As we continue to think about Easter and the power of the atonement, the price paid for you and me and we reflect on pastor Maribel’s words. The message she brought is one that is challenging and inspiring, through the testimony of her life, which reflects a life given unto the Lord. Her words reflected this as she reminded us of the ten leapers and the one who came back and continued to be thankful for what Jesus’ had done for him. We say it often, God loves you and paid a great price to be in relationship with you. Are you feeling that love today? Are you feeling grateful?
Last week we reflected on our Lord’s walk to the cross and considered substitutionary atonement. As we continue to walk with Jesus throughout this next month, I would like you to take the time to stop, think, pray and consider your life and his. We see a picture of Barabbas being set free and our Lord being condemned. How is this possible. In all other world religions, the believers atone for themselves. But only in Christianity is atonement paid for by the God we worship. Now there’s a thought.
Last week Jacqui talked about the revelation that we are part of God’s family. In this she highlighted that it is a family of complete unity with a foundation of love. Jacqui encouraged us to think about what it means to be part of this loving family. From this revelation we can build our lives in the security and peace of God, because we simply know God loves us. In the challenge of living in an earn and deserve culture, it is often easy to think that God is like that with us and will withhold his love if we are naughty. This is a lie. God loves us. God loves us, God loves us and that is the end. We are part of his family. What does this mean for you?
The word of God is seed. Many people wish to be large, prosperous trees. In Mark 4 the bible talks about the parable of the sowing and uses this analogy to suggest that the word of God is a seed. And that seed if it is valued and mixed with faith will grow up in your life and bless you. Many people wish for crops of 30, 60, 100 fold, but they have not valued the seed. What ideas has God placed inside of you. When You water it with confession, water it with mediation, water it with faith, water it by acting it out in your lifestyle the seed will become a tree. It will bless you and many others. What is the seed God has given you for 2018?
Last week as we began our new series on New Beginnings we recognise that 2017 is complete because a 7 at the end mean the season of completion, and the 8 means new beginnings. Therefore, we are encouraged in Christ to see new things in this season, for our lives and for our Church. We thank the Lord our last year, but we boldly step into our new beginnings.
The question is what would you like to see this time next year for your life? Remember, God came to give you life and life in abundance John 10:10. Where is the new life for you?
Merry Christmas Church. As we stand together again and we think about new birth, Emmanuel God is with us, we can be greatly encouraged as we reflect on the birth of Faith Centre, the growth and shape that is taking place.
Sometimes when you look at a baby, they are so cute, you cannot fully see what they are going to be. To some degree this is true to us. We can see what God has birth in us and yet I have a deep sense that God has created us to be nation changers. Enjoy this great season
I am excited about the thought that is created by this time of year. That Jesus had arrived on the earth. He was still concealed within Mary and yet revelation had come to Mary, revelation had come to Joseph, and revelation had come to Elizabeth. God continuously now, is arriving into our lives. Whilst we have Christ in our lives and we have him in us, revelation follows. Often the bigness of that revelation is concealed to others, but revealed to us. The challenge is always to receive it with the mind set of faith and to allow it to grow to the point where other will also partner with it.
This time of the year you cannot help but think of Mary and Joseph getting ready to head for the censors, thinking about what it is going to be like. We often prayer for a move of God LOL, they are literally moving God from one place to another. This is what we call an actual move of God LOL.
All jokes aside there was significant partnering from Mary walking in agreement with the Holy Spirit and Joseph agreeing with the Holy Spirit as he revealed truth to Joseph in the dream. So to create a move of God there was faith at the beginning and then a practical out working. Have you thought about how you are receiving God into your life and how you are partnering with him to work this out?
As we reflect over this month and think again of Jesus entering into our world, we ask a number of questions. Who made room for him and who didn’t? Who worship him and who didn’t? Who did he come for and why? These are undoubtedly days set apart for God. What a blessing it is to live in this nation
Philippians 3:13 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (NIV)
At some point you have to make a choice between other people’s voice that have spoken badly of you and what the bible says that you are, a new creation, the old has gone the new has come. Paul the writer of Philippians, pressed forward, choosing to forget what was behind him. I want to highlight the word choosing. I encourage you to choose to stop talking about past pain and focus on who you are and who’s you are, and future that God is giving you.
Terry Kubala is the senior pastor and founder of Faith City Church.