Archive for the ‘Praying my friends and loved ones into God’s Kingdom’ Category

Church is Growing.

20 May 2007

We’ve been home in Chiangmai and this is our 3rd Sunday back.

  1. Church has grown in spite us not being around. That’s fantastic.
  2. The ministry of the English Resource Corner is now an outreach of the Lighthouse and will be supported in part from the Lighthouse. Praise the Lord.
  3. Gade is back in Bangkok on vacation and returning later this week.
  4. We’ve been emphasizing reaching out to our families. It’s been really heartening to see them cry out to the Lord on behalf of their loved ones.
  5. Prayer meeting is going strong. Attendance is 90% of church attendance. Pretty outstanding ratio.
  6. Been preaching on prayer. Last week, preached on the shortest prayer in the Bible. Mt 18:40 “Lord, save me.”
  7. Started on the Lord’s Prayer today. It’s really fun and heartening to see them become more lucid in the Word of God. Amen.
Advertisements

God’s Word is a lamp to guide us to Righteousness

9 February 2007

NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (ps 119:105).

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 cor 10:4-5).

The Lord Jesus said…“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (Joh 8:12).

God’s Word is the light that illumines the truth.  It brings to light false thinking and helps to correct wrong thinking.  The Lord Jesus is the Light in this dark world.  The Bible is the means by which we come to know about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Light #1 We are of Great Value because we have a soul.
Our Soul makes us different from the animal kingdom.  God’s Word tells us that God breathed into man whereas did not have such a privilege.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (gen 2:7).
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (mt 10:30).
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (mt 6:26).
For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my motherีs womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well. (Ps 139:13-14).

Light #2  Love drives out fear.
When we approach God, Christians do so out of love rather than fear.  Because we are able to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father, this allows us to respond in love.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1Jo 4:18).

No more Fear of Death
People often fear death or the afterlife.  The Lord Jesus promises us eternal life.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (Joh 11:25 -26).

No more Fear of Demons
What a privilege not to fear evil spirits or demons any longer.
It’s easy for us to check.  if you give offerings to appease the spirits, you are not responding out of love, then you know something is wrong.  Contrast that with knowing our Heavenly Father out of Love.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 jn 4:4).
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. (luk 10:17-20).

Light #3    A Definite Future
Destination Heaven:  God promises a definite future, a definite address, a definite place to be.  We are not worried about wandering about the earth with no place to go.  God tells us where we will be if we are in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In my Fatherีs house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (Joh 14:2 -3).
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (2Co 5:8).

An Expected End
God does not leave us hanging on false hope, He makes it abundantly clear that He thinks of His Children with Love and has a definite destination point for them.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. (Jer 29:11-14).

Dear Friend,

If you have never trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord, why not do so today.  God simply asks us to:

Acknowledge that we are sinners.  Rom 3:23
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Rom 10:9-10
Confess our Sins to Him. 1 John 1:9

God promises that if we have the Lord Jesus Christ in our hearts, we are no longer lost but have eternal life (John 3:16, 1 John 5:11-12)

To God be the Glory.

There is a Loving God, All Supreme, Who gives light and illumines the darkness

21 January 2007

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:8, KJV.
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16, KJV.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8, KJV.

A young Bible college student wanted to impress a young lady whom he was enamored with. Writing her a note, he left her this verse [taken out of context]: “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3

She too being a Bible college student responded with a Bible verse[taken out of context too]. “Wherefore? because I love you not! God knoweth.” 2 Corinthians 11:11

God’s Love for us is far different. It is much more than romantic love.

So perhaps there’s something out there that’s bigger than us. But can we have a relationship with something or someone we do not know?

God Loves us. Much more than even parental love. God is interested in us. He Loves us so much that He gave knowing that it would cost Him His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Loving, Almighty God. Thank you for loving me. May your Love reach _______________ so that he/she will be aware of You. May he/she be so overwhelmed to know that You Love him/her so much because You created us in Your Image. May this bring him/her one step closer to knowing Your Son in a more personal way.

 

For your Contemplation:

 

For God [the Greatest Lover]
so loved [the Greatest Love]
the world [the Greatest Group],
that he gave [the Greatest Kindness]
his only begotten Son [the Greatest Gift],
that whosoever believeth [the Greatest Simplicity]
in him should not perish [the Ultimate Penalty],
but have everlasting life [the Greatest Positive Change].
(Joh 3:16).

God is Supreme and Creator

13 January 2007

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God”…Psalms 14:1a, Psalms 53:1a, KJV
“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,” Romans 1:28, NAS

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7, KJV.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” Psalms 111:10, KJV.

Some think that there is no Supreme being, no all-powerful Creator. This is one of the biggest lies of the Devil. It is like the laptop computer I’m typing on right now saying “nobody made me, I just happened to come into being by myself.”

The result of no one above mankind means that we aren’t accountable to anyone. We become “#1” in our thinking.

Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, please open the understanding of _____________________ so that he/she will acknowledge You as the Creator, the all-powerful and Supreme God who made us. Please cause him/her to realize who You are by causing him/her to come to that all-important conclusion.

Suggested Resources for further study:

The Reason Why by John Laidlaw