Why God Wants Us To Suffer

April 22, 2014

It is easy to accept faith when it is about the things we like and the impossible being done for us. Hebrews 11:1-16 is about this. Then also some suffered and lost by the same faith and because of the faith, and especially from v35

Reasons Why God Wants Us To Suffer:
1. It pleases Him. Isaiah 53:10 it pleased the LORD to bride Him: He hath put Him to brief
2. Because it makes you perfect Hebrews 2:10
3. Because it makes you obedient. Hebrews 5:8
4. It brings us closer to Christ Phil 3:10
5. Because of the glory that will follow you Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4:17, 1 Peter 1:11, 1 Peter 4:13
6. So that you play your part in completing the sufferings of Christ Colossians 1:24

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Prepare for Your Resurrection

April 20, 2014

1 Corinthians 15:1-58
Revelation 14:13

Christ undoubtedly resurrected! Many saw Him. Things completely changed!

We too shall be resurrected in Him.

Seeing that it is our future, how must we prepare for that stage life? We must be rich in works, for they are the only things that crosses into that life.

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Responding Appropriately To God’s Love

April 19, 2014

The convention continued on with this gripping message to help us think about how to respond appropriately to God's love that is show by giving Christ to die for our sin.

If God went as far as giving His life for us, what ought to be our response?

Should we not give our lives without reserve? Is there anything too precious to lose in order to gain such a love?

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Steps To Following Christ

April 18, 2014

Matt 16:21-28
The steps to following Christ
1. Deny self
2. Take up own cross
3. Follow Christ
Anyone and everyone desiring to follow Christ must carry their own cross
When Christ went to the cross, power was released that triggered Christianity and forgiveness of sin.
We also must take up our cross for power to be released into our lives and ministry

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Sir, We Would See Jesus

April 1, 2014

John 12:20-22
The people wanted to see Jesus. THey said, Sir, we would see Jesus!

God wants us to seek Him not the things that come from Him. He must be the subject and the object of our worship.

John 6:1-2, 22-28 - These people did not seek Jesus but for the miracles He was doing.

It appears God is always analysing the purpose for which we serve Him and come to Him.

Heb 11:6 - He that cometh to God must believe that He is and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Psalm 91:14-16 The blessing of those who set their love upon God.

For setting love upon God, He will:

- deliver you
- set you on high
- He will answer you
- He will be with you in trouble and deliver you
- He will honor you

The people in Matt 6 that at the beginning were blessed for coming to Jesus, later on followed because of the bread. Follow Him geniuinely for Him.

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Priests Unto God

February 25, 2014

1. You are a priest.
Pastor describes doing for the people. Priest is in relation to what you do for and towards God.
We are first priests unto God, before even service to people.
1 Peter 2:9 - As long as we can identify with being called out of darkness into His marvellous light, we are priests
Ephesians 5:8 calls us darkness before we are in His light.
Rev 1:5-6 - He loved us and washed us in His own blood and made us kings and priests...

2. The prayers we offer are incense to the LORD.
Psalms 141:2
Revelation 5:5-8 - v8 The prayers of the saints are incense
Revelation 8:3-

3. The priest ministers to the LORD, not for the LORD.
Hebrews 8:3

God wants continuous incense, prayers offered at all times.
Exodus 30:7-8

5. A priest sins when he does not offer the incense of prayer - this is every believer.
1 Samuel 12:23. We are to pray without ceasing - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

6. A priest is able to save or cause salvation by intercession
Hebrews 7:25

7. Great miracles happen to the priest as he performs his priestly duty
Luke 1:5-18 - the things happened to Zacharias when he was ministering incense

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Two Things That Help Your Marriage

February 23, 2014

Eph 5:19-28
In order to have a successful marriage, both parties must know the Lord. It is when a husband knows Christ and how He loves the Church, that he can love his wife as Christ loves the Church.
- John 3:16
- 1 John 4:7, 8
- Romans 5:5

- Our capacity to love each other comes from God. Someone may have good intentions, and promise to love his / her spouse, but without God's help, they will not be able to continue giving the love after they have been wronged.

- God also instructs a wife to submit to her husband as unto the LORD, but how can she unless she is first submitted to the LORD? She will rather think submission is oppression.

- 1 Corinthians 13:1-4

- Anyone who wants a successful marriage should stay close to God and take his Christian walk seriously.

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Sweet Influences of the Holy Spirit

January 19, 2014

During this prayer and fasting period, we will be reading from the book “Sweet Influences of the Holy Spirit” by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills. In this episode, Bishop Joel highlights various topics discussed in the book.

- We need to pray that we will receive the Holy Spirit during this season. John 14.26, John 16.13, 1 John 2.27, 1 John 2.20
- The Holy Spirit helps us to resist the desires, urges and lusts of the flesh. 1 Peter 1.12
- The Holy Spirit sanctifies us.
- The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual strength. Ephesians 3.14-16, Isaiah 11.2, 3  
- The Holy Spirit makes us wise and gives us knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Knowledge is what we know. Wisdom is the ability to use our knowledge. Understanding helps us to know the value of our knowledge and what it can do for us.
- The Holy Spirit gives us might to help us to do what we need to do.
- The fear of the Lord helps us to reverence God, think about God and have a deeper understanding of God. The fear of the Lord affects how we relate to God and to other people.
- The Holy Spirit gives us strength by giving us might.
- The Holy Spirit gives us physical strength. Demons also give physical strength. Physical strength comes from the spirit world for good or for evil. Acts 19.14-16 , Mark 5.2-4 , Judges 14.5, 6, Judges 14.19 , Judges 15.15, Luke 4.1-4
- Jesus was strengthened to overcome temptation. The Holy Spirit will give us the strength to overcome our temptations.
- The Holy Spirit makes us intelligent. Intelligence helps us make good decisions in life.
- The Holy Spirit influences our character.
- The Holy Spirit influences our ability to love.
- The Holy Spirit influences our words.
- The Holy Spirit influences our level of obedience.
- The Holy Spirit influences our boldness.
- The Holy Spirit influences our willingness and eagerness.
- The Holy Spirit influences our creativity.
- The Holy Spirit influences our productivity.

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Mary’s Example of Courage to Obey God

December 25, 2013

Luke 1:26-56
- God is certainly smarter than us, having made the universe and us. Even when His instruction look absurd to us, they are higher than our thinking.
- Mary's attitude of 'be it unto me according to thy will' is one we'd be wise to adopt
Isaiah 55:8-11
- God's thoughts and ways are higher than ours
1 Corinthians 1:20-21
- The foolishness of God is wiser than man

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The Mysteries of Prayer

December 22, 2013

1. It seems that God will not act on our behalf until we pray. Ezekiel 26:37, Matthew 6:8 - Even when He is saying that He knows what we need before we pray, He is mentioning expecting that we will still pray.

2. It seems that God wants us to ask about the same things that we have asked for before. 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Luke 18:1,7-8

3. Even though God wants us to keep asking, it seems that He finds some prayers boring and repetitious. Matthew 6:6-7

4. It seems that some prayers need to be very long and others very short. Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12-13, Matthew 26:40-41
- So when should we pray for a long time and when should we pray for a short time? From Jesus' example, He prayed ling when He was going to take big decisions - like when He was going to choose the disciples, or when He was going to encounter challenging times - like when He was about to go to the cross.

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