Day: April 18, 2013
I wish the wide spread of denomonations would teach on the essential Jesus appose to the historical Jesus. The essential Jesus is not bogged down to anything. He is liberty and power. I wish that being “Politically Correct” was not in exsistance in His church. I feel it dilutes the gospel from being inserted in the vessals of His choice. God can use anyone and doesn’t need man’s validation or methods to do so.
For those of you who starsign is Pisces (the FISH). I don’t read the stars so relax, but it has always interested me that the sign of the fish was used by early Christians as a secret symbol. During times of persecution, if a Christian met a stranger in his travels, the Christian sometimes drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt. If the stranger drew the other arc, both believers knew they could speak freely about their faith.
I guess it’s because when Jesus spoke to some fishermen and called them to be His disciples He said “Follow Me and I will make you FISHERMEN OF MEN”. I know He should have been POLITICALLY CORRECT and said “fisherpeople of people”, nevertheless I have to admit, I was caught well and truly by the message of Christ. I came under the NET of His authority and I am part of the network of His kingdom, the Church, along with millions of others across the earth.
But the net that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 13:47 is DIFFERENT. It speaks about the Kingdom of Heaven in terms of God’s authority exercised in the FUTURE. It is spoken of as a NET that sweeps us toward eternity and JUDGMENT. ” Hebrews 9:27 (NLT) says “And just as EACH PERSON is destined to die once and after that comes JUDGMENT”.
A SWEEP NET is one huge net intentionally cast to collect everything in it’s way. Jesus says “the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught FISH OF EVERY KIND. When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away.”
Even though this kind of fishing is now spoken of as the rape of the sea, Jesus speaks about a huge net that catches “EVERY KIND OF FISH.” The Kingdom net He speaks of is cast over people of every race, colour and creed. It is cast over men and women, married and single, young and old, hearing and deaf, sighted and blind, speaking and mute (For those who want to be POLITICALLY CORRECT that’s matrimonially, chronologically, aurally, visually and vocally challenged).
The net is cast over those who are attractive and those who are just plain ugly (aesthetically challenged), thin and fat (gravitationally challenged), those who are well adjusted and those who are total psychopathic misfits (socially misaligned), those with hair and those who are bald (follicularly challenged), religious and atheist (spiritually impoverished).
It is cast over the good and the bad, walking and crippled, musical and tone deaf, educated or not, Australian or not, and no matter what language, religion, customs, tastes, sexuality, eye colour or blood type they may have. Somewhere in all of that I am included, especially in the follicularly challenged category. In other words JESUS DIED FOR US ALL.
But coming under the all encompassing authority of God’s sweep net is only HALF THE STORY. His Kingdom authority is very inclusive, but not politically correct because NOT ALL will be saved. This is not EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. Yes, ALL are caught in the net of Christ’s authority as a JUDGE. Philippians 2:6-11 (NLT) prophesies that “… that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, …” but that doesn’t mean that everyone who bows will somehow automatically be swept into heaven.
You may not even be aware but you are being pulled inexorably into the shore of eternity, and there is no avoiding the inevitability of being caught in this net and it’s relentless movement towards a VERDICT.
Jesus doesn’t seem to realise that it is POLITICALLY INCORRECT, discriminatory and disrespectful to speak of some people being REJECTED because they are “WICKED” (or should I say people with a “spiritually alternative lifestyle”).
Jesus just says “The angels will come and separate the WICKED people from the RIGHTEOUS, throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:50 NLT).
It is so horrific that Jesus doesn’t want to water it down to sounding like it is simply an alternative eternity for the religiously challenged, some kind of spiritual waiting room for heaven.
Hell is terrifying and permanent! Jesus speaks of Hell as a FURNACE. It was originally prepared for the devil and his angels, a place of inconceivable MISERY AND TORMENT. Jesus loves you enough to warn you about it because many people are headed towards a Christless eternity. He’s the only one who has come to save you.
The invitation He gives is encapsulated in the Greek word for “fish” – “Ichthus”. It is an ancient Word of Life, an acrostic used to spell out the meaning of the good news in one of it’s simplest forms. It stands for “Içsous Christos, Theou Huios, Sôtçr” and translates into English as “JESUS CHRIST GOD’S SON SAVIOUR”
God bless you as you give your life to Christ perhaps for the first time today, come under His authority, accept His death on the Cross for your sins, and get to know Christ personally, the fisherman of men, (sorry, fisherperson of people).
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”
Brian Tracy quotes
I thank God for the rising of my family and myself today. I thank God for not allowing death to grace my door today, I thank God for His presence and powerful spirit that I believe is in full control of this life. I thank God for controlling all the elements of creation. I thank God for harmony and favor with man. I thank God for His word that became flesh and dwelled among man and is active and alive and is truth. I praise His holy name for calling me out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Please let the fruits of your lips give honor to Him who is the only wise God. He is in control of what He created.
I want to start this message by prophesying to somebody: God is in control, it doesn’t matter what is happening in the economy, and it doesn’t matter what is happening on a political level, or whose in the white house.
It doesn’t matter what they do to social security, healthcare, or anything else.
God is in control.
It’s not the government or the president or anybody else. As a child of God your destiny is secure, God is your source and Heaven never has a shortage or needs a bail out.
Read Ex 1:13-17 Lets start with Moses, the deliverer of Gods people (He was destined to bring Gods people out of Egyptian bondage).
But from his birth the enemy was set on his destruction.
That which the enemy had marked for destruction, God had marked for life, Moses grew up in the pharaoh’s house, he had the best of everything in the land, (and the enemy paid the bill).
(God has it under control)
17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:
18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
*There are many times in life that from our natural perspective there are easier and faster ways to do things, but God has a better viewpoint, plus God has a higher purpose. Too many times our only initiative is to get through it, ( go through it) but Gods intention is that we grow through it.
14:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi-Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baal-Zephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
Here are the children of God from all visible evidence they are trapped, there is no way back, and there is no way forward, they are in that place no one ever wants to be.
* The thing we have to fight is agreeing with the enemy, (We must not agree with the Devil, God has us in his control.
The devil knows the power of words, and he wants you to line up your confession with your circumstances,
But God wants you to line up your confession with his word.
Fear says: It’s over there’s no way out, bury me with my boots on.
Faith says: I don’t know what God is going to do and I don’t know how, but I know God has it all under control.
Ex 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
There is an enemy in your life, a battle that has been going on, it seems like you’ve got it under control, but you turn around and it’s there again, You pray and pray and you felt like you’ve got the victory but just when you start to make some progress there it is again.
God said: The Egyptians whom you have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
You’ve done everything you know to do, your exhausted, your at the point of giving up, what’s the use,
it’s hopeless, I can’t do it.
Your finally in position for a miracle, for God almighty to do what you could never do, he’s just been waiting for you to recognize Your weakness, and his strength.
You’ll never know his strength till you recognize your weakness
*The Lord told the Apostle Paul: My grace is sufficient for thee and my strength is made perfect in weakness.
The Lord saw the disciples out on the sea fighting a violent storm, but he waited till the forth watch of the night to come to them on the water
#1 Because they didn’t need him yet,
Because they still had strength, and as long as they had strength they didn’t need his
#2 More than likely had they still had strength they wouldn’t have received him in the way that he came to them.
God may be wanting to do something new and fresh in your life, but he can’t get it through to you until he gets you in a place where you can’t do anymore.
God is wanting to do something in your life he has never done before, and to do that he has to bring you to a place you have never been before.
Ex 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; (Moses acted on Faith and God Moved. Notice it was Moses Hand outstretched not God’s)and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
Here is a lesson that will change your life:
God works the night shift, The greatest miracle of your life may be one hour away, It always gets the darkest just before the dawn.
When they closed their eyes that night, there was a red sea in front of them, when they opened their eyes in the morning there was an eight lane highway.
(Exo 14:29 ) But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
Here was the most awesome thing, Through the midst of the red sea with dry feet,
Not only can God bring you out but he will bring you out in such a way that you will never look like you what you been in.
The 3 Hebrew children came out of the fire without the smell of smoke on them and their hair wasn’t even singed.
I don’t know what you may be facing today, but the Lord told me to tell you, He’s got it all under control, And if you’ll just quit worrying, and complaining, and fretting, and fuming, and start praising him he’s going to turn it around, and there are some enemies that you have been fighting that you are not going to have to fight anymore.
(Exo 14:30 KJV) Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord
This is the word of the Lord today: God has it all under control.
It’s time to move over and let him fight your battles.
If you’ll just stand there right where you are and you’ll lift your voice right now and begin to praise him, God almighty is going to step in front of you and your enemies, and he is going to fight for you.
Paul and Silas were locked up in prison, backs beaten and bleeding, cast into the inner prison, their feet held fast in stocks, couldn’t go left, or right, couldn’t go forward or backward, but they knew a secret (God has it all under control, and God works the night shift, ( At midnight they prayed and sang praises unto God).
God sent an earthquake, shook the doors off their hinges, and Got the jailers entire household saved.
Because God has it all under control.