Luke Chapter 4

Jesus started the ministry under the power
of Spirit. Before he was surrounded by
disciples, before he went into the temple,
before he did miracles, he was filled with
power of spirit. The Spirit of God was with
him and until the last moment he was on earth.
The Holy Spirit was essitenial part of his
ministry and was working in the background
throughout his ministry. We can say, that
it wasn’t just Jesus and 12 disciples, but
the Spirit of God was very involved.

For a successfuly ministry it requires
infilling of the holy spirit and the power,
its involvement.

Jesus was always in sync with the Holy Spirit
and was led by the spirit. Jesus never did anything
apart from the spirit,spirit was always with him.
He went where the spirit lead him.

In Acts 1:8 it mentions the power will come
first and then holy Ghost, which will sent
the anionted to be witness of Jesus Christ
around the world.

Application
Starting our day with the power of the Spirit
can make a difference in the our lives.
Instead of waiting for the church service
or certin time in the day, if we are able seek
the power of spirit early and at the beginning, then
everything else will be fine.

What does the power of Spirit
– Gives Men courage to Rebuke Sin
Mi 3
– Mighteir than Phyiscal Force
– Enables Men to speak with Authority Acts 4:33
– Healing influences Act 19
v16
Jesus grew up in Nazareth and regularly visited the local
synagogue. Jesus went to church and took part in orginzed
service just like we do today.
The services started with invocation of God’s blessing,
recetations of Hebrews confession of Faith, deut 6 4-9 ,11:13-21.
followed by prayer,then reading from the law and passage from
the prophets.Followed by a breif sermon , then comes the benediction
done by the preist.

v18 Reading of the passage:
Once again, the bible empahizes the impartation of power of the spirit
upon him.
– God anointed Jesus Isiah 61 1-12

1. To Preach the Gospel to the Poor.
2. Heal the Brokenhearted
3. Proclaim Liberty to the Captives
4. Recovery of the sight to blind
5. Set at liberty those who are oppressed.
6. To Proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Galatians Chapter 2

v1.

After 14 Years  Paul goes to Jerusalem(Acts 15:1)

The Gospel taught by Paul was revealed through God alone.  The Gospel that Paul preaches is direct revelation from God.  God has chosen Paul to preach to the gentiles(v.9).  The great commission was given to Paul, other than the great commission that was previously given to the disciples.

Jesus vs. Paul. Do they preach the same Gospel?

Act 15 “The Debate In Jerusalem”

v2.
Paul set the Gospel he was preaching to the gentiles in front of Peter, James, elders and pharisees ( The influential). Paul made sure the Gospel he taught was in agreement with the one Peter and James taught. If there was a disagreement, then Paul says then I am running in vain, i enduring hardship for no reason.

v.3 He introduces Titus  to defend his claim. Titus was a Greek and was a part of the audience during the council in Jerusalem. Because they let Titus go without being circumcised, it proves that everyone was in agreement that circumcision for the Gentiles was not necessary.

v4. But the pharisees disapproved the work of Paul and required that all Gentiles should circumcise and follow the law of Moses.   Acts 15 . 

Did this cause any divisions among the early Christians. Yes, Even after 14 years, the same people are going to churches planted by Paul, to proclaiming the Gospel of “Salvation through Law”.

v5.  Paul did not yield to them, because he makes his stance Galatians 1:12.  The Truth was revealed through Christ, and he did not even bother listening to them.

v6. remember the poor. Jesus was very mindful of people there poor and hopeless.  as follows he asked all his diciples to care for the poor (Mathew  24)

 

Jesus vs. Paul. Do they preach the same Gospel?

Jesus never talked about Grace and Paul all he talks about is Grace through Faith.
Jesus mentions  the Gospel of Kingdom will be preached around the world. Mathew 24:13  (VideoMark 1:14 

Peter agrees with Paul on the teaching that everyone is saved only by Grace. Verse Acts 15:11

At the Potters House

Jeremiah 18: 16

 

18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares theLord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.

  Israel once again turned their back to God. Gods comes to Jeremiah and speaks to Jeremiah. Tell the people of Israel to come back to me, and I will make them great as they once were.  Tell them to repent and I will not destroy them as planned.  God has a covenant with the people of Israel, through the promises of Abraham. But God in sovereignty can destroy a generation of Israelite  in order to keep his promises alive.  Despite the disobedience, God loves them and wants them back.

God says to Jeremiah, Go to the potters house and there I will give you a message. A message is sometimes  shown through event,situations, people  around you. It does not always have to be God speaking to you with a direct voice to voice communication.

God says to Jeremiah, I can restore what once was broken as the potter restores the ruined clay. God wants Jeremiah to know, that God is above all, God is the creator  of all things and can also renew what was once planned for destruction.

A Marred clay is ruined clay, if it looses it ability to form a solid structure, it’s thrown away on  a field called the Potters Field. This is where are all the broken pots that cannot be used for its purpose end up.  But a good pot, such a flower pot or vase is used for a purpose that will hold contents.

Isaiah 64:8  But now, O Lord, Thou are our father; we are the clay, and thou are our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

We are the work of the Lord. He is our Potter, and made each one of us for a purpose. Because God is perfect, the work of thy hand is perfect to do his will.  God made us as it seem best to him. God made us knowing when  a situation arises, you are the best person fit for overcoming those situation and bring glory to

God.

When he made  us , he saw us in that situation and knew I was the best for this situation and to overcome.

But the people of Israel could realize this. There are suppose to the greatest nations. Kings are suppose to bow to down to them.  But because of their failure and disobedience, they has yet to come.

God is faithful to his people and but surely the people remained unfaithful to him.  God has always been faithful , the question are we faithful to him.  He had thoughts about us and loved us before we came into existence.  God made us bigger than anything else in the world.

We are his most precious creation, and most loved.  Humans are bigger and more majestic than the universe.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We are his handiwork, workmanship and masterpiece.

God did not mass produce us , he took thought, time and care to knit us while we were still in our mothers womb ( PS 139)  .  He took dust off Ground and formed us into being (Genesis 2 )

Psalm 100: 3  Know that the lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people , the sheep of his pasture.

We belong to Christ, and through him we belong to God as part of his creation.   He has sent us son, to be our Shepard, so that the almighty can watch over us.

When the Shepard is watching there is no reason to be worried. When we become lost, he will come find us.

God has something great in store for those who turn to God.

If you want joy , God says to “enter the potters house.

If you want peace and comfort in your life, “enter the potters house”.

If you want security ” enter the potters house”.

Psalms 139 – Our personal belonging to God.

Compassion

Mark Chapter 8: 2

8 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”

 

If you do not know what’s going on here,  lots of people have gathered to hear and learn from Jesus. They have been there for 3 days getting feed with spiritual teaching but physically without Food, and Jesus knows this and has concerns for their health. He knows that if the people go back home at the current state, they will collapse on their way. So as we know this story, Jesus is provided with  7 loves and few small fishes , bless the food, and feeds it to the 4000.  But today I want the focus to be not on the miracle ,but rather on the word “Compassion” .

Define : Feeling of sympathy for those unfortunate.

In another words,  feeling sorry for those in need.
Anyone wants to do God’s will, go into ministry  , you must have compassion.
 its was his compassion towards us that saved us from death. We are supposed to hungry and collapse on on this journey of life.  But instead because of his compassion and intense love he has for us us, he took up all the sins, and feed and clothed us with righteousness.
God’s wills for us to be witness to this beautiful love.
When Jesus looked into this crowd he just didn’t see a bunch of hungry people, from the previous
2 Corinthians 3:8
 And we who with unveiled faces all reflect the lords glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory, which
comes from the Lord, who is this Spirit

Matthew 25

The Final Judgment

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, youwho are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Setting an Example ( Life of Leader)

1 Timothy 5:12:

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity

 

Today my message is about “Setting an example”  to those that are around you: your friends, your coworkers, your brother your sister, even your father and your mother.

This verse is part of Paul’s instruction given to Timothy when he was given a special task at the church of Ephesus.  We first learn about Timothy is Acts Chapter 16.  When Paul arrived at Lystra, he met this young many named Timothy. It says he was a disciple, his mother was a believer, but his father was a greek.  People spoke good things about him. So Paul took him along on his missionaries.

While he was under the leadership of Paul, he probably began to learn how to plant churches and be leader. Eventually he was given a special task at the church of Ephesus to teach and instruct them on how to live a godly life . Now since he was a  young, many elders might have questioned him.

We are familiar with the experience that Timothy is facing. We have all been in situation where you have something to suggest or say when the  elders, but no matter how good your suggest sounds they might either ignore you or disagree it with because the words are coming from someone young.  Similar Timothy was encountering the  same issues as the youth is facing.  He probably went upto them and said, No stop believing in those fales myths. I want everyone to lift up holy hands in prayer.  Women be submissive and be quiet. I’m sure they didn’t like hear this, especially the ladies.

 

After that

Then he goes on to giving the overseers and the decons of the church and tell them on how to run the church.

PUT YOUR SELF IN HIS TIMOTHY’s Shoes.

Now the task that he was given was extremely hard. I don’t know how someone is suppose to do this. But there is a way.  Paul says to Timothy, don’t worry, they might not listen now. But do this. ” Set an example” .  Set an example in everything you do.

  • Set an example in Speech, meaning pay attention to the words  you say.

We know words are the most powerful tool we have. There is a saying ” Words can make or break  worlds”. Obama do not become the most powerful man in the world by shooting or use of his own physical power.

Words were even more powerful when God created the heaven and the earth.

What you say in this world dramatically the outcome of the lives around you.  Paul wants Timothy to speak the word , speak about Christ. Similarly God wants each of us to speak with humbleness . Speak the Good news.  Our Bible has many things to say about how you speak …

Ephesian 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Proverbs 18:20-21

From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 15:4

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

 “Set and Example in Life”

Paul wanted to Timothy to live in a way that pleased  God.  Doing good deeds, helping the poor, and helpless. Life of prayer. Living according to desires not of his heart but Gods. A Life that does not confirm to this things of this world. A life so that his name is Glorified . Sometimes we get caught up in the things of this world. We are trying to fullfill our own desires when it comes to school and finding a good job.  Trying to meet the expectations. That’s okay.  But God wants his children to remember him every part of your life.  He wants you to make him part of everything single aspect of your life.  Bible tells us that we cannot survive on this world on our own.  We need help.

Mathew 4:4

‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

We need God in everything that we do.

Set an example of Love: 

Paul want Timothy to love the people around him. Sometimes these people might have hated him because he gave so many commands. But despite that, he wants Timothy to Love. He want Timothy to to love them so that when they see, it reflects the love of Jesus.  Children of God we are all called to Love one another. Even your enemies. Jealousy and hate are the roots of Evil.  But Love is of Jesus inherited by us, because Jesus lives in us.

John  1st John 4: 11.

Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Paul wants people to see the Love of Jesus through the love that Timothy has .  Jesus wants the world to see his Love,using each of one just as Timothy was used.

 

Endocrolgist.

 

Set an example of  Faith.

Faith is important. This is what keeps us moving.  That’s what kept Paul moving. Our Faith in our Jesus , gives us hope. Gives us hope to fight a battle against evil. Our faith builds and strengthen us in the time of trouble.   Paul wants to have the same Faith and also to share the faith and hope in Christ.

And last  thing Paul advices Timothy is that “Set an example”  of Purity

Purity : Important to keep your mind and your body away from its worldly desires.  Purity is a battle faced by everyone single person. Many fall into it and become unclean.  Keeping your thoughts, minds and heart after what God is going to give or has already is sometimes difficult to many people in this world. Even to believers.

When Daniel was faced with a situation where he was almost  forced to  committing adultery, he ran off.  So should Timothy, so should we.

 

Dear

Be diligent in the matters, give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

 

 

Spiritual Warfare – Put on your Armor

1 Peter 2:9

New International Version (NIV)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Say to yourself ” Glad I made it”

The reason why you are still here is because God’s grace is upon you. When God’s Grace is absent in your life, that’s when you turn yourself over to the world.

Most of you do not realize we are in a great battle. This battle started since existence of Satan and its ends when God vanquishes the devil  from the face of the universe.

In this great battle, you are on the front lines. You are fighting a war under the authority and the power of your master Jesus Christ.

When you are in this great spiritual warfare, the opposition in this case, Evil will try to defeat you using tactics such attacking your mind, your body, your family , your friends in order to get you to fall.
But what the Devil does not know, that you are being protected the by divine Grace of God.

Who are you fight for?

You are not fighting for your president or your king

You are fighting for the king of all kings
Lord of all lords
Creator of the Heaven and Earth

Sons and daughters of God, I don’t know if you are ready to fight this battle. I don’t know if you you are upto to it. But I don’t know about you!

But If I were you,

  • Realize you are fighting for the king of all Kings
  • Lord of the Universe
  • The one who knows you by every strand of your hair
  • The only one that gives light in the darkest days
  • The one that gives you hope when you feel hopeless
  • The one who loved you, before you ever loved him
  • The one who sacrificed his only Son on the cross, just so that you and i can be saved.

If you are up to the call of duty, get ready and put on your Armor. The spiritual Armor of God.  The Divine armor of God.

The armor of God  is not just an ordinary armor, but its made by spirit of our lord

Ephesians 6 : 10

  1. If you accept the Truth, put on the belt of truth
  2. If you are ready to walk in righteousness , put on the breastplate
  3. If are have faith, pick up the shield of Faith
  4. If you seek salvation, put on the helmet
  5. If you are ready to read your words, sharpen your sword.

When you become immersed into the spirit of standing up for your creator,  no evil can come against you.

The devil will fling arrows, and swipe his sword, it might create dents and scratch your armor. But don’t let that discourage you.

This is not an easy battle.

You will go through sorrow.

You will go through Pain
You will go through hardships
You will go through storms

Ultimately, your armor will protect your heart. The heart that rests up Jesus.  On that last day, when we have claimed victory, and you will be glorified in the presence of your father.

On that victorious day, there will be celebrations, you will look to your fellow warriors, you will have joy and peace for ever.

On that victorious day, you will see Jesus face to face. He will see your scars , he will see the tears and wipe them all away.

He will tell you, Son, daughter, I’m glad you made it . Job well done. Now take rest, I have a room in my mansion for you. I built it on my own, just for you. I have been waiting for you.

God bless you all.

 

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