A Servant of Jesus Christ

Scriptures tell us that we are called to be servants of Jesus Christ and stewards of the gospel. “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. ” John 12:26

A servant of Jesus Christ is a faithful follower who dutifully serves him. What did Jesus mean by serve? It means to perform our duties. In other words, the Lord expects us to perform our responsibilities as his disciples that are set out in scriptures according to our own individual gifts and calling. Since each of us are different and have been given different mandates according to the will of God then we must be faithful to perform all the directives he has given to each of us personally as well as corporately.

A steward is a caretaker of another’s property. Since we are not our own but bought with a price, redeemed by the Lord, all he has given to us, whether; family, friends, church, business, and other responsibilities, belong to him. Therefore, he expects us to treat those responsibilities as an extension of his grace to us and be good stewards for him in those gifts of grace. ” As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10

Nowadays this is not a popular message even among Christians because the natural minded person wants to live for themselves and follow after their own path. The carnal nature desires things that bring comfort and glory to the flesh which in reality is basically selfish motivation. Quite the contrary, Jesus said that if we want to be considered a spiritual giant in his kingdom then we must be willing to be last, hidden, and sometimes even get no thanks for the performance for our duties. When we submit to the plan of God in this life we are in effect laying up treasures in the next life.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. ” Colossians 3:23,24

“The greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matthew 23:11

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. ” Galatians 1:10

The only real freedom is to be IN Christ and be found having his righteousness, not our own. Our plans needs to be in line with Jesus’ plan for our lives which always have as a central theme the extension of his glorious kingdom.

We are called as good stewards to be hid in Christ and not going about doing our own thing. We are not our own scriptures tell us ! We have been bought with a price! The servant and steward have been given Jesus Christ’s authority to fulfill all his will, not our will. The Lord’s agenda must be our agenda! The Lord’s will must be our will!

As good stewards of the kingdom of God we are called to glorify God in all that we do!

“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. ” John 4:23

Are you ready to make Jesus Christ your King today?

“Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. ” Philippians 2:6,7

The Trial of Your Faith

1 Peter 1:7 tells us that our faith will be proven or tested by fire and that in eternity it will be shown how much glory our lives brought to the Lord.

While we know that Satan is the tempter and originator of every evil what is not commonly known is that it is God who is the one that proves our faith in every trial that we encounter.

We can see this in John chapter 6 when Jesus had a large crowd expecting to be fed and he asked his disciple Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these people may eat?”

Then the scriptures say that Jesus said this to PROVE him. In other words to test his faith.

So from this we can see that when we are up against an impossible situation the Lord may say to us, “Well, what we going to do ?”

In other words, “Do you believe I am able? Are you going to have faith in me for this one?”

Phillip looked at the situation and saw a whole bunch of people needing to eat and not enough money to buy anything.

That’s what we do when we come up against a situation that looks pretty hopeless. “Lord what are we going to do ?”

John tells us that Jesus knew all along what he was going to do but he asked Phillip the question in order to prove his faith. Do you really believe that I am the Messiah of Israel? Well, if you do then why are you doubting?

Then another disciple had a plan. Andrew says, “There is a boy here, which has five barley loaves, and two small fishes: BUT what are they among so many?”

In other words Andrew saw a solution but his vision was limited. We have the means BUT the problem is so big!

Here we have a disciple who can’t wrap his head around the problem and flat out is in unbelief because he does not trust in the Lord. Notice that Phillip’s solution was ,”If we only had more money! “

How many of us think that if we just had an increase in finances all our problems would go away?

Then we have another disciple who knows that Jesus is able to use what we have but can’t see how that could possibly come about.

Jesus we know is able to supply our needs but our faith is small. We see a small loaf and a small fish. The problem is bigger than our small amount of faith.

What does Jesus do to fix the situation? He makes every one sit down and give thanks ! Wait a minute! You mean we can do nothing? Just sit at Jesus’ feet and give thanks? Exactly!

When the problem is beyond our means then we just have to put our trust solely in the Lord!

After Jesus gave thanks he took the loaves and distributed to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the people.

When we put our trust in the Lord and continue to praise him and give thanks for the answer to our problems as we sit at his feet in prayer, which is exercising faith by the way, then the Lord will come through for us. He will always makes a way where there seems to be no way.

Notice that as the disciples recieved their miracle they gave out from that miracle. It is important to give out of what God gives to us!

Have you got a great testimony? A revelation? A financial break through? A compassionate heart for the lost? Whatever is multiplied to you as you give out to others just like recorded in John’s testimony you will have nothing lost on that day when you stand before the Lord and in fact so much left over that your store house will over flow.

After your faith is tested by fire and proven faithful with miracles occurring in your life, ultimately you will bring glory to Jesus Christ.

Those seeing your life of faith in the Messiah will say, “Of a truth, this is a child of God! “

Are you in need of a miracle from Jesus today? Then sit at his feet and thank him ! Praise him for he is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that you ask and think! Wait patiently on the Lord for he will take the impossible and turn it into a miracle!

Revealed Truth Produces Faith

According to 1 Thessalonians 2:13 when we receive the word of God, as truth, then the word of God, will effectually works in us who believe it.

To work effectually in the Greek is energeō which means to be ferverently and effectively active.

So in other words if we believe the scriptures as truth in our hearts then the word of God is able to produce an outcome or result with intensity and passion.

The key to this effective ferverent working of God’s word to produce a desired outcome for us is to BELIEVE.

What does it mean to believe? The word believe in this verse is translated pisteuō which means to have faith, trust and confidence in.

How do we get this faith, trust and confidence in?

Roman’s 10:17 says faith comes by HEARING And HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.

Wait a minute ! You mean in order to believe the word of God I must hear the word of God and believe it? Yes, you see unless the word that you hear is mixed with faith it will not bring you any profit. You can be a hearer but not a doer of the word of God the Bible says.

So you must hear the word of God being proclaimed AND then you must understand what you are hearing. Holy Spirit revelation or rhema is what produces faith.

Faith comes by hearing or inclining your ear to hear and hearing or the ability to hear as receiving truth comes by the rhema or living word of God through the Holy Spirit.

Head knowledge or theological education does not produce faith. Holy Spirit revelation of God’s word is what produces faith.

So how do I get this Holy Spirit revelation of God’s word? By inclining your ear! Reading the Bible with your ear open to heaven. Listening to the Holy Spirit as he opens your understanding to his truth. This requires frequent visits to the secret place of the most High or as Jesus put it entering into your prayer closet.

As we pray that our understanding may be enlightened and that we can know what is the hope of our calling and the riches of the inheritance of the Saints then the Holy Spirit will reveal to us his word and when our understanding is enlightened and we receive manna from heaven or rhema THEN faith will come ! ( Ephesians 1:18 )

Remember that Jesus was walking with his disciples after his resurrection and they didn’t know him UNTIL he opened their understanding and expounded to them the scriptures. (Luke 24:27)

When Faith comes by receiving rehma then the word revealed to you will begin to
work effectually and fervently to produce the desired result.

What are you desiring from the Lord? Healing? Provision? Sanctification? Deliverence? Whatever it is the answer is in the Bible. Read the scriptures concerning your need and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal his truth to you about the matter by enlightening your understanding.

Then when faith comes for your need wait patiently for God to effectually work his word to manifest the desired outcome!

New Wine !

It’s interesting to note that the very first miracle that Jesus did was to turn the water into wine. The significance of this is that in order for God to pour forth his new wine from earthen clay vessels (there were 6 clay pots. 6 is the number in scriptures that represent mankind) they had to be filled with water first. Water scripturally speaking represents the word of God.

In other words one must receive the word of God and then be made alive unto God through his living word, the logos made flesh. This is the regeneration process of the Holy Spirit or the born again experience.

The old clay pot of ours after we put our trust in Jesus Christ for salvation is miraculously filled with his living water and then that living water is turned into wine! (Which in scriptures represents the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.)

When the water becomes wine it is meant to be poured out so that others may taste and see that the Lord is good!

Wine left in the clay pot vessel doesn’t bring blessings to others. Wine must be served from earthen vessels to those who are invited to the wedding banquet of the lamb.

Having tasted the old wine or worldly experience the recipients can now taste the new wine through God’s earthen vessels.

Then the recipient must decide whether they want to partake of the wine of God’s Holy Spirit. Remember it is those who eat the bread of life and partake of the divine nature who are saved and not just tasting of the powers to come.

If your earthen vessel has been filled with the water of the word and changed into the new wine of the Holy Spirit then you can be used of God as a vessel to pour forth that new wine to others.

The first miracle Jesus wants to do in your life is to turn the water that you received at the new birth into wine. Once you are filled with the Holy Spirit then (as the life of Jesus continues in the book of John), even greater works will you do because Jesus has given to you his Holy Spirit.

God wants to use your clay pot and pour out his new wine from your vessel. Scriptures exhort us to”Be filled with the Spirit!” because only vessels filled with the Holy Spirit can pour forth God’s miracles!

Ask to be filled with God’s new wine today!

John chapter 2:7-10

Be a Gate Keeper!

In order to live a victorious life in Jesus Christ we must be watchman over our hearts.

This means being careful what we look at with our eyes and what we listen to with our ears. Unless we need to know information for the purpose of prayer scriptures tell us to be innocent concerning evil. In other words we don’t (unless specifically called to) fill our minds with specifics of demonic worldly activity.

The Bible says that as a man thinks in his heart so is he. ( Proverbs 23:7) The word for “think” in this scripture is translated as Shawar which means to split open or gatekeeper.

To paraphrase : as a man being a gate keeper over his mind so he is in his thinking and being.

The Bible tells us about gate keepers who were watchman that kept a look out for wolves and enemy attacks. When the gate keeper saw that an enemy was approaching he sounded the alarm which rallied the people to take up arms of defense.

Allegorically speaking this verse implies that whatever we let into our heart; that is mind, will, emotions or feelings is what will be the out come of our actions and the destiny of our life.

So if we watch and listen to worldly entertainment (enemy devices) then we will soon act and behave like what we are letting into our heart or soul. We will end up being worldly. No different than the unsaved. This is not God’s will for our lives. The Holy Spirit in his word has given us all the information that we need to live a holy life that is well pleasing to God.

The Bible tells us that Christians are to be separate from the world. We are called to think on good things that are godly and worthy of our Lord. The reason the Lord told us to meditate on his word day and night was so that we would be conformed to his word and not the world.

Putting on Christ is putting on the word of God for Jesus is the living word made flesh.

If we think God’s thoughts written in the Bible then we will think and act the way God wants us to act.

Worldly thoughts or worldly ideas are seeds that will grow into tares and choke out the word of God planted in our heart. We must be careful gatekeepers so that we can cast down all high and lofty thoughts exalting themselves against the knowledge of God and bring captive all our thoughts to line up with the truth of scriptures.

Christians who watch worldly programs become indoctrinated with worldly ideas. This is why many Christians live defeated lives. Listening to Satan’s worldly system keeps many bound to the world so that they become filled with unbelief and start to explain away the Bible.

The Bible tells us to cast down imaginations and high thoughts exalting themselves against the word of God. Misconceptions and distortions in our mind that do not agree with the Bible need to be cast down. In other words we don’t receive them and rather replace those thoughts with what God says in the Bible.

Satan always comes with his lies. Has God really said that? Are you sure he really meant that? Didn’t he really mean this?

If God said it in his word then it’s TRUE. Any voice disagreeing with the Bible is satan’s voice and we need to cast down those demonic thoughts!

If God says he is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask or think then that’s exactly what is true. If we are not living up to that standard then we need to examine ourselves as scriptures say. Are we really in the faith? Are we trusting and relying on God for everything or are we swaying like a reed in the wind? Tossed to and fro with a double mind. Limiting God so that he cannot do any mighty works in our life?

God’s word says that I am righteous because of Jesus Christ. God’s word says that I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me and gave himself for me. God’s word says I am the head and not the tail. God’s word says he will lead me in his ways and into his paths as I put my trust in him. God’s word says he came to give me an abundant life.

So who are we going to believe? Mr. Devil and his balcony or the word of the living God?

Victory is sure to those who have their minds transformed by God’s word for as we think in our hearts so shall we be.

Be a gatekeeper of your heart! Guard your heart with all diligence for out of your heart or spirit proceeds life. Don’t let the thief steal, kill and destroy you!

Put the word in your heart and then you will think like God wants you to think and act like God wants you to act and be what God wants you to be !

My Words are Spirit and They are Life

In John 3:23 Jesus said that his words are Spirit and they are life.

What Jesus was saying was that the words which he spoke into the natural realm originated from the spiritual realm and were able to quicken or make alive unto God.

Jesus as the word of God made flesh was able to perform great and mighty works by the Holy Spirit which dwelt in him. In effect, Jesus personified in human form the very life giving words of God to humanity. John 3:34

The flesh according to Jesus gives no profit. That means that the natural man cannot bring life but only death. Human ability or human resources or human words cannot give any one benefit. This is because of the sin nature and the sin which exists in the earth because of the curse. Humans can have a form of knowledge and a form of life and healing but death will ultimately in the end be the final outcome.

Jesus was trying to tell us the way to life. Not only eternal life but abundant life while we are in the earth. Unfortunately for us we have not took Jesus’ words seriously. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit that dwells in the born again person can bring life to the mortal body ,(Romans 8:11) and is able to give us all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)

Jesus wants us to have an abundant life. Now that does not mean that we will not have challenges because the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. That’s what he does. However, in the same way that Jesus overcame the devil while he was in his earthly body so can we be over-comers in this life.

Jesus would not have told us to overcome if it was an impossible feat. In fact, Jesus gave us a formula in order to live an abundant life. A pattern to follow if you will. Its in the Bible.

Jesus said that his words produced life because he spoke God’s word by the Holy Spirit. If you are born of the Holy Spirit you too can speak words by the Holy Spirit to produce life. The Bible tells us that our tongue can produce life or death and whatever we speak will be the outcome.

Oh, that’s foolish some may say. You are being too mystic. Well, think about it this way, if Paul speaking by divine inspiration said that the natural or earthy human cannot understand the things of the Spirit realm because they are spiritually discerned then how can we using human intellect or understanding really know the things of the spiritual realm?

I can tell you how! Simply by reading the Bible. Jesus said MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT And THEY ARE AND LIFE. Now if the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in you is it not possible that the same Spirit can produce an abundant life for you? Were you not baptized into Christ’s death so that you could be raised with him in newness of life?

Oh, but that’s the resurrection of our body he’s talking about. Yes, true but if as scriptures tell us we are to put to death our natural human bodies by the Holy Spirit so that Christ can live his life through us does that not include our mouth?

It stands to reason that the mouth is a part of the body. So if Jesus tells us that we will give account for every word uttered out of our mouths then there must be a good reason for it. Indeed there is! Our words can bring life or death according to Proverbs 18:21 .

Science actually attests to the effects of the words we speak and you may want to study up on recent findings conserning the utterance of negative and positive words.

Even the unsaved who are created in God’s image have the ability to alter their reality by the words of their mouth. How much more the Holy Spirit filled mouth of a born again Christian ?

Now for my point. Jesus said his words were from the spiritual realm and produced life. So what we need to do as Christians is get some Holy Spirit words into our mouth.

In John 14 and 15 Jesus tells us that when he spoke by the Holy Spirit then life occurred in the natural realm. He also said that if we spoke God’s word through prayer we could have whatever we ask for. John 14:13 Mark 11:22,25

So speaking the scriptures in prayer is speaking God’s word into the natural realm. Remember God watches over his word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12)

Another way to speak God’s word is through praying in the Holy Spirit through tongues and interpretation as well as prophecy. If you think the gifts have past away then think again. (1 Corinthians 14:2)

No where in scriptures does it say that. Now natural men who live by natural inclinations may twist a scripture or two to fudge their doctrine but there is a whole lot about the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Bible that tell us other wise.

But even if you don’t want to go there, fair enough, you still have scriptures to speak so speak them out loud and pray them over your home and your family. Watch the change that will occur in your life!

Scriptures tell us to open our mouths and God will fill it. If his Holy Spirit lives in us we have God’s word available to us. Remember that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Scriptures tell us that ver bateum, so speak the scriptures in faith and wait patiently for God to produce his life results. That’s his job. You just be obedient to do your part and the Lord will always honor his word.

Jesus said in scriptures that, ” if my words abide in you then you shall have whatever you ask for. “

Its God’s word that is Spirit which gives life and that more abundantly ! When we have God’s word in our mouths we are sure to be over-comers in this life! So, Speak the word of God only and you shall be healed and have whatever you ask for as long as you ask with pure motives! (James 4:3)

Jesus the Rock

Jesus is the Rock. All who belong to him are secure in his strong fortress. In Jesus Christ the child of God can hide from the storm’s of life and be protected. Jesus the rock is a fortified place of refuge for the oppressed. A refuge from our enemies. When life tries to over whelm us then we can run to the rock that is mighty in strength.

In ancient Israel fortresses were made of Dolomite which is a sedimentary rock. Today it is called Jerusalem stone. Dolomite is resistant to erosion. It can handle heat, wind, and water without scratching or breaking. Dolomite is even acid resistant!

When the gates of hell target us then the Holy Spirit will leads us to the rock that is higher than our own strength and power. We can run to Jesus our rock of defense!

The key however, is to run to him. Don’t take matters into your own hands ! Don’t opt for deliverance by your own methods ! Rather look to the rock from which you were hewn!

Jesus is a mighty stronghold that will keep the storm from sweeping us away.

There is no power of hell that can breach the fortified rock of defense for those who put their trust in Jesus the rock. Run to the Rock and hide in him! No power on earth can remove you from him who is greater than all!