Sunday, 21 August 2016

Believer's Authority ~ Rabqa

Even though satan lost his authority on the earth the day Jesus
rose from the dead, for the past 2,000 years he's been running around like a spiritual outlaw-continuing to steal kill & destroy all who will let him. But he's not going to be able to do that for much longer. The day is coming when he will be put out of business. The day is coming when the evil he has done on earth will be totally underfoot by the power of God.

Most believers know that to be true. They have shouted & rejoiced over it-but they haven't really understood how it's going to happen. they haven't realised that they are the foot that is going to trample down the works of the devil.

Jesus is the head of the Church you & I are the foot, so we are the ones who are going to take His authority & power & stamp on sin & sickness & every other demonic thing on earth. We are the ones God is going to use Acts 2:35 says...Till I make Your enemies Your footstool. That is what Jesus was telling us when He said in Mark 16:15-18 Go ye into all the world, & preach the gospel to every creature...lay hands on the sick &...cast out devils. In essence what He was saying was
go & be My foot & all power authority had been given to Me, both in heaven & on earth. Therefore you take it to put the devil under.

But instead of obeying Him we've waited around wondering when God was going to do something about the mess on earth. We sit around wondering why it's taking Jesus so long to come back.

We are the reason its taking so long! Jesus is waiting for you & me. He is waiting for us to step out in His power, to put the devil in His place, & win the world. He is waiting for us to stop our silly doctrinal differences & get busy doing what God said we would do.

The Bible tells us How can one chase a thousand & two put ten thousand to flight. Deut 32:30 Every time we get together we increase our strength. If only we would just get together & find out who we are, we would realise that we are the feet of Jesus, then we would kick satan out of earth's affairs with ease.

If we want to hasten Jesus' return then we need to stop sitting around staring at the clouds! We must stamp around in the spirit. & Start putting the works of the serpent under our feet.

Gen 3:1-4 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

The serpent is identified in Rev 12:9 as satan himself. It is unclear why he chose to dwell in this particular beast which the Lord God had made.

Later the Old Testament lists the snake among the unclean animals (Lev 11) He is so cunning, crafty, & shrewd, for he said has God indeed said... "all this is not enough" suggested the tempter. "You could have more! The question was shrewdly overstated EVERY TREE?

The woman's response shows initial innocence, but the serpent caused her to ponder the matter.

This bold lie in Verse 4 could be translated Die? You will not die! In other words God has falsely threatened you with death.

Now we must not challenge God's Word. Ask instead What does God's Word mean to me? & How can I apply it to my life.

Man fell by Choice. The tempter is the father of lies (John 8:44), deceiving & seducing us to sin. The lie questions God's Word, giving our opinion absolute authority. Our opinions are easy prey to satan's deception.

Ps 18:37-38 tells us I have pursued my enemies, & overtaken them...they have fallen under my feet.

If you have been standing around wringing your hands worrying about what the devil is going to do, it is time you made a switch, it is time you put the him under your feet.

Jesus has already given you the power & authority you need to do it. He has given you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. He's promised you whatever you declare locked on earth is locked in heaven (Matt 16:19) That means that
you can speak the Word & lose the angelic forces of God to work on your behalf.

Keys means authority. Through Peter a representative of the church throughout the ages. Jesus is passing on to His church His authority or control to bind or loose on earth.

The Greek construction to be bound & loosed indicates that Jesus is the one who has activated this provision through His cross, that means the church is charged to do what He has released through His life, death & resurrection.

The power & authority we have been given enables us to use the mighty Name of Jesus. A Name that's above every other name. A Name that will cause every knee to bow—in heaven, on earth & under the earth (Phil 2:9-10).

Don't waste time worrying about the devil. instead take authority over him. Bind the evil spirits that try to destroy your home, your church & your nation. Loose God's Word on the earth & enforce it with the name of Jesus.

You hold the keys. Learn to use them before long the devil will wringing his hands worrying about you.

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

The Greek word for abundantly is perissos meaning superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over & above, more then enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary & more then sufficient.

As you give your total self to God, God gives you His total self. That is the supreme message of the Bible. Inherent in God's total self of His own person is true. Bible based prosperity—the real possibility of healing in your total being (body, mind, emotions, relationships), all of your spiritual & material needs are met. Above all His prosperity brings eternal life. STOP & think about that. WHAT else is worth having?

Jesus said that he came to give life—not just an ordinary existence but life in fullness, abundance, & prosperity (3 Jn 2). On the other hand the enemy (satan) comes to steal kill & destroy.

The line is clearly drawn. On one side is God with
goodness, life & plenty of all that is necessary for life. (Joel 2:26 & 2Pet 1:3), & on the other hand is the enemy of our souls, who comes to rob us of God's blessings, to oppress our bodies through disease & accidents, & to destroy everything we love & hold dear.

Our first step toward experiencing full biblical prosperity is to believe that it is God's highest desire for you. Our next step is to line up our highest desire with His.

Considering how much the devil hates people & how dead set he on destroying them it is no wonder we see so much tragedy & disaster in the world. In fact it's amazing we don't see more.

I think it would be true to say that it takes time for the realm of darkness a long time to set up major disasters. For instance the aviation industry is highly regulated & works hard at policing it's self because safety is its product. You take a highly regulated system like that & the devil has to work hard to cause disasters.

He can't just come roaring in & rip up things any time he wants to. If he could, he would knock every plane out of the sky tonight but he can't.

Why? because he is bound. The Bible says he is bound to things that are common to man. (1Cor 10:13) he has to line up with things in this natural human realm before he can lay a finger on you. He has to use people to get his work done.

Praise God we are not bound to what is common to man. We are free to use what is common to God! We fight our warfare with uncommon weapons. That means that we ought to have the devil wrapped up. & we ought to put him in a sack with a ribbon on top.

The devil cannot cause disaster in our life unless he has been given place. He cannot come & start destroying & stealing unless he can get you to give him a place of sin, doubt, ignorance or disobedience. So if he has been giving you trouble ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you have let those things in. Then repent & get rid of them.

Once you have done that pull out the weapons God has given you & fire away with both barrels. Pull out prayer. Pull out faith & use them to tie the devil in knots. Use the uncommon power of God to keep him bound & he won't be able to put
anything over on you.

Eph 6:10- 18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

Paul admonishes us to put on the full armour of God in order to stand against the forces of hell. It is clear that our warfare is not against physical forces, but against invisible powers who have clearly defined levels of authority in a real way, though the invisible sphere of activity. Paul, however, not only warns us a clearly defined structure in the invisible realm. He also instructs us to take up the whole armour of God in order to stand firm. against this unseen satanic structure.

All of this armour is not a passive protection in facing the enemy; it is to be used offensively against these satanic forces.

Note Paul's final directive we are to be praying always with all prayer & supplication in the spirit (V 18). Prayer is not so much a weapon or even part of the armour because it is the means by which we engage in the battle itself & the purpose for which we are armed. To put on the armour of God is to prepare for battle. Prayer is God's Word which is our chief weapon employed against satan in our struggle.

Stand in readiness for spiritual combat. Recognise that the demonic enemies are behind what comes against you to harm you.

The book of Ephesians gives us insight to the nature of spiritual warfare we face daily. Our combat is against spiritual forces, not man. Great is the protection & resources God has provided to meet this enemy.

It is most important that we put on God's armour each & every day & to learn & understand of this divine protection.

* The belt of truth. Enables us to know the truth when we see or hear it.

* The breastplate of righteousness protects our heart from all condemnation in the soulish realm.

* Having shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace means we can walk in peacefulness.

* Taking up the shield of faith quenches the fiery darts of the wicked one.

* The helmet of salvation protects our mind.

* The sword of the Spirit which is Gods Word enables us to wield that sword effectively against the devil & his cohorts.

* To pray with all pray & supplication (petition) in the Spirit for all the saints.

Ephesians 4:27 tells us to leave no place for the devil & not to give him any opportunity.

If you give him place he will take it. So you must stay alert & keep your shield of faith high because if you don't he will steal back from you the ground you just took.

There have been people that have received their healing & fallen back into their old thinking patterns of sickness. They let their faith shield down & gave the devil an opening. When he came along with an old symptom they were not ready for him. They fell victim to his counter attack.

You can stand successfully against devil's strategies! But before you do you are going to have to make three quality decisions:

1 You must make the Word of God the final authority in your life. Line up your thinking with whatever the Word says.

2 You must decide to live your life by faith in what
God has said. The Bible says Faith comes by hearing & hearing by the Word of God. Rom 10:17

3 You must decide to live by the love of God because faith works by love. Without love, your faith wont function. Without the Word you can't have faith. So do not try to make one of these decisions without the other two. You need all three to make it work This lifestyle of the Word, faith & love keep you in a place of resistance to the devil.

John 15 7-11 tells us that when we abide in Christ our prayers are effective. We glorify God in our fruit bearing. We demonstrate our discipleship, & our joy becomes full through experiencing Christ's own joy with us.

Acknowledgement Kenneth Copeland.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Praying for Revival. ~ Ganeida

Technically revival is to impart new life to that which is almost dead.  In this sense you can only impart new life to that which once had life.  Thus you cannot revive a car that has no engine for example but you can revive a dying fire or a drowning man. 

Spiritual  Revival, in its truest sense, begins with the church because true revival is when God comes down & that becomes inevitable when God’s people get right with God.  This is not at all the same thing as the salvation of souls that have never been awake to the things of the Spirit.  However I believe the 2 things go hand in hand.  We are never going to see the great harvest of souls we envisage without the manifest presence of God in our midst because God is the One who gives life ~ & we are not going to have the fullness of God’s presence so long as we are not completely right with Him.

Oh, that you [Almighty God] would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might shake at your presence. (Isa. 64:1)

When God comes down, things happen!  They happened at Pentecost.  God came down & the Holy Spirit flooded the city of Jerusalem.  Courage replaced fear; Humility replaced arrogance & 3 000 came under the conviction of the Holy Spirit when Peter preached.

Malachi 3:6 says: For I am the Lord, I change not…Don’t ever let anyone try to convince you that God is not the same yesterday, today & forever. Hebrews 13:8 says He is, therefore if we seek the face of God we have every right to expect that He will show up & great things, marvellous things, will take place just as the scriptures tell us they do. However the temptation is to seek what God can do for us rather than seeking God for Himself alone.  I, like many of you, have friends & family who do not yet know the Lord & I desperately want to see them come into the Kingdom but the scripture is clear:  Seek ye first the kingdom of God & His righteousness & all these things shall be added unto you. [Matthew 6:33]

So the First part of positioning ourselves correctly to receive the manifestation of God’s presence is holiness,  our understanding that having been called out of the Kingdom of Darkness into His glorious light we have been sanctified, set apart, reserved for God’s particular call & use of our lives for His purposes & none other. We have taught & taught on holiness because without it no~one can see God.[Hebrews 12:14]

The 2nd thing is absolute Truth.
“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth."  It matters to God who we think He is.  So much so that when the king of Assyria resettled the land of Samaria with foreigners after the Israelites went into exile the people complained they were being attacked by lions because they did not know how to worship the God of Israel correctly. 27 The king of Assyria then commanded, “Send one of the exiled priests back to Samaria. Let him live there and teach the new residents the religious customs of the God of the land.” 28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria returned to Bethel and taught the new residents how to worship the Lord. 2Kings 17:27 

Yet in Jesus time we find the Samaritans still had a muddled understanding of God John 4:22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.

Holiness & Truth are important when it comes to praying for the salvation of others. Firstly we need to understand the truth of our position as a beloved child of God.

Ephesians 2:6 says: For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.

Understand again that we are Christ’s body; He is the head.  The head & the body are one.  If we died to this life, our real life is hidden with Christ in God. [Colossians 3:5]Where is Christ?  Seated at the right hand of the Father. The right hand is the position of authority & rulership Romans5:17 says; For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Understand that we are to come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16

Never is there greater need than when we approach the Throne of Grace on the behalf of others & their salvation.  We remember the basic principles of prayer: to ask in Jesus name; to pray in faith; to obey.  We pray with expectation knowing that whatever we ask for in Jesus name will be done! John 14:13

We know the Lord’s will in this matter & that should give us great confidence when we approach the Father.
The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 2Peter 3:9

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. Romans 10:1

When we undertake this work of striving for the souls of others we are closest to the heart of God for as David Livingstone said:
“God had only one Son and he made that Son a missionary.”

Let us understand once & for all that Christ was sent with just one mission ~ to save the lost. You don’t need to leave your house, your family or your country to be a missionary but you do need to do 2 things: get down on your knees & pray for the salvation of others & open your mouth to proclaim the good news to others.

We have Jesus example to guide & encourage us.  We have His example of teaching, preaching & healing but because we know the end of the story we tend to forget that Jesus laboured for His harvest in a very human way & you could not in all honesty say it was a resounding success. He preached to thousands.  He taught in the synagogue continually.  He performed miracles & healings.  He trained disciples to carry on His work but at the end of the day He was to be found weeping over Jerusalem. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me. Luke 13:34 In the end not even his disciples stood with Him. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message…John 13:16

I do not say this to discourage you. Rather you need Jesus vision. Isaiah 53:11 Of the labour of his soul he seeth -- he is satisfied,
The context is the cross. What Jesus sees is the salvation of the many He has come to redeem & He is satisfied. The Hebrew translated satisfied is  śâba‛ & it means to be completely sated.     So we are not to be discouraged.  When Jesus hung on that cross outside Jerusalem & suffered to bring us home to the Father He saw you & I coming into His Kingdom ~ & in our wake He saw all those we are labouring for now & has prepared us for this labour blessing us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.[Eph1:3]&  By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. 2 Peter 1:3

That should greatly encourage us.  God Himself has prepared us for this time & has given us everything we need to bring in His harvest.  What’s more the gifts & callings of God are irrevocable! [Romans 11:29] What He has given He is not going to ask for back.

Now it may seem to you that I have not talked very much about praying for revival. This is not true.  We sometimes speak of a *bronze ceiling* in prayer, that state in which it seems our prayers bounce back to us unheard & unanswered & we experience no victory in our Christian walk. Disobedience & a lack of faith will commonly produce such an experience so it is important that we understand how to be effective in our prayers, praying from our position of authority as the sons & daughters of the Most High.

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. [Eph 6:12]

Now I want to point out that heavenly is epouranios in the Greek & is referring to the upper regions of the air. So between us & the 3rd heaven where God dwells there is a raging spiritual battle happening that we can’t actually see. This battle can hinder our prayers & it is one reason why we are told to walk by faith.  If we are right with God He always hears us & hurries to answer but His answers have to come through the minefield of the heavenlies so it is important we stand in faith; that we stay in faith; that we continue to believe because   faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews11:1

So to pray for the salvation of others is to partner with the Holy Spirit to accomplish the will & purpose of the Father.  We cannot pray amiss when we pray for another’s salvation because we have the Father’s word that He does not desire that any should perish. We have His command to pray for all people.  We have His promise that we have been given all we need to accomplish this task.

And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:15

We have Jesus example to guide us.  Go thou & do likewise!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Our Righteous in Christ ~ Rabqa

The definition of righteousness is: the ability to stand in the
presence of the Father without guilt & without the sense of inferiority as if sin never existed. Upright, right standing, justified, (declared righteous).

The Greek word for righteousness is dikaiosune, which means the character or quality of being right or just. The righteousness of God means essentially the same as His faithfulness, or truthfulness, that which is consistent with His own nature & promises.

Rom 1:17 & Hab 2:4...The just shall live by faith ~ or in other words the righteous shall live by faith. Shall live in the Hebrew is chayah means to to live, to stay alive, be preserved, to flourish, to enjoy life, to live in happiness, to breathe, be alive, be animated, recover health, & live continuously.

The fundamental idea is to live & breathe, breathing being the evidence of life. In the Hebrew concept. It literally reads "the righteous person in his faithfulness (firmness, consistency, belief, faith, & steadfastness) shall live."

Keys to righteousness:
1. Authority in the spiritual realm (In Jesus name). Righteousness makes us fearless in the presence of the enemy Eph 6:14 which talks about the breastplate of righteousness which protects our heart from condemnation-in the soulish realm.

2. Fellowship with the Father. 1 Jn 3:18-21...have confidence with God.

Base your confidence on the witness of the Holy Spirit & growing obedience in your life.

2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that God made Jesus sin who knew no sin. & made us righteous who knew no righteousness. Jesus took our sin upon Himself & faced the penalty of sin—death. We see from this that what we are made of isn't something we can work for.

Ps 117 Praise the LORD, all you nation Praise him, all you people of the earth. For his unfailing love for us is powerful; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever.
Praise the Lord.

Though this Psalm is short it calls us to worship & finds it place in Paul's theology which includes the Gentiles in God's eternal plan. Rom 15:11

Mk 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need

This verse tells us why it it is important for us to be righteous. Rather then being preoccupied with material things our ambition should be to seek first God's kingdom & His righteousness knowing that as we do so, He has pledged Himself with covenant faithfulness to respond "all these things shall be added to you."

Some people look to the things but leave out in looking to Jesus & God as the head of the spiritual kingdom. We need to look to the provider—not the provision. Righteousness should be of being in a position as though we had never done anything wrong.

In Luke 15 we read about the prodigal son, prodigal means wasteful living. The fact that a penitent sinner pleases God more then a ceremonially correct Pharisee is quite evident in this parable.

When we accept Jesus, as Lord God the Father gives us a position with His Son Jesus & puts us in right standing with Him without working towards it, it is done through faith, the good news is that we have the same privileges as Jesus.

I said earlier that Jesus is our sin substitute, the story of our salvation is centred around Jesus. God knew that Adam & Eve were going to fall in the garden of Eden, so He had already planed that Jesus would be our redemption, the day Adam fell God spoke of the seed of the woman that would crush the devils head & destroy the power of sin in our lives.

 Gen 3:14-15
"Then the LORD God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, grovelling in the dust as long as you live. And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

You are cursed carries the idea of coming under God's judgement. Although the exact meaning of the serpent's being cursed more then the rest of the animal kingdom is unclear. Paul later reinforces that all creation was affected by the fall (Rom 8:20-22)

On your belly you shall go does not imply that the serpent previously had legs, it is equally likely to be poetic language supporting the fact the animal kingdom will not be able to reverse it's post fall condition on it's own.

You shall eat dust is also figurative for humiliation. New Testament allusions to V 15 (Rom 16:20; Heb 2:14; Rev 12) seem to indicate that the curse of the serpent has broader application.

 Interpreted messianically, hostility represents the conflict between satan (your seed) & God's people, especially Jesus Christ (her seed means Jesus, the Son of God). He shall bruise His heel depicts the long struggle between good & evil, with God ultimately winning through Jesus Christ the last Adam. V 15 is often referred to as the first messianic prophecy of the Old Testament.

Only Jesus was able to accomplish what was essential for our deliverance. our redemption rest completely on what on what the Son of God did: * He took on flesh & blood, to become a man. * He lived a sinless life, never once to transgress as Adam did. * He died on a cross, to bear the penalty of our sins.

You may wonder why did God send Jesus in our place, why didn't He just overlook Adam's original transgressions & say, "well, that's all right, Adam; try not to let it happen again." Can't God do anything He wants? But the Bible says that God cannot deny Himself, He can't do anything that is not consistent with His nature. God is Holy! There is no sin of darkness in Him. If God had overlooked Adams sin, He would have denied His own holiness & purity. In short He would have come to the party of Adam's sin. In order to remain consistent with His own righteous nature, God had to be just when He justified the ungodly. He couldn't ignore Adam's iniquity. He had to deal with it in a righteous manner. The righteous penalty for sin is death. Someone had to pay that penalty. God redeemed us from sin justly by making His Son the punishment for sin.

 In Leviticus 16:5-10,15-22 we see that all animal sacrifices point to Jesus. They symbolise that Jesus would come & sacrifice Himself for our sins. God forgave iniquity under the old covenant on the basis of theses sacrifices, because He anticipated Jesus' death. The rituals themselves had no power to forgive sins.

Leviticus 16 describes the Day of atonement which is one of the most significant events in the Jewish calendar. This was the day on which the sins of the entire nation were dealt with. Two sacrificial animals were needed to complete Israel's cleansing for that year, each played a different part in the forgiveness & removal of iniquity. They used goats. The first goat was killed & it's blood shed for the forgiveness of iniquity. The second goat (called the scapegoat) was a sin bearer. When Aaron laid hands on it & confessed Israel's iniquity over it, God allowed the sin of Israel to pass into the goat. Bearing this iniquity, the animal was driven into the wilderness. What we learn here is what happened to these two animals graphically depicts what Jesus did on the cross.

 We see that there are two major aspects of His atoning death:

 1. Jesus shed His blood, so that our sins could be washed away.

 2. Jesus became our sin bearer. Blood is an absolute
requirement for forgiveness both under the Old covenant & the New covenant, under the old covenant, every
offering made for sin involved blood. If someone sinned he had to bring a sacrificial animal & kill it himself. unless the blood was shed there was no remission of sins. No one could be purified without it. God wanted the Israelites to be continually be reminded that sin results in death. Whenever a person sins someone has to pay the price, the penalty being death. Shed blood meant someone or something had died for the sin committed. That is why blood was so essential for forgiveness.

In Leviticus 17:11 for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible. God permitted the Israelites to kill animals, & look upon that blood as a payment for there sins. But He could only do so because He looked a head to Jesus' sacrifice. The blood of animals couldn't take away sin, it was merely a foreshadowing of the only thing that could truly cleanse us—The Blood of Jesus. 1Peter 18-19

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

The value of the human being can be inferred from the price to redeem man (Jn 3:16, Cor 6:20). God the Son the divine one through whom the worlds were created became flesh & died for the sins of humanity. That He willingly shed His blood & died for us reveals not only the value of human personality, but also the importance of salvation. Through Christ believers are forgiven, reckoned to be righteous, & by the New Birth are redeemed in image of God. Fallen men & women can only produce the works of the flesh. Only the Spirit by the New Birth can can renew that which was destroyed by the fall. (Jn 3:5-6). To reach highest human potential to have abundant life one must accept Jesus Christ by faith.

 The blood that Jesus shed signified that He gave up His life, the penalty for sin was inescapable. We were all doomed to die, eternally separated from the Father. But Jesus came to die in our place. His blood is the price that was paid to redeem us from the death-sentence that hung over us. God can justly forgive us on the basis of that precious blood, because Jesus' life was enough to pay our debt. The blood of Jesus is our receipt, showing that once & for all the price has been paid. It speaks for us in God's presence continuously saying: PAID IN FULL! - - FORGIVEN - - CLEANSED. That means nothing left out. No matter what the devil or our emotions may tell us, the blood is always speaking FORGIVENESS before the Father. But the work of the cross goes beyond the forgiveness of sins. Jesus not only shed His blood, He also BORE OUR SINS & iniquity of the entire world.

 Isaiah 53:4-12 Teaches us to believe that our sins & Iniquities were placed on Jesus the sinless Lamb of God. Choose to forgive others who have sinned against you. We may believe that if we sin we will be immediately aware of it; but sin is subtle, & our heart may not perceive or acknowledge our guilt. So those most in need of repentance & cleansing may have no awareness of their spiritual state, we must continually examine ourselves before the Lord, asking Him to enlighten our hearts to any unacknowledged sin & cleanse us from all unrighteousness. These verses also describe Jesus suffering. God caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Jesus, He didn't suffer for His own sin; for He was pure & spotless. He Suffered because OUR SIN was laid to His account. Jesus died on that cross at Calvary, bearing God's righteous judgement for all sin. We now understand that Jesus fulfilled what the sacrificial scapegoat symbolised, He bore our sins & died under judgement. Just as the scapegoat was banished from the camp, so Jesus was separated from the Father.

It was that iniquity that was upon Him that caused him to cry out on the cross "My God, My God why have you forsaken Me?" God righteously judged our sin by placing it on His Son, & judging Him. Only in this way could the Lord be Just in declaring us righteous. He overcame sin, when He let sin overcome Him.
2Cor: 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. He overcame death when He let death over come Him. Rev 1:18 I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.

He overcame disease when He let disease overcome Him. Pet 2:24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. He overcame satan when He let satan overcome Him. Col 2:15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

When Jesus died, you died with Him. Col 2:20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world... When Jesus rose, you rose with Him. Eph 2:5-6 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. I really like the way the Message Bible puts Colossians 3:1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective. If you want to live the resurrection life that Jesus provides, then seek that new, powerful life by setting your mind & keeping it set on things above, not on things on the earth.

The apostle Paul is simply saying in these verses that if you & I want the good life, then we must keep our minds on good things. Many believers want the good life, but they passively sit around wishing for something good to happen. Often they are jealous of others who live in victory & are resentful that there own lives are so difficult.

If you desire victory over your problems, If you truly want to live the resurrection life, you must have backbone & not wishbone! You must be determined to have victory & refuse to settle for anything less then the best that God has for you. You must be active, not passive. Right action begins with right thinking. Do not be passive in your mind. Start today choosing right thoughts. Set your mind on things that are above & keep it there. AS we come into communion today let us thank Jesus for His faithfulness going to the cross He became sin, God placed our sin upon His one & only Son so that we may become righteous, We were doomed to die separated eternally from the Father Because of Jesus' faithfulness we now may live eternally with Him.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Pray in the Glory. ~ Ganeida

Randall D Kittle once said: If God granted us our desires & poured out His glory in our midst, would we recognize it? Would we be truly excited about it? Would we even still be alive?

As I was preparing this message what I believe I heard the Spirit saying is Pray in the Glory. There are 2 ways to understand this: One is to pray under the Glory.  The other is to pray the Glory in.  I believe God means the 2nd. So today I want to look at  ways that could be done.

I want us to look again at 2nd Chronicles.  Here is our pattern.  This is what it took for the Glory of God to manifest. We will start start in chapter 5, verse 11 but first there are some things I think we should consider.

By the time Chapter 5 opens the Temple is completely finished. The walls are built.  The courts are furbished with the bronze alters, the incense bowls, the golden candlesticks, the menorah, the showbread stand, the water carts, the lamp snuffers & tongs. The decorations of palms & pomegranate are complete, the Holy of Holies has been overlaid with gold, the curtain hung. Lastly Solomon summons the elders of Israel to bring the Ark to the Temple[5:2] then in 5:3 we read the nation gathered to celebrate Sukkot. That this should take place at Sukkot is interesting because it celebrates [amongst other things] God tabernacling, or meeting, with man.  Everything has been constructed according to God’s own very specific instructions. Solomon prays; the Glory descends & fills the temple .

I’ve got a lot rattling round in my head but I will try to go slowly & explain what I am seeing.

Firstly, the Temple did not begin with Solomon.  It did not even begin with His father, David.  It began with God, then with Moses in the desert.  In the desert Moses set out the sacred area, the Tent of Meeting, in the pattern prescribed by God & Israel encamped about it in their tribes. Please note, the Tent of Meeting was central.  Everything else moved around it.  As one entered the sacred spaces they grew holier & holier just as they later would in the Temple. There was always great order, a set way of doing things.  There was great vision.  Moses set out to replicate what he saw in the heavenlies & his vision helped fire David’s desire to build a home for the Name of God. David saved huge amounts of gold & silver & bronze towards the building of the temple & though he himself was not allowed to build the temple his vision & foresight meant Solomon had everything he needed to complete the actual construction.

Inside the ark were 3 things: a gold pot of manna representing God’s provision; Aaron’s budding almond staff representing both God’s anointing & His authority [Numbers 17]; & the stone tablets of the 10 commandments representing God’s Law.

There have been 2 temples: Solomon’s & Herod’s.  The Babylonians destroyed the first, the Romans the 2nd. Today no Temple stands on the temple mount in Jerusalem however there is still a temple.

Paul [1 Corinthians 3:16] informs us that we are the temple!
Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God.

Peter confirms this [1 Peter 2:5]
And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.
Peter also refers to us as a Holy priesthood who offers spiritual sacrifices.

Just like the original temple each of us has 3 spaces: our outer court, or our flesh; our inner court or our soul; & our Holy of Holies, our Spirit which is the new creation & where the Holy Spirit of God dwells within us.

Our Holy of Holies also holds the Law for God promised: "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Jeremiah31:33 & Hebrews 10:16

We are anointed with the Holy Spirit & carry His authority.  And we have been given all we need.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence.  2 Peter 1:3

Now we know that the Holy Spirit has sealed us unto the day of Redemption but there is a difference between the presence of God & a manifestation of His Glory.

Just as in the days of old you, as the priest of your temple, have certain priestly duties: Praise [Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”  Psa. 100:4], Prayer [Matthew 21:13 Jesus Himself says My house shall be called a house of prayer], Spiritual Sacrifices: these include the sacrifice of Praise [Hebrews 13:15], Healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead… Matthew 10:8

Are you still with me? So we have our temple & we have our priests.  Hopefully we are all performing our priestly duties.
Now what I am about to speak on has nothing whatsoever to do with your salvation! Nothing! Salvation is a free gift [Eph 2:8] You can get saved & remain a baby Christian all your life & lots & lots of people do that but that is not what God desires for any of His children. He want us to mature manhood to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children [Eph 4:14]

Remember, when we first talked of the Glory of God we said it was the fullness of everything God is & does & that that was fulfilled in Jesus Christ ~ so when we talk about maturity we are talking about allowing God’s glory to be revealed in & through us as we live in Christ Jesus in us.

Now that isn’t just going to happen.  Look at the pattern. 2 Chronicles 5:11 ~ All the priests who were present had purified themselves… Under the old covenant that would have been ritual & ceremonial purification but under the new it is the blood of Jesus & making no provision for the lusts of the flesh [Romans 13:14] but rather clothing ourselves with Christ, renewing our minds & we have talked about the practical ways we can do this. Babies aren’t required to do this.  Babies have no understanding. Babies are incapable of the deeper things of God.

There was a great deal of praise. Please bear in mind this was not a spur of the moment thing.  You can read in first Chronicles how David set up a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 33 years praise effort surrounding the Ark. The Ark wasn’t hidden behind a curtain either. We need to develop lives engulfed in praise.  Again this is not new teaching.  We don’t praise God for affliction or suffering, pain or sickness.  We rejoice because we know the one who redeems, who heals, who saves, who provides, who is always good, who’s lovingkindness endures forever.

There is humility.  Solomon was king over all of Israel yet when he entered into the presence of God he humbled himself before all the people.  Now here is where it gets interesting.  As Solomon prays he asks for right judgement, repentance, intercession. Please turn to 6:41

One: there is an invitation.  We need to invite God in continually to rule & operate through us.  This is His home.  When you enter your home you don’t want to be constantly repairing, renovating, cleaning.  You want to walk in, dump your shoes, toss of your jacket, get a cuppa & rest. Now God will do the work; that’s part of His promise to us but if all He ever gets to do is renovate, repair, clean all your time together will be on busyness rather than rest & it is in times of rest people really get to know each other so…..

Note the 2nd thing is along with your power.  What is the symbol of God’s power in us? His Holy Spirit.  Now the Spirit is always with us & He has a very specific job description.  The Father’s presence cannot abide any sin but 3, oh!  3 is the grace of God revealed because Solomon prays that God’s priests be clothed with His salvation! What a wonderful thing that is! The blood of Jesus washes away our sin. He clothes us with His righteousness. 

Romans 3:22 says: We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. 

Now that has a practical outcome. That means God no longer looks upon our sin.  All He sees is the righteousness of Christ clothing us! That means He can abide with us & us with Him.  Not just His Spirit, not just Christ in us, but the Father Himself; the Great I AM.

Solomon finishes with 3 petitions: that God’s people always remember His goodness & how important is that when God is getting blamed these days for Isis & terrorism & racial inequality & paedophilia in the church & a whole heap of other things when the scriptures tell us God can’t be tempted nor does he tempt any one [James 1:13] so all these things are on us & a fallen world; that God’s anointed be not rejected & we have the fulfilment of that promise for Romans 11:29 says For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. If you are a child of God you are called.  If you are called you have been gifted.  That remains no matter what.

Lastly Solomon asks that God remember His unfailing love for His people. God never forgets.  I suspect this was more a reminder for Solomon himself than for God & we too need to remember God’s unfailing love for us: all those times when He’s interceded for us, provided for us, upheld us in times of trouble & weakness.

7:1 says: When Solomon had finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven & burned up the burnt offerings & sacrifices, & the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple.

The key to the Glory of God is prayer.  Not any old prayer.  Not the prayers we commonly pray of intercession, for salvations or healing, or wisdom though all these sorts of prayers have their place. No!  God’s glory is not for our self~ aggrandizement, or to tickle our flesh, or to elevate us to some super spiritual realm where we just get to bask ~ & my flesh would be happy with any or all of that.  Sadly I have found God to be supremely practical & even His Glory has a practical purpose. No.  God’s heart is for people & when His Glory appears the result is the salvation of many souls.

We have been praying for our islands.  We have been praying for people to come to know Christ, to return to God.  

Understand this: The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9
1 Timothy 2:1 says this: I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

I believe God wants to use us as His church, as His body, for the salvation of many but we have to be prepared to put in the hard yards.  This is work ~ & it is not easy work.  We have to be prepared to turn of the t.v or the radio, stay home, retreat to our prayer closet & get to work & pray for all people.  That is not easy.  Our flesh will scream.  Our minds will protest that it is impossible to pray for so & so but remember, if God could save Saul, a self~righteous murderer & torturer & turn him into the Paul who brought salvation to the gentiles then there is no~one too wicked on these islands for His salvation to reach!

Now Rabqa is going to be teaching more on who we are in Christ & please pay attention when she does because we pray positionally from a position of authority & power & that is almost impossible to do until you really grasp who you are in Christ.  Secondly, next time I speak I believe the Holy Spirit wishes to discuss with us tools & helps for praying out what the Spirit wants to speak through us & there is power in prayer like no other when you buddy up with the Holy Spirit in this way.

Ok Church, now you get to go forth & practice!  Be doers of His word, not hearers only.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Who we are in Christ. ~ Rabqa

We see from 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 that we need to understand
that God wants us—through us, & everyone on earth to be in favour with Him. we also need to understand that the devil can steal that favour through deceit & delusion. Jesus came to restore favour to God's people-& through us to everyone everywhere.

Part of our inheritance is to have & enjoy favour. Part of our ministry is to act as Christ's ambassadors by drawing others to receive God's wonderful gift of forgiveness, & reconciliation & to share in His marvellous grace, which is His unmerited favour.

Those of us who are the children of God know that we don't deserve to be called righteous, but the wonderful fact is that God does call us righteous because He sees us through the cross of Jesus. The full price for our salvation has been paid. We are no longer trying to work out our own righteousness by trying to earn what God has freely given us.

The Father wants all of His Children to learn who they really are in Christ Jesus, what they have in Him, & what they can be in Him. If we have this basic knowledge of our righteousness, we will begin to transform ourselves into the image that God has for us.

The world has given us a mostly negative image of ourselves, few of us escape childhood without damage to our self-esteem, perceptions, & personalities. The image we form is far below the image that God has of us. To Him we are valuable, precious, & worthy of such great love that He gave His Son for us. Jesus became sin so we could become righteous.

God sees us as happy, healthy, & prosperous in all we do. He says we can do all things that are in line with His will because we have a covenant with Him & He is our powerful, loving heavenly Father.

Sadly, many of us never realise that this is God's image of us & never come to share that image of ourselves. Today I can see myself this way, but there was a time when I felt the lowest of the low. Every time I went out I would crawl back into my shell & stay there, not knowing that I should not have felt this way.

I went to a Methodist Sunday School & a Catholic school, I was confused about the practices, doctrines, & beliefs, I didn't know if they lined up with Scripture. Constant repentance & confessionals kept me aware that I was a sinner & totally unworthy of God's love. The Nuns never failed to tell me that I had to work extra hard to please Him just because I wasn't a Catholic.

Right from childhood all the way through to adulthood I felt insignificant, full of guilt & conscious of sin. I knew nothing about the grace of God & His abundant mercy for my mistakes. I felt condemned even when I was doing what was right.

I was dressed in rags of righteousness instead of Jesus' robes of righteousness. Like blind Bartimaeus, who had the sense to cast aside his dirty beggarly garb to rise from the dust when Jesus touched his life, I too should have been able to cast of my dirty garments of sin when Jesus touched my life. Unfortunately I didn't know this was possible.

My problem was I had no idea of the Scriptures, the only time I recall hearing the Bible read was at Sunday School. I loved to hear the Scriptures read aloud, I never had my own Bible till later that year my Grandfather asked what I would like for Christmas, I answered a Bible.

In the years before I was saved I never heard that I needed to be born again, I thought if I loved God that was enough to save me, & if my good deeds out~weighed my sins then I would get to heaven. I was ignorant of the basic facts on how to be saved.
Rom 10:13 Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

John 3:6-7 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You[ must be born again.’

We can't be saved unless we hear that we need to be saved. When we hear the uncompressed Word, it creates faith, to enable us to break free from our reasoning doubts & unbelief so that we can accept Jesus as our Lord & Savour. unless we hear of our need to be born again, we may blindly continue in our traditions, ceremonies & religious church-going, ignorant of the peace, joy & righteous that come with true salvation.

If we need to hear the Word of God to be saved, we also need to hear it, to grow in it as a new creation. Although receiving the Lord was a most wonderful experience of my life, my ignorance of God's Word & His true character greatly hindered my walk with Him.

I was a Christian but a fearful one, even though I loved God & knew I was heaven bound sadly I was living a defeated life. I would pray the Lord's prayer as I had all my life it was quiet plain that I was missing out on the reality of that prayer of the part that says Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Earth to me had become the equivalent to hell on earth, I wasn't happy & thought that life could only get worse. Surely heaven had to be better than this!

I had no idea how to overcome the adversity I encountered in my life as a Christian. Just as I had been ignorant of what God's word said about becoming His child, so I was ignorant of what it said about how he saw me-the basic reality that I was a spirit who lived in a body & had a soul. Like God Himself, I was a three in one, I could only be whole when all three parts of my being were in harmony. The day I discovered 1Thess 5:23 was turning point for me. Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

Paul is saying that his converts might be wholly sanctified, that is in their whole being-spirit soul & body-may be yielded to the will of God. The power for this accomplishment must come from the God of peace Himself. Peace means spiritual prosperity in the broadest sense.

You can personal this Scripture, by saying I am a spirit, I live in a body, & I have a soul. Keep saying it out aloud to establish the reality of this new truth in your mind so that you can grasp hold of its full significance. Some assume they are are body & have a soul not realising that the soul & the spirit are not the same thing at all. In Hebrews 4:12 it tells us the Word of God can actually divide between our spirit & soul.

AS we establish our hearts in the new spiritual identity through the Word of God, trying to do what is right comes not so much as an act of willpower but from strengthening our walk with God. God's Word shows us shows us that overcoming any evil, whether it be sickness, grief, depression, lack, worry, or sin is far easier if we build our self into His strength rather than
our own. We can choke all our own cares, worries, & anxieties through the Word. What a wonderful promise this from God. Phil 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Here the Apostle Paul is teaching us to pray with thanksgiving in every circumstance. If we cannot offer our current prayer requests from the foundation of a life that is currently filled with thanksgiving, we will not get a favourable response. The Word does not instruct us to pray with complaining; it says to pray with thanksgiving.

It was through God's Word that I learnt to speak back to all the problems that were always speaking to me. Every time thoughts of defeat rose up in me, for example You're never going to make it, you'll never amount to much-I would say NO! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I would say it again & again till those thoughts were dead & buried. When you first accept Jesus as Lord, the fruit of the Spirit comes into your life. You may say for example that you don't have any love, but when you received Jesus the love of God was shed abroad in your heart (Rom 5:5). You might not be walking in that love but it is there. & you can develop it. It takes time for the fruit to grow of course. When you plant seeds in the ground to grow veggies, it takes time to see the fullness of the fruit. But the seeds are there even when the fruit is not obvious. To cultivate the fruit of the Spirit, you start by speaking. When you begin to say what God says about you-what He says about the love He has placed in your heart, for example an image will form of that fruit in your life. You will be able to picture it. Then you will be able to believe it then it will grow. My biggest problem was self condemnation, we learn from the Apostle Paul that the only way he could escape from the condemnation of his past
was to look forward every day to his new life in Christ. Phil 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

The devil wants for us to concentrate on how far we have fallen, rather then how far we have risen. Satan wants us to focus on our past instead of out future & how far we still have to go, rather than how far we have come. He wants us to think of how many times we fail, rather than how many times we succeed. But God wants us to focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses, our victories & not our losses, our joys not our problems. These verse tell us God wants us press forward & respond to His upward call & forget about what lies behind us. Pay attention to what you focus on & magnify the works of the Lord. Do not believe the lies of the devil.

The key to condemnation we find in 2 Corin 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Every time self condemnation came to me I would say No yesterday's gone. Old things have passed away, all things have become new. I am a new creature in Christ. I would repeat it over & over again until the word of God choked the weed & drove it out of my life. When you think & speak that way to things that hold you captive, the wonderful day comes when you look for them & say "where are they? where they ever part of me? The same is true of the things that people have done to us, many people wallow in grief & injustices of the past. They love going back over the old. They embrace it; it's part of their life. The past maybe sad or tragic, but it is worse to stay imprisoned by it. We can try to live our past in our present, but it will steal our wonderful future from us. The past is finished. Let God avenge you & bring to justice those who have in any way done evil to you. If you will let it go you will be free of it, & all of the unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, hurt, rejection, jealousy, & grief will not poison your life.

Thankfully most of us desire to go on with the new. There is not much behind us that is worth hanging on to. Good memories are fine, but sad & tragic memories are best forgotten. The only way to truly forget the past is to fully immerse ourselves in God's Word & see the wonderful future He has ahead for every one of us. It is not how we begin that counts but how we finish.

 The ability to truly put off the old life is a wonderful thing. Most of us have suffered to some degree through the world of darkness, despair, & pain. To look forward with expectancy & total faith in God, knowing our life can be worth living & living well, brings joy, peace & contentment that the world knows nothing about.

Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. This verse tells that God has a plan for each of us, a plan that should give us great hope for our future. It is our destiny. But that plan is a possibility not a positively. If someone prophesies over us wonderful things in the name of the Lord, what they say may express the heart, will & desire of God for us. But that does not mean that it is going to happen just as it is prophesied. This is because it cannot & will not come to pass if we refuse to cooperate with God or to stray away from His will. God does have a plan for our lives, but we have to participate in that plan for it to come true, God is not likely to do anything in our lives without our cooperation.

We need to cooperate with God every single day of our lives in order for our potential to be developed. Every day we ought to learn something. Every day we ought to grow. Every day we ought to discover something. Every day we ought to be a bit further along than we were the day before. We should be life long learners. We must understand that no other human being on the face of the earth can develop our potential for us. we must each discover our own God given gifts & talents, & what we are truly capable of, then put ourselves to the test of developing those gifts, talents, & capabilities to their fullest extent. God has a plan for each of us, it is a good plan, an uncommon plan, a great plan; it is not an average or mediocre plan. I encourage you to seek that plan & cooperate with God so that it will be wonderfully fulfilled in your life.

Acknowledgements Dr Margaret Court.