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Living Water


By Pastor’s Blog, 2024-05-18
Living Water

When Jesus stood and cried, “If any one doth thirst, let him come unto me and drink; he who is believing in me, according as the Writing said, Rivers out of his belly shall flow of living water” (John 7:37-38). He meant exactly that. Exactly that. (Can you hear Him?)

We like to sound educated and inoffensive - Jesus was never those things, He is the Truth. When He said “belly“, He meant the belly. If that is offensive to us, we’ve not understood where Jesus was coming from nor the dire and unfathomable need of our souls.

Only the Spirit of God Himself can fill that need, and when He does, out of it will flow “rivers of living water”. Jesus wasn’t talking symbolically but factually, saying that out of the very depths of the believer, rivers of the life-giving Spirit of God will flow. Out of the very “guts” of a person.

Can we stop speaking in niceties and speak the truth? It’s the emptiness of a person’s soul that needs to be filled - that eternal depth created by God for God. Religion can’t fill it, drugs can’t fill it, sex can’t fill it - only God the Holy Spirit can fill it. “The well is deep” said she that had had six husbands - “The well is deep” (John 4:11). Jesus came to meet the cry from the depth of that emptiness with the Living Water only He can supply. His “cry” came from His depth to answer the cry of our depth (can you hear Him?).

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covet to prophesy


By Pastor’s Blog, 2024-05-14

“brethren, covet to prophesy”

“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy… he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.…he that prophesieth edifieth the church.…brethren, covet to prophesy“. I Corinthians 14:1-4 & 39

It would appear that the Apostle considered prophesy a universal gift - “For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.” A man baptised in the Holy Spirit has within him the spirit of prophecy. He may not function as a prophet (first Apostles, secondarily prophets…) but he is able to prophesy as the Spirit gives him utterance.

Brethren, are we coveting to prophesy? Prophesy brings “edification”, “exhortation”, and “comfort” to the congregation, and for those reasons ought to be “coveted”.

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The Day of the Lord


By Pastor’s Blog, 2024-03-15
The Day of the Lord

“The Day of the Lord - as a thief in the night”

A thief doesn’t announce when he intends to arrive.

The Apostle Peter, writing to believers in Christ, describes the Day of the Lord.

“l now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
II Peter 3:1-12

The Apostle Paul, when writing to believers in Thessalonica said…

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.“
I Thessalonians 4:16-17

“…of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
I Thessalonians 5:1-6

Conclusion
The Day of the Lord is His “appearing” (revelation) when the Lord will come as “a thief in the night” in fiery judgment.

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Revelation 16:15

False Teachings
There are many erroneous teachings abroad devised to deceive believers from walking in holiness and being in readiness for the Day of the Lord. The theory of Dispensationalism is probably the most dangerous of these deceptions; this theory, devised by J.N. Darby was later propagated by C.I. Scofield through his “Reference Bible”. Another deception was Darby’s theory of a “secret rapture”, which he devised in order to validate his “Israel and the Church” theory.

Compare Matthew 24

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

“…then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

“…of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”

“But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.”

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

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Saved, Being Saved, or Both?


By Pastor’s Blog, 2024-03-09

Saved, Being Saved, or Both? Ephesians 2:8-9.

"What saith the Scriptures"

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." AV (KJV)

"...for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, that no man should glory." RV/ASV

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." NKJV

"For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." MKJV

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast." NASB

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." NAS95

"...for by the grace ye are having been saved, through faith, and this not of you—of God the gift, not of works, that no one may boast." Literal Translation (Robert Young). Mr. Young offers an accurate translation, by providing the true strength of the present and past participles, viz. “ye are having been…”;  you are saved, having been saved - saved now in the present because you were saved in the passed

"τη [the] γαρ [assigning a reason] χαριτι [graciousnessεστε [ye areσεσωσμενοι [to saveδια [through] της [the] πιστεως [persuasionκαι [and] τουτο [that thing] ουκ [no/not] εξ [from] υμων [of you] θεου [God] το [the] δωρον [present], ουκ [no/not] εξ [from] εργων [toil] ινα [in order that] μη [not/lest] τις [some] καυχησηται [to vaunt]." Greek (TR)

"...gratia enim estis salvati per fidem [Trans. ...for by grace you have been saved through faith] et hoc non ex vobis Dei enim donum est, non ex operibus ut ne quis glorietur" Latin (Vulgate)

"Denn aus Gnade seid ihr selig geworden durch den Glauben [Trans. For by grace you have been saved through faith], und das nicht aus euch: Gottes Gabe ist es, nicht aus den Werken, auf daß sich nicht jemand rühme." German (Luther)

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The Greek here (εστε σεσωσμενοι) means "having done AND doing". So we are saved and are being saved. We cannot "be being" unless "we are" already, as the latter is the product of the former.

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The Necessity of Revival


By Pastor’s Blog, 2024-03-06
The Necessity of Revival

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. Acts 3:19-20


Truth is very easily dissipated from a generation if revival is unknown to it. Where there is the absence of true revival, the Church of Jesus Christ will gain little territory. The Church gains ground over the kingdom’s of this world through outpourings of the Holy Spirit. We may infiltrate the enemy’s territory on a small scale by pulling “brands from the fire” here and there, but only a genuine Holy Ghost outpouring will bring in a net bursting with fish.

Ezekiel saw a river flowing from under the altar, increasing in depth and bringing life to fish “whithersoever” it flows. I am sure most Christians are familiar with this vision and John’s corresponding vision in the Book of Revelation; but how many truly believe it? How many really believe that it is only God the Holy Spirit that sweeps lives into the Kingdom of God? It is only the life that flows out of death that has power to raise the dead, to bring life “whithersoever it goes“. Only as we fully identify with that life which flows out of death, can we know an outpouring of the Holy Ghost in our day; for the Life of God flows to mankind only as a result of Jesus giving up His life on the altar of Calvary.
Do we fully realise that we are totally dependent on the Life of God, upon the Holy Spirit, to bring life to dead souls? And do we realise that as Jesus had to fall into the ground and die in order that He may receive the promised Holy Ghost, that we too are totally depended on Him to baptise people with the Holy Ghost?
Our role is to seek Him and ask Him to do so, and to believe that He will. But God will only do so when we come off all other ground, off all other helps, and believe Him. Jesus depended utterly in God the Father to raise Him from the dead, He had no other hope. Jesus believed God would raise Him from the dead. That is the kind of faith God requires of all His children - total reliance on Him. A faith that believes God will raise the dead.
“He that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.“ “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
All other hope must be cast out if we are to see an outpouring of the Holy Ghost in this generation. We must look-off unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of faith. We must press past and beyond all that which has neutralised us and this generation, all that which is other and less than God intends for His people. There must be a rising up and a breaking through it all - a violence against all that says it cannot be. For as God is God, and as all power in heaven and in earth is given unto Jesus Christ, it shall be - if we will believe. “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

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Make Disciples


By Pastor’s Blog, 2024-02-27

"Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Matthew 28:18-20

"Teach all nations". The word translated teach (μαθητεύω mathēteuō) means to "make pupils", i.e disciples. It was John Wesley who said, "The church changes the world not by making converts but by making disciples." The mission of the disciple is to make disciples, not coverts to a cause. This is done by taking up the Cross and following Jesus. Jesus' destination was Calvary. It is the work of the disciple to lead others to the Jesus of Calvary. If we don't lead people there we will lead them astray.

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The Inner Part


By Pastor’s Blog, 2024-02-14
The Inner Part

Some thoughts on II Chronicles 29, in particular verses 15-18

And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.
And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.
Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.
Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said, We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, and the altar of burnt offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread table, with all the vessels thereof.

The house of the Lord, indeed the whole nation had been defiled by the disobedience and idolatry of previous kings who ruled Judah and Israel. Under King Hezekiah the worship of God was restored. The most crucial of all was the cleansing of the temple (built and dedicated to the Name of the Lord God, during the reign of King Solomon, David’s son).

Let us observe the words - “to cleanse the house of the Lord”. In doing so, let us also consider the statement by the Apostle Paul -“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” I Corinthians 3:16, (see also: I Corinthians 6:19, II Corinthians 6:16). As glorious and as wonderful as the temple was that Solomon constructed, and the magnificent manner in which it was restored by King Hezekiah, that temple was but a shadow and type of God’s true temple - man. Jesus Himself is the ultimate example of the temple of God “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up... He spake of the temple of His body.” John 2:19&21. Jesus, being God incarnate, was a perfect man, and the full embodiment of God. He was the temple of God on earth. “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. John 1:14. We sing “Oh to be like Thee… not in a measure, but in God’s fulness”, and other aspiring words. That is the desire and will of God for all men - “to be like Jesus”.

When a person is born from above - born of the Spirit - the Spirit begins to work in them to sanctity them wholly, to the end that their “whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. I Thessalonians 5:23. As the temple of God we have within us an “inner part” “And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron”. II Chronicles 29:16. The “inner part” of each of us needs cleansing, the “uncleanliness” needs to be “brought out” of “the temple of the Lord.” This is the sanctifying work of the priests, in our case the work of our High Priest. 

The “inner part” of the temple was the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God resided; where the Ark of the Covenant rested, upon which was the Mercy Seat. For God to reside in our “inner part” He must first cleanse it of its uncleanness; thereby making it the holy dwelling place of God. God could not enter into our "inner place" until Christ was crucified, rose again, ascended into heaven and received from the Father the gift of the Holy Spirit. God desires to take up residence in our "inner part". He has made that possible though the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is the HOLY Spirit that makes us holy by cleansing the “inner part”.

God wants us to be holy, within and without, because we are the house of God, His residence, His dwelling place. "Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end." Hebrew 3:6. Not only so, God dwells with those who are humble and contrite - "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15. "Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word." Isaiah 66:1-2. If we are to be the dwelling place of God we must humble ourselves. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart" Matthew 11:29.

"Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Ephesians 2:5-8.

Out of the Heart
"That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." Mark 7:20-23.

There is that within us which is hidden to others, but not to God. “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man”. Ephesians 3:16. “…the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible thing of the meek and quiet spirit, which is, before God, of great price”. I Peter 3:4. It is this “inner part”, the "heart of a man", where the Lord desires to dwell. It is the uncleanliness of heart that “defiles the man”, and therefore it is the “heart of the matter”. That uncleanliness in the “inner part” needs to be brought out and cast away.

The uncleanliness that remained in the “inner part” of the temple in Hezekiah‘s day was the idols that had been brought in; idols that usurped the place of the Ark of the Covenant with it’s Mercy Seat, for which Holy of Holies had been specifically created. But that is a type of you and of me, a type of the man that God has created. 

A New Heart and New Spirit
In Ezekiel 36 (23-33), the Lord said, "I shall be sanctified in you", "a new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, ...and I will put my Spirit within you". This promise is fulfilled through Jesus Christ, in the New Covenant. It is an inward work of God.

“…sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.” I Peter 3:15. 

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The Spirit of wisdom and revelation


By Pastor’s Blog, 2024-02-07
The Spirit of wisdom and revelation

The Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 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: 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, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 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: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:15-23

“…give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the [full] knowledge of him…”
The Apostle Paul’s great longing and desire for the believers in Ephesus was for God to give them “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation”, in which alone is “the full knowledge“ of Jesus Christ. “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (Even) the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17

None but the Spirit can reveal Jesus Christ unto us - whom He reveals in us, in our spirit. “…the things of God knows no one, but the Spirit of God.” I Cor. 2:11 Read as we will the Book of God, and be we fully versed in it, in it’s Hebrew and Greek, in it’s grammar - it’s tenses, prepositions, it’s verbs, it’s nouns, and all syntax; if God has not given us His Spirit, the Book of itself can reveal nothing. “Flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you…”

We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom.
“We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. I Corinthians 2:7-16

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