you free to do as I have done, now arise and follow me," says the LORD.

John 11:43  And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.   John 11:44  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him and let him go. 

As mentioned above, for too long now the Church has not been doing it's job, BUT, now it's up to us to make a decision, are we going to continue in our dead works, or are we going to rise up and show the world that there is a GOD, HE Loves them so much that HE gave HIS only begotten SON to die for them so that they may live with HIM forever, they need to know that.

This may appear to be a hard Teaching Letter, but the simple truth is, as we look around us we see too many souls going to the Grave without receiving JESUS as their LORD and Saviour, or at least being told about JESUS so that they can make their own choice.  This is because we, the Church, have not been serious about being Christians (myself included).  If we are just content to go to Church and be comfortable in knowing that we are going to Heaven, then be aware that when we do finally arrive in Heaven,  we who have been given this responsibility to represent GOD are going to be judged on what we HAVE NOT DONE, as well as what we have done.  I know what I have chosen, what about you?

Don Phillips   09/06/2019

Redemption Brings Reconciliation

Redemption Brings Reconciliation

As my wife (Anne) and I sat at our morning Prayer on Wednesday the 3rd of April 2019 I was pondering on two words that came into my mind, so I asked the LORD about them.  I asked HIM what was the difference between Redemption and Reconciliation.  To anyone with a bit of common sense the answer to that seems obvious, One is about Redemption and the other is about Reconciliation.  Yet I felt that somehow these two were to go together as a pea does to its pod.

What the LORD showed me was that Redemption was an action of the Cross, but Reconciliation was a Ministry of the Body of CHRIST JESUS.  So let's take a look at these two words and see just what the LORD is showing us out of this.

REDEMPTION was an action of the Cross.

We all know that one of the actions of the Victory that our LORD achieved on the Cross was to redeem us back to our original position IN GOD and in this world.  Back to what and where we were before sin corrupted Mankind and separated us from our Heavenly FATHER.

But this mornings revelation is something that the LORD is saying to the Church today, and something that I feel quite strongly that I am to set out before the Body of CHRIST JESUS. That Revelation is simply the truth that when our LORD went to the Cross on our behalf, HE opened the door for all of Mankind to be reconciled back to GOD.

Now that is something we all know, but what I feel the LORD is showing us here is that most of HIS Body have forgotten that truth.  We, (myself included), have simply grown apathetic about it.

So many of us revel in the joy of the knowledge that we are going to Heaven; But what about the Ministry that our LORD has given to HIS Body?  That Ministry is to take others along with us when we go to Heaven.

Can you imagine what it's going to be like when we're in Heaven? Just picture this if you will. The LORD is standing in front of a huge crowd of Saints in Glory, but HE comes down from the elevated dais and approaches you.  HE holds out HIS Hand to you and simply says come.  With that HE takes you to a large section of the gathered Saints, HE indicates in the direction of that large crowd and says to you, "Do you see these Saints, these are here because of the Works that I gave you to do. Well done good and Faithful servant".

This is the message that our LORD wants me to bring to you; HE wants so much to be able to say those words to each and every one of HIS followers, but unfortunately, there are so many who will fall short of hearing those wonderful words.   HE has given to all of us a Ministry called "reconciliation.  And that is where so many of us are falling short, (again, myself included).

RECONCILIATION was, and is, a Ministry of the Body of CHRIST JESUS.

 

2 Corinthians 5:18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, AND HATH GIVEN TO US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION;

JESUS, our LORD, has died in our place so that we can carry on the Ministry that HE started when HE walked upon this planet.  HE started a Ministry of Reconciliation that is set to change the entire structure of this world.  In this world, the devil, and those who follow him are out to send every last person on the face of this earth to hell (the lake of fire).  We see this truth in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 12:12  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

The devil is angry with Mankind because we were created in the Image and the Likeness of GOD, but he wasn't.  Glory was given to Mankind when we were created, GOD's own Glory, because we were created to represent HIM. Therefore GOD covered Mankind in HIS Glory, so that all of the things we were meant to rule over would see GOD's Glory on us and bow down in obedience, not to us, but to GOD's Glory.

Revelation 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The devil is angry with Mankind, as the above verse shows, and those of us who have the Testimony of JESUS CHRIST (that HE died for our sins and has set us free from the dominion of satan) have now been given a second chance at being the Rulers that GOD created us to be. 

The devil is doing his utmost to keep every last person away from their original purpose, (which was that they were to be the ones who ruled over satan, not to be the ones who are ruled by satan).  GOD has searched this planet and called out those whom HE knows will follow HIM.  The most wonderful thing has happened to those whom HE has called out,  HE has given them the right to be reconciled back to their GOD. But now HE has given to these "Called Out Ones" a task to do, that is to go and do likewise as HE has done.  HE has called us out of darkness into HIS Glorious Light, so now we are to go and call others out of Darkness also.

This is called reconciliation. This great gift of life that GOD has given  to us is to be shared with every last person that GOD lays upon our hearts.  No matter if it is the "Check out Chick" at our local store, or the person who cuts our hair, every last person is who GOD wants in HIS Kingdom. But it is given to us who call upon the name of our LORD JESUS to accomplish this task. JESUS started it,  now HE expects that we, HIS Body, will finish the Task  HE has started.  

HE died so that we who read, study and understand HIS Holy Word would know what the weapons of our Warfare are.  HE has given us HIS Word as a two edged sword to cut down the enemy,  also HE has given us HIMSELF as our Spiritual Armour so that we are protected against the wiles of the enemy and we battle on.

When we say that JESUS is our Armour we are elaborating on what HE has shown us in Ephesians Chapter six.  Let's look at that so we understand better just what protection we have as we do our Spiritual Jobs.

Ephesians 6:10-17  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  (11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  (13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  (14)  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  (15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  (16)  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  (17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

   First in verse 11 we see there is a purpose for us having the Armour of GOD, that we might stand against the wiles of the enemy.  The word "wiles" means "trickery, Lies, wiles and travesty".   These are the ways  the devil tries to get us off track.  Then in verse 1 we are told just where it is that we are to do our fighting; in the spirit realm. 

Verse 13 reassures us that as we take this armour we will be able to stand.  Verses 14 through 17 tell us just what this armour consists of.  We stand when we have our inner being surrounded by the belt of truth, and who is the Truth according to John 14:6.  JESUS. John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

We are to have our feet shod with the PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.  PLEASE NOTE, we are not just to have peace, we are to have our feet shod with the PREPARATION of the GOSPEL of peace.  Having our feet shod is an indication of our going.  We are to go fully prepared by the Gospel of peace.  Peace is to be the thing that carries us out into the world so that we can share the peace of JESUS.  And who is the Gospel of peace?  JESUS.

Next, we are to have on the Breastplate of Righteousness.  The Breastplate covers our heart, and our hearts are to be righteous.  But note, who is our Righteousness according to  2 Corinthians 5:21?  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. The answer to that is "JESUS".  Then we look at our shield of Faith, so we ask: "who is the author and finisher of our Faith"?  JESUS.

Finally, we look at verse 17; the two things we see in this verse are our Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit.   The book of Revelation shows us that the Sword of the spirit is the word of GOD. According to the book of John  JESUS is the word of GOD, and our Salvation comes from and through JESUS.

Therefore we would ask, who then is the Armour of GOD? The answer is  JESUS.

When we are in CHRIST JESUS, doing the things HE has commanded us to do and are going into the whole world and making Disciples, then we are reconciling the lost back to our FATHER GOD, via the Redemptive work of the Cross.

This is Reconciliation wrapped up in the Love wrapping of Redemption, just as tightly as a pea is wrapped up in it's pod.

 

Don Phillips   07/04/2019

 

Is tribulation burdening us?

Is tribulation burdening us?

In this current Spiritual climate that we are facing, more and more of the flock of JESUS seem to be under attack. Are YOU?

A long time ago a wise preacher at a church I was attending, told the Church that if the enemy of the Saints is not attacking you, then it is because you are no threat to him, therefore what does it matter if we are being attacked. It simply means that we have the devil scared. It means that we are on the right track.

It is a very valuable thing to be in the Family of GOD.  When we made JESUS the LORD of our lives not many of us understood exactly what it meant for our futures. Some Preachers may have assured us that it meant we will live forever, but everyone is going to live forever, even the ungodly. The ungodly are going to live forever in the Lake of Fire, in the fire that never consumes.  But we who are in CHRIST JESUS are going to live forever in the presence of our LORD and KING, in the presence of our GOD.

So what does it truly mean to become a CHRIST-ian? It means to be a follower of the CHRIST.  To do the things that our CHRIST did, to walk as HE walked, to say as HE said, to Love as HE Loves, and to follow the example that HE has set for all of us to follow.

It means that just as HE became a target for satan, so too will we, just as HE paid the price for others, so too will we. Look at this scripture.

(John 15:20)  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 

Joh 17:14  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 

Our LORD has told us here that we are to expect persecution, something that most Evangelists refrain from telling the unsaved when they are making Alter Calls, but it is a truth that we, who choose to walk with our LORD must face up to. As they persecuted HIM so too must we face persecution. But wait, there is the good news coming.

Our LORD is NOT a sadist, HE does not expect us to live a life of misery and torment, after all HE didn't. HE lived HIS life right up until the start of HIS Ministry as a competent carpenter in a small village. At that stage of HIS life there is no record of HIM ever being attacked or tormented, BUT, when HE started to walk the life of Ministry then there were several attacks on HIS life, as well as the temptations brought about by satan as seen in Matthew Chapter 4, verse 1 through 11.

It is interesting to see in the Book of Matthew that before JESUS went to be Baptised in the Jordan by John the Baptist HE was not in Ministry, that didn't start until Matthew 4:12.  At the end of Matthew chapter three we see that JESUS went to be baptised, this was a necessary step in HIS life. As the eldest son in a family of the line of Judah, JESUS was entitled and expected to become a Rabbi. One of the first steps in becoming that Rabbi is to be set apart for Ministry.  This was fulfilled by the Baptism by John.

As soon as JESUS was baptised (set apart for Ministry) then HE was recognised by the devil.  So it is with us.

When we step out to walk the life of a Christian the devil recognises that there is a distinct possibility that we will follow in the footsteps of JESUS and that is a risk that he doesn't want to take. Therefore he will do everything that he can to stop us from reaching our potential in CHRIST JESUS.

It is said above that the good news is coming, and here it is. JESUS knows that we will have persecution, HE says so in John 16:33. There HE also says an amazing thing, HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD.

(John 16:33)  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Do you notice something in this passage?  JESUS says that in this WORLD we will have tribulation, then HE goes on to say that HE has already overcome this WORLD. We know that HE has overcame sin and death, but how many of us fully realise that HE has also overcome the WORLD.

The world and all of its components are what the devil uses against us, for example, sickness comes from the world.  As we go about our daily lives it is done in the world; germs, viruses, bacteria and all kind of things that make us sick are found in that same world. "BUT JESUS", as a friend of mine likes to say, But JESUS has overcome the world, therefore with sickness being of the world, sickness is also overcome.

Persecution comes against the Church, and against us, from the world.  This is that same world that JESUS has told us that HE has overcome. 

The point that I am desperately trying to make here is that the devil lives in the spirit realm but works in the physical realm. It is that physical realm that we call "The World". It is that worldly physical realm that JESUS has overcome.

As stated earlier so many Christians are now going through quite a lot of persecution, sickness, financial troubles, family troubles and the like, but take heart, JESUS has overcome the world.

Because JESUS has overcome the world, HE has also overcome the devil, then this makes it extremely possible for us to get the victory over the attacks that are coming against us. This is because it is not our victory that will defeat the enemy that is attacking us, but the victory of the one who has already won the war. That was done at Calvary.

By Faith we apply the victory of JESUS to our own situations.  We are not cheating by doing this, instead this is the strategy that our LORD wants us to use against the devil. To explain why this is so let us peruse some biblical facts.

(1) It was JESUS that has overcome the world and it is the world that brings disease and death against us, as seen earlier, it is the world that hates us. (2) We did not defeat the enemy at Calvary , JESUS did. (3) Because it was JESUS that won the victory and it is JESUS who is the head over us (HIS Body), therefore, the victory of the head is the victory of the body as well. (4) As we apply the victory of our LORD to our situation then the Glory for our successes, (which in reality are JESUS' victories) the Glory goes to our FATHER GOD through HIS SON JESUS.

 Why is this?  Simple, The FATHER sent (gave) JESUS to die for us and through JESUS willingness to go to the Cross HE was the one who defeated sin and sickness etc.  In that way the Glory of our victories lifts off us and goes right up the chain of command to where it belongs, with GOD.

So how do we apply the victory of the Cross to our situations?

As stated above it is through Faith that we apply HIS victory to our problems, but in order to do this we need to recognise some things.

Revelation chapter one describes the vision that the Apostle John had in or of, Heaven. In this vision HE saw our LORD standing amongst the seven candlesticks, but look at what we are told in verse 16 of that chapter.  Rev 1:16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

The chapter goes on to explain that the candlesticks represent the Churches (Calvary Assembly therefore would have its own candlestick); the stars in the hand of the LORD are the Angels over those Churches (therefore Calvary Assembly has its own Angel watching over it), but look at what comes out of the mouth of our LORD, a sharp two edged sword.

 In Eph 6:17 we are told that the sword of the SPIRIT is the word of GOD, (Ephesians 6:17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Also in Matthew chapter 4, verses 1 through 10 we see where JESUS shows us the example of bringing the sword out of our mouths as HE used the Word of GOD to cut down the enemy. (It is written).

In 1 Peter 2:21  we see, (1 Peter 2:21)  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

JESUS became an example for us that we should do as HE has done, HE used the two edged Sword to cut down the opposition to HIS Ministry, also to HIS very life, (The devil tempted JESUS to commit suicide by jumping down from the high pinnacle of the Temple, the devil claimed that the Angels would protect HIM less HE dash HIS foot against a stone (Matt 4:6)).

However, JESUS used the Word of GOD to cut the devil down so that the Redemption plan of GOD would not be foiled.  So too, does our LORD expect that as tribulation comes against us, we will do likewise and cut the enemy down with the Word of GOD out of our mouths.

 

HE DID IT, HE EXPECTS THAT WE WILL DO IT TO.

GO IN HIS VICTORY TO ACHIEVE YOUR OWN VICTORIES.

                 

With lots  of Love

 

Don Phillips

31/03/2019

 

Wholeness - in Christ Jesus

Wholeness - in Christ Jesus

In our last Teaching letter we made the statement "Wholeness is what the Cross is all about". We looked at the sacrifice of our LORD JESUS upon the Cross at Calvary.  We also saw that as HE hung upon that Cross, bearing our sin and shame, HE made a most remarkable statement.  HE said "IT IS FINISHED".

What we aim to do today is to show how "OUR WHOLENESS" is linked eternally to those amazing words, "IT IS FINISHED".

Why the Cross - Redemption

Why the Cross - Redemption

In our last Teaching letter on "Why the Cross" we looked at the sacrifice of our LORD JESUS upon the Cross at Calvary.  We saw that the curse that came upon Mankind via the sin of our Foreparents Adam and Eve was done away with.  We saw that it no longer had any power over us who are IN CHRIST JESUS because JESUS removed that curse from us by becoming cursed HIMSELF, "Gal 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: "

That slightly covered the area that we could call "before the Cross"; But what was achieved by that sacrifice for those who came after the Cross?

God's door to His blessings

God's door to His blessings

What is a door?  It is a means of moving through a barrier or partition or a portal helping us to go from one area to another.

A wall on the other hand is a permanent barrier whether it's between two separate rooms within a building or even could be a barrier between the safety of your home and the dangers present outside of your home. 

Another form of  barrier is the spiritual barrier called sin that hinders our ability to be in the presence of GOD and obtain from Him all that HE offers to us.  All of these and other forms of barriers need to have a means which enables us to be able to pass through them and that means is called a door.

In ( John 14:6 ) JESUS said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me". So what does that mean?  Also in (Matt 7:14) HE said " Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it ".  JESUS has just said that HE is the way, then tells us that the way through HIM is a narrow way; also, that the way through the gate is a  straight way.  Next, HE tells us that this way leads to life, but there will be few who will actually find their way to that life. 

The walls and gates of Nehemiah's Jerusalem

The walls and gates of Nehemiah's Jerusalem

In the book of Nehemiah we see a type or an analogy of the HOLY SPIRIT in the personage of Nehemiah.   Just as Nehemiah was sent to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem so the HOLY SPIRIT was sent to rebuild the lives of those whose lives have been destroyed by the evil one.

 

Nehemiah was sent to do a specific job. Nothing that came along to distract him was going to stop that job from being completed.  So it is with the HOLY SPIRIT, nothing is going to stop that job of rebuilding our lives from happening. However one thing that must be clearly seen from the book of Nehemiah is that it was not just Nehemiah that did the rebuilding, he had company; the people were involved in rebuilding as well.  It is the same with our lives today.

 

The authority for the rebuild came in the form of a letter from the King giving Nehemiah authority to rebuild and procure all that was needed for the work to be completed.  Neh 2:8  And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me. We too as the children of GOD have the authority given to us by our KING OF KINGS, our LORD JESUS.  The Word of GOD is for us similar to the letter given by the King to Nehemiah when he was commissioned to rebuild the wall.

 

THE WALLS.

The walls represent the rebuilt lives of born again believers. Take note, it was the people that did the rebuilding.  If the people had not allowed Nehemiah to do his appointed tasks, then the wall would never have been built.  Also if we don't allow the HOLY SPIRIT to do His rebuilding in us, then we will not have a place to hang our gates. (More on the gates later). Walls are a thing designed for two distinct and different purposes. One is to keep trouble outside of the walls and the other is to keep things of God within the walls.  Not only does the trouble have to stay outside of us but the blessings have to stay within the Kingdom of GOD that is us; we are the Kingdom of GOD.

 

Queen Elizabeth does not rule just over territory, she rules over people. She cannot give orders to a building, she gives orders to people of those territories she rules over.  It is these people that are her Kingdom.   So it is with the Kingdom of GOD, HE has the ability to speak to objects and things happen, but HE prefers to work in and through HIS Children, and those Children who are us are the Kingdom of GOD (Family).

 

Satan would love dearly to have the ability to do the things that the LORD does, but he is unable to do so.  However, satan likes to try and duplicate the things of GOD, i.e. false healings, false prophecies etc.  But we as the inheritors of the Kingdom have to deny satan and make sure that the true treasures stay within our walls.

 

The point is well made that a gate is not a gate unless it has somewhere to hang, so therefore, a gate needs a wall.  The gates of Nehemiah were mainly to keep trouble out and are mainly representative of protection. Nehemiah was sent to rebuild the walls representing today the lives of people who need the protection within those walls. So, how do we as the modern day children of the walled city, rebuild our walls?  The answer is of course, the same way that the people of so long ago did, with a sword in one hand and a trowel in the other working hand in hand with GOD.

 

The people of the city were told that opposition was on hand, so they prepared for the task of not only rebuilding but kept up protection.  They did not deny that there is an enemy out there like so many do today. Many churches refuse to mention the name of satan, let alone what he is doing.  The reason that they put forward is, that it glorifies the enemy, rather than glorify GOD.

 

My disagreement against such understanding is the same as every military strategist has used since the beginning of time.  "If you don't believe there is an enemy out there, then why have an army in the first place?  Secondly, after an attack, what are those arrows and spears sticking out of all the people, and how did they get there if there wasn't an enemy to put them there?"  If we don’t believe there is an enemy, then we can never plan to beat him.

 

As a sergeant in the Intelligence Corps of the Australian Military I learnt the importance of knowing all that one can about the enemy.  If the enemy are coming against us with a battalion strength, then we need at least a brigade strength to overcome them.  If we don't know how to recognise what the enemy's strengths and weaknesses are, then we will never beat him.

 

Nehemiah knew the importance of military strategy, he didn't disclose what he was doing until he had devised a way to complete his task.  He recognised that there would be opposition against the rebuild, and he planned accordingly. GOD has given to the believer a multitude of weapons to use against all kinds of attacks, but it is up to us to use them. Just as the workers of Nehemiah's day had to allow the rebuilding, and still ward off the enemy, so too must we do the same today.  We must stand on the words and promises of GOD, and then use the armour and weapons given to us by GOD, to cut down the enemy. Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 

At the same time, we must not only allow the HOLY SPIRIT to do the allotted task, but we must also do our bit towards the rebuild also.  This is done by recognising the rebuilding task given to us by GOD, being obedient to what we are shown, and allowing the changes to come. If GOD wants to remove some rubbish from our lives, then our rebuilding task is to allow HIM to do that.

 

Remember in our Nehemiah text, before the rebuilding of the city, it was surrounded by a heap of rubbish, and when the work was completed the city was surrounded by a  hedge of protection. A change was made in the city, it went from being a rubbish heap to being a City of strength, (hedged in by a strong wall).  By allowing the rebuilding work to be done in us, then a change is made from the old rubbish ways of our past to the ways of the new creation.

2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new (Creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

So in order for us to build a wall, we are to use the two edged sword of the Word of GOD in one hand, and the sanctifying work of the HOLY SPIRIT in the other, we are then to do the tasks that the HOLY SPIRIT shows us through GOD's Word, and the result is, GOD will have HIS way in our lives and the rebuilding of the new Creation begins. Obedience to GOD allows GOD's Love to hedge us in with the protection of HIS Word. Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep (obey) my commandments. THE GATES.

The gates represent the symbol of authority.  Deu 22:15  Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity  UNTO THE ELDERS OF THE CITY IN THE GATE:  The elders and leaders of the city used to sit at the city gates, to settle matters for the people.  Their authority was not in the gates, it was simply a place where the leaders sat.

 

The city gates were a place of authority, and it was there where the leadership sat.  Their authority came from GOD, Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  The city leadership's badge of authority was their place at the city gates.  In reality, their place of Authority was a small room within the wall, located inside of the arch of the main City gate. (Note the term "in the gate" in the verse seen above, Deut 22:15).

 

The leadership had a place of authority located within the protection of the walls, the same walls that their authority hung on.  So it is with us, GOD has already given us a place of authority, seated In CHRIST JESUS in the Throne room of GOD, safe and secure.   Just as the leadership's place of authority was located within the walls of the city which protected them, so with us, our place of Authority is in CHRIST JESUS, giving us the ultimate protection and a place to overcome the ways of the enemy from.

 

However, if the enemy is not seeing our authority then it is because we have no place to hang our gates, or to display our badges of authority.  It is because we have NOT allowed GOD to do the rebuilding of our new Creation. It is because we have not taken up our sword and our trowel and worked hand in hand with the HOLY SPIRIT and rebuilt the walls the lives of others and ourselves.

When the walls are in place, (i.e. the newly created us,) then the ability to use the protective things of GOD are also in place, and they keep the enemy out of our lives.  It is then that enemy will recognise that our gates are not only firmly established, but also that they are working.  Or to put it simply, then our badges of authority are being displayed, right in the face of our enemy, and that makes them tremble.

 

GO IN POWER, REBUILT AND VICTORIOUS.

DON PHILLIPS – 23/12/18

 

The greatest of these is love

The greatest of these is love

As we sat in Prayer on Tuesday morning (27/11/18) the LORD gave me a great Revelation, it was regarding HIS Love, and the Revelation was that everything HE does, and everything HE is, is determined by LOVE.

 

This is something that we knew already, but somehow the LORD took me deeper into this knowledge.  What I became aware of was that we can have a head knowledge of what GOD's love without a heart knowledge. That is why we must have the spirit knowledge about GOD's LOVE.

 

Most of us know that well taught scripture found in John 3:16,  "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."   But do we truly know the depth of the love that GOD speaks about here.  My personal belief is that if we had all of eternity we still wouldn't know the depth of GOD's love for us.   However, what we need to do is, at least try to gain a better understanding of that love. In that way, we can grow in our understanding of the relationship we have with GOD.

Let us look at the word Love and what the LORD showed me regarding that word.

 

L:   LOVE:  Mat 22:37  And Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.   Mat 22:39  And the second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

We must Love GOD, others and ourselves.

Whenever we read about JESUS in God's Word we never see HIM putting Himself down, or putting anyone else down, nor must we.   It is true that HE told those who refused to follow HIM exactly what their faults were, such as we see in Mat 23:15  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you go about the sea and the dry land to make one proselyte; and when he has become so, you make him twofold more a son of Hell than yourselves.

Here HE was rebuking those who took the scriptures and used them as a controlling tool over the people that HE had come to save.  These kind of rebukes that we see in the Word of GOD are a result of LOVE, HIS Love for us.

Those Pharisees had a choice, to listen to that rebuke, and turn from their wicked ways.  We see an example of this in John 3:1-2 when one Pharisee came to him in the dark of night.  This Ruler came to the LORD and acknowledged that JESUS had been sent by GOD. This showed where his heart truly lay.       John 3:1  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:   John 3:2  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

JESUS came to this earth for the explicit reason of being the incarnation of the FATHER's LOVE.

GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten SON, JESUS

O:   OBEDIENCE

JESUS was sent from GOD, to be the LAMB OF GOD, 

but the way that JESUS chose to reveal that HE was the Lamb of GOD, was through OBEDIENCE.  HE had to be OBEDIENT, and HE was OBEDIENT.

"NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE"

 

It was HIS Love for us which enabled HIM to do just that.

Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

When JESUS gave of HIMSELF by leaving HIS Heavenly home and coming to this sin ridden world He came with a very definite purpose; to die for the sin of Mankind, HE was born to die.

It was for this very reason that the FATHER sent him.

Mankind had sinned as far back as the Garden of Eden resulting in the separation of Mankind from GOD.  The only way that Mankind would be able to be reunited back to GOD would be for  a unblemished man to die for all of the sin of Mankind.  Some member of the Human Race, that is, one who was born of Woman had to be the Sacrificial Lamb that would be sacrificed upon the Altar of GOD. And GOD made it happen just in that very manner.  JESUS was born of Woman for that specific purpose.

 

Right throughout the Old Testament we see the laying out of God’s very strict requirements for Sacrifice and the kind of animal to be sacrificed.  The animal had to be without spot or blemish.  Exo_12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:  In the same way the LORD will return for a Bride also without Spot or Blemish.  

 The Bride is the one who has laid down her life for the sake of GOD's Kingdom. Not necessarily the physical dying or cessation of life as we know it but the laying down of all of hopes, dreams and plans for the future for the sake of GOD's plans.  These are the ones who also have become a sacrifice just as JESUS did on the Cross; sacrificing everything for the sake of others 

Being the Bride of Christ requires the laying down of your life and picking up the life that GOD gives through obedience, just as JESUS did,   HE was obedient even unto the death of the Cross.

It was through HIS Obedience to HIS FATHER that JESUS showed us that HE is the Lamb of GOD. Not only was HE obedient to the Laws of the Father but HE also was without fault in following Man's Laws.  So much so, Pontius Pilate found no fault in JESUS when he interrogated HIM: That is why he wanted to release JESUS, but the strength of the mob (led by the activists from the Temple Rulers) shouted even louder that they wanted Barabbas set free, not JESUS.  And so the will of the FATHER was accomplished.

 

V:   VALUE   To attribute value to anything is to give it worth.  JESUS died upon the Cross of Calvary so that we would all have worth in the eyes of GOD, and also in the eyes of Mankind.  So the question is, "how worthy do we feel that we are and how worthy do we make others feel"?

 

  GOD believed, and still believes, that we were and are worth the life of HIS Son JESUS.  That is truly something of great worth.  When we help others to take hold of their true value, then we are doing just what JESUS did, HE died to give us value, to make us worthy.  Therefore the very least we can do is to help others to see their own worth, in GOD's eyes, and in our eyes.

 

 

E:   EMPATHY   To have empathy is to feel the feelings of others: To grieve with them when it is time to grieve, to laugh with them when it is time to laugh and to understand what it is that they are going through, as they go through it.

JESUS knew the feelings and perceived the thoughts of others. John 14:12 tells us that we too can do this also.   JESUS understood the heartache of the Widow in Luke 7:12 – 15 and as a result went to her and met her needs. HE gave her back her only means of financial support as well as giving back her beloved son.

Therefore, we must have Empathy for other people and the troubles that they are going through.

 

 

GO IN LOVE AND LOVE GOD, OTHERS, AND YOURSELF.

 

 In CHRIST JESUS, Don Phillips, 09/12/2018

Knowing our authority in Jesus

Knowing our authority in Jesus

Have you ever been driving down the road, as either the driver or as a passenger, and your vehicle is selected as one to be stopped for a random breath test by the Police?

 

When that Police officer steps out onto the road and indicates for your vehicle to pull over to the roadside, the driver has a decision to make, whether to obey that Officer or not to obey.  But what is important to notice here is; what makes us want to obey that command from that Police Officer?

 

One thing that all drivers on Australian roads should know or for that matter most drivers on any roads throughout the world should know is, that the Police have the Authority of the Government behind them. Their power, their Authority is upheld by the Laws of the country. We know that the Police Officer is a representative of the Government and as such has the Authority of the Government. It is this Authority that we obey.

 

So, what are the Laws that give such people that Authority? They are decisions made by the Government regarding matters pertaining to the welfare of the people.  Those decision are then written into the Law books of that Government and certain people are authorised to enforce those written Laws. People such as the Police Officer mentioned above.

 

But where does the Authority of the Believer come from?

 

All believers in GOD know that GOD is the Governing Power over all things, HE is all Powerful: So, as an example, we can compare GOD's Power and Authority to the Government over a Country:-

·       Earthly Governments reign over countries, states, territories, or local areas,

·       Earthly rulers have limited Power, and their Authority applies only to their area of responsibility;

·       but GOD reigns over everything:

 

We have seen that the Earthly Governments employ people to carry out the responsibilities of that Government, such as Police, Tax collectors etc.

But GOD does things differently, HE has volunteers to carry out HIS wishes, they are HIS Children.  It is to these people who voluntarily come to HIM through HIS Son JESUS: Those who ask HIM to be their FATHER GOD, these are the ones to whom GOD gives HIS Power and Authority.

 

So what does that AUTHORITY apply to?

Firstly, let's look at what Authority JESUS had, and still has.

Mark 1:27  They all were amazed, so as to question among themselves, saying, What is this? What new doctrine is this? FOR HE EVEN COMMANDS THE UNCLEAN SPIRITS WITH AUTHORITY, and they obey Him.(KJV)   Take Note, JESUS did not command the people, HE commanded the unclean spirits.  Then we see where the FATHER has given authority to JESUS to execute Judgement upon the Earth.

John 5:26  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;  John 5:27  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

 

We see above that JESUS has been given great Authority over this Earth, to confirm that look at this following verse of GOD's Holy Word.  Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to Me in Heaven and in earth.  Here we see that HIS Authority extends far above just this Earth, it also extends into the Heavens, or to put it another way, it extends into the Spirit Realm.

We asked the question above; "what does that AUTHORITY apply to?"  To answer that please look at the end of the previous paragraph: The Authority of the one who is our LORD, extends right over all of this planet and also into the Spiritual Realm:  Both realms are where the evil one is trying hard to dominate us.

And now the good news. We too, have all of the Authority that JESUS has, even over the same locations that HE has it over.

To clarify that statement let us examine how that Authority gets distributed.  In John 14:12 JESUS commands us to do the things that we have seen HIM doing, " John 14:12  Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes on Me, the works that I do he shall do also, and greater works than these he shall do, because I go to My Father. "  This is a joint command, that is,  it is a command as well as a promise: Within that command is the power and Authority for us to do exactly what we have seen our LORD doing.  And we can prove that from GOD's Word.

 

In the great Commission found in the book of Mark chapter 16 and verses 15 through 20, we see where the LORD commanded the Disciples to go out into all of the world and make Disciples, (see back page), and in Luke 9:1 we see JESUS empowering the twelve Disciples to do the same work as HIM.

Luke_9:1  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. GOD is no respecter of persons, so the authority which was given to these Disciples has been given to us as well.

Referring back now to John 14:12 above, we see where JESUS said that the things that HE did we shall do also. JESUS walked this Earth in the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT.  Also HE was born of the HOLY SPIRIT, and JESUS walked in HIM as the will of our FATHER GOD was being done.  We too are Sons and Daughters of our FATHER GOD, and we too are born again of that same HOLY SPIRIT. Therefore we are empowered just as JESUS was and still is, to do the things that our FATHER calls us to do.

 

Mark 13:34  For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. In this passage we see where JESUS says that HE has given HIS Authority to us, for us to do the work that HE has commanded us to do, (see the great commissions on the back page).

 

There is nothing on this Earth that does not come under the Authority of our LORD JESUS: And if you remember in my first newsletter we saw that the word translated as "Image" (Gen 1:26) means to "Represent": This means that, since we are created in the Image of JESUS, we are meant to "Represent JESUS".

 

Therefore, whatever JESUS has commanded us to do HE has given us HIS Authority to do. If HE tells us to raise the dead, then we have HIS Authority to raise the dead, if HE tells us to heal the sick, then we have HIS

Authority to heal the sick, If HE tells us to go into all of the world and make Disciples, then we have HIS Authority to go and make Disciples.

All of these things of course we all know are things that HE has already commanded us to do in the two great Commissions.

 

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying,

 ALL AUTHORITY IS GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH.

Matthew 28:19  THEREFORE GO AND TEACH ALL NATIONS,

 baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Mathewt 28:20  teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world. Amen.

 

Mark 16:15  And He said to them, GO INTO ALL THE WORLD, proclaim the gospel to all the creation.

Mark 16:16  He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Mark 16:17  And miraculous signs will follow to those believing these things:

IN MY NAME THEY WILL CAST OUT DEMONS;

they will speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18  they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them.

THEY WILL LAY HANDS ON THE SICK, AND THEY WILL BE WELL.

Mark 16:19  Then indeed, after speaking to them, the Lord was taken up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Mark 16:20  And going out, they proclaimed everywhere,

THE LORD WORKING WITH THEM AND CONFIRMING THE WORD

by miraculous signs following. Amen.

JESUS has Commanded us to do the will of the FATHER, and HE has given us HIS Authority to do just that, so what's stopping us.  LET'S GO.

 

YOU ARE EMPOWERED, In CHRIST JESUS.

 

Don Phillips 11/11/2018

 

Are we connected to our "Head"

Are we connected to our "Head"

Each and every one of us have something in common whether we are saved or sinner. We all have a head without which we cannot live.

 

The French made use of a device that principally effected this principle to that in their own sight was great. However, the people that came under that device thought it was something that should be done away with; it was the guillotine. It effectively divided the head from the body ending in a cruel death.

 

Dividing the body from the head is something that will always cause death, this is something that we all know and understand, in the natural at least.  But do we understand the same thing in the Spiritual sense.

 

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 1:22-23 that JESUS is the Head over the Church: and the Church is the Body of CHRIST JESUS.   Eph 1:22  And He has put all things under His feet and GAVE HIM TO BE HEAD OVER ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH,

Eph 1:23  WHICH IS HIS BODY, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

 

Most people within the Church realise that JESUS is the head over the Church, which begs the question that we need to ask ourselves; "are we connected to the one who is the head over us?"

 

The unfortunate people who endured the fate of the Guillotine have had no say as to when the blade was to fall on them separating the head from their body. However, there are people that we know who have willingly and unwittingly in their own timing, separated themselves from the Head that gives them Eternal life.

Therefore, the question remains to us; have we also separated ourselves, to a greater or lesser degree, from our Head, whose name is JESUS?

 

In all human beings, when the body needs to do something it is dependent on the Head to dictate when and how the body is to do whatever it is that is required to be done.  For instance, the head cannot pick up a cup, the head cannot walk to a certain place by itself, and it always relies on the body to do the physical functions that allows the will of the head to become realities. Therefore, the head instructs the body to do what is needed for the body.

 

But how many of us do not allow that to be done when it comes to Spiritual things.  For example, if the LORD says to us to go and tell a person that HE loves them, do we do it, or do we try to find excuses not to do what is required of us?

 

So, let us look at the pros and cons of doing what our Head has told us to do.

 

Pros.

If we are obedient we are blessed, and others are blessed.

Those blessings are not only in this world, but also in the world to come.

Heb 11:26  esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

Because we are connected to the head through our obedience (and our faith), when we do good, it is the Head that gets the Glory as well as us. Therefore GOD is glorified when we do as we are told.

 

Cons.

Just as in natural it is in the spiritual. If we are dis-connected from our head, the result is death.  In John 14:15 we see the connection between Loving CHRIST and obeying HIM.   Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

Obedience brings Salvation, dis-obedience does not.

Heb 5:9  And being perfected, He became the Author of eternal salvation

TO ALL THOSE WHO OBEY HIM,

 

 

Our LORD JESUS is the Head over all of those who have come to HIM in repentance and as a result HE does a great work within us to bring about the condition that we see in the following verse ( Eph 5:25 -27  ).                             

Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it,

Eph 5:26  that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word,

Eph 5:27  that He might present it to Himself as the glorious church,

WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE OR ANY SUCH THINGS,

BUT THAT IT SHOULD BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLEMISH.

 

JESUS was sent to this Earth for a specific purpose, to bring each and every person who loves GOD, back to GOD.

Some might say, "But I didn't love GOD when HE called me to Salvation", and that's true: but GOD, who knows the beginning from the end, knew those who would Love HIM.

 

One day each and every one of us will stand before GOD after we have left this earth and when we do, what is it that you want to hear JESUS say regarding you (and this goes for me as well).  Do we want to hear HIM say "away from ME, I never knew you" or do we want to hear HIM say, "Well done good and Faithful servant".

 

The LORD put the relationship between Husbands and Wives in Ephesians chapter five for a reason, so that we would take hold of the truth that HE is talking about the Church being HIS Bride, Husbands are to Love their Bride just as JESUS loves HIS Bride, the Church.

 

Now let us look at the verses that precede the ones looked at above,

 Eph 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife,

EVEN AS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH;

AND HE IS THE SAVIOUR OF THE BODY.

 

JESUS is constantly working in each and every one of us so that at the final judgement HE can turn to the FATHER and say " "Father, I would like to introduce you to my spotless bride, isn't she beautiful".  

 

As we see above, wives are to submit themselves to their husband  and for each and every one of us who have called upon the Name of our LORD JESUS

for salvation we are to do the same because JESUS is our Husband.  Therefore it is up to us to be fully submitted to HIM and to show HIM our Love

BY BEING SUBMITTED IN OBEDIENCE.

Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

If we all want to go on IN CHRIST JESUS, then, we must let our lives reflect the truth that HE is the Head over us and that we are the Body of CHRIST JESUS.  This should always be how the world sees the Church, that we as the bride of Christ reveal our submission to our Head. We are to reflect all that HE IS and all that HE HAS DONE. Then, we will be able to tell them, and show them all that HE has promised them and us for all our futures.

 

 

Be Blessed In CHRIST JESUS, Don Phillips

04/11/2018

Going In  Christ Jesus

Going In Christ Jesus

“GOING” IN CHRIST JESUS.

Let us recap on what we learned from last week’s newsletter.  Last week we saw that JESUS has shown us that we are to represent the ones whose Image and Likeness we are formed in. We are to represent GOD in all of HIS forms; GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT.  WE are to do the will of our FATHER GOD, we do it in the name of our LORD JESUS, the SON OF GOD, and we do it through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.

We saw that we are to “GO” in Love, in Power, in Truth, in Compassion, and most of all, IN GOD, into all of the world, representing the one who formed us all to be just like HIM.

Also last week we said that this week we will be looking at the “HOW” of going.  It is all well and good us teaching people that they are called to go into all of the world and preach the GOSPEL, but it means nothing if we do not teach them HOW to GO.

In order to be able to follow JESUS we must first know what HE did so that we too can do those things.  We know that HE raised the dead, we know that HE healed the sick, HE preached the good news of the Kingdom of GOD being at hand and HE taught HIS Disciples to follow HIS examples but what else do we know about the works of JESUS.

JESUS showed us that we are to know that we too are able to do the very things that HE did.  One of our greatest hindrances to going is in knowing what we are meant to do.  As stated above, we know that we are to do what we see JESUS doing, but how do we do that.

 

1.         GOING is by Faith.

In Matthew 9:29 JESUS said "…. According to your FAITH be it unto you".

This means that whatever we can see ourselves doing BY FAITH we are able to do.  If by Faith we see ourselves raising the dead, then we will be able to raise the dead. If by Faith we see ourselves able to heal the sick, then we will heal the sick.  When we use our eyes of Faith to see the desired results then it opens up the Power of GOD for us to be able to bring the desired result into our realm of being.

When GOD spoke creation into being in the beginning HE saw the results of what HE wanted to achieve before HE spoke it out. HE didn't just go about creating hoping that maybe it might work. HE didn't think to HIMSELF, "Oh, what if it doesn't work".  GOD knew what HE wanted to achieve, and above all, HE knew that HE had the power to achieve the things that HE wanted.  So too, we have HIS Power, and have it through our LORD JESUS.  We have it for one simple reason because JESUS bought and paid for it with HIS Body and HIS Blood at the Cross of Calvary.

In John 14:12 – 14 we see where JESUS tells us that these things that HE did, WE SHALL DO ALSO, and even greater things than those that HE did, we shall do as well.

John 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; AND GREATER WORKS THAN THESE shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

John 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I WILL DO IT.

Do you notice in verse 12 where JESUS says, "he that believeth on ME…"; this is Faith that HE is talking about.  It is through Faith that we will do the things that our LORD has called us to do, all we have to do is believe what He said.

Faith in GOD is simply believing GOD means what HE says, and HE says what HE means.  Therefore, if we see that GOD has made a promise in HIS HOLY WORD, then HE meant what HE wrote there for our benefit, HE meant that we are to believe HIS Word.   In Numbers 23:19 we see where it proves that GOD will always keep HIS Word.  Num 23:19  God is not a man that He should lie, or a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? And has He spoken and shall He not make it good?

When JESUS wanted to raise the dead, such as Lazarus and the widow's Son, HE simply spoke out the desired result.  JESUS knew that HE had been given the Power and the Authority to do just that, and as we see in John 14:12-14  (written above), we too have now been given that very same Power and Authority, all we have to do is believe it, and apply it.

 

2.         Going requires us to know just what it is that we are to do.

Having out fingers in too many pies can lead us into trouble.  If we have 4 litres of paint and we need to cover an area that requires 12 litres, then we might cover that whole area, but we do it very IN-efficiently.  The job is going to look horrible and whatever was there originally will shine through because the paint has been spread too thinly.

So it is with us, if we try to do too many things at the same time, then we will be like that paint, spread too thinly.   If we are to do the job that we are called to do then we must be single minded regarding that call, giving ourselves totally to that job, and stick with it until we see it finished.

3.         Going requires KNOWING what our protection is and what equipment we have at our disposal.

 In Ephesians 6:10 – 17 we are given the list of our protection.

Eph 6:10  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Eph 6:12  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Eph 6:13  Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the

breastplate of righteousness,

Eph 6:15  and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

Eph 6:16  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

Eph 6:17  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,  (MKJV).

In the Bible we are shown the most valuable weapon that we have at our disposal is the sword of the SPIRIT.

In Luke 22:36 we see where the LORD encourages us to go and buy a sword,

Luke 22:36  And He said to them, But now, he who has a purse, let him take it, and likewise his wallet. And he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.

 

This is the Sword of the SPIRIT mentioned in verse 17 above, and in Hebrews 4:12 we are shown how effective this Sword is, and what this sword really is.  Heb 4:12  For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

And in Rev 1:16  we see where that sword is to be situated, it comes out of our mouths, Rev 1:16  And He had seven stars in His right hand, and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword. And His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

This is our greatest weapon, especially when we combine it with Prayer, when the devil tried to come against JESUS, JESUS used the word of GOD and cut the enemy down to size, and now HE expects that we too will do the same.

When we go out into the world, whether it be our local area or into the whole world, we go equipped and protected by these things, but especially when we go

 IN

 CHRIST JESUS.

Be Blessed In CHRIST JESUS, Don Phillips,  28/10/2018

Resembling Jesus and doing what He did

Resembling Jesus and doing what He did

     Resembling Jesus and doing what He did.

 

This is my first attempt at writing a newsletter for Calvary Assembly, And as everyone knows, my favourite verse is Genesis 1:26. So let us get this one out of the road.

 

In Genesis 1:26 we see where GOD created Mankind in HIS Image and in HIS Likeness, now let us look at what it means to be made in the Image and the Likeness of the Creator of all things.

 

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 

 

 This is what the Strongs Concordance has to say about the word seen in this verse as "Image".

It is the Hebrew word tselem, which is pronounced tseh'-lem, and it means :--   From an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, that is, (figuratively) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol.   And this word has been translated in various areas of the Bible as " image, vain shew".

 

Now let us look at the word translated as "Likeness". It is the word demûth, pronounced dem-ooth', and this word means:--   resemblance; concretely model, shape; adverbially like: - fashion, like (-ness, as), manner, similitude.

So we see that we were made in the Image and the Likeness of GOD, and when we translate back to the original language that the writer spoke we see that it simply means to be made in the resemblance of GOD.   Do you get the importance of that, WE WERE CREATED TO RESEMBLE GOD. 

One thing to keep in mind is, at the fall of Mankind in the Garden of Eden mankind lost that image. It was only through CHRIST JESUS and HIS gift of HIMSELF at the Cross that we were able to once again be the Children of GOD RE-MADE (born Again) in the image of CHRIST JESUS.

 

There are those who are not being led by the HOLY SPIRIT, even some who are calling themselves Christian. These people might know the written word but they are not being led by the SPIRIT of that Word. Then there are those who simply do not know GOD, but when they see the Born Again Child of GOD, they are meant to be seeing GOD.  We must ask ourselves, does our lifestyle reflect GOD to them?

 

So this raises another question; what does it mean to "resemble the GOD of all Creation"?   In order to answer that question we first need to realise just what we know about GOD. After this, we must get this information from the Bible as it is illuminated to us by the HOLY SPIRIT.

 

Firstly we know that it was GOD who created us.  (Genesis 1:26-28,) A Father figure is how HE is seen throughout the Bible. We know that a Father is one who is involved in the Creation of a Family and that it is his seed that gives life to the dormant seed that lays within his wife.  This seed is dormant even from the time of her own birth, but when the seed of the father joins with the seed of the Mother, life begins.

So it was with us. We were dormant, just dust upon the face of this planet. Yet, when GOD formed that dust into the shape that we are now in, HE breathed HIS life giving breath into that dust which gave birth to us. This is similar to how  the seed of an earthly Father enters into the seed of the Mother thereby giving life.

 

A Father (or Mother) is to be the one who strengthens, nurtures, and encourages that new life to grow into the fullness of the potential that is inherent within each and every one of us.  This is what our Father GOD does with all of us.  It is this GOD GIVEN potential to be just as CHRIST JESUS was when HE walked this Earth that we should represent to the world.  Also, we are to recognise that every last person upon this planet was created by GOD, and WE are to help those around us to grow and be strong. We are to encourage them to reach THEIR full potential IN GOD, even if they don't know GOD yet.

Then, we know from GOD's Word that HE is strong, HE is powerful, HE is all caring, all Loving, and compassionate. This too is how we are to be seen by those who as yet do not know their Heavenly Father.

 

So now that we know that we are to reflect the knowledge, the Wisdom, the Love of GOD, what else are we to gain from this understanding?

JESUS tells us in John 14:7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Yet even then, the Disciples asked HIM to show them the Father, look at how JESUS answered them.   John 14:9  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?   This clearly shows us that when those around us see us, and when those that we interact with see us, they are to see our Heavenly FATHER IN US.

 

So how do they see that truth of GOD in us? JESUS shows us how this is to be in the very next verse.  John 14:11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake

It is by our works that they will see the Glory of our Father GOD.

 

Then JESUS goes on immediately to show us an even greater truth.  Just as HE has been doing the works of HIS Father GOD, so too, HE expects that we also will do the works of the FATHER.  Look at this.

John 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.   JESUS had been doing the works of the FATHER and HE then tells us that we are to do likewise, we are to do the same works as HE had been doing, the works of the FATHER.   John_5:36  But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

 

JESUS was sent to do the works of our HEAVENLY FATHER. JESUS completed HIS share of the work, but has left us behind as HIS able bodied servants and HE has given us very explicit instructions as to what we are to do.  "We are to do as HE has done".

 

JESUS went Himself into all of the areas that He lived in and also went into the surrounding areas through HIS Disciples, who had minimal transport at their disposal. After His resurrection, JESUS went through them, into the world that was available for them to go into.  But for us that live in this day and age with all of the modern transport available to us, we have access to the whole wide world before us to take JESUS into. That is why JESUS gives us this very clear instruction in Matthew 28: 18-20 and in Mark 16:15-18.

 

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

JESUS has shown us that we are to represent the ones whose Image and Likeness we are formed in, we are to represent GOD, in all of HIS Forms, we are to represent GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT.  WE are to do the will of our FATHER GOD, we do it in the name of our LORD JESUS, the SON OF GOD, and we do it through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.

 

GO therefore, in Love, in Power, in Truth, in Compassion, and most of all,

IN GOD, into all of the world, representing the one who formed us all to be just like HIM.(THEM).

Next week we will look at how to go, IN HIM.

Lots of love

Don Phillips  

21/10/2018

 Containing the anointing

 Containing the anointing

1Sa_16:1  And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.


Containing the anointing is a very important subject for all those who are walking with the Holy Spirit. In the light of all that is going on in the body of Christ today, we need discernment about the anointing like never before. In trying to understand the anointing and its relationship to mere human beings, we need to look into the life of King Saul. There is something of the King Saul spirit that is manifesting today amongst the people of God more than ever before. King Saul is an example to us of a human spirit chosen by God that could not contain the anointing or the calling and especially the mantle that was placed on him.