Monthly Archives: December 2016

Disciple Of Christ

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Acts 2:42 NKJV

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.”

New believers must be trained. There must be a uniformity of core beliefs. It is essential that new believers know what they believe and why they believe it. There is a great need for discipleship training in the church today. It is a must that each believer know what Jesus taught. A disciple is a believer in the thought and teaching of any leader; follower. How can a person be a disciple of Christ when they don’t even know what they believe about Him, or they don’t follow His ways?

The Holy Spirit helps a believer to understand things. He will guide us in all truth. Through the Holy Spirit in us we have the ability to understand God’s Word, His will (His desires) and His thoughts. Many times it is hard to understand the Word of God without the help of the Holy Spirit (our Helper). God reveals the truths in His Word to us through the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 NKJV

“However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom of God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard

Nor have entered into the heart of man

The things which God has prepared for those who love Him’

But God has revealed them to us through the Holy Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

Dear God,

Thank-you for Your Holy Spirit, who gives me understanding and guides me in truth. Fill me with Your thoughts and Your desires. Cause each believer to know what they believe and why they believe it – increase discipleship among Your believers. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we understand Your Word, Your will and Your desires. May Your truths be revealed to us and may we act upon them.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

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Direct Access To God

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Hebrews 10:19-22 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, left His place in glory to come to a sin filled world because of God’s great love for man.

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Jesus came to this world, led a sinless life, was rejected by men, beaten, crucified and died for man. Prior to the crucifixion, man did not have direct access to the manifest presence of God. Man was separated from the glory of the Lord by a thick veil.

Matthew 27:50-51 NKJV

“ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

At the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil between the holy place and the holy of holies was torn into. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we now have direct access to the very presence of God. The blood of Jesus Christ is our access to God. It’s up to each individual to use the access or to reject the access.

One day the true believers will be in glory experiencing a special intimacy with and worshiping our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. But for now, God has provided a way that we can still enjoy a portion of the intimacy and fellowship that we were created to have with Him.

God sent His Holy Spirit to teach us, strengthen us, comfort us, guide us, direct us, to pray through us and to help us draw closer to Him. God sent His Holy Spirit to help us worship Him. When we allow the Holy Spirit, He will worship God through us. We can experience the glory of the Lord (the manifest presence of God) right here on earth, if we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and worship through us.

Wherever desperate people are, there God will be in the mist of them. If you are desperate for a greater intimacy with God, reach out to God and begin to worship Him. God will draw close to you, if you draw close to Him.

James 4:8 NKJV

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”

Dear Father,

Thank-you for Your Son, who left His place in glory to come to a sin filled world because of Your great love for me. He is my direct access to You. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may I experience a special intimacy with You. May the Holy Spirit teach me, strengthen me, comfort me, guide me, direct me, pray through me and help me draw closer to You.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

Church of Acts

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Ephesians 5:17-18 NKJV

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit”

The early church was a group of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit that spread the Good News. If we want to be an Acts church, we too, must be endowed with power. The only power that can transform us or our world comes from the Holy Spirit.

The first believers waited in the upper room until they receive the promised gift from the Father. Only after they received the gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, did they go out into their world with the gospel. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, they began to fulfill the great commission.

They very first believers (each one) had experienced a life changing encounter with Jesus. They did not leave their encounter with Jesus the same way, they were changed. Too many times today people will come to the altar and experience an encounter with man then leave the altar unchanged.

Throughout the church today the question is often asked, “Why don’t we see the church of Acts today?” The answer is simple, we haven’t tarried in the upper room for the endowment of power. The same gift is offered to believers today, however fewer and fewer believers are asking for and receiving that gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Also, today the church is full of people that have had an encounter with man (good song, good sermon, good program, etc…), not God. Man can not change man. Only God can change and transform man. People can not be a witness for Christ if they have never really experienced an encounter with Him. In a court of law, a person can not give hear say – everything that a person bears witness of must have been personally seen or experienced by the person giving the testimony. We can not testify to what we have not personally seen or experienced.

 

Dear God,

May we be a group of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit that fulfills the great commission. Empower us fresh and anew with power – power that will transform us or our world. May we take time and tarry in the upper room until we receive the promised gift from the Father. Cause every believer to experience a life changing encounter with Jesus – may they not leave that encounter different. By the power of the Holy Spirit, make us hungrier for Your presence.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

Be Saved From This Perverse Generation

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Acts 2:40-47 NKJV

“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

 

After Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit he was filled (endowed) with power. He boldly told the people that they needed to be saved from sin. He said to them, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” In order for a person to be saved (become a believer) they must first come to a realization that they personally have sinned against God. They must then be sorry and ask for forgiveness, and turn away from their sins. They can not try to hold on to God and the world at the same time. Peter told the people that the world was perverse.

In response to the Holy Spirit, speaking through Peter, the people received salvation and they were baptized. They then followed the first believers in the Apostles’ doctrine, in fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayer.

 

Dear God,

Fill us with power that we may boldly speak Your Word. Like Peter, may we rise up and say, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” May the lost come to a realization that they personally have sinned against God and by the power of the Holy Spirit, draw them to repentance.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

Ascribing Value

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Matthew 16:13-15 NKJV

“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?”

 

To truly worship Jesus, we must acknowledge Jesus’ relationship with the Father, the sacrifice He paid and who He is. One definition of worship is to ascribe value to someone or something. You only value what you acknowledge as valuable. How can you worship (ascribe value to) Jesus if you do not know who He is? Or what agony He suffered for you? Jesus suffered and sacrificed much for each one of us.

 

Dear Father,

Thank-you for giving Your Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for our sins. He paid our price, a price we could not pay, that we could be restored into a right relationship with You. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we never forget the agony that the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords went through for us. May we never cease to worship Jesus for who He is.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Apostles’ Doctrine

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Colossians 3:16 NKJV

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

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The early believers continued steadfastly in the doctrine of the apostles. There was a uniformity in the early church concerning what they believed about Jesus Christ. The early church did not have a written Bible, as we have today, so they relied on the word of the apostles (apostles’ doctrine). The people were not double-minded about what they believed, nor did they have a double standard. They did not change their mind about what they believed because of persecution, or because God’s way seemed too hard. The early church did not allow the world to set their standards or their beliefs. They had the mind of Christ. They relied solely on the apostle’s doctrine. There was unity in the early church because all of them continued steadfastly in the words given to them from God through the apostles by the power of the Holy Spirit. They continued to learn God’s ways and to do what He instructed them to do.

We too, must have the mind of Christ. The Word of God must dwell in us and be made alive by the Holy Spirit. Being a disciple of Christ – knowing His ways and following His ways are vital . We cannot allow ourselves just be a hearer of the Word.

James 1:21-27 NKJV

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit the orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

Each believer must have a teachable spirit and receive the Word of God with meekness (without resistance). As we hear and obey God’s Word (remain steadfast in the Word of God) it will keep us from falling into sinful behavior, which will lead to spiritual death. We must apply the Word of God to our daily lives. We are only deceiving ourselves if we hear the Word but do not obey it. God has given His Holy Spirit to us to help us obey Him. The Holy Spirit gives us power to live for and to obey God and His Word. When we reject the Holy Spirit’s instructions (His leading in our lives) we are actually rejecting God.

 

 

Dear Father,

By the power of the Holy Spirit, may the word of Christ dwell in me richly in all wisdom. May I not change my mind about what I believe because of persecution, or because of trials or negative influences. I desire to be a doer of Your Word and not just a hearer. Help me to apply Your Word to my daily life.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

Empowered By The Spirit – The Acts Church

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Empowered By The Spirit – The Acts Church

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           The early church was a group of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit that spread the Good News. If we want to be an Acts church, we too, must be endowed with power. The only power that can transform us or our world comes from the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:17-18  NKJV

“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit”  

 

          The first believers waited in the upper room until they receive the promised gift from the Father. Only after they received the gift, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, did they go out into their world with the gospel. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, they began to fulfill the great commission.

They very first believers (each one) had experienced a life changing encounter with Jesus…

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