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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