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Authority Part 1

"And Jesus came and spake unto them, sayng, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 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 28:18-19

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was the most authoritative person that ever lived on this earth. In this verse, the word power means "authority;" the right to use power. When you read and study the Gospel of Matthew it truly stresses the authority of Jesus Christ.

There was authority to His teaching. He exercised authority in healing, and even in forgiving sins. He had authority over satan, and He delegated that authority to His Apostles. At the close of his Gospel, Matthew made it clear that Jesus has ALL authority.

Since Jesus Christ today has all authority, we may obey Him without fear. No matter where He leads us, no matter what circumstances we face, He is in control. By His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated all enemies and won for Himself all authority.

Jesus said, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth". This commission is given in light of the authority of Jesus. This indicates that this is an authoritative command, not a suggestion. It is the same idea as if an office reminded a private of his rank before he gave the order.

Go therefore: Because Jesus has this authority; we are therefore commanded to go. It is His authority that sends us, His authority that guides us, and His authority that empowers us.

Church, today we have to get up, stand up  and move up, because Jesus' authority commands us to do just that.

Hearers and Doers

 ​"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." Matthew 7:24-2​7
 
In these passages of scriptures Jesus is teaching an outward conformity to Him is not enough; Jesus demands that we be doers of the word, not mearly hearers.
In Jesus' illustration of the two houses, each house looked the same from the outside. The real foundation of our life is usually hidden, and is only proven in the storm. The builder that heard the word and applied the word had solid foundation.
Merely hearing God's word isn't enough to provide a secure foundation. It is necessary that we are also doers of His word. If we are not, we commit the sin that will surely find us out, the sin of doing nothing- and great will be our fall.

One Another

" Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galations 6:2

In today's world we are very private. We like to keep our business to ouselves and we are very comfortable without anyone interfering with our personal business. When someone does decide to attempt to get themselves involved in our business we call them nosey and tell them to mind their own business. I believe this privatizing of our world is not such a good thing. Some of us probably remember times when people sat on the front porch and talked to people as they walked by. Some of us probably remember a time when you knew most of your neighbors and what was going on in their lives. Today, very rarley do you see people welcomed into other's homes, or people sitting on their porch or the concept of being a neighbor. As the church we are a community of believers. We are referred to as the body of Christ or the family of God. We learn that if the church as a whole is going to thrive than we must work together to make her thrive. Sometimes it is like we are doing our own thing. we are all going in different directions, and sometimes we forget to take time out for one another. Not only have we become privatized as the church, but also the emphasis has shifted from others to ourselves. You hear it all the time. If the people are not getting something out of the church they are attending they will go somewhere else that gives them what they want. You hear people saying that the service " did not do anything for them".  Most of the time the people expect the church to be designed to make them feel good and provide entertainment for them, not providing anything else. They want to be waited on and served, they want a good show, but they don"t want to be the one's to exert any energy to provide anything for others. One of the foundational truths that we should be willing to put others above ourselves and that we are blessed by having a focus on serving one another above ourselves.

The Love Camp: Happy New Year 2016!

Many people all over the world are in the process of making New Year's resolutions, of which many of them will never come to pass. For us as Bible believing Christmas this is an opportunity to look back over the past year to see if we were able to make all of the desired changes we set out to do.
  •  THe beginning of a New Year can be a season of new beginnings for us.
  • It's a time to llok ahead with a sense of aticipation and excitement towards the new things God wants to do in our lives.
  • It is a season of setting new goals and putting into effect those things you have been putting off doing.
  • It can be a day of new beginnings for each one of us.
In the Lord every day should be a day of new beginnings, but we can look to this season as a time to reflect and re- evaluate where we are and where we are going in God. Everyone should have aspirations to excel, but God must be first in all things. Accordingly we must live life that is
"purpose driven" to glorifying God at all times. My prayer is for the church family to continue to grow together in love and walk in the newness of life. A happy and Blessed New Year to all!

God

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice. Psalm 95:7
GOD is the personal Creator worthy of human worship because of His holy nature and His perfect love revealed in creating the universe, electing and redeeming His people, and providing eternal salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. God is unique in nature. No person, object, or idea
can be compared to God. Anything said about God must be based on His revelation of Himself to us.
Anything said about God must be said in human terms, the only terms we have and understand. The reality of God is always much greater than human minds can understand or express.
The Bible and history begin with God “In the beginning God…”). The last chapter of the Bible
describes God as the “Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end”).
All the way through Scripture God is primary. For Christians the primacy of God is reassuring, liberating, and instructive. It reassures us that God controls all existence. It liberates us to know the loving, redeeming God seeks to set us free. It instructs us to be able to look for signs of God throughout His universe.
For He is our God and He alone is worthy of all our praise
 

The Grapevine

“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:2

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus makes a distinction between two kinds of pruning: (1) separating and (2) cutting back branches. Fruitful branches are cut back to promote growth. In other words, God must sometimes discipline us to strengthen our character and faith. But branches that don’t bear fruit are cut off at the trunk because not only are they worthless, but they often infect the rest of the tree. People who won’t bear fruit for God or who try to block the efforts of God’s followers will be cut off from his life-giving power.  Think about this - unproductive followers are as good as dead and will be cut off and tossed aside. (Don’t get cut off –get under the anointing).  All of us as Believers have areas and things that must be cleaned away and cleared up, areas of... Thoughts - Attitude – Commitment –Passion – Motives – Behavior - Relationships – Service – Willingness, Etc.
God prunes us to have more – LOVE – JOY –PEACE – PRAYER.  As Branches must remain close to Jesus too receive nourishment, Jesus says that the only way to live a truly good life is to stay close to Him, like a branch attached to the vine.  Apart from Christ our efforts are unfruitful.

God's Warning Signs

Today, if you will hear His voice:  “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, Psalm 95:7b-8
 
Let me ask you a question this morning.  Why is it that some people don’t heed warnings?  For example, we can see a sign that says “Wet Paint” or “Do not touch” and what do some people do, they touch it to see if the paint is truly wet or not.  Riding down the road, we see a sign that says “Bridge out, turn around now", and some people would get as close as they could to the bridge to verify the truth of the sign.
 
What is it about warning signs we just don’t believe?  The writer of Hebrews gives us a warning "Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away”  (Hebrews 2:1).  In other words, we must pay close attention to the things written in God’s word, the Bible; because if we don’t we will drift away from the truth.  Psalms 95 gives us a warning as well, in the first part God gives His people an invitation to come and praise Him. Then in the second part God gives His people a warning of the danger of not praising the Lord.
Still with the warning and the example, some of God’s people will not praise Him.   The danger about which God warns us is that of hardening of the heart. To harden one’s heart means to refuse to obey.  Let us not harden our heart against the invitation of singing praises to our Savior for all He has done for us.  For He is the Rock of our Salvation.
 

The Purpose Driven Life

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
 
God has established a divine purpose for everything.
 
In this passage of Scripture Solomon points out that God has a plan for all people. Thus he provides cycles of life, each with its work for us to do. Although we may face many problems that seem to contradict God’s plan, these should not be barriers to believing in Him, but rather opportunities to discover that, without God, life’s problems have no lasting solutions.
 
Timing is important. All the experiences listed in Ecclesiastes chapter three are appropriate at certain times. The secret to peace with God is to discover, accept, and appreciate God’s perfect timing. The danger is to doubt or resent God’s timing. This can lead to despair, rebellion, or moving ahead without his advice.
 
Everyone should have aspirations to excel, but God must be first in all things. Accordingly we must live a life that is “purpose driven” to glorifying God at all times.
 

Under the Radar

This week I want to address the profound statement of John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease”.
It is very obvious that John the Baptist knew nothing about radar screens. Yet he seemed to adopt the principle involved as his philosophy for life.
He says, in the words of the text, “He (Jesus) must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.” But Jesus said of him, “Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist.”
The key to his life was the fact that he decided to take the low road of humility. The religious leaders came out to him and asked him, “Who art thou?”
He did not say, “I am the founder and president of the Jordan river Baptist Movement.” Rather, he said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”
He did not become his own press agent. He flew below the radar screen. When questioned about whether he might be Jesus, he said, “I am not worthy to even untie his shoes”.
The scribes and Pharisees lived by a different philosophy.  Matthew 23:5 says, “But all their works they do for to be seen of men”. 
They wanted the best seats at feasts and in the synagogues. I came by to tell you today, that Jesus should always be on the radar screen of our lives, and we should be under the radar, so he can pick us up when we fall and not we ourselves.
 

A Mother's Legacy

 2 Timothy 1: 5  “When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grand-mother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” 

 

One day four ministers stood talking and, as so often happens, the conversation soon drifted to shop talk. "I prefer the King James Version of Scripture," said one, "for its eloquent use of the English language." A second minister gave forth that no Bible could match the New American Standard for its faithfulness to the original Greek and Hebrew text.

"That may well be," said the third, "but I prefer the New International Version for its contemporary language and easy readability." There was a thoughtful period of silence, and then the fourth minister said, "I like my mother's translation best." It was with some surprise that the others said: "We didn't know that your mother had translated the Bible." "Yes, she did," he replied. "She translated it into her daily life, and it was through her translation that I came to faith."  Mothers are you leaving a legacy of faith for your children to follow?

 

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