DISCIPLES OF JESUS MINISTRY

Where He leads us we will follow

Lord show us yiour glory

Exo 33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

This kind of knowledge comes through living in close contact and personal relationship with the Lord. Knowing God and His Son Jesus is the heart of eternal life.

We need our own personal revelation with God, and that comes out of relationship.

God reveals Himself through nature: Psa 19:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.

He reveals Himself through history :
Dan 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

He reveals himself through our conscience : Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Rom 2:15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
Rom 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

God's glory is revealed in His Word: 2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

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Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

His glory is revealed to us through His Son : Heb 1:1 God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

For Jesus Himself said : Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Do you see the desire Moses had for God here?

Exo 33:13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

God answered him.
Exo 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

See here the beautiful assurance of God’s perpetual guidance and care.

Still though Moses wanted more: Exo 33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory.


God answered

Exo 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. Exo 33:21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: Exo 33:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
Exo 33:23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.


David had the same kind of desire:

Psa 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

Psa 42:1 To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
Psa 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

Psa 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psa 63:2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Psa 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psa 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.


Paul also had this desire:

Phi 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Phi 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Phi 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Phi 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Our entire being should get involved in our quest for beholding God's glory.

This verse shows what might hinder us in our quest:

Tit 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

There is hope though even for the worst of sinners:

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:




If we really know Him we will choose to do what He wants us to do. We will talk with Him, freely tell Him what is going on inside us, honestly admit where we fall short of His expectations, implicitly trust what He tells us, depend on Him, submit ourselves to Him, obey Him, and worship Him all because of who we have discovered Him to be.

Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Our willingness to obey Him helps increase our understanding.

Our desire should be to live to the praise of His glory:

Eph 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,
Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.


The Holy Spirit nincreases our understanding and our Knowledge of Him. We have the promise of the riches of His glory.

Ephesians I believe is a great book for giving us increased understanding of how to behold His glory.

We are heirs of the Kingdom, and Christ in us is the hope of Glory So we can have more revelation of God's glory. We need to dwell in His Presence and seek His Face. Soak in the Presence of the Lord and let His Spirit lead us into new and fresh revelation of His Glory.

Captivated

 

CAPTIVATED

 

 

Just one glance and I am captivated,

I have seen my Jesus, oh wondrous day,

My heart skipped a beat,

I saw His nail scarred hands and feet.

 

His glory shining as bright as can be,

My eyes blinked at the brightness,

Too bright for a mortal such as me to fully see,

This is my Lord in the beauty of His Holiness.

 

I fall down at His feet, this is just too much,

This wonderful moment of His glorious touch,

This is the one I love, the one who takes my breath away,

“I adore you Lord Jesus and I will serve you the rest of my days.

 

All that is within me will praise your Name,

For truly I can never ever be the same again,

I have encountered the King of Kings,

I am captivated by the wonder of His sweet presence.

 

I love you Lord!”

 

Irene McGough © 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to tabernacle with God?



Amo 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

Act 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
Act 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
Act 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
Act 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
Act 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:


Do you know that God is passionate about us? He wants to restore our relationship with Him, our first love, for us to tabernacle with Him so that we can truly be an effective and vibrant end times Church that is reflecting the glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ..

1Sa 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.


David was described as a man after God’s own heart. Shouldn’t that be the desire of our hearts to be men and women of God’s own heart?

God wants each one of us to have a personal relationship with Him. He does not want us just to know about Him, but to really know Him. He loves us, He wants to break down the hardness and the barriers we have built to stop us from getting hurt, the unforgiveness, the bitterness, the self-consciousness, the anger, etc. He wants to do away with the religion and bring reality. He wants to take that which is lukewarm and make us roasting hot, not just for a brief moment, but forever. He wants to bring something beautiful out of our ashes.

Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Psa 84:1 To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!
Psa 84:2 My soul longeth, yea even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Psa 84:3 Yea, the sparrow hath found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
Psa 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Psa 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
Psa 84:6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
Psa 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
Psa 84:8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
Psa 84:9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
Psa 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psa 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psa 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.


It is Christ we preach, it is Christ we serve. To God be the glory.

2Co 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.



Do you see it’s all about Jesus? When we try to do our own thing God will often shake it, to get our attention. If we reach out to try steady what God is shaking, this will often end in disaster and confusion. It is important that we keep close to God every step of the way so that we are able to hear from Him. We also need His discernment, which that close relationship will bring. We serve a holy God, and although God wants us to come into a relationship of love with Him, we should never treat the things of God lightly. God is also an awesome God. Are our motives right? God knows, we cannot hide from Him. Do we hunger after God?

Psa 32:1 A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Psa 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Psa 32:3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
Psa 32:4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
Psa 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Psa 32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
Psa 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.


God is a holy God, He is calling us to be a holy people. It is only 'in Jesus' that we can come before Him, and be acceptable to Him. When we come near to His presence we need to develop a holy fear of God - there is no room for sin, we need to deal with it as God reveals it to us. It is important that we know Him as our loving Heavenly Father, as our Good Shepherd, but we also need to develop a reverent awe for Him. He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Creator of the universe, and the Saviour of mankind…… . How much are you prepared to pay for the conditions to be right for the presence of God to come to you?

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


God is seeking for people who are prepared to offer their lives as living sacrifices. That will mean different things for different people, and will often mean a whole change of lifestyle, but God will give us the grace whatever the circumstance. God's anointing comes it isn't to give us a nice warm feeling. There is a world going to a lost eternity - HELL - unless we are prepared to make a difference .Are we prepared to make that difference?

We need to fall in love with Jesus. We need to remember and rekindle our first love, that it may grow ito maturity, and yet also in passion.

Son 2:8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.
Son 2:9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, showing himself through the lattice.
Son 2:10 My beloved spoke, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Son 2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
Son 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
Son 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.


True worship, comes before God as an acceptable sacrifice to Him. Allow God to melt your heart, the tears you shed are precious to Him. Don't be afraid to cry. When the Lord is doing a powerful work in your life, it is the natural expression. Our emotions are involved with what is going on. We need not be embarrassed, or fearful we are making a fool of ourselves. Tears can be very healing, and when we have shed tears of sadness, we shall be able to overflow with tears of joy! We need to get so broken and in tune with God, that the things that break God's heart, also break our hearts. Don't be a spectator, be a participator. Our praise and worship is in esponse to our relationship with Him, and it pours out of a security that knows you are chosen, you are precious, and loved. It becomes an expression of that love that you feel in your heart. It is not something that we can be passive about, it comes from the overflow of our hearts which evokes a response. Worship is the key elementt to God's presence coming.. Our worship can be expressed in many ways. We can speak words of praise and worship, we can sing, we can shout or clap, we can worship with musical instruments, we can express our worship in gentle dance, in twisting and twirling or with the scarves, just let it overflow from your heart, a sacrifice of praise, but above all let it be from a life poured out for Jesus! Let God know that you love Him, allow Him to reveal His presence through your life!

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.



When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple was rent in two and the way to God was open. God wants our meeting with Him to be solid based, and centred on our relationship with Him. The tabernacle is Jesus, Jesus is God's plan for man, God wants to work in our lives and destroy the things that separate us from Him. God's plan is to bring His restoration into those broken areas in our lives and our churches. He wants us to have a true relationship with Him. What a powerful witness to the world, when people can truly see God working in power in our lives, and in our churches as He rebuilds us into a place fit for His presence.

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

 

Real joy.

Phil 1:1-30
CHAPTER 1

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you.
4 in all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-- to the glory and praise of God.
12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.
13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.
16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.
18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,
19 for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!
23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;
24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,
26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.
27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel
28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved-- and that by God.
29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,
30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.
(NIV)


John 15:11
11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
(NIV)


Ps 5:11
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
(NIV)

Let's take a look at things that can rob us of our joy. Sometimes circumstances, upsets with other people, worry, and trying to find happiness by taking God right out of the equation can rob the joy of many Christians. Paul was not like this. Look what he says:


Phil 3:17
17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.
(NAS)

THE EXAMPLE OF PAUL.

1)Paul was single-minded - his focus was on the Lord Jesus Christ - working alongside like-minded individuals towards the furtherance of the Gospel Message in all sincerity and truth.

2) Paul was sub-missive.

Phil 2:1-3
1 If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;
(NAS)

Paul put Jesus first, others second and self last.

I thank God

I remember you

I have you in my prayers, he prayed intercessory prayers for his brothers and sisters in Christ.

I have you in my heart and mind.

The key to joy is learning how to care for others.

3) Paul had a spiritual mind.

Phil 3:19-20
19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
(NAS)

Spending our lives concentrating on earthly things will rob our joy. Our citizenship is in heaven, we are only passing through this world. Seventy or so years is only a short time in the space of time and eternity. Paul was looking for the Lord coming, he was earnestly awaiting his Savior, are we?


There is nothing wrong with being spiritually minded., here is what Paul had to say about it.


Phil 3:7-9
7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ,
9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
(NAS)

4) Paul's mind was secure.

Phil 4:7-13
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
(NAS)

Do you see how he could rejoice even when he was in chains verse 7, verses 12-14. when he was criticized 15-19, and even when he was faced with the possibility of death.

THE REASON'S PAUL HAD SUCH JOY:

1)PAUL KNEW HIS POSITION IN CHRIST.

Col 1:25-27
25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--
26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
(NIV)


He like us was in Christ .He was a servant of Christ.

2) HE HAD A PASSION THAT COULDN'T BE QUENCHED.


Rom 1:16
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
(NAS)

2 Tim 4:2
2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-- with great patience and careful instruction.
(NIV)


1 Cor 1:18
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
(NIV)

3) PAUL HAD A PURPOSE THAT WAS HIGHER THAN ANY OTHER


1 Pet 2:21
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
(NIV)


Gal 2:20
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
(NIV)

4) PAUL BELIEVED HIS SERVICE AND HIS SUFFERING FOR CHRIST WAS A PRIVILEGE.

See what he says in verse 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,

5) PAUL HAD HIS EYES ON A GREATER PROSPECT.

He looked forward to the day he would see Jesus.

6) HIS CONFIDENCE WAS IN CHRIST. See verses 6 and 7. And he loved the Word of God. V9.

Paul urges the believers at Phillipi to have joy and unity, he looks for a word that is even stronger and in the first verse of chapter three he tells them to rejoice. I want you to think of the circumstances Paul was in at this time, he wrote this letter while chained to a Roman guard, he knew that even where he was in jail he was able to reach some he would not otherwise reach, and he was able to encourage Christian brothers and sisters. The whole theme in this epistle is that we should rejoice in each and every circumstance. That's a hard one isn't it. We find that easy to do when we are gathered together in worship meetings or when all is going well for us. Sinners are attracted to Jesus by the joy of Christians. Remember, the devil wants us all to live defeated Christian lives. It seems hard to imagine that Paul wrote this letter from prison, he seemed so light-hearted. His soul was free. He could rejoice. Christ, his Lord was his total focus in life.
When Paul referred to himself as a servant of Jesus Christ, he really meant he was a bond-servant. Christ had set him free and because of that he wanted to serve Him every moment of every day for the rest of his life. Remember, Paul says for me to live is Christ. We sing that we want Jesus to be the center of our lives but do we really mean it.
Paul was bold in his preaching even from the confines of a Roman jail. He witnessed to guards and others. It's the testimony of a life truly devoted to Christ that wins souls. The joy of the Lord is catching because the Holy Spirit is at work.
What is our true purpose in life, is it to live for our Lord? Is it to reach achievements, don't get me wrong here but is it to feel the anointing of the Holy Spirit? Yes we should desire more of the Holy Spirit, to walk in the anointing of the Holy Spirit but it is all about getting closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so that we might serve Him and do so joyfully. The gifts that God has given each and everyone of us to use are given to us for a purpose, that we might joyfully use them in His Service. We are to have life and have it more abundantly. Have you learned to rejoice when things are going wrong round about you? I know that if I am truthful here, I am inclined to let circumstances get me down, but Paul exhorts us to rejoice in each and every circumstances. This is what we should be doing,, we are servants, we are disciples of the living Christ,. part of the Godhead indwells us, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. So, what is wrong with us. Once again folks it's all about our focus. Is it really on Jesus Christ. Are we sold out to Jesus Christ? Telling isn't it, we may be in part, but still holding just something back. Jesus wants my all, he wants your all, half measures just won't do. We may have sung in Sunday School "The joy of the Lord is my strength" Is it our strength, do we really know what it is 24/7? Paul knew what it was to be happy and content in every circumstance, why don't we? People are not going to be attracted to the gospel if we the Christians look as though we have the troubles of the world upon our shoulders. When we lay hold of who we are in Christ, and give the Holy Spirit full sway in every area of our lives the evidence of that joy will be seen in us.

Paul showed the wisdom and goodness of God in his sufferings. His captors could see the joy in Him. This time in prison in Rome allowed him to bear witness to the gospel in a place where they were not likely to hear the gospel. He suffered from false friends, as well as from enemies. There were those who preached Christ out of envy and contention, may we never, ever do such a thing. those who come to salvation, are convicted of sin by the holy Spirit.; and repentant prayer is the appointed means of seeking it. When pride gets in the way we are robbed of our joy.
Death is a great loss to a carnal, worldly man, for he loses all his earthly comforts and all his hopes; but to a true believer it is gain, for it is the end of all his weakness and misery. Paul's difficulty was not between living in this world and living in heaven; because there is no comparison; but between serving Christ in this world and enjoying him in another. His choice was living for Christ and being with him. The power of faith and of Divine grace; can make us willing to die. We live in a sinful world; but when we go to be with our Lord we shall escape sin and temptation, sorrow and death, forever. Although we may at times, have reason to long to be with the Lord, no matter what circumstances we are in, we should rejoice that we are in this world as long as God has any work for us to do. Our lives should reflect Jesus living within. We are to work together for the cause of the gospel, every one of us has been given the great commission even although we might face ridicule and opposition, we have a work to do. We have a lot to be thankful and joyful about God has freely bestowed His marvelous free gift of salvation on us sinful men and women. How we should praise the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for saving our souls, and what a price he paid in securing our redemption. We want to experience more joy, more of the presence of the Holy Spirit, to have empowerment and manifestation of Spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit to be more effective in our service of the Lord, but we should never forget we come by way of the cross, where the sinless, spotless, lamb of God, shed His blood in a once for all sacrifice for our sins. What love, what wonderful love that God has shown to us His people. . Praise the Name of the Lord. We have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, we are to have full and abundant joy in Jesus Christ. John tells us that in the first chapter of his first epistle. He tells us that joy can be got from fellowshipping with Christ, that's what the Holy Spirit does when we allow him full sway in our lives, we should be bubbling over with joy, it is not enough to have had an experience of the Holy Spirit, to have experienced an anointing of the Holy Spirit, we are to live in the power of that anointing, we are to keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit. We want the rivers of life to flow through us to touch the community around us, the only way for us to do this is to show Jesus living in and through us. The closest many people get to reading the Bible is watching the actions of Christians they know. My prayer is that we may reflect something of the joy of Jesus Christ living in and through us in our daily lives, that the joy of Christ may be seen in us. It should be, the devil wants nothing more than to see Christians living ineffectual lives. We need to move deeper and deeper into Christ. We need the Holy Spirit to have full sway, taking away what is left of us, so that the joy and the love of Jesus shines through us.

Isaiah 64.
1. Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might quake at thy presence,
2. as when fire kindleth the brushwood, and the fire causeth the waters to boil; to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
3. When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains quaked at thy presence.
4. For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God besides thee, who worketh for him that waiteth for him.
5. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou wast wroth, and we sinned: in them have we been of long time; and shall we be saved?
6. For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee; for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us by means of our iniquities.
8. But now, O Jehovah, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.m (KJV)

I long for revival, and I know that can only come about when we submit our all to the Lord, we must decrease and He must increase. Break me, melt me and mould me, Lord, for without You I am nothing. We need to Keep falling in love with Jesus all over again, then we will really experience that joy. We need more of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. It is not enough to have experienced an initial anointing, we need to get
closer and closer to our Lord., our God is the God of the breakthrough.. He can break through the toughest exteriors. Praise God for that., for He alone is worthy of all honour and praise. Hallelujah, our God reigns.

HEAVENLY PLACES POEM

HEAVENLY PLACES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is where I belong seated up in the Heavenly Places with you Lord,

I’m coming up closer, coming up higher, deeper and deeper to be with you,

For as the deer pants for water, my soul is thirsting after you,

Jesus my bridegroom, my Saviour, my King, my lover, my  Lord.

 

My heart overflows with an all consuming passion for you Lord.

How can it be that you only have eyes for one such as me?

You call me your beloved and you tell me you are pleased with me,

What love, what grace and mercy you have shown to me, dear Lord.

 

I love when you wrap your arms around me, sweetly caressing my hair,

In all the circumstances of this life I know that you really care,

For you are good all the time and your love is forever and ever,

There is absolutely nothing that will your precious love sever.

 

For your love is an everlasting love, sweet and beautiful to me,

You kiss me with your kisses showing such amazing love for me,

You keep welcoming me to come up a little higher and higher,

You desire all of me and want to be the object of my deepest desire.

 

Now I behold the glory of the Holy lamb, for my sake you were slain,

You are the Lord of Lords and King of Kings and you sit upon the throne,

Yet here you are calling my name and drawing me up closer once again,

My heart is bubbling over with joy when you call me your own.

 

You’ve taken my mourning and turned it into dancing,

You’ve taken my weeping and turned it into laughing,

You’ve taken my sadness and turned it to joy unspeakable.

Then you call me on up to your banqueting table.

 

And I cry out more Lord, more Lord, I want more of you.

My heart and soul cry out for you Lord, only you.

I love to be alone with you Lord in the secret place,

Where you give me strength to go on running the race.

 

Irene McGough © 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

The presence of God


THE PRESENCE OF GOD

 

Psa 27:4 One thing I have desired of the LORD,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple.


The pursuit of God’s presence might cause you to be you criticized and scorned by others at times, especially from those who focus on “walking by faith and not by sight.” They are right about living by faith, but should we should live by theology and not by experience, and by mental assent and not by personal relationship?

Do you have a passion for the presence of God? If the Bible is a true witness, then the God we serve is a God of infinite passion and delight. The knowledge of God's presence usually comes straight to the heart unannounced and unexpected. Our desire should be more of the Father, more of Jesus and more of His precious Holy Spirit —it is God we are after not a cheap thrill.

We should desire to know the heart of God. God wants us to desire a real deep relationship with Him.

Do notice that in the middle of all of the crises and difficulties in the Bible we so often find praise and worship? When troubles hit you in life, what is your first instinct? Do you gripe and complain at Him or worship and praise Him?

Think of Paul and Silas who worshiped Him even from their jail cell. Paul worshiped Him throughout a lifetime of suffering and hardship. David himself, wrote some of his most exalted Psalms from the dismal interior of the cave Adullam in exile from his own nation, family and home. Maybe then we should find it even stranger that praise and worship is so often absent from our daily lives?

God wants us to be in that place of worship and spiritual hunger, it make you so attractive to God when your circumstances cease to matter anymore, when you can praise Him when all is falling apart around you. When you begin to worship with all your being and desire, your heart turns God towards you for you capture the Father's heart.

Isa 29:13 Therefore the Lord said:
"Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,


God wants our hearts, He desires real relationships with us. Do we desire to know Him, really know Him?

 

 


Jesus prayed for us and gave us His glory so that we might walk in the glory realm of His Kingdom today.

Jesus prayed for us and gave us His glory so that we might walk in the glory realm of His Kingdom today.

 

Joh 17:20  "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

Joh 17:21  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Joh 17:22  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:

Joh 17:23  I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Joh 17:24  "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Joh 17:25  "Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.

Joh 17:26  I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."

 

Look at this prayer in fact it is good to ponder over the whole chapter, Here the Lord prays for us you and I and all believers everywhere. The Lord wants us to be with Him where He is, not just when we get to heaven but in the now - in the present, at this moment in time.

 

Eph 1:3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

 

Eph 2:6  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

 

  Look at this can you see that even as we are at this moment in time we are caught up with the Lord in those heavenly places and every spiritual blessing is ours. Wow let that sink into your spirit, it certainly takes my breath away.

 

     He wants us the body of Christ to be in unity, the same kind of close fellowship He has with His Father. Isn't that a tall order?

     Remember though we are in Christ and the fullness of the Godhead - Father, Son and Spirit indwell us.

 

Heb 3:14  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

 

Eph 3:19  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 

Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

 

  Christ is meant to be seen in us so that the world around us might see that He lives and who He is. Verse 22 says we, that's right you and I have been given His glory do we really perceive what that means?

 

    The angel of the Lord was the pre- incarnate Christ  (Before He came putting aside His glory and came as a man to live among us)

 

The angel of the Lord comes to Hagar after she has fled from the abusive Sarai ( Gen 16:7-14 ) to assure her that God has heard about her misery and that her descendants will be too numerous to count. She names him "You are the God who sees me"

 

  Lets look further at what this means taking a quick look at Genesis 22 and Exodus 3.

 

Gen 22:11  But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied.

Gen 22:12  "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."

Gen 22:13  Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Gen 22:14  So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."

Gen 22:15  The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time

Gen 22:16  and said, "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,

Gen 22:17  I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,

Gen 22:18  and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."

 

Exo 3:2  There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.

Exo 3:3  So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up."

Exo 3:4  When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."

Exo 3:5  "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

Exo 3:6  Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

 

   His glory is an all consuming fire that cannot be put out. That same glory lives in you and I.

 

Moses face shone with that glory.  He had spent forty days and nights in the Lord's presence, fasting throughout prior to this. Moses sought to see God face to face, He was hungry for God and His presence.

 

Exo 34:27  Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel."

Exo 34:28  Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant--the Ten Commandments.

Exo 34:29  When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.

Exo 34:30  When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.

Exo 34:31  But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them.

Exo 34:32  Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.

Exo 34:33  When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.

Exo 34:34  But whenever he entered the Lord's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,

Exo 34:35  they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.  

 

The Israelites were not ready to look upon that wonderful glory, hence Moses veiled His face.

 

 A very significant thing happened when Jesus died for us, do you know the temple veil was rent in two. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit so we can go beyond the veil. For there in the temples of old you found access to the Holy Of Holies. Now we as believers have been given access to press on in to the very throne room of God and to behold Him in all His Splendour.

 

Even John the apostle in Revelation found the glory so strong that He fell at His feet as though dead.

 

Rev 1:17  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.

Rev 1:18  I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Rev 1:19  "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

 

    I have had visions and dreams where I have beheld something of His glory. But for now we see only as through a mirror dimly. For as of yet we see only part but when we see Him we shall be like Him, have that radiance, shine fully with His glory.

 

1Co 13:12  Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 

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

 

Our glorified transformed bodies will be able to behold His glory. Amazing! Awesome! Marvellous! Words cannot describe the wonder of this.  But for now we are supposed to be living in some measure of the glory realm. The Kingdom of God is about His Kingdom touching earth.

 

 The Lord taught us to pray Mat 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

 

  Do you really perceive what you are praying when you pray this?

 

What does it mean for His Kingdom to come? Is it all futuristic in heaven?

 

During my early years as a Christian that was my understanding of this prayer, but no there is so much more. The prayer says on earth as in heaven. That means now, in the now at this moment in time, we should be living in Kingdom reality.

 

Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

 

Mar 16:15  He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

Mar 16:16  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Mar 16:17  And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

Mar 16:18  they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

 

The message of the Kingdom was right at the heart of Christ's teaching from the very beginning. The four Gospels use the term "kingdom of God" in 53 verses. The gospel Jesus Christ brought is clearly about this Kingdom.
Jesus called the twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick" (Luke 9:1-2)

In Luke 10 he sent seventy others aside from the disciples. Jesus told the seventy to proclaim, "The kingdom of God has come near to you"

Look at the beatitudes. The message of the Kingdom comes across there.

Mat 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ………….
Mat 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

     The good news of the gospel is that Jesus saves, heals and delivers. That is the good news of the Kingdom. The subject of the Kingdom of God is enormous so I won’t go into it more here. Suffices to say that we should expect to see heaven touch earth in our daily lives as believers. If you are a Spirit filled believer you can lay hands on the sick and see them healed.

 

Joh 14:12  I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

 

     Wait a minute does this say the pastor, the church leader will do those greater things and the body of Christ can watch them?  Jesus said “Anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Kingdom reality is when nameless faceless believers start doing the things Jesus done just because they believe and they reach out to the people they meet.

 

      The Hebrew word for “glory” is Kabod; it basically means weight. When we look to Jesus the knowledge of the glory of God is revealed. For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

2Co 4:6  For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

 

 

        The signs, wonders, and miracles that Jesus did were manifestations of the glory of God, manifestations of His love and power. This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

 

 

Joh 2:11  This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

 

      The needs of people are an opportunity to reveal and manifest God’s glory, His compassion.

 

Joh 11:4  When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."

 

 Mat 14:14  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

 

       As Jesus moved with compassion the power and love of God was revealed. And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.  

 

    Verse 26 of John 17 tells us that Jesus who lives in us has made the Father known to us, that surely means we are getting to know His nature, His compassion, His love and should be becoming like Him.

 

     Don’t you find it amazing that the Lord Jesus had you and I in mind as He prayed on that day? He was thinking about us at the time He was preparing to go all the way to the cross and He was interceding for us.

 

Rom 8:27  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

 

Heb 7:25  Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

 

       Even today Jesus is interceding for us. How wonderful? With Jesus our great High Priest praying for us constantly and the Holy Spirit indwelling us we should be walking in the glory realm which He wants us to know about.

 

     We are in the last days a time when the Lord said He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh.

 

Act 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

 

Act 2:17  "'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

Act 2:18  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.

 

       He will not withhold the Holy Spirit from anyone who asks Him.

 

Mat 7:11  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

 

      It is time for the body of Christ to waken up and realize that the Lord has called us to walk in the glory realm, He even prayed for us to walk in that realm and to really know Him and the Father prior to His death on the cross. That knowing here is not merely knowing about Him and about Father God, it is an intimate personal relationship, where we have two way conversation with Him, we hear His voice and follow Him. We seek after Him and to be like Him in response to drawing closer to Him and we start walking in the supernatural glory realm of His Kingdom now.

 

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